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Copenhagen Built a Ski Slope on Top of a Waste Plant

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 11:01
<p>On the summer’s longest Saturday, late in the day but hours before dark, I joined the currents of humanity converging on the former shipyards at <strong><a href="http://Refshaleøen" target="_blank">Refshaleøen</a></strong>. Some headed for <strong><a href="https://www.copenhell.dk/" target="_blank">Copenhell</a></strong>, the heavy-metal festival that howls across the disused docklands. Others followed signs scrawled on blackboards (this way! almost there!) that blazed the path to <strong><a href="https://reffen.dk/en/" target="_blank">Reffen</a></strong>, an open-air encampment of food vendors operating out of repurposed shipping containers, where all the cutlery is biodegradable. I headed for the restaurant <strong><a href="https://amassrestaurant.com/" target="_blank">Amass</a></strong>, where little is wasted: today’s leftover fermented-potato bread will be shaved into chips and packaged in a compostable cornstarch bag.</p><p>The activity at Refshaleøen jangles together in a district that hardly existed a decade ago. Recycling open space and filling it with people, food, and music (rather than vehicles or towers) helps fulfill the dominant aspirations of Danish-style urbanism: live well and do no harm to the earth. More than almost any other major metropolis, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/copenhagen" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a> has committed itself to minimizing waste, emissions, and energy consumption, all while maximizing life’s pleasantness. The city has vowed to be carbon-neutral by 2025 and to wean itself off fossil fuels by 2050. It’s closing in on those goals after decades of investment, which saw the installation of coastal wind turbines and efficient but costly power plants that burn waste. The most hulking new monument on this once-desolate peninsula is <strong><a href="https://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/amager-bakke-copenhill-gdk1088237" target="_blank">Amager Bakke</a></strong> (CopenHill), a garbage-vaporizing power plant. Scheduled to open this fall, it’s expected to be so nonpolluting that its pitched roof, planted with trees and crisscrossed by hiking trails, will double as an artificial ski slope, a major draw in hill-deprived Denmark. The task of turning a usually unpleasant piece of infrastructure into a tourist attraction went to Bjarke Ingels, the charismatic local architect who has become a global star, partly on the strength of such swashbuckling symbolism. At Amager Bakke, the whiteness of the snow will be an unmistakable marker of pristine air.</p><p>But the most visible manifestations of Copenhagen’s environmental ambitions are the cyclists who fill the streets in peaceable, orderly swarms. Perhaps because <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-biking-cities-on-earth" target="_blank">biking is so deeply ingrained</a> in the culture here, it doesn’t have the testosterone-stoked speed-demon attitude that infuriates pedestrians in other cities. Many residents ride helmetless, some push cartloads of children or groceries, and almost none are outfitted in fluorescent Lycra. About 40 percent of all trips to work and school take place by bike; officials are hoping to nudge that number closer to 50 percent. Even visitors who rent their wheels by the hour can feel the effects of the city’s investment in its cycling infrastructure. A new, futuristic foot-and-bike bridge crosses the Inner Harbor. Another, the Circle Bridge, designed by the artist Olafur Eliasson, consists of a chain of round platforms that privilege ambling and loitering over whizzing by.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/city-vacations/renting-bikes-in-copenhagen" target="_blank">The One Thing Every Visitor to Copenhagen Must Do</a></p><p>A new elevated bike-and-pedestrian-only highway swoops around the Fisketorvet shopping center, part of a network that reaches far outside the city: you can, for instance, bike safely and pleasantly on lanes all 29 miles to Kronborg Castle in Helsingør.</p><img alt="Cycling in Copenhagen, Denmark "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535653618/cycling-copenhagen-URBANCPH0918.jpg?itok=V3oPb1yH"><p>The synthesis of experience, environmental urgency, political will, and major investment expresses itself in daily routines. Winters are tough, but bikers are tougher. When it snows, municipal workers clear bike lanes before plowing the roads. I once asked a Danish architect who had just biked to work through a storm whether she wore special all-weather gear. She laughed. Her jeans were damp but they’d dry, she said. Office decorum allows for windblown hair and slightly rumpled outfits.</p><p>As an outsider, you notice the touch of smugness that colors the way Copenhageners broadcast their environmental virtue. Urbanist Jan Gehl has spent decades cheering the conversion of a noisy traffic artery, Strøget, into a popular pedestrian drag — work he has parlayed into a reputation as an urban guru. Cities, he insists, should focus less on buildings than on the spaces between them. Commandeering a derelict wharf for concerts or foodie havens can improve their citizens’ collective psychology.</p><p>After dinner at Amass, I boarded a harbor boat bus to another recently repurposed pier, <strong><a href="http://ofeliaplads.dk/en/" target="_blank">Ofelia Plads</a></strong>, which acts as the national theater’s front yard. Thousands of people dangled their feet over the water and listened to a live balladeer. A fake bonfire made of LEDs flickered on a floating platform, and no motorized sound disturbed the beery serenity that hung over the scene.</p>
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17-year-old Student Pilot Makes Successful Emergency Landing After Losing Wheel During Takeoff (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:41
<p>At Massachusetts' Beverly Regional Airport, 17-year-old Maggie Taraska successfully completed an emergency landing after her plane lost a wheel during takeoff. According to <em><a href="https://abcnews.go.com/US/teen-pilots-mom-describes-nerve-wracking-minutes-watching/story?id=57745039" target="_blank">A</a></em><a href="https://abcnews.go.com/US/teen-pilots-mom-describes-nerve-wracking-minutes-watching/story?id=57745039" target="_blank"><em>BC News</em></a>, this was Taraska's first solo cross-country flight.</p><p><a href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/09/09/she-did-phenomenal-job-teen-student-pilot-lands-plane-beverly-after-losing-wheel/zjWLeWQYHc5qlf8HtxYilN/story.html" target="_blank">The Federal Aviation Administration</a> (FAA) reported that the Piper PA28 aircraft lost its right main wheel assembly after 5 p.m. on Sunday evening. Taraska, a student pilot who has been flying for three years, flew around in circles and landed the fixed-wing, single-engine plane around 5:50 p.m.</p><p>Gloria Bouillon, the airport's manager, told the <a href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/09/09/she-did-phenomenal-job-teen-student-pilot-lands-plane-beverly-after-losing-wheel/zjWLeWQYHc5qlf8HtxYilN/story.html" target="_blank"><em>Boston Globe</em></a> that the plane was significantly damaged after landing on the runway and skidding off into the grass. Luckily, Taraska did not suffer any injuries.</p><p>"I got really scared, nervous, obviously," she told <a href="https://abcnews.go.com/US/teen-pilots-mom-describes-nerve-wracking-minutes-watching/story?id=57745039" target="_blank"><em>ABC News</em></a>. "I had done emergency procedures before, but you don't do them if you lose a wheel."</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" height="360" scrolling="no" src="https://abcnews.go.com/video/embed?id=57766125" width="640"></iframe></p><p>Taraska was only minutes into her trip to Portland, Maine when a pilot on the ground watched the wheel fall off the plane. The pilot contacted the control tower, who then notified Taraska of the issue.</p><p itemprop="articleBody">The 17-year-old plans to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy and said she needed to be confident in her ability if she wanted to be a pilot. "I knew that I had practiced emergency procedures plenty of times and I knew that if I tried my best and I kept a cool head, there would be the best outcome possible," <a href="https://abcnews.go.com/US/teen-pilots-mom-describes-nerve-wracking-minutes-watching/story?id=57745039" target="_blank">she said at a press conference</a>.</p><p>Taraska's instructor, John Singleton, communicated with her via radio to help guide her through the landing. The airport was shut down to eliminate distractions, and local fire and police departments arrived at the airport to provide additional support.</p><img alt="Beverly Airport, Massachusetts "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536787367/beverly-aiport-ma-TEENWIN0918.jpg?itok=8nP2aPYs"><p>"The event went as well as it could have," said <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/09/09/she-did-phenomenal-job-teen-student-pilot-lands-plane-beverly-after-losing-wheel/zjWLeWQYHc5qlf8HtxYilN/story.html" target="_blank">Bouillon</a>. "She did a phenomenal job in the emergency situation she was in."</p><p>"I couldn't have done it alone, without a doubt," Taraska added.</p><p>The FAA is currently investigating the incident.</p>
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Everlane Just Debuted the Boot Version of Its Best-selling Comfy Heels

