Tourists Are Writing Rude Messages in Rocks at This Australian Beach

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 17:57
<p>Locals in a beachside town in Australia are furious after having to clean away rude rock graffiti from their sands.</p><p>Photos from Granite Bay in Noosa National Park, <a href="">Queensland</a>, show sands covered in messages written out in rock. Some of the messages spell out places like, “Noosa” or “Poland” but others read, “Send Nudes” or outlined a <em>certain</em> part of the male anatomy.</p><p>“There were 10 of us putting the rocks back to their Natural Zone,” Dennis Massoud, who organized a beach clean-up, wrote on Facebook. “Still a lot more work to go.”</p><p>Social media users commented on Massoud’s post, calling the rock graffiti “disgusting” and an “eyesore.”</p><p>“There is nothing more ugly than seeing all that rock graffiti strewn across the pristine Granite Bay,” one commenter wrote. “Your perseverance will win out to raise people’s awareness that nature needs to be left alone.”</p><p>While the stones may seem like a harmless way to interact with nature, a beach is a fragile ecosystem that is easily tampered with.</p><p>Last year, tourists in the Scottish Highlands began “stacking stones,” which seems like a calm and meditative way to connect with nature and Gaelic culture — <a href="">but is actually eroding the coastline on the Isle of Skye.</a> Locals went on a campaign to disassemble to stone stacks and began posting signs, asking visitors not to build them.</p>
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We Tested Disney’s New Star Wars Ride — and It’s Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Experienced (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 17:31
<p><em>Star Wars</em>: Rise of the Resistance, the banner attraction opening tomorrow at <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Resort</a>, isn’t a ride at all. With four ride systems, two ships, a battalion of Stormtroopers and multiple Kylo Ren encounters, it’s an experiential journey to space and back; an ace in the hole of Disney storytelling that is as close as any of us will ever come to being inside a <i>Star Wars </i>film.</p><img alt="Disney Rise of the Resistance "src=""><p>In other words, if you weren’t <a href="" target="_blank">planning on making a trip</a> to Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort next year, shift those travel plans into hyperdrive immediately.</p><p>This state-of-the-art attraction, which opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Dec. 5th and Disneyland Park on Jan. 17, 2020, sees passengers recruited to join the Resistance, only to find themselves trapped aboard a Star Destroyer in desperate need of a way out. With the help of Poe Dameron, Finn, and a reprogrammed First Order R5-Series droid, riders will encounter numerous threats along the way — including over 50 Stormtroopers, 60-foot AT-ATs, and frightful First Order officers — as they attempt to reach safety.</p><img alt="Disney Rise of the Resistance "src=""><img alt="Disney Rise of the Resistance "src=""><p>By breaking the structure of traditional theme park rides, Disney developed <i>Star Wars</i>: Rise of the Resistance into an extended experience that plays out with a cinematic storyline in lieu of traditional queues, pre-shows, and exits. There is no other attraction like this in Disney parks or beyond, and you’ll feel it from the moment you step aboard the first transport ship, piloted by a bug-eyed creature of the same species as Admiral Ackbar. (And yes — there are more vehicles where that came from.) Rise of the Resistance is a behemoth so massive in scale that you’ll feel delightfully overwhelmed, whether you’re being tractor beamed into a hangar bay or traveling so deep within the depths of a Star Destroyer, you start wondering if you’ll ever make it out. Clocking in around 15 minutes from start to finish, it’s both lengthy and utterly transportive, leaving passengers somewhat bewildered after disembarkation, as though they really, truly may have spent the last quarter-hour in space.</p><img alt="Disney Rise of the Resistance "src=""><p>Like the <i>Star Wars </i>film franchise as a whole, it’s not perfect; Rise of the Resistance lacks the high-stakes thrills on par with the life-or-death storylines that often comes within its space operatic storytelling. But, what it’s missing in errant speed or traditional frights it makes up in accessibility, providing a uniquely inclusive experience for thrill-averse guests who can’t ride coasters, 3-D attractions, or drop rides like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, allowing nearly everybody to take part. (There is a short motion simulator portion at the end with a singular drop, but it is significantly less intense than <i>Star Tours</i>, lasting under thirty seconds.)</p><p>Delayed a few months into both <a href="" target="_blank">Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge</a> openings, Rise of the Resistance rounds out every missing component of the theme park land, packing droids, audio-animatronics, and new trilogy stars like Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, and General Hux into its storyline, elevating Batuu as a whole to incredible new heights. A few ride segments appear strangely low-tech, leaving much to the imagination — particularly in a selection of scenes near the end featuring Kylo Ren — but all-in-all, the attraction remains an unparalleled triumph that cements Disney as a must-visit destination for any and all movie fans.</p><img alt="Disney Rise of the Resistance "src=""><p>So much of <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Star Wars</i>: Rise of the Resistance</a> has never been attempted before, and with an entire face-off between the Resistance and First Order packed into the experience, repeat rides only enhance the attraction. The middle section — a high-tech trackless with no discernable direction — whirls you and seven other stowaways through Kylo Ren’s Star Destroyer, providing a different perspective and path depending where you sit each time.</p><img alt="Disney Rise of the Resistance "src=""><p>Encompassing the timeless magic of all three trilogies, each moment of Rise of the Resistance plays out like a classic <i>Star Wars</i> movie, both familiar and ineffably exciting, resulting in relief and jubilation. It’s an experience — one with many components, characters and storylines — that provides boundless entertainment, and will do so for years, making it an absolute triumph.</p>
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United Airlines Purchases 50 Fuel-efficient Airbus Planes to Replace Its Old Boeings

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:54
<p>United Airlines announced on Tuesday that it has ordered 50 new Airbus jets to replace its aging Boeing aircraft.</p><p><a href="">In a press release,</a> the airline detailed the purchase of 50 A321XLR aircraft that will fly select transatlantic routes, starting in 2024. As it phases in the new aircraft, the airline will phase out its Boeing 757-200 aircraft, which are expected to reach the end of their lifespan in about 10 years.</p><p>"The new Airbus A321XLR aircraft is an ideal one-for-one replacement for the older, less-efficient aircraft currently operating between some of the most vital cities in our intercontinental network," United's Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Andrew Nocella, said in a statement. "In addition to strengthening our ability to fly more efficiently, the A321XLR's range capabilities open potential new destinations to further develop our route network and provide customers with more options to travel the globe."</p><p>The A321XLR aircraft boasts a 30 percent reduction in overall fuel burn per seat in comparison to previous generation aircraft, the airline said.</p><p>Boeing was considering a new twin-aisle plane which could have put it in competition with Airbus for the deal. However, the manufacturer delayed its launch decision until 2020 as it deals with <a href="">the global grounding of its 737 MAX aircraft</a> after it was involved in two fatal crashes.</p><p>As two of the biggest commercial aircraft manufacturers in the world, Boeing and Airbus have long been rivals. And United’s deal is just the most recent blow to Boeing.</p><p>Recently, JetBlue, American Airlines and Spirit have signed deals with Airbus for its new A320-neo jets, designed and marketed for their fuel efficiency.</p>
