This Personal Submarine Excursion Takes You Through a Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 10:56
<p>Believe it or not, visiting the <a href="" target="_blank">Maldives is about to get even cooler</a>. Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru has announced it will be the first place to offer <a href="" target="_blank">personal submarine excursions</a> with the DeepFlight’s Super Falcon 3S, a three-seater personal submarine that can take up two guests (along with a professional pilot) on the adventure of a lifetime.</p><p>Each passenger can sit back and relax as they skim over coral formations and zip through schools of tropical fish surrounded by a personal dome that virtually disappears, “providing a 360-degree view of the underwater world,” according to the resort. Guests can encounter sea creatures including turtles, sharks, dolphins and rays, and explore the Maldivian waters at depths of 120 feet.</p><img alt="Four Seasons Maldives Resort Submarine "src=""><p>And while you’re enjoying these natural wonders, you’ll be doing so in an environmentally friendly, battery-operated submersible. The submarine never lands on the seabed or reefs.</p><p>It's an incredible way to explore the Maldives’ only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Landaa Giraavaru’s Baa Atoll.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>“These submarine excursions redefine marine exploration and bridge the gap between the world we see above the waves and the one that exists below,” Regional Vice President Armando Kraenzlin said in a statement.</p><p>Of course, this experience doesn't come cheap. The personal submarine excursion for up to two passengers can be <a href="" target="_blank">booked for $1,500</a>.</p>
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This Disney Restaurant Has a Secret Menu and You Can Only Access It From Your Phone

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 09:04
<p>Some of the <a href="" target="_blank">very best snacks and sweets</a> at Disney Springs are going to be impossible to find this summer — unless you're looking on your phone.</p><p>Hungry park goers can order a buffalo chicken sandwich or cake gelato shake inside D-Luxe Burger anytime, but their smartphones will be the best place to experience a twist on an unexpected dessert and a handmade version of a classic park snack. The restaurant’s new secret menu can only be found on the Walt Disney World app.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">My Disney Experience</a>, which can be used for directions, making dining reservations, and to check on ride wait times, recently introduce mobile restaurant ordering. Like FastPass for food, Disney’s easy-pay setting allows vacationers to select and pay for meals like <a href="" target="_blank">donut-crusted chicken nuggets</a> from their phone and retrieve them promptly, all without having to wait in line, making the secret menu both under-the-radar and supremely convenient.</p><p>Wondering if it’s worth taking a trip beyond the parks for the new offerings? The secret menu includes a BLT sandwich, a blue cheese-topped bacon cheeseburger, and homestyle takes on classic eats like a grilled cheese sandwich and hand-dipped onion rings, which pair perfectly with the restaurant’s popular dipping sauces.</p><p>For a more unique treat, opt for the irresistible donut-crusted chicken nuggets. The dessert-wrapped chicken bites can also be found on the kids’ menu, but only here are they served with a heaping of D-Luxe’s hand-cut fries, making for a meal adults will enjoy just as much.</p><p>This tech-savvy secret won’t stay quiet for much longer, but if you’ve already had your fill of the low-key offerings, there’s always another rousing hidden menu at <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort</a>. Ask for it and according to Disney Food Blog, you’ll be <a href="" target="_blank">given a secret briefcase</a> along the option of a crazy poutine, hot dog, or even a cinnamon bun burger.</p>
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Passenger Charged Extra Booking Fees for Having a (Very) Long Name

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 08:47
<p>A Thai Airways passenger posted in an <a href="">online forum</a> that he had been charged 3,000 baht (just over $94 USD) at an airport check-in counter because the names on his family’s tickets did not match the ones on their passports, the <a href=""><em>Bangkok Post</em> reported</a>.</p><p>Rather than passenger error, however, the mix-up was because of the Thai Airways website. The man's surname would not fit in the name field, so part of it was cut off. At the check-in counter, that caused a problem — as it's <a href="" target="_blank">important to have the correct name on the ticket</a> — and an airline employee told him he needed to pay a fee to change the names on the tickets.</p><p>The man claimed he was in the airline’s Royal Orchid Plus loyalty program, but that was not enough to confirm his identity. He later filed a complaint online.</p><p>After reviewing his case, Thai Airways <a href="" target="_blank">responded</a> with a reimbursement and an apology for the trouble: “We apologise for the inconvenience since the internet booking system allows up to 25 characters each for the first name and family name when booking a ticket.”</p><p>The airline also plans to update its website to give clearer instructions for people with unusually long names.</p>
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Heavy Rainfall Caused a Sinkhole the Size of Two Football Fields to Open in New Zealand (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 08:36
<p>A farm worker in Rotorua, New Zealand, recently stepped outside to round up cows for milking, and stumbled upon what could be the country’s biggest sinkhole to date.</p><p>The massive sinkhole spans the length of two football fields, and is as deep as a six-story building. “The largest I’ve seen prior to this would be about a third of the size of this, so this is really big,” volcanologist Brad Scott told <a href="" target="_blank">ABC in Australia</a>. “We’ve seen <a href="" target="_blank">many of these</a> form over the years in this area ... it’s a relatively common occurrence in high intensity rainfall, but this is pretty spectacular.”</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research</a>, Rotorua has seen tremendous rainfall recently. Although the rainfall is what spurred the sinkhole’s sudden appearance, Scott said it has been developing for decades.</p><p>Sinkholes form when rocks dissolve due to groundwater that circulates underneath, forming caverns underground that can eventually cause the surface to collapse, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the U.S. Geological Survey</a>.</p><p>Beyond its size, this sinkhole is exciting for another reason: It sits in the remains of a 60,000-year-old volcanic crater, <a href="" target="_blank">Reuters reported</a>, revealing layers of sediments formed by lakes and volcanic ash.</p>
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Watch an A350 Take Off Almost Vertically