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:30
<p>A good ankle boot is hard to find. Some are too tall or too short. Some too clunky. And some, seemingly perfect, but only for about 20 minutes until it becomes apparent that they were not designed with comfort or durability in mind. </p><p>Everlane's just-launched Day Boot (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-day-boot-black" target="_blank">everlane.com</a>, $225), however, is the exception to that rule. As with its best-seller predecessors — the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-day-glove-lightpink" target="_blank">Day Glove flats</a> and the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-day-heel-brightred" target="_blank">Day Heel</a> — the 100 percent Italian leather upper has a snug, glove-like fit that will mold to your feet with each wear. The slim, two-inch stacked heel adds just enough lift. And they snuck a barely-noticeable zipper onto the inside seam so they're easy to take on and off.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shoes/neutral-shoes-that-go-with-everything" target="_blank">13 Pairs of Shoes That Will Go With Everything You Pack</a></p><p>As for style, the Day Boot treads the line between last fall's sock boot silhouette and your basic, no-frills ankle boot. You can wear them with anything — from midi dresses to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-kick-crop-jean-dkbluewash" target="_blank">cropped denim</a> to tucked-in tights and a mini skirt for a shoe that's minimalist and edgy all at once. Perhaps that edge comes from the seam that runs up the front? It's just the slightest bit reminiscent of Maison Margiela's <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/maison-margiela-tabi-boot-women/4977546" target="_blank">iconic split-toe “Tabi” boots</a>.</p><p>They're available in five neutral colorways: black, white, ecru, cognac, and burgundy-brown. You can shop all five styles at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-day-boot-burgundy" target="_blank">everlane.com</a>, or scroll to see our favorite colors below (and fast, because popular sizes are going quick). Once you've got your new pair, don't forget to give it a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-waterproof-spray-wax-treatments-for-travel-gear" target="_blank">waterproofing treatment</a> to keep it looking sharp throughout your <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/fall-vacations" target="_blank">fall travels</a>. </p><h2>The Day Boot in Brick</h2><img alt="everlane day boot "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536694134/everlane-day-boot-cognac-EVBOOT0918.jpg?itok=-MjN-FuC"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-day-boot-brick" target="_blank">everlane.com</a>, $225</p><h2>The Day Boot in Burgundy</h2><img alt="everlane day boot "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536694134/everlane-day-boot-burgundy-EVBOOT0918.jpg?itok=_SnZBzoU"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-day-boot-burgundy" target="_blank">everlane.com</a>, $225</p><h2>The Day Boot in Bone</h2><img alt="everlane day boot "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536694134/everlane-day-boot-white-EVBOOT0918.jpg?itok=wnAysU-O"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-day-boot-bone" target="_blank">everlane.com</a>, $225</p>
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Watch This 10-year-old Absolutely Dominate a Cruise Dance Competition

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:28
<p>For many, the idea of being forced to enter a cruise ship dance competition is a total nightmare. But for a kid with serious dance moves, it might just be a dream come true.</p><p>Enter Ryan Starr, a fearless boy who not only entered a recent dance competition on a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/microsites/carnival/" target="_blank">Carnival Cruise</a>, but totally dominated it. Starr, who has now gone viral, can be seen in a video captured by a fellow cruiser dancing like a professional to Silentó’s “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjW8wmF5VWc" target="_blank">Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)</a>.” The kid — who we’d like to nominate for <em>So You Think You Can Dance</em> — hits every move in perfect synchronization with the beat, all while onlookers are losing their minds at the spectacle.</p><p>After the video went viral, Ellen DeGeneres, America’s dancing sweetheart, invited Starr on her show to recreate the scene and catch the story behind the video.</p><p>“I never thought I’d go viral at the age of ten,” he told Ellen before revealing that he’s been dancing since he was three and is actually a cruise fanatic. The video was shot on his 13th cruise. “It’s one of the only vacations we do because — you know, like — when I was a baby I enjoyed it.”</p><p>With moves like that it’s no surprise that Starr was treated like a celebrity for the rest of the cruise. “People were coming up to me asking for autographs,” he told Ellen. “It was kind of awkward.”</p><p>But that’s not where the celebrity experience ended on Starr’s cruise. “On the very last day I went to the VIP party and I got rewarded the youngest <a href="https://help.carnival.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3501/~/platinum-level-vifp" target="_blank">platinum member</a>,” he said. Platinum members receive special perks and discounts on all Carnival cruises.</p><p>It’s not a proper cruise without a dance party on the deck and it’s certainly not an episode of <em>Ellen</em> without a surprise from the host. At the end of Starr’s appearance she surprised him with a trip to the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/beach-vacations/how-to-travel-to-the-riviera-maya" target="_blank">Mexican Riviera</a> on the maiden voyage of Carnival’s newest ship, <a href="https://www.carnival.com/cruise-ships/carnival-panorama.aspx?CID=PSearch_A_G_&amp;SE=Google&amp;KW=Carnival_Panorama_Ship&amp;CM=Sitelink&amp;AG=Ships&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6oaGm5q23QIVXIGzCh2dOQ9YEAAYASACEgJliPD_BwE&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds#destinations" target="_blank">the Panorama</a>.</p><p>Hopefully Starr keeps dancing on all of his future cruises because he’s already got his eye set on a bigger prize. “When I get older, if I become diamond, I’m going to bring my wife on board and get her diamond, too.”</p><p>We can only imagine the dancing that will occur at that wedding reception.</p>
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See Giraffes, Elephants, and More Roaming in the Snow After a Storm in South Africa

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:26
<p>A cold front over the weekend brought snow to several parts of South Africa, creating a magnificent scene of what it looks like when the country’s wildlife roams over white-powdered terrain.</p><p>Though animals like <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/four-species-giraffes" target="_blank">giraffe</a><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/four-species-giraffes" target="_blank">s</a>, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/elephants-drink-from-hotel-pool" target="_blank">elephants</a>, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/northeast-california-high-desert" target="_blank">antelope</a> are typically photographed in more arid desert climates, the snow that hit South Africa this weekend created an opportunity to see the species roaming through icy terrain.</p><p>Pictures circulating on social media show just what the scene looked like as a herd of elephants could be seen in the midst of a snow-blanketed trail in Sneeuberg, a mountain range whose name translates appropriately to “snow mountain.”</p><p>Kitty Viljoen, who captured the image, also shared a video of the herd playing in the snow.</p><p>Photos also included giraffes captured in the snow in South Africa’s Karoo region and antelope roaming in the snow in areas like the Glen Harry Game Reserve, located in the town of Graaff-Reinet on South Africa's Eastern Cape.</p><p>The cold snap came as the country was welcoming the onset of spring, with temperatures dropping on Friday.</p><p><a href="https://snowreport.co.za/updated-forecast-7-9-september-2018-wcncec-kzn-and-lesotho/" target="_blank">Forecasts from Snow Report South Africa</a> showed expected snowfall across the Northern, Western, and Eastern Cape and in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, with some areas experiencing more than nine inches of snowfall.</p><p>The snowfall <a href="https://twitter.com/SnowReportSA/status/1038374619462414337" target="_blank">led to closures</a> along areas of the Lootsberg Pass, between Middleburg and Graaf-Reinet, and the Wapadsberg Pass, between Cradock and Graaff-Reinet. Drone footage captured what the snowy scene in KwaZulu-Natal looked like.</p><p>Footage shared by the Swartberg Game Breeders, whose lodge is located at the foot of the Swartberg Mountain Range, shows giraffes with white peaks still visible in the background as snow began to clear after the weekend.</p><p>Snow Report South Africa <a href="https://twitter.com/SnowReportSA/status/1038738772547063808" target="_blank">reported</a> that the snow had stopped falling across the country by Sep. 9, with remaining snow in the peaks and in areas like the Sani Pass starting to melt away. </p><p>While snow in South Africa might seem like a rare occurrence, a <a href="http://snowreport.co.za/history-of-snow-in-south-africa-1853-2014/" target="_blank">history of the country's snowfall since 1852</a> shows that the weather is not uncommon to the area and can even hit as late as September. </p>
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Save a Whopping 50% off Stays at This Luxurious Lodge in Bhutan

