These Popular Tourist Helicopter Rides Have Been Ordered to Stop After the Deadly NYC Crash

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 09:33
<p>The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered an immediate halt on any “doors-off” <a href="" target="_blank">helicopter</a> flights, which don’t allow passengers to quickly and easily get out in the case of an emergency.</p><p>“Doors-off” helicopter flights, where the doors are left open so passengers can get an unobstructed look at the scenery, have become a popular kind of tourism, with photo tours in a range of cities, but the restraints used to keep passengers safe can prove to be a concern in cases of emergency.</p><p>This was the case in a <a href="" target="_blank">recent helicopter crash that took place in New York City’s East River</a>, when four passengers were killed after being unable to remove themselves from the helicopter’s harnesses in time.</p><p>The pilot was the only one who could get out of the harness and escape. Rescue teams had to <a href="" target="_blank">cut the helicopter's harnesses</a> to remove the passengers from the submerged aircraft. </p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">FAA’s</a> statement follows the incident, with the agency adding that they are also conducting a thorough review of the current rules for these types of helicopter flights and are urging that operators, pilots, and consumers all be aware of the risks involved.</p><p>Prior to Friday’s statement, the <a href="" target="_blank">FAA said on Tuesday</a> that representatives are looking into the use of harnesses created specifically for aerial photography flights.</p><p>The agency is now calling on all operators and pilots of these types of helicopter flights to take the appropriate measures to reduce risk to passengers. </p>
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Get 35% off an Epic, All-inclusive Trip to Antarctica Through Peregrine Adventures

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 09:31
<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="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a></em></p><p>Antarctica: Up to 35 percent off select itineraries from <a href="" target="_blank">Peregrine Adventures</a>, a trekking company dating back to 1977 that offers small-group expeditions in exotic regions such as the Himalayas and Arctic Circle.</p><p>The Antarctica Sale includes:</p>Up to 35 percent off select Antarctica itineraries (such as the Photography Series: Antarctic Explorer, an 11-day photography tour of the Antarctic Peninsula, which sails on an ice strengthened ship through the Drake Passage to the Great White Continent. Learn from a professional photographer how to capture the untouched beauty of Antarctica, along with its abundance of wildlife: king penguins, seals, whales, and more. Other activities include regular Zodiac expeditions and a "polar plunge." Includes 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners.)<p>Original Price: From $8,895 per person (or $890 per night)</p><p><strong>T + L Price: </strong>From $6,846 per person (or $685 per night); book by April 30 for travel from November 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.</p><p>Booking details: <a href="" target="_blank">Book online</a>.</p>
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10 Destinations Where You Can Stay at Five-star Hotels for Cheap

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 09:31
<p>Even the most luxurious hotels can be affordable for everyday travelers, if you're in the right place.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Skyscanner</a> analyzed its site data to find some of the most affordable five star hotels in the most widely searched destinations, both in the U.S. and internationally.</p><p>The top 100 destinations were chosen based on Skyscanner’s data throughout 2017. They were then sorted by average price of five-star hotels from least to most expensive, with all prices in U.S. currency.</p><p>There are some amazing cities with top hotels that cost less than $500 per night, making a first-class vacation more attainable, even when you go abroad.</p><p>Below are the top 10 destinations (in the U.S. and globally) with the least expensive five star hotels, on average price per night.</p><h2>1. Manila, Phillipines</h2><p>Average price per night: $172</p><h2>2. Phuket, Thailand</h2><p>Average price per night: $248</p><h2>3. Athens, Greece</h2><p>Average price per night: $254</p><h2>4. Madrid, Spain</h2><p>Average price per night: $272</p><h2>5. Bali, Indonesia</h2><p>Average price per night: $301</p><p>(In Sayan, in Bali, you can stay at the Four Seasons Resort Bali, which made our <a href="" target="_blank">Top 100 Hotels in the World</a> in 2017.)</p><h2>6. Orlando, Florida</h2><p>Average price per night: $322</p><p>(The Alfond Inn, located in the Orlando area, in Winter Park, also made <a href="" target="_blank">T+L's list of the best hotels in the world</a>.)</p><h2>7. <a href="" target="_blank">Miami</a>, Florida</h2><p>Average price per night: $332</p><h2>8. Sydney, Australia</h2><p>Average price per night: $355</p><h2>9. <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago</a>, Illinois</h2><p>Average price per night: $512</p><h2>10. San Francisco, California</h2><p>Average price per night: $519</p>
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You Can Swim — and Sing — With Adorable Beluga Whales in Canada

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 09:15
<p>In Churchill, <a href="" target="_blank">Canada</a>, the beluga whales love listening to The Beatles, or so say the locals.</p><p>With around 900 residents, Manitoba’s largest subarctic settlement sits stranded where the Canadian taiga meets the clear waters of the Hudson Bay. Once an important relay station moving prairies of wheat onto international freighters, Churchill’s towering grain silos now sit silent after a devastating lakeland flood rendered the cargo rails inoperable.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Places to See Penguins, Polar Bears, Narwhals, and More</a></p><p>Tourism is now Churchill’s primary earner, its roots dating back over 30 years when purpose-built tundra buggies were assembled to bring visitors within growling distance of the region’s roving polar bears. And every fall — in October and November — thousands of travelers multiply the town’s population as they furiously snap photos of white-furred beasts from the safety of their safari carts.</p><img alt="The beach "src=""><p>But in the summer, few show up to greet Churchill’s other animal visitors when they come to town seeking safe haven from the elements and their predators. From July through August almost 60,000 belugas swish through the blue of the Hudson Bay, playing in the riverine estuaries and birthing their young.</p><img alt="Belugas "src=""><p>Often dubbed the “canaries of the sea,” belugas are highly sociable creatures that communicate and echolocate through a calculated series of chirps, whistles, and creaking door sounds. Dr. Valeria Vergara has been studying beluga behavior throughout northern Canada for over 18 years, and through her research funded by the Vancouver Aquarium Vergara has discovered that the whales’ language system is so evolved and complex that each creature has its own name, or "signature," that they call out to stick with their family unit when navigating turbid waters. Further to their vocal habits, belugas, unlike most members of the cetacean family, don’t have fused vertebrae; their bending necks lend them an extra anthropomorphic quality.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Watch a Humpback Whale Lift a Diver Out of the Water to Protect Her From a Shark</a></p><img alt="Belugas "src=""><p>Thousands of belugas seek the mouth of the Churchill River each summer, bobbing up and down like popping corn under the shadow of the disused granaries — the phenomenon is so commonplace for Churchillians that few realized it was a salable adventure travel experience until recently. As a result, this immersive marine wildlife excursion — arguably the most robust and captivating on the planet — has remained largely untapped, providing whale watching enthusiasts a highly personalized experience out on the water.</p><img alt="Belugas "src=""><p>The armchair traveler can witness the secret society of beluga whales on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, which floats a live underwater camera through the bay every day each summer. In person, tourists ply the water on small-boat excursions as hundreds of whales puff their blowholes and pop up to say hello. Then a hydrophone is lowered into the deep to treat guests to a magnificent submarine symphony.</p><img alt="Belugas "src=""><p>Go one better than whale watching and get in the water with the gentle giants during a half-day snorkel session. Zipped in a double layer of neoprene (that’s about 14mm of wetsuit protection) and fortified by adrenaline, you’ll immediately forget that you’re splashing around in frigid temperatures when the first pod of eager whales comes to say hello. There’s something uncannily human about the curious creatures’ temperament as they crane their necks and coo and click — it’s as though you’re connecting with a highly sentient alien being. Your guide manning the floating zodiac raft above will recommend that you sing a song to the whales to further pique their interest — you can’t go wrong with “Hey Jude” or “Penny Lane,” though “I am the Walrus” may cause a little confusion.</p><h2>Plan Your Visit</h2><p>The most seamless and stress-free way to put together your beluga adventure is to purchase a packaged experience from the reputable subarctic operator <a href="" target="_blank">Frontiers North</a>. Trips leave in July and August from Winnipeg, Manitoba. </p><p>The “Enthusiast” excursion (from about $3,630 USD) is an all-inclusive tour that features two on-the-water outings. We prefer the “Adventurer” itinerary (from about $2,973 USD), which includes all internal charter flights, lodging, breakfast, and a smattering of activities, but allows for plenty of time to tailor-make your adventure by buying into additional experiences like stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and snorkeling.</p>
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T+L's Take: Silversea's Luxury Polar Vessel, Silver Cloud Expedition

