These Tours Will Take You to the Most Remote Points of the Iditarod in Alaska

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 07:13
<p>Hundreds of dogs crowd the streets of Downtown Anchorage, barking, howling "we’re happy to see you" greetings, and rubbing their snouts in the fresh snow, trucked in overnight for the annual ceremonial start of the Iditarod. Tails wag wildly, and on this annual celebratory day, it’s clear there’s nowhere else in America a dog lover should be.</p><img alt="Close up of sled dogs in the chute at the 2013 Iditarod Ceremonial Start, Anchorage, Alaska. "src=""><p>Colloquially branded as "<a href="" target="_blank">The Last Great Race</a>," the Iditarod as we know it today officially started in 1973, when the grandfathers of current Iditarod mushers formalized a 1,000-mile race starting in Seward. Three generations deep, the Iditarod still occurs in Alaska every March, with mushers racing a team of 16 dogs from Anchorage to Nome.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">15 Photos of Alaska That Will Have You Planning Your Next Trip</a></p><p>For any "Balto"<i> </i>fan or dog lover, seeing the Iditarod in person is unlike visiting any dog park or witnessing any sporting event — take it from someone who spends most of football season pouting on the couch until my fingers are covered in Buffalo sauce.</p><p>The race begins with its ceremonial start in Anchorage, the culmination of a week’s worth of (mostly) family-friendly activities known as Fur Rendezvous ("Fur Rondy," to those in the know). Thousands of Alaskans and imported Iditarod chasers pack the snow-laden streets of Downtown Anchorage — clustered with mushing-themed souvenir stands and food trucks vending giant turkey legs and Alaskan crab cakes — the whole place abuzz on what feels like the most important day of the year.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This Dog-friendly Airline Is an Animal Lover’s Dream Come True</a></p><p>And for the 68 mushers competing in 2018, it was. Every musher sets up their dog team, sled, and initial stock of supplies (10 days’ worth of supplies including dog and human food have been shipped ahead to checkpoints on the trail), moisturizing the racers' paws and tucking each one into a bootie, then getting their harnesses on so they're ready to run.</p><p>Down Anchorage’s Fourth Avenue, just across from a memorial statue of Balto himself, the Iditarod kicks off. Each musher pulls up to the starting line as an announcer broadcasts their name, a brief bio — this year’s competitors included a breast cancer survivor, a “mushing mortician,” identical twin sisters, and plenty of reigning champs well-known from previous races — and counts down as fans of all ages cheer the mushers on their 1,000-plus-mile journey to Nome. Only this isn’t the real start. The so-called ceremonial start is rooted in tradition, festivity, and accessibility, but the actual start, when the racers are on the clock, kicks off the following Sunday or Monday afternoon, depending on the official re-start location.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">These Are the Best (and Cheapest) Times to Visit Alaska</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Iditarod Trail</a> is supposed to alternate between odd and even years, though thanks to a <a href="" target="_blank">lack of snow</a> and rising temperatures over the past decade, the changes between a north and south route have not been consistent and the southern route, used in 2018, will be repeated in 2019. The official restart on this path kicks off in Willow, Alaska, a small town (population 1,658) about two hours north of Anchorage and about an hour north of Wasilla. The fanfare of the ceremonial start is all in place — the same vendors come out in full force — locals snowmobile to the frozen Puntilla Lake, on which the race will kick off, and bus tours as well as independent visitors willing to brave the parking situation find their way to the official Iditarod starting point. For out-of-towners, <a href="" target="_blank">Salmon Berry Tours</a> offers a bus trip out from Anchorage ($150), which also includes a guide, lunch, hot beverages, and a small tent on-site.</p><p>On the snow-covered lake, from which <a href="" target="_blank">Denali</a> is visible on a clear day, mushers officially start their timed races, with a two-minute gap between each. The times will later be adjusted at the checkpoints, but the excitement is even more palpable as the clock goes off, the dogs stop barking and start running, and mushers wave towards and high-five the thick crowds lining each side of the trail before jutting off into the Alaskan wilderness. The further away from the starting banner, the thinner the crowds and better the views get, and plenty of resourceful spectators use the snow as DIY coolers for bottles of champagne or cans of beer. This is a sporting event, after all.</p><img alt="Iditarod fans watch teams round the corner at Goose Lake during the ceremonial start in Anchorage, Alaska. "src=""><p>For many, this is where the Iditarod viewing will end, but for Iditarod super fans who want to see the race through (or just major dog lovers and thrill-seekers), tours out to the remote checkpoints are available. These small planes tend to book up early, so making reservations as early as they’re offered is advisable (it's not too early to call about 2019). </p><p>Out of Anchorage, <a href="" target="_blank">Rust’s Flying Service</a> offers a flightseeing tour to the first checkpoint at Rainy Pass Lodge ($695) and <a href="" target="_blank">Regal Air</a> offers a stop at the same checkpoint ($695) as well as a day trip to the second checkpoint at Nickolai ($750) and a flight out to the finish line in Nome ($1,600). <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska Iditarod Tours</a> offers an 11-day extravaganza tour including several more checkpoints, mushing, and more ($5,500).</p><p>Because they’re more remote, the checkpoints feel much more intimate, as mushers pull in several minutes, if not hours apart from one another, letting dogs rest on shipped-in hay beds, sourcing water from a hole in a frozen lake and heating it along with stew for themselves and the dogs, and even curling into sleeping bags alongside the dog teams for a quick nap.</p><p>Volunteer veterinarians (apparently the list to work this event for free is years long) inspect every dog at the checkpoint. Mushers who choose to drop a dog will leave the fallen teammate with handlers, who will help safely transport the canine athlete back to Anchorage where women at the local correctional facility will help care for the dogs until their owners return from racing.</p><img alt="The ceremonial start of the Iditarod in downtown Anchorage, Alaska "src=""><p>Those who want to catch the end of the race in Nome can fly from within Alaska or out-of-state to catch the mushers coming into the finish line, typically eight days and several hours from the start of the race and up to 10 days after, though accommodations are limited, and should also be booked well in advance.</p><p>Whether you’re in it for the long haul or just want a taste of the mushing lifestyle, pack layers, leave the dog treats at home, and be prepared to become hopelessly obsessed with adopting a retired Iditarod dog.</p>
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34 People Boarded the Wrong Flight and Ended Up 800 Miles Away

