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These Cherry Gin Cocktails Are the Perfect Fall Drinks You Didn't Know You Needed

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<p>It’s fair to say that no player in the cocktail world knows cherries better than Luxardo. The family-owned Italian company created <a href="" target="_blank">Luxardo Maraschino liqueur</a>—an essential ingredient in a number of classic cocktails, including the <a href="" target="_blank">Aviation</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Martinez</a>. Luxardo also makes our very favorite cocktail cherries, and a richer, fruitier cherry liqueur known as <a href="" target="_blank">Sangue Morlacco</a>. </p><p>So when Luxardo announced a brand new Sour Cherry Gin, you’d better believe we sat up and took notice. Flavored spirits aren’t always our favorites—birthday cake vodka, we’re looking at you—but the Luxardo comes by its cherry flavor honestly. </p><p>It’s made from a base of London Dry gin that Luxardo produces, with a classic array of botanicals (juniper, coriander, angelica root, bitter orange). From there, it’s infused with Luxardo’s Marasca cherry juice. The result, just a little shy of 80 proof, is just like it sounds: gin first and foremost, but with juicy fruit backing it up. </p><p>There’s no doubt it’ll blend beautifully with classic maraschino liqueur, and any of these drinks could be garnished with a Luxardo cherry—but we were curious to play around with the cherry gin, no cherries required. Here are our three favorite drinks.</p><h2>Easy: Marasca Martini</h2><p>We thought that the sour cherry gin might be just a bit intense for a classic martini. Our solution? Something of a martini-Vesper hybrid -- the sour cherry gin cut with vodka and mellowed by bianco vermouth (brighter and more aromatic than dry vermouth, less rich than sweet vermouth). The result still has the prominent flavors of cherry and gin, in an oh-so-sippable form. Feel free to serve this up, but we like it on the rocks.</p><img alt="Marasca Martini "src=""><p><em>Instructions:</em> In a mixing glass with ice, combine an ounce and a half of sour cherry gin, 3/4 ounce of vodka, and 3/4 ounce of bianco vermouth. Add a dash of orange bitters. Stir until very well-chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a big twist of lemon peel—twisting over the surface of the drink to spray its citrus oils all over.</p><h2>Intermediate: Cherry Collins</h2><p>Take cherry and gin; add lemon and soda. It’s a no-brainer. Refreshing, easy-drinking, and just ginny enough.</p><img alt="Cherry Collins "src=""><p><em>Instructions:</em><i> </i>In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine an ounce and a half of sour cherry gin, half an ounce of fresh lemon juice, and half an ounce of simple syrup. Shake until well-chilled, then strain into a tall glass with fresh ice. Top with two ounces of club soda, stir briefly, and garnish with a few lemon wheels.</p><h2>Advanced: Cherry Sour</h2><p>We love gin sours with egg white, which softens the rough edges of certain flavors and contributes a rich, silky texture. It’s a perfect format for the sour cherry gin, where both the cherry and botanical flavors are nicely mellowed.</p><img alt="Cherry Sour "src=""><p><em>Instructions:</em><i> </i>In a cocktail shaker <i>without</i> ice, combine two ounces of sour cherry gin, an ounce of fresh lemon juice, 1/2 ounce simple syrup, and one egg white. Shake all that up without ice to aerate it — that’s called a “dry shake” — and then add ice and shake again for a “wet shake,” to chill it down. Strain into a chilled coupe, and garnish with a lemon triangle.</p>
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How to Book the Most Luxurious Antarctica Cruise Ever Offered

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<p>If you love a luxury vacation, but yawn at the idea of idling the hours away on some sun kissed beach, a <a href="" target="_blank">polar cruise</a> might be more your speed — and soon, you’ll have one seriously outstanding option.</p><p>Starting in 2020, a new ship from polar adventure cruise company <a href="" target="_blank">Quark Expeditions</a> will bring travelers closer to the nature they’re craving while delivering unparalleled comfort on board. Here’s what to expect.</p><img alt="Exterior of Quark Expeditions luxury shop debuting in 2020 "src=""><p>Imagine taking a five-star hotel, tipping it on its side, and sending it afloat through some of the world's most pristine, icy, otherworldly waters. That's the approach Quark has taken with its new 200-passenger, 140-crew-member ship, which will offer quicker-than-ever access to off-ship adventures thanks to its 20 fast-loading Zodiacs and two onboard helicopters (plus, simultaneously operable heliports). </p><p>Quark has been a pioneer in polar cruising since the early 1990s, with routes that include <a href="" target="_blank">Antarctica</a>'s South Shetland Islands, the Drake Passage, and elsewhere in both polar circles. The company has long blended comfort with thrills — but the new, still unnamed vessel <a href="" target="_blank">represents a shift</a>. It will be more powerful and expedition-ready than any other ship in the fleet, Elliott Tulloch, Quark’s project manager for new building, told <em>Travel + Leisure, </em>noting that it will be capable of reaching farther into more remote areas.</p><p>“This will be our most luxurious ship, offering a premium on-ship experience without compromising on the expedition experience,” Tulloch said.</p><p>To make that happen, Quark designed a vessel specifically for the polar environment, instead of adapting a generic one (which is standard in the industry). The ship is currently being built in Croatia by Brodosplit, an experienced manufacturer of small passenger vessels, with input from both Quark’s resident polar experts and Norwegian naval architect <a href="" target="_blank">LMG Marin</a>. </p><p>"This ship is dedicated to the polar regions, Arctic and Antarctic," said Tulloch. "Each year we will re-position, North [to] South and South [to] North." </p><img alt="Rendering of a room on board the new Quark Expeditions luxury polar cruise ship, set to debut in 2020 "src=""><p>The new ship will be a huge draw for adventure travelers, but in the conversation with <em>T+L</em>, Tulloch disclosed some details about the amenities that are sure to thrill lovers of the finer things in life. Passengers will be able to do yoga in a fitness room with panoramic windows that overlook snow, water, and sky, and as with sister vessels <em>Ocean Endeavor </em>and <em>World Explorer</em>, there will be a luxurious spa on board. A high-end restaurant and wine bar will have window views from every seat. There will also be an indoor-outdoor grill, protected from the icy winds for al fresco dining. Cabins will have large windows or balconies, all with water views.</p><p>Of course, the pinnacle of privilege for polar travelers isn't (just) about on-board amenities or the finishings in their cabins, but how closely, comfortably, and safely they can get to the sites few people on earth have seen.</p><p>“You’re going with the real pros, who know the area and know the environment,” said Tulloch. “They’re going to take you to the best destinations, and you’ll still get a high quality experience on board.”</p><img alt="Lounge on board the luxury Quark Expeditions polar ship set to debut in 2020 "src=""><p>To that end, the new ship’s double heliports will open new avenues for sightseeing by air, and passengers will be able to heli-ski on snowy mountains and expanses of Arctic backcountry. (For the uninitiated, that’s skiing where a helicopter does the work of a ski lift.) New Zodiacs will get people off the boat in 20 minutes — half of the industry standard, according to Tulloch. The ship itself will be able to reach 16 knots, around four knots faster than the previous capability for expedition vessels.</p><p>The ship will also be able travel longer without refueling or restocking food and water — 40 days, to be exact, up from the previous limit of 30. "This feature is unique to our ship and will not only increase passenger safety, but will also allow us to bring even more of our guests deeper into the polar environment," Tulloch told <em>T+L</em>.</p><img alt="Pack Ice and Icebergs in the Ross Sea, Antarctica "src=""><p>Future destinations for the ship include the Ross Sea, in the part of Antarctica closest to New Zealand, which is home to an <a href="" target="_blank">immense new nature reserve</a>, and the continent's ultra-remote “Phantom Coast.” </p><p><em>Quark Expeditions’ new ship will begin booking in early 2019, with discounts and/or free transfer packages on select cruises. Head to their <a href="" target="_blank">website for more information</a>.</em></p>
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A Sloth Can Hold Its Breath for 40 Minutes Underwater — and 6 Other Facts For International Sloth Day

