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Enjoy 30% off Stays At This Secluded Eco-Resort in Belize

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 14:01
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Belize: 30 percent off <a href="https://www.gaiariverlodge.com" target="_blank">GAÏA Riverlodge</a>, a secluded eco-resort comprising thatched-roof cabanas and bordering lush rainforest and ancient Mayan ruins. </p><p>The deal includes:</p>30 percent off a GAÏA Riverloge Waterfall View Suite Welcome drink of your choiceFull American breakfast daily<p>Original Price: $250 per night</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> $175 per night; valid travel through November 15. </p><p>Booking details: Please email <a href="mailto:info@gaiariverlodge.com">info@gaiariverlodge.com</a> or call 011.501.834.4005 to book your stay; mention the code TL30</p>
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These Are the States With the Longest and Shortest Life Expectancies (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:02
<p>Things take longer on island time. Even death.</p><p>According to <a href="https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2678018" target="_blank">a recent study published in JAMA journal</a>, Hawaiians have the longest life expectancy of any American state.</p><p>At 81.3 years, the average life expectancy for a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-time-to-visit-hawaii" target="_blank">Hawaiian</a> from birth is the longest in the country. Hawaii has been considered one of the healthiest states in the U.S. for several years. Only 19 percent of Hawaiians suffer from obesity, <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/29/hawaii-least-obese-state-healthiest_n_7451278.html" target="_blank">the lowest in the country</a>. And only about 17 percent of Hawaiians smoke. Hawaiians report some of the lowest rates of depression in the country as well.</p><p>If you needed any more motivation to move to Hawaii, prepare to pack up your belongings. The healthy statistics are no accident. Over the past few years, <a href="https://www.healthyhawaii.com/" target="_blank">Hawaii has led several health initiatives</a>, including building new biking and walking paths. The state also is famous for its nature hikes and easy access to the beach.</p><p>But even though Hawaiians have the longest life expectancy, those in Minnesota have the longest “healthy” life expectancy at 70.3 years.</p><p>On the opposite end of the spectrum, Mississippi had the lowest life expectancy for any American state at 74.7 years.</p><p>Risks that contributed to a shorter life span included tobacco consumption, a high BMI, poor diet, alcohol and drug use, and high blood pressure.</p>
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Australia’s Uluru Is Back in the Hands of the Aboriginal People — and There’s Never Been a Better Time to Visit

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:01
<p>Amid the flat, earthen landscapes of Australia, visitors traditionally had one experience on their must-do list: climbing Ayers Rock, the immense sandstone formation at the center of the country. In the 80s, I climbed Ayers Rock T-shirts were a necessary souvenir; a decade ago, almost half of all tourists in Australia were still checking the hike off their bucket lists. But since 1993, when the government reinstated the rock’s local name, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/uluru-space-photo" target="_blank">Uluru</a>, and awareness began growing that the indigenous community considers it sacred, clambering to the summit has been controversial.</p><p>Australia’s more than 500 Aboriginal tribes are like individual nations, each with its own language and customs. But one belief unites them all: the idea of an ancestral tie to Mother Earth. For the Anangu people who live around Uluru, the rock is the place from which they came andthe place they will return to after death. For that reason, they do not climb it; instead, they perform rituals and ceremonies, often dating back thousands of years, within the geologic folds around its circumference.</p><img alt="Indigenous guides at Ayers Rock Resort at Uluru, Australia "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1529531127/indigenous-sand-art-ayers-rock-ULURU0718.jpg?itok=Lv43V6Ux"><p>This past November, Australia’s National Parks board, which oversees Uluru, voted to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/climbing-banned-ayers-rock-uluru" target="_blank">ban climbing for good</a>. It was, the board’s director said, the “righting of an historic wrong” — an acknowledgment that Aboriginal people have lived on the continent for 60,000 years, and that their link to the land is a birthright. The rule, which will go into effect in October 2019, is also evidence of the way the Anangu are increasingly shaping the visitor experience. As with tours of the Canadian wilderness tailored by members of its First Nations communities, travelers to Australia now have the chance to understand the site not just as an Instagram backdrop but as a living testament to one of the world’s oldest cultures.</p><p>Uluru proved a challenging place for white Australians to comprehend. When explorer William Gosse sighted it on the horizon in 1873 — the first white man to do so—he wrote of his “astonishment” at its “peculiar appearance.” From a distance, his view obscured by sand dunes, Gosse thought he was looking at a series of caves, rather than the remnants of a massive mountain range.</p><p>The first tourists arrived in 1938, but it took 12 more years for a dirt track to be constructed connecting Uluru to the resort town of Alice Springs. A local man named Len Tuitt set up a basic camp at Uluru in 1953; in 1958, more than 2,000 visitors drove for up to 12 hours through the desert to the site. That number climbed to more than 23,000 in 1968, after road improvements and the construction of an airstrip.</p><p>In the tourism boom, the Anangu were all but forgotten. It wasn’t until 1985, two years after <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/princess-diana-inspired-healthy-eating" target="_blank">Princess Diana</a> climbed the dusty red rock face in a white cotton dress, that the Australian government officially handed the site back to its traditional guardians. After Meryl Streep’s star turn as a mother whose child goes missing at Uluru in the 1988 film <em>A Cry in the Dark,</em> “A dingo ate my baby” became a global catchphrase. Growing up in Australia at the time, I was conscious of Uluru as a popular destination for international tourists, but didn’t know anyone who had seen it themselves. Awareness of the country’s indigenous past was not what it is today, and visiting the mysterious rock was an expensive, far-fetched proposition.</p><p>Even after the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was listed as a unesco World Heritage site in the mid-90s, the nearby collection of hotels and campsites was at best an exercise in half-hearted kitsch. When a government body charged with acquiring land for indigenous groups bought the property from a private company in 2010, the Ayers Rock Resort, as it is now known, underwent substantial renovations. The accommodations range from a serviced campsite and self-serviced apartments to four different hotels. The five-star option, <a href="https://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/" target="_blank">Sails in the Desert</a> (doubles from $298), might remind you of an upscale motel with its perpetually mobbed pool and boxy, walk-up units. Still, this is central Australia, and with powerful air conditioning and a buzzy restaurant, Sails makes for a comfortable home base. Last September, <a href="https://longitude131.com.au/" target="_blank">Longitude 131°</a> (doubles from $2,266), a luxurious tented retreat that’s separate from Ayers Rock Resort, with views of Uluru, relaunched after a lengthy makeover. The solitude there is absolute, and the attention to detail is exquisite, but you might miss the energy of the main accommodation complex, where guests can learn about the site’s significance to Aboriginal people through daily storytelling sessions at the Mani-Mani theater and indigenous craft demonstrations at the Wintjiri Arts &amp; Museum.</p><img alt="Dune Pavilion at Longitude 131 luxury camping outside Uluru, Australia "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1529531127/dune-pavilion-longitude-131-ULURU0718.jpg?itok=CVb0yw6h"><p>The Ayers Rock Resort is committed to training Aboriginal employees, who today make up 39 percent of its staff. A job is guaranteed for any indigenous Australian who wants one, and 55 Aboriginal employees hold above-entry-level positions. Chris Tannock, a 26-year-old from the Yimen tribe of Queensland, came to study at the on-site training academy seven years ago. Now the resort’s assistant manager, Tannock said he has developed a newfound pride in his heritage from working there. “It’s not something to be put on a stage,” he said of Aboriginal culture. “These are real people with real history.”</p><p>Although Uluru itself is 550 million years in the making, it can be toured in one morning: on either a walk around the 5.6-mile circumference or, if you’re feeling adventurous, a dawn motorbike ride. Perhaps the most memorable experience at Ayers Rock Resort is a dinner called <em>tali wiru,</em> which means “beautiful dune” in the Anangu language. It takes place on a viewing platform a few miles from Uluru where diners can watch the rock’s surface change from orange to a deep purple. As darkness falls, guests are served a feast of native ingredients like wallaby, roselle (a type of hibiscus), and quandong (a native peach).</p><img alt="Aboriginal Guides are on staff at Ayers Rock Resort "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1529531127/anangu-guide-ayers-rock-resort-ULURU0718.jpg?itok=HNoDfU7c"><p>For me, the real magic came after the meal, when an indigenous guide revealed patterns in the night sky. He explained that for some Aboriginal cultures, constellations are depicted not by the stars, but by the dark spaces between them. Outlining the shape of an emu amid the sparkling constellations, he pointed to its legs, its plumage, even its beak. At first I had to squint. But then, after a life spent under the southern sky, I was able to see it, too.</p><h2>A Tour of Indigenous Australia</h2><p>Uluru isn’t the only Aboriginal site worth visiting. To learn more about Australia’s indigenous past and present, consider this suggested route from <a href="https://www.camelbacktravel.com/" target="_blank">Camelback Odyssey Travel</a>’s Cassandra Bookholder, a native Aussie and longtime member of T+L’s A-List of travel advisors, who specializes in bespoke itineraries. <em>Nine-day tours from $9,500.</em></p><p><strong>Day 1</strong></p><p>Fly into Cairns Airport on the northern coast of Queensland and transfer to <a href="https://www.silkyoakslodge.com.au/" target="_blank">Silky Oaks Lodge</a> <i>(doubles from $333),</i> in the Daintree Rainforest.</p><p><strong>Days 2–3</strong></p><p>Spend one day with the Kubirri Warra brothers, guides with a passion for indigenous history. After tea at their mother’s house, they lead wildlife walks and teach traditional fishing and hunting techniques. The next day, view native fish and turtles on a snorkeling tour in the Daintree River before enjoying dinner, storytelling, and music with members of the area’s Kuku Yalanji community.</p><p><strong>Day 4 </strong></p><p>Fly direct to Uluru’s Ayers Rock Airport for your stay at Sails in the Desert<i>,</i> a luxury property in the resort.</p><p><strong>Days 5–6 </strong></p><p>Visit Kata Tijuta, the park’s other striking rock formation, before a lesson in Aboriginal dot painting back at the resort. End your first day with a walk through artist Bruce Munro’s installation, <em>Field of Light</em><i>—</i>now extended to the end of 2020. In the morning, take a tour of edible and medicinal flora with the Anangu community. This knowledge will be useful at an open-air cooking class that evening.</p><p><strong>Day 7</strong></p><p>Fly to Sydney Airport, and check in to the new <a href="http://spicersretreats.com" target="_blank">Spicers Potts Point</a> <i>(doubles from $302),</i> a boutique hotel in the calm Potts Point neighborhood.</p><p><strong>Days 8–9</strong></p><p>See the city through the lens of aboriginal history with an indigenous walking tour guide, or cruise Sydney Harbor and the historical sites of Goat Island. After lunch, visit Cooee Art Gallery or aboriginal art galleries to see the best of today’s indigenous art. on your last day, visit Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, home to ancient rock art. Native-led tour options include river cruises, walks to find medicinal plants, and foraging for foods like witchetty grubs.</p>
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Austin’s Hottest New Hotel Has a Lakefront Infinity Pool With the Best Views of the City

