Girl, 13, Is the Latest Hiker to Die After Falling Off Angel's Landing at Zion National Park

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 17:58
<p>A thirteen-year-old girl has died after falling from the Angel's Landing Trail at Zion National Park in Utah – the latest death on the popular hiking path.</p><p>The girl's body was discovered in Refrigerator Canyon, which is located along the West Rim Trail, shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday, park officials <a href="" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>.</p><p>The hiker will likely not be publicly identified because she is a juvenile, Washington County Sheriff's Office Lt. David Crouse told <em>Travel+Leisure</em>. </p><p>According to Crouse, the girl was hiking with her family Monday. At one point she became separated from the group and fell to her death. Several witnesses saw the girl during the hike, but none saw her fall. </p><p>The hike is one of the park’s most famous.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>It takes hikers across <a href="" target="_blank">more then 20 switchbacks</a> that are built into the rift of the canyon walls to make for a thrilling experience that’s known to be dangerous. Chains are installed along the trail </p><p>The trail was closed Tuesday morning as officials continued to investigate the area and opened again later in the day.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">National Park Service's website</a>, the hiking trail has lead to the deaths of seven people. <a href="">Local media</a> reports say the death toll is actually higher – at least 15. </p>
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A Tequila Shortage Is on the Horizon

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 17:43
<p>Increased demand and soaring agave prices have put Mexican <a href="" target="_blank">tequila</a> producers in a bind, leading to a potential shortage.</p><p>The price of agave rose six-fold in the past two years, affecting even large-scale producers in <a href="" target="_blank">Mexico</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Reuters reported</a>.</p><p>“At more than 20 pesos per kilo, it’s impossible to compete with other spirits like vodka and whisky,” Salvador Rosales, manager of smaller producer Tequila Cascahuin, told Reuters. </p><p>“If we continue like this a lot of companies will disappear,” he said.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Tequila</a> has emerged as a globally popular drink in the past decade, effectively building a reputation that appeals both to luxury consumers and hard partying college students.</p><p>Brands at the top end of the price scale have seen dramatic revenue growth, with Don Julio's sales spiking by as much as 25 percent in recent years, <a href="" target="_blank">Fortune reported in 2015</a>.</p><p>“There’s a much greater recognition that tequila can be a sipper, not just a shooter or dropped in a margarita,” Bill Norris, the beverage director for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain, which stocks dozens of premium tequilas, told <em>Fortune</em>. “People see it alongside single-malt Scotch.”</p><p>The U.S. in particular has become a large consumer of tequila, thanks in part to its close proximity to Mexico. The U.S. consumes some 80 percent of Mexico's tequila exports, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Atlantic </em>reported.</a></p><p>With U.S. consumers standing to lose the most, residents might want to start stockpiling their favorite bottles now.</p>
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Book a $381 Round-trip Flight to Italy or France From Cities Across the U.S.

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 17:31
<p>Venice, Florence, Rome — these are just a few of the Italian cities on sale right now from airports all across the United States.</p><p>Yesterday, <a href="" target="_blank">Thrifty Traveler</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Scott’s Cheap Flights</a> found seriously discounted tickets to Italy from more than 80 U.S. cities.</p><p>As usual, flights depart from major international airports in cities such as Los Angeles and New York City. But for once, even travelers in small cities (think: Albuquerque, Bismarck, Colorado Springs, Des Moines, Duluth, Fargo, Lexington, Omaha, and Sioux Falls) can reap the benefits of this massive flight deal.</p><p>The most inexpensive tickets, for example, are $381 round-trip fares from Greenville, Memphis, and Pensacola. Most cities have flights starting at approximately $385.</p><p>In addition to <a href="" target="_blank">the City of Canals</a> and the capital, Rome, travelers can also fly directly to Bologna, Genoa, Milan, and Verona, among others.</p><p>Travelers interested in taking a trip to Europe should note that inexpensive fares are also available on flights to France, including Paris, Marseille, Lyon, and Nice.</p><p>Generally speaking, flights can be found between February and May, and again from August to December. Thrifty Traveler noted that, depending on your itinerary, trips can even be booked during peak travel periods like late spring, summer, and the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.</p><p>To book your dreamy <a href="" target="_blank">Italian getaway</a> (or your <a href="" target="_blank">vacation to the French Riviera</a>), use Google Flights’ low-fare calendar to identify the most inexpensive departure and return dates from your home airport. Because not all cities have availability to every destination, you may need to play around with different combinations to find the best possible price.</p>
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Rumored New Disney Park Would Be Different From All the Others