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 08:01
<p>Flying in an Airbus A350 is one of the most unique aviation experiences available to passengers today. The aircraft is renowned not only for its technological advancements under the hood but for a host of <a href="" target="_blank">innovative features designed to make the passenger experience more comfortable</a>.</p><p>It can also perform some impressive aeronautical tricks.</p><p>Footage from the Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace (ILA) convention in Berlin shows an A350 taking off in a near-vertical ascent.</p><p>In less than five seconds, the plane’s wheels lift from the ground and the nose points almost directly up to the sky.</p><p>This specific aircraft — an A350-900XWB — has a full cabin onboard but it doesn’t usually carry passengers, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>The Points Guy</em></a>. Airbus uses this aircraft for air shows, relief flights, and as a testing ground for cabin modifications. With passengers onboard, the aircraft ascends at a much more gentle incline.</p><p>Airbus has produced and delivered 167 of the aircraft, but there still aren’t many in the United States. The two largest purchasers of the aircraft are Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways, each with 22. Delta became the first U.S. airline to operate flights onboard the A350 last year, with <a href="" target="_blank">direct flights from Detroit to Asia</a>. By this summer, Delta will fly the A350 from Detroit, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.</p>
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Apply for This 'Ginternship' and Get Paid to Drink Gin and Tonics

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 07:40
<p>London-based gin brand <a href="" target="_blank">Sipsmith</a> is offering fully paid “ginternships” to 52 students as part of their Student Ambassador Program, <a href="" target="_blank">the <em>Metro</em></a> reported.</p><p>As part of the internship, students at 21 U.K. universities can apply to become a Brand Ambassador, leading special events and activities, and promoting the brand to other gin fans across the country.</p><p>Those with no experience in sales or marketing needn't fret. Every “gintern” gets a full training day to learn the ropes. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Cosmopolitan</a></em>, some interns also go on to full time jobs at the company — so it’s not just an opportunity to sip on some “summer in a glass,” it’s also an intriguing career move.</p><p>Interviews with potential candidates will be conducted through July, and the internship runs from September 2018 to June and July 2019.</p><p>In order to apply, students must send five photos that prove their dedication to gin cocktails to Sipsmith, as well as a résumé and Instagram handle to More information can be found on <a href="" target="_blank">Sipsmith’s job page</a>.</p>
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Away Made Star Wars-themed Luggage to Take You Far, Far Away

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 07:27
<p>“Star Wars” superfans, here’s your chance to travel far, far <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Away</a> (GET IT?) with a new luggage collection inspired by the iconic film series.</p><p>Luggage brand Away has taken their <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">signature suitcases</a> and dressed them up in three new colorways based off of the original trilogy’s planets. Tatooine, Hoth, and Endor never looked better.</p><p>The limited-edition collection is available in four sizes, from carry-ons to large suitcases, and features subtle design nods to each planet — such as a warm orange shell inspired by the desert twin sun planet Tatooine and an icy gray exterior for the ice planet Hoth. So if you prefer to keep your “Star Wars” love on the low, then this minimalist collection is perfect for you.</p><p>Or if you want to be loud and proud about it (legit, no shame), then you should know that each bag comes with a Millennium Falcon-shaped luggage tag worthy of boasting.</p><img alt="Star Wars x Away "src=""><p>Head to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> to shop the <i>Star Wars</i> x Away collection before it sells out.</p><img alt="Star Wars x Away "src=""><p>To buy the Tatooine: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $225</p><img alt="Star Wars x Away "src=""><p>To buy the Hoth: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $225</p><img alt="Star Wars x Away "src=""><p>To buy the Endor: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $225</p>
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Pickup Truck Collides With Southwest Flight at Baltimore Airport (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 07:08
<p>A pickup truck collided with a Southwest plane at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Monday morning.</p><p>The aircraft was pulling into its gate at the airport shortly before 1 a.m. on Monday morning when the ground vehicle slammed into the side of the plane.</p><p>“All of a sudden there was a smash, and it startled everyone. It was pretty loud,” passenger Christopher Pratt <a href="" target="_blank">told NBC News 4 Washington</a>. “The people across the aisle said a truck just smashed into the side of the plane.”</p><p>All 172 passengers exited the aircraft by stairs, and no injuries were reported. They were held for about half an hour before they were allowed to leave and get their bags, <a href="" target="_blank">according to CBS Baltimore</a>.</p><p>The Boeing 737 had left Fort Lauderdale on Sunday night <a href="" target="_blank">about 45 minutes late</a>. It arrived in Baltimore shortly after midnight and reached the gate after a half-hour of taxiing. Southwest said that the aircraft is currently out of service.</p><p>“As with any event, we will conduct an internal investigation to learn what happened in the interest of safety,” Southwest told <em>Travel + Leisure</em> in a statement. “It would be irresponsible to provide details until we've had time to thoroughly review the facts.”</p>
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Buckingham Palace Is Hiring a New Butler