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 07:12
<p>Fewer than a third of the passengers on a flight from Sundsvall to Luleå, in Sweden, were supposed to be there. Unbeknownst to anybody onboard the flight, a group of 34 passengers had mistakenly boarded, thinking they were going to Gothenburg. They were not.</p><p>Nextjet's aircraft, a CRJ-200, was <a href="" target="_blank">capable of carrying 50 passengers</a>, meaning that (at best) only 16 people on board got where they thought they were going.</p><p>Because of bad weather on Sweden’s west coast, Nextjet was forced to cancel their flight from Sundsvall to Gothenburg. However, the airline only told the passengers that their flight had been delayed. So they waited around for a few hours, scanned their boarding passes at the gate, boarded what they thought was their flight and then ended up in the wrong city.</p><p>Upon landing in Luleå on Monday, the 34 passengers discovered that they were nearly 800 miles away from their intended destination. The passengers who were originally supposed to board the flight to Luleå were left behind at the airport and told their flight had been cancelled.</p><p>“I just laughed. What can you do?” passenger Roger Leirvik <a href="" target="_blank">told Swedish newspaper <em>Aftonbladet</em></a>.</p><p>“It appears to have been a huge miss in communications between the airport in Sundsvall and us,” Nextjet <a href="" target="_blank">marketing director Henning Lindberg said</a>.</p><p>The passengers stranded in Luleå were given a hotel for the night and flown to Gothenburg the following morning.</p>
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These Airlines Are Offering Free Flight Changes and Waivers Due to Winter Storm Skylar