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 08:11
<p>After a soft knock, a white-gloved butler holding a silver tray enters my suite. He sets the breakfast table with dainty china and gleaming silver. He even pours my first cup of fresh-brewed coffee. I tuck into a Gruyere and fresh thyme omelet, which is necessary fuel for what comes next — zooming off on a Zodiac to visit another <a href="" target="_blank">Antarctic penguin colony</a>. It’s all part of the daily route on the <em>Silver Cloud Expedition</em>, one of a new breed of luxury expedition ships to sail to Antarctica.</p><p>Polar sailings are in hot demand, as passengers continue to seek new itineraries that are far from crowded ports yet still offer comfort and style. The White Continent tops many <a href="" target="_blank">bucket lists</a> for good reasons: it offers eye-popping vistas of dramatically shaped icebergs and calving glaciers, and gives passengers the chance to stand on ice floes amidst hundreds of wing-flapping penguins. (Plus, <a href="" target="_blank">with climate change</a>, many feel compelled to visit Antarctica soon — and a cruise ship can offer the height of comfort.)</p><p>Silversea spent more than $40 million transforming the <em>Silver Cloud</em>, the line’s oldest cruise ship, into an ice-class rated vessel. Among the changes, the shipyard strengthened the ship’s hull and installed polar temperature-resistant windows. It now holds fewer passengers: 254 for regular voyages, 200 for ones to the poles. The décor — once old school, dark-wood yacht — now resembles a chic Milano hotel with an all cream-and-beige color palette, complimented by modern Italian leather furnishings. New art, primarily black-and-white photographs of early polar explorers, strikes an adventurous note.</p><p>Renamed <em>Silver Cloud Expedition</em> befitting its new status, this ship joins Silversea’s growing fleet of small ships, which visit other exotic locales such as Walvis Bay, Namibia or <a href="http://ter-animals" target="_blank">Bear Island, Norway</a>. Pricing is all-inclusive, and encompasses gratuities, shore excursions, meals, snacks, alcohol, and laundry room use. The luxe vessel sails the <a href="" target="_blank">Antarctic</a> region until late February, repositions to Africa and Europe, and then commences Arctic cruising in mid-June.</p><h2>The Suites</h2><img alt="Silver Cloud Expedition "src=""><p>There are eight suite categories, each completely redone. Light-hued wood replaces the old dark cabinetry; brighter lighting and popping silver and blue accents make the suites feel cheerier and modern; and longtime Silversea signature amenities, like Bulgari toiletries, Pratesi linens, and a nine-choice pillow menu still impress.</p><p>The entry-level Vista Suites are the most affordable, but still roomy at 240 square feet. Veranda and Deluxe Veranda Suites are identical to Vista Suites, but include 49-square-foot verandas. Booked in a Veranda Suite, I found it a real luxury to wrap myself in an Etro robe and photograph humpback whales or admire the otherworldly scenery from the comforts of my private balcony.</p><p>The biggest suites, Medallion, Silver, Royal, Grand and Owner’s, come with special perks like additional bathrooms and verandas, larger living spaces, unlimited Wi-Fi, and espresso-makers. Although, never fear; butlers rush complimentary cappuccinos to any suite at any time.</p><h2>The Spa </h2><p>Zagara Spa, which emphasizing the mind-body connection, replaces the old, generic space. Before a treatment, guests visit a candlelit mood room, inhale various aromatherapy scents, and determine which they find most appealing. Next, they discuss a personalized treatment approach (oils, lighting, and music) with their therapist. The space goes way beyond the basic beauty and therapy treatments offered on expedition ships today. Passengers can choose from 12 different facials, five polishes and wraps, nine massages, and an amethyst crystal sound bath. Opting for a massage, I chose the lavender-scented oil, which meant relaxation-driven music, aromatherapy, and lighting.</p><p>The Fitness Centre, now double its original size, features new TechnoGym equipment including two treadmills with television screens and headphone jacks, one recumbent and upright bicycle, two elliptical trainers, and one full-body weight machine. Practice pliés at the mirrored barre, do biceps curls with free weights, or stretch on fancy new Italian black mats.</p><h2>Food &amp; Wine</h2><img alt="Silver Cloud Expedition "src=""><p><em>Silver Cloud Expedition </em>offers five dining choices, including 24-hour room service. All meals are open seating, and all restaurants are complimentary, except for La Dame, which costs $60 per person. The 12-table restaurant is the ship’s most romantic — servers tend to your needs while chefs concoct modern European dishes with the finest ingredients, like Normandy butter, foie gras, and caviar. Don’t miss the Cognac-splashed Maine lobster bisque, double-thick lamb chops with thyme-scented lamb jus, or the textbook-perfect Grand Marnier soufflé.</p><p>La Terrazza presents sumptuous lunch buffets, including an excellent array of fresh salads and a pizza menu with my favorite, piccante, topped with ‘nduja (spicy Calabrian sausage). Each evening, the restaurant transforms for dinner service. The buffets vanish, lights are dimmed, blinds are lowered, and servers don suits and ties. The tomato focaccia, veal chop, and pappardelle with duck ragout are menu highlights. Guests also relish the poolside al fresco Grill in the evening — no matter how cold the temperature — to dine under the stars and cook their own primo steak or seafood on a lava stone. When I dined here, my steak grew cold quickly, but I felt like the experience was an awesome rite of passage, similar to the polar plunge.</p><p>With six bars and lounges, I found many lovely corners to sip away when not dining. Dolce Vita is the pre-dinner hangout, where guests can order craft cocktails and seek dining companions. Panorama Lounge gets buzzy later at night, when a pianist sings pop songs or a DJ spins tunes.</p><h2>Photo Studio</h2><p>A mecca for photography buffs, the spiffy new Photo Studio — it’s the only one on Silversea ships — features PC and Mac editing software, image-printing, and individual, couple, and group classes. All handy when you are sailing in Antarctica, and taking photos all the time. Classes run from beginner to advanced. You can also secure a 20-minute consult at the Photo Genius Bar, or book a private lesson on a shore excursion to guarantee a perfect polar bear pic.</p><h2>Expedition Team</h2><p>On polar cruises, 22 expedition team members sail with passengers. On other itineraries, they number 20. Most team members are seasoned scientists, with Ph.D.’s in fields like glaciology and marine biology. They all exude enthusiasm and wit while leading shore excursions, delivering compelling lectures, and answering questions from inquisitive guests. Personally, I loved reconnecting with team members from previous expeditions. I was particularly elated to find Aussie ornithologist Malcolm Turner on my Antarctic cruise. We had sailed together to Indonesia and he helped me regard insects as a scientific marvel rather than as objects of fear. On our polar cruise, he lectured on climate change and its impact on birds. I was so fascinated by his talk and slide show presentation, that I found myself taking notes as if I were back in college. I didn't want to forget a word.</p><h2>Shore Excursions</h2><img alt="Silver Cloud Expedition "src=""><p>All shore excursions, from guided hikes around penguin colonies to Zodiac outings for spotting and photographing whales, seals, and albatrosses, are included. So is the fabled polar plunge, where guests can strip down to their shorts and dive into the icy waters. The ship travels with 16 Zodiacs and 10 kayaks, so nearly everyone can explore simultaneously. On non-polar itineraries, passengers visit less-populated ports, like Luanda, Angola, and Douarnenez, France, to tour iconic churches, feast on local cuisine, attend private concerts, and hike nature paths.</p><p><em>Content in this story was produced with assistance from Silversea Cruises. </em></p>
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This Super-cozy Travel Sleep Kit Will Make Catching Zzz’s on Your Next Flight so Much Better

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 07:20
<p>Just in time for World Sleep Day, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Madewell</a> has teamed up with expert bedding brand <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Parachute</a> — we're big fans of their <a href="" target="_blank">luxury hotel–quality bathrobe</a> — for a must-have set dedicated to catching only the best of zzz’s while traveling. And any jet-setter will tell you that getting a restful night's sleep while en route is a certified skill.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">You've Been Sleeping on Planes All Wrong</a></p><p>The tools you'll need to master the trade? Noise-blocking <a href="" target="_blank">earplugs</a>. A super supportive <a href="" target="_blank">travel pillow</a>. And a blanket and eye mask that are actually comforting to cuddle up in. Enter the new Madewell x Parachute sleep kit.</p><p>The limited-edition set includes an ultra-cozy merino wool blanket, light-blocking eye mask, and matching carrying case so you can keep your sleep accessories together in one easy place. A mighty fine alternative to those thin airline blankets, wouldn’t you say?</p><h2>Madewell x Parachute Merino Travel Kit</h2><img alt="Madewell x Parachute Travel Sleep Kit "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $130</p>
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This City Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day By Tossing Cabbage at You