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<p>Let’s just get one thing straight: Sloths are the most magical creatures on earth. They are adorable, <a href="" target="_blank">love warm climates</a>, laze about all day, and their course furry bodies provide a home to hundreds of other organisms. But, there’s a lot more to these delightful mammals than you may realize. And this weekend may be the best time to learn more about them because Oct. 20 is “International Sloth Day.” We think this is a holiday is really worth celebrating. Here are seven ridiculously fun facts about sloths to get the party started.</p><h2>Sloths are ridiculously good swimmers</h2><p>Sloths can swim three times faster than they can walk on land. And because of their ability to slow their heart rates to one-third its normal rate, they can also hold their breath for a whopping <a href="" target="_blank">40 minutes under water</a>.</p><h2>Sloths only go to the bathroom once a week</h2><p>Sloths are creatures of habit. They only climb down from their tree perches once a week to go to the bathroom. And when they do, they always go in the same <a href="" target="_blank">exact spot</a>.</p><h2>Sloths are so slow they grow algae on their backs</h2><p>Because of the sloth’s slow-moving sedentary nature, they make a great environment for algae and other fungi to grow. In fact, according to research by the <a href="" target="_blank">Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute</a>, the fungi that frequently grows on the course, thick fur of a sloth could one day be used as a potent drug to fight against everything from parasites to cancers.</p><h2>Sloths can turn their heads nearly 360 degrees</h2><p>Sloths may not be able to move their body with ease, but they sure can turn heads. Literally. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Ask Nature</a></em>, a sloth can swivel its neck up to 270 degrees in either direction thanks to the fact that it has extra vertebrae in its spine.</p><h2>Sloths' nails are nearly four-inches long</h2><p>Technically, sloths don’t have “nails” in the traditional sense. Instead, <em><a href="" target="_blank">BBC</a></em> explained, they have four-inch long protruding finger bones. Those bones help them grasp onto trees, even in their sleep. These nails also help compensate for a sloth’s terrible eyesight by giving them a greater sene of touch.</p><h2>Sloths love their alone time</h2><p>For the most part, sloths like to live alone in quiet solitude. The only time they like to see others, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">LiveScience</a></em>, is when they happen to be sleeping in the same tree as another sloth, or when they are mating.</p><h2>Sloths can live up to 40 years</h2><p>Lifespan can vary <a href="" target="_blank">between the different species of sloths</a>, but on average, sloths live 20 to 30 years in the wild. Sloths have been known to live a bit longer in captivity, though the years probably feel just a bit longer for these adorable slowpokes.<br /><br />Want to see a sloth in the wild? Here are <a href="" target="_blank">the best places around the globe to go sloth spotting</a>.</p>
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Shay Mitchell's New Travel Brand Is Perfect for Super-organized Travelers

