Here’s Where Airlines Stand When It Comes to Tipping Flight Attendants

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:01
<p>A recent flight taken by travel points and miles writer <a href="" target="_blank">JT Genter</a> has once again raised the issue of whether or not passengers should tip flight attendants, with one budget airline encouraging the action.</p><p>Genter, who wrote about his experience with the occurrence first-hand, was surprised when he was handed a flight attendant’s tablet on a <a href="" target="_blank">Frontier Airlines</a> flight and asked if he’d like to leave a tip after ordering a drink.</p><p>After reaching out to Frontier, Genter was told by a spokesperson that the airline does not keep any portion of the tips and that tips had been shared among flight attendants until Jan. 1, 2019, when they became eligible to start earning tips on individual sales.</p><p>Frontier introduced tipping three years ago.</p><p>“We appreciate the great work of our flight attendants and know that our customers do as well, so [the payment tablet] gives passengers the option to tip; it’s entirely at the customer’s discretion, and many do it,” Frontier spokesman Jonathan Freed told the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Chicago Tribune</a></em>.</p><p>While the issue has been contested in the past, the recent incident has sparked the question once again, with airlines varying on where they stand when it comes to the matter.</p><p>Some airlines, like United, prohibit their employees from accepting tips, while others, like Southwest, do not allow flight attendants to initially take or expect tips but would allow them to accept a tip should a customer insist.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How to Become a Flight Attendant</a></p><p>Meanwhile, the two other U.S. budget carriers, Allegiant Air and Spirit Airlines, don’t include the option in payment systems. Allegiant has an official policy against tipping, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a></em>.</p><p>Southwest Airlines and American Airlines both offer rewards programs where passengers can recognize cabin crew. </p><p>Southwest A-List Preferred and Rapid Rewards A-List Members have the opportunity to do this with the airline’s Customer Kick Tail-A-Gram, which passengers receive by e-mail and can give to employees to use to enter into an account for drawings throughout the year. </p><p>Meanwhile, elite fliers can do the same with American Airlines’ Above and Beyond program, which allows passengers to hand out coupon codes towards gift cards or merchandise to cabin crew as a thank you.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Behind the Scenes With a Flight Attendant</a></p><p>Part of the debate surrounding tipping is the safety role flight attendants are primarily taking on as part of their job duties. </p><p>"Flight attendants used to have to be registered nurses because the aircraft cabins weren’t pressurized; it’s [really] a safety professional role, with a mask of customer service in there,” a representative from the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Travel + Leisure</em></a> in a previous interview.</p><p>“Flight Attendants are certified for our safety, health, and security work; safety is not variable and therefore base compensation for a safety job cannot be variable,” AFA president Sara Nelson said in a <a href="" target="_blank">recent statement</a> in response to Frontier's policy change. </p><p>Nelson continued to point out that tipping is not part of a flight attendant’s compensation for serving as “aviation’s first responders.”</p><p>If you’re looking for a way to thank your cabin crew for their service during your flight, sometimes kind gestures and genuine appreciation can be enough (especially during the busy holiday season).</p><p>“As with anyone in the service industry who works on the holidays, it’s always a special treat to be appreciated by a customer whether it’s with a gift card, a Customer Kick Tail-A-Gram, or a genuine smile,” a Southwest Airlines spokesperson told T+L.</p><p>You can also contact the customer service representatives of an airline and write a note including your flight details and the employee's name to recognize crew members that exhibited outstanding service. </p>
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You Can Row Your Way Through an Underground Reservoir Like You’re in 'Phantom of the Opera'

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 11:00
<p>It is possible to reenact your fantasies from “Phantom of the Opera” and row a boat through a spooky underground reservoir. But this tunnel’s a few thousand miles away from Paris in Israel.</p><p>The “Pool of Arches” in Ramla, Israel dates back to the eighth century, when the reservoir was built to sustain water supply to the newly-founded city of Ramla. Despite extensive damage to other parts of Ramla in the past 1,200 years due to earthquakes, the reservoir still stands — and is still welcoming visitors.</p><p>If you care to paddle your way through the arches, you must descend down a staircase and board one of the rowboats in the pool. It will take about 20 minutes to work your way along the underground arches.</p><p>The pool is about 65 feet by 65 feet and contains fifteen columns to paddle around. As you row beneath the vaulted ceilings, be sure to look for an inscription from the reservoir’s construction (back in 789 A.D.) and <a href="" target="_blank">square hatches carved</a> where people used to lower their buckets to collect water.</p><p>While some prefer to call the reservoir by its elegant name “Pool of Arches,” it’s also goes by the name “Pool of Goats” in Arabic because of the animals that used to drink from the cistern.</p><p>Although the pool dates back over 1,000 years, it was only recently discovered and excavated by the Israel Antiquities Authorities.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">A Culinary Renaissance in the Israeli Countryside</a></p><p>Today, the reservoir is open for visitors six days a week (every day besides Saturday), and costs about $3 (12 NIS) <a href="" target="_blank">for a tour</a>.</p><p>Be sure to visit the exhibit at the end of the attraction that details the reservoir’s history, from construction through the reign of the Ottoman Empire to today.</p>
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I Never Go Anywhere Without This Cashmere Travel Wrap — Here’s Why

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 10:30
<p>As someone who only travels with a <a href="" target="_blank">carry-on</a> (no matter how long the trip is), I’m always on the look-out for versatile fashions that can be worn multiple ways and will leave more room in my compact suitcase for other trip essentials. So when a friend of mine told me about <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">White + Warren’s cashmere travel wraps</a> a few years ago, I knew I had to get one.</p><p>Ever since I’ve started traveling with it, the <a href="" target="_blank">multipurpose wrap</a> has been a huge game-changer for my travel style. If I’m not already wearing it on my way to the airport I always make sure it is stashed in my <a href="" target="_blank">tote bag</a> for easy access. Once I’m on board my flight I’ll snuggle up and use it as a blanket or if I am wearing a long coat, I’ll fold it up and use it as a pillow. Of course, you don’t have to fly to make use of the cozy wrap. It works just as well on chilly car rides and train trips, too.</p><img alt="white + warren cashmere travel wrap "src=""><p>Once I’ve arrived at my destination I really put the accessory to work. I wear the versatile piece as a scarf as I sightsee during the day, and for nights out I’ll drape it over my shoulders and wear it as a shawl over a little black dress or silk blouse. I’ll even use it as a throw blanket for quick naps or chill sessions at my hotel.</p><p>The super-soft accessory is unbelievably sleek and versatile, so it makes sense that it has been one of the brand’s best-selling products for over 20 years. The unisex knit wrap is made from a breathable cashmere that is not only incredibly warm but also lightweight. There are 21 stylish colors to choose from including black, lilac, and olive. I personally went with the light gray shade and it pairs perfectly with everything in my wardrobe. At $298 it’s a <i>very</i> expensive scarf, but when you consider the quality and how often you will use it, the benefits outweigh the price.</p><p>According to reviews, I’m not the only one who thinks so. One happy customer wrote, “This wrap scarf is sooo soft and so warm! It's huge though so it's very versatile, you can wear it so many different ways and it goes with everything! Pricey, but totally worth it.”</p><p>Needless to say, I completely agree. The travel wrap was unquestionably an investment but seeing as how I can no longer travel without it, it's definitely one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.</p><h2>White + Warren Cashmere Travel Wrap</h2><img alt="white and warren cashmere wrap "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $298</p>
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This Hotel in Sweden Is Offering Free Hotel Rooms to People Who Can Put Down Their Phones