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 06:10
<p>If you love the royals and live to serve we’ve got a job for you: Royal Butler.</p><p>The British royal family <a href="" target="_blank">is looking for the perfect trainee butler</a> to join their expanding staff at Buckingham Palace. In the job description, the palace explains, the new position will work in the Master of the Household’s Department, which “handles everything involved in the official and private entertaining across all the Royal residences.”</p><p>The palace promises to help you “become an all-round hospitality expert. Learning from our experienced team and industry recognised training, you'll provide a hospitality service to an extraordinary level, both front-of-house and behind-the-scenes.”</p><p>A Royal Butler takes care of every need of guests of the palace as soon as they step through the door. The trainee will also learn how to throw the perfect royal party, from <a href="" target="_blank">baby shower</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">wedding</a>, official lunches to state banquets, and everything in between.</p><p>“The basics need to be right,” the job description notes. “And so you'll learn all the specialist professional skills needed to make sure presentation and delivery is always perfect.”</p><p>And hey, you’ll also get to live in Buckingham palace, so that’s cool.</p><p>According to Buckingham Palace, the position will come with a competitive salary and package that includes 15 percent employer contribution pension scheme plus benefits. This is a full-time, live-in position with meals provided, and a 33-day vacation package.</p><p>As for <a href="" target="_blank">what Buckingham is looking for</a>, you don’t need to have previous experience, but you do need to be a proactive person ready to tackle new challenges.</p><p>Additionally, you absolutely must be “punctual and able to follow instruction, as well as being helpful and willing to lend a hand,” and “you'll need to be polite, friendly and approachable, and able to communicate with all kinds of people.”</p>
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The Caribbean Island That Disney Fans Can’t Get Enough Of

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 13:30
<p>The Happiest Place on Earth is in California, and the “most magical” is at <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World</a>, but the most <em>relaxing</em> locale Disney has ever created is Castaway Cay, a Bahamian island exclusively for <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Cruise Line</a> passengers.</p><p>The Disney-operated Cay — pronounced “key” — hosts three glimmering beaches, a duo of water slides, multiple play areas, and an irrefutable amount of family fun. Kids can excavate a sand-covered boneyard while adults escape to a corner of the island reserved exclusively for them, or swim out into the ocean together to whip around on speedy waterslides.</p><p>Amidst its athletic adventures, relaxing hammocks, and a trio of restaurants deliver fresh fruit, BBQ and unlimited ice cream, Castaway Cay has become more than just a daytime pitstop. It’s a destination as in-demand as the parks themselves, even without any rides.</p><img alt="Disney Cruise, Castaway Cay, Bahamas "src=""><p>Castaway Cay’s popularity stems from its above-average experiences: It’s not just an island vacation but a meticulously crafted one. Here, there are always enough beach chairs for every guest, and coconuts are constantly trimmed back from trees to prevent them <a href="" target="_blank">from inopportune falls</a>.</p><p>Even standard activities like snorkeling are over-the-top. The isle contains 22 acres of underwater fauna swimming amidst hidden Minnie and Mickey figurines and even a submerged ride vehicle from Walt Disney World’s now-shuttered “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” attraction.</p><p>Disney’s not the only company with a private corner of the tropics — Royal Caribbean operates two, CocoCay and Labadee, and Norwegian, Holland America and Princess Cruise Lines each have their own — but frequent Disney travelers are so obsessed with the oceanic getaway that it ranks among far-flung destinations like <a href="" target="_blank">Shanghai Disneyland</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Aulani</a>. Rare “double dip” itineraries, which take passengers to the Bahamian isle twice in one trip, are jealousy-inducing jaunts.</p><p>There is plenty for kids to do ashore — Disney Cruise Line’s famed supervised activities extend to Scuttle’s Cove, an onsite play area, as well as an exclusive-to-teens Hideout — but the entirety of the Cay comes paired with a certain Disney je ne sais quoi. Characters like Captain Jack Sparrow, Daisy and Chip and Dale appear throughout the island, Goofy leads midday dance parties, and Mickey and friends are even painted upon Mt. Rushmore-style rocks for a quintessential photo op.</p><p>Castaway Cay has a history both in line with The Walt Disney Company — scenes from the Tom Hanks-starring “Splash” were shot here — and far from its squeaky-clean image. According to the <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Dish Podcast</a> with expert historian Jim Hill, Gorda Cay, as it was then called, served as a drug smuggling epicenter in the 1970s and ‘80s. Its convenient location to the United States made for a lucrative operation that culminated in a cocaine seizure totaling $100 million dollars. Disney has never publicly confirmed nor denied the island’s past, but there are still signs in plain view. The tram path shuttling guests to Serenity Bay is actually the former airstrip, and a rusted airplane nearby only adds to the mystery.</p><img alt="Disney Cruise, Castaway Cay, Bahamas "src=""><p>These days, Castaway Cay’s popularity stems from a sort of mass appeal, providing every kind of Disney vacation in one. The retreat is an extension of the cruise, which is an extension of the parks, giving everything from Olaf’s beachside frozen drink stand to an early morning 5K race — for which finishers yield a complimentary medal — that special sense of magic, just like when Disneyland debuted in the 1950s. (Yes, Disney Cruise Line passengers are so captivated that they wake up extra-early on vacation to go jogging.)</p><p>It’s not just family fun on any island, it’s Disney’s island. Kayaking and paddle boats are offered on site, parasailing and fishing excursions can be booked directly and Serenity Bay, exclusive to adults, makes for an easy romantic beachside afternoon. And, if Disney Cruise Line’s on-board aquatics aren’t enough, there’s Pelican Plunge, a floating platform with water play features and two twisting waterslides, all out in the ocean.</p><p>Its conveniences extend to a cross-island tram service, while amenities by way of private cabanas — which are always sold out, despite the price — are at the top of its class. Even the winding bike paths, which feel like backroads through shrubbery and untamed land, make for a thrilling escape from the comfortable fun that highlights the obvious potential for more. The majority of Castaway Cay remains undeveloped and rife for expansion, and with three new Disney-helmed cruise liners arriving in 2021, 2022 and 2023, the horizon for Mickey Mouse’s ocean-faring future is just as bright as the one off of the coast.</p>
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This Is the One Thing Travelers Really Want in a Hotel Room

