How One Woman's Makeup Bag Mix-up Stranded Over 700 People Overnight at the Airport

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 09:53
<p>One woman’s makeup bag caused more than 300 flight cancellations at Munich Airport last week.</p><p>The woman had liquids that were too large in her carry-on luggage when she went through airport security, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>One Mile at a Time</em></a>. Instead of throwing out the bottles, she opted to return to the check-in desk and check her bag. About 15 minutes later, she returned to security. But somehow, she managed to pass through the checkpoint without ever having been screened.</p><p>By the time airport management realized what had happened, the woman could not be found. She was already on her flight.</p><p>It set off a chain reaction that would affect more than 32,000 people passing through the airport that day.</p><p>The entire terminal shut down and everyone in the satellite building had to evacuate. Flights remained grounded for more than seven hours; about 330 flights were and cancelled and about 700 people spent the night on camp beds stranded in the airport.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Deutsche Welle</em></a>, the inspector in charge of the checkpoint was “distracted by a conversation with colleagues” at the moment the woman slipped past security.</p><p>“From what we have learned so far about the incident, we don’t envision taking legal action against the passenger,” an airport spokeswoman <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>The Local Germany</em>.</a> However, three employees of the state-owned airport security company have been fired.</p><p>The cost of the entire snafu is estimated at $1.2 million, <a href="" target="_blank">the Munich airport chief said</a>.</p>
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This Pilot Made Her Flight Attendant Mom’s Dream Come True Before Retirement

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 09:21
<p>Pooja Chinchankar, a flight attendant for Air India, had one wish for her last day of work before retirement: She wanted her daughter to pilot the flight. Flying is a family profession, one that was encouraged by Pooja.</p><p>“I wished to see her as a pilot, looking at how such few women take to the profession,” <a href="" target="_blank">Pooja told the <em>Hindustan Times</em></a>. “After getting her as commercial pilot licence from Canada, Ashrrita got offers from private airlines but she chose Air India.”</p><p>On Tuesday, Ashrrita Chinchankar was the first officer aboard her mother’s last flight for Air India.</p><p>“So happy and honoured to be able to pilot the one flight that mattered,” Ahrrita wrote on Twitter. “As she retires after her glorious 38 years of service, I will be carrying on with her legacy.”</p><p>The event was a surprise for Pooja, who did not know her daughter would be operating her final flight until they both showed up at the Mumbai Airport.</p><p>About 10 minutes before the plane landed, the pilot got on the intercom and announced that it was Pooja’s last day working for the company. She walked down the aisle while passengers applauded her service.</p><p>Pooja has been working for Air India since 1980; Ashrrita joined the carrier in 2016.</p><p>Retirement won’t keep Pooja from flying. “She plans to travel for a couple of months, after which she will decide what she wants to do,” <a href="" target="_blank">Ashrrita told the BBC</a>. “The best part about traveling without a fixed itinerary is not having a plan.”</p>
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This Los Angeles Grocery Store Has 31,000 Items — and You Can't Eat Any of Them

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 08:52
<p>A California hotel has opened its very own grocery store — only it sells no actual food. The potato chips, Butterfinger bars and ramen packets inside Sparrow Mart at <a href="" target="_blank">The Standard, Downtown LA</a> may look real, but they’re all handmade from felt.</p><p>The combination art exhibit and supermarket, open now through August 31, is stocked with an array of 31,000 produce, liquor, frozen and fresh food items, all of which are for sale. (Admission is free and its hours — 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, closed Mondays — are convenient for whenever hunger strikes.)</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Hotels in Los Angeles in 2018</a></p><p>It’s all the brainchild of Lucy Sparrow, a British artist who has excelled at the hyper-specific medium. Sparrow has done similar installations with 2014’s The Cornershop in <a href="" target="_blank">London</a> and 2017’s 8 ‘Till Late bodega in <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a>, but while the others topped out at 4,000 and 9,000 items, Los Angeles’ marketplace has nearly four times as many squishable goods.</p><img alt="The Standard Hotel Downtown Los Angeles Felt Supermarket by Lucy Sparrow "src=""><p>The entirety of Sparrow Mart’s functional equipment — grocery case, deep freezers, even the ATM — are covered in felt too; add branded shopping carts and grocery baskets to the mix and it’s the full experience, just lacking any nutritional value.</p><p>Prices vary, with trays of $10-a-pop sushi pieces, $35 candy bars, and $65 bottles of gin and whiskey among the wide range of goods for sale. There’s also a gallery in back with limited edition and one-off pieces, including American and British Flags crafted from felted food.</p><img alt="The Standard Hotel Downtown Los Angeles Felt Supermarket by Lucy Sparrow "src=""><p>The handmade goods, which include American favorites like Ben &amp; Jerry’s ice cream, Kraft macaroni &amp; cheese and It’s-It bars, are a feat for any artist, but especially a foreign one. Sparrow visited Los Angeles last year and photographed as many supermarket shelves as she could for research, transposing the items into felt while replicating the lot back in the U.K.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Secrets of the Hollywood Sign</a></p><p>The artist employed a team of four sewers in her studio, dubbed the “felt cave,” to help accomplish the task, but hand-painted and signed each of the 31,000 plush goods herself. With everything in the make-believe supermarket being available for sale, the only catch is that when it’s over, it’s over. (New York City’s pop-up sold through its stock of felt cereal boxes and soup cans so quickly that it closed over a week early.)</p><img alt="The Standard Hotel Downtown Los Angeles Felt Supermarket by Lucy Sparrow "src=""><p>Clearly a massive undertaking, Los Angeles’ felted market is also going to be Sparrow’s last — in this format, at least. Future shows will remain stocked as more of an exhibit than a shoppable experience, rendering it no longer “a victim of its own success”, as the artist smartly put it. “It’s never going to be as good as the first day you see it.”</p><p>All the more reason to rush over to <a href="" target="_blank">The Standard</a> before everybody else does.</p>
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Ferrero Will Pay You to Move to Italy and Become a Professional Nutella Taster

