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35% of Passengers Admit They'd Try to Grab Their Suitcases During an Emergency Evacuation

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 13:30
<p>In the event of an emergency, airplane passengers are expected to make their way as quickly as possible to the closest emergency exit, and are specifically instructed to leave behind all personal belongings on the plane during an emergency evacuation.</p><p>In <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-6159211/Third-airline-passengers-say-try-retrieve-bags-emergency-evacuation.html" target="_blank">a recent survey conducted by ComRes for the Royal Aeronautical Society</a> in the U.K., however, 35 percent of respondents said they would attempt to gather their belongings before leaving an aircraft, even if specifically instructed not to.</p><p>In a situation where there was an immediate threat to passengers, 61 percent of respondents said they would take nothing with them. But in a situation that didn’t pose an immediate threat to passengers, 75 percent said they would grab some of their belongings before leaving the plane.</p><p>“The fact that so many passengers would decide to stop and collect some or all of their belongings during an emergency evacuation is a worrying finding,” Terry Buckland, chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society flight operations group, said in a statement. “Aviation authorities and operators should consider if current requirements, as well as industry practices, support the most rapid and safest emergency evacuations.”</p><p>Earlier this year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a report which stated that four separate emergency evacuations were slowed down by passengers trying to grab their luggage before leaving the aircraft. In an interview, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/always-leave-carry-on-during-emergency-evacuation" target="_blank">one flight attendant told a story</a> about a passenger running down the aisle with a bag over their head, shouting, “I’m taking it with me.”</p><p>The chairman of the NTSB talked about implementing fines for taking bags during an emergency evacuation so “people might be less inclined to worry about all their Gucci luggage.”</p>
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How to Take a Break From Your Phone — and Why You Should Do It More Often

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:32
<p>It's rare but it happens. You forget your phone — whether you're engrossed in conversation with friends, fail to check notifications after a peaceful yoga class, or simply leave the device across the room for a few hours. Shockingly, for a brief period of time, it’s as if your phone didn't exist.</p><p>Today, people constantly look at, think about, and remain physically close to their screens. To be so intensely focused on a task that text messages go unread for hours is unusual. To be so engrossed in a task or activity that all distraction evaporates seems inconceivable.</p><p>In fact, such freedom is attainable. A phenomenon called flow state constitutes total absorption in an experience, such as surfing, writing, dancing, playing jazz, or painting. Once a person has achieved immersive focus in one task, they describe flow as a sustained period of cognitive clarity, self-confidence, joy, ecstasy, and unobstructed consciousness. Psychologist <a href="https://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow?language=en" target="_blank">Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi</a> coined the phrase in 1990.</p><p>Since then, everyone from professional athletes to special ops military has studied flow. Being in “the zone” can lead to peak performance, for instance, 12 three-pointers in one basketball game. It has informed innovations in <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0378720603001319" target="_blank">game learning</a>, where immersive design and achievable goals teach players new skills. Flow can be therapeutic, productive, educational, and downright spiritual.</p><p>So why can’t we flow all the time? Like animals, the human brain is wired to perceive distractions.</p><p>“Our ancestors had to watch out for snakes, saber-toothed tigers, and enemy tribes all the time — and if they did not, they stopped surviving,” said Csikszentmihalyi.</p><p>Unfortunately, the brain that evolved to sense distractions (and keep early humans alive) can’t be turned off so easily. Enter the mobile alert, the Slack message, the Instagram like. Each tiny communication signals a dopamine hit to the brain, hence why our phones are so addictive. But over time, the constant competition for our attention from all these apps and pings become less gratifying and more overwhelming. For Csikszentmihalyi, consumer technology presents a sinister picture: the business of commodifying the human mind.</p><p>“If we are always open to interruptions from the outside through the use of mobile devices, we risk giving up control of our lives to external agents who don’t really care about our lives, but only for how to gain our support—financial, political, or whatever,” he said.</p><p>“Honestly, have we abdicated our purpose just because of these insistent micro asks?” <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/style/what-is-flow.html" target="_blank">Jamie Wheal</a>, director of the Flow Genome Project, told <em>The New York Times</em>. “Have we just completely ceded our center, completely ceded clarity, and it was all just based on 20-something bro-grammers trying to crack our attention spans?”</p><p>The numbers aren’t great. The average human <a href="https://advertising.microsoft.com/home" target="_blank">attention span</a> now hovers around eight seconds, shorter than a goldfish and down from 12 seconds in the year 2000. Americans devote more than 10 hours per day to screens, according to a 2016 <a href="http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/reports/2016/the-total-audience-report-q1-2016.html?wgu=12765_54264_15304962264728_d2870c494f&amp;wgexpiry=1538272226&amp;afflt=ntrt15340001&amp;afflt_uid=RUM_WUjiS-M.ow-n5KGhEQOYQpHksfgUVLYsM-iP8TTn&amp;afflt_uid_2=AFFLT_ID_2" target="_blank">Nielsen report</a>.</p><p>But that doesn’t mean people don’t or can’t achieve the bliss that comes with flow. Perhaps you’ve even experienced it a time or two, since flow feels different for everybody. Teammates of Kobe Bryant say he goes silent when he’s flowing, but after he scored 81 points in one game, Bryant <a href="http://www.espn.com/nba/recap?gameId=260122013" target="_blank">remained perplexed</a>. “It's tough to explain ... To sit here and say I grasp what happened, that would be lying.”</p><h2>How to Break Free</h2><p>Today, one clue you may have reached flow is forgetting your phone. It makes sense since, according to Csikszentmihalyi, it’s easier to flow away from devices. He suggests setting aside one hour of free time per day to allow screens to “shape our minds,” then turning them off.</p><p>Find a task or hobby that won’t challenge your skill level too highly but which demands close focus. Most importantly, you should love it. That way you’ll be inclined to sustain the activity, repeat it, and increase your skill level over time. (Many people don’t reach a “runner’s high” until several miles in, or don’t trance until the sixth or seventh EDM song.) Look for activities where you either can’t reach for your phone or aren’t inclined to, such as mountain biking or knitting. Finally, make conscious choices to keep technological distractions at bay even when your phone is handy; for example, don’t buy Wi-Fi on your next flight.</p><p>“The information we carry in our brains will determine the content and quality of our lives,” said Csikszentmihalyi.</p><p>If the information that’s arriving to us is not information we choose, but rather in the form of interruptions, we have little control over it. Make deliberate choices in how you spend your time and develop your skills. You’ll focus. You’ll drop in. You’ll flow. And you will, blissfully, forget your phone ever existed.</p>
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What the Great American Road Trip Will Look Like in 2040

