Forget the Cherry Blossoms, the 'Three Shibas' Are the Best Tourist Attraction in Japan

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 16:24
<p>When traveling in Japan, there are a few iconic things every <a href="" target="_blank">first-time visitor should see</a>, such as the cherry blossom bloom, the geishas performing traditional dances in Kyoto, and the fresh sashimi all over the country. These things are all amazing, for sure, but whatever you do, don’t miss out on “The Three Shibas.”</p><p>In a recent video, Thawainese blogger Miguel Yeh shared the story of the three Shiba Inu dogs that have become the unofficial greeters of their neighborhood in Shimabara, on Kyushu island in the southern region of Japan. According to Miguel, visitors are flocking to see the fluffy dogs who eagerly await any and all passerbys.</p><p>The dogs and their peculiar behavior became a massive social media sensation after twitter user YU-RI shared a photo of the dogs on Twitter in 2016, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Metro</em> reported</a>. Since the image was first sent the tweet has been shared more than 105,000 times.</p><p>Their owner reportedly created the 18 tiny windows through the fence for drainage or airflow purposes to the home. However, he quickly noticed his three pets loved to keep an eye on the outside world. And though these adorable little guys are always up for a hello or a scratch behind the ear, visitors are kindly asked via a sign reading “please do not feed the Shiba dogs,” as the pups tend to get upset stomachs.</p><p>If you want to visit the dogs all you have to do is walk buy, give a little whistle and wait. If you’re lucky, they’ll come out to say hello.</p>
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Antarctica Celebrates Its First Pride Thanks to Team of Researchers

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 16:13
<p>People are showing their pride all over the world, even in one of the most remote places on the planet.</p><p>June is national LGBT Pride Month, and a group of LGBT-identifying people stationed at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica are celebrating by bringing the first Pride celebration to their frozen pocket of the globe.</p><img alt="Pride with penguins in Antarctica "src=""><p>The research station is used for studying astrophysics, glaciology, earth sciences and other disciplines, and is located about 850 miles from the South Pole. Pride celebrations actually began in April for people at the base, since the area experiences total darkness during June. Out of the 133 people stationed there, 10 identify as LGBT, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>New Now Next</em></a>.</p><img alt="Pride flag in Antarctica, with Planting Peace founder Aaron Jackson "src=""><p>The group hoisted the iconic rainbow flag, planned marathons of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, and have themed movie nights and a gay bar night. They are also hoping to host a small parade around the main building of the station. The events were mostly planned by Evan Townsend and Scott Waldron, based at the station.</p><p>“Why not take this photo and let people see that there’s queer representation — even at the end of the earth,” Waldron told <em>New Now Next</em>.</p><img alt="Planting a pride flag in Australia "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Lonely Planet</em></a>, a group of gay activists from Planting Peace travelled to Antarctica and declared it as the world’s first LGBT-friendly continent in 2016. The group officially hoisted the rainbow flag for the first time ever on their trip. Antarctica, however, technically can’t be “claimed” by any group, so the occasion was ceremonial.</p><p>Upon hearing about the researchers’ Pride plans at McMurdo, Aaron Jackson, President of Planting Peace, told <em>Lonely Planet</em>, “When I declared Antarctica the first LGBTQ friendly continent, I never dreamed that people would actually throw a pride parade ... It’s amazing to see pride in all corners of the world.”</p><p>Jackson added that this group, however small, throwing their own Pride parade is a sign that the world is “headed in the right direction.”</p>
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Friends and Colleagues of Anthony Bourdain Share Emotional Reactions to His Death

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 15:02
<p>On Friday morning, Anthony Bourdain, the beloved storyteller, gifted chef and iconic television host, died following an apparent suicide. He was 61 years old.</p><p>“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a> said in a statement Friday morning. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”</p><p><em>If you or a loved one need help call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.</em></p><p>Grieving friends, fans and followers of Bourdain quickly took to social media following the news of his passing to share their thoughts on just how deeply Bourdain has touched their lives either personally, or through their television screens.</p><p>“I am shocked and deeply saddened,” Antoni Porowski, chef and “Queer Eye” cast member, wrote on Twitter. “RIP to a father, partner, chef, writer, and incredibly talented man. ... Prayers for his loved ones.”</p><p>“Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is a phone call away US:1-800-273-TALK UK: 116 123,” chef Gordon Ramsay shared.</p><p>“Anthony. One of my idols. Unapologetic, passionate and one of the best storytellers on the planet. Thank you for making food so exciting. And always standing up for everything right. Horrible. Why why why. Be at peace now,” cookbook author Chrissy Teigen wrote.</p><p>“I have to say I’m in total shock to hear that the amazing @Bourdain has just died he really broke the mould, pushed the culinary conversation, Rest in peace chef thoughts and love to all his family and close friends,” chef Jamie Oliver wrote on Twitter.</p><p>“A piece of my heart is truly broken this morning. And the irony, the sad cruel irony is that the last year he’d never been happier. The rest of my heart aches for the 3 amazing women he left behind. Tony was a symphony. I wish everyone could have seen all of him. A true friend,” chef and host Andrew Zimmern tweeted.</p><p>Samantha Brown, fellow travel host, expressed her shock and dismay.</p><p>Several of Bourdain’s CNN coworkers also shared their words about having the honor and privilege of working beside him.</p><p>“When I traveled to some exotic place I’d not been before -the last were Beirut and Amman- I’d text Bourdain and ask where I should eat. He gave the best, most fun recommendations. I’d like to think he’s scouting out the best watering holes and places to eat in heaven, right now,” correspondent Ana Navarro said.</p><p>“Gutted. Bourdain traveled the world and told stories in a way that was uniquely his own. From Iran and Cuba to Japan and recently Hong Kong — he had such a gift for capturing the heart and soul of wherever he traveled. I’d always hoped to meet him someday. Only 61. Heartbreaking,” international correspondent Will Ripley wrote.</p><p><em>If you or a loved one need help call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.</em></p>
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T+L Summer Shortlist: How Philadelphia Transformed Its Public Spaces Into Urban Oases

