The One Thing That Will Keep Your Kids Occupied on a Plane, According to Traveling Parents

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 13:00
<p>There is one nightmare that rattles every traveling parent and makes them sweat their sheets at night: your child becoming <em>that child</em><i> </i>on a flight who won’t stop crying, yelling, or kicking the seat in front of them. In a recent survey of British parents, nearly one-third said they wouldn’t take their child on a flight longer than three hours because of this fear.</p><p>But there’s one simple, low-tech line of defense on which savvy parents rely. Rather than stimulate a child with an iPad or movies on the seatback entertainment system, a majority of well-prepped parents say they never board flights without notebooks, pencils and crayons.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to a survey by the British family travel firm Tots to Travel</a>, 57 percent of parents show up to flights armed with stationary with pen and paper being the most commonly-brought distraction for children. Only 27 percent of parents came armed with an iPad and 10 percent used chocolates or sweets to placate their children.</p><p>The reason is that pen and paper never gets boring. Children, especially those younger than five, need constant stimulation to keep from descending into naughty behavior.</p><p>'Whilst you may get quick wins from using technology to entertain them at this age, this is often short-lived as the children start to experience eye-strain, lack of movement and secondary behaviours,” child behavioral expert Richard Daniel Curtis told <em>The Daily Mail</em>. “These secondary behaviours include things like not answering a parent, being frustrated, irritability and rudeness.”</p><p>Traveling With Your Kids Will Make Them Better in School, Study Suggests</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Avoid 'Airplane Meltdowns' When Traveling With Their Kids</a></p><p>Pen and paper provides “infinite opportunities” for drawing, writing and playing games, <a href="" target="_blank">Curtis said</a>.</p><p>That being said, <a href="" target="_blank">there’s also a whole slew of products</a> — some of which are more high tech — that will make traveling with children much easier.</p>
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You Can Eat Fondue in a Heated Gondola Instead of Skiing This Winter

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 12:00
<p>This winter you don’t need to travel to Europe to enjoy an authentic fondue dinner. At <a href="" target="_blank">Ocean House</a> in Rhode Island you can indulge in a multi-course dining extravaganza in a very unique location — a former ski gondola repurposed from the slopes into a private dining room. Appropriately named Fondue Express, this intimate boîte features plush seating, heated floors, and cute touches such as a cuckoo clock and a wooden toy cow. It seats up to four people and you can book the gondola for lunch or dinner.</p><p>While you wait to be escorted from the reception to the gondola, you can even request Columbia Titanium jackets to wear for the occasion. Part of their Extreme Eco down jacket line, they are extremely light and made with 100-percent recycled fabric from 27 plastic bottles.</p><p>Once you’re settled into the gondola, the dining begins. The first course is a meat plate of bresaola, Black Forest ham, cornichons, and vegetables. This is followed by a mâche salad or hearty Swiss barley soup. For the main course you can choose between fondue, raclette (cheese over potatoes), or veal sausage with rösti (similar to hash browns). For dessert there’s a Swiss plum tart with cinnamon ice cream and Swiss Christmas cookies. Diners have the option to pair each course with Veuve Clicquot champagne.</p><p>The Fondue Express can be booked from now until Feb. 14. It costs $300 (plus tax and gratuity) for up to four people and $460 (plus tax and gratuity) with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne pairing. If you don’t have <a href="" target="_blank">Valentine’s Day plans</a> yet, this alpine-themed gondola is the perfect date spot.</p>
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You Only Need 5 Minutes in Nature to Improve Your Mood, Study Finds

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 01/20/2019 - 12:01
<p>Spending just five minutes in <a href="" target="_blank">nature</a> can quickly improve your mood, researchers from the University of Regina have found.</p><p>In a study published in the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Journal of Positive Psychology</a></em>, researchers found that participants who spent just five minutes sitting in nature experienced an increase in positive emotions.</p><p>Researchers conducted two studies before coming to this conclusion.</p><p>In the first study, a total of 123 participants from the university’s psychology department participant pool were assigned either to an outdoor location (an urban park on the border of the campus) or an indoor location (a windowless laboratory room). Participants were asked to put away all electronic devices and focus on their setting while remaining seated for five minutes.</p><p>Each person was then asked to scale a range of emotions that included both hedonic moods (emotions associated with comfort and pleasure) and self-transcendent emotions (including feelings of awe, gratitude, wonder, and a sense that you are part of something greater than yourself), both before and after being taken to each setting.</p><p>When it came to hedonic emotions, those sitting outside experienced an increase before and after the test, while those in the indoor setting did not. Similarly, when it came to self-transcendent emotions, those in the outdoor setting experienced a greater increase than those inside. </p><p>Results also indicated a sense of awe evoked by spending just five minutes in the outdoor setting. </p><p>Researchers then conducted a second study to see if increasing the duration spent in the natural setting would correlate with a larger increase in these emotions.</p><p>For the second study, 70 participants from the university’s psychology department pool were asked to spend 15 minutes (without electronic devices) seated in both settings. For the second study, researchers also included a scale for participants to score negative emotions including stress, depression, and anxiety on a four-point scale.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Why Taking a Fishing Trip Is Good for Your Mental Health</a></p><p>While increasing the duration of the time spent in nature did not increase the amount of positive emotions experienced, the study also revealed that negative emotions were lowered in both settings with five minutes of rest.</p><p>“There are two important take homes; the first I emphasize to all my students these days — when you need an emotional boost, the fastest and easiest way is to spend a few minutes with nature,” one of the study’s authors, Katherine D. Arbuthnott, told <em><a href="" target="_blank">PsyPost</a></em>. Arbuthnott noted that being outside is the best option, but looking at photos of natural scenes can also help.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Why the Japanese Are Taking 'Forest Baths'</a></p><p>“The second is that, since contact with nature is so beneficial to our emotional health, preserving our local natural spaces is an important public health goal,” she added.</p><p>The study does have some limitations, including that it only examined short exposures of up to 15 minutes in a small urban park, but its results are a nod to the importance of green spaces in urban planning.</p>
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Delta Donated $83,500 to Reopen Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Just in Time for the Holiday Weekend

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 01/20/2019 - 11:00
<p>On the week of the famous activist’s birthday, Delta Air Lines donated funds to reopen Atlanta’s <a href="" target="_blank">Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park</a> despite the government shutdown.</p><p>Starting Saturday, the national park will reopen for visitors and will be able to operate through early February thanks to a grant from the airline.</p><p>Most of the park has been closed since the <a href="" target="_blank">government shutdown</a> began on Dec. 22. An $83,500 grant from <a href="" target="_blank">Delta</a> will cover the park’s re-opening (including clean up, administration, maintenance and employee pay) through Feb. 3.</p><p>“Upon learning that the #governmentshutdown meant Dr. King’s birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Fire Station No. 6 and the visitor center would be closed during the national holiday, we knew we had to take action,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian <a href="" target="_blank">wrote in a statement on LinkedIn</a>.</p><p>The park will be open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19. Visitors will be able to see all 35 acres of the historic park, including the home where King was born and the church where he served as co-pastor.</p><p>“It is not possible to overstate our appreciation to The Delta Air Lines Foundation for ensuring the Martin Luther King, Jr. sites are accessible to the American people as we honor Dr. King on the 90th anniversary of his birth,” David L. Bernhardt, acting secretary of the interior, said in a statement. “This is yet another example of private organizations stepping up to ensure that our visitors from across the nation and around the world are able to have a meaningful experience at national parks.”</p>
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25 Things You Absolutely Must Do Before You Board a Plane, According to a Frequent Flier

