See a Magical Indian Tiger Safari Through the Eyes of Beloved Children's Author Jan Brett

Travel and Leisure - 5 hours 4 min ago
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Jan Brett</a> creates worlds where magic happens — where honey badgers talk, hedgehogs explore space, and trolls steal your Christmas decorations.</p><p>The author, who has sold more than 40 million books, has been a family favorite for decades. What fans might not know is that the Berkshires-based Brett takes extensive research trips to build her elaborate, enchanting realms, from <a href="">Norway</a>, Botswana, and Japan to Arctic Alaska (for an upcoming book about a musk ox).</p><p>Her latest work, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Tale of the Tiger Slippers</em></a>, is based on a Middle Eastern folk tale. Unlike in the original, it's not merchant Abu Kassem who learns an important lesson, but a <a href="" target="_blank">Bengal tiger</a> — one that lives in a kingdom inhabited by crocodiles and sloth bears.</p><img alt="Jan Brett on traveling to India for her book The Tale of the Tiger Slippers "src=""><p>Brett visited <a href="" target="_blank">Bandhavgarh</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Kanha</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Panna</a> national parks in <a href="" target="_blank">Madhya Pradesh</a>, home to India's largest population of tigers. She sketched details such as a carving at Bandhavgarh Fort and browsed local markets for treasures like a jaunty peacock feather duster (above). "Travel helps me feel like I'm in the world of my book," Brett says, "and then I just use my imagination."</p><p>"During a research trip, I am very focused on gathering material to make the book authentic — almost like a treasure hunt. For <em>Tiger Slippers,</em> my husband, Joe, and I went on several <a href="" target="_blank">wildlife drives</a> with a guide and tracker, who can recognize each individual tiger. I didn't take many pictures because I like to use my eyes. I was looking for the way the tigers move, their different expressions. Each face is unique."</p><img alt="Jan Brett on traveling to India for her book The Tale of the Tiger Slippers "src=""><p>"Before traveling, I studied Mughal court art — beautiful paintings of aviaries and gardens, with these amazing borders. And architecture! We saw this ancient temple at Bandhavgarh Fort, which inspired some buildings in the book."</p><img alt="Jan Brett on traveling to India for her book The Tale of the Tiger Slippers "src=""><p>"Joe and I enjoy birding — I love that it forces you to stop, be quiet, and listen. We saw around 325 species, some that can be found only in this one area of India. I loved the blossom-headed parakeet and the racket-tailed drongo. In Kanha, there were peacocks everywhere!"</p><img alt="Jan Brett on traveling to India for her book The Tale of the Tiger Slippers "src=""><p>"One of the best parts of the trip was seeing the villages and countryside en route to the parks. Oxcarts and water buffalo were everywhere, and women wore colorful saris. I went into town to buy some fabric, clothing, and wooden figurines."</p><img alt="Jan Brett on traveling to India for her book The Tale of the Tiger Slippers "src=""><p>"We also saw hornbills, langurs, and gaurs, the largest wild bovine on earth. And elephants being ridden by keepers, called mahouts, patrolling for poachers. On one solo walk in Panna, I spied a small jungle cat sitting in the sun. I really treasure having had that sighting all to myself."</p><img alt="Jan Brett on traveling to India for her book The Tale of the Tiger Slippers "src=""><p>"On any tiger safari, there is a possibility that you won't see one up close. But one day, in Bandhavgarh, there was a huge male coming through the grass. First, he roared — the fearsomeness and beauty hits you somewhere vestigial. Then he stretched up, seven feet tall, and started scratching a tree, just like a little cat. The whole trip revolved around those ten minutes."</p><h2>Trip Planner</h2><h3>Getting There</h3><p>Jabalpur is the gateway city for the parks of Madhya Pradesh. <a href="" target="_blank">Air India</a> has two-hour flights from New Delhi, as does <a href="" target="_blank">SpiceJet</a>, which also offers connections from Mumbai and other major cities.</p><h3>Wildlife Camps</h3><p>Brett stayed at a trio of Taj safari camps: <a href="" target="_blank">Mahua Kothi</a>, in Bandhavgarh National Park, <a href="" target="_blank">Banjaar Tola</a>, in Kanha, and <a href="" target="_blank">Pashan Garh</a>, in Panna.</p><h3>Travel Advisor</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">Carole Cambata</a>, an India specialist on the <a href="">T+L A-List</a>, can plan a "tiger-safari" itinerary or integrate Madhya Pradesh into a larger central India trip.</p><p><em>A version of this story first appeared in the January 2020 issue of Travel + Leisure under the headline Adventures in Tiger Kingdom.</em></p>
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Ellie Kemper on Her First Manhattanhenge Experience, the Best Food in New York, and the ‘Office’-related Town She Wants to Revisit