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:00
<p>With the opening of the <a href="https://www.thelinehotel.com/austin/" target="_blank">LINE Austin</a>, a design-minded new hotel on the edge of Town Lake, there has never been a better time to take in the dynamic cultural scene and natural beauty of the eclectic Texas capital. Set inside a modernist mid-century building — originally home to the historic Crest Inn, and later, a Radisson — the new property has undergone a thoughtful, but comprehensive, renovation that seamlessly forges the classic with the contemporary.</p><img alt="LINE Hotel Austin "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531502087/Line-Hotel-Austin-lobby-RTTATXLH0718.jpg?itok=MhMxK-x3"><p>This is the exciting third property from <a href="https://www.thelinehotel.com/" target="_blank">LINE Hotels</a>, joining <a href="https://www.thelinehotel.com/dc/" target="_blank">one in D.C</a>. and the <a href="https://www.thelinehotel.com/los-angeles/" target="_blank">flagship in L.A.’s Koreatown</a>. Created by the <a href="https://www.sydellgroup.com/" target="_blank">Sydell Group</a>, the masterminds behind other ultra-trendy brands <a href="https://www.thenomadhotel.com/" target="_blank">NoMad</a> and <a href="https://freehandhotels.com/" target="_blank">Freehand</a>, LINE has a commitment to developing unique architectural spaces and becoming a part of the communities they inhabit.</p><p>The interior spaces of the Austin property invoke the surrounding landscape through a modern lens. A lobby lounge offers visitors stunning views of the lake through floor-to-ceiling windows framed by suspended gardens.</p><img alt="LINE Hotel Austin "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531502087/Line-Hotel-Austin-RTTATXLH0718.jpg?itok=8jYK35Km"><p>“For the guest rooms, we were influenced by space and time, taking cues from the eroded landscape, swimming holes, and underground aquifers,” designer Sean Knibb told <i>Travel + Leisure</i>. “We created materials and relief sculptures in furnishings that spoke to those processes.” For example, the wooden headboards, sandblasted with a winding topographical pattern, are a nod to the unique ecosystem surrounding <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/weekend-getaways/weekend-in-austin" target="_blank">Austin</a>.</p><p>The LINE Austin also embraces the city’s artistic community, utilizing the work of local artists wherever possible. Over 500 unique works from Central Texas artists are displayed throughout the hotel, including a wooden bar handcrafted by Michael Wilson of nearby Bastrop, TX. Guests also have easy access to one of America’s liveliest and most diverse music scenes, with close proximity to Rainey Street and the Red River music district and frequent live programming at the hotel.</p><p>In keeping with its sister properties, the LINE Austin has an expertly curated food and beverage program. The hotel’s primary restaurant, <a href="https://www.thelinehotel.com/austin/food-drink/" target="_blank">Arlo Grey</a>, serves dinner in a casual setting with gorgeous views of Town Lake. Helming the kitchen is Top Chef season 10 winner <a href="https://www.foodandwine.com/news/kristen-kish-arlo-grey-opens-austin" target="_blank">Kristen Kish</a>, who looks to Austin for inspiration for her menus.</p><p>“We want to tell our personal story through food while being inspired by the city around us – and to that end, we support some terrific urban farms right in the city of Austin,” said Kish in a statement to <i>T + L</i>. “All of our meats are local and each day I’m learning more about the traditions and culture of Austin and looking forward to welcoming you into the space to add more to our story.” Local cuisine and ingredients are prominent in dishes like the large-format Texas ribeye and a Texas tomato salad with roasted garlic and orange vinegar.</p><p>Another buzzy opening in the hotel: an Austin outpost of Los Angeles-based coffee shop Alfred, an all day café serving up Stumptown roasts, grab-and-go lunches, and a variety of inventive pastries. Food and cocktails are also served at the infinity pool overlooking Town Lake. Opening soon at the LINE Austin are a rooftop lounge and a burger restaurant opening out onto bustling Congress Avenue.</p><img alt="Gorgeous nature view above tree tops Austin Texas growing downtown skyline cityscape aerial drone view "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531502087/austin-texas-town-lake-RTTATXLH0718.jpg?itok=WQP0O6uo"><p>With an abundance of green space in the midst of a thriving urban center, Austin is the perfect setting for all kinds of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/local-experts/austin/top-5-outdoor-activities-in-austin" target="_blank">active experiences</a>. LINE Austin offers boat rentals, paddle boarding, immediate access to hiking trails, and even yoga classes above Town Lake on the property's docks.</p><p>Another one-of-a-kind outdoor experience? Bat-watching, a favorite summer pastime in Austin. The city's Congress Avenue Bridge is home to the worlds largest urban <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/bats-living-in-libraries-portugal" target="_blank">bat colony</a>; from March through October, guests can take in the creatures' nightly flight from both the central bar and the soon-to-be-completed bat-viewing platform located directly outside. </p><p>To book: <a href="https://www.thelinehotel.com/austin/" target="_blank">thelinehotel.com</a>, doubles from $275</p><p><strong><em>Our series <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/reasons-to-travel" target="_blank">Reasons to Travel Now</a> highlights the news, events, and openings that have us scoping out plane tickets each day.</em></strong></p>
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Kate Middleton’s Favorite Sneakers Are on Sale for Amazon Prime Day

