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The World’s Shortest International Flight Lasts Only 8 Minutes

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 17:46
<p>You can travel between countries in eight minutes on what could be the world’s shortest international flight.</p><p>In partnership with Venezuela, Aruba Airlines launched a flight last week that traverses the 50-mile distance between Aruba and Punto Fijo in eight minutes, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>Airways</em></a>.</p><p>The flight is scheduled twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, offering passengers in Venezuela connections to Curacao, Bonaire, and <a href="" target="_blank">Miami</a>.</p><p>Prices for the short journey <a href=";mdpcid=ORBITZ-US.META.GOOGLE.CORESEARCH.FLIGHT&amp;tpid=70201&amp;eapid=69983&amp;udpDisplayMode=regular" target="_blank">start at $215</a>.</p><p>In January, <a href="" target="_blank">Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro cut off all air and maritime access</a> to Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, saying that the neighboring island countries were taking resources from Venezuela and selling them on the black market. The blockade lasted three months.</p><p>Connections between Venezuela and the Caribbean remained restricted. Punto Fijo is one of three Venezuelan airports that operates flights to Aruba. Flights to Curacao and and Bonaire are only authorized to depart from the Caracas airport.</p><p>Last year, a Swiss airline cancelled an eight-minute flight between Germany and Switzerland that was previously regarded as the world’s shortest international service. The flight was cancelled because <a href="" target="_blank">not enough people were booking it</a>.</p><p>The shortest commercial flight in the world, Loganair’s <a href="" target="_blank">service from Westray to Papa Westray</a> in Scotland, lasts less than two minutes.</p>
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A Monkey Escaped Its Crate and Ran Around the San Antonio Airport for 2 Hours

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 17:01
<p>A monkey escaped its crate at San Antonio airport on Monday, running around the airport as authorities chased it for almost two hours.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">CBS News reported</a> that authorities from American Airlines, the San Antonio Aviation Department, and the San Antonio Zoo were finally able to corner the renegade monkey, who was tranquilized and captured.</p><p>The rhesus macaque, whose name is Dawkins, was from Brown University and was retiring from his career from research protocols. He left Boston on Monday morning and had successfully made a transfer flight in Chicago. He was on his way to retirement at <a href="" target="_blank">a nearby sanctuary in Cotulla, Texas</a>, when he escaped.</p><p>“The monkey was having a little bit of fun,” Russ Handy, aviation director for the city of San Antonio, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>My San Antonio</em></a>. “If you can visualize what a bag channeling system looks like, it’s a lot of belts and bars, it’s a little bit like a jungle. So, he’s having a pretty good time over there.”</p><p>While he was being transported to cargo, Dawkins finagled his way out of his crate.</p><p>“I can only imagine a monkey or baboon going around right now,” an airport employee <a href="" target="_blank">told local CBS News</a>. “I'm just glad we caught it and it's safe, but it was pretty hectic for us at the airport today.”</p><p>By Monday night, the monkey was safely at his new home.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">No flights or passengers</a> were affected by the runaway monkey.</p>
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T+L Summer Shortlist: How to Pack for a San Diego Getaway

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 14:59
<p><a href="" target="_blank">San Diego, California</a> made our Summer Shortlist thanks to miles of stunning beaches, more than 130 breweries, an epic food scene, and more than enough cultural activities to fill your days. It may, in fact, be the best destination ever for a summer vacation.</p><p>Once you book your ticket to the sunny Southern California city it’s time to get packing. But just what should you bring along for this epic journey, which will undoubtedly include a visit to La Jolla beach to watch the surfers catch a few waves, long walks in Balboa Park, a yummy meal at Salud — the best Mexican food in the city found in the latino Barrio Logan neighborhood, and a pint at Stone Brewing Company? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered in the video above.</p><p>America’s Finest City is ready to host you for long, sun-soaked summer days. So, let’s go! San Diego is waiting. Just don’t forget your hat.</p>
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You’ll Never Guess What State Has 2018's Top Wine Destination

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:32
<p>Napa, Sonoma, and New York's Finger Lakes get a lot of attention when it comes to wine, but they aren't the only places in the U.S. to get an amazing vintage.</p><p>A <a href="" target="_blank">study released Tuesday by RewardExpert</a> analyzed millions of ratings on <a href="" target="_blank">CellarTracker</a> to identify where the best-reviewed bottles of wine originated. According to the study, the top destination for wine this year is in the great state of Ohio. Coshocton, Ohio, to be exact.</p><p>About two hours south of Cleveland and a bit more than an hour east of Columbus, Coshocton has nine wineries and vineyards that boast an average wine rating of 98 out of 100. They're basically wine gifted. According to RewardExpert, this lesser known wine haven has the most highly rated winery in the country: <a href="" target="_blank">Heritage Vineyards</a>.</p><p>Second place went to Easton, Maryland, which has 23 wineries and vineyards. RewardExpert found that the wines out of Easton had an average score of 94 out of 100, and the top-rated winery was Little Ashby Vineyards.</p><p>Here are the top 10 destinations for wine, along with the top rated winery in the region (though we'd bet that they're all great destinations for a vineyard tour).</p>Coshocton, Ohio - Heritage VineyardsEaston, Maryland - Little Ashby VineyardsKingston-Hudson Valley, New York - CereghinosmithRiverhead-Suffolk County, New York - Baiting Hollow Farm VineyardSacramento, California - Madrona VineyardsHermiston-Columbia Valley, Oregon - Cougar Crest Estate WineryMiddle Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico - Corrales WinerySpokane Valley, Washington - Trezzi Farm Food and WineAnchorage, Alaska - Bear Creek WineryGreater El Paso, Texas - Zin Valle Vineyards
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Leave It to Richard Branson to Create Cruise Ships Like None You've Seen Before

