Spend the Night in One of These Secluded Cliffside Cottages in St. Lucia for Only $281

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 08:01
<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="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a></em></p><p>St. Lucia: 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">Ti Kaye Resort &amp; Spa</a>, a collection of secluded cliff-side cottages with four-poster canopy beds, ocean-view terraces, and swinging hammocks.</p><p>The Spring &amp; Summer deal includes:</p>One or more nights in an Ocean View roomDaily breakfast<p>Original Price: From $402 per night</p><p><strong>T + L Price:</strong> From $281 per night; valid from April 16 to October 31.</p><p>Booking details: For reservations, call 1-758-456-8101 or toll-free 1-888-300-7026 or email <a href=""></a>.</p>
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U.K. Braces for 'Beast From the East 2.0' Weather This Weekend

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 07:39
<p>Batten down the hatches, Britain. Spring is not here yet.</p><p>The United Kingdom, which is <a href="" target="_blank">just recovering from an onslaught of blizzards</a> only two weeks ago, is predicted to encounter <a href="" target="_blank">yet another “Beast From the East”</a> as winter weather makes its way over from Siberia and Scandinavia. </p><p>"Beast From the East 2.0" will bring heavy rain, sleet, and snow to the U.K. by the end of the week, likely around Saturday and Sunday, according to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a>.</em></p><p>The Met Office weather forecast system in the U.K. will be issuing weather warnings for snow over most of the U.K. Between midday Wednesday and Thursday, heavy rain warnings have been issued, especially in Northern Ireland, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Sky News</a></em>.</p><p>Met Office spokesperson Nicky Maxey told the<em> Daily Mail:</em> “They can expect up to 50mm (just under 2 inches) of rain in some isolated areas. There is also a chance of strong winds in the west of the country. As we get closer to the weekend, colder air will see the temperatures drop considerably.”</p><p>The cold air coming in from Siberia and Scandinavia will also be cause for concern in England and Ireland. While temperatures are fairly mild in London at the moment, weather forecasts predict temperatures dropping to around 27 degrees Fahrenheit. <em>Sky News</em> reports that the amount of accumulation expected is still unknown.</p><p>Anyone looking forward to spring weather will have to wait a bit longer.</p>
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Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling Are Taking Over London

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 06:49
<p>Co-stars and world-traveling besties <a href="" target="_blank">Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, and Oprah Winfrey</a> are in <a href="" target="_blank">London</a> promoting their latest film, "A Wrinkle in Time." And while they are getting plenty of work in at press events and film screenings, they also appear to be having a great time playing tourists.</p><p>According to the<i> Daily Mail</i>, Kaling, Witherspoon, and Winfrey all spent time together at <a href="" target="_blank">The Chiltern Firehouse</a>, a restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Nuno Mende. There, the three women looked as chic as ever, with Witherspoon rocking a teal sheath dress and an <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Alexa Chung checkered coat that retails for $1,000</a>.</p><p>Winfrey opted for a more casual number, with <a href="" target="_blank">black slip-on sneakers</a>, a chic black cape, white button-down shirt, and a tie. And Kaling was perhaps the standout star thanks to her bright pink coat and checkered black-and-white heels. Though that wasn’t the only stylish coat Kaling wore on the trip. On Instagram she shared another favorite look along with the caption, “Learning from the Meghan Markle power coat.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This Is Why You'll Never See Kate Middleton Take Off Her Coat</a></p><p>Kaling also shared a few of her favorite London spots on social media including this gorgeous doorway in Westbourne Grove, a shopping street in Notting Hill.</p><p>And her favorite chocolate shop, <a href="" target="_blank">Melt</a>, located along the same street.</p><p>She even shared the menu for <a href="" target="_blank">Gymkhana</a>, a high-end cocktail lounge and restaurant in Notting Hill.</p><p>Witherspoon also shared a snap from part of her London journey. According to Witherspoon, she spent U.K. Mother’s Day checking out a little modern art at the <a href="" target="_blank">Tate museum</a>.</p><p>Following their dinner dates and tourist walks through the city, the actresses all attended the film’s London premiere, which Kaling and director Ava Duvernay diligently captured and shared on Instagram.</p><p>You unfortunately may never get invited on their epic traveling adventures, but you can still hang with all the ladies in a movie theater near you. And that’s something, right?</p>
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You Can Now Spend the Night at the Iconic 'Field of Dreams' House

