Hilary Duff Robbed After Sharing Vacation Photos on Instagram

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 17:34
<p>If <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a> is any indication, Hilary Duff had a fantastic vacation with family and friends in <a href="" target="_blank">Canada</a>.</p><p>The "Younger" star shared several photos of her travels, including a few snaps of her and her son Luca enjoying a helicopter ride, tubing in a lake and sitting on the dock sharing a snack.</p><p>She even posted a few videos of her own personal adventures, one where she’s seen jumping off a bridge and another showing off her gymnastics skills while doing a handstand off a dock into the water below.</p><p>However, while Duff was enjoying her vacation and sharing it with her fans and followers on social media, burglars were busy taking jewelry from her Beverly Hills home reportedly worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.</p><p>"This is a scary and upsetting situation for anyone to go through, but Hilary is thankful that her family, her staff, her home and her pets are all safe,” Duff’s representative told the <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Daily Mail</i></a>. "That said, she has a significant security team in place that will work with the authorities on this incident and handle security measures moving forward."</p><p>Duff isn’t the first celebrity to fall victim to a burglary while on vacation. Kim Kardashian was reportedly targeted for the now infamous <a href="" target="_blank">heist in Paris</a> because of her <a href="" target="_blank">social media postings</a>. <i>TMZ</i> noted that Scott Disick, Ronda Rousey, and <a href="" target="_blank">Michael B. Jordan</a> were all recently the victims of burglaries while on vacation as well.</p><p>Law officials have long warned about the dangers of posting your whereabouts on public social media accounts.</p><p>"If you announce that you are going away on vacation, you are basically informing people that your home is unattended and, therefore, an easy target for a break-in," Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan said in a press release in 2014. "Be smart about what you post online and don't give burglars a reason to make you their next victim.”</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">SI Live</a></em>, a home in the United States is burglarized every 15 seconds. To help prevent a burglary while on vacation, make sure to inform a few trusted friends of your plans and ask them to check in on your home every day while you’re away. And definitely wait until you return home to post all your <a href="" target="_blank">fabulous travel photos</a>.</p>
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The Gulf Coast Is Getting Its First Amusement Park in Over a Decade

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 16:23
<p>The Gulf Coast welcomed its first <a href="" target="_blank">new amusement park</a> on Friday since the Six Flags in Louisiana shuttered following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Park at OWA</a> in Foley, <a href="" target="_blank">Alabama</a> includes more than 20 rides, along with restaurants and other amenities. Some of the main attractions include the “Rollin' Thunder” and “Crazy Mouse” roller coasters.</p><p>The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, who are responsible for several casinos in the area, opened the park, <a href="" target="_blank">the Associated Press reported</a>.</p><p>“As a tribe, we have worked hard to ensure that our businesses bring revenue and jobs into the state and add to the quality of life in the rural communities where they are located,” Stephanie A. Bryan, the tribe’s chief executive, said last year when the park was first announced.</p><img alt="OWA "src=""><p>The mayor of Foley was optimistic that the <a href="" target="_blank">amusement park</a> would help bring tourist dollars to the region, particularly in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.</p><p>“That is sort of a no-brainer on the positivity of it,” Foley <a href="" target="_blank">Mayor John Koniar told</a>. "OWA is going to be very big for the whole area."</p><img alt="OWA "src=""><p>The creation of the park is expected to generate 3,500 jobs, <a href=";prx_t=PL8CABQYPAXrkLA" target="_blank">according to a release</a> from the Park at Owa.</p>
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The Perseid Meteor Shower Is Coming Up — Here’s How to See It