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 08:36
<p>If you’ve got a sweet tooth, we've got a gig for you — so long as you're willing to pick up and move to a charming town in <a href="" target="_blank">Italy</a>.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Ferrero</a> company, maker of popular confectionary treats like <a href="" target="_blank">Nutella</a> spread, Ferrero Rocher chocolates, Tic Tac mints, and Kinder candies, is looking for <a href=";utm_medium=DesignTAXI&amp;utm_term=DesignTAXI&amp;utm_content=DesignTAXI&amp;utm_campaign=DesignTAXI" target="_blank">60 “sensory judges”</a> who will get paid to taste-test its products.</p><p>The 60 lucky candidates will relocate to the company’s headquarters in Alba, a town located in Italy’s Piedmont region and famous for its selection of <a href="" target="_blank">white truffles</a>.</p><p>There, they will go through a paid, three-month training course starting in September where they’ll be sampling plenty of hazelnut, cocoa, and white chocolate goodies to learn about the sense of smell and taste and help the brand improve its products.</p><p>Those deemed suitable for the job at the end of the course will be hired on a long-term contract with the company, starting with a part-time commitment of two days per week for two hours.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Local</a></em>, this is the first time the company is looking to employ non-professionals to taste-test its products.</p><p>Those interested in the position are invited to email <a href="" target="_blank"></a> with reference code ALB01 in the subject line. </p>
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Alaska Airlines Apologizes to Gay Couple Who Say They Were Forced to Move for a Straight Couple

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 08:15
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines</a> has apologized after a gay couple said they were separated on a flight so a straight couple could sit together instead.</p><p>Earlier this week, David Cooley said he and his partner had boarded a flight with the airline from New York City to Los Angeles when a flight attendant approached the pair and asked if one of them was willing to give up their seat so a couple could sit together. Cooley said he informed the cabin crew member that he and his partner were also a couple, but he was still told that he and his partner could either sit in different seats or deplane.</p><p>“I have never been so discriminated against while traveling before,” Cooley wrote on <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>. “After my traveling companion and I had been seated in our assigned seats for a while, we were approached by the flight attendant and my companion was asked to move from his premium seat to coach, so a couple could sit together. I explained that we were a couple and wanted to sit together. He was given a choice to either give up the premium seat and move to coach or get off the plane. We could not bear the feeling of humiliation for an entire cross-country flight and left the plane.”</p><p>Cooley added he was in disbelief that in 2018 an airline could make such a discriminatory mistake.</p><p>“We will never be flying <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines</a> or their recently purchased Virgin Airlines Group ever again. Thank you to Delta Air Lines for getting us home safe.”</p><p>Though this may seem like a one-off mistake, Naomi Goldberg, policy and research director at the Movement Advancement Project, told <a href="" target="_blank"><i>The New York Times</i></a> that actions like this are more pervasive than you probably think. She pointed to a <a href="" target="_blank">2017 survey from</a> the Center for American Progress, which shows 36 percent of L.G.B.T. people attempt to hide personal relationships for fear of discrimination.</p><p>“Obviously, this couple’s experience should not have happened,” Goldberg told <i>The New York Times</i>. “Whether or not it’s in line with Alaska Airlines' values, or even policies, it did happen. My hope would be the company would obviously do some internal work or have conversations about what it means to serve the public and be open to all.”</p><p>For its part, <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines</a> shared its apology to Cooley on Twitter. It read in part, “This unfortunate incident was caused by a seating mix-up on a full flight. It’s our policy to keep all families seated together whenever possible. That didn’t happen here. We are sorry for the situation and did not intend to make Mr. Cooley and his partner feel uncomfortable in any way.”</p><p>Cooley has accepted the airline’s apology and noted in a tweet that they are "discussing making things right."</p>
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Prince Harry's Car Is for Sale and It's Sparking Royal Baby Rumors

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 07:34
<p>Now’s your chance to drive a car fit for a prince. Literally.</p><p>Newlywed Prince Harry is officially selling his 2017 Audi RS6 Avant. The beautiful luxury vehicle was acquired by Derbyshire-based car dealership Overton Prestige and is listed on <a href="" target="_blank">Auto Trader</a> for £71,900 (around $93,700 USD), the <a href=";ns_linkname=english_regions&amp;ns_campaign=bbc_derby&amp;ns_source=twitter" target="_blank">BBC reported</a>.</p><img alt="Prince Harry arrives in his Audi S3 car to play in the Jerudong Trophy polo match at Cirencester Park Polo Club on July 14, 2013 "src=""><p>In the public eye, Prince Harry used the car to attend <a href="" target="_blank">Pippa Middleton’s wedding</a> last year.</p><p>And don’t worry, he isn’t offloading a lemon. The car is barely over a year old and in near-perfect condition, according to the dealer.</p><p>“Due to data protection we can't confirm who sold the vehicle but we are completely satisfied that this car was used personally by Prince Harry over the course of the last year,” a spokesperson for Overton Prestige said.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Sun</a></em>, the car only has 4,464 miles on it, and it features a 4.0-litre V8 engine that delivers a 552bhp. It was also ordered with a “Dynamic Pack” that removed the limitation on the car’s top speed of 155 mph.</p><p>But, of course, since Prince Harry celebrating his wedding only a few months ago, the sudden vehicle change has naturally led to some people speculating that another <a href="" target="_blank">royal baby is on the way</a>. </p><p>“It begs the questions why is the Prince selling so soon? Maybe he's on the market for a bigger family car…” Auto Trader editorial director <a href="" target="_blank">Erin Baker said</a>. </p><p>At this point, we can only speculate. But it’s hard to picture a royal family in a minivan.</p>
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The TSA Is Considering Cutting Security Checkpoints at 150 Small and Medium Airports