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 07:12
<p>The third Nor'easter in less than two weeks is wreaking havoc on travel plans once again — with thousands of flights cancelled and delayed because of Winter Storm Skylar.</p><p>Several airlines operating out of airports impacted by Winter Storm Skylar, which is currently pounding the East Coast, cancelled flights Monday night and Tuesday due to the heavy snow and blizzard conditions throughout the Northeast.</p><p>By early Tuesday morning, at least 1,700 flights had been cancelled in the U.S., according to FlightAware, a website that <a href="">tracks</a> flight cancellations as they happen. More than 80 percent of outgoing flights at Boston Logan Airport were cancelled, as well as a high percentage of others originally scheduled to depart from airports in Portland, Maine, Long Island and Manchester, N.H., as well as smaller operations at coastal destinations like Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Airlines are also offering waivers to reschedule or get a full refound for their flights to those impacted by Winter Storm Skylar.</p><p>The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings and advisories for states and cities along the East Coast from New York to Maine. Up to 18 inches of snow is expected to pile up in Boston, and conditions resulting in a "bomb cyclone" will produce heavy snowfall and winds across the states.</p><p>Some areas are already covered in 8 inches to a foot of snow, with more falling at about 2 to 3 inches an hour. Parts of New York State saw 7 inches come down in 2 hours, according to the National Weather Service.</p><p>Here are the airlines that have announced flight cancellations and fee waivers for impacted customers.</p><p> </p><h2>JetBlue</h2><p>JetBlue cancelled close to 400 flights through Thursday, March 15 in preparation for the storm and offered rescheduling help and refunds to impacted customers, the company said in a <a href="">statement</a>. A number of the flights cancelled Monday were originally destined to Boston Logan Airport from cities like Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., and Tampa, among other areas, according to FlightAware.</p><p>Travelers affected by the cancellations due to Winter Storm Skylar can rebook their flights for free, and JetBlue is also covering any extra expenses incurred if customers pick a more expensive flight.</p><h2>Delta</h2><p>Before the storm hit, Delta Air Lines cancelled around 300 flights and offered a "<a href="">winter weather waiver</a>" to affected passengers. The flight cancellations impacted customers traveling to, from or through airports in Boston, New York and Philadelphia, as well as ones in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.</p><p>The waiver requires customers to reschedule their flights by March 17 — and have the flight leave after that same date.</p><h2>Southwest</h2><p>Southwest cancelled a number of flights heading to or from airports in Boston, New York, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Pennsylvania from Tuesday through Wednesday, according to the <a href="">company</a>. </p><h2>American Airlines</h2><p>American Airlines cancelled flights — particularly those heading to Boston Logan Airport — as a result of the storm. The <a href="!travelNotices">company</a> is allowing customers with flights scheduled on Tuesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 14 traveling to or from airports in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire to rebook their trips with no extra fee. </p><h2>United Airlines</h2><p>United Airlines passengers can rebook flights originally scheduled to depart on Tuesday or Wednesday from New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and New Hampshire. Customers must depart on or by March 17 to avoid any additional fees, according to the <a href="">company</a>. </p><h2>Frontier Airlines</h2><p>Frontier Airlines cancelled a few flights on Monday and Tuesday scheduled to depart or land in cities like Providence, Rhode Island, and Islip, New York. The airline <a href="">said</a> travelers affected by Winter Storm Skylar can make one itinerary change with a waived fee, as long as they rebook their trips by March 30. </p><h2>Spirit Airlines</h2><p>Spirit Airlines cancelled flights departing from Boston Logan Airport and Hartford, Connecticut, on Tuesday as a result of Winter Storm Skylar. The airline is <a href="">offering</a> waived fees for customers to reschedule their flights through Saturday, March 17. </p><h2>Alaska Airlines</h2><p>Customers traveling to or from airports in Boston, New York and New Jersey on Alaska Airlines can change or cancel their flights with no fee on dates ranging from March 11 through March 14, according to the <a href="">company</a>. The new tickets must be booked on or before Wednesday, March 21.</p><h2>Hawaiian Airlines </h2><p>Hawaiian Airlines is offering customers traveling to, from or through John F. Kennedy Airport in New York a change fee waiver for their flights, the <a href=";sf184324828=1">company</a> said. The new flights must be booked on or before Wednesday, March 21. </p>
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Chrissy Teigen Loves This Underground Tokyo Restaurant With Robots and Dinosaurs

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 07:04
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo</a>’s Shinjuku neighborhood is not known for its subdued entertainment.</p><p>On one street, flashing lights advertise a “robot restaurant” experience. Those who step into the show are bombarded by a 90-minute barrage of dancers, lasers, music and, of course, plenty of robots.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">6 Places to See the Cherry Blossoms in Japan This Spring Minus the Crowds</a></p><p>It may be enough to experience the kaleidoscopic, flashing, otherworldly show once in your life. Chrissy Teigen has done it twice.</p><p>She posted a video from the Tokyo attraction on Monday, noting, “not many people can or will say they’ve been to robot restaurant twice.”</p><p>Since its opening in 2012, <a href="" target="_blank">Robot Restaurant</a> has become a bonafide tourist hit. The 90-minute show (<a href="" target="_blank">with several breaks between acts</a>) leads visitors through a complicated storyline as warrior princesses battle giant robots, dinosaurs lumber down an iron gateway, and men covered in wire lights dance in tight formations.</p>
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This City In Texas Is Replacing All of Its Public Buses With $3 Via Rides