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 16:16
<p>On the night of August 12 and early morning of August 13, the Earth will crash into debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle when it last swept through the solar system in 1992.</p><p>It happens at this time every year, and the result is always the same: hundreds of shooting stars.</p><p>“Your best chance to see shooting stars is after midnight because then you are on the night-side of Earth as it hits the meteors head-on,” said John Barentine, ‎Program Manager at the <a href="" target="_blank">International Dark-Sky Association</a> in Phoenix, Arizona. However, this year the peak coincides with a Full Moon, which means the best nights – when you can meteor-gaze at midnight – will likely be in the small hours of 14 August, when the Moon rises at around midnight, or 15 August, when it’s up 40 minutes after midnight.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">25 Perfect Spots for Watching the Total Solar Eclipse Crossing the U.S.</a></p><p>This year the Perseids might be a little more demanding than usual in terms of when you have to be awake, but a lot of stargazers in the U.S. will find them more special than ever. Why? A week or so after the Perseids peak, the first total solar eclipse visible from the U.S. in nearly four decades will bring darkness in the day on August 21, with a chance to glimpse the solar corona for just over two minutes.</p><p>Why not combine the two for the ultimate astro-themed road trip? While pairing the Perseids with the eclipse is perfectly possible, for shooting stars an inky black night sky away from light pollution is required. Anywhere around 40 miles from the nearest town will give you the right conditions to maximise shooting stars, but the easiest way to ensure a good view is to head to an International Dark Sky Park, which are quickly becoming something of a tourism phenomenon. Here are some of our favourite dark sky destinations.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Cherry Springs State Park &amp; Dark Sky Park, Pennsylvania</a></h2><p>For those that live in New England, it’s got to be Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania.</p><p>“It's a great site in a pool of darkness in norther central Pennsylvania, and it’s one of the best dark sky parks we have anywhere,” said Barentine. However, being within three or four hours drive from <a href="" target="_blank">Boston</a>, Washington D.C., and <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> has its drawbacks.</p><p>“It does get very popular in summer,” said Barentine. “You really need to reserve your camping spot well in advance.” Don’t miss the unobstructed 360-degree 'gold tier' night sky views from its ‘Astronomy Field’ at the top of a 2,300-foot high mountain, with campsites across the road.</p><img alt="Nightfall at the Grand Canyon from Bright Angel Point on the North Rim. "src=""><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Grand Canyon National Park &amp; provisional Dark Sky Park, Arizona</a></h2><p>Changing to dark sky-friendly light bulbs in one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations is a big job, but Grand Canyon made the switch and got provisional Dark Sky Park status last year.</p><p>“Any of the big national parks could do it,” said Barentine. “When parks are large and they have a lot of visitor facilities and infrastructure it’s difficult, but Grand Canyon shows that it can be done if you have the will on the part of the management.”</p><p>Camp out in the canyon for the darkest skies, or drive to either Mather Point near Grand Canyon Village on the south rim. However, only the remoter Desert View or Lipan Point will give you real seclusion.</p><img alt="The White Cone Geyser, lit only by the light of a full moon, erupts under a star-filled sky in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. "src=""><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Yellowstone National Park</a> &amp; <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Tetons National Park</a></h2><p>Although neither of these almost adjoining areas in Wyoming are technically Dark Sky Parks, they may be soon. “Both of these parks are working on dark sky designations right now, with Yellowstone further along than the Tetons,” said Barentine, who adds that about two-thirds of Yellowstone’s light fixtures need replacing for the area to minimise light pollution enough to gain Dark Sky Park status.</p><p>However, there is a bonus feature here: August's total solar eclipse goes right through the Grand Tetons, so watch the eclipse either there or in quieter (and probably clearer) Riverton to the east may be in order.</p><img alt="Sunset on Antelope Island in the fall "src=""><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Antelope Island State Park &amp; Dark Sky Park, Utah</a></h2><p>Only designated a Dark Sky Park earlier this year, Antelope Island State Park is a great choice if you’re close to Salt Lake City.</p><p>“The eastern side of the park is fairly light because it faces Salt Lake City, but there's nothing to the west because of the lake, so definitely get over to the west side of the island for the darkest areas,” said Barentine.</p><p>Campsites on the western side include Bridger Bay and Antelope Island Campground. This western Utah area also often has clearer weather in August than Utah’s more famous Dark Sky Parks – Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument and Cedar Breaks National Monument – because of the monsoon weather patterns in the Four Corner states in August that often produce afternoon cloud that hangs around.</p><img alt="Jordan pond in Acadia National Park with night stars. "src=""><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Acadia National Park, Maine</a></h2><p>A national park largely on Maine's Mount Desert Island on the Atlantic coast, Acadia has moose, bear, whales … and stars.</p><p>“Acadia has a good infrastructure and it's a pretty dark option for those who want to go up the coast,” said Barentine. “It’s not yet an official Dark Sky Park, but it's closing in on applying.” If you want somewhere truly remote to see shooting stars, the park’s Duck Harbor Campground on Isle au Haut has five primitive sites available. It’s linked to the mainland by mailboat.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Acadia Night Sky Festival</a> is set for Sept. 21-24, 2017.</p><img alt="Staunton River State Park "src=""><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Staunton River State Park &amp; Dark Sky Park, Virginia</a></h2><p>Near Scottsburg in the heart of Virginia, this area of forests and meadows on the shoreline of the John H. Kerr Reservoir is a good choice for anyone coming from Washington DC, Richmond and Northolt in Virginia, or from Charlotte in North Carolina.</p><p>“They've got good night sky programs and a huge open field set aside for observing, which has a good view of a low horizon for stargazing and meteor showers,” said Barentine. There's a campground and an area of simple cabins.</p><p>The Perseids, like any meteor shower, should be treated like wildlife-spotting; the more you look, the more you will see. The spectacle of seeing three bright meteors streak across the sky inside a few seconds is awesome but demands patience. At all costs avoid the temptation to do anything that takes your eyes from the skies, and definitely don’t check your smartphone. Its bright light will also kill your night vision (which will take 20 minutes to recover).</p><p>Shooting star-gazing is best done while laying down on the ground, which makes the warmer, drier temperatures of August the perfect time for the Perseids.</p>
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This Beauty Tool Cleans Your Face With Just Water and It’s Perfect for Travelers

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 16:04
<p>Everyone has had those nights where you just fall into bed without so much as removing your mascara. After all, caring for you skin can be a hassle. There's face wash, serum, moisturizer, eye cream — the list goes on.</p><p>At times it can seem overwhelming, but it is important. Which is why as a beauty enthusiast and avid traveler, I’m always on the lookout for ways to simplify my skincare routine — especially on the road.</p><p>So, when I heard about <a href="" target="_blank">Face Halo</a>, a small microfiber disk that claims to remove dirt, oil and makeup from your skin with only water, I had to give it a try.</p><p>As someone who is neurotic about caring for their skin (the thought of going to sleep without washing my face is enough to give me nightmares), I was hesitant about “cleansing” my skin without soap. Would it really get all the makeup off? Would dirt and grime be left in my pores? Would I wake up in two days with a huge zit on my face?</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Travel Essentials You Can Buy at a Drugstore</a></p><p>I decided to put my skepticisms aside and put it to the test. I left my cleanser at home as I headed out on an overnight hotel stay with my Face Halo in tow. When the night came to an end I did as the instructions said: Wet the disk and gently wipe the skin. </p><p>As I did so, I could see the makeup absorbing into the device. The once-white microfibers were actually removing my makeup — even the mascara.</p><p>After taking one pass at my whole face, I looked it the mirror. It looked clean, but was it really? I flipped the Face Halo over and decided to take another pass at it. Surely there would be more to remove, right? Wrong. Aside from a small amount of left-over mascara it seemed my face was makeup free. It was magic. Well, not magic, but it actually worked and I was so surprised, but also so in love. This means I don't have to bring a bottle of cleanser with me on the road. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This New Service Will Pack Your Toiletry Bag With TSA-approved Products</a></p><p>So, how does it even work? The disk is filled with millions of tiny fibers, 100 times thinner than human hair. When you swipe them over your skin, they reach down into the pores to remove makeup, dirt and oil while the water breaks down the grime the skin. When you’re done, you washing the disk with soap and water and let it dry. Every week or so, throw it in the wash and then reuse — it’s good for up to 200 machine washes and roughly replaces about 500 wipes.</p><p>The Face Halo is the perfect one-step solution for travelers. Not only is it better for the environment, but it’s easy to pack (the disk is about 3 inches in diameter), and you can easily cleanse your skin on adventures that leave you without the comforts of home like <a href="" target="_blank">hiking</a>, camping, or <a href="" target="_blank">flying basic economy</a>.</p>
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The Smallest Hotel in the World Might Also Be the Most Romantic