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:32
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Virgin</a> is headed to the open seas.</p><p>Virgin Voyages, the upcoming cruise line from <a href="" target="_blank">Richard Branson</a>, has unveiled a “shiptease” with information about the much-anticipated vessels.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How Richard Branson Will Change the Hard Rock Hotel</a></p><img alt="Virgin Voyages ship interior designs "src=""><p>The cruise line will launch with three ships, each with a capacity of 2,700 passengers, expected to set sail in 2020. Production costs are currently estimated to be around $2 billion.</p><p>Virgin Voyages is aiming to put a more sophisticated spin on cruising. Tom McAlpin, Virgin Voyages CEO, said at an event last week that the cruise line was out to “change the way this kind of vacation not only looks and feels, but most importantly, how it’s experienced.”</p><img alt="Virgin Voyages ship interior designs "src=""><p>The cruise line will cater to an adults-only crowd (18 and up), meaning there won’t be waterslides, characters in costume, or games. Instead, the ships are designed with an eye towards the sleek and stylish. A “<a href=";utm_source=facebook&amp;utm_medium=social" target="_blank">creative collective</a>” who have worked on trendy travel brands like Ace Hotels, the Standard, and the Mondrian designed the ships’ interiors, which resemble a cosmopolitan nightclub. A rooftop terrace, dual-level art deco nightclub and a “catamaran net” (rope hammock that dangles off the back end of the ship) form the on-ship entertainment.</p><img alt="Virgin Voyages ship interior designs "src=""><p>“Sailors” (as the brand is calling its passengers) will be able to dine at Pink Agave, an upscale-modern Mexican restaurant, or Test Kitchen, a “scientific dining experience,” complete with beakers, test tubes, and volumetric flasks on the tables.</p><img alt="Virgin Voyages ship interior designs "src=""><p>The cruise line is also expected to boast the “largest daybed at sea” and a workout space with a jogging track.</p><p>The first ship will sail around the Caribbean from Miami in 2020. Additional deliveries are scheduled for 2021 and 2022.</p>
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No One Has Ever Had More Fun Traveling Than Will Smith

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 11:31
<p>Will Smith may be a bit older, but he’s still got fresher than Fresh Prince dance moves. And he’s proving that in a few new Instagram snaps from his vacation in Colombia.</p><p>A few weeks ago, Smith posted a quick video montage to Instagram of his epic dance battles throughout his time in Colombia. In the caption Smith wrote, “I’ma keep it 100 wit’ y’all... I Hurt Myself doin’ that Champeta Move.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">19 Pairs of Sneakers Celebrities Love to Wear on the Go</a></p><p>In the clip fans can see Smith bust a move in various locations alongside his son, Jaden Smith. And though it certainly looked like the pair were having a hell of a good time, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Esquire</a></em> noted that this may have been more of a working vacation as Smith is apparently in Colombia working on his new movie,<i> </i>"Gemini Man," a sci-fi film by Ang Lee about an aging assassin. The film is set for release in October 2019.</p><p>Of course, this wasn’t the only thing Smith posted from his time in Cartagena. In April, he let fans know exactly where he was with an introductory video to the city.</p><p>A few days later he shared another dance video, this time showing off his slow jam skills.</p><p>Smith even posted a hilarious mini-movie on his Instagram account about the trials and tribulations of shooting a movie on location.</p><p>Next, he spotted a fan with an extremely familiar-looking tattoo somewhere in the streets of Colombia.</p><p>And on Sunday, he posted a gorgeous final farewell photo to the South American nation, with an Instagram caption that read, “If there’s one photo that sums up my trip to Colombia... This is it! Muchas gracias por todo.”</p><p>So there you have it, Will Smith loves Colombia and we think you will too. Here’s how to <a href="" target="_blank">start planning your vacation right now</a>. Oh, and here's <a href="" target="_blank">what to pack</a> when you go.</p>
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Prince Harry's Single Cousin Is Your Best Shot at Becoming the Next Meghan Markle (Video)