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 06:23
<p>Live out your baseball dreams just like Ray Kinsella.</p><p>The iconic set from the movie “Field of Dreams” was built on the century-old Lansing family farm in Dyersville, Iowa, back in 1989, and has since become a popular tourist attraction for movie buffs.</p><p>While some damage has been done to the field <a href="" target="_blank">due to vandalizers who clearly hate baseball</a> and dreams alike, the property is perfectly maintained for travelers who want to relive the glory days of the greatest of all Great American Sports.</p><p>Now, the owners of the farm are offering something even better to the movie fans by opening up the house for <a href="" target="_blank">overnight stays</a>.</p><p>Guests to want to opt in on the “Kinsella Experience” will not only stay in the house’s one bedroom upstairs, but also receive a “Field of Dreams” commemorative baseball, a bottle of wine plus two wine glasses and a picnic tablecloth, a DVD of the movie (with popcorn to enjoy it with), actor Dwier Brown’s (he played Kevin Kostner’s dad) book, “If You Build It,” and a $25 gift card towards a breakfast at a local Dyersville country breakfast spot.</p><p>For anyone who is a huge fan of the movie, it’s the perfect opportunity to live out their fantasies of pretending they’re Kevin Kostner for a night or two. Plus, the site is an excellent memento of movie history and a nice, quiet getaway for people exploring the Midwest.</p><p>Booking a stay at the house, however, can be pretty exclusive. Not only are available bookings fairly sparse through the spring, but a night’s stay can run <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">two adult guests up to $2,200</a>. We suggest movie lovers book further in advance for the best chance to grab a booking.</p>
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How the Boeing 737 Went From Being a Flop to a World Record Breaker

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 06:12
<p>When Boeing’s 10,000th 737 aircraft rolled out of the factory in Renton, Washington on Tuesday, the plane entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the “world’s most produced commercial jet aircraft model.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">How Passengers Take Advantage of Southwest’s Open-seating Policy</a></p><p>However, flash back 50 years ago and Boeing executives were only lukewarm about the new plane.</p><p>When the first Boeing 737 (now <a href="" target="_blank">on display at Seattle’s Museum of Flight</a>) made its debut flight in 1967, the manufacturer struggled to attract attention.</p><p>“At the time of its birth, we were struggling to attract airlines at all,” pilot Brien Wygle <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Seattle Times</em></a>. “I don’t think anybody could have foreseen the extreme success of the airplane in the long run.”</p><p>But after a global tour of the aircraft, hundreds of orders for the aircraft began to pour in.</p><p>In 2006, Boeing produced its 5,000th 737 and won the “world’s most produced” record from Guinness. Within the past 12 years, Boeing has produced the same amount of 737s that previously took almost 40 years.</p><img alt="Boeing Celebrates Production Of The 10,000th 737 "src=""><p>“The speed at which Boeing achieved this new milestone is very impressive,” Michael Empric, official adjudicator for <a href="" target="_blank">Guinness World Records</a>, said in a statement. “We are excited to once again recognize the 737 and the important role it plays in commercial aviation.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest Announces Five New Nonstop Routes Beginning This Fall</a></p><p>Boeing currently rolls out 47 of the 737 aircraft per month. The company announced that later this year, they will increase production to 52 aircraft per month. There are still more than 4,600 orders for Boeing 737s waiting for production.</p><p>The aircraft has become one of the most common sights in the skies, with an average of more than 2,800 in the air at any given time, according to Boeing. It’s estimated that every 1.5 seconds, a Boeing 737 takes off or lands somewhere on this planet.</p><img alt="Boeing Celebrates Production Of The 10,000th 737 "src=""><p>The 10,000th Boeing 737 — a Boeing 737 MAX 8 — will be delivered to <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest Airlines</a>, which donated $10,000 to the manufacturer’s employee community fund in honor of the milestone.</p>
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A French Baker Was Fined €3,000 for Working Too Hard

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 06:02
<p>Being a French baker is an art that requires balance — and we're not just talking about the perfect balance of flour and yeast. </p><p>One French baker who didn't strike the right work-life balance is paying the price, literally: Cédric Vaivre is being slapped with a €3,000 (about $3,700 USD) fine for working too hard.</p><p>Vaivre may have been serving up incredible loaves in his bakery, but the biggest problem the local labor and employment authorities had was that he kept his shop open too much. The bakery was open seven days a week, and according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Local</a></em>, labor laws require one weekly day of rest for businesses.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Chef Spent Two Days Trying Out the Best Pastries in Paris. Here’s What He Learned.</a></p><p>Mayor Christian Branle of Lusigny-sur-Barse, where Vaivre lives, has defended the baker, saying that in such a busy, tourist-friendly town, staying open is important.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How a French Roadside Café Accidentally Got a Michelin Star</a></p><p>“In a tourist area, it seems essential that we can have businesses open every day during the summer. There is nothing worse than closed shops when there are tourists,” the mayor told the French press.</p><p>A petition to support Vaivre has collected over 400 signatures. He reportedly hopes the fine will eventually be lowered or canceled, since exceptions have been made to the labor law before. Up until 2016, Vaivre’s bakery had a particular status that allowed this exception, but it was not granted in 2017.</p><p>Many other French bakeries have been subjected to these fines, and many feel that the laws keep their businesses from being profitable enough to pay its employees better wages.</p><p>Frankly, who wouldn’t want fresh, crusty bread every day of the week?</p>
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These Penguins Just Took a Way Better Selfie Than Any Human Ever Has