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 11:30
<p>There are a lot of things people look for when choosing the <a href="" target="_blank">perfect hotel room</a>. There are rates, amenities, location, bed size — but what feature actually matters most when it comes time to book?</p><p>According to travelers on <a href="" target="_blank">Quora</a>, it’s all about the outlets. </p><p>Think about it: Travelers need to carry around so many electronic devices like cell phones, cameras, tablets, and laptops, as well as plug-hogging accessories like electric razors and curling irons.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">10 Portable Chargers to Keep You Powered While Traveling</a></p><p>When Quora asked users which key factors come into play when picking a hotel room, many travelers replied that, while free Wi-Fi and comfortable beds are also important, electrical outlets, especially ones placed in convenient locations around the room, are essential.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The First Thing You Should Do When You Check Into Your Hotel Room</a></p><p>Along with conveniently placed power, one user, Antone Johnson, mentioned that outlets should be outfitted with a surge protector or something similar to avoid shorting out a guest’s device. Johnson also wants more universal plugs.</p><p>“Low-voltage DC power with universal adapters to charge Smartphones, iPads, headsets, etc. This is much easier than it used to be, with USB, mini- and micro-USB, and Apple iPod/iPhones (product)/iPad connectors probably covering 90% of the portable electronic devices out there these days,” Johnson wrote on Quora.</p><p>And if the room has A/V equipment that hooks into a guest’s device, such as, for streaming Netflix after a night on the town, all the better.</p><p>See more answers by seasoned travelers on <a href="" target="_blank">Quora</a>.</p>
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Meghan Markle Says Everyone Should Read These 5 Books in Their Lifetime

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 10:31
<p>Once upon a time, Meghan Markle was a mere commoner with a blog like the rest of us. On her website, <i>The Tig</i>, Markle shared <a href="" target="_blank">intimate details of her life</a> like what she ate, what she drank, her <a href="" target="_blank">dating style</a>, and more. And truly, a lot of her advice is pretty useful, like her blog post about the “badass” books she read in 2016. The list is still incredibly relevant and may be the perfect summertime required reading to add to your <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmeghanbookreccs-20&amp;linkId=d1725ca8e1ec14f59f4b53077714cb2f" target="_blank">Kindle</a>.</p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmeghanbookreccs-20&amp;linkId=994d572dd085f71128c74f9083a1fb63" target="_blank">'The Motivation Manifesto' by Brendon Burchard</a></h2><img alt="Motivation Manifesto "src=""><p>Looking to find more personal freedom? This is the book for you. "The Motivation Manifesto," written by high performance trainer Brendon Burchard, shares how each and every one of us can reclaim our lives by changing the ways we choose to spend our time, money, emotions, and more.</p><p>"Annoyed by your self-doubt and distractions?" Markle wrote about the book. "The noise that keeps you from reaching your potential? Okay, so yeah. Me too. Even on my most Sasha Fierce days there’s a mean little voice in there going, 'Hmmm…I’m not sure if you can, or should, or if you’re good enough to.'"</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmeghanbookreccs-20&amp;linkId=994d572dd085f71128c74f9083a1fb63" target="_blank"></a>, $15</p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmeghanbookreccs-20&amp;linkId=58f7c5555f67785df463e75332a79178" target="_blank">'The Four Agreements' by Don Miguel Ruiz</a></h2><img alt="The Four Agreements "src=""><p>Are you seeing a pattern in Markle’s book choices yet?</p><p>In "The Four Agreements," author don Miguel Ruiz says humans have self-limiting beliefs that create needless suffering. The book repurposes “ancient Toltec wisdom” to help readers take control and live their lives with a new freedom.</p><p>"My mom gave me a copy of this book when I was 13 years old,” Markle wrote, “and to this day, I constantly circle back to the Don Miguel Ruiz classic for the simplest ways to simplify your life."</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmeghanbookreccs-20&amp;linkId=58f7c5555f67785df463e75332a79178" target="_blank"></a>, $8</p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmeghanbookreccs-20&amp;linkId=c8f5ad1de750b756a98b8f7a9cce0b1b" target="_blank">'The Little Prince' by Antoine de Saint-Exupery</a></h2><img alt="The Little Prince "src=""><p>Markle said she highly recommends reading "The Little Prince," which also happens to be the <a href="" target="_blank">most-translated non-religious book in the world</a>.</p><p>“I have long been obsessed with this book, and specifically with The Little Fox,” Markle wrote. “Even if I don’t revisit the entire existential text (masked as a children’s book), the chapter of The Little Fox unearths a truth in me that is always worth the check-in. And if my vouching for it doesn’t give it the badass quality you’re looking for, the film remake is due to be released soon with a star-studded cast. So there ya go, fancy pants.”</p><p><strong>To buy: </strong><a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmeghanbookreccs-20&amp;linkId=c8f5ad1de750b756a98b8f7a9cce0b1b" target="_blank"></a>, $5</p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmeghanbookreccs-20&amp;linkId=a8558172a83e7e453b878746bb7fd14e" target="_blank">'Who Moved My Cheese?' by Spencer Johnson</a></h2><img alt="Who Moved My Cheese "src=""><p>Markle revealed that she first read "Who Moved My Cheese?" while attending Northwestern University. She called this classic business book "an invaluable quick read."</p><p>“A professor at Northwestern University had this book on our list of required reading for an Industrial Engineering class I took my junior year of college,” she said. “It was a seemingly odd choice, but at the end of the day, the takeaway was a self-empowerment and motivational bent that I apply to decision making in my life to this very day. It’s an invaluable quick read.”</p><p><strong>To buy: </strong><a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmeghanbookreccs-20&amp;linkId=a8558172a83e7e453b878746bb7fd14e" target="_blank"></a>, $8</p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcampingessentials-20&amp;linkId=c4e077ecca13e0806518f31e5af4ff6c" target="_blank">'The Tao of Pooh' by Benjamin Hoff</a></h2><img alt="The Tao of Pooh "src=""><p>Of "The Tao of Pooh" Markle wrote, "Aspects of Taoism told through the characters of 'Winnie the Pooh' – I mean, does it get better?” As Markle further described, the book is a quick read you can easily finish in just one day. And in that day you’ll learn valuable lessons on “how to move in the world,” just like Markle did.</p><p>The book, written by Benjamin Hoff, is meant to be an introduction to the Eastern belief system of Taoism for Westerners and newcomers everywhere. And as you may have guessed it uses the fictional characters in "Winnie the Pooh" to explain those in-depth principles in an easy-to-digest and downright fun way.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcampingessentials-20&amp;linkId=c4e077ecca13e0806518f31e5af4ff6c" target="_blank"></a>, $13</p>
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Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower 2018: Where and How to See It