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:47
<p>Now that Prince Harry is off the market, it’s time to start thinking about your other future royal husband options. If you’re looking for a prince, or future king, there are plenty of <a href="" target="_blank">eligible bachelors around the world</a>. But if you’re still hoping to land a British royal, don’t worry, there’s at least one guy left.</p><p>On Saturday morning, <a href="" target="_blank">all eyes were on Meghan Markle</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">beautiful bride walking down the aisle</a> to marry Prince Harry, but by Saturday afternoon all anyone could talk about was Harry’s extremely handsome cousin, Louis Spencer. Let’s break down everything you need to know about everyone’s new dream royal, so, you know, you're prepared just in case you get set up on a blind date.</p><h2>What’s his royal title?</h2><p>Louis Frederick John Spencer, Viscount Althorp.</p><h2>How old is he?</h2><p>The Viscount is 24 years old.</p><h2>Who is he related to?</h2><p>Louis is the nephew of Princess Diana and first cousin to Prince William and Prince Harry. His father is Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, the ninth Earl Spencer. As <a href="" target="_blank">PopSugar</a> noted, that likely means Louis will eventually inherit the title of earl as well.</p><h2>Is he single?</h2><p>Nobody is sure. However, he's definitely not married, and we do know that he came to the wedding with his mother and sisters — and no date.</p><h2>But is there heavy competition?</h2><p>There could be. In fact, you may have to compete with Nicki Minaj for his attention. In 2015 the singer posted an Instagram snap alongside Louis that said, “check out our wedding photo.”</p><h2>Will he ever become king?</h2><p>No, that would be extraordinarily unlikely, however he will likely inherit his father's title one day, along with the <a href="" target="_blank">family’s castle</a>, which comes with 90 rooms and was built in 1508. Not bad.</p><h2>So what would my royal title be if I married him?</h2><p>You’d become a countess, which sounds pretty cool to us.</p><h2>Is there anyone else I can daydream about as a backup?</h2><p>Yes, of course! May we suggest James Middleton, Kate and Pippa’s brother? While he may not be a royal, the 31-year-old is still super cute, super single, and worthy of everyone’s attention.</p>
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This Labrador Adopted These 9 Ducklings and Now They All Live Happily Ever After in a Castle

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:29
<p>Parenting can be rough, but this dog makes it look easy.</p><p>A 10-year-old labrador named Fred in the U.K. has become a somewhat accidental dad to nine ducklings that were found waddling around <a href="" target="_blank">Mountfitchet Castle</a> in Stansted, Essex.</p><img alt="A DOG has become "dad" to nine baby birds at Mountfitchet Castle, a tourist attraction near Stansted Airport in Essex. "src=""><p>The poor ducklings seemed to have lost their mother, so the castle staff took them in. Since then, the paternal pup has watched over them as his own. This is the definition of a very good boy.</p><p>Castle owner Jeremy Goldsmith told the <a href="" target="_blank">BBC Essex</a> that Fred is a “typical Labrador with a lovely nature.” This isn’t even his first rescue. In the past, he has also nursed a squirrel back to health by keeping a close and loving eye on it.</p><p>Goldsmith said to the <a href="" target="_blank">BBC</a> that the ducklings never leave Fred’s side and even sleep in his bed with him.</p><img alt="A DOG has become "dad" to nine baby birds at Mountfitchet Castle, a tourist attraction near Stansted Airport in Essex. "src=""><p>The ducklings are expected to stay at the castle until they’re old enough to leave. Until then, they’ll be waddling behind their new dad and riding on his back on sunny afternoons.</p><p>Who would really want to leave castle life, anyway?</p>
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The Two-block Stretch in Denver That You Have to Visit

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:01
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Colorado’s capital</a> has flowing craft beer, mountain views, and a Wild West undercurrent. You can catch all that — plus the Ramble Hotel, one of this spring’s most exciting arrivals — on one stretch of Larimer Street in the River North Arts District (RiNo), within walking distance of downtown. </p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Ramble Hotel</a></h2><p>This lavish 50-room spot has not one but four bars and cafés by the crew from New York City’s <a href="" target="_blank">Death &amp; Co.</a> — and <a href="" target="_blank">Super Mega Bien</a>, a pan-Latin restaurant by Dana Rodriguez, the chef of nearby <a href="" target="_blank">Work &amp; Class</a>. <em>Doubles from $267</em></p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Topo Designs</a></h2><p>Move over, <a href="" target="_blank">Patagonia</a>. This Colorado upstart is becoming the go-to outfitter for outdoorsy types. Stop by for a camp blanket made in collaboration with <a href="" target="_blank">Woolrich</a> or to shop the wall of brightly colored packs. </p><img alt="Culture, at Denver's Central Market "src=""><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Denver Central Market</a></h2><p>From coffee to ceviche, this food hall has it all. Go for cheese plates at <a href="" target="_blank">Culture</a>, oysters at <a href="" target="_blank">Tammen’s</a>, or a flight of unusual ice creams at <a href="" target="_blank">High Point Creamery</a>. </p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Our Mutual Friend Brewing</a> </h2><p>Spot this brewery by the colorful mural out front. This is a favorite among <a href="" target="_blank">Denverites</a> for the house beers on tap, like session ales and barley wines. </p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Pupil</a></h2><p>Like the eyeglasses within, this shop is thoughtful and minimal. The brand’s sunglasses, crafted in Denver, make for a stylish souvenir. </p><img alt="Dinner at The Populist, in Denver "src=""><h2><a href="" target="_blank">The Populist</a></h2><p>The seasonal small plates here pull from an eclectic mix of influences — the tandoori chicken and sunchoke agnolotti are standouts.<em> Entrées $15–$25.</em></p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">OKHI</a></h2><p>The décor — early Apple computers and Saved by the Bell–style prints — suggests kids these days hanker for the 1980s. The stock consists of candy-colored beanies, vintage apparel, and splashy turntables. </p>
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Why Prince Charles Gets Six Months of Birthday Celebrations and You Only Get One Day