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 16:52
<p>Everyone, and we mean everyone, loves taking a good selfie. That includes members of the animal kingdom.</p><p>Late last week, the Australian Antarctic Division shared proof of this concept on its social media pages by showing off a truly stellar selfie taken by two <a href="" target="_blank">emperor penguins</a> in Antarctica.</p><p>Ok, so the penguins didn’t technically take the photo. Instead, a camera happened to be rolling as the pair waddled by. The two became fascinated with the contraption and leaned in to check it out. The duo can be seen chatting up a storm and closely inspecting the camera for about 30 seconds. So far, the clip has been viewed more than 380,000 on Twitter alone.</p><p>“<a href="">#Penguin</a><a href="" target="_blank"> #selfie</a> offers bird’s eye view of life in Antarctica! Curious Emperors have been captured on film at the Auster Rookery near Australia’s Mawson research station,” the crew posted on Twitter, giving photo credit to expeditioner Eddie Gault, though really, shouldn’t it belong to the birds? After all, Gault reportedly left the his camera on and placed on the ice. The birds did all the adorable work.</p><p>Of course, this is far from the first animal selfie to make waves on the internet. As the <a href="" target="_blank">Washington Post</a> pointed out, a Gentoo penguin from Antarctica also become a bit internet-famous when he snapped an open-beaked photo of himself in 2013. A GoPro camera had to be sacrificed but it was well-worth the shot.</p><p>The question of photo ownership first came up in 2011 when a male crested black macaque named Naruto became the center of a legal battle after he took a selfie using a camera that belonged to wildlife photographer David J. Slater. The photo went viral, however, in 2015, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sued Slater for damages. At the time the group alleged he infringed on Naruto’s copyright.</p><p>“The U.S. copyright law does not make any distinction as to who can be the author of a copyrightable work based upon the species,” Jeffrey Kerr, general counsel to PETA, <a href=";utm_term=.8f268ac2dd40" target="_blank">told the <em>Washington Post</em></a> in 2015. “If a human being had made this or similar selfie photographs, they would be the copyright owner of the photograph. Naruto is no different since he is a macaque.”</p><p>The case ultimately settled with Slater agreeing to donate 25 percent of proceeds from the “monkey selfies” charity. So maybe next time you take a picture of a wild animal make sure they sign a release.</p>
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Hillary Clinton’s Trip to India Included Sightseeing, Shopping, and Time With Friends

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 16:48
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Hillary Clinton</a> is living her best life in India, with close confidant Huma Abedin and a group of friends by her side.</p><p>The ladies explored the ancient city of Mandu before the former secretary of state made an appearance at a local business conference this week.</p><img alt="Hillary Clinton tours the Jahaj Mahal part of an abandoned royal palace complex, while on a personal trip to the ancient city of Mandu in India's Madhya Pradesh state on March 12, 2018. "src=""><p>While speaking at the small conference sponsored by<em> India Today </em>in Mumbai, Clinton took time to talk about her presidential loss, saying: “I win the coasts, I win Illinois, Minnesota, places like that, but what the map doesn’t show you is that I won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s Gross Domestic Product.”</p><p>Taking a slight dig at President Donald Trump, Clinton added: “So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward. And his whole campaign – Make America Great Again was looking backwards.”</p><p>Following the event, Clinton got back in <a href="" target="_blank">vacation mode</a>. On Monday, she was spotted visiting the remains of the Hindola Mahal, also known as the "<a href="" target="_blank">Swinging Palace</a>," part of Mandu's Royal Enclave.</p><img alt="Hillary Clinton visits the remains of the Hindola Mahal monument, part of an abandoned royal palace complex, while on a personal trip to the ancient city of Mandu in India's Madhya Pradesh state on March 12, 2018. "src=""><p>“Well, today I’m just enjoying the magnificent archaeological site and learning a lot of the Indian history because of this beautiful palace ground. I am very excited about being here and everything that I have seen,” Clinton told reporters as she exited Jahaz Mahal, which according to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Indian Express</a></em> was built during the rule of Mandu Sultan Ghiyas-ud-din Khilji.</p><p>Clinton also took some time to hit the local shops, browsing the flagship store of Indian designer Payal Khandwala, according to the <em>Daily Mail</em>, where she was photographed with the designer. Clinton was also spotted taking photographs with Bollywood actresses Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan while on her visit. So yeah, she <a href="" target="_blank">lost the election</a>, but now at least she gets to act just like the rest of us while playing tourist around the globe.</p>
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Tornado Whips Through Towns in Southern Italy, Injuring Eight

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 16:01
<p>A tornado in southern Italy on Monday night left at least eight people injured.</p><p>Destruction was centered around the town of Caserta, near Naples, which sustained winds of up to 136 miles per hour, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>The Local</em></a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Ansa</a>, an Italian newswire, as translated by <em>The Local</em>, reported that one of the worst hit areas was San Nicola la Strada, about a mile south of Caserta, where all eight injuries occurred.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Is the First Thing You Should Do If Your Flight Is Canceled or Diverted</a></p><p>In San Nicola la Strada, a large sign for a local Burger King was taken down by the strong winds and had fallen on some parked cars. Luckily, no one was injured by the fallen sign.</p><p>Local Italian news site <a href="" target="_blank">CasertaNews</a> reported there were trucks overturned at gas stations, as well as vehicles thrown across the highways, obstructing traffic.</p><p>Although tornados are not completely uncommon in Italy, the European country's tornado season is typically in October and November, according <a href="" target="_blank">researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison</a>.</p>
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Get 35% Off a Stay at This Stylish Hotel in Boston's Back Bay