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<p>When it comes to celebrity travel, <a href="" target="_blank">Shay Mitchell</a> is at the top of our list of "Celebs We Want to Be so We Can Go on Their Amazing Vacations." Seriously. The former <em>Pretty Little Liars</em> star goes on so many stunning trips around the globe, her adventures have earned their very own hashtag and YouTube series, #SHAYCATION.</p><p>While we unfortunately can’t morph into the <a href="" target="_blank">jet-setting actress</a> (or any of the other celebs on that list), we can shop Mitchell’s just-launched line of smartly designed travel bags and accessories for our next trip. May the #SHAYCATION never end.</p><img alt="Shay Mitchell BÉIS Travel Brand Launch "src=""><p>We caught up with the <em>You</em> star to get the lowdown on <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";origin=productBrandLink" target="_blank">her new collection, BÉIS</a> — but first, you should know that this isn’t just another celebrity endorsement or designer collab. “I love those partnerships, too,” Mitchell said. “But to have a company that I started is a whole other level. There are no talking points. There’s nobody telling me what to say or do. I know exactly why I’m telling you about this specific feature — because I created it.”</p><p>In other words: she cares. Also, all that traveling just means she’s the perfect designer for this line of travel essentials.</p><p>The first drop from BÉIS features <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">backpacks</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">weekender bags</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">cosmetics cases</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">luggage tags, and passport covers</a>, all chic and affordable at under $100. For Mitchell, this was a must. “Finding pieces in big department stores that were just clean were always so expensive. I’m not trying to walk around in a SpongeBob backpack.” Instead, with BÉIS, you’ll find sleek and sophisticated designs that won’t break the bank.</p><p>Scroll through for pieces from the new collection and a Q&amp;A with the jet-setting co-founder herself.</p><h2>BÉIS Travel Multi Function Weekend Bag</h2><img alt="Shay Mitchell BÉIS Travel Brand Launch "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $78</p><p><strong><em>Travel + Leisure</em>: It’s always hard to pick a favorite, but if you could only choose one from the collection…</strong></p><p><strong>Shay Mitchell:</strong> "<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The weekender</a> is my go-to. For this weekend trip, I brought that bag. I have my heels, my runners, and another pair of boots. They all fit. I have my clothes, I have my toiletry bag in there along with my makeup kit — it all fit. I have my laptop in the back and my hot sauce in the front pocket, and we're good to go."</p><p><strong>Speaking of hot sauce, what’s another essential you never travel without?</strong></p><p>“<a href=";tag=tlshaymitchellbeislaunch-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01KJA4WHW&amp;linkId=d8f2ea396f908135ee6ade9a27b0f1ee" target="_blank">Anti-bacterial wipes</a>, which we're creating as well. We're in the middle of making cool wet wipes, because every time I travel, the first thing I do is wipe down the seat. Another thing — a really cool thing — I'm doing is something to cover your <a href="" target="_blank">hotel remote control</a>. Because if you think about it, the amount of people that touch the controller... I don't care if they clean the room, they’re not wiping it down with an anti-bacterial wipe. But then I’ll be eating french fries and watching a movie, and it's like I'm touching the controller and eating — that's gross.”</p><h2>BÉIS Travel Multi Function Travel Backpack</h2><img alt="Shay Mitchell BÉIS Travel Brand Launch "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $62</p><p><strong>Do you have an in-flight or post-flight routine?</strong></p><p>“I don't ever have makeup on before. As soon as they give you the warning to like sit down, then I use that 30 minutes to do the makeup part. I hate traveling with makeup on. I have masks with me that I bring all the time. They're like one-minute. <a href=";tag=tlshaymitchellbeislaunch-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00G7U29KQ&amp;linkId=10cfe0bf5cd155deb4913ad82ea705d8" target="_blank">Bioré has these one-minute self-heating masks</a> that I'll put on because it's one minute. So I can literally do it in the bathroom there and no one knows.”</p><h2>BÉIS Travel Luggage Tag &amp; Passport Holder Set</h2><img alt="Shay Mitchell BÉIS Travel Brand Launch "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $25</p><p><strong>Are you a last-minute packer, or do you pack well in advance?</strong></p><p>“I’d say, like, two days before. But if it's a big trip, then I'll obviously have, like, a fitting beforehand. Like for Paris Fashion Week, I do a fitting but then I always have my go-to items, and I have a list that I'll cross reference when I'm packing so that I don't forget anything.</p><p>I have separate compartments. I have a little bag that's for chargers. I have a little bag that's for hair ties and miscellaneous stuff. I like being super organized when I'm on the road, so I know where everything is. Because sometimes when you're traveling, you're not in your comfort zone. Hopefully you're not, you know? You're going to places that you've never been before. So at least you have the items that make you feel comfortable with you and you know where they are.”</p><h2>BÉIS Travel Cosmetics Case</h2><img alt="Shay Mitchell BÉIS Travel Brand Launch "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $38</p><p><strong>What’s your best travel tip?</strong></p><p>“Making a list so that you don’t forget stuff, and then you’ll always have your go-to list of stuff that you know you need. And always bring a bathing suit. You never know if there’s a pool in your hotel.”</p><p>You can shop BÉIS at <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";origin=productBrandLink" target="_blank"></a>.</p>
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This English Farm Produces Cow’s Milk Vodka You Can Now Buy in the U.S.

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 17:36
<p>The English countryside probably doesn’t rank very high on most vodka aficionado’s travel hit list. And understandably so, given that more than 70 percent of the vodka in the EU comes from the Nordic, Baltic, and Slavic countries that comprise Europe’s ‘Vodka Belt.’</p><p>And while smaller-scale English distilleries might not be able to compete with their more eastern counterparts in terms of volume, they <i>are </i>producing vodka unlike what you’d find anywhere else in the world.</p><p>Case in point: <a href="" target="_blank">Black Cow Vodka</a>, which comes from a herd of 250 grass-fed cattle in the lush, southwest county of Dorset, where the transportation of choice is often a rumbling tractor or a hand-me-down Land Rover covered in bumper stickers.</p><p>The brainchild of Paul Archard, the bearded film director and Chelsea Arts School-educated sculptor, and his longtime pal and dairy farmer, Jason Barber, Black Cow Vodka is a lactose- and gluten-free concoction derived from whey (as opposed to potatoes or fermented grains). </p><img alt="Black Cow Vodka "src=""><p>How it works: the milk from a herd of grass-grazed cows is distilled down and converted into everything from cheese to whey protein powder. The remaining product – which may have formerly been considered waste – is then run through a large copper still, appropriately named after Archard and Barber’s beloved English cartoon cow, Ermintrude. The result? Vodka.</p><p>While the concept seems deeply technical, the idea came to light rather simply thanks to one enterprising acquaintance.</p><p>"We were just making cider for fun in our spare time, and kept distilling it down, and somewhere along the way one of our Polish friends said to us, ‘You can really make spirits from anything,'” says Archard. “I saw the light bulb go off above Jason’s head, and we both looked out the window at the 250 cows in the field.”</p><img alt="Black Cow Vodka "src=""><p>The finished product – a light and well-rounded flavor that trades the usually harsh bite of vodka for an unmistakable smoothness – is a favorite of local residents and Londoners alike. And now that the product has made its way across the pond, vodka drinkers in the U.S. can finally get a taste.</p><p>But cow’s milk vodka isn’t the only thing being produced at this organic, family-run outfit in Beaminster, a town of less than 3,000 residents. The property is also home to the oldest cheddar-producing farm in the United Kingdom.</p><p>In addition to the spirits business, Barber, a descendant of one of the oldest dairy families in the world, dating back over 300 years, also produces an award-winning cheese. But he's just as motivated by the creative energy that surrounds him as he is by his family's history.</p><img alt="Black Cow Vodka "src=""><p>“I think there’s been this move to rediscover the country,” the dairy farmer says. “We’ve always been lucky to have these beautiful raw materials, but now there’s a new type of thinking as to how we can use them differently and perhaps modify the norm.”</p><p>Archard and Berber are far from the only ones inspired by the creative scene in Dorset. There’s also Pauline Amos, the painter whose provocative nude performance art has turned heads since the late 90s; Nick Fisher, the screenplay writer who chose to also pursue a career in commercial fishing off of the picturesque Jurassic Coast; and Daniel Chadwick, an engineer, sculptor, and budding restaurateur whose expansive Lypiatt Park estate—which is filled to the brim with modern works by the likes of Damien Hirst—regularly plays host to neighborhood gatherings, some in a repurposed chapel.</p><p>Together, the varied group mixes well thanks to a sort of alchemy, bound together by their love for the English countryside and all of its eccentricities.</p><p>“I think out here, it’s just about making things,” says Archard. “It doesn’t matter whether its art, or food, or music. Everyone is making something out here. For us, we like to say we’re in the business of booze and moos.”</p>
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Walt Disney World Just Announced a New Luxury Hotel