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 08:01
<p>Hey, no big deal or anything, but <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/fashion/emma-watson-kate-middleton-same-sneakers" target="_blank">Kate Middleton’s favorite sneaker</a> is on major markdown as one of the many <a href="https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=as_li_ss_tl?node=13887280011&amp;ref=PD18_LU_GW_Hero_DT&amp;pf_rd_p=9dd8508b-8b06-436b-a387-ad87ca9808ac&amp;pf_rd_r=M1440C1ZTEFK0W8M5C7Q&amp;linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlsupergacotuprimeday-20&amp;linkId=9b3d61768f543c59567ef27c8bce058e" target="_blank">Amazon Prime Day deals</a>, and you only have 36 hours to shop the comfy shoe before it inevitably sells out, leaving you with an empty Amazon cart and the despair that comes with having to, once again, admire the sneaker from afar, while the Duchess of Cambridge is out sporting the shoe you passed up.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/when-is-amazon-prime-day" target="_blank">Amazon Prime Day 2018: When It Starts and How to Score the Best Deals</a></p><p>If the fear of missing out doesn’t get you, then how about this: The <a href="https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=as_at/?imprToken=710Rpb3Uzxl6U4e6HcKv3g&amp;slotNum=0&amp;node=13887280011&amp;ref=PD18_LU_GW_Hero_DT&amp;pf_rd_p=9dd8508b-8b06-436b-a387-ad87ca9808ac&amp;pf_rd_r=M1440C1ZTEFK0W8M5C7Q&amp;linkCode=w50&amp;tag=travandleis07-20&amp;linkId=9b3d61768f543c59567ef27c8bce058e" target="_blank">Superga Women’s 2750 Cotu Classic Sneaker</a> is a crowd favorite for its classic, goes-with-anything silhouette and ultra-comfy yet durable build. These walking sneakers are perfect for <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shoes/cute-comfy-airport-sneakers" target="_blank">trekking through the airport</a>, strolling along the beach, or exploring a new city — just take a page out of Emma Watson’s book. The English actress donned a pair of white Cotus while stepping out in New York City wearing an airy gingham top and white jeans for the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/fashion/stylish-summer-accessories" target="_blank">perfect summer look</a>.</p><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/amazonprime/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ref_=nav_logo_prime_join&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlsupergacotuprimeday-20&amp;linkId=9e0f610fbc773b4fcda2d1e8ce302b44" target="_blank">Prime members</a> can head to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com" target="_blank">amazon.com</a> and shop the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=as_at/?imprToken=710Rpb3Uzxl6U4e6HcKv3g&amp;slotNum=0&amp;node=13887280011&amp;ref=PD18_LU_GW_Hero_DT&amp;pf_rd_p=9dd8508b-8b06-436b-a387-ad87ca9808ac&amp;pf_rd_r=M1440C1ZTEFK0W8M5C7Q&amp;linkCode=w50&amp;tag=travandleis07-20&amp;linkId=9b3d61768f543c59567ef27c8bce058e" target="_blank">Superga Cotu sneaker</a> on sale for $45, a 31% discount. And while you’re there, you can save up to 50% off athleisure shoes and apparel, including items from top-selling brands like Adidas, New Balance, and Puma. (<a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/when-is-amazon-prime-day" target="_blank">Just hurry before Prime Day is over</a>.)</p><img alt="Superga Women's 2750 Cotu Classic Sneaker, White/White "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531754762/amazon-superga-cotu-sneaker-white-SUPERGAPRIME0718.jpg?itok=zje9yJKW"><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Superga-Womens-Classic-Sneaker-White/dp/B07BB6BZNW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;s=apparel&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1531753569&amp;sr=1-82&amp;nodeID=17851525011&amp;psd=1&amp;refinements=p_6:ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlsupergacotuprimeday-20&amp;linkId=11707dfeeb2a1541d82473dc906b9cb1" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $45 (originally $65)</p>
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33 Passengers on Ryanair Flight Hospitalized After Sudden Loss of Cabin Pressure

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 07:06
<p>Thirty-three Ryanair passengers were hospitalized Friday after their aircraft lost cabin pressure and was forced to make an emergency landing. Reported injuries included bleeding from the ears, nausea, and headaches.</p><p>The European budget airline was operating a flight from Dublin to Zadar, Croatia on July 13 when the cabin suddenly lost pressure about 80 minutes into the flight.</p><p>“In line with standard procedure, the crew deployed oxygen masks and initiated a controlled descent,” the airline said in a statement.</p><p>“We get on the plane, we’re flying and ... the oxygen mask comes down,” passenger Sarah McGarry <a href="https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/i-thought-we-were-done-for-passengers-on-ryanair-flight-describe-emergency-landing-1.3565435" target="_blank">told the <em>Irish Times</em></a>. “We’re left in darkness for 15 minutes, there’s no reassurance just people shouting ‘emergency, emergency’.”</p><p>Data from FlightRadar24 shows the plane descended more than 25,000 feet in just seven minutes. The flight made an emergency landing in Frankfurt, Germany.</p><p>Of the 189 passengers onboard, 33 were admitted to a local hospital for treatment. All injured passengers left the hospital by the following day.</p><p>A German investigative team is <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-ryanair-emergency/ryanair-flights-loses-cabin-pressure-33-hospitalised-police-idUKKBN1K40D4" target="_blank">looking into the cause</a> of the sudden depressurization.</p><p>When a plane loses cabin pressure, the temperature inside drops. Passengers feel great discomfort in their ears and eyes, but the main health risk is low oxygen. Depending on the altitude of the plane, <a href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2005/12/12/what-happens-to-body-if-airplane-loses-cabin-pressure/" target="_blank">passengers could only have about 18 seconds</a> to put on their oxygen masks before they pass out from hypoxia (a lack of oxygen).</p><p>In the event of sudden depressurization, pilots are trained to bring the plane down to altitudes where the air is warmer and more oxygenated.</p>
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Fire Spreading Near Yosemite Doubles in Size, Has Potential to Become a 'Major Threat' to the Park