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 17:27
<p>If the vintage roots of Space Mountain, high-flying joy of Astro Orbitor, and retro futurism of rides like the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover are among the highlights of your trips to Disney World or Disneyland, Japan may very well be the next place you should visit.</p><p>News broke over the weekend on <em><a href="" target="_blank">TDRExplorer</a></em> with details of a brand new park exclusive to <a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo Disney Resort</a> that may be on its way. According to Japanese newspaper <em>Mainichi Shimbun</em>, plans are being finalized for a space and flight-inspired theme park called Tokyo DisneySky that could possibly open within the next four years.</p><img alt="Tokyo Disney parks "src=""><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Every New Attraction Coming to Disney Parks in 2018</a></p><p>Tokyo Disney Resort is currently home to two parks: Tokyo Disneyland, which is derived from the design of Disneyland Park in California, and Tokyo DisneySea, a standalone location with attractions, lands, and entertainment that appear nowhere else. Similar to Tokyo DisneySea’s aquatic inspiration, which features lands within a harbor, port, island, and mermaid lagoon, the supposed Tokyo DisneySky would touch on outer space, aerodynamic flight, and futuristic travel — and be the only one of its kind in the world.</p><p>Moving walkways would transport guests from place to place — likely as a riff on Disney’s Omnimover-style boarding or the PeopleMover ride system — and while no specific attractions have yet been announced, a jet plane simulator is said to be part of it. With an emphasis on technology, it would also be the first park without paper ticketing of any kind; guests would use a smartphone app to enter. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland Is Getting Its First Brewery and It's Going to Be Magical</a></p><p>Tokyo Disney Resort is rumored to be repurposing a parking lot for the project, and with its footprint being significantly smaller than Tokyo’s two others, theme park enthusiasts are speculating one thing will set this expansion apart from all other Disney parks: they’ll build upwards. Multi-story buildings, ride atop rides, vertical attractions — it could all fit perfectly within the horizon-gazing theme. It’s possible, too, that Tokyo DisneySky could serve as an overseas home to an additional location of a <a href="" target="_blank">Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge</a> themed land, which is set on a remote planetary outpost, or possibly <a href="" target="_blank">Pandora: The World of Avatar</a>, which opened at Walt Disney World last Spring. Both fit the theme, and it’s not as though it hasn’t been brought up before; Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger teased the idea of additional Avatar expansions <a href="" target="_blank">back in September</a>.</p><p>Mainichi Shimbun claims an announcement <a href="" target="_blank">will come this spring</a> followed by the project breaking ground next year, but Oriental Land Company, which owns Tokyo’s two Disney parks — it is the sole resort Disney does not operate itself — has not confirmed the rumors, which began spreading <a href="" target="_blank">last November</a>, and issued the following statement:</p><p><em>“On Feb. 4, 2018, there were articles on Tokyo Disney Resort expansion, etc. posted by the media, however, none of the contents were announced by our company. Following our release on April 27, 2016 named ‘TDL/TDS Future Development Plans,’ we are considering various development strategies for 2021 and after to further enhance values of TDR as a whole.”</em></p><p>The latest revelations can be somewhat substantiated by Tokyo Disney Resort’s decade-long <a href="" target="_blank">$4.5-billion investment</a> and confirmed multi-year expansion across both parks. Soarin’, the popular ride at Epcot and Disney California Adventure parks, will soon make its way to Tokyo DisneySea, while a "Beauty and The Beast"-themed land and innovative ride, “Big Hero 6” attraction, and new entertainment and meet-and-greet locations will open at Tokyo Disneyland through 2020. A planned "Frozen"-themed port at Tokyo DisneySea was initially confirmed, but has not appeared in press materials following its announcement.</p><p>Whether or not you can make it to Tokyo for the possibly forthcoming park, there’s thankfully something slightly similar arriving at Disney World soon. Epcot is undergoing work to create an outer space-themed restaurant within its Mission:SPACE attraction featuring state-of-the-art technology that’ll make it look like you’re actually gazing out across the cosmos. It may not be a true international vacation, but it will definitely be an intergalactic experience.</p><p><em>Note: This article has been updated with the complete statement from Oriental Land Company.</em></p>
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Why Ryanair Can Get Away With Calling Itself 'Europe's Number One Airline'

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:47
<p>Ryanair is Europe’s most notorious airline among students, backpackers, and budget-conscious travelers. But, in vengeance, some passengers tried to fight against the airline’s claim to be “number one” in Europe.</p><p>The Advertising Standards Authority received 13 complaints over Ryanair’s TV, radio, and subway ads that claimed the airline was “Europe’s number one airline.” Those who complained said the ad was misleading, as <a href="" target="_blank">Ryanair canceled nearly 645,000 flights last year</a>.</p><p>After deliberation, the watchdog agency ruled in Ryanair’s favor, saying that their advertising claim was based in fact.</p><p>“While we acknowledged some of the complainants’ views of Ryanair were that it was not their personal number one airline due to the recent flight cancelations, we considered they would nevertheless still interpret the claim to be an objective statement about the number of passengers who had traveled on Ryanair flights compared to all other European airlines,” <a href="" target="_blank">the ASA said in its ruling</a>.</p><p>According to Ryanair, the “number one” claim comes from the International Air Transport Association World Air Transport Statistics 2017 report, which found that Ryanair was the world’s largest airline for international flights and Europe’s largest for both international and domestic.</p><p>Ryanair also said that its highly publicized cancelations last year (<a href="" target="_blank">caused when the airline “messed up” pilot vacation time</a>) affected less than 0.5 percent of passengers and does not dethrone its “top airline” claim.</p><p>However, this does not mean that the airline is free from legal troubles. In October 2017, a legal firm which specializes in flight compensation <a href="" target="_blank">accused Ryanair of “defamation, harassment, and unlawful interference”</a> of passengers seeking reimbursement for canceled flights.</p>
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Winter Storm Liam Is Causing Thousands of Flight Delays. Here's Where Its Path Is Heading

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:25
<p>Winter Storm Liam's path is bringing a combination of ice, <a href="" target="_blank">snow</a>, and rain across the Ohio Valley and the Northeast on Wednesday, causing thousands of flight delays and hundreds of cancelations across the country.</p><p>As of Wednesday morning, Winter Storm Liam brought freezing rain to states stretching from Texas to Arkansas, and from 1 to 4 inches of snow in parts of Illinois, southern Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and western Pennsylvania, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">Weather Channel’s</a> forecast.</p><p>Over 20 states issued winter weather alerts with advisories currently in effect for threats of snow, freezing rain, and sleet, in areas including Louisville, Columbus, Cleveland, Detroit, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Hartford, Boston, and most of New York.</p><p> </p><p>As Winter Storm Liam's path moved toward the Northeast, more than 850 flights were canceled across the country so far while thousands have been delayed, according to flight-tracker <a href="" target="_blank">FlightAware</a>. Some airlines preemptively canceled or delayed flights on Tuesday in preparation the conditions Winter Storm Liam would bring.</p><p>A variety of major carriers like <a href="" target="_blank">American</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Delta</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Frontier</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">United</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">WestJet</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Air Canada</a> are offering free refunds and change fees because of Winter Storm Liam's disruptions.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>The combination of snow and ice will cause tough travel conditions in major cities like Boston and New York on Wednesday because of slippery roads, with snowy conditions expected to change into rain by late Wednesday evening in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.</p><p>These tricky travel conditions across several states may continue into the morning.</p><p>In Connecticut, for example, Wednesday’s conditions have left roadways covered in snow and stop-and-go traffic in areas like the State Route 850 in New Hartford, <em><a href="" target="_blank">according to WKTV</a></em>, while another winter storm watch could mean more snow in areas like Chicago continuing on through Thursday and Friday.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Accuweather</a>, those driving along long stretches of Interstates 79, 80, 81, 84, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 93 and the northern part of I-95 can expect snowy and slippery conditions heading into Thursday morning, with additional closures possible in the morning due to heavy amounts of snow or black ice.</p><p>The storm, which picked up on Tuesday, will continue making its way into <a href="" target="_blank">Canada</a>, with <a href="" target="_blank">alerts</a> currently in affect across southern Alberta, interior British Columbia, Naujaat, Kuglutktuk, and the Rankin region.</p><p>The country's mountain parks and areas like central Alberta are already seeing snowfall, with anywhere from 13 to 19 inches of <a href=";hl=en-US&amp;source=api-whitelist" target="_blank">snow expected</a> in areas like British Columbia by Thursday night.</p>
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This Summer You Can Spend the Night Glamping on New York City's Governor's Island

