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The World's First Guitar-shaped Hotel Will Have Swim-up Suites and a 7,000-seat Concert Venue

Sat, 05/25/2019 - 17:57
<p>Sure, your hotel might be nice, but does it <i>rock?</i></p><p>The Hard Rock chain of hotels and casinos are pretty much dedicated to making guests feel like rock stars, and the latest addition to the Hard Rock brand is taking the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle to a whole new level.</p><p>The brand is <a href="" target="_blank">opening the world's first guitar-shaped hotel</a> in Hollywood, Florida. The new, $1.5-billion hotel is part of a $2.2-billion expansion of the current <a href="" target="_blank">Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &amp; Casino</a> locations in Tampa and Hollywood, Florida.</p><p>The 400-foot hotel is built like the body of a guitar, making it the most over-the-top Hard Rock Hotel in history, as well as a new addition to the ever-growing list of <a href="" target="_blank">peculiar hotels around the world</a>. Staying there seems a little like if you shrunk down The Beatles, or the Rolling Stones, or hey, even Aerosmith, and they all went to live inside a Fender. And that might not be a bad thing.</p><img alt="Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Florida - Guitar Shaped Hotel "src=""><p>The oddly shaped space will include palatial rooms starting at 515 square feet, according to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>CNN</em></a>. Some rooms will even be swim-up suites and villas partially submerged in water, which include butler service and a private pool.</p><p>In addition, guests will be able to enjoy a 10-acre lagoon-style pool, a lazy river, a 12,000-square-foot rooftop bar, lots of shopping, a 41,000-square-foot spa, a comedy theater, 14 restaurants to choose from, and, of course, 3,000 slot machines and 228 game tables at the casino, the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Miami Herald</a> </em>reported.</p><p>But the real crowning glory of the new hotel is the rebuilt, 7,000-seat concert venue, Hard Rock Live, according to the <em>Miami Herald</em>. The venue will host more than 100 shows per year, including concerts, boxing matches, theater shows, and more. The hotel’s grand opening is set to have a concert with Maroon 5 as the headliner.</p><p>While not everyone is excited about the uniquely shaped hotel in South Florida — the <em>Miami Herald</em> <a href="" target="_blank">panned its design</a> back in 2018 — Allen told <em>CNN </em>that Hard Rock “represents more than food, beverage and a place to stay.” Think of it as a destination: full of kitsch, novelty, and frankly, lots of amazing perks.</p><p>The new Hard Rock Hollywood is scheduled to open on Oct. 24, though room reservations can be made as soon as July 24.</p>
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All the Best Deals on Travel Gear to Shop During Memorial Day Weekend

Sat, 05/25/2019 - 17:44
<p>To kick off summer and <a href="">Memorial Day weekend</a>, we know exactly how we’re celebrating — by shopping for brand new travel gear to prepare for summer’s adventures.</p><p>Backyard barbecues and lake trips aside, Memorial Day weekend is one of the best times of the year to stock up on new travel bags, travel accessories, and travel outfits — think comfy shoes and all-weather jackets. And just because you might be traveling somewhere without access to decent WiFi, you’ll still have time shop Memorial Day sales as some of the best ones extend long past Monday. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="">10 Memorial Day Destinations for People Who Still Don’t Have Plans</a></p><p>We’ve done the browsing for you and have found all the best 2019 Memorial Day sales for you to shop so that you have everything you need for your next summer getaway. From deals on luggage to backpacks, shop the huge sales from some of our favorite retailers and brands like Tumi, Zappos, eBags, Samsonite, and more below.</p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Ahalife</a></h2><p><strong>The deal: </strong>Receive 30 percent off plus free U.S. shipping on all purchases over $100 with code MEMORIAL30 until May 27.</p><p><strong>Our picks: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Stow Mini First Class Leather Tech Case</a> ($306, originally $437); <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Hudson + Bleeker Jetsetter Train Case</a> ($42, originally $60)</p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Bloomingdale’s</a></h2><p><strong>The deal:</strong> Save an extra 20 percent off on almost all already reduced items for up to 70 percent off during the Big Brown Bag sale, ending on May 27.</p><p><strong>Our picks: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Solyte Deluxe 29" Expandable Spinner Suitcase</a> ($240, originally $480); <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Tumi Voyageur Carson Backpack</a> ($295, originally $395) </p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Columbia</a></h2><p><strong>The deal: </strong>Get 25 percent off select gear across women’s, men’s, kids’, and footwear.</p><p><strong>Our picks:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Women’s Redmond Waterproof Low Hiking Shoe</a> ($68, originally $90); <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Tamolitch Daypack</a> ($49, originally $65)</p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Cole Haan</a></h2><p><strong>The deal: </strong>Receive an extra 40 percent off men’s and women’s sale styles with code EXTRA40.</p><p><strong>Our picks:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";dwvar_W15163_width=" target="_blank">Women's GrandPro Turf LS Sneaker</a> ($70, originally $150); <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";dwvar_C26307_width=" target="_blank">Men's GrandEvolution Wingtip Oxford</a> ($138, originally $280)</p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">eBags</a></h2><p><strong>The deal: </strong>Shop top brands including Tumi, Samsonite, Patagonia, Osprey, and more across the site with up to 60 percent off until May 27. </p><p><strong>Our picks: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Samsonite Centric 3-piece Expandable Hardside Spinner Luggage Set </a>($250, originally $510); <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Junior</a> ($100, originally $140)</p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Eddie Bauer</a></h2><p><strong>The deal: </strong>Save 50 percent off everything with code TRAIL50.</p><p><strong>Our picks:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Stowaway Packable 20L Daypack</a> ($15, originally $30); <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";color=166&amp;sizetype=&amp;size=" target="_blank">Expedition Drop Bottom Rolling Duffel</a> ($100, originally $200)</p><p> </p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">L.L.Bean</a></h2><p><strong>The deal:</strong> 20 percent off all orders until May 28 with code SUMMER until May 27.</p><p><strong>Our picks: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Women's Limited-edition Luxe L.L.Bean Boot</a> ($119, originally $135); <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">L.L.Bean Locking Pack</a> ($109, originally $129)</p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Macy’s</a></h2><p><strong>The deal: </strong>Take 20 percent off during Macy's Memorial Day sale, plus free shipping at $75 with code MEMDAY until May 27.</p><p><strong>Our picks: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Travelpro Crew Carry-on Expandable Spinner Suitcase</a> ($161, originally $460); <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Fossil RFID Leather &amp; Suede Passport Case</a> ($38, originally $64)</p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Merrell</a></h2><p><strong>The deal:</strong> Save 20 percent on select Moab, Siren, and Encore styles until May 27.</p><p><strong>Our picks:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Women's Moab 2 Mid Ventilator</a> ($88, originally $110); <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Men's Moab 2 Mid Gore-Tex</a> ($120, originally $150)</p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Nordstrom</a></h2><p><strong>The deal:</strong> Shop <a href="">Nordstrom’s Half-yearly Sale</a> for up to 50 percent off across the entire site until June 2.</p><p><strong>Our picks:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Steve Madden Gills-M Mesh Slip-on Sneaker</a> ($36, originally $60); <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Madewell Small Transport Crossbody Bag</a> ($83, originally $138)</p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Paravel</a></h2><p><strong>The deal: </strong>Receive 20 percent off all orders of $75 or more.</p><p><strong>Our picks: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Packing Cube Trio</a> ($55); <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Weekender</a> ($295) </p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Samsonite</a></h2><p><strong>The deal:</strong> Get an extra $50 off $200 or more through May 27 with code EXTRA50 and take up to 50 percent off select items with code MAYSALE.</p><p><strong>Our picks: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Samsonite Tru-Frame 20” Spinner</a>, $220 with codes EXTRA50 and MAYSALE (originally $450); <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";cgidmaster=promotional-offer" target="_blank">Samsonite Advena 19" Expandable Spinner</a>, $140 with code MAYSALE (originally $270)</p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Tumi</a></h2><p><strong>The deal: </strong>Save big during Tumi’s Semi-Annual sale for amazing savings on backpacks, briefcases, carry-on luggage, duffel bags, and more.</p><p><strong>Our picks: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Continental Expandable Carry-on</a>, $485 (originally $695); <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Albany Slim Commuter Brief Leather</a>, $559 (originally $700)</p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Vionic</a></h2><p dir="ltr"><strong>The deal:</strong> Score 30 percent off select women's and men's shoes including travel-friendly sneakers, sandals, heels, and boots.</p><p><strong>Our picks:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Leah Casual Sneaker</a>, $80 (originally $120); <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Lovell Wedge Sandal</a>, $80 (originally $20)</p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Walmart</a></h2><p dir="ltr"><strong>The deal:</strong> Get up to 40 percent off everything for summer until May 27.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Our picks:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">3-piece Hardside Spinner Luggage</a>, $67 (originally $90); <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Eliza May Rose Women's Two Color Continental Straw Sunhat</a>, $17 (originally $24)</p><h2 dir="ltr"><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Zappos</a></h2><p dir="ltr"><strong>The deal: </strong>Shop hundreds of new markdowns, and save up to 50 percent off select women’s and men’s styles until May 27.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Our picks:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Superga 2750 Cotu Classic Sneaker</a> ($60, originally $65); <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Clarks Annadel Eirwyn Wedges</a> ($80, originally $95)</p>
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You Can Look for UFOs With Night-vision Binoculars and Meet 'Alien Abductees' on This Mexico Cruise

Sat, 05/25/2019 - 17:05
<p>Are your UFO conspiracy theories enough to make your family want to send you out to sea? Book a cruise.</p><p>Holland America cruise line is hosting a seven-day <a href="" target="_blank">UFO Cruise</a> this autumn to explore the possibility of what’s out there<em> </em>while passengers are out at sea.</p><p>Passengers will partake in “seminars at sea” while docking in Mexican ports to discover the history of UFO sightings and artifacts in the country. <a href="" target="_blank">According to the cruise line</a>, passengers will be able to hear from speakers who are “researchers, investigators, authors, teachers, speakers, intuitive counselors, healers, contactees, abductees, and spiritual teachers.”</p><p>Included in the lineup is the executive director of the Mutual UFO Network (which proclaims itself as the world’s largest and oldest UFO research organization) and documentarians from The History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens” series.</p><p>Every night, after hearing from the experts, passengers can partake in a “UFO watch” with night-vision binoculars provided by the ship.</p><p>But it’s not just all about aliens. The itinerary promises a diverse program, with port options to take part in an “authentic Maya fire ceremony” in Cabo San Lucas, see the ancient <a href="" target="_blank">Las Labradas Petroglyphs in Mazatlan</a> and go swimming with dolphins off the coast of Puerto Vallarta.</p><p>Passengers will also be able to stretch out in a daily yoga class, visit the on-board sauna and spa as often as they would like, and take full advantage of the ship’s entertainment, including a movie theater and live music from a variety of performers.</p><p>The cruise will take place from October 6–13 this year, leaving from and returning to San Diego. The cruise is available from $1,698 per person, based on double occupancy, if <a href="" target="_blank">booked by June 1</a>.</p>
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Pippa Small, One of Meghan Markle's Favorite Jewelry Designers, Gives Us an Inside Look at Her Trip to Jordan