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 17:56
<p>Traffic-clogged airports. Malfunctioning check-in machines. Brusque TSA agents. Overpriced restaurants. Chaotic <a href="" target="_blank">boarding procedures</a>. The fight for dwindling overhead space…not to mention the armrest.</p><p>Flying today is a practice in pandemonium. Unless you mix a little preparation into your process, that is. Here are 25 simple strategies every traveler can undertake to travel in relative comfort and calm for a more peaceful experience.</p><h2>Download and Use Your Airline’s App</h2><p>Unless you’re checking a bag, there’s no reason to queue up at the check-in desk or deal with a fingerprint-smudged kiosk at the airport. Download your airline’s <a href="" target="_blank">app</a> ahead of time, make sure your reservation details are in, and then use it to check-in. That way, you can head straight to security when you arrive at the airport. <a href="" target="_blank">Delta’s app</a> will even check you in automatically 24 hours in advance of your flight. Several airlines, including Alaska and Southwest, now offer free onboard <a href="" target="_blank">entertainment</a> via passengers’ personal devices through their apps, so you should have them on your phone anyway.</p><h2>Get The Airline Credit Card</h2><p>Don’t fly enough to earn elite status? <a href="" target="_blank">Airline credit cards</a> like the United Explorer and American’s Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select offer cardholders perks similar to elites, including free checked bags and priority boarding. Carrying one of these cards can save you money on luggage and ensure you’ll find <a href="" target="_blank">carry-on</a> space in the overhead bins ahead of the crowd.</p><h2>Have a Status Strategy</h2><p>Speaking of airline status, if you are going for gold (or silver, or platinum) this year, make sure your <a href="" target="_blank">frequent-flier number</a> is attached to all your airline reservations. Even if you’re not flying your usual carriers, chances are the airline you’re on is <a href="" target="_blank">partners</a> with another you fly more frequently thanks to alliances. That way, you can earn airline miles toward status on every single flight you take.</p><h2>Check Aircraft Alternatives</h2><p>Seats and amenities can vary dramatically, even from plane to plane within a single family of jets in a particular airline’s fleet. Before booking, look up flights on <a href="" target="_blank">Routehappy</a> to see which airlines on your route offer the <a href="" target="_blank">roomiest seats</a> and conveniences like in-seat power and the availability of <a href="" target="_blank">Wi-Fi</a>. Once you settle on an airline, double check the aircraft type and seat map on the carrier’s own site to make sure you’re flying the plane you want. After all, you don’t want to think you’re booking one of Qatar Airways’ <a href="" target="_blank">QSuites</a> only to end up with a random recliner.</p><h2>Assess Your Seating Situation</h2><p>Whether you like a <a href="" target="_blank">window</a> or an <a href="" target="_blank">aisle</a>, it’s worth checking <a href="" target="_blank">SeatGuru</a>‘s detailed seat maps to confirm your chosen place on the plane won’t be too close to the galley or the lavatories, with their associated noises (and smells!).</p><h2>Stay Organized</h2><p>Keep all your information in one place by using <a href="" target="_blank">App in the Air</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">TripIt</a>, two apps that do things like consolidate your flight statuses, check-in times, gate numbers, and nearby lounge locations, and will update you on schedule and gate changes.</p><h2>Check Real-Time Reports</h2><p>Like a jilted lover, airline apps are usually the last to know when things are going wrong. Use <a href="" target="_blank">FlightStats</a> to track flight statuses, on-time performances, weather conditions, and even the flight history of your specific aircraft, all in real-time so that if your plane is delayed, you can be the first to know and the first to get rebooked.</p><h2>Remember the Liquid Lowdown</h2><p>Remember, any <a href="" target="_blank">liquids you’re carrying</a> through TSA checkpoints must be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) and placed in a see-through bag no larger than a quart.</p><h2>Sign up for PreCheck, Already</h2><p>Keep those shoes and belts on, leave the liquids and laptops in your bag, and forgo the full-body scans by getting <a href="" target="_blank">TSA PreCheck</a>. You could pay $85 for PreCheck itself, or spend $100 for <a href="" target="_blank">Global Entry</a>, which also confers PreCheck (usually) as well as expedited immigrations and customs access. Several credit cards, including the Capital One Venture and the Bank of America Premium Rewards card, will even refund you the application fee for either program.</p><h2>Investigate Security Speed</h2><p>Bypass the worst security checkpoints at over 200 airports around the globe by tapping into the <a href="" target="_blank">MiFlight</a> app’s crowd-sourced, real-time checkpoint waiting times.</p><h2>Size Up Your Bag</h2><p>Sighting a new revenue source, many airlines have instituted <a href="" target="_blank">strict size limits</a> for carry-on bags, which are stringently enforced by eagle-eyed gate agents. Check your bag’s dimensions at home and make sure they adhere to your airline’s limits. Keep in mind that European carriers’ limits vary slightly from those in the U.S. Blame it on standard versus metric.</p><h2>Gather Your Gadgets</h2><p>Phone: check. Laptop: check. Tablet: check. Camera: check. Spare charger: check. Power cords: check. Travelers are carrying more electronics than ever. Luckily, there are <a href="" target="_blank">organizer cases</a> galore to keep all your devices and cables within reach and ready for security screening.</p><h2>Remove Those Batteries</h2><p>Due to fears of onboard fires, airlines have instituted <a href="" target="_blank">smart luggage</a> battery <a href="" target="_blank">bans</a> since January 2018. If your bag has a battery pack, be prepared to show that it is removable in case your bag has to be gate-checked. But don’t leave that battery pack at home, necessarily. Just because your airplane seat is supposed to have power ports does not guarantee that they’ll actually work when you’re on the plane.</p><h2>Grab and Go</h2><p>Hate airplane food, but afraid you’ll miss boarding while waiting in a line at an airport restaurant? Use the <a href="" target="_blank">Grab</a> app to pre-order and pay for items at participating restaurants and vendors at over 30 airports in the U.S. and U.K. Place your order on your ride to the airport and pick it up on your way to the gate without breaking stride.</p><h2>Connect for Less</h2><p>Many airports offer <a href="" target="_blank">free Wi-Fi</a>, but beware of hackers. Using a VPN offers a measure of <a href="" target="_blank">protection</a>. Several American Express credit cards, including the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card and the Platinum Card, offer complimentary Boingo Wi-Fi access in case there are no free networks available.</p><h2>Lounge Around</h2><p>Why wait at the gate when you can enjoy free Wi-Fi and snacks in the comfort of a <a href="" target="_blank">lounge</a>? <a href="" target="_blank">LoungeBuddy</a> posts reviews on airport lounges around the world, including their entry requirements and how you can score day passes. Several premium credit cards, including the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Platinum Card from American Express, confer access to hundreds of <a href="" target="_blank">Priority Pass</a> lounges worldwide. Frequent travelers can also consider airline-specific cards such as the Delta Reserve or United Club Card, which get you into a particular carrier’s clubs. The agents in them can also usually help you faster than those out in the terminal, and get you rebooked if something goes awry with your travel plans.</p><h2>Wear Comfortable Clothing</h2><p>Airplane cabin climate settings seem to vacillate between icebox and toaster oven, with no habitable happy medium in between. And no one wants to touch those germy air nozzles, which only provide a hissing draft of dry air anyway. Dress for <a href="" target="_blank">any contingency</a> by wearing <a href="" target="_blank">multiple light layers</a>, and look <a href="" target="_blank">stylish</a> to boot.</p><h2>Stick Your Neck Out</h2><p>As airlines <a href="" target="_blank">squeeze</a> more and more seats into coach, ergonomics seem to be flying out the window. Luckily, travel pillow technology has never been better, with options for every type of sitter and sleeper. It’s time to invest in a <a href="" target="_blank">quality travel pillow</a> that will spare your neck and back the worst effects of a <a href="" target="_blank">long flight</a> in cattle class.</p><h2>Bring Your Own Bottle</h2><p>Avoid single-use <a href="" target="_blank">plastic</a> (and a bottle of water that costs $8 post-security) by bringing an empty <a href="" target="_blank">travel water bottle</a> with you instead. Some are even <a href="" target="_blank">collapsible</a> to save you space, and more airports have installed water bottle filling stations next to drinking fountains to make carrying your own that much more convenient.</p><h2>Disinfect…Everything</h2><p>Due to the number of people passing through and touching everything, <a href="" target="_blank">airports</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">airplanes</a> are some of the germiest places around. Protect yourself as much as possible by using disinfecting wipes on your hands and your airplane seat once you get settled. Because they’re not liquid, like hand sanitizer, wipes will also not count toward your carry-on liquid limit.</p><h2>Moisturize Like a Maniac</h2><p>Even on next-generation jets like the <a href="" target="_blank">Boeing 787 Dreamliner</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Airbus A350</a>, cabin humidity levels rarely top 20% (and are only around 8-10% on conventional aircraft). To avoid looking like a prune after your flight, pack a <a href="" target="_blank">light moisturizer</a> and apply it frequently.</p><h2>Get a Jump On Jet Lag</h2><p>Flying across multiple time zones? Use an app like <a href="" target="_blank">Entrain</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">Timeshifter</a> before you fly. Both help you gradually shift your pre-travel schedule toward your destination time zone based on your specific plans and preferences so that by the time you fly, you’re already ahead of Jet Lag.</p><h2>Park Like a Pro</h2><p>Airport parking lots can fill up quickly during the busiest travel times. Use <a href="" target="_blank">SpotHero</a> to reserve a place in advance at lots near over 40 airports throughout the U.S.</p><h2>Understand Your Credit Card Protection</h2><p>Flight delays and <a href="" target="_blank">cancellations</a> happen. If you travel frequently, it pays to carry a credit card you know will protect you under certain circumstances. Many offer compensation for delays, cancellations, lost luggage, and more if you use them to pay for travel plans. So if you have to spend money staying somewhere overnight or to replace certain items, it won’t come out of your bottom line. Before traveling, read your card’s benefits packet carefully to understand what you’re entitled to and how to go about claiming it.</p><h2>Investigate Intelligent Insurance</h2><p>Beyond delays, cancellations, and lost luggage, which are covered by most major credit cards, you might want to <a href="" target="_blank">insure an expensive trip</a> with a policy that includes provisions for emergency medical evacuation and cancellation for any reason. <a href="" target="_blank"></a> is a convenient resource for comparing travel insurance plans from major providers including Allianz and AXA.</p>
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Winter Storm Harper Could Drop 40 Inches of Snow on the Northeast — Here's What Travelers Need to Know