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 15:01
<p>From <em>Easy Rider</em>-style motorcycle trips to cross-country family adventures á la <em>National Lampoon’s Vacation</em>, the great American road trip looms large in the collective imagination. But times are a’changin’, and a more Jetsonian mode of travel— namely, self-driving cars and even <a href="https://www.uber.com/info/elevate/" target="_blank">flying taxis</a> — are gaining speed.</p><p>So what does the road trip of the future look like? T+L maps its out.</p><h2>The Rise of Electric Cars</h2><p>Between the vroom of an engine and the plume of exhaust trailing behind you, there's nothing like the thrill of hitting the open road (in a gas guzzling car, that is).</p><p>But traditional cars have been falling out of favor for years, and a <a href="https://newsroom.aaa.com/2018/05/1-in-5-us-drivers-want-electric-vehicle/" target="_blank">recent AAA survey</a> found that 20 percent of Americans (that’s 50 million people!) are likely to go electric for their next car.</p><p>The environmental benefits alone are worth it. According to the <a href="https://www.energy.gov/articles/history-electric-car" target="_blank">Department of Energy</a>, we could reduce foreign oil use by 30-60 percent and lower carbon pollution by 20 percent if all the cars in the country were switched to hybrids or plug-in electric vehicles.</p><img alt="Tesla motors charging station and monitor "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535386282/tesla-charging-station-and-status-monitor-ELECTRICCARS0818.jpg?itok=tCBDxN_V"><p>But there’s also a financial argument for going electric. It <a href="https://www.energy.gov/eere/electricvehicles/saving-fuel-and-vehicle-costs" target="_blank">costs half as much to charge an electric vehicle</a> as it does to fill a tank of gas, and for Tesla Model S and X owners, supercharging is free. Just think: with all that extra cash, you might even be able to skip the road trip and opt for a flight instead!</p><p>While Tesla is arguably driving the electric car movement, more high-end brands are putting skin into the game, as well — so you’ll have options for your next set of wheels. Beyond the popular Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF, <a href="https://www.jaguarusa.com/all-models/i-pace/index.html" target="_blank">Jaguar’s I-Pace SUV</a> is debuting in 2019, followed by <a href="https://www.audiusa.com/technology/efficiency/e-tron" target="_blank">Audi’s self-driving A9 e-tron sedan</a> and <a href="https://newsroom.porsche.com/en/products/porsche-taycan-mission-e-name-of-series-production-electric-sports-car-electromobility-concept-study-70-years-sportscar-15602.html" target="_blank">Porsche’s Taycan</a> in 2020. Ford, meanwhile, has doubled its EV research budget to $11 billion, and <a href="https://www.volvocars.com/intl/cars/electric-cars" target="_blank">Volvo</a> will only make electric or hybrid cars starting next year. By 2025, General Motors will have at least <a href="https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Car-manufacturers-go-all-in-on-electric-cars-12633407.php" target="_blank">20 electric models</a>, and BMW will have 12, including the much anticipated BMW i4, which has a range of up to 435 miles per charge. <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-11/vw-ceo-vows-to-offer-electric-version-of-all-300-models-by-2030" target="_blank">Volkswagen</a> will also be making electric versions of its 300 models by 2030.</p><h2>Expanding Charging Networks</h2><p>Every invention comes with its own set of er, roadblocks. And with electric vehicles, there’s always the fear of running out of charge and being stranded on the side of the road.</p><p>But with the government pouring millions into the electric vehicle market, the aforementioned risk is becoming less prevalent. In fact, there are currently more chargers in Manhattan than gas stations!</p><img alt="Woman charging electric car on street "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535386282/woman-charging-electric-car-ELECTRICCARS0818.jpg?itok=pj5H32I5"><p>Through the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Department of Energy spent <a href="https://www.energy.gov/articles/ev-charging-stations-take-across-america" target="_blank">$15 million to build a nationwide charging network</a>, adding 18,000 <a href="https://chargehub.com/en/electric-car-charging-guide.html" target="_blank">residential, commercial, and public plugins</a>. More than 48,000 <a href="https://www.plugshare.com/" target="_blank">charging stations</a>, operated by private companies such as <a href="http://www.plugincars.com/ultimate-guide-electric-car-charging-networks-126530.html" target="_blank">Blink, EVgo, and ChargePoint</a>, can be used by almost all electric vehicles, no matter the make or model. In addition, luxury brands like <a href="https://www.tesla.com/findus?v=2&amp;bounds=60.54267451747399%2C-30.008790250000004%2C10.83110756207153%2C-168.52441525&amp;zoom=4&amp;filters=store%2Cservice%2Csupercharger%2Cdestination%20charger" target="_blank">Tesla</a> and Porsche have their own <a href="https://www.wired.com/story/porsche-mission-e-sports-car-charging-network/" target="_blank">exclusive supercharging spots</a> that can restore full battery in under an hour.</p><h2>Electric Highway Tourism</h2><p>If you think electric cars are great for shorts jaunts but less-than-ideal for long hauls, think again.</p><p>Companies like <a href="https://www.electrifyamerica.com" target="_blank">Electrify America</a> (a subdivision of Volkswagen) are investing billions (yes, billions) into extensive electric vehicle infrastructure along U.S. highways, making it easier than ever to go the distance. </p><p>On the east coast, New York launched a <a href="https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-york/articles/2018-06-01/state-expanding-electric-vehicle-efforts-with-250m-program" target="_blank">$250 million EV program</a> that will produce 400 public chargers and 200 fast chargers on major roadways, and neighboring New Jersey is spending <a href="https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/2018/06/01/pseg-plans-3-billion-plan-save-energy-use-and-add-charging-stations/661213002/" target="_blank">$300 million</a> to build a network of 50,000 stations. Meanwhile, California — the cradle of the electric vehicle industry — has received a <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-california-utilities/california-regulator-approves-738-million-for-ev-charging-stations-idUSKCN1IW37G" target="_blank">$738 million </a>grant to expand the state’s charging presence over the next five years.</p><img alt="Electric car for rent in Miami, Florida "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535386282/electric-car-in-miami-ELECTRICCARS0818.jpg?itok=LsRSZ2Ri"><p>And many destinations are leveraging electric routes to fuel tourism. The most impressive is the <a href="http://www.westcoastgreenhighway.com/electrichighway.htm" target="_blank">West Coast Green Highway</a>, a network of chargers spanning British Columbia and Baja California. Many of these chargers are outfitted at small convenience stores and other local businesses, and spaced 20-30 miles apart. </p><p>Then there’s the U.S. Highway 2 in Washington, which, when it opened last year, became the <a href="http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/jun/27/scenic-electric-highway-comes-through-spokane/" target="_blank">first electric scenic byway</a> in America. Charging stations were set up at mountain resorts, historic museums, and in quaint towns from Everett to Spokane. <a href="https://traveloregon.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Travel-Oregon_Oregon-Electric-Byway-Map_5.4.2017.pdf" target="_blank">Oregon</a> took it one step further, placing chargers at spas and wineries across some of the state’s most beautiful regions, including Willamette Valley and the Columbia River Gorge.</p><p>Big hotel brands are getting on board, too. Mariott has close to 400 charging stations, and other chains such as Starwood, Hilton, and Hyatt have also followed suit. Check to see if your favorite hotel is EV-friendly via <a href="http://www.chargehotels.com/en" target="_blank">Charge Hotels</a>.</p><img alt="Electric car charging station "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535386282/electric-car-charging-station-ELECTRICCARS0818.jpg?itok=4cXmUPoA"><h2>Goodbye Gas Stations, Hello Entertainment Hubs</h2><p>To be honest, we’re not too sad to see the grimy gas stations go. Especially given the alternative: charging stations located near upscale shopping centers and grocery stores. </p><p>For example, <a href="https://www.electrifyamerica.com" target="_blank">Electrify America</a> is installing fast stations at <a href="https://insideevs.com/electrify-america-to-install-dc-fast-chargers-at-more-than-100-walmart-locations/" target="_blank">100 Walmarts across 34 states</a>, and <a href="https://www.evgo.com/" target="_blank">EVgo</a> is adding plugins at Whole Foods, Rite Aid, and REI.</p><p>And rest stops are also getting a major upgrade. Tesla is building its own supercharger lounges with coffee, WiFi, and even food trucks. (No more McDonalds!)</p>
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The U.S. Was Just Ranked the Best Country in the World for Wildlife Travel — Here Are the Top Spots to Visit