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 15:50
<p>You definitely won’t find a cozier hotel anywhere else in the world.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Eh’häusl Hotel</a> in Amberg, Germany, holds the <a href="" target="_blank">Guinness World Record for the world’s smallest hotel</a>, with a total floorspace of just 173 square feet (53 square meters).</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This City in Texas Has Been Named the Most Romantic in the U.S.</a></p><p>The teeny, tiny hotel, which measures about eight feet wide, is sandwiched between two larger buildings — which, practically any building can be considered “larger” in context.</p><img alt="Eh’häusl Hotel in Amberg, Germany "src=""><p>The name of the hotel roughly translated to “marriage” house or “matrimonial” house in the 18th or 19th century in the local vernacular, and it’s easy to see why. The hotel is too small to accommodate more than two guests at any given time.</p><img alt="Eh’häusl Hotel in Amberg, Germany "src=""><p>Despite seeming a little cramped, the hotel is quite an adorable getaway for an individual or couple looking for some privacy.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Top 100 Hotels in the World</a></p><p>The itty bitty hotel has a flat screen TV, a mini spa with a rainbow colored whirlpool, and several other amenities for its guests like a nice, romantic fireplace and salon.</p><img alt="Eh’häusl Hotel in Amberg, Germany "src=""><p>Clearly you don’t need a giant suite to feel like you’re basking in luxury.</p>
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The Best Sedona Resorts for Enjoying the Red Rocks

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:02
<p>While much of Arizona is known for drawing adventure travelers, Sedona’s pull has long been to a crowd more focused on luxury and wellness.</p><p>Maybe that’s why it has some of the best resorts in the area — though there’s no doubt Sedona has plenty to offer in the way of natural beauty, too. If you’re in the mood for hikes, horseback riding, or even skiing, there are options nearby. But one of the best parts of Sedona is its laid-back vibe and the consistently <a href="" target="_blank">stunning sunrises and sunsets</a> on the red rocks surrounding the town.</p><p><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">The Grand Canyon's Incredible Hidden Waterfalls</a> </strong></p><p>Tucked between two state parks and a national forest, and just an hour’s drive southwest of <a href="" target="_blank">Flagstaff</a>, the town is close enough to major transport to be convenient and far enough to be a true escape. Book a room at one of these beautiful Sedona resorts when you really want to unwind and recharge.</p><img alt="L'Auberge de Sedona, Sedona, Arizona "src=""><h2><a href="" target="_blank">L’Auberge de Sedona</a></h2><p>Though it’s set along Oak Creek, with breathtaking views of the famous red rocks, it’s actually the focus on small details that makes this L'Auberge property such a nice home-away-from-home. From the moment you arrive, the valet’s warm greeting makes you feel welcome, and the concierge service (which includes building a fire for chilly evenings and arranging romantic creek-side dinners) is the perfect touch for a cozy stay. There are several options for accommodation, including English country-inspired rooms, suites and cottages.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Enchantment Resort</a></h2><p>This beautiful collection of adobe suites is nestled in the red rocks of Boynton Canyon. With a spa, fitness center, golf course, and tennis courts, Enchantment is perfect for a full-package holiday. There are several indoor and outdoor pools, too, and rooms are outfitted with kiva fireplaces and oversized soaking tubs.</p><img alt="Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa, Sedona, Arizona "src=""><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Amara Resort and Spa</a></h2><p>At Amara, headboards are planks cut from fallen trees and the color scheme reflects the hues of local flora and fauna. One of the resort’s best features is its infinity pool, which looks out over the rocks. There’s also a full service spa, yoga classes (don’t bring your mat — there’s one provided in every room), and a free shuttle to town, if you prefer not to walk. The staff are warm and welcoming and all too happy to recommend local hikes and sights. Even if you don’t stay, stop by for a margarita in their SaltRock Southwest Kitchen.</p>
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The 6 Best Restaurants in Hoboken, New Jersey

