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Design your own multi-million dollar yacht

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 17:51
<p><a href="http://www.bedynamiq.com/" target="_blank">Dynamiq</a>, a yachting company from Monaco, is now offering the uber-rich the ability to design and customize their own yachts.</p><img alt="Dynamiq Custom Luxury Porsche Yachts Living Room "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495739099/living-room-dynamiq-luxury-custom-yacht-YACHTS0517.jpg?itok=jyKS2PhR"><p>Starting at just $13.3 million, those with cash to spare can now customize the color of the hull, the fabric of the seating and even the type of railing on their yacht — <a href="http://www.bedynamiq.com/models/gtt115/configurator.htm" target="_blank">all online</a>.</p><img alt="Dynamiq Custom Luxury Porsche Yachts Design "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495739099/design-dynamiq-luxury-custom-yacht-YACHTS0517.jpg?itok=gPUGw-fD"><p>Dynamiq offers two different styles of yacht to customize. The 115-foot GTT 115 has enough space for six guests and can reach speeds up to 21 knots. (Dynamiq will only produce seven of the fastest model.) The 130-foot GTT 130 is “ideal for the Mediterranean, Caribbean or Asian islands” and has enough room for five guest cabins.</p><p>After logging onto the Dynamiq website, shoppers go through and customize every option of their yacht, down to the color of the electronics. A handy price option lets customers know exactly how much they are spending with each decision.</p><img alt="Dynamiq Custom Luxury Porsche Yachts "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495739099/screening-room-dynamiq-luxury-custom-yacht-YACHTS0517.jpg?itok=GVUYwsF5"><img alt="Dynamiq Custom Luxury Porsche Yachts Bedroom "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495739099/bedroom-dynamiq-luxury-custom-yacht-YACHTS0517.jpg?itok=RCohMdXL"><p>Customers can make their yacht as wacky or as tame as they please. There are options to make the yacht metallic pink, throw in cashmere throws by Bottega Veneta, install a karaoke system, uniform their crew or even tack on a sundeck bar or pool. In terms of the boat’s insides, customers can increase the boat’s distance range or even make their engine a hybrid.</p><p>Orders placed now will be delivered in August 2018. It’s always fun to dream.</p>
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Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten shares the one thing he eats all day long

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 17:44
<p>There's no chef quite as distinguished as Jean Georges Vongerichten. The seasoned French chef oversees nearly three dozen restaurants from <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a> to Singapore and holds accolades from the <a href="https://www.jamesbeard.org/chef/jean-georges-vongerichten" target="_blank">James Beard Foundation</a>, <a href="https://www.viamichelin.com/web/Restaurant/New_York-10023-Jean_Georges-70381-41102" target="_blank">Michelin Guide</a> and <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/dining/restaurant-review-jean-georges-on-the-upper-west-side.html?_r=0" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times</em></a>. It's an impressive feat for any culinary figure, but this is just the tip of the iceberg for Vongerichten. </p><p>The culinary powerhouse has traversed the world, working across North America, Europe and Asia, gaining inspiration for his many restaurants along the way. As an avid entrepreneur, Vongerichten spends much of his time on the road, traveling up to a week every month. He doesn't mind it, though. Vongerichten credits traveling for keeping his imagination fresh and for constantly introducing him to new flavors that he can incorporate into his dishes.</p><p>"Traveling is how we don't get stale," said Vongerichten. "It keeps me creative and constantly feeds my inspiration."</p><p>And creativity is vital to his success. After a hiatus in London with the <a href="https://ny.eater.com/2009/11/3/6754515/jean-georges-to-shutter-vong-on-saturday-with-update" target="_blank">closure of Vong</a> in 2009, Vongerichten is on the verge of opening his latest restaurant in <a href="http://www.the-connaught.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Connaught</a> hotel in central <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/london" target="_blank">London</a>, and he's determined to make it stand out. Jean Georges, as it's aptly called, will personify the elegance that any Vongerichten restaurant displays with immaculate decor and stellar dishes, but it will also offer more casual touches that he believes will set it apart. </p><p>In anticipation of the opening in early July, Vongerichten spoke with us about what inspires him, reveals his favorite ingredient and shares the one thing he can't travel without.</p><img alt="Bali "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/bali_3.jpg?itok=JYQrdXZp"><h3>Why did you choose London for your new restaurant, <a href="http://www.the-connaught.co.uk/whats-new/jean-georges-vongerichten/" target="_blank">Jean Georges</a>?</h3><p>"We spent 10 years in London with Vong and I have a great memory of the city. We were a part of the big changes in London at the time when we opened first opened, and now London has one of the biggest and best food scenes in the world."</p><h3>Where is your favorite place to shop for ingredients in New York City?</h3><p>"Chinatown. I came from 12 years in Asia and a small stint in London before I came to NYC. The only place with a beautiful display of fruits and vegetables was Chinatown. Then, the <a href="https://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket/manhattan-union-square-m" target="_blank">Union Square farmer's </a><a href="https://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket/manhattan-union-square-m" target="_blank">market</a> really started to change. It’s where I could find the ginger, lemongrass and chiles that I love to cook with."</p><h3>What’s one surprising ingredient you love to cook with?</h3><p>"My little weapon is Kombu. It's a Japanese seaweed and it has so much flavor. I add it to my red barley and mushroom soup and it really brings out the flavor of the barley. When we make chicken broth, or really any broth, we'll always add some for extra flavor."</p><h3>What’s the one thing you can’t travel without?</h3><p>"I can't travel without my iPhone. The first thing I do when I go somewhere is take pictures. I check into the hotel, take a shower and then go to the market and see what’s going on. Taking pictures is how I create my food memories. I try to create food memories for guests in my restaurants. We all have food memories and a restaurant that can deliver a memory will keep you coming back. Well, memories and cravings, of course."</p><h3>What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken?</h3><p>"All vacations are good vacations, but the best food-related would be Bali. Not only was it very spiritual, but it was also very delicious."</p><h3>What’s your go-to snack?</h3><p>"I love chocolate. I eat it before I go to sleep, and really, all day long. I can’t live without chocolate, it’s my addiction. It reminds me of my childhood when I'd come home from school, or inside from playing with friends. My grandmother would give me a baguette with butter and a chocolate for a treat."</p>
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Meet the rosé pineapple, the perfectly pink summer fruit

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 17:42
<p>Pink pineapples are back and summer couldn’t be sweeter.</p><p>In the last few years, people have been discovering, and rediscovering, the photogenic nature of the pink pineapple. The cuter, pinker, more <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/offbeat/millennial-pink-calming" target="_blank">“Millennial”</a> version of everyone’s favorite summer fruit has been popping up on people’s Instagram feeds for a while.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Del Monte Foods has been developing the pink fruit since 2005, but it was only in <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2016/12/16/fda-approves-pink-genetically-engineered-pineapple-from-del-monte.html" target="_blank">December 2016</a> that the FDA officially approved them for consumption. Dubbed a “Rosé” pineapple, the bright pink color comes from natural lycopene, the same pigment that makes tomatoes and watermelons red. Don’t worry, it’s not red dye.</p><p>But also, sadly, it’s not filled with actual rosé. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make an excellent sangria with it.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/pick-best-rose-wine" target="_blank">How to pick the best rosé wine</a></p><p>Not only is the fruit a lot pinker, it’s also a lot sweeter.</p><p>Del Monte is planning to market the pink pineapples in the U.S., and some people on the internet are already posting photos of the first fruits to hit the grocery stores.</p><p>Summer would be the perfect time to debut the new fruit.</p>
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Julia Sugarbaker's house from 'Designing Women' is up for sale