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/06/2018 - 14:31
<p>Now raining down on Earth are shooting stars from the Eta Aquarid meteor shower 2018.</p><p>Caused by debris from the ancient Halley's Comet, and best viewed in the early hours of this Sunday, May 6, 2018, the Eta Aquarids display is expected to provide a shooting star every two minutes or so.</p><h2>Where to Look for Eta Aquarids</h2><p>For the Eta Aquarids meteor shower 2018, where to look in the sky is all about its radiant. All that means is exactly where in the night sky the meteor shower appears to come from. In this case, it's named after the zodiac constellation of Aquarius, the Y-shaped “Water Bearer” (and more specifically, after Eta Aquarii, that constellation's second brightest star).</p><p>It will be viewable due south from the U.S. and the U.K., so an observation location that has a clear view to the southern horizon will be ideal. However, don't obsess over that too much since shooting stars can occur anywhere in the sky. Just look generally south.</p><p>To see the Eta Aquarids meteor shower from Australia or elsewhere in the southern hemisphere, look east.</p><h2>When the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower Will Peak</h2><p>It's happening already. Starting on April 19 and going on until May 28 each year, the Eta Aquarids peak is on the evening of May 5 and into May 6. It will be best viewed just after midnight.</p><p>Although the official rate of this meteor shower is 60 meteors per hour, that's normally only seen in the southern hemisphere. Viewers in the northern hemisphere will see about half that number. However, it's impossible to tell for sure until the peak is underway, and it's not unheard of to see many more.</p><h2>What time is the meteor shower tonight?</h2><p>Although the Eta Aquarids meteor shower 2018 peaks on May 5-6, after midnight is always the best time to be outside looking for shooting stars. That goes double this year as the Eta Aquarids occurs only a week after a Full Moon, so it rises about 65% illuminated just before 01:30 a.m. EST on May 6.</p><p>Aim to look for shooting stars between midnight and 01:30 a.m. EST, because although some of the shooting stars will be below the eastern horizon, so will a bright moon, which will later make them hard to see.</p><h2>What locations are best for the Eta Aquarids 2018?</h2><p>Stand anywhere with a dark, clear sky and you will have a good chance of spotting an Eta Aquarid shooting star. Since the Eta Aquarids 2018 are likely to be a relatively faint display this year because of lingering moonlight, it's probably best not to travel too far. However, it will be observers under dark skies that will see the brightest shooting stars. Since light pollution can considerably dull the effect of any meteor shower, <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and the International Dark Sky Association’s <a href="" target="_blank">Find a Dark Sky Place</a> tool should be useful.</p><h2>What causes the Eta Aquarids?</h2><p>Halley's Comet was last seen in our solar system in 1986, and is now out in the farthest reaches of the solar system, beyond the orbit of Neptune and about as far away as it ever gets. It's next due to enter the inner solar system — and will be observable from Earth — in July 2061. Why does a comet cause shooting stars? When it gets closest to the Sun, it sheds a vast amount of ice, dust and gas particles, which heat up and glow as shooting stars when Earth's atmosphere busts into it. That happens twice per year, causing two meteor showers. The other is the Orionids, which occurs about six months later on the other side of the solar system. In 2018, the Orionids will peak on October 21-22.</p><h2>When can you see the Delta Aquarid meteor shower?</h2><p>The Delta Aquarid meteor shower is related to the Eta Aquarid meteor shower. The Delta Aquarids appear in an identical part of the night sky, and will peak in 2018 in the early hours of July 29, but it’s a minor display.</p><p>The next major display of shooting stars will be the <a href="" target="_blank">Perseid meteor shower</a>. One of the most famous and most prolific of the year, it's worth making a plan as soon as possible to secure a campsite or rural cabin <a href="" target="_blank">under as dark as sky</a> as you can find. Just after midnight through until dawn on the morning of August 13, 2018 will be the best time to observe about 60 to 100 bright and colorful shooting stars.</p><p>Whatever your plans for the Eta Aquarids, sky-gazing requires two things: darkness and patience. Give it time, resist the temptation to look at your phone (which will both distract you and ruin your night vision), grab a lawn chair, and wait for shooting stars.</p>
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The Most Important Thing to Check When Booking a Flight