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 10:01
<p>How would you like to get a free hotel room?</p><p>Well, of course you would. But, there’s a catch. You can’t brag about it on social media. Actually, you can’t really do very much at all on social media because this hotel room's rate is entirely determined on how addicted you are to Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram...</p><p>You get it.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Designs</a></em>, the number of social media users worldwide in 2018 reached 3.196 billion, up by 13 percent from the year before. Just when you thought everybody was on social media, it turns out the internet is still growing.</p><p>That’s why <a href="" target="_blank">The Check Out Suite in Hotel Bellora</a>, in Gothenburg, Sweden, is designed to help guests totally relax, which includes staying away from the stresses of using social media all the time. Instead, the hotel wants to encourage quality time spent with loved ones and experiencing the world around you, rather than staring at a screen.</p><p>Basically, the more you use social media apps, the higher your room rate will be.</p><p>The room uses a Skärmfri (Screen-free) smart lamp, which measures how much you pay for the room based on how much time you spend on social media.</p><p>"We’re now taking our ‘Screen Help’ concept further in different ways. The Skärmfri lamp was one way to help, but now we have taken it even further and converted screen time into a currency that rewards a healthy digital life,” said Lisa Höglund, Head of Communications at Länsförsäkringar, a Swedish insurance company in collaboration with Hotel Bellora, to <em>Hotel Designs</em>.</p><p>Guest connect their phones to the lamp using the room’s WiFi, and from there, the lamp glows white as it measures up to 30 minutes of the recommended time people should be on their phones for recreation, according to studies cited by Hotel Designs.</p><p>After that, the lamp starts to glow red, which means guests will have to pay the full price for the room. On the bright side, if you don't use your phone at all, the room is totally free.</p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Bellora website</a>.</p>
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Boeing's New 777X Is the World's Biggest Twin-engine Jet — Here's What It Looks Like Inside

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 01/27/2019 - 12:01
<p>Curious travelers are now getting a first look inside the world’s largest twin-engine jet.</p><p>Earlier this week, <a href="" target="_blank">Boeing unveiled</a> some of the features and potential cabin designs passengers will soon find on board the <a href="" target="_blank">777X</a>.</p><p>Building on the cabins of the Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliner, the new 777X will create a more spacious flight experience.</p><p>Its cabins will be four inches wider thanks to wall reductions of two inches on each side, and windows will be 16 percent larger than those found on the current 777 to provide every passenger with better views throughout their flight.</p><p>The windows will also be raised by two and a half inches to allow for more light and views even for passengers who won't be at a window seat.</p><p>According to the reveal, the business class cabin will have mechanical window shades and the option for dimmable windows (at the discretion of each aircraft owner).</p><img alt="A concept image of business class on the 777X. "src=""><p>Airlines will also be able to customize ceilings. Overhead bins are sculpted concavely to once again provide a more spacious feel while still allowing passengers one overhead bag per person.</p><p>The design is also meant to make it easier for passengers to close bins, reducing effort by 40 percent compared to previous models, according to Boeing representatives.</p><img alt="Bin design on the 777X will allow for easy closing and increase the visual space of the cabin. "src=""><p>LED lighting features will provide a calming ambiance throughout, while wider cabins will also allow airlines to customize cabin alignments that include direct aisle access in business class.</p><p>The 777X family will include the 777-8X and the 777-9X. The 777-9X can seat more than 400 passengers, while the 777-8X can seat some 350 passengers.</p><p>Take a look at the concept video below to get a sense of what interior features will look like: </p><p>In addition to its customizable and more spacious cabin features, the 777X fleet will also allow for 12 percent lower fuel consumption, utilizing the <a href="" target="_blank">world’s biggest engine</a>. The aircraft will include <a href="" target="_blank">folding wingtips</a> that make it possible to taxi into normal gates at airports but also reach a huge amount of lift and minimize drag while in the skies.</p><p>It's important to note that the business class cabin in Boeing’s reveal is just a model concept, and airlines will have the option to customize as they see fit.</p><p>The first flight of the Boeing 777X is currently scheduled for 2019, with the first delivery slated for 2020. Boeing already has over 300 orders for the new 777X with airlines that include All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airlines.</p>
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Disney Is Opening Its First-ever 'Zootopia'-themed Land

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 01/27/2019 - 11:01
<p>Brace for the possibility of visiting a famed gazelle and a sloth-operated DMV on your next theme park vacation, because Disney’s first-ever "Zootopia"-themed land is <a href="" target="_blank">opening at Shanghai Disneyland.</a></p><p>The new area will be themed to the exciting cityscape made famous by the Academy Award-winning film, compete with and a colorful skyline and iconic details. Expect plenty of characters — or in this case, citizens — as well as face-to-face interaction with the film’s stars Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps as part of a brand-new ride involving the residents of Zootopia’s bustling namesake town.</p><p>With the announcement having dropped earlier this week, details are not yet revealed about what souvenirs and themed snacks will be for sale, but odds are they’ll be tailor-made for a metropolitan city all animal life call home. (We’re hoping to enjoy the film’s “pawpsicles” and sweet treats that would make Officer Benjamin Clawhauser proud.)</p><p>Rumors have persisted for months of a similar project possibly coming to Walt Disney World, but while “Zootopia” proved to be quite popular here in America, it was a blockbuster phenomenon in China. The animated film went on to break box office records and become China’s top animated feature film of all time, making <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s newest theme park</a> its ideal home. The story, which brings golden-hearted Judy Hopps to the big city to become a police officer and follows her unexpected partnership with slick fox Nick Wilde in their attempt to solve a city-wide mystery, is sure to feel even more real once the Disney park’s land debuts.</p><p>With construction beginning later this year, the new "Zootopia"-themed area will likely open by 2021, making Shanghai Disneyland — with two expansions announced within a few years of its opening —<a href="" target="_blank"> even more worthy of visiting</a>. In 2018, Shanghai Disneyland opened its own Toy Story Land; when the resort debuted in 2016, it revealed rides so groundbreaking that <a href="" target="_blank">one is making its way stateside</a> to Walt Disney World in Florida.</p>
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You Can Live Like Royalty at this Marrakech Hotel Dreamed up by the King of Morocco

