The Top Pets Names of 2018: People Are Naming Their Pets After Meghan and Harry, Cardi B, and Childish Gambino (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 06:31
<p>If a new four-legged friend is about to enter your life you’ve got a few things on your to-do list: buy a dog bed, pick out a dog food brand, buy a boatload of toys, and oh yeah, think about a name.<br /><br />That last one is extremely important because remember, you’ll be screaming it for the next 10 years as you say “down!,” “no!” and “don’t eat that!” Ahhh, the joys of being a pet parent.</p><p>If you need a little help thinking of the perfect name for your new baby bear <a href=";utm_campaign=DogNames2018&amp;utm_source=facebook&amp;irgwc=1&amp;clickid=xCZyokTseQKdyKX3%3AAWLvSq3UkgU9E1ONQlL0k0&amp;utm_campaign=10079&amp;utm_content=Online%20Tracking%20Link_ONLINE_TRACKING_LINK&amp;utm_source=impact&amp;utm_medium=affiliate" target="_blank"></a> is here to help. The pet sitting website released its list of the top 100 most popular dog names of 2018. And, <a href="" target="_blank">like human children</a>, it turns out people are heavily influenced by both pop culture and tradition when it comes to naming their pets.</p><p>According to Rover, retro names are making a big comeback, with names Minnie, Pearl, Willie and Fred jumping 17 percent this year.</p><p>People are also clearly obsessed with <a href="" target="_blank">Fortnite</a> with names including Zoey, Lucky, Rex, and Ranger, jumping 16 percent.</p><p>Musically-inspired names also made a big leap with the use of Cardi jumping 1,250 percent, Freddie Mercury up 67 percent, and Gambino up 190 percent.</p><p>Of course, <a href="" target="_blank">the royal family</a> made an enormous impact on both the world and pet names this year thanks to the birth of the newest prince and <a href="" target="_blank">the wedding</a> of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Dogs named after the royal family went up by 11 percent this year with names including Sophie, George, Prince, and Charlotte. But, Meghan and Harry saw the biggest leap, with the use of Meghan up 133 percent and Harry up 129 percent.</p><p>Still, the old favorites reigned supreme. The top 10 female dog names of 2018 include classics like, Bella, Luna, Lucy, Daisy, Lola, Sadie, Molly, Bailey, Stella and Maggie. For boys, its Max, Charlie, Cooper, Buddy, Jack, Rocky, Duke, Bear, Oliver and Tucker.</p><p>But really, no matter what you name them you’re going to give them a nickname within the first day of bringing them home. Still, if you need ideas check out the complete list of <a href=";utm_campaign=DogNames2018&amp;utm_source=facebook&amp;irgwc=1&amp;clickid=xCZyokTseQKdyKX3%3AAWLvSq3UkgU9E1ONQlL0k0&amp;utm_campaign=10079&amp;utm_content=Online%20Tracking%20Link_ONLINE_TRACKING_LINK&amp;utm_source=impact&amp;utm_medium=affiliate" target="_blank">top 100 dog names on</a>.</p>
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All of Your Favorite Disney Channel Holiday Episodes Are Streaming 24/7 Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 06:27
<p>It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Disney fans.</p><p>Throughout the month of December, Disney Channel is making every early-aughts babies’ wishes come true by streaming a 24/7 marathon of special holiday episodes of five classic shows on its YouTube channel, according to a <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Channel press release</a>.</p><p>That’s right. All day. Every day. Throughout December.</p><p>On the Disney Channel YouTube, anyone will be able to stream five very special holiday episodes from<i> "</i>Lizzie McGuire<i>," "</i>The Proud Family<em>,"<i> "</i></em>Even Stevens," "That’s So Raven," and "Phineas and Ferb." And these episodes are all repeating on a loop for the entire month, so there are plenty of chances to catch them all.</p><p>If you were a tween in the early 2000’s, you’ll be happy to know that all of these episodes are catering to your very specific nostalgic tastes. The "Lizzie McGuire" holiday episode on the stream involves a cameo from pop star Aaron Carter (try not to squeal), and the "Even Stevens" episode, “A Heck of A Hanukkah,” features Shia LaBeouf’s character enacting his own version of "It’s A Wonderful Life".</p><p>Not to mention some hilarious antics from Raven-Symoné on "That’s So Raven," an adventure with the boys on "Phineas and Ferb," and a heartwarming Kwanzaa celebration with "The Proud Family."</p><p>To watch the stream, simply visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Channel Youtube page</a>.</p><p>And, if you need more than just five shows to get your Disney holiday entertainment fix, the Disney Channel network is also airing its 25 Days of Christmas between now and Dec. 25, showing everyone’s favorite holiday movies, Disney Channel Original Movies and special programming for most of the month.</p><p>Frankly, this is the best reason to stay in and <a href="" target="_blank">binge watch</a> rather than <a href="" target="_blank">face the winter weather</a>. So, grab the family, fire up your streaming device, get cozy, and indulge in some nostalgia this season.</p>
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Alaska Airlines Has $39 One-way Flights Around the U.S. This Winter (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 16:47
<p>Travelers looking to book a winter getaway to popular locations across the U.S. for cheap can now snag round-trip flights for as little as $78 with <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines’</a> latest <a href="||20181204_SALE_FLASH||-prodID:FareSales" target="_blank">flash sale</a>.</p><p>The airline is offering flights that start as low as $39 one-way, though travelers will need to act fast as the deals are only available for booking through Dec. 5.</p><p>Flights are available for travel between Jan. 8 and March 6, with blackout dates from Feb. 14–25.</p><p>Domestic flights start at $39 one-way between locations like Las Vegas and Los Angeles, while $49 will get passengers one-way flights between Las Vegas and San Francisco and between Los Angeles and San Francisco.</p><p>Some top domestic deals include $69 one-way flights from Burbank to Portland and from Seattle to Las Vegas, $79 one-way flights from Austin to San Diego and from Burbank to Seattle, $89 one-way flights from San Francisco to Nashville, $99 one-way flights from Chicago to Los Angeles and to Portland, $119 one-way flights from Boston to Los Angeles and to San Francisco, $119 one-way flights from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, and $129 one-way flights from Boston to Portland.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">You Can Now Text Alaska Airlines Agents for Your Customer Service Needs (Video)</a></p><p>Those looking for a sun-soaked getaway will also find flights to Hawaii for $189 one-way from Seattle to Maui, $189 one-way from Los Angeles to Honolulu, and $199 one-way from Los Angeles to Maui.</p><p>There are also deals to several locations in Mexico. These include Los Cabos, with flights starting at $109 one-way from San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles, and from $169 one-way from Seattle.</p><p>Los Angeles fliers can also take advantage of $109 one-way flights to Mazatlan, $119 one-way flights to Guadalajara, $119 one-way flights to Manzanillo, and $129 one-way flights to Ixtapa.</p>
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You Could Celebrate the Holidays at the Real-life 'Downton Abbey' Castle