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 17:24
<p>Eighties ladies (and gents), your dream home is waiting for you.</p><p>The quintessential Southern home from “Designing Women,” owned by the illustrious Julia Sugarbaker in the show, is officially up for sale.</p><p>Unlike the show, the home is actually located in Little Rock, Arkansas, instead of Atlanta, Georgia. But with this much Southern charm, what difference does a few hundred miles make?</p><p>In this house, you’re a Sugarbaker woman, and no one will ever cross you again. Not even a little zip code change.</p><img alt="Julia Sugarbaker's house is for sale "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495726476/designing-women-house-DESIGNING0517.jpg?itok=lbsSCs7j"><p>The house itself, which is located at the address <a href="https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2016/12/02/1881-second-empire-little-rock-ar/" target="_blank">1321 Scott St.</a>, was built in 1880 and maintains its classic 19th century charm. According to the listing, the house has “huge over-sized rooms, two parlors, dining room, large vintage kitchen, sweeping staircase, 1.5 baths, 3 bedrooms.” Perfect for floating around in your stylish, shoulder-padded suits.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/best-cheap-food-in-every-state" target="_blank">The best cheap eats in every state in the U.S.</a></p><p>According to the listing, the house is a triplex, which is three separate apartments in one house. So, you and your best friends can have your own, real-life “Designing Women” reboot.</p><p>Interested parties can get in contact with the home’s realtor, Tony Curtis (<a href="http://www.hesaidmag.com/2017/05/23/for-sale-julia-sugarbakers-house/" target="_blank">not that Tony Curtis</a>, of course). The house currently has a whopping price tag of $975,000.</p><p>But that’s a small price to pay for this much Southern style.</p>
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Frommer’s is giving away free vacations to military families

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 17:01
<p>To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Frommer’s Guides, the travel company is giving away vacations to six military families with some help from HomeAway.</p><p>Although the giveaway may seem a bit unexpected, Frommer’s Guides was actually born out of the military.</p><p>“Even before my dad revolutionized travel with ‘<i>Europe on 5 Dollars a Day</i>,’ he published a travel guide for his fellow soldiers,” Pauline Frommer, editorial director of Frommer’s Travel Guides and Frommers.com, said in a statement. “We want to celebrate that past and honor the accomplishments of military families of today.”</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Arthur Frommer’s first book was <i>The GI’s Guide to Traveling Europe</i>, which he wrote while stationed in Germany during World War II. After the success of his first book, Frommer wrote about travel for civilians and then launched an empire.</p><p>To enter the contest, families must <a href="http://www.frommers.com/6for60" target="_blank">submit a family photo</a> by June 2. They must also include a paragraph about their family’s accomplishments and what a vacation would mean to them. Judges will then whittle the contestants down to 30 and readers will then select the six winning families from that smaller pool.</p><p>The families will win one of six vacations to Rincón, Puerto Rico; Orlando, Florida; Sonoma, California; Verona, Italy; Hilton Head Island, South Carolina or London, England. Each winning package will include a five-night stay in a HomeAway vacation rental, airfare for four and $1,500 to spend on the trip.</p><p>Want to know more? Head to the <a href="http://www.frommers.com/6for60" target="_blank">Frommer's website</a> for more information on the giveaway. </p>
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This is the highest whiskey bar in the world

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 16:28
<p>Visitors to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/bangkok" target="_blank">Bangkok</a> can now indulge at the world’s highest whiskey bar.</p><p>Perched on the 64th floor of the Tower Club at lebua, <a href="http://www.lebua.com/alfresco-64" target="_blank">Alfresco 64</a> is a new whiskey bar that sits over 800 feet above the ground. Guests at the bar can enjoy views of the Bangkok skyline and the Chao Phraya River while sampling a world-exclusive blend of whiskey.</p><p>The bar’s main draw is a limited edition scotch, created by Chivas Regal. It is the first special blend the distillery has created for a specific client in the brand’s 230 years.</p><p>The Chivas Regal Exclusive “lebua Blend” contains rare whiskies only distilled before 1985, then finished in a first fill sherry cask. There are only 96 bottles available and they’ll set visitors back $7,000.</p><p>The entire bar was designed with an eye for whiskey. The glasses are “designed to highlight the soft hues of your beverage, intensify flavors and aromas, and chill one’s drink without the addition of ice all for a more indulgent tasting,” <a href="http://www.lebua.com/alfresco-64" target="_blank">according to the bar</a>.</p><p>The bar is themed to resemble a luxury yacht. The half-indoor, half-outdoor bar has sunken seating and a balcony that looks like the bow of a boat. The VIP room comes complete with a “captain’s seat,” where visitors can pretend to steer a yacht while drinking whiskey. But guests have to buy a bottle before they’re allowed inside.</p><p>“It's the only place you can steer a yacht while enjoying your drinks," Deepak Ohri, CEO of lebua Hotels &amp; Resorts, <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/adammorganstern/2017/05/22/worlds-highest-outdoor-whisky-bar-towers-over-bangkok/#1c4c059fad68" target="_blank">told <i>Forbes</i></a>.</p>
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This kayak folds into a backpack so you can paddle anywhere

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 16:27
<p>Kayaking is a fantastic way to explore destinations while getting a great workout, but storing and transporting a kayak is a hassle.</p><p>A folding kayak from <a href="https://www.orukayak.com" target="_blank">Oru Kayak</a>, however, transforms into a briefcase in minutes. At about 25 pounds, the vessels are inspired by origami and can be assembled in less than five minutes, according to the company.</p><img alt="girl kayaking in water "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495123885/oru-kayak-girl%3Dwater-ORU0517.jpg?itok=M-kEjWmI"><p>Anton Willis, Oru Kayak's founder and an architect, developed a love for kayaking while living in San Francisco, but found it tough to store and transport a boat in a crowded urban environment.</p><p><strong>Related: <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/gift-guides/gifts-for-adventure-travelers" target="_blank">The best gifts for adventure travelers</a></strong></p><p>“I always had a fascination with boats as a designer, finding them to be the most compelling combination of form and fashion that humans make,” Willis said. “I also liked the concept within origami of how something big can become something small without having seams or joints.”</p><p>The kayaks are made from recycled plastic, and they're supposed to be visually appealing in addition to being functional. Their aesthetic appeal has even won them a place at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.</p><img alt="guy carrying built kayak "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495123885/oru-kayak-carrying-ORU0517.jpg?itok=rkqz-gIs"><p>The kayaks are available in three models: the <a href="https://www.orukayak.com/products/beach-lt" target="_blank">Beach LT</a> (about $1,100), for day trips; the <a href="https://www.orukayak.com/products/bay-st" target="_blank">Bay ST</a> ($1,350), for fishing or camping trips; and the <a href="https://www.orukayak.com/products/the-coast-xt" target="_blank">Coast XT</a>($2,120), for more advanced expeditions.</p><p>Besides fitting in your closet, the folding kayaks can also be checked as luggage when flying.</p><img alt="guy carrying folded kayak "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495123885/oru-kayak-folded-ORU0517.jpg?itok=-jKDw0zb"><p>“You can paddle out in the bay for a few minutes and feel like you’re in a completely different place,” Willis said. “It gives you that tranquility you associate with being deep in the woods, all while still being in the city.”</p>
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Everything you need to know about every airline's baggage fees

