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This Is The Only Razor I Travel With — Here’s Why

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:31
<p>Much like the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-carry-on-luggage" target="_blank">perfect carry-on bag</a> or the most <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shoes/best-waterproof-walking-shoes-for-women" target="_blank">comfortable pair of walking shoes</a>, finding the best razor to travel with can be downright difficult. Typically, your only choices are to pack an affordable disposable option (that doesn’t provide the smoothest shave and can easily nick your skin) or run the risk of ruining your expensive at-home razor by throwing it in your suitcase and getting it confiscated by airport security — or worse, leaving it behind in your hotel room. After years of traveling with said options — and never being fully satisfied with either — I was incredibly excited when I finally found the ultimate travel razor.</p><p>Enter: the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Gillette-Venus-Cosmo-Smooth-Womens/dp/B00I5H5Z1O/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltravelrazorrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=29cc3259fcc9dd7618b7cb63a8d842e0" target="_blank">Gillette Venus Snap Razor</a>. I came across it at my local drugstore while stocking up on toiletries for an upcoming trip last summer. I’d used the regular-sized razor in the past and loved it, so I was instantly intrigued by this new compact version — especially when I saw that it came with a handy traveling case. Just like the original size, the mini razor features five blades that help achieve an ultra-close shave and ribbons of moisture that leave skin feeling super smooth. In fact, when I put the compact razor to the test, it felt so smooth that I realized packing shaving cream was unnecessary.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/toiletry-bag-packing-hack?" target="_blank">This Toiletry Hack Has Saved Me Countless Hours of Packing Time</a></p><p>What’s more, the small handle has a convenient rubber grip, so it never slipped or slid out of my hand while in the shower. I particularly love it because it offers the same smooth shave as my regular at-home razor, but the compact size and carrying case make it incredibly easy to pack. I’m not the only one who is a fan — the adorable razor has over 1,500 reviews and an impressive 4.5-star rating on Amazon.</p><p>“Such a good buy,” said one customer. “I travel about once a month and consider this one of my travel necessities. It is so nice to have a travel razor that uses the same blades as my normal razor. The little case is perfect for keeping it covered and sanitary (it has holes it in to keep moisture out). Only wish I would have bought sooner!”</p><img alt="Gillette Venus Razor "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557413675/gillette-venus-mini-snap-razor-RAZOR0519.jpg?itok=7NyLFpj4"><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Gillette-Venus-Cosmo-Smooth-Womens/dp/B00I5H5Z1O/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltravelrazorrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=29cc3259fcc9dd7618b7cb63a8d842e0" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $8</p><p>“This small travel razor is the best thing you can buy if you are a woman who travels a lot! I was so pleased that it was just as easy and comfy to use as my regular-size razor, and it even comes in a cute, transparent, hard plastic case! Very versatile, so compact, just as good as a full-size razor! I am so happy they made this in this size,” said another shopper.</p><p>The best part? This handy travel essential is incredibly affordable, too — both the razor and traveling case can be yours for less than $8. While the mini razor handle can attach and work with any type of Gillette Venus blades, I learned the hard way that if you want the razor to fit inside the carrying case, you should always restock with the Gillette Venus Embrace blades (<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Gillette-Venus-Razors-Blade-Embrace/dp/B00X794KD4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltravelrazorrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=26fb4de54f0b410aca6c554d7eb70735" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $16 for four) because they’re smaller in size. All in all, this razor has quickly become one of my <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/packing-tips/best-travel-essentials-influencers" target="_blank">must-have travel essentials</a> and once was an easily overlooked item that now has a permanent place in my suitcase.</p>
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The $9 French Beauty Essential Amazon Shoppers Can’t Travel Without

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:16
<p>Having one beauty product you can always rely on to keep you refreshed and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/beauty/how-to-fix-common-travel-skin-hair-problems?" target="_blank">looking your best while you travel</a> is a good idea. While it’s fun going to new places, sometimes the conditions it puts your skin through are not — <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/why-do-i-get-so-dehydrated-when-i-fly" target="_blank">long flights can be super drying</a>, and intense sun exposure in tropical climates can cause redness and overheating. Unfortunately, you can’t always throw on a sheet mask for hydration or cleanse your face to freshen up while you’re on the go, which is why beauty lovers have turned to <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Thermal-Spring-Soothing-Calming-Sensitive/dp/B000O7PH34/ref=as_li_ss_tl?th=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautyavenefacemistcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=b66de45be3f3229a34185c27c349d53a&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">this French pharmacy favorite</a> for quick travel touch-ups.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Thermal-Spring-Soothing-Calming-Sensitive/dp/B000O7PH34/ref=as_li_ss_tl?th=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautyavenefacemistcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=b66de45be3f3229a34185c27c349d53a&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Thermal Spring Water face mist from Avène</a> is made with soothing spring water sourced from France that hydrates, reduces redness, and leaves skin calm and glowing after use. While it can be used for every skin type from oily to dry, it’s great for those with particularly sensitive skin and can also alleviate irritation caused by psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea. The spray comes in three sizes <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Thermal-Spring-Soothing-Calming-Sensitive/dp/B000O7PH34/ref=as_li_ss_tl?th=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautyavenefacemistcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=b66de45be3f3229a34185c27c349d53a&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">from 1.6 ounces</a> to 10 ounces, and it’s beloved by Amazon shoppers who have left over 1,000 glowing four- to five-star reviews claiming it’s just plain “magical.” Users have incorporated the product in their daily skincare routines while also keeping it with them on the go.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/united-airlines-sunday-riley-amenity-kits" target="_blank">United Is Now Offering Exclusive Products From Celeb-favorite Sunday Riley in Its Premium Cabins</a></p><img alt="Avene Spring Water Facial Mist "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/avene-thermal-water.jpg?itok=Mmv7WV5y"><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Thermal-Spring-Soothing-Calming-Sensitive/dp/B000O7PH34/ref=as_li_ss_tl?th=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautyavenefacemistcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=b66de45be3f3229a34185c27c349d53a&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $9</p><p>“I have <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Thermal-Spring-Soothing-Calming-Sensitive/dp/B000O7PH34/ref=as_li_ss_tl?th=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautyavenefacemistcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=b66de45be3f3229a34185c27c349d53a&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">a travel bottle</a>, I have a bottle for my purse, and <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Thermal-Spring-Soothing-Calming-Sensitive/dp/B002D48QUC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?th=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautyavenefacemistcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=c65a67cc6bd44a51b32a6d990615ceab&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">I have the largest bottle that sits on my vanity</a>. Whenever your face needs a pick-me-up, right before you apply foundation, when you're hot, when you're sad, when you have just eaten a gallon of ice cream and feel defeated, spray this on your face, you will feel better about yourself instantly,” one customer wrote. “I have told my friends about it and they don't believe me. Then I spray them with it, [and] they buy it. I'm telling you… fairy juice! It's worth every penny.”</p><p>Considered a miracle product by many, the thermal water mist is more than a beauty product: It can also relieve itchiness, rashes, and wounds — <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1VUQXC9NL151O/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlbeautyavenefacemistcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=f8b6c53254a4e1aabddcbde41e913960&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">one shopper even claims</a> it keeps her from getting sinus infections and colds after long flights.</p><p>“I bought this product when I went to Costa Rica and it saved me and my friends a few times when we were extremely hot due to intensity of the sun on that part of the equator. It's great for when you need to cool down. I also had a rash break out because I have very sensitive skin, and when I sprayed some of this water on it, it immediately felt better and cleared up,” another customer wrote. “I'm not saying it will do that for all rashes, but it 100 percent helped with my skin flare up, which happens to me a lot. I now keep this product in my purse and will be buying it frequently to help with my random skin flare ups and random allergic reactions.”</p><p>Whether you’re a frequent traveler or have an upcoming trip soon, you may want to consider throwing <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Thermal-Spring-Soothing-Calming-Sensitive/dp/B000O7PH34/ref=as_li_ss_tl?th=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautyavenefacemistcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=b66de45be3f3229a34185c27c349d53a&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Avène’s Thermal Spring Water</a> in your carry-on bag — its travel size is TSA-approved.</p>
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Book a Flight to Norway, Sweden or Denmark Starting at $355 Round-trip (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:00
<p>Travelers looking to head from the U.S. to charming cities in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/scandinavia-stylish-hotels" target="_blank">Scandinavia</a> can now book a trip through early 2020 for under $400 round-trip.</p><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/airhelp-best-airlines-airports" target="_blank">Scandinavian Airlines</a> is <a href="https://www.flysas.com/us-en/low-fare-calendar/" target="_blank">running a sale</a> through May 19, offering a variety of round-trip flights from the U.S. to Scandinavian stops starting at $355 round-trip.</p><p>The deals are available from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Miami, and Washington, D.C. to European cities that include Sweden’s capital of Stockholm and Denmark’s capital of Copenhagen and cities in Norway like <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-trends/beautiful-landscapes-cities-norway-photos" target="_blank">Bergen</a>, which sits surrounded by fjords.</p><p>From New York, travelers will find $365 round-trip flights to Oslo in Norway throughout the majority of year, in addition to $378 round-trip flights to Norway’s city of Bergen in December and January and $385 round-trip flights to Norway’s city of Haugesund in December.</p><p>There are also $387 round-trip flights to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/hotel-bellora-room-rate-determined-social-media-usage" target="_blank">Gothenburg</a> in Sweden in December and January and $397 round-trip flights to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/offbeat/lego-house-denmark" target="_blank">Billund</a>, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/viking-sky" target="_blank">Aalborg</a>, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/what-to-do-where-to-stay-eat-in-copenhagen" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>, Demark throughout the year.</p><p>From Washington, D.C., top deals include $363 round-trip flights to Oslo in December, $395 round-trip flights to Gothenburg in October, $397 round-trip flights to Copenhagen from September through February, and $398 round-trip flights to Bergen in September.</p><p>Deals from Boston include $372 round-trip flights to Bergen in September, $387 round-trip flights to Copenhagen in the fall, $395 round-trip flights to Gothenburg from August through September, and $398 round-trip flights to Oslo from August through October.</p><p>From Chicago, some of the top deals include round-trip flights to Oslo ranging from $355 to $360 from September through February, round-trip flights to Bergen ranging from $370 to $389 from August through February, and $397 round-trip flights to Copenhagen from September through February.</p><img alt="Copenhagen, Demark "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557766514/copenhagen-denmark-FLYSCAN0519.jpg?itok=Tm8FZ28z"><p>Miami travelers can book $397 round-trip flights to both Oslo and Copenhagen and flights under $410 round-trip to Bergen and Aarhus.</p><p>And don't worry west coast, there are some deal for you, too. These include $397 round-trip flights to Oslo and Copenhagen from Los Angeles and $301 round-trip flights to Stockholm, Sweden from San Francisco in November.</p><p>The lowest fares are available for the airline’s <a href="https://www.flysas.com/us-en/travel-info/baggage/" target="_blank">Go Light category</a>, which allows for one carry-on bag not exceeding 18 pounds. The fares do not include a checked bag, which costs $60 on international routes.</p>
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This City in Japan Is Asking Tourists to Stop Eating While They Walk