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Today Is the Last Day to Shop eBags’ Best-selling Backpack for 50% Off

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:25
<p>Avid travelers know best when it comes to finding a <a href="">carry-on backpack</a> that’s worth lugging along on trips. These days, it’s almost impossible to find yourself without a laptop or a tablet, so a backpack that can hold these <a href="">must-have tech gadgets</a> is key. And you also want a lightweight design that doesn’t hurt your back after long travel days, plus enough pockets to hold the <a href="">travel accessories</a> you can’t live without. </p><p>So when we discover a highly rated backpack, like <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">eBags’ Professional Slim Laptop Backpack</a> with more than 5,700 positive reviews, you better believe we’re going to find out what all the fuss is about. Whether you travel often for business or just prefer a backpack for your carry-on personal item, this backpack is one of the best. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="">19 Stylish and Sturdy Laptop Bags for Business Travelers</a></p><p>While it’s outfitted with several exterior pockets, this backpack is not gaudy in design — the bag itself is super chic and slim (hence the name), which makes it ideal for business travel. But if you’ll be taking it along with you for leisure, it’s roomy enough for a water bottle, a 17-inch laptop (it comes with its own sleeve), and any other essentials you always pack in your carry-on backpack. Weighing in at only three pounds, it also doesn’t add too much weight on your back, even if you pack it full. And with a breathable, air-mesh back panel, you’ll be comfortable wearing the bag around for hours if needed, or you can even use the pass-through trolley sleeve to secure it on your suitcase instead of carrying. </p><p>Plus, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">customers that call themselves “bag geeks”</a> swear by this backpack for travel so much that they’ve dubbed it one of the easiest backpacks to navigate. Say goodbye to digging for your USB cord or computer charger; there’s a front panel organizer outfitted with plenty of pockets and a bottom zippered “garage” pocket, so you can keep everything tidy and easily accessible. The bottom pocket also has enough room for a charger, mouse, and other computer accessories. </p><p>If you’ve been in the market to upgrade your travel backpack for a while, luckily right now you can buy the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Professional Slim Backpack for 50 percent off</a> as part of eBags’ extended Cyber Week sale. So go for it — now’s the time to end your search for the perfect travel backpack (you’re welcome).</p><h2>eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack</h2><img alt="eBags Best-selling Backpack "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $70 with code ENJOY (originally $140)</p>
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Amid Protests and Political Unrest, Hong Kong Was Named the Most Visited City in 2019 (Videos)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 14:53
<p>Hong Kong was the most visited city in the world for this year, despite political unrest and massive protests, according to a new report. </p><p>According to the <a href="">Top 100 City Destinations 2019 report</a> by market research company Euromonitor International, <a href="">Hong Kong</a> will see about 26.7 million tourists visit by the end of 2019. While that is the most in the world, it is also an 8.7 percent decrease from 2018, when the city saw about 29.3 million visitors.</p><p>More than 50 percent of visitors to Hong Kong, <a href="">one of the world’s most expensive cities</a>, are from mainland China, according to the report.</p><img alt="Tourists in Hong Kong "src=""><p>The ranking comes as Hong Kong continues to see widespread protests that have at points turned violent and even <a href="">briefly shut down the airport</a>. The demonstrations began in June when people took to the streets to protest a proposed bill that would have allowed mainland China to extradite Hong Kong residents to stand trial.</p><p>The bill has since been withdrawn as protesters have expanded their grievances to include police brutality as well as demand more democratic reforms.</p><p>“The city is expected to maintain its leading position in 2019, despite anti-government protests during the second half of the year negatively impacting inbound arrivals,” the report wrote, adding: “While the city has been traditionally popular for its shopping [centers], Hong Kong is now focusing on highlighting its natural terrain and cultural heritage.”</p><p>The second most visited city in the world was <a href="">Bangkok</a>, which saw 25.8 million visitors cross its borders this year, a 6.9 percent increase from 2018. More than 73 percent of visitors to Bangkok come from Asia Pacific, according to the report.</p><p><a href="">London</a>, which came in third place, saw a 1.7 percent increase in tourism this year, or about 19.6 million visitors. And <a href="">New York City</a>, which took the top spot in the U.S. and the No. 8 spot internationally, saw about 14 million visitors this year, or a 3 percent increase from 2018.</p><p>The report was based on international tourists who visited another country for at least 24 hours in 2018, and excluded domestic visitors, same-day visitors, people in transit and cruise passengers.</p><p>And while tourism remains an important part of the economy for many cities, the report notes that, “While leading cities have benefited from their own popularity, many destinations are now faced with issues of overcrowding, pollution and transport management” that they have to address.</p><p><strong>These are the report’s top 10 most visited cities:</strong></p>Hong KongBangkokLondonMacauSingaporeParisDubaiNew York CityKuala LumpurIstanbul
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A Light Snowfall Is Just As Dangerous As a Major Snowstorm for Drivers, Research Shows

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 14:07
<p>As a new batch of winter weather conditions descend upon the United States this week, <a href="">a new study</a> is shedding light on road conditions as driving in mild snowfall can be just as hazardous for drivers that hit the road in a major snowstorm.</p><p>Research from the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), published on Monday, found that about 54 percent of all snow-related fatal car crashes from 2015 to 2017 occurred when there wasn’t a National Weather Service (NWS) advisory or warning in effect.</p><p>While there might not be enough snow, freezing rain or black ice to necessitate the NWS issuing a warning, conditions can still prove perilous. For example, in 2016, there was a 36-car pileup in Central Pennsylvania caused by sudden and unexpected snow flurries.</p><p>“It was very short-lived and hardly produced any snow, but it came through and reduced visibility at the wrong time,” researcher Heather Reeves of CIMMS said of the incident. “This wasn’t the kind of thing that resulted in a weather advisory, because there wasn’t enough snow for that, but it’s the kind of thing we want there to be messaging for.”</p><p>In fact, only 46 percent of all snow-related fatalities on roads — which most commonly took place in the northeast according to the research — have an NWS advisory or warning. </p><p>In places like Wisconsin, the large majority of road accidents occurred in 2017 when there was less than two inches of snowfall reported.</p><p>The NWS is investigating ways to warn drivers when road conditions are dangerous but the weather isn’t strong enough to issue an advisory or warning. The service will also try to warn airports and airlines when runways could become slick with black ice.</p><p>“The FAA’s goal is to improve safety and efficiency of flight by keeping national airspace running with minimal delays due to weather,” Reeves said. “That’s our goal as well — we always have an eye towards improving safety and efficiency.”</p><p>The publication of the research is quite timely as over the past week as <a href=""><em>The Weather Channel</em> reported</a> hundreds of car accidents from the Midwest to the Northeast during a winter storm that has resulted in several deaths. More snow is expected throughout the week following the wicked storm that hit parts of the U.S. <a href="">during the week of Thanksgiving.</a> </p><p>As for the West Coast, <a href="">the weather network also reported</a> that rain and mountain snow are predicted to hit California on Friday. Flash flooding and debris flows could be common in northern California, especially land that has been recently burned in wildfires.</p>