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 06:27
<p>A <a href="https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5927/" target="_blank">quickly spreading wildfire</a> has led to the closure of one of the main access points into California’s <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/yosemite-national-park-john-reynolds" target="_blank">Yosemite National Park</a>.</p><p>The Ferguson Fire, which started on Friday, July 13, has spread across over 9,000 acres. While <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/yosemite-spring-flooding" target="_blank">Yosemite National Park</a> remains open, those looking to head to the park will need to avoid Highway 140, which has been closed between Midpines and El Portal. It's possible to use alternate access points, like Highway 41, however park representatives say visitors should expect larger crowds and lengthier wait times through the south entrance.</p><p>Firefighter Braden Varney died battling the fire on Saturday, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CALFIRE/photos/a.157450722389.116355.113654417389/10156569889992390/?type=3" target="_blank">according to representatives from the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection</a>. No additional injuries have been reported.</p><p>The fire has been burning in an easterly direction on the west side of Merced, and is currently threatening some 108 structures in the area, though none have been destroyed. The cause of the fire is under investigation.</p><p>While the park and several of its nearby accommodations, including <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g32340-d113554-Reviews-Yosemite_View_Lodge-El_Portal_California.html">Yosemite View Lodge</a> and <a href="http://yosemitebug.com" target="_blank">Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort</a> remain open, park representatives are warning that anyone sensitive to smoke avoid engaging in strenuous outdoor activities. Yosemite provides webcams and <a href="https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/aqmonitoring.htm" target="_blank">real-time alerts</a> on its current air quality.</p><p>Weather in the area is expected to remain hot and dry for the next week. UCLA climate scientist Dr. Daniel Swain is warning that the fire is likely to continue burning for several days, with the potential to “become a major threat” to the park.</p>
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Airbus Says the New A330-900neo Has One of the Calmest Flying Experiences Yet

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 06:05
<p>Airbus is preparing to release its new <a href="https://www.airbus.com/aircraft/passenger-aircraft/a330-family/a330-900neo.html" target="_blank">A330-900neo</a> aircraft into the skies.</p><p>Last week, the manufacturer finished “route proving flights” for the new long-haul twin-engine jet, <a href="http://atwonline.com/airframes/a330neo-arrives-atlanta-route-proving-flight-tap" target="_blank"><em>Air Transport World</em> reported</a>. The tests included flights for both distance and condition, including cold weather above Kazakhstan, hot air above Mexico, and strong winds above Ireland.</p><img alt="Airbus A330-900neo Air Portugal "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531332362/airbus-A330900neo-details-AIRNEO0718.jpg?itok=Xu8NWPPJ"><p>Airbus is marketing its new aircraft as a fuel-efficient alternative to current planes. The “neo” stands for “new engine option.” Said new engine is a Rolls-Royce Trent 7000, designed to burn less fuel over longer distances. Sharklet wingtips increase lift and reduce drag, allowing the plane to fly with less effort.</p><p>Aside from the improved economics, passengers will notice a difference in the cabin of the A330-900neo. It is capable of carrying 287 passengers in a standard three-class configuration.</p><p>Airbus says the new plane has one of the calmest flying experiences yet. The cabin is quieter than earlier versions of the A330, minimizing noisy interruptions to sleep. The bathrooms have been redesigned with calming lighting, antibacterial surfaces, air fresheners and music piped in.</p><p>The plane is expected to enter service later this year with TAP Air Portugal. The airline has order 21 jets, with the first seven expected to join TAP’s fleet by the end of the year.</p><img alt="Airbus A330-900neo Air Portugal "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531332362/air-portugal-A330900neo-AIRNEO0718.jpg?itok=T3Ragf8k"><p>In the United States, you’ll be able to ride the A330-900neo next year. Delta has ordered 25 of the aircraft, expected to operate transatlantic routes and flights between the West Coast and Asia. <a href="https://news.delta.com/delta-adds-a350-900-a330-900neo-its-fleet-plan" target="_blank">Delta said the new aircraft</a> will replace the Boeing 767-300ER and offer a 20 percent savings in operational costs per seat.</p>
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Save 30% off Stays At Nashville's Hip New Boutique Hotel

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 17:02
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Tennessee: 30 percent off <a href="https://noelle-nashville.com" target="_blank">Noelle</a>, a sensitive revival of the 1929-built Noel Place, one of Nashville’s first luxury properties. The 224-room hotel features a rooftop bar and lounge and a custom portrait shop that nods to the property’s address on Printer’s Alley. </p><p>Travel + Leisure Online Offer includes:</p>A minimum of two nights in a Superior room Daily breakfast<p>Original Price: From $359 per night</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $250 per night; valid until October 31, 2018.</p><p>Booking details: Use the <a href="https://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/room.html?propertyId=4424&amp;calendarView=true&amp;rp=RC:PROMOTL" target="_blank">dedicated link</a> to book. </p>
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This Is How Toy Story Land Shrinks You Down to The Size of a Toy