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 09:36
<p>Go to a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/worlds-best-street-food-cities" target="_blank">street market in any major city</a> and you’ll be met by the sight of people hopping from food truck to food stall, gathering a variety of savory dishes and sweet treats to take to the nearby waterfront or park to share with their friends and family. You might even see someone else’s plate and think, “That looks <em>amazing</em>, I have to find out where they bought it.”</p><p>But you won’t see this in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/unknown-tourist-destinations-in-japan" target="_blank">Kamakura, Japan</a>, a seaside city in Kanagawa Prefecture known for surfing, Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, and the Great Buddha of Kamakura.</p><p>It all comes down to a new, official policy that asks tourists and residents to refrain from eating while walking around the city, in effect since April 1.</p><p>However, tourists who break the new ordinance will not be issued fines or citations, <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/kamakura-japan-eat-walking/" target="_blank">CNN reported</a>. The policy, posted on signs around the city, is not a warning, but a way to encourage good manners.</p><p>Although litter is cited as one reason why the new ordinance has gone into effect, the <a href="https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/05/07/national/japans-tourist-hubs-struggle-find-polite-ways-stop-people-eating-walking/#.XNWXqhNKii4" target="_blank"><em>Japan Times</em></a> says that it’s also because food spillage has become a “public nuisance” since it gets on people’s clothes and stains them. This is especially the case on Komachi-dori, a 1,200 foot-long street that sees up to 60,000 visitors a day.</p><p><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/kamakura-japan-eat-walking/" target="_blank">CNN adds</a> that the problem goes beyond making a mess. In Japan, food is meant to be fully enjoyed and appreciated, something that many believe is impossible to do while they are on the move.</p><p>Norikazu Takahashi, president of the Komachi store association, disagrees, reaffirming that it is a merely a polite suggestion that visitors follow. “We can’t ban the act of eating while walking, as this is one of the ways to enjoy sightseeing,” he told the <a href="https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/05/07/national/japans-tourist-hubs-struggle-find-polite-ways-stop-people-eating-walking/#.XNWXqhNKii4" target="_blank"><em>Japan Times</em>.</a> “We want to make the street a place where both travelers and residents can feel good.”</p><p>Kamakura is not the only city in Japan requesting people to eat their food where they bought it. For Kyoto’s Nishiki Market, litter is an all-too-common problem as many of its 120 shops offer <a href="https://www.discoverkyoto.com/kyoto-voice/nishiki-market/" target="_blank">street food style options</a>, like <em>shichimi</em> ice cream, <em>senbei</em>, and fried fish on sticks. The latter in particular has become an issue due to worry that market-goers welding food sticks could injure others in the crowded space.</p><p>In October, the market put up signs telling people “no eating while walking” to combat these concerns. Like Kamakura, the policy is a request and not a rule.</p><p>Florence, Italy, on the other hand, has been <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/florence-italy-bans-snacking-on-streets" target="_blank">banning eating on streets</a> near the Uffizi Galleries and the Palazzo Vecchio since September. Anyone who breaks the rule could face fines between €150 to €500 (approximately $174 to $580). The ordinance was intended to cut down on the amount of trash and make the narrow streets easier to navigate.</p>
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Virgin Galactic's Space Flights Will Take Off From the New Mexico Desert

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 09:23
<p>Virgin Galactic may be sending the first commercial tourists to space from New Mexico by the end of the year.</p><p>Richard Branson’s space tourism company announced last week that it will move headquarters from Mojave California to <a href="https://www.spaceportamerica.com/" target="_blank">Spaceport America</a>, New Mexico.</p><p>“The first photograph of Earth from space was taken over New Mexico in October of 1946,” George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company, said in a statement. “How inspiring and appropriate that the state will soon host the first regular commercial spaceflight service, which will enable thousands of people to see Earth from space with their own eyes.”</p><p>As part of the move, Virgin Galactic will transplant more than 100 employees and their families, plus the aircraft VMS Eve and spaceship VSS Unity over the summer. Virgin Galactic still must finalize the cabin design for its rocket ships before final test flights begin.</p><p>Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world, located in the middle of the New Mexico desert, near the town of Truth or Consequences. The launch would make New Mexico one of the few places in the world to host regular human flights to space.</p><p>Virgin Galactic is planning a small number of final test flights in New Mexico but declined to reveal a date when commercial spaceflights will begin. In February, Virgin Galactic completed its <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/virgin-galactic-first-passenger-in-space" target="_blank">first passenger test flight to suborbital space</a>.</p><p>Virgin Galactic’s missions to space have been widely publicized and hotly anticipated over the past few years, but the launch dates have kept getting delayed. </p><p>Among the first people on board the flights <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/richard-branson-virgin-galactic-2018" target="_blank">will be celebrities like Justin Bieber and Leonardo DiCaprio</a>, who have already paid for their $250,000 tickets. Branson himself wants to be on the first commercial flight, which he previously hoped would happen in July, to coincide with the <a href="https://www.space.com/43271-richard-branson-virgin-galactic-apollo-11-anniversary.html" target="_blank">50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch</a>.</p><p>“Our future success as a species rests on the planetary perspective,” <a href="https://eu.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/05/12/virgin-galactic-moves-new-mexico-another-step-commercial-flight/1183547001/" target="_blank">Branson told <em>USA Today</em></a>. “The perspective that we know comes sharply into focus when that planet is viewed from the black sky of space.”</p>
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Arizona's Iconic 'The Wave' Could Soon Allow More Visitors

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 08:36
<p>For hikers and photographers it doesn’t get much better than The Wave — a colorful sandstone rock formation in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/best-arizona-resorts" target="_blank">Arizona</a> that’s been eroded by the wind to resemble an ocean wave. The site’s exclusivity only adds to its allure, as the <a href="https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/permits-and-passes/lotteries-and-permit-systems/arizona/coyote-buttes" target="_blank">Bureau of Land Management</a> (BLM) has capped the number of daily permits at 20 — 10 online and 10 walk-in — in order to protect the formation’s fragile nature and provide visitors with a quality experience.</p><img alt="Woman hikes through a Wave in Arizona "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557763078/tourist-the-wave-arizona-north-coyote-buttes-2-WAVEUP0519.jpg?itok=R00RROec"><p>In response to demand — in some cases, <a href="https://www.thewave.info/" target="_blank">150 people apply</a> for the day’s 20 permits — the BLM is considering increasing the number of daily visitors to 96. Currently, the BLM is asking for <a href="https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/projectSummary.do?methodName=renderDefaultProjectSummary&amp;projectId=122125" target="_blank">public feedback</a> on the proposed change. If the visitor increase is approved, <em><a href="https://www.travelpulse.com/news/destinations/the-wave-may-soon-open-to-more-tourists.html" target="_blank">TravelPulse</a></em> reports that it could take effect as early as October.</p><img alt="Wave, North Coyote Buttes, Vermillion Cliffs, Arizona "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557763078/hiker-the-wave-arizona-north-coyote-buttes-2-WAVEUP0519.jpg?itok=WVShli66"><p>The Wave is located near the Utah-Arizona border in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. The site can be found in the Coyote Buttes North section of the park and is only accessible by foot. There is no trail to The Wave and visitors should prepare for a six-mile round-trip hike.</p><p>Access to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/american-beauty" target="_blank">Coyote Buttes North</a> and The Wave is $7 per person, per day. To enter the online lottery for one of the 10 online permits, you must request the permit four months in advance, <a href="https://www.blm.gov/az/paria/index.cfm?usearea=CB" target="_blank">here</a>. Travelers visiting the site in less than three months, can either visit the calendar on the permit page to see if there are any available slots or try their luck at applying for a walk-in permit. For the latter, guests must <a href="https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/permits-and-passes/lotteries-and-permit-systems/arizona/coyote-buttes" target="_blank">show up</a> at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center in Kanab, Utah from 8:30 a.m. (9 a.m. Daylight Savings Time in summer) to submit an application for one of the 10 walk-in permits. Credit cards are not accepted.</p>
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Steven Spielberg and J. J. Abrams Joined a Very Special Tour of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 07:40
<p>Disneyland’s <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/star-wars-galaxys-edge-inside-look" target="_blank">Star Wars: Galaxy Edge</a> isn’t open to the public just yet, but that didn't keep a few VIPs from stopping by for a tour.</p><p>Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger took a few of his friends — Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, directors J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg, and Galaxy’s Edge creator, Scott Trowbridge — on a quick tour of the new land last week. And, luckily for fans everywhere, Iger tweeted about their little adventure.</p><p>“Best way to impress your friends...give them a personal tour of <a href="https://twitter.com/starwars" target="_blank">@starwars</a> Galaxy's Edge,” Iger enthusiastically shared.</p><p>As <a href="https://deadline.com/2019/05/bob-iger-tours-disneylands-star-wars-galaxys-edge-with-j-j-abrams-steven-spielberg-1202612870/" target="_blank"><em>Deadline</em></a> explained, Abrams directed "The Force Awakens" and is also directing "The Rise of Skywalker<em>," </em>which is set to storm theaters on December 20. Spielberg had little to do with the franchise, except for a small credit as a <a href="http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Steven_Spielberg" target="_blank">guest director</a> in "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith<em>." </em>But, he’s Steven Spielberg, he can do whatever he wants.</p><img alt="Disneyland's Star Wars Galaxy Edge Robert Iger, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557762585/robert-iger-steven-speilberg-jj-abrams-STARTOUR0519.jpg?itok=lky0vTvv"><p>Thankfully, non-famous people only have a few more days to wait to see the new land for themselves as the park is set to open on May 31.</p><p>The 14-acre park will undoubtedly become one of Disney’s most popular attractions. As <em>Travel + Leisure</em> previously reported, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/disneyland-star-wars-land-may-2019" target="_blank">Free reservations</a> to visit the land were available earlier this month, however, the spots sold out in less than two hours. If you didn’t snag a reservation you’ll be unable to enter the park until June 24, 2019, when its new “<a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/disneyland-star-wars-land-may-2019" target="_blank">boarding pass</a>” system begins.</p><p>But, there is still one way to get in. All you need to do is book a room at Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel &amp; Spa, or Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel between May 31st and June 23rd and you’ll be guaranteed a four-hour window to experience the land. Valid park admission is required.</p><p>You could also wait until Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Walt Disney World in Florida this summer as no reservations will be required. But, where’s the fun in waiting? </p>
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Queen Elizabeth Just Gave Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Another New Home (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 07:13
<p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, may have just moved into <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/harry-meghan-moved-out-kensington-palace-to-frogmore-cottage" target="_blank">Frogmore Cottage</a>, but that isn’t stopping them from collecting new homes.</p><p>Queen Elizabeth reportedly gifted the couple another new home, this time inside <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/architecture-design/buckingham-palace-renovations-behind-the-scenes" target="_blank">Buckingham Palace</a>. The new home, the <em>Daily Mail</em> reported, will act as a home base for the couple and their newborn son, Archie, whenever they are in London.</p><img alt="Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557765157/queen-elizabeth-harry-meghan-palace-QUEENHOME0519.jpg?itok=Yaev-Ld2"><p>According to a source who spoke to the <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7018965/Duke-Duchess-Sussex-set-given-suite-rooms-Buckingham-Palace-London-base.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em></a>, it is standard procedure for Royals living outside the capital to be given somewhere they can stay in London. For example, the source added, Princes Andrew and Edward both have accommodations in the Palace but live outside the city like Harry and Meghan.</p><p>The couple’s permanent home is just 30 miles from the city. However, it can become a traffic and strategic nightmare for the royals and their staff who need to frequently travel to London for meetings and events.</p><p>The exact location of the couple’s new home in Buckingham remains a closely guarded secret. It is unknown how close their residence will be to the Queen.</p><p>Beyond this new space, the couple appears to be done with renovations to their home Frogmore. The couple reportedly spent £3 million ($3.8 million) of taxpayer money on structural renovations. Of that, about $65,000 was spent to soundproof the home from planes flying into nearby Heathrow Airport.</p><p>The couple did, however, foot the bill for the interior of the home. <a href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/queen-gives-meghan-markle-prince-15636669" target="_blank">According to <em>The Mirror</em></a>, the pair even hired designer Vicky Charles, who designed the Soho Farmhouse, to turn their house into a home.</p><p>The house reportedly now includes a gym, yoga room, and a gender-neutral nursery for baby Archie.</p><p>But, hopefully, this second space for the family means Harry, Meghan, and Archie will be able to spend even more time with their extended family network including Archie’s cousins, Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte. </p>
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Everything You Need to Know About Disneyland's New Annual Pass