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In Istanbul, Cats Are Sacred — Here Are Photos of the City’s Cutest Strays

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 12:00
<p>As my plane began its descent into <a href="" target="_blank">Istanbul</a>, the Bosporus coming into view, I started fantasizing about all the architectural and cultural landmarks I’d photograph during my trip.</p><p>One of the most exciting parts of my job as a professional photographer is discovering new places through my lens. And in Istanbul, I couldn’t wait to capture the visual dichotomy between tradition and modernity — the Byzantine domes and spiraling minarets juxtaposed against trendy cocktail bars and cutting-edge art galleries. But after a few days exploring the city’s labyrinth of cobblestone streets, I found myself enamored by an altogether different subject: Istanbul’s stray cats.</p><img alt="Cat in Istanbul "src=""><img alt="Cats in Istanbul "src=""><p>Lounging regally on Turkish towels in the Grand Bazaar and perched on marble stoops at the Hagia Sophia, the furry felines, whose population is estimated to exceed one million, can be found <a href="" target="_blank">everywhere you go</a>. The following photo essay are shots of the friendly creatures, taken around the city.</p><p>After marveling at the soaring ceilings of the Hagia Sophia, I lowered my gaze and noticed a cat perched regally on a marble stoop. She seemed totally serene despite the swarms of tourists surrounding her. I did a little research and found out that her name is Gli and she's been a resident of the museum for 14 years. In that time, she’s risen to feline stardom: <a href="" target="_blank">Barack Obama</a> paid her a visit in 2009, and in addition to having her own <a href="" target="_blank">blog</a>, she’s amassed an <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a> following of 13,000.</p><img alt="Cats in Istanbul "src=""><p>As I walked around the bustling Kadıköy-Moda neighborhood, I almost walked right past these two cats cuddling outside a convenience store. I couldn't resist stopping to photograph the heartwarming scene.</p><img alt="Cats in Istanbul "src=""><p>This cat was dutifully perched atop a stack of vinyls in a record store in Beyoğlu. It was as though he was the shop's security guard.</p><img alt="Cats in Istanbul "src=""><p>On a walk post-dinner, I noticed this woman giving scraps to a stray. I later found out that this is standard practice in the city and that most residents don't mind sharing their leftovers. You could argue the cats develop palates as diverse and sophisticated as their human counterparts!</p><img alt="Cat in Istanbul "src=""><p>While shopping on İstiklal Caddesi—the main boulevard of the hip Karaköy neighborhood—I happened upon a group of shouting protestors guarded by swarms of police. My eyes wandered beyond the immediate commotion to a cat sitting in the middle of the road. Her presence offered a sense of calm amid the chaos.</p><img alt="Cats in Istanbul "src=""><p>After a few days in the city, I developed a habit of looking for a stray every time I stopped by a restaurant. At this particular eatery, I spotted this little guy hiding under an empty table. He didn't beg at all, just sat and timidly observed his surroundings. I trust someone rewarded his good behavior at least once during the evening. </p><img alt="Cat in Istanbul "src="">
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This Teeny-tiny 'Harry Potter' House Is the Most Magical Listing on Airbnb

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 11:17
<p><a href="">Harry Potter</a>’s cupboard under the stairs wasn’t nearly as cool as this place.</p><p>According to<em> <a href="">Insider</a></em>, a 300-square-foot rental on <a href="">Airbnb</a> has just a little bit of magic in it. The tiny house, located on a 30-acre farm in Marlboro, New York is decked out in <em>Harry Potter</em> style.</p><img alt="Harry Potter Tiny House "src=""><p>Though it’s quite small, it’s an especially cozy stay for any Potterhead.</p><p>Much like the magical tents from the <em>Potter</em> books and movies (which are astoundingly bigger on the inside), this little listing packs in quite a few amenities in such a small space. It surprisingly sleeps four people in three beds. One bed is on the main floor while the other two are lofted, according to <em>Insider</em>. The house also includes a bathroom and a kitchenette with a mini-fridge, microwave, induction stovetop, French press, electric kettle, and toaster.</p><p>In addition, you can also have a cookout under the stars using the fire pit and outdoor dining set. According to the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">listing</a>, the space can potentially accommodate more than four people if needed, as long as extra guests provide their own tents and sleeping gear to stay outside. Extra fees may apply in these situations.</p><img alt="Harry Potter Tiny House "src=""><p>But aside from amenities, any <em>Potter</em>-loving guest can appreciate the little, magical details that this Airbnb host put into the tiny space. Upon walking in, guests will notice the “floating” candles on the ceiling as well as Potter-themed bedspreads and pillows with phrases and spells on them like, “Expecto Patronum!” and “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” The entire house is a send up to the Wizarding World.</p><p>There are even copies of the Quibbler and the Daily Prophet to peruse while you sip on your morning coffee (or tea, if you want to be extra authentic). And if you still want to keep in touch with the “Muggle World,” fear not: the house also has WiFi.</p><p>As an added bonus, along with being able to stay at this unique listing, guests will be able to take home their very own Hogwarts diploma, according to the listing description.</p><img alt="Harry Potter Tiny House "src=""><p>While guests enjoy the magical, tiny house, they can also drink in the beautiful scenery of the Hudson Valley while they’re at it. The house is only a quick 90 minutes north of <a href="">New York City</a> and boasts 360-views of gorgeous New York nature. “Don't be surprised if you see coyotes, families of deer, and every type of bird you could imagine — not to mention more butterflies than you've ever seen, depending on the season,” the host wrote on the listing.</p><p>The house is currently renting for $179 per night and is only booking through the end of May at the moment. To make your booking or for more information, visit the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">listing on Airbnb</a>.</p>
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Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens Has the Best Christmas Lights in All of Europe (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 11:01
<p>Sure, the <a href="">Christmas spirit</a> can be felt just about anywhere, but if you’re looking to really bathe in the glory of the holiday season it’s time to head to <a href="">Tivoli Gardens</a>.</p><p>The stunning garden located in <a href="">Copenhagen</a> is celebrating its 26th annual holiday festival known as Christmas in Tivoli. It’s impossible not to feel a little Christmas magic inside as the park is filled with thousands of twinkling lights, over-the-top decorations at every turn, and a Christmas tree adorned with real Swarovski crystals.</p><img alt="Christmas at Tivoli Gardens "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to Visit Copenhagen</a>, the garden will be filled with more than 70,000 Christmas baubles and more than 1,000 Christmas threes will be covered in lights.</p><p>All this holiday joy will certainly make visitors hungry. Luckily, the garden also invited local vendors to fill the space with food stalls as well. And, for those looking to shop a bit during their visit, the garden will be hosting some 60 stalls where artisans will sell their goods, decorations, snacks, and more.</p><img alt="Christmas at Tivoli Gardens "src=""><p>For a bit more of a hands-on experience, guests can head inside the Honey Cake Castle. There, they will find a few of Santa’s elves busily working away on baking a few honey cakes and other Christmas treats. And, guests can even decorate their own sweets inside the castle too.</p><img alt="Christmas at Tivoli Gardens "src=""><p>Each night of the festive season the Tivoli Lake will be transformed into what the garden calls a “universe of sound, light, fire, smoke and lots of surprising effects.” Whatever that means, it will be set to the music of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker.”</p><img alt="Christmas at Tivoli Gardens "src=""><p>Lastly, but most importantly, there will be one VIP present each and every day of the holiday celebration: Santa. Indeed, the big man himself will be on hand to take a few Christmas wishes. So, make sure to stop in to ensure you get on his nice list. And maybe bring him a honey cake just in case.</p>