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 06:04
<p>Can ride-sharing apps replace mass transportation? <a href="" target="_blank">One Texas town</a> is about to find out.</p><p>The city of Arlington, Texas is abandoning its 4-year-old bus program for the ride-sharing company Via, a service that operates similarly to Uber and Lyft, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>CBS This Morning</em> reported.</a></p><p>Rather than waiting at a traditional bus stop, residents with a smartphone can use the Via app to get picked up on-demand by one of the company’s 10 Mercedes-Benz vans for commutes based in the city’s downtown.</p><p>Prices for the service run similarly to a bus or metro ride in most major cities – users in Arlington can summon one of the vehicles for a flat fee of $3, or obtain a weekly pass for $10.</p><p>To make the rides more affordable, Via partnered with the city government to subsidize fees and Arlington is contributing a third of the cost at the amount of $322,500. The remaining will be funded by the Federal Transit Administration, making this new initiative very much public transportation.</p><p>“We are at the beginning of an exciting transportation technology revolution,” Mayor Jeff Williams <a href="" target="_blank">said</a> at a press conference in December. “And Arlington’s Via Rideshare Pilot Program is the latest example of our City’s willingness to explore innovative transportation technology solutions for our residents, employees, students and visitors.”</p><p>“Via is thrilled to be partnering with the City of Arlington to launch the first ever fully dynamic on-demand public transportation solution,” Via CEO and co-founder Daniel Ramot said in a statement. “With Via’s technology and Arlington’s commitment to innovation, we are reimagining the future of transportation.”</p><p>Via first launched in <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> in 2013 and has been working to close the gap between itself and competitors like Uber and Lyft. In addition to Arlington and New York, the company operates in Washington, D.C. and <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago</a>.</p><p>Asked by <em>CBS</em> if bus and rail systems were outdated, Mayor Williams said, “Absolutely. I think with the new technology that’s coming on you’re going to see very little light rail built because this is so much cheaper.”</p>
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Getting Their Very Own Royal Wedding Beer

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 05:12
<p>While the fairy tale romance of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could hardly get any happier, it’s about to get even <em>hoppier</em> thanks to a British brewery.</p><p>Windsor &amp; Eton Brewery — conveniently just a quick pub crawl away from <a href="" target="_blank">St George's Chapel where Harry and Meghan will get married</a> — has released a special-edition beer just in time to toast the royal couple on their wedding day.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">2,640 Lucky Members of the Public Will Be Invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding</a></p><p>Called Harry &amp; Meghan’s Windsor Knot, the <a href="" target="_blank">brewery says</a> the pale ale is made with a special blend of British hops called Invicta (which pays homage to Harry’s creation of the Invictus Games, as well as where he and Meghan first went public) and American West Coast hops (a nod to Meghan’s Los Angeles roots). Plus, it’s brewed with barley grown right on Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Farms nearby. To finish it off, they’ve added a splash of champagne yeast, as is only fitting for a celebration of this caliber.</p><p>The bottle label also commemorates the British-American union, with a graphic that combines the Union Jack and the Stars and Stripes. “When Harry &amp; Meghan tie the knot it will be very much a modern marriage of equals as well as being a celebration of their British and American nationalities. Each of them have causes that they care deeply about such as the environment, equal rights and the rehabilitation of injured servicemen and women. We chose the interlocking symbols to reflect the strength and support they give each other,” Windsor &amp; Eton said <a href="" target="_blank">in a statement</a>.</p><p>This isn’t the first time the brewery has created special-edition brews in honor of the royal family. They first debuted a beer for William and Kate’s wedding in 2011, and have since also released beers for Prince George (Royal Cot) and Princess Charlotte (Royal Tot). </p><p>Although the beer won’t officially be a part of <a href="" target="_blank">Harry and Meghan’s big day</a>, the brewery intends to send samples to the happy couple — but it will take some maneuvering to get the beer into royal hands. Willie Calvert, co-owner of Windsor &amp; Eton, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>People</em></a>, “ takes a little bit of organizing. We did the same for William and Kate and some of it got through to them, some of it didn’t!”</p><p>If you happen to be in the neighborhood, you can buy the beer yourself from the <a href="" target="_blank">Royal Farms Windsor Farm Shop</a> beginning March 28. The beer will also be available in pubs in London and Windsor in time for the wedding. Don’t have plans to be on the British isle any time soon? You can still <a href="" target="_blank">pre-order a case now</a>; the first orders will be delivered starting April 3.</p>
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The Eiffel Tower Could Be Repainted Its Original Vibrant Color