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 14:00
<p>Tour company True Luxury Travel has created a <a href="https://www.trueluxury.travel/travel/wildlife-travel-index" target="_blank">Global Wildlife Index</a> to rank the best countries for wildlife tourism based on factors including wildlife biodiversity, conservation efforts, and the prevalence of national parks.</p><p>The index ranked the United States as number one, thanks to the country's impressive system of national parks (<a href="https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/national-park-system.htm" target="_blank">60 in total</a>) as well as the number of natural history museums (more than 750). For travelers looking to get closer to nature, there's no shortage of options around the U.S.</p><p>The country's first national park, <a href="https://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/special-offer/spring-wolf-and-bear-discovery-package/" target="_blank">Yellowstone</a>, is home to rare wildlife like gray wolves, black bears, and grizzly bears. At South Dakota’s Badlands National Park, bison are known to roam right around the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/national-parks-jim-will-pattiz" target="_blank">campgrounds</a>, at Montana’s <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/best-national-parks-fall-foliage" target="_blank">Glacier National Park</a>, visitors will find a large population of white mountain goats; and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/rare-desert-flower-death-valley-saved-from-extinction" target="_blank">at Death Valley National Park</a>, the mesquite trees of the park’s Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes hide a variety of wildlife.</p><p>Southern Florida is <a href="https://www.usgs.gov/faqs/do-alligators-and-crocodiles-exist-together-anywhere-world?qt-news_science_products=0#qt-news_science_products" target="_blank">the only U.S. destination</a> where you’ll find both crocodiles and alligators in the wild. Everglades National Park has both — as well as manatees, more than 300 bird species, and more than 700 plant species.</p><p>In Alaska's Denali National Park, visitors can observe caribou in the wild; in Florida, beachgoers can see loggerhead sea turtles come to nest; and in San Diego, the sea lions in La Jolla always draw a crowd.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2351989416300804" target="_blank">Megafauna Conservation Index</a> also ranked the U.S. as first in the world for its conservation efforts. The index measures countries based on the proportion of land occupied by mega-fauna species, the proportion of the range of the species strictly protected in each country, and the amount of money spent on conservation.</p>
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The Internet Is in Love With This Airport Baggage Handler for the Best Reason

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 11:00
<p>Travelers, meet your new favorite person in the whole world.</p><p>Checking a bag can be stressful, especially if you’re carrying expensive or fragile items. Anything, from theft to irreparable damage, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/woman-fined-for-falling-on-baggage-carousel" target="_blank">can happen on the baggage carousel</a>, and often, it’s completely out of your hands. Heavy, awkward bags often fall wherever and however they please and sometimes that can lead to some big issues.</p><p>But one baggage handler at Lanseria International Airport in South Africa is fighting against bag damage by diligently straightening up suitcases as they fall on the carousel belt. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/tips-for-getting-luggage-first" target="_blank">These Tricks Could Help You Get Your Luggage First at Baggage Claim</a></p><p>A video posted by thankful traveler Janine Brand shows the man, who she identified as Ephraim Sibeko, hard at work making sure every single bag was facing forward and laying in the proper direction so passengers could easily identify their luggage, prevent damage, and grab their bag and go in one fell swoop.</p><p>That’s true customer service.</p><p>“Next time you travel through Lanseria Airport and you come across Ephraim, stop, thank and tip him because no where in the world will you ever receive first class service like that,” Brand wrote.</p><p>We’re not sure what we did to deserve someone like Sibeko, but we’re absolutely grateful.</p>
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Book a Flight to Puerto Rico This Winter Starting at $177 Round-trip

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 17:37
<p>With a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/weather/farmers-almanac-predicts-long-cold-winter" target="_blank">"teeth-chattering" winter</a> already in the forecast, your desire to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-beaches-puerto-rico" target="_blank">warm up on a beach in Puerto Rico</a> is sure to be stronger than ever in the coming months. Lucky for you, we have good news: Winter flights to the sunny island are super cheap right now.</p><p>While a typical round-trip winter flight to Puerto Rico can cost about $500, <a href="https://scottscheapflights.com/" target="_blank">Scott’s Cheap Flights</a> pointed out that this weekend as the ideal time to grab flights to San Juan for as low as $177 round-trip. The deals are on airfare from September 2018 through May 2019, excluding the days surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Eve.</p><p>You can book on American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, or United to get these deals, according to Scott’s Cheap Flights.</p><p>From Chicago, <a href="https://www.google.com/flights?lite=0#flt=/m/01_d4.SJU.2018-10-29*SJU./m/01_d4.2018-11-04;c:USD;e:1;s:0*0;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">round-trip flights</a> are available for early 2019 from $297 round-trip. From Miami, <a href="https://www.google.com/flights?lite=0#flt=MIA.SJU.2018-10-29*SJU.MIA.2018-11-04;c:USD;e:1;s:0*0;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">round-trip flights to San Juan</a> can be found for as low as $177 in January or February.</p><p>New Yorkers can book nonstop, <a href="https://www.google.com/flights?lite=0#flt=/m/02_286.SJU.2018-10-29*SJU./m/02_286.2018-11-04;c:USD;e:1;s:0*0;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">round-trip flights to San Juan starting at $239</a>, for a getaway beginning as soon as next month. From Philadelphia, trips to San Juan can cost <a href="https://www.google.com/flights?lite=0#flt=/m/0dclg.SJU.2018-10-29*SJU./m/0dclg.2018-11-04;c:USD;e:1;s:0*0;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">as little as $178</a>. Flights from our nation’s capital to the capital of Puerto Rico are <a href="https://www.google.com/flights?lite=0#flt=/m/0rh6k.SJU.2018-10-29*SJU./m/0rh6k.2018-11-04;c:USD;e:1;s:0*0;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">available from $267</a> round-trip. If you book quickly, you could run away from Los Angeles to San Juan <a href="https://www.google.com/flights?lite=0#flt=LAX.SJU.2018-10-29*SJU.LAX.2018-11-04;c:USD;e:1;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">for $270</a>.</p><p>The deals are expected to last through Saturday, so book quickly.</p>
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Airbnb Won’t Leave Paris Without a Fight