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 14:31
<p>One of <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a>’s most exciting new hotels won’t be in Brooklyn or midtown <a href="" target="_blank">Manhattan</a>. No, it will be on Governor’s Island, a beautiful green space with views of the skyline and Statue of Liberty — and where there's rarely been the chance to stay overnight before.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Free Things to Do in New York City in the Summer</a></p><p>This May, the 172-acre, seasonal destination off the tip of lower Manhattan will see the opening of a hotel from Collective Retreats, a brand with properties in rural locations including Hudson Valley, Montana, and <a href="" target="_blank">Texas Hill Country</a>. Collective Retreats is known for its chic, high-end glamping tents, which highlight the outdoor lifestyle and connect their guests to nature.</p><img alt="Collective Retreats Governors Island New York City "src=""><p>“We are super excited,” Peter Mack, Collective Retreats' founder, told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “Governor’s is a historic space, there’s nothing like it in New York City. Our spot on the island stares right at the <a href="" target="_blank">Statue of Liberty</a>. We love the idea of our retreats providing a sense of escape or something special.”</p><img alt="Collective Retreats Governors Island New York City "src=""><p>The hotel will operate seasonally from May to October, and accommodate about 100 overnight guests. Many more people will be on site when the property is used for a wedding or a corporate event. It will be on Governor’s Island’s western side, and feature three styles of accommodations: standard luxury tents with king-size beds and private bathrooms; premium bell tents with queen-size beds and shared bathrooms; and suites housed in an innovative, container-style unit.</p><p>There will also be a special dedicated deck for yoga, performances, and music, as well as food and beverage offerings, including food trucks.</p><p>Currently operated by both the <a href="" target="_blank">National Park Service</a> and an independent trust, Governor’s Island has a unique place in New York City history. During the colonial era, royal governors lived there. At the end of the 18th century, the island became a post for the United States Army and in later years, a base for the Coast Guard.</p><p>Many homes were built to accommodate the military population, which at one time numbered 3,500 people. In 1996, the Coast Guard officially left the island, making way for Governor’s Island new life as a place for the public to visit during the summer months, with festivals, food trucks, and tours on offer.</p><img alt="Collective Retreats Governors Island New York City "src=""><p>Mack also stressed that Collective Retreats wants to locals New Yorkers to stay with them, and will be offering affordable pricing: “The mission for Governor’s Island is to be part of the community, so we will have discounted rates so that all New Yorkers can access it,” he said. “It’s important that this is also a retreat for the New York City community.”</p><p>Weekday rates will start at $75 a night, and bell-service tents will start at $125.</p>
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These Are the Most Popular Valentine's Day Destinations on Airbnb This Year

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 14:02
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Valentine’s Day</a> is just a little more than a week away, but don’t worry, you still have time to plan something for your someone special. This year, don’t just go for chocolates and flowers. Instead, try getting away for a night or two with your partner: there are still plenty of romantic <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Airbnbs available to rent</a>.</p><p>“From eclectic bungalows and charming B&amp;Bs to sleek hotels and outdoor oases, there’s a wide variety of stays to spice things up this month,” the home rental site said in a statement. It added that not only are there homes available for the romantic day, but that would-be travelers can also double down on romance with one-of-a-kind experiences in some of the most romantic places on Earth.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Travel Lovers</a></p><p>So, where should you go? According Airbnb and couples traveling this weekend (Feb. 9-11), the top five destinations are Paris, Tokyo, Los Angeles, London, and New York. Meanwhile, the top five — more unexpected — trending destinations on Airbnb for Valentine's Day 2018 are Barranquilla, Colombia; Recife, Brazil; Costa de la Luz, Spain; and Salvador, Brazil.</p><p>Keep scrolling to learn about the experiences you can book via Airbnb, and one house that’s still available in each city so you can sweep your partner off their feet.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Paris</a></h2><p>OK, so really no matter what you do in Paris odds are it’s going to be romantic. But if you’re looking to up the ante why not try a “<a data-ecommerce="true" href=";source=p2&amp;currentTab=experience_tab&amp;searchId=eabc709a-68d7-4409-b21d-0caeb5227867&amp;federatedSearchId=394575ef-dbbe-4090-b3dc-90a0706fe7f4&amp;sectionId=d5414044-09c2-41fb-9e37-b0decd709cfc&amp;recommended_instance_id=348324" target="_blank">Wine and Cheese</a>” pairing experience? For $60 a person, you and your love can taste four different French wines that you will pair with four local cheeses (of course all on a baguette), while seated at a charming tasting room in the heart of the Latin Quarter.</p><p>Then, book a stay at this romantic <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">two-bedroom house boat</a> docked on the Seine River that comes with exceptional views of the Eiffel Tower for just $256 a night. Head out on the boat’s deck after dark to watch the Eiffel Tower shine. Just don’t forget the champagne.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo</a></h2><p>If you can make it to Tokyo for Valentine’s Day make sure to book a sushi-making experience, because nothing is sexier than watching your partner cook with their hands.</p><p>For $52 a person <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";source=p2&amp;currentTab=experience_tab&amp;searchId=8c3a28fe-b85d-4b20-8d52-a5846cb430d5&amp;federatedSearchId=072a5fb8-bb9f-4a82-968a-42895224689f&amp;sectionId=cca8daff-e0f4-46c4-821f-1754a1e399a1&amp;recommended_instance_id=284024" target="_blank">you can join chef Kazuki</a>, who's now the president of 100-year old restaurant Ginza. And you’ll certainly be learning from the best as he’s taught more than 5,000 people his craft.</p><p>Next, book a stay at this totally <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">zen one-bedroom apartment located in Koto-ku, Tokyo</a>. The traditional home, which goes for just $80 a night, is located just minutes from the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art and Kiba park, making it an ideal destination for anyone looking to explore with their lover.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a></h2><p>While there is plenty to do in Los Angeles, perhaps the most iconic thing you can experience with your partner this Valentine’s Day is taking a surf lesson together. There are a plethora of options to choose from, but we suggest this two-hour <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";guests=1&amp;source=p2&amp;currentTab=experience_tab&amp;searchId=cab668b9-22d6-4843-a86b-f3a410f1ebd6&amp;federatedSearchId=9c662207-a6aa-4c81-b182-d9b954b7d924&amp;sectionId=443d9877-8644-4ca1-bf00-b350e48a6199&amp;recommended_instance_id=256280" target="_blank">Surf Venice Beach</a> experience as you’ll also get to see the famous Venice Boardwalk from the ocean as you catch a wave or two.</p><p>Moreover, you can book an Airbnb just steps from shore with this <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">hippie-chic loft</a> located in the heart of Venice. The best part? It’s just $50 a night, meaning you’ll have a little left over for flowers and candles.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">London</a></h2><p>If you’re in London this Valentine’s Day and want to see the sights while also spending quality time with your partner, you can do both. Chiara, a freelance photographer living in London, is offering up a photo tour Airbnb experience where she’ll walk you around the city and photograph you and your partner in a few of its <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";source=p2&amp;currentTab=experience_tab&amp;searchId=280c9c62-7727-4b9b-83e3-57d277198050&amp;federatedSearchId=afe4704c-38f4-42b9-816d-8165cd861554&amp;sectionId=45ba5e8c-5f2f-4d2e-a75e-addc472678e4&amp;recommended_instance_id=555242" target="_blank">most romantic spots for just $40</a>. This way you can memorialize your trip, and your love, forever.</p><p>While you’re there, book a stay at this <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">super romantic artist's studio</a> located in Central London for $75 a night. It’s located just steps from the world famous Camden Market, meaning you’ll have plenty to do after your Valentine’s Day photoshoot.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a></h2><p>Like all the cities listed above, New York City has plenty to offer in terms of romance for Valentine’s Day, but why not try something a little different and <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";source=p2&amp;currentTab=experience_tab&amp;searchId=bc1d452c-4031-4046-ab6d-3f3202e2cc0c&amp;federatedSearchId=03f98c48-95a2-451a-93f5-a4480f68b4ee&amp;sectionId=c18563f8-0d84-4028-be95-5db4f8a6ed24&amp;recommended_instance_id=364000" target="_blank">take a tour of the catacombs</a> beneath the Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral? Yeah, it may seem spooky, but hey, if things get scary your date will undoubtedly reach for your hand or put their arms around you during this candlelit tour, meaning things will get close, fast.</p><p>While you’re in New York City book your stay at this <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">gorgeous and airy loft located right on Washington Square Park</a>. The historic townhouse comes with huge, oversized windows so you and your date can look out at the park while the sun goes down and maybe even stay up talking until it comes back up again.</p>
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You Can Book a Romantic Valentine's Trip on This Houseboat in Charleston Harbor