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 16:59
<p>Many Parisians hated the <a href="" target="_blank">Eiffel Tower</a> when it was first erected in 1889. Although it may seem impossible now, the sentiment is perhaps more believable when you consider that the monument was originally painted red.</p><p>In its 129 year history, the Eiffel Tower has had 19 different paint jobs. And when the monument undergoes its 20th painting later this year, the Ministry of Culture and the City of Paris will decide if its current subdued metal color will remain — or if something else will take its place.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Why It's Illegal to Take Photos of the Eiffel Tower at Night</a></p><p>“We will rediscover and revive these old colors, like we do when we restore an old painting,” a specialist from the ministry <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Le Parisien</em></a>. “This will give some food for thought as to whether or not to add nuances to the current hue.”</p><p>According to Gustave Eiffel, the French civil engineer and architect, the original red color made it easier to protect the structure from rust. But since its construction, the tower has been painted ochre, yellow and several shades of brown. Once there was an ombre paint effect that faded as the tower reached the sky.</p><p>It will take 60 tons of paint to cover Paris’s Iron Lady in whatever color the ministry chooses, <a href="">according to <em>The Local</em></a>. Painting will begin in October and is likely to last three years as part of a longer project. Over the next 15 years, the <a href="" target="_blank">Eiffel Tower</a> will undergo a $369-million (€300-million) renovation, including installation of a bullet-proof glass wall around the monument.</p>
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Southwest Announces Five New Nonstop Routes Beginning This Fall (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 16:40
<p>Southwest Airlines is <a href="" target="_blank">expanding its service in the midwest</a>, adding five daily <a href="" target="_blank">nonstop</a> routes to its schedule starting in the fall.</p><p>Two of <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest</a>’s new nonstop routes will be from its hub in Houston to Columbus, Ohio, and Louisville, Kentucky. The airline will also begin nonstop flights between <a href="" target="_blank">Denver</a> and Memphis. The new routes are scheduled to begin in October.</p><p>There will also be two more, weekend-only routes, between Nashville and Oklahoma City, and Denver and El Paso.</p><p>In addition, the carrier is amping up its presence in <a href="" target="_blank">Phoenix</a>, where it projects to see the most growth.</p><p>“This additional service continues our purpose of getting customers to the places that matter most to them with our friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel,” said Craig Drew, Southwest's Senior Vice President of Air Operations, <a href="" target="_blank">in a statement</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Real Trick to Scoring Super Cheap Airfare</a></p><p>The new routes should offer travelers across the country more affordable flight options. To see prices, check the airline's <a href="" target="_blank">low fare calendar</a>. (Southwest limits third parties' access to its fare data, so the best way to search is directly on the airline's website.)</p><p>Seasonal routes are also coming back to Southwest’s schedule in the fall and winter, including Albany, New York, to Las Vegas (beginning October 3); Cleveland to Orlando and Milwaukee to Fort Myers (beginning October 6); and Oakland to Tucson (beginning October 7).</p>
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Meghan Markle's Appearance With the Queen Proves Just How Much the Royal Family Loves Her

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 16:06
<p>Meghan Markle may not be an <a href="" target="_blank">official member of the royal family</a> just yet, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t already beloved by the Windsor family.</p><p>On Monday evening, Markle will make her first official appearance alongside Queen Elizabeth II at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, which marks the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the U.K. Markle's presence at the event alongside the reigning monarch, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Vanity Fair</a></em> noted, shows “just how warmly” she’s been welcomed into the family.</p><p>“She is already effectively being treated as a full-blown member of the royal family, even if she hasn't married Prince Harry yet,” Roya Nikkhah, royal correspondent for<em> The Sunday Times</em>, told NBC. “I think that gives you an indication of just how warmly she has been welcomed into the fold, but also effectively she is living as a member of the royal family.”</p><p>Of course, the event isn’t just for Markle and the Queen. Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton will also be in attendance. According to <a href="" target="_blank">NBC</a>, there will also be 2,000 other people at the inter-faith event, including Prime Minister Theresa May and singer Liam Payne.</p><p>Beyond spending quality time with the Queen, Markle has also been getting in plenty of family time with her future brother-in-law Prince William and his wife, Kate. In late February, she made her first official appearance with Harry, William, and Kate at the inaugural Royal Foundation Forum, where they were quickly dubbed “<a href="" target="_blank">the Fab 4</a>.”</p><p>At the event, the foursome discussed their charitable ambitions and what it’s like to work together as a family. When the event presenter Tina Daheley asked if they “ever have disagreements,” Prince William was the first to react with a silly, "Ohhhh yes.” Harry quickly added that they were “healthy disagreements” and in turn joked that they couldn’t remember what the fights were about because they come “thick and fast.”</p><p>Though they don't sound like anything too serious, hopefully the Fab 4 can resolve any major disagreements before Kate and William welcome their <a href="" target="_blank">third child next month</a>, and before Harry and Meghan <a href="" target="_blank">walk down the aisle in May</a>.</p>
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Elon Musk Says Test Flights for Travel to Mars Could Start Early Next Year