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 16:07
<p>As all the major airlines — from United to Delta to American — <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/basic-economy-breakdown" target="_blank">introduce new “basic economy” fares</a>, everything you thought was included in your flight price suddenly isn't. Basic fares provide only the most basic service of getting you from point A to B, while a seat assignment, onboard amenities, itinerary changes or cancelations, and even room for your carry-on now cost extra.</p><p>While travelers have the choice to skip the basic fare and pay for a more inclusive ticket, in this <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/united-airlines-basic-economy" target="_blank">new era of à la carte flying</a> it is more important than ever for fliers to know where their dollars are going. For example, knowing about how much you'd pay in fees for baggage can inform your flight purchasing decision when you see the prices for basic, regular or even <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/premium-economy-features" target="_blank">premium economy</a>.</p><p>For many of us, the simple question is: How much? While separate pricing can help passengers save money if they're willing to forego any extras, the fees can add up quickly, and suddenly your cheap flight will be anything but.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>When it comes to baggage, each airline is a little different. Southwest, for example, is the only major U.S. domestic carrier that offers two free checked bags with every ticket. Meanwhile, a basic economy fare on American or United doesn't even include overhead bin space. If you pack light — really light — a cheaper fare on the latter two could be the better option. If you'll be bringing luggage, however, a slightly more expensive fare on the former could turn out cheaper.</p><p>Consider this your cheat sheet to everything you should know about airline baggage fees.</p> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/united-baggage-fees" target="_blank">United Airlines:</a> United also has an online tool for calculating baggage fees.<a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/delta/delta-air-lines-baggage-fees" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines:</a> Baggage allowances vary by fare class and your member reward status.<a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/southwest/southwest-airlines-baggage-fees" target="_blank">Southwest baggage fees</a>: This airlines stands out with free checked bags.<a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/american-airlines-baggage-fees" target="_blank">American Airlines:</a> Baggage allowances vary by fare class and your member reward status.<a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/alaska-airlines/alaska-airlines-baggage-fees" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines</a>: Alaska has handy fixed bag prices.<a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/jetblue/jetblue-baggage-fees" target="_blank">JetBlue</a>: The airline ties fare classes to baggage allowances.<a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/spirit-airlines-baggage-fees" target="_blank">Spirit Airlines</a>: This budget carrier has a nifty tool to calculate bag costs ahead of time.<p>When it comes to overhead bin real estate, low-cost carriers are giving you better bang for your buck. While most of the bigger airlines, like United and Delta, adhere to a standard 45 linear inches (that’s 22” long, by 14” inches wide, by 9” deep), companies like Southwest and Alaska have loosened their idea of what travelers are allowed to carry on board. With <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/alaska-airlines/alaska-airlines-baggage-fees" target="_blank">Alaska</a>, that limit increases to 51 linear inches, and on <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/spirit-airlines-baggage-fees" target="_blank">Spirit</a>, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/southwest/southwest-airlines-baggage-fees" target="_blank">Southwest</a> and Frontier, it’s 50 inches.</p><p>Other changes are afoot: In 2015, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/jetblue/jetblue-baggage-fees" target="_blank">JetBlue introduced</a> its new three-tier system, in which customers can specify what kind of fare they want based on what their travel needs are. There are three choices: “Blue” (the cheapest, with no checked bags included), “Blue Plus” (one checked bag) and “Blue Flex” (two checked bags). Don’t let bags be the only factor in your decision, though — the different fares also mean different service levels.</p><p>One last tip: If you are checking a bag, familiarize yourself with the airline’s size and weight limit first. And don't forget to weigh your bag before you leave the house. The last thing you want is to show up at the airport and have to pay $75 or more for an overweight or oversize bag. The cost of airfare is high enough.</p>
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Airlines are being told to remove this specific type of seat due to risk of neck injury

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 16:03
<p>The Federal Aviation Administration is ordering removal of a specific type of seat from U.S. aircrafts because of the health hazards they pose to passengers.</p><p>The seats in question, "Slim" or "Slimplus" seats made by <a href="http://www.zodiacaerospace.com/en/zodiac-seats-us" target="_blank">Zodiac Seats California LLC</a>, have been found by the FAA to increase the risk of neck injuries in survivable plane crashes.</p><p>Videos reviewed by the FAA, as reported by <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2017/05/24/faa-airliner-seat-order/102075468/" target="_blank">USA Today</a>, found that these seats offered little to no protection in the event of a collision, as a passenger could easily slide down the sit, causing their chin to hit the tray table on the seat in front of them, causing injury.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>So far, there is no specific information on particular crashes in which passengers have been injured due to unsafe seats.</p><p>The seats are on planes such as Boeing’s 717-200 and MD-90-30 aircraft, Bombardier’s CRJ700, CRJ900 and Q400 aircraft, and Embraer’s E170 and E190 planes.</p><p>Airlines are complaining that the FAA’s order to remove the seats will result in extravagant costs. The FAA estimated that it would cost $85 to remove each unsafe seat. Considering that there are 10,482 proposed seats to be removed, the airlines are expected to pay out $890,970 for the change.</p><p>The seat replacement is meant to take place over the next five years. SkyWest, a regional carrier for American, Delta, United and Alaska airlines, alone reports that it would cost between $250,000 and $500,000 to replace seats in its affected 120 planes.</p><p>““The intent of this (airworthiness directive) is to provide a safe outcome for passengers during a survivable crash by preventing serious injuries,” it said in the order, as reported by <em>USA Today</em>.</p><p>According to USA Today, Zodiac, SkyWest and Delta Air Lines asked that FAA allow for modifications of the seats, to make them safer.</p><p>The official order from the FAA will be published in the Federal Register on Wednesday. Any delays or exemptions to be approved for airlines or Zodiac may be approved afterward.</p>
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These Times Square restaurants are worth braving the crowds