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 06:46
<p>Travelers in smaller airports could soon have a much shorter wait to get to their gate.</p><p>According to an <a href="" target="_blank">exclusive report from CNN</a>, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is considering ending security screenings at some small and medium-sized airports (those serving aircraft with 60 seats or fewer) across the country. Passengers would instead be screened when they arrive at major airports for connecting flights, which takes advantage of larger airports’ access to better, newer security screening technology.</p><p>The TSA describes the increase in risk as “small,” and notes the change could save about $115 million annually.</p><p>As any traveler knows, strident security screenings have become the norm since September 11, 2001. The proposal is already attracting criticism: A CNN terrorism analyst said it was “stunning that this is even seriously being considered,” and an anonymous TSA source told the network the idea was “dangerous.”</p><p>However, the proposal suggests that small airports are less “attractive” to terrorist attacks, <a href="" target="_blank">according to CNN</a>. By cutting security screening at smaller airports and requiring it at larger ones with better technology, the TSA predicts security could be more efficient.</p>
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Vietnam's New 'Gold Bridge' Is Held Up by Giant Hands

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 06:24
<p>Having trouble coming up with a unique vacation destination? This Vietnamese mountain resort can offer a helping hand — or two.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Bà Nà Hills mountain resort</a>, in Vietnam, has just opened a 500-foot gold pedestrian bridge suspended over weathered, stone-carved hands, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>This Is Colossal</em> reported</a>.</p><p>At 4,600 feet above sea level, the Gold Bridge offers a gorgeous spot for taking in the mountain scenery. It's also a beautiful sight all on its own, as <em>designboom</em> notes the bridge is decorated with purple <em>lobelia chrysanthemum</em> flowers all along it.</p><p><em>The Spaces</em> reports that the bridge is reportedly part of a $2-billion investment in the area intended to bring more visitors to Vietnam. The Gold Bridge was designed by <a href="" target="_blank">TA Landscape Architecture</a>'s Tran Quang Hung.</p><p>The Bà Nà Hills are a popular resort destination, welcoming about 2.7 million visitors last year, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the <em>Bangkok Post</em></a>.</p>
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Why You Can't Visit the Eiffel Tower Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 06:03
<p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Eiffel Tower</a> has been closed since Wednesday afternoon due to employee strikes over a new ticketing system causing “monstrous” lines.</p><p>Workers say the new ticketing system is <a href="" target="_blank">causing up to three-hour waits</a> for visitors waiting to purchase a ticket and hour-long waits for those who already reserved an entrance time online.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Why It's Illegal to Take Photos of the Eiffel Tower at Night</a></p><p>Last month, the Eiffel Tower began allotting about half its tickets to online pre-sales. Previously, the monument only allowed about 20 percent of visitors to reserve an entrance slot ahead of time.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Here’s What the Bulletproof Glass Wall Around the Eiffel Tower Actually Looks Like</a></p><p>In addition, tower management has changed the elevator system in each of the monument's legs. The decision “creates lines that are at times monstrous and often lopsided,” a workers' union said in a statement. While some of the elevators go up and down only half-full, others get backed up, causing extremely long wait times.</p><p>The tower remained closed Thursday during negotiations. Workers want more flexibility in managing the flow of visitors. “We're not talking about a failure,” <a href="" target="_blank">a spokesperson for the union told <i>France 24</i></a>, “there's just an adjustment that needs to be made.”</p><p>The Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions. More than 6 million people climb the iron tower every year.</p>
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Mila Kunis Spilled All the Details on Her Hilariously Disastrous Honeymoon With Ashton Kutcher (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 17:58
<p>Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher appear to have it all. They are stunning human beings, successful actors, and parents to two adorable kids. But it turns out they're just like the rest of us — at least when it comes to <a href="" target="_blank">family vacations</a>.</p><p>While promoting her new film, "The Spy Who Dumped Me," Kunis paid a visit to <i>The Tonight Show, </i>where she shared an epically horrible tale of family travel with host Jimmy Fallon. Oh, and this wasn’t just any vacation. It was her <a href="" target="_blank">honeymoon</a>.</p><p>“If you’ve ever seen the <em>National Lampoon</em> movies, our honeymoon was like a real-life <em>National Lampoon</em> honeymoon,” Kunis said. “We also went honeymooning with my in-laws.”</p><p>Kunis added that she bought her husband an RV for his birthday. He suggested they take it out for a spin for their honeymoon and bring his parents along.</p><p>"Eight hours into our RV trip, and this continues, our air conditioner breaks in Bakersfield in 110 degree weather," Kunis said. “The whole thing went pop.”</p><p>Once the family got it fixed they went on their way, but the drama didn’t stop there.</p><p>"We almost died on the side of the road when Apple Maps took us on a road … It wasn't a road, it was a fire road on the side of a mountain,” she said. “We all had to jump out of the vehicle and walk for like three miles while my father-in-law drove the van and Ashton navigated him over gigantic boulders because there had just been a massive flood. Guys, this was like, day two."</p><p>Oh, you think that’s bad? Just wait.</p><p>"My wonderful, beautiful mother-in-law picked the RV parks that we were staying in, but she didn’t use the internet. She used, um, books," Kunis added. "She’s like, 'We’ll end in Napa, it’ll be beautiful,' I was like, 'You know what, what could go wrong?' Let me tell you. An RV park not in Napa, but an hour outside of Napa with two prisons, OK? Yes guys, that is where our RV trip ended. And my husband looked at me and goes, 'I quit,' and I’m like, 'Me too.'"</p><p>Yikes. Maybe Kunis and Kutcher need a do-over. Maybe they should try a <a href="" target="_blank">romantic under-the-radar island honeymoon</a> instead.</p>
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How London Plans to Become the Most Walkable City in the World