Travel and Leisure - 7 hours 6 min ago
<p>For New Yorkers and world-travelers alike, <a href="">Manhattanhenge is a big deal</a>. Just ask actor and comedian Ellie Kemper, who, for the very first time this week, braved throngs of photographers, tourists, and astrophysics fans to catch a rare glimpse of the sun rising perfectly between the skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan. The <em>Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt</em> star was able to tick the experience off on her bucket list thanks to Tropicana, which held an early morning Manhattanhenge viewing party in honor of their new “Sip Your Sunshine” campaign, and dubbed Ellie — arguably the human embodiment of sunshine — host of the whole shebang. Between sips of <a href=";tag=tlelliekempertropicanajan20-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01FGL6U10&amp;linkId=a2647445f5d98db90cdd0e61e4e09ec3">Tropicana’s Pure Premium orange juice</a> and reveling over the <a href="">breathtaking natural phenomenon</a>, <em>Travel + Leisure</em> caught up with the funny woman about her first Manhattanhenge experience, the unexpected item she never travels without, and the destinations she dreams of exploring.</p><h2>Travel + Leisure: Today started before sunrise. How do you get going on super early days like today?</h2><p><strong>Ellie Kemper: </strong>“Luckily I’m a morning person. That’s why I was so thrilled when Tropicana came to me with this idea, because I love the mornings. So, greeting something as special as Manhattanhenge at sunrise was like a dream come true to me. To get going, I always feel like you have to take a moment just to clear your brain and think of nothing, and just accept what the day’s going to be like. That energizes me for the rest of the day. It’s just finding 60 seconds here or there just to focus for the day. And on a day like today, I always have coffee. I must start things off with that.”</p><h2>Can you describe your first-ever Manhattanhenge experience?</h2><p>"Today was the first time I experienced it! It was on my bucket list forever. I’ve lived in New York on and off for 15 years, but I’ve only ever heard the tales of Manhattanhenge. So now I got to witness it for the first time. It was really magical.”</p><h2>Do you think it’s on par with other major New York events tourists travel to the city for, like New Year’s Eve in Times Square or the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting?</h2><p>“Oh, absolutely. In fact, I would put this above even the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting, because this was nature! It was really powerful. There was not a cloud in the sky, and it was just a gorgeous moment reminding us all that mother nature’s in charge. It was also just a really beautiful moment of brightness that I think everyone can use a little bit more of in their lives.”</p><h2>Especially in New York City, right? </h2><p>“That’s the thing. In a city where you’re on the go, everyone’s in a hurry, you just have to pause, take this moment, and celebrate the sunshine. It was literal sunshine, and it was beautiful.”</p><h2>As a New Yorker yourself, what are your favorite things to do, see, or eat?</h2><p>“I love Central Park. I, luckily, live very close, so I love going for a run in Central Park, I love taking my son to Central Park. My favorite things to eat are honestly those nuts from the cart, the mixed nuts. They smell so good, they taste so good, they’re delicious! That remains one of my favorite New York City treats. I also love a Levain cookie — any variety. They’re so big, I feel like you’re supposed to eat them in several increments, but I always eat them in one.”</p><h2>What’s one overrated New York tourist trap you think people can skip on a trip to the city?</h2><p>“I’m not sure everybody has to go up the Empire State Building. Can I say it? I don’t know if that is necessary. I don’t want to deter people from doing that if that’s what you want to do, but there’s a lot more interesting things, I think, that you can explore on foot. I feel like a Grinch — go up the Empire State Building if it’s your thing!”</p><h2>Outside of New York, what are your top travel destinations?</h2><p>“You know what? <a href="">I love London.</a> I used to live right outside London. I lived there for a year, and I loved going into the city. I think London’s a pretty dynamic, vibrant, awesome place. Another one of my favorite places in the world that I visited was <a href="">Japan</a>. I loved <a href="">Tokyo</a>.”</p><h2>Is there anywhere you haven’t traveled to but dream of visiting?</h2><p>“I’m trying to think of just one — I would <a href="">love to visit Copenhagen</a>. I’ve never been and I think that would be a really stunning place to visit that I’ve only read about and seen pictures of.”</p><h2>What something you never travel without that would surprise people?</h2><p>“This is embarrassing — Waldo, my stuffed walrus I grew up with! Technically I’ve given him to my son James now, but I do take him on trips. I’m not sure if it’s for security for me or for [James], but I take him with me still. He’s a beat up little walrus and he’s going on, like, 35 years old, but he’s still pluggin’ away! He’s cute. He has a little sailor’s hat. I promise I’m a well-adjusted adult.”</p><h2>If you could spend the day exploring one of these towns related to some of your most memorable roles, which would you choose: New York City (<em>Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt</em>); Scranton, Pennsylvania (<em>The Office</em>); or Milwaukee ("Bridesmaids)?</h2><p>“I would spend the day exploring Scranton, I think. I got to go there once at the end of <em>The Office.</em> There was a parade, the whole cast was there. Scranton was so welcoming, the residents were awesome. It was just a really beautiful weekend. I would love to go and spend a normal, non-<em>Office</em>-related day there just to see what it’s like. I always see signs for it when I’m driving, and I’m like, ‘should I just veer off and go visit?’ It was the people that made the difference.”</p><h2>Any final Manhattanhenge thoughts?</h2><p>“I think that in general, especially these days, it’s so important to find moments for yourself, and find those moments of brightness. I think that can keep you going through the day, so I’m just really happy to be a part of this moment of brightness today. I think I wanna leave with that message, which is just that it’s important to take a moment, take a deep breath, and realize what’s bright in your life.”</p>
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One of New York's Oldest Flea Markets Is Located on a Former Airport Runway

Travel and Leisure - 8 hours 4 min ago
<p>You can find <a href="">flea markets</a> practically anywhere in the country, but there’s one long-established market that holds a very unique address on a former <a href="">airport runway</a>.</p><p>Established in 1970 as a tiny, six-table yard sale, the Stormville Flea Market has been selling food, drinks, vintage items, and artisanal gifts to folks in the <a href="">Hudson Valley</a> for 50 years, making it one of New York’s longest-running flea markets, according to <a href="">Only In Your State</a>. Today, it calls the runway at former Stormville Airport home.</p><p>These days, people gather at the market to eat and drink at amazing food trucks, shop for vintage collectibles and clothing, and discover antique furniture, unique gifts, and more, according to Only In Your State. In fact, it hosts over 600 vendors from eight different states. It even has a kid-friendly area where children can enjoy activities, crafts, inflatable slides, and a bounce house.</p><p>Food trucks serve up typical fast-food fare, including hamburgers, hot dogs, gyros, and Philly cheesesteaks, as well as novelty items, like fried dough, shaved ice, kettle corn, and fried pickles. Wine and beer are also served at certain trucks and kiosks.</p><p>Sadly, the market is not open every day. According to Only In Your State, it welcomes visitors one weekend per month during its open season, which runs between April and November. It’s officially returning to the Stormville Airport runway on April 25 and 26. Other dates for 2020 have also been announced: May 23 and 24, July 4 and 5, September 5 and 6, October 10 and 11, and November 7 and 8.</p><p>The market is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., no matter the weather. The now-defunct Stormville Airport is located right off the Taconic State Parkway, about halfway between Manhattan and Albany in Dutchess County, New York. Admission is free, as is parking. </p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="">Stormville Flea Market website</a> or <a href="">Facebook page</a>.</p>
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London’s ‘Most Beautiful Bank’ Is Being Turned Into a Pub

Travel and Leisure - 9 hours 6 min ago
<p>A former bank in <a href="">London</a> is being transformed into a brand-new pub with super-affordable drinks.</p><p>Number 222 Strand, formerly a Lloyds Bank, certainly has enough character to attract any drink connoisseur. According to the <em><a href="">Evening Standard</a></em>, the previously dubbed "most beautiful bank in London" will find new life as a JD Wetherspoon (also known as just Wetherspoons), a chain of pubs in the U.K.</p><p>Looking at the interior, you might be surprised to learn that this is going to be a local watering hole. The elegant building features grand pillars, ornate tile work, and even a fountain. Once complete, the pub will have 27,000 square feet of bar space, with a capacity of 591 people, according to the <em>Evening Standard</em>. The ground floor and mezzanine will serve as the new pub.</p><p>Meanwhile, the upper floors of the building will still be home to Outer Temple Chambers, a legal office in London, the <em>Evening Standard</em> reported.</p><p>Still, it’s not surprising that this gorgeous, old building is becoming a place for food, drink, and socializing. It originally served as a fine-dining restaurant, mainly for the nearby Royal Courts of Justice, according to <em><a href="">Time Out London</a></em>. The restaurant closed in 1886 before becoming a bank.</p><img alt="London, England, UK. Foyer of Lloyds Bank Law Courts branch (1883), 215, the Strand. "src=""><p>And Wetherspoons is not only a pub with cheap drinks, but also a restaurant and hotel. There are several locations around the U.K., and often in unique buildings with storied pasts.</p><p>“We take immense pride in the restoration and refurbishment of wonderful buildings into Wetherspoon pubs. We feel that it is right to celebrate the history of the buildings,” said Wetherspoon’s chairman and founder, Tim Martin.</p><p>More information on the pub can be found on the <a href="">JD Wetherspoon website.</a></p>
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The Most Comfortable No-show Socks for Travel