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 13:02
<p>Just across the Hudson River, this New Jersey neighborhood offers skyline views of Manhattan’s West Side, and <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a>-quality restaurants, bakeries, and bars. You can easily wander up and down <a href="" target="_blank">charming Washington Street</a>, which is lined with outdoor café tables and old-time lampposts — or head straight to one of our favorite Hoboken restaurants. </p><p>After you've dined, just be sure to drop by <a href="" target="_blank">Carlo's Bake Shop</a> of "Cake Boss" fame for dessert. They've been turning out cannolis and cakes since 1910. </p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Halifax</a></h2><p>Located inside the shiny W Hotel, this waterfront farm-to-table restaurant sources produce, seafood, dairy and even booze from local purveyors. Highlights of the New American menu include clam chowder with rye oyster crackers or Maine lobster rigatoni with coral butter. But the views of the Hudson are reason enough to reserve a table at Halifax.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">La Isla</a></h2><p>This Cuban restaurant has been serving Cubanos, platanos, tostones and many more island favorites since 1970. Visit hungry and ready to sip down tropical cocktails while you feast on daily specials like Wednesday’s <em>ropa vieja</em> (shredded beef) and Thursday’s <em>bistek en cazuela</em> (a regional beef casserole).</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Cucharamama</a></h2><p>Led by James Beard award-winning chef Maricel E. Presilla, this colorful pan-Latin restaurant serves dishes that will take you on a flavorful tour of Central and South America. Visit at 5 p.m. for a $25 early bird special, or wait it out to indulge in an eclectic mix of Ecuadorian snacks, Peruvian-style chicken fingers, and Argentinean sausage, among others. </p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Fiore’s Deli</a></h2><p>Hoboken has no shortage of Italian delis, but only Fiore’s serves this Saturday special: a roast beef sandwich drenched in gravy and stuck together with homemade mozzarella, which is made fresh every single day of the week. </p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Dozzino</a></h2><p>For a more upscale pizza experience, visit this BYOB pizza shop, which serves wood-fired pies created from homemade dough and creamy, house-made <em>fior di latte</em> cheese. Expect classic, refined flavors like fresh basil and tomato, roasted garlic and <em>mortadella</em>. </p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Chicken Factory</a></h2><p>We love this Korean fried chicken counter, where wings, drumsticks, boneless filets, and whole chickens are fried to a masterful crisp and dunked in a variety of sauces. On the side, opt for white rice and kimchi (and maybe even an order of <em>bibimbap</em> if you’re feeling hungry).</p>
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Flying With a Group? Here’s How to Make Sure You Sit Together

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 12:00
<p>One of the biggest hiccups when planning a <a href="" target="_blank">family vacation</a> happens when you finally get on the flight.</p><p>You get through the <a href="" target="_blank">massive security line</a>, arrive at your gate, finally look at your tickets and that's when you realize: You and your kids aren’t even sitting together.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Budgeting for Vacation Never Works — Here's What You Should Do Instead</a></p><p>Depending on how old and independent a child is, it can be a parent’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately, these days, airlines are asking travelers to fork over a pretty penny for the right to sit next to their loved ones. But there are actually plenty of ways to ensure you stay together, so we've rounded up everything you need to know. You might even save yourself some fees at the same time.</p><h3>1. Book early.</h3><p>A little planning goes a long way. This may seem like the obvious, but it really does help.</p><p>Not only does booking several months in advance save you money in ticket prices, it ensures that you get a choice of seat and avoid a flight that’s already overbooked. Double check your seat assignments when you get your flight confirmation.</p><h3>2. If you’re a parent, enter your child’s age when booking.</h3><p>If a child is 12 or younger, the computer system with automatically attempt to pair an accompanying adult in an adjacent seat the day before departure, <a href="" target="_blank">one airline representative told <em>Business Insider</em></a>. You may have to pay a small fee, but this way your kid will stay by your side.</p><img alt=" "src=""><h3>3. Check in early online.</h3><p>Exactly 24 hours early.</p><p>Most airlines have online check-in 24 hours before departure, which means you should pick or confirm your seats as soon as it opens. If your seats aren't already together, you'll have the best chance of getting available seats that are.</p><h3>4. Check. Then double check.</h3><p>Once you’ve booked and checked in online, make sure you check your seating arrangement once you get to the airport and check your bags. Then again when you get to the gate agent.</p><p>Seating arrangements can always change without notice in events of emergency or a change in the flight. If it happens to you, remember to be polite to the airline employees.</p><h3>5. Call the airline.</h3><p>If you can’t get your seats booked together online, call the airline with your reservation and explain your situation to them over the phone. Be sure to mention your child’s age, or whatever your circumstances may be. Once your new seats are assigned, double check them online and when you get to the airport.</p><h3>6. Get to the airport early.</h3><p>Not only will you beat the crowds at bag check and security, you’ll also be first in line at the gate, where you can speak to the gate agent directly about seating. Always be polite and courteous to the gate agent — they’re your new best friend.</p><h3>7. Change your plan.</h3><p>If your plans permit, try booking with another airline or taking a different flight. Less crowded flights may permit better seating for you and your family. This could involve a few more hours in the airport or a night in a nearby hotel, but at least you don’t have to sit 20 rows apart on the flight.</p><h3>8. Bribe someone (or just ask).</h3><p>Other passengers can be pretty amenable to families who just want to get through the flight in peace. You’re all in this together after all. You might be surprised that offering a few snacks or a drink or even nothing at all can convince another passenger to switch seats with you so you can sit with your child. They get it, booking a flight can be rough.</p><h3>9. Try for aisle seats that are close together.</h3><p>If you really can’t manage an adjacent seat, try to get an aisle seat that’s nearby. This way, you can keep an eye on your little one while still obeying the rules of the airline — and not disturbing anyone around you.</p><h3>10. Just pay up.</h3><p>Yes, some airlines will charge you to sit together. It’s an unfortunate reality of the travel business. If all else fails, you might have to open up your wallet so you can have a peaceful flight without any speed bumps. Figuratively speaking.</p><h3>11. Call your congressperson.</h3><p>Oddly enough, you can influence legislation to help the consumer and convince airlines to change their policies.</p><p>New York Congressman Jerry Nadler introduced a bill, the “Families Flying Together Act,” to require airlines to accommodate families with small children, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Airfare Watchdog</em> reported</a>. The bill hasn't taken off, but if people are willing to call, write or storm social media to get people to listen, anything is possible.</p>
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Justin Trudeau Proves He's a S'mores Expert on Adorable Family Camping Trip