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DVF’s Iconic Wrap Dresses Inspired the Dreamiest Swimsuit Collection With Onia

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 10:37
<p>The name <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Diane von Furstenberg</a> is synonymous with flattering and (somehow) exceptionally comfortable womenswear. The iconic DVF wrap dress has prevailed through years of trends that come and go, and for good reason. No designer can match DVF when it comes to creating the perfect wrap dress silhouette and experience – and now that same iconic silhouette is available in swimwear.</p><p>DVF has collaborated with <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Onia Swim</a>, a clothing label with roots in menswear, so comfort and purpose are among some of the brand's strongest pillars. The Onia lifestyle is relaxed and timeless, so a capsule collection with the designs of DVF is as natural as the landscape on which the pieces are meant to be worn.</p><img alt="DVF Onia Swimwear Capsule "src=""><p>Some of DVF's most playful and recognizable prints and colorways, like <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">electric blue leopard</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">black and pink 'falling lips'</a>, meet Onia's best-selling shapes, like the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">tie-front Madeline bandeau</a> and the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Avery triangle top</a>, to create bikinis and one-pieces that both stand out and feel classic enough to wear wherever your travels take you in 2020. </p><img alt="DVF Onia Swimwear Capsule "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $225</p><p>My personal favorite, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Lila One Piece</a>, is everything I could want in a go-to swimsuit. The slender straps, low back, and wrap waist accent make it incredibly flattering while the adjustable straps and dark color make it practical. I love a swimsuit that will take me from a <a href="">family beach day</a> to a <a href="">romantic trip</a> seamlessly.</p><img alt="DVF Onia Swimwear Capsule "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $225; (top) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95; (bottom) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95</p><p>This capsule collection is exclusive to Onia and DVF, so you can't just get the pieces anywhere. And since it's always beach season somewhere, now's the perfect time to think about what you'll wear on <a href="">your next getaway</a>.</p>
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Here's Why So Many Canine Employees at U.S. Airports Are Beagles

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 10:34
<p>The holidays are a hectic few weeks for many of us, but perhaps most of all for a beagle mix named Denny. He’s a U.S. Customs and Border Protection detector dog at <a href="">John F. Kennedy International Airpor</a><a href="">t</a> — the kind that trots around an airport’s baggage claim, sniffing your suitcases and backpacks.</p><p>For the next few weeks, “It’s chestnut time,” explains Amanda Tripple, Denny’s handler. (The festive snack is commonly confiscated this time of year.) With some 56,000 international travelers filtering through the New York airport each day, there are bound to be potentially harmful fruits, vegetables, nuts, and meat products in their luggage. It's Denny’s job to find it all, ultimately preventing pests or foreign animal diseases from entering the country.</p><p>The first time I met Denny, he pressed his head into my arms — his version of a hug, I assume. Judging by the dog hair on Tripple’s uniform, he gives them out a lot. Hugging aside, five-year-old Denny has laserlike focus. He and Tripple have found tens of thousands of prohibited items in his three years on the job, from <a href="">butchered pigs</a> to a package containing almost 50 pounds of mangoes. He often patrols flights coming in from places like Singapore, Germany, Finland, Jordan, and beyond.</p><img alt="JFK Beagle Brigade "src=""><p>One morning this November, I followed Denny and Tripple as they approached a baggage carousel in Terminal 4. Almost immediately, Denny signaled Tripple to search of suitcase off a flight from Uzbekistan.</p><p>“Denny is a fast worker,” Tripple says. “He pulls a lot. Some beagles are more methodical, but not Denny.”</p><p>After stopping the passengers and their luggage, Tripple found and confiscated some sausages and a bag of fresh peppers — both prohibited from entering the U.S.</p><img alt="JFK Beagle Brigade "src=""><p>Denny posed with his finds for me, appearing pleased.</p><h2><b>Why beagles are the breed of choice for U.S. Customs and Border Protection</b></h2><p>While watching Denny work, I thought of my own beagle at my parents’ house in Massachusetts. My sweet, lazy pup could certainly not save this country from an infestation of, say, <a href="">Khapra beetles</a>, which made me wonder — what makes this cute breed the best choice for sniffing around?</p><p>The short answer? It’s partly <i>because</i> they’re cute.</p><p>Their small size makes them ideal for passenger environments, says S. Terri Giannetti, who’s been raising beagles as show dogs since the 1980s. Passengers feel less intimidated by 22-pound beagles than, say, 72-pound German Shepherds, especially when they’re getting up close and personal with bags, purses, and other personal items.</p><p>“We call it the Snoopy effect,” says Giannetti, the owner of Beowulf Kennel in Virginia. “People see the beagle and go ‘Snoopy!’ Who doesn’t love Snoopy?”</p><img alt="JFK Beagle Brigade "src=""><p>Their size and gentle temperaments are only part of the equation. Beagles, like Labrador retrievers and other breeds, are born with an innate desire to follow their noses. They have some 220 million scent receptors compared to a human’s paltry 400, and can sniff out carriers of invasive pets and diseases in a fraction of the time it’d take an officer to inspect every bag.</p><p>Beagles also have an incredibly strong food drive, explains Joseph Demalderis, acting supervisor of JFK’s K9 agricultural specialists. In other words, they’re willing to work for a reward in the form of a treat.</p><h2><b>A short history of the Beagle Brigade</b></h2><p>Beagles were put to work by the United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA, in 1984, when the first “Beagle Brigade” was created at Los Angeles International Airport. In 2000, Customs and Border Protection began employing larger dogs in non-passenger environments, like at cargo inspection facilities and borders. Today, there are about 120 canine teams working in airports, cruise terminals, mail facilities, cargo warehouses, and other ports of entry.</p><img alt="Beagle Brigade "src=""><p>The dogs are taught to seek out specific odors, which could be anything from a banana to a live snail. (A two-dog team in Atlanta recently prevented a pair of highly <a href="">invasive Giant African Snails</a> from entering the country.) Within seconds of detecting one of these odors, the dog sits in front of the bag or package.</p><p>Their work goes far beyond the reward of a cookie or two — protecting the U.S. from pests is serious business. If those Giant African Snails had made it through, they could have decimated farms (the snails eat at least 500 types of plants, according to the USDA) and even damaged buildings made of stucco or plaster.