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/06/2018 - 13:30
<p>No matter how excited you are for your trip, you should never rush through booking flights or it could <a href="" target="_blank">really cost you</a>.</p><p>Of course you should make sure the dates and airports are correct, but it’s equally important to double check that the name on your ticket matches your travel documents exactly — especially if you’re flying internationally. If you don't, you're risking exorbitant change fees or even having to completely re-book your trip. To avoid all of that, do yourself a favor by taking a moment to confirm your whole name (as it appears on your driver's licence and/or passport) is correct. There’s nothing worse than finally getting up to security only to be turned away because you forgot to add your middle name, or someone who booked a ticket for you misspelled something.</p><p>To guarantee you won’t have any issues at the airport, here are some quick and easy tips to remember when you're booking that next trip.</p><h2>Include all your names.</h2><p>If you like to go by a nickname, remember this isn’t going to fly when traveling. You have to include every part of your legal name. When you hand your boarding pass to the airport security agent, your name should be the same as on your identification.</p><h2>Consider booking on the airline’s website.</h2><p>For those who already made the mistake of inputting a name that doesn’t match your passport or driver’s license, call the airline ASAP. If you catch your error ahead of time, sometimes they’ll let you change it with only a warning or a small fee. From my experience, they’ll be more lenient if you booked tickets directly on their site.</p><h2>You have 24 hours.</h2><p>Regulations require that airlines refund your ticket if you change your mind within 24 hours. It's not a ton of time to recognize any oversight, but it’s better than nothing.</p><h2>Be extra careful if someone else is booking your ticket.</h2><p>While having another person take care of travel arrangements for you is nice, you can’t put the blame on them at the gate if they mess up your name. Whether you’re traveling on business and your company is doing the booking for you, or your significant other is handling it, remind them of your full name, as it's written on your passport, so there’s no miscommunication.</p><h2>Calling all newlyweds!</h2><p>Once you get married, it will take two weeks for your official <a href="" target="_blank">marriage certificate</a> to be issued. If you’re heading off to your honeymoon within that time frame, it’s best to grab a flight under your maiden name because the airline will charge you for any changes. It’s easier to update your name when you return, as the State Department gives you 12 months from your wedding date to file for a passport with your married name, free of charge.</p>
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What to Do When It's Raining in San Francisco

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/06/2018 - 12:32
<p>If you travel to <a href="" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>, you might be prepared for fog and cool weather, but what about rain? There are on average 68 days of rain in the city, so it’s best to be prepared.</p><p>Luckily, this city is set up well for bad weather, with lots of indoor activities. Here are a few of them.</p><h2>Museums</h2><p>San Francisco is famous for its museums, and has several very large ones that you can wander through for an entire day. Check out the <a href="" target="_blank">San Francisco Museum of Modern Art</a>, which has exhibits ranging from pop and abstract art to temporary exhibits of political posters and Louise Bourgeois spiders sculptures.</p><img alt="SH MoMA "src=""><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">de Young Museum</a> in Golden Gate Park has collections American, African and Asian art, as well as textiles. <a href="" target="_blank">The Walt Disney Family Museum</a> explores the life and work of Walt Disney, with additional rotating exhibits of different types of animation. Also try the <a href="" target="_blank">Asian Art Museum</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">San Francisco Railway Museum</a>, or the newly reopened <a href="" target="_blank">Cartoon Art Museum</a>.</p><h2>Wine Tasting</h2><p>You don’t need to drive outside the city to sample the surrounding region’s wines. <a href="" target="_blank">San Francisco has several wineries</a> and wine bars within the city boundaries, including <a href="" target="_blank">Bluxome Street Winery</a>, Dogpatch WineWorks and <a href="" target="_blank">The Press Club</a>.</p><h2>Shopping</h2><p>There are several great shopping neighborhoods in San Francisco. Even if you have to go from store to store outside, the shops give you a break from the rain. There’s the famous Union Square downtown shopping with designer boutiques and department stores.</p><img alt="Pier 39 "src=""><p>Then you can explore Union Street, Fillmore Street, Chestnut Street and Haight Street, along with PIER 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. Also try the San Francisco Centre, a multi-story mall.</p><h2>Labyrinths at Grace Cathedral</h2><p>These indoor floor markings are made to be walked as a spiritual exercise. You can join in a peace walk every Friday from 12:30 to 2 p.m., plus monthly candlelight walks to music and Tuesday yoga sessions.</p><h2>Indoor Botanical Garden</h2><p>If you’re visiting between December and March, definitely stop at the <a href="" target="_blank">San Francisco Botanical Garden</a> in Golden Gate Park to view almost 100 rare and historic magnolias in bloom. You can also see the Andean and Mesoamerican cloud forest collections from September to December. The redwood grove is also available all year.</p><h2>Indoor Trampoline</h2><p>For a different kind of exercise, try the indoor trampoline park <a href="" target="_blank">House of Air</a> in a former airplane hangar in the Presidio’s West Crissy Field. You can run and jump across 42 connected trampolines that are also surrounded by full-sized trampoline walls. Then hop over to a freestyle trampoline that looks like it belongs at a skate park and The Colosseum, which has a trampoline area used for dodge ball tournaments.</p><h2>Unusual Ice Cream</h2><p>Sure, it may be raining, but that doesn’t mean ice cream won’t taste delicious. And the lines to get a scoop will be much shorter. Visit the two locations of Humphry Slocombe, which has gourmet classics, but is more famous for its unusual flavors — like Bacon, Ancho Chilies, Beet, Carrot, Cheese and even Foie.</p>
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This Unicorn-themed Island Is the Most Magical Place You've Ever Seen