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 13:32
<p>As all of us at <em>Travel + Leisure </em>are gearing up for warm weather, blue skies, and time spent away from the office, and we want to give you our best tips for the ultimate summer vacation so you can share in the fun. That’s why we’ve launched a <a href="" target="_blank">Summer Shortlist</a> this year to highlight America’s trendiest and most sizzling destinations of the season.</p><p>If you still need ideas on where to escape to in the upcoming months, look no further than <a href="" target="_blank">Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</a>.</p><p>While Philly offers a wide range of things to do and see, it is its creative transformation of public spaces that makes the city truly unique. From <a href="" target="_blank">Rail Park</a>, an abandoned rail line converted into a three-mile park, to <a href="" target="_blank">Spruce Street Harbor Park</a>, an urban beach with floating gardens, a boardwalk, craft beer, and hammocks to relax in, you can soak in the city’s vibrancy along with the sunshine during your summer getaway.</p><p>Learn more about Philadelphia’s incredible art scene, pop-up gardens, and public spaces in the video above, and get ready for an unforgettable trip to the City of Brotherly Love.</p>
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How a Couple Who Saved $100,000 a Year to Retire Early Travels the World With Their 3-year-old

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 12:00
<p>After six years of working 60-hour weeks, exchanging his vacation time for pay, and having no time for rest, Jeremy Jacobson finally finished paying off his student loans in 2003. He rewarded himself by taking a two-week trip to the <a href="" target="_blank">Philippines</a>.</p><p>He spent his vacation <a href="" target="_blank">scuba diving</a>, sipping on tropical drinks, and gorging on giant shrimp.</p><p>It was then he decided he didn’t want to go back to work, he told <em>Travel + Leisure. </em></p><p>Jeremy thus began <a href="" target="_blank">his journey on an "aggressive savings path"</a> to make that dream a reality<em>.</em> He met his future wife, Winnie Tseng, in Beijing on a work trip in 2004, and they settled in Taiwan one year later, cutting costs wherever they could. Together, the two were able to save $100,000 a year and retire in 2012 with more than $1 million in savings. Jeremy was just 38 years old.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How This Couple Retired Early to Travel the World — and How You Can Do It, Too</a></p><p>Since then, the team behind the travel blog <a href="" target="_blank">Go Curry Cracker!</a> has been traveling nonstop, taking a short break when they had their son, Julian.</p><img alt="Winnie and Julian in Provence "src=""><p>Having a child has not slowed down their travels, though. At three years old, Julian has already been to 30 countries — and with the UK, Barcelona, Poland, <a href="" target="_blank">Latvia</a>, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and the U.S. on the itinerary for an upcoming three-month trip, the tiny traveler will reach 40 by the end of the summer.</p><p>Despite their busy travel schedule, the family's lifestyle has become more stabilized since Julian started pre-school. With <a href="" target="_blank">Taipei</a> as their home base, the "perpetual travelers" rent short-term apartments, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Airbnbs</a>, and hotels during the school year and travel when Julian is on break. They do not consider themselves minimalists, but they find that temporary housing comes with everything they could possibly need — including kitchen utensils and laundry — in addition to their two backpacks, a suitcase full of books and toys, a <a href="" target="_blank">stroller</a>, and a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">car seat</a>.</p><img alt="Julian in Salzburg "src=""><p>But Jeremy and Winnie have found ways to keep their family grounded: "We just try to live a normal, everyday-person sort of life," he told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. "We just happen to do it in different places along the way. It's not a vacation — it's a lifestyle."</p><p>So how do two people who quit their jobs to travel the world find a sense of normalcy in the day-to-day?</p><img alt="Winnie, Julian, and Jeremy in Porto "src=""><p>Just like any other family, Jeremy and Winnie take Julian to the park every day to swing on the swings and play with other kids his age. They go <a href="" target="_blank">swimming, read books, play cards</a>, and do their best to make sure Julian is "entertained and learning and having adventure." And in the midst of their "child-focused life," they also find time for their own interests, including <a href="" target="_blank">biking around the city, taking art classes</a>, and indulging in delicious eats at the local markets.</p><p>And while they are frequently on the move for the time being, they do not plan to keep up the intense travel schedule forever. They plan to settle down when Julian starts elementary school, Jeremy said. But where? Southern Spain and northern Italy have good weather and a quality of life that meets their core values — not to mention all the opportunities for hiking and feasting at public markets. Jeremy said he feels the "kind of vibe" to be found in both countries is one he could soak in "every day for the rest of [his] life."</p>
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Samantha Brown on Anthony Bourdain: 'There Will Never Be Another'

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 11:38
<p>About 10 years ago, I got an email from a producer with Zero Point Zero, the production company that produces Anthony Bourdain’s shows. They wanted me to make an appearance in his infamous yearly Christmas show for the Travel Channel.</p><p>The concept was that I had gone off the rails and was living in a one room apartment with about 100 cats and now spent my days yelling at a TV playing our old network. In the scene, Anthony would be bringing me food to make amends for some of the disparaging things he had said about me in his past shows (which he had a tendency to do).</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">How Anthony Bourdain Encouraged Us All to Be Better Travelers</a></p><p>Like anyone I jumped at the chance to work with not only Anthony, but his creative team that had become exceptional at pushing buttons and knocking down stereotypes. I got to write my own script where I laid into him about his now worshipped bad boy image, that it was because of him that I was now surrounded by cats since my “adorableness” was no longer needed at the network. We had a blast and he loved every insult I threw at him.</p><img alt="Samantha Brown and Anthony Bourdain film a Travel Channel Christmas show "src=""><p>But in between takes is when I got to relax and talk to a man that I and literally an entire world admired… We shared some of the difficulties of always being on the road, funny stories of when things go terribly wrong, and some of our favorite people that travel allowed us to meet. Talking to him was such a joy. He was honest, unguarded, and soft — a softness that he wasn’t into showing people in those earlier years but is now a big part of his later shows. I’ll watch him and see his eyes, full and vulnerable and I’ll think... <i>he loves it there.</i></p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Friends and Colleagues of Anthony Bourdain Share Emotional Reactions to His Death</a></p><p>In the past 10 years every production company I’ve worked with has told me the same thing: <a href="" target="_blank">“We’re looking for the next Bourdain."</a> As if Anthony’s brilliance could be found in a casting call or recreated using other men who were “raw and irreverent." Anthony was so much deeper than that. I would tell the production company something that now seems so dark and unacceptable.</p><p>There’s only one Anthony Bourdain and there will never be another.</p>
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Drone Captures Over 1,000 Dolphins Playing With a Humpback Whale and Its Baby