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 17:46
<p>A “blockbuster” winter storm is setting its sights on the northeast this weekend, where it is possible that up to 40 inches of snow could fall.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Winter Storm Harper</a> is making its way across the country, already dumping <a href="" target="_blank">five inches of snow in California mountains in just two hours</a>. The storm is expected to bring blizzard-like conditions across the plains through Friday into early Saturday, with snow expected as far south as northern Arkansas. The storm is expected to hit the Northeast on Sunday and possibly linger through the night.</p><p>Ahead of Harper’s passing, Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Des Moines, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Albany, Boston, and Providence are under winter storm watch or warning.</p><p>More than 200 million Americans are expected to face below-freezing temperatures as the storm rolls across the country. Airlines are already allowing passengers to push back their scheduled flights.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> passengers with flights on Jan. 18 and 19 to many airports in the Central and Midwest U.S. (including Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Nebraska) will be able to change their flights for free up until Jan. 23. Those traveling to the Northeast (including airports in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire) on Jan. 19 and 20 are also eligible for free rebooking.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue</a> passengers affected by Winter Storm Harper in the Midwest, Northeast, and New England regions can reschedule travel booked for Jan. 19 and 20. Rebooking is valid through Jan. 23.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">United</a> will rebook passengers who were scheduled to travel in the Midwest and Central Plains on Jan. 18 and 19. Travelers with plans to fly through airports in the Northeast on Jan. 19 and 20 can rebook through Jan. 23.</p><p>Delta passengers in the <a href="" target="_blank">Central Plains and Ohio Valley</a> can reschedule travel booked for Jan. 18 and 19. Those traveling to the <a href="" target="_blank">Northeast</a> on Jan. 19 and 20 can rebook for free as well.</p><p>Travel to and from Boston on board <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines</a> through Jan. 20 can be rebooked for free from Jan. 21 through 25.</p>
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Disneyland’s Very First Craft Brewery Is Finally Open