Travel and Leisure - 9 hours 34 min ago
<p>Choosing socks for every shoe you plan to (over)pack in your suitcase is a feat not worth the time, especially if you have the right no-show socks on standby. But not all no-show socks are created equal. The perfect cut around the ankle is necessary to <a href="">avoid blistering after a full day of travel</a>. Seeing the sock peeking out from your shoe (defeating the purpose of no-show socks altogether) is not ideal, so an <a href="">ankle sock</a> low enough to not be seen but still sit right at the blister-prone spots to protect them is what we’re looking for.</p><p>Depending on the shoe you’re wearing, padding could also be your best friend after a day of sight-seeing, so the thickness of the sock is also important to keep in mind.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> More of the <a href="">best socks for travel</a></p><p>All things considered, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite no-show socks, perfect for wearing with flats, sneakers, boots, and nearly any other closed-toe shoes you plan to bring on your next trip.</p><p><strong>Best for Ultra-low-cut Shoes:</strong> <a href=";pd_rd_i=B082TKGKQ6&amp;pd_rd_w=FX2M0&amp;pf_rd_p=45a72588-80f7-4414-9851-786f6c16d42b&amp;pd_rd_wg=TwTao&amp;pf_rd_r=97JHM7JQRD1GN0V2WJQ8&amp;pd_rd_r=677eb769-58a1-4131-9d23-a3910ef7d9ad&amp;spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExV1JPNE1OMjIwQlQ4JmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNTUxOTU1M1VDVE9IVENFVTQ5ViZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMzU1NTYxMklGUDVGM0g4QTQ5TiZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2RldGFpbCZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=">Foot Petals Flat Socks</a></p><p><strong>Best for Flats:</strong> <a href=";currencyCode=USD&amp;extid=SE_froogle_SC_usa&amp;;cvo_campaign=SB_Google_USD&amp;ef_id=CjwKCAiAgqDxBRBTEiwA59eEN1vZCGmkvIPqO5NmlCJrfAp_rY0esqMshBEZGS9JlMOpjz_ePplt1BoCsb8QAvD_BwE:G:s">Wolford Footsies 15 Socks</a></p><p><strong>Best for Mules:</strong> <a href=";breadcrumb=Home%2FAll%20Results&amp;color=multi">Nordstrom 6-Pack Mule Socks</a></p><p><strong>Best for Boots:</strong> <a href=";utm_source=rakuten&amp;utm_medium=affiliate&amp;utm_campaign=tv2R4u9rImY&amp;utm_content=1&amp;utm_term=729223&amp;utm_channel=affiliate_ret_p&amp;sp_source=rakuten&amp;sp_campaign=tv2R4u9rImY">Bombas Cushioned No-show Socks</a></p><p><strong>Best for Sneakers:</strong> <a href="">Adidas Run Tabbed No-show Socks</a></p><p><strong>Best for Loafers:</strong> <a href="">Thirty48 Men’s No-show Socks</a></p><p><strong>Best for Oxfords:</strong> <a href=";breadcrumb=Home%2FAll%20Results&amp;color=navy%2F%20grey%2F%20brown">Nordstrom Men’s 6-pack Liner Socks</a></p><p><strong>Best for Heels:</strong> <a href="">Gekks for Heels &amp; Wedges</a></p><h2>Best for Ultra-low-cut Shoes: Foot Petals Flat Socks</h2><img alt="No Show Socks for Travel "src=""><p>Virtually undetectable, these no-show socks have ditched the conventional construction of a sock to provide truly no-show, absorbent protection. Just slip them into the sole of your shoe and take them out to wash.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";pd_rd_i=B082TKGKQ6&amp;pd_rd_w=FX2M0&amp;pf_rd_p=45a72588-80f7-4414-9851-786f6c16d42b&amp;pd_rd_wg=TwTao&amp;pf_rd_r=97JHM7JQRD1GN0V2WJQ8&amp;pd_rd_r=677eb769-58a1-4131-9d23-a3910ef7d9ad&amp;spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExV1JPNE1OMjIwQlQ4JmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNTUxOTU1M1VDVE9IVENFVTQ5ViZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMzU1NTYxMklGUDVGM0g4QTQ5TiZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2RldGFpbCZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU="></a>, $10</p><h2>Best for Flats: Wolford Footies 15 Socks</h2><img alt="No Show Socks for Travel "src=""><p>Wolford is a household name in hosiery for good reason. These high-quality no-show socks are thin and breathable so they can kep you protected in your favorite flats without adding any extra bulk. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";currencyCode=USD&amp;extid=SE_froogle_SC_usa&amp;;cvo_campaign=SB_Google_USD&amp;ef_id=CjwKCAiAgqDxBRBTEiwA59eEN1vZCGmkvIPqO5NmlCJrfAp_rY0esqMshBEZGS9JlMOpjz_ePplt1BoCsb8QAvD_BwE:G:s"></a>, $17</p><h2>Best for Mules: Nordstrom 6-Pack Mule Socks</h2><img alt="No Show Socks for Travel "src=""><p>There truly is a sock out there for every shoe. These mule socks by Nordstrom are the perfect way to stay dry and odor free in your favorite clogs or slides. They even have a grippy bottom to ensure your feet stay put.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";breadcrumb=Home%2FAll%20Results&amp;color=multi"></a>, $25</p><h2>Best for Boots: Bombas Cushioned No-show Socks</h2><img alt="No Show Socks for Travel "src=""><p>The subtle cushioning of the right sock can do wonders for a day of sightseeing in boots. These no-show socks by Bombas, a brand that donates specially-designed items for every purchase to homeless communities, are cozy and dry for hours.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";utm_source=rakuten&amp;utm_medium=affiliate&amp;utm_campaign=tv2R4u9rImY&amp;utm_content=1&amp;utm_term=729223&amp;utm_channel=affiliate_ret_p&amp;sp_source=rakuten&amp;sp_campaign=tv2R4u9rImY"></a>, $12</p><h2>Best for Sneakers: Adidas Run Tabbed No-show Socks</h2><img alt="No Show Socks for Travel "src=""><p>These running socks by Adidas were made to wear with sneakers, from the easy pull on and protective heel tab to the strategic cushioning. </p><p>To buy: <a href=""></a>, $7</p><h2>Best for Loafers: Thirty48 Men’s No-show Socks</h2><img alt="No Show Socks for Travel "src=""><p>The cut of most loafers, especially men's, is tricky to match with the perfect sock. These no-show socks by Thirty48 are cut specifically to offer protection and comfort in open-top shoes.</p><p>To buy: <a href=""></a>, $11</p><h2>Best for Oxfords: Nordstrom Men’s 6-pack Liner Socks</h2><img alt="No Show Socks for Travel "src=""><p>Having a bit of softness on the top of the foot while wearing Oxfords is essential, especially if you plan to go from flights to meetings directly. These no-show liner socks won't add any bulk but will keep you comfortable in dress shoes.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";breadcrumb=Home%2FAll%20Results&amp;color=navy%2F%20grey%2F%20brown"></a>, $30</p><h2>Best for Heels: Gekks for Heels &amp; Wedges</h2><img alt="No Show Socks for Travel "src=""><p>Just as we all started to give up on the idea of socks and heels, it's finally time to retire that box of Band-Aids you've been carrying in your clutch to every event. These socks are specifically made to wear with heels to prevent blisters and offer overall protection and unparalleled comfort.</p><p>To buy: <a href=""></a>, $18</p><p><em>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </em></p>
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Venice May Build a Glass Wall Around St. Mark’s Basilica to Fight Floods (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 17:32
<p>The city of Venice is considering building a four-foot glass wall to protect the historic St. Mark’s basilica from future flooding.</p><p>The plan, which <a href="">Italian newspaper <em>La Repubblica reported</em></a> has already been approved by city officials would hopefully protect the church from erosion, similar to what it experienced in November <a href="">when floods caused an estimated $5.5 million in damage</a> to the cathedral. Most of the damage to St. Mark’s is invisible to the casual visitors, but church officials say that salt brought in with the waters of the flood is eating away at the church’s marble, mosaics and floors.</p><img alt="Venice "src=""><p>The glass walls would be installed in the place of current iron railings that keep visitors from the basilica. Once a more permanent solution can be found, the glass could easily be removed.</p><p>The Piazza San Marco in front of the basilica is one of the lowest points in the city and prone to flooding during Venice’s annual <em>acqua alta</em>.</p><p>The proposal still needs approval from the Venice heritage authority and public works committee before it can proceed.</p><p>The glass wall would be another line of defense for the cathedral as Venice investigates other ways to protect its monuments against rising floods and sinking foundations.</p><p>The city is still working on its long-awaited Mose flood barriers. <a href="">The multibillion-euro infrastructure project has been delayed</a> several times over cost overruns and corruption scandals.</p>
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China Cancels Lunar New Year Celebrations, Shanghai Disney Closes As Second Case of Coronavirus Is Confirmed in the U.S. (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 16:19
<p>In the days leading up to the Lunar New Year, cities and businesses across China have canceled their celebrations or temporarily closed due to <a href="">the spread of coronavirus</a> and airports around the world are taking precautions.The disease has killed at least 25 people and infected at least 800, including two people in the United States. </p><p>On Friday a second U.S.-based case of coronavirus was detected in Chicago, <a href="">according to <em>USA Today.</em></a> The victim is a 60-year-old woman who is currently being hospitalized in isolation and is "clinically doing well and in stable condition." She returned from Wuhan, China, the center of the outbreak, on Jan. 13. The first stateside case of the virus was reported in Washington state. </p><p>The World Health Organization (WHO) decided against calling the outbreak a global emergency but the director-general <a href="">clarified on Twitter:</a> “Make no mistake. This is an emergency in China, but it has not yet become a global health emergency.”</p><p>The U.S. has also released a "Do Not Travel" advisory to Wuhan to protect citizens against the virus where the symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. <em>USA Today</em> noted that in more severe cases, infection can cause severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and death. </p><p>Multiple cities in China have <a href="">closed off their transportation systems</a> to contain the disease and tourist attractions are closing to the public. As of Friday, 13 cities surrounding Wuhan are halting transportation which has resulted in restricting 33 million people from traveling, <a href=""><em>NBC News </em>reported.</a> </p><img alt="Passengers getting their temperatures checked at airport "src=""><p>Shanghai Disney Resort will remain closed until further notice, starting January 25, as a response to the spread of the disease, <a href="">according to <em>Reuters</em></a><em>.</em> The closure comes at one of the busiest times of the year for the park, when China is on a seven-day holiday to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Disney will refund tickets for those who already purchased.</p><p>"We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and be in close contact with the local government," Disney said in a statement on its website. "We will announce the reopening date upon confirmation.”</p><img alt="Crowds protecting themselves with masks "src=""><p>The city of Beijing canceled its large public New Year celebrations, including the traditional temple fairs that typically attract thousands of visitors. Beijing has also canceled film openings during one of the biggest movie-going weeks of the year.</p><p>Sections of the Great Wall and Beijing’s Forbidden City also announced they will indefinitely close due to the disease.</p><p>As for locals of Wuhan, those who are out in public in Wuhan must wear a mask. There is a level 2 emergency level in Hubei province, meaning all farmers’ markets and hotels are shut down indefinitely. McDonald’s shut down locations in five cities in the province.</p><p><em>NBC News</em> also reported that a new hospital with the capacity to accommodate 1,000 patients is expected to open in Wuhan on February 3. It is a replica of a facility Beijing built during the SARS outbreak of 2012.</p><p>Airlines, retailers and hotels around China are on high alert against the spread of the disease, which can cause respiratory ailments.</p>
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Virgin Australia Is the Latest Airline to Ban ‘Flat-Faced’ Animals on Flights (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 15:21
<p>Virgin Australia is banning pets with flat faces from flying due to fears about breathing problems and overheating, joining U.S. airlines in doing so. </p><p>The move comes after a spate of recent deaths of snub-nosed dogs on fellow Australian carrier Qantas, which resulted in the airline issuing a temporary ban while it reviews its policies.</p><p>The airline <a href="">announced on Friday</a> that they ceased accepting bookings for animals considered “brachycephalic breeds,” like Bulldogs, Chow Chows, Pugs, and Shih Tzu, as well as several cat breeds like the American Burmese and Persian cat, and rabbits like the Lion Head or Lop. The airline said it would honor bookings made before Friday, but “strongly recommend pets five years or older of this breed type are not presented for travel due to welfare concerns.”</p><p>The carrier is joining U.S. airlines including <a href="">Delta</a> and <a href="">American</a> in the new regulation. </p><img alt="Pug "src=""><p>The <a href="">American Veterinary Medical Association</a> warns that short-nosed dogs are more prone to respiratory problems because they have to “pack all of the same anatomical structures in there that dogs with longer snouts do.” They are therefore more sensitive to changes in air quality and temperature while in the cargo hold.</p><p>“While we understand that snub-nosed breeds are a popular choice of pet, they are a high-risk animal to transport due to their known respiratory issues and other health problems that may be compounded inflight,” a Virgin Australia spokesperson <a href="">told the <i>Daily Mail</i></a>. “Virgin Australia has made the difficult decision to no longer accept bookings for snub-nosed breeds until further notice.”</p><p>The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals applauded the move to ban the breeds from flying, the <i>Daily Mail</i> noted.</p><p>“These flat-faced or ‘brachycephalic’ breeds are at particularly high risk as their extreme features mean they often struggle to breathe and regulate their body temperature effectively – even in mild conditions, let alone at the hottest times of the year, or on a plane,” RSPCA scientific officer Sarah Zito told the paper. “The inherent risks to these flat-faced breeds are unfortunately so great, that even with the best care, we believe transporting them by air is simply too dangerous.”</p><p>The ban wasn’t the only news to come out this week concerning <a href="">animals and flying</a>. On Wednesday, <a href="">Delta introduced an innovative pet carrier</a> for use in the cargo hold featuring real-time updates, a built-in hydration system to replenish a spill-proof water bowl, and strong walls to protect pets against temperature fluctuations.</p><p>And this all comes as the <a href="">Department of Transportation solicits feedback</a> from the public on potential changes to its service animal definition and whether it should no longer require airlines to accept emotional support animals.</p>
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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry With Top Chefs and Sommeliers on This Windstar Cruise With the James Beard Foundation