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 11:32
<p>California’s <a href="" target="_blank">Monterey Bay</a> is a premiere destination for <a href="" target="_blank">whale watching</a>, and new footage shows just how impressive the area’s marine life can be.</p><p>A drone video posted by <a href="" target="_blank">Monterey Bay Whale Watch</a> in May shows thousands of <a href="" target="_blank">dolphins</a> splashing and playing with a baby humpback whale and its mother. </p><p>The dolphin pod, which is made up of both Pacific white-sided dolphins and northern right whale dolphins, can be seen swimming alongside the massive humpback whale and its calf. Nancy Black, marine biologist at the Monterey Bay Whale Watch, told the <em><a href="" target="_blank">San Francisco Chronicle</a></em> she estimates the pod included roughly 1,500 dolphins.</p><p>The playful scene gives us an inside look at what Monterey Bay Whale Watch representatives refer to as “snout riding,” a play on the term of bow riding, which occurs when dolphins hitch a ride on the waves created by boats and ships (or in this case, the whales). </p><p>When the whales swim through the water, they create pressure waves around their heads, which dolphins often enjoy riding, Regina Asmutis-Silvia, executive director for the North American office of the <a href="" target="_blank">Whale and Dolphin Conservation</a> told <i>Travel + Leisure. </i></p><p>Asmutis-Silvia said she’s also seen whales actively insert themselves into dolphin pods.</p><p>“They’re aware that there’s something around them and will interact with them,” Asmutis-Silvia said of her encounters off of Cape Cod. “They’re smart animals and there’s definitely a level of awareness and intelligence there, and there’s no reason to think they don’t engage in behaviors simply because they are fun and feel good.”</p>
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This Lesser Visited Trail to Machu Picchu Is a Stunning Alternative to the Inca Trail (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 11:00
<p>If you take the high road and let others take the low road, you’ll get to <a href="" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a> long before anybody else.</p><p>Most active visitors to Machu Picchu opt to take the four-day-long Inca Trail hike. But, due to erosion and over-tourism, the Peruvian government has capped the trail’s capacity to 500 people per day (and a significant portion of that 500 is allotted for guides, cooks and porters).</p><p>But travelers who don’t mind literally wandering off the beaten path will find treks that are less crowded and equally gorgeous.</p><p>One such tour from local operator <a href="" target="_blank">Cusi Tours</a> is the Lares Trail. The 22-mile trek covers lesser-visited land and allows travelers more experiences to interact with traditional Peruvian culture.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">How to Travel to Machu Picchu</a></p><p>Although the Lares Trail has less intense climbing than the Inca Trail, those who opt for the “High Road” could experience altitude sickness. As the name “High Road” suggests, it has a higher altitude than the Inca Trail.</p><p>The trek begins outside of Lares, where travelers can take a dip in natural hot springs to prepare for four days of hiking. The first stop is in the town of Wacawasi where hikers can learn about the history of traditional Peruvian clothing. The following day is spent hiking uphill to the highest part of the trail at Ipsaykassa. On the second day, travelers will see plenty of llamas and alpacas, traditional Inca stone buildings and have an opportunity to try the local delicacy of cuy, or guinea pig.</p><p>The third day is spent exploring Inca ruins ilke Pumamarca and old Inca trails. From there, hikers can take a rest and jump on Inca Rail for a train ride to Aguas Calientes, at the foot of Machu Picchu.</p><p>The final day is spent absorbing the wonder of the world that is the ruins of Machu Picchu, made all the more incredible knowing you took the path less traveled.</p>
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Brooklyn’s Sweetest Sensation Is a New Park on the Site of a Former Sugar Factory

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 10:01
<p>A new waterfront park is opening in <a href="" target="_blank">Brooklyn’s</a> Williamsburg neighborhood this weekend — and it promises to be the borough’s summer hot spot. Domino Park occupies land adjacent to the former Domino Sugar Factory, which was built in 1856 and was once one of the largest sugar manufacturing facilities in the world. The half-mile stretch of waterfront space—designed by James Corner Field Operations, who masterminded <a href="" target="_blank">Manhattan’s High Line</a> — is part of a massive mixed-used redevelopment of the area around the factory.</p><img alt="View for eh syrup tanks with the fog feature activated, at Domino Park in New York "src=""><p>Domino Park is situated just north of the Williamsburg Bridge, and has sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline — but it’s not just for tourists. “There was a very long and extensive community outreach to ensure that the park will be well used by the neighborhood,” says Lisa Switkin, Senior Principal at James Corner Field Operations. At the southern end of Domino Park are a dog run, two Bocce courts, a flexible playing field, and a beach volleyball court, all of which neighbors requested.</p><p>The park’s Artifact Walk incorporates salvaged fixtures from the factory, including columns, crane tracks, bucket elevators, cylindrical syrup tanks, and various dials and meters. (Other remnants of the sugar works are sprinkled around the space.) There’s also a Japanese pine garden, a picnic area, an ample sloping lawn, and an urban beach with chaise lounges. In the center of the park is a four-tiered seating area with a playful fountain. Nearby, a space cut out from the ground with a pedestrian bridge running across it gives visitors the chance to observe the swirling river below, as well as original pier pilings.</p><img alt="Detail of the playground at Domino Park in New York "src=""><p>Sweetwater Playground, which was designed by artist Mark Reigelman, pays homage to the factory’s history with features that were inspired by structures in the original building. The color palette — bright yellow, turquoise, green, and brushed metal — recalls that of the original factory, and the façade of a play cabin is made from salvaged wood from the factory floor. <a href="" target="_blank">Danny Meyer’s</a> Tacocino will offer upscale tacos, and local restaurateur Missy Robbins plans to open a new venue nearby.</p><img alt="View of Tacocino at Domino Park, in New York "src=""><p>The park’s designers first met to discuss plans three days after Hurricane Sandy pummeled New York, and the team was particularly concerned with flooding issues. “We knew we needed to create something that was resilient, especially because we are on a very turbulent part of the river,” says Switkin.</p><p>The park platform was raised a few feet over the new FEMA-recommended flood elevations. The designers also included sustainable plants and a mix of nearly 175 trees, including willow oak, purple leaf plum, and honey locust, that contribute to coastal resilience, ensuring that the park will be around for many years to come.</p>
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The Queer Eye Guys Become Official ‘Yass Queens’ in Tiny, Australian Town