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 16:30
<p>Last week, a Parisian politician made headlines by proposing a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/paris-airbnb-laws-ban-ian-brossat" target="_blank">plan that would kick Airbnb out of the city center</a>. This week, at a conference in Cape Town, an Airbnb executive fought back.</p><p>Ian Brossat, a Paris city council member, proposed banning Airbnb from the center of Paris in order to keep it from becoming “a playground for Saudi or American billionaires” in an interview last week. But Airbnb argued that their service is so popular among Parisians, banning it would be a bad political move.</p><p>“I know from surveys and polling that we are exceptionally popular in France at large and in Paris,” Chris Lehane, head of policy at Airbnb, <a href="https://www.la-croix.com/France/Airbnb-denonce-elu-souhaite-exclure-centre-Paris-2018-09-12-1300968324">told Agence France Presse (AFP) this week</a>. “Taking on an issue where 20 percent of the people support you and 80 percent oppose you is not a winning political hand.”</p><p>Brossat responded to Lehane’s comments by saying, “all we ask is for the company to respect French law.”</p><p>“Why does Airbnb refuse to enforce the law that obliges the platform to remove illegal advertisements? Why does Airbnb pay as much tax in France as a neighbourhood bakery?” the city council member asked AFP.</p><p>Paris is one of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/vacation-rentals/best-value-airbnbs-paris" target="_blank">Airbnb’s largest markets</a>, with more than 60,000 homes available for rent.</p><p>Many European cities have fought against Airbnb this year. A tenants’ union in Florence said vacation rentals are driving Florentines out of the city center <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/airbnb-florence-displacing-local-residents">by the hundreds</a>. Earlier this year, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/madrid-airbnbs">Madrid basically banned all homeshares</a> from the historic center of the city.</p>
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Someone Invented Zero-gravity Champagne So Space Tourists Can Pop Bottles in Orbit

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 16:18
<p>It is a sad truth that nothing can ruin a good champagne pop like zero gravity.</p><p>But, as <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/astronauts-opinion-tourists-space" target="_blank">space tourism</a> gets closer and closer to becoming a reality, what are the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/first-luxury-space-hotel-taking-reservations" target="_blank">elite astro-travelers</a> to use to toast their intergalactic travels?</p><p>Space champagne. Obviously.</p><p>French champagne house G.H. Mumm has spent three years (and an unspecified amount of money) to develop the world’s first champagne specifically designed to be consumed in space.</p><p>A bottle of <a href="https://www.mumm.com/en/mumm-grand-cordon-stellar" target="_blank">Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar</a> brings new meaning to the famous Dom Perignon quote: “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” The heart of the operation is “a revolutionary new bottle and glass concept,” according to the company. The new bottles dispense champagne as foam, which revelers must catch in their glasses.</p><p>In order to test out the space champagne, a group of lucky astronauts took the bubbly into zero gravity. Like a game of cup-and-ball, astronauts caught the liquid in flutes as it sailed around the airplane cabin.</p><p>Those who tried out the beverage said champagne feels and tastes different in space. “It's really magical because the Champagne lands not just on your tongue but on the palate, the cheeks – the gastronomic sensations are magnified,” astronaut <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6158671/Space-age-bottle-luxury-Mann-Champagne-wealthy-tourists-orbit.html" target="_blank">Jean-Francois Clervoy told the <em>Daily Mail</em>. </a></p><p>But, alas, not everybody can handle their space champagne. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/champagne-space/index.html" target="_blank">According to <em>CNN</em></a>, “Of the 30-odd journalists on board the Mumm testflight, a handful were instead reaching for the sick bag.”</p><p>Mumm has not yet released any information on buying a bottle of the space champagne. It is unlikely to come cheap. But, then again, space travel comes with a hefty price tag on its own. A ticket on board an upcoming Virgin Galactic zero gravity flight <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/virgin-galactic-space-2018" target="_blank">will set you back $250,000</a>.</p>
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Turkish Airlines’ New Uniforms Might Just Make It the Most Fashionable Airline

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 12:00
<p>A style makeover should accompany every new transition in life.</p><p>In celebration of 85 years of service and a new home base airport, Turkish Airways is launching a brand-new, high-fashion uniform for cabin crew.</p><img alt="Turkish Airlines new uniforms "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536857683/turkish-airlines-uniforms-terminal-TAUNIS0918.jpg?itok=CKpNwqE9"><p>Designed by Milanese haute couturier <a href="http://www.ettorebilotta.com/en/" target="_blank">Ettore Bilotta</a> (who has also designed uniforms for Etihad and Alitalia), the new uniforms are meant to represent the airline’s links to both East and West and modernity and tradition.</p><p>“When I started to design for Turkish Airlines, the first thing that inspired me was <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/istanbul" target="_blank">Istanbul</a>,” Bilotta said in a statement. “This city has been a melting pot for art and civilization for centuries and has a rare richness as a common heritage of many cultures.”</p><p>The history of Istanbul is reflected in the uniforms with nods to traditional calligraphy and mosaics. Bilotta has also incorporated “new interpretations of Turkish motifs, which emphasize modern lines, into foulards and ties to reflect a contrast and duality.”</p><p>The clothing collection includes hats, gloves, dresses, bags, and accessories for cabin crew. Uniforms for cockpit, flying chefs and ground services will also receive a similar revamp.</p><img alt="Turkish Airlines new uniforms "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536857683/turkish-airlines-uniforms-water-TAUNIS0918.jpg?itok=_L20dOsw"><p>The new uniforms will be put into service in October, after <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/turkey/istanbul/articles/istanbul-new-airport-yotel-hotel/" target="_blank">the Istanbul New Airport opens</a>. The airport will be the new operating base of Turkish Airlines. When it opens (expected October 29, Turkey’s Republic Day), the airport could become the busiest in the world, with an estimated capacity for 150 million passengers every year. The capacity could potentially be expanded to 200 million, <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/turkey/istanbul/articles/istanbul-new-airport-yotel-hotel/" target="_blank">according to airport managers</a>. </p><p>Building costs are expected to finish somewhere around $12 billion.</p>
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These Japanese Monkeys Obsessed With Hot Springs Are Living Their Best Lives

