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You Can Travel Around Italy for Less Than $25 This Fall

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<p>Visiting Italy is a bit like discovering the discography of a prolific musician. You’ve got to check out the greatest hits before you can delve into the deep cuts.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Florence</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Venice</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Rome</a> are Italy’s most popular tourist destinations for good reason. They all boast fantastic history, a rich culture and exquisite food. And now you can visit all three for only about $23 (€20).</p><p><a href=";utm_campaign=1286103&amp;utm_source=affiliate_ir_God%20Save%20The%20Points&amp;irmptype=mediapartner&amp;ircid=7385&amp;iradname=Online%20Tracking%20Link&amp;ClickId=wmxVK3XAa2Hyy17VfXxaXXH3UkjSbfQxI0DkWU0" target="_blank">GoEuro</a>, a European booking site, has partnered with <a href="" target="_blank">Italo Traino</a> to offer deep discounts on high-speed trains between Italy’s most popular cities. The site is also offering one-way trains between the cities starting at about $11 (€9.99) for those looking for more flexibility in their travel plans.</p><p>In order to make the prices work, you’ll have to start in either Florence or Rome, with a Venice stop in the middle. If you book train travel between the three cities, the price of the tickets will stay at $23 (€20) if you book “open jaw.” It will increase to $46 (€40) if you book a return train to your origin city.</p><p>The tickets are on sale through August 31, for travel from October 17 through December 8. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.</p>
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This Luxury Cave House Is Built Into a Mountain — and You Can Rent It for Your Next Vacation (Photos)

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<p><a href="" target="_blank">The Beckham Creek Cave House</a>, located in the <a href="" target="_blank">Arkansas Ozarks</a>, has long welcomed visitors to come and stay inside a very unique dwelling inside a natural cavern.</p><p>Guests can book a stay in this amazing abode, but there's more. The one-of-a-kind residence is now up for sale and can be yours for a cool $2.75 million.</p><img alt="Beckham Cave House in Arkansas "src=""><img alt="Beckham Cave House in Arkansas "src=""><p>The cave house has <a href="" target="_blank">real estate listing</a>four bedrooms and four bathrooms</p> inside nearly 6,000 square feet of living space. The property, which was recently remodeled, also has an indoor waterfall sourced from an “under-the-floor spring originating from <a href="" target="_blank">deep within the heart of the cave</a>,” along with its own geothermal heating system.</p><p>The kitchen is state-of-the-art, and there is a large custom-built wooden bar for guests to come and gather around.</p><img alt="Beckham Cave House in Arkansas "src=""><p>In the living room, guests can <a href="" target="_blank">enjoy a movie or seven</a> in the giant 75-inch LED television mounted into the cavern’s walls.</p><p>The plush queen size beds in the bedrooms and oversized bathrooms with rain showers add to the experience.</p><img alt="Beckham Cave House in Arkansas "src=""><img alt="Beckham Cave House in Arkansas "src=""><img alt="Beckham Cave House in Arkansas "src=""><p>Outside the home there is a barn, along with an apartment above the horse stables, a helicopter landing pad — because who doesn’t need one of those — and a spring-fed lake. In total, the property encompasses about 260 acres.</p><p>And the entire place is nestled deep within the Ozarks, making this a retreat perfect for a nature lover.</p><img alt="Beckham Cave House in Arkansas "src=""><img alt="Beckham Cave House in Arkansas "src=""><p>The home currently rents for <a href="" target="_blank">$1,200 a night</a> in low season (December to March), and <a href="" target="_blank">$1,600 a night</a> in high season (April to November).</p>
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Princess Charlotte Could Inherit This Super Rare Royal Title