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 16:21
<p>A long-awaited Disneyland opening is finally here — and no, we’re not talking about <a href="" target="_blank">Star Wars Land</a>. Craft beer obsessives can finally rejoice, because the California theme park resort just welcomed its very first on-site brewery.</p><p>San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewing Company opened at Downtown Disney this week, making park-bound guests as conveniently close to meeting Mickey Mouse as they are to a cornucopia of beer. The brewery and restaurant offers over 50 beers, including famed Ballast Point pours, like Grapefruit Sculpin and Sculpin IPA, and a three-barrel brewing system will offer unique beers exclusive to the <a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland Resort</a> location.</p><img alt="Disney Craft Brewery Ballast Point "src=""><p>Located in Disneyland’s dining and entertainment district, the new restaurant boasts a large-scale outdoor beer garden with beer-inspired menu items including pretzel bites with Sculpin beer cheese, beer-battered fish and chips and Victory at Sea S’mores, playing off the brand’s vanilla and local coffee-infused porter. Expect comfort food and Californian fare (Baja fish tacos, avocado-topped kale salad), inventive vegan options and even a thoughtful kids menu. Ballast Point Brewing Company may be a beer-lover’s ideal Disney getaway, but it’s also family-friendly, making it a worthy pit-stop for drinks or post-fireworks bites, as the location is open until midnight seven days a week.</p><p>With plenty on the way later this year, Ballast Point’s Anaheim location is just one of a handful of <a href="" target="_blank">new experiences arriving at Disneyland Resort</a>. In addition to Portland-based ice creamery <a href="" target="_blank">Salt &amp; Straw’s</a> opening last fall and <a href="" target="_blank">Black Tap Craft Burgers &amp; Beer</a> also on the way this year, Disneyland Park will welcome Mickey’s Mix Magic nighttime show and a new Mickey Mouse-themed float with the return of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade later this month. And, nearly four years after it was first announced, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will bring intergalactic thrills, high-stakes rides and unparalleled shopping when it debuts this summer.</p>
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More Celebrities and CEOs Are Born in January Than Any Other Month

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 11:17
<p>January belongs to famous people.</p><p>Elvis Presley, Kate Moss, Stephen Hawking, Martin Luther King, Jr., <a href="" target="_blank">Oprah</a>. The list of icons born in January is seemingly endless.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to a study from the <em>Journal of Social Sciences</em></a>, those born under the sign of Aquarius — which lasts from Jan. 21 through Feb. 20 — are the most likely to skyrocket to the tips of everyone’s lips and become famous.</p><p>Those born in the first month of the year are also more likely to become CEOs. <a href="" target="_blank">One study</a> found that 10 percent of CEOs were born in the month of January. (However the highest honors went to March with 12.5 percent of CEOs.)</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">one UK study</a>, those born in January also have the highest chances of becoming doctors.</p><p>This lineup is likely due to school and societal structures. Those born in the earlier part of the year have a couple of months’ lead on other children by the time they start kindergarten or enter organized sports.</p><p>“If you were born in January, you have almost 12 months’ growth ahead of your classmates born late in the year,” Adrian Barnett, a researcher from Queensland University <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Science Daily</em></a>.</p><p>If you’re trying to have a kid, your chances of conceiving a famous child are quickly approaching. You should probably plan for April.</p><p>If you were born in January and have a hard time getting friends to come out for your birthday: don’t despair. You’ll probably end up more famous than them anyway.</p>
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These Divers Came Face-to-face With One of the Largest Great White Sharks on Record and the Photos Are Breathtaking

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 11:16
<p>Earlier this week, divers off the coast of Oahu got the shock of a lifetime when they came face-to-face with Deep Blue, one of the largest great white sharks ever on record.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><i>USA Today</i></a>, the divers were monitoring tiger sharks as they consumed the decomposing corpse of a sperm whale when Deep Blue made her appearance. Though most people would be overwhelmed with fear at the mere sight of the shark, who measures in at some 20 feet long and is thought to be at least 50 years old, the divers thought it was pure bliss.</p><p>"I’m without words; it’s heartwarming; she’s probably the most gentle great white I’ve ever seen," Ocean Ramsey, one of the divers studying the sharks, told <i>The Star-Advertiser</i>. As Ramsey also noted, Deep Blue even came over to the boat and brushed up against it, a behavior he believes wasn’t threatening. Instead, he believes she was simply attempting to scratch herself.</p><p>"She was just this big beautiful gentle giant wanting to use our boat as a scratching post," he said. "We went out at sunrise, and she stayed with us pretty much throughout the day."</p><p>According to diver and photographer Kimberly Jeffries, who was on the expedition, the entire event was an "absolutely breathtaking experience, and really quite humbling to be in the presence of this great shark.” She added to <i>The Star-Advertiser</i>, "She is an absolutely beautiful and magnificent being that both commands and deserves respect."</p><p>And, to make this Disney movie complete, Ramsey noted on Instagram that when Deep Blue departed the area she was “escorted by two rough-toothed dolphins who danced around her.”</p><p>But as the team of divers also noted, Deep Blue shouldn’t be swimming in the waters off the Hawaiian coast as the area is generally too warm for great whites. However, she may have drifted toward Hawaii out of hunger, or due to a need for extra nutrients as the giant shark is also thought to be pregnant, <a href="" target="_blank"><i>U.S. News and World Report</i></a> explained.</p><p>Though the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources would like civilians to stay away from the area where the whale carcass is floating, the researchers explained that Deep Blue may be safe to swim around thanks to her pregnancy.</p><p>"Big pregnant females are actually the safest ones to be with — the biggest, oldest ones — because they've seen it all, including us," Ramsey explained. "That's why I kind of call her, like, a grandma shark."</p><p>Still, maybe think twice and perhaps fill your need for shark encounters by looking at photos of Deep Blue instead.</p>
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This New Hotel Package Gets You VIP Treatment at LAX