Sat, 05/25/2019 - 12:31
<p>Jewelry designer <a href="" target="_blank">Pippa Small</a> has crisscrossed the globe in search of talented artisans and rare, ethically sourced stones. Through her work with Prince Charles’ <a href="" target="_blank">Turquoise Mountain Foundation</a> — an initiative that aims to revive traditional arts and crafts in at-risk communities around the world — the British jeweler has partnered with local craftspeople in <a href="" target="_blank">Bolivia</a>, Afghanistan, Myanmar and beyond to design jewelry collections that pay homage to these places’ rich aesthetic traditions.</p><img alt="Pippa Smalls "src=""><p>One of her newest collections — an homage to the rich traditions of the Middle East — was born out of a first-time visit to <a href="" target="_blank">Jordan</a> last year. “I immediately fell in love with the country and the warmth of the people,” she told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. On the heels of her most recent visit there, we caught up with the designer to learn more about her collection and take a peek through her travel photos.</p><img alt="Pippa Smalls "src=""><p>“In Jordan, we are working with two master goldsmiths, Muwwafaw and Issa, who are passionate about creating and keen to pass on their skills to a younger generation of refugees from surrounding regions like Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Palestine. Many of these refugees have suffered unspeakable trauma, but the almost meditative practice of making jewelry gives them an escape from their reality, as well as a skill they can use wherever they go. My goal, ultimately, is to instill a sense of cultural pride in these young people and give them a sustainable income.”</p><img alt="Pippa Smalls "src=""><p>“A highlight of my time in the capital of Amman was visiting the Tiraz museum of textiles, which houses the most comprehensive collection of Palestinian, Jordanian, and other Arab costumes from the 19th and 20th centuries. The costumes and weavings have been lovingly and painstakingly assembled by the great collector Widad Kawar, who has been preserving this beautiful part of Arab and Palestinian cultural heritage for over 50 years.”</p><img alt="Pippa Smalls "src=""><p>“Turquoise Mountain has opened a café, retail space, and artisan workshops in one of the most beautiful spots in Amman. The old house is set in a lush garden that’s filled with scented bushes of rosemary and other fragrant herbs. The public can go and watch these makers — carpenters, embroiders, jewelers — in action, so you really gain an appreciation for the history and skills involved in each craft.”</p><img alt="Pippa Smalls "src=""><p>“The Salam Kanaan Gallery has a wonderful bohemian café, with an outdoor seating area where you can sit in the shade of an old tree and watch the people stroll by. On a hot day, a fresh lemon or mint iced drink is cooling and refreshing. But the Turkish coffee is also delicious and served in an elegant long-handled brass pot.”</p><img alt="Pippa Smalls "src=""><p>“A trip to the citadel is essential. The site dates back as far as the Bronze Age, which makes it one of the oldest continually inhabited places in the world. You can visit the Temple of Hercules and the Umayyad Palace and wader among the tombs, arches, and crypts. In the late afternoon sun, it is bliss to sit quietly on an ancient stone wall and watch as families picnic, play football, and fly kites.”</p><img alt="Pippa Smalls "src=""><p>“One of the highlights of my trip was touring the magnificently restored Roman Theater, which dates from the 2nd century and has a seating capacity of 6,000. From there, it’s a short stroll to the Jordan Museum, where there are some exquisite pieces, including one of the earliest statues ever found of a Syrian fertility goddess, who inspired some of our new collection.”</p><img alt="Pippa Smalls "src=""><p>“Dinner at Sufra is a delight. The restaurant is set within an atmospheric old house that’s so evocative of another time. The food is wonderful and there are plenty of options for vegetarians. I recommend finishing your meal with a pot of sage tea.”</p><img alt="Pippa Smalls "src=""><p>“Petra is a wonder. It’s easy to close your eyes and imagine what it would’ve been like to arrive on a camel caravan, thousands of years ago, and see this miracle of a city for the first time. I loved walking through the canyons of pink stone in the early morning and seeing the Treasury, a breathtaking mausoleum carved out of sandstone. Being there was a meditation in itself.”</p>
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The Best Beaches for Camping in the U.S.

Sat, 05/25/2019 - 11:01
<p>Grab your tent and your swimsuit.</p><p>When it comes to making <a href="" target="_blank">weekend travel plans</a> for the summer, you have a lot of options. Perhaps you want to sit in the sun with a beach chair, sunscreen, and a good book and just take in the surf. Or, perhaps you’d like to get your fill of the great outdoors and pitch a tent in the wilderness while the weather is still sunny.</p><p>Or, perhaps you can do both?</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Campgrounds</a> aren’t limited to a particular landscape. While quintessential camping in the mountains is certainly fun and rewarding, it can also be a fulfilling and unique experience to light your campfire right by the ocean.</p><p>Luckily, there are several picturesque beaches across the U.S. where you can set up camp. The gorgeous <a href="" target="_blank">vistas of Hawaii</a> are obviously a popular place for campers to trek during the summer months, but you can also find excellent ocean-side campgrounds from sea to shining sea on the mainland.</p><p>The west coast, from California to Washington State, is a treasure trove of campground gems that give you excellent access to the Pacific Ocean. Back east, states along the eastern seaboard like Maryland, North and South Carolina, Florida, and Massachusetts have dozens of grounds that cater to campers of all experience levels.</p><p>And the best part about all of these places is that not only can you enjoy s’mores by the fire at night, you can also soak in the summer sun by day. All of the campgrounds listed below allow people to get close to the water or even camp right by the surf. Some even have grounds that allow RVs and campers.</p><p>Take a look at some of these incredible beaches with accessible campgrounds for people who want their beach day to never end.</p><h2>1. Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park: Kauai, Hawaii</h2><img alt="Where to camp on the beach in the U.S. "src=""><p>This state park has two major campgrounds: Hanakoa Campground and Miloli’i Campground. Visitors can get excellent beach camping in at Miloli’i, which is only accessible by boat and requires a rate of $20 per person per night. Visitors must also acquire a camping permit, which can be applied for <a href=",details,57789.html" target="_blank">online</a>.</p><h2>2. Wai’anapanapa State Park: Maui, Hawaii</h2><img alt="Where to camp on the beach in the U.S. "src=""><p>Black sand beaches, tide pools, freshwater caves, and a natural stone arch are enough to attract any tourist. Not only is this state park breathtakingly beautiful, it also has some of the best beach camping around. Visitors must acquire a permit and make a reservation, with rates between $12 and $18 per night. You can also rent a camper van for $18 per night (for non-residents), and cabins are available for $90 per cabin per night. To make a reservation, visit <a href=",details,1684.html" target="_blank">the park's website.</a>.</p><h2>3. Homer Spit Campground: Homer, Alaska</h2><img alt="Where to camp on the beach in the U.S. "src=""><p>You can’t find more picturesque views of mountains and ocean than in Homer. Located along Kachemak Bay, this campground is large enough for over 100 RVs and at least 25 tents. Even though it’s Alaska, you won’t be roughing it either. The campground is very close to restaurants, shops, and bars as well. Beachfront campsite rates begin at $35, but there are far more sites to explore if you don’t want to be right on the water. More information on making a reservation can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Homer Spit Campground website</a>.</p><h2>4. Wright's Beach, Sonoma Coast State Park: Sonoma County, California</h2><img alt="Where to camp on the beach in the U.S. "src=""><p>There are tons of Instagram-worthy sites along this coastal beach park, located on <a href="" target="_blank">Highway 1</a>. Wright’s Beach hosts 27 campsites and even allows dogs as long as they stay on leash. Rates can range between $35 and $45 per night. Reservations can be made 48 hours to seven months in advance. More information can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">California Department of Parks and Recreation website</a>.</p><h2>5. Kalaloch Campground, Olympic National Park: Washington</h2><img alt="Where to camp on the beach in the U.S. "src=""><p>By far the most popular beach campground in Washington state, it's easy to see why. The rocky terrain is certainly different from your typical beach experience, and it’s home to several types of wildlife including gulls, whales, and even bald eagles. Rates can vary between $14 and $30 per night. More information on making a reservation can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">National Park Service website.</a></p><h2>6. Apostle Islands: Lake Superior, Wisconsin</h2><img alt="Where to camp on the beach in the U.S. "src=""><p>21 islands make up the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin, and camping is available on 19 of them. 16 of the islands also have backcountry camping options for people who don’t mind fending for themselves, or perhaps just want a more secluded experience. Camping fees begin at $10 per night, plus an additional $15 individual fee. More information can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">National Park Service website</a>.</p><h2>7. Hoffmaster State Park: Muskegon, Michigan</h2><img alt="Where to camp on the beach in the U.S. "src=""><p>With three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, there’s a lot to see and do on this popular campground. It has massive grounds — 297 sites in all — with tons of beautiful views, hiking trails, and even skiing trails. Even though the area seems secluded, visitors noted that you can take a short trip into a nearby town or even a local brewery. Camping fees range between $25 and $37 per night. More information on making a reservation can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Pure Michigan website</a>.</p><h2>8. Grand Isle State Park: Grand Isle, Louisiana</h2><img alt="Where to camp on the beach in the U.S. "src=""><p>Located only two hours from <a href="" target="_blank">New Orleans</a>, this campground is the best way to experience the bayou when you’re done sauntering down Bourbon Street. It offers 49 RV sites (with electrical and water) and 14 tent sites that are right on the beach. Along with enjoying fun in the sun, the campground also has fishing, crabbing, and trails to hike. Rates begin at $3 per person, per night. More information can be found on <a href="" target="_blank">Reserve America</a>.</p><h2>9. Sea Camp Campground: Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia</h2><img alt="Where to camp on the beach in the U.S. "src=""><p>You can only get to this remote island by boat, but the trip is well worth it. Visitors can explore the freshwater wetlands and spot scores of fascinating wildlife while hiking to this campground. Plus, it has several modern amenities like treated drinking water, showers, and toilets. One drawback: You can’t light any campfires on the beach, but there is a fire pit. Reservations may be made up to six months in advance and fees begin at $4.00 per night. More information on getting a reservation and permit can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">National Park Service website.</a></p><h2>10. Hunting Island State Park: Hunting Island, South Carolina</h2><img alt="Where to camp on the beach in the U.S. "src=""><p>This stunning campground is located between the idyllic cities of <a href="" target="_blank">Charleston</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Savannah</a>. The beautiful beach offers a quiet, secluded getaway where you can bring your canine friend along, too. Its 100 campsites can cater to tents, but also RVs with electric and water hookups, and there's plenty to do once you’ve settled in, including fishing, crabbing, hiking, and biking. Camping fees range between $3 and $5 per night. More information on making a reservation can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">South Carolina State Parks website</a>.</p><h2>11. Cape Lookout National Seashore: Harkers Island, North Carolina</h2><img alt="Where to camp on the beach in the U.S. "src=""><p>Anyone who is looking to really rough it should definitely take a trip to this campground in North Carolina. There are no formal campsites and few amenities, so you’ll mostly have to fend for yourself, but the gorgeous, sandy beach and beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean are tough to beat. In general, you actually don’t need a permit unless you have a party of 25 or more. More information can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">National Park Service website</a>.</p><h2>12. Assateague Island: Assateague State Park, Maryland</h2><img alt="Where to camp on the beach in the U.S. "src=""><p>Sure, camping is fun, but you know what would make it better? Horses. Lots of wild horses. This tiny island between the Chincoteague Bay and the Atlantic Ocean is home to a famous herd of wild ponies. And yes, you can camp near them. There are 104 beach-adjacent campsites to choose from where you can spot your equestrian neighbors, with rates between $20 and $30 per night. Information on making a reservation can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">National Park Service website.</a></p><h2>13. Bahia Honda State Park: Big Pine Key, Florida</h2><img alt="Where to camp on the beach in the U.S. "src=""><p>If you’ve ever dreamed of camping under palm trees, this campground located in the Florida Keys is the perfect place for you. Here, visitors love to go snorkeling while exploring Bahia Honda’s pristine sands and emerald waters. It’s also one of the <a href="" target="_blank">world’s most romantic islands</a>, so it’s ideal for outdoor-loving couples. Reservation rates begin around $38 per night. Information on making a reservation can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Florida State Parks website.</a></p><h2>14. Bird Island Basin: Padre Island National Seashore, TX</h2><img alt="Where to camp on the beach in the U.S. "src=""><p>Windsurfers and kayakers have definitely found a little bit of paradise on this little campground. It’s also amazing for people who love to fish or observe bird life — it is called Bird Island, after all. Camping fees are $8, or $4 for seniors. There is a communal fire pit, though grilling is also permitted unless otherwise noted. One thing to remember: It’s dry camping only, which means no electricity or running water. Though, there are showers available. Information on making a reservation can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">National Park Service website</a>.</p><h2>15. Horseneck Beach State Reservation: Westport, Massachusetts</h2><img alt="Where to camp on the beach in the U.S. "src=""><p>This two-mile beach is just west of Martha’s Vineyard and features gorgeous roses growing wild, plenty of windsurfing, and 100 different campsites to choose from. Visitors must make a reservation in order to set up camp on the beach, but luckily, rates begin at only $22 per night. To make a reservation, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">park's website</a>.</p>
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These Affordable Italian Loafers Have Been Waitlisted 36,000 Times — and Now They're on Sale