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 14:02
<p>If you're looking for a romantic way to celebrate Valentine's Day — and quickly running out of time — a long weekend trip is the perfect way to say “I love you.”</p><p>In Charleston, South Carolina, that trip could be all the more romantic on a houseboat — the ideal accommodations for two love birds looking for a unique and romantic getaway. (And renting it starts at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">$89 a night on Airbnb</a>.)</p><img alt="Rent a houseboat in Charleston. "src=""><p>The houseboat, which was featured on Tiny House Hunters, has recently been completely renovated to give off the perfect nautical vibes.</p><img alt="Rent a houseboat in Charleston. "src=""><p>During your stay you and your honey can cozy up on the boat’s deck while looking out onto downtown <a href="" target="_blank">Charleston</a> with a glass of wine in hand (or two). You may even get lucky and see a dolphin swimming by.</p><img alt="Rent a houseboat in Charleston. "src=""><p>During the day, guests can also either take in the sun on the boat’s top deck, or explore the area using one of the marina’s bikes that are available for free to those staying overnight.</p><p>The houseboat comes with a complete kitchen and a complete bathroom, along with a home-sized water heater so you can always take a hot shower at the end of the day.</p><p>If you're looking for more romantic getaway ideas, we've rounded up some of the <a href="" target="_blank">wildest and most luxurious Valentine's Day packages</a> available.</p>
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Japan's Princess Mako Is Postponing Her Highly Anticipated Wedding

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 13:15
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Japan’s</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Princess</a> Mako was set to give up her royal status when marrying her fiance Kei Komuro this November, but the couple announced they are now postponing their wedding.</p><p>The pair have expressed doubts about getting married so quickly, saying in a statement that “it is because of our immaturity and we just regret it,” according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a></em>. They also said they felt they had “rushed various things” and wanted more time to prepare for the wedding.</p><p> </p><p>Members of the Imperial Household told CNN the wedding’s postponement was caused by a lack of preparation and a realization 26-year-old Princess Mako came to that there was not enough time to get everything she wanted done by November.</p><p>The wedding was postponed until at least 2020 — following Emperor Akihito’s abdication, which is slated for April 2019.</p><p>Their engagement made waves last year as Princess Mako will lose her title when she marries Komuro, who is a commoner. Princess Mako met Komuro while they were in a study-abroad school program in Tokyo's Shibuya district through the International Christian University in roughly six years ago.</p><p>According to the Imperial Law of 1947, the throne can only be passed down to male heirs, of which only three remain with Mako’s uncle, <a href="" target="_blank">Crown Prince Nuruhito</a>, who is expected to succeed <a href="" target="_blank">Emperor Akihito</a>.</p>
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The One Item All Travelers Should Pack, According to a Band Who’s Always on the Road