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 01/27/2019 - 10:01
<p>“Marrakech is a big couscous with 24 vegetables and all the colors,” my guide Mustapha Chouquir said as he led me and my travel companions through the narrow lanes of the souk in Marrakech. With his traditional djellaba and prayer cap, the self-declared “Marrakech GPS” may have looked conservative on first glance, but he proved to me that first impressions aren’t always right.</p><p>The previous evening, I had wandered over to Jemaa el Fna, the bustling main square where people gathered around musicians playing, women on low plastic stools beckoned for passersby to have their hands hennaed, and vendors selling fruits and nuts offered tastes of their wares. A movie was being projected on a huge screen as part of the Marrakech International Film Festival. It seemed like the entire population of Marrakech was there. I made it about a block into the souk before turning back, nervous about being late to dinner. I was excited to return and glad to have Mustapha — who guided Madonna when she visited for her 60<sup>th</sup> birthday — guide me through the winding streets packed with shops selling everything from olives and spices to antique furniture and rugs.</p><p>I was in Marrakech — a city I’d dreamed about visiting for years — for four days, with a mission to soak up the best the dynamic city had to offer. Before arriving, I’d heard rave reviews of the <a href="" target="_blank">Royal Mansour</a> and had suitably high expectations. Built by King Mohammed IV, the hotel is an intimate oasis just a few blocks from the Medina. An ode to Moroccan architecture and design, it's comprised of <a href="" target="_blank">53 private riads</a>, three restaurants by Michelin-starred Parisian chef Yannick Alléno (a fourth is currently being renovated), two bars, a boutique, two swimming pools, extensive gardens, and a three-story spa. A staggering 1,200 artisans and craftsmen were commissioned to create the hotel, which incorporates zellige tiles, hand-carved wooden ceilings, rich textiles, and beautiful ceramics. Staff members, which outnumber guests ten to one, don chic interpretations of traditional Moroccan clothing.</p><img alt="Ornate tilework at the Royal Mansour luxury hotel in Morocco "src=""><img alt="Hammam Spa at the Royal Mansour, in Marrakech, Morocco "src=""><p>Mornings started with breakfast (Moroccan crepes, slow scrambled eggs served in a tagine, fresh fruit, and coffee) served on the rooftop terrace of my riad. Traditionally, a riad is a Moroccan house built around a central courtyard with a fountain. Though the Royal Mansour’s smaller riads don’t have central courtyards, each one is a three-story apartment with a ground-floor living room, a bedroom and master bathroom on the second floor, and a rooftop terrace with a plunge pool. The design was elegant, but not over the top. Relaxing in my riad after excursions, I felt rooted in Morocco’s rich culture. From my bedroom, I could hear the call to prayer.</p><img alt="Jardín Majorelle, in Marrakech, Morocco "src=""><p>My days in Marrakech were a blur of inspiring cultural excursions and trips to must-visit sites. I loved visiting the year-old <a href="" target="_blank">Musée Yves Saint Laurent</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Jardin Majorelle</a>, which the late designer, who credited the city with opening his eyes to color, saved from demolition. But the most incredible highlight was taking a sidecar tour with <a href="" target="_blank">Insiders Experience</a>. Thomas Chabrieres, the company's founder, and two of his guides picked us up in vintage sidecars for an exhilarating jaunt through the medina and out to the Palm Grove, where we explored French artist Jean-François Fourtou’s whimsical estate <a href="" target="_blank">Dar El Sadaka</a>.</p><img alt="Next to Dar El Sadaka’s organic vegetable garden, Jean-François Fourtou reproduced from memory, and on double-scale, a part of his great grandmother's house that made a mark on his childhood. It is called Maison du Géant (Giant’s House). "src=""><img alt="Giant animal artwork in a house tour in Marrakech "src=""><p>We struggled to keep our balance as we stumbled through “<a href="" target="_blank">The House Fallen from the Sky</a>,” an upside-down rendering of the artist’s grandfather’s house in France. We peeked inside various rooms populated by life-size animals, including a giraffe grazing in the dining room and a group of chimpanzees hanging from ropes in the living room. We finished with lunch at the “Giant’s House,” inspired by the artist’s grandmother’s house, where we ate oversize ravioli and swordfish brochettes followed by Moroccan mint tea. Afterwards, we zipped back into the medina for a tour of French perfumer Serge Lutens’ house: a mysteriously ornate building without any windows that Lutens built with painstaking attention to detail but never actually lived in. The tour is exclusively available for guests of the Royal Mansour.</p><img alt="Sidecar Tour with Thomas in Marrakech "src=""><img alt="Maison Tombée Du Ciel (House Fallen From The Sky) is a monumental artwork Jean-François Fourtou created at Dar El Sadaka in 2010. "src=""><p>Back on the hotel grounds, I experienced my first hammam treatment at the Royal Mansour's renowned spa. In contrast to the colorful gardens and riads, the spa is an all-white oasis of tranquility reputed as having the city’s most luxurious hammam. I was a bit nervous, as I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but my treatment therapist was kind and patient as she guided me through the ritual cleansing, which involves various soaps, scrubs, and lotions before culminating in a dip in the cold pool. When it was over, my skin felt softer than it ever had before.</p><img alt="Giant Ravioli and Mint Tea in Morocco "src=""><p>Of course, Marrakech has other luxury hotels: The <a href="" target="_blank">El Fenn</a> may be more modern and <a href="" target="_blank">La Mamounia</a> a hotspot for people who want to see and be seen, but the Royal Mansour is truly in a league of its own. First impressions aren't always right, but in this case, the Royal Mansour gives back exactly what you see — authentic Moroccan luxury. </p>
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Staffing Shortages Are Halting Flights to LaGuardia and Causing Delays Across the East Coast

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/26/2019 - 16:55
<p>Airports across the country have endured a month of being short staffed during the federal government shutdown, but at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, the crisis has officially brought operations to a grinding halt.</p><p>According to <em>The Street</em>, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is temporarily stopping flights into New York's LaGuardia airport because of air traffic control staffing issues.</p><p>Unions representing air traffic controllers, pilots, and flight attendants said in a <a href="" target="_blank">collective statement</a> on Wednesday that the ongoing government shutdown would pose a risk on air safety. “In our risk-averse industry, we cannot even calculate the level of risk currently at play, nor predict the point at which the entire system will break. It is unprecedented,” the statement said.</p><p>Not only have air traffic controllers been working around the clock, unpaid, in order to keep passengers safe during the shutdown, but TSA agents, safety inspectors, air marshals, and FBI agents have as well. But to make matters more difficult, many workers have <a href="" target="_blank">called in sick or simply quit</a> due to the prospect of having to continue working without a paycheck, and with no guarantee of one anytime in the near future. As the government shutdown enters its second month, there is still no end in sight.</p><p>Paul Rinaldi, the President of the Air Traffic Controllers Association, told <a href="" target="_blank">CNN on Wednesday</a> that some air traffic controllers are “making routine mistakes” due to the higher levels of stress caused by the shutdown.</p><p>The delayed and canceled flights to La Guardia, as well as Philadelphia International Airport, Washington's Reagan National and Newark Liberty International Airport are due to a staffing shortage at an air traffic control center in Washington, <i>The Street</i> reported.</p><p>There is also a staffing shortage at a center in Jacksonville, Florida, according to <em>The Street</em>.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">WGN9 in Chicago</a>, the FAA said in a statement that they “have experienced a slight increase in sick leave at two air traffic control facilities affecting New York and Florida,” adding, “As with severe storms, we will adjust operations to a safe rate to match available controller resources. We’ve mitigated the impact by augmenting staffing, rerouting traffic, and increasing spacing between aircraft as needed.”</p><p>President Trump was briefed on the ground stop at the airports in question. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement, “We are monitoring the ongoing delays at some airports,” adding, “We are in regular contact with officials at the Department of Transportation and the FAA,” according to <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a>.</p><p>Trish Gilbert, Executive Vice President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, <a href="" target="_blank">told CNN</a> that the airport delays are “absolutely” a result of the government shutdown. “We predicted that you cannot continue to operate a system this complex for this long without the support structure of the people that are furloughed,” she said.</p><p>Political officials are tentative, but think that the airport stoppage may be the key to ending the government shutdown, according to <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a>, citing administration officials.</p><p>It is unclear how long the ground stop will continue, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Street</a></em>. As of late Friday morning, the FAA stopped work for “an hour” at La Guardia to “clear traffic” according to <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a>.</p><p>This story is developing.</p>
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Where to Eat, Sleep, and Play in Portland, Oregon's Coolest Neighborhood