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 13:02
<p>Entering the brand new Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World, guests might start to feel like they're getting... smaller.</p><p>Walt Disney Imagineering, the brains and science behind Disney theme park concepts worldwide, encountered a challenge with its new Pixar themed-land: making vacationers feel like they’re the size of a toy without the enlarged surroundings feeling ominous.</p><p>Not only did all three attractions at the just-opened Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios need to reinforce the oversized credo of the land, but every detail, from directional signs to decorative benches, had to follow suit.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/toy-story-land-secrets" target="_blank">5 Secrets to Getting the Most Out of a Trip to Toy Story Land</a></p><p>Given that fans of Pixar’s award-winning trilogy have experienced Woody and the gang from the perspective of both humans and toys, it’s here in Andy’s backyard — the locale in which Toy Story Land is set — that guests are permanently set in the latter, finding themselves transformed into “honorary toys” upon entering.</p><img alt="Toy Story Land at Disney World "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531161696/toy-story-land-restrooms-TSLSIZE0718.jpg?itok=iTIiZ-gx"><p>With straws used as a lamp posts and half a waxy Babybel cheese positioned as a chair, you’re a plaything but a somewhat smaller one, on par with the green army soldiers who play drums and entertain guests at the park. It’s a tricky balance that is executed seamlessly (as long as you disregard the ideal photo opportunity of a nearly 20-foot-tall Woody standing at Toy Story Land’s entrance).</p><p>Upon entering, the aesthetic is as colorful as it is casual, designed as though Andy was playing with his toys and say, got called away for dinner, leaving them strewn around spontaneously. There is not one toy in one area, but many scattered throughout; dice mixed in with Cootie pieces and checkers intermingling with large pieces of chalk are intended to mimic the way that children actually play.</p><img alt="Toy Story Land at Disney World "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531161696/toy-story-land-crafts-TSLSIZE0718.jpg?itok=W5PmT-7Z"><p>It’s why nothing you’ll find in Toy Story Land is “perfect.” Each Jenga block on the tower Rex teeters atop of was added at a different angle, piles of toy blocks always form curved lines and cardboard packaging is often tipped open and tossed aside. All signs and structures are a bit askew, perfectly mimicking the haphazardry of childhood.</p><p>One of the best effects of this comes in the Slinky Dog Dash queue, with a gum-specked clipboard holding a doodle design of the ride surrounded by larger than life crayons and a pencil. Any kid will recognize a similar scene within their knapsack back at the hotel, while organized adults will relate to having a version in their own younger days.</p><p>Some of the most impressive design choices in Toy Story Land come not from that intended imperfection but creative problem-solving. A theme park land hosting vacationers has certain requirements, like restrooms and seating, but Disney did its best to masquerade them within the theming, scrawling directional signs on torn-off corners of notebook paper and fashioning a pile of dominoes with a lettered wooden block into a water fountain. Benches are created out of popsicle sticks and rogue dominoes and even the food-service counter is made from a tipped-over lunch box, filled with carrot sticks and sandwich creme cookies and a menu printed on, what else, a juice box’s nutritional label. (Eagle-eyed film fans will notice there are even a handful of animal crackers shaped like Jessie’s critters from the “Woody’s Roundup” show seen in “Toy Story 2.”)</p><img alt="Toy Story Land at Disney World "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531161696/toy-story-land-water-fountain-TSLSIZE0718.jpg?itok=Fl6uvQ-_"><p>Certain safety and efficiency conceits also needed to be made, but Toy Story Land effortlessly pulls them off. Instructional ride boarding videos — starring Fisher Price-inspired wooden toys in lieu of humans — are played on loop within an oversized plastic toy camera, sticking to its top-level concept.</p><p>Even attraction marquees and ride lines reinforce the idea of guests being toys themselves. Toy Story Mania’s queue, filled with big Viewfinder slides and playing cards, is rivaled only by Slinky Dog Dash’s decor, which highlights Andy’s own scribbles in plotting his attempt to combine his beloved stretchy friend on top of a roller coaster playset.</p><p>Still, it’s the delicate touch of Disney’s Imagineers that elevates Toy Story Land from a cartoonish concept to a whimsical escape, as nearly every random-seeming object ties back to informing one another. A restroom sign is spelled out in Scrabble letters, while its game box can be found across the park in Slinky Dog Dash’s queue. Massive K’NEX pieces keep the lights on, literally — they hold festoon lighting above the pathways, which illuminate at night — while their packaging is seen along the Toy Story Mania exit.</p><p>The land’s design gives Andy’s backyard and the cinematic characters their integrity, but the thoughtful touches throughout every part of Toy Story Land are truly what make it all feel so real.</p>
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How Much Water You Really Need to Drink in the Summer, According to Your Body Weight (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 11:01
<p>It’s important to stay hydrated during any time of year, but especially during the summer.</p><p>And this will probably not surprise you (or anyone), but we’re not drinking enough water. During the summer, this can be especially dangerous given the higher temperatures and increased activity.</p><p>According to registered dietitian and nutritionist Lauren Minchen, the amount of water you need depends on your body weight. So, no, we don’t all need eight glasses a day to be properly hydrated.</p><p>“The exact amounts [of water] vary person to person, but 2 to 4 liters for active adults is a general target range to aim for to stay adequately hydrated, and your needs may vary in that range with changing outdoor temperatures,” Minchen told <em><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-much-water-you-should-drink-summer_us_5b311c4ae4b0040e2745d8be" target="_blank">HuffPost</a></em>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/best-travel-water-bottles" target="_blank">The 12 Best Water Bottles to Travel With</a></p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/best-drink-to-order-on-plane" target="_blank">This Is the Best Drink to Order on the Airplane</a></p><p>If you exercise a lot, your body is going to work harder to stay cool by sweating, so you need to hydrate even more.</p><p>Amy Shapiro, a registered dietitian, nutritionist, and founder of Real Nutrition NYC, told <em>HuffPost,</em> “It is important to replenish the water we lose when we sweat to prevent dehydration. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to drink water throughout the day and before you actually feel thirsty.”</p><p>Shapiro recommended drinking half your body weight in ounces of water. So, if you weigh 180 pounds, you should drink 90 ounces of water. If you’re 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces.</p><p>Both Shapiro and Minchen noted that people should also pay attention to the color of their urine for signs of dehydration. If it's any darker than the color of lemonade, it’s time to drink more water.</p><p>Some ways to stay hydrated, besides keeping your water bottle handy, include eating fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumbers, celery, broccoli, and spinach. You can also drink broths and teas. Seltzer and soda water, on the other hand, should be kept to a minimum, Minchen and Shapiro said. </p><p>Remember to drink up out there.</p>
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Enjoy 35% off a Stay At This Adults-Only Boutique Resort on Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Coast

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 15:41
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Costa Rica: 35 percent off <a href="https://www.casachameleonhotels.com/las-catalinas/" target="_blank">Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas</a>, a collection of rustic-chic villas featuring terraces and plunge pools on the pristine Guanacaste coast. Don’t miss outdoor activities such as birdwatching, hiking, and surfing.</p><p>The deal includes:</p>Three nights in a one-bedroom villa with a private pool Welcome drinksDaily breakfast Sunset dinner for two in a private cabana <p>Original Price: From $1,678 (or $559 per night)</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> $1,058 (or $352 per night); valid through December 20.</p><p>Booking details: Use booking code TRAVEL.</p>
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Where to Get Free Ice Cream on National Ice Cream Day