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 12:00
<p>Two hours into a tour of <a href="" target="_blank">Seattle</a>'s Pike Place Market, chef Duskie Estes gave her rallying cry. As we brushed maple doughnut crumbs from our chins, wiped the plum pulp from our hands, and finished our samples of Washington State cheese, she exclaimed, "Time for cocktails and crab cakes!"</p><p>We were on an 11-day cruise from Vancouver to San Diego aboard the 212-passenger <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Star Legend,</em></a> one of six annual <a href="" target="_blank">sailings with the James Beard Foundation</a> that lure a guest chef and beverage expert to join the fun. On my trip, it was Estes, a Sonoma-based chef and James Beard Award winner, and Michael Metzger, of the Distinguished Vineyards &amp; Wine Partners consortium, who led the way as we docked in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Monterey. Between the demonstrations, Q&amp;A sessions, and multicourse dinners, Windstar's corporate executive chef Graeme Cockburn admitted, "We work the guest chefs as much as possible."</p><img alt="Chefs shopping at Seattle's Pike Place Market "src=""><p>I visited with Estes and her husband, co-chef, and business partner, John Stewart, <a href="" target="_blank">in the kitchen</a> one afternoon as, in near-gale-force winds, they prepped a handkerchief-shaped pasta called fazzoletti. Theirs was made with spoils from Pike Place: ground mushrooms in the dough, roasted pumpkin stuffed within. Stewart had to patiently maneuver each batch through the hand-cranked pasta machine eight times.</p><p>"I'm nervous about how it's going to turn out," Estes said, fighting seasickness. But Cockburn and his cooks displayed an ease that comes only from preparing 1,200 meals on a ship every day. By the end of dinner, with seas and stomachs settled, Estes and Stewart emerged to a round of applause.</p><p>We paired our pasta, like every meal, with an impressive selection of West Coast wines. Metzger graciously educated us about prized California vintages from the likes of MacRostie Winery Estate House, in Healdsburg, and St. Helena's Markham Vineyards. "There's a reason that Jesus turned water into wine," he enthused. "It's the best damn drink on the planet!" Any nonbelievers would become convinced by his private estate tours, taking us behind the scenes at places like Argyle, in the <a href="" target="_blank">Willamette Valley</a>, and Napa Valley's Robert Mondavi winery.</p><p>The night before disembarking, Estes and Stewart bantered while prepping star-anise duck for the farewell dinner. "We've got this," said Estes, before allowing herself a break to challenge a guest in backgammon. After serving the last helping of fried apple pie, the couple celebrated with their well-fed guests — many of whom were now friends. E-mails were exchanged, promises made to stay in touch. We toasted our future reunions over Pinot Noir and porcini pasta.</p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a href="" target="_blank"></a>, seven-day James Beard Foundation sailings from $1,599</p><p><em>A version of this story first appeared in the January 2020 issue of Travel + Leisure under the headline All-Star Chefs, Ahoy.</em></p>
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This Travel Backpack Is the Perfect Carry-on for Weekend Trips