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 06:53
<p>Do you think the guys from “Queer Eye” enjoyed their trip to Australia? Yass they did.</p><p>The Fab 5 – Bobby, Antoni, Tan, Karamo and Jonathan – packed up all their makeover essentials and flew to Australia for some Queer Eye promotions. Not only were the boys spreading the good news of Season 2, on Netflix on June 15.</p><p>The guys were spotted in the Australian capital of Canberra to do their makeover and promotional events, but they also decided to stop in the tony town of Yass, which only has 7,000 residents, but is clearly fabulous nonetheless.</p><img alt="Hume Highway sign in Australia, pointing to the town of Yass "src=""><p>For those who don’t know, “yass” is commonly used slang by the Fab 5. Like “yes,” only better.</p><p>A billboard of the guys was put up in Yass as a thank you for visiting. The town even crowned the stars as official “Yass queens.”</p><p>A local Yass resident also received a makeover while the guys were in town, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the <em>Canberra Times</em></a>.</p><p>No doubt, the town of Yass will be getting a lot more Queer Eye enthusiasts after this visit. According to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, the town is actually a nice tourist spot, with nearby wineries and local museums. And hopefully soon, the town will be considered the official Queer Eye capital of the world.</p>
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What It Was Like to Be in Guatemala Right As the Volcano Erupted

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 06:22
<p>As I drifted past the volcano in a helicopter, the sky had the air of a Romantic painting, ominous but ravishing. An enormous plume of smoke was billowing from the cone of Volcán de Fuego (literally “Fire Volcano”), its dark, undulating waves making a gorgeous contrast to the gentle white clouds above and below. Like the other passengers, I blithely took photos with my iPhone, and thought little more about the natural spectacle. Even the Guatemalan pilot didn't bother to comment. We all assumed it was a regular emission from Fuego, which registers activity every four to six weeks. (It's one of the country's three active volcanos; there are some 35 more in Guatemala, where three tectonic plates intersect, but they are either extinct or dormant).</p><p>None of us could have guessed that three hours later — <a href="" target="_blank">at about 9 a.m. last Sunday morning</a> — Fuego would erupt, spewing a deadly tide of lava, ash and poisonous gas over the Mayan villages huddled at its base. Combined with a second eruption at 6.45 p.m., more than 100 people have died, including many children. Whole rural communities would be devastated, the international airport closed and a national emergency declared.</p><p>In retrospect, that morning helicopter flight was part of a dreamlike sense of invulnerability before the crisis. I had just spent several days exploring idyllic Lake Atitlán, which is often described as a more spectacular version of Lake Como, and had even climbed a dormant volcano the day before. On that Sunday, June 3, I was due to fly back to New York, so decided to take the scenic morning flight to Antigua, Guatemala's old colonial capital. The sight of Fuego Volcano, as symmetrical as a child's drawing, had been one more spectacle on the 20-minute ride across the rugged mountains, where ancient, emerald-green agricultural fields were squeezed on every inch of arable land.</p><p>The surreal air of indifference continued when the helicopter dropped me on the outskirts of Antigua, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site for its beautifully intact colonial architecture. None of the residents showed the slightest interest in the smoking volcano, even though it was only 10 miles away. As I wandered the picturesque cobbled streets, local families were promenading after Sunday mass and gathered for brunch in the Posada de Don Rodrigo, a former aristocrat's mansion with flower-filled Spanish courtyards. I left before the first eruption occurred just before noon, but even then there was no sense of crisis filtering out on the news. At 2 p.m., after driving in light rain the 45 minutes to La Aurora Airport in the capital, Guatemala City, I was sitting on the American Airlines flight to Miami, pondering a late dinner in New York.</p><p>But as the departure time came and went, Guatemalan passengers scanned their smartphones and muttered that something was happening near Antigua; photographs were being posted on Instagram of dark flakes showering on the city. Then the captain made an announcement. “Sorry, guys, but because of all the volcanic ash, they've closed the airport. There's nothing I can do. We're not going anywhere.” There had been some sort of eruption, but there were next to no details. Only now did I look at the drizzle still gently drumming against the window and notice that it had turned black.</p><p>What followed was one of the less edifying scenes in the recent history of travel, as the hundred or so passengers fell over themselves to get back to the ticket counter to rebook flights. Some power-walked through the endless terminal; the more shameless broke into a run. The air of frenzy increased as passengers furiously filled out forms while standing in the immigration line and jostled for position in customs queues. (Workers looked at us in confusion. “The airport is closed!” I explained. “It is?” they replied).</p><p>By the time I made it to the ticket counter — luckily, I only had hand luggage — the American Airlines App had already booked me on the next day's flight, but that seemed wildly optimistic: The last time Fuego erupted, the ticket attendant explained, La Aurora, the country's only international airport, had been closed for five days.</p><p>Only as I logged onto Wi-Fi in the lobby of the Guatemala City hotel later that afternoon did I begin to realize the true scale of the tragedy. The quaint streets of Antigua, which we had innocently wandered a few hours before, were now blanketed in gray ash. More horrifically, more than 3,000 Mayan villagers lived at the foot of the volcano and evacuations had not been not been ordered until far too late. By nightfall, 25 were confirmed dead. The mad rush to book a new flight back home now seemed utterly absurd — the very definition of a “First World problem.” Guatemalan TV showed corpses on a roadside curled up in fetal positions, recalling the victims excavated in Pompeii who were killed during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. I will always be haunted by the image of the lone survivor staring blankly at the camera, his skin raw with burns.</p><img alt="A man stands on the roof of a house in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, taken on June 4, 2018, after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano. "src=""><p>Like other stranded passengers in the hotel, I undertook a grisly crash course in volcanic terminology. The danger from Fuego was not from volcanic lava, which moves very slowly and can be easily avoided, but “pyroclastic flow,” a lethal mix of gas and debris that can reach temperatures of 1000 degrees and travel at speeds of 400 miles per hour. As volcanologists explained, nobody can outrun a pyroclastic flow — you can't even escape it in a car — which is why the Guatemalan eruption was so much more catastrophic than the one at Kilauea of the Big Island of Hawaii, where not a single fatality has been reported.</p><p>It also took everyone by surprise. According to reports, some Guatemalan villagers were gazing at the eruption as if hypnotized by its natural beauty, only to realize too late that a deadly wave was surging towards them. Most of the corpses found by relief workers were burned beyond recognition, and will now only be identified by DNA tests. Relatives were wandering the morgues in frustration. One father found his two children curled up in their bed, as if hugging for protection.</p><img alt="A volunteer firefighter hugs a dog during the search for victims of Sunday's Fuego Volcano eruption in Alotenango, a municipality in Sacatepequez Department, southwest of Guatemala City on June 6, 2018. "src=""><p>The next morning, our emotions now numbed, we dealt with our modest travel problems. The reality of the disaster was that, while the remote Mayan villages were affected, travelers were protected in a cocoon of modernity. Twitter revealed that nearly 400 Guatemalan militia-men had cleared the airport runway overnight — basically sweeping away the ash — and rumors spread that flights could now leave. As I drove to the airport, reports continued to be humbling. Relief workers were still digging survivors from the searing-hot ash that formed over villages in giant dunes; they parked their cars pointing downhill in case they had to flee another eruption. The death tolls was now 60. (As I write, it has climbed to more than 100 — with 200 still missing.)</p><p>Although I was expecting chaos at La Aurora airport, the crowds now behaved in orderly fashion, with everyone talking in hushed, respectful tones. Ironically, the journey fell to pieces not in Guatemala but Miami. The security line for connecting flights snaked around the terminal, and my entreaties to American Airlines agents to skip ahead were met with a shrug. After the last flight to New York left without me, I spent the night in the Miami International Airport Hotel. No matter. If there was one thing I had learned from the experience in Guatemala, it was to put such things in a little perspective.</p><h2>Should you go?</h2><p>The most immediate way to help Guatemalan eruptions victims is to donate to the <a href="" target="_blank">local Red Cross</a>. But another way to support the country is to keep any travel plans intact. Guatemala's economy is heavily dependent on tourism, and its two main attractions are entirely unaffected by the Fuego volcanic eruption. The Mayan ruins of Tikal, hidden in the northern jungles, are amongst the most impressive historic sites in the Americas. And Lake Atitlán, created by an extinct ancient caldera, is one of the world's most scenic retreats, rung by a dozen Mayan villages each named after one of the twelve apostles, and each one specializing in a different traditional handicraft.</p><p>The main travel consideration is whether further volcanic activity might close La Aurora airport in Guatemala City, the country's only hub for international flights. Fuego's last eruption in February, although much less serious than this month's, shuttered it for five days due to falling ash. This time, emergency workers were prepared — and winds were blowing in the right direction — so runways were closed for less than 20 hours.</p>
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Air Traffic Controller Strike in Europe Causes Hundreds of Delays and Cancellations