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:17
<p>No one is too busy for s’mores. Not even Justin Trudeau.</p><p>The prime minister of Canada took his family on a camping trip to Shelburne in Port Joli, Nova Scotia, where they enjoyed a little sunshine, the beach, and, of course, some delicious camping snacks.</p><p>Trudeau, his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, and their three children, Ella, Xavier, and Hadrien, joined some day campers at the beach in The Islands Provincial Park for a lunch, where they roasted marshmallows.</p><p>Trudeau and his wife also found some time to kick off their shoes and have a nice, relaxing walk on the beach together at Kejimkujik Seaside.</p><p>The two-day trip was part of a working vacation for Trudeau. The visit marked the first anniversary of his government's changes to the Canada Child Benefit, which he described as “fairer and more generous than the tax credit it replaced,” according to the <a href="" target="_blank">CBC</a>.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">Justin Trudeau's Inflight Magazine Cover Has Everyone Wanting to Fly Delta</a></strong></p><p>After the beach trip, the Prime Minister moved on to Halifax to walk in the city’s Pride parade and be guest of honor at a Liberal Party fundraiser at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.</p><p>Hopefully there’s time to sleep somewhere in Trudeau’s busy schedule.</p>
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Three Major U.S. Airlines Have Been Fined for Violating Passengers' Rights

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:04
<p>On Friday, the Department of Transportation (DOT) fined <a href="" target="_blank">Frontier Airlines</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines</a> for violating various consumer protection rules, <a href="" target="_blank">Reuters</a> reported.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to the DOT</a>, the largest fine was given to Frontier Airlines, which was fined $400,000 for violating oversales and disability rules, while American Airlines was fined $250,000 for failing to make timely refunds to passengers. Delta Air Lines was also fined $200,000 for filing inaccurate baggage reports.</p><p>As the <a href="" target="_blank">DOT stated</a>, Frontier "failed to seek volunteers before bumping passengers involuntarily, failed to provide bumped passengers the required written notice describing their rights, and failed to provide proper compensation to passengers in a timely manner.” It added that it reviewed more than 200 complaints against the airline.</p><p>The practice of overbooking flights has come under greater scrutiny in recent months with several <a href="" target="_blank">high-profile incidents</a> where airlines had to forcibly remove passengers from packed flights. However, as Reuters noted, in June Congress unveiled new legislation that could make it illegal for an airline to bump an already boarded passenger from a flight.</p><p>The DOT also found that Frontier failed to provide passengers with a disability prompt as well as adequate wheelchair assistance while boarding or exiting its aircrafts.</p><p>Frontier said in a statement that it “remains committed to complying with DOT rules," and that it has “taken steps including introducing a new reporting system." The airline now must also add a new quality assurance management position by September 1, according to Reuters.</p><p>For its part, American Airlines released a statement Friday noting it “is committed to providing timely refunds to our customers.”</p><p>Delta has yet to release a statement regarding the fines, however according to the <a href="" target="_blank">DOT</a>, the airline’s underreporting of baggage claims “made Delta’s ranking in the Department’s Air Travel Consumer Report seem better than it was at various times."</p>
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Wizards and Muggles Alike Are Going to Want to Ride Universal Orlando's New Harry Potter Roller Coaster

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:58
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Universal Orlando</a> has just revealed plans for the first-ever Harry Potter-themed roller coaster to arrive at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in <a href="" target="_blank">Orlando</a>, Florida.</p><p>The all-new attraction will take guests on a journey that incorporates the characters, creatures and transportative adventures of the wildly successful book and movie series when it opens in 2019.</p><p>In <a href="" target="_blank">its announcement</a>, Universal positioned the ride as one of the most “highly-themed coaster experiences” they’ve ever created — which is major, considering The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is already known for immersive attractions utilizing ride systems and technology in ways rarely seen at other theme parks.</p><p>Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts at Universal Studios Florida throws guests into a wild adventure on a mine cart within the famed wizarding bank, while <a href="" target="_blank">Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey</a> at Universal’s Islands of Adventure sends riders soaring through Hogwarts Castle, coming face-to-face with some of the series’ most frightening nemeses.</p><p>The new Harry Potter coaster will replace Dragon Challenge at Islands of Adventure when it closes permanently in early September.</p><p>The set of intertwined roller coaster tracks, which debuted in 1999, was updated to stylistically match The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Hogsmeade when it opened at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in 2010, but never fully fit within its snowcapped village.</p><img alt="Dragon Challenge Ride at Universal to be Replaced "src=""><p>Given that the new Harry Potter ride announcement boasts a new degree of creativity, ingenuity and next-level theming at the parks, it’s evident that Universal Orlando Resort is being proactive about their plans to compete with Walt Disney World when the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge themed land opens in 2019. (Consider it no mistake that this addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open the same year.) Last week, author and theme park expert Len Testa revealed Universal Orlando had even <a href="" target="_blank">begun surveying guests</a> to gauge their interest in Disney’s newly announced <a href="" target="_blank">Star Wars Hotel</a>, so there may be more to come as well.</p><p>No specifics have yet been announced for the forthcoming Harry Potter roller coaster, but if fan rumors are to be believed, it’s possible it will take guests within familiar beings and haunts of the Forbidden Forest. No matter which wizarding location the new attraction will envelop its visitors in, it’s sure to be nothing short of magical.</p>
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Why the ‘Magic Day’ When Airfares Get Cheap Is a Lie