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 10:46
<p>The search for the perfect <a href="">weekend or short trip bag</a> can be tough. You want a bag that's compact enough to take with you on an airplane, train, or car ride, but still spacious enough to fit clothing, shoes, and other <a href="">travel essentials</a> for a couple of days. So whether you're looking for a convenient airline carry-on or an all-in-one bag for a quick weekend getaway, a <a href="">backpack</a> is a particularly convenient option, especially when it's specifically designed with the traveler in mind. The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">ZERØGRAND 48 HR Backpack</a> from <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Cole Haan</a> is a stunningly efficient travel bag that zips open like a traditional suitcase, allowing you to pack like a pro.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong>More <a href="">carry-on bags</a></p><img alt="Black Travel Backpack "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $280</p><p>The sleek exterior, spacious interior, and flexibility of being able to fit it in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you on the airplane make this backpack an exceptional travel bag. The outside of the backpack is made from durable nylon and features leather handles that add just enough style. Exterior neoprene-lined pockets keep your essentials within reach — there's even a pocket specifically designed for your phone. A padded laptop compartment can accommodate devices up to 17". Padded shoulder straps make the bag easy and comfortable to carry while a luggage pass-through allows you to securely place it on top of a rolling suitcase. And if you use this bag as an airline carry-on and end up needing to check it, the straps can easily be stowed away. </p><img alt="Interior of Black Travel Backpack "src=""><p>The interior of the bag is what really sets this backpack apart. The bag zips fully open and has several mesh compartments that you can pack like a traditional suitcase. Separate pockets allow you to keep clothing, shoes, and other items neatly organized. The lining of the bag is even designed to resist wrinkling your clothing. And if you can't imagine using a backpack like a suitcase, there's a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">video on Cole Haan's website</a> that shows you just how to pack it. </p><p><em>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </em></p>
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This Compact, Quick-drying Towel Is a Must-have for Adventure Travel

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 10:32
<p>Whether you're <a href="">heading to the beach</a> or spending the night somewhere that doesn't provide linens, a packable, quick-drying towel is an essential that will come in handy for any type of adventure travel. </p><p>The <a href=";ascsub&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvcompactquickdryingtowelisamusthavemdiamondjan20-20&amp;linkId=4bcf8eea1fbb96d73a61f450d1a5896f&amp;language=en_US">PackTowl Personal Quick Dry Microfiber Towel</a> comes in four sizes: hand, face, body, and beach, so no matter what type of towel you're looking for, the brand has something for you. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong>More <a href="">adventure travel essentials</a></p><img alt="Blue Travel Towel "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";ascsub&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvcompactquickdryingtowelisamusthavemdiamondjan20-20&amp;linkId=4bcf8eea1fbb96d73a61f450d1a5896f&amp;language=en_US"></a>, from $10</p><p>This towel is made from quick-drying microfiber. It can soak up four times its weight in water but wrings out easily. Its material is still soft on the body but dries dramatically faster than a traditional terrycloth towel. And using this towel on-the-go is a breeze, since it's made with <a href="">Polygiene Stay Fresh technology</a>, which controls odor. </p><p>One of the most convenient features of this towel is its zippered storage pouch, so it's easily packable in a backpack or suitcase. There's also a handy hang loop that allows you to hang the towel to dry on a hook. </p><img alt="Packable Travel Towel in Bag "src=""><p>Amazon shoppers rave about how often this travel towel comes in handy. "[I] bought this towel for a two-month long backpacking trip. It was incredible, super lightweight, super clean, no smell, [and] only needed to be washed a few times," one reviewer wrote. </p><p>Another reviewer noted how many places she's used the PackTowl. "[The towel] dries amazingly fast in a small breeze or even hanging on a bar at home. I take mine along with every adventure I seek out. It's been on a boat, in the woods, up a mountain, and into a crystal mine."</p><p><em>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </em></p>
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These Men’s Merino Wool Sweats from Lululemon Are Perfect for Winter Travel