</p><img alt="Beagle Brigade "src=""><h2><b>How beagles are trained to detect threats</b></h2><p>All <a href="">agricultural canines</a>, no matter where they work, are rescue dogs. Those in the Beagle Brigade can start their initial training as young as 15 months. To do that, they’re taken to the USA National Detector Dog Training Center outside of Atlanta, where they work for 10 to 13 weeks on pinpointing plants, fruits, veggies, and other items in dummy suitcases. By the time training wraps up, a dog can detect 85 different odors.</p><p>“You walk into a McDonald’s, and you smell a Big Mac,” explains Demalderis. “A dog walks into a McDonald’s, and they smell the beef, lettuce, and fillers.”</p><p>Throughout its training and career, a beagle stays with the same handler. This way, the two can spend years working together to form a bond.</p><p>“It’s all body language. We know each other so well,” Tripple says of Denny. “I can tell just by his tail. If it droops, it’s time to be done.”</p><img alt="JFK Beagle Brigade "src=""><p>Detecting odors — and receiving treats in return — is much like a game for the dogs, explains Demalderis. Once it stops becoming fun for them, they’ll hang their hat for the day (or in Denny’s case, lower his tail).</p><p>“Previous to this job I worked in a tiger sanctuary where I trained big cats,” Tripple says. “I love beagles, but beagles can almost be more frustrating when they get in their hard-headed state.”</p><p>Most beagles spend about four of their eight working hours out near the baggage carousels, patrolling and sniffing. At JFK, five beagles live at the airport’s on-site kennel. Many of them retire around 9 years of age, at which point they’ll go home for good with their handler, or with another CBP staffer.</p><p>Denny has about four years before he has the option to live with Tripple. Until then, his objective is simple: to get more treats.</p>
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There Are Tons of Travel Finds Majorly Marked Down on Nordstrom Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 10:33
<p>Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but there are still tons of amazing deals happening for Cyber Week — especially at Nordstrom. Everything from <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">comfy UGG boots</a> to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Longchamp tote bags</a> are still discounted, giving you the perfect opportunity to finish your holiday shopping without breaking the bank.</p><p><strong>RELATED:</strong>: <a href="">Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals Is Here — These Are the Best Sales on Travel Essentials</a></p><p>With prices slashed on thousands of items, it can be difficult to sort through them all. So to help you cut through the clutter, we found the 7 best deals on travel-ready pieces and compiled them below. From a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Briggs &amp; Riley suitcase that’s marked down to just $350</a> to a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Fossil passport cover that’s on sale</a> for $41 to a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Victorinox duffel bag that’s 50 percent off</a>, these savings are too good to miss. </p><p>We’re not sure how long these discounted travel essentials will stay on sale, so we recommend adding them to your shopping carts before they sell out or jump back to full price. </p><h2>Briggs &amp; Riley Sympatico 30-Inch Expandable Wheeled Packing Case</h2><img alt="Briggs & Riley Sympatico 30-Inch Expandable Wheeled Packing Case "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $350 (originally $700)</p><h2>Victorinox Swiss Army WT 5.0 Duffel Bag</h2><img alt="Victorinox Swiss Army WT 5.0 Duffel Bag "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $85 (originally $170)</p><h2>Fossil Leather Passport Case</h2><img alt="Fossil Leather Passport Case "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $41 (originally $55)</p><h2>Tumi Voyageur Canton Nylon Crossbody Bag</h2><img alt="Tumi Voyageur - Canton Nylon Crossbody Bag "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $172 (originally $245)</p><h2>Hook &amp; Albert Garment Duffle Bag</h2><img alt="hook + ALBERT Garment Duffle Bag "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $480 (originally $640)</p><h2>Wolf Caroline Travel Jewelry Case</h2><img alt="WOLF 'Caroline' Travel Jewelry Case "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $69 (originally $85)</p><h2>Briggs &amp; Riley Baseline 16-Inch Rolling Cabin Bag</h2><img alt="Briggs & Riley Baseline 16-Inch Rolling Cabin Bag "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $365 (originally $415)</p>
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The Best Travel Clothes for Men, No Matter the Destination

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 10:32
<p>Over the past six years, I have traveled to over 20 countries across four continents. Not only has that made me a knowledgeable traveler, but it has forced me to find the best travel clothing, often through trial and error. Whether you have a trip planned to hot and humid <a href="">Thailand</a>, frosty <a href="">Iceland,</a> or the deserts of <a href="">Utah</a>, there are staple items that should always be packed in your carry-on.</p><p>Now that I know exactly what to bring wherever I’m going, trips tend to be a lot more enjoyable and seamless. The following clothing essentials are versatile, stylish, durable, functional and, most importantly, comfortable. Read on to discover the best-of-the-best in Men’s travel clothing.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="">13 Comfortable, Low-maintenance Travel Suits for Men</a></p><h2>AllSaints Merino Wool Sweater</h2><img alt="Allsaints men's sweater "src=""><p>I’ve had one of these sweaters in my closet for years, and it still looks new. This sweater easily dresses up or down and is extremely comfortable. No matter how it’s packed—neatly folded or thrown in—it pulls together a look with simplicity and style.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $120</p><h2>Olivers Apparel All Over Short</h2><img alt="Oliver's apparel shorts "src=""><p>This stain and sweat-resistant short is designed for versatility, and comes in a variety of colors. The 4-way stretch provides ultimate comfort while the style can take you from hiking Machu Picchu to sipping cocktails in Bermuda. Plus it’s built to last and has hundreds of raving reviews.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $68</p><h2>RVCA Eastern Boardshort</h2><img alt="RVCA board shorts "src=""><p>Never go anywhere without a swimsuit. My go-to cure for jetlag is a nice plunge into the hotel pool for some laps. The Eastern Boardshort is my favorite option for a “take anywhere” swimsuit. It’s comfortable, dries fast, and it doesn’t chafe during all-day use.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfasbestmentravelclothessbaynov19-20&amp;linkId=f00327135d71ed1d12c1bf4da4bf812a&amp;language=en_US"></a>, $37</p><h2>Allbirds Wool Runner Mizzles</h2><img alt="Men's Allbird sneakers "src=""><p>These sneakers have been coined, “the world’s most comfortable shoes.” And let me tell you, they are. Allbirds went a step further by making their wildly popular wool runner completely water-resistant. Plus they look great. The new Mizzles are absolutely the best shoes for traveling.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95</p><h2>Smartwool Pressure-Free State Crew Socks</h2><img alt="Men's pressure socks "src=""><p>Smartwool has long been a trusted brand for me and my family of avid hikers. Before a recent long-term backpacking trip to Europe, I trusted Smartwool’s pressure-free crew socks for my travels, and they didn’t disappoint. The socks are designed to prevent tightness, reduce wear, and to provide arch support for optimal all-day wear.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfasbestmentravelclothessbaynov19-20&amp;linkId=6288560d4012166af1e59096147af59f&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $23</p><h2>Fitbit Charge 3</h2><img alt="Fitbit "src=""><p>Fitbit has fast become one of my favorite items for travel. Its battery life will usually last the entire duration of a trip and its sleek look goes with everything. The best travel feature, though, is its 24/7 sleep tracking. This feature helps to prepare for different time zones by providing sleep data which you can then use to change sleep routines before and during a trip, ultimately beating jet lag. It is also fun to see how many more steps are achieved during a vacation then at home.