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 07:05
<p>Disneyland has introduced a new annual pass that will have guests reserving entry into the California theme parks up to 30 days before their visit. The <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/guest-services/flex-passport/?CMP=ILC-DPFY19Q3wo0509190515190013E" target="_blank">Disneyland Flex Passport</a>, which offers both unrestricted and reservation-based admission on select dates annually, will cost $599 when it debuts May 21, 2019.</p><p>It’s not just repeat guests that will need to stake their claim prior to hitting <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/build-your-own-droid-star-wars-land" target="_blank">the droid shop</a> or the first-ever <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/star-wars-land-food" target="_blank">Star Wars restaurant</a> within Star Wars Land, though. Timed reservations, which were required to enter Galaxy’s Edge during its first month, sold out <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/disneyland-resort-star-wars-reservations-sold-out" target="_blank">in just two hours</a> — but you may need a pass to enter later this summer as well.</p><p>Starting June 24, guests will be required to <a href="https://www.ocregister.com/2019/05/09/how-the-star-wars-galaxys-edge-virtual-queue-system-will-work-after-the-initial-reservation-only-period/" target="_blank">hold their place in a virtual queue</a> with Star Wars “boarding passes” once the immersive galactic land fills up, according to <em>The Orange County Register</em>. These same-day entry reservations, available within the Disneyland app, will only appear when the land is full and eventually be phased out once demand lowers — but given that Galaxy’s Edge is Disney’s most anticipated theme park opening of all time, don’t expect that anytime soon.</p><p>The advent of <em>Star Wars</em>: Galaxy’s Edge is likely to bring unprecedented levels of guests to Disneyland. This Flex Passport’s registration system, which is intended to distribute attendance more evenly, is indicative of the California theme park’s ongoing effort to manage crowds while appeasing its repeat visitors.</p><p>Identical to Disneyland’s popular locals-only Southern California Select Passport but with the addition of reservable dates and availability for residents of any city, the Flex Passport costs $200 more for extra but restricted access — and could be the ideal Disney ticket for excited <em>Star Wars</em> fans.</p><p>With “request” entry available <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disneyland-disney-world-tickets-discount" target="_blank">throughout the entire summer</a> with absolutely no blackout dates, a Flex Passport owner could feasibly visit the outer-galaxy theme park land a half-dozen times before a Southern California Select passholder could. In that sense, the pass is a no-brainer for Star Wars fans with moderate flexibility hoping to pilot the Millennium Falcon or sip a Bantha blue milk in an <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/every-alcoholic-drink-disneyland" target="_blank">outer rim cantina</a> more than a few times this summer — as well as throughout the year.</p><p>This new form of Disneyland admission is two-fold. Like other annual passes, guests can attend either or both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure theme parks on pre-selected dates throughout the year as they wish. Additionally, Flex Passport owners will be able to make reservations for additional days during peak periods, save for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday periods.</p><p>Disneyland’s new ticketing option is historic because it requires attendees to ask permission to enter the park before even showing up. For a theme park whose fanbase is overwhelmingly local, planning one’s visit up to 30 days in advance is unprecedented — but could be the solution needed to curb busy crowds.</p>
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This Is What the First Roller Coaster on a Cruise Ship Will Look Like

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 06:57
<p>Carnival Cruises announced late last year that it would build the world’s first roller coaster at sea. This week, the cruise line released images of the new attraction, along with more information about how exactly it’s going to work.</p><p>When the <em>Mardi Gras</em> ship sets sail in 2020, passengers will be able to board <a href="https://www.carnival.com/onboard/bolt-ultimate-sea-coaster" target="_blank">BOLT</a>, which Carnival is calling the “ultimate sea coaster.”</p><p>Riders will board “motorcycles,” where they are able to control the speed. This makes the open-air attraction suitable for those who would rather take the turns at a slower pace. No matter what speed riders choose, they’ll ride the 800-foot track up 187 feet above sea level to get the best views from the ship. Passengers will have to pay an additional charge to board the coaster.</p><p>“Creating the first shipboard roller coaster posed quite a challenge as it’s never been done,” Glenn Aprile, Carnival Cruise Line’s Director of Innovation told <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/make-it/" target="_blank">CNBC Make It</a>. “The design and movement of the ship needed to be factored in to the engineering and design, something that doesn’t need to be accounted for on a land-based coaster.”</p><img alt="Carnival Cruise Bolt Ultimate Sea Coaster "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557759768/carnival-cruise-bolt-ultimate-sea-coaster-2-SEACOAST0519.jpg?itok=gHPvxA7M"><p>Don’t expect the kind of heart-pounding, adrenaline-filled drops that draw visitors to land-locked theme parks. The Bolt Ultimate Sea Coaster will only go up to 40 miles per hour. The world’s 10 fastest roller coasters have speeds ranging <a href="https://www.tripsavvy.com/the-worlds-fastest-roller-coasters-4163986" target="_blank">from 93 to 149 miles per hour</a>.</p><p>For those who prefer to stay away from rides, the <em>Mardi Gras</em> will also feature <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/carnival-cruise-line-adds-family-feud-live-game-to-ship-entertainment" target="_blank">“Family Feud Live,”</a> where families will be able to pretend like they’re on the famous game show. The ship will be the largest in the Carnival Cruises fleet, with 20 decks and 5,200 rooms onboard.</p>
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This Glass-domed Train Through the Canadian Rockies Is One of the Most Scenic Rides in the World (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 14:00
<p>There’s something romantic about traveling by train. You travel quickly, but not too quickly to miss out on the views. And for visitors to Western Canada — home to iconic sites like Banff National Park — views are important. For travelers who don’t want to miss a thing, there’s nothing better than a trip on Rocky Mountaineer’s <a href="https://www.rockymountaineer.com/goldleaf" target="_blank">GoldLeaf Service</a> train carriages.</p><img alt="Mountaineer train "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556734637/onboard-gold-leaf-mountaineer-MOUNTAINEER0519.jpg?itok=fyM-OTy4"><p>The GoldLeaf rail cars have full-dome windows so guests can see above them, a feature that’s particularly handy when traveling through Western Canada’s stunning mountain ranges. The cars also have a large <a href="http://www.travelbulletin.co.uk/news-mainmenu/rocky-mountaineer-launches-2019-season-with-new-rail-cars" target="_blank">outdoor viewing platform</a> so travelers can enjoy fresh mountain air and get unobstructed photos. Guests who book GoldLeaf Service will enjoy hot, chef-prepared breakfast and lunch, and afternoon wine and cheese service.</p><img alt="Rocky Mountaineer train "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556734637/goldleaf-mountaineer-exterior-foliage-MOUNTAINEER0519.jpg?itok=qBueSX3h"><p>Rocky Mountaineer, a Canadian rail-tour company that’s the proud owner of GoldLeaf Service, has added four new train carriages to its fleet with another three set to be added in 2020. The first four will be added to two popular routes: the two-day journey between <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/tls-definitive-guide-to-vancouver" target="_blank">Vancouver</a> and Lake Louise or Banff and the two-day trip between Vancouver and Jasper.</p><img alt="Rocky Mountaineer train "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556734637/goldleaf-mountaineer-seton-lake-view-MOUNTAINEER0519.jpg?itok=CbGWI8bf"><p>The luxury rail cars were engineered and built by Swiss rail car company Stadler, and marks the largest capital investment in Rocky Mountaineer’s history. Each GoldLeaf rail car accommodates 72 guests in reclining, heated seats.</p><img alt="Rocky Mountaineer train "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556734637/goldleaf-mountaineer-new-fleet-unveiling-MOUNTAINEER0519.jpg?itok=BdwoC3fV"><p>Steve Sammut, president and chief executive officer of Rocky Mountaineer, said in a <a href="https://www.rockymountaineer.com/media-centre/rocky-mountaineer-expands-capacity-new-luxury-rail-cars-seven-glass-dome-cars-join" target="_blank">statement</a>, “We were intentional in designing these new cars to offer the same exemplary guest comfort across the entire fleet, while also making numerous engineering enhancements behind the scenes that reflect our goal of constantly enhancing both the experience and efficiency of our service.”</p>
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Sleeping Less Than Six Hours a Night Can Significantly Impair Your Work Performance