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 15:35
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a></em></p><p>Massachusetts: 35 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">Loews Boston Hotel</a>, which is housed in a building that was once the headquarters of the Boston Police. Now, it's a stylish property with a classic American restaurant in Back Bay.</p><p>The House Arrest deal includes:</p>One night in a Deluxe King room (upgrades available)A welcome amenityA $150 food and beverage creditParking for one vehicleAn in-room movie<p>Original Price: From $549 per night</p><p><strong>T + L Price:</strong> From $389 per night; valid through December 31, 2018.</p><p>Booking details: <a href="" target="_blank">Book online</a> or call (844) 312-9579.</p>
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Why Helen Mirren Is the One Celebrity We'd Want to Take Along on a Road Trip

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 14:37
<p>Contrary to popular belief — after her <a href="" target="_blank">convincing modeling at the 2018 Oscars</a>, at least — Helen Mirren has never taken a ride on a jet ski. “That was the only time in my life I’ve ever been anywhere near a jet ski,” she told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>, with a laugh.</p><p>But while the actress' life off stage doesn't involve many aquatic sports, that doesn't mean it's lacking adventure. In Mirren's latest film, “The Leisure Seeker,” she plays Ella, who embarks on an epic final road trip with her husband, John, played by Donald Sutherland. In real life, Mirren is not only a huge proponent of travel, she's also a total pro at navigating the back roads.</p><p>“I’ve always enjoyed an American <a href="" target="_blank">road trip</a>, you know, it’s a classic genre,” she said of the film, Italian director Paolo Virzì's <a href="" target="_blank">first English-language feature</a>. “I love road trips myself, I love traveling, exploring new places, I love the freedom of the road and going somewhere.”</p><p>Mirren noted that making the film, which had the cast and crew traveling from <a href="" target="_blank">Atlanta</a> down to Key West, was a road trip in itself, complete with plenty of visits to RV parks. (“The Leisure Seeker” is the name of the old RV Ella and John travel south in, an “RV they bought when they were much younger and excited.”) Mirren's character is battling cancer, and Sutherland's Alzheimer's, but that doesn't stop them from taking one final, long and very eventful ride.</p><p>“I hope I never have to deal with what Ella is dealing with with her husband; you never know and an awful lot of families do have to deal with that,” Mirren said. “I think it’s important if you want to do something — climb a mountain or visit an ancient Indian temple or something — if you have the resources to be able do it, then I think everyone should really not hang about, because life travels on and before you know where you are it becomes impossible.”</p><p>The couple's journey in the film is, by definition, a <a href="" target="_blank">bucket-list trip</a>. And while Mirren's own bucket list includes a <a href="" target="_blank">trip to India</a> — “I’m hopefully going to take my own advice and do it in the near future,” she said — one of her most memorable trips was a road trip taken right here in the United States, from <a href="" target="_blank">Nashville</a> to Charleston, with her off-screen husband, director Taylor Hackford. Her one rule? “I refuse to take the freeways — they’re so boring.”</p><p>“I’m a great navigator — well, in the days of maps, not GPS. Now everybody is a great navigator because all you have to do is follow that little blue spot. But before all that technology, to navigate with a map was a whole different thing and I was always a brilliant navigator. I’d find all the back roads, ‘Oh you can make a left here; that right no not this one down that little track there!’ We’re big for taking a long drive, my husband and I.”</p><p>Mirren says the key to not getting lost is attention to detail. She's always loved studying maps, and even picking out details below from the <a href="" target="_blank">window seat</a> when traveling by plane.</p><p>“I always sit on the window side of an airplane and I love looking down at the earth, at the countries from afar,” she said. “I love looking down and the way the mountains are and the little roads.”</p><p>While on that road trip, she also discovered her love for a good <a href="" target="_blank">all-you-can-eat buffet</a>.</p><p>“My husband taught me the enormous pleasures of an all you can eat buffet,” she said, “and real southern cooking, which I didn’t really know about before. When you find those places they’re usually called Ruben’s, or Mama’s ... and they are great food. Just fantastic.”</p><p>But life on the road didn't change Mirren's daily diet completely — she always brings along her <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";qid=1520875327&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=pg+tea&amp;dpID=51kwVw5ni1L&amp;preST=_SY300_QL70_&amp;dpSrc=srch" target="_blank">PG Tips tea bags</a>. “I cannot get through the day without my cup of tea,” she said. And although Hackford sounds like a great travel companion, there is one other man Mirren would love to take a food-focused trip with: <a href="" target="_blank">Anthony Bourdain</a>.</p><p>“We all love Anthony Bourdain, don’t we? I would love to just go along with Anthony Bourdain wherever he goes, really. But Indonesia or Thailand; I’d love to take a food trip to that part of the world.”</p><p>“The Leisure Seeker” is now playing at <a href="" target="_blank">select theaters nationwide</a>.</p>
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Kayak's New 'Baggage Fee Assistant' Helps You See the Real Cost of Your Airfare