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 15:51
<p>Ask any New Yorker for sightseeing advice and they’ll tell you to avoid <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/secrets-of-times-square-nyc" target="_blank">Times Square</a>. Sure, the constantly crowded, trash-strewn and fluorescent light-lined streets are no <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/secrets-of-central-park" target="_blank">Central Park</a>, but a visit to the epicenter of Manhattan is a requisite part of seeing a Broadway Show, walking through Midtown or, yes, just seeing the spectacle for yourself. Luckily, Times Square isn’t just Olive Garden and Red Lobster. Some legitimately great restaurants we'd deem worth traveling for have popped up around 42<sup>nd</sup> Street and the surrounding area.</p><p>Looking for some suggestions? Here’s where to eat near Times Square:</p><h2><a href="http://becco-nyc.com" target="_blank">Becco</a></h2><p>Lidia Bastianich (you know her face from her grocery store jarred sauces) and her son Joe (formerly of <i>Master Chef</i>) have served their sophisticated yet comforting pastas in Midtown since the early ‘90s. This spot is best known for its signature Sinfonia of Pasta, that is, an all-you-can-eat pasta tasting menu served at both lunch and dinner. Reserve a table at Becco to carbo-load before braving a walk through Times Square.</p><img alt=" "src=""><h2><a href="http://www.striphouse.com/venues/midtown/" target="_blank">Strip House</a></h2><p>Ignore the salacious name (though some of the burlesque photography adorning the dark walls may not necessarily be kid-appropriate) and step into this alluring steakhouse. Fill up on all the classics, like lobster bisque, jumbo shrimp cocktail and, of course, a shareable New York Strip with goose fat potatoes and creamed spinach on the side. A kosher rib eye is also available for those adhering to a kosher diet.</p><img alt="City Kitchen food market donuts New York City Times Square Restaurants "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495735656/city-kitchen-new-york-city-TIMESQEATS0517.jpg?itok=YDqzEFLK"><h2><a href="http://citykitchen.rownyc.com" target="_blank">City Kitchen</a></h2><p>Golden arches and green mermaids may lure you into the familiar fast food spots, but venture a block west off Broadway to this fast-casual food hall purveying a wide variety of local specialties. Vendors in the food court style venue — which, for the record, has very stylish and comfy seating — purvey everything from lobster rolls to sushi rolls to upscale ramen, tacos, cheeseburgers and more.</p><img alt="The Lambs Club Chatwal Hotel New York City Times Square Restaurants "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495735656/lambs-club-chatwal-hotel-new-york-TIMESQEATS0517.jpg?itok=jZUwv2Yk"><h2><a href="http://www.thelambsclub.com/dinner/" target="_blank">The Lamb’s Club</a></h2><p>If you’re celebrating a special occasion, or just in the mood to splurge, Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s opulent Midtown dining room is the place to do it. Settle into a red leather banquette and indulge in crudo, homemade pastas and, you guessed it, rack of lamb.</p><h2><a href="http://www.hfcnyc.com/menu" target="_blank">Hunt and Fish Club</a></h2><p>Treat yourself to an over-the-top meal at this membership-free dining club. Impressive seafood towers, tiny and decadent pasta tastings, and lobster and crab-topped steaks will satisfy your palette's fancy side.</p><img alt="Victors Cafe New York City Times Square Restaurants "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495735656/victors-cafe-new-york-city-TIMESQEATS0517.jpg?itok=x73rEeNU"><h2><a href="http://victorscafe.com" target="_blank">Victor’s Café</a></h2><p>Hop off to Havana for a festive meal at this 54-year-old New York establishment now run by the O.G. Victor’s grandchildren. To help chase down those mojitos, you’ll fill up on tostones (fried plantains), lechon asado (roast pig), ropa vieja (stewed beef) and an unforgettable Cubano sandwich.</p><h2><a href="http://www.johnspizzerianyc.com" target="_blank">John’s of Times Square</a></h2><p>For a quick and casual meal, head to this old school pizzeria housed in a formerly abandoned church. Sit under the stained glass in this “no slices” establishment and order a pie with your choice of over 20 toppings and supplement with calzones, pasta and a parade of other classic Italian American dishes.</p>
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Justin Trudeau built a pillow fort in his office with the 5-year-old 'Prime Minister for the Day'

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 14:00
<p>A prime minister must be prepared for anything.</p><p>After winning a nationwide contest, <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/what-would-you-do-if-you-were-prime-minister" target="_blank">five-year-old Bella (from Manitoba, Canada) went to Ottawa</a> earlier this month to meet Justin Trudeau and learn how to be Prime Minister of Canada.</p><p>For her first important lesson in ruling the Great White North, Bella learned how to recycle common materials into an emergency bunker. Should Ottawa ever go under attack, Trudeau proved that he is capable of protecting his office by building a pillow fort.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/national-parks-canada-free-2017-anniversary" target="_blank">Canada is offering free admission to its national parks all year</a></p><p>Armed with couch cushions and a Canadian Maple leaf blanket, Trudeau demonstrated proper pillow fort technique. The fort started with two sturdy leather-backed chairs as walls. The powerful duo then reinforced the walls with cushions. The final touch was the blanket, which they could use to conceal themselves in event of invasion.</p><p>For those who want to know what other wisdom Trudeau imparted, the CBC will air Bella’s day as prime minister on July 1, Canada Day (and the country's 150th anniversary).</p><p>In her winning entry, Bella wrote about what she would do if she were Prime Minister for the day.</p><p>“As prime minster, I would make sure everyone has homes and everyone is safe,” <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/what-would-you-do-if-you-were-prime-minister" target="_blank">Bella wrote to CBC Kids</a>. “I would hug everyone. I would make sure animals and the world around us are kept safe. I would make sure every Canadian is healthy. I would show kindness to everyone.”</p><p>It seems like Trudeau is already following Bella’s agenda — starting with the hugs for everyone. Over the weekend, he photobombed a bunch of teens <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/justin-trudeau-prom-selfie" target="_blank">taking prom pictures while he was out for his run</a>.</p>
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We can't get over NASA’s psychedelic photo of the Crab Nebula

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 13:00
<p>Scientists are piecing together a clearer picture of one of the universe’s most photogenic mysteries, with help from telescopes all around the world.</p><p>The <a href="http://earthsky.org/clusters-nebulae-galaxies/crab-nebula-was-an-exploding-star" target="_blank">Crab Nebula</a> has enchanted astronomers since it was first discovered in 1054. The psychedelic pattern in the sky is the result of a bright supernova explosion that was recorded by Chinese astronomers at the time.</p><p>The nebula is located about 6,500 light years from Earth in the constellation Taurus. Although it’s barely visible to the human eye (without the assistance of a telescope), it is constantly expanding. Scientists currently measure the nebula at 10 light years wide.</p><p>At the middle of the nebula is a rapidly spinning neutron star called a pulsar. The pulsar flickers as it spins around “once every 33 milliseconds, shooting out rotating lighthouse-like beams of radio waves and visible light,” <a href="http://www.esa.int/Highlights/Week_In_Images_15_19_May_2017" target="_blank">according to the European Space Agency</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/nasa-travel-posters-exoplanets" target="_blank">NASA's new space travel posters have us wanderlusting for the galaxy</a></p><p>And now, thanks to a new composite of data from five different telescopes (radio waves from the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array, infrared from the Spitzer Space Telescope, visible light from the Hubble Space Telescope, ultraviolet from the XMM-Newton and X-ray waves from the Chandra X-ray Observatory), astronomers have pieced together a clearer picture of the giant cloud of gas and dust.</p><p>“Comparing these new images, made at different wavelengths, is providing us with a wealth of new detail about the Crab Nebula,” Gloria Dubner, a researcher at the University of Buenos Aires, <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/observatories-combine-to-crack-open-the-crab-nebula" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. “Though the Crab has been studied extensively for years, we still have much to learn about it.”</p>
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These Instagrams will challenge you to rethink how you see rock climbers