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<p>It can be tough being the middle child. Just ask Princess Charlotte.</p><p>The adorable daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, won’t be the ruler of the United Kingdom. That role will most likely go to her big brother, <a href="" target="_blank">Prince George</a>. And, she’s no longer the adorable baby in the family that everyone dotes over. That role now belongs to her little brother, <a href="" target="_blank">Prince Louis</a>.</p><p>But, there’s one thing Princess Charlotte will get one day that her brothers won't: A totally badass title.</p><p>When Princess Charlotte was born, she was given the title of Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. She will carry this title until her father takes over the throne after her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and her grandfather, Prince Charles, and her great-aunt Princess Anne all pass away.</p><p>At that time, Princess Charlotte will likely take over the title of Princess Royal, a title currently held by Princess Anne.</p><p>The title of Princess Royal doesn’t come with any real duties attached. Instead, it was created to make the first-born royal female in a family feel special.</p><p>“The title of Princess Royal is traditionally bestowed on the eldest daughter of the monarch," Duncan Larcombe, royal expert, and author of “<a href=";ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10067.a.19479777%5Bsrc%7C%5Bch%7C" target="_blank">Prince Harry: The Inside Story</a>,” told <em><a href="" target="_blank">Town and Country</a></em>. "It is a title that remains for life, so Princess Charlotte will have to wait at least until the death of the current Princess Royal.”</p><p>The title has existed since 1642 when King Charles I's wife Queen Henrietta created it for her daughter, Mary, who held the title until 1660. As <em><a href="" target="_blank">People</a></em> reported, there have only ever been seven Princess Royals in history, making the title not only cool but also rare.</p><p>The title does come with a catch: No one can simply inherit the title. In fact, the Queen waited until 1987, when Princess Anne turned 36, to bestow the title upon her. And Prince William will ultimately decide whether or not his daughter is worthy of the title as well. But it’s fair to say odds are in her favor.</p>
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This Instagram Account Shows How So Many Travel Photos Are Almost Exactly the Same

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<p>With more than 800 million monthly users on Instagram, it turns out it can be hard to do something original. And an account called <a href="" target="_blank">@InstaRepeat</a> is making a point of featuring carbon-copy photography.</p><p>The creator, who is allegedly a female filmmaker who wishes to remain anonymous, creates collages of Instagram photos from popular accounts that show how everyone gets the exact same shot. They're nearly identical places, in nearly identical poses, with nearly identical framing and light.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Design Boom</em> heralds the account</a> as a showcase of visual trends, and while that's true, it also calls everyone out — especially influencers — for being big old copycats.</p><p>Though really, the account isn’t here to shame people for taking like-minded photos, or to even shame influencers themselves. Instead, its purpose appears to be to get us all thinking a little more creatively.</p><p>“I think the account is meant to be observational and spark critique and dialogue about originality, art, photography, and the role of the 'social media influencer,” <a href="" target="_blank">the account’s creator told <em>Buzzfeed</em></a>.</p><p>The creator also said she'd started to see some new trends. “Shots of people standing on top of their cars, people splashing water out of their camp mugs, solitary red houses in the wilderness, and highland cows,” she said. “It's evidently a <em>must</em> to find and photograph one of these cows if you want to be popular on Instagram.”</p><p>In the end, Instagram and travel photography should be all about what makes you happy, not your followers. Though, if you really want to become Insta-famous maybe check out @InstaRepeat for inspiration on what works, and read a <a href="" target="_blank">few key pieces of advice from Influencers here before your next trip</a>. Or, you know, just <a href="" target="_blank">put down your phone and enjoy your vacation</a>.</p>
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This Hotel Invites Guests to Spend the Night in a Giant Wine Barrel

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 15:00
<p>Oenophiles the world over will be happy to know that they can now book a wine barrel for the night. In the small village of Sasbachwalden in Germany, people are invited to not only come to taste the region’s wine, but to sleep in the giant barrels they were once made in.</p><p>At <a href="" target="_blank">Schlafen im Weinfass</a>, guests can choose from five different barrels to spend an evening in. Each one comes with everything you need, including a comfortable bed, a fully functional bathroom, and a small rock garden patio to greet you at the door. And as <em><a href="" target="_blank">Inhabitat</a></em> noted, the barrels are also heated, so you can stay over any time of year.</p><img alt="Wine Barrel Sleeping in Germany at Schlafen im Weinfass "src=""><p>And while the barrels are an attraction themselves, the views aren't bad either: Inside, guests can look out from the bed to the enormous picture window that perfectly frames the vineyard below.</p><p>And if this sounds enticing, there are even more options around the world for wine barrel accommodations.</p><p>Travelers can spend an <a href="" target="_blank">evening in a barrel in Walla Walla, Washington</a>, on a private residence just up the road from wine country.</p><p>They can cozy up in another barrel in at the <a href="" target="_blank">Dutch Hotel De Vrouwe van Stavoren</a> in Stavoren, a town in the northern Netherlands.</p>
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Teens Can Get a Free Trip to Disney World — and Get a Career Jumpstart While They’re There