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 06:03
<p>Air traffic controllers in Italy have gone on strike, which is leading to some disruptions for travelers to Europe this week.</p><p>The air traffic controllers stopped work between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., local time, on Friday, June 8 – the busiest part of the week for flights, <a href="" target="_blank">the <em>Independent</em> reported.</a></p><p>Marseille Provence International Airport and airports on the island of Corsica are being particularly affected by the strike, as well as airports in Italy and in the U.K.</p><p>U.K. budget airline easyJet has already canceled several flights to Italian airports from Gatwick, and <a href=";c=setreg&amp;region=2" target="_blank">said in a statement</a> that “Like all airlines, our flights to and from France, as well as those flying in French airspace, could be affected.” British Airways has also grounded two of its flights to and from Italy.</p><p>Irish airline Ryanair has also grounded at least six U.K.-Italy routes for the time being, noting, “As a result of this unjustified strike action, we also expect delays to flights to/from/over Italy and we advise customers due to travel on Friday to check the status of their flight.”</p><p>Italian airline Alitalia has been the worst affected by the strike, with more than 100 cancellations, according to the <em>Independent</em>.</p><p>More strikes will continue every five days through the month of June and Italian air traffic controllers are planning another strike on July 5. Controllers in France, at the Marseille Area Control Centre, will be staging a walk out on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10. Meanwhile, rail workers in France have also been on strike this week, leading to even more travel disruptions.</p><p>Travelers in Europe are advised to check on the status of their flight or train before heading out (and to pack some extra patience).</p>
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Why Windows Could Disappear From Airplanes in a Few Years (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 16:47
<p>Last year, Emirates debuted its new first class cabin where every seat was a window seat. Even the seats in the middle of the plane along the aisle had windows — but not in the traditional sense.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Each first class seat</a> was a tiny world of its own. Floor-to-ceiling walls and a sliding door made self-contained suites. The seats that were not along the edge of the plane had fake “virtual windows” built into the walls of the suites. Passengers in these seats could turn on the screens to see what was happening outside the plane with fiber-optic cameras.</p><img alt="Emirates 777 "Virtual Windows" in first class "src=""><p>The innovative design was meant to give every passenger the same experience no matter where they were seated, and that could become the norm.</p><p>“What we may have [in the next 20 years] is aircraft that are, and I hate to say this to a number of passengers, windowless,” Tim Clark, the president of Emirates, <a href="" target="_blank">told the BBC</a>.</p><p>These new planes would appear like solid, uninterrupted tubes from the outside but seem to have normal windows from inside the cabin.</p><p>Eliminating windows would make the fuselage stronger by eliminating structural weaknesses. According to Clark, planes without windows “are lighter, the aircraft could fly faster, they'll burn far less fuel and fly higher.”</p><p>However, there are a few safety concerns when it comes to eliminating the windows. Cabin crew use the windows for safety checks and during emergency evacuation. To become a reality, the fiber-optic cameras would need to prove there is no lag and that they have a reliable back-up system. A compromise could be only having real windows at the points of emergency exits, one aviation consultant <a href="" target="_blank">suggested to the ABC</a>.</p><p>Regardless of the technicalities, some claustrophobic passengers are just freaked out by the idea of a plane with no windows.</p>
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Emma Watson and Kate Middleton Go Everywhere in These Sneakers — and They’re on Sale for $47

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 14:16
<p>Two of the world’s most famous fashion icons appear to be pulling from the same closet.</p><p>Emma Watson, everyone’s favorite well-dressed wizard, stepped out in <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> rocking a pair of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Superga Cotu Classic Sneakers in White</a>, along with a light gingham top and white jeans.</p><p>Her entire look is perfect for summer, but the shoes shine as the ultimate <a href="" target="_blank">travel-ready accessory</a> because they are not only stylish but also ridiculously comfortable, making them the perfect pair for both walking the city streets and taking an evening stroll on the beach.</p><p>While the actress certainly looked fantastic (and totally BBQ ready), she isn’t the first Brit to wear the ultra-popular sneaker. Last spring, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was also spotted wearing the <a href="" target="_blank">trendy footwear</a>.</p><p>Even <a href="" target="_blank">Princess Diana</a> was known to sport a pair at her more casual appearances. So what makes these shoes oh-so-spectacular? As <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Who What Wear</i></a> noted, just check out the sneaker’s Amazon reviews.</p><p>“I walked all over NYC for 12 hours in these and they were some comfortable! Not only that they are super cute (cuter and fit better than classic Keds). I have wide feet and they are very comfortable,” one five-star review said.</p><p>“Very nice well made shoes from Superga!!! I see what the hype is over these shoes because they are designed w heavy outsole but does not feel like that when you're wearing them just shows the durability and quality of the shoes not to mention they're adorable,” another exclaimed.</p><p>The simple and totally understated sneaker may just be the perfect footwear for 2018 and, on sale right now for just $47 (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>), they're surprisingly affordable. After all, that's a small price to pay for the right to say you, Kate, Princess Diana, and Emma have the same style.</p><h2>Superga 'Cotu' Sneaker</h2><img alt="Superga White Sneakers "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $47</p>
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T+L Summer Shortlist: The Best Things to Do in Philadelphia