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 11:31
<p>As any cold weather adventurer will tell you, there’s nothing quite like slipping into a hotter-than-hot bath after a long day of trekking through the snow. And that goes <em>double</em> for monkeys.</p><p>Mountain explorers in Japan have long shared the hot springs of Yamanouchi, Japan with their fellow primates—something visitors to the region can experience as well.</p><p>In 1949, <a href="https://www.bes.or.jp/english/parks/joshinetsu.html" target="_blank">Joshinetsu Kogen National Park</a> was established. In 1964, the Jigokudani Yaen-koen area in the park was declared a conservation area for Japanese macaques, <a href="http://www.snowmonkeyresorts.com/smr/snowmonkeypark/" target="_blank">Snow Monkey Resorts</a> explained. There, the monkeys can take refuge within their natural habitat and know they are safe to bath just mere feet from humans.</p><p>Since the conservation efforts began the monkeys and their visitors have truly created a symbiotic relationship, with park rangers feeding the monkeys all year long. Best of all, anyone is welcome to come and pay them a visit. Here’s how you can travel to the park to see the monkeys taking a dip, and where you could potentially relax with them too.</p><h2>Best time to visit:</h2><p>There really isn’t a bad time to visit the region as the monkeys come to visit all year long. It just depends on what you’d like to see. According to Snow Monkey Resorts, there are two distinct seasons: green season and winter season.</p><p>The green season, which takes place over the spring, summer, and fall, is obviously warmer, which may make some visitors more comfortable. It’s during this time that the monkeys also tend to have and show off their babies.</p><p>But, if you specifically want to see the monkeys in the hot springs you must come during the colder winter months. This is when they’ll dive in and potentially soak right alongside you. (And they do so for the same reasons humans bathe: To <a href="https://www.livescience.com/62213-why-snow-monkeys-take-hot-baths.html" target="_blank">lower their stress levels</a>.)</p><h2>How to get there:</h2><p><a href="http://www.snowmonkeyresorts.com/access/" target="_blank">Getting to the park</a> is typically an easy feat. All you need to do is fly into Tokyo and board a bullet train directly to Nagano Station. Tour operators will also bring you from the city to the mountain, though the drive can take much longer.</p><h2>Where to stay:</h2><p>There are a number of spectacular places to stay near the park including hotel <a href="http://www.senjukaku.com/en/" target="_blank">Kanbayashi Hotel Senjukaku</a>, a space that perfectly blends tradition, amenities, and luxury. Inside the hotel guests will find a restaurant serving delicious meals while overlooking the area gardens, artwork done by local painters, and deluxe rooms with views of the hot springs below.</p><p>For those looking to spend more time in the center of town, check out the <a href="http://www.snowmonkeyresorts.com/hotels/jizokan-matsuya-ryokan/" target="_blank">Jizokan Matsuya ryokan</a>. Located next to the Zenkoji Temple complex, the hotel is ideally located and comes with everything you’ll need for a relaxing stay including Japanese-style breakfast and kaiseki dinners, along with room options ranging from shared to private spaces.</p><h2>Where to go to soak with the monkeys:</h2><p>The hot springs inside the park are just for the monkeys. Sorry, no human swimmers allowed. But, <a href="http://www.snowmonkeyresorts.com/smr/snowmonkeypark/the-snow-monkeys-faq/" target="_blank">Snow Monkey Resorts</a> explained, you could always “try your luck at the nearby Korakukan Onsen." There, the monkeys first observed and copied the humans visiting the hot springs, and will still join people today.</p>
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Tiffani Thiessen's Best Packing Hack Takes the Stress Out of Travel

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 11:01
<p>Many of us will always think of Tiffani Thiessen as cheerleader Kelly Kapowski on “Saved by the Bell,” or bad girl Valerie who threw a little spice into the mix on “Beverly Hills 90210.”</p><p>But it's been years since those shows ended, and Thiessen has not slowed down since. In addition to continuing her acting career with roles on shows like USA’s “White Collar” and the new Netflix series “Alexa &amp; Katie,” she has also launched a career in the food and lifestyle space. In 2015, “Dinner at Tiffani’s” premiered on The Food Channel with Thiessen, a longtime chef and lover of food, cooking with some of her notable celebrity friends like Jason Priestley, Nathan Fillion, and Lindsay Price.</p><p>She has continued to explore her passion for food with her new book “<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Pull-Up-Chair-Recipes-Family-ebook/dp/B0789JSNRY/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1" target="_blank">Pull Up a Chair: Recipes from My Family to Yours</a>” (available October 2). The book is all about Thiessen’s experiences with food and cooking growing up, and how delicious meals can bring people together.</p><p>Now a mother of two, Harper Renn Smith and Holt Fisher Smith, with husband Brady Smith, Thiessen sat down with <em>Travel + Leisure</em> at the <a href="https://conferences.blogher.com/blogher18cs-details/" target="_blank">SheKnows Media #BlogHer18 Creators Summit</a>, where she was a speaker, to talk about her love of travel, food, and her best tips for flying with two young children.</p><p><strong>Travel + Leisure: What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken?</strong></p><p>“My trips to wine country are always a favorite. We are going to Europe with the kids for the first time this year. To Spain and Italy. And then with the book tour I am going to a lot of places, which will be interesting to see like Ohio. I've never been there. I'm going to <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/nashville" target="_blank">Nashville</a> and I've never been and am super excited. My trips to Europe are some of my fondest memories which is why I am really excited to take them and let them explore and see it through their eyes.”</p><p><strong>Do you have a favorite hotel in Europe?</strong></p><p>“I don't have a favorite hotel there because there are so many popping up every day. We want to go all over. We've been using an app called <a href="https://www.kidandcoe.com/" target="_blank">Kid and Coe</a>. It's like Airbnb but it's for families and it's really nice. It has been super helpful. We want to do the house thing because when I go to Italy I want to truffle hunt and then I want to come back and cook! And it feels more like home when you come back from the day.”</p><p><strong>What’s something you cannot travel without?</strong></p><p>“I am an essential oil person. I'm big on that. I'm not an over sanitizer usually but on planes I do because when you're traveling you are trapped on that plane with everyone's germs. Lip balm is also a must and I also bring my earbuds because I listen to a lot of podcasts. Usually NPR, The Daily, stuff like that. It's where I get my news. I'm not a TV person.”</p><p><strong>Do you have a plane uniform?</strong></p><p>“Usually something comfortable. If I am coming for a meeting I always have a change of clothes. No matter what as a mom I always have a change of shirt and then I always bring something warm to wrap around me.”</p><p><strong>Do you have a great packing hack or philosophy?</strong></p><p>“I always leave room because we are always buying something. And I have a non-stressful philosophy. If you forget it, you can always get it. Because really, truly it is hard to remember everything whether it is a quick trip or a trip to Europe but ultimately you will figure it out. You can get it somewhere so I try to remember that so I don’t over-stress myself. I try to pack the kids first and now that she [Harper] is older, she helps me pack. It is getting easier now that my youngest is also 3 years old.”</p><p><strong>How do you <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/gift-guides/gifts-for-kids" target="_blank">entertain them on the plane</a>?</strong></p><p>“They both love to draw. Harper has been traveling since she was six weeks old because we would go back and forth between the coasts. We tried to be those people that were no electronics but in a pinch an iPad it’s great. Mostly we try to put games and learning activities on there. And a snack bag is a must.”</p><p><em>Note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.</em></p>
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You Could Get Paid $1,000 a Day to Make and Taste Pizzas From the Comfort of Your Own Home