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 14:00
<p>Next spring, 100 teenagers will get to go on an all-expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World.</p><p>But there’s more to this trip than taking multiple spins on Space Mountain and eating an unlimited amount of <a href="" target="_blank">edible cookie dough</a> (although there will be time for that, too).</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Disney Dreamers Academy</a>, in partnership with Steve Harvey and <em>ESSENCE Magazine</em>, will select hardworking, creative, and passionate high school students to take part in its annual mentoring program from March 21 to March 24, 2019. Over the four days, Disney World will transform into a temporary classroom, and Dreamers between the ages of 13 and 19 will given the tools to pursue their dreams, however big or small.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Secret Attraction at Disney World That Most Guests Don’t Know About (Video)</a></p><p>So what all does this mentoring program entail? At the Disney Dreamers Academy, teens will attend presentations led by motivational speakers, celebrities, and business and community leaders; participate in immersive career workshops for industries like animation, culinary arts, journalism, business, and medicine; and develop their communication, networking, and interviewing skills.</p><p>Graduates of the program have found successful jobs in medicine, engineering, journalism, politics, and public relations.</p><p>Students will get to go on behind-the-scenes tours and explore the theme parks during their free time.</p><p>Think you or someone you know has what it takes? The deadline to apply is <a href="" target="_blank">October 31</a>.</p>
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From Cher to Mariah Carey to Lady Gaga to Aerosmith: All the Stars That Are Performing in Las Vegas

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 13:01
<p>Aerosmith announced this week that they will be returning to the stage — but not for a worldwide tour. Rather, the band is hoping you’ll come to them as part of their new Las Vegas residency at the Park Theater at MGM Grand starting in 2019.</p><p>“I feel like we've been out of the wind for a while and it seems like it would be a really cool thing to bring some of the history back, so the production is gonna look like that,” Aerosmith lead gutarist Joe Perry said on TODAY. “We want to bring a show we can't do when we're on the road on a regular tour. A show that still has Aerosmith and all the guts of Aerosmith.”</p><p>And Aerosmith isn’t the only game in town when it comes to epic Las Vegas residencies. Here are just a few of the stellar acts you can catch on the Strip.</p><h2>Celine Dion: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace</h2><p>With 400 Vegas shows under her belt, <a href="" target="_blank">Dion may be the queen of the Vegas residency</a>. Her show, which began in 2011, is still going strong at The Colosseum. However, if you want to see the Canadian diva in action you better act fast, as the residency is set to end in January of 2019.</p><h2>Mariah Carey: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace</h2><p>Also singing <a href="" target="_blank">at The Colosseum is superstar Mariah Carey</a>. Her show, according to Caesars, is a more intimate performance by Carey than fans have ever seen before. But fans can still expect her high-impact wardrobe changes throughout.</p><h2>Backstreet Boys: Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort &amp; Casino</h2><p>Backstreet’s back, alright! Everyone’s favorite ‘90s boy band (don’t come at me N’sync fans) is back and now available on the Vegas strip. <a href="" target="_blank">The show</a>, which began in 2017, features all the band’s favorite hits and even a couple of new songs. But, like Dion, these tickets won’t last forever as the band is expected to wrap up its residency in 2019.</p><h2>Jennifer Lopez: Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood</h2><p>Jennifer “J. Lo” Lopez is wrapping up <a href="" target="_blank">her own Vegas residency</a> on September 29. But, if you can score tickets, this high-voltage show is one well-worth seeing. The girl from the Bronx puts on one hell of a glitzy show that the 300,000-plus fans who have seen the show absolutely love.</p><h2>Blink 182: The Palms Las Vegas Residency</h2><p>Is it us, or is there a trend of ‘90s musical icons taking up residency in Vegas? Who cares, they’re all awesome, including Blink 182, who just began <a href="" target="_blank">their residency at The Palms</a>. The newly-renovated venue is perfect for the newly-renovated band now that Matt Skiba has taken over for <a href="" target="_blank">Tom Delonge</a>.</p><h2>Lady Gaga: Park Theater at Park MGM</h2><p>Lady Gaga will also soon be joining this jam-packed Vegas lineup with <a href="" target="_blank">her own residency at the Park Theater</a> at the Park MGM resort on December 28, 2018. Her show is expected to be filled with her dance classic hits, as well as stripped-down performances of her beloved songs. Tickets to her show are already on sale, and selling like hot cakes, so pick up yours now.</p><h2>Cher: Park Theater at Park MGM</h2><p>Last and definitely the MOST, Cher is continuing her Las Vegas performances this October and November. <a href="" target="_blank">Select dates only</a>, so if you want to see the Goddess of Pop, don't wait to buy your tickets and book the trip.</p><p>If you need a little more help figuring out what to do in Vegas, <a href="" target="_blank">check out T+L's guide to sin city</a>.</p>
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This Prairie Dress Makes for an Unexpectedly Perfect Travel Uniform