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 13:30
<p>It’s time to take that summer vacation you’ve been dreaming of all winter long. While you’re brainstorming trip ideas, let <em>Travel + Leisure</em> help you decide where to go with its <a href="" target="_blank">Summer Shortlist</a>, which features the season’s hottest destinations in the U.S.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Philadelphia</a> is on our radar this year thanks to its perfect blend of nature, culture, and art. When you arrive, make your first stop a visit to any number of the city's urban parks and pop-up gardens to relax after your journey and get your first taste of this East Coast city's unique vibe.</p><p>For art lovers, see how many of Philly's 3,600 public murals you can spot while you’re exploring the streets. Head inside the <a href="" target="_blank">Philadelphia Museum of </a><a href="" target="_blank">Art</a> for world-class paintings, sculptures, and objects when you need a break from the heat.</p><p>And if you’re looking to grab a bite to eat, Philadelphia has fresh oysters, classic hoagies, and a variety of delicious food from around the world to please any appetite.</p><p>Don’t know where to start? The video above features our favorite spots and attractions in the city.</p>
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Mark and Jay Duplass Find Inspiration for Their TV Shows by People Watching at the Airport

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 12:01
<p>Mark Duplass has been repeatedly called one of the hardest working guys in Hollywood. In addition to popping up on many TV shows and films (<i>The League, The Mindy Project, </i>"Tully") he and his brother/collaborator, Jay Duplass, also were pretty much the poster boys (or rather the boys behind the posters) for the mumblecore film genre with movies they co-wrote, produced, and directed, including "The Puffy Chair," "Cyrus," and "Jeff Who Lives at Home."</p><p>They are also behind the critically lauded HBO dramedy <i>Togetherness </i>(Jay starred in it as well), and now, thanks to their <a href="" target="_blank">multi-production deal with Netflix</a>, they are the men who brought you the most talked about documentary of the season, <i>Wild Wild Country. </i></p><p>But the brothers didn't just become unstoppable Hollywood machines overnight, which is why they decided to share their unique journey and the lessons they learned in their new book, <em><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Like Brothers</a></em><i>. </i></p><p><em>Travel + Leisure</em> spoke with Mark, who, in addition to his TV talents, also happens to be an extremely savvy traveler. His travel hacks might just help you take your next trip to a new level.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">You'll Never Guess the Fake Name Queen Latifah Uses at Hotels</a></p><p><strong>Travel + Leisure: You wrote about how you and your brother actually used to find great inspiration for stories just people watching in the airport. Do you still do that?</strong></p><p>Mark Duplass: "That’s a big thing Jay and I do for work. As we’ve gotten older we actually don’t need to say quite as much to each other. We know what the other is thinking. It’s just watching people and looking at each other and raising eyebrows when they do interesting stuff."</p><p><strong>What are your top travel rules?</strong></p><p>"I have a couple of travel rules. First of all, I never ever check bags. I am notoriously anal and ridiculous about fitting everything into a carry-on suitcase. I had to pack all these dress clothes for these different big events for the book tour and I still did it.</p><p>I’ve gotten really good at packing efficiently, and more importantly I’ve gotten really good at combining disparate elements that create the illusion of a new outfit. Like I’ll wear a button-down shirt as the main item and the next night what I’ll do is put a sweater on top of that shirt. Hopefully it doesn’t stink too bad. Now I’ve got a sweater and button shirt combination. Then the next night I’ll put the button-up shirt in the dirties and then I’ll wear the sweater underneath a blazer. The illusion of more outfits is critical.</p><p>What I’ve also learned is to always <a href="" target="_blank">pack two books</a>. Now, 90 percent of the time you don’t finish the first book, but for the times that you do you just want to kick yourself because you don’t have your second book with you. I never leave home without a second book."</p><p><strong>What is the best vacation you ever went on?</strong></p><p>"We [Duplass is married to actress and filmmaker Katie Aselton] took our kids to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Grass Valley, California</a>. We swam in the Yuba river. We’re really close friends with [filmmaker, actor, and frequent Duplass collaborator] Patrick Brice and his wife. There is something just magical about that area in California. That was one of the great, relaxing trips. You don’t really need a five-star hotel. Sometimes you just need swimming in a river and it’s everything."</p><p><strong>Do you and your brother vacation together even though you work together?</strong></p><p>"Jay and I work together so much and we hang out so much. We hang out every Sunday at our parents' condominium, like all 10 of us — my kids, his kids. We realized vacation-wise we like to do different things, so we have a little bit of church and state, so we go and do other things."</p><p><strong>What is the best hotel you've stayed at?</strong></p><p>"For my 40th birthday my wife and I went to the <a href="" target="_blank">Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur</a>. We never do this kind of thing, but it is the most beautiful place on the planet. You’ve never seen anything quite like it. Hot tub overlooking a cliff overlooking the ocean. It is paradise."</p><p><strong>What trip is on your bucket list?</strong></p><p>"The big thing Katie and I keep talking about is when our youngest graduates from high school, and we never did a <a href="" target="_blank">Eurail pass in Europe</a>, where we just drop in with a backpack full of clothes — which I clearly know how to pack now — and then hop on a Eurail pass. That element of ‘Where do you want to go today? Let’s just go here’ is very appealing to us especially at the phase of life we’re in now where everything is scheduled with the kids, with school and after school stuff and work."</p><p><strong>You have such great travel hacks. Any others you can share?</strong></p><p>"Always get ahead of it with downloading your shows and movies on Netflix because you can never ever trust the devices on the plane. They don’t work more than 20 percent of the time. And whenever possible stick to one airline so you can get your upgrades. I’m a Delta man.</p><p>If you are renting a car always book one way ahead of time because the prices go up, but you don’t have to pay if you book using <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Expedia</a> or Kayak or Orbitz. But then the night before you travel, always check back. Sometimes they have a crazy deal."</p><p><strong>You should write a travel column!</strong></p><p>"Nah, I just gave them all to you."</p>
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What to Know About the Mandatory Pilot Retirement Age