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 06:40
<p>If you head to a certain city in the South for St. Patrick’s Day, chances are you’ll return with a handful of cabbage. That’s right: cabbage.</p><p>While <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago dyes the Chicago River green</a> and people dance and march in <a href="" target="_blank">St. Patrick’s Day parades around the world,</a> <a href="" target="_blank">New Orleans</a>’ parade rolls to the beat of a different drum.</p><p>From Mardi Gras to crawfish boils, the Crescent City is known for its abundance of reverie, tradition and bustling culinary scene. It only makes sense that the city known for its unique parades and love of food would combine those forces during its St. Patrick’s Day parade.</p><img alt="St Patrick's day Traditions in New Orleans "src=""><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Committee </a>— named after the neighborhood in New Orleans — began the parade in 1947. The committee later turned into a club with dues in 1975. Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club Vice President Ronnie Burke spoke with <em>Travel + Leisure</em> about the organization’s traditions and protocol, including cabbage tossing.</p><p>Burke said that 1,200 men dressed in tuxedos and coattails march in the <a href="" target="_blank">St. Patrick’s Day</a> Parade and that there are around 30 floats with 50 people on each. All float riders receive three bags of cabbage, with about 25-30 heads of the vegetable in every one. Do the math, and, well, that’s quite a lot of leafy greens.</p><img alt="Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in New Orleans, Louisiana "src=""><p>According to Burke, cabbage has “always been a part of the Irish culture in New Orleans.” The corned beef and cabbage culinary tradition <a href="" target="_blank">may not be original to Louisiana</a>, but that doesn’t stop the parade from paying homage to the meal. </p><p>Club President Dick Burke, Ronnie’s brother, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>WGNO</em></a> that during the Irish famine, cabbage was the next biggest staple after the potato. According to Burke, Irish immigrants couldn’t afford bacon when they arrived in the U.S., so they “used corned beef, and that's how we got the corned beef and cabbage tradition.”</p><img alt="Irish St Patrick's Day ways to celebrate "src=""><p>Parade-goers need not stress about catching a cabbage, unlike at some Mardi Gras parades where catching particular objects, such as a <a href="" target="_blank">shoe</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">coconut</a>, can be a rarity. Burke said getting cabbage is “absolutely” a big reason people attend the parade. </p><p>There is one rule the Irish Channel <a href="" target="_blank">St. Patrick’s Day</a> Club stresses when it comes to gifting parade-goers with cabbage: Toss, don’t throw. This is the key to a safer parade and successful retrieval of the vegetable.</p><img alt="st patricks day celebrations "src=""><p>The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 17, 2018 and festivities begin at 12 p.m.</p>
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This Might Be the Most Adorable Baby Elephant Attack Anyone Has Ever Seen

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 06:38
<p>Here’s one baby elephant who will not stop until it gets what it deserves: infinite cuddle time.</p><p>Tourist Hannah Frenchick was visiting the <a href="" target="_blank">Patara Elephant Farm</a> in <a href="" target="_blank">Chiang Mai</a>, Thailand, where she encountered perhaps the cutest of baby elephants.</p><p>At first, Frenchick gave the elephant a few pets on the head, but it was clear the animal was not satisfied — as it proceeded to affectionately bowl her over demanding a cuddle. Despite the mud, Frenchick laughs and happily rolls around with the baby elephant as it nuzzled her torso.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Times to Visit Thailand</a></p><p>The Patara Elephant Farm is Thailand’s only elephant breeding farm, focused on health-recovery and conservation of the species. It's also is dedicated to educating the public on elephants and how to interact with them and the threats they face.</p><p>Visitors can purchase packages from the farm to interact with the animals and can participate in feeding, walking, healthcare and bathing. Sometimes visitors are also permitted to ride an elephant with proper instruction so as not to harm it.</p><p>Since the farm specializes in having humans interacting with the elephants, it’s clear that the elephants also enjoy making new friends.</p>
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This Snow Plow Bursting Into Flames Perfectly Sums Up Winter 2018

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:59
<p>After a third <a href="" target="_blank">nor'easter</a> pummeled the East coast last week, one snow plow just couldn't take it anymore. </p><p>The plow caught fire in the <a href="" target="_blank">Cape Cod</a> town of Orleans, Mass. around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, after the driver saw smoke emanating from the dashboard area, the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Boston Globe</em> reported</a>. </p><p>Orleans Fire Captain Tim Guala said the driver got himself out of the plow fast and no one was hurt, according to the <i>Globe.</i></p><p>But snow plows getting fed up with winter isn't as uncommon as you might think.</p><p>“Every so often we see plow trucks <a href="" target="_blank">catch fire</a>,” he told the <em>Boston Globe</em>. “There were lots of flames and smoke. It was a total loss.”</p><p>Despite the loss of the vehicle, firefighters were able to put out the blaze, which happened on Freeman Lane, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>WHDH News 7 Boston</em> reported</a>.</p><p>Massachusetts was hit especially hard by this year's brutal weather — more than 230,000 houses lost power on Tuesday night when the most recent storm hit, and as of Thursday morning, there were still 32,000 homes and businesses without power, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>WBZ News 4 Boston</em></a>. </p>
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Queen Elizabeth's Royal Wedding Declaration Just Revealed a Little-known Fact About Meghan Markle (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:56
<p>Sure, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle <a href="" target="_blank">announced their royal engagement</a> way back in November, but according to a new royal decree, Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, didn’t actually give her blessing until Wednesday.</p><p>That’s right, months after the pair made their debut together on the steps of Kensington, the Queen finally provided her official blessing for the union. In a declaration her Majesty wrote:</p><p>“My Lords,</p><p>I Declare my Consent to the Contract of Matrimony between My Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Rachel Meghan Markle, which Consent I am causing to be signified under the Great Seal and to be entered in the books of the Privy Council.”</p><p>Not only is this royal declaration adorable, especially when she calls Harry her “most dearly beloved grandson,” but it’s also an excellent reminder of an important fact: Harry’s real name is Henry and Meghan’s real first name is Rachel.</p><p>This declaration is similar to the one the Queen signed for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton back in 2011. Though then, <a href="" target="_blank">she wrote</a>, ''Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, K.G. and Our Trusty and Well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton.” Maybe she’s just not there yet with Rachel, we mean Meghan, so she doesn’t want to declare her <a href="" target="_blank">“Trusty and Well-beloved”</a> just yet.</p><p>And though the declaration may seem silly to commoners, it’s actually against the law for a British royal to marry without it. According to <i>The Telegraph</i>, “Under the Royal Marriages Act 1772, all descendants of George II must obtain the sovereign's agreement before they wed, otherwise the marriage is invalid.”</p><p>Prince Harry and Meghan are set to <a href="" target="_blank">walk down this aisle</a> on May 19 in a relatively small ceremony (by royal standards) at <a href="" target="_blank">St George’s Chapel</a>, an intimate church nestled inside the walls of Windsor castle. There, in front of a few hundred friends (and with a few thousand adoring fans waiting outside) they will say “I do.” But will Harry and Meghan take their vows, or Henry and Rachel? Only time will tell.</p>
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JetBlue Wants to Give the Biggest Winter Hater a Free Flight Somewhere Warm

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:39
<p>After weeks of freezing temperatures and snowstorms, people who live on the Eastern seaboard are likely itching to get away to some place warm.</p><p>For people in <a href="" target="_blank">Boston</a>, which received <a href="">about 15 inches of snow</a> during the latest Nor’easter, taking a sunny vacation to California seems like a dream. And for some lucky Bostonians, JetBlue is offering a way to make that dream a reality.</p><p>The airline is challenging people to “flip the forecast” with an Instagram contest to win two round-trip tickets on JetBlue to get that sunny vacation they need. The airline tested out this challenge on some Boston and San Diego residents with a unique pop-up experience in both cities.</p><p>The catch: The person in Boston needed to convince the person in San Diego to switch places with them. So a San Diegan would go to snowy Massachussetts, and a Bostonian could take in some sunshine in southern California.</p><p>It seems unlikely that anyone from <a href="" target="_blank">San Diego</a> would swap their temperate winter climate for freezing temperatures — but some people were happy to make the swap.</p><p>Luckily for everyone else, they don’t need to convince another person to trade cities with them. Instead, to enter the contest, you can make your case to JetBlue by sharing an Instagram video of yourself stating why you desperately need to “flip the forecast.” Tag your post with @JetBlue, #FlipTheForecast and #contest for the chance to win.</p><p>The contest ends March 18.</p>
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This Time-lapse Video of Athens Is Even More Breathtaking Than You’d Expect

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:26
<p>A new video from Greek filmmaker and photographer <a href="" target="_blank">Alexandros Maragos</a> shows viewers a side of Athens they rarely get to see.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">“City of Athens—a Portrait of a Changing Metropolis”</a> takes you over the Greek capital at night, using a combination of hyperlapse, timelapse, and drivelapse shots to showcase <a href="" target="_blank">Athens</a> in all of its glory.</p><p>While viewers will be able to see famed ancient historical sites and ruins like the <a href="" target="_blank">Parthenon</a> and Athens’ <a href="" target="_blank">Acropolis</a>, they’ll also be able to see the <a href="" target="_blank">modern transformation the city</a> has been experiencing through its high-rise glass structures.</p><p>In addition to showcasing the city’s urban side, Maragos scaled some of the highest points both in and around Athens to capture mesmerizing overarching shots of the city coming alive in light at nighttime. Some shots he captured in the midst of a thunderstorm. </p><p>The scenes were created using a combination of around 60,000 raw images shot across Athens’ highest rooftops, hills, and mountains.</p><p>He's also <a href="" target="_blank">the first</a> person to secure permission from the Greek Police to use their headquarters’ rooftops for some of the film’s overarching shots.</p><p>Maragos shot the film over a total of 90 days, carefully stitching together the thousands of images after using a Canon 5D Mark III to create the dreamy footage of one of the world’s oldest cities.</p><p>The film’s ability to showcase the capital’s changing architecture and how magnificent it looks lit up in the evening helped it garner over 200,000 views across Vimeo and YouTube just 48 hours after it was first published. Since, it has continued attracting thousands more views. Check it out for yourself above.</p>
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JetBlue Flash Sale Has Flights This Spring Starting at $39