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:15
<p>No one celebrates the holidays quite like the Crawleys. And now, you can ring in the festivities just like the high-born, English family from “Downton Abbey<i>.</i>”</p><p>On Dec. 15, <a href="" target="_blank">Premium Tours</a> will be holding a Christmas Ball in true Edwardian fashion at <a href="" target="_blank">Highclere Castle</a> – the famous mansion used as the setting for the Masterpiece Classic show, “Downton Abbey<i>.</i>” As part of the one night event the current owners of the home (yes, people <em>do</em> live there), the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon will welcome guests to sip champagne, nibble on canapés and enjoy guided tours of the house to discover its own rich history as well as the history of the beloved TV show.</p><p>After a short reception, guests will also enjoy a three-course meal, including a starter, dessert, and main course with a choice of roasted turkey breast or a vegetarian baked “Goldcross” goat’s cheese. Surely, Mrs. Patmore would approve.</p><p>Guests will also be able to enter a free raffle to win amazing prizes like Lady Carnarvon’s novel, “Lady Catherine, the Real Downton Abbey<i>,</i>”<i> </i>or <a href="" target="_blank">Eurostar</a> tickets to Paris plus chocolate and (more) champagne. And the final treat of the evening includes Christmas carols by the fire.</p><p>Booking this special evening begins at £490 (just over $623 USD) per person, including seniors, students and children between the ages of three and 16. Suit and tie or cocktail dresses are required for the night, not that any of us need an excuse to dress up for a fancy party at a castle. If anything, don’t be surprised if people show up in full-on early 20th century regalia.</p><p>Premium Tours also offers a luxury motor coach that leaves London at 4 p.m. local time and returns to the city around 1 a.m.</p><p>More information on this opulent night of holiday festivities can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Premium Tours website</a>.</p>
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Traveler’s Diarrhea Is the Worst — but a New Pill Could Save You on Your Next Trip

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:40
<p>Nothing ruins a trip to Mexico like a case of Montezuma’s Revenge. A jaunt through India can stop dead in its tracks due to a bout of Delhi Belly. In other parts of the globe, the affliction is simply called “Traveler’s Diarrhea,” and there are estimates that it affects up to 40 percent of travelers around the world.</p><p>But the condition may no longer need to put your travel plans on pause.</p><p>The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) <a href="" target="_blank">recently approved a new drug</a> that could quickly eradicate the symptoms when you’re on the road.</p><p>Aemcolo, an antibacterial drug, will work to eradicate the symptoms of Traveler’s Diarrhea caused by E. coli. It is expected to be available to Americans in February 2019. The pill should be taken orally over the course of three or four days to alleviate symptoms.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to the company that developed Aemcolo</a>, it is the first antibiotic the FDA has approved for the treatment of Traveler’s Diarrhea in over a decade.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The FDA defines Traveler’s Diarrhea</a> as “having three or more unformed stools in 24 hours” while you’re traveling. It is caused by “a variety of pathogens, but most commonly bacteria found in food and water.” It can happen anywhere but the highest risk destinations for American travelers are throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, and Central and South America.</p><p>The treatment wasn’t effective in cases where diarrhea was complicated by a fever or bloody stool. Aemcolo also won’t work for cases of Traveler’s Diarrhea caused by “pathogens other than noninvasive strains of E. coli,” according to the FDA.</p><p>Aemcolo’s most common side effects were headache and constipation.</p><p>The pill <a href="" target="_blank">should be available at pharmacies</a> to purchase before (or even during) your trip.</p>
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Mexico's New President Is Selling the Presidential Plane and Will Fly Coach Instead