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:45
<p><a href="" target="_blank">LANCO</a>, the country band who rose to stardom after their hit singles "Long Live Tonight” and “Greatest Love Story” put them on the top of the charts, are delighting fans again with the late January 2018 release of their first full-length album, <em>Hallelujah Nights</em>. The quintet will spend most of 2018 traveling the country in their new tour bus before heading to Europe for the international leg of their tour.</p><p><em>Travel + Leisure</em>, of course, caught up with the musicians to talk all things travel: how they fit 12 people on a tour bus, their best packing tips, how travel has inspired their music, and more.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Country Music Stars Share Their Favorite Places to Visit in Nashville</a></p><h2>T+L: What are you working on?</h2><p><strong>Brandon: </strong>We wrapped up our first full-length album a couple months ago and it’s coming out this week so we’ve been going around playing shows. We’re on the Chris Young tour right now and in between sprinkling in our own headlining shows and TV performances to promote the album.</p><h2>T+L: How has your relationship with travel for work evolved as your careers have evolved?</h2><p><strong>Brandon:</strong> I think you kind of fall into a good rhythm. Especially this year, we know what our schedule is until the end of this year. It’s cool cause you can kind of look out and get in a good rhythm. Last year it was getting used to being in a different time zone and being in a different city and state every single night.</p><p><strong>Eric:</strong> I like learning the little things about travel that make it more convenient and honing in on your routine. Last year we flew a lot, so we all kind of figured out <a href="" target="_blank">how magical neck pillows are</a>. Just little things like that.</p><p>Everything from taking advantage of flight apps in the airport to make things quicker, to pre-check, to learning all airport processes well — you know what you’re going to get stopped with, what you can bring through. All the way down to now that we’re traveling in a bus, and learning the different logistics of that. It’s gotten more convenient and enjoyable for us. We’re worried less and just <a href="" target="_blank">traveling easier</a>.</p><p><strong>Brandon:</strong> I think also, taking advantage of different places you are and getting out of your comfort zone, finding the cool local shops, finding the vintage stores, finding the thrift shops and record stores, good food and the cooler bars. You find that every city that you’re in has its own culture which is the coolest part of traveling with our work...getting to be part of that culture even if it’s just for the night.</p><h2>T+L: Is there a place you’ve gone on tour you’d like to go back and spend some time in?</h2><p><strong>Chandler: </strong>My favorite place to go is <a href="" target="_blank">San Diego</a>. I just love the culture and the vibe over there — the beaches are so nice, the temperature is always perfect.</p><p><strong>Eric: </strong>One of the cool things I’m learning about, the way we travel and do things is that you are always going to come back. It’s good, because you do have those nights where you see something that you didn’t have a chance to do but you know you’re going to come back and can do that. We have found some regular spots in a lot of cities that we like to go to.</p><h2>T+L: Can you name a few?</h2><p><strong>LANCO: </strong>Sharbar in Kansas City, the best wings I’ve ever had; Sweetwater Tavern in Detroit; in L.A. one is called No Vacancy.</p><h2>T+L: You mostly travel on your tour bus —your first tour bus — tell us about it.</h2><p><strong>Chandler: </strong>Well, it’s not just us five of us, it’s the five of us, plus crew and some media people. Our tour bus has 12 bunks, so we can comfortably sleep 12 people. It’s like a house.</p><p><strong>Brandon: </strong>You walk in and there’s a kitchen, and a couple TVs so you can keep yourself entertained. In the front there’s a bathroom and a shower in it. It’s got a slide out so when we’re parked the living space gets a little bigger. In the middle is a bunk area that’s sound proof so people can be hanging out in the front and people can still get some sleep. In the back there’s a back lounge area, and another TV and a wraparound couch and an office space where we can set up a little studio and laptop. You learn how to stay out of each others' way and learn how to live with band and crew in this confined space but you never really feel cramped.</p><h2>T+L: Things every pro traveler should have?</h2><p><strong>LANCO:</strong><b> </b>Neck pillow and <a href="" target="_blank">four-way rolling suitcase</a>.</p><h2>T+L: Has any of your music been inspired by your travels?</h2><p><strong>Brandon: </strong>Not geographically but more by the people we’ve met along the way. We have a culture as a brand and our music has a culture and a lot of that is influenced by the culture of others. It’s cool going to all these different places and seeing what makes people unique.</p><h2>T+L: What are your ultimate bucket list destinations?</h2><p><strong>LANCO: </strong>The Swiss Alps, Machu Picchu, Greece, anywhere in the Mediterranean, Spain, Italy, and London.</p><h2>T+L: If you could give one travel tip, what would It be?</h2><p><strong>LANCO: </strong>Get out of your comfort zone. Dive head first into the place, the city, and the people — and getting off your phone.</p><p><strong>Jared:</strong> Also, hotels always have dirty laundry bags, so use those!</p><h2>T+L: How do you handle jetlag?</h2><p><strong>LANCO: </strong>I don’t think we do anymore. We travel so much we don’t even really live in a time zone. Just sleep when you’re tired. Drink whiskey, drink water. We’ll really be put to the test when we go to Europe.</p><h2>T+L: You all are playing at the <a href="" target="_blank">Tortuga Music Festival</a>.</h2><p>We’re excited! It’s literally on the beach. You park your tour bus on the beach. It has a certain vibe that is inspiring and it’s a great place to have a bunch of music to take place.</p><h2>T+L: Two more fun questions… Who is most likely to be late for a flight?</h2><p><strong>LANCO:</strong><b> </b>Brandon.</p><h2>T+L: Who is most likely to leave something behind?</h2><p><strong>LANCO:</strong><b> </b>Jared.</p>
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Here's What Would Happen If Every Passenger Jumped up and Down on a Plane at Once

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:30
<p>Have you ever wondered what would happen if every single passenger on a plane got up at the same time and started jumping up and down?</p><p>No? You haven’t? Well, we have, and luckily for us, Quora user Steve Angel wondered the same thing. He <a href="" target="_blank">posted his question</a> to the social networking site and in return we all get to enjoy this rather in-depth answer by <a href="" target="_blank">P. J. Harb</a>, who notes he is an engineer, musician, traveler, linguist, and “aspiring pilot.”</p><p>“To answer your question, let’s say each one of the 300 passengers weighs 75 kilograms,” Harb began. For the Americans in the crowd, that’s about 165 pounds. “75 KGs x 300 passengers = total weight of 22,500 KGs/22.5 tonnes. If they all jumped at the exact same time, let’s imagine there is a sudden force equal to a mass of 22.5 tonnes.” That 22.5 tonnes equates to 45,000 pounds.</p><p>The average Boeing 777 aircraft, Harb said, weighs around 300,000 pounds (without passengers, bags, or fuel). With payload at take-off, that number will be closer to 400,000 to 500,000 pounds, or 200-250 tonnes.</p><p>“These 250 tonnes will be moving at around 500 miles per hour mid-flight. Because of the aircraft’s weight and speed, even if there was a 22.5-tonne sudden/brief downward force within, its flight would be mostly unfazed,” Harb explained. “Its altitude (height) may decrease slightly but only for a brief moment, because its autopilot system will immediately correct it. The pilot will feel some vibrations.”</p><p>In a twist, Harb explained that there are much stronger forces already exerted on an aircraft’s fuselage (body) during severe weather conditions.</p><p>“The autopilot system is constantly monitoring the aircraft’s altitude and speed, and adjusts engine power based on these. For example in bad weather, a microburst (sudden downward burst of wind) exerts a super strong force on the aircraft, and the autopilot system works to correct it immediately, by increasing engine power and pitching the aircraft up.”</p><p>To sum it up, Harb said, the force exerted by the 300 unruly passengers would do little to the aircraft, so we can all rest assured that if our flight breaks out into a dance party we will still make it to our destination safely.</p><p>For the record, this isn’t the first time a very important aviation question has been answered on Quora. In 2017, a flight attendant also gave a very detailed answer when asked about <a href="" target="_blank">how to survive a plane crash</a>, while another attendant shared the best breakfast options on <a href="" target="_blank">varying flights</a>.</p>
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JetBlue Just Invested in a Secretive Flying Taxi Startup