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/06/2018 - 11:31
<p>Belinda Carlisle was right: Heaven is a place on Earth — and we finally have proof.</p><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Inflatable Island</a>, a floating paradise located in Subic Bay, around 80 miles west of Manila, in the Philippines, is a dream come true for unicorn and rainbow lovers.</p><img alt="Pink Beach Inflatable Island "src=""><p>The island is <a href="" target="_blank">over 4,100 square miles</a>, approximately the size of eight football fields, and is home to multi-colored, unicorn-themed inflatable slides, towers, bridges, human launchers, swings, and pretty much all other magical features your heart may desire.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Finally, a Unicorn Pool Float That’s Big Enough to Fit the Entire Family</a></p><p>The unicorn-themed part of the island, just off the shore, leads to an obstacle course with tons of activities, as well as endless Instagram photo ops. While on “unicorn island,” you can jump on the rainbow walk or slide off the back of a giant unicorn inflatable.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The World's Best Islands in Asia</a></p><p>If you’re more interested in staying on the beach, the company that owns the Inflatable Island also has a Pink Bali Lounge — a section of pristine beach completely decked out with flamingo-pink bean bags and umbrellas. </p><p>For more information on booking a colorful trip to Subic Bay, visit <a href="" target="_blank">The Inflatable Island website</a>.</p>
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Google's New 180-Degree Camera Makes It Easy to Take and Share 'Immersive' Photos — and Will Even Let You Go Live

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/05/2018 - 17:00
<p>If you find yourself wishing you could relive your last amazing vacation, Google thinks it can help — at least, in virtual reality. The company is introducing 180-degree cameras that make taking “immersive” photos and video as easy as <a href="" target="_blank">point, and shoot</a>.</p><p>One of the two new cameras, the Lenovo Mirage VR180, has two 13-megapixel fisheye cameras — giving it an abstract appearance of having eyes. The 180-degree field of vision means you don't even have to pick a particular subject — just angle the camera in the direction of the action, and press the shutter (or start recording).</p><img alt="Lenovo Mirage VR180 "src=""><p>Through the VR180 app (on <a href="" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Android</a>, the camera works seamlessly with a smartphone so you can see what the camera sees in real-time, as well as review the photos and videos you've taken. You can control the camera through the app, and also easily upload to Google Photos and livestream to YouTube.</p><p>As for viewing those immersive images, you can look at them on desktop or mobile as 2D (and move the screen around to see the entirety of the images), or use a VR headset (Daydream, Google Cardboard, etc.) for the full experience.</p><p>VR180 is named for a new VR format, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>TechCrunch</em> reported</a>, that captures images in 180 degrees. Teams at YouTube and Google’s Daydream VR collaborated on the technology.</p><p>The Lenovo Mirage VR180 is available <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">for $299</a>.</p>
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May the Fourth Be With You As You Book JetBlue Flights for 25% Off

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/05/2018 - 15:58
<p>JetBlue will fly you to vacation in the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.</p><p>The airline is offering deals on flights to and from Fort Lauderdale, New York City, and Boston in honor of May 4, the unofficial “May the Fourth Be With You” Star Wars Day.</p><p>Customers can get 25% off base fares to select destinations for travel from May 5 to 23 and May 29 to June 21 on days except Friday and Saturday.</p><p>New Yorkers who find their lack of vacations this year disturbing can get to Cancun, San Juan or West Palm Beach for 25 percent off with the code <strong>EMPIRE</strong>. Those in Boston can go into hyperdrive on their vacations to Seattle, Atlanta or Minneapolis with the code <strong>SPACESHIP</strong>. And those in Fort Lauderdale can make the vacation run in 12 parsecs to Havana, Mexico City or Charleston with the code <strong>MILKYWAY</strong>.</p><p>The codes can be used on <a href="" target="_blank">one-way or round-trip travel</a> and are valid through Saturday, May 4 at 11:59 p.m. ET. <a href="" target="_blank">Book now</a> for your sake, commander.</p>
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The World’s Largest Victorian Glasshouse Is Reopening, and It's Full of Rare and Extinct Plants