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:00
<p>It’s no secret that sleep is one of the most important things your body does.</p><p>Not getting enough sleep has been linked to <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/chronic_disease.html" target="_blank">several other disorders.</a> Getting enough sleep is key to a healthy lifestyle, but it’s not always easy to get a good night’s sleep or to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/sleeping-in-on-weekends-bad-for-health" target="_blank">catch up on sleep</a>.</p><p>Still, a lot of U.S. workers — about one in three according to the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0215-enough-sleep.html" target="_blank">CDC</a> — are not getting their recommended <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/how_much_sleep.html" target="_blank">six to nine hours of sleep</a> a night and are going about their days without proper rest. Sure, it’s technically more “efficient,” but it’s definitely doing people more than good.</p><p>According to the <em><a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/work-sleepless-effects-advice_l_5cc8b829e4b0d123954be5a6" target="_blank">Huffington Post</a></em>, sleep can impair your performance at work, even if you’re just a little bit sleep deprived.</p><p>“If you got fewer than seven hours of sleep last night, you are a little bit sleep-deprived. And you will probably deny that and say, ‘No, I’m fine,’” said Jeanne Duffy, a neuroscientist and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School to the <em>Huffington Post</em>. “But if we were to bring you into one of our sleep labs and have you do some performance tests, we would be able to see that you are not as good at doing those as you are fully rested.”</p><p>Not only can sleep deprivation lead to workers being easily distracted or anxious, they can also cause some other emotional effects like being quick to anger and less patient with their coworkers, according to the <em>Huffington Post</em>.</p><p>Suddenly that “Don’t Talk To Me Until I’ve Had My Coffee” mug isn’t joking around.</p><p>In addition, workers in need of sleep are more likely to take bigger risks at work. While sometimes taking a risk can lead to a big payoff, it can also look like a lapse in judgment.</p><p>Naturally, the best way to combat these effects is to get on a healthy sleep schedule, but of course, not everyone can do that. According to Philips (the light bulb company), most <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/why-cant-i-sleep-philips-global-sleep-survey" target="_blank">people can’t sleep</a> because of stress, poor sleep environments, difficult schedules, the ever-present lure of technology like TVs or smartphones, and certain health problems.</p><p>For workers who still have to burn the candle at both ends, the <em>Huffington Post</em> recommends <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/nature-improves-your-mood" target="_blank">spending a little time outside</a> during your day, moving around, not over-consuming caffeine, taking a nap, and, of course, making sure you get a good night’s sleep after the day is done.</p><p>If you are genuinely too sleepy to go to work, it’s probably best to stay home.</p>
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Colorado ‘Horror Hotel’ Known for Alleged Ghost Sightings Reopens With Serial Killer-themed Rooms

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 11:00
<p>Stephen King’s "The Shining" may have been inspired by his stay at <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/the-shining-stanley-hotel-maze" target="_blank">The Stanley Hotel</a>, but we’d argue the setting’s true parallel is <a href="http://blackmonarchhotel.com/" target="_blank">The Black Monarch Hotel</a>. Initially a Gold Rush-era casino, saloon, and brothel, the building is said to be haunted by the ghost of a man who died in a gunfight. Ever since, people have reported seeing unexplained things and in recent years, guests claim to have woken up to hear women laughing and men shouting only to learn that they were in the hotel alone.</p><img alt="The Black Monarch "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557504444/bedroom-black-monarch-HAUNTEDHOTEL0519.jpg?itok=hluyW52o"><p>These rumors of horrors and hauntings are embraced by the hotel’s new owner, Adam Zimmerli, who’s worked in Denver’s music scene and operated unique properties there. The Black Monarch features rooms themed after serial killers Elizabeth Bathory and H.H. Holmes, and according to the property’s press release, “The self-proclaimed ‘horror hotel’ is packed with curiosities, taxidermy, oddities and trinkets, giving alternative travelers myriad strange sights to explore.”</p><p>On Colorado’s <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalregister/index.htm" target="_blank">National Register of Historic Places</a>, the hotel has been fully renovated and features a Victorian Gothic design aesthetic that accentuates the property’s storied past. The Black Monarch reopened to the public on May 1 and is located 46 miles southwest of Colorado Springs in Victor, Colorado, a tiny mountain town of less than 1,000 people. Hotel guests can explore the surrounding mountains, learn about the town’s mining history, and enjoy live music, as Zimmerli plans to host live shows — with a dark twist — and special events featuring burlesque and circus performers.</p>
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This Top-rated Backpack Makes It Incredibly Easy for Parents to Travel With a Car Seat — and It’s Less Than $40

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 10:31
<p>When it comes to traveling with young children, flying is probably the most stressful mode of transportation. Not only do you have to make sure the kids stay entertained in the airport and throughout the flight, but you also have to lug around all of their gear and essentials (plus your own). Car seats are a necessity while <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/family-vacations/best-travel-cribs" target="_blank">traveling with toddlers and infants</a> and they can also be <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/chrissy-teigen-baby-on-flights" target="_blank">one of the best travel hacks</a> to make your life easier while flying, but the bulky items are also notoriously hard to pack — aside from being heavy, they also tend to be awkwardly-shaped and difficult to carry, especially if you’re running to catch a flight.</p><p>Thankfully, frequent flyers have discovered the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/J-L-Childress-Ultimate-Backpack-Padded/dp/B0009RNXNA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?th=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcarseatholderrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=a28a06b043d3143b72f62286c927a3ec" target="_blank">J.L. Childress Padded Car Seat Travel Bag</a> that makes it incredibly easy for parents to tote around car seats hands-free. The handy <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/pincnil-travel-backpack-amazon" target="_blank">travel backpack</a> is specially designed to fit most car seat models in its spacious interior. Along with padded back and shoulder straps that make the bag super comfortable, the water-resistant material helps keep the car seat dry even if you get stuck in the rain.</p><p>It even boasts dual lockable zippers that won’t snag or become detached. The best part? You can utilize the extra space in the roomy bag to store all your child’s other essentials on trips, like diapers, wipes, and clothing — which comes in handy since most airlines let you check a car seat for free.</p><img alt="J.L. Childress Ultimate Travel Bag "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557332043/jl-childress-ultimate-backpack-CARSEATBAG0519.jpg?itok=nuzgFF2Y"><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/J-L-Childress-Ultimate-Backpack-Padded/dp/B0009RNXNA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?th=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcarseatholderrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=a28a06b043d3143b72f62286c927a3ec" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $40</p><p>With features like this, it makes sense that more than <a href="https://www.amazon.com/J-L-Childress-Ultimate-Backpack-Padded/dp/B0009RNXNA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?th=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcarseatholderrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=a28a06b043d3143b72f62286c927a3ec" target="_blank">2,000 Amazon customers</a> gave the car seat carrier an impressive 4.4-star rating and an overwhelming number of glowing reviews. “If you're doing any sort of travel with a car seat, do yourself a favor and buy this bag. It was a game changer for us,” said one customer. “The backpack style makes it easy to carry, it's padded so everything stayed intact with no damage when it’s checked, and there is plenty of room for all of your little one's stuff once you've put the car seat in. This was the only bag we needed to pack for a recent five-day trip — everything our daughter needed fit inside with room to spare. One of the best baby gear purchases I've made.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/ultimate-travel-essentials/gear-for-parents?" target="_blank">The Ultimate Travel Essentials for Parents</a></p><p>Another shopper wrote, “Wow, this is a total must-have for parents traveling with children who have car seats. My family was planning a trip that required us to fly and I thought this product might be useful. So I purchased on Amazon and brought it with us to the airport, and I am so glad that we did. When traveling with kids not only do you have to carry the bags, but you must hold on to your kids. Being able to take the large car seat and wear it on my back made life much easier. We have since used this and checked it on multiple trips and it has survived well.”</p><p>If you want to make sure your car seat will fit, you can check out <a href="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51D%2BNgDgxvS.pdf" target="_blank">this handy chart</a> that lists every model of car seats that are compatible with the backpack. What’s more, the carrier is actually super affordable at just $40. If you’re a parent planning on traveling with small tots, you should definitely consider snagging this before your next trip.</p>
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14 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Vacation