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:38
<p>The president of Mexico is selling his equivalent of <a href="" target="_blank">Air Force One</a>.</p><p>In a move to rid the federal government of corruption, newly-elected President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said at a rally that he would be “selling all the planes and helicopters that the corrupt politicians used,” <a href="" target="_blank">according to Reuters</a>.</p><p>The Boeing 787 Dreamliner flew to California on Monday, where it will begin the process of being sold. It is worth an estimated $218 million but it is yet unclear when the aircraft will be available for purchase.</p><p>In addition to the former presidential jet, the Mexican government will also sell 60 government planes and 70 government helicopters, the nation’s finance minister <a href="" target="_blank">said at a press conference</a>. Obrador has said that he will fly coach in commercial planes to save money.</p><p>The former presidential jet — no, it’s not called Air Force Uno — comes equipped with several luxurious meeting rooms, a presidential bedroom (complete with marble-lined bathroom), several flat-screen TVs and security equipment. The jet was ordered in 2012 under President Felipe Calderón for $368 million, <a href="" target="_blank">according to Associated Press</a>. It was delivered in 2016 to President Enrique Pena Nieto.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Top 10 Resort Hotels in Mexico</a></p><p>Aviation analysts have deemed that the sale of the aircraft will pose a financial loss to the country. <a href="" target="_blank">It’s estimated that the aircraft could be purchased</a> for $81.6 million by a commercial airline or $142.4 million by a private buyer.</p><p>The estimated losses do not take into account the cost of operating private flights for the president — nor the amount of security that will be necessary for him to fly commercial.</p>
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Marriott Will Pay for New Passports for Victims of Massive Data Breach

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:12
<p>Last week, <a href="" target="_blank">Marriott revealed that a massive data breach</a> may have affected up to 500 million people who made hotel reservations through Starwood’s online database. It is believed to have been one of the largest customer database breaches in history.</p><p>On Monday, <a href="" target="_blank">Marriott told <em>MarketWatch</em></a><i> </i>that the company will pay for a new passport for any customer who believes their identity was compromised by the breach through a process set up by the company.</p><p>“As it relates to passports and potential fraud, we are setting up a process to work with our guests who believe that they have experienced fraud as a result of their passports being involved in this incident. If, through that process, we determine that fraud has taken place, then the company will reimburse guests for the costs associated with getting a new passport,” a spokesperson told the website.</p><p>Marriott estimates that up to 327 million guests may have had their passport number compromised. If so, this will be a costly fix as a new U.S. passport costs $110.</p><p>The data breach could affect anyone who booked a Starwood hotel — including W Hotels, St. Regis and Westin Hotels — anywhere from 2014 to Sept. 10, 2018.</p><p>Information compromised in the breach could include name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences. Some credit card information may also have been exposed in the breach.</p><p>Those worried about the security of their personal information can <a href="" target="_blank">enroll in a free identity theft monitoring program</a> through Marriott. Customers can also contact a call center (phone numbers are <a href="" target="_blank">available here</a>) for more information.</p>
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This Airline Will Fly Kids for Free So You Can Take a Family Vacation to Scandinavia

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:00
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Scandinavian Airlines</a> is back with its <a href="" target="_blank">kids fly free promotion</a>, offering families looking to explore the Scandinavian countries of <a href="" target="_blank">Sweden</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Norway</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Denmark</a> the chance to do so at a major discount.</p><p>The airline is offering free base airfare for round-trip flights to children traveling to any of the airline's destinations in Scandinavia and Finland with their adult companions between Jan. 8 and April 2, 2019.</p><p>Passengers only need to pay the cost of government taxes and carrier-imposed fees for the child’s ticket, meaning children can fly from the U.S. to the European stops for as little as roughly $60 round-trip.</p><p>The deal is available from all seven of Scandinavian Airlines’ U.S. markets, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.</p><p>The deal is applicable for infants up to 23 months old and children from the ages of two to 11 years old. While children 12 or over will not qualify for the promotion, the airline does also offer <a href="" target="_blank">youth rates</a> to travelers under the age of 26.</p><p>Flights must be booked directly through the airline’s website by Dec. 10. </p>
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Forget Safety, This Is the Money-saving Reason You Should Fly With Your Phone in Airplane Mode