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 08:57
<p>If you love <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/quad-cities-style-pizza" target="_blank">pizza</a>, you could get paid up to $1,000 a day to make and taste the treat.</p><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/gift-guides/gifts-for-outdoorsy-people" target="_blank">Outdoor cookware</a> company Ooni (previously known as Uuni), is looking for <a href="https://ooni.com/blogs/news/ooni-pizza-taste-tester-job" target="_blank">10 pizza taste testers</a> to create and taste <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/americas-favorite-places/best-cities-for-pizza" target="_blank">pizzas </a>made from the company’s two different portable wood-fired pizza ovens, the <a href="https://ooni.com/products/uuni-3" target="_blank">Uuni 3</a> and the <a href="https://ooni.com/products/uuni-pro" target="_blank">Uuni Pro</a>.</p><p>The 10 hired folks, who will work on a part-time, freelance basis with the company, will be able to use the ovens, which can cook 13-inch and 16-inch pizzas in just 60 seconds, to come up with their own pizza concoctions and to taste and deliver feedback on the company’s new products.</p><p>Compensation will vary based on each person’s experience, with a daily rate that ranges from $300 to $1,000 for the most experienced candidates.</p><p>While that’s a big gap in terms of what you can earn, the Ooni team explained they have a method to determining compensation rates. </p><p>“We’ve set the base rate at $300, because we understand that developing one’s ability to make fantastic pizza takes time and energy to hone your craft; this rate would be appropriate for someone who is a passionate home cook who hasn’t worked professionally, and who understands how to make and stretch their own dough,” a representative from Ooni told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>.</p><p>Beyond that, candidates who can expect the higher $1,000 a day rates might include people who have added skill sets like filming high quality video content and cooks who have worked at cooking demonstrations for large crowds.</p><p>Responsibilities will include a combination of recipe development, product testing, and even working as a brand ambassador for the brand by showcasing its products both through social media and at live events. Ooni will directly ship its ovens to each candidate, as well as covering expenses for any ingredients used for recipe testing. </p><p>In addition, there are no set number of days chosen testers will be required to work, though the company is hoping to find people willing to work at least two days a month at a schedule of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a one-hour break for lunch in between. Taste testers can also be based anywhere around the world as this will be a work-from-home position. </p><p>Those who are interested are asked to submit a video of up to one minute and no larger than 20 MB explaining why they're right for the position and showcasing their pizza skills to <a href="mailto:jobs@ooni.com">jobs@ooni.com</a>. </p><p>Applications are open through Sunday, Oct. 14, and the chosen individuals will be contacted shortly after. </p>
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You Can See Thousands of Monarch Butterflies at This National Park in Canada

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 08:33
<p>This is not some magical wonderland — it’s just a gorgeous park in Canada.</p><p>Visitors to Point Pelee National Park, along the shores of Lake Erie, can enjoy viewing thousands of monarch butterflies who have stopped at the park on their way to Mexico for their seasonal migration in September and October each year.</p><p>The butterflies are in the area to rest before continuing on their journey. “They're waiting for the right condition to cross,” Andrew Laforet, the interpretation coordinator for Point Pelee National Park, <a href="https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/monarch-migration-canada-mexico-1.4819818" target="_blank">told the CBC</a>.</p><img alt="Lookout Tower at the Marsh Boardwalk in Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, Canada. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536868530/Point-Pelee-National-Park-Ontario-Canada-BTTRFLSEH0918.jpg?itok=IbMCsaSd"><p>According to the CBC, the butterflies stop in clusters. They will be viewable to visitors until mid-October, as there are hundreds and possibly even thousands of clusters making their way south.</p><p>However, it can be unpredictable when you can spot some butterflies. According to Laforet, windy or rainy days are actually ideal for butterfly watching, since the weather makes them “hunker down” until they have better conditions to fly. Early mornings and sunsets are also great viewing times.</p><img alt="Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), Nymphalidae, Point Pelee National Park, Canada "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536868530/canada-monarchs-BTTRFLSEH0918.jpg?itok=bUTsyigH"><p>Visitors may not have a lot of luck finding clusters on warm, sunny days since that is the best time for the butterflies to continue their migration.</p><p>People have been sharing their best butterfly pictures on social media, and it’s easy to estimate that there are certainly droves of the pretty, winged insects all over the park.</p><p>It’s the perfect time to fire up the ‘gram before all those little butterflies are gone.</p>
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SpaceX Is Planning to Send a Space Tourist Around the Moon for the First Time

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 08:17
<p>One lucky person is going to get the opportunity to make another giant leap for mankind.</p><p><a href="https://www.spacex.com/webcast" target="_blank">Elon Musk’s SpaceX announced</a> on Thursday that it intends to send the world’s first private passenger around the moon.</p><p>On its website and in a tweet announcing the new project, the company said it will reveal its chosen passenger on Monday, Sept. 17. The only hint the rest of us have to go on is a cryptic tweet from Musk of a Japanese flag emoji, <a href="https://www.space.com/41822-spacex-bfr-rocket-moon-passenger-flight.html" target="_blank">Space.com pointed out</a>.</p><p>Frankly, we wouldn’t be totally surprised if the Twitter user is right and it ends up being Musk himself going on the trip. Who else can <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/first-luxury-space-hotel-taking-reservations" target="_blank">afford it</a>? But it doesn’t seem like that decision would be good for the SpaceX brand, so it’s more likely to be someone else. Someone from Japan, perhaps?</p><p>Either way, the passenger will ride aboard SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket, the craft <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/spacex-mars-spaceship-big-falcon-rocket-diagram-2018-9" target="_blank">Musk hopes will one day lead the way for flying humans to Mars</a>. (And they'll probably be <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/mumm-grand-cordon-stellar-space-champagne" target="_blank">drinking champagne</a>.) Big Falcon is still being developed, but it is anticipated to have the most powerful rocket ever built and a ship capable of carrying at least 100 passengers at a time, according to <em>Space.com.</em></p><p>According to <em><a href="https://money.cnn.com/2018/09/13/technology/spacex-moon-passenger-announcement/index.html" target="_blank">CNNMoney</a></em>, it’s unclear whether the new announcement is linked to a similar one made by the company in February 2017, in which it said two people had signed up to fly on the Falcon Heavy rocket. However, it seems those plans were abandoned earlier in 2018, making this project entirely new.</p><p>Musk said back in March that the company hopes to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/elon-musk-mars-bfr-test-flights-begin-2019" target="_blank">start test flights in 2019</a>. So, a tourism flight may not be far off.</p><p>Musk will announce the lucky tourist’s identity on Sept. 17 via a webcast that begins at 9 p.m. EST, according to<em> Space.com</em>.</p><p>You can tune in by visiting the <a href="https://www.spacex.com/webcast" target="_blank">SpaceX webcast site</a>.</p>
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The New Longest Domestic Flight in the U.S. Will Launch Next Year — and It'll Be 11+ Hours Long

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 06:48
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/domestic-airlines-in-us" target="_blank">Hawaiian Airlines</a> announced this week that it will begin service from Honolulu to Boston. The 5,100-mile flight will be the longest domestic flight in the United States.</p><p>The flight is scheduled to take 10 hours and 15 minutes on the way to Boston and 11 hours and 40 minutes when returning to Hawaii.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/hawaiian-airlines-a321neo" target="_blank">Hawaiian Airlines' New Planes Could Mean Cheaper, More Direct Flights to the Islands</a></p><p>The airline estimates that 60,000 people come to Hawaii from Boston every year — and the new service will make it easier for those from Beantown to escape to tropical islands.</p><p>“There is nowhere on Earth like Hawai'i, and we are bringing our islands closer than ever to Boston with nonstop service,” Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/aloha-beantown-300712724.html" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. “We look forward to sharing our warm hospitality with our New England guests whose vacation starts the minute they check in and step onto our plane.”</p><p>Service is scheduled to begin April 4, operating five times per week, onboard an A330-200. Passengers can book one of 18 seats in the first class cabin or their spot among the 258 places in economy.</p><p>In honor of the new route, Hawaiian is offering round-trip specials of <a href="http://www.hawaiianairlines.com" target="_blank">$617 for economy</a> and <a href="http://www.hawaiianairlines.com" target="_blank">$1,776 for first class</a>. Tickets must be purchased by Sunday, September 16 and are good for travel from April 4–30.</p><p>Because of the long flight time, every extra inch of space will count. Passengers can upgrade to Extra Comfort seats (there are 68) for $145 each way.</p>
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Why Mark Wahlberg Wakes Up at 2:30 a.m. Every Day — Even on Vacation