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/26/2019 - 11:00
<p>A 38-foot arch flanked by two bronze-cast lions greets you as you enter Old Town Chinatown, in downtown <a href="" target="_blank">Portland</a>. Venture beyond the pagoda-style gates to discover the city’s most buzzed-about borough, a rapidly-developing area that was once home to one of the country’s largest Chinese-American communities. The neighborhood has always been one of our favorite city stops, what with its impressive architecture and flavorful eats. But now, the red-lantern-lined district is gaining mainstream appeal, thanks to the <a href="" target="_blank">arrival of trendy new hotels</a>, restaurants by <a href="" target="_blank">James Beard award-winning chefs</a>, and quirky shops helmed by some of the city’s finest makers, from custom kimono designers to leather smiths. Read on for a full list of attractions. </p><img alt="Old Town Chinatown in Portland, Oregon "src=""><h2>Where to Stay</h2><p>New to Old Town Chinatown is <a href="" target="_blank">The Hoxton, Portland</a>, a 119-room property that opened in October. Built in 1906, the historic building pays tribute to the 1960s-era North-West modernism movement through walnut paneling, pink marble, and brass fixtures. On the ground floor is La Neta, an all-day Mexican eatery that uses ingredients from local farms. Visit rooftop taqueria, Tope, <em>fortinga de </em><i><em>pollo</em> </i>and <em>al pastor</em><i> </i>tacos on house made tortilla before descending to the unnamed basement bar for craft cocktails and Chinese small plates. For a unique souvenir, stope by the lobby store, which carries everything from geometric mugs by <a href="" target="_blank">Wolf Ceramics</a> to an exclusive roll-on fragrance by <a href="" target="_blank">OLO</a>. A few blocks away is hotel-hostel hybrid <a href="" target="_blank">The Society Hotel</a>, set inside a former sailors’ inn dating back to 1881. Reminiscent of a refined European boarding house, the property is perfect for budget-conscious travelers seeking a communal experience. Opt for a private suite or a bunk bed room; the latter has personal charging stations, reading lights, and privacy curtains.</p><h2>Where to Eat &amp; Drink</h2><p>Jumpstart your morning at <a href="" target="_blank">Deadstock Coffee</a>, a café whose floor-to-ceiling sneaker displays and vintage Michael Jordan posters are sure to impress even the most hard-to-please hipsters. The baristas’ latte art is worth the visit alone: there are 20 different enamel stencils used to create the most whimsical of designs. If you’re more of a tea drinker, head to <a href="" target="_blank">Red Robe Tea House &amp; Café</a>for unique loose-leaf varietals like smoky <em>da hong </em><em>pao </em>and roasted <em>tie guan yin</em>, one of the most traditional teas in China. Nearby is <a href="" target="_blank">Chen’s Good Taste</a>, a restaurant serving authentic Cantonese-style noodles and house-roasted barbecue pork. Beyond the Chinatown Gateway, find <a href="" target="_blank">Pine Street Market</a>, an open-concept eatery with stalls from Portland’s top culinary talent. Grab soft-serve ice cream at <a href="" target="_blank">Wiz Bang Bar</a>, Korean-style street food at <a href="" target="_blank">Kim Jong Smokehouse</a>, and an 18-inch Italian pie at <a href="" target="_blank">Checkerboard Pizza</a> by James Beard Award-winner Ken Forkish. You don’t have to travel far for dessert; just a few blocks away is Portland’s legendary <a href="" target="_blank">Voodoo Doughnut</a>, a one-stop-shop for pastries with atypical toppings – from bacon and bubble gum to Cocoa Puffs and Fruit Loops.</p><img alt="Old Town Chinatown in Portland, Oregon "src=""><h2>Where to Shop</h2><p>You won’t find fast fashion in Old Town Chinatown, and nowhere is this more evident than at <a href="" target="_blank">Kiriko Made</a>, a studio known for handmade clothing, accessories, and home goods from vintage Japanese kasuri fabrics. Pocket squares and bandanas are stitched from hand-dyed indigo shibori, and you can even place an order for custom patchwork denim made from centuries-old boro textiles. Nearby is <a href="" target="_blank">Orox Leather Co</a>, where a legacy of Oaxacan craftsmanship spans four generations. In this open-concept shop, browse heirloom leather goods – bags, belts, and sandals – as artisans assemble pieces from domestically-sourced leather and sustainable and recycled trappings. Next door is <a href="" target="_blank">Floating World Comics</a>, a funky independent bookstore with an impressive collection of comics spanning superhero, romance, and sci-fi genres. Continue to <a href="" target="_blank">Pendleton Home Store</a>, the brand’s flagship location where you can find new home interiors before they hit catalogs. End with a visit to two of Old Town Chinatown’s top galleries. Shop Japanese streetwear and a limited collection of rare Nike footwear at <a href="" target="_blank">Compound Gallery</a> and a line of hoodies and art prints at <a href="" target="_blank">Upper Playground</a>.</p><img alt="Old Town Chinatown in Portland, Oregon "src=""><h2>Where to Play</h2><p>You’ll feel an air of serenity from the moment you step inside <a href="" target="_blank">Lan Su Chinese Garden</a>— and not just because of the pair of dragonfish sculptures that preside over the garden and are said to transmit protection to all who enter. Once inside the 40,000-square-foot complex (it encompasses a full city block), this Ming Dynasty-style urban oasis feature cascading waterways, gingko-wood pavilions built by artisans from Portland’s sister city of Suzhou, China, and perennial plum, bamboo, and pine blooms. Before you leave, stop by The Tao of Tea, a teahouse offering over 150 varietals best enjoyed at a window-facing wooden bench made from Chinese teak. If you visit on a weekend, be sure to hit the Waterfront Park for <a href="" target="_blank" title="Portland Saturday Market">Portland Saturday Market</a>, an open-air bazaar where hundreds of artists and food vendors sell local goods from March to December. Just a few blocks away is nighttime outpost, <a href="" target="_blank">Ground Kontrol</a>, a split-level adult arcade with pinball tables and vintage video games: quarter-operated Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Tetris, included. On weekends, go for the games but stay for live music and DJ sets. </p>
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Chanel Just Launched a First-of-its-kind Beauty Atelier in NYC — And It’s Every Makeup Lover’s Dream