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 06:14
<p>If you close your eyes and think of an avid rock climber, you probably have a distinct image in your head.</p><p>Many people see rock climbers as elite athletes who can scale dizzying heights. They’re people who can climb hard, reach epic summits and have no fear when it comes to their undoubtedly dangerous sport.</p><p>Irene Yee, or <a href="https://www.instagram.com/ladylockoff/" target="_blank">@ladylockoff</a> as she’s known on Instagram, wants to break that stereotype, because for Yee, rock climbing is for anyone.</p><img alt="Alyse Dietel Las Vegas Rock Climb "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495641405/alyse-dietel-las-vegas-rock-climb-ROCKCLIMB0517.jpg?itok=dHD5EnFP"><p>By day, Yee is a carpenter for Cirque du Soleil. But on the weekends, she heads to Red Rocks, just outside her home in Las Vegas, to capture photographs of herself and her fellow climbers as they practice their favorite hobby. Her photographs mostly showcase female amateur climbers.</p><p>Yee likes to highlight how diverse the sport of climbing really is. On her Instagram, her some 33,000 followers can see climbers of various ages and skill levels scaling all kinds of challenging heights. Yee’s photographs are candid as well, capturing not only successes, but also mishaps, fear and determination.</p><p>Yee told online magazine, <em><a href="https://www.outsideonline.com/2184946/badass-photographer-wants-change-how-we-see-climbers" target="_blank">Outside</a></em>, “Climbing teaches you who you are, including acceptance of your situation. Sometimes we’re sitting on ropes thinking about the next move or just giving ourselves a break. It’s my job to show those things, because that’s what happens. We just don’t often see it in social media or magazines.”</p><p>According to <em>Outside</em>, Yee’s favorite shots are the ones in which the viewer can tell the climber is conquering their fear.</p><img alt="Ashley Cacroft Ludia Kochan Rock Climb "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495641405/ashley-cacroft-ludia%20kochan-rock-climb-ROCKCLIMB0517.jpg?itok=GmPVmELa"><img alt="Caitlin McNulty Las Vegas Rock Climb "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495641405/caitlin-mcnulty-las-vegas-rock-climb-ROCKCLIMB0517.jpg?itok=oMRIZtKQ"><p>For the longest time, Yee, with her bright red hair, bright clothing and outspoken demeanor, thought she would never be a climber. It wasn’t until she saw images of pro-climber Sasha DiGiulian that Yee became convinced.</p><p>“I thought: You can be girly and still rock climb? I realized that just because I didn’t fit into the mainstream perception of what climbing is, that didn’t mean I couldn’t be a climber,” she told <em>Outside</em>.</p><img alt="Mary Eden Rock Climber "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495641405/mary-eden-rock-climber-ROCKCLIMB0517.jpg?itok=z2fz3d5m"><p>In Yee’s opinion, professional climbing photography can be a little sterile. “Most climbers aren’t professional climbers,” she said, adding that, “a lot of photographers I’ve met are people who document. I interfere, because I’m part of the group. I’m up on that line screaming, ‘You got this!’ I love seeing women try new things, and I love the psych level and determination that comes from being part of a group of women who are stoked to be out together,” she said.</p><p>Yee hopes that her Instagram will empower women especially. “Social media is an incredibly powerful platform for telling us that this thing we thought was true is not true at all,” she said.</p>
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A painted forest, a futuristic church, and other wonders of Spanish Basque country