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 09:34
<p>We’ve all casually rolled our eyes when the pre-flight announcement told us to put our electronic devices in airplane mode (or shut them off completely).</p><p>We’ve all thought, “Really? These little boxes of metal and glass can’t possibly interfere with the plane’s equipment, right?” Well, even though that idea might be <a href="" target="_blank">up for debate</a>, there’s another reason why you might want to heed those pre-flight warnings – just in case the risk to your personal safety wasn’t quite enough.</p><p>According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Irish Times</a></em>, one traveler ended up having to pay a $300 cell phone bill for roaming charges accrued during his Aer Lingus flight from Ireland to the U.S. What could have prevented these massive fees? You guessed it. Turning his phone to airplane mode.</p><p>The man, who remained anonymous in the <em>Irish Times</em>, had a contract with AT&amp;T, which said that his extra charges were from antennas installed on the plane that are not included in the company’s unlimited roaming plan. So, it’s unlimited as long as you’re on the ground it seems.</p><p>A spokesperson for Aer Lingus told the Irish Times that it always warns passengers to turn their phones to airplane mode for “safety reasons.” Any fees racked up by those who don’t follow the rules do not go to the airline.</p><p>If you do end up on an Aer Lingus flight and decide it’s not worth the risk being charged hundreds of dollars for roaming fees, the airline also offers <a href="" target="_blank">on-board wifi</a> at several different speeds starting at €6.95 ($7.95 USD) for the flight. Many other airlines also provide wifi service, sometimes even for free.</p><p>But hey, they technically can’t make you turn your phone to airplane mode if it’s not obvious that it isn’t. Just be forewarned, the consequences could be dire, er, expensive, if you don’t.</p>
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Southwest's New Terminal at LAX Is Like a Mini Trip to LA in Itself

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 08:07
<p>What does more than half a billion dollars get you at <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles International Airport</a>?</p><p>From a first look at the new and improved 13-gate <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest Airlines Terminal 1</a>, quite a lot.</p><p>Southwest invested $516.7 million to make over what a newsstand clerk described as “a boring, bland totally nothing of a terminal” dating back to the early 1980s.</p><p>The new terminal is a light- and art-filled space with a fresh check-in/ticketing lobby, nine-lane security checkpoint, and more than 20 new dining and retail outlets, many of them unique and well-loved local brands.</p><img alt="Trejo's Tacos at LAX "src=""><p>The terminal’s dozen dining options now include Beaming Organic Superfood Café, Rock &amp; Brews (a dining chain founded by KISS band members), the Urth Caffé (an organic café from Manhattan Beach), and LA’s iconic Cassell’s Hamburgers. T1 now also features the first airport branch of Trejo’s Tacos, a local taqueria from actor <a href="" target="_blank">Danny Trejo</a>, who joined LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly, and others at a recent ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the curb-to-gate terminal makeover.</p><img alt="Ribbon-cutting ceremony at LAX's new Southwest terminal "src=""><p>“Working together with Southwest Airlines and our partners, what we have created is more than a terminal that connects passengers to flights — it’s a destination in its own right,” Garcetti said.</p><p>“It is truly a transformation,” Kelly added, noting that the carrier offers 133 departures a day to 32 cities out of Terminal 1’s 13 gates. “If there’s a better facility in the United States, I wouldn’t believe it.”</p><p>Shopping and pampering options range from MAC Cosmetics, Be Relax spa, and SOL Surf to I Love LA, Treat Me Sweet candy, and a fun newsstand called, appropriately enough, New Stand, that offers travel essentials and a charming assortment of California-themed souvenirs. Marvin’s Complimentary Shoeshine (pay what you wish; tips encouraged) has a stand here as well.</p><img alt="Photo friendly art installation at the new Southwest terminal at LAX "src=""><p>As passengers enter the terminal after security, they’re met with both permanent and rotating art installations, including a selfie-friendly, sunset-inspired work by Pilar Castillo commissioned by Southwest to celebrate the new terminal. Nearby is the first airport branch of<a href="" target="_blank"> LA Original</a>, a store selling LA-branded products designed, assembled, or manufactured locally, with proceeds going to programs that help women transitioning out of homelessness.</p><p>What’s next? Construction on Terminal 1.5 is underway to create a connecting structure between Terminals 1 and 2 that will give Southwest passengers access to the LAX automated people mover expected to be operational in 2023.</p>
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Alaska State Troopers Ask People to Stop Taking Selfies on Road Destroyed by Earthquake