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 10:17
<p>If you'll be traveling this season and have yet to find a go-to cozy plane outfit, these <a href="">matching sweats</a>, which include a jacket and pants made from thermo-regulating <a href="">Merino wool</a>, from Lululemon should be at the top of your list. The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Engineered Warmth Jacket</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Jogger</a> are a cozy duo that will be sure to keep you nice and warm through your next long flight. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> More <a href="">cold weather essentials</a></p><p>The jacket comes in four colors — olive green, black and white, dark blue, and black. With the olive, black and white, and black colorways, you can match your jacket to your joggers for a stylish sweatsuit look. And while the warmth and comfort of these sweats makes them perfect for travel, the pieces are also designed to move, so they work just as well for winter workouts. </p><h2>The Engineered Warmth Jacket</h2><img alt="Men's Dark Green Merino Wool Jacket Front and Back "src=""><p>This slim and sleek zip up jacket may be lightweight, but thanks to 100% Merino wool material with 3-D texture, it provides plenty of warmth without adding any extra bulk. Four-way stretch fabric allows you to maintain a full range of motion, so you can still comfortably exercise in this jacket without overheating or feeling restricted. There are also two zippered pockets at the sides of the jacket with a hidden phone sleeve inside. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $148</p><h2>The Engineered Warmth Jogger</h2><img alt="Dark Green Men's Jogger Sweatpants "src=""><p>These slim-fit joggers feature the same 3-D texture as the jacket, as well as the warmth and breathability you'll get from 100% Merino wool. The pants feature a drawstring at the waist, as well as zippered pockets at the hips with a hidden phone sleeve. The tapered jogger style is more flattering than a traditional looser fitting sweatpant, but it's still flexible and comfortable. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $148</p><p><em>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week.</em></p>
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Eat Your Way Around the Mediterranean on This Culinary Cruise

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 09:29
<p>Two days into a <a href="">Mediterranean cruise</a> last summer, I was sitting at <a href="">La Persiana</a>, a waterfront restaurant in the Tuscan port city of Livorno, watching the sun set over the sea and thinking about shipping routes.</p><p>A few crew members familiar with the area had suggested I come here for <em>cacciucco</em>, a typical Livornese stew. The stew, according to the Livornese, should have one type of seafood for every<em> C.</em> At La Persiana, that meant clams, mussels, monkfish, prawns, and octopus in a tomato base fragrant with saffron and cardamom — aromatic imports from historic trading partners to the east.</p><p>Livorno has been a crucial port city since the Roman era, and was claimed at various times by the great shipping kingdoms of Pisa, Genoa, and Florence. Looking out at the harbor — one that for centuries welcomed sailors and merchants from Greece, Turkey, Persia, and beyond — it dawned on me that much of our journey followed the same routes they had taken. You can see them on old maps, the little dotted lines that moved people and ingredients around the region — eventually forming the cuisine that exists here today. And what better way to experience this culinary network than to follow their trail on the sea from one place to another, from <a href="" target="_blank">coastal Tuscany</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">Liguria</a>, rugged northern <a href="" target="_blank">Corsica</a> to the dazzling <a href="" target="_blank">Côte d’Azur</a>?</p><img alt="view of the pool deck of the Oceania Sirena ship at sunset "src=""><p>This particular itinerary, aboard <a href="" target="_blank">Oceania Cruises</a>’ newly-renovated ship, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Sirena,</a> </em>was curated by Claudine Pépin — the chef, cookbook author, and daughter of culinary star Jacques, who wanted to showcase the food and wine of the Mediterranean. As Italy curves into the south of France, hills sharpen into mountains; grassy farmland turns into silver-dusted olive groves, rocky coves, and whitewashed villages. The grapevines change from Sangiovese to Nebbiolo to Sciacarello to Tibouren. Just as the view from my stateroom window slowly morphed — from pine-covered hills to colorful towns atop sunbleached cliffs, fishing villages to yacht-filled marinas — so, too, did the food. </p><p>After embarking from Rome, we set sail up the coast toward Tuscany, and I decided to set the mood with dinner at Sirena’s Tuscan Steak restaurant. Before a perfect <em>bistecca alla Fiorentina</em> arrived, minimally dressed, I smeared whole-roasted heads of garlic onto crusty ciabatta and chose a Tuscan extra virgin from the roaming olive oil cart. The next day, I took a small group excursion to <a href="" target="_blank">Tua Rita</a>, a winery outside Suvereto, where I marveled at a Super Tuscan red called Perlato del Bosco — pearl of the forest. The surrounding Carrara region has been mined for its marble for over 2,000 years; the wine is supposedly influenced by the pearly dust found in the soil.</p><img alt="A lunch in Provence with Oceania Cruises "src=""><p>At our next port, 100 miles southwest in Calvi, Corsica, many of the same grapes appeared with their Corsican names: <em>vermentinu</em> (Vermentino), <em>ugni blanc</em> (Trebbiano), and <em>niellucciu</em>, a descendant of Sangiovese. (Ancient Greeks introduced viticulture to the island, which was later occupied by basically everyone, including Vandals, Arabs, and Byzantines; these grapes were likely introduced while it was under Tuscan control.) But the wines produced on this dry, scrubby island were wildly different from those in Tuscany.</p><p>Juxtapositions like this kept coming. In Calvi, I sat below limestone cliffs eating wild boar charcuterie on crisp crackers made with chickpea flour. Back in Italy the next day, this time in La Spezia, the charctuerie was a nutty coppa, and the chickpeas came in the form of <em>farinata</em>, the typical Ligurian pancake.</p><p>At a stop in Portofino, I took a water taxi a couple coves over to San Fruttuoso — a perfect pebble beach crowned by a 12th century Benedictine abbey — and ate smoky skewers of charred polipetti and trofie pasta with a Genoese pesto, rich with pine nuts. In Antibes, where we docked a few days later, I recognized pesto’s pine-nut-less cousin in the Provençal sauce called <em>pistou</em>. It came with a plate of crudite at a tiny cafe in town, where I slathered it on crunchy haricots verts. At a dinner on board that night, with a menu supervised by Claudine and sourced from the Antibes farmers market, the basil came in fragrant, whole leaves, served over ripe heirloom tomatoes with tuna and aioli.</p><p>People often think of cruises as a shortcut — a breeze through five or ten places over the course of a week, dipping your toe in each. But there can be romance in its slowness, the leisurely meander from point A to point B. It’s a rare opportunity to see the land change with every passing hour, like zooming in on the individual frames of a seamless moving picture. To follow the path of a spice, a grape, a cooking technique — to see the culinary reverberations of centuries of Mediterranean travel — is something worth savoring.</p><p><strong>To book:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, ten-day Claudine Pépin sailings from $2,899 per person</p><p><em>A version of this story first appeared in the January 2020 issue of Travel + Leisure under the headline Savoring the Med.</em></p>
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Everlane Just Launched a New Leather Loafer That Will Be Your Next Go-to Travel Shoe