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 17:17
<p>I told myself not to feel guilty for starting off my trip a bit hungover. It had been three years since I'd been back to Spanish Basque country — where my father is from and where I've lived off and on — so when I arrived late in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/bilbao">Bilbao</a> I headed straight for dinner. It was already 11 o'clock, but the streets were filled with families and weekend partyers, and the bar tops were still lined with plates of <em>pintxos</em>. Naturally, I stayed out later than I'd planned.</p><p>Now I was shaking off a headache with a <em>café con leche</em> before heading out of the city. I hadn't come to see Jeff Koons's puppy-dog topiary or pieces by other international art stars at the Guggenheim, which put this part of Spain on the map 20 years ago. I was here to explore the region's own art traditions, which are lesser known but no less intriguing, from the area's earliest Neolithic works to the creations of modern Basque artists.</p><h3>Day 1</h3><p>The first stop on my art pilgrimage was actually a bar called Lezika in the town of Basondo, which is essentially a cluster of farmhouses amid pastures and pine forests. As it happens, it is run by my father's cousin Román. I arrived unannounced, but after I introduced myself to the older man behind the bar as Carmelo's son, I was welcomed with plates of chorizo, wedges of potato omelette, and a thick slice of cheesecake.</p><p>After we exchanged updates about births, marriages, and deaths on both sides of the Atlantic, I excused myself. I had come here to see the prehistoric paintings of the Santimamiñe caves, which are located beyond the bar's parking lot. The mouth of Santimamiñe, which because of its natural orientation captures a great deal of daylight, was discovered by a group of local schoolboys in 1916. When I was a kid in the 1980s, Román's brother-in-law had a key that he used to let me in. These days the locals are more cautious with the 14,000-year-old Neolithic artworks — only the first section is open to the public. The rest is an active archaeological site. My guide showed me where an ancient deer antler was being unearthed and where now-fossilized oyster shells had been tossed by the artists who'd painted these walls.</p><p>It was threatening to rain when I emerged, but that didn't deter me from visiting the nearby Oma Painted Forest, the brainchild of the Basque painter and sculptor Agustín Ibarrola. This living masterpiece connects art, nature, and the region's rich pagan history. It consists of bright blocks of color, animal figures, and mysterious eyes painted on dozens of scattered tree trunks. As you walk through the forest, you discover different shapes from new perspectives. There were only a few other visitors, which added to the otherworldly feel of the place.</p><p>Afterward, I drove an hour south to Oñati, a medieval town where some of the stone walls are spray-painted with nationalist slogans calling for Basque independence. I stopped at the first bar I saw and quickly realized that most of the patrons were speaking Basque instead of Spanish. I ordered a glass of wine, saying "<em>eskerrik asko</em>" instead of "<em>gracias</em>," and noticed that the pour seemed especially high. This seemed like as good a town as any to spend the night in.</p><img alt="Art in Spain's Basque Region "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1493924453/basque-spain-scenes-BASQUEART0617.jpg?itok=N7S3Rd7O"><h3>Day 2</h3><p>The next morning I drove up the steep mountainside outside town to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Arantzazu, a church and Franciscan monastery. It was founded in 1468 after a small sculpture of the Virgin Mary was found nestled in the branches of a nearby hawthorn tree. The basilica was constructed in 1950 by several prominent Basque artists. It is the most avant-garde European church I've ever seen. "They say that Arantzazu was the first contemporary religious building," my guide informed me as we approached the entryway. What immediately caught my eye was an abstract, rough-hewn frieze of the apostles created by Jorge Oteiza, who is considered the father of modern Basque art. Next I passed through a set of oxidized-iron doors, carved by the sculptor Eduardo Chillida in the bold, elemental designs that are hallmark of the region's art.</p><p>Inside, the stained-glass windows bathed the massive wooden altar in blue and green light. But it was the crypt painted by the artist Néstor Basterretxea, which few visitors get to see, that I found the most intriguing. The room's panels depict scenes unusual for a sacred space: the Big Bang, nuclear war, and a 15-foot-tall Christ painted in bright red, his torso wide and strong, his crucified hands curled into tight fists.</p><p>That afternoon I headed to Pamplona — which identifies as Basque, though it is not technically part of the region — where I would stay the night. The city, which is famous for the running of the bulls and for being the setting of Hemingway's <em>The Sun Also Rises</em>, is close to the village of Alzuza, where there's a museum dedicated to Oteiza.</p><img alt="Jorge Oteiza Art in Spain "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1493924453/oteiza-sculpture-san-sebastian-spain-BASQUEART0617.jpg?itok=rsMMJQs2"><h3>Day 3</h3><p>Designed by the architect Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza, the Jorge Oteiza Museum is a surprising juxtaposition of old and new. Most of its exhibits are housed in a modern building that might as well be an Oteiza sculpture itself: a rectilinear space with wide windows that offer views of the valley below and allow light to enter at unexpected angles. The museum's director, Goyo Díaz Ereño, explained that the museum was situated to receive the most possible daylight, reminding me of the caves of Santimamiñe. As if to reinforce this prehistoric connection, Ereño told me that Oteiza had once said, "There are not many individual artists but rather just one, since the time of the cavemen." It took me a moment to understand the enigmatic line: what Oteiza was referring to, I think, is the deep sense of continuity within the Basque artistic tradition.</p><p>Next, I drove north to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/san-sebastian">San Sebastián</a>, my final stop, to meet Iñaki González, who had been my art-history professor when I'd studied in the city. I had asked him for a tour along the city's oceanfront to look at some of region's most important works, including Chillida's famous <em>Comb of the Wind</em>, three iron claws jutting out of the rocks. But González thought this was too obvious.</p><p>"How about this?" he suggested. "I can show you a few hidden works here in town, a Chillida and an ugly piece by Oteiza." Why not, I thought.</p><p>We headed to the Basilica of Santa María del Coro, an 18th-century Baroque church. I'd been before, but González led me into the dimly lit cathedral, where we stood beside the baptismal font. There, we saw a cross that Chillida had rendered in negative space by carving into a piece of alabaster. It was strikingly modern, almost glowing. González pointed to the ceiling, where a twisted metal sculpture hung amid 250-year-old sculptures of saints. "That one's by a disciple of Oteiza," he said.</p><p>The pieces seemed subversively secular and yet completely at home within the church's ornate realism. I was delighted. González was pleased.</p><p>When we arrived at the church of San Vincent, González gestured at a sculpture attached to the façade, a faceless, genderless re-creation of the iconic image of the Virgin Mary cradling Jesus' dead body.</p><p>"Oteiza's <em>Pietà</em>," González said, rolling his eyes. "And in aluminum!"</p><p>For hours, we strolled through San Sebastián, González pointing out secret artworks. I was exhausted by the time we said goodbye, but the streets around me — streets where I'd spent so much time — seemed suddenly fresh and full of possibility. It was the Basque Country that I'd come to find, hidden in plain sight.</p><p><img src="http://www.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/orange-line-3.jpg" /></p><h2>Road-Trip Cheat Sheet</h2><h3>Day One</h3><p><strong>Santimamiñe Caves:</strong> Guided tours of this site in Basondo are available by appointment. <a href="mailto:santimamine@bizkaia.net">santimamine@bizkaia.net</a></p><p><strong>Oma Painted Forest: </strong>Stroll Agustín Ibarrola's monument to Basque art and tradition outside Basondo on your own or book a guided tour. <em>34-94-465-1657.</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.hoteltorrezumeltzegi.com/es/ar/1/inicio.html" target="_blank">Hotel Torre Zumeltzegi</a>:</strong> This 13th-century stone tower in Oñati has spectacular views of the Basque mountains, beautiful rooms, and an excellent restaurant. <em>doubles from $138.</em></p><h3>Day Two</h3><p><strong>Sanctuary of Our Lady of Arantzazu:</strong> After visiting this futuristic church in Oñati, continue on to the Aizkorri-Aratz Natural Park, which offers excellent hiking.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.hotelmaisonnave.es/" target="_blank">Hotel Maisonnave</a>:</strong> Pamplona's Plaza del Castillo, where some of Hemingway's favorite bars remain in business, is a short walk from this well-kept boutique hotel. <em>doubles from $105.</em></p><h3>Day Three</h3><p><strong><a href="http://www.museooteiza.org/" target="_blank">Jorge Oteiza Museum</a>:</strong> This bold concrete cube, set next to the artist's former workshop on a hillside overlooking Alzuza, offers the world's premier collection of his work.</p><p><strong>Basílica de Santa María del Coro:</strong> Inside this Baroque church in San Sebastián are obscure works by several Modernist Basque artists. <em>46 Calle 31 de Agosto.</em></p>
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Get ready to remove all electronics larger than a cellphone from your carry-on for the TSA

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 17:09
<p>The Transportation Security Administration <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/tsa-pat-down-security-screening" target="_blank">(TSA)</a> is testing new security measures that would require passengers to remove even more items from carry-ons to go through airport checkpoints.</p><p>Travelers are already required to take out liquids and laptops before passing through to their gates. They might soon be required to take out every electronic device larger than a cell phone, including cameras, game consoles, and iPads as well as any food items, <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/get-ready-to-unpack-for-airport-security-1495640411" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em> reported Wednesday</a>.</p><p>“It is not any one particular item we’re worried about,” Darby LaJoye, assistant administrator for security operations, told <em>WSJ</em>. “It’s not about paper or food or anything. It’s how best to divest those items.”</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>The new measures are currently being tested at several smaller airports, including Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Lubbock, Texas. If the TSA decides to implement the new procedure across the country, it will be in place in time for the summer rush, according to the same report.</p><p>The added measures would not change what is allowed inside carry-on bags, the TSA noted in <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/news/releases/2017/05/24/statement-testing-screening-procedures-10-us-airports" target="_blank">a statement</a> on the trial phase Wednesday.</p><p>The proposed new security protocols come following the decision from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to impose cabin electronics bans on items larger than a cellphone for flights coming from <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/trump-ban-middle-east-muslim-majority-airports-electonics" target="_blank">several Middle Eastern cities</a>, citing concerns that a bomb could be disguised inside the large lithium batteries of laptops and iPads.</p><p>After considering extending the electronics restrictions to airports in Europe — and millions more travelers — the administration has put that decision on hold. The ban is not off the table, however: DHS noted the measure was “<a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-warnings/laptop-electronics-ban-flight-europe" target="_blank">still under consideration</a>.”</p>
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Emirates flights to Italy and Greece are on sale right now