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 11:00
<p>You know how the old saying goes: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.</p><p>And this time, it’s free.</p><p>National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, July 15, and the country’s best ice cream joints are celebrating by doling out free or discounted scoops of icy desserts. You just need to know where to look.</p><p>From coast to coast, it’s easy to get your ice cream fix, which is a welcomed treat in the middle of a hot summer day.</p><p>Check out these sweet deals to find the best place to swipe a free cone or cup near you. Keep in mind, not every location at some of these national chains may be participating, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for local deals. And maybe have a back-up plan.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/pizza-ice-cream-little-babys" target="_blank">This Ice Cream Tastes Like Pizza</a></p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/why-there-is-no-grape-ice-cream" target="_blank">Why Grape Ice Cream Will Never Be a Thing</a></p><p>At <strong>Baskin-Robbins</strong>, if you download the Baskin-Robbins app on July 15, you can get a buy one, get one free cone, .99 cent sundae, or $2 off a medium milkshake.</p><p>At<strong> Bruster’s</strong>, join the new Sweet Rewards loyalty program and get a $3 reward toward your ice cream purchase.</p><p>At <strong>Carvel</strong>, buy one cup or cone, any size, and get a second one free.</p><p>At <strong>Dairy Queen</strong>, get a free small Blizzard treat when you download the Dairy Queen app and register for an account.</p><p>At <strong>Dippin' Dots</strong>,get a free mini cup of Dippin' Dots at any participating store and shopping center location.</p><p>At <strong>Monkey Joe’s</strong>, head down to a participating store to join their event on Sunday with free ice cream cups for each guest while supplies last.</p><p>At <strong>Pet Smart</strong>, yes, Pet Smart, your dog can get a doggie ice cream at locations that have a Pets Hotel on both Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15.</p><p>At <strong>16 Handles</strong>, you can get the first 3 ounces of yogurt with toppings free from open to 5 p.m. Sunday if you download the app. More details on their deal can be found on their <a href="http://16handles.com/" target="_blank">website</a>.</p><p>At <strong>Sub Zero Ice Cream</strong>, you can stop in on Monday for $1 off regular ice creams from 5 to 8 p.m. at all locations.</p><p>At <strong>Your Pie</strong>, get free gelato on Sunday at participating restaurants.</p><p>At <strong>Yogurtland</strong>, you can get a buy one get one free deal from 1 to 6 p.m.</p><p>At <strong>Marble Slab Creamery</strong>, check their Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts on Sunday morning for a coupon to receive a free kids cup or cone with the purchase of any regular or best value cup or cone through Thursday, July 19.</p><p>At <strong>OddFellows Coffee &amp; Cream</strong>, starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, the 55 East Houston Street location is selling its first 50 cones for $1.</p><p>On the <strong>Snow Monkey </strong>website, you can get 25 percent off sitewide on your favorite vegan ice cream on July 15 when you use the code "ISCREAM25" at checkout.</p><p>At <strong>Sub Zero</strong> nitrogen-infused ice cream, you can get $1 off regular ice creams from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 16, since some locations are closed on Sundays.</p><p>At <strong>Whole Foods</strong>, from Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15, customers can get two pints of Ben &amp; Jerry's or Talenti gelato for $6. This deal includes both dairy and non-dairy pints. Amazon Prime members will be able to get an extra 10 percent off as well.</p><p>Get your spoons ready, people. And watch out for brain freeze.</p>
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Disney World's New Toy Story Roller Coaster Isn't Just for Kids

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 11:31
<p>Disney’s new era of family-friendly roller coasters is upon us.</p><p>The pinnacle attraction at the brand new <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/toy-story-land-opening" target="_blank">Toy Story Land</a> at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is meant to be for kids and parents alike. Similar to Magic Kingdom fan favorite <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/best-worst-disney-world-rides" target="_blank">Seven Dwarfs Mine Train</a>, Slinky Dog Dash has plenty of banked turns, dips and hills to keep things interesting. The ride is something coaster lovers will get a kick out of, but the emphasis on kid-friendliness makes it miraculously good for all ages.</p><p>Slinky Dog Dash attempts to please everyone — and actually somehow does.</p><p>Intended to feel like Toy Story’s Andy placed his stretchy pup atop a DIY coaster kit, the newly debuted attraction rides as smoothly as a toy on its steep lifts, swooping drops and soaring heights.</p><img alt="Slinky Dog Dash roller coast at Toy Story Land "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531161696/slinky-dog-dash-disney-TSLCOASTER0718.jpg?itok=CwC190qF"><p>Still, there is enough cutesiness to keep kids excited, not scared. Slinky noises can be heard at the ride’s beginning, riders in the back row will hear the boing-ing of Slinky Dog’s metallic tail throughout, and its second launch, bookended by cartoonish spinning race car flames, offers respite between the journey’s two halves.</p><p>Fast banked turns and camelback humps keep the minute-and-a-half ride thrilling but cocooned in enough familiarity that even little ones will feel ready to board. Characters from the Toy Story franchise like Rex, Mr. Spell, and Jessie appear alongside the track, but it’s Wheezy’s final appearance at the end — singing “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” — that drives it all home. Slinky Dog may be wickedly fast, but there’s absolutely nothing to fear.</p><p>Fans of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will find that this iteration of a family coaster feels quicker, but Disney won’t go on record saying either way, only that they’ve “pushed the limits” of the genre, designing the ride to feel more dynamic than it may actually be. (Case in point: The height requirement is also 38 inches, less than Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Soarin’ Around The World, and even Test Track.)</p><p>The colorful entirety of Slinky Dog Dash reinforces that it’s not a demanding coaster that requires courage, but simply a handful of Andy’s toys intermingling. The queue is marked with a mess of activities and art supplies — a FastPass+ scanner is even fashioned from an oversized Crayola crayon — surrounding kids with familiar sights of notebook doodles, sticker books and a big bottles of Elmer’s Glue.</p><p>The ride's plummets, too, are playful: Slinky takes riders to the top of two peaks but the swooping drops aren’t quite free-falls, allowing for an exciting ride without that queasy stomach-in-throat feeling. It's fast enough to leave adults satisfied and sweet enough for little ones to smile on.</p><p>Unlike waiting in line for hours to ride on the blink-and-its-over Peter Pan’s Journey, parents will likely find themselves wanting to race back in line to ride again as much their little ones do. Other Toy Story Lands in Shanghai, Paris and Hong Kong split the difference, offering a tame Slinky Dog experience alongside the vertical-reaching curved tracks of RC Racer and Rex’s Racer, akin to a traditional “pirate ship” ride, but Disney World instead developed a ride that thrill seeking young Pixar fans can ride with their coaster-averse parent, or vice-versa.</p>
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9 State Fairs You Can Visit in 1 Ultimate Summer Road Trip