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 15:00
<p>When it comes to figuring out how to save money while traveling, there’s no better collective wisdom to tap than our very own <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list">A-List</a>. <i>Travel + Leisure</i>’s assemblage of the world’s top travel advisors offers a wellspring of travel tips and tricks, including how to get the best deals while planning trips.</p><p>From tried-and-true suggestions, like reaping the benefits of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/shoulder-season-travel-secrets">shoulder season</a>, to more under-the-radar insights, like booking longer stays for discounts, we sourced more than a dozen ways to make seeing the world easier on your wallet. Ahead, 14 A-List members share what to do to save money on your next vacation.</p><img alt="Hawaii "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557501706/Hawaii_ALISTTIP0519.jpg?itok=m-UytLoE"><p>“Prioritize! Budget for your priorities, whether that’s convenience, great food, comfortable accommodations, or activities, and don’t skimp on them. Then you can save money on all of the less important details — buy food at a grocery store for a local picnic, stay in a backcountry refugio, or take the less desirable flight connections that are half the price. Once you know what makes an experience wonderful for you, it’s easy to save money because you’re not wasting funds on everyone else’s priorities that don’t add a lot to your personal experience.” —<em><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/mary-curry" target="_blank">Mary Curry, Adventure Life</a></em></p><p>“Italy in high season, for example, is expensive and crowded. So my first suggestion is to travel in cooler months, from November through March. Seaside hotels may be closed, but cities are vibrant, especially around the holidays when you only hear Italian being spoken in the streets. You might also consider booking longer stays or prepaying for them. Hotels give discounts if you stay four nights, and sometimes, they may charge for just three. I’ve seen them give discounts as high as 20 percent. Finally, forget the bragging rights. Avoid Positano, Portofino, and Taormina. Rent a car and explore the smaller villages with names you can't pronounce. You will find friendly people, better deals, and a warmer welcome.” —<em><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/joyce-falcone" target="_blank">Joyce Falcone, the Italian Concierge</a></em></p><p>“The saying ‘Time is money,’ is true — so when looking at hotels central to sightseeing, you’ll also want to think ‘location, location, location.’ Pay a little more to stay where you can walk as many places as possible. The inexpensive Airbnb or budget hotel that involves spending 30 or more minutes navigating public transport just to get to a destination amounts to no savings in the long run. You spent a lot of money to get where you’re going and you’re likely only there for a few days. Do you really want to use up a big chunk of your time traveling to what you really came to see and do?” —<em><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/ellen-lecompte" target="_blank">Ellen LeCompte, LeCompte Travel</a></em></p><p>“Book as early as possible. You can access early booking specials, lock in your preferred rooms in the smaller boutique hotels, and find unique experiences that are highly sought after. Cruises release schedules far ahead of time, as do allotments in lodges and properties around Southeast Asia. Aim to book at least 18 months in advance if you can.” —<em><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/jack-tydeman" target="_blank">Jack Tydeman, Audley Travel</a></em></p><p>“I always advise seeking out more cost-efficient charming boutique hotels rather than five-star luxury hotel operations. Sure, your hotel may not have multiple restaurants by famous chefs, the latest in luxury amenities, or endless room options, but you’ll instead gain attentiveness to detail, quaintness, and the fun personality that is normally associated with boutique accommodations. Also, bring your friends and family! The more people in your group, the easier it is to arrange discounts for your hotel stays.” —<em><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/jarrod-hobson" target="_blank">Jarrod Hobson, ATJ</a></em></p><p>“For repeat visitors to Italy, you should explore the lesser-known regions. Italy has plenty of hidden gems that are not super popular and quite affordable. The Gargano region in Puglia, for instance, has a coastline that rivals the Amalfi Coast, and Bergamo, a city north of Milan, has a thriving culture scene. When you visit unknown parts of Italy, luxury hotels generally cost 30 percent less than they do in more touristy regions. There’s that, and the restaurants are more reasonably priced.” —<em><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/andrea-grisdale" target="_blank">Andrea Grisdale, IC Bellagio</a></em></p><p>“Plan ahead. That gives you an edge because everyone is traveling, everyone sees the same Instagram pictures, and people have this ‘right now’ mentality. They don't want to save up for 10 years and then take that dream vacation — they want to live in the now because you never know what tomorrow might bring. I also personally love traveling in the shoulder season. Positano in October is so much more enjoyable than July. Go to Patagonia in March and you’ll have the place to yourself and save a considerable amount of money in the process. Consider shortening your trip, too, so you have a quality time versus quantity of time.” <em>—<a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/jim-augerinos" target="_blank">Jim Augerinos, Perfect Honeymoons</a></em></p><p>“Always use a travel advisor. They know better than any traveler how to get the most value out of your vacation, not only through the best deals but through value-added amenities like on-property credits, complimentary food and beverages, and even unique experiences for their guests. At Valerie Wilson Travel, we offer a proprietary program called Suite Access, which guarantees a minimum of $200 on-property credit, along with a welcome amenity, complimentary WiFi, complimentary breakfast, and a free VIP experience or a customized local experience. It means even the shortest two-night stays become memorable and valuable.” —<em><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/jennifer-wilson-buttigieg" target="_blank">Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, Valerie Wilson Travel</a></em></p><p>“Travel in the off season! Peak season in certain destinations, like summer in Europe or winter in the Caribbean, have not only become extremely expensive, but are also so crowded that they can’t be enjoyed as they should be. Locals tend to be more willing to share their hometowns with tourists during the quieter slow seasons rather than trying to power through the madness. The best hotels can be hundreds of dollars less per night than in the off season. (I've seen up to $1,000 per night less!) There are, of course, certain "no go" times: the heart of hurricane season in the Caribbean or the dead of winter in the Amalfi Coast or Greek isles, when much is closed. But shoulder season, when the weather is good but the crowds have either not yet arrived or just left, is heaven.” —<em><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/louisa-gehring" target="_blank">Louisa Gehring, Gehring Travel</a></em></p><p>“Pick destinations that offer good currency conversion value. During high season in Santiago, Chile, for example, the cost per night in one of the five-star hotels is lower than a nice dinner for two in New York City. —<em><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/amalia-lazarov" target="_blank">Amalia Lazarov, Travelicious Travel</a></em></p><img alt="London, England "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557501706/London_ALISTTIP0519.jpg?itok=vEw9uEyz"><p>“Hotel rates in London soar from May through July. From early September to the end of February, however, they drop slightly. If colder temperatures don’t bother you, January is the cheapest month to visit. Splurge on tea, save on lunch and dinner. Enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea at a five-star hotel so you can miss out on lunch and have a lighter dinner. Most of London’s museums are free with an entry fee only required for some specific exhibitions. Soak up a city’s atmosphere and ditch the car and travel on foot. Not only will you see more, spend less time in traffic, but you’ll also benefit from the walk!” —<em><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/nicola-butler" target="_blank">Nicola Butler, Noteworthy</a></em></p><p>“In the online world we live in, it is true that you can book travel yourself — but why would you want to? Working with a travel advisor brings added value to every trip. In addition to saving you the time and stress of planning, their global connections allows them to make you VIPs at luxury hotels, on cruise lines, on tours, and beyond. Working with an expert means you’ll enjoy everything from upgrades to complimentary breakfasts, resort credits to shipboard credits, backstage experiences, private sales, the very best service and treatment — no matter where you travel.” —<em><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/susan-sparks" target="_blank">Susan Sparks, Points of Interest Travel</a></em></p><p>“Know which destinations are best to avoid on the weekends or holidays to skirt price increases and crowds. I often strategically plan trips to particular areas to fall outside of busy times. For example, Hiroshima and the beautiful island of Miyajima are excellent places to visit in Japan but will be touristy on the weekends. I try to make trips to those spots fall mid-week. Staying on Miyajima is a very special experience, so booking far in advance helps you secure rooms in its small, charming accommodations.” —<em><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/tesia-smith" target="_blank">Tesia Smith, Audley Travel</a></em></p><p>“Find local spots to dine at. Not only will mom-and-pop places save you money on your next vacation, but they’ll also allow for more opportunities for unique moments and cultural interactions. Some of the best memories are when meals are shared locally.” —<em><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/Christina-Turrini" target="_blank">Christina Turrini, Frosch Travel</a></em></p>
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These Cruise Lines Offer Serious Adventure Itineraries on Ultra Luxury Ships