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 16:04
<p>Life on <a href="" target="_blank">Mars</a> could go from science fiction to reality within your lifetime. That is, if you ask Elon Musk.</p><p>The SpaceX billionaire claimed at the SXSW festival that test flights for a Mars-bound rocket ship, BFR, could begin as early as next year.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Richard Branson Says New Supersonic Jets Will Get You ‘Around the World in Next to No Time’</a></p><p>“I think we’ll be able to do short flights, up and down flights, some time in the first half of next year,” he told an audience at the festival in Austin, Texas, <a href="" target="_blank">the BBC reported</a>.</p><p>Musk has already made headlines by launching a Tesla Roadster into space using the Falcon Heavy space shuttle, manufactured by SpaceX. People were also skeptical about the success of this launch as well, yet the Roadster is still drifting through the galaxy playing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on repeat.</p><p>Musk’s plan was first announced in September of 2017. <a href="" target="_blank">According to CNBC</a>, Musk plans on sending a full-fledged cargo mission to Mars by 2022. So, it stands to reason that test flights in 2019 would presumably be right on schedule.</p><p>Musk, however, tried to manage the expectations of the SXSW crowd. “Although sometimes, my timelines are a little, you know,” he said, according to CNBC.</p><p>The BFR rocket is expected to not only be capable of interplanetary travel, but also be reusable for multiple trips. Musk estimated a flight would cost between $5 and $6 billion.</p><p>Of course, the ultimate goals of BFR is to to begin the first human colony on Mars and the assurance of the human race, according to Musk’s vision.</p><p>“I think it’s unlikely that we’ll never have a world war again,” he said at the festival, according to the BBC. “This has been our pattern in the past.”</p>
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The Northeast Faces Its Third Winter Storm in 2 Weeks

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:27
<p>The northeastern United States will experience its third nor’easter storm in two weeks on Tuesday.</p><p>Winter storm Skylar will bring blizzard conditions — including high winds up to 60 miles per hour and a foot or more of snow — through the area beginning Monday evening.</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><a href="" target="_blank">The National Weather Service issued</a> a winter storm warning for southern Maine, New Hampshire and Boston and its surrounding areas. A winter weather advisory is in effect for eastern New York (including Long Island), Pennsylvania, and northern New Jersey through Tuesday evening.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">New York City is predicted</a> to see less than one inch of snow from Monday evening through Tuesday morning. However, around Boston, snow is predicted to fall at a rate of two inches per hour. Coastal flooding is likely around Massachusetts. The storm will likely rapidly intensify <a href="" target="_blank">as it moves up New England</a> in a process known as <a href="" target="_blank">bombogenesis</a>.</p><p>Passengers with upcoming flights should contact their airlines for flight status. Travelers can also sign up with <a href="" target="_blank">FlightStats</a> to receive email and text alerts regarding flight changes as they happen.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines</a> passengers flying through Boston or New York on Tuesday or Wednesday can rebook flights through March 21. <a href="" target="_blank">Delta</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">United</a> passengers can rebook their Tuesday or Wednesday flights from select Northeast airports through March 17.</p></p><a href="" target="_blank">Southwest</a> passengers can rebook Tuesday or Wednesday flights for anytime within 14 days of original travel. <a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue</a> passengers can rebook Tuesday travel through March 15.</p>
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At Least 50 Killed After Fiery Plane Crash at Kathmandu Airport in Nepal

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 14:54
<p>At least 50 people have been killed after a plane carrying 71 passengers crashed near Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport in <a href="" target="_blank">Nepal</a> on Monday, officials told <a href="" target="_blank">Reuters</a>. </p><p>Flight BS211, operated by, US-Bangla Airlines, was flying from Dhaka in Bangladesh to the airport when it crashed while trying to land onto the runway, <a href="" target="_blank">Nepal Police officials said</a>.</p><p>At least 40 bodies have been recovered at the scene of the accident and nine passengers died in the hospital. Some 22 other passengers were still being treated in local hospitals, Nepal police spokesperson Manoj Neupane told <em><a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a></em>.</p><p>The plane, which was meant to land on the south side of the airport’s runway approached from the north side instead, veering off the runway and bursting into flames as it crashed, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal director general Sanjiv Gautam said in an interview with the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Hindustan Times</a></em>.</p><p>Authorities are still investigating why the aircraft attempted to land from the other side of the airport.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Why You Should Start Every Flight With This Pilot's 3-second Safety Trick (Video) </a></p><p>Amanda Summers, an expat living in Kathmandu, happened to see the crash and described the incident to CNN.</p><p>“I saw one spark, or flash. Then, seconds later I saw another bigger one,” she said. “It was almost as if the plane might have bounced. Then, no more light but a tall billow of thick black smoke rose in the air.”</p><p>Rescue workers and soldiers from Nepal’s army were called in to help assist survivors out of the wreckage amid thick smoke, shutting down the airport for several hours on Monday before operations reopened.</p><p>Officials are still continuing to confirm the total death toll from the crash of the Bombardier Dash 8 as injured passengers are currently undergoing treatment at various hospitals in the area. </p>
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Pilot Is the Sole Survivor Of East River Helicopter Crash In NYC