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 07:29
<p>If you’re traveling in Alaska any time soon, put away the Instagram.</p><p>After the <a href="" target="_blank">massive earthquake that hit Anchorage</a> last week, authorities in Alaska are asking travelers and locals to stay away from a shockwave-mangled highway that has become a popular spot to snap a selfie, according to <a href="" target="_blank">the Associated P</a><a href="" target="_blank">ress</a>.</p><p>Alaska State Troopers have set up barricades and signs on Vine Road near Wasilla, north of Anchorage, which sustained extreme damage during the 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The earthquake left the road in giant, broken pieces strewn across the area with massive holes containing asphalt sticking out of them. Alaska State Trooper spokesman Jonathon Taylor told the AP that the road looks like “shards of glass...from above, which makes a very fascinating visual. But it is also unsafe to be there.”</p><p>Taylor also mentioned that people have been dangerously seen trying to climb on the large cracks in the road in order to take photographs. Besides risking bodily harm or a nasty fall, Taylor warns that aftershocks can still be felt in the region, leading to further potential risk to people in the area — especially if they’re on unstable ground like the damaged road.</p><p>According to the AP, more than 2,100 aftershocks have occurred since the earthquake, with one shock measuring up to 5.7 in magnitude.</p><p>The gaping holes and shattered asphalt on Vine Road were actually due to the ground liquefying and buckling during the initial earthquake, the AP reported. Repairs are currently underway, according to <a href="" target="_blank">KTUU</a>.</p><p>“While it’s tempting to take selfies and explore, doing so is unsafe and inhibits the ability of officials to address the situation,” Alaska State Troopers said in a dispatch report, KTUU reported. “Construction work has begun, and heavy equipment is being brought into the area to facilitate repairs.”</p>
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Southwest Is Having a Massive Winter Sale With Flights As Low As $49 (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 06:38
<p>Pack your bags and leave the winter coat at home.</p><p>Just in time for the winter freeze to arrive, <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest Airlines</a> is running a huge flash sale this week with super inexpensive flights as low as $49 for this winter and into spring.</p><p>This special sale won’t last long, only until Thursday, Dec. 13, at 11:59 p.m. But with travel dates available from Dec. 18 to May 22, 2019, you can start thinking about that <a href="" target="_blank">post-holiday getaway</a> to get over your winter blues. Some blackout dates around Christmas and New Years do apply.</p><p>Some of the best fares we found include:</p><p>Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale for $84 and Orlando for $85.</p><p>Los Angeles to both Las Vegas and San Francisco for only $61.</p><p>Denver to San Francisco and San Jose for $89.</p><p>Sacramento to San Diego for $49.</p><p>Orlando to New Orleans for $91.</p><p>Milwaukee to Nashville for $62.</p><p>Minneapolis/St. Paul to Denver for $97.</p><p>Fort Lauderdale to the Cayman Islands for $71.</p><p>Boston to Baltimore for $70.</p><p>New York, La Guardia and Newark to Chicago, Midway for $91.</p><p>Providence to Washington, D.C. for $62.</p><p>Salt Lake City to Las Vegas for $61.</p><p>Washington Dulles to Fort Lauderdale for $92.</p><p>All airfares listed are for one-way, nonstop service only. However, it’s likely to get a comparable price on your flight back home. Fridays and Sundays are generally not available, so it’s also important to be flexible with your dates (and make sure you have some <a href="" target="_blank">vacation days lined up</a>).</p><p>You can check airfares from your departure city of choice and book flights on the <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest Airlines sale page</a>.</p>
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Olympian Shaun White's Gross Experience Is a Reminder to Never Take Your Shoes Off on a Plane

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 17:45
<p>There is one cardinal rule you must never break on an airplane, and it involves your feet.</p><p>Going barefoot on a plane is generally considered a social faux pas (or just plain gross) by most people’s standards, but you still come across fellow passengers who didn’t seem to get the memo. Even if you’re a celebrity, even if you’re a famous athlete, even if you’re, for example, Shaun White.</p><p>According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Star</a></em>, the three-time Olympic gold medalist was traveling from Japan — <i>Travel and Leisure’s </i><a href="" target="_blank">2018 Destination of the Year</a> — back to the U.S. when he encountered a barefooted passenger, much to his dismay.</p><p>In a video White posted on Instagram, he shows the person’s feet, poised on White’s seat back, naked and bare for all the world to see. White shakes his head, disapprovingly.</p><p>While many of us can agree that not only taking off your shoes and possibly socks on a plane is egregious enough, resting them on someone’s seatback seems extra deplorable. We feel you, Shaun.</p><p>But, on the other hand, we should take comfort in the fact that the feet look impressively clean. Perhaps even pedicured. And, it’s pretty impressive that the passenger was able to rest their feet so high on the seat at all, considering how cramped airplanes are these days – but <a href="" target="_blank">that’s first class</a>, for you.</p><p>Many people who aren’t celebrities or athletes also <a href="" target="_blank">encounter fellow barefooted passengers like this one</a>, often in coach class where the chance for escape is much narrower. If anything, White should count his lucky stars that first class seats have a little more separation.</p><p>But taking off your shoes is much more of an issue than just politeness. Keeping your shoes on is also a health issue and <a href="" target="_blank">flight attendants recommend keeping them</a> on since plane floors can be filled with germs or other mess.</p>
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The Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in 2019 — and When to Plan Your Trip