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 14:40
<p>JetBlue is having another <a href="" target="_blank">flash sale</a>, with cheap flights for travel from March 27 to June 20.</p><p>Depending on your home airport, you could take a <a href="" target="_blank">spring</a> break to Charleston starting at $74, <a href="" target="_blank">San Diego</a> starting at $179, or Montego Bay, in Jamaica, starting at $124.</p><p>The cheapest flights are between Long Beach and Oakland ($34); Atlanta and Orlando ($39); Long Beach and Las Vegas, Reno, San Jose, and San Francisco ($44); and Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta, and New York City and Portland (Maine) ($49).</p><p>The fares are JetBlue's “Blue” fare, meaning they <a href="" target="_blank">do not include checked baggage</a>. They do, however, include taxes and fees. There are blackout dates around Memorial Day, from May 22–30.</p><p>The sale ends Friday at midnight, so check cheap flights from your home airport <a href="" target="_blank">on JetBlue's website</a>.</p><p>And if you're not intrigued by any of those destinations, there are also great fares (on other airlines) on flights to Hawaii (starting at <a href="" target="_blank">$273 round-trip</a>) or Barbados (starting at <a href="" target="_blank">$229 round-trip</a>).</p>
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Runaway Suitcase Escapes Grounds Crew in Search of Adventure

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 14:03
<p>On Tuesday, flight attendant Michael Orsini was eating lunch at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport when he noticed a peculiar sight: a rolling suitcase making a break for it.</p><p>As soon as grounds crew stopped monitoring it, the renegade suitcase picked up speed and rolled away. It spun in delight past several aircraft between the airport’s D and E concourses. It kept rolling and rolling past airport gates in an inspiring search for freedom:</p><p>Somebody driving a truck approached and for a moment it appeared that the suitcase’s freewheeling minutes were numbered. But the driver of the truck didn’t throw a second glance at the suitcase and it continued rolling across the tarmac.</p><p>“Right when we thought it was coming to stop, it picked back up and went out of the camera frame,” Orsini told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “Not sure how much further it went, but it was the most entertaining thing of the day.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Carry-on Luggage</a></p><p>It’s unclear if the suitcase was ever returned to its proper flight or if it’s still at large, rolling down the highways of <a href="" target="_blank">Atlanta</a> in search of adventure.</p><p>Instances of bags attempting jailbreaks are not new. Last year, a suitcase nearly managed to escape <a href="" target="_blank">London</a> Heathrow Airport. It was blown almost 600 feet by engine draft until panicked grounds crew ran and apprehended the bag.</p><p>Hartsfield-Jackson did not immediately respond to <em>Travel + Leisure</em>’s request for comment.</p>
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These Are the Coolest New Hotels in San Francisco

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:01
<p>From posh rooftop bars to campfire-boasting courtyards, new and updated hotels are cropping up in <a href="" target="_blank">San Francisco’s most celebrated, storied neighborhoods.</a> Ahead, you’ll find a cozy Kelly Wearstler-designed property that’s revitalized a century-old Mid-Market building, a quirky, atomic-inspired Pacific Heights boutique with fresh-baked cookies on offer, and five other new and soon-to-open stays that are giving the City by the Bay fresh appeal for travelers.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Zeppelin</a>, Theater District</h2><p>Kitschy seventies touches like psychedelic wallpaper in the bathrooms and turntables in guest rooms give this 196-room property a playful vibe — one that's rounded out by a game room outfitted with Skee-Ball and shuffleboard. But despite the pops of avocado green and mustard yellow, Zeppelin feels fresh and modern. With its affordable price point — not to mention the high-energy Mantel Bar, complimentary bike rentals, and convenient location just west of Union Square — it's an ideal destination for travelers looking for a place with a youthful spirit. <em>Doubles from $199.</em></p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">San Francisco Proper Hotel</a>, Mid-Market</h2><p>Reimagined by L.A.-based interior designer Kelly Wearstler, this 114-year-old flatiron building now has remodeled interiors, two restaurants serving globally inflected American cuisine, and a fitness center. The lobby is outfitted with citrus-hued velvet settees and mismatched wallpaper patterns punctuated with Cubist-style paintings, while each of the 131 guest rooms has retro gilded accents and bathrooms stocked with Aesop products. The rooftop bar (whose quirky cocktail menu was conjured up by the Trick Dog team, with drinks like a negroni-topped piña colada) has become a sceney gathering spot on this still-scruffy stretch of Market Street, a few blocks from high-profile tech companies Twitter and Uber. <em>Doubles from $350.</em></p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Kabuki</a>, Japantown</h2><p>A $31 million renovation added a Japanese-garden-facing fitness center and yoga studio to this soaring, 16-floor hotel. Nods to the neighborhood's cultural history are woven throughout: you'll find <em>shou sugi ban</em> (Japanese charred wood) in the lobby, shibori fabrics in the guest rooms, and a curated selection of Japanese beers, whiskies, and sakes in the bar. The hotel's proximity to the Kabuki Spring &amp; Spa (where guests have complimentary access), Fillmore Street boutiques, and excellent sushi and ramen bars boosts its appeal. <em>Doubles from $179.</em></p><img alt="Hotel Kabuki and Proper Hotel, in San Francisco "src=""><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Laurel Inn</a>, Pacific Heights</h2><p>Set amid stately Victorian mansions and within walking distance of the Presidio, the Laurel Inn is a cheerful four-story hideaway in San Francisco's toniest neighborhood. The blue-tiled 50s-era façade and wood-paneled elevator retain the original building's breezy California spirit, but the 49 rooms have been renovated with expansive windows, Midcentury Modern furnishings, and a modish pastel color palette. Rare residential comforts — en suite kitchenettes, fresh-baked cookies, full-size Jonathan Adler toiletries, and pet-friendly amenities — make it ideal for a longer stay. <em>Doubles from $249.</em></p><h3>What's Next</h3><p>The Bay Area's hotel surge hasn't slowed down yet: the Financial District's Galleria Park Hotel unveiled its extensive redesign in February, and the 42-room Lodge at the Presidio will open this summer, offering access to 24 miles of trails with glittering views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Later this year, the 194-room Virgin Hotel San Francisco comes to SoMa, with two decked-out penthouse suites.</p>
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How to Road Trip With Your Significant Other, From a Couple That Does It For a Living