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 10:32
<p>It can be incredibly tempting to splurge on an outfit that seems perfect for an upcoming trip. We know; you have to have that sequin bikini for <a href="" target="_blank">Carnival</a>. And that Dolce &amp; Gabbana dress is begging to be packed for the Amalfi Coast. But after a few perfect pictures, is the splurge really worth it? I never saw the opportunity to wear either item again.</p><p>Instead, make your next investment piece an <em>actual</em> investment by treating yourself to something that’ll serve you well for all kinds of future destinations.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Rebecca Hessel Cohen</a>, the designer behind <a href="" target="_blank">LoveShackFancy</a>, knows a thing or two about “gypset” style. Globetrotting from one far-flung destination to the next is part of her life. Whether it’s a visit to the English countryside, a trot through the Upper East Side in <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a>, or a jaunt over to the beach in Ibiza, she’s somehow mastered that effortlessly dreamy and equally versatile wardrobe with a line of bohemian dresses and separates that deserve a suitcase spot on every adventure.</p><p>Below, here's how we'd take LoveShackFancy's romantic “Angie” dress from country to city to coast.</p><h2><br />Country Style</h2><img alt="how to wear a prairie dress "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em><br />Janessa Leone hat, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $180<br />Madewell belt, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $45<br />LoveShackFancy dress, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $475<br />Allude sweater, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $700<br />Olli Ella luggy, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $129<br />Gucci socks, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $255<br />The Row boots, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $595</p><h2>City Style</h2><img alt="how to wear a prairie dress "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em><br />Laura Lombardi hoops, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $110<br />Jennifer Behr bow barrette, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $152<br />LoveShackFancy dress, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $475<br />Madewell jean jacket, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $118<br />Vans slip-on, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $50<br />Blooming Dreamer basket, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $142<br />“Heart Talk” book, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $15</p><h2>Coastal Style</h2><img alt="how to wear a prairie dress "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em><br />Elder Statesman sweater, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $1,570<br />LoveShackFancy dress, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $475<br />LHD x Eres swim top, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $220<br />LHD x Eres swim bottom, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $195<br />Illesteva sunglasses, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $220<br />Brinker and Eliza earrings, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $88<br />Alienina bag, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $200<br />St. Agni sandals, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $130</p>
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United Will Soon Charge More for Economy Seats Toward the Front of the Plane

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 17:05
<p>United Airlines will soon begin charging extra for seats toward the front of the economy cabin, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Travel Weekly</em> reported</a>. The change comes with the introduction of <a href="" target="_blank">new corporate perks for business clients</a>.</p><p>Preferred corporate clients as well as passengers United's Mileage Plus Premier status will have access to booking the front economy seats without paying a fee, according to <em>Travel Weekly</em>. But regular economy passengers will now see these seats available only for an additional fee. If they don't want to pay, they can select a seat toward the back of the plane.</p><p>United, of course, isn’t alone in charging more for “select” economy seats. Budget airlines like Norwegian Air and Spirit Airlines charge an additional fee to select a specific seat ahead of time, as do legacy airlines like American when passengers buy <a href="" target="_blank">a basic economy ticket</a>. Etihad Airways now charges more for people to <a href="" target="_blank">select their seats in economy</a> class. With that airline, passengers can expect to pay $25 to select a standard seat.</p><img alt="United's preferred seating "src=""><p>United has not yet announced pricing for the front economy seats. However, according to <em>Travel Weekly</em>, if the seats are not yet filled by the time passengers are checking in, they will be available first come, first serve, no extra fee required.</p>
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Tourist Killed by Hippo While Taking a Photo in Kenya