Sat, 05/25/2019 - 10:15
<p>I am told I have too many shoes. Perhaps I, too, find this to be true; they are double-stacked in my closet and entryway, and spilling out from the underbelly of my desk at work. So when <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">M.Gemi</a> asked me to take one of their pairs for a test run, I hesitated.</p><p>I'd heard of M.Gemi, a prime example of the new breed of luxury brand — see also: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Sarah Flint</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Margaux</a> — one that works with small, artisanal workshops to create impeccably crafted shoes, and then sells them direct-to-consumer for an impeccably low price. Hand-sewn kicks at a ridiculously low markup? The intrigue! So, yes, I went for it. I ignored my better judgment to try out M.Gemi's most promising pair: one of the brand’s longtime <a data-ecommerce="true" href=" " target="_blank">best-selling styles</a>, the made-in-Tuscany <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Felize moccasin</a>.</p><p>I am far from the first traveler to be tempted by the mythical comforts of this pebble-soled suede driver. Since its launch in March 2015, my new friend Felize has been waitlisted more than 36,000 times — in fact, it was the brand’s most waitlisted style for the entire year of 2018. They're continually re-releasing the style in new colors and patterns (I chose this <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">soft sage green</a>), but the style has accumulated more than 1,000 glowing reviews cumulatively. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">13 Dressy Flats That Are Much More Comfortable Than Heels</a></p><p>When I opened the box, the loafers did not look like a shoe that belonged to me. They’d be much better suited to a woman who ties her neck scarf sans YouTube tutorial and doesn't bat a lash when maneuvering her manual convertible along a <a href="" target="_blank">Positano</a> road clearly sized for ants. I tried them on anyway, just to see, and the fit — which was recently improved to feel more true to size — is indeed perfect. I usually wear a size 8 and opted for a 39. The leather lining is soft and the sole feels nice and sturdy. While they probably will stretch and mold to my slightly inward–tilting foot shape a bit more with each wear, they were immediately and unquestionably comfortable. </p><p>The one tiny gripe I do have with them is that the upper doesn't come pre-treated for water or stain resistance. Yes, I understand that this would compromise the buttery softness of the suede, but I'd personally find that to be a worthy trade-off for the anxiety I feel when I wear them outside and happen to spy a foreboding cumulonimbus on the horizon. Also, I have, while drinking water, dripped a bit onto my pair — more evidence I shouldn't have nice things — but it quickly dried and left no trace.</p><p>And now for the best part: you can score these fancy feet huggers in seven colors for $50 off while M.Gemi’s <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Before They Go sale section</a> is an extra 25 percent off through Monday, May 27. More popular styles are included in the sale, too, and I’ve highlighted my favorite picks to round out your travel shoe arsenal below. </p><p>Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got a scarf-tying tutorial to mimic.</p><h2>The Felize Suede Moccasin</h2><img alt="mgemi shoes on sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $148 (originally $198)</p><h2>The Cerchio Slip-on Sneaker</h2><img alt="mgemi shoes on sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $131 (originally $248)</p><h2>The Stretto Flat</h2><img alt="mgemi shoes on sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $146 (originally $228)</p><h2>The Vollare 55M Block Heel</h2><img alt="mgemi shoes on sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $208 (originally $278)</p><h2>The Stellato Sacchetto Flat</h2><img alt="mgemi shoes on sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $131 (originally $228)</p>
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13 Sandals to Snag from Nordstrom’s Huge Summer Sale — Before They Sell Out

Sat, 05/25/2019 - 09:53
<p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Nordstrom's Half-yearly Sale</a> is happening, which means a craving for more summer sandals is also happening (that’s just basic cause and effect). Honestly, who can resist? With hundreds of shoes on super sale, how could we<em> </em>not<em> </em>look and subsequently add two (or 10) pairs to our cart? Again, cause and effect.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="">23 Seriously Discounted Travel Finds on Sale at Nordstrom Right Now</a></p><p>We’re not joking around here. The sale features major markdowns on this season's big sandal styles — from charming ankle-wrap sandals, to minimalist strappy heels that are perfect for summer nights out dancing. You’ll even spot some familiar names in the sale, like Sam Edelman, Tory Burch, and Madewell. Oh, and might we mention that the iconic <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Stuart Weitzman strappy sandals</a>, beloved by nearly every celebrity on the red carpet ever, is on sale for — get this — 40 percent off? </p><h2>Luckily, the sale doesn’t end until June 2 — but that doesn’t mean you can relax. Styles are constantly selling out, so make sure to head to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> to find the perfect pair. Or, better yet, scroll through to shop our top picks.</h2><h2>Kork-ease 'Myakka' Sandal</h2><img alt="Best Sandals from the Nordstrom Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $96 (originally $160)</p><h2>Stuart Weitzman 'Nudistsong' Ankle Strap Sandal</h2><img alt="Sandals on Sale at Nordstrom "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $239 (originally $398)</p><h2>Enzo Angiolini 'Golda' Slide Sandal</h2><img alt="Sandals on Sale at Nordstrom "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $42 (originally $69)</p><h2>J.Crew 'Cyprus' Slide Sandal</h2><img alt="Sandals on Sale at Nordstrom "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $48 (originally $80)</p><h2>Free People 'Gabby' Sandal</h2><img alt="Sandals on Sale at Nordstrom "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $77 (originally $128)</p><h2>Madewell 'The Boardwalk' Lace-up Sandal</h2><img alt="Sandals on Sale at Nordstrom "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $48 (originally $60)</p><h2>Something Navy 'Rose' Braid Slide Sandal</h2><img alt="Sandals on Sale at Nordstrom "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $54 (originally $90)</p><h2>Sam Edelman 'Bay' Cutout Slide Sandal</h2><img alt="Sandals on Sale at Nordstrom "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $63 (originally $90)</p><h2>Steve Madden 'April' Block Heel Sandal</h2><img alt="Sandals on Sale at Nordstrom "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $48 (originally $80)</p><h2>Tory Burch 'Bima 2' Espadrille</h2><img alt="Sandals on Sale at Nordstrom "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $139 (originally $278)</p><h2>Tory Burch 'Miller' Square Toe Thong Sandal</h2><img alt="Sandals on Sale at Nordstrom "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $153 (originally $228)</p><h2>Treasure &amp; Bond 'Miles' Slide Sandal</h2><img alt="Sandals on Sale at Nordstrom "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $40 (originally $60)</p><h2>Marc Fisher LTD 'Rite' Sandal</h2><img alt="Sandals on Sale at Nordstrom "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $77 (originally from $110)</p>
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Amazon's Memorial Day Sale Is Here and It's a Treasure Trove of Luggage Deals

