This Is the Absolute Best Carry-on Suitcase for Frequent Fliers (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 08:13
<p>At a preview event Travelpro hosted last fall, I test-wheeled what I thought was a totally empty suitcase. After slaloming it effortlessly around a few cones, I lifted it by the handle and was shocked to find it was packed full with no less than 20 pounds of weight. That’s how easy the Platinum Magna 2 21-inch Expandable Spinner Suiter is to navigate.</p><p>Perhaps I shouldn't have been so surprised, though. <a href="" target="_blank">Travelpro</a> — the brand that developed the OG rollaboard suitcase in 1987 — knows luggage. It’s the choice brand of hundreds of airline crew members, and a version of the suitcase I tested even earned a top spot in the carry-on category of our <a href="" target="_blank">Ultimate Travel Essentials</a>.</p><p>So what makes this suitcase's movement so seamless? To begin with, it’s already pretty lightweight for a soft-sided bag at just under eight pounds. But the real secret is in the wheels. As you’ll see demonstrated in the video, the four spinner wheels are each aligned with magnets — Travelpro calls this “MagnaTrac” — so that you don’t have to do any of the Jillian Michaels–level core work that's sometimes required to stabilize a bag while rolling it.</p><p>Though it looks a little bulky, the handle top is actually super comfortable to grip, both when you’re pulling it behind you and when it's rolling along at your side. It’s ergonomically contoured to the palm and intended to reduce strain on the wrist and arm. The handle itself has three height settings and is designed to withstand impact if it happens to be a little roughed up after a gate check, so it won’t get wobbly over time.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Luggage Brands for Every Budget</a></p><p>Tapered expansion is another feature that I would typically think nothing of but is actually super helpful in real-life application. With the majority of expandable suitcases I’ve owned, I know that opting to use that extra two inches of packing room dooms me to either constantly holding my luggage upright or leaning the front against something. Otherwise, it’s inevitably going to be toppling over and hitting small children on the subway (I’m still so, so sorry!).</p><p>A tapered design ensures the widest part of the expansion is at the bottom. This distributes the weight of your three extra just-in-case-I-need-these outfits toward the bottom of the bag, lowering the center of gravity to prevent it from tipping.</p><p>Inside, the packing system is just as helpful. It comes with a garment bag attachment to keep <a href="" target="_blank">suits</a> and dresses wrinkle-free. There’s a tie-down system and plenty of accessory pockets built in.</p><p>The bag generally retails for $300, but right now, it’s going for $256 at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">eBags</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Zappos</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Amazon</a>. It comes in four colors — black, olive green, gray, and marsala red — each with a coordinated leather trim. And if it already wasn't worth the investment, the Travelpro lifetime warranty even covers airline damage.</p>
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Cold Weather Will Make Cherry Blossoms in D.C. Peak Later Than Expected

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 07:38
<p>The National Park Service has pushed back its prediction for <a href="" target="_blank">peak cherry blossom blooms</a> in Washington, D.C.’s Tidal Basin.</p><p>On March 1, the NPS predicted that the capital’s cherry blossom trees would reach their peak bloom between March 17 and 20. But on Monday, the service pushed back its prediction by 10 days.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">6 Places to See the Cherry Blossoms in Japan Minus the Crowds</a></p><p>The D.C. cherry blossom trees are now expected to reach their peak bloom from March 27 through 31. The NPS defines “peak bloom” as the time when 70 percent of the area’s Yoshino cherry blossoms are flowered. Due to unpredicted cold weather in the area over the past weeks, the buds on the trees remain tightly closed.</p><p>“When we go out and look at the trees, they are still in that first phase — that green bud phase — and the temperatures forecasted for over the next week to 10 days don’t indicate that we are going to get the temperatures we need to get us over that hump in the next week,” Mike Litterst, spokesperson for the NPS, <a href="" target="_blank">told WTOP</a>.</p><p>It’s not uncommon for forecasters to change their predictions of the bloom. The NPS states that it cannot be confident of its prediction until about 10 days before peak bloom. Even then, last-minute, extreme changes in weather can drastically change predictions.</p><p>The rescheduling puts the blooms back on track with historical trends. Although peak blooms have happened as early as March 15 and as late as April 18, the last week of March and the first week of April are the most common times.</p><p>Once the cherry blossoms bloom, they remain on the trees for about 10 days, the NPS said.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">This year’s Cherry Blossom Festival</a> will take place in the capital through April 15.</p>
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Passengers at Newark Airport May Have Been Exposed to Measles

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 06:41
<p>Travelers at <a href="" target="_blank">Newark Airport</a> may have been exposed to the measles virus after an international traveler with a confirmed case traveled through the airport earlier this week.</p><p>On Monday, a child traveling from Brussels landed in Newark Airport’s Terminal B, and left out of Terminal C on a flight to Tennessee. According to the state's health department, as reported by <a href="" target="_blank"><em>NBC News</em></a>, the child was infectious at the time he was in the airport.</p><p>Other travelers who may have been in these two terminals on Monday afternoon and evening could be at risk of contracting the virus, unless they have been vaccinated. Travelers at Memphis International Airport are also at risk.</p><p>Measles is spread through the air through coughs or sneezes of those who are infected. Symptoms include fever, rash, cough, red or watery eyes and a runny nose. The disease can also cause complications in pregnant women or, in severe cases, <a href="" target="_blank">brain swelling</a> or pneumonia, both of which could be fatal, especially in children.</p><p>It takes seven to 14 days before a patient begins to show symptoms, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the CDC</a>. <em>NBC News</em> reported that health officials are warning that signs of the disease may not develop until as late as April 2.</p><p>The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that anyone who received the vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella twice during childhood are protected for life, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>USA Today</em></a>. Anyone who is at risk and unsure of whether they’re properly vaccinated should contact their doctor.</p><p>Another traveler in Detroit on March 6 also had a confirmed case of the measles, exposing other travelers in the North Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, according to <em>USA Today</em>. Michigan health officials said in a news release that “anyone who was in customs or baggage claim in the airport's North Terminal between 2 and 5 p.m. (ET) that day should seek medical attention from their primary care provider if they develop symptoms of the disease.”</p><p>Symptoms could develop as late as next week for those exposed in Detroit.</p>
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How to Pronounce the Irish Prime Minister’s Tongue-tying, Proper Gaelic Title