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:30
<p>Pilots around the world have expensive careers that require many years of education and training before they can enter commercial service. Even after many get started, they may not be making salaries that help pay back the money they spent on accruing required flight hours until they get a coveted job with large commercial airlines.</p><p>So it’s little surprise that once pilots have that job, they’re eager to stay and earn the pay increases that come with seniority. But that time is limited.</p><p>The International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) sets the maximum retirement age at 65, which the FAA has adopted. However, some local civil aviation authorities have extended that age to address a shortage of pilots in their markets.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Why Pilots Are Always Calling Everyone 'Roger'</a></p><p>Japan’s civil aviation authority raised the mandatory retirement age to 67 in 2015, and the Civil Aviation Administration of China, which currently sets the maximum retirement age at 60, is considering extending that age, too.</p><h2>Pilot Retirement Ages at Different Airlines</h2><p>Individual airlines may have different retirement ages, within the specified limits, to ensure they have enough pilots to support their operations. But all have strict health and skills testing requirements to ensure individual pilots — regardless of age — are qualified to fly.</p><p>Some pilots associations around the world are pushing for airlines to keep more of their senior pilots onboard. This is in part because the age to qualify for state retirement income is higher than the mandatory pilot retirement age, but some associations also make a case that keeping more experienced senior pilots onboard — who have learned to fly without the help of advanced digital systems — is better for aviation safety. The contributions of more senior pilots may be in training, if not directly in the cockpit.</p><p>“I do feel like a mandatory retirement age is a good idea because motor skills and overall physical vitality diminish with age,” says commercial airline <a href="" target="_blank">Captain Chris Manno</a>. “Presently in the U.S. the mandatory retirement age is 65 and due to the predicted pilot shortage, there’s talk of raising that to 67, although I have yet to hear anything official on that.”</p><p>Manno has had a long piloting career which began by flying as a 727 Flight Engineer, and moved up to flying the DC-10 as a Flight Engineer in only a few months. He became First Officer flying an MD-80 after his first year, and First Officer on the DC-10 in his fifth year of piloting. By the sixth year of his career he had made it to Captain flying the MD-80, and also flew F-100 as Captain for two years before returning to the MD-80 for twelve years. He has been working as a 737 Captain since 2010.</p><p>“I could move on to the 777 or 787 captain position now, but I choose the narrow-body lifestyle: 737 turnarounds, home every night, minimum work days,” he says. “Every 777 and 787 trip has at least one red-eye leg — the South American flying has two — and at least three days away from home per trip. That’s physically exhausting. One pilot friend told me after any long-haul trip, ‘You don’t use power tools.’ That would make my present routine of running, weight lifting and biking impossible, and that physical regimen is key to my well being.”</p><p>The physical drain and mental strain that Manno refers to are why the retirement age rules exist, and also why there are strict rules for pilot rest hours between flights. But there are also good aspects to the pilot’s career, which is why many want to keep flying as long as they are allowed.</p><p>“The main advantages are probably the high income and schedule flexibility associated with longevity at a particular airline,” Manno says. “But those who get hired late — say their 40s or 50s — will not enjoy either advantage. I’ve been with my airline for 32.5 years and have an ideal flying schedule: 13 days a month, home every night. That’s hard to give up. But, I’ve been a captain for over 26 years. Many pilots in their late 50s and early 60s who make captain will have to endure the junior schedules I did at first as well: red-eyes, on-call, four-day trips, 16 or more days a month. So, if you’re very senior, it’s hard to give up the airline career. If not, extending the career might not make sense.”</p><h2>What Pilots Do After They Retire</h2><p>After retiring, many pilots pursue second careers as flight trainers or find other jobs in aviation, but Manno has no such plans.</p><p>“Absolutely not,” he says. “When I retire, I want no more check rides, procedures tests, evaluations, FAA scrutiny, flight physicals — none of that. I plan to walk away, to be done flying and call it good. There are so many other interesting things to do.”</p><p>Manno is a unique case because he hasn’t limited his current career to piloting. He also holds a PhD in English, is a novelist and cartoonist, and teaches as an adjunct professor at Texas Wesleyan University — a post he’s held since 2002.</p><p>“At around the 15-year mark in my airline career, I decided there just had to be more to life than climb, cruise, descent and landing.” At that point, he started on a doctorate in rhetoric and literature at Texas Christian University, which he completed seven years later. Manno says that academia is a wholly different world from the skies, which balances the “strictly by rules and regulations” life. “Academia and the English lit studies have given me entry to this very fulfilling world that is both rich and a perfect compliment to the strict and arcane sphere of an airline pilot.”</p>
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This James Bond Museum Built Into a Mountain Has Us Shaken (Not Stirred)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 10:39
<p>Which fictional character would have a museum on top of a snow-covered mountain in Austria? Bond. <a href="" target="_blank">James Bond</a>.</p><p>And so an immersive museum dedicated to Britain’s most famous spy will open in Solden, Austria this summer. Designed to resemble a Bond villain lair, <a href="" target="_blank">007 Elements</a> will give fans an unprecedented glimpse into the world of the suave spy.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Hotels Around the World for Spotting Celebrities</a></p><p>“It’s an authentic James Bond location,” Neal Callow, creative director of the museum and several Bond films, <a href="" target="_blank">told the <em>Telegraph</em></a>. “We wanted people to feel like they’re walking through the world of James Bond while learning about how the films are made in a new and modern way. It’s more a cinematic installation than your archetypal museum.”</p><img alt="Wide view of the Tech Lab at the 007 Elements James Bond experience in Austria "src=""><img alt="Barrel of a Gun hallway at the 007 Elements James Bond Experience in Austria "src=""><p>The building — in typical over-the-top Bond world fashion — is actually built inside the summit of Gaislachkogl mountain, in the Austrian Alps. The museum is located next to ice Q, the futuristic-looking restaurant that stood in for a dystopian clinic in the recent “Spectre” Bond film.</p><p>The whole experience is designed so visitors feel like they’re helping fight a Bond villain. The visit starts in the circular “lair” where “Spectre” director Sam Mendes welcomes visitors to the world of MI6. From there, it’s a winding maze through the history of Bond films, complete with clips and props from the sets.</p><img alt="Exterior of the new James Bond attraction on a mountaintop in Austria "src=""><img alt="Briefing Room at the 007 Elements James Bond experience in Austria "src=""><p>Visitors learn about the gadgets, the locations and the action-packed sequences the franchise has become known for. Diehard fans will geek out over memorabilia like Bond’s golden gun and the remains of the plane crash from “Spectre.”</p><p>007 Elements will open to the public in July.</p>
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The One Change to My Travel Routine That Lightened My Luggage for Good