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 11:00
<p>As a native Angeleno whose parents still live in the area, I rarely have the opportunity to stay in <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles hotels</a>. But flying through the relative purgatory that is Los Angeles International Airport? That is a headache I’m treated to twice per trip. I normally plead with whomever is playing chauffeur to get me there three full hours before my flight leaves because the drop-off queue can get backed up all the way to the freeway off-ramp and — not exaggerating here — I’ve seen security lines that snake down the indoor stairs, out the terminal, and halfway to the next one. After all, <a href="" target="_blank">TSA Pre-Check</a> only helps so much during peak holiday times.</p><p>So when I heard about the new <a href="" target="_blank">Suite to Suite package</a> at the <a href="" target="_blank">Fairmont Miramar Hotel &amp; Bungalows</a> — a tony, five-acre property in Santa Monica that overlooks the Pacific Ocean — I couldn’t wait to experience it for myself. In short, the recently launched offer pairs overnight accommodations in one of the intimate namesake bungalows with round-trip airport transfers, daily breakfast, and other perks — the most important of which is use of the (normally members-only) <a href="" target="_blank">LAX Private Suite</a> for your airport arrival or departure. Opened in May 2017, the <a href="" target="_blank">luxury airport terminal</a> caters to VIPs who get to relax in their own tricked-out suites before getting escorted through a dedicated (read: empty) security area and ushered into a BMW 7-Series sedan, which takes them across the tarmac, straight to their plane.</p><p>In late December, my husband and I arrived at the Fairmont around 9 p.m. the night before flying back to New York and were greeted by the staff, who whisked our bags away and kindly informed us that we were already all checked in. After passing through the elegant lobby, still beautifully decorated for the holidays, we were shown to Bunaglow 19, a crispy decorated suite that had a plush king bed and Le Labo toiletries. With the added sweet surprise of hot chocolate and fresh-baked cookies, it was an ideal setup for unwinding after four days packed with family festivities.</p><img alt="Room at the Fairmont Miramar hotel "src=""><p>The next morning, about two hours before our flights, a driver met us beneath the Fairmont’s iconic fig tree to head to LAX in a Cadillac SUV. When we rolled up to the Private Terminal, we passed through a heavy security gate (clients regularly include heads of state and celebrities) before pulling inside the complex. While one staff member swooped in to take care of our bags, another escorted us to our suite, gave us an update on our flights, and talked through what to expect until our departure.</p><img alt="Sitting area in the Fairmont Hotels private suite at LAX "src=""><p>Inside the sleek lounge space, the living area had ample seating (two armchairs flanking a cocktail table, plus a window bench that doubled as storage and a pullout bed), a flat-screen TV, and an en-suite bathroom, plus a snack pantry and wet bar stocked with just about any food or drink you could want, including surprise slices of chocolate cake as an early birthday celebration. After a thorough inspection, I picked out baby carrots and a mini pack of dark-chocolate Milanos to nosh on (because: balance) and fashioned myself a Bloody Maria with Casamigos tequila and a chili-salt rim. My aviation-loving husband, who opted for a cold Modelo and his cake, settled into the window bench to watch aircraft landing and taking off from the main terminal across the way.</p><p>The serene, amenity-laden lounge experience had already put me in a zen mood, but then came what might’ve been my favorite part: a security checkpoint with zero lines. When it was time to catch our flights, our coordinator walked us from the room to the Private Suite’s own miniature TSA area, where there was just us and a few security agents. The usual procedures were complete in less than five minutes, and we hopped in one of the company’s BMW 7 Series sedans for a short drive around the airfield to the plane, where another Private Suite staffer was waiting at the jet bridge and stepped in when I needed to confirm whether or not my seat upgrade had cleared.</p><img alt="Private car transfer during the Fairmont Suite to Suite experience in Los Angeles "src=""><p>From start to finish, I’ve never had such a seamless hotel-to-airport experience, and I’ve certainly never breezed through security more quickly. Granted, it’s not cheap; the Suite-to-Suite package starts at $2,099 on the first night (with additional nights offered at a discounted rate). But when you consider the Private Suite alone typically costs $4,500 in annual membership fees, plus $2,700 for each domestic flight (or $3,000 for international flight), it’s well worth the price tag, especially for kicking off a honeymoon or another a trip of a lifetime.</p>
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How to See a Supermoon in 2019 — Starting With the Super Blood Wolf Moon This Month

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 10:01
<p>The rise of a full moon is one of the most underappreciated natural sights of all. Once each month while the sun is setting in the west, our fully illuminated satellite pokes above the eastern horizon as a delicately colored orange-yellow disc. For many stargazers, it's the highlight of the month. However, a few times each year the full moon can look as much as <a href="" target="_blank">14% larger and can be 30% brighter</a> than usual, and when that happens it's called a supermoon. Luckily, in 2019 there are three,</p><h2>What is a Supermoon?</h2><p>There is actually no hard definition and, unless you watch a supermoon as it rises, you're unlikely to notice much difference. First coined in the 1970s by astrologer <a href="" target="_blank">Richard Nolle</a>, the term supermoon refers to a new or full moon within 90% of its closest approach to Earth, something astronomers call perigee. That happens three times in 2019. It's caused by the moon's elliptical orbit, which means it gets to around 19,000 miles (30,000km) closer once each month. Only when that coincides with a full moon or a new moon is it called a supermoon. The best way by far to observe a supermoon is to watch it rise behind buildings or mountains so you can more easily appreciate the size difference.</p><h2>The Two Types of Supermoons</h2><p>There are two types of supermoon: a full moon supermoon and a new moon supermoon. The latter happens during the day, so can't be observed, and is therefore of little interest to moongazers. There is a new moon supermoon on Sept. 28, 2019. However, there are three full moon supermoons in 2019, on Jan. 21, Feb. 19, and March 21.</p><h2>The Super Blood Wolf Moon on Jan. 21, 2019</h2><p>January's full moon is popularly called the Wolf Moon, though also the Ice Moon and the Old Moon. On Jan. 21 the moon will be 222,043 miles (357,344km) from Earth, which is further away than normal, so it's also a supermoon. Lastly, but most impressively, it's also a total lunar eclipse. Popularly known as a “blood moon,” these are relatively rare events, though this is the third of three in the last year. It will be a spectacular sight visible from all of North America. As it moves through Earth's shadow, the only light it receives will be sunlight that has traveled through Earth's atmosphere. That light turns the moon a delicate orange, copper and/or pink color. The event will peak when the disc of the moon is completely colored, which is called totality. Although it being a supermoon makes it appear slightly larger in the sky, it does mean that totality lasts for less time. At the last total lunar eclipse, a micromoon — when the Moon is furthest away, so smaller in the sky — meant that totality lasted for 1 hour and 38 minutes. The Super Blood Wolf Moon will be the last total lunar eclipse visible from North America until May 26, 2021.</p><p>Totality begins at 9:12 p.m. PST, January 20 and 12:12 a.m. EST on Jan. 21 from North America, and will last for 62 minutes.</p><h2>The Super Snow Moon on Feb. 19, 2019</h2><p>On Feb. 19 our satellite will be 221,681 miles (356,761km) from Earth — the closest it gets — to create the biggest supermoon of the year. Also called the Storm Moon and Hunger Moon because of it being at the coldest time of year, the Super Snow Moon may be a good time to get used to going out at dusk. Wait for a few days until the Super Snow Moon is rising a few hours after twilight, and you may be able to see what astronomers call "zodiacal light," when it's possible to see sunlight reflecting on dust in the solar system. It will be easiest to see during the two weeks after 2019's Super Snow Moon. Look to the west after dusk from a (very) <a href="" target="_blank">dark sky site</a>.</p><h2>The Super Worm Moon on March 21, 2019</h2><p>The third and final supermoon of 2019 occurs in March. Known by Native Americans as the Worm Moon because of the seasonal appearance of earthworm trails, March's Full Moon has also been called the Full Sap Moon and Full Crow Moon. This Super Moon will be 224,173 miles (360,772km) from Earth. It will occur just a day after the vernal equinox, the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere.</p><h2>When Are the Next Supermoons?</h2><p>There are only a handful of supermoons each year, always in quick succession. Those dates are it for 2019, with the next full moon supermoons not until March 9 and April 8, 2020, and the next new moon supermoon on Oct. 16 and Nov. 15, 2020.</p>
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AeroMexico Surprised Americans With Discounted Flights to Mexico Based on Their DNA