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:45
<p>You may have seen <a href="" target="_blank">an article going around last week</a> that travelers could save big cash by booking international flights on August 21, or domestic flights on August 22.</p><p>That sounds nice and easy – but it simply isn't true.</p><p>“[People] like to have pat answers and simple solutions,” George Hobica, founder of <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “But fares are not going to go on sale.”</p><p>Compared to peak summer fares, “airfare always costs less if you travel mid-August until the holidays,” Hobica said. Even so, flights aren’t suddenly going to go on sale on August 21 and August 22. In fact, he added, “they’ve been on sale [since May].”</p><p>Hobica notes this isn't news — it happens every year. By mid- to late-August, students are going back to school, and there's simply less demand for flights. And less demand means lower prices.</p><p>The same will be true next summer.</p><p>Hobica said travelers really looking for a sweet spot to travel should consider flying between January 4 and February 15, when people are exhausted from the holidays. “In fact, I think that's <a href="" target="_blank">the cheapest time to fly</a>.”</p><p>Late summer may be cheaper than early or mid-summer, but it's not a “dead space,” said Hobica.</p><p>The team at <a href="" target="_blank">Hopper</a>, an airfare prediction and analysis service, agrees.</p><p>“Every year, we see the cheapest domestic travel deals in January, because travel demand tends to be soft after the holiday season is over,” Hopper's chief data scientist, Patrick Surry, told T+L. “<a href="" target="_blank">Even October</a> will have some cheaper deals than August.”</p><p>'s Hobica also recommends that travelers consider the time between Thanksgiving and December 15 — another dead space when airfare takes a significant dip, which is further corroborated by Hopper’s Consumer Airfare Index.</p><p>The six-month index, which uses an archive of trillions of prices and about six years of flight data, indicates that while August airfares will fall 7 percent from July, they continue to drop in September and October. They pick up in November, and then take another dip in December and January.</p><p>While people may have misinterpreted this bit of airfare lore, confusing optimal days for traveling with optimal days for booking, the enchanting promise has still taken hold: People are actively waiting to make travel plans, anticipating the huge airfare sale that will supposedly come on August 21 and 22.</p><p>Even though it won’t.</p><p>“There's no overall best day of the year to buy domestic or international flights,” Hopper's Surry told T+L.</p><p>Surry explained that when airline employees managed inventory manually, there may have been more truth to these “golden rules” and airfare legends. “Now that the airlines are using sophisticated yield management systems [for] prices and inventory,” he said, they're less accurate than ever.</p><p>If you're looking for a deal on airfare, the best you can do is set fare alerts (with <a href="" target="_blank">Airfarewatchdog</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Hopper</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Google Flights</a>, or another service), plan ahead, and know what an average airfare for your destination would be — so you can recognize a deal when it comes along.</p><p>“<a href="" target="_blank">There is no magic</a>,” Hobica said, comparing these sensational airfare myths to a Magic 8 Ball.</p><p>If you ask it “when is the best time to buy airfare,” he said, “It answers: ‘maybe.’”</p>
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Unaccompanied Minor Kicked Off Flight to Summer Camp: 'He Cried for Long Hours'

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:44
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Atlantic</a> is apologizing for the latest incident in a long line of airline industry bungles involving removing passengers from pre-booked seats.</p><p>This time, Virgin Atlantic removed a summer camp-bound 11-year-old boy from a flight from Shanghai to London because the category he was flying under was full, according to <a href="" target="_blank"><i>The Telegraph</i></a>.</p><p>The boy’s mother, identified as Mrs. Liu, said he had already boarded and taken his seat on the July 9 flight when he was booted from the aircraft.</p><p>“My son was clearly scared,” Mrs. Liu told <em>The Telegraph</em>. “He cried for long hours and woke up with nightmares.”</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>According to Virgin Atlantic, the flight had too many unaccompanied minors – the category the boy was flying under – and as a result the airline had to remove the last booked passenger. <i><a href="" target="_blank">P</a></i><i><a href="" target="_blank">eople's Daily</a> </i>reported that the airline had nine unaccompanied minors checked into the flight, but they could only accommodate up to eight.</p><p>One of those minors was the boy's friend, who was also headed off to camp. "Since the two kids were traveling without any adults, we checked repeatedly with Virgin Atlantic to make sure that the crew members can take care of them," Mrs. Liu said.</p><p>While the airline acknowledged they should have informed the boy and his family of the situation before boarding, a Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said he was taken care of. </p><p>"This decision was made with the customer's wellbeing in mind, and our airport team looked after the child until their parents returned to the airport," the spokesperson said in a statement.</p><p>The airline has offered the family free flights to London, however Mrs. Liu called the gesture “useless,” adding: “Three free round trip tickets are useless for us. My husband and I are busy with work everyday. We definitely have no time for London."</p><p>Instead of flights, <a href="" target="_blank">View From The Wing</a> pointed out that the boy should have been offered 600 euros in cash for being “involuntarily denied boarding causing him to arrive at his destination more than four hours late while traveling over 3,500 kilometers” thanks to a European Union regulation known as <a href="" target="_blank">261/2004</a>, which established common rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in these situations.</p>
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British Air Traffic Controllers: We’re Running Out of Sky