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 14:01
<p>When it comes to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises" target="_blank">cruise vacations</a>, people tend to fall into one of two drastically opposing categories: fervent advocates or overzealous naysayers. For critics, cruising is a divisive concept that typically elicits visions of massive, outdated ships, less-than-desirable travel companions, and cookie cutter itineraries that feel more like lackluster field trips than authentic, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Cue the caricature of an obnoxious tourist looming over the cruise ship buffet in his loudest Hawaiian print button-down.</p><p>Although that unsavory depiction undoubtedly exists in some form or another, it’s certainly no longer the norm — at least not when it comes to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/large-ocean-cruise-ships" target="_blank">luxury ships</a>. For the uninitiated, the cruise industry’s luxury segment is booming. Now more than ever before, leaders in the space are attracting well-heeled holidaymakers and transporting them to some of the most stunning destinations on earth.</p><img alt="Hurtigruten Cruise "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1554134161/side-deck-hurtigruten-ADVCRUISE0419.jpg?itok=tZ3lG92o"><p>What’s more, the vessels currently sailing the high seas are so impressive, you could easily mistake their swoon-worthy suites for some lavish European hotel — and nobody would blame you. Just ask anyone dining at <a href="https://www.seabourn.com/en_US/experience/dining/the-grill-by-thomas-keller.html" target="_blank">The Grill by Thomas Keller</a> aboard <em><a href="https://www.seabourn.com/en_US/cruise-ships/seabourn-ovation/1.html" target="_blank">Seabourn Ovation</a></em> or beckoning their personal butler on <a href="https://www.silversea.com/en.html" target="_blank">Silversea</a>’s <a href="https://www.silversea.com/ships/silver-muse.html" target="_blank">Silver Muse</a>. Truth be told, it’s a far cry from the long-standing stigma that has traditionally plagued the industry, and nothing like that spring break booze cruise you may (or may not) remember.</p><img alt="Hurtigruten Cruise "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1554134161/prion-island-hurtigruten-ADVCRUISE0419.jpg?itok=vTuw4TG6"><img alt="Hurtigruten Cruise "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1554134161/damoy-point-hurtigruten-ADVCRUISE0419.jpg?itok=IkBFojbn"><p>But the latest trend in luxury cruising looks beyond simply combining stellar service with world-class accommodations and a database of exclusive destinations. These days, an increasing amount of passengers are insisting that options for unforgettable adventures and out-of-the-box excursions are folded into the mix. Luckily for them, the cruise lines that are willing to listen are eager to oblige.</p><p>The demand for expedition-themed offerings has become so prevalent that many of the key players in the industry are already preparing for the rising trend. In order to usher in this swelling wave of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/great-adventure-cruises" target="_blank">adventure chasing cruise enthusiasts</a>, more than 50 expedition ships are slated to be constructed over the next five years alone. The move indicates a fundamental shift in how “cruise people” are choosing to travel.</p><img alt="Hurtigruten Cruise "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1554134161/expedition-hurtigruten-ADVCRUISE0419.jpg?itok=zr7HnbHp"><h2>A Reimagined Approach</h2><p>Many of these newcomers will draw inspiration from their luxurious sister ships and incorporate thoughtful design details not commonly found in expedition vessels. Historically, expedition ships offered little more than bare bone essentials, which makes logical sense considering their main purpose was functionality. Tough but nimble, they served as a launch pad for intrepid pursuits during the day, and a simple place to sleep at night. But that mindset is finally beginning to shift as elegant new vessels gear up to make their grand debut.</p><p>“The changes taking place in the expedition category are a natural evolution of the cruise industry that responds to the curiosity of today’s traveler,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “I’m confident that these consumer interests will continue to grow in the years ahead.”</p><img alt="Hurtigruten Cruise "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1554134161/kayaking-hurtigruten-ADVCRUISE0419.jpg?itok=bQvyIUE0"><img alt="Hapag-lloyd Cruises "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1554134161/rendering-various-hanseatic-ships-ADVCRUISE0419.jpg?itok=T7BqqHQI"><p>Built specifically for <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/how-to-visit-antarctica" target="_blank">adventurous excursions</a>, these vessels will still be able to access far flung corners of the earth (like their predecessors), but they’ll do so in unprecedented style while incorporating immersive itineraries and experiences that are sure to impress any thrill-seeker. This revolutionary approach marks the first real effort to expand passengers’ focus from the destinations alone and include the actual vessels into the overarching experience. And it’s going to change the cruising industry as we know it.</p><img alt="Hurtigruten Cruise "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1554134161/hiking-hurtigruten-ADVCRUISE0419.jpg?itok=CSTf7LsD"><h2>Notable Newcomers of 2019</h2><p>This year will welcome an innovative fleet of newcomers that will certainly set the bar high for all future iterations. One of the most buzzed about forthcoming ships is <a href="https://global.hurtigruten.com/" target="_blank">Hurtigruten</a>’s <em><a href="https://global.hurtigruten.com/ships/ms-roald-amundsen/" target="_blank">MS Roald Amundsen</a></em>. Her arrival this July marks the revered company’s first hybrid ship. Designed by Rolls Royce, the 530-passenger ship will employ sustainable technology and be powered by renewable, fossil-free liquefied biogas produced by dead fish and organic waste. Adrenaline-fueled itineraries will include a <a href="https://www.hurtigruten.com/destinations/alaska/aleutian-islands-bears-and-inside-passage/" target="_blank">17-night trip</a> along Alaska’s coast; a<a href="https://www.hurtigruten.com/destinations/antarctica/chilean-fjords-antarctica-and-falklands-great-explorers-and-wildlife/" target="_blank"> journey through Chilean fjords</a> and Antarctica’s pristine landscapes ($10,105 per person); and exploring Viking heritage in<a href="https://www.hurtigruten.com/destinations/greenland/iceland-and-greenland-the-viking-heritage-16-days/?tab=your%20ship" target="_blank"> Iceland and Greenland</a> (starting at $8,457).</p><p>“With an eye on the next generation of responsible adventure travel, we set out to develop ground-breaking vessels,” said Daniel Skjeldam, CEO of Hurtigruten. According to Skjeldam, guests can also look forward to “a fleet of Blueye underwater drones, kayaks, and large inflatable Explorer Boats used for landings in otherwise inaccessible destinations.”</p><img alt="Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1554134161/lobby-bar-rendering-scenic-eclipse-ADVCRUISE0419.jpg?itok=96Tyl1Ox"><img alt="Hapag-Lloyd Cruises "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1554134161/passengers-hanseatic-ADVCRUISE0419.jpg?itok=yHFm9xpk"><p>Known primarily for their exceptional river itineraries, <a href="https://www.scenicusa.com/" target="_blank">Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours</a> is branching out and taking a slice of the metaphorical ocean expedition cruise pie. With a 228-passenger capacity, the brand will introduce its all-suite <em><a href="https://www.scenic.com.au/eclipse" target="_blank">Scenic Eclipse</a></em> in August of this year. Her initial adventure-focused programming will center on bringing guests into the deep Arctic, thanks to its ice-class rating and heavy-duty stabilizer. The ship will also boast enviable features such as a fleet of Zodiacs, two helicopters, and a submarine outfitted for polar exploration. A diverse array of itineraries include a <a href="http://brochure.scenic.com.au/i/955671-scenic-eclipse-2019-2020/63?" target="_blank">21-day sailing through the Northwest Passage</a> (starting at $36,995); a <a href="http://brochure.scenic.com.au/i/955671-scenic-eclipse-2019-2020/67?" target="_blank">13-day trip</a> across Russia and the White Sea ($18,495 per person); and a multitude of <a href="http://brochure.scenic.com.au/i/955671-scenic-eclipse-2019-2020/85?" target="_blank">Mediterranean journeys</a> (beginning at $9,795).</p><p>In addition to sustainability efforts, <a href="https://www.hl-cruises.com/" target="_blank">Hapag-Lloyd Cruises</a> is leveraging emerging technology to differentiate themselves from the competition. Launching in October 2019, the international <em><a href="https://www.hl-cruises.com/new-expedition-ships" target="_blank">HANSEATIC inspiration</a></em> will be the second of two highly anticipated luxury expedition ships to come from the award-winning German cruise line. The other, <em>HANSEATIC nature</em> will be an exclusively German-speaking ship. Accommodating 230 guests — and just 199 on Antarctic routes — the small ship will offer six different cabin and suite types (each with ocean views), and some will be outfitted with retractable balconies to position passengers even closer to the action. Her <a href="https://www.hl-cruises.com/cruisefinder/INS1901" target="_blank">15-day maiden voyage</a> is scheduled from Antwerp, Belgium to Tenerife, Spain and will visit France, the Channel Islands, Portugal, Morocco, and Madeira along the way ($9,085 per person).</p><img alt="Crystal Cruises "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1554134161/solarium-rendering-crystal-endeavor-ADVCRUISE0419.jpg?itok=EGfNClU1"><h2>Eyes on the Horizon</h2><p>Looking ahead, there are plenty of other awe-inspiring new ships in development that deserve a spot on any traveler’s radar. To jump-start 2020, <a href="https://world.expeditions.com/" target="_blank">Lindblad Expeditions</a> will introduce <em><a href="https://www.expeditions.com/why-us/our-fleet/national-geographic-endurance/overview/" target="_blank">National Geographic Endurance</a></em> in January, signifying their first polar-specific expedition ship. The state-of-the-art, 126-guest vessel will boast the highest ice class of any purpose-built passenger ship. Its innovative design will also include expanded fuel and water tanks, allowing for deeper exploration in remote regions. The <a href="https://www.expeditions.com/why-us/our-fleet/national-geographic-endurance/itineraries/" target="_blank">12 current itineraries</a> range in price from $7,970 up to $96,190 per person, depending on the route and duration.</p><img alt="Hurtigruten Cruise "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1554134161/danco-island-camping-hurtigruten-ADVCRUISE0419.jpg?itok=LbUgSlyL"><img alt="Hurtigruten Cruise "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1554134161/cruise-ship-hurtigruten-ADVCRUISE0419.jpg?itok=68oYsI6p"><p><a href="https://www.crystalcruises.com/" target="_blank">Crystal Cruises</a> will also follow suit with the launch of the all-inclusive <em><a href="https://crystalexpeditioncruises.com/" target="_blank">Crystal Endeavor</a></em>. The largest of the polar class expedition yachts, it will be able to accommodate 200 people and will weave in the brand’s sumptuous signature touches, such as spacious suites measuring up to 1,130 square feet. Along with high-tech adventure toys, guests will also be able to take advantage of the on-site spa, theater, and six different culinary concepts. Hopeful passengers looking to experience the maiden voyage are encouraged to <a href="https://crystalexpeditioncruises.com/request-a-quote/" target="_blank">request a quote</a> directly from their team of personal cruise sales consultants.</p><img alt="Lindblad Expeditions Cruise "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1554134161/bedroom-lindblad-ADVCRUISE0419.jpg?itok=9PlbU_r1"><img alt="Hapag-Lloyd Cruises "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1554134161/seals-hanseatic-ADVCRUISE0419.jpg?itok=OXSaXUlk"><p>Spilling into 2021, <a href="https://www.seabourn.com/en_US.html" target="_blank">Seabourn</a> will debut an ultra-luxury expedition ship in June, followed by a second arrival in May 2022. Inspired in part by the company’s successful Ventures by Seabourn program, the <a href="https://www.seabourn.com/en_US/news/press-release/2019-press-releases/pr-20190306-seabourn-to-elevate-expedition-travel-with-expedition-ships.html" target="_blank">currently unnamed ships</a> will each tout 132 deluxe oceanfront veranda suites and are expected to carry two submarines, a collection of kayaks, and 24 inflatable Zodiac boats. The onboard crew will include well-traveled expedition teams consisting of wilderness experts, scientists, and historians to provide an enriched guest experience.</p><p>“Our primary goal in building these new ships is to give luxury expedition travelers the best possible destination experience on board and far afield, with a design that enables us to get all guests out into the environment as quickly as possible to fulfill those travel wish lists,” said Richard Meadows. “The adventurous experiences that our guests are seeking do not come with a compromise in luxury.”</p><img alt="Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1554134161/rafting-excursion-scenic-eclipse-ADVCRUISE0419.jpg?itok=_6Pdmw41">
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Millennials Are More Likely to Choose Credit Cards With Travel Bonuses, Survey Finds

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 13:00
<p>There’s a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/points-miles/how-to-pick-rewards-credit-card" target="_blank">dizzying number of credit cards</a> to choose from — with most offering tempting perks to get you to sign up and spend money. But with so many options, it can be tricky deciding which perk to go with: Do you opt for a great sign-up bonus? Initial zero-percent interest? Or choose a card that <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-cash-back-credit-cards-for-travel" target="_blank">offers cash back</a>?</p><p>According to a new CreditCards.com report, this is yet another area where <a href="https://www.thebalance.com/how-millennials-spending-habits-compare-to-other-generations-4240695" target="_blank">Millennials differ</a> from previous generations. Over <a href="https://www.creditcards.com/rewards-cards/#credit-card-features" target="_blank">one-third</a> of Americans said 3 percent cash back on all purchases is the most alluring feature on a credit card, while 36 percent of Millennials (ages 23-38) said they were more likely to be enticed by hefty credit card signup bonuses — specifically $500 in cash or $1,200 in travel credit.</p><p>The metric suits the age group’s spending habits, with 57 percent of Millennials reporting going on a trip in the last year that involved a flight or hotel stay.</p><p>This lifestyle-to-credit card connection is what customers should keep in mind. According to CreditCards.com analyst Ted Rossman, “When comparing credit cards, ask yourself two key questions: How do I spend my money? And what do I want to get out of my rewards? Matching a card to your lifestyle will reward you for things you buy anyway, provided you pay your bills in full every month.”</p><p>So with all of those points waiting to be transformed into a trip, maybe it's time to check out the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-places-to-travel-in-2019" target="_blank">best places to travel this year</a>.</p>
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This French Village Is Giving $2,250 to Anyone Who Can Decipher the Meaning of This Ancient Stone Inscription

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 13:00
<p>Officials from <a href="https://www.mairie-plougastel.fr/" target="_blank">Plougastel-Daoulas</a>, located in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/beach-vacations/brittany-emerald-coast" target="_blank">Brittany</a> in northwestern France, are offering a reward to anyone able to decipher an ancient inscription carved on a stone.</p><p>The stone and its inscription, which is believed to be centuries old, have remained a mystery to experts who are now calling on the public to assist in figuring out what it means. </p><p>"There are people who tell us that it's Basque and others who say it's old Breton; but we still have not managed to decipher the text," mayor of Plougastel-Daoulas Dominique Cap told <a href="https://www.france24.com/en/20190509-french-village-offers-reward-decipher-its-rosetta-stone" target="_blank">AFP</a>. </p><p>Now, authorities are calling on linguists, historians, students, academics, and anyone with an interest in cracking the message to decipher it for a prize of 2,000 euros (about $2,250).</p><p>The message on the stone, which locals sometimes compare to the historic <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/europes-most-visited-tourist-attractions" target="_blank">Rosetta Stone</a>, can only be seen at low tide, when the waves of the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-secret-beaches-on-earth" target="_blank">Atlantic Ocean</a> calm to allow the large-sized rock to appear. The rock is roughly equivalent to the size of a person and includes photos of a sailing boat and the dates that include 1786 and 1787 and the large inscription.</p><img alt="French local councillor in charge of small heritage Michel Paugam poses on May 7, 2019 as he shows inscriptions composing indecipherable words on a rock in the Brittany village of Plougastel-Daoulas. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557500694/Michel-Paugam-village-french-rock-mystery-FRENCHROCK0519.jpg?itok=H9Nsb870"><p>According to AFP, parts of the inscription read, “"ROC AR B... DRE AR GRIO SE EVELOH AR VIRIONES BAOAVEL... R I OBBIIE: BRISBVILAR... FROIK...AL," a message that has left officials in the area stumped.</p><img alt="A rock in the Brittany village of Plougastel-Daoulas. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557500694/plougastel-daoulas-village-french-rock-inscription-FRENCHROCK0519.jpg?itok=cgy04pea"><p>The dates do reveal some context, though. </p><p>"These dates correspond more or less to the years that various artillery batteries protected Brest and notably Corbeau Fort, which is right next to it," Veronique Martin, who is running the competition, told the news agency.</p><p>The public are invited to submit their suggestions through the end of November. Once entries are in, a jury will determine which response is the most plausible and award the prize.</p><p>According to local French publication <em><a href="http://www.leparisien.fr/societe/bretagne-sauriez-vous-dechiffrer-ces-mysterieuses-inscriptions-08-05-2019-8068047.php" target="_blank">Le Parisien</a></em>, more than a thousand emails have already come in, with those who are interested invited to contact <i><a href="http://www.leparisien.fr/societe/veronique.martin@mairie-plougastel.fr" target="_blank">veronique.martin@mairie-plougastel.fr</a>. </i></p>
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Aluminum-free and Natural Deodorants Even Skeptics Will Love