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 07:59
<p>No matter who you are, where you’re from or what your political leanings are, you likely love a good discount.</p><p>That’s probably what AeroMexico is banking on in their new, tongue-in-cheek (but poignant) ad aimed at Americans who stick their nose up at traveling to <a href="" target="_blank">Mexico for a vacation</a>.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a>, about 35 million American citizens traveled to Mexico in 2017, making it the <a href="" target="_blank">number two international destination</a> for American travelers. However, there’s still some tension between the two countries, politically speaking, over the proposed border wall put forth by President Trump.</p><p>AeroMexico’s solution to all this hostility comes in the form of a clever, if unorthodox, discount. If there are some Americans out there who simply won’t consider Mexico as a viable vacation destination, perhaps a special discount could change their mind.</p><p>Just one thing: Your discount is entirely dependent on taking a DNA test to see what percentage of your heritage is Mexican.</p><p>So, essentially, if a person took the test and found out they were 15 percent Mexican, they would get a 15 percent discount to fly to Mexico. And some people in AeroMexico’s ad were pretty surprised to find out their discount.</p><p>The airline traveled to Wharton, Texas to interview some residents that were particularly pugnacious to the idea of traveling to Mexico. But upon hearing that they actually have some Mexican heritage, albeit a small amount each, some seemed to soften on their view.</p><p>“I like discounts,” said one woman in the video. And one man who was initially in disbelief at his result eventually changed his tune by saying, “Is that for real? So what if I want to take my wife?”</p><p>AeroMexico continued to give the tests and the discounts to other locations at travel agencies, according to the video. About 54 percent of those tests came back with Mexican heritage as part of the results. So, at least half of the customers were eligible for a discounted flight to Mexico.</p><p>AeroMexico’s so-called “DNA Discounts” campaign comes with the tagline “there are no borders between us,” which may be a skewer at the current border wall debate.</p><p>It’s not clear whether anyone has cashed in on the deal, but the new ad has received over 158,000 views on YouTube.</p>
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Kylie Jenner Took Her Daughter Stormi on an 'Epic' Tropical Vacation for Her First Birthday

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 06:53
<p>She’s only a year old, but little Stormi Webster isn’t too young to start living the luxe lifestyle like her mom.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Cosmopolitan</a></em>, Kylie Jenner took her daughter, Stormi Webster — her father is Travis Scott, whose real last name is Webster, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a></em> — on a luxury vacation in honor of little Stormi’s first birthday, which is on Feb. 1.</p><p>Not a bad way to set your birthday bar high, honestly.</p><p>And, of course, in the usual Jenner/Kardashian fashion, Jenner documented their stylish mother-daughter celebration on the beach for Instagram to see.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Kylie Jenner Reveals Her Favorite Travel-friendly Beauty Products</a></p><p>The happy family got to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the ocean, while Stormi got to wiggle her toes in the sand. They also took pictures of their luxury resort, which has a wrap-around pool area that would spark the deepest envy in anyone’s soul.</p><p>“Hello paradise,” Jenner wrote in the caption. She also has a snap of herself looking a bit somber in a orange sundress and floppy straw hat.</p><p>She captioned that photo, “happier than I look,” so perhaps that was just her cool, model pose. Her Instagram story showed other photos of her in the same outfit, carrying Stormi, looking pretty happy indeed.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">People</a></em>, Jenner’s friend Jordyn Woods accompanied the mother and daughter on their tropical vacation and helped take photos. It’s unclear which tropical paradise that the group absconded to, but we’re jealous nonetheless.</p><p>Since Stormi’s birthday is still two weeks away, we’re sure to see even more birthday surprises in the coming weeks. Jenner revealed her plans for this tropical vacation all the way back in June, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">People</a></em>, and promised that her first birthday was going to be “epic.”</p><p>Plus, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Us Magazine</a></em> reported that Jenner, like any excited mom, was already wrapping presents for Stormi as early as Jan. 7.</p>
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The Spice Girls Are Hiring Back-up Dancers for Their Summer Tour — Here’s How to Apply

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 06:38
<p>Spice Girls fans, now’s your chance to "slam your body down and wind it all around (zig-a-zig-ahhh)."</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">iNews</a>, everyone’s favorite 90’s British girl group, the Spice Girls, are looking for some new dancers to join them for their Spice World UK Stadium Tour, scheduled to begin later in 2019.</p><p>Of course, “<a href="" target="_blank">If U Can’t Dance</a>,” you probably shouldn’t apply.</p><p>All lyric-based puns aside, the group — which will comprise of original members Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Melanie Brown (not <a href="" target="_blank">Victoria Beckham</a>, sadly) — is looking for extraordinarily talented male and female dancers to “spice up” their routines, according to iNews.</p><p>The tour is scheduled to kick off this summer in Dublin followed by stops in Cardiff, Manchester, Coventry, Sunderland, Edinburgh, Bristol, and London.</p><p>If you really think you have what it takes to be a part of the Spice Girls crew, auditions for women will take place on Monday, Jan. 21, and auditions for men will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 22.</p><p>Auditions are invitation only, however, so to be considered dancers who are interested in auditioning should email performance resume and headshots to choreographer Paul Roberts at the email address: <a href=""></a>.</p><p>Callbacks are scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23, and final decisions will be made after that, according to iNews.</p><p>The production is particularly looking for dancers who are “self expressive, strong, unique, diverse and intelligent.” A time commitment between April 8 and June 16 will be expected, as well, iNews reported. They’re also looking for unrepresented talent, so if you are looking for your big break, now is the time to seize the day.</p><p>Fingers crossed, this will be the year you spice up your life.</p>
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After 13 Years of Anticipation, Hotel Bennett Is Opening in Charleston