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/26/2019 - 10:33
<p>Chances are, if you’re a beauty addict, you’ve already discovered your ride-or-die Chanel product, whether it’s the iconic No. 5 perfume, the Pirate lipstick (widely held to be <em>the</em> perfect red), or the Rouge Noir nail polish (a blood-red shade so popular it even has its own <a href="" target="_blank">Wikipedia</a> page).</p><p>At <a href="" target="_blank">Atelier Beauté Chanel</a>, a first-of-its-kind space in the heart of SoHo in <a href="" target="_blank">Manhattan</a>, beauty lovers are invited to discover <em>their</em> Chanel beauty obsession, while getting expert advice and product recommendations, and exploring the immersive concept.</p><img alt="Sign for the new Chanel beauty outpost in Soho, New York City "src=""><p>Upon arriving at the sleek, mirrored space, visitors place their personal belongings in a locker — each named after an icon of the legendary house. Without shopping parcels to carry or heavy purses to schlepp around, customers can enjoy a hands-free shopping experience that borders on a spa level of luxuriousness.</p><img alt="Chanel beauty store in Soho "src=""><p>The atelier is divided into several departments, the first of which is Cleanse, a station with marble sinks and fluffy towels. Here, customers can wash their hands and try out a variety of different cleansers and toners. From there, experiment with everything from mascaras and highlighters to eye shadows and brow enhancers as you move throughout the clean-lined, Instagram-worthy space.</p><img alt="Chanel beauty store in New York "src=""><p>The Lip Colour bar offers a kaleidoscopic range of lipsticks and lip-glosses — all beautifully (and hygienically) presented in sampler pots containing a pinky’s-worth of product. Meanwhile, the Atelier Parfume is a brilliantly-designed, spritz-free counter where visitors blindly sniff porcelain wands dipped in fragrances (as opposed to spritzing the scents into the air, causing olfactory overstimulation).</p><img alt="Chanel fragrances "src=""><p>It all feels like a playhouse of fun and discovery, though if you require special guide or instruction, there are plenty of experts on hand to recommend products and provide samples. For customers wanting a little more attention, consider booking a one-on-one makeup lesson ($70 to $95) or application ($75 to $100) with the atelier’s Artist-in-Residence.</p>
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Southwest's CEO Just Made His Feelings on Basic Economy and Checked Bag Fees Perfectly Clear

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/26/2019 - 09:15
<p>While several major U.S. airlines have rolled out <a href="" target="_blank">basic economy</a> for passengers, one U.S. carrier is taking a different stance.</p><p>“You’re not going to see basic economy from Southwest,” the airline’s CEO Gary Kelly said in a conference held on Thursday.</p><p>While <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">United Airlines</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines</a> have rolled out basic economy fares — lower fares that come without amenities such as seat selection, overhead bin space, snacks, or priority boarding — Kelly has confirmed that Southwest will not be taking the same approach.</p><p>In addition, while several carriers have raised or introduced fees for checked bags, Southwest will continue to honor its two free checked bags policy.</p><p>“We’re not going to charge for bag fees,” Kelly told a reporter. “I love the fact that we’re different, and they unbundle and we don’t; and so we just need to continue to find ways with the universe of travelers and the varying needs that they have to see how we can stay true to our brand and offer something of more value to road warriors, to once-a-year-flyers, whatever it might be.”</p><p>The airline has even playfully joked about the matter in the past, signaling its stance to its passengers. </p><p>Southwest’s commitment to avoiding basic economy fares comes at a time when popular carriers including <a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue</a> have jumped on the new offering due to the need to stay competitive.</p><p>While basic economy tickets often require giving up basic amenities, <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines</a>’ “Saver Fare” option will still allow travelers to pre-select seats and bring one personal item and one carry-on on board.</p><p>Even though major carriers have been rolling out basic fares in recent years, the concept stems back to budget airlines that have demonstrated the model's potential for much longer.</p>
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Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reportedly Won't Be Hiring a Nanny (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/26/2019 - 09:01
<p>Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, are proving to be a thoroughly modern pair. Not only do they often <a href="" target="_blank">buck royal traditions</a>, but they are now reportedly forging their own path when it comes to rearing their children as well.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Vanity Fair</i></a>, the duo is currently hard at work nesting at their new home at Frogmore House in Windsor. There, the couple also plans to <a href="" target="_blank">raise their baby</a>, who is reportedly due in late April. But, they will supposedly do so without the help of a nanny.</p><p>As <em>Vanity Fair</em><i> </i>reported, Harry and Meghan are currently building an eco-friendly and gender-neutral nursery that is being painted in a white-and-gray color scheme. The nursery will include a bedroom, playroom, and a spare bedroom for when Meghan’s mother, Doria, moves in.</p><p>They are going all out with the refurbishment of the house, and as Harry loves his gadgets, it’s going to be very cool. "They’ll be able to control everything from their smart phones,” a source told <i>Vanity Fair</i>.</p><p>But, perhaps most surprisingly, according to sources who spoke to <i>Vanity Fair,</i> they will not be hiring a nanny to help care for the impending arrival. At least initially. Instead, the magazine reported, the couple will rely on their own parenting and the help of Meghan’s mom.</p><p>As for the rest of the home, the pair reportedly hired Soho House’s lead interior designers to renovate the property. According to reports, Vicky Charles, Soho Farmhouse’s design director, is leading the project. In total, the renovations are reported to cost <a href="" target="_blank">somewhere around $3 million</a>.</p><p>“They are so excited about moving into the house,” the source told <em>Vanity Fair</em>. “Meghan is super stylish and loves interior design so she’ll go all out with the nursery but also <a href="" target="_blank">the kitchen</a>, which she has designed as well as all the living areas. She wants the place to be filled with light, modern but also with a touch of the shabby-chic style that she loves.”</p><p>Hopefully, the eco-friendly and neutral home will be tranquil enough to make it through the sleepless newborn nights to come.</p>
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A Dangerously Cold Winter Storm Is Headed for the Midwest — Followed by a Polar Vortex