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 17:23
<p>Spring is always the best time to see flowers and trees blossom, but there are few sights that compare with seeing cherry blossom trees in full bloom.</p><p>In 2018, the cherry blossom trees in Japan surprised many spectators by blooming a <a href="" target="_blank">full six months early</a> – in October instead of April, as usual. Yoshino cherry trees typically develop buds in the summer but don’t actually bloom until spring, their extremely fragile flowers only showing themselves when the conditions are just right. But last fall, meteorologists theorize that the <a href="" target="_blank">irregular weather</a>, including unseasonably warm temperatures, storms, and damage caused by typhoons, caused the early bloom.</p><img alt="Cherry Blossoms in Central Park, New York City "src=""><h2>When will cherry blossoms bloom in 2019?</h2><p>A premature cherry blossom bloom at the end of 2018 doesn’t mean cherry blossom season is over. Far from it. While it may be a little early to predict exactly when the next bloom will happen in the spring of 2019, <a href="" target="_blank">flowering in Japan typically begins in March and April</a>, usually starting in the southern part of the country and working north. Flowers generally don’t reach full bloom for about a week.</p><img alt="Cherry Blooms at Chureito Pagoda and Mt. Fuji in Japan "src=""><h2>How to see the cherry blossom bloom in Japan</h2><p>If you do want to check out the gorgeous trees in Japan, Kyoto and Tokyo are generally the most popular destinations for flower-watchers, usually in April. Visitors to Osaka, Hokkaido, and Fukuoka may be able to view them even earlier, while tourists to the northernmost part of the county, like Sapporo, can see them as late as early May. If you are worried about traveling to Japan and still missing out, you can also opt to take a <a href="" target="_blank">cruise to various ports</a> in the country, greatly increasing your chances of seeing the trees at various stages of bloom.</p><h2>How to see the cherry blossom bloom in Washington, D.C.</h2><p>Those of us in the U.S., however, won’t be left out of the dazzling cherry blossom display either. In Washington, D.C., where the famous <a href="" target="_blank">cherry blossoms bloom around the Tidal Basin</a>, visitors can enjoy the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The trees generally reach peak bloom during the last week of March to early April. In 2018, the trees peaked on April 5. The 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival will be held between March 20 and April 14.</p><img alt="Cherry Blossoms at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington "src=""><h2>Where else can I see cherry blossoms in 2019?</h2><p>Around the U.S., many flower watchers can also enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms in their own hometowns. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is home to 26 types of cherry blossom trees, and holds its own <a href="" target="_blank">tribute to cherry blossoms and Japanese culture</a> around their peak bloom. You'll also find impressive cherry blossom blooms in <a href="" target="_blank">Seattle</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Nashville, Newark, Philadelphia, San Francisco</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Seoul, South Korea</a>.</p><h2>The best cherry blossom festivals</h2><p>Die-hard flower fanatics often opt for the Tokyo Cherry Blossom Festival or the Washington, D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival, but there is also a 10-day-long festival in Macon, Georgia, which also considers itself the “Cherry Blossom Capital of the World.” Even though the trees are not native to the area, it’s home to more than 350,000 Yoshino cherry blossom trees. The <a href="" target="_blank">International Cherry Blossom Festival</a> attracts thousands of people every year and is set for March 22 to March 31 in 2019.</p><img alt="Cherry Blossoms at Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea "src=""><h2>Cherry blossom 2019 forecasts</h2><p>Cherry blossom forecasts generally start coming out in December. You can check the <a href="" target="_blank">Japan Meteorological Agency's website</a> for the country's updates, likely starting with Okinawa, and <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for the latest from Washington, D.C.</p>
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Another U.S. Airline is Raising Drink Prices on Flights

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 15:47
<p>Economy passengers flying with <a href="" target="_blank">Delta</a> can expect increases in the price of drinks offered on flights starting Dec. 1.</p><p>The airline is raising its drink fees by $1 for alcohol beverages, though the price of sparkling wine will remain the same at $9.</p><p>The new prices will be $9 for a featured cocktail, $8 for a domestic beer, $9 for craft/imported beer selections, $9 for liquor selections and $9 for wine selections.</p><p>Passengers booking seats on <a href="" target="_blank">Delta Comfort+</a>, which comes with up to four inches of additional legroom, dedicated overhead bin space, and access to priority boarding, will continue to receive complimentary beer, wine, and cocktails.</p><p>Meanwhile, passengers across cabins receive complimentary beer, wine, and spirits on international flights.</p><p>The change comes after several other U.S. carriers, including <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> and Southwest Airlines, raised the price of alcohol beverages on flights earlier this year. </p><p>Meanwhile, travelers flying on regional Alaska Airlines flights — operated by Horizon Air — can take advantage of free beer or wine. The airline also offers Mileage Plan members flying from 29 cities on the west coast to check in a <a href="" target="_blank">free case of wine</a> on flights.</p><p>Delta also recently announced it will be expanding its <a href="" target="_blank">pre-select meal program</a>, which allows customers flying onboard Delta One routes between the U.S. and Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and South America to get a notification from Delta representatives three days prior to take-off to select a preferred meal. The program will expand to over 200 markets across the globe starting on Dec. 6.</p>
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Amtrak Is Having a 2-for-1 Sale on Private Roomettes So You and a Friend Can Cross the Country in Style