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 17:57
<p>Mayor Sadiq Khan has <a href="" target="_blank">revealed plans</a> to make London “the world’s most walkable city” in the near future. The goal is to make 80% of trips that people take within the city to be by walking, cycling, or on public transit by 2041.</p><p>“Walking is a fantastic way to get around and explore London, and getting more Londoners to walk regularly is essential for the health and future prosperity of our city,” Will Norman, the city's first “walking and cycling commissioner,” said in a statement.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Lonely Planet</em> reported</a> that the city is investing £2.2 billion — about $2.8 billion USD — to redesign streets to better suit pedestrians with more readable signs and maps, and more pedestrian crossings, among other updates.</p><p>In addition, the plan will also include “Active Travel Hubs” to help people walk from one station to the next to get in some extra steps, as well as buses and taxi getting an upgrade to eliminate the use of diesel fuel by 2019.</p><p>“Our objective is to make walking the safest, easiest and most enjoyable way of getting around,” said Norman.</p><p>City officials believe that making the city more walkable will ease congestion, overcrowding, and pollution as London's population continues to grow. By motivating Londoners to be more mobile, England's National Health Service could save an estimated £1.7 billion in health care costs, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the mayor's office</a>.</p>
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All 103 People on Board During Aeromexico Crash Escaped Before Plane Erupted in Flames

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 17:28
<p>An Aeromexico flight crashed shortly after taking off from Durango, Mexico on Tuesday. Although there were 85 injuries, including two critical, no fatalities have been reported.</p><p>Aeromexico Flight 2431 was scheduled to fly from Durango to Mexico City on Tuesday, carrying <a href="" target="_blank">99 passengers and four crew members</a>. Shortly after takeoff from General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport, the aircraft crashed and erupted in flames just beyond the runway.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="rumble" frameborder="0" height="360" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Of those injured during the crash, 49 were transported to the hospital. Two people, including one of the pilots, are reported to be in critical condition.</p><img alt="Plane crash in Mexico, Durango - 31 Jul 2018 "src=""><p>"The control tower noticed strong wind currents and this could have caused the accident," Durango Gov. José R. Aispuro <a href="" target="_blank">said at a press conference</a>.</p><p>A gust of wind hit the Embraer 190 aircraft during takeoff, causing the left wing to skid against the ground. The aircraft was reported to hit the ground nose first, seriously injuring the pilot. Both engines knocked off the plane as it rammed to a landing about 1,000 feet from the runway.</p><img alt="Plane crash in Mexico, Durango - 31 Jul 2018 "src=""><p>Passengers were able to escape the plane via emergency slide before the aircraft burst into flames.</p><p>"We started picking up speed and then it started getting windier,” <a href="" target="_blank">passenger Juan Rivera told ABC News</a>. “She tried to pick up, then went back down. That happened like three times, bro. And then the third time we bounced we hit like a barrier."</p><p>The incident is currently under investigation, but the Mexican Civil Aviation Authority said it could take several months to reach a conclusion.</p>
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Now Is the Time to Book Cheap Flights to Japan for the 2019 Cherry Blossom Season

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 16:53
<p>2019 may seem far away, but planning next year's travel now could save you some serious cash. Especially if traveling to Tokyo for the famed <a href="" target="_blank">cherry blossom season</a> is on your spring itinerary.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Springtime is the best time to head to Japan</a> if you’re interested in scoping out the gorgeous blooms in action. It’s best to try to travel between late March, when the trees in the southern region begin to bloom, and the end of May, when the cherry blossoms come out in cities like Sapporo in the north.</p><p>Either way, you should book your flights now. According to <a href="" target="_blank">Scott’s Cheap Flights</a>, several airlines are offering tickets for extremely steep discounts.</p><p>As Scott’s Cheap Flights noted, flights to Tokyo from major cities across the United States typically run upwards of $1,000 for a round-trip ticket for travel between January and June. But right now, tickets on both Philippine and Singapore Airlines are going for under $700 a pop.</p><p>Today, would-be travelers can find tickets from Chicago to Tokyo for springtime travel for just $683. Or, they can fly from Las Vegas to Tokyo for $678, New York City for $653, San Francisco for $635, and Washington, D.C. for $686. </p><p>We found flights from <a href="*/m/07dfk./m/030qb3t.2019-04-10;c:USD;e:1;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">Los Angeles to Tokyo</a> running in the same time frame for just $659 on Singapore Airlines, and $719 on Asiana.</p><p>Those flying from <a href="*/m/07dfk./m/0f2rq.2019-04-10;c:USD;e:1;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">Dallas to Tokyo</a> can also find low fares for the spring, including flights on Singapore Airlines for $732 round-trip. To find the best flights from your departure city, search spring dates that work for you on <a href="*./m/02_286.2018-08-21;c:USD;e:1;sd:1;t:h" target="_blank">Google Flights</a>. </p><p>Like most good things in life, these deals aren’t expected to last very long, so book now to save. If you need a little help picking out your final destination in Japan, read our guide to <a href="" target="_blank">visiting Japan during cherry blossom season</a>.</p>
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A 7-year-old Got New Zealand to Change Its Sexist Road Signs