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 10:31
<p>Natural deodorant. It's a polarizing topic, so often the butt of hippie jokes and fodder for Instagram multi-level marketing schemes.</p><p>But, chances are, you're curious. Perhaps you've heard the (to be fair, mostly unsubstantiated) claims about the dangers of aluminum. Maybe you're interested in a greener approach to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/beauty" target="_blank">beauty and body care</a> (organic ingredients, recyclable packaging, less mining and synthesizing, more plants) and are growing weary of "big deodorant." </p><p>I'm a convert to the natural deodorant lifestyle — <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/beauty/natural-crystal-travel-deodorant" target="_blank">despite my better judgment</a> — and I'm here to help. </p><p>Before we get into it, it should be noted: weaning yourself off of the traditional drugstore stuff is not a seamless process. Many people will find that there is an uncomfortable, if temporary, "detox" period as your body adjusts to the new, natural normal. This will be a smelly time in your life. But it doesn't last forever — usually about two to four weeks — and there are things you can do to combat the funk, including exfoliating regularly or using one of the several detox kits on the market (we're a fan of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0779LYTVH/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlnaturaldeoderants-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0779LYTVH&amp;linkId=b5aab1fca8ce55335146ef293bc6b2cd" target="_blank">Sway</a>). </p><p>And once all that is over, dear reader, I'd venture a guess that there is a natural deodorant out there for you — one that will make you feel a little better about your choices, whatever your reasoning may be. And, most importantly, one that will <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/rose-deodorant-native" target="_blank">keep you smelling fresh</a>. To save you some time in finding your perfect match, I tested many, many different types of natural deodorant: big brands, young gun startups, and longtime independent producers, by the tube, by the stick, by the jar, spray bottle, and wipe.</p><p>Here are my rather unscientific findings. Read on for some natural and aluminum-free deodorants that might — <em>gasp! — </em>actually work.</p><h2>Aesop Herbal Deodorant Roll-on</h2><img alt="Aesop deodorant "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555361415/aesop-deodorant-NATURALDEO0419.jpg?itok=oIpPz_B5"><p>I mean, it's Aesop. As with everything this company makes, the new roll-on — a follow-up to their <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.aesop.com/nz/p/body/personal-care/herbal-deodorant/" target="_blank">herbal spray deodorant</a> — is super sexy. The scent is dominated by patchouli (insert natural deodorant joke here) but adds nuance with lavender, sandalwood, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, coriander, thyme, ginger, and more. It's the only roll-on I tried and loved, and I found that a little bit of the milky, water-based liquid goes a long way. Something to note: compared to products that contain arrowroot, clay, or other moisture-absorbing ingredients, this doesn't do much in the way of fighting perspiration. But the dark, musky, sophisticated scent is strong enough (in a good way!) to mask any unsavory odors. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/aesop-deodorant-roll-on/4974757" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $35</p><h2>Captain Blankenship Cream Deodorant</h2><img alt="Captain Blankenship deodorant "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555361415/captain-blankenship-deodorant-NATURALDEO0419.jpg?itok=xEWVsdpf"><p>I love this one — and not just because it makes me smell like a citronella candle. I admit that I was skeptical of a cream deodorant; this was the only one I tested where you have to truly scoop it out and apply it with your hands. I gotta say, though: I'm sold. The base of this cream deodorant is coconut oil, and rubbing it into your pits feels so much more nourishing and less irritating than anything you apply with a stick. There's hops extract for fighting bacteria, and arrowroot powder for soaking up sweat. Plus, the powder here is less grainy than in other products, and doesn't show up on your clothes. The citrus-y combo of lime and vetiver handily masks whatever funk might remain. In general, this line of plant-based, organic beauty products hits it out of the park.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.dermstore.com/product_Lime+Vetiver+Cream+Deodorant+_67286.htm" target="_blank">dermstore.com</a>, $16</p><h2>Corpus Naturals Deodorant</h2><img alt="Corpus Naturals deodorant "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555361415/corpus-naturals-deodorant-NATURALDEO0419.jpg?itok=NeaJkjat"><p>You can tell it's high-quality just from the scent — no matter which version you choose, this deodorant just smells <em>expensive. </em>Like, people who know their olive oil producer and have regular dermatologist appointments expensive. I'm partial to the Santalum, a smoky sandalwood enhanced with notes of cedar and amber. This is not for people who feel like they need the industrial strength stuff. The deodorant itself is delicate — it goes on "thin," if that makes sense, and on smelly days, my musk will break through it fairly quickly — but it's generally fine, because it's such a joy to reapply and makes you feel good about yourself. Plus, it's vegan, water-based, and free of not just aluminum, but other things people vaguely worry about, like parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances. Be warned: organic deodorant that smells like an eclectic baroness's lavish, mysterious estate does not come cheap.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://corpusnaturals.com/collections/natural-deodorant" target="_blank">corpusnaturals.com</a>, $22</p><h2>Crystal Solid Deodorant</h2><img alt="Crystal deodorant "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555361415/crystal-deodorant-NATURALDEO0419.jpg?itok=X2u9Ai2d"><p>As the brand name might indicate, this company got its start manufacturing those <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.target.com/p/crystal-unscented-natural-deodorant-stick-4-25oz/-/A-75566125" target="_blank">mysterious deodorizing stones</a> — which I love, by the way. Their origin story is as intriguing as you want it to be: back in the '80s, the founder discovered the magical salt crystal on a trip to France, where the locals used it as a water purifier. He started importing it and sold it as a deodorant, each one chiseled by hand out of a large rock. The company's deodorant sticks are also worth a try, with a variety of essential oils and baking soda for additional wetness protection. They've also recently introduced a stronger <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.thecrystal.com/collections/mineral-enriched-new" target="_blank">Mineral Enriched Deodorant</a>. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.target.com/p/crystal-24hr-unscented-solid-deodorant-2-5oz/-/A-75565029" target="_blank">target.com</a>, $4</p><h2>Farmacy Freshen Up All-natural Deodorant</h2><img alt="Farmacy deodorant "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555361415/farmacy-deodorant-NATURALDEO0419.jpg?itok=OaC_YC40"><p>It's right there in the name — this deodorant is perfect for the times you need a bit of freshening up. The main thing is the peppermint oil: not only does it smell cool, it actually <em>feels </em>cool, which has a surprisingly significant effect on your overall mental feeling of "hot-and-sweaty-ness." While effective in any context, it's my go to for when I'm feeling gross but still have things to do or places to be before I can shower. Subway ride after my workout? Dinner plans after a long walk on a hot day? Swipety-swipe-swipe. It glides on easy, and the kaolin clay — the main moisture absorbing ingredient — doesn't really clump or show up on clothes, which is great. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.sephora.com/product/freshen-up-100-natural-deodorant-P440978" target="_blank">sephora.com</a>, $15</p><h2>Kai Deodorant</h2><img alt="Kai deodorant "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555361415/kai-deodorant-NATURALDEO0419.jpg?itok=rDZSeVXv"><p>Even before I started researching natural deodorant brands, I'd heard praise for Kai from a variety of sources (including, but not limited to, about half of the T+L team). It's no surprise that it smells lovely — Kai is known for its signature gardenia-driven fragrance, a trademark since the company was founded 20 years ago (the deodorant is also available in the brand's rose scent, introduced in 2017). The deodorant itself feels luxurious: it goes on smooth, moisturizes effectively, leaves no marks, and is at once delicate and sturdier than many of its competitors. You don't have to take it from me, though; the <a href="https://kaifragrance.com/pages/devotees" target="_blank">list of brand "devotees"</a> on the Kai website runs the gamut from Usher to Amy Adams to Oprah.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/kai-deodorant/3479163" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $24</p><h2>Kopari Coconut Deodorant</h2><img alt="Kopari deodorant "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555361415/kopari-deodorant-NATURALDEO0419.jpg?itok=Ta7ofl41"><p>This one's for my friends who think coconut oil can replace all personal care products! Kopari is about all coconut, all the time — and their best-selling product is no different. Manufactured in California with coconut oil sustainably farmed in the Philippines, this vegan deodorant harnesses its purported antimicrobial qualities and complements them with sage oil (which also helps kill bacteria) and coconut water (because, why not?). An unscented version is available, as are a few lightly perfumed fragrances, but I recommend the classic so you can smell like a lil' macaroon. The ultra-moisturized armpits are just a bonus.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/kopari-coconut-deodorant/4828339" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $24</p><h2>Meow Meow Tweet Baking Soda–free Deodorant Stick</h2><img alt="Meow Meow Tweet deodorant "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555361415/meow-meow-tweet-deodorant-NATURALDEO0419.jpg?itok=_sGOqxQL"><p>In a world of single-use plastics, this product stands out for walking the walk in terms of natural ingredients — not just in the deodorant itself, but also in its packaging. Everything involved is biodegradable. The ingredients list reads like a text from your hippie friend who's trying to recommend natural beauty products: coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, sunflower seed wax, all sorts of yummy essential oils. The stick itself is a bit crumbly, I suppose due to the raw ingredients used, but the convenient push-pop design of the container means minimal mess when used carefully. There may be some clumping and some white streaks on your clothes, but you'll feel good about your choices. Meow Meow Tweet's deodorant is available in a variety of scents; I tried the Cedar Spruce, a refreshing, woody combo that stands up to smelly pits. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.target.com/p/meow-meow-tweet-grapefruit-antiperspirants-and-deo-stick-1-8oz/-/A-75561943" target="_blank">target.com</a>, $14</p><h2>Native Deodorant</h2><img alt="Native deodorant "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555361415/native-deodorant-NATURALDEO0419.jpg?itok=x3nkzFhE"><p>This product comes from San Francisco–based Native, a line of personal care products formulated using only ingredients known to be safe. Their deodorant (which has almost 10,000 reviews on the Native site, by the way) skips aluminum in favor of baking soda (an odor neutralizer), tapioca starch (for absorbency), coconut oil and shea butter (to keep your skin smooth), and other ingredients you've actually heard of. There are a million scents to choose from — I'm partial to the coconut and vanilla, but you can also get a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.nativecos.com/products/travel-deo-pack-womens-spring2019" target="_blank">sample pack</a> to try a bunch of them — and a dedicated fan following. I noticed a bit of buildup around my pits and residue on dark clothes, but it's undeniably effective (at a price point that can't be matched). </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.target.com/p/native-cucumber-38-mint-deodorant-2-65oz/-/A-75567589" target="_blank">target.com</a>, $12</p><h2>Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes</h2><img alt="Pacifica deodorant wipes "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555361415/pacifica-deodorant-wipes-NATURALDEO0419.jpg?itok=iSVcJfkE"><p>Applying deodorant is never really an inconspicuous act, no matter how sneaky you think you are. This project had me applying deodorant at my desk fairly frequently — as our associate editor Siobhan Reid, who sits across from me (hi Siobhan!), can attest — and the only product that didn't make me feel supremely weird about it was a deodorant wipe from Pacifica. They're not a permanent solution, but rather, a touch-up or stopgap for hikes, plane rides, sink showers, post-gym commutes, and yes, minor desk emergencies. Plus, they contain witch hazel, which calms hot or irritated skin. Pacifica's <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.pacificabeauty.com/collections/deodorant/products/rose-flower-underarm-deodorant-water" target="_blank">deodorant water</a> is also worth a shout out.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FE4JYLC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlnaturaldeoderants-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01FE4JYLC&amp;linkId=7324f1349937ab4951243d88eee6826e" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $9</p><h2>Schmidt's Deodorant Stick</h2><img alt="Schmidt's deodorant "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555361415/schmidts-deodorant-NATURALDEO0419.jpg?itok=gq19_e5d"><p>Since starting out in PDX as an indie producer, this plant-based deodorant has gained a devoted following (and an acquisition by Unilever). And for good reason — in addition to offering a solid product, Schmidt's is committed to maintaining accessible price points, sourcing ingredients ethically, and making sure their containers and applicators are 100 percent recyclable. You can ship back empties of their jarred products back for a <a href="https://schmidts.com/recycling-club?_ga=2.134786612.474246860.1556659768-883848985.1555096053&amp;_gac=1.18283979.1555096053.Cj0KCQjw7sDlBRC9ARIsAD-pDFp-RWuc-vfMpAcM2gM9on1W04-LqEBWtkqj0Tt0MQ66JwPHq5FvVDUaAibnEALw_wcB" target="_blank">free refill</a>, or contribute to conservation research by buying their Lily of the Valley line, a partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute. Some of our staffers swear by their Charcoal + Magnesium blend, finding that it neutralizes odor even during a long run or gym session. I'm a fan of their savory scents (is that a weird word to use when it comes to deodorant?) like Cedarwood + Juniper. </p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01851E0R4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlnaturaldeoderants-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01851E0R4&amp;linkId=e86199a6c68774b54fed4baac3c67d0a" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $6</p><h2>Secret Aluminum-free Deodorant</h2><img alt="Secret aluminum-free deodorant "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555361415/secret-natural-deodorant-NATURALDEO0419.jpg?itok=qvO2CEm5"><p>While it isn't exactly "natural," this new product is notable as Secret's first foray into the aluminum-free sphere. Billed as a lighter product for your less sweaty days, its ingredient list has significant overlap with a drugstore body lotion, and it goes on clear. It is less effective than most of the plant- and mineral-based products — this is not any sort of political point, as I have nothing against synthetic ingredients! — but it is a great option for those who are trying natural deodorant for the first time, since the scent, consistency, and texture are familiar. Think of it as a gateway deodorant. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.target.com/p/secret-aluminum-free-honeydew-deodorant-2-4oz/-/A-75566695?" target="_blank">target.com</a>, $5</p><h2>Thai Deodorant Stone</h2><img alt="Thai deodorant stone "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555361415/thai-deodorant-stone-NATURALDEO0419.jpg?itok=2K5zQLAa"><p>I'm kind of biased: this was my introduction to the world of natural deodorants, and it remains my first love, my OG, my absolute go-to. It might not appeal to those for whom aluminum is a dirty word — it's made from potassium alum, which is a natural salt, but is nonetheless aluminum-adjacent. My personal opinion: it's totally safe, and it <em>works. </em>To quote myself, from <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/beauty/natural-crystal-travel-deodorant">a love letter I wrote to the Thai Deodorant Stone</a>: "There isn’t a ton of scientific research on how this alum behaves differently from the other dreaded aluminum compounds — some claim alum isn’t absorbed into the bloodstream at all; others say there’s almost no difference — but net-net, I prefer this to the laundry list of chemicals that go into a typical antiperspirant. Plus, I find it genuinely cool that my deodorant is a rock." </p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001E0YN1W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlnaturaldeoderants-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B001E0YN1W&amp;linkId=b6e89efb3acbbe8ba3db1d3ee531c547" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $5</p><h2>Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant Stick</h2><img alt="Tom's of Maine deodorant "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555361415/toms-deodorant-NATURALDEO0419.jpg?itok=CtCuHdqZ"><p>You really think I'd write about natural deodorants without shouting out my boy Tom? This legendary company is has been in the natural beauty and skincare game for nearly 50 years, and it's come a long way during that time, while maintaining its commitment to eliminating the yucky stuff. (In sixth grade, my mom gave me my first deodorant. It was Tom's. It kind of looked like soap, and it did not help.) Now, though, they make a great, effective product, and they're proving that point especially well with their latest release, the new <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.target.com/p/tom-s-of-maine-powder-natural-strength-deodorant-2-1oz/-/A-75567205" target="_blank">Natural Strength Deodorant</a>, which comes in many lovely scents (powder, coconut, sage) and purports to offer 48-hour protection. </p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UB6ZL0W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlnaturaldeoderants-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00UB6ZL0W&amp;linkId=aedf0ca160957f8dd30d047b6f81009c" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $5</p><h2>type:A Deodorant </h2><img alt="Type:A deodorant "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555361415/type-a-deodorant-NATURALDEO0419.jpg?itok=-W-0PK-G"><p>This just-launched brand — it's less than a year old — is already a cult-favorite among those who care a lot about natural deodorant (they recently dropped two new scents, and sold out all 5,000 units in less than two weeks). This is one of two cream deodorants I tried, but it barely feels like one — the nifty tube design allows you to squeeze out just as much as you need, applying just as you would a normal stick, rather than getting your hands dirty. My one complaint: it goes on thick, and can sometimes build up in the underarms of your clothes or show on darker tank tops. There are definitely synthetic ingredients involved, so it's not for those aiming to go chemical-free — but you won't find any aluminum, parabens, phthalates, artificial colors and fragrances, or other common things that people may be trying to avoid. And it works. This is probably the product that best mimics the effects of "normal" deodorant, and is a great place to start for those looking to take the leap. </p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G5LR3KC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlnaturaldeoderants-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07G5LR3KC&amp;linkId=b691babd5a1785109731e3a061dda077" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $14</p><h2>Ursa Major Hoppin' Fresh Deodorant </h2><img alt="Ursa Major deodorant "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555361415/ursa-major-deodorant-NATURALDEO0419.jpg?itok=oA167DgP"><p>If you, like me, have seen this deodorant all over your Instagram, I have some great news for you: I dig it. It's packed with an almost absurd amount of good things; the ingredients list is long, but almost everything is recognizable, from tapioca starch, silica, and kaolin clay for absorbency, to yummy extracts of hops, lemon peel, ginseng, calendula, rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, and more. It's got probiotics. It's got shea butter. The first ingredient — <em>the first </em>— is aloe vera juice, for crying out loud! There's even royal jelly extract, and — well, I'm not sure what it is, but people are obsessed with that stuff. I realize this is less a review than a list, but it speaks for itself. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ursa-major-hoppin-fresh-deodorant/4928232" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $18</p>
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Men Who Hunted and Killed a Mountain Lion at Yellowstone Ordered to Pay Restitution