Sat, 05/25/2019 - 06:13
<p>If <a href="" target="_blank">your go-to suitcase</a> has seen better days and you simply can’t wait until Prime Day or Black Friday to get yourself a new one, we have good news: Now is officially the best time to score a discount on some of <a href="" target="_blank">Amazon’s best-selling luggage</a> and travel gear thanks to its Memorial Day sale.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">All the Best Deals on Travel Gear to Shop During Memorial Day Weekend</a></p><p>This weekend you’ll find plenty of impressive Amazon discounts on travel essentials like luggage, backpacks, and packing cubes, and we rounded up all the best deals you need to know about right here. With savings up to 40 percent and many popular brands and products included, you’re bound to find exactly what you need just in time for your upcoming summer trips and getaways.</p><p>And in case you don’t see what you’re looking for here, you can always browse <a href=";linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tltrvmemorialdaysaleluggagejmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=8382de188d41ffe280ade5a4eb916635&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Amazon’s Daily Deals lineup</a>, which updates throughout the day, or peruse its <a href=";linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tltrvmemorialdaysaleluggagejmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=12bc2da12cd1e6a3771616e6dcf0a071&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">luggage department</a> for even more savings. Ready to shop? Here are some of the best luggage and packing essential deals you can score this Memorial Day weekend.</p><h2>Delsey Paris Luggage Chatelet Hard+ Large Spinner Suitcase</h2><img alt="Delsey Paris Luggage Chatelet Hard+ Large Spinner Suitcase "src=""><p>While owners love its classic and elegant look as well as its faux leather accents, they also appreciate the quality and longevity this Delsey piece offers. Treat yourself now, and this beauty will be by your side no matter what it endures on your travels.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvmemorialdaysaleluggagejmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=d20c05b3154197c91d1fe5785990701b&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $245 (originally $330)</p><h2>Samsonite Winfield 2 Hardside Luggage</h2><img alt="Samsonite Winfield 2 Hardside Luggage "src=""><p>This hardside Samsonite suitcase is a hit with Amazon shoppers and has received over 2,300 five-star reviews. Both durable and lightweight, this versatile piece holds up well over time and won’t weigh you down.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvmemorialdaysaleluggagejmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=d20c05b3154197c91d1fe5785990701b&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $134 (originally $220)</p><h2>Herschel Little America Backpack</h2><img alt="Herschel Little America Backpack "src=""><p>This roomy backpack with magnetic closures has room for all of the essentials, plus a sleeve for electronics like laptops and a port to neatly store headphones. Choose from 27 colors and patterns, and you’ll have a classic piece to carry everywhere from the airport to the office.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvmemorialdaysaleluggagejmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=d20c05b3154197c91d1fe5785990701b&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $75, (originally $100)</p><h2>Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds Three-piece Hardside Luggage Set</h2><img alt="Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds Three-Piece Hardside Luggage Set "src=""><p>This versatile three-piece luggage trio features a carry-on, mid-size, and large spinner suitcase in one affordable set. Plus, it comes with a 10-year manufacturer warranty ensuring these lightweight and durable pieces will serve you for years to come.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvmemorialdaysaleluggagejmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=d20c05b3154197c91d1fe5785990701b&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $153 (originally $180)</p><h2>AmazonBasics Hanging Toiletry Kit</h2><img alt="AmazonBasics Hanging Toiletry Kit "src=""><p>With plenty of compartments and a roomy interior, this one bag will neatly store and organize everything you need to tote. Unzip this carryall to reveal its top hook, which you can use to hang it from door hooks, shower rails, or another convenient spot in your bathroom.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvmemorialdaysaleluggagejmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=d20c05b3154197c91d1fe5785990701b&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $15 (originally $19)</p><h2>Matein Anti-theft Travel Laptop Backpack</h2><img alt="Anti-Theft Travel Laptop Backpack "src=""><p>Venture abroad with peace of mind while toting this <a href="http://t" target="_blank">anti-theft backpack</a>, which features a hidden back pocket that safely stores valuables like laptops and travel documents. This travel must-have has racked up over 3,000 five-star reviews with shoppers raving about its many compartments, water resistant and durable materials, handy USB port, and sleek look.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvmemorialdaysaleluggagejmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=d20c05b3154197c91d1fe5785990701b&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $30 (originally $50)</p><h2>AmazonBasics Four-piece Packing Cube Set</h2><img alt="AmazonBasics Four-Piece Packing Cube Set "src=""><p>Fit even more into your suitcase — and organize your items — with these <a href="" target="_blank">compression packing cubes</a>. Their mesh tops make it easy to spot exactly what you’re looking for, too.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvmemorialdaysaleluggagejmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=d20c05b3154197c91d1fe5785990701b&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $20 (originally $23)</p>
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Tower of London Welcomes New Baby Ravens for the First Time in 30 Years

Sat, 05/25/2019 - 06:11
<p>London has welcomed some new arrivals this spring. And this time, we're not talking about Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">Smithsonian</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Tower of London</a> welcomed four baby chicks into its aviary on April 23. This is the first time the tower has hatched new chicks in 30 years, it announced in a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p><p>According to legend, <a href="" target="_blank">Charles II insisted that the Tower have seven ravens</a> (six ravens, plus one to ensure the population, apparently), or else the city would suffer a calamity. He predicted that if the ravens ever left the tower, it would “fall.” Ever since Charles II’s reign, there has been a Tower Ravenmaster, which sounds a little bit like a job in <em>Game of Thrones</em>.</p><p>But it is definitely a real, important job. The current Tower Ravenmater, Chris Skaife, explains in a video on Twitter, “We decided that it would be a really good idea to see if we could actually breed ravens ourselves at the Tower of London to secure our future.” Seems reasonable, given the apocalyptic prediction.</p><p>The four new chicks were bred from two new ravens, Muninn and Huginn, or mom and dad, respectively, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a></em>. At first, according to the Smithsonian, it was unclear whether the breeding would be successful since the two adult ravens only just arrived at the tower, but clearly, nature took its course.</p><p>Skaife said in a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a> that he noticed the birds bringing food to a nest on April 23, but wasn’t able to approach and get a look at the hatched chicks until a few weeks later.</p><p>According to the Smithsonian, the chicks eat about every two hours, feasting on “quail, mice, and rats” that are caught by Skaife and taken to the nest by the raven Huginn. Each chick measured to be about eight centimeters (about three inches) at birth, but are now about 30 centimeters (nearly 12 inches). They’re also starting to develop their black feathers.</p><p>Only one of the chicks will be staying at the Tower of London once they’ve all matured. Depending on which one gets to stay, it will be named George or Georgina, in honor of its birthday on April 23, also known as St. George’s Day. The other three, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Metro</a></em>, will be sent to a breeding specialist in Somerset.</p><p>In addition to Muninn and Huggin, and eventually little George or Georgina, the other ravens at the Tower of London include females Erin, Poppy, and Merlina, and males Jubilee, Harris, Gripp, and Rocky, according to <em>Lonely Planet</em>.</p>
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20 Luxury Vacations That Are Surprisingly Affordable

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 17:48
<p>Planning a vacation is never an easy task, especially when it's time to talk about budget. But hey, luxury doesn't always mean crazy expensive. We think it's time for you to take the luxury trip of a lifetime without breaking the bank, so we've found 20 vacation ideas that will leave you in awe of the trip <em>and </em>the price. </p><h2>1. Stay at a Castle in France for $77</h2><img alt="Rent a castle in France on Airbnb "src=""><p>While some Airbnb listings — like Kylie Jenner’s <a href="" target="_blank">$50-million rental in the Turks and Caicos</a> — are only for the very wealthy, the hospitality service also has hidden gems for the more budget-conscious traveler. Jet set to France and live out your royal dreams by staying in a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">three-bedroom castle with a pool</a> for as little as $77/night.</p><h2>2. Dance All Night in Fiji</h2><img alt="Fiji "src=""><p>All-inclusive tickets to <a href="" target="_blank">Your Paradise</a> start at $1,999 and include a flight from Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane along with a five-night stay at the breath-taking Mamanuca Islands, main land and sea transfers, and of course, the chance to see an incredible lineup of artists.</p><h2>3. Find Your Joie De Vivre in Paris for $150 a Night</h2><img alt="Affordable Paris vacation rentals by Paris Perfect "src=""><p>Experience the fabulous life of a French local with <a href="" target="_blank">Paris Perfect</a>. The vacation rental agency provides accommodation options at some of the most unreal apartments in the "City of Lights" with rates beginning at under $150 a night. Since you’ll have a kitchen, you could even save more by picking up groceries nearby and cooking.</p><h2>4. Coast in Costa Rica</h2><img alt="W Hotel Costa Rica "src=""><p>Whether you’re looking for some major self-care or to reconnect with nature, the <a href="" target="_blank">W Hotel in Guanacaste</a>, Costa Rica was made for you. Get pampered at the hotel’s spa with locally inspired treatments or soak up the sun down by the resort’s private beach access. Plus, don’t forget about the W’s Whatever/Whenever premium service experience, in which you can ask the front desk for whatever you need, whenever you need it and they’ll do everything they can to meet your needs. All in all, it’s not a bad deal for around $250 a night.</p><h2>5. Go Glamping for $80 a Night</h2><img alt="Glamping "src=""><p>Stylish glamping stays to private chalets are available anywhere <a href="" target="_blank">between $80 to $350/person a night</a>.</p><h2>6. Fly Private Starting at $129</h2><img alt="Fly on a private jet on the east coast with JetSuite X "src=""><p>A ticket through <a href="" target="_blank">JetSuiteX</a> gives you access to a private terminal, where you can go from parking to takeoff in 15 minutes. No more being stressed out about getting to the airport early, waiting in long lines, or squeezing into a coach seat. The catch: Flights are only available between major West Coast cities.</p><h2>7. A Cheap and Chic Colombian Getaway</h2><img alt="Conrad Hotel Cartagena "src=""><p>Colombia’s port city of <a href="" target="_blank">Cartagena</a> seems to be on everyone’s <a href="" target="_blank">travel bucket list</a> these days. Make that dream trip a reality with an affordable booking at the <a href="" target="_blank">Conrad Cartagena</a>. Nightly room prices are as low as $131 per person and the hotel’s stunning Caribbean views alone are worth it. Of course, the five-star hotel has other high-quality amenities including a luxurious spa and salon, an 18-hole golf course, beachfront swimming pools, a number of elegant restaurants and so much more.</p><h2>8. Dar es Salaam, Not Zanzibar</h2><img alt="Wyndham Dar Es Salaam "src=""><p>Tourists — <a href="" target="_blank">especially newlyweds</a> — are quick to head to Zanzibar’s resorts. While there’s no denying the quality of these expensive seaside accommodations, don’t forget that it’s possible to have a similar luxury beach experience on the Tanzanian mainland for a much more affordable price. The <a href="" target="_blank">Ramada by Wyndham</a> in Dar es Salaam — at only around $148 a night — is located along the shores of Jangwani beach. It’s a budget-friendly way to enjoy the waves of the Indian ocean, while taking in the nearby city center. The hotel also offers complimentary airport shuttles and <a href="" target="_blank">late checkout</a>.</p><h2>9. Live It up in New York City</h2><img alt="Brooklyn, New York "src=""><p>Instead of squeezing yourself into Manhattan for an average, over-priced hotel room, venture out into Brooklyn for equally trendy neighborhoods — here's looking at you, Bushwick and Williamsburg — for much more affordable rates.</p><h2>10. Go Sailing for $225 a Night</h2><img alt="Windstar cruises sailing "src=""><p>Sail out on a yacht for around $225 a person a night for a minimum eight-day long stay, or $1,799 in total, through <a href="" target="_blank">Windstar Cruises</a>.</p><h2>11. A Taste of Thailand</h2><img alt="Ayutthaya, Thailand "src=""><p>Opt for a stress-free, grand getaway to Southeast Asia this summer for a total of 10 days and pay no more than $178 per person, per night. Forego any planning and follow along this <a href="" target="_blank">Friendly Planet vacation package</a> across Thailand. With roundtrip airfare to inclusive visits to some of the country’s most historic attractions such as the the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ayutthaya and superior hotel accommodations, don’t pass up this deal.</p><h2>12. Float Peacefully in the Philippines</h2><img alt="Floating cabins for rent in the Philippines "src=""><p>Relax for a few days right in the middle of a scenic lake two hours from Metro Manila. <a href="" target="_blank">Aquascape</a>, with rates of under $200/night, can house a group of six. Each motorized cabin is suspended out on the water, but is equipped with all your modern needs a mini bar, dining area, and kitchen.</p><h2>13. Stay at a Five-star Resort on the Amalfi Coast</h2><img alt="Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi, and NH Collection property "src=""><p>This five-star beauty is elegant and historic. What used to be a <a href="" target="_blank">13th-century monastery</a> has been converted into an Amalfi Coast hotel with one of the most spectacular views around — and almost all the rooms look out to sea. Even though it’s high up a cliff, it’s only a five-minute walk to the harbor and city center. There’s also a majestic Catholic church at the hotel for those looking to tie the knot.</p><h2>14. Private Pool Views</h2><img alt="Hotel Las Brisas, Mexico "src=""><p>A stay at one of these oceanside suites <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Las Brisas</a> in Acapulco, Mexico is your chance to truly treat yourself without breaking the bank. For as little as $200 a night, you can get the Brisas spa package, which includes daily breakfast, a private balcony with a swimming pool (yes, your own pool) and a relaxing massage for you and a guest. If you stay longer, the nightly rate also lowers by up to 30% — need we say more?</p><h2>15. Go All-inclusive in Tulum for $100 a Night</h2><img alt="On the beach in Tulum, Mexico at the Ahau Tulum "src=""><p>All-inclusives at the popular Mexican destination can be steep, so opt for a hut at the jungle, beachside getaway of <a href="" target="_blank">Ahau Tulum</a>. Their Bali Huts run for less than $100/night during winter season, so now is the perfect time to go. Aside from wanting to Instagram everything, they offer daily yoga and water sport classes for an extra fee in case you’re interested.</p><h2>16. Travel Like the 1%</h2><img alt="The Plum Guide "src=""><p>You can trust the affordable properties on the <a href="" target="_blank">Plum Guide</a>. It’s Airbnb on another level because the site has an incredibly rigorous process for selecting hosts. The company only considers the top one percent of rentals from the top booking sites and as a result, their customers are left with the best homes to choose from, like this glamorous <a href="" target="_blank">Hollywood rental for $127</a> a night in Los Angeles.</p><h2>17. Relax in Cambodia</h2><img alt="Siem Reap River "src=""><p>Breathe easy with a stay at this intimate 36-room five-star hotel alongside the Siem Reap River in Cambodia. All of the rooms at the <a href="" target="_blank">Jaya House Riverpark</a> have either balcony views or direct garden or pool access, and it’s just a short six-minute ride into town. Rooms start at around $200 a night depending on the season, but in addition to a tranquil ambiance, all guests receive complimentary spa services daily. Now that’s something we can all get used to.</p><h2>18. Paradise in Punta Cana</h2><img alt="Hilton Punta Cana "src=""><p>For under $200 a night be one of the first to enjoy the <a href="" target="_blank">Hilton La Romana</a>’s all-inclusive, adult-only resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The new space opens next month on June 2 and offers numerous luxe amenities like unlimited 24-hour room service, gourmet dining options, oceanfront bars, nightly entertainment and more all built into the price of the room. Feel free to book your next vacation now as the hotel is taking reservations ahead of its grand opening.</p><h2>19. Fall in Love With Franschhoek</h2><img alt="Franschhoek, South Africa "src=""><p>Once the summer winds die down, escape to the sunny winelands of Franschhoek in South Africa. Planning a trip during the low season of fall and winter allows for lower rates at around $180 a night. The place to be is the <a href="" target="_blank">Franschhoek Boutique Hotel</a>, which is situated a few steps from one of the trolley stops that conveniently takes you on an array of routes to different wineries in the area. Each room also has its own unique bold design make the hotel the ultimate home away from home. </p><h2>20. Enjoy the Catskills for $180 a Night This Summer</h2><img alt="Minnewaska State Park "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Scribner’s Catskills Lodge</a> is a grand weekend getaway at $180 a night this summer. A deal that can’t be beat.</p>
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Emirates’ Memorial Day Sale Will Get You Around the Globe for Less Than $500 (Video)