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 17:31
<p>Disney Parks &amp; Resorts has announced a brand new hotel coming to Walt Disney World. Set to open in 2022, this top-tier, deluxe-level resort will have over 900 rooms at its Bay Lake-adjacent waterfront property.</p><p>Located between <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Wilderness Lodge</a>, the new hotel will be a boon for guests, given its proximity to Disney’s Magic Kingdom park — which, like its neighboring resorts, will likely also offer convenient boat access.</p><p>No word yet on the new hotel’s name or theme, but Disney is touting the woodsy property as being inspired by nature, namely the surrounding trees and waterfront views. With Disney’s Wilderness Lodge featuring the cozy lodge interiors and timeless sights of America’s northwestern National Parks — there’s even a geyser in homage of Yellowstone’s <a href="" target="_blank">Old Faithful</a> — and Fort Wilderness’ cabins nestled within 750 acres of forest, it’ll be interesting to see what this rustic resort shapes up to be.</p><p>Like many Walt Disney World hotels, part of this forthcoming property will be annexed for Disney Vacation Club, the timeshare-like program operating worldwide. These rooms, which offer <a href="" target="_blank">apartment-style amenities</a> within Disney hotels, are intended for DVC members but can be booked by any guests.</p><p>Still, it’s not the only property that might be open during your next stay, as Walt Disney World is currently working on two other expansions as well. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort <a href="" target="_blank">is adding a 545-room, 15-story tower</a> to the Mexico and <a href="" target="_blank">Southwestern-influenced hotel</a>, and construction on Disney’s Riviera Resort, an exclusively Disney Vacation Club hotel, continues to rise near Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.</p><p>2022 sounds far away, but with so much opening before then — including a <a href="" target="_blank"><em>TRON</em> roller coaster</a>, Disney’s first <a href="" target="_blank">Mickey Mouse-themed ride</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge</a> — the vacation of the future has a lot in store.</p>
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Why You Won't Want to Miss the Travel Moon This Weekend (Video)

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 11:01
<p>You don't need a telescope, binoculars, or even a dark sky to look at the moon, which next week, on Wednesday, will rise at dusk, shine brightly all night, and set at dawn. However, although October's full Travel Moon will be a glorious sight on October 24, one of the best times to observe the moon is a few days beforehand.</p><p>“International Observe the Moon Night” is Saturday, October 20, and more than 500 events are being organized to get moon-watchers to gaze in groups at the second full moon of fall. It's an annual celebration of the moon, its science and exploration, that started in 2010. <a href="" target="_blank">Promoted by NASA</a>, it's an invite to everyone on Earth to observe the moon together.</p><p>This year, the event has a special meaning because December will mark the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 8 mission, the first manned spacecraft to leave the Earth's orbit, and its crew were the first humans to visit the moon. As they flew around the moon one of the astronauts, Bill Anders, took <a href="" target="_blank">the famous Earthrise image</a>.</p><h2>When to See the Full Moon October 2018</h2><p>“Observe The Moon Night” takes place on Saturday, and the moon will be at first quarter and easily visible at dusk. Just a few days later on Wednesday, is the October full moon.</p><p>This month's full moon was given three different names by Native American tribes: the Travel Moon, Hunter's Moon, and Dying Grass Moon, according to <a href="" target="_blank">the Old Farmer's Almanac</a>, while also getting the names Blood Moon and Sanguine Moon. All of these names are connected to the time of year when pre-winter hunting and finding somewhere to shelter in the cold winter months was of paramount importance.</p><p>The full Travel Moon will be completely illuminated by the sun as seen from Earth on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 12:45 p.m. ET, but of course, it won't be visible from North America at that moment because it will be daylight.</p><p>This month you'll have two chances to get a great view of the full moon. A full moon is special because it's the only night of the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. However, as soon as it's high in the sky, it's too bright to look at. You could try sunglasses (really), but a wiser tactic is to view the Travel Moon when it's a pale orange color on the eastern horizon at dusk. So look east at dusk (around 6:30 p.m. on the East Coast) on Wednesday, October 24, and you'll see a 99.5%-lit moon. On Thursday, October 25, the moon will also be 99.5% illuminated, this time rising in the east at around 7 p.m, just after dusk. Try to get up somewhere reasonably high where you can see the eastern horizon for the best view.</p><h2>When to See the Next Full Moon</h2><p>The next full moon will be on Friday, November 23, 2018. It’s known in North America as the Frost Moon because of the dropping temperatures in North America, and also as the Beaver Moon because the animals spend this month building their dams.</p><p>However, the next moon event to get really excited about is the Super Wolf Blood Moon Eclipse on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. A total lunar eclipse across North and South America will make the full moon turn a dramatic copper-orange-red color for just over an hour. You won't want to miss it.</p>
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A Flight Was Delayed for 2 Hours Because Off-duty Pilots Demanded First Class Seats

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 10:36
<p>A Thai Airways flight was delayed two hours last week because two off-duty <a href="" target="_blank">pilots</a> demanded <a href="" target="_blank">first class seats</a> while the cabin was completely sold out. The flight was only able to take off after two passengers agreed to bump themselves down to business class.</p><p>The airline said in a statement this week that it was sorry for the incident and apologized “to all passengers affected by the unprofessional action that caused the delay,” <a href="" target="_blank">according to the <em>Bangkok Post</em></a><em>.</em></p><p>The Oct. 11 flight from Zurich to Bangkok was scheduled to depart at 1:30 p.m. However, it did not get off the ground until 3:30 p.m., <a href="" target="_blank">according to Flight Aware</a>. The flight was able to make up some lost time, arriving in Bangkok about 90 minutes later than scheduled.</p><p>The two passengers who downgraded themselves to business, a couple, filed a complaint after the flight, saying that the plane was held “hostage to achieve what they wanted.”</p><p>“I apologize to the passengers who were directly affected by the seat change. I take responsibility for the incident," president Sumeth Damrongchaitham said in a statement Thursday night.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>One Mile at a Time</em></a><em>,</em> the passengers who were seated in first class didn’t pay for first class tickets. The cabin on this route is offered as a first-come, first-served upgrade for business class passengers. However, being delayed and then having to move back for demanding pilots still doesn't sound like a pleasant travel experience.</p>
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Icelandair Sale Includes Deals to Paris, London, Amsterdam and More Starting at $279 Round-trip