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:01
<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="https://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Bhutan: 50 percent off at <a href="http://www.gangteylodge.com" target="_blank">Gangtey Lodge Bhutan</a>, a remote property that serves as a great jumping-off point for Himalayan adventures. </p><p>Gangtey Lodge Bhutan Getaway includes:</p>A minimum of two nights in a Farm House Suite All meals and beveragesMountain biking Evening meditationArchery and darts lessons Complimentary laundry service<p>Original Price: From $900 for one person per night, all-inclusive; $950 for two people, all-inclusive per night</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $450 for one person, all-inclusive per night; $500 for two people, all-inclusive per night; book by November 15, 2018 for travel from December 1, 2018 to March 1, 2019. </p><p>Booking details: Use booking code T&amp;L30GANGTEYLODGE when emailing <a href="mailto:res@gglbhutan.com">res@gglbhutan.com</a> or calling 975-02/340-943.</p>
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3 New iPhones Are Coming — Here's What You Need to Know

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 08:58
<p>New Apple iPhones are coming.</p><p>On Wednesday, the tech giant finally unveiled a set of three new iPhones that will surely delight Apple lovers everywhere. Though, everyone already knew about the devices thanks to a classic Apple leak.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/apple-earpods-secret-camera-shutter" target="_blank">The Secret Use for Apple EarPods You Didn’t Know About</a></p><p>As<i> </i><em><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/apple-accidentally-leaks-new-iphone-xs-max-iphone-xr-names-2018-9?utm_source=feedly&amp;utm_medium=webfeeds" target="_blank">Business Insider</a></em> revealed, a few stealthy sites were able to dig into Apple’s own website code to uncover details about the new phones — the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR — before the official launch. And, at 11 a.m. EST, Apple unveiled even more about the new gear. Here’s what we know about each device.</p><h2>iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max</h2><p>Apple announced two new additions to its iPhone line, the <a href="https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/9/12/17843330/new-iphone-xs-max-release-date-screen-features-specs-apple-2018" target="_blank">XS and the XS Max</a>. Though the phones look identical to the iPhones of the past, they come with a few new changes.</p><p>For one, <em>The Verge</em> noted, they are both available in gold, something iPhone loyalists have been waiting for.</p><p>From there, the differences are minor, with one huge exception: The iPhone XS Max will be the company’s largest phone ever. It comes with a gigantic 6.5-inch screen, which really should qualify it as a small iPad. That size, <em>The Verge</em> noted, also makes it one of the largest phones across the entire market.</p><p>But, it’s also crucial to note that this new size comes mostly in height, not width, meaning it’s still easy for small hands to carry and hold.</p><p>And for all you <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/photography/iphone-x-travel-photography-expert-tips" target="_blank">travel photographers out there</a>, Apple also updated the camera on the phone to come with a wider aperture for its telephoto lens and larger pixel definition. It’s also updating the portrait mode feature so users can fine-tune each image. The XS will set customers back $99 while the XS Max will cost $1,099. The phones will be available for pre-order and shipped this month.</p><h2>iPhone XR</h2><p>Apple will reveal an iPhone model <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/apple-iphone-xr-price-release-date-specs-2018-9" target="_blank">known as the XR</a>, which is a rare “budget” offering by Apple.</p><p>The phone, which comes with a 6.1-inch screen, will be made available to customers at the lower price of $749. However, that lower price means a lower quality screen as it also comes with an LCD screen rather than the more expensive OLED screen. The XR will also come with more color options including black, white, red, yellow, coral, and blue. The XR is available for pre-order this month and will ship in October.</p>
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How Hotels and Airlines Are Helping Out Ahead of Hurricane Florence