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 05:41
<p>The Prime Minister of <a href="" target="_blank">Ireland</a> has a Gaelic title that may require some pronunciation practice, especially since he's in the U.S. for a traditional White House St. Patrick's Day celebration. </p><p>Leo Varadkar is the Taoiseach of Ireland, a Gaelic term that means Prime Minister. The word is among several Gaelic terms and phrases that stump non-Irish newscasters and Americans, who can sometimes struggle to pronounce Irish names. </p><p>The proper pronunciation of Taoiseach sounds something like "TEE-shock" in English, according to a <a href="" target="_blank"><em>BBC</em> report</a> on pronouncing Irish political terms. A pronunciation guide on YouTube says "tee-shocks" or "tee-shock" are appropriate ways to say the word. </p><p>Still, the word trips people up when the encounter it live. In one memorable example, a newscaster incorrectly pronounced Taoiseach so it rhymed with the word milkshake. </p><p>As Varadkar meets with President Trump on his visit to the U.S. to commemorate <a href="" target="_blank">St. Patrick's Day</a> and with the holiday right around the corner, it's worth knowing how to say his proper title. </p>
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Away Just Launched Its Unbreakable Suitcases in Stunning Aluminum

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 05:00
<p>If you’re on the hunt for a sleek new suitcase that’s more than just a suitcase (like say, one that also has a built-in, ejectable phone charger you know you’ll use a lot), then today is your day.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Away</a> just launched the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Aluminum Edition</a> — a four-piece collection of the cult-favorite brand's <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">best-selling unbreakable suitcases</a> — but this time rendered in silver aluminum with a softly brushed finish. Basically, you get what the brand’s best known for, just in much shinier packaging. You won't be able to miss this stunner at baggage claim. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">12 Leather Passport Holders That Are Made to Last</a></p><p>The suitcase will be launching in four sizes and is priced considerably higher than its polycarbonate counterparts with The Carry-On at $475; The Bigger Carry-On at $495; The Medium at $575; and The Large at $595.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">12 Suitcases That Will Make You Love Hardside Luggage</a></p><p>The Aluminum Editions’ metallic surfaces will eventually start to show evidence of your time together — but that’s the point. Marks, dents, and scuffs will be visible, but you should consider it a “record of your travel history,” the brand said in a statement. “The more you travel, the more stories you (and your suitcase) will have to tell.”</p><p>It's like a proudly worn-out passport, in suitcase form. Head over to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> to shop the Aluminum Edition collection today.</p>
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How to See the Northern Lights Over the U.S. Tonight (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 16:12
<p>A <a href="" target="_blank">solar storm</a> is expected to reach earth today, Wednesday, March 14, and last through Thursday, March 15.</p><p>The storm will bring with it a stunning display of the Northern Lights that may be visible to people further south than usual. But what does the storm mean and how can it affect Earth?</p><h2>What causes the Northern Lights?</h2><p>The Northern Lights occur because of “collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere,” according to the <a href="" target="_blank">Northern Lights Centre</a>. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. Each hemisphere has its own name. In the north they are known as “aurora borealis,” and in the south as “aurora australis.”</p><p>Though the Northern Lights are often pictured as bright green streaks, they can actually come in many different colors including pink, red, yellow, green, blue, and violet, according to the Centre. The different colors occur when the gas particles collide at different heights in the atmosphere.</p><p>For example, the classic green occurs when the gas collides at 60 miles above the Earth’s surface, while bright red may occur at heights around 200 miles above Earth.</p><p>When the sun experiences a solar storm, it emits superheated plasma. That plasma is known as a <a href="" target="_blank">coronal mass ejection</a> (CME), which can trigger a geomagnetic storm. In turn, that geomagnetic storm can cause <a href="" target="_blank">solar flares</a>, which are a release of magnetic energy, and <a href="" target="_blank">cause the Earth’s Northern Lights to light up</a>. Pretty simple science, right? (Yeah, right.)</p><p>And though a sun flair and a coronal mass ejection sounds a bit scary there is truly nothing to worry about. The storms are measured on a scale from G1 to G5. Tonight’s storm, according to NASA, is classified as a G1. If a G5 were to hit Earth it could cause “Widespread voltage control problems and protective system problems can occur, some grid systems may experience complete collapse or blackouts. Transformers may experience damage,” according to the <a href="" target="_blank">National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association</a>. On the bright side? If a G5 hit Earth the Northern Lights would be visible as far south as Florida and Southern Texas.</p><h2>Chance of seeing Northern Lights</h2><p>If you live in Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Northern Europe, or the “northern tier” of the United States, which includes states like Michigan and Maine, your chances of seeing the Northern Lights tonight are very good. Check out the <a href=";date=20180315" target="_blank">Aurora Forecast </a>to see where the best spots are to catch the Northern Lights tonight and tomorrow.</p><h2>Where can you see the Northern Lights?</h2><p>The best way to see the Northern Lights is to get out of the city and get close to nature. The lights can be notoriously difficult to spot even in the best of environments, so to give yourself the best shot of seeing them tonight head away from the city lights and find the darkest spot you can. Then, you simply have to sit, wait, and pray they show up. The best place in the United States is absolutely the <a href="" target="_blank">Dark Sky Reserve</a> in Idaho, where man-made lights are highly restricted.</p><p>If you’re looking to plan a trip specifically to see the Northern Lights, check out <em>Travel + Leisure</em>’s list of the best places to catch nature’s premiere stargazing show <a href="" target="_blank">all around the globe</a>. From <a href="" target="_blank">Iceland</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">Norway</a> to Sweden and even right in Pennsylvania, there’s a location for everyone.</p>
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Why Airfare Could Get Even Cheaper This Spring