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 10:21
<p>Those looking to take a winter or spring getaway to some of <a href="" target="_blank">Europe’s</a> most popular destinations will now find flights that start as low as $279 round-trip as part of <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=via_special_week42" target="_blank">Icelandair’s sale</a>.</p><p>The airline is running a flash sale throughout the weekend, with deals available from several U.S. cities to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Helsinki, London, Oslo, and Paris.</p><p>Some of the top deals found via Google Flights are to London, starting at $279 round-trip from Boston, $285 round-trip from Seattle, $289 round-trip from New York, $298 round-trip from Chicago, and $361 round trip from Washington, D.C. </p><p>For $319 round-trip, travelers can fly from Boston and Seattle to Helsinki, while there are also several deals starting at $329 round-trip. </p><p>These include round-trip flights from New York, Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. to Oslo, round-trip flights from Boston and New York to Paris, and round-trip flights from Boston and Chicago to Amsterdam. </p><p>The deals are for travel between Jan. 10 and April 15 of 2019, giving visitors headed to Amsterdam the chance to see its <a href="" target="_blank">famed tulips</a> come into <a href="" target="_blank">full bloom between March and May</a>. </p><p>Amsterdam deals also include $341 round-trip flights from both New York and Washington, D.C., while passengers will also find $349 round-trip flights from Chicago, Seattle, and Washington, D.C to Paris. </p><p>Meanwhile, Boston, Chicago, and Seattle fliers can head to Glasgow for $356-round trip. There are also $399 round-trip flights from Chicago, New York, and Seattle to Frankfurt. </p><p>Travelers will need to book by Oct. 22 to snag the deals. Passengers will also want to note the fares apply to the airline's <a href="" target="_blank">Economy Light</a> category, which does include a free carry-on up to 22 pounds but does not include checked bags. Checked baggage can cost as much as $95 each way, driving up the cost of fares for travelers who won't be traveling light for the trips. </p>
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This Airport Has Unveiled the First Fully Automated Facial Recognition Check-in

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 10:17
<p>Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport is speeding up the entire check-in process with a simple scan of your face.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>TIME</em></a>, passengers who hold a Chinese identity card can now check-in using an automated facial recognition system. There are currently eight self-serve kiosks flight for passengers to use, and plans to automate the entire process from checking to boarding, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Independent</em> reported</a>.</p><p>Facial recognition technology has been slowly becoming more and more popular around the world. British Airways rolled out the system for <a href="" target="_blank">boarding flights in December 2017</a>, and in June 2017, JetBlue collaborated with the US Customs and Border Protection to test a paperless and device-less self-boarding technology, reported <em>The Independent</em>. Chinese airline Spring Airlines was the first company to begin using the fully automated system at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport.</p><p>Zhang Zheng, general manager of the ground services department for Spring Airlines, told <em>TIME</em> that this is the first time there has been a fully automated, self-service check-in in China. Spring Airlines also announced that out of 5,017 people who took flights on the airline since the self-service kiosks were unveiled, 87% responded positively to them. The new system cuts the check in process to less than a minute and a half, reported <em>TIME</em>, which is something all travelers can celebrate.</p><p>But not everyone is happy about the changes. As with most new innovations in technology, concerns have been raised regarding privacy and identity. Maya Wang, senior China researcher for Human Rights Watch, told the <a href="" target="_blank">Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)</a> that the organization is “concerned about the increasing integration and use of facial-recognition technologies throughout the country because it provides more and more data points for the authorities to track people.”</p><p>With governments around the world, struggling to keep up with the ever-changing technology, facial recognition systems may become a bigger issue for passengers who want to protect their privacy.</p>
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Meghan Markle Has a Genius $9 Packing Secret

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 10:00
<p>Meghan Markle has plenty of excellent life advice to share. From how to spend <a href="" target="_blank">Valentine’s Day</a> solo, to how to <a href="" target="_blank">achieve your dreams</a>, and even how to <a href="" target="_blank">make healthy eating choices</a>, Markle really does seem to have an answer for everything. And that includes how to pack more efficiently for your travels.</p><p>Prior to her marriage to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle often shared her excellent life advice on her blog, The Tig. There, she even paired up with the cosmetic company Birchbox to not only curate a box of her own, but to also <a href="" target="_blank">share her travel advice</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">We Found Meghan Markle’s Favorite Leather Travel Case</a></p><p>“Pack your favorite <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";origin=keywordsearch&amp;keyword=cheeks+lips" target="_blank">multi-use stick</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";keyword=face+spritz" target="_blank">face spritz</a> for a quick touch up on cheeks, lips, face when you land,” Markle shared, adding that she only packs items that are multi-functional. This way, she explained, she always has extra room in her <a href="" target="_blank">carry-on</a>.</p><p>Furthermore, Markle said she loves to layer dryer sheets between her shirts, skirts, and dresses while packing. “Clothes will smell fresh when you arrive—and especially when you return home!” Sounds like a hack <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">well worth the $9 a pack</a> to us.</p><p>As for when she lands in a new location, Markle said there’s nothing better than connecting with locals (<a href="" target="_blank">and we couldn’t agree more</a>). To do so, Markle suggested you “find a great cooking class with a local chef, or an art or dance class” to connect with your new destination.</p><p>One thing you’ll never see Markle traveling without is <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">hand sanitizer</a>. “I’m no germaphobe, but when I get on a plane I always use some quick hand wipes or a travel sanitizer spray to wipe it all down: that includes the little TV, <a href="" target="_blank">the service tray</a>, and all the buttons around your seat,” she <a href="" target="_blank">wrote</a> on The Tig. “Sure, the person next to you may give you a side eye, but at the end of the flight, you’ll be the one whistling dixie with nary a sniffle.”</p><p>And, of course, because Markle is rather health conscious she also revealed that she never travels without a probiotic in hand.</p><p>“Always travel with a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">high strain probiotic</a>, and hydrate like you’re dying of thirst – because even if you’re not, for your body – the thirst is real,” she said. “This dynamic duo of probiotics and agua will keep your gut health in check and honestly stave off jet lag if you’re globetrotting on your travels."</p><p>While Markle is certainly a seasoned traveler, we bet her future grandmother-in-law the Queen has <a href=";;utm_medium=social&amp;xid=soc_socialflow_facebook_tl" target="_blank">plenty of advice to offer</a> her as well.</p>
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This Country Is About to Overtake Japan for Longest Life Expectancy