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 16:42
<p>A seven-year-old girl convinced the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to change its signs by pointing out that “women can be line-workers too.”</p><p>Last month, Zoe Carew wrote a letter to the agency after noticing a suspicious sign on the side of the road, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em> reported</a>. Next to the people working on the power lines along the road, there was a bright orange sign that read “LINEMEN.” Carew and her family talked about the sign and “wondered why it said ‘MEN’ when women can be line-workers too,” she wrote in her letter.</p><p>“Why does the sign say ‘LINEMEN’ when the people working on the lines may be men or women?” Carew wrote. “I think that this sign is wrong and unfair.”</p><img alt="New Zealand Linemen Road Sign "src=""><p>Fergus Gammie, the chief executive of the NZTA, wrote back to Carew this month in agreement. In response to Carew’s suggestion, Gammie confirmed that all roadside signs will be changed to read “LINE CREW.”</p><p>According to the letter, “the new signs will replace the old ones when they need replacement due to wear and tear, this may take some time.” Gammie also commended Carew “for taking action where you think something unfair should be fixed. Well done.”</p><p>In a tweet, NZTA praised Carew’s letter, saying “great ideas can come from anyone.”</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">A report from U.S. World &amp; News</a> rated New Zealand the ninth best country in the world to be a woman for its gender pay gap, education, and political empowerment.</p>
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What Southwest’s CEO Has to Say About the Airline’s Plans for Assigned Seating

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 11:15
<p>Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly wants to be crystal clear about one thing: Nobody is getting assigned seating any time soon.</p><p>In response to increased fuel prices, the CEO said in an earnings call last week that the airline was considering new ways of increasing revenue. <a href="" target="_blank">It was rumored</a> that one of those ways could be eliminating Southwest’s long-standing open-seating policy.</p><p>But, according to Kelly, there are three things Southwest has no intention of ever implementing: baggage fees, ticket change fees, and assigned seating</p><p>“Let me be very blunt,” <a href="" target="_blank">Kelly said, according to USA Today</a>. "We are not looking at assigning seats right now. We are not talking about assigning seats now. And we're not talking about looking at it sometime in the future.”</p><p>While other airlines have made billions by charging fees to select a seat, Kelly said that Southwest will not follow. “It ain’t happening now,” Kelly said. “And it won’t happen next year.”</p><p>It should be noted, however, that Southwest does offer an “<a href="" target="_blank">upgraded boarding</a>” option (for $30, $40, or $50 depending on the route), allowing passengers to pay more to be among the first to board.</p><p>In the call, Kelly revealed that flights to Hawaii will be a large part of Southwest’s 2019 strategy. Earlier this year, the airline confirmed that <a href="" target="_blank">cheap flights from California to Hawaii are coming</a>. Although the airline has still not disclosed a launch date, flights are expected to start later this year or early 2019.</p>
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There’s No Better View of the Night’s Sky Than From a ‘Star Bed’ on an Island in the Indian Ocean

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 11:00
<p>“I just want to get away from it all and escape to a private island,” is a common refrain these days. It seems like now more than ever we all need a place to unwind, unplug and just ... breathe. And there is no more perfect place in the world to do so in comfort than Medjumbe Island. Located off the northern coast of Mozambique, in the Quirimbas Archipelago, Medjumbe — a small, teardrop shaped island only 300 kilometers long — is home to the luxury <a href="" target="_blank">Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort</a>.</p><p>The exclusive getaway is comprised of just <a href="" target="_blank">12 eco-friendly oceanfront bungalows</a>, each with their own plunge pool and outdoor showers.</p><p>I decided to visit the isle at the height of the shoulder season in May — in the midst of an anxiety attack that, for me, usually foreshadows the beginning of summer. Just two hours from Johannesburg, I boarded a private helicopter in Pembe, Mozambique, and, as the mainland floated away and we flew over tiny islands off the coast, my stomach began to unclench. By the time we touched down on Medjumbe, 30 minutes later, I was in awe. Medjumbe is everything you’ve ever imagined — or seen on Instagram — and more.</p><img alt="Medjumbe Island "src=""><p>Every color of blue that ever existed swirls in the ocean and sky with just the sparkling white sandbars dotted with mangrove forest and lush tropical greenery in between. From the moment I disembarked the helicopter, time (and my blood pressure) seemed to slow.</p><p>“Karibu,” the Swahili word for welcome, was etched into the sand just outside my hut and it was an apt sentiment as the staff bent over backwards to accommodate any request and the whole of the hotel’s water sports facilities, gear and instructors were available at any time.</p><p>In the mornings before breakfast, I would hike around the island, visiting the old Portuguese lighthouse — an abandoned archeological remnant from the time of the slave trade — and walk out onto the ocean floor laid bare by the tide.</p><p>Later, I’d set sail for nearby uninhabited islands to fish or snorkel through the immaculate coral reefs, joined occasionally by dolphin pods. After an afternoon nap there were sundowner cocktails on the beach or on an ancient <a href="" target="_blank">Arab dhow</a> — powered only by the wind — before dining on freshly caught tuna, squid, shrimp and other seafood prepared by the in house chef.</p><img alt="Medjumbe Island "src=""><p>All was a prelude to the real show as the Milky Way came into view and shooting stars blazed across the sky, seemingly so close, they were within reach of my outstretched hand — before being lulled to sleep by the high tide outside my door.</p><p>Clocks were not necessary, my phone was checked just once a day, paper books were actually read, and for the first time in years I felt like I was on an actual vacation. Far away from anyone I knew and everything I was overly familiar with, I had time to catch my breath and reflect.</p><img alt="Medjumbe Island "src=""><p>On the final night, after lunch on a nearby island and a deep tissue massage, I and other guests were treated to a bonfire barbeque on the beach where we swapped stories of our lives and adventures.</p><p>The next day as I prepared to leave — and other lucky guests arrived — I realized that in just four days, my pre-summer anxiety attack had been washed away and my inner rhythm reset. And while I was sad to go, Medjumbe had healed me in a way I had not anticipated and I was prepared — mentally and physically — to go back and face the daily battles of New York City. And that, to me, was worth every penny.</p>
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Disney's New App Will Make You Look Forward to Waiting in Line