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/26/2019 - 08:51
<p>A winter storm is headed for the Midwest this weekend and it’s expected to be a big one.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Accuweather</a>, areas along the I-80 and I-94 corridors are expecting snow and slippery conditions beginning on Sunday and continuing through early next week. Temperatures over the weekend will be in the teens, about 10 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit below normal for this time of year.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">National Weather Service</a> said that lake effect snow will continue across the Central and Eastern U.S. this weekend. Accuweather notes that residents near Lake Michigan and Lake Superior in particular should be on the lookout for snow showers streaming off the lakes.</p><p>AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said that, potentially, “more than 6 inches of snow” could fall near Fargo, North Dakota; Minneapolis, Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Chicago and Detroit. Strong winds with gusts past 50 mph are possible between eastern Montana to Nebraska and Kansas from Sunday through Monday, Accuweather reported.</p><p>Heavy snow will follow early next week in the North Plains and Mississippi Valley on Sunday, and the Great Lakes and Northeast early next week, according to the National Weather Service, which added that there will be dangerously cold temperatures beginning this weekend and into next week across all affected regions.</p><p>“The coldest air of the season will plunge the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes into life-threatening conditions,” said the National Weather Service.</p><p>These dangerous temperatures are not entirely unexpected but they could be indicative of a trend that is becoming alarmingly common during the winter: a “polar vortex.” According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Mashable</a></em>, the polar vortex (a mass of extremely cold air that rotates at the top of the planet) has been “knocked off balance,” which can happen occasionally when it becomes “weak, wobbling out of its polar home.”</p><p>You might remember the term being frequently used in the news in <a href="" target="_blank">January 2014</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">again in 2016</a>, when deeply frigid air hit several parts of the country, chilling some areas below zero.</p><p>And some meteorologists theorize that it’s back again.</p><p>The warmer winters, frankly, haven’t been helping. In fact, warm air can actually push around and disturb these polar winds, ultimately throwing them in our direction.</p><p>“[The polar vortex] starts to wobble and spill cold air out to the south," said Jeff Weber, a meteorologist with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, said to <em>Mashable</em>. “Once the vortex is disturbed, the areas of colder air can spill out. We expect lobes to spill out over time."</p><p>If anything, these cold blasts are an indication that the planet is rapidly warming, as these sudden warmer systems are frequently displacing the cold air that would normally stay put in the Arctic. As <em>Mashable</em> noted, the weakening of the polar vortex has become even more common over the last 20 years.</p><p>And while the Midwest, and eventually the Northeast, will bear the brunt of the Arctic blast this week, it could be possible that the colder air could spill into other states as well. Scientists predict that January will <a href="" target="_blank">be the coldest month</a> of them all.</p><p>“It's going to get really cold at the end of January and early February," said Weber.</p><p>As the temperatures become erratic and even more frigid, it’s best to keep an eye on the weather report and use caution if you go out on the roads.</p>
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California's Rainy Winter Likely Means a Wildflower 'Super Bloom' Is Coming (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 17:34
<p>Nearly two years ago, Southern California’s <a href="" target="_blank">Anza-Borrego Desert State Park</a> came alive with one of the most stunning natural events known to man: <a href="" target="_blank">A super bloom</a>. At the time, the desert became a colorful scene thanks to millions of rare flower blooms. It both blanketed the desert floor and brought in tourists from around the country to see the spectacle. And now, thanks to some unique weather systems, Southern California may soon get to experience this magical event all over again.</p><p>As <em><a href="" target="_blank">The San Diego Union-Tribune</a></em> noted, December rains were abundant in the area. And since then, a steady stream of rain has come to the area, bringing with it the ideal amount of moisture to potentially trigger a bloom.</p><p>Already, the paper explained, eastern portions of the park are experiencing early blooms of desert sunflowers. The flowers popping up include bright purple sand verbena and white desert lilies.</p><p>Truly, this second bloom would be a gift. Typically, a super bloom is only triggered every five to ten years in the region. Prior to 2017, the last time the park experienced a bloom was in 2008. And, if this really happens, you may want to start planning your visit now as things can certainly get crowded.</p><p>“I think the morning is prime time,” Kathy Dice, Superintendent of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, who has lived and worked in Borrego Springs for 30 years, previously shared with <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Travel+Leisure</i></a> about the best time to see the bloom. “What we’re known for really, we have a large variety, 100 different types of flowers. It’s very colorful.”</p><p>According to Dice, the best thing to do if you want to see a true abundance of flowers is to drive a few miles away from the main gate of the park. There, visitors will likely be rewarded with a thinned out crowd and even more flowers like Brown-Eyed Primrose, Little Gold Poppies, and fields packed with Desert Sunflowers.</p><p>And, if you can, stay flexible on your timing. As Dice noted, the length of bloom depends on the weather, and if a few hungry caterpillars decide to hatch early and eat all the blooms before you get there. </p><p>Stay tuned to the <a href="" target="_blank">park’s wildflower update page</a> for more information on the prime times to visit.</p>
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Enjoy 30% off Stays at Two of New York City's Trendiest Micro Hotels

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 17:29
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p><p>New York: 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">Arlo SoHo</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Arlo NoMad</a>, both of which offer design-forward public spaces, trendy restaurants, and winter-themed pop-up concepts, complete with ice huts, cozy decor, and seasonal cocktails. </p><p>Best of Winter Deal includes:</p>30%+ off our best available rateTwo hot toddies<p>Original Price: From $169 at Arlo NoMad and $149 at Arlo SoHo, per night</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $72 at Arlo NoMad and $78 at Arlo SoHo, per night; valid now through March 31, 2019.</p><p>Booking details: Book <a href=";utm_medium=Travel+%2B+Leisure&amp;utm_term=Travel+%2B+Leisure&amp;utm_campaign=Best+of+Winter" target="_blank">online</a> or using the promo code "WINTER"</p><p>Availability: Now through March 31, 2019.</p>
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Air Traffic Controllers Warn of 'Unprecedented' Safety Risk As Government Shutdown Continues

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 17:07
<p><a href="" target="_blank">The government shutdown</a> is rolling into its second month with no end in sight. And that, air traffic controllers say, is not only wreaking havoc on the nation’s airports, but is also potentially making air travel unsafe.</p><p>“In our risk-averse industry, we cannot even calculate the level of risk currently at play, nor predict the point at which the entire system will break. It is unprecedented,” the air traffic controllers, pilots, and flight attendants unions said in a joint statement on Wednesday, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Time</a> </em>reported.</p><p>Thanks to the stalemate between President Donald Trump and Democrats over the proposed border wall, thousands of federal employees are currently going unpaid. This, <i>Time</i> noted, includes air traffic controllers, TSA agents, safety inspectors, air marshals, and FBI agents. With so many workers going unpaid, many are resorting to calling out sick or not showing up to work at all. This is now leaving airports both understaffed and potentially open to danger.</p><img alt="Transportation Security Administration officers (TSA) stand on duty at the departure area of the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, on 5 January, 2019 "src=""><p>“We have a growing concern for the safety and security of our members, our airlines, and the traveling public due to the government shutdown,” the <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a> from the unions read. “Staffing in our air traffic control facilities is already at a 30-year low and controllers are only able to maintain the system’s efficiency and capacity by working overtime, including 10-hour days and 6-day workweeks at many of our nation’s busiest facilities.”</p><p>As the groups further explained, because of the shutdown the FAA froze hiring and shuttered its training academy, while many airports around the country are being forced to close security checkpoints.</p><p>“As union leaders, we find it unconscionable that aviation professionals are being asked to work without pay and in an air safety environment that is deteriorating by the day,” the statement concluded. “To avoid disruption to our aviation system, we urge Congress and the White House to take all necessary steps to end this shutdown immediately. “</p>
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This 20-year-old Won a Travel Dream Job — Here's What It's Really Like