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 17:47
<p>Three men have been sentenced in federal court for allegedly hunting mountain lions in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/the-yellowstone-national-park-area" target="_blank">Yellowstone National Park</a>.</p><p>According to <em><a href="https://people.com/pets/three-men-sentenced-illegally-hunting-mountain-lion-yellowstone/" target="_blank">People</a></em>, Austin Peterson, Trey Juhnke, and Corbin Simmons, all from Livingston, Montana, committed the crime on Dec. 12 when they shot and killed a male mountain lion in the northern section of the park.</p><p>According to a <a href="https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/19015.htm" target="_blank">statement</a> from the park, the three men violated The Lacey Act, which prohibits hunting in the park.</p><p>The three men admitted to shooting the lion and transporting the carcass back to their vehicle, the statement said. Simmons initially attempted to claim to have harvested the animal north of the park boundary in Montana.</p><p>At the sentencing, Peterson was ordered to pay approximately $1,700 in restitution and fees and must serve three years of unsupervised probation. During his probation, he is banned from hunting, fishing, or trapping worldwide. Juhnke and Simmons received similar sentences. All three pleaded guilty to the charges at prior court hearings.</p><p>“I would like to express a sincere thank you to Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, law enforcement officers at Yellowstone National Park, the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch, and the US Attorney's Office - District of Wyoming for being involved in this case,” Yellowstone National Park Chief Ranger Pete Webster said in a statement. “Their thorough work spotlighted this egregious act and the consequences incurred for hunting illegally in Yellowstone National Park.”</p><p>As the National Parks Service explained, "Though seldom seen by the public, biologists estimate that 20-31 adult cougars reside year-round in the northern range.” These estimates are based on field surveys and statistical analyses. The numbers, the service added, do not include kitten and sub-adult cougars which accompany a portion of the adult females each year. Mountain lions are currently listed as “<a href="https://www.nwf.org/Educational-Resources/Wildlife-Guide/Mammals/Mountain-Lion" target="_blank">threatened</a>” by the National Wildlife Foundation. </p>
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