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 10:46
<p>When used as intended, the new Play Disney Parks app lets guests bypass wait times with interactive games that can change their surroundings inside a ride queue. The unintended effect? It's so good, you may want to opt out of Fastpass just to use it.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">free iOS and Android app</a> can be used at home or at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, allowing guests to answer trivia questions about termites while walking through Animal Kingdom’s zoo-like exhibits or quiz each other on <a href="" target="_blank">Splash Mountain</a>’s history when boarding a flight to <a href="" target="_blank">Orlando</a>. Inside the parks — and on four specific attractions — it shines, leveraging that oft-dreaded wait time into an experience that’ll make those breezing past near-envious.</p><p>With location-specific activities that play off ride themes and queue spaces, Disney is striving to transform the most boring part of vacation into its own kind of entertainment. Do your best at virtual training missions while waiting for Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom and your spacecraft will battle others in real life, or dive deeper into Andy’s bedroom in unsuspecting ways while waiting for Toy Story Midway Mania. The better you do in Disneyland’s Off To Never Land game in Peter Pan’s Flight famously long queue can even increase the odds of Tinker Bell making a special appearance before you board.</p><p>Even if your family’s not really into game play, there’s another layer of entertainment on offer. The app’s animated map is a sweetly designed interface rife with its own cutesy version of Hidden Mickeys; swipe to the side and surprises, like R2-D2 popping out from Disneyland’s future <a href="" target="_blank">Star Wars Land</a> location or a Na’vi off in the distance of <a href="" target="_blank">Pandora — The World of Avatar</a>, will appear. The more you use it, the more robust it becomes, as frequent play and actual time spent within the parks will unlock different sections of the game board. Boarding rides and experiencing <a href="" target="_blank">attractions at Disney World</a> and Disneyland yield little digital buttons, too, giving guests the thrill of discovery that pin trading brings without having to spend a dime, stacking up everything you’ve done on vacation into a true badge of honor.</p><p>Though seemingly otherwise, it’s not just another reason to be stuck staring at your screen. Like Heads Up! and similar interactive app games, Play Disney Parks encourages families to participate in activities together through a single phone. The four in-queue activities are multiplayer and easy for all ages, relying more so on teamwork and creativity than mere digital distractions, striving to turn an attraction’s wait into an attraction of its own. Two interactive Walt Disney World activities, Soarin’ Challenge and <a href="" target="_blank">Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure</a>, have been added into the app as well, making them even easier to utilize.</p><p>It’s not Disney’s first attempt enhancing guest experiences by having their surroundings do double-duty as real-life game boards. The Menehune Adventure Trail at <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Aulani Resort</a> leads guests to interacts with statues, waterfalls, artwork and other unsuspecting features of the Hawaiian property that magically come to life when activated, while <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Cruise Line</a>’s Dream and Fantasy ships offer three interactive games within the Midship Detective Agency. Mickey Mouse, Cruella de Vil, even The Muppets come to life throughout the ship’s corridors by way of slyly concealed screens projecting still images as “artwork” throughout the ship until game play kicks in.</p><p>Clearly best when used inside parks, there’s still plenty to enjoy prior to leaving. Themed playlists in partnership with Apple Music cue up everything from “Beauty and the Beast” standards and the Star Tours’ theme to throwback tunes from old attractions, like Kitchen Kabaret and Universe of Energy. Part DJ, part trivia game, and part experiential enhancement, it’s an addition that can make your Disney vacation all the more fun.</p>
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A $50 Million Museum Dedicated to Comedy Just Opened in Lucille Ball’s Hometown