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 12:32
<p>A <a href="" target="_blank">hippopotamus</a> attacked and killed a Taiwanese tourist who was attempting to take a picture over the weekend, according to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).</p><p>Chang Ming Chuang was tracking the hippo at <a href="" target="_blank">Lake Naivasha</a>, about 55 miles outside of Nairobi, when he was bitten and killed. A second companion was also bitten but survived.</p><p>The two were rushed to the hospital immediately following the incident, the <em><a href="" target="_blank">BBC reported</a></em>, and Chuang was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital due to profuse bleeding.</p><p>"Our officers tracked and shot the animal after the incident," KWS warden Nelson Cheruiyot told the <em>BBC</em>.</p><p>According to the head of a local boat owners’ association, hippos have been wandering further from their lakes this summer due to higher-than-normal water levels. They have sought out pasture at nearby hotels and farms.</p><p>Hippos <a href="" target="_blank">kill about 500 people in Africa every year</a>. This year alone, <a href="" target="_blank">six people have been killed</a> by hippos in the area surrounding Naivasha.</p><p>Despite sustaining themselves on a plant-based diet, <a href="" target="_blank">hippos can be very aggressive</a>. The <a href="" target="_blank">animals</a> are capable of cracking a canoe in half with the force of their jaws and can run at the same speed as a human when under distress.</p>
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You Can Actually Sit on Giant Lily Pads in This Taipei Park

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 12:01
<p>As Kermit the Frog once said, “It isn’t easy being green.” But if being green involves hanging out on a lily pad, we’ll take it any day.</p><p>At <a href="" target="_blank">Shuangxi Park in Taipei, Taiwan</a>, visitors can enjoy some time on the water living like the frogs do by hopping on giant lily pads during a special exhibition held by the City Parks and Street Lights Office (PSLO), <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Metro</em> reported</a>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">These Gorgeous, Giant Lily Pads Are Back 10 Years After Everyone Thought They Went Extinct</a></p><img alt=" A little girl rests on a giant leaf of a Victoria during an aquatic plants exhibition at the Shuangxi Park in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan "src=""><p>Huge Victoria Water Lily leaves are so large that small adults and children up to about 140 pounds can actually sit on them. The Horticulture Management Division for the city told <em><a href="" target="_blank">Taiwan News</a></em> that staff members have been caring for the rare plants to shield them from damage from weather and animals in the area, and some pads have grown to over five feet in diameter.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Why You Can No Longer Book a Flight From the U.S. to Taiwan</a></p><p>Since the plants are rare and deceptively delicate, people are only allowed to “sit” on the pads for about a minute before moving on. Staff also puts down a plastic barrier to protect the leaves, <em>Metro </em>reported.</p><p>The office has been holding similar events since 2014 that were well received, according to <em>Taiwan News</em>, but this year might be the last year they hold the event due to climate conditions and an inordinate amount of pests inhibiting the leaves’ growth.</p><p>“Cutworms and snails will eat the plants. If we don’t fight them, the leaves would be cut off while they are still small. There would be many tiny holes in the leaves, rendering them unable to grow,” PSLO officer Lin Chao-Chin told <em>Metro</em>.</p><img alt="Taipei's Taiwan. 11th Sep, 2014. A performer rests on a giant leaf of a Victoria during an aquatic plants exhibition at the Shuangxi Park in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan "src=""><p>However, the office is still holding 12 sessions to allow people to sit on the leaves, which began on the morning of Aug. 14. There will also be sessions on Aug. 16, 18, 21, 23, and 25. There will be two open sessions, one beginning at 9 a.m. and one beginning at 2 p.m.,<em> Taiwan News</em> reported. Only up to 60 people will be allowed for each session.</p><p>More information on registering for sessions and visiting the park can be found on the <a href=";s=4DE3356051584F3E&amp;sms=9D72E82EC16F3E64" target="_blank">event’s website</a>. The website is in Chinese and requires Google Translate for non-speakers.</p>
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Enjoy 30% off Stays at This Design-Forward Sleep in Jerusalem

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 11:16
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p><p>Israel: 30 percent off at the <a href="" target="_blank">Mamilla</a> hotel, a Moshe Safdie and Piero Lissoni-designed property in the heart of Jerusalem. Don’t miss the hammam and watsu pool at the pampering spa and the views of the Old City from the rooftop terrace.</p><p>Travel + Leisure Promotion includes:</p>A minimum of three nights in a Residence Suite<p>Original Price: From $810 per night</p><p><strong>T+L Price</strong>: From $567 per night; book now for stays between November 25, 2018 and February 28, 2019.</p><p>Booking details: Call 972.2.5482200 or email the reservations department directly at <a href=""></a>. Mention the booking code “TLSUITES” to receive the promotional rates. </p><p>Availability: Blackout dates from December 21, 2018 - January 3, 2019.</p>
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This River Cruise Company Is Going Adults Only