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 13:24
<p>From seat assignments to in-flight meals to upgrades to, of course, baggage, you can spend a lot more on a flight than you originally planned.</p><p>Airfare search engines <a href="" target="_blank">are adapting</a> to a new world of fees, however, and <a href="" target="_blank">KAYAK</a> has now redesigned its site to take some of the guesswork out of choosing the best flight based on your personal travel needs.</p><p>Now, when users <a href=";fs=cfc=1;bfc=1" target="_blank">search KAYAK for a flight</a>, the “assistant” at the top of the results can be customized for carry-on and checked baggage. Results are then refreshed to show which flights are the best price based on bringing zero, one, or more bags.</p><p>For example, on a search for flights from New York City to <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, Frontier has the cheapest fare (listed below the sponsored fare).</p><img alt="Kayak "src=""><p>But anyone familiar with Frontier knows that the budget airline has fees for baggage. Adjusting the fee assistant, the results add the price of a bag in and offer the <a href="" target="_blank">Delta</a> flight as the cheapest.</p><img alt="Kayak search results "src=""><p>The results also note when a fare is “basic economy,” and include the price for regular economy below.</p><p>Since more and more airlines are introducing fare classes with more restrictions, results could even change based on carry-on baggage, which is included in the assistant.</p><p>(What the assistant will not show, in this case, is the relative value of the flight in terms of other amenities, like in-flight food, or relative comfort, like seat pitch.)</p><p>The new features offer a new level of fee transparency and a great way to budget, while also offering motivation for being an efficient packer.</p>
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This New York City Hotel Wants to Teach You How to Knit

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 11:02
<p>It’s not every day you get to learn a skill firsthand from a seasoned pro — which is why Arlo Hotels' <a href="" target="_blank">Designer Knitting Series</a> is an event you don’t want to miss.</p><p>Every Monday in March, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Arlo SoHo</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Arlo NoMad</a> will host a knitting lesson led by master knitter Dira Adams, who graduated from England’s prestigious Nottingham Trent University knitwear program, and whose resume includes stints at luxury brands like Donna Karan and JW Anderson.</p><img alt="Hands with fingerless gloves wrapped around a cup of hot cocoa "src=""><p>The unique opportunity is free for hotel guests and $45 for everyone else. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Man Knits Sweaters of Vacation Destinations, Creates Best Travel Wardrobe Ever</a></p><p>Adams will assist participants as they make a pair of unisex fingerless gloves perfect for transitioning from winter to spring. Beginners will focus on mastering basic patterns while more experienced knitters will learn to personalize their gloves. Hot chocolate will be provided to all.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">6 Quirky Knitwear Brands to Know Before Sweater Season</a></p><p>At Arlo SoHo, knitting classes will take place inside heated tents done up in fur throws, garland, and wooden deck furniture; at the brand’s NoMad property, participants will hone their skills on an enclosed terrace with a fireplace, twinkling lights, and wood chests. Both are equally as <a href="" target="_blank"><i>hygge­</i>'d out</a>. </p><img alt="Argo Hotel Nomad "src=""><p>And not only will you walk away with a gorgeous pair of gloves — you’ll also leave with a goodie bag filled with chocolate from New York’s Fine + Raw and Mast Brothers.</p><p>Who’s excited for Monday?!</p>
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This Is the First Thing Anthony Bourdain Does When Planning a Vacation

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:00
<p>Travelers want to see as much of the world as possible. However that wish can be the one critical mistake that separates a memorable trip from an emotionless album of photos.</p><p>In <a href="" target="_blank">an interview with <em>Money</em></a>, patron saint of travel <a href="" target="_blank">Anthony Bourdain</a> spoke about the ironic mistake some voyagers make while out in the world: trying to see as much of it as possible.</p><p>“The sort of frenzied compression of time needed to take the tour, to see the sights, keeps you in a bubble that prevents you from having magic happen to you,” Bourdain said in the interview. “Nothing unexpected or wonderful is likely to happen if you have an <a href="" target="_blank">itinerary in Paris</a> filled with the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.”</p><p>Bourdain described whirlwind tours as “punishing” and encouraged travelers to rethink their approach. “Plans should be ephemeral, so be prepared to move away from them,” he said.</p><p>A Bourdain-approved travel approach is to instead pick one destination and stay there for a few days — enough time to absorb a local flavor. When planning his own vacations, Bourdain will book the hotel before anything else. He chooses accommodations with a mind towards a “base of operations”: it has to be comfortable and in a good location for wandering.</p><p>Those looking for a destination should wander away from the guidebooks, Bourdain said. He recommended choosing a location that’s still “relatively under-visited, where you can have an amazing experience for relatively little money.”</p><p>Consider visiting one of the locations Bourdain has detailed on his show, “Parts Unknown,” like <a href="" target="_blank">Oman</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Laos</a>, or even <a href="" target="_blank">the lesser-visited parts of Los Angeles</a>.</p>
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Stay at This Colorful Bed and Breakfast in Mexico City for Only $112 Per Night