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 10:01
<p>Lily Tomlin, Dan Aykroyd, and Amy Schumer walk into a comedy festival.</p><p>This isn't a joke, merely one of the many ways the <a href="">National Comedy Center</a> is celebrating its debut this week. The museum — located in Jamestown, NY, the birthplace of Lucille Ball — has 37,000 square feet of exhibition space dedicated to all things humor. With more than 50 immersive experiences, the center lets visitors explore everything "from early vaudeville acts to the latest viral memes," and highlights the history of comedy from Keaton to Carlin.</p><p>It's the first of its kind in America, perhaps even the world: an interactive museum dedicated to humor as a cultural institution, an art form, and a tool for political commentary. The $50 million space was dreamed up by design teams who've worked on high-profile attractions like Universal Studios and the College Football Hall of Fame; the center's advisory board includes comedy veterans such as Carl Reiner, Jim Gaffigan, W. Kamau Bell, and Paula Poundstone. The center counts among its holdings Lenny Bruce's iconic trench and the archives of George Carlin. </p><p>Asking executive director Journey Gunderson to tell you a joke will get you nowhere. “I stay in my lane," said Gunderson. Her job is to focus on running the attraction, which is projected to draw 100,000 visitors in its first year. Gunderson said the museum caters to every level of interest, from casual consumers of comedy to “the hardcore comedy nerd” who could spend days in the archives.</p><p>“It’s hard to imagine a museum with as broad an appeal as I believe this one has,” she said. </p><p>Creating a museum in the age of smart phones and the internet raised the bar in terms of design, Gunderson said. “If somebody is going to come all the way to Jamestown, New York, we can't have an exhibit that tells them the same thing they could pull up on Wikipedia.”</p><p>So here's a taste of what to expect: "After creating a humor profile, visitors can explore content tailored to their individual tastes, from broad slapstick to edgy satire. Along with educational games and fun competitions, guests can step into the shoes of comedy pros, trying their hand at cartooning, comedy writing, live stand-up, and faux pie fights—or simply cheer on their friends," the website states. </p><p>The opening festival, with 50 events and 40 artists, kicks off today. Events tickets are available <a href="">here</a>. Along with shows by various performers and writers, there will be a discussion about comedy and the First Amendment, improv and writing classes, a conga drum workshop inspired by Desi Arnaz, and a 50s-themed masquerade Lucille “Ball.” </p><p><strong><em>Our series <a href="" target="_blank">Reasons to Travel Now</a> highlights the news, events, and openings that have us scoping out plane tickets each day.</em></strong></p>
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Teresa Sullivan's 12-day Itinerary Around Botswana and Zambia

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:56
<p>Teresa Sullivan is a member of Travel + Leisure’s A-List, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world, and can help plan your perfect getaway. Below is an example of the type of itineraries she creates. To work with Teresa, you can contact her directly at</p><h2>Day 1: Arrive in Botswana</h2><p>Fly into Kasane and transfer to your charter flight to the Linyanti Wetlands.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Lebala Camp</p><h2>Day 2: Linyanti Wetlands</h2><p>The floodplains around Lebala Camp attract a wonderful variety of wildlife, with excellent sightings of elephant, hippo, lechwe, zebra, giraffe. Take game drives with expert trackers, including after-dark drives with spotlights for nocturnal sightings. </p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Lebala Camp</p><h2>Days 3-4: Chitabe Concession and Moremi Game Reserve</h2><p>Transfer to the Moremi Game Reserve. Chitabe Lediba is a very comfortable and intimate tented camp in an enormous concession that is bordered on three sides by the Moremi Game Reserve. What makes Chitabe unique to some of the other areas in the Okavango Delta is that it contains such a variety of habitats within close proximity. Mazes of waterways wind between the islands of sky-high grasses and groves of towering trees. </p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Chitabe Lediba Camp</p><h2>Days 5-6: Hunda Island</h2><p>Little Tubu is located on the remote Hunda Island, the largest dry landmass in the Jao Concession. Wildlife seen around Little Tubu includes elephant, lion, Burchell's zebra, red lechwe, southern giraffe, tsessebe, blue wildebeest kudu, impala, bushbuck, and leopard. The variety of birdlife is impressive, with both dry-land species and a multitude of wetland birds in the floodplains and waterways. Throughout the year, day and night game drives are available. There are two platform hides on the Jao Concession, offering incredible up-close viewing or the unique opportunity to sleep out under the stars. During winter, the water levels around Tubu Tree rise and the floodplains become covered with water, which allows for a wide range of water activities, from boating and fishing to <em>mokoro</em> excursions.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Little Tubu Camp</p><h2>Days 7-8: Livingstone</h2><p>Transfer to Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, in Zambia, near Livingstone and Victoria Falls. Activities include a tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, game drives within the park, sunset river cruises, caneoing, rafting, and guided nature walks. The Zambezi River offers ample fishing opportunities, and tiger fishing is an unforgettable challenge for keen fishermen.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Toka Leya Camp</p><h2>Days 9-11: Lower Zambezi National Park</h2><p>Transfer to Lower Zambezi National Park, near the border with Zimbabwe. Resting peacefully on the banks of the Zambezi River, under a grove of evergreen mahogany trees, Chiawa Camp holds a prime position in the heart of Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park. Check out the viewing platform in a hidden corner of camp, or take a dip in Chiawa's refreshing plunge pool. Activities include guided bush walks, both morning and afternoon sundowner game drives, river cruises, fishing, and canoeing.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Chiawa Camp</p><h2>Day 12: Depart from Lusaka</h2><p>Transfer to the airport for your flight home.</p>
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Jody Bear's 20-day Itinerary Around Egypt, Israel, and Jordan