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:27
<p>JetBlue has invested an undisclosed amount of money into an aviation company working to create flying taxis.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Joby Aviation</a>, based in northern California, is developing an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi, capable of lifting passengers up and above any street traffic. <a href="" target="_blank">According to a recent report by <em>Bloomberg</em></a>, testing has already begun.</p><p>The five-seat air taxi would be able to fly up to 150 miles per single battery charge. Its cabin would carry four passengers and a pilot. It also claims to be faster and <a href="" target="_blank">100 times quieter during takeoff and landing</a> than existing rotorcraft. Other details about the air taxi remain vague, as the company has been highly secretive.</p><p>Intel and Toyota have also invested in the company. With their new round of funding, Joby Aviation will hire engineers, software developers, and other specialists to bring the project to fruition. The air taxi still lacks certification from the Federal Aviation Administration.</p><p>Even if Joby takes a few years to develop its eVTOL air taxi, we’re likely to see air taxi technology skyrocket in the near future. There are at least 19 other companies working on a similar product, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>The Verge</em></a>. The <a href="" target="_blank">“urban air taxi” by Bell Helicopter</a> aims to be in the skies by 2020. <a href="" target="_blank">Airbus has a similar timeframe</a> for its iteration and <a href="" target="_blank">Dubai has already begun testing</a> of its own version of a flying taxi.</p>
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This Is the Most Romantic Restaurant in the U.S., According to Yelp

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:17
<p>If you want to woo your sweetheart this <a href="" target="_blank">Valentine’s Day</a> with a perfect night out, don’t waste a minute second-guessing your restaurant reservation.</p><p>Yelp has put together a list of the 25 <a href="" target="_blank">most romantic</a> restaurants in the United States (based on volume of reviews mentioning the word ‘romantic,’ as well as rating), to insure your dinner is a home run.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Most Romantic Destination in Every State </a></p><p>To give the list a bit of geographic diversity, only three restaurants per state were included on this list.</p><p>There were many unsurprising mentions on the list, including New York City’s <a href="" target="_blank">Gramercy Tavern</a> (No. 24), Club A Steakhouse (No. 9), and Thomas Keller’s Per Se (No. 20), which serves <a href="" target="_blank">a haute dessert tasting menu</a>.</p><p>Chicago also had three restaurants appear on the list — Gilt Bar (No. 23), Penumbra (No. 4), and Baette’s Bar &amp; Boeuf (No. 2) — while Philadelphia can take ownership of two (Bistrot La Minette at No. 21; Talula’s Garden at No. 11).</p><p>Not all of these charming restaurants are in <a href="" target="_blank">major cities</a>. The No. 5 most romantic restaurant, Gourmet Italia, is located in Temecula, California, while Mama’s Fish House (No. 8) can be found in Paia, Hawaii.</p><p>But the single most-romantic restaurant, according to Yelp reviews, is <a href="" target="_blank">Café Monarch</a> — a lovely family-owned restaurant in <a href="" target="_blank">Scottsdale, Arizona</a>.</p><p>Café Monarch is well known for their special occasion, prix-fixe dinners — and this year, patrons can celebrate Valentine’s Day by ordering the $150, four-course menu. Dishes will feature swoon-worthy ingredients like prime filet mignon, Maine lobster tail and diver scallops, and Chilean sea bass.</p><p>Yelp reviewers raved about the attentive service (but not overbearing), the ambiance (bistro lighting, candles, a cozy fire), and incredible food (almost as much as the specialty cocktails).</p><p>Really impress your date by reserving a table on the ivy-covered, palm-fringed courtyard, and check out the full list of romantic restaurants below.</p><h2>The Most Romantic Restaurants the United States, According to Yelp</h2><p>25. Tidepools in Poipu, Hawaii</p><p>24. Gramercy Tavern in New York City, New York</p><p>23. Gilt Bar in Chicago, Illinois</p><p>22. La Mer in Honolulu, Hawaii</p><p>21. Bistrot La Minette in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</p><p>20. Per Se in New York City, New York</p><p>19. St. Martin's Wine Bistro in Dallas, Texas</p><p>18. Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada</p><p>17. The Black Pearl in Dunedin, Florida</p><p>16. Bella on the River in San Antonio, Texas</p><p>15. The Olde Pink House in Savannah, Georgia</p><p>14. Bern's Steak House in Tampa, Florida</p><p>13. Chef Adrianne's in Miami, Florida</p><p>12. Café Amelie in New Orleans, Louisiana</p><p>11. Talula's Garden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</p><p>10. Cibo in Phoenix, Arizona</p><p>9. Club A Steakhouse in New York City, New York</p><p>8. Mama's Fish House in Paia, Hawaii</p><p>7. Island Prime in San Diego, California</p><p>6. L'ardoise Bistro in San Francisco, California</p><p>5. Gourmet Italia in Temecula, California</p><p>4. Penumbra in Chicago, Illinois</p><p>3. Canoe in Atlanta, Georgia</p><p>2. Bavette's Bar &amp; Boeuf in Chicago, Illinois</p><p>1. Café Monarch in Scottsdale, Arizona</p>
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This Is Why Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Still Fly Commercial

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:00
<p>Time and time again Chrissy Teigen proves she’s just like the rest of us. From her <a href="" target="_blank">love of great food and travel</a> to her serious dedication to social media, Teigen always comes off as relatable. </p><p>Take, for example, the recent headlines Teigen made after her flight to Tokyo had to <a href="" target="_blank">turn</a><a href="" target="_blank"> around due to an errant passenger on board</a>. While the story was crazy, what also left fans scratching their heads was the fact that she and her superstar husband John Legend actually fly commercial.</p><p>As a fan asked on Twitter, “Serious question. Why don’t you guys fly private?”</p><p>It’s a fair question considering <a href="" target="_blank">Teigen’s net worth</a> is reportedly somewhere around $10 million and her husband’s is in the $40 million ballpark. But Teigen’s reply proved that all that money doesn’t mean a thing, especially when it comes to airfare.</p><p>“A lot of people have been asking this,” she tweeted. “And I would just like you all to know that a round trip international private flight is like...300,000 dollars.”</p><p>While the famous pair doesn’t throw down on a ridiculously priced private plane, they aren't exactly flying economy. Teigen and Legend were likely seated in first class for their flight, which, <a href=";rand=20180106022341oKzHWVONG2&amp;rdtk=MHvsylhJ%2FYcqlqoscrwH7xenXcJORo8HxpTIn3F7xqs%3D" target="_blank">according to ANA</a>, costs about $17,000 a ticket for a weekend trip to Japan.</p><p>And though Teigen’s estimate is high, it’s not that far off from reality on how much a private jet from LAX to Tokyo would really cost. According to an instant quote from, a long-range trip like that would <a href="" target="_blank">cost somewhere around $126,000</a>. So even if Teigen and Legend flew first class at $36,000, they’d still be saving $92,000 over a private plane. They are also being eco-friendly, since traveling by private plane leaves a <a href="" target="_blank">pretty heavy carbon footprint</a>.</p><p>And hey, for you this means the possibility of being seated next to Teigen and Legend on your next flight. Wouldn’t that be a trip?</p>
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The Best Times to Go to Costa Rica for Every Type of Vacation