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 09:20
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a></em></p><p>Mexico City: 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">La Palomilla</a>, a colorful urban escape with seven rooms decorated with local art, plus a rooftop terrace for mezcal and aguas frescas in the bustling neighborhood of La Roma.</p><p>The Walkable Mexico deal includes:</p>Two nights in the Master SuiteWelcome MezcalFull Mexican breakfastAfternoon baked goods and aguas frescas<p>Original Price: $160 per night</p><p><strong>T + L Price: </strong>From $112 per night plus tax; Mondays to Thursdays through August 31. Subject to availability.</p><p>Booking details: <a href="" target="_blank">Book online</a> and use the code VisitMexico.</p>
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Finally, a Unicorn Pool Float That’s Big Enough to Fit the Entire Family (Plus a Built-in Cooler!)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 09:06
<p>Today in News That Makes Us Wish It Could Just Be Summer Already: Humongous unicorn <a href="" target="_blank">pool floats</a> that are big enough to fit you and five other friends exist, and we know exactly where to buy one. If hanging out on a body of water in the sanctuary of a magical blow-up unicorn complete with rainbow wings, cup holders, and (yes!) a built-in cooler doesn’t sound like the ultimate summer party to you, then we don’t know what would. If you agree, read on.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Glass-bottom Pool in Honolulu Has the Most Breathtaking Views</a></p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This Gorgeous Swimming Pool in the Middle of Death Valley Is Not a Mirage</a></p><p>Available for preorder at <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";subid=0&amp;offerid=486750.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=13344&amp;;u1=TLPoolPartyFloatKDMar17" target="_blank">Sam’s Club</a> for $150, these larger-than-life floaties stretch 10 feet long by 10 feet wide, giving you ample opportunity to host a <a href="" target="_blank">mini-party out on the water</a> (or a solo voyage if hanging out alone on huge pool floats is your thing). And if you’re not into unicorns, Sam’s Club has flamingo and peacock mega-floats, too.</p><p>Now all we need is a bigger pool.</p><p><strong>To buy: </strong>$150, <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";subid=0&amp;offerid=486750.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=13344&amp;;u1=TLPoolPartyFloatKDMar17" target="_blank"></a></p>
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This Remote Corner of New Zealand Is Straight Out of Your Favorite Fantasy Film