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 17:01
<p>Emirates kicked off a serious <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/memorial-day" target="_blank">Memorial Day</a> flight sale on Thursday, with discounts on trips to Greece and Italy.</p><p>From 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, May 25 until 11:59 p.m. on May 31, travelers can find <a href="https://www.emirates.com/us/english/destinations_offers/special_offers/featured-fares/index.aspx" target="_blank">deals on flights</a> from all of <a href="https://www.emirates.com/us/english/destinations_offers/route_maps/route_map.aspx" target="_blank">the U.S. cities the airline serves</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/cheap-flights-to-europe" target="_blank">The cheapest ways to get to Europe right now</a></p><p>Flights to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/milan" target="_blank">Milan, Italy</a>, and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/athens-cultural-revival" target="_blank">Athens, Greece</a>, are both available for $599 round-trip. Travelers will also find $799 round-trip flights to Dubai, $859 round-trip flights to Hyderabad, India, and $969 round-trip flights to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/things-to-do-johannesburg" target="_blank">Johannesburg</a>, South Africa.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>While not exactly pocket change, these are low fares for such far-flung destinations — and Emirates is consistently honored as one of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/international-airlines-in-us#emirates" target="_blank">the best airlines in the world</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/airlines-airports/emirates-airlines-business-class-amenities" target="_blank">Emirates’ business class</a> fares are also on sale, with round-trip tickets starting at $2,829 round-trip to Athens and $2,929 round-trip to Milan. But one of the real highlights is Emirates’ $3,689 business class fare to Johannesburg, which is a solid 15-hour flight from New York City.</p>
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Fly round-trip to Europe for $210

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 16:40
<p>Norwegian Air Shuttle’s <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/cheap-airfare-to-europe-norweigan-air" target="_blank">already cheap fares to Europe</a> are getting even more affordable, thanks to a <a href="https://www.norwegian.com/US/MemorialDaySaleUS" target="_blank">Memorial Day airfare sale</a>.</p><p>One-way tickets from the East Coast start at $91.90, with round-trip totals starting at $210. Destinations include Edinburgh and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/london" target="_blank">London</a>, though the best deals can be found to Ireland. Prices are especially low for flights to and from <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/dublin" target="_blank">Dublin</a>, Shannon, Cork, and Belfast.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>To take advantage of the sale, travelers will need to enter the promotion code MEMORIAL10 at checkout, which slashes 10 percent off your fare.</p><p><a href="https://thepointsguy.com/2017/05/deal-east-coast-europe-210-rt/" target="_blank">According to The Points Guy</a>, you’ll get the best deal by reserving two one-way tickets through that country’s version of the Norwegian booking site.</p><p>You can score a single seat to London from Boston, for example, for only $93.30. For your return trip home, you can find a <b>£</b>139 seat (approximately $180), all taxes included.</p><p>Availability varies depending on your departure city and destination, with the deal mostly applying to flights between October 2017 and March 2018. You have plenty of time to plan, but be sure to book now. The lowest fares will likely sell at fast, as the promo code disappears at midnight on May 28.</p>
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How to protect your devices while traveling abroad

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 15:58
<p>You may be on vacation, but hackers aren’t. Taking extra precautions can boost your digital security and help protect your phone and computer. Here are four ways you can prevent having your identity stolen while traveling overseas.</p><h2>Know the risks</h2><p>Be wary when visiting states with sophisticated espionage and cybercriminal operations, like Russia and China. A color-coded map published by the global security service firms <a href="https://www.internationalsos.com/risk-outlook" target="_blank">International SOS and Control Risks</a> offers a threat level gut check for health, violence, and cybercrime. Also check the U.S. State Department’s <a href="https://www.osac.gov/Pages/Home.aspx" target="_blank">Bureau of Diplomatic Security website</a> for up-to-date travel advisories and crime reports.</p><img alt=" "src=""><h2>Limit your exposure</h2><p>Keep all of your software patched and up to date. Delete or leave behind any sensitive data or files that you won’t need on your trip. Encrypt what remains with tools such as <a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204837" target="_blank">FileVault</a> for Apple devices and <a href="https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732774(v=ws.11).aspx" target="_blank">BitLocker</a> for Windows devices. Avoid plugging into unknown ports or using foreign USB sticks.</p><h2>Assume all networks are hostile</h2><p>That means hotels, airports, and cafés. Download the web browser plug-in <a href="https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere" target="_blank">HTTPS Everywhere</a> to force secure connections where available and do our research before signing up for a virtual private network service. Some experts recommended <a href="https://www.f-secure.com/en_US/web/home_us/freedome" target="_blank">F-Secure’s Freedome</a> or <a href="https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/" target="_blank">Private Internet Access</a> to shield your online behavior from snoops. Also read the helpful web-based guide <a href="https://techsolidarity.org/" target="_blank">Tech Solidarity</a> by Maciej Ceglowski, a prominent developer and founder of the social bookmarking site <a href="https://pinboard.in/" target="_blank">Pinboard</a>.</p><h2>Leave it at home if possible</h2><p>“My most important rule is, if you don’t need it, don’t take it with you,” says Dan Guido, CEO of <a href="https://www.trailofbits.com/" target="_blank">Trail of Bits</a>, a New York–based cybersecurity consultancy. Beyond that, he recommends using iPhones and iPads for mobile communication and a separate Google Chromebook as a laptop dedicated for travel. These are generally regarded as the most secure products on the consumer market. Finally, never leave devices unattended. Let your hair down on holiday, not your guard.</p>
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An inside look at the new American Airlines Flagship Lounge at JFK Airport