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 09:05
<p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Everlane</a> is known for its <a href="">stylish, sustainable, and comfortable products</a>, from shoes to denim. The brand recently made news when it announced it was discontinuing one of its longtime best-sellers, the celeb-favorite <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Modern Loafer</a> (which is available for a little while longer and <a href="">on sale now for $90</a>). But Everlane wouldn't take away one of our favorite flats without giving us a replacement. Enter: the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Leather Slip-on</a>. </p><p>The brand's newest shoe is a smooth leather loafer-style flat. The pair joins other customer-loved styles like the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Day Glove</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Day Loafer</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Tread Sneaker</a>. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong>More <a href="">comfortable travel shoes</a></p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $125</p><p>The slip-ons are made from 100 percent Italian leather, giving them a buttery soft feel on the feet. A rubber outsole and flexible, cushioned footbed mean they're a breeze to walk in, while elastic detailing and a leather pull-on tab make them easy to slip on and off. In other words, they're perfect for busy travel days. </p><img alt="Black Leather Slip-on Loafers "src=""><p>The flats are available in black, white, pale yellow, muted pink, and metallic silver, so whether you're looking for a new everyday shoe or a statement piece, the Leather Slip-ons have a variation just for you. </p><p><em>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week.</em></p>
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How You Can Fly Round-trip to Europe for $1 Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 08:23
<p>If saving up for a vacation feels like an overwhelming task, we have some good news for you. From now through Jan. 31, travelers ages 18 to 35 can book a trip to Europe with <a href="">Contiki</a> and get their airfare for as low as $1.</p><p>The <a href="">travel curator</a> is offering flights to London from New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey for $1. Applicable trips include the company’s new <a href="">Europe in One Week</a> itinerary, an eight-day getaway that takes guests through Amsterdam, Heidelberg, the Swiss Alps, Paris, Cologne, and Rhine Falls. The trip is ideally timed for young travelers looking for a post-grad celebration, or for young professionals seeking an epic way to use their newly-acquired paid time off.</p><p>The trip, which starts at $1,612 per person, also includes accommodations, 10 meals, all in-destination transport, five bucket-list activities, and a trip manager to guide the group of up to 45.</p><p>Other itineraries with the $1 airfare include the new nine-day <a href="">Portugal City &amp; Surf</a>, 15-day <a href="">London to Rome,</a> 13-day <a href="">London to Berlin</a>, <a href="">13-day Greek island-hopping</a>, and eight-day <a href="">Ireland trip</a>.</p><p>To score this incredible airfare deal, travelers must select from the participating trips to Europe that depart between April 13 and May 31, 2020, or September 1 and October 31, 2020. (You can find a list of <a href=";SortByAndOrder%5B0%5D.order=desc&amp;RegionId=2066d1f4b6324f45a1fef3a53774c3fc&amp;max_length=2147483647&amp;min_length=7">applicable trips here</a>.) And, again, you must book by Jan. 31, 2020.</p><p>However, if these dates or trips don’t suit you, don't worry, as Contiki offers plenty of other itineraries as well as some seriously stellar deals on flights, thanks to their global airline partnerships. All you need to do is figure out the general region you’d like to explore and choose from <a href="">hundreds of options on Contiki</a>.</p>
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This Water-resistant Backpack Is One of Amazon’s Most Wished-for Travel Items

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 08:01
<p>When a product lands on <a href=";linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlhimawaribackpackccalucchia0120-20&amp;linkId=e96d24b8f925e0bfb37ce5703ee7261d&amp;language=en_US">Amazon’s list of most wished-for travel products</a>, you can pretty much assume it has a gold seal of approval from shoppers. That’s why we often scan the top 10 items on this frequently updated page to discover some of the best <a href="">travel gear</a> the site has to offer, and <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlhimawaribackpackccalucchia0120-20&amp;linkId=93edadbf35de6d63e0a94a105d921973&amp;language=en_US">this water-resistant backpack</a> with rave reviews is the most recent ranking item to catch our eye.</p><p>It’s currently the second most wished-for travel product (right behind <a href="">this anti-theft backpack</a>), and it’s small enough to go with you on any adventure. But despite its petite size, the bag can still store all of your essentials.</p><p>Its main compartment closes with a double zipper and includes multiple small pockets to keep your belongings organized and secure — use them to hold your phone, pens, passport, and other travel documents. The spacious interior also features a large pocket fit for holding an iPad or a laptop with a screen size of up to 13 inches. </p><p>On the outside, you’ll also find two more pockets perfect for storing a <a href="">reusable water bottle</a> or small umbrella. Plus, a front zipper pocket with a secure flap closure can hold other items you may want easy access to, like keys, earphones, a <a href="">portable charger</a>, or even an iPad mini.</p><p>Made of durable nylon fabric, the backpack is water- and scratch-resistant. It also features a comfortable ergonomic design with padded reinforced straps to protect your shoulders that easily adjust for a customized fit. If your shoulders need a break, carry the bag by its top handle.</p><p>Amazon shoppers love how much storage this small backpack offers and say that it’s both durable and comfortable. One reviewer even likened it to <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlhimawaribackpackccalucchia0120-20&amp;linkId=122616a2b993646146ab122a67a36242&amp;language=en_US">more expensive backpacks</a>: “Honestly this is the best small backpack I’ve ever had! It’s sturdy and has the perfect amount of pockets,” <a href=";linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlhimawaribackpackccalucchia0120-20&amp;linkId=74467560df431d588ec2fef7dfaa7d86&amp;language=en_US">she wrote</a>. “I compared it to my Fjallraven Kanken backpack and it barely stacked up to this bag.”</p><p>The bag is available in 34 fun designs, including <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlhimawaribackpackccalucchia0120-20&amp;linkId=5bcf7a7f8bc71d1aecee48cc34fd3a13&amp;language=en_US">solid purple</a>, <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlhimawaribackpackccalucchia0120-20&amp;linkId=f7c3919aeb154c3d0e2dbb237fbdd457&amp;language=en_US">floral patterns</a>, and color combinations like <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlhimawaribackpackccalucchia0120-20&amp;linkId=22e31a5e0f854804d16cd7d735c5d4e0&amp;language=en_US">red and gray</a>. Grab one today before your next trip.</p><img alt="Himawari School Waterproof Backpack 14.9 "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlhimawaribackpackccalucchia0120-20&amp;linkId=72f9c2611dc2fed12c892bf98e37d0dd&amp;language=en_US"></a>, from $33 </p><p><em>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </em></p>
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The Best Time to Book Vacation Homes for 2020 Travel, According to a Study

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 07:48
<p>Travelers looking to book a vacation home this month are definitely not in the minority — turns out <a href="">January</a> is the busiest booking month of the year, according to new data released by home sharing site <a href="">Vrbo</a><a href="">.</a></p><p>And while the busiest (and often most expensive) travel times are usually around major school and work holidays, there are tricks to getting the best deal — with the main one being booking a vacation home before everyone else gets to it.</p><p>"Booking early means first dibs on vacation homes during peak travel seasons," Melanie Fish, a Vrbo family travel expert, told <em>Travel + Leisure</em> in an email. "If you get ahead of the curve, there is more selection available so you’re able to find a home in the right location with the amenities you need and a price that makes you happy.”</p><p>When it comes to <a href="">spring break</a>, for example, the site suggests travelers book no later than Feb. 10. Whether you’re planning on hitting up theme parks or taking in a little beach time, you definitely won’t be alone in wanting to travel during this peak time. Popular options this year include <a href="">Breckenridge</a>, Colo. and Gulf Shores, Ala., where there a <a href="">plenty of beaches</a> to be found, according to the study.</p><p>For <a href="">Memorial Day Weekend</a> -- the unofficial start of summer -- Vrbo suggests people book by April 20. And if you have your sights set on <a href="">catching some waves</a> or another trip during the summer (some popular choices include Panama City Beach, Fla. and Myrtle Beach, S.C.), the site suggests you give yourself even more leeway by booking no later than April 30.</p><p>Summer in general is one of the busiest times of the year to travel so it’s no surprise that for the <a href="">Fourth of July</a>, the study suggests people book by May 25, while those looking to celebrate the end of the season on <a href="">Labor Day Weekend</a> should book a place to stay by July 28 — especially if you want to go to Myrtle Beach since it’s the home booking site’s most popular destination for the holiday weekend.</p><p>If you plan on booking a home for Thanksgiving, you should snag one by Oct. 21, according to the study (though there’s always the option of <a href="">traveling abroad that week</a> to save money on a dream vacation).</p><p>And as the weather gets colder, Vrbo suggests people give themselves plenty of time to book a good vacation home for <a href="">winter break</a> — and decide on a place no later than Nov. 17. According to the study, popular choices include Park City, <a href="">Utah</a>, Kissimmee, Fla. (hello <a href="">Disney</a>!), and Sevierville, Tenn.</p>
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Boeing's New CEO Explains How Troubled Company Plans to Restore Faith in Its 737 Max Jets