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 06:30
<p>As Hurricane Florence makes its way across the Atlantic, a hurricane warning is in effect for the coasts of South and North Carolina. Tropical storm conditions are expected to arrive on Thursday with the brunt of the storm making impact on Friday.</p><img alt="NOAA Graphic Hurricane Florence "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536760694/noaa-hurricane-florence-trajectory-HURRIFLO0918.jpg?itok=Nb1LHufD"><p>Nearly 2 million people have been ordered to evacuate their homes. In advance of the hurricane’s impact, hotels and airlines are offering waivers and assistance.</p><h2>Evacuation Accommodations for Hurricane Florence</h2><p>Airbnb has activated its <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/welcome/evacuees/hurricane-florence-2018" target="_blank">“Open Homes” program</a>, which calls on hosts to offer free accommodations to those escaping the storm. Hosts in the Carolinas and Georgia have already begun offering free housing to aid workers and evacuees. Those in need of emergency housing can <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/s/homes?collection_id=364253377&amp;disaster_id=231&amp;refinement_paths%5B%5D=%2Fhomes&amp;allow_override%5B%5D=&amp;s_tag=ZbceeCci" target="_blank">find an Airbnb listing here</a>.</p><p>Hotels around the path of Hurricane Florence’s projected destruction are preparing for evacuees by waiving cancellation fees and allowing guests to bring pets for free, <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2018/09/11/hotels-path-hurricane-florence-fill-up/1270863002/" target="_blank"><em>USA Today</em> reported</a>. Marriott Hotels throughout the area are waiving cancellation fees and relaxing pet rules, depending on the property. Intercontinental Hotel Group (brands include Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Kimpton) will waive cancellation fees and allow pets free of charge in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and Washington D.C. Guests should verify hotel policy by calling their hotel directly.</p><h2>Airline Waivers for Hurricane Florence</h2><p>Travelers with airline reservations through the area should contact their airlines for more information.</p><p><a href="https://www.alaskaair.com/content/advisories/travel-advisories" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines</a> travel to Raleigh or Charleston through September 16 can be rebooked at no charge through October 1.</p><p><a href="https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/travel-alerts.jsp" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> is waiving the change fees for travel to 23 southeastern cities — including Asheville, Charlotte and Savannah — booked through September 16. The waiver is effective for travel rebooked before September 20.</p><p><a href="https://www.delta.com/us/en/advisories/weather-alerts/hurricane-florence" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines</a> travel to, from or through cities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Savannah, Georgia through September 16 can be rebooked for free by September 20. Up until September 17, flights through Charleston, Jacksonville, Myrtle Beach, New Bern, Newport News, Norfolk, Savannah and Wilmington are aiding evacuees. All baggage and pet fees will be waived for passengers.</p><p><a href="https://www.jetblue.com/JetblueAlerts/WeatherUpdate.aspx/" target="_blank">JetBlue</a> will allow passengers with scheduled flights through Baltimore, Charleston, Charlotte, Raleigh, Richmond, Savannah and D.C. through September 16 to rebook travel through September 20.</p><p><a href="https://www.southwest.com/html/advisories/swa_travel_advisory_2018891536512869640.html" target="_blank">Southwest</a> passengers flying through Baltimore, Charleston, Charlotte, Greenville, Norfolk, Raleigh, Richmond and D.C. can rebook any travel currently scheduled through September 17. All rebooked travel must take place within 14 days of the original flight.</p><p><a href="https://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/travel/news/Pages/travelnotices.aspx" target="_blank">United</a> flights to and from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Savannah, Georgia through September 16 can be changed for free. Rescheduled flights must take place before September 20 to avoid paying any difference in airfare. All flights to and from 16 airports in the region will waive fees for bags and in-flight pets.</p>
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A Rare Solar Storm Could Bring the Northern Lights to the U.S. Tonight (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 17:36
<p>Attention <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/adventure-travel/stargazing-adventures" target="_blank">sky watchers</a>: the auroras are coming.</p><p>A massive hole in the sun’s corona opened up a few days ago, sending an equally large geomagnetic storm hurtling toward Earth. And with that storm comes the potential for a stunning display of the Northern Lights all the way down in the United States.</p><p>According to <a href="https://www.sciencealert.com/g2-geomagnetic-solar-storm-coronal-hole-earth-aurora-september-2018" target="_blank"><i>ScienceAlert</i></a>, this storm will be a rather rare event as the Earth is currently heading into what is known as a “<a href="https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/news-articles/solar-minimum-is-coming" target="_blank">solar minimum</a>,” which is a time of low activity during the sun’s cycle. And all that means fewer solar flares and fewer aurora sightings.</p><p>However, the site added, holes in the sun can still occur, which “allow the solar winds to escape more easily, blowing electromagnetic radiation into space at high speeds.”</p><p>Tonight’s storm will likely be a level G2 solar storm, according to the <a href="https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g2-moderate-geomagnetic-storm-watch-issued-11-sep" target="_blank">National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration</a> (NOAA). Solar storms are <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/how-to-see-northern-lights-tonight-monday-july-23" target="_blank">measured on a scale of G1 to G5</a>, with G5 accounting for the largest and fiercest storms. If a G5 were to strike the planet it would likely cause rolling blackouts around the globe. However, a G2 is a more moderate storm, which will merely intensify the aurora borealis, bringing it further south than usual.</p><p>Just how far south will the light show go? According to NOAA, Alaska will almost certainly be in for a show, while northern states like Washington, North and South Dakota, Michigan, and Maine could see the lights as well. If we’re really, really lucky, the lights may even extend as low as Nebraska.</p><p>If you happen to be really far south tonight in Antarctica, you could see the sky light up as well. Those lights, however, are known as the aurora australis, or the Southern Lights, and are equally as beautiful. </p><p>As always, ensure you’re away from city lights, in a dark place where you can look up to the sky to try and catch a glimpse of this rare event by Mother Nature. Just make sure to pack something warm to wear and bring a buddy to experience it together.</p>
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Enjoy 30% off Stays At One of Jerusalem's Most Iconic Hotels

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 14:00
<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="https://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Israel: 30 percent off <a href="http://www.thedavidcitadel.com/" target="_blank">David Citadel Hotel</a>, a Moshe Safdie-designed icon with an unbeatable location on King David Street. </p><p>Suite Stays for T + L Readers includes:</p>A minimum of three nights in a One-bedroom suite or an Executive Suite<p>Original Price: From $1,500 for a one-bedroom suite and $2,000 for an Executive Suite</p><p><strong>T+L Price: </strong>From $1,050 per night for a one-bedroom suite and $1,400 for an Executive Suite; valid through February 28, 2019</p><p>Booking details: Use booking code TLSUITES when calling +972.2.6212121 or emailing <a href="mailto:Reservations@AlrovHotels.com">Reservations@AlrovHotels.com</a>.</p><p>Blackout dates: December 21 2018 - January 2, 2019</p>
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You Can Bathe in Wine, Coffee, or Ramen Broth at This Japanese Spa

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 12:31
<p>A spa 75 minutes outside of Tokyo has taken <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/alcohol-wine-good-for-brain" target="_blank">vinotherapy</a> to new heights.</p><p>At <a href="https://www.yunessun.com/en/" target="_blank">Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Spa and Resort</a> in Hakone, Japan, you will find an assortment of themed baths, from the "Doctor Fish" foot bath (picture tons of tiny fish nibbling on your toes), to the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/jellyfish-lake-palau" target="_blank">jellyfish</a> bath, where you can swim in a dark cave lit up by the fluorescent creatures.</p><p>But the pinnacle of this hot spring theme park are the baths full of coffee, wine, green tea, sake, and ramen broth.</p><p>According to Yunessun's website, each of these drink-themed baths will help beautify your skin, and there may be truth to that. <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea" target="_blank">Green tea</a>, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/health-benefits-of-drinking-coffee" target="_blank">coffee</a>, and <a href="https://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-drinks/could-red-wine-give-you-gorgeous-skin" target="_blank">red wine</a> are full of antioxidants, which can increase collagen production, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and clear up acne <a href="https://www.livestrong.com/article/10480-treat-oxidative-stress/" target="_blank">when you apply it to your skin</a>. Allegedly, Cleopatra and the Queen Mary were big proponents of bathing in wine.</p><p>And while it is ill-advised to actually drink the bath, just breathing in the delicious aromas will surely help you relax.</p><p>You can watch the coffee and wine being poured into the pools at scheduled times throughout the day, <em><a href="https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/yunessun-spa-resort" target="_blank">Atlas Obscura</a></em> reported.</p><p>When you've had your figurative fill of tea, make your way to the 130-foot-long open air bath and enjoy views of the surrounding Hakone mountains in <a href="https://www.fujihakoneizu.com/" target="_blank">Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park</a>.</p><p>Inspired by a Japanese garden, Yunessun also has a second open air bath where you can see gorgeous views of Hakone's outer crater.</p><p>And if you want to bring the family, Yunessun has a playground and water slide open to kids.</p><p><a href="https://www.yunessun.com/en/" target="_blank">Prices start at 2,900 yen</a> (approximately $26).</p>
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Copenhagen’s Coolest New Hotels and Art Spaces Are Popping Up in Unexpected Places