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 14:01
<p>American Airlines opens its completely renovated Flagship Lounge on Thursday at Terminal 8 in New York City’s <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/jfk-airport" target="_blank">John F. Kennedy International Airport</a>, and journalists from <em>Travel + Leisure</em>, <em>Food &amp; Wine</em>, and <em>Fortune</em> got an exclusive sneak peek.</p><p>The all-new lounge dedicated to business and first class fliers is part of the carrier’s $200-million investment in updating its aging premiere passenger lounges, which haven’t received a facelift since the 1980s. The Flagship lounge at JFK is the first to open, with the next renovated spaces scheduled to re-open this summer in Miami, followed by <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/chicago" target="_blank">Chicago</a>, Dallas-Fort Worth, <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/los-angeles" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, Philadelphia, and eventually London.</p><img alt="Flagship lounge at JFK. "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/flagship-aaflagship0517.jpg?itok=kWniJBPf"><p>Business and first class travelers flying on international and transcontinental routes from New York City will have exclusive access to the new Flagship Lounge. (Tough luck, Admirals Club members.) You’ll need a business class or first class ticket on qualifying itineraries to gain entry, or be an elite member of American’s AAdvantage program or invitation-only Concierge Key loyalty program for VIPs. More on that later.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/american-airlines-first-class-pet-cabins" target="_blank">American announces First Class cabins for pets</a></p><p>The restricted access isn’t surprising, however. Given American’s merger with U.S. Airways and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/american-us-airways-frequent-flyer-merger" target="_blank">the combining of both airlines’ loyalty programs</a>, the influx of elite members from both carriers has resulted in more fliers vying for upgrades as well as competing for space in American’s airport lounges.</p><h2>The experience</h2><p>The Flagship experience begins when travelers first arrive at Terminal 8 and use Flagship First Check-In, with seemingly white-gloved treatment normally reserved for VIPs and celebrities.</p><p>After entering a private, dedicated area designed to help international and transcontinental passengers get to the lounge faster, an American Airlines escort helps them check their luggage before whisking them through security via <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/how-to-get-global-entry-tsa-precheck" target="_blank">TSA Pre-Check</a>.</p><img alt=" "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495719302/AA-Flagship-Lounge2-AAFLAGSHIP0517.JPG?itok=6fZoflu8"><p>While waiting for their flights to begin boarding, Flagship fliers have the option to relax in one of the lounge’s 310 seats and indulge in a full complimentary self-service cocktail bar, as well as a wine and champagne island and all-day buffet. There’s even a themed make-your-own specialty cocktail bar. On the day that we visited, it was a Bloody Mary bar in the morning and an Old Fashioned bar in the afternoon.</p><img alt=" "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495719302/AA-Flagship-BloodyMaryBar-AAFLAGSHIP0517.JPG?itok=FsK8v4fl"><p>The lounge also has eight large shower rooms to help international travelers refresh before or after a long haul flight.</p><p>But the highlight of the new lounge is its Flagship First dining room, available only to First Class travelers. It is the first restaurant-style dining option to be offered by a U.S. carrier, joining similar offerings at lounges operated by British Airways, Qantas, Lufthansa, and the Gulf-based airlines.</p><p>The sit-down, full-service restaurant is completely complimentary and offers a seasonal menu with locally sourced ingredients. Artisanal cheese is supplied by Sprout Creek Farms in Poughkeepsie, New York, and the Flagship Burger is made with grass-fed beef from the award-winning Joyce Farms in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. To see our review of the new Flagship First Dining experience, watch the video above.</p><img alt=" "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495719302/AA-Flagship-WineBar-AAFLAGSHIP0517.JPG?itok=F4H72su7"><p>On the day of our visit, we tried the arancini and smoked duck breast appetizers, which are far superior to any of the other dining options available elsewhere in Terminal 8. We were also treated to a perfectly poached Loch Duart salmon filet from Scotland served with cauliflower risotto, a wild mushroom ragout, and doused just before serving with a warm spring broth. And we were pleasantly surprised by the fragrant aroma of the spiced lentil cake, an island of joy set in a oasis of tikka masala and served with goan stir-fried baby corn.</p><img alt=" "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495719302/AA-Flagship-Buffet-AAFLAGSHIP0517.JPG?itok=FSNRgCaI"><p>But the highlight of the meal was the flavorful, fresh Flagship Burger, a juicy sirloin patty capped with a generous spoonful of red onion and bacon marmalade, arugula, and a slice of beefsteak tomato. It is, perhaps, the best airport burger I’ve ever tasted.</p><p>Flagship First dining will only be available at American’s Flagship lounges in New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, and London. The menus are regionally inspired: For example, the Flagship Lounge in Miami will include ceviche and mofongo, to cater to passengers passing onto Central and South America, and we’re told that the Flagship First menu in Dallas will offer BBQ.</p><img alt=" "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495719302/AA-Flagship_DiningRoom-AAFLAGSHIP0517.JPG?itok=6aO-Xbuw"><p>The lounges in Chicago and Philadelphia will have all-day buffets and cocktails, but without the complementary first-class dining experience, since they don’t serve as many transcontinental or international passengers.</p><p>A craft cocktail menu for all of the new Flagship Lounges was designed by renowned mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer. We particularly loved the gin basil lemonade, the spiced tequila, and the champagne cocktail. The wine list was chosen by master sommelier Desmond Echavarrie, a French Laundry alum. Our favorites include the lounge’s signature wines from Truchard, a 2015 Chardonnay and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as a 2015 Avignonesi Montepulciano. Craft beers from Brooklyn Brewery and Sam Adams, as well as locally sourced spirits, also dominate the bar menu.</p><img alt=" "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1495719302/AA-Flagship-FirstClassBar-AAFLAGSHIP0517.JPG?itok=AyYMZF3T"><h2>How to get access to American's Flagship Lounges</h2><p>You must be traveling in first or business class on qualifying international flights operated by American Airlines or a oneworld airline between the U.S. and Europe, Asia, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico City, or on non-stop transcontinental flights between JFK and LAX, JFK and SFO, or LAX and MIA. International first class customers are permitted one guest, while other qualifying customers are not allowed to bring any guests.</p><p>Concierge Key members are allowed access only if departing or connecting to any flight marketed and operated by American or oneworld alliance carriers, regardless of cabin.</p><p>AAdvantage elite members, including Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Platinum fliers are allowed entry on qualifying international flights operated by American or oneworld airlines, regardless of cabin. Executive Platinum customers traveling solely on North American itineraries, defined as the U.S, Canada, Mexico (except Mexico City), Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean, do not qualify.</p><p>Oneworld elite members who have achieved Emerald and Sapphire status are permitted entry if departing or connecting to any flight marketed and operated by American or a oneworld airline, regardless of cabin, and are able to bring one guest.</p><h2>How to get access to American’s Flagship First dining room</h2><p>Complimentary full-service dining is available to first class passengers on American’s 3-class international and transcontinental flights between the U.S. and Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia, as well as on non-stop flights between JFK and LAX, JFK and SFO, and MIA and LAX.</p><p>First class fliers on international routes are permitted one guest, while guests are not allowed for first class fliers on transcontinental flights.</p>
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Want to be on Jeopardy? Now's your chance

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 13:30
<p>What is “All our hopes and dreams” for $500, Alex?</p><p>If you’re one of those people who has multitudes of trivial knowledge and no ways to express your awesome skill, you might want to consider being a contestant on Jeopardy.</p><p>The classic quiz show, hosted by Alex Trebek, is looking for new contestants, which means all that time you spent answering all the questions on your couch can finally pay off.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/wine-tasting-engages-your-brain-more-any-other-behavior" target="_blank">Tasting wine stimulates your brain more than math</a></p><p>Naturally, in order to be a contestant on Jeopardy, you have to pass a test. This show is a battle of knowledge, after all.</p><p>In order to qualify for the test, prospective contestants 18 and over must register on the <a href="https://www.jeopardy.com/be-a-contestant/" target="_blank">Jeopardy website</a>. The test itself will be available to take on May 30, 31 and June 1.</p><p>In the meantime, between registration and your big test, you can sharpen your skills with practice quizzes where you can pick categories and answer sample questions.</p><p>It’s like SAT prep, only way more fun.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/science-love-of-travel" target="_blank">The scientific reason you love to travel</a></p><p>The Jeopardy website also has former contestant testimonials, where former guests and winners share their stories about the show. Don’t be intimidated, you don’t have to be a super genius. Just be the knowledgeable, trivia-loving human you already are.</p><p>After the test, if you are selected, the Jeopardy team will contact you sometime within the next year to come audition to be on the show. Auditions will be held in a city closest to your personal ZIP code.</p><p>Get used to that timer music playing in your head.</p>
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