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $150</p><h2>Prana Stretch Zion Pant</h2><img alt="Men's stretch pants "src=""><p>Not only are these pants durable and comfortable they have a water repellent finish which can be a lifesaver during an unexpected rainstorm. While the fit is relaxed, they can go from a day of touring around Paris to an elegant dinner at Les Confidences.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfasbestmentravelclothessbaynov19-20&amp;linkId=523a7b7864b67db8ca3191f238b9ee09&amp;language=en_US"></a>, from $16</p><h2>Everlane The Cotton Crew Tee</h2><img alt="Everlane men's tee "src=""><p>This the most comfortable shirt I’ve ever worn. And while comfort is important, Everlane properly beat up this shirt during testing to ensure the best durability, promising never to have an awkwardly stretched out neckline. It looks great fresh out of the bag and after multiple wears.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $18</p><h2>Topman Classic Fit Jersey Blazer</h2><img alt="Men's jersey blazer "src=""><p>It’s vital to bring a blazer on every type of vacation and this Topman jacket is a go-to. Its classic style is appropriate for any type of event. It’s important to remember to pack for every situation — you never know what you’ll be invited to.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";origin=category-personalizedsort&amp;breadcrumb=Home%2FMen%2FClothing%2FBlazers%20%26%20Sport%20Coats&amp;color=grey&amp;utm_source=rakuten&amp;utm_medium=affiliate&amp;utm_campaign=93xLBvPhAeE&amp;utm_content=1&amp;utm_term=729223&amp;utm_channel=affiliate_ret_p&amp;sp_source=rakuten&amp;sp_campaign=93xLBvPhAeE" target="_blank"></a>, $100</p><h2>The North Face Altier Down Triclimate Jacket</h2><img alt="The North Face Men's Jacket "src=""><p>The reason this jacket makes the list is due to its multi-functionality. With a removable waterproof shell, it is great for a cool evening in Cape Town or a raging storm in the Chilean Lake District, all while being easily packable.</p><p>To buy, <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfasbestmentravelclothessbaynov19-20&amp;linkId=8af7ee01150e61264ec2d76008d2c3b9&amp;language=en_US"></a>, from $259</p>
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The Best Adventure Travel Gear for Men Right Now (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 10:16
<p>When packing for an <a href="">adventure trip</a> — international or domestic — there are a few key items to remember: <a href="">pack as light as possible</a>, keep essentials in the carry-on, and compile all <a href="">important travel documents</a> prior to take off. That said, what adventure gear is best for travel right now?</p><img alt="Men's Adventure gear "src=""><p>That is the question that we have spent weeks to answer. After searching for the most innovative, durable, and light-weight adventure products then testing them, we have found the new gear worth trying alongside the tried-and-true items that every adventurer needs in their suitcase. The following products will hold up (and look good) no matter what adventure you have in mind.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="">The 20 Best-selling Travel Products on Amazon</a></p><h2>Patagonia Black Hole Wheeled Duffel Bag</h2><img alt="Patagonia Duffel bag "src=""><p>There are many options for travel bags — wheeled, duffel, backpack — that fit the needs of most off-the-beaten-path travels. When it comes to adventure travel, this Patagonia wheeled duffel takes the cake. It combines the benefits of a duffel and a wheeled bag to create a bag that is tough, smooth, and can fit bulky gear. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";cgid=luggage-duffel-bags#tile-6=&amp;start=1&amp;sz=24" target="_blank"></a>, $299</p><h2>Merrell X Outdoor Voices Moab Hiking boot</h2><img alt="Moab shoes "src=""><p>Stepping up the hiking boot scene with a stylish collaboration with Outdoor Voices, Merrell has upgraded its iconic Moab hiking boot. This boot really is one of the best available. It is great for any trail, trekking a city, or championing any weather.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $130</p><h2>LARQ Bottle Movement</h2><img alt="Larq bottle "src=""><p>This gadget is one for the books. Released this year, the Larq movement bottle is changing the game — It’s the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle. No matter where your adventure takes you, this bottle has your back to sterilize water (as long as it has battery) using a 280 nanometer UV light. Its sleek design doesn’t hurt the eyes either.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $98</p><h2>Arc’teryx Atom LT Jacket </h2><img alt="Arc'teryx jacket "src=""><p>This jacket has been in my carry on for six years and it’s still going strong — it is warm in the winter and breathable enough for a crisp summer night. The inside zipper pocket is perfect for holding a passport or a wallet, and the synthetic insulation is windproof and almost feels weightless when worn.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tllifemenadventuretravelgearsbaynov19-20&amp;linkId=832cc681516b5aff0e1f7e800ab8802f&amp;language=en_US"></a>, $235</p><h2>Salomon Speedcross 5</h2><img alt="Speedcross shoes "src=""><p>If you don’t want to opt for a hiking boot, these ridiculously comfortable trail running shoes are great for any adventure from, well, trail running to sloshing down a few pints at a pub. This ridiculously versatile shoe is the travel companion that you didn’t know you needed — taking you from the trail to the city.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $98</p><h2>Yeti M30</h2><img alt="Yeti cooler "src=""><p>While this cooler is best packed for a road trip or staycation, it definitely has a place on this list. This year, Yeti has re-engineered the opening of their iconic soft cooler that keeps things cold for days, by creating a magnetic closure rather than a zip. The M30 is easy to carry, has a leak-proof liner, and a high-density fabric that is specifically designed to block UV rays. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tllifemenadventuretravelgearsbaynov19-20&amp;linkId=71339bcf8aaa45af5e0816555661ea9c&amp;language=en_US"></a>, $299</p><h2>Garmin fēnix 6 Pro</h2><img alt="Garmin watch "src=""><p>An adventurer’s next best friend. The Garmin fēnix 6 pro offers a wealth of features that make any outdoor activity a breeze. Some standouts: wrist-based heart rate, PacePro technology that createsa pace based on terrain, ski maps to over 2,000 resorts, a 14-day battery, downloadable music from most streaming apps, and much more. This smartwatch quickly makes you feel like you can't live life without it.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $700</p><h2>Smartwool Hiking Crew Socks </h2><img alt="Smartwool socks "src=""><p>The last thing you want to think about when you are out there checking on a bucket list item is your feet. That’s why it’s a great idea to add a few pairs of these hiking socks to your packing list. Smartwool has established technologies that both increase comfort and airflow, ultimately making these socks a go-to for everyday wear. These cushioned wool socks stand the test of time.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tllifemenadventuretravelgearsbaynov19-20&amp;linkId=78edf04f7af86a96d0e91c07de254177&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $19</p><h2>Daypack Matador Freerain24 2.0</h2><img alt="Freerain backpack "src=""><p>It’s important to have a daypack for every trip. The Freerain 24 2.0 folds to be a highly-packable five inches and only weighs 6.6 oz. But when unraveled it is large, sturdy, and waterproof. With many pockets and breathable shoulder straps, this pack will surely become a favorite for everyday use — whether you’re hiking Everest base camp or going to Central Park. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $49 (originally $65)</p><h2>Black Diamond Storm 375 Headlamp</h2><img alt="Black Diamond headlamp "src=""><p>A headlamp can feel lifesaving in the outdoors — most enthusiasts will agree. A headlamp keeps your hands free while providing light everywhere your eyes look. Black Diamond has long been a leader when it comes to headlamps. The Storm 375 is our choice due to its user interface and waterproof/dustproof design. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tllifemenadventuretravelgearsbaynov19-20&amp;linkId=405a660d1b84d0905332be3b1f9b2e37&amp;language=en_US"></a>, $50</p><h2>Filson Alaskan Guide Shirt</h2><img alt="Filson shirt "src=""><p>A heavy-weight flannel is a great addition to the packing list. It can be worn in a wide variety of situations — it’s durable, it’s fashionable, it’s warm, and it protects from the elements. But, not all flannels are made the same. Filson has created a standard for these layering shirts that have lasted the test of time. For decades people have turned to Filson for their high-quality fashions and their Alaskan Guide Shirt is a wonderful travel companion. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $125</p><h2>The North Face Motion Pants</h2><img alt="The North Face pants "src=""><p>It is difficult to find the right pants that can withstand a rugged venture and that are comfortable for a 12+ hour flight. The right mix is the North Face Motion Pants. They are designed to maximize mobility while withstanding the elements. They can also be dressed up for a nice dinner away so you don’t need to pack an extra pair of pants. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tllifemenadventuretravelgearsbaynov19-20&amp;linkId=6e09a3b6db2abfafb38fea5634aebe4e&amp;language=en_US"></a>, $75</p>