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/05/2018 - 15:54
<p>After five years, the public can once again step inside the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse, the Temperate House in England's Kew Gardens, which reopens May 5.</p><p>Already home to London’s largest <a href="" target="_blank">UNESCO site</a>, the gardens are also home to the <a href="" target="_blank">glasshouse</a>, which dates back to 1863. It originally took 40 years to complete, and the five-year closure <a href="" target="_blank">involved the structure's largest restoration project to date</a>.</p><p>Inside, visitors will find 10,000 of the world’s most rare and threatened species, some of which can’t be found anywhere else.</p><img alt="kew gardens temperate house "src=""><p>The flora include rarities like the Dombeya mauritiana, from <a href="" target="_blank">Mauritius</a>, which was thought to be formally extinct until a member of Kew found it growing in the Mauritian highlands and brought cuttings of the tree to the glasshouse. There's also an <a href="" target="_blank">Encephalartos woodi</a>, dubbed the world's loneliest plant.</p><p>“Over the past few months, I have watched some of the world’s rarest plants finally reach their home,” Richard Barley, director of horticulture at the gardens, said in a statement. “And what a home it will be — a glistening cathedral, the new glass allowing the sun to stream in, the ironwork restored to its glossy best.”</p><img alt="kew gardens temperate house "src=""><p>The $55-million restoration included replacing 15,000 glass panes, removing and cleaning more than 69,000 original features, transporting some 116 urns by crane, and using 1,400 gallons of paint — enough to cover four football fields.</p><p>“When I used to be stuck in the office and get really depressed, I would come here at the weekend and take a deep breath, because there was a smell of the tropics,” Sir David Attenborough said of the gardens, in an <a href="" target="_blank">interview with the <em>BBC</em></a>. “Plant species can go extinct just like animal species can go extinct; [so] this is a very important institution.”</p>
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What to Wear in Mexico City — From Market Tour to Museum Crawl

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/05/2018 - 12:02
<p>We're willing to bet <a href="" target="_blank">Mexico City</a> has been all over your Instagram feeds lately, and for good reason. With the sheer number of cultural activities — contemporary museums, modern architecture, local craft shopping, and an award-winning restaurant and <a href="" target="_blank">cocktail scene</a> — it’s impossible to run out of things to do. </p><p>Below, we’ve rounded up the best activities Mexico City and what to pack for each.</p><h2>A Market Tour</h2><img alt="what to wear in mexico city "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em><br />Janessa Leone hat, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $219<br />The Sleeper Dress, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $250<br />Gimaguas Seashell Necklace, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $44<br />Nanushka belt bag, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $385<br />Zyne shoes, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $430<br />The Line net bag, <a href=";rmatt=tsid:%7Ccid:799847486%7Cagid:45137469247%7Ctid:pla-299966290780%7Ccrid:190235565541%7Cnw:g%7Crnd:8516166089208184008%7Cdvc:c%7Cadp:1o1%7Cloc:9004064&amp;gclid=Cj0KCQjw5fDWBRDaARIsAA5uWTig7Dp_wAsNWcMGtgnmrgaIXeavT5FGFKUSbXqzTvh8iPsrWGrCXaEaArgkEALw_wcB" target="_blank"></a>, $22</p><p>Mexico’s artisan community is both widespread throughout the country and central to its culture. You’ll definitely want to designate a day or two for visiting each of the city's most popular markets. Head to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">El Bazaar Sábado</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">La Ciudadela</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Mercado Artesanal de Coyoacán</a> for the best selection of local wares, whether it's textiles from Oaxaca or handicrafts from Mérida. For antique shopping, visit <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">La Lagunilla</a>. The agricultural markets are also worth a visit. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Mercado de la Merced</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Mercado de Coyoacán</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Mercado de San Juan</a> are among the best.</p><h2>A Night Out</h2><img alt="what to wear in mexico city "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em><br />Tom Ford Beauty eyeshadow in Smoked Opaline, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $36<br />The Row pants, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $690<br />Jacquemus top, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $430<br />Jacquemus earrings, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $215<br />Nine West sandals, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $119<br />TL-180 bag, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $873<br />Amazon scrunchie, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $16 for a pack of 5</p><p>Dining out in Mexico City is as exciting as it gets. Get dressed up to visit award-winning restaurants like <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Pujol</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Quintonil</a>. If you haven’t gotten enough of the Mexican flavors, head to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Condesa DF</a> for a drink after dinner. For a more laid-back bar scene, try <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Maison Artemisia</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Casa Franca</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Baltra</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Bósforo</a>, or <a href="" target="_blank">Café Paraíso</a>, many of which guarantee your night will end with dancing and tacos.</p><h2>A Culture Day</h2><img alt="what to wear in mexico city "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em><br />Silvia Tcherassi blouse, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $480<br />Madewell pants, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $90<br />Céline sunglasses, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $410<br />Lozza D Marin earrings, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $110<br />Verdi mochila, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $800<br />ATP Atelier sandals, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $230</p><p>The cultural richness and gorgeous architecture of Mexico City will make your Instagram dreams come true. Start with a visit to the pink sculptural wall at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Camino Real Polanco</a> to warm up your followers. Then, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Parque Chapultepec</a>, one of the largest parks in the Western Hemisphere, will keep you busy all day with its many museums, sculptures, and lakes. Other worthy cultural visits include <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Museo Jumex</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Marso Gallery</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">El Museo Nacional de Antropología</a>. Above all, you can’t visit Mexico City without a trip to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Casa Azul</a>, Frida Kahlo’s childhood home. End your day with some shopping at the city's chicest spots: <a href="" target="_blank">Roma Quince</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Les Filles du Nord</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Void</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Onora</a>.</p>
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