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 09:01
<p>You may not know it, but the scenery of <a href="" target="_blank">New Zealand’s South Island</a> — kingly mountains, ethereal rain forests, and golden ribbons of empty beach — has become famous, thanks to films like the <em>Lord of the Rings</em> trilogy and <em>Wolverine</em>. On March 9, those otherworldly landscapes returned to the big screen in director Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s sci-fi tale <em>A Wrinkle in Time.</em> DuVernay searched for a stand-in for an idyllic planet, and found it in the region of Lake Wanaka — specifically, in the mountains surrounding Lake Hawea, which runs parallel to Wanaka, and at Hunter Valley Station, a 27,000-acre ranch on Hawea’s western shore. These locations lack moviemaking infrastructure, so the cast and crew stayed in Wanaka, a compact township at Lake Wanaka’s southernmost tip (and my home for the past three years). An hour from Queenstown, it’s popular year-round with New Zealanders for its stunning location, variety of outdoor activities, and walkable community that punches above its weight when it comes to food and wine. Here are a few reasons to visit the area beyond its cinematic cachet<em>. </em></p><h3>You can experience luxury in the wild.</h3><img alt="Inside Piwakawaka Point Villa, in Lake Wanaka, New Zealand "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Mahu Whenua</a> <em>(doubles from $1,300)</em> is a handsomely appointed modern farmhouse, with two suites and two adjacent cottages, located a 20-minute drive from Wanaka. While the rustic-chic interiors are sumptuous (and the property comes with an in-house chef), it’s the surrounding estate, a wildlife sanctuary on 200 square miles of rugged terrain, that’s a true knockout. A stay includes access to a wealth of adventures, from horseback riding to a helicopter trip to the island’s western coast, where you can catch rock lobster for your evening meal. If you prefer to stay closer to the lake, Queenstown-based rental agency <a href="" target="_blank">MajorDomo</a> <em>(rentals from $600)</em> offers a wide range of options, from compact apartments in Wanaka to the Piwakawaka Point Villa, an opulent six-bedroom private residence overlooking the water.</p><h3>The wines are world-class.</h3><p>Wanaka is part of the Central Otago wine region, the southernmost on the planet. Located on the 45th parallel, the Pinot-friendly climate mirrors that of Bordeaux and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. <a href="" target="_blank">Rippon Vineyard</a> has been owned by the same family for four generations and has views of the lake; <a href="" target="_blank">Maude Wines</a><em>,</em> a local (and personal) favorite, runs a tasting room in Wanaka township.</p><h3>Wanaka is a foodie haven.</h3><p>The town may be tiny, but it has a surprising number of excellent restaurants. <a href="" target="_blank">Francesca’s Italian Kitchen</a> <em>(entrées $17–$21)</em> is famous for its antipasti, <em>contorni,</em> and pizza. The popular Bistro Gentil <em>(tasting menu $85)</em> brings French technique to New Zealand produce — look for such mouthwatering dishes as Cardrona merino lamb served with Jerusalem artichokes and hazelnuts.</p><h3>Cocktail hour comes with a view.<strong> </strong></h3><p>At the bar <a href="" target="_blank">Gin &amp; Raspberry</a><em>,</em> an open-air patio surveys Lake Wanaka. Try the namesake cocktail, which was inspired by a drink favored by miners during the 1860s Otago gold rush.</p><h3>The locals are passionate about coffee.</h3><p>At work or play, residents can typically be found with a to-go cup in hand. Tucked down an alleyway, <a href="" target="_blank">Federal Diner</a> <em>(entrées $15–$30)</em> serves high-octane coffee that pairs well with such breakfast treats as grilled banana bread slathered with almond butter. Ritual Espresso Café <em>(18 Helwick St.; 64-3-443-6662)</em> is treasured for its central location and friendly staff — my standard order is Japanese lime tea.</p><h3>The mountains are as spectacular as the lakes.</h3><img alt="A swinging bridge on the path to Rob Roy Glacier, above Lake Wanaka. "src=""><p>Pack a picnic lunch and make a day trip to Kidds Bush Reserve, a campsite close to the Neck, where Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka nearly connect. With its mountain peaks that swoop down to golden-green lawns, it’s easy to see why DuVernay chose this spot to represent Paradise in <em>A Wrinkle in Time.</em> The location has a number of hiking options. Choose the half-mile Kidds Bush Nature Walk for an easy loop through a beech forest, or try the Sawyer Burn Track, one of my regular hikes, a 1 1/2-mile uphill climb that rewards you with solitude and spectacular views of the lake.</p><h3>The landscape looks great from above.</h3><p>One of the best ways to take in the wild scenery is from a bird’s-eye perspective, courtesy of an aerial tour by <a href="" target="_blank">Alpine Helicopters</a><em>.</em> The 20-minute Southern Lakes Highlights tour includes a high-altitude landing, while the Southern Alps Glacier Discovery flight is an hour-plus journey that gives you a rare view of the area’s hundreds of ice-blue glaciers and secluded mountain tarns.</p><h3>The skiing is rad.</h3><p>Wanaka residents joke about the “powder clause” in their employment contracts — leeway to sneak in a few downhill runs during a long lunch. There are three ski areas within 45 minutes of town: <a href="" target="_blank">Cardrona</a> is a family-friendly mountain with the biggest terrain park in the Southern Hemisphere; <a href="" target="_blank">Treble Cone</a> appeals to seasoned skiers; and <a href="" target="_blank">Snow Farm</a> is the only cross-country-skiing area in the country. Even during New Zealand’s winter, which runs from July to September, the temperature in Wanaka remains comfortable, so skiers and boarders often end the day dining alfresco. Order a burger on the patio at <a href="" target="_blank">Red Star Burger Bar</a> <em>(entrées $9–$12),</em> or grab takeout at <a href="" target="_blank">Erik’s Fish &amp; Chips</a> <em>(entrées $6–$18)</em> and head to a picnic table by the lake.</p><h3>You can shop for the latest Kiwi styles.<strong> </strong></h3><p>A stroll along Wanaka’s Helwick Street will take you past <a href="" target="_blank">47Frocks</a><em>,</em> a boutique that stocks fashions from local labels, including minimalist cotton basics by Kowtow and stylish handbags by Deadly Ponies. A few doors down, <a href="" target="_blank">Perriam</a> showcases merino wool with soft blankets and throws, textured dresses, and onesies for infants.</p><h3>There’s no shortage of aquatic adventures.</h3><img alt="Paddleboarding on Lake Wanaka, New Zealand "src=""><p>At 26 miles long and 1,020 feet deep, Lake Wanaka is New Zealand’s fourth-largest lake, and is a favorite for fishing, boating, and waterskiing. Take a cruise with Eco Wanaka <em>(</em> to Mou Waho Island, where a tour might include sightings of the flightless weka bird. In addition to kayak and paddleboard rentals, <a href="" target="_blank">Paddle Wanaka</a> offers guided heli-paddleboarding expeditions. A 40-minute flight leads to a secluded mountain lake 3,200 feet above sea level. After exploring by paddleboard, you’ll fly back to shore for a gourmet picnic.</p>
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A Solar Storm Could Give the U.S. a Rare Glimpse of the Northern Lights Tomorrow