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:30
<p>The United Kingdom is running out of sky.</p><p>Britain’s National Air Traffic Control Service (NATS) <a href="" target="_blank">reported a record number of flights</a> last week and issued a warning that the country is running out of airspace.</p><p>Air traffic controllers reported a record-breaking 8,800 flights in a single day. They're warning that, if numbers continue to rise, flights to and from the U.K. could be impacted by significant delays unless the government responds with “drastic modernisation.”</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>“In the last few weeks we have already safely managed record-breaking daily traffic levels, but the ageing design of U.K. airspace means we will soon reach the limits of what can be managed without delays rising significantly,” Jamie Hutchinson, a director for the NATS, <a href="" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>.</p><p>This summer, the NATS expects to operate 770,000 flights above Britain — 40,000 more than there were last year.</p><p>If left unmanaged, the increased traffic could cause 50 times more delays in 2030 than there were in 2015 and 8,000 flight cancellations per year, the NATS said.</p><p>“Traffic growth is good news for the economy and means more choice for passengers, but it also puts pressure on the capacity of our airspace infrastructure,” Hutchinson also said. “The U.K.’s airspace was designed decades ago and doesn’t allow us to take advantage of the technology on board modern aircraft that would raise capacity, and also reduce emissions and noise for communities on the ground.”</p><p>The U.K. government is working with the NATS to update airspace change policy. They are also <a href="" target="_blank">asking citizens to submit their ideas</a> on how to improve transportation across the country, including customer service, safety and growth management.</p>
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You’ll Want to See the Spanish Wine Region Where ‘The Bachelorette’ Is Headed

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 08:49
<p>On Monday night’s episode of “The Bachelorette,” contestants will go on a romantic getaway to Spain’s wine region, Rioja.</p><p>Once in Spain, the three remaining contestants <a href="" target="_blank">will compete for overnight dates in the “Fantasy Suite”</a> with bachelorette Rachel Lindsay.</p><p>But Rioja offers the contestants plenty to do outside of hotel rooms. The bachelorette’s vacation itinerary includes several wineries, medieval castles and a hot air balloon ride over the region's sprawling vineyards.</p><img alt="Places to Visit in La Rioja Spain "src=""><p>“The Bachelorette” contestants will visit sample Rioja wine at some of the area’s top wineries, including the <a href="" target="_blank">Bodegas Eguren Ugarte</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Bodegas Ontanón</a>, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Contino Winery</a>.</p><p>They'll also stroll through some of Rioja’s oldest towns and monuments: The Castillo de San Vicente de la Sonsierra is a picturesque fortress that dates back to the 12th century, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Monasterio de Valvanera</a> can trace its roots back to the ninth century. Contestants who prefer something more modern can visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Marques de Riscal Hotel</a>, a technicolor, swooping structure designed by Frank Gehry in 2003.</p><img alt="Visit these Wineries in La Rioja Spain "src=""><p>And, of course, it’s not a vacation without sampling the local cuisine. The tapas crawl on Logroño’s Calle Laurel is one of the best-known in the area. The pedestrian-only streets are home to over 50 taperias, with glasses of wine around $2 and tapas for $5.</p><img alt="Plan a Trip to Follow the Bachelorette Itinerary "src=""><p>“The Bachelorette” episode in Rioja will air on ABC on Monday, July 24 at 8 p.m. ET.</p>
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Meet Butters, an Adorable Pygmy Goat Who Is the Mascot for This Austin Coffee Shop

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 07:32
<p>An impossibly cute pygmy goat named Butters has become the official mascot of the Civil Goat Coffee Company in <a href="" target="_blank">Austin</a>, Texas. And it’s easy to see why.</p><p>Butter’s isn’t just adorable, he’s the perfect coffee companion.</p><p>The five-month-old kid pops in to the coffee shop daily, usually between noon and 2 p.m. (except Mondays, when the shop is closed), to greet customers and generally be his cute self.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Chris O’Brien, who is both the owner of Butters and the owner of the shop, originally thought about getting a dog before he discovered goats were for sale, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a>.</p><p>He told local TV channel <a href="" target="_blank">KVUE</a>, as reported by Lonely Planet, that his quirky pet is named after the South Park character. Butters wears a t-shirt and a diaper whenever he’s in the shop.</p><p>Civil Goat Coffee Company opened in late 2016, but O’Brien has been involved in roasting since 2010. His coffee beans are sourced from around the world, from countries like Ethiopia, Rwanda and Brazil.</p><p>Butters is such a popular “staff member” that he’s heavily featured on both his <a href="" target="_blank">own Instagram</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Civil Goat’s Instagram</a> feed as well.</p><p>You can keep up with this goatly antics by following the accounts.</p><p>Apparently, Butters likes cold brew.</p>
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Comic Books Banned From Checked Luggage During Comic-Con

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 07:28
<p>Each summer, comic book lovers from all over the world descend on <a href="" target="_blank">San Diego</a> for Comic-Con. The event allows fans to come face-to-face with the actors who portray their favorite superheroes on screen and also gives them the opportunity to get a few of their prized comic books signed by the authors, actors, and creators.</p><p>However, this year’s group of Comic-Con-goers may have a hard time bringing all that new paraphernalia home thanks to a very bizarre rule at <a href="" target="_blank">San Diego International Airport</a>.</p><p><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Comic Book Stores in the U.S.</a></strong></p><img alt="Campbell's Soup casts its web on the San Diego Airport with 'Canstruction' Fun at San Diego International Airport California Comic Con "src=""><img alt=" "src=""><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">View From The Wing</a>, attendees of the event arrived at San Diego International Airport to find screens telling them they could not keep comic books in their checked luggage and would have to instead carry them on their flights. Several people even shared the announcement on Twitter.</p><p><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">Get Ready to Take Books Out of Your Carry-on Bags</a></strong></p><p>But, as <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Le Chic Geek</i></a><i> </i>reported, this probably wasn’t just some weird attempt to force comic book lovers to inconveniently carry their hauls with them. Some comic-loving travelers took to Twitter to share that they have been affected by this issue before, and were told that comic books can set off the TSA's x-ray machines because they're unable to properly scan their glossy pages. If this is true, leaving them in checked bags would trigger a huge influx of bag searches in San Diego over the weekend. </p><p>But while United claimed all airlines out of San Diego were enforcing the ban as per the TSA's rules, <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Consumerist </i>reports</a> the TSA denied having anything to do with it. There is “no restriction on anything related to putting comics or any type of books” in baggage, and TSA never put out any guidance to that effect, a TSA spokeswoman told the outlet. “In fact, they are allowed in both checked and carry-on baggage."</p><p>The TSA later called out United publicly on Twitter.</p><p>Regardless of where the odd rule came from, it's going to be OK. United noted that the comic book ban was only in place for the weekend, so fans can go back to stuffing their bags full of rare editions in peace. <br /></p>
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Woman Perfectly Recreates Her Study Abroad Photos 30 Years Later