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 17:01
<p>You may not have travel plans booked for this Memorial Day weekend, but spend your weekend online and you may be able to guarantee fabulous travel plans for later this year, without having to bust your wallet.</p><p>Emirates Airline has announced a Memorial Day sale with <a href=";" target="_blank">discount fares from all the U.S. airports it serves</a> (Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, D.C., New York, Boston, Orlando, and Miami) to 142 destinations across six continents. Airfare starts at <a href="" target="_blank">$469 for economy and $3,299 for business class</a>.</p><p>The sale starts Thursday, May 23, at 12:01 a.m. ET, and runs until Tuesday, May 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET.</p><img alt="Athens, Greece "src=""><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Places to Travel in July</a></p><p>During the sale period, you’ll be able to nab a $469 flight to Milan, $799 to Dubai or $779 to Johannesburg. If you’re leaning towards a business class flight (and Emirates has one of the best business class cabins in the game), you can fly to Mumbai from $3,399, Athens for $3,689 or Bangkok for $3,879. Here is a full <a href="" target="_blank">list of the sale fares</a>:</p><p><strong>Economy Class</strong> fares start at:</p>$469 to Milan (MXP)$599 to Athens (ATH)$799 to Dubai (DXB)$799 to Johannesburg (JHB)$899 to Bangkok (BNK)$799 to Mumbai (MUM)<p><strong>Business Class</strong> fares start at:</p>$3299 to Milan (MXP)$3689 to Athens (ATH)$4999 to Dubai (DXB)$4339 to Johannesburg (JHB)$3879 to Bangkok (BNK)$3399 to Mumbai (MUM)<p>Economy class sale prices are valid on flights from May 28, 2019, through February 2020. Business class fares start on flights from June 2, 2019 also through the end of February 2020.</p><p>Emirates vacations are also on sale. <a href="" target="_blank">For $2,229 per person</a>, you can book a trip that includes round-trip flights from the U.S., five nights in Jordan, and three nights in Dubai at four-star hotels.</p><p>Let everyone have their fun this weekend. They’ll all be jealous after you’ve boarded your steal-of-a-flight across the globe.</p>
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Qantas Is Hiding First Class Seats As $20 'Cabins in the Clouds' on Airbnb

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 16:59
<p><a href="" target="_blank">First class seats</a> are the thing of travel dreams. Being able to get on a plane and actually <a href="" target="_blank">get comfortable</a> for a flight is something most people can only dream of — but <a href="" target="_blank">Qantas</a> is making the dream a little more attainable by hiding first class seats on Airbnb.</p><p>Over the next two weeks the airline will release several discounted first class tickets listed as accommodations on <a href="" target="_blank">Airbnb</a>. Would-be fliers need to find the $20 listings associated with the registered host name “Qantas Frequent Flyer” and they could score a seat for a discounted number of frequent flier miles.</p><p>As <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Business Insider</em></a> explained, the listings come with names “Cosy cabin nestled between the clouds” and “Premium one bedroom suite at 35,000 feet.”</p><p>The listings describe the accommodations in the sky as “Stylish, well-appointed, one bedroom suite with unparalleled views of the clouds. Expansive, comfortable lounge complete with sommelier and chef. Seamless check in service.” Of course, there are the normal Airbnb restrictions like “no pets” and “no parties” just for good measure.</p><p>“Some of our members fly with us more than 100 times a year so it can certainly feel like they’re living on one of our planes, eating, sleeping and working at 35,000 feet,” Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said in a statement. “Our business and first class suites have all the hallmarks of a typical Airbnb house with comfortable beds, movies, quality cooked meals and experienced friendly hosts.”</p><p>The airline didn’t reveal just how many tickets it would release with the promotion, but did tell <em>Business Insider</em> there will be “dozens of flights across the Qantas International network including London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Santiago, and more.”</p><p>And, best of all, you won’t have to travel alone as there will be listings for seats in both pairs and in groups of four.</p><p>There is an obvious catch: The seats will only be available to Qantas Frequent Flyer members, as you’ll need to secure the booking using Qantas Points. Here's <a href="" target="_blank">more information on the program</a>.</p><p>If you find one of the listings, you'll go through the regular Airbnb process of “request to book,” then pay a $20 holding fee. You’ll then be contacted by Qantas to confirm your member number. The flights will cost 50,000 Qantas Points, which could mean up to a 50-percent discount on normal fares.</p>
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11 Restaurants Where Veterans and Active Duty Military Can Eat for Free on Memorial Day

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 16:47
<p>On Memorial Day, we honor the men and women in the U.S. military who have died serving our country, and give thanks to the liberties and freedoms those who serve have granted us through their sacrifice.</p><p>This year, a number of restaurants are celebrating all veterans, active duty military, and gold star family members by treating them to a free meal on Memorial Day, which falls on Monday, May 27. To help you with your lunch and dinner plans, we’ve rounded up all the best deals across the U.S., from Potbelly Sandwich’s Buy One Get One deal on sandwiches and salads to Logan Roadhouse’s free entree and sides from the American Roadhouse Meals menu.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="">25 Memorial Day Quotes for Your Patriotic Instagram Photos</a></p><p>Don’t forget to bring your military ID for the free lunch or dinner.</p><h2>TGI Fridays</h2><p>TGI Fridays' Memorial Day special is perfect for family reunions and backyard barbecues because both the <a href="" target="_blank">party platters</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">family meal boxes</a> are fifteen percent off this year, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Food &amp; Wine</a> </em>reported. You could get a platter of boneless wings or mozzarella sticks, or maybe your guests would prefer the family meal boxes of chicken caesar wraps and sweet potato fries. Head to the <a href="" target="_blank">TGI Fridays website</a> to see the full menu and start planning.</p><h2>Potbelly Sandwich Shop</h2><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Food &amp; Wine</em></a>, Potbelly is offering veterans and active military members a BOGO deal on sandwiches, salads, and <a href="" target="_blank">“pick-your-pair”</a> on May 26 and 27.</p><h2>Firebirds Wood Fired Grill</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Firebirds Wood Fired Grill</a> is celebrating Memorial Day with a BOGO meal deal. Invite a veteran, active duty service member or Gold Star to lunch or dinner on May 27 and they get a complimentary entree equal to or less than yours.</p><h2>Hooters</h2><p>While <a href="" target="_blank">Hooters</a> normally offers a 20 percent military discount on Tuesdays and a 10% military discount on Mondays, this Memorial Day, current and former U.S. military members can get a free entree with a drink purchase. On the Hooters Memorial Day Menu this year are 10-piece traditional wings, 10-piece boneless wings, a buffalo chicken sandwich, and more.</p><h2>Logan’s Roadhouse</h2><p>Active duty service members and veterans who go to <a href="" target="_blank">Logan’s Roadhouse</a> between 3 P.M. and 6 P.M. on May 27 can enjoy a free meal from the American Roadhouse Meals menu. The deal comes with one entree — BBQ Grilled Pork Chop, Smothered Roast Beef, Chopped Steak, and more — and two side dishes.</p><h2>McCormick &amp; Schmick’s Seafood &amp; Steaks</h2><p>This Memorial Day, <a href="" target="_blank">McCormick &amp; Schmick’s</a> is treating Gold Star parents and spouses, veterans, and active members of the U.S. Military and National Guard to a complimentary lunch or dinner. Bring your ID and you can get one free entree from their special Memorial Day menu, which includes salmon rigatoni, parmesan-crusted chicken, and tender beef medallions.</p><h2>Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse</h2><p>Military veterans and active duty personnel will get their <a href="" target="_blank">meal for half off on May 27</a>, and up to three of their guests can get 10% off.</p><h2>Ninety Nine Restaurant &amp; Pub</h2><p>Veterans and active duty military who purchase a meal this Memorial Day can <a href="" target="_blank">get another one for free</a> from the “9 Real Size Entrees for $9.99 Menu.” Bring a military ID or proof of service to have your pick of grilled pork ribeye steak, braised short rib tacos, and garlic parmesan chicken mac &amp; cheese, and please note that beverage, tax, and tip are not included in the deal.</p><h2>Rubio’s Coastal Grill</h2><p>Military and veterans who buy an entree at Rubio’s Coastal Grill on May 27 can get another one of equal or greater value. Bring <a href="" target="_blank">this coupon</a> and a military ID to enjoy the free meal.</p><h2>Texas de Brazil</h2><p>If you’re active duty military or a veteran, you can get 50% off your <a href="" target="_blank">Texas de Brazil</a> dinner from May 27-29. Bring up to eight non-military guests and they will each get 20% off their meal, too.</p><h2>Twin Peaks Sports Bar &amp; Restaurant</h2><p><a href=";theater" target="_blank">Twin Peaks</a> has a free select menu for active duty military and veterans Memorial Day. The deal is only available at participating restaurants.</p>
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23 Seriously Discounted Travel Finds Worth Grabbing From Nordstrom's Half-yearly Sale