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:46
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Traveling on the road</a> gives you the freedom to explore territory that can be hard to access in any other way, but trying to navigate new roads with another person can get challenging. </p><p>On the one hand, <a href="" target="_blank">road tripping as a couple</a> makes the journey more engaging and easier to manage, but on the other, being together 24/7 in confined spaces can get tough. This is why it's essential to know the tricks of the trade if you're planning to hit the road with your partner. </p><p><em>Travel + Leisure</em> spoke to Cameron Seagle and Natasha Alden, a couple that has been traveling the road full time and documenting their journey on their blog <a href="" target="_blank">The World Pursuit</a> for over three years.</p><p>Below are eight of their top tips on everything from keeping the romance alive to the tools you'll want to bring along for the ride.</p><h2>Take Rest Stops </h2><p>“One of the biggest things you have to remember is people make mistakes and you can’t take it personally,” Seagle told T+L. So, the duo says, it becomes easy to argue when you’re on the road trying to navigate foreign streets.</p><p>To counteract this, the couple makes it a point to regularly pull over, using their photography as an excuse to take some time apart from one another and unwind before getting back in the car. They also recommend coffee shops as a great option to get some personal time.</p><h2>Let others join in </h2>Inviting people along for a portion of your journey not only adds a fresh element but can also help you save on fuel costs.<p>“It gives you new conversations, which is the best part about it. This way you’re not just with the same person and get to make some new friends along the way,” Alden said. </p><h2>Plan dates</h2><p>Being on the road doesn’t mean you have to skip out on <a href="" target="_blank">dates</a>. In fact, it’s a crucial aspect for keeping the spark alive throughout your travels, according to the couple.</p><img alt="world pursuit "src=""><p>“It’s really easy to fall into this monotonous routine of doing the same thing again and again since you spend all day with each other, and it can often be easy to forget that you need to take time to enjoy each other’s time together and your relationship,” Seagle said.</p><p>That's why the couple looks for cities along their route good for activities like movie nights and dinners, while more remote territory can serve as prime grounds for hikes with one another. Since they tend to travel on longer, multi-month trips, they'll often book a stay in a city for a few days to give them the chance to unwind, reset, and take part in activities they'll both enjoy before jumping back on the road. </p><h2>Schedule out your tasks</h2><p>Having another hand when it comes to lengthy road trips can be essential, especially when taking adventure-driven excursions, the couple says, but you shouldn't focus on individual tasks too much.</p><img alt="world pursuit couple "src=""><p>“I do a lot of the driving, but I don’t necessarily assume I’m handling that aspect of it and that she is always navigating; people tend to forget that you’re working as a team which is what leads to fights about who was responsible for what,” Seagle said.</p><p>This means staying alert even is something is considered your partner's job. For example, while Seagle will do most of the driving, Alden makes it a point to avoid sleeping so she can provide company and stay alert in case he needs help with anything.</p><h2>Use the right tools</h2><p>From planning their trips to staying in touch on the road, the couple has certain sites and apps that serve as favorites.</p><p>To find cheap airfare for planning an itinerary, the duo turns to <a href="" target="_blank">Skyscanner’s everywhere search</a>, which allows you to look up top deals around the world based on your available dates.</p><p>For navigation purposes, the pair goes with, an app that lets you access detailed maps with turn-by-turn navigation even if you don't have internet. The app is available on both <a href=";hl=en" target="_blank">Android</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">iOS</a>. </p><p>“It’s a great tool if you’re looking to drive through areas that aren’t cities since it shows you a lot of the other factors you can expect on the road that you wouldn’t find on a normal map, like bush roads,” Seagle said.</p><p>You can also download maps when connected to the internet to use offline through Google Maps, which the duo does, in addition to using Google hangouts to make free calls to friends and family in the U.S.</p><h2>Do your homework on rentals </h2><img alt="road tripping couple "src=""><p>Once you decide where you want to go, you’ll want to figure out how long you can rent a car in the area for. Sometimes – as was the case for the duo during a year-long trip in Africa – it can actually be cheaper to buy a vehicle and resell it to local operators as opposed to renting. </p><p>It can also help to know the type of vehicle locals are used to working with in the area in case you have any issues during your trip.</p><p>“We Bought a 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser, which was ideal since Toyotas are common cars to see in Africa and everyone knows how to work on them,” Alden told T+L.</p><p>If you’re considering using a local branch of an international rental company, Seagle recommends looking into the reviews because each branch can operate differently. Finally, Alden warns that travelers should do their due diligence when it comes to choosing a rental company if they want to avoid scams.</p><p>For example, excess charges for damages can go up to the thousands in some foreign countries like Greece and Croatia, Alden found, which is why she recommends you look into the fine print of agreements and take photos of the car before driving off the lot so you don’t get charged with damages you were not responsible for upon return.</p><h2>Get a credit card that covers rental insurance</h2><p>Having the right credit card can allow you to tap into a slew of savings and advantages when traveling, including <a href="" target="_blank">savings on car rentals</a>. </p><p>Seagle and Alden often travel with the <a href="" target="_blank">Capital One Venture Card</a>, which gives you travel accident insurance, an auto rental collision damage waiver to cover damages or theft, and zero foreign transaction fees.</p><p>The <a href=";jp_cmp=cc/Sapphire+Preferred_Brand_Exact/sea/p31033459134/Sapphire+Preferred&amp;gclid=CjwKCAjws6jVBRBZEiwAkIfZ2rBin2iYb7_QgOq7aq1rmeK3D3XMbZwd2YVvKvQvrwfOZrPWorLSrhoCMsQQAvD_BwE" target="_blank">Chase Sapphire Preferred</a> provides auto rental collision damage waivers, zero transaction fees, and double the points on travel and dining at restaurants around the world. The duo will also use the <a href=";od=bcarrival&amp;shopperid=&amp;cellNumber=6&amp;referrerid=&amp;publisherid=&amp;advertisementid=" target="_blank">Barclaycard Arrival Plus<sup> </sup>World Elite Mastercard</a> to get double the miles made on each purchase. </p><h2>Start your own business on the road </h2><p>Both Seagle and Alden quit their jobs when they made the decision to travel full time, starting a blog that has become their main source of income. Because creating your own business on the road can be tough, the duo says dedication through the difficulty is essential to succeed. </p><p>"Develop your own unique voice and be prepared to work really hard at it," Seagle said. "I describe it as a marathon because you have to keep plugging away and keep trying because the first year to a year-and-half you're not gonna get anywhere," he said. </p><p>The two said they spend more time working on their website than they spent on their full time jobs, but how and when they get to do it has changed completely since being on the road. </p><p>"It's not about the hours at that point though, but having the freedom to work where you want when you want," Seagle told T+L. "We've gotten to ski on the Alps during the day and work on our blog at night." </p>
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Airlines' Pet Fees Can Be More Expensive Than Flights

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:31
<p>Clover, also known as Clovie, is a three-year-old, 13 pound Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and a seasoned traveler. She has accompanied her owner, Gillian Small, on planes, trains, buses and boats since she was about six months old.</p><p>Small never checks Clovie, but carries her on planes in an approved carrier that fits under the seat in front of her. The pair prefer to fly <a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue</a>.</p><p>“They have a <a href="" target="_blank">special program for dogs</a>, and their JFK terminal even includes an area for dogs to go to the bathroom inside the terminal,” Small said. “That is magical for pet owners like myself that often struggle to walk through security with a big suitcase, take my laptop out of my bag and remove my shoes, all the while holding on to a 13 pound pup whose collar and leash have been removed for the metal detector.”</p><p>For the pleasure of Clovie’s company on JetBlue flights, Small pays $100 for each one-way flight.</p><p>“The pet travel fees can get expensive,” Small said. “Sometimes when flying to Florida to visit my parents, her add-on fare can be more expensive than my flight. But rules are rules, and it is a small price to pay to be afforded the luxury of traveling with her by my side.”</p><img alt="Emotional Support dog in bag on an airplane "src=""><p>“The only thing I wish I could change is that I wish I could be given an extra carry-on bag, since the carrier, in addition to being an extra fee, counts as one of your two allotted carry-ons, which means no backpack, for me,” she added.</p><p>Morgan Johnston, a spokeswoman for JetBlue, declined to comment on how the pet fees are set, but referred to the airline’s <a href="" target="_blank">JetPaws program</a>, which offers 300 TrueBlue points on each flight segment for traveling with a pet.</p><p>At $100, JetBlue is in the midrange of pet fees airlines charge. For bringing a pet as carry-on to a domestic flight, fees can go up to $125 on American, Delta and <a href="" target="_blank">United Airlines</a>. American and Delta charge $200 to check a pet, while rates vary for United.</p><p>Spokespeople for those airlines did not respond to questions about how the pet fees are set.</p><p>For domestic air travel, Frontier and Southwest are among the cheapest for pet fees, at $75 and $95, respectively, for carry-on pets. Neither airline allows you to check a pet in the cargo hold.</p><p>Alyssa Eliasen, a spokeswoman for Southwest, said the fees are charged because while the airline is happy to accomodate pets, “there are some additional considerations and costs associated with that service.”</p><p>Those include staff to look at the animal “to make sure they fit within our pet fare guidelines,” she said.</p><p>On all airlines, people who bring a service animal on board do not pay any extra fee. A service animal is different from an emotional support animal because it’s “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability,” according to the <a href="" target="_blank">Americans with Disabilities Act National Network</a>.</p><p>But many airlines allow both service animals and emotional support animals as long as a medical health professional <a href="" target="_blank">fills out a form</a>.</p><p>So does that encourage travelers to register their pets as animals to avoid paying extra?</p><p>Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for American Airlines, said the airline is reviewing its <a href="" target="_blank">requirements for service and support animals</a> “with the goal of protecting our team members and our customers who have a real need for a trained service or support animal.”</p><p>“Unfortunately, untrained animals can lead to safety issues for our team, our passengers and working dogs onboard our aircraft,” he said. “We will continue to support the rights of customers, from veterans to people with disabilities, with legitimate needs.”</p><p>Feinstein added that between 2016 and 2017, American Airlines saw an increase of more than 40 percent in customers who transported a service or support animal.</p><p>Small, the owner of Clovie, said she wouldn’t consider registering her as a service animal.</p><p>“Because no matter how well trained she is — she takes commands in two languages--she does not fit the definition of service animal,” she said. “She is my pet.”</p><p>Same goes for Laurie Richards, who travels frequently with her Mi-ki Zoey.</p><p>“The flights limit the number of pets on each flight, and I believe that service animal certifications should be reserved for those with true needs,” she said.</p><p>Though she does at times break another rule.</p><p>“The rules say she is to stay in her carrier at all times,” Richards said. “I'll confess, I take her out at the gate area. She's content to sit on my lap, so I don't think it's a problem.”</p>
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How to Take the Best Road Trip of Your Life, According to a Couple That’s Been on the Road for 11 Years