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 09:22
<p>Sorry, kids. <a href="" target="_blank">Viking River Cruises</a> are for adults only from now on.</p><p>The cruise line has updated its travel policy, raising the minimum age of travelers from 12 to 18 as of August 1, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Travel Weekly</em> reported</a>. Any customers who have booked before then (regardless of when they depart) but still have family members under 18 will still be able to travel on Viking through the end of 2019.</p><p>Otherwise, passengers must be 18 before their date of departure.</p><p>“Due to the nature of our cruise and travel itineraries, the carrier does not maintain facilities or services on our ships for individuals under the age of 18 years,” the <a href="" target="_blank">new policy states</a>.</p><p>The new change comes as a way to create uniformity across all of Viking’s lines — the company’s ocean liners already allows only travelers over 18.</p><p>“Viking has always offered experiences that are designed for travelers who are 50 and older, with interests in history, art, culture and exploration,” Richard Marnell, Viking's senior vice president of marketing, told <em>Travel Weekly</em>. “We had allowed a degree of flexibility in the minimum age for travel, but increasingly our guests have told us how much they appreciate an environment where they can travel without children.”</p><p>Every cruise line has different guidelines on age, so it’s important to check with the company about their age and other policies when booking.</p>
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Man Steals Plane, Crashes It Into His Own Home

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 08:19
<p>A Utah man died Monday after intentionally flying a Cessna 525 Citation Jet into his home. The man’s wife and her son were inside the home at the time of the crash but survived.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to CNN</a>, 47-year-old Duane Youd, the pilot of the plane, had been arrested hours earlier by police in American Fork Canyon, located 35 miles south of Salt Lake City on suspicion of domestic assault.</p><p>“They had been drinking and an argument broke out and he started hitting her and some witnesses called in to police to say a guy was hitting a woman,” said Payson Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Noemi Sandoval.</p><p>However, Youd was released on bail around 1 a.m. at which time he went back to his home, picked up his belongings, got in his car, and left for the airport. Youd, who was the only person inside the plane, subsequently crashed the aircraft into the home an hour later.</p><p>“[The plane] just got lower and lower,” neighbor Slade Buhler told <a href="" target="_blank">Good 4 Utah</a>. “All of a sudden a huge ball of orange fire. I couldn't believe it.”</p><p>Youd’s other children were not inside the home, which he owned with his wife. <a href="" target="_blank">ABC reported</a> that he called his children prior to the crash to tell them to “go stay at their mother's house” instead, which they did.</p><p>According to Sandoval, Youd was a licensed pilot who flew professionally for a construction company, which is listed as the owner of the plane. The National Transportation Safety Board is assisting with the investigation.</p>
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A Hurricane Could Hit Hawaii Next Week

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 07:23
<p>Hurricane Lane, the sixth hurricane in the eastern Pacific so far this season, could make impact with Hawaii early next week.</p><p>Meteorologists predict that the hurricane could pass over Hawaii’s Big Island on Tuesday or Wednesday. If it passes directly over the state, residents could experience strong winds and coastal flooding. Although the storm could miss Hawaii, <a href="" target="_blank">the National Hurricane Center warns</a> that “hazardous conditions could occur outside” of the predicted path.</p><img alt="East Pacific Storms - NOAA "src=""><p>Here's a closer view of Hawaii, in the center:</p><img alt="Central Pacific Storms - NOAA "src=""><p>Earlier this month, Hurricane Hector was also predicted to hit Hawaii but the storm weakened into a Category 3 and <a href="" target="_blank">slid just south of the island</a>.</p><p>While there are still many different directions Lane could take, residents are urged to keep an eye on the storm, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Hawaii News Now</em> reported</a>. The storm is predicted to rapidly intensify over the coming days, due to its tight inner core and warm water below.</p><p>Hurricane Lane’s winds are currently in excess of 80 miles per hour — although it’s still about 1,500 from the coast of Hawaii. The impact of the storm will depend on how much latitude it gains as it moves through the Pacific, <a href="" target="_blank">according to</a>.</p><p>Hawaii is still battling the Kilauea Volcano eruption. Earlier this week, the U.S. Geological Survey reported a lull in volcanic activity, but Kilauea remains hazardous. There is still “active lava within crusted lava pond,” <a href="" target="_blank">according to the agency</a>. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed due to dangerous conditions.</p>
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Inside the Luxury Riad Where Madonna Celebrated Her 60th Birthday