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Glow Nashville Is the Most Magical Way to Celebrate Christmas in Music City — and It’s All for a Good Cause

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 09:57
<p><a href="">Nashville</a>, <a href="">Tennessee</a> is about to get a whole lot brighter this holiday season.</p><p><a href="">GLOW</a>, the city’s brightest Christmas experience, is officially on at the <a href="">First Tennessee Park</a>. The event is ready to dazzle visitors with millions of twinkling lights and photo-ready moments they never expected.</p><img alt="GLOW Nashville "src=""><img alt="GLOW Nashville "src=""><p>“We have packed millions of holiday lights into this beautiful ballpark, just minutes away from downtown Nashville,” Chris Stacey, Founder and CEO of GLOW said in a statement. “The sheer size and scale of our custom light sculptures have never been seen before in Nashville.”</p><p>At the event guests are welcome to wander through glorious displays featuring millions of lights shimmering on hundreds of custom holiday sculptures. Guests can also pay a visit to Santa’s workshop and check out a behind-the-scenes look at all the toy making. Mrs. Claus will also be on hand for both storytime and for photos with everyone on the “nice” list.</p><img alt="GLOW Nashville "src=""><p>Guests can also take to the ice at the Frozen Fortress Skating Rink, or race down the Reindeer Run Tube Park, featuring a 32-foot-tall, 170-foot-long run.</p><p>Once guests work up an appetite they can head to the Mistletoe Cafe and warm up with a hot chocolate, then walk through the Winterfest Market, home to more than 25 local craft vendors all selling their goods.</p><img alt="GLOW Nashville "src=""><p>While all this is well and good, the true star of this Christmas show is GLOW’s magnificent Christmas Tree. In recognition of the 40th anniversary of The Salvation Army Angel Tree and its ties to Nashville, GLOW erected the world’s tallest digital angel tree. At the event, visitors can digitally adopt angels that sit upon the 100-foot-tree. They may also donate directly to The Salvation Army's at any of the on-site kiosks.</p><img alt="GLOW Nashville "src=""><img alt="GLOW Nashville "src=""><p>The event is open now through Dec. 31 from 5-10 pm each night. For tickets check out <a href="">GLOW’s website </a>now.</p>
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Berlin Wants to Transform Checkpoint Charlie Into a Public Square With a Cold War Museum

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 09:22
<p>The city of Berlin has approved a plan to transform historical landmark Checkpoint Charlie into a public square, complete with Cold War museum.</p><p>During the Cold War, <a href="">Checkpoint Charlie</a> was a point along the Berlin Wall where many East Berliners died while attempting to flee to the West. When the wall came down in 1989, the checkpoint became a popular tourist spot, but it has since been criticized for <a href="">its “Disneyfication” of history. </a></p><p><a href="">According to German newspaper <em>DW</em></a>, it is now a “jarring mix of public and private memorials and museums and welcomes thousands of visitors every day.”</p><p>Redevelopment of the point will transform it into a large public square with an official Cold War museum. There will also be housing developments in the area, with some reserved for social housing.</p><p>"With the involvement of citizens, tracks have been laid for a future-oriented development for this special place," Berlin's Urban Development Senator, Katrin Lompscher, said in a statement.</p><p>There was previously much controversy over the redevelopment of the 3.2-acre space.</p><p>Before the plan becomes official, it will need to be approved by the city parliament. A vote is expected to take pass before February, at which point a timeline will be established. Last year, the city rejected plans to build skyscrapers and an outpost of the Hard Rock hotel near the site.</p><p>Last month, actors at Checkpoint Charlie were banned from dressing up as American soldiers after they harassed tourists for money for posing for photos.</p>
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More People Are Working Out While Traveling Than Ever — and This Is the Easiest Way to Join the Trend in 2020

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 08:49
<p>As the wellness and fitness industries continue to get bigger and buzzier heading into the new year, the 2019 trends for exercise enthusiasts range far and wide paving a path for a super sweaty 2020. </p><p>According to data <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">compiled by workout studio app ClassPass,</a> fitness fanatics are not only finding new ways to work out, but they're committing to keeping their healthy habits consistent.</p><p>Based on the patterns of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">ClassPass</a> users around the world — the app is active in more than 20 countries — the company found that kicking off the new year is not always the glorious, fresh start we all hope it will be: New Year’s Day was the least popular day to work out in 2019. We bounced back quickly, however, with a spike in app downloads on Jan. 2, when those resolutions really kick in. </p><p>The information gathered from more than 100 million workouts showed that North American users' favorite way to sweat was strength training, but when it comes to bringing a friend or coworkers along, boxing and rowing were the go-tos. </p><p>Speaking of coworkers, the app found that two in three professionals feel that working out with colleagues can help to build workplace friendships — leading to the prediction that corporate wellness will continue to rise in 2020. </p><p>And when they're <a href="">traveling for work,</a> ClassPass users took their exercise on the go. Eighteen percent of professionals booked workouts in a city other than their hometown, up from 14 percent in 2018. </p><p>"We have seen that no matter the reason for travel, people are building fitness into their routine on the go," the data read. </p><p>The app, which is a subscription membership service that offers a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">wide range of studio classes</a> including yoga, cycling, boxing, a variety of cardio (dance class, anyone?) as well as various wellness services, saw that in 2019, over 1 million users headed to megareformer pilates.</p><img alt="Pilates "src=""><p>The workout — that utilizes muscle-toning resistance machines equipped with bands varying in difficulty, like at <a href="">SLT</a> and <a href="">BodyRok</a> — saw a 38.6 percent increase in reservations in 2019 when compared to 2018. And in Classpass' breakdown by city, they found that Houston, Texas was the ringleader in the trend. </p><p>As for how other cities pan out, New York City comes out on top with the most class reservations made, and it was also where the most meditation sessions were booked this year. (Who couldn't use some zen in the midst of all that hustle?)</p><p>Kansas City was deemed the most likely to book a workout in another city, while Los Angeles users were most likely to book a class at the last minute. </p><p>Classpass found the majority of exercise rookies start out with yoga — which ranked No. 2 in popularity in North America — so if you're a workout newbie, consider working on your warrior poses in 2020. </p><p>But whether its saying "Namaste" or gloving up for a round of boxing, 42 percent of users found that a group fitness setting kept them motivated to keep their workouts consistent, wherever in the world they find themselves. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">First-time users can get 14 days free</a> when they sign up now.</p>