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:17
<p>In 2006, travel journalist Karen Catchpole and photographer Eric Mohl packed up their New York City apartment, jumped in a Chevy Silverado, and made a beeline to New Orleans for Jazz Fest.</p><p>After more than a decade on the road, they’ve traveled through 16 countries across North, Central, and South America. And they have no plans of stopping any time soon. The pair freelance for travel publications and run their own blog, <a href="" target="_blank">Trans-Americas Journey</a>. We called them in Lima, Peru, to talk about how it all started, (not) sleeping in their car, and taking vacations<i> </i>away from the road trip.</p><img alt="Hand of the Desert, Atacama Desert "src=""><h3>Gwen McClure: What you’re doing is a dream for a lot of people. You packed up, quit your jobs, and left.</h3><p>Karen Catchpole: "Yeah, although we took our jobs with us, so it is a little bit different than what most people do. We knew we wanted this to be years and years, [and] we knew we weren’t going to bail out. We spent six years planning this as a take our jobs with us from the very beginning. This [required] many years of planning. So not just the dreaming part, not just the fun part, but the responsible I’m-a-grown-up part — all of that had to be done as well."</p><h3>You planned for six years — how did the idea for the trip begin?</h3><p>Eric Mohl: "I had given up law, and [from] 1995 to 1999 we were backpacking in Asia. It was somewhere in the midst of that trip that the Internet started to become a viable way to communicate with people. We thought Africa was going to be next."</p><p>"September 11 [happened] a year and a half or so later, and we thought, ‘why do we always travel so far?’ and decided maybe we needed to explore more locally — our own country and our neighbors — and that’s where the specifics of this journey came from."</p><img alt="Ecuador Lake "src=""><h3>At that point, were you already thinking this could be more than a vacation? A lifestyle, if that's the right word?</h3><p>EM: "Coming back from Asia in 1999 we realized it [was] possible to make this a lifestyle and that was the goal from the outset. Somewhere along the line we realized we needed to go home, gather funds, and plan this out a bit more, but the goal [was] to make this self-sustainable, and make it our lifestyle."</p><p>KC: "We really don’t even describe it as a trip, it really is just our everyday reality. It’s just that our every day reality is different every day. This is our lifestyle now. It’s 10-plus years in. It's what we do."</p><img alt="Road Trip Through Colombia "src=""><h3>From a practical standpoint, how do you make this work?</h3><p>KC: "We don’t plan that far ahead."</p><p>EM: "We consider ‘plan’ a four-letter word. We try to keep it as completely free and open as possible. Sometimes you have to plan out a week or two in advance, but it rarely goes beyond that."</p><p>"But the day-to-day, we have to figure out where we’re heading, do a little research, see what there is, if there are hotels we want to check out — or anything we want to focus on. Then there’s organizing, there's also processing my photos or Karen’s stories, and creating pitches. Then there's doing the stories and there's actually getting in the car and driving. It really is like four or five separate jobs that we have in keeping all of this going on a day in, day out basis."</p><p>KC: "[There’s] a constant churn of plan, execute, research, report, pitch, write, repeat."</p><img alt="Ecuador Road Trip with Volcanoes "src=""><h3>In terms of the logistics, do you sleep in your Silverado every night?</h3><p>KC: "We don’t sleep in the truck. We slept in the cab one night [during] the entire journey. We have a lot of camping equipment that we used a lot in North America, but generally the majority of where we're sleeping is affordable, local guest houses that have a parking lot that we can fit our truck. The truck is the main thing that we consider when we’re deciding where to sleep because we can’t leave it on the street. And it's a big truck — it doesn’t fit everywhere."</p><h3>What items do you always keep in the truck?</h3><p>KC: "Anybody who is going on any road trip of any length should have [these things] with them in the vehicle: a Hydro Flask stainless steel water bottle with the straw top, because you can drink from it when you're driving and it's not going to spill. If you want to keep something hot, it keeps it hot. If you want to keep something cold, it keeps it cold."</p><p>"We obviously rely on things like Google Maps and I drill right down to really pedantic stuff like hand sanitizer, and lip balm with SPF. We always have a Brinno time lapse camera on our dashboard and it takes nifty time lapse videos of everywhere we drive."</p><img alt="Bolivia Road Trip "src=""><h3>Snacks are key to a good road trip. What are your must-haves?</h3><p>KC: "We generally always have Trader Joe’s dry roasted unsalted almonds in the truck because that is the perfect antidote [for] anyone who's getting hangry — which happens on the road."</p><p>EM: "Any nuts are really the ultimate road trip snacks. Protein just fills you up when you can’t find any other food [and they're] healthy."</p><h3>How much are you actually driving and how much are you planted in one location?</h3><p>EM: "The first year we drove over 40,000 miles. Now, we drive [about] 15,000 every year — not very much."</p><p>"We're spending six months in one country and then we have to leave because of visa stuff. We'll go to the neighboring country or to two neighboring countries usually, then circle back to where we began and do another six months there. We generally just do small circles, and there's not that much driving."</p><p>KC: "We are traveling much more slowly than we did at the beginning and part of that is just the amount of drivable roads — [it's] enormous in the United States and Canada, it's enormous in Mexico. Not so much in Central America. And in plenty of South American countries, there are vast stretches of the country that don’t have a road, so the amount of miles you can conceivably do becomes smaller and smaller."</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How to Quit Your Job and Travel the World, According to People Who Have Done It</a></p><h3>What about the language — did you speak much Spanish before you left?</h3><p>EM: "I'd gone down to Mexico a few times and communicated really poorly, but I wouldn’t consider myself able to speak Spanish prior to this."</p><p>KC: "We have an ugly confession to make: we still really only speak in present tense. We have a fantastic vocabulary, we understand what people are saying to us, they can use any tense they want, [but] when we speak it is almost exclusively in present tense. That's the dirty little secret of the Trans-Americas Journey."</p><img alt="Galapagos Islands, Ecuador "src=""><img alt="Ecuador Lake "src=""><h3>Your primary mode of transport has been your car. Have you been on a plane since you left?</h3><p>KC: "We’ve been to the Galápagos Islands three times."</p><p>EM: "Every 18 to 24 months we'll go home for a month in December or whatever, just to visit friends and family, but we do not really fly between destinations."</p><h3>So you take vacations from your trip?</h3><p>KC: "Exactly. When we go back to the States, that’s the ‘time off’ part. We see friends, we catch up with family, we do all the stuff that takes us out of our real life. And then we come back to Latin America and it's back to the grindstone."</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Why This Is the Best Country on Earth for Freelancers</a></p><h3>Is there such a thing as a typical day for you?</h3><p>EM: "Probably one of 12 typical days."</p><p>KC: "There’s the day when we know we’re going to be driving all day. There’s the day like now, in Lima, when we know the focus is [to] plow through this long list of things that has been on the list for far too long."</p><p>EM: "And there are full-on reporting days or just [days] wandering around seeing things."</p><p>KC: "But every day has an element of that because at the end of the day, we are in a place that we weren’t born in and every day, there’s something new about the place we're in."</p><img alt="Peru Road Trip Alpacas "src=""><h3>What’s been the most challenging part of making this journey successful?</h3><p>KC: "Getting enough work. That’s the biggest challenge. The rest, somehow, either we've gotten good at it over the years or it's just easier, but that piece of our lives is really a big challenge and it is for every freelancer I know. I don’t necessarily think we're special in that regard, but the remote part of the way we work adds just one more challenge to that."</p><img alt="Waterfall Road Trip in Ecuador "src=""><h3>Do you have any fool-proof tips for not getting sick of your travel partner on a road trip?</h3><p>KC: "Be flexible. Allow for time doing separate things. Maybe one of you is a shopper and the other one isn’t, so this afternoon you do things separately. You’re on vacation, theoretically, and you’re just supposed to be having fun."</p><p>EM: "I don’t think there is a perfect recipe for that, but having shared interests helps and having some space in your itinerary to do things separately also helps. And you have to come to an understanding of what kind of trip it's going to be. You know, compromise. It's the rule of relationships and life — even more so when you’re in tiny spaces.</p><h3>What’s your best piece of advice for someone who wants to do something like this?</h3><p>KC: "Be clear about what 'this' really is."</p><p>EM: "People say, ‘Oh I wish I could do that.' Be clear. A working <a href="" target="_blank">road trip</a> is a working road trip. Do you want to travel? Or do you want to make this a lifestyle? That's the first thing. [If] you want to save up money and go off for a year or two traveling, do that."</p><p>KC: "That's fabulous. But do you want a traveling lifestyle? That's a completely different animal."</p><h3>And more generally — what's your best road trip tip?</h3><p>KC: "It’s going to take longer than you think and you’re going to want to stop more than you think, and the worst feeling in the world on a road trip is to be in a hurry."</p><p>"[And] I always think that a road trip benefits from having a loose theme. Maybe you’re interested in state parks you’ve never visited before, or maybe you're interested in sports stadiums."</p><p>EM: "It’s not just about driving. I think many people just don’t think about what's in between and you wind up missing a lot. Someone says ‘Oh, did you go here?’ and it's like ‘Wait — I just missed the biggest ball of twine in the universe?’"</p><p>"Really what makes the road interesting is all of these things you didn’t know about that surprise you; and surprise your friends when you tell them."</p><p>KC: "The key is stopping and talking to people who live there. Get a Coke from a little store and start talking to the woman who sold it to you, because that's how you’re going to find out about the largest ball of twine — or the really cool museum, or the parade."</p>
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How Newport Became the Most Exciting Beach Town in New England