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 15:01
<p>Travelers looking to take a train ride past some of America’s most beautiful scenery in comfort and privacy can now do so for a fraction of the price with Amtrak’s roomette sale.</p><p>Amtrak is offering a <a href="" target="_blank">two-for-one-deal</a> on its roomettes — private rooms with their own large panoramic windows, sleeping accommodations, and a range of amenities.</p><p>The roomettes are ideal for travelers heading on a trip with friends and family and for couples looking to take a scenic ride in the winter and spring thanks to features that include their own sliding doors, two seats that face one another and convert to a bed in the evening, and a bunk bed that folds down from the ceiling.</p><p>Roomettes also come with fresh linen and towel service, complimentary bottled water, and access to the Amtrak Metropolitan <a href="" target="_blank">lounges</a> that come stocked with complimentary snacks and drinks, showers, Wi-Fi, and work areas at select stations.</p><p>The biggest perk might be that sit-down meals are included for guests staying in any of Amtrak’s Sleeper Service accommodations, which includes roommettes.</p><p>For additional comfort, roomette passengers have a dedicated attendant who will book meal reservations, make and take down beds, assist travelers with their luggage, and even share insider stories of life on the rails.</p><p>The deals for the roomettes are available on the <a href="" target="_blank">California Zephyr</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Capitol Limited</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Cardinal</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">City of New Orleans</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Coast Starlight</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Crescent</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Empire Builder</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Lake Shore Limited</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Silver Service</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest Chief</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Sunset Limited</a>, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Texas Eagle</a>.</p><p>Views passengers can enjoy range from the Pacific Northwest coast on the <a href="" target="_blank">Coast Starlight</a> to the snow-dotted caps of Mount Hood, Glacier National Park, and the Mississippi on the <a href="" target="_blank">Empire Builder</a>.</p><p>No blackout dates apply for roomette bookings. Companions are required to stay in the same room for the deal to apply.</p>
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Your Messy Desk Makes Your Co-workers Think of You As 'Cranky,' New Study Finds (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 11:31
<p>There are two kinds of people in the world: those who have clean desks and those who don’t.</p><p>Just because you have a <a href="" target="_blank">cluttered or messy</a> desk doesn’t make you a bad person, or even a bad worker, but it does send a particular, and possibly negative, message to the people around you, according to a <a href="" target="_blank">study conducted by the University of Michigan</a>.</p><p>In a series of experiments, psychologists from UM’s Flint and Ann Arbor campuses had about 160 participants sit in researcher’s offices that were either clean or messy.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">UM website</a>, the clean office was stocked with neatly organized books, papers and journals, as well as cleared of all trash. In the messy office, books were left askew, papers were strewn around the room and some trash and paper was on the floor. The clock was also an hour off.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">If You Have This Personality Trait, Chances Are You’re an Ideal Travel Companion</a></p><p>After sitting in the offices, participants had to then guess what the researcher’s personality might be like, judging their sociability, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and “openness to experience,” according to the UM website.</p><p>As a result, the participants rated the researcher with the messier office as crankier, less caring, careless, more neurotic or less agreeable than the researcher with the clean office.</p><p>“When there are cues related to less cleanliness, order, organization and more clutter in an owner’s primary territory, perceivers ascribe lower conscientiousness to the owner,” said lead study author Terrence Horgan, professor of psychology at UM-Flint on the university blog.</p><p>“An employee who is very disorganized, difficult to get along with, and emotionally unstable might be problematic in any work setting that requires individuals to work together in a relatively calm and disciplined manner,” said co-author and clinical researcher at Michigan Medicine, Noelle Herzog.</p><p>Turns out, there may be some truth to the saying, a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind.</p>
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Universal Studios Hollywood Is Hosting Its First Ever In-park 5k

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 11:17
<p>Universal Studios Hollywood, home to <a href="" target="_blank">The Wizarding World of Harry Potter</a>, will host its first-ever <a href="" target="_blank">Running Universal</a> event next year, bringing the worlds of films like “Despicable Me”<i> </i>and “Minions” to life. The inaugural 5K race, scheduled for May 11th, 2019, will take participants through the actual theme park and behind-the-scenes at Universal’s film lot before it opens with — who else? — but a gaggle of the goofy yellow creatures in tow.</p><p>Given that Universal Studios Hollywood operates a <a href="" target="_blank">theme park atop a working movie studio</a>, runners and walkers will have a chance to trek past both, taking in the towers of Hogwarts castle and<i> </i>“The Simpsons’” famed Kwik-E-Mart before whizzing past famed backdrops and cityscapes on Universal Studios’ back lot, where movies like “Back to the Future,” “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and “War of the Worlds” were filmed.</p><p>Character meet-and-greets and live entertainment will be positioned along the course of the Minions-themed race as well, which includes peeks at behind-the-scenes areas of the California theme park.</p><img alt="Universal Studios Hollywood 5K Run "src=""><p>Whether you’re considering the fun run for exercise or just for some early morning hang time with Bob, Kevin and Stuart, the event culminates in a private post-race party in Universal CityWalk prior to opening hours that’ll be worth running towards. Immediately once participants cross the finish line, they’ll join in on a celebration with food, live entertainment and “post-race swag”, providing plenty of post-sweat revelry.</p><p>Standard packages, which include Minion-themed race medals, collectible pins and commemorative t-shirts, cost $75, with VIP packages <a href="" target="_blank">offered for $135</a>. Neither include park entry beyond the early morning event, but celebrating with a Minions medal around one’s neck is a must.</p><p>Running Universal marks Universal Studios Hollywood’s first entry into hosting races inside their theme park, something Disney has popularized over the past 22 years. <a href="" target="_blank">runDisney</a>, the fitness-centric arm of the Walt Disney Company, offers character-themed 5K, half-marathon and marathon races at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris and on Castaway Cay, a Disney Cruise Line island. As of October 2017, all runDisney events at Disneyland Resort have ceased operation, making the new Minions-led 5K the only theme park run on the West Coast.</p><p>A Minions-led workout might be an unusual start to a vacation, but spending an early morning pounding the pavement on hallowed Hollywood ground sure beats running on that hotel treadmill.</p>
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Michelle Obama Just Gave Meghan Markle Some Seriously Good Advice