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 09:11
<p>Spain will soon overtake Japan in the global life expectancy ratings for the first time, according to a new report by the <a href="" target="_blank">Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation</a>.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a></em>, who analyzed the data published in the journal <em><a href="" target="_blank">Lancet</a></em>, people from Spain will live for 85.8 years on average by the year 2040. Those living in Japan are expected to have an average lifespan of 85.7 years over the same time period, people in Singapore can expect to live 85.4 years, and the Swiss round out the top four and can expect to live 85.2 years.</p><p>But, while Spain and other nations are rising in life expectancy rankings, the United States is plummeting. The U.S. will drop from 43rd to 64th place, with an average life expectancy of 79.8 by the year 2040. Those living in the U.S. will live only 1.1 years longer on average by 2040, <em>CNN</em> explained, while, on average, other countries will see their life expectancy rise 4.4 years over the same period.</p><p>Of course, this by no measure means our life expectancy is set in stone.</p><p>"Whether we see significant progress or stagnation depends on how well or poorly health systems address key health drivers," Kyle Foreman, director of data science at the (IHME) and lead author of the study, shared with <em>CNN</em>. "The future of the world's health is not pre-ordained, and there is a wide range of plausible trajectories.”</p><p>Indeed, healthcare systems played a big part in the global ranking. Spain, <em>CNN</em> reported, is one of several European countries to offer tax-funded healthcare. Because of this, the World Health Organization <a href="" target="_blank">ranked it as the seventh best </a>in the world.</p><p>Moreover, the researchers noted that the biggest threats to a person’s health and longevity are things that may be well within their control. That includes obesity, tobacco use and drinking alcohol, along with blood pressure and blood sugar.</p><p>“Spain does really well in those,” Dr Christopher Murray, director of the IHME at the University of Washington, told <a href="" target="_blank"><i>The Guardian</i></a>. “Although tobacco is an area where they could be better. But current life expectancy is very good.”</p><p>Lesotho, a country located in southern Africa, came in last in the rankings with a life expectancy of just 57.3 by the year 2040. Rounding out the rest of the bottom is the Central African Republic with a life expectancy of 58.4, Zimbabwe with 61.3 and Somalia with 63.6.</p><p>“Inequalities will continue to be large,” Murray added. “The gap between the ‘better’ and ‘worse’ scenarios will narrow but will still be significant. In a substantial number of countries, too many people will continue earning relatively low incomes, remain poorly educated, and die prematurely. But nations could make faster progress by helping people tackle the major risks, especially smoking and poor diet.”</p><p>You can see every country’s life expectancy in the <a href="" target="_blank">published report. </a></p>
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Unwanted Game of ‘Footsie’ Forces Southwest Flight to Make Emergency Landing

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 08:37
<p>A Southwest flight from Los Angeles to Dallas had to make an emergency landing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, due to an unruly passenger who was repeatedly harassing a woman seated next to him on the flight, <a href="" target="_blank">Fox News</a><em> </em>reported.</p><p>The passenger now faces an assault charge (among others) and up to 20 years in prison, plus a $250,000 fine for his <a href="" target="_blank">confrontation with the cabin crew</a>. His assault charge alone could warrant a year in prison and a $100,000 fine, according to Fox News.</p><p>29-year-old Justin Riley Brafford from Texas was on Southwest Flight 859 when he sat next to an unidentified woman. Right before take off, Brafford allegedly put his arm on the woman’s leg, and when she refused his advances, forcibly tried to “play footsie” with her, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, as reported by Fox News.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">Albuquerque Journal</a>, Brafford was sitting in the middle seat while the victim sat in the aisle seat. Another woman was apparently sitting in the window seat. Southwest does not assign seats, so passengers are free to take whatever seats are available.</p><p>The woman attempted to make Brafford stop his actions, but he allegedly “[pulled] on her sweater,” repeatedly asked her to go out after the flight and if she was staying alone in her hotel, according to the <em>Albuquerque Journal</em>.</p><p>Eventually, flight attendants intervened by moving the woman to a new seat, but Brafford still did not stop the harassment. When he attempted to approach her again he got into a confrontation with cabin crew.</p><p>At this point, the pilot was notified and the plane made an emergency landing, heavily inconveniencing several other passengers and causing them to miss connecting flights, according to the <em>Albuquerque Journal</em>.</p><p>Brafford claimed to authorities in Albuquerque that he believed the woman was flirting with him, reported the <em>Albuquerque Journal.</em> Brafford mentioned he “may have gone too far” in the reported complaint. It is possible that Brafford was under the influence of drugs at the time, according to Fox News.</p><p>He was detained on Thursday due to his criminal record and history of violence, reported the <em>Albuquerque Journal</em>.</p>
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This Couple Celebrated Their Anniversary by Visiting Disney World and Disneyland in One Day

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 07:43
<p>The 10-year anniversary is the Disney anniversary, right? At least, it is for this couple, and they decided to celebrate in a major way.</p><p>For their 10th anniversary, Clark and Heather Ensminger of Kingsport, Tennessee, decided to go on the ultimate Disney vacation by traveling from <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Resort</a> in Florida to <a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland</a> in Anaheim, California in one day, <a href="" target="_blank">reported ABC News</a>.</p><p>Yes, apparently this can be done and you can still ride the rides.</p><p>According to ABC News, the Ensmingers visited all four parks at Disney World before jet setting to California to continue their magical trip. The couple managed to do this by taking a direct flight from Orlando to Los Angeles at 4:30 p.m., local time, on Wednesday, reported the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Associated Press</a></em>, which landed them in Disneyland for the nighttime festivities.</p><p>According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">New York Post,</a></em> Clark planned the anniversary as a surprise for Heather, since the anniversary also marks one year since her father’s death. The secret surprise was just one small way Clark thought he could help ease his wife’s grief.</p><p>The couple called it their #EpicParkHop on Facebook.</p><p>Heather herself is a travel agent specializing in Disney vacations, and she documented the whole trip on her official travel agency page.</p><p>After this trip, we can confidently say she’s an expert in planning the best Disney vacation. More photos from the couple’s trip can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Heather Esminger Travel Agent </a>Facebook page. </p><p>Hopefully next time they just stay and enjoy <em>one</em> resort, or maybe Walt Disney World's <a href="" target="_blank">upcoming luxury resort</a>. </p>
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Ryanair Crew in Spain Takes ‘Protest Picture’ of Crew Members Sleeping on Floor