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:13
<p>Five people have been killed after a tour <a href="" target="_blank">helicopter</a> carrying six people crashed into <a href="" target="_blank">New York City’s </a>East River on Sunday.</p><p>The aircraft, <a href="" target="_blank">identified</a> by FAA officials as a Eurocopter AS350, crashed into the East River near Roosevelt Island at 7 p.m. on Sunday, inverting into the water. </p><p>The helicopter crash passengers have been identified by New York Police Department officials as 34-year-old Daniel Thompson of New York, 29-year-old Tristan Hill of New York, 26-year-old Trevor Cadigan of Dallas, 26-year-old Brian McDaniel of Dallas, and 29-year-old Carla Vallejos Blanco of Argentina.</p><p>One of the victims, Cadigan, posted a video moments before the incident occurred.</p><p>In audio of the incident obtained by<a href="" target="_blank"></a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">pilot</a> of the aircraft can be heard requesting to issue a mayday from the LaGuardia Air Traffic Control due to an engine failure moments before the helicopter went down into the East River, just north of Roosevelt Island.</p><p>According to FDNY officials, the helicopter landed and then flipped over in the water. The pilot was able to escape moments after the crash. The five passengers, who were strapped in, were trapped inside.</p><p>Footage posted of the crash on social media shows the red helicopter barreling into the water around sunset. </p><p>The Coast Guard and a private tugboat were on the scene and assisted in the initial rescue, with firefighters and divers later called in to attempt to rescue the remaining passengers submerged in the water. </p><p>Two of the passengers were pronounced dead on the scene while three were taken to local area hospitals in critical condition but did not survive, FDNY officials said.</p><p>Footage posted of the crash on social media shows the red helicopter barreling into the water around sunset. </p><p>The pilot, who was the sole survivor of the crash, was identified as Richard Vance, 33, and was released overnight, according to <a href="" target="_blank">ABC</a>. </p><p>The passengers were on a sightseeing photo shoot tour of New York City on the helicopter, which was operated by Liberty Helicopter Tours. The flight took off from Kearney, New Jersey. </p><p>Federal Aviation Administration officials were <a href="" target="_blank">able to confirm</a> that the helicopter was a Eurocopter AS350 that went down at 7 p.m. Sunday, with the National Transportation Safety Board now conducting an investigation on what caused the crash.</p>
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If You Need Daydream Fuel Today, Here’s an Around-the-World Cruise Sailing to 32 Countries and All 7 Continents

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:00
<p>The latest in envy-inducing, prohibitively expensive travel packages that we would never be able to actually do, but totally wish we could: bookings are now open for the <a href="" target="_blank">Silversea World Cruise 2020</a>, an unprecedented seven-continent cruise departing Fort Lauderdale in two years. This might just be the most luxurious and comprehensive cruise option ever on offer.</p><p>Silversea has already made a name for itself as a leader in the ultra-luxury cruise sphere. Their most recent debut, the <a href="" target="_blank">Silver Muse</a>, is their largest vessel yet, somehow pulling off a vibe of refined, understated luxury while boasting eight restaurants and room for nearly 600 guests. And they’ve been doing the World Cruise for years now, though it has never before stopped in every continent on its route. But despite the 1% pedigree, they offer a number of more reasonable luxury sailing options, with seven-day voyages starting around $4,000.</p><p>Not so for the World Cruise 2020. Fares range from $62,000 for a one-bedroom suite to $240,000 for the most luxurious package; top dollar will buy you a spacious Owner’s Suite, a $4,000 stipend for onboard spending, laundry, medical coverage, an arctic-ready parka for cold-weather expeditions, roundtrip business class travel to and from the terminal ports, and more. If that price seems unfathomable, it’s probably because this is the most expensive cruise option in industry history, which makes sense considering the length and breadth of the voyage — sailing to an unprecedented 62 ports of call in 32 countries across all seven continents.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Top 10 Large-ship Ocean Cruise Lines</a></p><p>Departing Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 6, 2020, the route heads south through the Caribbean and hugs the Atlantic coast of South America before reaching the Antarctic Peninsula for a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife spotting excursion. After rounding Cape Horn and making a few stops in Chile, the Whisper will bear west to Polynesia, Australia, and Indonesia. From there, the ship starts a grand leg from Southeast Asia to the Mediterranean, with stops in India, the Arabian Peninsula, and a few Red Sea ports before heading through the Suez Canal. Finally, it cruises along Southern Europe before making its way up to Scandinavia and the British Isles, eventually disembarking 140 days later in Amsterdam.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>The vessel for this unprecedented cruise will be the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Silver</em> <em>Whisper</em></a>, a consistent presence in our <a href="" target="_blank">World’s Best Awards</a>, which was refurbished just last year. With onboard designer boutiques and a full-service spa, it’s undoubtedly one of the most luxe ships on the ocean; in fact, among the Whisper’s four restaurants is La Dame, a tasting menu-only restaurant by industry standard-bearer <a href="" target="_blank">Relais &amp; Châteaux</a>.</p><p>Every suite features linens from Italy’s iconic Pratesi family studio, a bar and refrigerator fully stocked according to guest preferences, marble bathrooms with full tubs, and a writing desk (complete with personalized stationery). Pricier suites have even more amenities: walk-in closets, on-demand afternoon canapés, Bang &amp; Olufsen audio systems, and private teak verandas over the ocean. And the price for every suite level includes dedicated butler service — though, somehow, unlimited Wi-Fi still costs extra.</p><img alt="CRUISE: Silverseas Silver Whisper "src=""><p>In a way, this is a logical next step in a niche industry catering to a rich and powerful set in constant pursuit of outrageous experiences. “We have sought feedback from our most loyal World Cruisers in order to create the only seven-continent World Cruise available,” Barbara Muckermann, the company’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “Silversea invites the curious, the adventurous, and the pioneers of travel to experience the earth’s most authentic beauty, which remains out of reach for most.” </p><p>At least we can dream.</p><p><strong>How to book now:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"><em>; 140-day expedition from $62,000 per person.</em></a></p>
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Amazon Has a Secret Section of $2 Travel-sized Beauty Products