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 16:02
<p>Students aren't the only ones taking a break this spring.</p><p>Airlines for America estimates 150.7 million passengers around the world will fly on U.S. airlines from March 1 to April 30, a four-percent increase over the same period last year. The airline trade association released its <a href="" target="_blank">spring travel forecast for 2018</a> on Wednesday, reporting that airlines have added a combined 114,000 seats per day to accommodate the growth.</p><p>In 2017, airlines set a passenger record, and this year looks set to break the record again. That's good news for passengers looking for a deal, as the growth has been fueled by increased competition.</p><p>As more passengers head up into the skies, airfares have continued to come down: Domestic airfares were more than 40 percent less in 2017 compared to 1980, according to Airlines for America.</p><p>That's including extra (ancillary) fees, like those for baggage and seat assignments.</p><p>“There has never been a better time to fly, as evidenced by the record number of 151 million flyers expected to travel this spring,” A4A Vice President and Chief Economist John Heimlich said in a statement, attributing the growth to “persistently low fares, unsurpassed levels of investment in the product, increasing competition, and unprecedented access for passengers of all regions, age groups, and income levels.”</p><p>The trade association points out that in 1977, 63 percent of Americans had flown at least in their lifetime, and just 25 percent had taken a flight that year. Compare that to today, when 88 percent of the population has flown in their lifetime, and 48 percent have done so in the last year, and it's hard to argue that air travel — even with all the headaches and fees — has gotten anything but more accessible.</p><p>In its announcement on Wednesday, Airlines for America highlighted the role budget airlines have played in the expanding industry: “The presence of low-cost and ultra-low-cost carriers continues to expand in airports across the country, prompting <a href="" target="_blank">larger, more established carriers</a> to respond with <a href="" target="_blank">basic economy</a> products of their own to satisfy the burgeoning demand for no-frills fares.”</p><p>Competition has been increasing at airports across the U.S. in recent years, which is great news for budget-minded travelers. Since 2000, the average number of airlines on domestic passengers' itineraries has increased from 3.33 to 3.53.</p><p>While <a href="" target="_blank">decades of airline consolidation</a> are unlikely to be reversed, these upstarts — as well as increased service and competition <a href="" target="_blank">among</a> the <a href="" target="_blank">big four</a> (American, United, Delta, Southwest) — are making this year a great time to travel. It would seem that, this spring, 151 million passengers agree.</p>
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Book a Round-trip Flight to Barbados for As Little As $229

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 15:50
<p>Travelers dreaming of <a href="" target="_blank">getting away to the Caribbean</a> are in luck thanks to new flight deals taking people to Barbados for under $300 this year. </p><p>Roundtrip flights to Barbados — which was just declared the <a href="" target="_blank">top-rated travel destination</a> at the ITB travel trade show — range from $229 to $363 depending on which city you are flying from. Flights normally priced above $500 will be available through American, Copa and JetBlue airlines, according to Scott's Cheap Flights. </p><p>Discounted tickets will be available at varying times, depending on the city of origin. The <a href="" target="_blank">flight deals</a> will likely be up for grabs for trips between April through May and late July through December, excluding major holidays, from cities like Boston, Denver, New York City, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale and Las Vegas.</p>
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This Is the New Happiest Country in the World

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 15:33
<p>Is your country the happiest place to live on Earth?</p><p>Every year, <a href="" target="_blank">The World Happiness Report</a>, published by the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network, ranks 156 countries on the collective happiness levels of the people who live there. Factors that go into the happiness report include life expectancy, equality, and social support. This year, the report also measured and took into account the well-being of country’s immigrants.</p><p>For 2018, <a href="" target="_blank">Finland</a> was named the happiest country in the world, pushing last year's winner, Norway, into second place.</p><p>Nordic nations in particular usually score highly on the report, <a href="" target="_blank">the Associated Press reported</a>. Other Nordic nations amongst the top 10 are Denmark, <a href="" target="_blank">Iceland</a>, and Sweden. Meanwhile, the U.S. fell from 14th place to 18th place this year.</p><p>Meik Wiking, CEO of the Copenhagen-based Happiness Research Institute, told the AP that Nordic countries like Finland are “doing something right in terms of creating good conditions for good lives.” Despite paying some of the highest taxes in the world, “(Nordic countries) are good at converting wealth into well-being.”</p><p>While these countries have far fewer immigrants than others like the U.S., John Helliwell, a co-editor of the World Happiness Report, said that people who immigrate to happier countries are often happier as well, overall.</p><p>“The most striking finding of the report is the remarkable consistency between the happiness of immigrants and the locally born,” said Helliwell.</p>
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The Smartest Place to Buy a Vacation Home in the U.S.

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 15:25
<p>It takes more than a scenic view and beautiful weather to make a great vacation home.</p><p>With ever-changing laws and regulations surrounding taxes, property upkeep, and insurance, <a href="" target="_blank"> has selected the best and worst locations</a> in the country to buy a vacation home this year.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Richard Branson Is Hiring Someone to Live on His Private Caribbean Island</a></p><p>According to the site's 2018 Short-Term Rental Income Report, the best place in the country to buy a vacation home is Panama City Beach, Florida. It was chosen for its combination of affordability, popularity, tax prices and maintenance costs, among other criteria. The city was also the best place to buy in 2016’s version of the report.</p><p>A general rule of thumb is that it’s better to buy vacation properties in the south, the survey found. Of’s 25 top locations, 15 were located in the southeastern U.S. Runners up for best vacation rental cities included <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago</a>, Napa, Tulsa, and Memphis. The new list of top locations are perhaps unconventional, but showcase a trend of increased travel to growing cities.</p><p>However some old hot spots may quickly be losing their appeal. On the other end of the spectrum, Aspen was the worst place in the country to buy a vacation home. Runners up for worst investment were Palo Alto and Martha’s Vineyard. While these locations may be some of the most iconic vacation destinations in the country, their high prices, property taxes, and rental regulations made the locations less desirable.</p>
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Walt Disney World Hotels Are Going to Start Charging for Parking