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 07:20
<p>When photographer Lisa Werner was planning for a trip to visit relatives in Europe, making stops in France and Germany, she decided to make her plans even more special.</p><p>Looking through her old photos from when she took a language course in Europe from 1986 to 1987, she decided to start a personal project to recreate all her old photos in the same locations.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">WOW Air Offers More $70 Flights to Europe</a></p><p>“I felt like I was on a fun Easter egg hunt across Europe. I had no trouble finding the exact spots,” Werner told <a href="" target="_blank">HuffPost</a>.</p><p>Werner traveled around places like Strasbourg, France and Heidelberg, Germany, making near-perfect recreations. Each photo is a testament to how these locations have changed (and stayed remarkably the same) over time.</p><img alt="Lisa Werner Recreate Study Abroad Photos Strasbourg France "src=""><img alt="Lisa Werner Recreate Study Abroad Photos Strasbourg France "src=""><img alt="Lisa Werner Recreate Study Abroad Photos Mainz Germany "src=""><img alt="Lisa Werner Recreate Study Abroad Photos Strasbourg France "src=""><p>In some cases, Werner even recruited bystanders to help her recreate poses in the photos, like in one picture of her leaning on a German bridge.</p><img alt="Lisa Werner Recreate Study Abroad Photos Strasbourg France "src=""><p>Werner shared some memories of each of these photos <a href="" target="_blank">on her blog</a>. She also wants to visit these places again in another 30 years.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Sometimes the best way to visit the past is to step directly into it.</p>
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Manhattan’s First Distillery Is Opening This Fall

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 07:12
<p>Vodka lovers in Manhattan get ready: There’s one more reason you won’t have to get on the subway.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">OUR/Vodka</a>, a unit of Pernod Ricard, is planning to open a distillery in Manhattan, on 26th Street in the Chelsea area, in October.</p><img alt="Our Vodka New York Distillery "src=""><p>There are currently 21 distilleries in New York City, according to the New York State Liquor Authority, as reported <a href="" target="_blank">by <em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>, but 18 are in Brooklyn, two are in the Bronx, and one is in Queens.</p><p>The wheat-based vodka brand will also source 75 percent of its ingredients from local New York state farms.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>The new owners of the distillery also come from quite an unexpected background. Co-owners of the Skate Shop, Kevin Carney and Dave Ortiz, a former graffiti artist, were visited by a talent scout named Thurman Wise in 2013 who simply hired them to throw a party, and then suggested that perhaps they run the planned distillery.</p><p>“This guy had hair down to his shoulders. His arms, hands and neck are covered in tattoos. He wore patent leather loafers with no socks. We thought we were getting punked, but we went with it,” Ortiz <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>WSJ</em></a>.</p><p>The two Skate Shop owners later met Asa Caap, chief executive of OUR/Vodka, which distills its vodka in Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, and Detroit.</p><p>“I was told to recruit guys to open and run a distillery in <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> and they’d get a piece of the business, but they needed to be authentic New Yorkers and creative problem solvers who were literally willing to carry 36 cases of vodka,” Wise said.</p>
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A U.S. Company Is Implanting Microchips Into Its Employees

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 06:54
<p>A <a href="" target="_blank">Wisconsin</a> company is the first in the country to outfit its employees with microchips.</p><p>Employees will be able to log in to their computers, open doors, and pay for snacks with the chip, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Independent</em> reported</a>.</p><p>The company, a vending machine software group called <a href="" target="_blank">Three Square Market</a>, is not requiring anyone to participate. About 50 employees have elected to have a grain-of-rice-sized <a href="" target="_blank">microchip</a> inserted between their thumb and forefinger, and Three Square Market will pay for the $300 insertion fee. Leadership from the company say this is just the beginning.</p><p>“Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc,” said Todd Westby, the company’s chief executive, in a statement.</p><p>The microchips use near-field communications (NFC) and radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. The former is the software that allows people to purchase items by holding their <a href="" target="_blank">credit cards</a> near a payment machine. The latter is a tracking software, though leadership from the company insists that they are not monitoring their employees’ location.</p><p>The company will be hosting a "chip party" next week for all of the employees who opted in, a representative from Three Square Market told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>.</p><p>While Three Square Market might be the first in the U.S. to outfit its employees with microchips, Swedish start-up hub Epicenter has been offering the option to its employees since 2015, <a href="" target="_blank">the Associated Press&amp; reported</a>. By April 2017, about 150 employees had them and can use them to open doors and operate printers, among other daily tasks.</p><p>“The biggest benefit, I think, is convenience,” said Patrick Mesterton, co-founder and chief executive of Epicenter. “It basically replaces a lot of things you have, other communication devices, whether it be credit cards or keys.”</p><p>The health effects of microchips in humans are not fully understood. The FDA approved the use of microchips in humans in 2005, but some studies have questioned just how safe they are. One study in rats and mice in the mid-1990s indicated that the presence of a microchip could lead to malignant tumors, <a href="" target="_blank">AP reported in 2007</a>.</p>
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