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 08:43
<p>On Monday, NASA announced a <a href="" target="_blank">category G1 geomagnetic storm</a> would hit earth sometime between March 14 and 15. While the idea of a massive solar storm hurtling toward Earth at thousands of miles per second sounds scary, there’s really no need to worry. In fact, all you need to be concerned about is if you’ll be in prime location for the light show Mother Nature is about to put on.</p><p>Though the name sounds intimidating, a geomagnetic storm really is no big deal and happens hundreds of times a year. When the sun emits superheated plasma, otherwise known as a <a href="" target="_blank">coronal mass ejection</a> (CME), it can trigger a geomagnetic storm. That storm then can cause <a href="" target="_blank">solar flares</a>, a release of magnetic energy, and <a href="" target="_blank">cause the Earth’s aurora borealis to light up</a>, bringing Northern Lights chasers joy all over the globe.</p><p>And the impending solar storm may bring those Northern Lights much farther south than usual. According to NASA, the lights could reach as far south as <a href="" target="_blank">Maine and northern Michigan</a>.</p><p>If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis in the northern U.S. over the next few days, you'll want to travel out of a city and as far away from lights as possible. Even in total darkness the auroras could be difficult to spot, but a once-in-a-lifetime show may be worth the trouble.</p><p>And if you don’t catch the show this time around, there are still plenty of other places around the country where you could see the Northern Lights on display. From Alaska to Pennsylvania there are a ton of places that are often prime spots for viewing. All you have to do is <a href="" target="_blank">start planning your trip now</a>.</p>
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Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Wore Matching Shoes and Now We Need Them Too (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 08:02
<p>On Monday, Meghan Markle made her very <a href="" target="_blank">first official appearance</a> alongside the Queen of England. She then, along with her fiancé Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton, attended the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the U.K. While the service was beautiful, and even included a song by Liam Payne, nobody cared. Because all anyone could talk about was the fact that Meghan and Kate appeared to be wearing matching shoes.</p><img alt="Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (2R) and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R), arrive with Prince Harry (C) and his fiancée Meghan Markle to attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey "src=""><p>This shouldn’t really shock anyone as <a href="" target="_blank">the two have reportedly become fast friends</a>, but the fact that the royal duo wore matching navy suede heels could mean they are officially BFFs.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Hello!</a></em>, Kate’s shoes were the classic <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Malory pumps by Rupert Sanderson</a> that she has worn on several occasions. The pair differed slightly from Meghan’s due to their thicker heel, which perhaps provided the pregnant duchess with a bit more stability while walking through the cobblestone streets. Kate’s shoes retail for about $664, and while they're tough to find (though if you're a size 10 it's your lucky day — <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">we found them for $290</a>), you can shop similar styles from the designer at <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";npp=60&amp;image_view=product&amp;dScroll=0" target="_blank"></a>.</p><img alt="Manolo Blahnik pumps worn by Royal Family "src=""><p>Meghan, on the other hand, rocked a pair of navy BB pumps by Manolo Blahnik, which retail <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">online for $625</a>.</p><p>But, while Kate and Meghan wore matching shoes, the rest of their outfits were a bit different. Kate’s navy ensemble included a navy dress by <a href="" target="_blank">Beulah London</a> and a navy hat by <a href="" target="_blank">Lock &amp; Co</a>.</p><p>Meghan wore a navy dress, a $1,250 white coat by London designer <a href="" target="_blank">Amanda Wakeley</a>, and a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">fan-favorite white beret</a> by Stephen Jones.</p><p>While there is no word yet on if the royal foursome will make another appearance before the birth of Kate and William’s third child next month, you can certainly look forward to the four of them appearing together at <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan and Harry’s wedding</a> in May. Here’s hoping they wear something blue that’s matching then, too.</p>
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A Bus Full of Students Was in a Deadly Crash on the Way Home From Disney World

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 07:47
<p>A trip to Disney World ended in tragedy Tuesday when a bus carrying Texas' Channelview High School band members home from the <a href="" target="_blank">Florida</a> amusement park drove off the road and into an Alabama ravine, leaving the driver dead and multiple passengers injured.</p><p>The bus, which had about 45 people on board, fell into a 50-foot-deep ravine just off Interstate 10, in Loxley, early Tuesday morning, <a href=";mediaType=all&amp;sortBy=Relevance&amp;dateRange=Anytime&amp;totalCount=38&amp;currentItemNo=0" target="_blank">the <em>Associated Press </em>reports</a>. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, officials said.</p><p>The bus driver was killed in <a href="" target="_blank">the accident</a>, and 10 other people were brought to Florida or <a href="" target="_blank">Alabama</a> hospitals by ambulance or helicopter, <em>AP</em> reports. First responders were forced to rappel into the chasm to rescue survivors, using "every piece of equipment on every truck to reach them," according to <em>AP</em>. I-10 was shut down in both directions while rescue efforts were underway. </p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Band members from Texas' Channelview High School were performing at a music festival in Orlando on Saturday, <em>AP</em> reports. They were returning to Texas when the bus wreck occurred. </p><p>The bus was operated by charter company First Class Tours of Houston.</p><p>"Our prayers are with the injured and their families at this time," the company wrote in a statement. "We pledge our assistance in cooperating with local authorities in the investigation."</p>
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