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 11:17
<p>Ready your car (and your stomach) for the ultimate state fair road trip this summer.</p><p>If the promise of nonstop carnival rides, big name music acts, crazy competitions, fried foods galore, and dazzling displays of prize-worthy pies and well-tended livestock sounds like a great time — and it is — then make sure to visit a state fair at least once this summer.</p><p>And if that’s the kind of entertainment you’d like to experience all summer long, then pack up the car, grab some friends or family to join you, and take this cross-country road trip that follows a calendar of nine fairs from California to Maryland.</p><iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m70!1m12!1m3!1d24338648.613185354!2d-117.02811665656411!3d41.87077754913511!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!4m55!3e0!4m5!1s0x809ada17565510c9%3A0x280fd5261e96d7e6!2sCalifornia+State+Fair!3m2!1d38.592847299999995!2d-121.43765219999999!4m5!1s0x534237f78c9ff6e1%3A0x67a6b4b3668c6c05!2sMontana+ExpoPark!3m2!1d47.512719!2d-111.31959189999999!4m5!1s0x52ded5f1578f9e55%3A0x200dd4fe0624f0b6!2sNorth+Dakota+State+Fair+Center!3m2!1d48.2356134!2d-101.2619235!4m5!1s0x8805054c8344ef1f%3A0xd4e296cd1f48e593!2sWisconsin+State+Fair+Park+Exposition+Center!3m2!1d43.0179027!2d-88.0143557!4m5!1s0x87ee971382c68b8f%3A0x1b11f4168f440760!2sIowa+State+Fairgrounds!3m2!1d41.597493799999995!2d-93.554987!4m5!1s0x88753769efa2f36d%3A0xb4298c4ce2c7eab9!2sIllinois+State+Fair!3m2!1d39.8316054!2d-89.6406375!4m5!1s0x886b5178e9b898e1%3A0x94d98b9ecc01d2a1!2sIndiana+State+Fairgrounds!3m2!1d39.8255658!2d-86.13704369999999!4m5!1s0x88690d99faaca60f%3A0xd985673fa06d9719!2sKentucky+State+Fair!3m2!1d38.1989309!2d-85.74181449999999!4m5!1s0x89c80e0fcf2cf16d%3A0x56ed619daa3ab59c!2sMaryland+State+Fairgrounds%2C+York+Road%2C+Lutherville-Timonium%2C+MD!3m2!1d39.446625499999996!2d-76.63015709999999!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1531408656436" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" style="border:0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>From corn dog eating contests in July to fresh crabcakes in December, this is the summer road trip to beat out all other summer road trips.</p><h2>1. California State Fair</h2><p>Start your trip at the <a href="http://www.castatefair.org/" target="_blank">California State Fair</a>, which kicks off July 13 in Sacramento and runs through July 29. Don’t miss the weekend fireworks, the corn dog and pie-eating contests and the free horse-racing.</p><img alt="California State Fair "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530899297/midway-california-state-fair-STFAIRRDTRIP0718.jpg?itok=6Ek6IGo7"><h2>2. Montana State Fair</h2><p>The <a href="http://www.goexpopark.com/montana-state-fair/" target="_blank">Montana State Fair</a> takes over the Montana ExpoPark in Great Falls July 27 through August 4, promising everything from pigeons, ponies and poultry to competitive displays of Lego models and chocolate cakes. The drive here from Sacramento is more than 1,000 miles, but this road trip is still young and there are plenty of places to stop along the way, including Reno, NV, Twin Falls, ID - the gateway to the Snake River Canyon - and Butte, Montana, home of the World Museum of Mining.</p><h2>3. North Dakota State Fair</h2><p>From Great Falls, it’s about 500 miles to the <a href="http://ndstatefair.com/" target="_blank">North Dakota State Fair</a> in Minot, which runs July 20 to 28. Some of the highlights at this fair include a ranch rodeo, bull riding competitions, a truck and tractor pull and foods ranging from kettle corn and quesadillas to porkchops on a stick.</p><h2>4. Wisconsin State Fair</h2><p>Take a few days to drive the 830 miles from Minot to the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis for the <a href="http://wistatefair.com/fair/landing/" target="_blank">Wisconsin State Fair</a>, which has its opening day on August 2, and continues through August 12. Or head directly to Milwaukee, and spend the fair-free days visiting the <a href="http://mam.org/" target="_blank">Milwaukee Art Museum</a>, the <a href="https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/museum.html" target="_blank">Harley Davidson Museum</a> or the <a href="https://www.pabstmansion.com/" target="_blank">Pabst Mansion</a>.</p><h2>5. Iowa State Fair</h2><p>Backtrack a bit (367 miles) to Des Moines to pay a visit to the classic <a href="https://www.iowastatefair.org/" target="_blank">Iowa State Fair</a> (August 9–19), which dates back to 1854 and is famous for its 600-pound butter cow and its companion butter sculptures. This fair is also well-known for its thrill rides, grandstand entertainment and over-the-tops foods such as Iowa’s Pig Pork Legs and Cheesy Fried Enchilada Cakes.</p><h2>6. Illinois State Fair</h2><p>Mosey along 332 miles to the <a href="https://www2.illinois.gov/statefair/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Illinois State Fair</a> in Springfield (August 9–19) and enjoy the opening Twilight Parade and concerts, auto and harness racing in the grandstand.</p><img alt="Illinois State Fair "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530899297/illinois-state-fair-STFAIRRDTRIP0718.jpg?itok=WHXyrTpT"><p>This fair is (also) famous for its butter cow, a 500-pound, unsalted, dairy barn icon since the 1920s.</p><h2>7. Indiana State Fair</h2><p>Fair #7: From Springfield, it’s just 206 miles to Indianapolis, home of the <a href="https://www.indianastatefair.com/state-fair/" target="_blank">Indiana State Fair</a> (August 3–19) which this year is hosting a single-ring, world class circus on site for three free shows a day. The fair’s list of new (and over-the-top) foods is already published and includes deep fried chicken &amp; waffle sandwiches, deep fried sugar cream pie and inside-out grilled cheese.</p><h2>8. Kentucky State Fair</h2><p>You’re in the home stretch now, with a quick 124 mile drive to the <a href="https://kystatefair.org/" target="_blank">Kentucky State Fair</a> (August 16–26) in Louisville. New this year: Agland, with exhibits highlighting Kentucky’s farm and field heritage, and Bluegrass Village, celebrating the state’s craft breweries, bourbon distilleries and culinary creations.</p><h2>9. Maryland State Fair</h2><p>If you’ve made it this far, you’ve no doubt had your fill of fried foods and Ferris wheels. But press on 600 miles to Louisville, the final stop on this summer road trip, to the <a href="http://www.marylandstatefair.com/" target="_blank">Maryland State Fair</a> (August 23–September 3) in Lutherville-Timonium, just north of Baltimore. In addition to a recently revived grand kick-off parade, the fair offers Thoroughbred horse racing and fresh foods from the Chesapeake Bay.</p>
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Birchbox Just Launched a Travel-ready Toiletry Kit Full of TSA-approved Essentials

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 10:32
<p>Packing isn’t always easy. While we’ll remember to pack our phone chargers, sunscreen, and all five of those <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/graphic-one-piece-swimsuits" target="_blank">swimsuits</a> that we maybe might hopefully get to wear — we’ll probably forget toothpaste. Classic.</p><p>Fortunately, the people over at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.birchbox.com/" target="_blank">Birchbox</a> know this, and so they’ve gone ahead and made a thoughtfully curated dopp kit full of TSA-approved toiletries and beauty products for us to bring on our next trip. Man, how lucky are we?</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.birchbox.com/product/35239" target="_blank">The limited-edition set</a> comes with all the necessary travel essentials, plus more — from a mini toothbrush and travel-size tube of cult-favorite <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.birchbox.com/product/26623" target="_blank">Marvis toothpaste</a>, to a cushy <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/beauty/best-sleep-masks" target="_blank">sleep mask</a> for in-flight naps, to KIND fruit bars in case you get peckish en route to your final destination. Oh and let’s not forget the more glamorous items like <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.birchbox.com/product/33992" target="_blank">gold under eye masks</a> that are perfect for simulating a luxury spa experience while airborne and a mini version of the popular <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.birchbox.com/product/9465" target="_blank">Smashbox Cosmetics Full Exposure palette</a> (complete with a travel-size shading brush).</p><p>We can’t promise this travel kit will stay in stock for a while, especially considering last year’s edition sold out in just 36 hours. So if you’re looking for an all-inclusive toiletry kit, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.birchbox.com/product/35239" target="_blank">Birchbox’s Travel-Ready Treasures set</a> wouldn’t be a bad choice.</p><img alt="Birchbox Travel-ready Treasures Box "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531414109/birchbox-travel-ready-treasures-box-BIRCHTRAVEL0718.jpg?itok=b4c2LJuL"><p>Head to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.birchbox.com/product/35239" target="_blank">birchbox.com</a> to shop the limited-edition set for $45.</p>
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Stay at The Iconic Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach for Only $246 Per Night