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 12:05
<p>From now until June 2, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Nordstrom’s Half-yearly Sale</a> is here with some major deals you definitely won’t want to miss. There are hundreds of brand new markdowns on clothing and accessories for <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">women</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">men</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">kids</a> — plus deals on some of our favorite travel brands, like Herschel Supply Co. and Briggs &amp; Riley.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="">Tory Burch's Best-selling Foldable Travel Flats Are on Sale Right Now</a></p><p>Because we understand that you're busy, on-the-go people who don't have time to spend sifting through sale page upon sale page, our editors have highlighted the absolute best deals for travelers, many of which are on items we've already featured. And as always, the best finds — ahem, $119 off a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">two-piece luggage set</a> — are sure to sell quickly. So be sure to make your moves fast.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="">These Unique Statement Earrings Are the Only Summer Jewelry You’ll Need</a></p><p>From statement suitcases to must-have toiletry kits to super-organized weekender bags, these savings are not to be missed.</p><h3>Madewell Canvas Weekend Bag</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $113 (originally $188)</p><h3>Stella McCartney Logo Denim Cosmetics Pouch</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $189 (originally $315)</p><h3>Jansport 'Hatchet' Backpack</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $36 (originally $60)</p><h3>Nordstrom Chevron 29-Inch &amp; 18-Inch Spinner Luggage Set</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $180 (originally $299)</p><h3>Briggs &amp; Riley Transcend 400 Cabin Bag</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $165 (originally $219)</p><h3>Bric's Bellagio 2.0 27-Inch Rolling Spinner Suitcase</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $455 (originally $650)</p><h3>Sole Society Travel Faux Leather Wallet</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $15 (originally $30)</p><h3>Tumi 'Harrison-Webster' Backpack</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $580 (originally $725)</p><h3>Sole Society Mason Weekend Bag</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $54 (originally $90)</p><h3>Stoney Clover Lane Glow Small Silver Patent Cosmetics Bag</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $39 (originally $78)</p><h3>Nordstrom Men's Shop Tech-Smart Trim Fit Stretch Wool Travel Trousers</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $65 (originally $129)</p><h3>Rebecca Minkoff Nylon Duffle Bag</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $137 (originally $228)</p><h3>Herschel Supply Co. 23-Inch Small Trade Power Rolling Suitcase</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $162 (originally $270)</p><h3>Nordstrom Packable Nylon Duffle Bag</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $25 (originally $50)</p><h3>Tumi V3 International 22-Inch Expandable Spinner Carry-On</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $469 (originally $675)</p><h3>Rebecca Minkoff Weekend Nylon Duffel Bag</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $135 (originally $225)</p><h3>Tumi Alpha Bravo Nellis Backpack</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $339 (originally $425)</p><h3>Topo Designs Classic Duffle Bag</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $78 (originally $129)</p><h3>Tumi Alpha Bravo Aviano Leather Briefcase</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $480 (originally $600)</p><h3>Thule Subterra Toiletry Bag</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $40 (originally $50)</p><h3>Tumi Harrison Bates Backpack</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $280 (originally $400)</p><h3>Tumi V3 International 22-Inch Expandable Wheeled Carry-On</h3><img alt="Best Travel Deals From the Nordstrom Half-yearly Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $469 (originally $675)</p>
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Uber Is Now Offering On-demand Submarine Service at the Great Barrier Reef

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 12:01
<p>For non-diving travelers who want to see all the treasures the <a href="" target="_blank">Great Barrier Reef</a> has to offer, Uber is making dreams come true. The company, in partnership with <a href="" target="_blank">Queensland, Australia</a>, is now servicing the world’s largest coral reef system via submersible.</p><p>For four weeks, travelers can now use their Uber app to hail a <a href="" target="_blank">scUber</a>, the world’s first ridesharing submarine. “Barry” is a Stingray SR-500-1 that Uber is borrowing, along with its crew, from <a href="" target="_blank">Aquatica Submarines</a>.</p><img alt="Uber brings a submarine to Australia's Great Barrier Reef "src=""><p>In addition to the driver, who will be rated like any other Uber driver, Barry seats two passengers. The one-hour round-trip ride will begin in select Queensland cities. All riders have to do is input their destination address as the Great Barrier Reef. Then, an Uber operator will call to confirm that they didn’t order the unusual ride by mistake. (The call is also essential because Uber needs to know the riders’ weights.) The fare – $2,060 USD for two people – includes transport by helicopter to Barry’s exact departure point.</p><img alt="Uber brings a submarine to Australia's Great Barrier Reef "src=""><p>The best part might be that Uber will match every fare with a donation to <a href="" target="_blank">Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef</a>. The Cairns-based conservation group works to protect the reef which is larger than Italy and roughly half the size of Texas. In fact, the reef is so big it can be seen from space. Unfortunately, despite its size, it’s particularly vulnerable. Threats include climate change, coral bleaching and overtourism. Currently, it attracts more than 2 million annual visitors, and according to the <a href="" target="_blank">Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority</a>, it has created 70,000 jobs.</p><p>Queensland Tourism and Events says scUber has limited availability and will only be available through June 18.</p><p>After that, who knows where Uber will go next? After all, the world has six more natural wonders. Soon, travelers could be using the app to hail a donkey to carry them down to the bottom of the <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Canyon</a> or a team of sherpas to help them reach the summit of Mount Everest.</p>
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The Best Places to Go Whale Watching This Summer

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 11:01
<p>There’s something magical about whales. It may be the fact that one species – the blue whale – is the <a href="" target="_blank">largest animal on Earth</a>, reaching as much as 100 feet in length and weighing as much as 300,000 pounds. Or maybe it’s that whales are warm blooded, breathe air, and nurse their young — yet manage to live in the ocean, with some species <a href="" target="_blank">diving over 600 feet</a> to hunt while holding their breath for up to an hour and a half.</p><p>Above all, whales are elusive. However, most migrate toward the equator to breed and give birth in where its warm before heading to the poles to feed in food-rich waters. Because of these migrations, whale watching hot spots vary by season and by hemisphere. For your best shot at spotting one of these majestic creatures, plan a trip to one (or more) of the world’s best summer whale watching destinations below.</p><h2>The Azores, Portugal</h2><img alt="Whale Watching "src=""><p><strong>When to go:</strong> April to October</p><p><strong>What you can see:</strong> Sperm, humpback, blue, and fin whales</p><p>It might take an extra flight to get to the Azores, which are part of Portugal but sit in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, but serious whale watchers are rewarded with almost guaranteed whale sightings in season. Sperm whales <a href="" target="_blank">live off the largest island</a> of Sao Miguel year-round and sightings of humpback, blue, and fin whales are common. Tour operators like <a href="" target="_blank">Moby Dick</a> even boast a satisfaction-guaranteed tour policy.</p><h2>Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, Canada</h2><img alt="Whale Watching "src=""><p><strong>When to go:</strong> June to October, but August is best</p><p><strong>What you can see:</strong> Fin, humpback, minke, and the northern right whale</p><p>The Bay of Fundy boasts over <a href="" target="_blank">12 whale species</a> making it easily one of the best whale-watching spots in eastern Canada. Here, visitors often spot fin, humpback, minke, and northern right whales. The latter is one of the most endangered whale species in the world – so avid whale watchers will be happy to know that according to National Geographic, the bay attracts the <a href=";sf211898942=1" target="_blank">largest population</a> of North Atlantic right whales in the world.</p><h2>Hervey Bay, Australia</h2><img alt="Whale Watching "src=""><p><strong>When to go:</strong> Late-July to October</p><p><strong>What you can see:</strong> Humpback whales</p><p>In late summer, humpback whales on their way to Antarctica to feed stop in Hervey Bay where they can <a href="" target="_blank">grow their young</a> in safe waters. Although humpbacks are the most common during this season, the Australian site <a href="" target="_blank">Wild About Whales</a> says that minke, orcas, pygmy sperm whales, and Bryde’s whales have also been spotted in Australian waters.</p><h2>Saguenay, Quebec, Canada</h2><img alt="Whale Watching "src=""><p><strong>When to go: </strong>June to September</p><p><strong>What you can see:</strong> Beluga, humpback, and blue whales</p><p>This whale-watching spot is actually a <a href="" target="_blank">marine park</a> that’s the year-round home to around <a href=";sf211898942=1" target="_blank">1,000 beluga whales</a> – a <a href="" target="_blank">particularly intelligent</a> species of whale. During high season, around 13 additional whale species come to feed in preparation for the long winter migration. The safe haven is also home to the world’s largest animal, the blue whale.</p><h2>Husavik, Iceland</h2><img alt="Whale Watching "src=""><p><strong>When to go: </strong>May to August</p><p><strong>What you can see:</strong> Minke and humpback whales</p><p>To catch migratory whales in the summer, you’ll might have to head north yourself. During the <a href="" target="_blank">warmer months</a> in northern Iceland, minke and humpback whales <a href="" target="_blank">come to feed</a>. Husavik is also a biologist research station to study the communication patterns of whales, so those interested, can learn as well as whale watch.</p><h2>Gorgona Island, Colombia</h2><img alt="Whale Watching "src=""><p><strong>When to go: </strong>June to October</p><p><strong>What you can see:</strong> Humpback whales</p><p>The entire Pacific coast of Colombia is <a href="" target="_blank">whale-rich</a> during the summer season. Since the coast of Colombia is near the equator, its warm waters sees whales coming north from the Southern Hemisphere to breed and give birth. <a href="" target="_blank">Gogona Island</a> is one of the country’s best whale-watching destinations as humpback whales and their calves hide out in the safe haven provided by the National Natural Park of Gorgona.</p><h2>Disko Bay, Greenland</h2><img alt="Whale Watching "src=""><p><strong>When to go:</strong> June to August</p><p><strong>What you can see:</strong> Humpback, minke, fin, beluga, narwhals, and bowhead whales</p><p>In Greenland, rarely seen whale species – like narwhals and bowhead whales – live alongside another dozen or so <a href="" target="_blank">species</a>. In the summer season, you’re more likely to see humpback, minke, and fin whales – although since bowhead whales are typically <a href="" target="_blank">non-migratory</a>, you may luck out and spot one.</p>
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How to Prevent and Cure Motion Sickness, According to Frequent Travelers