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 07:23
<p>European budget airline Ryanair has been getting some severe criticism after a photo circulated online of one flight crew that allegedly was “forced” to sleep on the floor in Spain.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Travel Pulse</a></em>, a flight going to Porto, Portugal had to be diverted to Malaga, Spain due to Tropical Storm Leslie on Saturday night. A photo posted on Sunday to the Facebook group, <a href="" target="_blank">Ryanair MUST Change</a>, and then later on Twitter, shows at least six crew members sleeping on the floor due to the minimal availability of places to rest.</p><p>The negative social media response took off quickly over the weekend. Both Facebook and Twitter users were sharing the photo and criticizing the airline.</p><p>According to another <a href=";id=2011668999087138&amp;__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARD5Xu2QecVNLby1tRWfi_bF1aHikz3BZ02fQYCeZKQ39HflNqivwl1QiEY2B5G4WX5KuXwx_MqThxaVQkXDJR9I3Y7J_O34dDmbgBxtrQukCxjtCQcDyNxkQ_ObUFy5128xVjjM4yZwnbmOnbuJjy3n6UCQOCtcFQHpjXDxiiQGT9mlly1dk6V5CPfQ-TuvBayIrmz5JT0&amp;__tn__=-R" target="_blank">Facebook post on the same page</a>, the Sindicato Nacional do Pessoal de Voo da Aviação Cívil (SNPVAC) clarified in a press release that four Ryanair flights destined for Porto ended up in Malaga, resulting in 24 crew members (8 pilots and 16 cabin crew) being “placed in a room, without the minimum rest facilities, where the crew that is based on that airport perform their briefings and where Ryanair has their Malaga offices.”</p><img alt="Ryanair crew member "src=""><p>According to the SNPVAC, the crew was there from 1:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. local time “without access to food, drinks and even a place to sit down, as there were only 8 seats available for the 24 crew.” It was around 6 a.m. the crew were moved to an airport lounge, but were still not given access to food or drink.</p><p>Around 1:35 p.m. local time, Ryanair performed a non-commercial flight to Porto with only the 24 crew members on board.</p><p>SNPVAC added in the post, “It is regrettable and inconceivable that, in the 21st century, we observe this kind of events where we can verify that Ryanair operates without any respect for their employees and their customers, who were also left stranded in the airport terminal, in the highly regulated aviation sector.”</p><p>Ryanair's Chief Operations Officer, Peter Bellew, said the crew was moved to a VIP lounge since “all hotels were completely booked out in Malaga.” Later, Ryanair allegedly called the photo “staged,” according to Travel Pulse.</p><p>The airline posted a surveillance video of crew members taking the photo as well, in order to discredit them.</p><p>However, regardless of whether the photo was “staged,” U.K. website, <a href="">Aviation Analyst</a>, posits that Bellew may have misspoke when he said that all hotels were booked in Malaga, saying that “There are at least 400 hotels in and around the main city of Malaga, City, with a further 1,500 properties within 20 kilometres of the airport. Furthermore, it’s low-season in Southern Spain, and most hotel occupancy rates are at 50% (half-empty) as is normal for this time of year.”</p><p>Response on social media to the surveillance video did not turn out entirely on the side of Ryanair.</p><p>The SNPVAC says it will be making a formal complaint to all “relevant civil aviation authorities” in order to prevent incidents like this in the future.</p>
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Barcelona's Sagrada Familia Has to Pay 136 Years' Worth of Fines Because It Didn't Have a Building Permit (Video)

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 07:17
<p>Barcelona’s famously unfinished Sagrada Familia church has agreed to <a href="" target="_blank">pay $41 million</a> to city authorities after it was found to be lacking a building permit — despite breaking ground on construction well over a century ago.</p><p>The basilica will pay the city authorities back over a period of 10 years under new municipal registration, its first since construction began in 1882, the BBC reports. Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau hailed the deal as a historic agreement.</p><p>Funds from the deal are to be <a href="" target="_blank">allocated</a> to municipal projects such as improving the metro system and surface transport, as well as maintenance and public services in the area, according to a news release.</p><p>The church was designed by Catalan architect <a href=",9171,216477,00.html" target="_blank">Antoni Gaudí</a>, a modernist who also created several other eccentric edifices dotting Barcelona’s cityscape.</p><p>Despite the building’s impact on the community, it has been under construction for more than a century while holding <a href="" target="_blank">no official status</a> and without oversight of municipal authorities, according to Spain’s <em>El </em><em>Pais </em>newspaper.</p><p>Gaudí died in 1926, but his unfinished masterpiece was nonetheless recognized as a <a href="" target="_blank">UNESCO World Heritage site</a> and has become one of Barcelona’s top tourist attractions. Today, it receives an estimated 20 million visitors a year, including 4.5 million who enter the sprawling chapel.</p><p>The church is slated for completion in 2026 — a century after its creator’s death.</p><p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></em></p>
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The Caribbean Is Making a Comeback — Here’s Why You Should Book a Trip This Winter

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 12:01
<p>Luckily, the areas that were devastated by Hurricanes Maria and Irma last year are on the upswing, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Travel Weekly</a></em>.</p><p>Luxury travel agency network <a href="" target="_blank">Virtuoso</a> said that bookings in the Caribbean between December 22, 2018 and January 3, 2019 are actually up eight percent, and business between January and February of next year is actually up 21 percent from last year, <em>Travel Weekly</em> reported.</p><p>This means, now is the best time to book your Caribbean vacation. And <a href="" target="_blank">you’ll be doing the islands</a> a lot of good by doing so.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Departures Magazine</a></em>, hotels have been leading the way when it comes to hurricane recovery, especially on Anguilla and Dominica, which withstood severe damage during Hurricane Irma. Around July of this year, forty-three percent of Dominica’s 962 hotel rooms were back in business, said Colin Piper, CEO of the Discover Dominica Authority, to Departures.</p><p>And now, Anguilla still has some shadows of the damage, but is essentially <a href="" target="_blank">ready (and eager) to cater to tourists</a> again. This includes some major hotels like <a href="" target="_blank">Zemi Beach House</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Frangipani Beach Resort</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Four Seasons</a>. The Four Seasons is even running a special <a href="" target="_blank">“book four nights, get the fifth night free”</a> package.</p><p>And every dollar counts in helping the recovery further. The tourism industry is one of <a href="" target="_blank">the biggest employers in the Caribbean</a>, so tourists returning to the island fuels job growth. And, you might be surprised at how much of the area is back to pre-hurricane condition. In fact, about <a href="" target="_blank">75 percent of the islands were unaffected</a>, especially Aruba, the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands.</p><p>There are also places to stay in the region that were affected by the storms, like Necker Island (Richard Branson’s exclusive island) or Scrub Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands. For people who want practically perfect weather, they can find a reasonably priced vacation on St. Barth in the winter, where 14 of the island’s beaches are open for business. Hotels on St. Martin and the U.S. Virgin Islands have also been slowly opening their doors throughout the year, such as <a href="" target="_blank">Belair Beach Hotel</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Divi Little Bay Beach Resort</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Bolongo Bay Beach Resort</a>. According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Lonely Planet</em>,</a> St. Martin alone has 37 beaches that are open to the public again and half of its restaurants are up and running. The Virgin Islands National Park on the U.S. Virgin Islands is also open.</p><p>Puerto Rico, which is also in the midst of recovery, is coaxing tourists to spend their vacations there. While the effects of Hurricane Maria are still felt on the island, <a href="" target="_blank">tourism makes up 10 percent of the country’s GDP</a>, so staying away for too long can actually hurt recovery efforts.</p><p>By the end of October, the <a href="" target="_blank">El San Juan Hotel</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Dorado Beach</a> will all be open or partially open for guests again. And, some of <a href="" target="_blank">Puerto Rico’s best beaches</a> like Isla Verde Beach, Flamenco Beach, La Playuela and Gilligan’s Island (no, not <em>that</em><i> </i>Gilligan’s Island) are open for sun and surf lovers.</p><p>As recovery continues, you can expect the Caribbean to return to being the popular vacation destination it once was, so it’s best to start booking your trip now. </p>
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More Than Half of U.S. Workers Say This Is Why They Aren’t Taking Enough Vacations (Video)