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 10:17
<p>Gather all the pixie dust you can, because Walt Disney World hotels will soon begin charging guests for overnight parking. Pricing, which varies based on Walt Disney World Resort’s <a href="" target="_blank">three hotel categories</a>, will begin with reservations starting March 21, 2018.</p><p>Overnight self-parking at value resorts, including Disney’s Art of Animation, Disney’s Pop Century, and All-Star resort hotels will cost $13. Moderate hotels like Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans will charge $19 each night, and both Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villas, which includes <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Contemporary, Grand Floridian, and Polynesian Resorts</a> among others, will charge $24 for standard self-parking. (Valet parking, available at select resorts, will increase from $25 to $33 nightly.)</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Eating Dinner at Disney Is About to Get More Expensive</a></p><p>Disney hotel guests will continue to park for free at Walt Disney World theme parks, and guests visiting Disney hotels — either to walk around Disney’s Boardwalk, dine at California Grill, or see the savannah at Animal Kingdom Lodge — will not be charged at all.</p><p>The change is intended to align Walt Disney World resort hotels with other full-service hotels in the industry and other domestic resort practices, according to a Disney spokesperson. Over on the west coast, Disneyland hotels charge $20 for self-parking and $30 for valet each night, with flat rates applying to day guests as well, but it’s visually justified. The Anaheim-based theme park is famously tight on space whereas Walt Disney World, which is spread across over 40 square miles, has more room.</p><p>Though surrounding hotels not operated by Disney often tend to charge for self-parking, the swift change is surprising, adding as much as $168 to a family’s week-long Disney World vacation. Families visiting Disney World, particularly those with younger children, often opt to have a car during their vacation and drive to the theme parks for comfort and ease, regardless of if they arrived by plane. Disney bus transportation can be convenient but often time consuming, and with only collapsible strollers being allowed on the vehicle, can be challenging <a href="" target="_blank">for larger groups</a>.</p><p>There is one kind of traveler who won’t have to pay for parking anywhere at Walt Disney World: <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Vacation Club</a> members. Participants in the timeshare-style program will receive complimentary overnight parking while staying at DVC Deluxe Villas — which include luxurious <a href="" target="_blank">apartment-style rooms</a> — or when paying with points to stay at any Walt Disney World hotel.</p><p>Walt Disney World has been dedicated to finding alternative revenue streams in the past few years, but many come in the form of optional vacation add-ons, like <a href="" target="_blank">Early Morning Magic</a> breakfasts or <a href="" target="_blank">Disney After Hours</a> events, and don’t affect regular guests. Beyond annual increases to <a href="" target="_blank">theme park admission</a> and Disney World parking, there have been few upcharges affecting visitors across the board until now.</p>
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American Tourist Caught Peeing Next to 16-century Statue in Florence Could Face $12,000 Fine

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 10:01
<p>A 21-year-old man from New Jersey was caught peeing on the steps of <a href="" target="_blank">Florence’s historic Loggia dei Lanzi</a> around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.</p><p>A security guard caught the tourist on camera and when municipal police arrived at the scene, they issued a ticket for “acts contrary to public decency,” <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>Nove da Firenze</em></a><i>. </i>The charge is not criminal but comes with a fine that could be anywhere from $6,100 to $12,400.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">American tourist</a> is reportedly <a href="" target="_blank">a student staying with friends</a> on vacation in Florence.</p><img alt="View of Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence "src=""><p>The Loggia dei Lanzi is Florence’s famous outdoor art gallery that houses some of its most recognizable works, including the marble Medici Lions. The square was built in the late 14th century and became one of the world’s first open-air exhibition areas <a href="" target="_blank">during the 16th century</a>. It remains free and open to the public 24/7.</p><p>The tourist was caught relieving himself next to a statue of Hercules and Cacus that was sculpted by Baccio Bandinelli in the early 16th century. The piece was <a href="" target="_blank">built as a companion to Michelangelo’s David</a>.</p><p>This is, unfortunately, not the first time Florence has dealt with misbehaving tourists (although <a href="" target="_blank">headlines from Rome tend to be more prominent</a>). Last year, the city began hosing down the steps of historic basilicas to stop people from eating there. At the time, <a href="" target="_blank">the mayor said</a> there was an “increase among those who don’t respect our cultural heritage, who sit down on church steps, eat their food and leave rubbish strewn on them.”</p>
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How Meghan Markle Is Secretly Prepping for Royal Life

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:36
<p>Meghan Markle is soon becoming a member of the British royal family, and with that honor comes great responsibility. According to insiders, Markle really has been hard at work preparing for her new role.</p><p>“She’s on a very busy schedule behind the scenes,” a source told <em><a href="" target="_blank">People</a></em>. “She has her wedding preparation and is meeting a number of people all the time — from Harry’s charities, staff at the household and the Royal Foundation.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Wore Matching Shoes and Now We Need Them Too</a></p><p>But beyond her charity meetings and wedding prep, Markle is also getting regular briefings on how to deal with the media and even how to protect herself in the face of threats and violence. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Harper's Bazaar</a>,</em> Markle went through defense training and understands the royal protocol.</p><p>“Meghan will be put through a number of training scenarios in which she will be a hostage who needs to be rescued," a source said. “She will be tied to a chair and members of the SAS with sub-machine guns and live ammo will fight their way into the building and rescue her. The training will be very realistic, pretty tough and can be very scary. Meghan will be told what to do and then given a chance to put what she has been taught into practice.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The One Thing Pregnant Kate Middleton Supposedly Looks to Meghan Markle for Advice on</a></p><p>Markle has also reportedly been appointed a royal advisor, much like Kate Middleton was before her wedding to Prince William. According to a source this person will provide “advice and mention on things, such as state matters and foreign affairs.”</p><p>And despite working in the entertainment industry for years, Markle is likely thankful for all the help in preparing for her most major role yet.</p><p>"There’s a misconception that because I have worked in the entertainment industry that this would be something I would be familiar with," Markle said in her engagement interview with Mishal Husain on BBC News. "But even though I had been on my show for I guess six years at that point, and working before that, I've never been part of tabloid culture."</p><p>While she may be nervous, something tells us she’ll end up a <a href="" target="_blank">royal pro in no time</a>.</p>
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Experience South Carolina Lowcountry with 33% off Stays at Montage Palmetto Bluff