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 10:30
<p>There’s an unpleasant sense of perpetual apprehension for those of us who are prone to motion sickness. You never know which flight is going to turn turbulent or when a snorkeling trip is going to start to get a bit too rough. And once your brain starts going down the nausea path, it’s hard to derail it.</p><p>Luckily, there are measures that can be taken to mitigate motion sickness even before you go.</p><p>Start by choosing your seat carefully. You want to keep your inner ear stable by finding the seat with the least movement possible, whether that’s over the wing on an airplane, in the front seat of a car or bus, or facing forward on the lower level of a train. On a boat, it’s near the middle of the vessel on a lower deck. A position near a window for both a breeze and sightline to the horizon is also helpful.</p><p>As boarding time approaches, make sure you’re physically in top condition. That means ideally a good night’s sleep, proper hydration, and a light, easily digested pre-trip meal low in fat. If you’re showing up to the airport hungover and stuffing a burrito in your face, even the best seat selection won’t save you.</p><p>Once you’re in motion, if you start to feel wobbly, look out at a fixed point on the horizon — not at something close-up, like a book or your phone. Take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth, a refrain that will feel familiar if you’ve ever taken a yoga class. Put in some music or <a href="" target="_blank">an audiobook</a> or try to carry on a conversation with your travel buddy to distract yourself (and your ears).</p><p>If that’s not cutting it, then it might be time to enlist some extra help. Consider stocking a pouch beforehand with some preventative items so that you don’t have to take your eyes off the horizon to dig for — or to grab a plastic bag if none of this ends up working.</p><p>Here are some favorite items from both medical professionals and travelers that we spoke to. Remember that we, here at T+L, aren’t doctors, so always consult your own physician before beginning a new routine.</p><h2>Natural Motion Sickness Remedies</h2><p><strong>Ginger Candy</strong></p><img alt="Motion Sickness Remedies That Really Work "src=""><p>Ginger is well-known for its anti-nausea properties, with many travelers toting ginger candies or teas in their carryons. “The Gin Gins brand is my personal favorite,” said Amina Dearmon of Perspectives Travel. “I eat one as soon as I feel turbulence, if I'm getting car sick, or on rough seas. They're also just tasty and a good alternative to grabbing candy at the airport.”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlmotionsicknessremedies-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B015NEJPDU&amp;linkId=26851344730bed9c6f0a4337802b7c3d"></a>, $12</p><p><strong>Tea</strong></p><img alt="Motion Sickness Remedies That Really Work "src=""><p>“I always travel with ginger chews and teas that soothe the stomach, especially mint and chamomile,” said Ashley Blake, founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Traverse Journeys</a>. Bonus: If you bring your own travel mug, you can get hot water in the airport or on the plane to save money and plastic.</p><p>To buy: (peppermint tea) <a href=";tag=tlmotionsicknessremedies-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0009F3PJ4&amp;linkId=513383e6d3729b4b679f99d6711e1806" target="_blank"></a>, (ginger tea) <a href=";tag=tlmotionsicknessremedies-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0009F3S7I&amp;linkId=e8fa19356fa9eaa9df5e0810e9f92ef7" target="_blank"></a>, (chamomile tea) <a href=";tag=tlmotionsicknessremedies-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B000F4DKCG&amp;linkId=87cb69058d04abda624cf66aef257f0b" target="_blank"></a></p><p><strong>Peppermint Essential Oil</strong></p><img alt="Motion Sickness Remedies That Really Work "src=""><p>Peppermint is a frequent runner-up in the soothing category. If you prefer to smell rather than taste, try dabbing peppermint oil on your skin, particularly at pulse points, or just smelling the open bottle.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlmotionsicknessremedies-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00028MKRQ&amp;linkId=088e178e90d108bb1ec474a8f3e12eda" target="_blank"></a>, $7</p><p><strong>Travel Tonic</strong></p><img alt="Motion Sickness Remedies That Really Work "src=""><p>“I swear by Dr. Singha's Travel Tonic, an Aryuvedic-based tincture that is a blend of roots and herbs that calm the nerves, sooth the heart and aid in anti-nausea,” said Blake. “I take a dropperful starting about an hour before the flight then every few hours throughout.”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlmotionsicknessremedies-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B006XK5NFI&amp;linkId=8852ac3d64d6cc17ce2c9e736d674952"></a>, $17</p><h2>Motion Sickness Relief Bands</h2><p><strong>Sea Bands</strong></p><img alt="Motion Sickness Remedies That Really Work "src=""><p>These squishy sweatband-style accessories are a traveler favorite (and my personal first line of defense). “I used to work onboard cruise ships where motion sickness was common, and we had a treatment plan that was guaranteed to work: acupuncture to points on the stomach channel to help nausea and vomiting,” said licensed acupuncturist Kerry Boyle.</p><p>“Sea Bands are applied at the acupressure point Nei Guan, or Pericardium 6. This point is located on the inside (or palm up) side of the forearm, in the midway point between the two tendons, just three finger breadths up from the wrist. Apply pressure for at least 60 seconds to this point, or wear Sea Bands, during travel to reduce motion sickness.”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlmotionsicknessremedies-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00J6P9U2Y&amp;linkId=9245fdb44af3017ac8a7b41e2197e72c"></a>, $16</p><p><strong>Psi Bands</strong></p><img alt="Motion Sickness Remedies That Really Work "src=""><p>If you prefer plastic to fabric, Psi Bands utilize the same acupressure principals as Sea Bands in a slightly different form.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlmotionsicknessremedies-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00WF9YXP2&amp;linkId=3aaa1f826fcb4c302590b1d6645f56fa"></a>, $13</p><p><strong>Reliefband</strong></p><img alt="Motion Sickness Remedies That Really Work "src=""><p>This high-tech wristband takes the Sea Bands concept to the next level, using neuromodulation technology with targeted gentle pulses to the underside of the wrist.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlmotionsicknessremedies-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07HCNG86V&amp;linkId=a481d41698be1b41591618ee03bb8748" target="_blank"></a>, $175</p><h2>Pharmaceutical Motion Sickness Remedies</h2><p><strong>Bonine</strong></p><img alt="Motion Sickness Remedies That Really Work "src=""><p>“I take Bonine 24 hours in advance of any offshore passage and typically use during the first day or two of sailing until I settle into the gentle rhythms of the sea,” said <a href="" target="_blank">Lisa Dorenfest</a>, who is currently circumnavigating the globe under sail with 360 degrees of longitude under her belt. “There is slight drowsiness (and some intense dreaming) during the first 24 hours of use, though far less in comparison to similar products.”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlmotionsicknessremedies-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00DMBTZQO&amp;linkId=f823603aaf9277296d3fd8e21c606962"></a>, $13</p><p><strong>Benadryl</strong></p><img alt="Motion Sickness Remedies That Really Work "src=""><p>“I love to scuba but chumming fish because of seasickness is not pleasant,” said Sheryl Hill, CEO of travel preparedness company <a href="" target="_blank">Depart Smart</a>. “My doctor advised me to take Benadryl the night before traveling by car/boat/plane. Best advice ever.”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlmotionsicknessremedies-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B001F1DV72&amp;linkId=e81667e733f15713c3d02777d925b712"></a>, $7</p><p><strong>MQ Patch</strong></p><img alt="Motion Sickness Remedies That Really Work "src=""><p>“I have sailed over 3,000 nautical-miles in the past six months, and no longer have an issue with seasickness while offshore when wearing these patches,” said <a href="" target="_blank">Captain Mandy Rosello</a>. “I can cook, clean, read, and most importantly work the sails and man the helm with no issues in almost any sea state. They even work if nausea has already set in.”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlmotionsicknessremedies-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00S9FSPOG&amp;linkId=16a2511eb2ca41d8d9acfc123d383d77" target="_blank"></a>, $11</p>
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The Best Wrinkle-resistant Travel Clothes, According to Thousands of Customers