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 08:36
<p>Now that the <a href="" target="_blank">wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle</a> is over, it's time to pay attention to a different royal: Prince Charles.</p><p>On Tuesday, the entire royal family (including the newlyweds) came together for a party celebrating Prince Charles’s 70th birthday. The event, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Express</a> </em>explained, was a garden party hosted by the Queen at Buckingham palace. And though the event sounded lovely — and was a great excuse for us to see Harry and Meghan for the first time <a href="" target="_blank">since the wedding</a> — there’s one big problem: It isn’t Prince Charles’s birthday.</p><img alt="Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex "src=""><p>Prince Charles’s actual 70th birthday won’t come until November 14. So why then is he, along with the entire royal family, celebrating his birth a full six months early?</p><p>According to reports, the prince, and the entire royal family, are simply kicking things off with this party and will keep the celebration going all year long, because it’s a massive milestone for Charles, who will still one day likely be king.</p><p>Charles’s website explains: “The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle will attend The Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace. The event will celebrate The Prince of Wales’ Patronages and Military affiliations as well as others involved in charities supported by The Prince."</p><p>Beyond the royals, more than 6,000 guests attended the garden party bash, each representing the more than 380 charities Charles supports. According to a source who spoke to The Telegraph, Charles chose to celebrate his birthday with the charities because “He wasn’t comfortable with a big event that was just about him. He felt like this would be a much better option.”</p><p>Prince Harry poked fun at the event in an otherwise heartfelt speech. "You have inspired William and I, and looking out here today, it is clear to see that we are not alone. You have created an incredible body of work that has, and will continue to make such a huge difference to so many people's lives both here and around the world," he said. "With that, Ladies and Gentlemen, please can I ask you to join me in wishing The Prince of Wales a very Happy Birthday – six months ahead of his 70th! How very royal!"</p><p><em><a href="" target="_blank">The Telegraph</a></em> reported that Prince Charles will likely have a quiet, more intimate celebration to mark his actual birthday in the fall. But, at least the royals will publicly be celebrating their boy Charles for the next six months in public.</p>
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Disney Cruise Line Just Announced New Cruises for 2019 — Here’s When You’ll Need to Book

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 08:33
<p>It’s not too early to start planning a Disney cruise for fall 2019.</p><p>Disney Cruise Line just announced its new cruise itineraries and sail dates for October, November, and December of next year. The lineup promises exciting excursions to island locales, coastal destinations, and jaw-dropping scenery, including the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Baja, the Mexican Riviera, Bermuda, Canada, and the Panama Canal.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Secret Attraction at Disney World That Most Guests Don’t Know About</a></p><p>Whether you only have time for a quick getaway or you're looking to escape the daily grind for a while longer, Disney has a wide selection of cruises to meet your schedule, with itineraries ranging from two-night jots to Baja and two-week getaways down the Panama Canal.</p><p>The first trip is a <a href="" target="_blank">10-night transatlantic cruise</a> on the <em>Disney Magic</em> cruise ship. In a perfect blend of history, culture, and harbor views, the cruise departs from Dover, England on September 15 and makes ports of call at England's famous Stonehenge; Cork, Ireland; and Sydney and Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada. The ship arrives in New York, New York on the 11th day.</p><p>And if you cannot imagine fall without a Halloween bash, Disney offers multiple <a href="" target="_blank">Halloween-themed cruises</a> to destinations in Bermuda, Baja, Canada, the Mexican Riviera, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean.</p><p>Cruises depart from U.S. coastal cities Port Canaveral, Florida; Miami, Florida; Galveston, Texas; San Diego, California; and New York, New York. Three additional cruises leave from Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada; Dover, England; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.</p><p>Platinum and Gold Castaway Club Members can <a href="" target="_blank">book now</a>, Silver Members can book on Wednesday, May 23, and non-members will be able to book cruises starting Thursday, May 24. To see the full list of itineraries and sail dates for fall 2019, head to the <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Cruise Line website</a>.</p>
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Virgin Atlantic Is Adding Nonstop Service Between Las Vegas and Heathrow