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:31
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a></em></p><p>South Carolina: 33 percent off <a href=";utm_source=Travel%2BLeisure&amp;utm_medium=Exclusive%20Offer&amp;utm_campaign=3rd%20Night%20Free#step=1" target="_blank">Montage Palmetto Bluff</a>, a classic Southern escape nestled on a coastal nature preserve in the Lowcountry. Take a hike through ancient forests or kayak or canoe through the waterways through avian sanctuaries.</p><p>This Travel + Leisure Exclusive includes:</p>Three nights for the price of two in a guest house suite or cottageUse of two bicycles during your stay<p>Original Price: From $725 per night</p><p><strong>T + L Price:</strong> From $483 per night; book by April 30 for travel from June 1 to August 31. Available on select dates.</p><p>Booking details: Use booking code PROTL3NF when <a href=";utm_source=Travel%2BLeisure&amp;utm_medium=Exclusive%20Offer&amp;utm_campaign=3rd%20Night%20Free#step=1" target="_blank">booking online</a> or calling 866/706-6565.</p>
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Celebrate National Pi Day 2018 With These Pizza and Pie Deals

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:31
<p>National Pi Day is here, which means what exactly?</p><p>The holiday celebrates the number Pi, which can be used to figure out the circumference of any circle, no matter its size. National Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 because it's the same first three numerals as the number Pi — 3.14. </p><p>Luckily, if you aren't a mathematician, you can still appreciate National Pi Day 2018 with a number of <a href="" target="_blank">pizzas</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">pie</a> deals. Companies around the country are giving customers a variety of discounts, many of which cost $3.14, for National Pi Day 2018. Who said you would never use math after high school?</p><p>Here are some of the best deals available for National Pi Day 2018:</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Whole Foods</a></h2><p>Whole Foods is hooking customers up with a $3.14 discount off of large size pies at participating locations all day while supplies last.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Blaze Pizza</a></h2><p>For National Pi Day 2018 Blaze Pizza is selling pizzas for $3.14 each, with a one per customer limit at participating locations. </p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Boston Market</a></h2><p>Buy one pot pie and a drink, and get another pot pie free for on National Pi Day at Boston Market. Simply print out the coupon available on their website and use it anytime on Wednesday. </p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Pieology </a></h2><p>For National Pi Day 2018, Pieology (which is actually a pizza company) is offering a buy one get one deal: You can get one pizza for just $3.14 if you buy any regular priced 11 inch chef inspired or custom pizza. </p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Pi Pizza</a></h2><p>Born on Pi day? Pi Pizza's got you covered. Anyone born on National Pi Day gets a free pizza Wednesday. Everyone else can buy one large pizza and get another of equal or lesser value for, you guessed it — $3.14</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Bojangles</a></h2><p>Customers can buy up to three pies each for $3.14 while supplies last at participating locations. You can also go on Twitter and be entered to win a gift card for correctly answering any math and Pi-related questions the Bojangles account puts out into the Twitter-verse.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">&amp;Pizza</a></h2><p>This pizza joint is making it possible for Pi lovers to get married on National Pi Day. You can stop by locations that will be revamped as pop-up wedding chapels on March 14 and marry your sweetheart while eating pizza. The pop-up chapels will be open at their Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia locations. Why, you ask? &amp;Pizza wants to celebrate both National Pi Day and its brand values, one of which is "oneness." </p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Marie Callender's Restaurant &amp; Bakery</a></h2><p>You can get one free slice of pie with one full-priced adult entreé using <a href="" target="_blank">this coupon</a> on National Pi Day 2018.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">ThinkGeek</a></h2><p>If you want to wear your affection for National Pi Day 2018 on your sleeve, ThinkGeek's got you covered. You can buy a "Sir Cumference" shirt for just $19.99 if you buy $50 worth of merchandise and use the code "ROUNDTABLE." Sadly, it looks like the shirt is out of stock, but check back if you want to be ready for National Pi Day 2019.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Hungry Howie's</a></h2><p>Hungry Howie's is offering two days of discounts both online and in-store on March 13 and 14 at locations across the U.S. Buy a regular-priced "Howie Bread" and you can order a medium one-topping pizza for just $3.14. Use code "PI18" online. </p>
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11 Things You Should Do the Day Before You Leave for a Vacation