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 12:02
<p>For many, the phrase <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/designed-for-living" target="_blank">Danish design</a> conjures the elegant functionality and earthy minimalism of the country’s midcentury furniture. But the postwar aesthetic of bare-wood tables and boxy sideboards has become so ubiquitous that designers at the source are now striving to reinterpret it — often by reenergizing Copenhagen’s historic interiors.</p><img alt="Bar at the Hotel Sanders, in Copenhagen "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536243286/sanders-hotel-bar-CPHDESIGN0918.jpg?itok=RvmWDcIu"><p>One burgeoning trend in this space is a bold internationalism easily felt in some new hotels, including <strong><a href="https://hotelsanders.com/" target="_blank">Sanders</a></strong>, a boutique property housed in a 19th-century structure that once served as the bohemian haunt Hotel Opera. In 2015, Alexander Kølpin, a former star at the Royal Danish Ballet and a onetime Opera regular, bought the space and tasked British architect Richy Almond and his Danish business partner, Pernille Lind, with creating an eclectic interior. For the bar, the duo chose tasseled velvet curtains evocative of operatic Parisian décor; in the lounge, floral-print fabrics for chairs and sofas that suggest an eccentric English style; and on the roof terrace, bamboo armchairs that bring in a touch of old Peking. Even the most Danish elements — the beds and sideboards in the guest rooms — reference an overlooked aspect of Midcentury Modernism: the influence of the East on such designers as Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen. Just as Wegner riffed on Ming-dynasty design in his Wishbone chair and Jacobsen channeled colonial bamboo furniture in his early Paris chair, so Lind and Almond have inlaid simple pale-wood furniture with rattan.</p><p><strong><a href="https://www.nimb.dk/en/hotel" target="_blank">Nimb</a></strong>, a hotel in Tivoli Gardens that began as a Moorish-inspired bazaar, also weaves in Asian elements. Last fall, when the property debuted 21 new rooms, designers echoed the Chinese-style pavilions that guests can spy from their balconies. Guest rooms incorporate Chinese ceramics and black sliding doors reminiscent of old lacquerwork.</p><img alt="Guest room and uniformed staff at the Hotel Sanders, in Copenhagen "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536243286/sanders-hotel-room-and-staff-CPHDESIGN0918.jpg?itok=-MMVFYLW"><p><strong><a href="http://www.brochner-hotels.com/hotel-herman-k/" target="_blank">Hotel Herman K</a></strong> — built in a disused 1960s power station — typifies another current approach, in which the organic forms we associate with Danish design offset the Brutalism of industrial structures. A triple-height lobby of concrete walls and towering iron doors might feel forbidding without the sinuous Wegner chairs and vases of dried wildflowers on the wooden tables of the restaurant off to one side. In the guest quarters, white cotton curtains drape concrete walls and upholstered hooded headboards, imbuing the spaces with a calmness they’d otherwise lack. You leave the power station at the door.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/copenhagen-public-swimming-pools-in-waterfront" target="_blank">The World’s Coolest Public Swimming Pool Will Be in Copenhagen’s Harbor</a></p><p>But hoteliers aren’t the only Danes putting old industrial infrastructure to new uses. Following its heyday as an area for ship-building, the district of Refshaleoen fell on hard times, its warehouses derelict and dilapidated. But over the last few years new tenants have moved in, among them restaurateurs, street-food vendors, artists, and vintage-furniture enthusiasts. The latest and largest venture is <strong><a href="http://cphco.org/en/" target="_blank">Copenhagen Contemporary</a></strong>, a gallery that opened in June in what was once a welding hall. The building’s vast interior offers practical advantages: the first exhibit is “Swing 123” by a Danish collective called Trio Superflex. Made up of a series of three-person swings hanging from interconnected frames resembling multicolored Meccano, its scale is typical of the work the gallery will show. Just as impressive is the industrial drama of the building itself, where the cavernous spaces offer a jaw-dropping spectacle to rival the Turbine Hall at London’s Tate Modern.</p><p>Galleries like Copenhagen Contemporary offer a more beguiling backdrop than the predictable minimalism of a white-cube gallery, and in this respect it takes its cue from <strong><a href="https://www.cisternerne.dk/" target="_blank">Cisternerne</a></strong>, a subterranean art space in Sondermarken Park. Once an underground reservoir forming part of the city’s water system, it is now a post-industrial exhibition venue with dripping walls and echoing chambers. This summer it was showing “In is the only way out”, an installation by Jeppe Hein featuring a giant, faceted bronze disk hung from the ceiling with a flame thrower protruding from its center. As the fire flashed and roared, and the metal reflected its glow, the space felt like an apocalyptic backdrop for “Mad Max,” and a very long way from Denmark’s more tranquil design traditions.</p>
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Why JetBlue's New Baggage Fees Might Actually Be Good for You

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 11:31
<p>In August, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/jetblue-increasing-fees-baggage-flight-change" target="_blank">JetBlue announced it is increasing its checked baggage fees</a> for Blue, Blue Plus, Blue Flex, and Mint tickets. But that's not necessarily a bad thing for passengers who are worried about saving money.</p><p>The first checked bag with a Blue fare is now $30 — a $5 increase from its previous price — and the second bag with a Blue or Blue Plus fare is $40. The third bag on all fare levels will now cost passengers $150, marking a $50 increase from the previous baggage costs.</p><p>While this may seem like a bummer for frequent JetBlue fliers, it turns out it may not be bad news after all. As <em><a href="https://skift.com/2018/09/07/jetblue-ceos-rationale-on-higher-bag-fees-we-hate-increasing-fares/" target="_blank">Skift</a></em> explained, these baggage increases mean fares can continue to stay low.</p><p>“Fuel prices are up over 33 percent this year,” JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes told <i>Skift</i> at the Aviation Festival. “You end up having to pass those on. We’re about low fares. We hate increasing fares. But we had a couple of fare increases, and then we made the decision to increase the bag fee to $30 if you don’t buy it in the fare.”</p><p>However, Hayes additionally explained, if passengers simply book Blue Plus — its slightly higher fare option — they will be paying $25 more for the base fare, but will get free baggage. And that means they will essentially be paying the old price.</p><p>“We lay out the fares up next to each other and we make it very clear that it includes a bag,” Hayes additionally explained. “Some of the challenges come through the [online trade agencies], because it’s not so obvious to customers. But when you’re on our website — most customers come to our website — it’s pretty clear which fare you should buy.”</p><p>Beyond straight baggage fees, JetBlue will also increase fees for oversized and overweight <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/tips-for-getting-luggage-first" target="_blank">baggage</a> by $50.</p><p>“We can’t have the best on everything, but we want to have what makes a difference to the customer,” Hayes said. “We want to win there. And everywhere else, we just need to be competitive. And those products, they’re an investment, right? If you have more leg room, TV, and WiFi, it costs money to provide that.”</p>
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These Couples Show How a Road Trip Makes for the Perfect Honeymoon