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New Legislation to Crack Down on Unruly Airplane Passengers Will Go Into Effect Next Year (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 08:22
<p>Horror stories of disorderly passengers seems like an all-too regular occurence in the world of airlines. But starting next month, nearly two dozen nations are looking to crack down on troublesome fliers around the world.</p><p>New legislation, ratified by 22 countries, aims to make it easier to punish <a href="">unruly passengers</a>, <a href=""><em>CNN</em> reported</a>. The legislation, entitled the Montreal Protocol 2014, will go into effect starting January 1, 2020.</p><p>“We want as many countries as possible to ratify this treaty," the Assistant Director of Corporate Communications for Europe at the <a href="">International Air Transport Association</a> (IATA), Chris Goater, told <em>CNN</em>. "We expect more to do so — getting to 22 in five years doesn't sound that fast, but actually by the standards of international treaties that's really quick."</p><p>According to <em><a href="">The Independent,</a></em> the IATA hopes the agreement “enhances the capacity of states to curb the escalation in the severity and frequency of unruly [behavior] onboard aircraft.” The rule could only take effect when 22 countries had ratified the treaty, the paper explained, with Nigeria becoming the 22nd country in November.</p><img alt="Unruly airplane passengers "src=""><p>Currently, many countries prescribe to the Tokyo Convention of 1963, which dictates jurisdiction over a flying airplane to the country in which the plane is registered, <em>CNN</em> reported. This gets complicated, however, if a plane lands in a different country following an offense committed in the air as local authorities are not as easily able to take control.</p><p>While some countries, including the U.S. and the U.K., have their own regulations that give local authorities the ability to take over, according to <em>CNN</em>, that isn’t the case for all nations.</p><p>There is an average of <a href="">one incident per every 1,053 flights</a>, according to the IATA’s latest available data from 2017. And three out of every five cases of serious inflight disruption go unpunished due to “jurisdictional issues,” Alexandre de Juniac, director general of IATA, told the <em>Independent</em>.</p><p>The new treaty also makes it easier for an airline to charge an offender for costs associated with a diversion caused by their behavior, which can be more than $200,000, the paper explained.</p>
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These Are the Most Popular Tourist Attractions of 2019, According to Uber Ride Data

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 07:24
<p><a href="">Uber</a> can be a great option for tourists, especially if they’re not sure how to get around their destination.</p><p>Travelers and locals alike use this rideshare service to visit some of the world’s most popular attractions, and that’s why Uber took a look back on the year 2019 to find out which attractions and destinations were most popular amongst riders across the world. Uber’s Look Back at 2019 is officially posted on the company’s <a href="">website</a>.</p><p>The report shows, yet again, that the <a href="">Empire State Building</a> and the Freedom Tower in <a href="">New York City</a>, respectively, took the first two spots of its most popular travel destinations across the world. Surprisingly enough, these two spots are also well-served by public transit, according to <a href="">Jalopnik</a>.</p><p>The CN Tower in Toronto as well as the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower in Paris also took the top five spots. The Louvre in Paris took sixth place, followed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Buckingham Palace in London, and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.</p><p>In addition, Uber found some more insights about tourists from the U.S. in other countries. According to the 2019 report, U.S. tourists took the most international trips in Mexico, followed by Canada, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and France in the top five spots, respectively. India, Australia, Colombia, Portugal, and Spain rounded out the top ten destinations for U.S. tourists.</p><p>The Saturday of St. Patrick’s Day weekend was the most popular time for people to ride with Uber for the second year in a row, followed by Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 (most likely the times when people were out to celebrate Halloween).</p><p>But not everyone is opting for car travel these days. 2019 also marked a significant spike in people opting to use bikes and scooters. Overall, riders have traveled over 24 million miles over the course of the year, a five-fold increase from 2018. Paris, Sacramento, and Seattle were the most popular cities for biking, while Berlin, Malaga, and San Diego were most popular for scooters.</p><p>To read the full report, visit the <a href="">Uber website</a>.</p>
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Millions of Lights Make Christmas at These Royal Gardens a Magical Winter Wonderland (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 06:53
<p>Returning for its seventh year, <a href="">Christmas at the Kew</a> promises to be the most spectacular, dazzling, and joy-filled event of the entire holiday season.</p><img alt="Christmas at Kew Gardens "src=""><p>Located at the <a href="">Royal Botanic Gardens</a> in Kew Richmond, about an hour outside of <a href="">London</a>, travelers will find one of the world’s premier Christmas light shows.</p><img alt="Christmas at Kew Gardens "src=""><img alt="Christmas at Kew Gardens "src=""><p>This year, guests will be delighted by a magical trail illuminated by a million twinkling lights, as well as a number of multi-media art installations built by artists from around the world.</p><p>On the trail, guests will come upon an exhibit known as Bifröst from French creative studio Pitaya. The installation includes a magnificent welcome tunnel of 20 light arcades for people to explore.</p><p>As guests continue their journey they’ll also come upon the installation, Laser Projections, which forms a kaleidoscopic show using the recently restored Temperate House, the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world, as its canvas.</p><img alt="Christmas at Kew Gardens "src=""><p>Guests can also explore Waterfalls, four spiraling columns of light cascading from the Treetop Walkway in the canopy above, Vines, a 30-meter-long promenade of LED vine, the Choir of 5 Holly Bushes, who will sing Christmas favorites behind Kew’s Palm House, the Cathedral of Light, the famous pealight-lit tunnel of lights, perfect for that Instagram shot you’ve been dreaming of, and much more.</p><img alt="Christmas at Kew Gardens "src=""><p>Beyond seeing the lights visitors can also pay a visit to Santa and his helpers on the Temperate House steps, and grab a snack at the recently opened Pavilion Bar and Grill. Those of age can also visit Frexinet to grab a class of Cava, Prosecco, or Sparkling Rosé.</p><p>“Christmas at Kew is now a firm favorite in the winter calendar, and this year we’re bringing even more excitement with a brand new route through Kew Gardens’ UNESCO world heritage landscape,” Sandra Botterell, Director of Marketing and Commercial Enterprise at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew said in a statement. “Now in its seventh year, Christmas at Kew continues to delight visitors with new and talented artists, and a truly festive atmosphere. I personally cannot wait to experience the Treetop Walkway lighting up Kew’s arboretum with what promises to be a spectacular display.”</p><p>The event runs Wednesdays through Sundays from now through Jan. 5, 2020. However, it should be noted that tickets are now sold out, but you can sign up for the garden’s newsletter just in case extra tickets are released.</p>
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