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:17
<p>It’s the eve of your departure — the day before you leave for that long-overdue vacation you’ve been dreaming of for months. But before you embark on your trip, there are some important steps for you to take.</p><p>Here are 11 items to cross off your to-do list before you head out.</p><h2>Alert your credit card company.</h2><p>To ensure your credit card works while you’re traveling, your credit card company needs to know your travel plans. If you've waited this long though, you may have to call instead of submitting an online form.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Budgeting for Vacation Never Works — Here's What You Should Do Instead</a></p><p>And there's one other very important thing. “Make sure you have enough available credit on your credit cards,” said Tammy Levent, CEO at <a href="" target="_blank">Elite Travel Management Group</a>.</p><h2>Contact your cell phone company.</h2><p>Traveling abroad? Call your service provider to help you set up the cheapest plan for making calls, sending text messages, and accessing Internet from your smartphone. Many cell phone companies — including <a href="" target="_blank">AT&amp;T</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Verizon</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">T-Mobile</a> — offer affordable day passes to U.S. customers for International talk, text, and data plans.</p><h2>Notify your home security system operator.</h2><p>“If you’re leaving two weeks or longer, it’s a good idea to tell your local police department you’ll be gone,” Levent said. “If you ask, they may do extra runs by your house.”</p><h2>Confirm all reservations.</h2><p>Double-check all your reservations: your flight, hotel, car rental, restaurants, attractions, and any other services or experiences you've planned. You don't want any surprises at a check-in counter.</p><p>If you have access to a printer, it's not a bad idea to print out confirmations. If you don't, write down confirmation numbers (and customer service phone numbers) and keep the paper easily accessible in your wallet or carry-on.</p><h2>Make advance payments on bills that have due dates during your trip.</h2><p>Don’t want to get hit with late fees? Make sure all credit cards, housing expenses (e.g., rent, utilities), and other monthly bills will be paid on time.</p><h2>Check the weather.</h2><p>This may seem like an obvious one, but “many travelers forget to do it,” said Levent. Check the forecast for your destination and your hometown when you'll be returning, and pack appropriately.</p><h2>Eat, throw out, or give away any perishable food.</h2><p>The last thing you want is to return home to a stinky fridge. Also, run the dishwasher, take out the trash, and clean the sink to be sure there’s no food in the drain that could rot or attract bugs while you’re away.</p><h2>Leave an itinerary with a friend or family member.</h2><p>Your emergency contact should have a copy of your travel plans, Levent advises.</p><h2>Clean out your wallet.</h2><p>Sift through your wallet and remove any items you don’t need on your trip. Leave loyalty cards, gift cards, extra credit cards, and any other unnecessary contents at home.</p><h2>Place a hold on your mail delivery.</h2><p>This is a smart move if you’re going away for more than a couple days, Levent says. Alternatively, you could arrange for a neighbor to collect your mail until you get home.</p><h2>Bring in outdoor furniture.</h2><p>Don’t leave any outdoor wares (e.g., patio chairs, cushions, pool equipment) unguarded, especially lightweight items that are easy for thieves to steal.</p>
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Where You Can See California Wildflowers in Bloom This Year

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:00
<p>If you’re not spending your spring vacation in California hunting for wildflowers, you might want to reconsider — and quick.</p><p>Each year, starting in March and lasting through mid-May, parts of the Golden State's coastline come alive with bright hues of red, purple, orange, and yellow as native wildflowers are roused for the season.</p><p>While there are hundreds of species of native wildflowers growing here, the state flower might just be its most stunning genus. The <a href="" target="_blank">California Poppy</a> is the rockstar of West Coast blooms — lightly scented, easy to spot, and graced with broad petals in various shades of orange, red, white, gold, and pink. It proliferates in vast quantities across meadows and hillsides all over the state of California. To see it, all you have to do is get out and drive.</p><p>Last year, heavy rains across the state during January and February resulted in one of the most epic <a href="" target="_blank">“super blooms”</a> Californians had ever seen — with many speed-dialing <a href="" target="_blank">the state’s famous Wildflower Hotline</a> and traveling out of their way to witness the extravagant floral display in places like <a href="" target="_blank">Anza-Borrego Desert State Park</a>.</p><p>Unfortunately, experts aren't expecting the same outrageous blooms in 2018 (the last few months <a href="" target="_blank">have been particularly dry</a>). But there are still places where wildflowers can be found this spring. </p><h2>Where to See Wildflowers in Southern California</h2><h3><a href="" target="_blank">Carrizo Plain National Monument</a></h3><p>Seventy-five miles inland from <a href="" target="_blank">San Luis Obispo</a>, these beautifully unspoiled grasslands are some of the largest in California, and remain a well-loved destination for wildflower spotting. Expect plenty of California poppies, owl's clover, and jewelflower budding across the vast terrain, while the white alkali flats and “painted rock” make for an interesting backdrop.</p><h3><a href="" target="_blank">Anza-Borrego Desert State Park</a></h3><p>Locals and tourists drove two and a half hours out of <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> last year to catch the “super bloom” inside this sizable 600,000-acre government-protected site. With roughly 200 different kinds of flowering species (from desert lilies to purple desert lavender and lipstick-red ocotillo) and various trails like the Borrego Palm Canyon Trail, this desert park is a rich botanical experience in spring.</p><h3><a href="" target="_blank">Chino Hills</a></h3><p>Once used as spillover grazing for surrounding ranches in Mexico, this peaceful nature area is just under an hour from Los Angeles on Highway 71. Even after a typical winter, the hillsides are carpeted in purple and yellow poppies. The trails are easy to navigate, and the views are stunning in all directions.</p><h3><a href="" target="_blank">Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve</a></h3><p>Antelope Valley remains southern California’s trusted destination for glorious, uninterrupted poppy displays. While reports are <a href="" target="_blank">still vague</a> about this year’s turnout, recent rains have sparked hope that there will be a flower show after all.</p><h2>Where to See Wildflowers in Northern California</h2><h3><a href="" target="_blank">Pinnacles National Park</a></h3><p>Like frolicking through mountain valleys swathed in rainbow blooms? Pinnacles National Park, two hours south of San Francisco, is a must-see in spring. Around early April, the large grasslands erupt with California poppies, Mariposa lilies, shooting stars, and dozens of other flower species. It's an impossibly beautiful backdrop to the park's year-round rock formations, rock canyons, and caves.</p><h3><a href="" target="_blank">Lakes Basin</a></h3><p>If you’re in the mood for a flower-themed road trip, this is the area to hit. Travel north on the I-70, which winds through Plumas National Forest — a vast area with endless opportunities for flower hunting. In many cases, you won’t even have to leave the car to spot the blossoming flora. Travelers can also see Feather River Canyon and Butterfly Valley, which are especially idyllic in late spring, with wild orchids making a special appearance for those who know <a href="" target="_blank">where to look for them</a>.</p><h3><a href="" target="_blank">North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve</a></h3><p>One of northern California’s best loved spring jaunts offers sweeping fields of orange, purple, and white flowers. The 3,200-acre state-managed land yields plenty of wildflowers from April to mid-May, including the usual suspects like lupine, poppies, blue dicks, purple owl’s clover, and larkspur (more than 100 different kinds in all).</p><h3><a href="" target="_blank">Muir Woods</a></h3><p>This sublime, unspoiled landscape just outside San Francisco is perfect for getting lost in, with trails branching out in all directions, and plenty of opportunities to see old-growth <a href="" target="_blank">redwood trees</a>, it’s a nature lover’s dream. Head out on the Dipsea Trail to see Douglas’ iris and fetid adder’s tongue, among a litany of other native wildflowers.</p>
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What to Wear in Costa Rica — From a Tropical Forest Trek to Cocktails on the Beach