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 07:25
<p>Virgin Atlantic, which has so far only offered flights between <a href="" target="_blank">Las Vegas</a> and Heathrow during high-traffic days surrounding <a href="" target="_blank">CES</a>, has decided to offer flights on that route year-round.</p><p>The LAS-LHR flight will replace the one Virgin Atlantic has been operating between McCarran International Airport and London’s Gatwick Airport since 2009 and will be serviced by a Boeing 787 aircraft departing Las Vegas daily at 7:05 p.m. and setting out from Heathrow Airport daily at 12:40 p.m.</p><p>You can go to the <a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Atlantic</a> website and book a ticket now, but only for flights on March 31, 2019 or later, when the carrier also will debut a second daily flight between Heathrow and <a href="" target="_blank">Boston</a>.</p><h2>Qatar Airways at Gatwick</h2><p>London’s Gatwick Airport may be losing that Virgin Atlantic flight to Las Vegas, but this week it picked up twice-daily <a href="" target="_blank">Qatar Airways</a> flights to and from Doha. (Between June 15 and September 29, Qatar will offer three daily flights on the route on Fridays and Saturdays.)</p><p>Qatar, which this summer will offer six daily flights between Doha and London’s Heathrow Airport, is using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Doha-Gatwick route with 22 business class and 232 economy class seats.</p><h2>Prep for Poutine</h2><p>This week <a href="" target="_blank">Air Canada</a> began flying daily year-round, nonstop flights between Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Montréal - Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.</p><h2>Start Planning a Ski Trip</h2><p>And for those who’d like to buy tickets for next winter’s ski trips in and around Vail, Colorado, <a href="" target="_blank">United Airlines</a> just announced new weekly, seasonal nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport and <a href="" target="_blank">Eagle County Regional Airport</a>. For the winter season, which starts December 19, United will also step up from weekly to daily service between EGE and both San Francisco International Airport and <a href="" target="_blank">Dulles Washington International Airport</a>.</p>
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After More Than 3,000 Requests, Away Just Debuted This Dreamy New Luggage Color

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 07:07
<p>Until this morning, I had zero regrets about my Away suitcase — I have <a href=";" target="_blank">The Bigger Carry-on</a> and I adore it as much as a human can adore a piece of <a href="" target="_blank">hardside</a><a href="" target="_blank"> luggage</a>. The internal compartments have made my packing style so much more organized. The built-in charger has come in handy on many a plug-less adventure. And the shell is a sleek, sturdy, compliment machine.</p><p>But it's not sky blue — the perfect pastel core color that just launched today and speaks to the essence of my very being.</p><p>Every time the cult-favorite brand has introduced a light blue shade, it's sold out in record time. There were the pretty Frost and Pool shades from the Winter 2017 collection and a stunning ocean blue as part of photographer <a href="" target="_blank">Gray Malin's collaboration</a>. After these limited editions sold out, Away's customer service and social media teams received more than 3,000 requests to add a light blue to the core collection, and as of today, it's here to stay. </p><img alt="away new blue suitcase "src=""><p>Sky is now available for Away's entire line of suitcases — from the <a href=";" target="_blank">Kids' Carry-on</a> to the <a href=";" target="_blank">29-inch Large</a> — and I guess I'll just have to count it as an excuse to update my checked bag. </p><h2>Away Suitcase in Sky</h2><img alt="away new blue suitcase "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";" target="_blank"></a>, from $195</p>
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Hang Time Is the First Dive Coaster in California — and It’s Going to Scare the S*** Out of You

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 07:02
<p>There’s a new kind of gravity-defying fun coming to the West Coast.</p><p>Hang Time, the new “infinity coaster” at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California boasts much more than the steepest drop in the state. Most of Knott’s thrill rides offer their own terror-inducing caveats, like launch takeoffs or record-setting heights, but this one introduces a new level of fear — one that’s as physical as it is mental.</p><p>As the first-ever <a href="" target="_blank">dive coaster</a> in California, Hang Time’s “beyond-vertical” drop is worth getting anxious for. During the day, it’s a pastel-colored tower of fear; at night it comes alive, taunting park goers with pulsating blue lights. No other coaster in the park — nor the state of California — features its plunging format, which dips inwards for an extreme 96-degree drop. It’s not the negative-g stall loop or 15-story perpendicular ascent that’ll get you. It’s those endless seconds you’ll spend hovering up top, waiting knowingly for what comes next.</p><p>The brand new coaster doesn’t have the eye-popping terror of Knott’s Berry Farm’s Xcelerator the Ride, standing so tall on the property’s northern corner that you’ll nearly cause a fender-bender driving past, but Hang Time’s intricate nest of loops and twists make it impossible to see where one begins, where another ends, and which will be scariest of all.</p><p>Some will bestow the honor of California’s most frightening coaster elsewhere, but for me, it starts and ends here. Challenging both in mind and body with its 150-foot arch, Hang Time is the only ride of its kind in the Golden State and officially my worst nightmare. Anxious for days on end, I approached the record-setting ride shakily from apprehension or evening chill, possibly both. I’ve been on coasters with similar vertical lifts — Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at <a href="" target="_blank">Universal Studios Florida</a>, whose ascension feels like an elevator ride to one’s own funeral and Mall of America’s smaller-scale SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge, made by the same manufacturers as Hang Time — but something about this towering within the Berry Farm’s laid-back beach boardwalk renders it impossible.</p><p>The seating, too, is guttural; upon sending a photo to a friend, she remarked “There’s only a lap bar? And you go upside down?” No over-the-shoulder restraints, no calf guards — fitted like heavyweight championship belts, Hang Time’s ingeniously freaky seats are safe but not intended to emphasize it, keep you secured with only a belt and wide waist harness.</p><p>Shoeless, sight-impaired and shivering with fear — I was required to remove both my glasses and Birkenstocks prior to boarding — we curled upwards onto Hang Time’s vertical lift, a sensation that feels like nothing else until you've endured it. Being pulled chest-first into the sky is typically reserved for alien abductions, not pastel-colored surfing-themed attractions, and it triggers your mind in a primal way that something is about to be very, very wrong.</p><p>Once hoisted towards the heavens, you’ll be unceremoniously perched atop its 150-foot-high crux and remain there in infinite pause, luxuriating in the fear to come. The six-or-so second suspension at the top feels endless, in the the way a slow driver in a highway's left lane or pokey customer transaction when you’re next in line always tends to fill more time than need be, and then it begins. A free fall not far enough to be incomprehensible, but just enough to let that little jag inwards — a remarkable effect — get you in your gut.</p><p>From there, Hang Time becomes a breeze, quite literally. With five inversions and negative-g forces — that’s coaster speak for “you’ll feel suspended in air” — each twist upwards feels smoother and bigger and more full of air than the last, only reinforcing how dead-on its surfing theme really is. When you pull into its end, surrounded by 15 other survivors, you’ll feel overwhelming accomplishment and an urge to brave it all yet again.</p><p>Knott’s Berry Farm’s newest thrill may not death-defying in practice, but where others are big and fast, this one takes it slow, stretching out every moment of anticipation for a mental test unlike any other. Whether you’re floating through the air, soaring straight upwards or surveying the vast surroundings, the cascade of effects packed into Hang Time will give you the most multi-faceted thrills California has to offer — if you’re brave enough to take it on, that is.</p>
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The Royal Wedding Photo 'Mistake' Everyone's Talking About Is Actually Not a Mistake at All (Video)