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:51
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Jody Bear</a> is a member of <a href="" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure’s A-List</a>, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world, and can help plan your perfect getaway. Below is an example of the type of itineraries she creates. To work with Jody, you can contact her directly at</p><h2>Day 1: Arrive in Cairo</h2><p>Meet your guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Four Seasons Nile Plaza or the new Kempinski Nile Cairo</p><h2>Day 2: Giza</h2><p>Spend a full day touring Giza, with stops at the Sphinx, the Great Pyramids, and the Solar Boat Museum. You can enter Khufu's Pyramid and the step pyramid at Sakkara before a camel ride to a panoramic viewpoint.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Four Seasons Nile Plaza or the new Kempinski Nile Cairo</p><h2>Day 3: Cairo</h2><p>Take a full-day city tour to the Egyptian Museum, Mummies Room, and Sultan Hassan Mosque. Walk through the streets of Islamic Old Cairo to Bab al-Futuh (the famous North Gate) in the Khan el Khalili Bazaar.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Four Seasons Nile Plaza or the new Kempinski Nile Cairo</p><h2>Day 4: Aswan</h2><p>Fly into Aswan. Spend the afternoon sailing on a traditional <em>felucca </em>to Elephantine Island (where you can visit the Nubian village) and the Kitchener's Island Botanical Gardens.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel</p><h2>Day 5: Aswan</h2><p>Take a morning camel ride to St. Simeon's Monastery before an afternoon tour of the Nubian Museum.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel</p><h2>Day 6: Abu Simbel and Nile Cruise</h2><p>Take a morning air excursion to the temples at Abu Simbel before boarding the Oberoi Philae for a 4-night Nile cuirse. In the evening, visit the Aswan High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, and Philae Temple.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Oberoi Philae</p><h2>Day 7: Nile Cruise</h2><p>Cruise to Kom Ombo, to visit the Temple of Two Gods. Then, stop at Edfu for a tour of the Temple of Horus, before cruising to Esna.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Oberoi Philae</p><h2>Day 8: Nile Cruise</h2><p>Cruise to Luxor in the morning for an afternoon visit to the Karnak Temple. Dine at Luxor Temple with a sunset private dinner, accompanied by a harpist.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Oberoi Philae</p><h2>Day 9: Nile Cruise</h2><p>Tour the Medinat Habu Temple and the Valley of the Kings, including King Tut's tomb and the tomb of Seti I. Then, head to the Valley of the Queens to visit the tomb of King Nefertari, as well as the tomb of Ramses VI and the Colossi of Memnon.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Oberoi Philae</p><h2>Day 10: Fly to Jerusalem</h2><p>Disembark and transfer to the airport for your transfer to Jerusalem via Tel Aviv. That afternoon, you will be taken to a view point over the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: King David Hotel</p><h2>Day 11: Jerusalem</h2><p>Tour the underground tunnels and hidden springs of the City of David, visiting newly opened archeological sites which are not yet open to the public. Spend a full day touring the Old City of Jerusalem, including holy sites the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Mount Zion. Enjoy iconic views over Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives before a private dinner.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: King David Hotel</p><h2>Day 12: Jerusalem</h2><p>Visit the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum,with a curator-led tour. Visit the Mahane Yehuda market with an expert culinary guide, followed by a hands-on cooking workshop in which you will learn to make some traditional foods.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: King David Hotel</p><h2>Day 13: Masada and Ein Tamar</h2><p>Head into the Judaean Desert to visit Masada (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and have private picnic lunch in the desert scenery. Then, visit the JoJo gallery in the small village of Ein Tamar; this gallery exhibits work by JoJo (Yosef Ohayon),<br />an artist who combines Western and Middle Eastern design elements.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: King David Hotel</p><h2>Day 14: Jerusalem, Rehovot, Jaffa, and Tel Aviv</h2><p>Visit Yad Vashem before heading out to Rehovot, and then continuing to Tel Aviv to explore the ancient city of Jaffa — one of the oldest ports in the world.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: The Norman</p><h2>Day 15: Sea of Galilee, Golan Heights, and Acre</h2><p>Take a private helicopter flight to the north of the country; upon landing near Capernaum, tour ancient communities around the Sea of Galilee. Then, fly northwards towards the Golan Heights. Land at one of the one the award winning wineries in the area before taking a Jeep ride through a working agricultural kibbutz. In the afternoon, take another private flight west to the coastal town of Acre (a UNESCO World Heritage site).</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: The Norman</p><h2>Day 16: Tel Aviv</h2><p>Visit Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv’s prettiest (and oldest) neighborhood, stopping at the Carmel Market and Rothschild Boulevard. Tour the Tel Aviv Museum with an expert art guide, who will then take you to a few art galleries representative of the contemporary art scene in Tel Aviv. Enjoy an evening performance of the Batsheva Dance Company.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: The Norman</p><h2>Day 17: Negev Desert and Petra</h2><p>Take a private helicopter flight from Tel Aviv to Mitzpe Ramon, flying the scenic route along the Tel Aviv coastline over Beersheva, Sde Boker, and the Ramon Crater. Upon arrival, board your private Jeep to explore the Ramon Machtesh. Following a private desert picnic, fly over the Negev desert to Eilat. You will then cross the border into Jordan and be driven to Petra.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Movenpick Petra</p><h2>Day 18: Petra and Shaharut</h2><p>Visit the ancient site of Petra with a private guide. Following lunch, you will be assisted across the border back into Israel and then be driven to Shaharut.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Six Senses Shaharut</p><h2>Day 19: Shaharut</h2><p>Spend the day at leisure. </p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Six Senses Shaharut</p><h2>Day 20: Depart from Tel Aviv</h2><p>Transfer to the Tel Aviv airport via private helicopter to board your flight home. </p>
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