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 08:35
<p>It’s no secret that <a href="" target="_blank">Tulum</a> has become somewhat of a mecca for bohemian beach bums. But as of late, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica — with its palm tree–lined coast, <a href="" target="_blank">epic sunsets</a>, all the makings of a quintessential tropical escape — is earning a similar acclaim among the more adventurous of that crowd.</p><p>Unlike Tulum, Santa Teresa is rougher around the edges — ATMs are far outnumbered by ATVs — and therefore appeals to those seeking a more active <a href="" target="_blank">weekend getaway</a>. Surfing, yoga, and forest canopy tours are among the more popular activities.</p><p>So once you’ve taken in all of the sun and drank all the mezcal Tulum Beach has to offer, head further south and let Santa Teresa get your heart racing.</p><h2>A Surf and Sand Day</h2><img alt="what to wear in costa rica "src=""><p>(clockwise from top left)<br />Roxanne Assoulin necklace, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $120<br />CVC Stones necklace, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $2,500<br />Elder Statesman sweater, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $945<br />Jade swim top, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $90<br />Garrett Leight sunglasses, <a href=";131=21&amp;132=27" target="_blank"></a>, $350<br />Thorsun swim shorts, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $275<br />Ancient Greek sandals, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $200<br />L.L.Bean tote, <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";subid=0&amp;offerid=446514.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=24184&amp;;u1=TLCostaRicaWhattoWearMMMar0318" target="_blank"></a>, $40<br />Brace Humanity bracelet, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $220</p><p>Santa Teresa has become a haven for surfers and adventure travelers. Many of which are opting to stay at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Mint Santa Teresa</a>, a newly opened adults-only boutique hotel. With just four rooms and a maximum capacity of eight guests, it’s the perfect place for solo travelers to meet others who are dropping in for a slice of this bohemian paradise.</p><p>Head out for a day catching waves with fellow guests to the popular (and newbie-friendly!) surfing beaches like <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Playa Carmen</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Playa Hermosa</a>.</p><h2>A Night Out</h2><img alt="what to wear in costa rica "src=""><p>(clockwise from top left)<br />Staud top, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $200<br />Camilla skirt, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $967<br />Cult Gaia hoops, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $88<br />R+Co wave spray, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $29<br />ATP Atelier sandals, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, 185<br />Dinosaur Designs set of bangles, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $195<br />Wai Wai Rio bag, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $556</p><p>Nights out in Santa Teresa are as casual as the days. Start with sunset cocktails at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Rocamar Beach</a> then head into the night at La Lora Amarilla or <a href="" target="_blank">Coco Loco</a>. Be prepared to dance salsa under the palm trees.</p><h2>A Jungle Adventure</h2><img alt="what to wear in costa rica "src=""><p>(clockwise from top left)<br />La Vie Boheme Yoga mat, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $85<br />Bianca Mavrick earrings, <a href=";subid=0&amp;offerid=546255.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=26182&amp;;u1=TLCostaRicaWhattoWearMMMar0318" target="_blank"></a>, $148<br />Solid &amp; Striped swimsuit, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $170<br />Illesteva sunglasses, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">,</a> $230<br />Alexander Wang jean shorts, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $200<br />LeSportsac belt bag, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $60<br />Prada sandals, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $495</p><p>Explore the area on an ATV ride through the jungle where you can drive up the mountains through farmland or along the coast where you’ll find translucent waters in the many tide pools. You might also take the extra 40 minutes to drive through the natural reserve, <a href="" target="_blank">Cabo Blanco</a>, for some yoga or a hike to one of Montezuma's many waterfalls. Pro tip: The way back is dotted with plenty of micro-breweries with local beers on tap.</p>
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This Tiny Island Off the Coast of Nicaragua Is an Underrated Caribbean Paradise