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 06:05
<p>One of <a href="" target="_blank">Charleston's</a> largest hotels will officially open to guests this month. </p><p>The highly anticipated <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Bennett</a>, which has been in the making since 2005, will open on Sunday, Jan. 27. </p><p>The luxurious 179-room property draws inspiration from the grand hotels of Europe and features a combination of guestrooms and suites, a signature restaurant overlooking <a href="" target="_blank">Marion Square</a>, a bar and lounge, a French patisserie, a spa, and a rooftop pool complete with a bar and cabanas.</p><p>Guests will also find more than 12,000 square feet of event and meeting spaces, including a 6,600-square-foot Grand Ballroom with arched windows, wrought-iron gates, and a 30-foot ceiling.</p><p>Rooms will boast floor-to-ceiling windows with views over Charleston’s buzzing streets, plus private bars and terraces. </p><img alt="Hotel Bennett, Charleston South Carolina "src=""><p>The property will also be home to what hotel representative tout as “Charleston’s most exclusive club experience.” At the club lounge, members will be treated to terrace views over King Street, all day dining selections, and amenities that include customized itineraries, a dedicated concierge, access to the hotel car, and priority access to reservations at Charleston's top restaurants.</p><p>During their stay, guests can enjoy hotel activities including spa treatments, dips in the heated pool, and more.</p><p>The hotel is located on the corner of King Street and Marion Square, providing easy access to historic landmarks, shops, art exhibitions, theaters, beaches, farmer’s markets, gardens, and events like the <a href="" target="_blank">Spoleto Arts Festival</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Charleston Wine + Food</a> festival.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best New Hotels to Book Around the World in 2019</a></p><p>Owned by hotelier Michael Bennett and his company, Bennett Hospitality, the hotel is named after the Charleston-based Bennett family and will be managed via a partnership with luxury hotel company <a href="" target="_blank">Salamander Hotels and Resorts</a>.</p><p>Michael Bennett, who has been involved in various projects over the years to renovate aging buildings throughout Charleston, has owned the land on which the hotel will stand for nearly a quarter of a century.</p><p>Hotel Bennett itself has been in the works for more than 13 years, beginning with the initial announcement of the hotel plans in 2005. However, legal disputes delayed the project, with preservationists suing after the city rezoned the site in 2007 to allow for the 105-foot-tall building. The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled against the opponents in a 2012 decision and the Hotel Bennett plans had to go back through the approval process for a second time before finally being approved. Construction began in April of 2015.</p><p>Bennett’s family is no stranger to the area — his father shined shoes across from where the hotel now stands during the Great Depression. Today, Bennett Hospitality stands as one of the largest locally owned companies in Charleston.</p><p>The hotel has been accepting group reservations for the last two years. It opened leisure reservations last fall. Rooms start at $450 per night. </p>
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This California City Will Pay You $100 to Visit This Winter

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 17:59
<p>Why pay for a warm winter getaway when the getaway can pay you?</p><p>The California central coast city of San Luis Obispo will be paying its first 500 winter tourists $100 just to come and visit.</p><p>In order to cash in, so to speak, potential visitors must book a two-night stay in any San Luis Obispo hotel through the <a href="" target="_blank">city’s official website</a>. Once you book, email your confirmation to <a href=""></a> and you’ll receive a promotion confirmation number.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Most Beautiful Winter Train Routes in North America</a></p><p>After you check into your hotel, bring your confirmation number, proof of your booking, and your hotel room key to the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.</p><p>Then all you have to do is open your wallet and stow your cash.</p><p>Keep in mind, this offer is only valid to the first 500 people who send their reservation to the email address above. It’s unclear whether the deal is being offered per person or per party. Sadly, if you don’t get a confirmation number, you won’t get in on the deal. The offer is only being given to visitors for the winter season, between Jan. 1 and March 31, with blackout dates of Jan. 19 and Feb. 16 and 17.</p><p>But all tourists, whether they cash in on the deal or not, can enjoy the unique sights of San Luis Obispo — a great stop along that bucket list <a href="" target="_blank">Highway 1 road trip</a>. The city has quite a few places to see, including an 18th-century Spanish mission, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, lots of trails at Bishop Peak, shopping and dining in downtown SLO, and the famous <a href="" target="_blank">Bubblegum Alley</a> – a 70-foot pedestrian walkway that’s filled with an estimated 2 million pieces of chewed bubble gum.</p><p>For more information about the deal and about the city, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">San Luis Obispo vacations website</a>.</p>
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Get 30% off Stays in a Former Medici Villa in Tuscany

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 15:01
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p><p>Italy: 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">Villa La Massa</a>, a luxurious resort set inside a villa built for a member of the Medici family in the 16th century. The property is set along the Arno River, where it is surrounded by verdant gardens and olive groves. </p><p>The deal includes includes:</p>A minimum of three nights in a Double Prestige room Fruit in the room upon arrivalBuffet breakfast at the Restaurant II Verrocchio Access to the spa, which has a fitness room, sauna &amp; Turkish bath, Roman bath, swimming pool, and jogging trackFree parking and WiFiDaily shuttle service to and from Ponte Vecchio<p>Original price: From 550 euro (or $625) per night</p><p><strong>T+L Price: </strong>From 385 euro (or $437) per night; valid for travel from April 26 - October 26, 2019.</p><p>Booking details: Please send an email to <a href=""></a> and mention the rate code TLBB.</p><p>Availability: Blackout dates include May 17; August 2-4; June 11-14; June 20-23; and June 27-29, 2019.</p>
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This Cruise Line Is Pairing Dom Perignon with Decadent Seafood for a Once-in-a-lifetime Dining Experience