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 06:00
<p>To celebrate her 60th birthday this week, Madonna rented out a riad in Marrakech. But unlike that one house rental you may have split with friends that one time, Madonna’s holiday rental was a 28-room luxury riad near the Marrakech medina.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">El Fenn</a> is located a few minutes’ walk away from the center Djemaa el Fna square. From the roof of the riad, guests have clear views of the Koutoubia Mosque minaret and the sizzling energy of the medina below.</p><p>El Fenn is a favorite among the fashion set for its unique interiors. Although the entire place is brimming with traditional Moroccan influence, the layout is unique. El Fenn is made up of several different buildings and courtyards. Every single room has its own special flair, decorated with vintage furniture and painted in different jewel tones.</p><p>Madonna is likely staying in one of the hotel’s two plunge pool rooms (<a href="" target="_blank">available starting at $718 per night</a>). The brightly festooned rooms come with a private terrace, private rooftop pool, and hand-stitched camel leather floors.</p><p>The hotel also features an on-site spa, which offers a traditional Moroccan hammam and black soap scrub.</p><p>In the days leading up to her birthday, Madonna spent time enjoying the city. She browsed the wares of the souks, including an encounter with bees on fresh honey.</p><p>And wandered the “Labyrinth of the Medina during the Call to Prayer,” she wrote on Instagram.</p>
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This Brew Train Serves Craft Beers and Scenic Views of the Colorado Wilderness (Video)

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 17:47
<p>If you’re a fan of <a href="" target="_blank">craft beer</a> and nature, there’s a Colorado train ride that was made for you — but it only comes around once or twice a year.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Durango Brew Train</a>, which takes passengers along the Animus River while they sample local craft beers, is typically run twice a year, in early and late September. In 2018, due to mud slides, there will only be one trip, on Sept. 29. </p><p>As part of the experience, you’ll board a vintage 1920s steam train with several local brewers, each of whom will give you samples of their beers ranging from <a href="" target="_blank">IPAs</a> to stouts.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Former Ghost Town Is Now the Ultimate Unplugged Mountain Retreat</a></p><img alt="Sample beers from local brewers on Colorado's Durango Brew Train. "src=""><p>The brewers on board will be happy to teach beer lovers about the history of some of their favorite beers and give out inside tips on brewing at home.</p><p>You'll find first class seats for $180 in glass dome cars and standard seats with window views or open gondola seats facing the scenery for $116. Prices include tax and tip.</p><p>The train will glide along tracks hundreds of feet above the Animus River, one of the last remaining free flowing rivers in the western U.S., starting off in the San Juan Mountains before riding past some of Colorado's most spectacular canyon scenery.</p><img alt="Get sky-high views over the Animas River on the Durango Brew Train. "src=""><p>You’ll see farmlands, old stagecoach roads, remote power plants, old mining camps, snow-capped mountain peaks that soar over 14,000 feet, and wildlife that range from deer and elk to black bears, bighorn sheep, geese, and foxes.</p><p>The train will also stop at Cascade Canyon in the wilderness portion of the San Juan National Forest, where you’ll be treated to a two-hour party consisting of live music, Bavarian treats like pretzels, and of course, beer.</p><img alt="You'll sample Bavarian treats as part of your journey on the Durango Brew Train. "src=""><img alt="Buttered pretzels are one of the Bavarian treats offered on Colorado's Durango Brew Train. "src=""><p>You’ll want to <a href="" target="_blank">book your tickets quick</a> before they sell out, but if you can't make it, Durango offers several other train excursions, including a <a href="" target="_blank">wine train</a>. </p>
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Man Calls in Fake Bomb Threat Because He Was Running Late to His Flight