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 10:21
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Florida: 30 percent off <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g34606-d85782-Reviews-The_Don_CeSar-St_Pete_Beach_Florida.html" target="_blank">The Don CeSar</a>, an iconic pink palace that was built in 1928 and sits on a white-sand beach off the Gulf of Mexico in St. Petersburg. </p><p>Pink Palace includes:</p>A minimum of three nights in any suite category (from Deluxe Junior Suites to the Penthouse Bayside Suite) A $50 resort creditA special commemorative 90th anniversary history book<p>Original Price: From $352 per night</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $246 per night; valid through October 31, 2018.</p><p>Booking details: Book <a href="http:// https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=76807&amp;Chain=8708&amp;promo=TRAVEL" target="_blank">online</a> using the code TRAVEL.</p>
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A New Self-guided Trail in Pennsylvania Takes You to the Sights That Inspired 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 10:01
<p>If you find yourself reminiscing about the days of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/mister-rogers-50th-anniversary-at-pittsburgh-international-airport" target="_blank">“Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”</a>, you can now relive your childhood memories along <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/destination-videos/summer-in-philadelphia-pennsylvania" target="_blank">Pennsylvania’s</a> new <a href="https://visitpa.com/fredrogers" target="_blank">Fred Rogers Trail</a>.</p><p>Opened to commemorate show’s 50<sup>th </sup>anniversary this year, the self-guided trail takes visitors on a three-day itinerary across the state — stopping at 15 places that inspired or influenced Rogers and his show.</p><p>Starting in Rogers’ hometown of Latrobe, you’ll be able to visit his old high school — viewing treasures like vintage yearbook photos of Rogers alongside the late golfer Arnold Palmer — as well as his childhood church. Also in Latrobe is the <a href="http://www.fredrogerscenter.org/about-us/about-fred/fred-rogers-exhibit/" target="_blank">Fred Rogers Center</a>, where you’ll find original show memorabilia including puppets, Daniel Tiger’s clock, and Rogers’ sweaters and sneakers.</p>
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Controversial New Plan Will Make Heathrow the World's Biggest Airport

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 09:37
<p>London travelers, prepare for an even more hectic trip through Heathrow.</p><p>A controversial decision by British lawmakers will make <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/heathrow-airport-departure-board-may-the-fourth" target="_blank">Heathrow Airport</a> the world’s biggest airport in terms of traffic,<em> </em><a href="https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/heathrow-airport-expansion-vote/index.html" target="_blank"><em>CNN</em> reported</a>. At the moment, the world’s largest airport is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with a capacity of 104 million.</p><p>The new proposal would increase passenger capacity from 80 million to 110 million by 2030 with the addition of a third runway. But not everyone is excited about the new plans.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/airports-international" target="_blank">The Top 10 International Airports</a></p><p>The construction of the new runway, according to the proposal, would extend directly over an extremely busy freeway, the M25 motorway. Many opponents of the plan say the runway and increased air traffic could become an environmental hazard. On top of this, about 750 homes in the area would be demolished, according to <em>CNN</em>.</p><img alt="Terminal 4 Heathrow Airport London "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530028426/london-heathrow-term-four-BIGAIRPORT0618.jpg?itok=HR-U0lml"><p>However, the plans were approved with an overwhelming majority of 415 to 119 votes.</p><p>The new construction is expected to cost about £14.3 billion ($20 billion USD). However, without the expansion, Heathrow will reach capacity by 2034. So, the new plans will definitely make it easier for travelers to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/london" target="_blank">visit London</a> in the future.</p>
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Barack Obama Just Shared His Summer Travel Plans — and the Books He's Reading Along the Way

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 07:34
<p>Former President <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/obama-oprah-italy-tour-company" target="_blank">Barack Obama</a> is about to travel to Africa for the first time since he left office in 2017. With his upcoming trip, the former president is, of course, getting as much reading done as possible to enrich his journey and fill his mind with even more knowledge of the continent he’s about to visit.</p><p>On Facebook, President Obama listed a few <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/books/barack-obamas-favorite-books" target="_blank">must-read titles</a> that he intends to pore over while he’s traveling, and each one is an excellent read for any person who wants to expand their view of the world, and especially of African culture and history.</p><p>“I've often drawn inspiration from Africa's extraordinary literary tradition. As I prepare for this trip, I wanted to share a list of books that I’d recommend for summer reading, including some from a number of Africa’s best writers and thinkers – each of whom illuminate our world in powerful and unique ways,” the former president wrote on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/barackobama/posts/10156007456406749" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</p><p>This week, President Obama will be visiting Kenya and South Africa. In South Africa, he is expected to give a speech to mark the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, and the Obama Foundation will convene 200 extraordinary young leaders from across the continent. In Kenya, he will visit the Obama ancestral home, which he first visited in his 20s.</p><p>These titles will, no doubt, be great help to the former president as he marks this momentous occasion. Plus, they’re just good reads.</p><p>Here are the titles President Obama recommends:</p><h2><em><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Things-Fall-Apart-Chinua-Achebe/dp/0385474547" target="_blank">Things Fall Apart</a></em> by Chinua Achebe</h2><img alt="Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531498770/things-fall-apart-chinua-achebe-AFRICASUMREAD0718.jpg?itok=HG5ZBbop"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/Things-Fall-Apart-Chinua-Achebe/dp/0385474547" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $10</p><h2><em><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Grain-Wheat-Penguin-African-Writers/dp/0143106767" target="_blank">A Grain of Wheat</a></em> by Ngugi wa Thiong’o</h2><img alt="Grain of Wheat by Ngugi Wa Thiongo "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531498770/grain-of-wheat-ngugi-wa-thiongo-AFRICASUMREAD0718.jpg?itok=_SMSWLRC"><p>​​​​​​​To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/Grain-Wheat-Penguin-African-Writers/dp/0143106767" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $15</p><h2><em><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Long-Walk-Freedom-Autobiography-Mandela/dp/0316548189" target="_blank">Long Walk to Freedom</a></em> by Nelson Mandela</h2><img alt="Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531498770/long-walk-to-freedom-nelson-mandela-AFRICASUMREAD0718.jpg?itok=Cad7NSbf"><p>​​​​​​​To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/Long-Walk-Freedom-Autobiography-Mandela/dp/0316548189" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $12</p><h2><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Americanah-Chimamanda-Ngozi-Adichie/dp/0307455920"><i>Americanah</i></a> by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie</h2><img alt="Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531498770/americanah-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-AFRICASUMREAD0718.jpg?itok=fduAebfh"><p>​​​​​​​To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/Americanah-Chimamanda-Ngozi-Adichie/dp/0307455920" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $14</p><h2><em><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Return-Fathers-Sons-Land-Between/dp/034580774X" target="_blank">The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between</a> </em>by Hisham Matar</h2><img alt="The Return - Hirsham Matar "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531498770/the-return-hisham-matar-AFRICASUMREAD0718.jpg?itok=oNBr9bW4"><p>​​​​​​​To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/Return-Fathers-Sons-Land-Between/dp/034580774X" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $12</p><h2><em><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/World-Memoir-Obama-White-House/dp/0525509356" target="_blank">The World As It Is</a></em> by Ben Rhodes</h2><img alt="The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531498770/the-world-as-it-is-ben-rhodes-AFRICASUMREAD0718.jpg?itok=JqGkFNdx"><p>​​​​​​​To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/World-Memoir-Obama-White-House/dp/0525509356" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $21</p>
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