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 11:00
<p>There are moments when life becomes a postcard, noisy thoughts giving way to silent stretches of road in spectacular country. Every sense dials up, even as your mind and body relax into the simple action of getting somewhere. It’s no wonder so many want a piece of #<a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/road-trips/california-vanlife-trip" target="_blank">vanlife</a>’s bohemian mystique.</p><p>Everyone isn’t cut out to make it a lifestyle, but the endless supply of sun-dappled, windswept, campfire-smelling Instagrams has electrified the idea of the road. Especially the romance of it. Couples planning honeymoons can look at parts of the world they’ve dreamed of traveling and just add wheels, whether a luxurious RV, souped-up van, or basic car for touring between quaint vacation rentals. Given its vastness and variety of scenic firepower, America was made for ‘roadymooning.’</p><p>Before busting out maps and making reservations, engaged couples should consider the particular demands of road tripping, along with the rewards. If you don’t intimately know your partner’s travel style and expectations, “a road trip might be the most taxing way to find out,” said Megan Edwards, a <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/las-vegas" target="_blank">Las Vegas</a>-based author and cofounder of <a href="https://www.roadtripamerica.com/" target="_blank">RoadTrip America</a>.</p><p>In 1994, two years before she and husband Mark Sedenquist launched the site, they started a road trip that changed everything. The prior year they had <a href="https://imbrifex.com/book/roads-from-the-ashes/" target="_blank">lost their home to a California wildfire</a>, and this trip was supposed to be a six-month reset before coming back to reality. With their dog, Marvin, they ended up spending more than six years in an RV smaller than their old walk-in closet. They could wake up, pick a direction, and drive. They found wonders down dead-end roads, and in states they had abandoned to negative stereotypes. The things they lost in the fire were replaced with a profound feeling of lightness and possibility.</p><img alt="Meg and Mark then and now "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534796759/meg-mark-MOONCAMP0818.jpg?itok=RXLH5PYJ"><p>That doesn’t mean it was all romantic.</p><p>“It took us six months to figure out how to live on the road and not kill each other,” Sedenquist said, with a chuckle.</p><p>Most honeymoons being a week or two, and steeped in wedding afterglow, such heavy growing pains aren’t likely. Tension is. Sedenquist and Edwards, who’ve covered 500,000 miles together on wheels, say a lot of it stems from lack of communication before a trip. That might concern major elements like budget, activities, and mileage per day, or small details like music. (This is not the time to reveal your obsession with rock opera.)</p><p>One vital thing to discuss is comfort with changing the plan, because you might face detours both unavoidable and intriguing.</p><p>“If you stop in a cafe and you’re still trying to cover 300 miles before dark, then you’re not open. But if you’re like, we don’t even know how far we’re going today, then when someone tells you, ‘You should really drive up the road and see so-and-so’s garden because it’s really beautiful right now,’ you can,” Edwards said.</p><p>“You’ll see a theme [on <a href="http://roadtripamerica.com" target="_blank">RoadTripAmerica.com</a>]. We’re always talking about time,” Sedenquist said. “There’s no point in driving so fast you can’t stop and look at anything.”</p><p>The website offers many tools for hopeful roadymooners, including expertise from a globe-spanning core of travel advisors. Edwards wrote a couples’ guide to <a href="https://www.roadtripamerica.com/travelplanning/Road-Trip-Tips-for-Couples.htm" target="_blank">romancing the road</a>, and Sedenquist says the site’s <a href="https://www.roadtripamerica.com/maps/mapcenter.php" target="_blank">custom mapping application</a> generates optimized routes based on points of interest. While some of his favorite finds have come from getting off-track, he appreciates that honeymoons are often planned around must-see sights and dream experiences.</p><p>“It’s fine to be myopic as long as your partner shares that point of view. There’s nothing wrong with zig-zagging around and missing everything else,” he said. “A road trip is more about what goes on in your head than what’s outside your windshield.”</p><p>Taylor McGilbra and Stephanie Ortega have logged a lot of miles in different places and headspaces, sharing snapshots and bits of their hearts through their intersectional travelogue <a href="https://www.instagram.com/lesbinomadic/" target="_blank">Lesbinomadic</a>. Nearly 12,000 people follow their Instagram, which has been featured on major platforms such as <a href="https://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a8503294/world-travel-budgets/" target="_blank"><em>Cosmopolitan</em></a> and <a href="http://whereloveisillegal.com/stephs-story/" target="_blank"><em>Where Love Is Illegal</em></a>. Swoon-worthy photos in exotic landscapes blend with earnest commentary about personal struggles and broader social justice. They don’t edit out the painful layovers and bee stings, or the raw insights about visiting countries where their love is considered criminal. They want others, especially queer people of color, to be emboldened to travel and armed with knowledge about risks and barriers that remain.</p><img alt="Stephanie Ortega & Taylor McGilbra "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534796759/Stephanie-Ortega-Taylor-McGilbra-MOONCAMP0818.jpg?itok=eob0-sgI"><p>Their first trip together was three months of backpacking in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/islands-in-australia-new-zealand-south-pacific" target="_blank">New Zealand</a> and Thailand. They quit their jobs and sold everything in preparation, and the journey was messy and amazing.</p><p>“It’s still one of my favorite trips we’ve been on, but it was also one of the most difficult as far as our relationship goes,” Ortega said. “Those times together backpacking and dealing with new challenges every day really brought out the true colors of who we are. It showed our shortcomings.”</p><p>From an air mattress in Taylor’s brother’s room in central Texas, back from living in Spain and on the road to Northern California, they share vivid memories of their travels: Stephanie’s proposal on Mont-Saint-Michel’s iconic beach. Road tripping in Portugal’s green mountains around <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/bats-living-in-libraries-portugal" target="_blank">Coimbra</a>. Cold, muddy fun exploring the coast between Seattle and Portland in the offseason. It is obvious they’ve learned a lot about each other, and even more about themselves.</p><p>“If you can be with me through all of this, from racism to a flat tire — if I can sit on the side of the road and watch the sunset with you, or stand on a cliff and get caught in a hailstorm and we’ve never seen hail before — if we can take all the good and the bad,” McGilbra said. “That just grows our love. ’Cause we know it ain’t just about the good with us.”</p><p>That is the promise of a good marriage, and the right attitude heading into a roadymoon. For couples trying to plan one, McGilbra and Ortega emphasize research. Not just in terms of defining the dots on the map, but connecting them in ways that support your collective vision of the best trip ever.</p><h2>How to Plan a Honeymoon Road Trip</h2><p><strong>Be Realistic</strong></p><p>Whatever it might be, Sedenquist says, you’d be wise to cut the wishlist in half. “Every single person who takes a road trip has the same problem: way more expectations than time,” he said. “Be really tolerant. Be loving of your partner, but also of the experience.”</p><p><strong>‘Google and go’</strong></p><p>“I’m a person who’ll say, ‘I want to go here, Patagonia,’ and she’ll come up with some elaborate plan,” Ortega said. “One of our mottos is Google and go. We know our Point A and Point B, and for the most part Taylor plots the in-between.”</p><p>“I’m obsessed with Google Maps,” McGilbra added, explaining that once she finds “the pretty stuff” in the form of bodies of water, mountain ranges and wilderness areas, Ortega pinpoints related activities.</p><p><strong>Beware Day 3</strong></p><p>Sedenquist sees downtime as essential to roadymoon plans, especially on the third day after the Big Day.</p><p>“Right after the wedding there’s gonna be a halo effect, where the stress is gone. But then the fatigue is likely to hit on Day 3,” he said. “So you don’t want to have to drive 600 miles that day.”</p><p>“Think about taking the whole day off and staying two nights in one place,” Edwards said.</p><h2>Honeymoon Road Trip Ideas</h2><p><strong>1. <a href="https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/lincoln.cfm" target="_blank">Historic Americana</a></strong></p><p><em>Point A: New York, New York<br />Point B: San Francisco, California</em><br />Good for: Couples with ample time to wander a road that is the attraction<br />Recommended by: Mark Sedenquist<br />Miles: 3,000+</p><p>“The trip that has eluded me is Times Square to San Francisco on the Lincoln. It was the very first transcontinental highway. There are sections that were never paved. Some of it is brick. Some of it has been taken over by modern highways, but it goes pretty much straight across the country,” Sedenquist says of the Route 66 of its time. Named for President Abraham Lincoln, it was dedicated in 1913, bonfires and fireworks blazing in hundreds of cities along the line going right through America’s middle. In 1915 the completed roadway ushered in a new era of coast-to-coast travel. Its original length was 3,389 miles. The Lincoln Highway Association maintains an <a href="https://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/map/" target="_blank">interactive map</a> of drivable sections for history buffs willing to connect the dots.</p><p><strong>2. Outdoor Adventure</strong></p><p><em>Loop: Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon and back</em><br />Good for: Nature lovers working with less time and money to honeymoon<br />Recommended by: Taylor McGilbra and Stephanie Ortega<br />Miles: 650</p><p>To celebrate two years together, McGilbra and Ortega loaded a long weekend in February with Northwest beauty. Flying into <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/seattle" target="_blank">Seattle</a> early Friday, they explored Pike Place market, then gay nightlife in the surrounding neighborhood. Saturday began with a scenic drive around Puget Sound to Olympic National Park’s old-growth forests and cloud-tickling peaks.</p><p>“There was nobody there. It was raining and it was muddy and it was perfect,” Taylor says. From there, they hopped on U.S. 101, hugging the coast to Astoria and its collection of beaches and sea lions. Sunday morning took them to Ecola State Park, famous for backdropping One-Eyed Willy’s pirate ship in The Goonies. Then they dug into Portland’s vibrant scene, ending the day with a hike and a dip in a hot spring just outside the city. Monday morning, they boogied up Interstate 5 back to Seattle for a flight home.</p><p><strong>3. <a href="https://www.roadsideamerica.com" target="_blank">Roadside Whimsy</a></strong></p><p><em>Point A: San Diego, California<br />Point B: Los Angeles, California</em><br />Good for: Hunters of weird and wondrous details who prefer an urban-rural mashup<br />Recommended by: Erin Ryan<br />Miles: 500</p><p>Commuting in Southern California, not so romantic. Roadymooning through its coastal cities into farm fields, desert swaths, and an alternate planet of outsider museums, artist enclaves and glorious kitsch, the love is stoked by the demand for all the selfies. Going inland near the Mexican border and curving back around the Salton Sea, airport to airport, this route can stretch as far as your imagination. You will find <a href="http://velveteria.com" target="_blank">museums dedicated to velvet paintings</a>, <a href="https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/coyote-saucer-repairs" target="_blank">flying saucers</a> and <a href="http://www.internationalbananamuseum.com" target="_blank">lbananas</a>; a <a href="https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/giant-lemon-lemon-grove" target="_blank">3,000-pound lemon</a>; farms cultivating dates and camels; a <a href="http://randylandla.com" target="_blank">living kaleidoscope</a> in an L.A. backyard, and the <a href="http://www.felicity.us/center.html" target="_blank">Official Center of the World</a> in the nearby desert. Fly in, rent a car, and ignore the clock, because this part of the map is a pincushion for <a href="http://www.salvationmountaininc.org" target="_blank">wild creativity</a>.</p>
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Save 33% off Stays at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 10:27
<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="https://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Aruba: 33 percent off at <a data-ctbtn="2" data-cthref="/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=2ahUKEwjP3-Xb8bPdAhVhS98KHQJ_AGAQFjAAegQICxAB&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww3.hilton.com%2Fen%2Fhotels%2Faruba%2Fhilton-aruba-caribbean-resort-and-casino-AUAHHHH%2Findex.html&amp;usg=AOvVaw0RFbzzUOFBCLQL7caEWaoA" href="http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/aruba/hilton-aruba-caribbean-resort-and-casino-AUAHHHH/index.html" target="_blank">Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort &amp; Casino</a>, a palm-fringed resort where A-list models stayed while shooting the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. Stroll through the tropical gardens to glimpse exotic birds, or experience on-site activities such as windsurfing, snorkeling, and scuba-diving.</p><p>Luxury Island Getaway package includes:</p>Three nights in a one-bedroom suite Aruba Ariba cocktail for twoThree-course dinner for two at Sunset Grille Private outdoor yoga or meditation sessionA 50-minute couple’s massage Three days of reserved beach palapa<p>Original Price: From $2,202 (or $734 per night)</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $1,541 (or $513 per night); valid from September 1 to December 31, 2018. </p><p>Booking details: Use rate code P5 when booking online with the dedicated <a href="https://goo.gl/WuRBaU" target="_blank">link</a>. To reserve this package by phone, please contact 1-800-HILTONS if in the U.S. or Canada.</p><p>Availability: Subject to availability, and blackout dates apply. Full-prepayment required at time of purchase. No changes, cancellations, or refunds can be made after purchase is complete. Other conditions apply.</p>
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India's Underwater Bullet Train Could Be Here As Soon As 2022