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 10:47
<p>Sure, Meghan Markle has always lived a little bit in the limelight. After all, before marrying Prince Harry she was on the hit show <i>Suits</i>. But that’s nothing compared to the microscope of attention she’s now under as a <a href="" target="_blank">member of the royal family</a>. And perhaps nobody can relate to the feeling of having to watch your every move thanks to your husband’s career more than former first lady Michelle Obama. And that’s why she’s the ideal woman to give Meghan a little heartfelt advice.</p><p>“Like me, Meghan probably never dreamt that she'd have a life like this, and the pressure you feel — from yourself and from others — can sometimes feel like a lot," Obama told <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Good Housekeeping</i></a> in a new interview. “So my biggest piece of advice would be to take some time and don't be in a hurry to do anything. I spent the first few months in the White House mainly worrying about my daughters, making sure they were off to a good start at school and making new friends before I launched into any more ambitious work. I think it's okay — it's good, even — to do that."</p><p>Obama knows that Meghan, like herself, has ideas, aspirations, and platforms she cares about outside of her royal duties. Though the royals are notoriously closed off about their own personal beliefs, Obama believes Meghan could do a lot to change that and still support all the things she cares about on a global level.</p><p>"What I'd say is that there's so much opportunity to do good with a platform like that — and I think Meghan can maximize her impact for others, as well her own happiness, if she's doing something that resonates with her personally," Obama said.</p><p>Obama, like Meghan, cares deeply about women’s issues around the world. While Obama was candid about the fact that things may not be exactly perfect for women in 2018 but she still believes in the power of female voices.</p><p>“...what's inspiring to me is that so many of the young women I've met are triumphing in incredible ways. Unlike my generation, they're not as held back by the societal belief that girls and boys can't do the same thing," she said. "They're charging forwards in sports and maths and science and technology. They're speaking up and speaking out, not just in classrooms but in the public arena at a young age. I find great hope in this generation of young women."</p><p>We have a feeling <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan feels the same</a>.</p>
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American Airlines Denies Abandoning Elderly Woman in Wheelchair at Chicago O’Hare

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 08:53
<p>American Airlines is denying a family’s claim that the company left their wheelchair-bound mother stranded for several hours at O’Hare International Airport on Friday after initially issuing an apology.</p><p>On Monday, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Washington Post</a></em>, American Airlines said the company was “deeply concerned about what occurred Friday evening at Chicago O’Hare,” when it was discovered that 67-year-old Olimpia Warsaw, who has Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and has trouble communicating, was allegedly left alone at the airport for five hours after her flight to Detroit was canceled. Warsaw was in Chicago attending her ex-husband’s funeral.</p><p>“This is not the level of service we aspire to provide to our customers, and we apologize to Ms. Warsaw and her family for letting them down,” American Airlines said in the statement released Monday. According to <em>The Washington Post</em>, American Airlines has reached out to the family and refunded Warsaw’s ticket. She was able to fly to Detroit on Saturday, <a href="" target="_blank"><i>USA </i><em>Today reported</em></a>.</p><p>However, new footage from closed circuit television revealed that Warsaw was not abandoned as her family originally claimed, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Washington Post</em> reported</a>.</p><p>According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Chicago Sun-Times</a></em>, her son, Claude Colteau said his mother was “found in an empty hallway near a restroom, where another passenger had taken her upon request.” He also claimed he had no idea that his mother had been left alone until he discovered she did not arrive in Detroit, and was found by security officers in Chicago several hours later, according to <em>The Washington Post</em>.</p><p> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">WGN News</a> in Chicago acquired a timeline of the camera footage from American Airlines, which shows that Warsaw had actually been picked up at O’Hare about 45 minutes after her flight was canceled and an attendant had left her to wait.</p><p>According to the timeline, Warsaw’s flight was canceled at 11:20 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. At that time, she was given a hotel and meal voucher since she would have to rebook her flight for the next day. At 12:06 a.m., the wheelchair attendant for American Airlines is seen on CCTV with Warsaw, and is seen on a six-minute call with Colteau at 12:10 a.m. The wheelchair attendant dropped her off on the Upper Level waiting area at 12:30 a.m. Warsaw waits there until 1:13 a.m., when two relatives arrive to pick her up.</p><p>As Warsaw waited, it is seen on the CCTV that she uses her walker to go outside to smoke a cigarette two separate times. The full timeline is published on <a href="" target="_blank">WGN News</a>.</p><p>It is unclear how the original claim came up in the first place, given the new evidence. American Airlines said in a statement to <em>The Washington Post</em><i>,</i> “We launched an investigation with our Chicago team and the vendor we utilize that provides wheelchair services at O’Hare.” That investigation found the claim to be inaccurate.</p>
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