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 08:30
<p>My mother always said, "You don't just marry a man, you marry his whole family." When I wed Emilio, I got his entire country — Nicaragua. We go there frequently, so I've managed to see most of his homeland's greatest hits: the Spanish-colonial city of Granada, a handful of dormant volcanoes, and the Pacific beaches loved by surfers. But I'd been married to my Nicaraguan husband for seven years before we made the trek to Little Corn Island, and I'm still a little resentful about that oversight.</p><p>To be fair, most travelers can't fit <a href="" target="_blank">Little Corn</a> — the smaller of the two Corn Islands, situated in the Caribbean 50 miles off Nicaragua's eastern coast — into their mainland itinerary. "It's too far," Emilio always said, what with the hour-long flight in a prop plane from Managua to Big Corn, then a 30-minute ride in an open-air panga boat. Even among his many relatives and almost-relatives — Nicaraguans don't have friends, they have "cousins" — only a few had ventured out there. But those who had been spoke of Little Corn as the most romantic place in Nicaragua. As one of these so-called cousins said, "I went with a boyfriend, and I came back with a baby."</p><p>Hearing her tales of sailing by day and eating lobster dinners at night, I developed a vision of a long weekend spent sunning on white-sand beaches, swimming in turquoise waters, and drinking adult beverages out of coconut shells while my mother-in-law looked after our two children back on the mainland. I decided to pursue my dream by booking at the only upscale property on Little Corn, <a href="" target="_blank">Yemaya Island Hideaway &amp; Spa</a> <em>(doubles from $250),</em> a collection of 16 eco-cottages dotting the beach.</p><img alt="View from Yemaya Island Hideaway, Little Corn Island, Nicaragua "src=""><p>When we landed at the tiny airport on Big Corn, I saw that Emilio was half right. The Corn Islands are far — but the distance is cultural as much as it is physical. Colonized in 1655 by the British, rather than the Spanish who ruled the rest of the country, Nicaragua's eastern coast has its own blend of Afro-Caribbean cultures. Its locals speak English, Creole, and native languages, including Garifuna and Miskito, as well as the Spanish they learn in school. On Little Corn, the population hovers around 850, mostly descendants of the slaves freed from the four families who colonized the area.</p><p>I understood that Little Corn is a world apart from the rest of Nicaragua. It was in the cab to the panga, though, that I began to feel it. "The boat ride will be calm, because they're not killing lobsters today," the cabbie informed me. "When you take from the sea, she gets angry." I'd never heard such romantic assertions over ceviche at Mukul, the most glam seaside resort on Nicaragua's Pacific shore.</p><p>Our sailing — accompanied by American honeymooners and a chic French couple, all blond hair and tan limbs — was relatively smooth, and when we stepped onto the sand at Yemaya we were met by staffers bearing fresh juice and chilled washcloths. Yemaya is part of the barefoot-luxe Colibri Boutique Hotels group, whose other four properties are in <a href="" target="_blank">Tulum, Mexico</a>. Which is not surprising, as Little Corn recalls Tulum before the massive resorts moved in.</p><p>At first glance, Little Corn looks like your universal Caribbean fantasy. But as we walked along the one "road," a cobblestoned path that locals use to roll wheelbarrows from one coast of the 1½-square-mile island to the other, I felt a distinct sense of place. We passed a baseball field where the local team plays its rivals from Big Corn, as well as cottages painted Caribbean pinks, blues, and oranges, from which women sell homemade coconut bread to kids in school uniforms, backpackers in cutoffs, and sun worshippers in caftans. Foot traffic is the only kind there is on Little Corn — motorized vehicles, even golf carts, are prohibited.</p><p>For me, the island was an ideal blend of quiet, with its spotty Internet and lack of cars, and lively, given the mix of cultures and people. I found the same delicate balance offshore as well. In the morning, as we paddleboarded along the coast, we'd wave at the other early birds bobbing in the warm water — both the human ones and the white crane who sometimes perched on the boulder opposite our cottage. We snorkeled with Barracuda, a Miskito sailor, who would point out the stingrays and nurse sharks floating past. He showed the same cheerful unflappability when we took a sunset sail on his wooden boat the next evening. Emilio and I sipped champagne while Barracuda lay on a long plank extending over the ocean, balancing the boat's weight.</p><img alt="Activities and food on Little Corn Island "src=""><p>Back on land, we had fragrant facials in the spa huts and did yoga in the open-air studio. We even toured the resort's gardens, where all the greens eaten on site are grown. As we watched a marauding bird steal a papaya, I asked the golden French couple — they seemed to be experts in sustainability and composting — what had brought them to Yemaya. The wife said she had wanted to go someplace far from everything else. Where did they normally live? <a href="" target="_blank">Paris</a>, where she does PR for the Ritz.</p><p>The boho-chic Europeans and adventure-seeking honeymooners had me worrying Little Corn might become Tulum 2.0. Yemaya has responded to an increase in tourism with the addition of private pools and the introduction of a twin-engine boat to make the ride from Big Corn more comfortable. But as I sipped my last Coco Loco, I reassured myself that Little Corn will always feel like no place else. It's inherently hard to get to, and there's no room for large hotels. None of the beaches are private, so you will always run into backpackers who have come to dive. The Miskito sailors will continue to lie on boards floating over the ocean.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">When I Instagrammed photos of our trip</a>, Emilio's relatives commented, from their condos on the Pacific coast, "Where are you? Still in Nicaragua?"</p><p>"Of course," I typed back, falling just a little bit deeper in love with the country I'd married.</p>
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Winter May Never End, but at Least Flights to Hawaii Are $273 Round-trip Right Now (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 08:07
<p>If it seems that <a href="" target="_blank">flights to Hawaii are getting more affordable</a>, that’s because they are.</p><p>We’ve been watching fares to the Aloha State drop nationwide since last week — and there may be no better time to book your summer <a href="" target="_blank">vacation to Hawaii</a> than right now.</p><p>Flights from Denver are at a record low, according to <em>Thrifty Traveler</em>, who announced $273 round-trip fares between April and May. (From Denver, travelers can fly to a number of <a href="" target="_blank">Hawaiian islands</a>, including Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Thrifty Traveler</em></a> also spotted $352 round-trip flights from New York City and $393 fares from Providence to those four island destinations.</p><p>And as <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Scott’s Cheap Flights</em></a> noted, outrageously low ticket prices may be available from your home airport, too. On Monday, the cheap flight subscription service highlighted seats from southern and western cities like Houston, Portland, Seattle, San Jose, San Francisco and San Diego.</p><p>For travelers who prefer to book deals directly with the airline, there’s good news. Until Wednesday, March 14 at midnight, travelers can book these tickets directly with Alaska Airlines. As part of the airline’s <a href="" target="_blank">two-day Spring Sale</a>, tickets to Hawaii are available for $179 one-way.</p><p>To find the best flight prices from your departure city, you can use <a href="" target="_blank">Google Flights low-fare calendar</a> to identify the most inexpensive travel dates.</p>
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