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 10:14
<p>India's anticipated underwater bullet train is one step closer to completion.</p><p>The Indian government has announced that it is in the process of purchasing 18 E5 series Shinkansen train sets from Japan for 70 billion rupees (approximately $964 million USD), the <a href="https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/railways/india-on-track-to-buy-18-bullet-trains-from-japan-for-rs-7000-crore/articleshow/65678899.cms" target="_blank"><em>Economic Times</em> reported</a>. Before acquiring the trains, India will request Japanese train manufacturers to participate in a tender.</p><p>The first bullet train route will run between <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/things-to-do-mumbai" target="_blank">Mumbai</a> and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/ahmedabad-india-design-architecture" target="_blank">Ahmedabad</a>, with the trains stopping at 12 stations along the way.</p><img alt="Ahmedabad and Mumbai India "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536692383/Ahmedabad-mumbai-India-FASTINDIA0918.jpg?itok=iyvgPqVP"><p>"Each train will have 10 coaches and would be able to cruise at the speed of 350 km per hour," an official told the <em>Economic Times</em>. At these high speeds, the 315-mile-route will reduce the seven- to eight-hour journey down to two or three hours.</p><p>What makes this announcement particularly exciting is that, should the <a href="https://indianexpress.com/article/india/the-bullet-train-route-mostly-overhead-a-stretch-undersea-ahmedabad-mumbai-shonzo-abe-modi-4840844/" target="_blank">"proposed route map"</a> get approved, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/ground-transportation/india-underwater-bullet-train" target="_blank">travelers can expect to travel underwater</a> for 13 of those miles — from Thane Creek to Virar — by way of a submerged corridor.</p><p>According to the <a href="https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/railways/india-on-track-to-buy-18-bullet-trains-from-japan-for-rs-7000-crore/articleshow/65678899.cms" target="_blank"><em>Economic Times</em></a>, economy fares are estimated to cost around 3,000 rupees (about $41 USD), and first class will have amenities comparable to those offered by airlines.</p><p>In order to pay for the project, the Indian government is receiving a soft loan of 880 billion rupees (approximately $12 billion USD) — to be paid over 50 years with a 0.1% annual interest rate — from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency.</p><p>As part of the deal, Indian Railways is also building a local manufacturing plant for bullet trains, and the company will be "inviting bids" from companies like Japanese-based Kawasaki and Hitachi to construct an additional facility under the <a href="http://www.makeinindia.com/article/-/v/make-in-india-reason-vision-for-the-initiative" target="_blank">Make in India program</a>.</p><p>However, the project is not without controversy. <a href="https://www.businessinsider.in/india-will-spend-70-billion-on-its-first-batch-of-bullet-trains/articleshow/65685805.cms" target="_blank"><em>Business Insider India</em></a> reported that the company is facing resistance from landowners in Gujarat and Maharashtra, who are demanding government jobs and higher compensation. The National High Speed Rail Corporation hopes to resolve this issue and seal the deal by December 2018.</p><p>Should this happen, construction may begin as soon as January 2019, with the project scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.</p>
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San Francisco's Most Expensive Airbnb Is Being Transformed Into a Gorgeous Hotel

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 09:23
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/san-francisco" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>’s most expensive <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/best-airbnb-according-to-editors" target="_blank">Airbnb rental</a> is about to become one of the city’s most palatial boutique hotels.</p><p>It’s like the hotel version of a Cinderella story. You know, if Cinderella had already been super rich.</p><p>According to <em><a href="http://fortune.com/2018/09/04/airbnb-expensive-san-francisco-payne-mansion-1881-hotel-restaurant/" target="_blank">Fortune</a></em>, San Francisco’s Payne Mansion, which was listed on Airbnb for $10,000 a night, is being transformed into a hotel and restaurant specializing in California-style French cuisine.</p><p>The mansion, which was founded in 1881, will be renamed Mansion on Sutter, and will open in the fall of 2018. The restaurant will appropriately be named 1881.</p><p>One of the most extraordinary parts of the mansion, other than its pre-Victorian charm and gilded good looks, is that it is one of the few Victorian homes in San Francisco that is still standing after the 1906 earthquake, <em>Fortune</em> reported.</p><p>It was purchased earlier this year by entrepreneur Bernard Rosenson, who bought it for $12 million, according to the <em><a href="https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/San-Francisco-s-historic-Payne-Mansion-to-12845202.php" target="_blank">San Francisco Chronicle</a></em>.</p><p>“The 1881 will feature a full bar and the menu/concept for the restaurant is being developed as we speak,” Rosenson’s son, Jonathan, told the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> in April.</p><p>The new hotel, located at 1409 Sutter Street, will likely be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Who wouldn’t want to live out some American version of <em>Downton Abbey</em> at this place?</p>
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Disney Star Arrested at LAX With Loaded Gun