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 08:30
<p>Everyone says the best way to see Newport is by boat, and less than two hours after arriving in town, I was invited onto one. Not one of the luxury yachts I associated with this famously tony summer destination, but a 21-foot center-console fishing boat belonging to Tom McGowan, one of the owners of a local gluten-free vodka brand called Keel. I’d met him through his girlfriend, Jill Rizzo, a florist whose boho arrangements might be described as Dutch Masters meets farmhouse. </p><p>It was August, and the sun was just beginning to set as we opened up a bottle of Prosecco and cruised around Narragansett Bay. "There's Harbour Court, the summer outpost of the New York Yacht Club," McGowan yelled over the motor, pointing at a rambling stone manor fronted by an expanse of immaculate grass. Just to the left, built over a limestone ledge a little ways from shore, was the clubhouse of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club, named after a Victorian-era lighthouse keeper famous for how many people she rescued. Farther along was the Forty 1° North, a gracious luxury hotel cofounded by the late Campbell Soup heiress Dorrance "Dodo" Hamilton, and the 19th-century spire of St. Mary's Church, where in 1953 John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier.</p> <p>History in Newport is ubiquitous — and enjoyable. The identity of the little New England town, beyond the beaches and the lobster shacks, has long been tied up with its Gilded Age mansions, its fancy boats and cars. People come here to gawk at how America's elite — the Vanderbilts, the Astors, the Morgans — lived more than a century ago. But Newport is more than a well-preserved relic. Beyond the touristy fudge shops and T-shirt stores on Thames Street, there's a city with real personality waiting to be discovered, one with chic bistros, craft-cocktail bars, and the same kind of authentic blending of surf and fishing culture for which <a href="" target="_blank">Montauk</a>, on the eastern tip of Long Island, has long been known. </p><p>"Don't tell me Newport is trendy now," groaned Camilla Hammer, a friend who grew up summering there, when I told her I was writing a story about the city. Perhaps not yet, but Newport is becoming an increasingly appealing Northeastern beach alternative to the overcrowded Hamptons or <a href="" target="_blank">Cape Cod</a>. That's thanks in part to newcomers, like McGowan, who've set up businesses in Newport after being drawn in by the natural beauty and quality of life. There are also plenty of native Newporters who've returned after getting burned out by big-city life — like Rizzo, who brought home Studio Choo, the flower shop she cofounded in <a href="" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>. Rizzo grew up in the Fifth Ward, a working-class Irish neighborhood where many of the domestics who worked in the great mansions settled in the 19th century. When she was younger, the city felt alive to her only during summer, when it filled with visitors who came for events like the celebrated annual jazz festival. "Now it's a year-round town," she told me.</p><p>%image3 full</p><p>Given Newport's Montauk vibe, perhaps it's not surprising that an actual Montauk business has recently arrived in town. Last spring, Gurney's, the hotel and spa known for its brand of carefully disheveled luxury, opened a second location here. It's in a former Hyatt on Goat Island, which is connected to downtown Newport by a short bridge and was once inhabited by, yes, goats. I got there by taking a train to Kingston, Rhode Island, followed by a short car ride, though high rollers can access the property via seaplane from <a href="" target="_blank">Manhattan</a> in less than an hour. When I arrived, two couples in the lobby were sipping Aperol Spritzes and snacking on avocado tartines while debating the finer points of the Bruce Springsteen catalogue. After getting settled in my room, which had a view of the harbor and Newport beyond, I went on my sunset boat trip with McGowan and Rizzo before making my way back to Gurney's for dinner at Scarpetta. This is another New York import, the sixth outpost of the sophisticated Italian restaurant with locations in Manhattan and Montauk. I sat outside and let the charmingly bossy Italian waiter talk me into a tasting menu that included tuna <em>crudo</em> with preserved-truffle oil, seared scallops with English peas, roasted beet salad with ricotta, and spaghetti with fresh tomato and basil. </p><p>The next morning I woke up early to meet up with Rizzo on Bellevue Avenue, Newport's fashionable main thoroughfare. She was tending to the floral arrangements at La Forge Casino Restaurant. A Newport institution that overlooks the grass courts of the neighboring International Tennis Hall of Fame, it is undergoing its own transformation. "New owners took over here a few months ago and started replacing the dusty tchotchkes and pink tablecloths and frozen food," Rizzo explained. The menu has gone from nachos and quesadillas to <em>burrata</em> from Narragansett Creamery and locally grown squash blossoms stuffed with house-made ricotta. Rizzo was combining some big, architectural monstera leaves with a bouquet of gladiolus and sunflowers grown on a flower farm just north of town.</p> <img alt="Surfer in Newport, Rhode Island; Castle Hill Inn estate" src=""> From left: A surfer arrives for an afternoon session at Sachets Beach, a.k.a. Second Beach, a local favorite; guests at Castle Hill Inn, a historic Newport estate, take in the view of Narragansett Bay. Brian W. Ferry <p>Rizzo's penchant for loose arrangements and unexpected combinations — instead of the hydrangeas and rose balls that were once de rigueur in a place like Newport — has proven popular. Because the town is one of America's premier wedding destinations, she's especially busy in summer, but she is in demand all year long. From La Forge Casino, we walked a few doors down to the Audrain Automobile Museum, another of her clients, which showcases some of the rarest and most precious cars on earth. (Another automotive palace, the Newport Car Museum, opened last summer in a former missile factory.) While Rizzo went to work, I crept around the museum before it opened, checking out the collection. There was a 1963 Corvette with a glittery copper-and-silver exterior customized by George Barris, who designed the Batmobile from the 1966 <em>Batman </em>TV show; a 1930 Duesenberg Model J that belonged to the mother of Doris Duke; and a 1953 Ferrari Europa that David de Muzio, the museum's director, later described to me as "the queen of the collection." </p><p>Rizzo's next stop was a 15-bedroom Georgian Revival mansion on six acres owned by a private client. (She made me promise not to reveal his name or the name of the estate.) There she worked out of the flower pantry, a room off the kitchen lined with hundreds of vases. As we made our way through the ground floor, replacing flowers and picking up fallen leaves, I noted the embroidered bathroom towels, the lawns mowed in perfect lines, and the hurried house manager in a polo shirt who spoke in hushed tones and didn't seem all that comfortable with my presence.</p><p>So I took an Uber back to Bellevue Avenue. On the way, my driver casually mentioned that he winters on a 4,000-acre ranch in Texas. <em>Only in Newport,</em> I thought. My next destination was the retail location of Farmaesthetics, a local natural-beauty line whose chlorophyll-infused Vapor Bath Elixir I had picked up at Saks and fallen in love with. Owner Brenda Brock opened the shop eight years ago. She's a seventh-generation Texan who was living in New York and acting on the soap opera <em>One Life to Live</em> when she visited Newport for the first time: "I remember coming over the bridge and taking a deep breath of salty air, and I was completely moved," Brock said. She met a Newport native, a mechanical engineer and designer, whom she dated long-distance until they bought and restored a farmhouse and then married. </p><p>That was 26 years ago. In a sense, Brock is the godmother of Newport's next generation of lifestyle entrepreneurs. But even after all this time, she doesn't feel like she completely fits in. "If you weren't born here, you're not a native, no matter how many businesses you start or kids you have here." She said this without frustration. "Everyone is really supportive of the new businesses, new blood, new restaurants. It's not just the Top-Sider set. I love the blue blazers and tennis clubs, but it all exists together here."</p> <img alt="Tuna at Castle Hill Inn; Gurney's Newport, on Goat Island" src=""> From left: Seared yellowfin tuna, one of the entrées at the restaurant at Castle Hill Inn; the view of Narragansett Bay from a room at Gurney’s Newport, on Goat Island. Brian W. Ferry <p>Back at Gurney's, I changed into a cocktail dress to meet Rizzo and McGowan at a fund-raiser for the local Boys &amp; Girls Club at the Newport Shipyard, the hub of Newport's legendary regatta circuit. Women in floral palazzo pants and men with Hermès pocket squares sipped spiked punch and toured the yachts while a band played a steel-drum cover of "I Shot the Sheriff." I heard a guy in a seersucker suit casually ask the bartender if a yacht called<em> Where's Waldo? </em>was for sale. "Every yacht is for sale," said the bartender with a tinge of heard-it-all boredom. "But I don't know the listing price." Several, I learned, could be chartered for around $50,000 a week. </p><p>After wandering through the leather-upholstered galleys and past the master suites and hot tubs of a dozen yachts, I began to feel a little exhausted by all the ostentatious displays of wealth. I walked through town, past Cardines Field, one of the oldest baseball stadiums in America, where Babe Ruth and Satchel Paige both played, and the White Horse Tavern, which claims to be the oldest in America. Just off Broadway, home to a strip of restaurants and bars beloved by locals, I went into a casual burger joint called Mission (named after a speakeasy that operated in town during Prohibition) and ordered a slaw dog. I sat down outside to eat it with Newport native Anna Jenkins Burnley, who cofounded the restaurant with her identical twin sister, Julia Jenkins Hoffer, after returning home following stints living in California and New York. Their husbands are, adorably, the co-chefs.</p><p>I explained that I was wearing silk because I had just escaped a gala. She giggled. "We call them the yachty la-di-das," she said. She espouses a more populist view of her town. "It doesn't matter what class you're in," she went on. "Everyone wants a burger. People come to see the wharf and water and mansions, but I push people to come to Broadway and see places run by people born and raised here. We get university students, ship workers, seasonal employees, young kids out at the bars." Inside, as if to prove her point, a pair of Navy officers were making small talk with a middle-aged couple who looked like NPR listeners. </p><p>Jenkins Burnley admitted that one thing she's never done in her town is tour the Breakers, the historic Vanderbilt mansion. I went to see it the next day. On the way, I passed great homes with names like the Elms, Marble House, and Chepstow. Some are now inns, some schools, and some, like Rosecliff and the Breakers, museums. I had signed up for a new tour called "Beneath the Breakers" that took a cue from <em>Downton Abbey</em> to show how the mansion was actually run, winding through the tunnels the servants used to keep the 70-room house functioning. The tour paid surprisingly close attention to the various pipes and fittings used, which fascinated the structural engineer in my group, but after a while I decided to explore on my own. I love a really over-the-top estate, like <a href="" target="_blank">Graceland</a> or Hearst Castle, and this one did not disappoint. There were John Singer Sargent paintings, ornately carved settees and screens, dining rooms with fresco-covered ceilings, and everywhere a relentless kind of opulence.</p><p>%image5 full</p><p>From the Breakers, I continued on to Castle Hill, another great home from the late 19th century; it's now a Relais &amp; Châteaux inn and restaurant. After a glorious massage in the spa, I walked to the garden, where Lou Rossi, the young executive chef, was picking radishes and turnip greens for dinner. A Massachusetts native, Rossi did a stint in the kitchen at Per Se in New York before returning to New England to cook. The garden is his pet project to bring sustainable flair to the menu. "Get the loose ravioli with sweet corn and tomatoes," he told me. "They're really good right now." I took his advice, then tried the seared tuna with sambal sauce, followed by the clams and fennel. The couple at the table next to me ordered champagne. They toasted each other and then invited the staff and me to have a glass with them. When I remarked on what an idyllic summer evening it was, the wife replied, "You should come in the winter. The fireplace is lit. It's really intimate." </p><p>The next morning, I braved the very strong fish smell in the air at the Newport Shipyard to go to Belle's, a café with excellent coffee and organic eggs and a view of the harbor. Afterward, I walked past the colonial homes of the Point neighborhood just across the street. Most are wood and were built in the 18th century and painted black, slate gray, or pastel shades. Some had carvings of pineapples, a symbol of prosperity popular in that era. Others had plaques that identified them as things like prayer shop under a grant from King George II.</p> <img alt="Lobster roll in Newport, Rhode Island; a dog enjoying a boat ride" src=""> From left: The lobster roll at Newport Lobster Shack; out on a fishing boat on Narragansett Bay. Brian W. Ferry <p>I hadn't yet had a proper beach day, so I took an Uber to Second Beach, which I'd heard was far nicer although a bit farther out than First Beach. I swam for a while, then sketched a group of teenagers hanging out nearby. When I got hungry, I headed back into town to the Newport Lobster Shack, which is collectively owned by local fishermen who grew up catching crab and lobsters off of Aquidneck Island. The lobster roll and chowder were fresh, and the whole experience was heightened by sitting outside on a bench, sniffing the salty air, looking at the wooden houses and seagulls and watching boats bob on the water in the harbor. I began walking slowly over the bridge to Goat Island one final time, smiling at a father and son who were fishing off of it. And then a young couple on a vintage metallic-green Vespa zoomed by me and parked at Gurney's. They took off their helmets and headed inside, just two more newcomers eager to find out what Newport is all about. </p><p><em>This story was produced with assistance from Gurney's Newport. </em></p><p><img src="" /></p><h2>How to Experience Newport, New and Old</h2><h3>When to Go</h3><p>Newport is most vibrant during the summer season, which runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but this is also when the crowds are thickest and the hotel rooms most expensive. The town is increasingly a year-round destination, one that’s also quite wonderful in early spring or October, when the leaves change. </p><h2>Lodging</h2><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Castle Hill Inn</a>: </strong>Stay in the Shingle Style 1874 mansion or one of the newer beachfront cottages. Stop in for dinner to sample the excellent dishes made with vegetables grown on the property. <em>doubles from $355 in the off-season, $835 in summer.</em></p><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Gurney’s Newport</a>: </strong>The hoteliers behind the original Gurney’s in Montauk, New York, transformed an old Hyatt into a comfy resort with terrific coffee, an outpost of the Italian restaurant Scarpetta, and Porsche Cayennes available to ferry guests around town. <em>doubles from $149 in the off-season, $700 in summer. </em></p><h3>Food</h3><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Belle’s Café</a>: </strong>Head to this brunch spot at Newport Shipyard for fluffy pancakes or a sandwich with the catch of the day, plus a view of the marina. Closed in winter. <em>entrées $6–$22. </em></p><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">La Forge Casino</a>: </strong>A Newport cornerstone since 1880, the restaurant serves classic, seafood-focused New England comfort food done right.<em> entrées $16–$32.</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://marina​" target="_blank">Marina Café &amp; Pub</a>: </strong>Get a strong drink and snack on quality bar food at this hideaway on Goat Island with views of the marina and the city beyond. Closed in winter. </p><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Mission</a>: </strong>Visit this casual joint in the Lower Broadway area for burgers, dogs, hand-cut fries, and house-made ice pops.<em> entrées $4–$9. </em></p><p><strong><a href="http://newportlobster​" target="_blank">Newport Lobster Shack</a>: </strong>This classic New England lobster house is owned by a collective of fishermen who get their lobsters, crabs, and conch from the waters around Aquidneck Island. </p><h3>Shopping &amp; Activities</h3><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Audrain Automobile Museum</a>: </strong>A collection of luxury vehicles housed in a beautiful 1903 building downtown<em>. </em></p><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Breakers</a>: </strong>If you’re going to see just one mansion in town, it should be this former Vanderbilt estate. Between the museum-worthy paintings and billion-dollar views, you’ll get a true taste of that Gilded Age lifestyle<em>.</em></p><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Farmaesthetics</a>: </strong>Pick up the Vapor Bath Elixir, a concentrated green blend of chlorophyll and essential oils that’s a lifesaver after a long workout (or a late night out).</p><p><strong>Sachuest Beach: </strong>Locals swear by this spot, better known as Second Beach, that’s a short drive from downtown Newport. <em>Sachuest Point Rd., Middletown.</em></p><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Studio Choo East</a>: </strong>Floral designer Jill Rizzo is available by appointment; you can also sign up for one of her seasonal workshops.</p>
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Tourists Kicked Out of Machu Picchu for Mooning the 15th-century Citadel