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 10:16
<p>One of the worst parts of traveling, besides long security lines and <a href="" target="_blank">getting stuck in the dreaded middle seat</a>, has to be dealing with wrinkled clothes. When you’ve just spent time and money traveling to a new destination, the last thing you want to do is waste time ironing or <a href="" target="_blank">steaming your clothes</a> in your hotel room. And that’s why we love wrinkle-resistant garments so much. These easy-breezy pieces have been specially designed to stay smooth and wrinkle-free no matter how crumpled they get in transit.</p><p>While many <a href="" target="_blank">clothing items say they are wrinkle-free</a>, most are not as travel-friendly as they claim to be. So, to help you avoid spending money on clothing that will leave you looking like a rumpled mess, we turned to reviews from real customers to see which pieces actually stayed wrinkle-free through long flights and overstuffed suitcases.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">We Found Your New Go-to Travel Wallet — and It’s Only $10 on Amazon</a></p><p>The best part? These top-rated pieces are not only wrinkle-resistant, but they are super comfortable and versatile too. Plus, it helps that they have thousands of near-perfect ratings and countless glowing reviews between them.</p><p>From comfy <a href="" target="_blank">lightweight travel pants</a> to a sleek tailored blazer and a soft and cozy sweater, keep reading to see which wrinkle-resistant clothes will keep you looking sleek and polished on all your travels.</p><h2>Best Travel Pants: Everlane The Italian GoWeave Easy Pants</h2><img alt="Everlane The Italian GoWeave Easy Pants "src=""><p>Along with a wrinkle-resistant fabric, these Everlane trousers boast an elastic waistband and a loose comfortable silhouette — making them perfect for traveling. The relaxed pants range in size from 00 to 16 and come in three versatile colors that will match everything else in your suitcase. Over 690 customers have given the cute bottoms an impressive 4.5-star rating, with one saying, “I travel a lot for work so I wear these with sneakers in the airport and switch to heels when I land, which — pairing them with a T-shirt and blazer — makes my travel wardrobe so easy. In warm weather, I can dress them down with Birkenstocks and a tank for a Sunday brunch and again I feel like they look cool without trying...these pants rule!”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $88</p><h2>Best Maxi Dress: Show Me Your Mumu Hacienda Convertible Gown</h2><img alt="Show Me Your Mumu Hacienda Convertible Gown "src=""><p>Not only is this Show Me Your Mumu dress wrinkle-free, but it can also be worn two different ways. Wear it as a strapless tube dress or pull the elasticized neckline over your arms for a pretty off-the-shoulder silhouette. The stylish maxi dress is a great option to pack for special occasion trips and destination weddings alike. One happy shopper said, “Fun easy dress to wear. I have chosen then for a wedding on the beach. It is super comfortable and lightweight. Even with the lightweight fabric the dress hangs nice and is flattering to the figure. Does not wrinkle easily, will be nice to travel with. The pattern is fun and colorful without being too bright.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $172</p><h2>Best Blazer: Ministry of Supply Kinetic Blazer</h2><img alt="Ministry of Supply Kinetic Blazer "src=""><p>This sleek blazer from Ministry of Supply is designed not to wrinkle no matter how crumpled up it gets. The tailored piece is also water-repellant and moisture wicking to keep you cool and dry, and it is built to move with you. It comes in three classic colors and ranges in size from 0 to 14. “The jacket looks great and all the performance features live up to their promises. I've worn this in long car rides and still looked presentable for court,” raved one shopper.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $275</p><h2>Best Straight-leg Pant: Beyond Proper by Boston Proper Wrinkle-resistant Straight Leg Pant</h2><img alt="Beyond Proper by Boston Proper Wrinkle-resistant Straight Leg Pant "src=""><p>Business travelers will love these tailored trousers from Beyond Proper by Boston Proper. The chic pull-on pants are comfortable, water-resistant, and super stretchy. Not only will you never have to worry about creases and wrinkles, but the straight-leg silhouette will keep you looking sleek and polished everywhere you go. “Very comfortable and runs a little big. They look very professional, no wrinkles. I wore them to work with the matching jacket and got many compliments. The material feels like high quality. Worth the money,” said one Amazon customer.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlwrinklefreeclothesrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=f3373b380d11cf992424ea857465d2e4"></a>, $60</p><h2>Best Jumpsuit: Patagonia Fleetwith Jumpsuit</h2><img alt="Patagonia Fleetwith Jumpsuit "src=""><p>How cute is this jumpsuit from Patagonia? The one-and-done piece is made from a quick-drying, wrinkle-resistant material that is also incredibly soft and cozy. The best part? It’s extremely versatile too! You can easily dress the jumpsuit up with heels and a cute jacket or keep things casual and wear them during long sightseeing days. “Style, quality and flattering fit! This jumpsuit is a winner all the way around,” raved one customer.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $119</p><h2>Best Daytime Dress: Eddie Bauer Departure Sleeveless Shirt Dress</h2><img alt="Eddie Bauer Departure Sleeveless Shirt Dress "src=""><p>This shirt dress by Eddie Bauer is not only super cute and comfortable, but it is wrinkle-free too — making it a great option to always have packed in your suitcase. The adorable frock also boasts a back pleat for more room to move, moisture-wicking technology, and <a href="">UPF 50 protection</a>. It ranges in size from XS to XXL and comes in three chic neutral colors. One customer called it a “high quality and flattering dress, that will be great for travel and summer wear,” while another said it’s a “lightweight, wrinkle-free dress that looks great on and is easy to pack in a bag.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $80</p><h2>Best Skirt: Tory Sport Tech Knit Skirt</h2><img alt="Tory Sport Tech Knit Skirt "src=""><p>We’re obsessed with this gorgeous Tory Sport striped skirt. The A-line silhouette is flattering, and the vertical stripes and pleats will help elongate your frame. It comes in two cute colorways that will add a pop of color to all your travel Instagrams. And, most importantly, the substantial knit fabric is specially designed to not lose its shape or wrinkle even in the most crowded of suitcases.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $248</p><h2>Best Wrap Dress: Everlane Japanese GoWeave Wrap Dress</h2><img alt="Everlane Japanese GoWeave Wrap Dress "src=""><p>This pretty wrap dress from Everlane has earned itself a 4.7-star rating for a reason. Along with its lightweight, wrinkle-free fabric, the sleek frock comes in five different colors and ranges in size from 00 to 16. “I recently purchased the Japanese GoWeave short sleeve wrap dress and it fits beautifully. The fabric has a great weight to it, I love the fact that it is wrinkle-resistant and will be using this dress to take on holidays soon. The tie at the waist defines that area in a great way. Length is just right and the quality of this dress has not disappointed. Love it,” said one glowing five-star review.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $100</p><h2>Best Travel Scarf: White and Warren Cashmere Travel Wrap</h2><img alt="White and Warren Cashmere Travel Wrap "src=""><p>Cashmere is not only super luxe and soft, but it is also known for being one of the best naturally wrinkle-resistant fabrics, which is why we love this White and Warren Travel Wrap so much. <a href="">The cozy accessory is one of our travel must-haves</a> thanks to its versatility, too. You can use it as a blanket on the plane, a scarf on chillier days, and a cute shawl on nights out on the town. Plus, you can throw it in your suitcase and never worry about it looking disheveled.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $209</p><h2>Best Cardigan: Eileen Fisher Simple Long Cardigan</h2><img alt="Eileen Fisher Simple Long Cardigan "src=""><p>It’s always a smart idea to have a cozy cardigan packed in your bag, and this Eileen Fisher option is one of our favorites. The comfy topper comes in both regular and petite sizes, and it’s made from a wrinkle-resistant Tencel fabric that is perfect for travel. The versatile piece can be worn with everything from laidback jeans to dressy LBDs. One customer said, “My summer travel wardrobe has found its perfect cover up! A sweater was going to work best for our long flight, and I was set on white. This is soft, not heavy, and wrinkle-resistant. To Europe and beyond!”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $223</p><h2>Best Button Up Top: Frank and Oak Everyday Camp Collar Blouse</h2><img alt="Frank and Oak Everyday Camp Collar Blouse "src=""><p>This cute button down by Frank and Oak is made from a sustainable Tencel fabric that is soft, comfortable, and wrinkle-free. The short sleeve silhouette makes it a great layering piece that can easily be dressed up or down. I personally own the top and always travel with it because it is incredibly soft, lightweight, and legitimately never wrinkles — no matter how crumpled it gets in my overnight bag.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $60 (originally $80)</p><h2>Best Shorts: Eddie Bauer Willit Stretch Legend Wash Shorts</h2><img alt="Eddie Bauer Willit Stretch Legend Wash Shorts "src=""><p>These adorable Eddie Bauer shorts are the perfect bottoms to pack for all your summer travels. Not only are the cute bottoms wrinkle-resistant, but they are super soft and stretchy too. Plus, they have plenty of roomy pockets to store all your essentials. You can choose between six stylish colors and sizes range from 2 to 20. “I have bought these shorts for two years now. The quality is fantastic, the length is perfect for me, not too long but not too short. The colors are rich but not to wild. They are made of durable thick fabric and don't wrinkle. These are a true 5 star pair of shorts,” said one customer.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $34 (originally $45)</p><h2>Best Blouse: Fig Clothing Bom Top</h2><img alt="Fig Clothing Bom Top "src=""><p>This cute top from Fig Clothing is part of the brand’s Voyage Collection, so it was specially designed to to be travel-ready. The flattering top is made with an eco-friendly fabric that is super soft, wrinkle-resistant, and has UPF 50+ sun protection for hot summer days. Over 40 customers have liked it at Zappos, giving the sleek shirt a four-star rating.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $74</p>
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The World’s First Vertical Theme Park Will Bring ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Twilight’ to Life

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 09:44
<p>Things were simpler in 2012. We didn’t have Laurel or Yanny. The most decisive debate was Team Edward or Team Jacob. And now the debate is about to be reignited.</p><p>The world’s first vertical theme park will open in <a href="" target="_blank">China</a> this summer, featuring attractions from “<a href="" target="_blank">The Hunger Games</a>” and “Twilight” franchises.</p><p>Lionsgate Movie World will be a 10-story attraction in Zhuhai, featuring 25 rides and virtual reality experience from the Lionsgate Studio universe. Inside the theme park, visitors will be able to virtually ride a motorcycle like they’re Jacob from “Twilight” or make themselves over with hair, makeup and manicures in The Capitol lobby from the “Hunger Games.”</p><p>“We created experiences that are immersive, that tell stories and are organic to the brands,” Jenefer Brown, senior vice president of Global Live and Location Based Entertainment at Lionsgate, <a href="" target="_blank">told the Associated Press</a>. “It’s a mix of all the cutting-edge attractions that you’ll find in entertainment right now.”</p><p>“Twilight” fans who side on Team Edward can board Bella’s Journey, an indoor ride that will highlight key moments from the series, including Bella’s relationship with her vampire husband.</p><p>“Hunger Games” fans will be able to ride The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Flight Rebel Escape. The 3D motion simulator ride will take fans through the streets of the Hunger Games world to a hovercraft that flies over The Capitol. Themed restaurants will immerse guests in the unique visuals (and taste!) of the franchise.</p><p>The studio chose Zhuhai as the location for its theme park because of its proximity to <a href="" target="_blank">Macau</a>, often called “China’s Las Vegas.”</p><p>The park expects to welcome 1.5 million visitors by the end of the year after its summer opening. </p>
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This Is the Best Beach in the U.S., According to Dr. Beach

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 08:42
<p>With its bright turquoise waters, white powder sands, and calm waters, Oahu’s <a href="" target="_blank">Kailua Beach Park</a> has just been named the best beach in America by '<a href="" target="_blank">Dr. Beach</a>'.</p><p>Coastal scientist and Florida International University professor Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman has been ranking the best beaches across the country under the alias for almost 30 years, using 50 different factors to determine the top spots. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Factors</a> range from water cleanliness and temperature to sand softness, views and vistas offered, and safety. Kailua took the top spot thanks to its combination of gentle waves that make it ideal for families, available activities ranging from kayaking to paddleboarding, and its available facilities. </p><p>The area hosts lifeguards, free parking, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and volleyball courts along with kayak rentals, as <a href="" target="_blank">kayaking</a> to nearby offshore islands is a popular activity. Meanwhile, the nearby village of Kailua offers a range of restaurants and to-go options to take straight to the beach. </p><p>Two other beaches in Hawaii made list: Oahu’s <a href="" target="_blank">Duke Kahanamoku Beach</a> in fifth place and the Big Island’s <a href="" target="_blank">Hapuna Beach State Park</a> in eighth place.</p><p>North Carolina's <a href="" target="_blank">Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach</a>, which is Leatherman's personal favorite getaway beach, came in at second place, with Ocracoke Island hosting what Leatherman says are some of the country's <a href="" target="_blank">"wildest beaches."</a> </p><p>Florida’s <a href="" target="_blank">Grayton Beach State Park</a> — a natural paradise filled with large sand dunes, emerald waters, and white sands — and <a href="" target="_blank">New York’s Coopers Beach</a>, a wide beach with white quartz sand and grass-covered dunes, rounded out the top five.</p><p>Below are the top 10 best beaches in America.</p><h2>America's Top 10 Beaches: </h2>Kailua Beach Park—Hawaii Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach—North Carolina Grayson Beach State Park—Florida Coopers Beach—New York Duke Kahanamoku Beach—Hawaii Coast Guard Beach — Massachusetts Caladesi Island State Park — Florida Hapuna Beach State Park —Hawaii Coronado Beach —CaliforniaKiawah Beachwalker Park — South Carolina <p><a href="" target="_blank">Leatherman</a>, who had a love of sand from a young age and even had the largest backyard sand box in Charlotte, North Carolina at one point, has been traveling to beaches for years, eventually leading to the start of the list in 1991. </p>
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