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 11:31
<p>Jackson Lebsack is an easy guy to be jealous of. After all, he’s charming, athletic, and getting to travel the globe for a living. Oh yeah, and he’s only 20 years old. Though it may seem like success just fell into his lap when he was hired for <a href="" target="_blank"></a>’s <a href="" target="_blank">Epic Dream Job</a> in late 2018, he’s certainly earning it now. And I don’t mean by punching the clock every day. His hours and duties extend far beyond the traditional 9-to-5.</p><p>I tagged along with Lebsack for a few days in <a href="" target="_blank">Switzerland</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">France</a> as he started his new gig to learn what getting hired for a dream travel job is really like. And for him, it includes hiking for hours in the backcountry of Verbier before sending it down a vertical, eating more cheese than most people would find appropriate, and spending time with a few adoring fans.</p><img alt=" Dream Job - Travel the world "src=""><p>“I just have to get my drone,” Lebsack said as we made our way out of the boundaries and into the backcountry at Verbier, a mountain town in Switzerland beloved by the likes of celebrities like <a href="" target="_blank">Richard Branson</a>. We were there as part of the fourth stop of Lebsack’s two-month tour of more than 18 ski destinations available on the <a href="" target="_blank">Epic Pass</a>.</p><p>So, we kept trudging ahead as he dug out his equipment. Putting one foot in front of the other, our group made our way up the craggy hillside and soon enough heard the whirling of a drone overhead. Though it felt like we had put quite a distance between ourselves and Lebsack with our hike, which also caused just a glisten of wintry sweat to come across my forehead, moments later he appeared with a grin from ear-to-ear as he extolled both the awesomeness of the drone shots and the scenery around us.</p><p>Finally<b>,</b> we reached the summit. While I was busy looking over the edge with trepidation, Lebsack was busy strapping his GoPro to his head, hastily throwing on his skis, and telling everyone how he was going to do a front flip off a nearby rock. I thought he was joking. He was not.</p><p>And, remember, this is all actually a <a href="" target="_blank">part of his job description</a>.</p><p>“We weren't looking for somebody to make a ski movie, we were looking for somebody to tell a story about what it feels like to be in the destination,” Dan Sherman, the chief marketing officer of, shared about what exactly they were looking for in the hire.</p><p>If anyone would know what it takes to deliver on a dream job, it’s Sherman. After all, he too has the dream career and even got to tag along with Lebsack on the first part of his travels through <a href="" target="_blank">Stowe, Vermont</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">St. Anton, Austria</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">the Dolomites, Italy</a>, Verbier, Switzerland, and Courchevel, France. In total honesty, the pair really should be completing the entire world journey together. Though Sherman is twice Lebsack’s age, they're like the protagonists in a buddy movie everyone would watch. Sherman doled out handy life advice to the young filmmaker left and right including essential tips like “order burrata every time you see it on the menu” and carefully curating the perfect ‘90s hip hop travel playlist.</p><p>Following the day of hiking and skiing, I joined Lebsack and Sherman to continue filming at a little bar just down the hill from the mountain. As we bellied up, a man wearing a Colorado hat approached, gleefully reaching out his hand to ask if Lebsack really was the dream job hire.</p><p>“Yeah, that’s me,” Lebsack said with a smile, happily shaking the man’s hand and explaining his job to him. “I wanted to apply for that job, but my wife would kill me,” the well-wisher replied.</p><p>After the encounter, I asked Lebsack just how remarkable it must feel to be recognized.</p><p>“It’s actually not the first time,” he said with a laugh.</p><p>Following the bar, we went across the street to take part in a true Swiss tradition: stuffing our faces with raclette. Though, as we ate, Lebsack buzzed around like a bee taking photos and videos, even disappearing for a moment into the kitchen and laughing along with the restaurant manager as he held up a block of cheese for a picture.</p><p>Really, Lebsack was sort of born to fill this role. After all, his dad worked for a ski gear company, and he grew up in <a href="" target="_blank">Hood River, Oregon</a>, an outdoor mecca with plenty of mountain activities to fill a kid’s day.</p><p>As a teenager — which, remember, for Lebsack was just a short time ago — he picked up a camera and just started taking photos and videos of his friends. He knew right then and there that this was the path for him. He enrolled in college in Montana, where he went to school for a few semesters, but soon realized his own skillset outpaced his teachers.</p><p>In the spring, Lebsack made the decision that college simply wasn’t for him and it was time to get to work instead. In the months that followed, he made a steady living filming weddings and producing a 20-minute documentary in Nepal in conjunction with the clothing label Vindur Hao.</p><p>Then, in October, Lebsack heard about the job to end all jobs.</p><p>“I heard about it through <a href="" target="_blank">Andrew Muse</a>,” Lebsack explained. “I saw on his Instagram story, ‘It’s the last day to enter’s dream job.’”</p><p>But, because it was the very last day the company was accepting entries, Lebsack thought twice. To apply, he would have to create a video proving he was the best fit. He almost didn’t go through with it. But, in the end, he dropped everything and went for it.</p><p>“I really liked his narration,” Sherman noted of Lebsack’s last-minute entry. “Internally I was calling him Ferris Bueller because of it. The video was really cinematic and just screaming wanderlust to me and that's what we're looking for.”</p><p>Out of more than 1,100 applications, the team at knew he was it. So, they hired him. That was the easy part. Now, it’s up to Lebsack to succeed.</p><p>The idea of getting hired for a dream job sounds like, well, a dream, but in reality, there’s a lot more to it. Sure, Lebsack gets to play in the snow all day, but from what I saw he also needs to possess some sort of super-human strength to also stay up all night cutting video and editing photos.</p><p>As part of the work, Lebsack gets to go out and experience the mountains, the towns, and the après-ski scene. Then, he must cut a 60-second video for each location, along with providing the team with several photos of his daily adventures for social media.</p><img alt=" Dream Job - Travel the world "src=""><p>After the trip is complete, Lebsack will also cut two-minute regional videos including Europe, Japan, Canada, and America. He will also likely be cutting a full-length video from the entire trip. And, in case you’re not familiar with the craft, let me be the first to explain that this is a monumental task. However, it’s one Lebsack does not only with ease but also with pure enthusiasm.</p><p>“It’s been pretty manageable,” Lebsack said of the job. “It's definitely a lot of work. We play, play, play all day, which can be super draining when I realize I have to go and edit. But, then I think about, well, everyone my age is sitting in a classroom right now and doing that all day instead of this. And then I get really motivated.”</p><p>Of course, there is a little bit of fun thrown in there too. On the way from Verbier to <a href="" target="_blank">Courchevel</a>, France, we pulled over to take one perfect run down the mountain at Chamonix. Because, well, why not? We were living the dream job. Then, we checked into our hotels in Courchevel, which included the absolutely ritzier than ritzy <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Saint Roch</a>, a five-star hotel that regularly hosts the world’s top royalty, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Annapurna</a>, another five-star resort with ski in, ski out access. As we sat by the pool at the Annapurna, I asked Lebsack what he thought he’d be doing by the time he’s 25 thanks to this gig. Lebsack looked off, reached up to rub his temple, and laughed.</p><img alt=" Dream Job - Travel the world "src=""><p>“By the time I'm 25, who knows what's going to happen. Just today I woke up and took a helicopter ride and then paraglided all before lunchtime. It was pretty ridiculous. But you know, I have no idea. I hope it continues. I'm so grateful for everything that's happened so far.”</p><p>Follow more of his adventures on <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and its <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a> channels here. Maybe, just maybe, it will inspire you to go after your dream job too — no matter your age.</p>
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I Took My Three-year-old on His First Cruise — and It Was Surprisingly Awesome