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 09:46
<p>Over the last few years, the small Central American nation of <a href="" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a> has earned a reputation for its easy going, <em>pura vida</em> sensibility.</p><p>It's a place with something for everyone — though the destination is especially popular with adventurous travelers and nature lovers, who flock here to surf, sun on the beach, snack on seafood, and enjoy rainforest hikes.</p><p>Depending on what draws you here, (surf or sun, wildlife or trails) there are ideal — and less ideal — times to book your vacation. Whether you're seeking cheap flights, warm waters, or cloudless skies, these are the best months to <a href="" target="_blank">book a trip to Costa Rica</a> for every type of getaway.</p><h2>The Best Months To Visit Costa Rica </h2><h3>The Best Times to Visit Costa Rica for Wildlife Spottinga</h3><p>Costa Rica is home to endemic species found nowhere else on Earth. The exceptional number of national parks and wildlife refuges all play a part in helping to protect these animals, while simultaneously allowing travelers to catch a glimpse.</p><p>The best times to spot wildlife depend on which animals you’d most like to see. Some well known attention-grabbers, like the Capuchin monkey can be seen (and heard) year-round. But those seeking to spot sea turtles should head to the Caribbean coast between February and October, or during April and May for leatherback turtles. In general, one tip for getting the best access is to rise early — well before sunrise — and head to a reserve just as the animals wake up.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">A New Sloth Sanctuary Just Opened in Costa Rica</a></p><h3>The Best Times to Visit Costa Rica for Birding </h3><p>Most birds native to Costa Rica can be spotted all year long, but those devoted to the patient hobby of birdwatching find that the best time to spot the country's resident birds is during the dry season, which runs from November to April. It’s during this time that birds come out more frequently (as there is less rain) and can be heard singing nearly everywhere. Also, visibility is greatly improved during this season.</p><p>If migratory birds is what you’re looking to spot, traveling to Costa Rica from September through November provides a window of opportunity. If you're specifically seeking the famed quetzal, you may want to get some local advice on the best areas to find these long-tailed Central American birds, though they are often found feeding on wild avocados in the cloud forests during during the dry season.</p><h3>The Best Times to Visit Costa Rica for Surfing</h3><p>Surfers hail from all over the world to catch the waves on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast — especially along the Nicoya Peninsula. In fact, surfing (though an import), has become as Costa Rican as a bowl of <em>ceviche</em>.</p><p>Beginners, and those looking to test minimal surfing skills, should take to the crests in March or April — the last two months of the dry season, when temperatures and humidity rise and waves remain tame. For the daring and the experienced, the biggest waves can be found during the rainier months of September and October. But if beach crowds are more the issue, then the low tourist season of June through August is a sure bet.</p><h3>The Best Times to Visit Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast</h3><p>Limon Province, which stretches the length of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, is very different than <a href="" target="_blank">the nation's Pacific edge</a>. It’s here that visitors will find a stronger influence of Afro-Caribbean culture and food, along with a pace that’s much slower. While not the first choice for most tourists, the Caribbean coast has exciting spots like Puerto Viejo (an eclectic town that draws surfer crowds) or Cahuita National Park (home to sprawling coral reefs).</p><p>The best time to visit this area is during the dry season (which runs November through April), as the humidity during the rainy season is much more pronounced here.</p><h3>The Best Time to Visit Costa Rica's Cloud Forests</h3><p>Monteverde, in Puntarenas, is Costa Rica’s most popular cloud forest. It’s here that you’ll find trails leading up to the mountaintops that punctuate a fog so dense, it appears to be a cloud. It’s a magical sight to see — but travelers may want to avoid visiting during the height of the wet season, when paths can be difficult to trek.</p><p>Fortunately, the fog formations are not greatly impacted by the seasons.</p><h2>The Worst Times to Visit Costa Rica</h2><p>Generally speaking, there is no bad time to visit Costa Rica, though airfare and lodging will typically be more expensive during the dry season (which runs from autumn through spring), which offers more sunlight and less humidity.</p><p>The rainy season, which peaks during the summer months and is considerably more humid and damp, is not without its perks — there are less crowds, for example, and rain typically falls in short bursts before things quickly get sunny again. Even during the wet season, rainstorms and hurricanes are rare in Costa Rica.</p><h2>The Cheapest Times to Visit Costa Rica</h2><p>The most expensive and most affordable times to visit Costa Rica coincide with high and low season — and this has nothing to do with the actual seasons in the country. The high season is related to winter farther north, when visitors from the United States and Europe are looking to escape freezing temperatures. Thus, hotel prices, airfare, and other travel expenses are a bit inflated during this time.</p><p>While Costa Rica is a relatively affordable destination, travelers can save on accommodations and flights by traveling during low season, when there's less demand (that's summer in the States and Europe). </p>
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Kate Middleton Proves She’s a Mere Mortal After Getting Her Heel Stuck in a Grate