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 07:00
<p>On Monday, the world got its first look at the <a href="" target="_blank">official royal wedding portraits</a>. And though Meghan Markle and Prince Harry looked radiant as they sat on the couch in Windsor castle, first flanked by their family members, then by their <a href="" target="_blank">page boys and bridesmaids</a>, fans couldn’t help but focus on one teeny, tiny detail. </p><p>In one particular photo taken by <a href="" target="_blank">photographer Alexi Lubomirski</a>, which features the senior royal family and the page boys and flower girls, royal fans noticed that four-year-old Ivy Mulroney and three-year-old Florence van Cutsem are sharing a bouquet. </p><p>In a second shot, which simply features the couple surrounded by their tiny wedding party, Florence — who is Harry’s goddaughter — can be seen without a bouquet at all. Moreover, her friend Ivy appears to be missing her flower crown as well.</p><p>“[F]lower girls short one head garland and one bouquet in pictures and entering church, what happened???” One Twitter user noted. Another added, “It shouldn't bother me but because I know it's meant to be there it really irritates me that one of the flower girls is missing their bouquet in the royal wedding pics.”</p><p>But, as the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em> explained, there’s a very simple reason why Florence was sharing her bouquet with Ivy: Ivy didn't have a bouquet during the wedding ceremony, nor did she during the photo session, because she was responsible for taking Meghan's flowers once she reached the altar.</p><img alt="Bridesmaids and Page Boys during the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle "src=""><p>Additionally, Ivy didn’t wear a flower crown like the other bridesmaids because she simply had a different hairstyle for the day. She chose to wear flowers in the back of her hair instead of in a garland style.</p><p>As <a href="" target="_blank">Kensington Palace</a> noted in a statement, Meghan's wedding bouquet included flowers that were handpicked by her husband, Prince Harry, from their private garden at Kensington Palace. The bouquet itself was designed by florist Philippa Craddock.</p><p>The bouquet included Forget-Me-Nots, Princess Diana's favorite flower. "The couple specifically chose them to be included in Ms. Markle’s bouquet to honour the memory of the late Princess on this special day,” the Palace stated.</p>
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This Town in the Hamptons Is One of New York’s Best-kept Secrets