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 11:00
<p>We came bearing costumes. Lots of costumes.</p><p>Armed with a suitcase worth of witch capes, Superman T-shirts, and plastic swords, our merry little trio — me, my mother, Pat, and my three-year-old son, Bobby — boarded the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Disney Dream</a></em><i>,</i> after flying in to <a href="" target="_blank">Orlando</a> and driving for an hour to Port Canaveral. We had high hopes for this three-night sail to the <a href="" target="_blank">Bahamas</a>. There would be costume parties, of course: one involving pirates and another with actual trick-or-treating, since ours was an October, Halloween-themed cruise. There would be Mickey photo ops, for sure, and beach time at Castaway Cay, the line’s very own private island. And there would be fireworks — real fireworks, at sea!</p><p>We ended up batting two for four on the above, missing the fireworks and both costume parties because I have the only kid in the world who hates costumes. The type-A traveler in me first saw this as an epic fail. But with a little hindsight comes acceptance and, eventually, understanding. Because here’s what I learned about a <a href="" target="_blank">Disney cruise</a> — something that holds true whether you’re sailing the fjords of Norway or the isles of the eastern Caribbean on any of the four vessels in the fleet: there’s so much damn stuff to do on the ship that it’s impossible to do it all. So you just embrace the screaming children and thrilling waterslides and do the best you can.</p><p>In our case, that meant grabbing a photo with Mickey at check-in, before we even boarded the 3,500-passenger <em>Dream</em>. While waiting in line we made friends with a family from Japan. They were just a few of the passengers whom Bobby somehow took a liking to, whether it was in the massive, airy atrium, where a violinist would happily perform Disney tunes in the afternoon, or in the grand, wide hallways ringing the sides of the <em>Dream</em>, where we often found ourselves waiting in line to see yet more characters.</p><img alt="Exterior of the Disney Dream Cruise Ship "src=""><p>There was, it turned out, plenty of sun and fun over the course of eight hours at <a href="" target="_blank">Castaway Cay</a>, most of which we spent in one of the 20 private family cabanas, available to guests for a surcharge. These cushy pads come with a hammock, loungers, and snacks. So there, on our own little slice of sand by a tranquil lagoon, while Pat had a mojito and I attempted to read, we watched Bobby splash random teenagers. We also saw him swim unassisted for the first time ever, which was pretty great.</p><p>The beauty of <a href="" target="_blank">Disney</a>, no surprise, lies in its intuitive, attentive customer service, from the cabin attendants who will stock your room, no questions asked, with a Diaper Genie to the waiters who will bring your kid milk in under five minutes if they see a meltdown coming on. The events, activities, and meals are all coordinated down to the microsecond, from the Broadway-caliber shows to the character sing-alongs in the <a href="" target="_blank">Oceaneer Club</a>, which has a dazzling Magic PlayFloor that lights up and replicas of both Andy’s room in <em>Toy Story</em> and the cockpit of the <em>Millennium Falcon</em>. One look at all the bells and whistles and friendly faces in this place will have any adult with a heart wanting to rewind 30, 40, or 50 years to become a kid again.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Cruise Line Secrets No One Tells You</a></p><p>A part of me is still sad we missed the fireworks. But my consolation prize was a three-hour dinner with Pat at <a href="" target="_blank">Remy</a>, the French fine-dining restaurant that is an oasis of calm and Bordeaux. We left Bobby in the nursery, and found ourselves spellbound by yet another well-choreographed Disney moment, this one a seven-course meal on Bernardaud china. We could hear the fireworks just one deck above. That would have to do.</p><p><em><strong>To book:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a>; two-night sailings from $699 per person.</em></p>
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These New Seamless Leggings Might Just Be the Comfiest Pair I’ve Ever Worn

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 10:31
<p>Cuyana — a brand we love for its <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">cozy alpaca wraps</a>, chic leather travel accessories, and philosophy of “fewer, better things” — is always building its timelessly classic wardrobe for women. So it was only a matter of time before co-founders Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah tackled a streamlined black legging, and allow me to break the news that they are so delightfully comfortable.</p><p>Made in Portugal, the second-skin-like Seamless Leggings (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95) have a thick-banded high waist and are crafted with a silky-soft and breathable stretch polyamide fabric. Unlike the brand's popular <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Ponte Legging Pants</a>, which have elevated details like ankle slits, the Seamless Leggings are also refreshingly simple — no fancy stitch patterns or mesh inlays, just a lovely back-to-basics black legging that fits like a dream.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Victoria Beckham Teamed Up With Reebok on Stylish Activewear That's Perfect for Travel</a></p><p>The style is also available as a long short (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $65) — just in time for the bike short trend that’s taking off for spring. Either pair can easily be worn from the street to the barre studio to the airport.</p><p>Both bottoms are part of the new five-piece <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Body collection</a>, which has all of the well-made basics every woman on the go needs. A set of bodysuits rounds out the collection with a tank bodysuit (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $75) that's available in sizes XS-XL and two one-size-fits-many options that are a true testament to the stretch and weight of the fabric. Consider those winter — and spring, and summer — layering woes conquered.</p><p>While the new line is meant to hug the body in all the right places, Shah was quick to note that it’s not shapewear in the traditional sense. The fabric has a just-right amount of compression so that it flatters without any discomfort — a perfect compromise.</p><h2>Seamless Leggings</h2><img alt="cuyana leggings "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95</p>
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This Resort Town in Turkey Painted 400 Homes into a Magical Cascading Rainbow

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 09:00
<p>Somewhere over the rainbow...there’s a town that’s perfectly drenched in color.</p><p>Kuşadası, which is already a go-to beach resort town on Turkey’s western Aegean coast, has refreshed and revitalized part of its neighborhoods with gorgeous, Instagram-worthy color.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a></em>, 400 homes in Kuşadası’s Tepe neighborhood have been repainted in shades of pink, blue, yellow, orange, green and purple as part of a project called <a href="" target="_blank">“Let’s Colour,”</a> put forth by the Marshall paint brand.</p><img alt="Multi-coloured painted houses on the hillside overlooking the town and port at Kusadasi, Aydin Province, TURKEY "src=""><p>The result is a cascade of eye-pleasing color that looks like it’s running down from the highest peak of Kuşadası. Almost like a unicorn spilled a bucket of rainbows on the mountain.</p><p>Kuşadası Mayor Özer Kayalı said that Tepe was particularly chosen for its key location in the town. “It’s the first place seen by tourists when they arrive at Kuşadası port. It makes for a striking panorama, which is why we believe this project will make a great contribution to our community,” he said in a statement, according to <em>Lonely Planet</em>.</p><p>The 400 colorful homes in Kuşadası are only one project of the 2,300 projects around the world that Marshall hopes to complete by April.</p><p>Not only do the brightly colored homes bring a colorful vibe to the neighborhood in general, they may even spark a surge in tourism to the area.</p><p>Kuşadası is certainly not the first town in the world to give itself a facelift in order to attract international tourists. The residents of <a href="" target="_blank">Kampung Pelangi, Indonesia</a>, also painted their homes in bright, rainbow colors in hopes of spiking tourism – to some success as well, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Independent</a></em>.</p><p>Because nothing makes an excellent travel photo quite like a rainbow.</p><p>So, not only does it look like Kuşadası is likely to stay on track as one of the area’s most popular resort destinations, it may also see even more tourists wandering the streets looking for the <a href="" target="_blank">perfect Instagram snap</a>.</p>
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