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 09:42
<p>Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is typically the picture of poise and grace. As a leading member of the British royal family, she’s always impeccably dressed, well put together, and putting her <a href="" target="_blank">best foot forward</a>.</p><p>Except for on Wednesday, when she got that foot stuck in a grate.</p><p>While attending the opening of <a href="" target="_blank">Action on Addiction</a>'s newest treatment center in Essex, the Duchess looked absolutely radiant in a bright blue coat by GOAT (which <a href="" target="_blank">she can never take off</a>). However, as she stepped in to shake hands with attendees, the most regal royal accidently stepped onto the grate below, causing her black stiletto heel to get stuck, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Glamour</em> reported.</p><p>The Duchess quickly realized her heel was wedged in there and, like a true pro, wiggled free without a fuss.</p><p>While the moment was surely silly it did somehow make her appear way more approachable than normal. Seeing this picture-perfect royal stumble a little and get her heel stuck in a grate gave Middleton a moment of humility.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>People</em></a>, Middleton was greeting Vice Lord Lieutenant of Essex Jonathan Douglas-Hughes when she snagged the heel. Oddly enough, it was Douglas-Hughes who famously fell in front of Duchess in 2016.</p><img alt="The Duchess Of Cambridge Opens Action On Addiction Community Treatment Centre "src=""><p>“I reminded her [about the fall],” Doughlas-Hughes told <em>People</em>. “My wife told her that she would ensure I didn’t do it again. Then she caught her heel. She said, Oh…do the same as you!’”</p><p>Hopefully Middleton will be able to continue to stand on her own two feet for the next several months, as she still has another two or three <a href="" target="_blank">months to go in her pregnancy</a> before welcoming her third child with Prince William. Though, now that the <a href="" target="_blank">couple’s larger official travels are out of the way</a> it looks like Middleton will have plenty of time to kick back and relax before the baby’s arrival.</p>
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Olympian Lindsey Vonn Is Just Like the Rest of Us When It Comes to Flight Delays

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 09:26
<p>Gold medal-winning Olympic athlete Lindsey Vonn will get into <a href="" target="_blank">Pyeonchang</a>, South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics later than expected.</p><p>The American alpine ski racer, who will be competing in <a href="" target="_blank">Olympic</a> events that include the downhill, combined, and slalom alpine events kicking off on Feb. 11 through the 23, tweeted on Wednesday that her <a href="" target="_blank">Lufthansa</a> flight had been delayed for about two hours and was not taking off, possibly due to herself and other passengers not having the right documents.</p><p>She then said about an hour later that the airline was trying to locate a new plane, with thousands of fans voting on whether she could expect to fly that date or not.</p><p> </p><p>Lufthansa replied to Vonn’s Twitter status, clarifying that a technical issue was causing the problem which is why airline representatives needed to change the plane.</p><p>Lufthansa later put Vonn on a new plane, with the skier mentioning in her tweet that Lufthana’s flight attendants worked overtime to stay on the flight so the trip could continue, though it was not exactly clear when the plane would take off.</p><p><em>Travel + Leisure</em> has reached out to Lufthansa for further comment.</p><p>Vonn, who took gold in downhill and bronze in the super-G at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver has won more World Cup races than any other American, according to <a href="" target="_blank">CNBC</a>, with thousands of fans waiting to watch her compete in this year’s games.</p>
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Disney World Now Has Rose Gold Cupcakes and Margaritas

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 09:11
<p>If the rise in popularity of “<a href="" target="_blank">millennial pink</a>” has taught us anything, it’s that everything is better in rose gold.</p><p>And it’s not just our iPhones, beauty products, and home decor that are getting a rose gold upgrade these days. We’re also getting a taste of pink, glittery goodness <a href="" target="_blank">at Disney World restaurants</a> as well.</p><p>Disney Parks in Florida have rolled out some new pink treats, including cupcakes and margaritas, to add even more rose gold in our lives.</p><img alt="Disney's Rose Gold sweets "src=""><p>First up, the Main Street Bakery has baked up some fresh Red Velvet Swirl cupcakes to treat your sweet tooth. The Red Velvet Swirl is topped with a mini-vanilla cupcake, rose gold buttercream, chocolate crispy pearls and chocolate rose gold Minnie ears.</p><p>If you’re in the mood for a straightforward, Rose Gold cupcake from Sunshine Seasons in Epcot, you’ll get a mouthful of vanilla cake with hazelnut swirl, rose gold buttercream, fondant ears (of course), edible glitter and chocolate pearls.</p><p>Over at Hollywood Studios, you can grab a Strawberry Rose Gold cupcake with strawberry icing and crispy pearls at The Trolley Car Café.</p><img alt="Disney's Rose Gold sweets "src=""><p>If you’re in the mood to take a stroll down Disney’s Boardwalk, make the day complete with a Rose Gold Yellow Cupcake at the Boardwalk Bakery. Or, take the monorail to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. At Captain Cook’s and Kona Cafe, you can snack on Rose Gold Vanilla Cupcake with guava pastry cream.</p><img alt="Disney's Rose Gold sweets "src=""><p>But there’s one rare cupcake to savor while you’re staying at Disney. At the Gasparilla Island Grill in <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort &amp; Spa</a>, you can catch a glimpse of a Rose Gold Unicorn Cupcake with rose gold sponge and hazelnut cream cheese filling. Or, at Disney’s Beach Club resort and Disney's Yacht Club Resort, you can grab a Strawberry-Chocolate Mousse Cupcake with buttercream icing without ever entering a park, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Food & Wine</em> reported</a>.</p><img alt="Disney's Rose Gold sweets "src=""><p>For those who don’t really have a sweet tooth, you’re still in luck. There’s some more grown up fun to be had in the park as well. While you’re in the Polynesian Village, casually sip on a Rose Gold Margarita. Yes, you can get a cupcake as well while you’re there.</p><p>All these rose gold treats don’t just look delicious, they also look like they’ll be taking up lots of space on your <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>.</p>
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This Cold War-era Military Plane Is Going to Be Turned Into a Restaurant

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:42
<p>Visitors to <a href="" target="_blank">Cleveland</a> will soon be able enjoy a new kind of dining experience inside a Cold War-era plane.</p><p>The International Exposition I-X Center is in the process of converting a Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter into a 50-seat open dining area.</p><p>The exposition center will showcase the restoration of the plane's exterior March 16-18, and the restaurant is set to open in 2020, the I-X Center told <em>Travel + Leisure </em>in an email.</p><p>The Ohio Air National Guard used the plane for mid-flight refueling in 1963-1968, <a href="" target="_blank"><i>The Plain Dealer</i> reported</a>. For the past 40 years, however, the Boeing aircraft sat unused in a facility in Arizona before being purchased by the I-X center.</p><img alt="Plane Interior "src=""><p>"From aviation enthusiasts to parents with young, curious children, the restaurant will attract people from Northeast Ohio and beyond," Lisa Vo, executive vice president of the I-X Center, told <em>The Plain Dealer</em>.</p><p>When completed, the restaurant won't be the first eatery in a retired aircraft. A vegan eatery, bakery, and cafe opened inside <a href="" target="_blank">a retired A320 </a>in India in December, and a Chinese entrepreneur spent <a href="" target="_blank">$5.2 million to convert a retired Boeing 737</a> into a fine dining establishment. The latter, which opened in 2016, fully embraced the aviation theme, even outfitting its wait staff in flight crew uniforms and installing a flight simulator.</p>
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