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 06:31
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/mark-wahlberg-vacation-workout" target="_blank">Mark Wahlberg</a> is officially the most hardcore person on Earth.</p><p>Earlier this week the actor, rapper, model, and producer shared his <a href="https://www.theringer.com/movies/2018/9/12/17851064/mark-wahlberg-daily-routine-questions" target="_blank">daily routine</a> with his Instagram followers, which he claims he sticks to every single day. Including while he’s on vacation. And man is it a sight to behold.</p><p>According to Wahlberg, he rises every single day at 2:30 am. He then sets aside 30 minutes to pray.</p><p>Next, he eats a quick breakfast at 3:15 a.m. Then, from 3:40 to 5:15 a.m. he puts in his first workout of the day. (Stay tuned as he works out again sometime later in the afternoon.)</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/yoga-wellness/jennifer-aniston-tips-for-sunday-relaxation" target="_blank">What Jennifer Aniston Does to Relax on Sundays</a></p><p>At 5:30 a.m. Wahlberg tucks into a post-workout meal, followed by a shower at 6 a.m. </p><p>He follows all that with golf at 7:30 a.m. (a super-short game, might we add) and a snack at 8 a.m.</p><p>At 9:30 a.m., while you’re likely just getting to work, Wahlberg is hopping into his <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/yoga-wellness/cryotherapy-session" target="_blank">cryo chamber for a bit of cold therapy</a>. After that — guess what — he has another snack.</p><p>From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the actor sets aside time for family, meetings, or work calls. At 1 p.m. he has lunch, and at 2 p.m. he takes more calls. At 3 p.m. he picks up his children from school, followed by another snack.</p><p>From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. he works out again and then showers. Yes, again. At 5:30 p.m. he has dinner with his family, then at 7:30 p.m., he heads to bed.</p><p>Is anyone else exhausted just reading this?</p><p>Though it all seems a bit absurd, this regimented way of life may be why Wahlberg is so successful. <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/daily-routines-help-you-feel-life-is-meaningful-2016-6" target="_blank">Scientific studies have shown</a> that sticking to a daily routine is associated with the feeling that your life is meaningful. </p><p>“You can sort of have a sense of the self from one time to the next," Samantha J. Heintzelman, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Virginia, told <em>Business Insider</em>. As she added, it helps humans feel they have coherence in their lives — "This is what I do or this is who I am."</p><p>And apparently, who Wahlberg is, is snacks on snacks on snacks, followed by long showers and family time. Even on vacation.</p>
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Florida's Tallest Launch Roller Coaster Will Fling Riders 150 Feet in the Air, Then Do It Again — Backwards

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 06:21
<p>Florida’s tallest launch coaster is coming to Busch Gardens, and we’re honestly not sure if we’ll be able to handle it.</p><p>According to the <em><a href="https://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do/travel/florida/Busch-Gardens-reveals-plans-for-Tigris-Florida-s-tallest-launch-roller-coaster_171692154" target="_blank">Tampa Bay Times</a></em>, Tigris is a tiger-themed, triple-launch roller coaster that flings riders into an upside-down swirl 150 feet in the air at 60 miles per hour. And then does it again...<em>backwards</em>.</p><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/amusement-parks/busch-gardens-tampa-bay-florida-theme-park" target="_blank">Busch Gardens</a> president Stewart Clark told the <em>Tampa Bay Times</em> that the new ride will be only for the park’s “bravest” customers. No kidding.</p><p>Tigris project manager Andrew Schaffer described the ride in full detail to the <em>Tampa Bay Times</em>, saying that riders are launched forward out of the station, “it’s going to stop, and then come backward through the station and launch you backward up the other tower.”</p><p>Riders only get partially up the tower before coming back down again and getting launched forward at over 60 miles per hour, one last time. Then, they are taken up again, 150 feet in the air, and “have a slow inversion called a heartline roll.”</p><p>“And that is when you are going to lose your lunch,” Schaffer said.</p><p>The height requirement for the ride is at least 54 inches. And yes, there are very nice lap belts that go over the shoulders. </p><img alt="Artist Concept of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's new Tigris Coaster "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536874591/tirgris-coaster-concept-busch-gardens-TIGRISCOASTER0918.jpg?itok=o1LFK3t3"><p>Overall, the ride covers 1,800 feet of steel track and is “designed to mimic the awe-inspiring agility of the world’s largest and most powerful cat—the tiger,” according to the <a href="https://buschgardens.com/tampa/roller-coasters/tigris/" target="_blank">Busch Gardens website.</a></p><p>Tigris will open in the spring of 2019, just in time to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the park.</p><p>According to the <em>Tampa Bay Times</em>, the new ride will coincide with another unnamed attraction headed to the park in 2020, as well as the park’s new plan to start highlighting thrill rides over attractions with animals. The park is currently owned by SeaWorld Entertainment.</p><p>More information on Tigris can be found on the <a href="https://buschgardens.com/tampa/roller-coasters/tigris/" target="_blank">Busch Gardens website</a>.</p>
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Jimmy Buffett Goes 'Surfing in a Hurricane' in Most Jimmy Buffett Move Ever

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 06:05
<p>If there’s one person you shouldn’t follow directions from during a storm, it’s musician Jimmy Buffett.</p><p>Yes, he can get you to Margaritaville, he can even play you a nice little tune while you’re there, but he’s a terrible influence when it comes to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/how-to-prepare-your-house-during-a-hurricane-to-stay-safe" target="_blank">preparing for a hurricane</a>.</p><p>The proof? A new photo he posted showing himself out for a surf session at Folly Beach in South Carolina just <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/hurrication-photos-florence" target="_blank">before Hurricane Florence hit</a>.</p><p>In the caption of the post, Buffett shared a few of his own song lyrics, writing, “I ain't afraid of dying, I got no need to explain, I feel like going surfing in a hurricane.”</p><p>A catchy song, but again, a very bad idea.</p><p>Thankfully, Buffett added some sense to his post, writing: “On a serious note - respect mother nature, please be safe and listen to your local authorities.”</p><p>Buffett was far from alone in the surf lineup. As<i> </i><em><a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6166341/Jimmy-Buffett-bold-surfers-ride-Hurricane-Florence-adrenaline-rush.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em> noted, dozens of others took to the water at the popular surfing location to catch a few waves before the brunt of the storm rolled into shore.</p><p>“It’s an adrenaline rush,” a local woman only identified as Jenny told reporters as to why she was choosing to stay and surf instead of evacuating. “You know, you can’t control Mother Nature. She doesn’t make exceptions. And as a surfer, you never see waves this big except for during hurricanes. So it’s kind of surreal to see them here.”</p><p>As much of a rush as it may be, it’s still incredibly dangerous, no matter how good of a surfer you think you are. And that includes the professionals, like 16-year-old pro surfer <a href="https://www.menshealth.com/trending-news/a19533789/pro-surfer-hurricane-irma-dies/" target="_blank">Zander Venezia</a>, who was killed in 2017 while attempting to ride the mega-swell created by Hurricane Irma in Barbados.</p><p>For the latest on Hurricane Florence, and other storms circulating in the Atlantic, stay tuned to the <a href="https://www.weather.gov/twitter" target="_blank">National Hurricane Center,</a> and heed all of their warnings.</p>
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Photographs Capture Hundreds of Landslides After Japan Earthquake