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 16:40
<p>Boeing is hoping to win over customers with when its troubled 737 Max plane is finally certified as safe to fly by winning over pilots first.</p><p>The hope comes as <a href="">the company’s new CEO,</a> David Calhoun, said this week that while production on the once-popular model has been suspended for now, the manufacturer does plan to restart that production before it’s certified by the Federal Aviation Administration, <a href="">according to <em>USA Today</em></a>.</p><p>“It will fly safely and I am confident in that," Calhoun told the paper. "When pilots get on those airplanes and support those airplanes, I believe passengers will follow."</p><p>The 737 Max plane has been <a href="">grounded since March 2019</a> following a pair of fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed a total of 346 people. All three U.S. carriers that count the planes in their fleets — Southwest, American and United — have <a href="">grounded them until at least the summer</a>.</p><p>Boeing has predicted that the FAA will re-certify the planes by mid-year, according to <em>USA Today</em>. But the manufacturer won’t wait until then to ramp-up production of the beleaguered plane — it will, however, do so very slowly at first, <a href=""><em>CNN</em> reported</a>.</p><p>The company currently has about 400 completed 737 Max jets parked in Washington and Texas that are waiting to be delivered to different airlines, <em>CNN</em> noted.</p><p>"The message that the markets and our customers have sent to us is… safety first," Calhoun said during a call with reporters, according to <em>CNN</em>. "Without it there is no shareholder value."</p><p>He added: “I believe in this airplane. It's not that I believe in because we built it. Pilots believe in it. I think even the FAA has a lot of confidence in this airplane.”</p><p>As for what the plane will be called when it finally hits the skies again? Don’t expect a name change.</p><p>"My instinct is a change with a new name would be sort of silly," Calhoun said.</p>
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Delta Introduces CarePod — a New Cargo Pet Carrier to Make Traveling With Pets a Breeze

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 14:55
<p>Storing a beloved animal in a plane’s cargo section can make any pet parent nervous — but Delta is trying to fix that.</p><p>The airline this week introduced a new pet carrier that will offer pet parents real-time updates, features a built-in hydration system to replenish a spill-proof water bowl throughout the flight, and industrial-strength walls aimed at protecting pets against temperature fluctuations.</p><p>The pet carrier, which is named CarePod, has been in the works since 2018 and is compliant with International Air Transport Association standards. It will be available at eight airports in the U.S.: Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, JFK and LaGuardia in New York, San Francisco and West Palm Beach.</p><img alt="Delta Carepod Infographic "src=""><p>“Continuous innovation is in Delta’s DNA and the launch of the CarePod pet travel carrier, an industry first, is an example of us seeking out innovative partnerships and looking at ways to improve the customer experience throughout all parts of their journey,” Shawn Cole, the vice president for Delta Cargo, <a href="">said in a statement</a>. “As the only airline to offer this premium pet travel solution, it represents a significant improvement for the millions of people who want to travel with their four-legged family members.”</p><p>To update travelers who also happen to be <a href="">worried about their pets</a>, the carrier includes a GPS tracking system and allows people to see “key travel updates throughout their entire journey.” And to calm down <a href="">nervous four-legged flyers</a>, the crate features multi-layered windows and doors with angled blinds that block out “visual stress from unfamiliar environments.”</p><p>The new service comes after several pets have gone missing after being checked into the cargo hold on different airlines. In December, <a href="">Milo the cat was reunited with his owner</a> two months after he went missing when his human checked him into the cargo hold on a Lufthansa flight from Munich, Germany to Washington, D.C. And in 2019, a woman was eventually reunited with her 13-pound Poodle, Beast, after the <a href="">pup was flown to the wrong destination</a> on an American Airlines flight.</p><p>Jenny Pan, the founder and CEO of CarePod, said in a statement she hopes to “raise the benchmark for pet air travel to allow families and pets to stay connected and travel safely together.”</p><p>The CarePod can be booked three to 13 days before a flight on <a href=""></a> or by calling the airline’s Cargo Customer Service Center.</p>
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This New Restaurant at the Top of the Tallest Building in Hudson Yards Will Have Some of the Best Views in NYC

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 14:02
<p>The best restaurant view in New York City is coming soon — and you’ll definitely want to make a reservation.</p><p>A new, modern American restaurant called Peak will open its doors in March 2020 on the 101st floor of Edge, located at 30 Hudson Yards. At 1,296 feet, Edge is the tallest building in the Hudson Yards development, as well as home to the <a href="">tallest outdoor observation deck</a> in the Western Hemisphere.</p><img alt="Hudson Yards restaurant, Peak "src=""><p>In other words, if you choose to dine here, you’re guaranteed a fantastic view of Manhattan’s west side and the Hudson River.</p><p>Approximately 10,000 square feet, Peak will feature a 110-seat dining room, 45-seat cocktail bar, private dining room, and event space for up to 300 people. According to <em><a href="">Eater</a></em>, an accompanying Champagne bar will also open on the 100th floor.</p><p>The restaurant will be headed up by executive chef Chris Cryer (formerly executive chef of Seamore’s), who will serve a delicious, sustainable food menu, craft cocktails, fine wines, and rare spirits. Additional personnel includes general manager Chris Nelson (formerly of Union Square Cafe) and beverage director Zack Kameron (formerly the head sommelier at A Voce Columbus). Hospitality group Rhubarb Hospitality Collection will be running operations for the restaurant.</p><img alt="Chef Chris Cryer, Peak restaurant in Hudson Yards, NYC "src=""><p>It's currently unclear what dishes will be on the menu, according to <em>Eater</em>, though the view is enough of a draw<i>. </i>After all, it’s not often that you can enjoy a fine meal with an incredible view of one of the best cities in the world.</p><p>The Hudson Yards development houses some other luxurious businesses and services as well, such as an <a href="">outdoor heated pool and sauna</a> inside an Equinox Hotel (which you can access with a day pass) and one of the city’s <a href="">best vintage stores</a>, Forty Five Ten.</p><p>For more information about Peak and its opening, visit the <a href="">restaurant website</a>.</p>
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