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 17:17
<p>If you think you'll miss your flight, there are tried-and-true options for handling the situation. For instance, <a href="" target="_blank">as <em>FareBoom</em> notes</a>, you can often call the airline if you’re running late, and get booked on a later flight with very little difficulty.</p><p>What you should NOT do is call in a fake bomb threat to the airport.</p><p>A French man who lives in <a href="" target="_blank">London</a> did exactly that when he was attempting to delay his flight from London to <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> in May of this year.</p><p>When Jacob Meir Abdellak arrived late to the airport, staff would not allow him to board the flight, although it had not yet taken off, <a href="" target="_blank">Reuters reported</a>. He called in a fake threat involving a “noxious substance likely to create serious risk to human health” about 8 minutes before the flight was scheduled to depart. As a result, passengers had to deplane and be rescreened. The flight itself was delayed by 90 minutes, Reuters reported.</p><p>Authorities found that the fake call came from the same number Abdellak used when booking. When he arrived at the airport later in the month for a different flight, he was arrested. He was tried in court and sentenced to 10 months in prison, according to Reuters.</p><p>“This turned out to be the worst decision he could have made,” Gatwick Police Chief Inspector Marc Clothier told Reuters, saying that calling in the threat was “ridiculous.”</p><p>While ridiculous, this isn't the first time someone has called in a fake bomb threat to an airport for alleged personal gain. In 2016, a man in New York called in a bomb threat to try to <a href="" target="_blank">keep his girlfriend's flight from leaving</a>.</p>
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Elizabeth Hurley Looks Like She’s Having the Time of Her Life on a Yacht in Greece

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 17:02
<p>If you’re looking for new #VacationGoals, look no further than Elizabeth Hurley.</p><p>The British-born beauty has been Instagramming up a storm from her glamorous getaway. Though the actress didn’t specifically say where she was traveling to, she did leave fans a clue by hashtagging #PrivateGG. And, if you follow the tag, it will lead you straight to other Instagrammers who use the tag while traveling on a boat named — you guessed it — PrivateGG.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Boat International</a>, PrivateGG is a luxury megayacht that was built in Italy and placed in the water sometime in 2018. In total, the boat can fit seven guests and four crew members.</p><p>On board, guests like Hurley can enjoy a unique indoor/outdoor living setup and indulge in plush amenities. </p><p>“With Private GG we have upgraded the 27 <a href="" target="_blank">Wallyace</a> introducing larger unobstructed windows of the superstructure to enhance the inside-outside living experience.” Luca Bassani, Wally president, told <a href="" target="_blank">Boat International</a>.</p><p>Currently, the boat appears to be traveling through the waters off the coast of Greece, with Hurley on board.</p><p>As her Instagram photos proved, she’s having a hell of a time playing with the boat’s toys.</p><p>And she’s certainly getting enough vitamin D by soaking up the sun on the boat’s back deck.</p><p>Hurley isn’t the only famous person to board the PrivateGG. In July, famed fashion designer Valentino joined actress <a href="" target="_blank">Gwyneth Paltrow</a> for a little sail.</p><p>While renting out <a href="" target="_blank">megayachts</a> may be out of reach for the not so rich and famous, there is another way: <a href="" target="_blank">small ship cruising</a>.</p><p>Small-ship ocean cruise lines only carry up to 249 passengers at a time, meaning each passenger gets more one-on-one attention from staff to make it feel like their own ship. And, luckily for wannabe sailors, these trips offer journeys all over the world. No A-list movie star status needed.</p>
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This Dream Job Will Send You and a Friend Around the World to Drink Gin

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 16:58
<p>If you love gin, are passionate about travel, and have a friend you love to travel with, this is the job for you.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">London</a> bar group Mr. Fogg’s is partnering with <a href="" target="_blank">Bombay Sapphire</a> to hire one person — and their friend — to traverse the globe while sampling gin on an all-expenses-paid getaway.</p><p>The job is being offered to celebrate the launch of the brand’s new bar, Mr. Fogg’s Society of Exploration, which opens on September 14 and is inspired by Jules Vernes’ protagonist in “Around the World in 80 Days,” Phileas Fogg.</p><p>The 80-day trip will take the lucky pair to destinations including Hong Kong, Paris, New York City, San Francisco, Bombay and beyond, on a journey similar to the one in the novel.</p><p>The world travelers will be responsible for documenting their travels, sampling gin and collecting botanicals and ingredients to help create a new cocktail that will be a part of the new bar's menu.</p><p>Candidates must be at least 21 years old and have a valid passport, should be good at photography and social media, and be a “lover of the unknown” to be part of this multi-country itinerary.</p><p>The chosen candidates will receive a payment upon returning from the trip, however the company has not specified the amount.</p><p>Applications <a href="" target="_blank">must be submitted by August 27</a>.</p>
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