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:55
<p>Joey Wölffer is quick to acknowledge that the Hamptons have a reputation. “I’m tired of people thinking of the <a href="" target="_blank">Hamptons</a> as a party destination,” she told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “There is so much here. It’s real.”</p><img alt="Joey Wölffer "src=""><p>Wölffer is the proprietor of <a href="" target="_blank">Wölffer Estate</a>, a winery founded by her father in 1988 that helped put Long Island on the wine-world map. Exciting things are happening at Wölffer since she took the helm — for example, the estate has gotten in on the distilling game and plans to release a brandy this fall — but Wölffer is also deeply conscious about the winery's ties to the town where it was born.</p><p>Growing up around the vineyard, she was deeply immersed in a side of the Hamptons people don't often see. Sag Harbor, the closest hamlet to the estate, is the place she still calls home — “an old whaling town where all the buildings are in their original state.” And despite tourism and vacation-home development in the surrounding parts of the Hamptons, that soul is still palpable. “Sag Harbor still has a genuine feeling to it,” said Wölffer. “I'm all about authentic — things that are natural, are what they <em>are</em> — and this is a real, authentic town.”</p><p>Sag Harbor isn't just a symbol of the “old” way of life amid celebrity mansions and seasonal vacation travel. It's a destination in its own right, one of the best-kept-secret small towns on Long Island.</p><p>“There is so much to do here,” said Wölffer. “Nature preserves, beaches, events, museums. People have no idea how much art is out here, how much history.” And, with nearby Bridgehampton an easy ride from the city on the Long Island Rail Road, you can discover the community spirit of the old Hamptons without breaking the bank.</p><p>Here are Joey Wölffer's suggestions for how to see Sag Harbor like a local.</p><img alt="waterfront in Sag Harbor the hamptons long island "src=""><h2>Find the perfect waterfront retreat.</h2><p>There are plenty of inns and bed-and-breakfasts around town, but for a classic stay right on the harbor, Wölffer suggests <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Baron’s Cove</a> — a recently renovated 67-room property with beach access and a saltwater pool.</p><p>“It's on the water, which is really special,” but still an easy walk into the main town. Plus, said Wölffer, “it has a fun vibe to it, kind of a ‘<a href="" target="_blank">Dirty Dancing</a>’ feel.” Indeed, the original 1960s-era hotel was a swank haunt for the likes of Truman Capote and Willem and Elaine de Kooning.</p><h2>Take advantage of the restaurants in town.</h2><p>For warm-weather travelers, Wölffer says <a href="" target="_blank">The Beacon</a> — a seasonal restaurant that's been feeding Sag Harbor for 20 summers — is a must. “It's one of the only restaurants in town that's on the water,” she said. “It's a great spot to have a drink at sunset.” Other favorites include family-friendly <a href="" target="_blank">LT Burger</a>, whose off-the-wall offerings include a Kobe beef hot dog, and <a href="" target="_blank">Dockside Bar &amp; Grill</a>, a seafood-focused favorite with harbor views. “It's really low-key with a super local crowd — plus, great fish tacos.” Her family also operates a restaurant, <a href="" target="_blank">Wölffer Kitchen</a>, serving up wines from the family's estate and food from local producers. Her recommendation: “après-beach rosé and oysters at the raw bar.”</p><img alt="street in Sag Harbor the Hamptons Long Island "src=""><h2>Unearth some vintage treasures.</h2><p>Sag Harbor is one of the best stops in the Hamptons for <a href="" target="_blank">vintage shopping</a> and antiquing — a fact that Wölffer takes seriously at her own boutique in town, <a href="" target="_blank">Joey Wölffer</a>, which houses a rotating vintage section curated by a local dealer. Her favorite must-stop vintage shops include <a href="" target="_blank">Black Swan</a>, an antique-hunter's paradise filled with vintage goods and industrial materials. Wölffer also recommends <a href="" target="_blank">Ruby Beets</a>, housed inside a historic silent movie theater, which is “a little more modern” with a vintage collection supplemented by locally hand-made pottery and bespoke furniture.</p><h2>Bring your kids along.</h2><p>Wölffer says Sag Harbor is one of the kid-friendliest towns in the area, with plenty of shops, parks, and activities for little ones. Children will get a kick out of the <a href="" target="_blank">Wharf Shop</a>, an old-school toy store, and the Sag Harbor Variety Store (known locally only as the <a href="" target="_blank">Five &amp; Dime</a>) — which she calls “the best store in town, especially if you have kids. It's a local staple.” Toys in hand, they will enjoy getting dressed up at one of the many quirky kids clothing shops in town, like Wölffer's choice <a href="" target="_blank">Stella &amp; Ruby</a>. Wölffer's own <a href="" target="_blank">roving fashion truck</a> will even be popping up around town this summer stocked with styles for babies and children.</p><img alt="the wolffer family at wolffer estate vineyard in long island "src=""><h2>Get outside.</h2><p>In the end, you'll want to visit Sag Harbor to get a little peace, quiet, and sea air. Spend as much time as you can outdoors, exploring quaint streets around town and heading down to the water. Wölffer says "stopping at the <a href="" target="_blank">Farmer’s Market</a> is always a great activity on the weekend" — you'll find produce, baked goods, local dairy products, and crafts from Sag Harbor artisans. Spending time on the water is also a must. “We have a canoe, but it's sometimes nice to just sit and watch the boats go out from the <a href="" target="_blank">Breakwater Yacht Club</a>,” she said.</p><p>In addition to nearby green spaces like North Haven Park and <a href="" target="_blank">LongHouse Reserve</a> — "one of the most beautiful art gardens in the country" — you can spend some time in the sun at the <a href="" target="_blank">Wölffer Estate</a> vineyards. Take a tour before heading to the tasting room to enjoy the winery's latest offerings, like the newly-released canned editions of their beloved <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">rosé cider</a> or the forthcoming red cider and red wine for their <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Summer in a Bottle</a> series (debuting this August).</p>
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T+L's Summer Shortlist: Why San Diego Is the Perfect Summer Getaway

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:03
<p>The warm weather is creeping into cities and towns across America. As the days get longer, the grass gets greener, and people get ready to enjoy a few days off, there’s only one thing <em>Travel + Leisure</em> can do: Release our summer shortlist.</p><p>This year’s list highlights the domestic destinations that are heating up in travel. So where should you go first? <a href="" target="_blank">San Diego</a>, California.</p><p>In this southern California city that feels like a town, visitors can truly enjoy the summer sunshine at one of the city’s gorgeous beaches (hello, La Jolla), eat at some of the best Mexican restaurants north of the border, and sip on an ice cold beer or two from San Diego’s famous breweries.</p><p>Of course, if beaches and breweries aren’t your thing there’s still plenty to do in San Diego, like checking out its public gardens at Balboa Park, seeking out one of the city’s best art galleries, or paying a visit to the famed San Diego zoo for a bit of family fun.</p><p>Truly, with endless sunny days and temperatures that average in the high 70s all summer long there may be no better place to spend your vacation days than in San Diego, America’s finest city. So go ahead, book your tickets now.</p>
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How One Frequent Flier Snagged an $18,000 Flight for $76