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 08:22
<p>Three tourists were kicked out of <a href="" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a> on Tuesday after taking pictures of their bare buttocks in front of the Incan ruins.</p><p>“The three tourists dropped their pants to show their buttocks and took photos,” police official Martin Flores <a href="" target="_blank">told AFP</a>, adding that it is not allowed. “In accordance with internal rules in place there, the three tourists were expelled, but they were not detained.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Everything You Need to Know About a Trip to Easter Island</a></p><p>The tourists were a 21-year-old from Germany, a 24-year-old from Switzerland, and a 26-year-old from the Netherlands.</p><p>Naked tourism to the 15th-century Peruvian monument has become such a common problem that, in 2014, <a href="" target="_blank">Peru’s Ministry of Culture declared the exposures</a> “disrespectful” and “unfortunate events that threaten cultural heritage.”</p><p>Park rules are now printed on the back of admission tickets and the rules clearly ban nudity onsite. While there aren’t any estimates as to how many tourists per year attempt to bare all at the Peruvian citadel, in 2015 alone, <a href="" target="_blank">at least 10 tourists were caught</a> taking naked pictures.</p><p>It’s estimated that more than 1.2 million tourists visit Machu Picchu every year. However, the tourism site’s own popularity could actually harm it in the long run. In July, <a href="" target="_blank">officials implemented a new policy of timed tickets</a> to help spread out the flow of visitors. Visitors now must also stay on one of three approved paths instead of exploring trails independently.</p>
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