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 11:00
<p> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Vacation deprivation</a> levels are at a five-year high for U.S. workers, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Expedia’s 18th annual Vacation Deprivation study</a>.</p><p>The study looks at vacation usage and trends across 19 countries based on responses from over 11,000 employed adults over the age of 18. According to the results, U.S. workers will waste a staggering 653.9 million vacation days in 2018.</p><p>The study also found that the number of vacation days both awarded to and taken by U.S. workers has hit a five-year low, with the average U.S. worker receiving a total of 14 vacation days in 2018 and taking only 10.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Budgeting for Vacation Never Works — Here's What You Should Do Instead</a></p><p>As for the reason Americans did not use their vacation days, more than half (54 percent) said they had not taken in a vacation in over six months because they couldn’t afford the getaway while 23 percent said they were saving up for a longer holiday. </p><p>Another 17 percent said they couldn't get time off from work, while 13 percent said they felt guilty about taking the time off they did get. A total of 25 percent of respondents also said they check in on work at least once a day when they do take a vacation.</p><p>Another 28 percent of Americans said they go a year or longer between trips. </p><img alt="Expedia's 18th Vacation Deprivation study shows U.S. workers take some of the least amounts of vacation days across the globe. "src=""><p>The U.S., <a href="" target="_blank">Japan</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Thailand</a> were the three countries whose workers took the least amount of vacation days taken in 2018. While Japanese workers received an average of 20 days off, they used only 10.</p><p>Meanwhile, workers in Thailand used all of their 10 allotted vacations days, but still fell at the bottom of the list because they received far less days off than countries like Brazil, France, Germany, and Spain (all of which had 30 days per year). </p><img alt="Workers in the U.S., Thailand, and Japan took the least amount of vacation days in 2018. "src=""><p>Fifty-four percent of Japanese respondents said they did not take a vacation because they could not get time off of work, while 33 percent said they could not afford a trip and 9 percent said they were saving up for a longer holiday.</p><p>Meanwhile, 27 percent of respondents from Thailand did not travel because they did not know where to go, while 25 percent said they were saving up for a longer holiday, 24 percent said they could not afford to take a trip, and 24 percent said they could not get time off of work.</p><p>While Americans fell on the bottom of the list when it came to the number of days they took off, a total of 81 percent said they take vacations focused on a goal of “mental wellness,” with the average American worker taking two mental health days each year as a part of their time off.</p>
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22-year-old Passenger Blames Mom for Putting Gun In His Carry-on

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:09
<p>A 22-year-old man was arrested at Baltimore Washington International Airport on Wednesday after attempting to bring a gun on a plane. When questioned about the firearm, he said he didn’t know it was inside his bag because his mother packed it, according to <a href="" target="_blank">LocalDVM</a>. </p><p>The traveler has been charged with illegal possession of a firearm, violating airport security rules and bringing a firearm into an airport. <a href="" target="_blank">The punishment for discovery of a loaded firearm</a> is up to $9,800 and a criminal referral.</p><p>The .40-caliber rifle is the 20th gun that security agents at the Baltimore Airport have found so far this year. Last year, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported 26 guns.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to the TSA</a>, Baltimore is not even in the top 10 airports in the country where firearms are most commonly discovered. The top airport is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, where last year, security officers found 245 firearms, 222 of which were loaded.</p><p>Last year, the TSA found and confiscated <a href="" target="_blank">a record-breaking 3,957 firearms</a> in carry-on bags at checkpoints throughout the country. The agency says that’s an average of 10.8 guns per day. The number of firearm discoveries at American airports has increased steadily since 2007.</p>
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These Are the Scariest Hotel Horror Movies of All Time

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 09:43
<p>Getting into the Halloween spirit and timed with the latest creepy motel-set film, "<a href="" target="_blank">Bad Times at the El Royale</a>," FandangoNOW surveyed more than 1,000 moviegoers and asked which films featured the most <a href="" target="_blank">nightmarish lodging</a>.</p><p>“Movie fans are forever fascinated and creeped out by horror movie motels and hotels not only because the films themselves are unforgettable, but also because spending a night away from home is a very relatable experience for everyone,” Erik Davis, Fandango’s managing editor, said.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">7 Haunted Places Where You Can Actually Spend the Night</a></p><p>Topping the list of scary settings was the Overlook Hotel from "The Shining," where spirits of the dead and the very much alive Jack Nicholson terrorized a family during winter in the vacant inn. Next was "Psycho" with the unforgettable Bates Motel.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The 'Most Haunted Hotel in America' Was Once a Crooked Cancer Clinic</a></p><p>Other films and settings named in the survey were "Hostel" (a Slovakian hostel), "1408" (Dolphin Hotel),<em> </em>"The Devil’s Rejects" (Kahiki Palms Motel), "Vacancy" (Pinewood Motel), "The Witches" (Hotel Excelsior), "Identity" (Desert Valley Motel), "Hotel Artemis"<em> </em>(Hotel Artemis), and "Don’t Look Now" (Europa Hotel).</p><p>The fictional once-grand resort featured in "Bad Times at the El Royale" starring Jeff Bridges and John Hamm is set on the California/Nevada border.</p><p>“Although it may be too early for the El Royale to join this list since the movie just came out, these top 10 creepy hotels and motels are all uniquely memorable and forever frightful,” Davis told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “From their striking exteriors to their ghoulish interiors, the freaky movie memories these destinations have created will forever be etched into our minds.”</p><p>Movie fans who want to revisit these films can find them on<a href="" target="_blank"> FandangoNOW</a>, a streaming service that curates entertainment for various occasions. What better way is there to get into the Halloween mood than to turn out the lights and shudder through a few of these classics?</p><p>Davis leaves us with this warning: “Remember travel rule number one, according to Hollywood: if the motel or hotel appears to be empty, there might be a good reason for it.”</p><p>See the full list of scary movie hotels below:</p><p>1. Overlook Hotel ("The Shining")</p><p>2. Bates Motel ("Psycho")</p><p>3. Slovakian hostel ("Hostel")</p><p>4. Dolphin Hotel ("1408")</p><p>5. Kahiki Palms Motel ("The Devil’s Rejects")</p><p>6. Pinewood Motel ("Vacancy")</p><p>7. Hotel Excelsior ("The Witches")</p><p>8. Desert Valley Motel ("Identity")</p><p>9. Hotel Artemis ("Hotel Artemis")</p><p>10. Europa Hotel ("Don’t Look Now")</p>
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