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 10:32
<p>The front zip pocket of my <a href="" target="_blank">carry-on suitcase</a> has always been reserved for a book or two — real books, the printed kind that you flip through and dog-ear to mark your place and sometimes dribble beverages onto because drinking, unlike reading, has never come naturally to you.</p><p>I've listened to many a friend and colleague sing praises about their e-readers but, despite three good tries, I just can't read on a screen for more than 10 minutes. It's not the same. Physical pages are easier on the eyes; they never run out of battery; you can <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram the cover atop your sand-speckled beach towel</a> for an easy 55 Likes. And holding a book above my face to block the sun has long been a key part of my summer strength-training program.</p><p>But here’s the thing about being a screen-resistant snob: books are heavy. Only once will you need to lug a <em>Harry Potter</em> hardback to the <a href="" target="_blank">Outer Banks</a> the first year your parents make you carry your own luggage to know this. Until recently, I'd resigned myself to forgoing an extra pair of shoes in favor of 3.8 pounds of creative nonfiction (or self-help or a shameless YA series).</p><p>Then, before a recent trip to Spain, I decided to give audiobooks a go and signed up for a 30-day free trial of <a href=";tag=tlaudible-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00NB86OYE&amp;linkId=39c915a8e000ee74764715ebee11594f" target="_blank">Audible</a>. And just like e-readers, audiobooks aren't the same as their printed counterparts, but in certain situations — and especially when traveling — they're better.</p><p>Moving to New York City made me a podcast obsessive. I refuse to commute without one now, so audiobooks were a natural next step. With Audible, <a href=";tag=tlaudible-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00NB86OYE&amp;linkId=39c915a8e000ee74764715ebee11594f" target="_blank">Amazon’s audiobook service</a>, the month-long trial gives you one credit, which you can redeem for one book regardless of price. With a membership, you pay $15 a month, automatically get another download credit, and you get to keep all the books you download forever.</p><p>I worried that reading via my headphones wouldn't feel as immersive, but I then proceeded to spend five flights, two train rides, and a rainy day totally enchanted by Anthony Doerr’s “<a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tlaudible-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00IZGQ780&amp;linkId=04b51d6ca1c343d7b26277d582d82726" target="_blank">All the Light We Cannot See</a>” — without the distraction of my own very poor French and German phonetics — and now I'm hooked.</p><p>I'd even scheduled a reminder in my calendar to cancel the subscription when the month was up, but I didn't do it. Now, here I am a loyal audiobook evangelist. Here are seven reasons I’m never going back — at least while on the road.</p><p><strong>1. Audiobooks weigh nothing</strong>. For travel, this is perhaps the most important factor. </p><p><strong>2. Listening feels easier than physically reading</strong>. There’s something about being read to aloud that relaxes me more than reading with my eyes. Call it regressive, call it “cheating,” but only after you've tried it.</p><p><strong>3. It's broken my bad habit of flipping ahead. </strong>I do kind of miss it though.</p><p><strong>4. Motion sickness is no longer a concern.</strong> This only happens to me when I'm facing backward and trying to read in a window seat, but for people who always get carsick, an audiobook is a game changer.</p><p><strong>5. You'll never have to worry about pronouncing character names incorrectly.</strong> Going back to <em>Harry Potter</em>, poor Hermione was “Her-mo-nine” in my head until the “<a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tlaudible-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B017V4NQGM&amp;linkId=8e015ee1079365bdc5362fc8f3cf1dbf" target="_blank">Goblet of Fire</a>,” and this grave injustice could have been avoided.</p><p><strong>6. You can multitask</strong>. Read while driving or buying groceries — or even running, if running is a thing you do. These are all options when an audiobook is delivering the caramel-frosting-coated voice of <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tlaudible-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B004HYHTN6&amp;linkId=73a8a44f49eefcaa06828490b5617c0d" target="_blank">Maya Angelou</a> directly into your ear canals.</p><p><strong>7. And, my personal favorite: no one can judge your book choices</strong>. Gone is the creeping desire to swap out the jacket of the latest <a href=";tag=tlaudible-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B074F3T529&amp;linkId=3980fb016e61b7eefb4c48d503d64e16" target="_blank">John Green teen tale</a> for something more capital-L literary and this, I believe, is true liberation.</p>
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You Could Dive to the Titanic Next Year

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 10:01
<p>After more than 100 years at the bottom of the Atlantic, the Titanic could welcome visitors next year.</p><p>Two different luxury tour operators — <a href="" target="_blank">Blue Marble Private</a> and The Bluefish — are preparing to take tourists to the storied wreckage in 2019.</p><p>Blue Marble Private, in collaboration with OceanGate Expeditions, had originally intended to take divers down to the Titanic this year, but had to push back. While testing out the self-contained submersible built for the journey, lightning hit the water and damaged “over 70% of the electronics” onboard, OceanGate's marketing manager <a href="" target="_blank">Dana Hall told <em>CNN Travel</em></a>.</p><img alt="You could soon take a tour of the Titanic wreckage "src=""><p>Explorers will take part in <a href="" target="_blank">11-day research missions</a>, helping scientists operate sonar, navigate and log data. Testing was delayed but the company is confident tours will take place next year. Despite a price tag of $105,129, the first tour is already sold out.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">A Titanic dive with The Bluefish</a> will be about half the cost at $59,680. The trip itself, leaving from Newfoundland, will take 13 days to complete with six days of diving down to the Titanic in submersibles. The company has already confirmed reservations with deposits for the 2019/20 diving season.</p><img alt="The Titanic wreck. "src=""><p>The timeline for a dive to the Titanic could be closing fast. Oceanographers have said there are <a href="" target="_blank">microbes on the ship that are eating away the metal</a> hull and the wreck could disappear in less than 20 years.</p><p>If it disappears completely, a company in China is working on <a href="" target="_blank">a lifesize replica of the Titanic that will recreate the terrifying moment</a> the cruiseliner crashed into a glacier.</p>
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