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:35
<p>Travel rewards blogger Ramy Wahby recently flew first class from <a href="" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> for only $76 — and a lot of points.</p><p>Wahby is an engineer who also runs the blog <a href="" target="_blank">Points Pointers</a> to help people learn how to make points work to their advantage.</p><p>Using 70,000 air miles from Alaska Airlines, which he had accrued with his credit cards, Wahby only paid an additional $76 to experience 16 hours in Cathay Pacific’s first class. The Cathay Pacific flight would have cost $18,000 if Wahby had booked it directly.</p><p>Wahby showed up to the airport seven hours before his flight to take advantage of the different Cathay Pacific lounges. In his travel vlog, he details all the different amenities available, even before takeoff. Passengers in the airline’s Wing lounge can draw a bath or rinse off with a rainfall shower.</p><p>Once onboard the plane, Wahby examined the seat, sampled the menu and ordered champagne and caviar. His bed became a seat and Wahby slept away the flight like he was in his bed at hime.</p><p>In order to accrue his points for this trip, Wahby said he <a href="" target="_blank">opened several Alaska Airlines Bank of America credit cards</a>, each with a signing bonus of 25,000 points.</p><p>The flight was a part of a weekend jaunt to Hong Kong, paid for mostly with credit card points. Wahby estimates that he paid just $140 to experience <a href="" target="_blank">$27,000 worth of luxury</a>.</p><p>“Flying first class with Cathay Pacific Airlines was my favorite experience - from the multiple different lounges to the amount of private space you're provided with, I was blown away,” <a href="" target="_blank">Wahby told the <em>Daily Mail</em></a>.</p>
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The First Official Royal Wedding Portraits Are Here and No One Looks Happier Than Prince George

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:12
<p>Sure, <a href="" target="_blank">the royal wedding is done</a>, the streets of Windsor have been cleaned up, and the royals have all gone home, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over just yet.</p><p>On Monday, Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan Markle released the first official photos from their wedding on Instagram. In the first of three post, Kensington Palace shared, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released three official photographs from their wedding day. This photograph was taken by <a href="" target="_blank">photographer Alexi Lubomirski</a> in The Green Drawing Room of Windsor Castle, following the carriage procession.”</p><p>The photo features Harry and Meghan surrounded by their family including Meghan’s mother Doria, Prince William, Kate Middleton, their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, and a rather regal-looking Queen.</p><p>In the second snap, Meghan and Harry take a seat on the floor of Windsor Castle surrounded by their adorable wedding party, once again including Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who each acted as page boy and bridesmaid for the day. In the post, Kensington wrote, “This photo of The Duke and Duchess with the Bridesmaids and Page Boys was taken by photographer <a href="" target="_blank">@alexilubomirski</a> in The Green Drawing Room of Windsor Castle.”</p><p>And while both Harry and Meghan look happy and completely in love, does anyone truly look more thrilled than Prince George? Just check out that smile.</p><p>Finally, in the third and most intimate photo, Harry and Meghan are shown lounging on the steps of Windsor. <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan’s Givenchy dress</a>, her <a href="" target="_blank">borrowed tiara</a>, and her delicate engagement and wedding rings were all on full display. In the caption, Kensington shared, “They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world <a href="" target="_blank">#RoyalWedding</a>.”</p><p>Indeed, we all feel lucky you shared your day with us too, Meghan and Harry. Just make sure to keep us updated on Instagram with <a href="" target="_blank">your honeymoon plans</a>, OK?</p>
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It’s Shark Week Every Week at This Las Vegas Casino Resort

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:50
<p>When you think of sharks and <a href="" target="_blank">Las Vegas</a>, you probably think of card games and people — not the animal. But with the arrival of Palms Resort Casino’s new bar, that association might change.</p><p>As part of its $620-million renovation, the hotel recently unveiled a massive art collection with works loaned by owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta. In addition to new pieces from contemporary artists, visitors can see works from heavyweights like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Worhol and Takashi Murakami.</p><p>One artist with a particularly significant footprint on the project is Damien Hirst, the British artist famous for his provocative installations. The Palms’ new bar, Unknown, was designed by First himself and takes its name from “The Unknown (Explored, Explained, Exploded),” one of Hirst’s iconic shark tanks.</p><p>Positioned above the central bar, the work displays a 13-foot tiger shark suspended inside a six-foot-tall steel tank filled with formaldehyde. Hirst also created 16 new graphic spot paintings to surround the tank.</p><p>If the <a href="" target="_blank">Las Vegas</a> piece sounds familiar, it’s because the shark is part of Hirst’s Natural History series, which started back in 1991 when Hirst unveiled his first sculpture — a very similar tiger-shark installation titled “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living.” Reportedly, that piece fetched as much as $12 million when it was sold in 2014.</p>
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