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:30
<p>People travel far and wide to sample the world’s best food — but guests on Oceania Cruises don’t even have to get off the ship for a bite.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Oceania Cruises</a> has paired with Dom Perignon to offer travelers a six-course meal paired with champagne on cruises around the world.</p><p>The exclusive concept will only be served to 24 guests at a time. Each of the courses will be paired with a bottle of Dom Perignon dating as far back as 2004.</p><img alt="Oceania Cruise, Dom Perignon Experience "src=""><p>“We worked with the team at Dom Perignon to pair the perfect champagnes with the perfect flavors and the outcome is spectacular,” Bob Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceania Cruises, said in a statement. “Marina and Riviera will be the only places in the world for travelers to enjoy this exclusive Dom Perignon experience.”</p><p>The menu is heavy on seafood—the kitchen is floating, after all. Courses include scallops “rossini” in mole negro, Brittany blue lobster and seared Wagyu beef sashimi style. The tasting menu ends in “geisha flower” tea with lemon caviar.</p><p>According to the cruise line, chefs and sommeliers have gone to “exceptional lengths” to perfectly pair each course with a bottle of Dom Perignon.</p><p>The tasting experience is currently available on all cruises aboard the Riviera ship and will be extended to the <a href="" target="_blank">Marina</a> when it sets sail on Jan. 31. The meal costs $295 per person, in addition to gratuities. Reservations are highly suggested.</p><p>“We created this dinner to be sophisticated, memorable, a little bit decadent, but also a lot of fun,” Binder said. “After all, champagne is all about celebration.”</p>
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A Super Blood Wolf Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse Are Coming This Weekend — Here's How to See Them (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:01
<p>So exactly what is happening this Sunday night and early Monday morning? Some are calling it the "<a href="" target="_blank">Super Blood Wolf Moon</a>," others a “Blood Moon” or even "The Great American Lunar Eclipse." </p><p>What's actually happening is a total lunar eclipse, a spectacular event that sees the full moon enter Earth's shadow and turn an entrancing reddish color. It will be the last total lunar eclipse visible from North America until 2021, and <a href="" target="_blank">the last Super Blood Moon until 2033</a>.</p><h2>What is a Super Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse?</h2><p>It's a full moon, a supermoon, and a total lunar eclipse all rolled into one. A full moon happens once every month. Nothing unusual about that. A supermoon is when our satellite is at the point in its monthly orbit when it’s closest to Earth, so it appears a little larger in the sky. There are about two or three supermoon full moons each year. However, a total lunar eclipse is much rarer, although there have been a few lately. Caused by the Earth being exactly between the sun and moon, this is the spectacle during which the full moon will lose it brightness and turn a reddish/copper color (hence the “Blood Moon” moniker) for an hour or so. It's an impressive sight.</p><h2>Didn't we just have a Blood Moon?</h2><p>This total lunar eclipse is the third inside a year, but don't let that put you off. Last January some of North America saw a "<a href="" target="_blank">Super Blue Blood Moon</a>" total lunar eclipse, which was followed in July by <a href="" target="_blank">the longest total lunar eclipse of the century</a>. However, it wasn't possible to see it from North America. This third total lunar eclipse — and the last until 2021 — is by far the easiest to observe from North America, with the spectacle being high in the sky from start to finish. It’s also at a very convenient time.</p><h2>How does a total lunar eclipse work?</h2><p>A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is between the sun and moon, which can only happen during a full moon. Just occasionally the moon enters the Earth's shadow, changing color as it does. First, it loses its brightness, then becomes half-lit by the sun, and half-lit by sunlight coming through the Earth's atmosphere. It becomes reddish on one side and bright white on the other, but unlike a crescent moon that's curved, this moon is split by an almost straight line — Earth's shadow. It's a bizarre sight. Then comes totality when the whole of the moon is in the Earth’s shadow, and its surface becomes completely colored. Totality is the key moment, though it will last for 62 minutes.</p><h2>When is totality in North America?</h2><p>A total lunar eclipse can only be seen at night, though when it happens, the entire night-side of Earth — half the planet — can see it. On Jan. 20, 2019, that means everyone in North and South America, and in Western Europe (including London, Paris, Lisbon, Spain, and the Canary Islands), can witness the moon turn reddish during an hour-long totality. Here's when to look at totality at cities across North America according to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, though it's worth getting into position about 70 minutes before the eclipse to watch the partial eclipse. Totality will begin at these local times and last for 62 minutes.<br /><br />Los Angeles, CA – 8:41 p.m.<br />Chicago, IL – 10:41 p.m.<br />Houston, TX – 10:41 p.m.<br />Phoenix, AZ – 9:41 p.m.<br />Philadelphia, PA – 11:41 p.m.<br />New York City – 11:41 p.m.<br />Toronto, Canada – 11:41 p.m.<br />Vancouver, Canada – 8:41 p.m.<br />Mexico City, Mexico – 10:41 p.m.<br />Honolulu, Hawaii – 6:41 p.m.</p><h2>When is totality in Western Europe and South America?</h2><p>The total lunar eclipse will be visible from South America and Western Europe after midnight on Monday, Jan. 21, though in some places it will be relatively low on the western horizon. Here is when the total eclipse begins, though for the best view, observers should get outside an hour before these times to see the moon gradually turn red.<br /><br />London, United Kingdom – 4:41 a.m.<br />Paris, France – 5:41 a.m.<br />Amsterdam, Netherlands – 5:41 a.m.<br />Oslo, Norway – 5:41 a.m.<br />Stockholm, Sweden – 5:41 a.m.<br />Lisbon, Portugal – 4:41 a.m.<br />Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands – 4:41 a.m.<br />Sao Paolo, Brazil – 2:41 a.m.<br />Buenos Aires, Argentina – 1:41 a.m.<br />Santiago, Chile – 1:41 a.m.</p><h2>When is the next total lunar eclipse?</h2><p>The next total lunar eclipse visible from North America will be on May 26, 2021. There is a partial lunar eclipse on July 16, 2019, but it’s only visible in Europe, Africa, and Asia. During that event, the moon will pass through the edge of Earth's shadow and turn half-red. There will be no totality, but it will still be a terrific time to photograph or observe the full moon. The next time a Super Moon coincides with a total lunar eclipse for a Super Blood Moon will be on Oct. 8, 2033.</p>
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Why Muhammad Ali Never Got on a Plane Without His Own Parachute

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 10:44
<p>This week, the <a href="" target="_blank">city of Louisville</a> made the decision to rename its airport Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport in honor of the boxing great. Normally, nobody would bat an eye, (who wouldn’t want their airport named after the champ?), but this story comes with a bit of a twist as it turns out Ali was deathly afraid of stepping foot on airplanes.</p><p>The fear of flying is a well-documented phobia. For many, the act of stepping on a plane can bring on the jitters and perhaps cause sweaty palms or even an anxiety attack while on board. People with extreme cases might even avoid flying altogether. But for those who need to travel long distances for their jobs, not flying just isn’t an option. And one of those people happened to be Ali.</p><p>Ali’s intense fear of flying was rather understandable. According to Ali’s own 1975 biography, "The Greatest: My Own Story," which <a href=";utm_term=.b79644b4f47c" target="_blank"><i>The Washington Post</i></a> recently resurfaced, his fear developed after he experienced turbulence so bad it sent plane equipment flying.</p><p>“Many times I’ve searched my mind to find where the fear originated,” he wrote, explaining the death-defying one-hour flight from Louisville to Chicago. According to Ali, “some of the seats were torn from their bolts on the floor.”</p><p>And Ali wasn’t exaggerating. Joe Martin, his one-time coach, noted in Jonathan Eig’s "<a href=";tag=washpost-20&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=0544435249&amp;linkId=45dd17c0777d0d337711c1f5fdd731d6" target="_blank">Ali: A Life</a>," “I really thought it was our last ride... and I mean Cassius was praying and hollering! Oh, man, he was scared to death.”</p><p>That flight caused a life-long fear in Ali. According to <i>The Washington Post,</i> he even once told reporters, “I’m not afraid of the fight. I’m afraid of the flight.”</p><p>However, as a world-famous fighter, Ali had to fly. So, he did the only logical thing: He bought a parachute.</p><p>“He went to an army supply store and bought a parachute and actually wore it on the plane,” Joe Martin Jr., Martin’s son, noted. He reportedly took it on board every flight with him.</p><p>However, his greatest battle with his fear would come during the 1960 Olympics in Rome. Not only did Ali have to be convinced by his coaches to travel for the games, but he even had to be convinced by the U.S. Air Force.</p><p>“What I was afraid of most was the plane crashing, and nothing would satisfy me until I called the Air Force and asked them to give me a record of plane flights between Rome and America,” he wrote in his autobiography. “They said they couldn’t even remember the last time one had crashed. That calmed me down enough to take the flight to Rome.”</p><p>In the end he did get on the plane, and as you surely know, he won.</p><p>If you have a fear of flying, don’t worry, you don’t need to compete in the Olympics to get over it like Ali did. Just follow these <a href="" target="_blank">12 simple steps to getting rid of your fear of flying</a>. </p>
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