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 08:51
<p>One former Disney star is seriously regretting his packing list today after getting caught with a loaded weapon at Los Angeles International Airport.</p><p>According to <em><a href="https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/david-henrie-arrested-gun-lax-wizards-of-waverly-place-1202935834/" target="_blank">Variety</a></em>, David Henrie, who once starred alongside Selena Gomez on the Disney Channel series <em>Wizards of Waverly Place</em>, was arrested Monday after TSA officers conducted a routine search of his baggage and found the loaded M&amp;P 9mm gun. Henrie was immediately placed in LAPD Pacific Division Jail but was shortly released on $10,000 bail.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/things-you-can-and-cant-bring-on-planes" target="_blank">The Weirdest Things That Are Completely Acceptable to Bring on the Plane With You</a></p><p>After the event, Henrie took to Twitter to apologize, explaining he “unintentionally” brought his gun to the airport. The gun, he added, is legally owned and registered in his name.</p><p>“I take responsibility for what happened today at LAX,” he wrote on Twitter. “I unintentionally brought my legally owned gun which is registered in my name to the airport. I am so sorry for any trouble it caused but I am appreciative of TSA’s efforts in implementing the safety laws that are in place to protect our beautiful country. More than anything I am humiliated and embarrassed that this even happened.”</p><img alt="Disney Actor, David Henrie "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536679002/David-Henrie-Disney-AARREST0918.jpg?itok=U071Z9XA"><p>Henrie added that he is grateful for the TSA, LAPD, and “all involved today for their kindness and their professionalism during this process.”</p><p>According to the <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/travel/civil-enforcement" target="_blank">TSA</a>, Henrie could have avoided this mess if he had locked and unloaded his weapon.</p><p>“Passengers may transport unloaded firearms in checked baggage if they are transported in a locked, hard-sided container and declared to the airline before traveling,” the TSA wrote on its site. The TSA may also “impose civil penalties per violation per person.”</p><p>For a loaded firearm like Henrie had, he could face $9,800 in fines and possible criminal charges. Henrie is expected to <a href="https://pagesix.com/2018/09/11/disney-star-david-henrie-humiliated-after-gun-arrest-at-airport/" target="_blank">appear before a judge</a> for the matter on Oct. 1.</p>
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You Could Get $99 Flights to Some of Europe's Best Christmas Markets This Winter (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 08:07
<p>The <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-christmas-markets-in-europe" target="_blank">Christmas markets of Europe</a> are known for their festive displays of chalets that sell delectable local pastries, mulled wine, and handmade ornaments and toys all against backdrops of Medieval castles, churches, and squares. </p><p>And if you’re looking for a chance to experience one of these markets for yourself, you can snag a seriously cheap flight thanks to <a href="http://wowair.us" target="_blank">WOW Air's latest sale</a>. </p><p>The budget airline is offering deals to a slew of popular European cities, with one-way flights starting as low as $69 to Iceland and $99 to stops like Brussels and London.</p><p>You’ll find $69 one-way flights to Reykjavik departing from a variety of U.S. cities that include Cleveland, Detroit, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Dallas, and Cincinnati, giving you a chance to head to the country around its peak season for the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/iceland-when-to-see-northern-lights" target="_blank">Northern Lights</a>, which is typically from November through March. </p><p>Depending on your home airport, you’ll also find deals to cities beloved for their holiday markets like Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Paris that range from $99 one-way to $179.99 one-way.</p><p>Return flights for most of the deals (excluding $69 one-way and $99 one-way deals) start at the same price as your outbound trip, meaning a one-way deal starting at $159.99 can get you a round-trip flight to the destination from about $320.</p><p>Return flights for $69 one-way deals start at $99 while return flights for $99 one-way deals start at $199.99, giving you round-trip totals of $168 and about $300.</p><p>Most deals are applicable for travel from September through March, though prices for most destinations typically start to rise in January, depending on your home airport and final destination.</p><p>For example, Boston fliers will find $159.99 one-way deals to Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, London, and Stockholm from September through the end of December. </p><p>Meanwhile, deals from Washington, D.C. include $159.99 one-way flights to cities like Frankfurt, London, and Edinburgh, but they rise slightly to $199.99 in December, and $179.99 one-way flights to cities like Paris, Dublin, and Stockholm that also rise to $199.99 in December.</p><p>If you’re flying from Los Angeles or Chicago, you can catch Copenhagen’s famed market and the lights that abound on its lakeside willows and at the historic <a href="http://www.tivoli.dk/composite-3351.htm" target="_blank">Tivoli Gardens</a> amusement park for $179.99 one-way, or Frankfurt’s market (<a href="https://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/en/Media/Events/Frankfurt-Christmas-Market" target="_blank">one of the biggest in Germany</a>) for $179.99 one-way from Los Angeles and $199.99 one-way from Chicago.</p><p>You’ll want to note that WOW Air is a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals/cheap-airlines" target="_blank">budget carrier</a> and does charge additional fees for amenities like seat selection and checked bags.</p>
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Inside the NYC Subway Station That Just Reopened for the First Time Since Sept. 11, 2001 (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 07:56
<p>The <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/ground-transportation/new-york-subway-112th-birthday" target="_blank">New York City subway system</a> has undergone some major changes since <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/landmarks-monuments/memorial-911-worldwide" target="_blank">Sept. 11, 2001</a>, but one station that remained closed since the national tragedy seemed like it would never reopen.</p><img alt="Workers look over the mass of rubble that used to be the staircase leading down to the Cortlandt St. station which was destroyed after the No. 1 and 9 subway lines collapsed under the demolished World Trade Center. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536679577/cortlandt-station-destruction-interior-WTCSTATION0918.jpg?itok=1GwU4fko"><p>Almost 17 years to the day, the 1 train, World Trade Center-Cortlandt Street station in the Financial District reopened to the public with a brand new tribute to the people who lost their lives on 9/11.</p><p>The Cortlandt Street station was destroyed, along with the buildings above it, on the day of the terrorist attacks. MTA chairman <a href="http://gothamist.com/2018/09/10/photos_cortlandt_street_subway.php#photo-1" target="_blank">Joseph Lhota said in a statement</a> that the recovery was “a major milestone in the recovery and growth of downtown Manhattan,” adding, “WTC Cortlandt is more than a new subway station. It is symbolic of New Yorkers’ resolve in restoring and substantially improving the entire World Trade Center site.”</p><p>The station officially opened on Saturday, Sept. 8. </p><p>Recovery efforts cost $181.8 million over the last 17 years. The MTA took over the project from the Port Authority in 2015, according to <em>Gothamist.</em> In addition to restoring the station, the walls have been transformed into a white marble mosaic by artist Ann Hamilton, depicting text from the 1776 Declaration of Independence and the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Hamilton entitled her piece “Chorus.”</p><img alt="New York: Entrance to the reopened underground station WTC Cortlandt. Almost 17 years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the subway station destroyed under the collapsing twin towers has reopened. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536679577/wtc-cortland-station-entrance-WTCSTATION0918.jpg?itok=wAE1FmPJ"><img alt="The reopened underground station WTC Cortlandt in New York. Almost 17 years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the subway station destroyed under the collapsing twin towers has reopened. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536679577/wtc-cortlandt-mosaic-platform-wall-WTCSTATION0918.jpg?itok=bdw9bpt8"><p>Now both <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/how-to-get-around-new-york-city" target="_blank">tourists and locals can see the striking piece</a> just by passing by on the train. People have been sharing photos and video of the new station on social media.</p>
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