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 16:27
<p>A 6.7-magnitude earthquake last week in Hokkaido, Japan, resulted in landslides that nearly reshaped the mountainous region. Aerial photos show the incredible number of landslides, which were likely caused by the combination of torrential rains the area has seen in recent months along with the tremors.</p><p><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/09/asia/japan-earthquake-death-toll/index.html" target="_blank">CNN reported</a> that at least 39 people died because of the earthquake.</p><img alt="This picture shows an aerial view of landslides in Atsuma town, Hokkaido prefecture on September 6, 2018, after an earthquake hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536263020/landslide-Atsuma-town-Hokkaido-JPNQUAKE0918.jpg?itok=PKh1fctE"><p>Japan has been the center of a number of devastating weather events and natural disasters in the last year. A <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/typhoon-jebi-affecting-japan-travel" target="_blank">Category 3 typhoon</a> hit Osaka earlier last week, and a sweltering heat wave that sent over 22,000 people to the hospital also hit the region, <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44935152" target="_blank">the BBC reported</a>.</p><p>In early July, the island of Honshu also experienced landslides and floods that claimed the lives of 200 people, according to CNN.</p><p>The summer has been especially harsh for Japan. As residents and rescue workers fight to return their homes back to normal, the unpredictable weather leaves people with an anxiety that these events might continue.</p>
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How to Protect Your Home and Your Valuables During a Hurricane

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 16:25
<p>Preparing for a hurricane is never easy, but if you're a homeowner, there are extra steps you need to take before a storm. </p><p>Should you find yourself in the path of an impending hurricane, you will need to take the precautions necessary to protect your house and valuables against the onslaught of high winds and unrelenting rain, in addition to putting together an emergency kit complete with drinking water, food, medicine, first aid supplies, and toiletries.</p><p>Here are seven things you can do to give your home and valuables the best chance at withstanding a hurricane.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/airline-waivers-caribbean-us-flights-hurricane-florence" target="_blank">What to Know About Hurricane Florence If You've Got a Caribbean Vacation Coming Up</a></p><h2>Clean up the Yard</h2><p>Heavy objects, like bikes, lawn furniture, and grills, can be swept up by the winds and damage your house, the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/preparedness.html" target="_blank">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention</a> (CDC) says. Bring them inside or place them in a shelter.</p><h2>Cover the Windows and Doors</h2><p>The CDC recommends <a href="http://time.com/4932737/hurricane-irma-boarding-up-windows/" target="_blank">nailing plywood to your window frames</a> or using storm shutters to protect yourself from shattered glass. If you are planning to stay at home, keep away from your windows and remain inside until the hurricane has officially been declared over.</p><h2>Close All Interior Doors</h2><p>When you prepare your home for a hurricane, you will want to do more than shut your windows and exterior doors: you will need to close every door inside your house as well.</p><p>Based on the results from a scientific wind testing, the <a href="https://disastersafety.org/ibhs-news-releases/shut-the-doors-on-hurricane-irma/" target="_blank">Insurance Institute for Business &amp; Home Safety</a> (IBHS) reported that high winds coming into your house through a broken window can "create strong upward pressure on the roof" and cause it to blow apart.</p><p>“The roof is your first line of defense against anything Mother Nature inflicts on a home, and during a bad storm your roof endures fierce pressure from wind, rain, and flying debris that may be outside,” said IBHS president and CEO Roy Wright.</p><p>Should you lose your roof, your house would be exposed to these elements.</p><p>To prevent this from happening, IBHS recommends that you close your interior doors to help "compartmentalize the pressure inside the home into smaller areas," which will reduce "the overall force on the roof structure."</p><h2>Prepare Drinking Water</h2><p>The storm may cause you to lose your water supply, so you will want to stock up on bottled water. Ideally, you should have a two-week supply of drinking water, but you need to have at least three days worth, the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/drinking/creating-storing-emergency-water-supply.html" target="_blank">CDC says</a>. Each person and pet should have a minimum of one gallon of water every day.</p><p>If bottled water is not available, fill your containers with water from the tap; since it may get contaminated with germs, you can disinfect your water with <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/drinking/making-water-safe.html" target="_blank">unscented household chlorine bleach</a> or iodine tablets.</p><p>Additionally, you may want to have a supply of water in your sinks and bathtubs for washing.</p><h2>Check Your Carbon Monoxide Detector</h2><p>In the event that you experience a power outage, you may turn to alternative sources of electricity and fuel — such as generators, camp stoves, and grills — for cooking, heating, and cooling. <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/cofacts.html" target="_blank">According to the CDC</a>, this can cause a build up of carbon monoxide in your house, which could have fatal consequences. Check your detector's batteries before the storm hits to prevent poisoning.</p><h2>Prep Your Fridge</h2><p>The CDC also advises that you set the thermostat in your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting, as your preservatives will last longer if the power goes out.</p><p>Don't have enough space for your food? <em><a href="http://www.thisisinsider.com/quarter-in-frozen-water-trick-hurricane-2017-9" target="_blank">Insider</a></em> says that your washing machine can be used as a cooler; pack the drum with ice and you will be able to store food inside to keep it fresh.</p><p>If you plan to leave your home before the storm hits, try the <a href="https://www.thisisinsider.com/quarter-in-frozen-water-trick-hurricane-2017-9" target="_blank">"quarter in a frozen cup of water"</a> trick to ensure that your food is safe to eat.</p><h2>Save Your Important Documents on a Flash Drive</h2><p>One popular tip making the rounds on social media is to store your valuables and important documents in an empty dishwasher, the reason being that dishwashers are waterproof and are secured to cabinets.</p><p><iframe allow="encrypted-media" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="651" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fanna.kearns%2Fposts%2F10211413712591166&amp;width=500" width="500"></iframe></p><p>However, this is not 100 percent foolproof advice. "Appliances are not waterproof nor would we endorse such a tip," Kim Freedman, a representative for GE Appliances, told <a href="https://www.thisisinsider.com/dont-put-documents-in-dishwasher-during-a-hurricane-2017-9" target="_blank"><em>INSIDER</em></a>.</p><p>In case of flooding, it is best to scan your important documents — such as your birth certificate, Social Security card, family pictures — and save them on a flash drive, which you can keep with you at all times. You can store hard copies of the documents in waterproof containers, or pack them if you plan to evacuate.</p>
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