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:08
<p>Here’s reason No. 948576875 why becoming an <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Amazon Prime member</a> would be a great move: Apart from enjoying free two-day shipping on a myriad of products and unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows from their <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";gclid=CjwKCAjwypjVBRANEiwAJAxlIoY7O4TF2H0TTkfDMDEfRLQbinOaLpFIp0apI6d7oPeEO8xXl8hmVxoCX7sQAvD_BwE" target="_blank">Prime Video</a> section, you’d get access to a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">secret section of travel-sized goodies</a> — and for only $2 a pop.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The 20 Best-selling Travel Products on Amazon</a></p><p>To all you fellow travel junkies, just think about the carry-on possibilities — from <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">mini toothpaste tubes</a>, to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">tiny on-the-go lip glosses</a>, to even <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">fun-size snacks</a> in case airplane pretzels aren’t your thing. What’s more is for every sample product you buy, you’ll score a credit equal to that price for future use on a full-size product in that category. For example, if you purchase a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">$2 facial toner</a>, then you’ll instantly earn a $2 credit to go towards buying a full-size skin care product.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Carry-on Luggage You Can Buy, According to Amazon</a></p><img alt="Amazon Has a Secret Section of $2 Travel-sized Beauty Products "src=""><p><strong>To buy: </strong>Women's Luxury Beauty Sample Box, <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";th=1" target="_blank"></a>, $20</p><p>Oh, and let’s not forget Amazon’s offering of sample boxes with multiple pint-size goodies inside — à la <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Birchbox</a> — in case you’re in the mood for trying out a bunch of products. Sounds like a mighty fine deal to us. Head to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> to access the Prime Samples shop.</p>
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5 Royal Secrets From a Behind-the-scenes Tour of Kensington Palace

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:00
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Kensington Palace</a> typically conjures up thoughts of pure glamour, elegance, and sophistication. And truly, stepping foot inside the palace, which is <a href="" target="_blank">home to Prince Harry, his future bride Meghan Markle, Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, and more</a>, does make you feel like you’ve walked right into a fairy tale land that requires you to look and act a certain way.</p><p>Though along the tour, which is <a href="" target="_blank">open to the public every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.</a>, you learn a few things about 18th-century royalty that will downright scandalize you.</p><h2>Women often urinated on the floor at high society events.</h2><p>In the 18th century, women visiting Kensington Palace would want to put their best foot forward to impress everyone in the room. And that meant donning what is known as a “Robe de Cour.” The “stiff bodied gown or straight bodied gown was the formal court wear across much of Europe, and most particularly in France, throughout the 18th century,” according to <a href="" target="_blank">The Dreamstress</a>. The design consisted of a boned bodice that laces up the back — though often the women were sewn in —along with a wide skirt, a separate train, and detachable sleeves.</p><p>The size of the skirts were so extreme that women would have to walk sideways to enter doorways. But that’s not all. The skirts were so big that women couldn’t use the lavatory. Instead, they were forced to call over a maid, who would crawl under their skirts and hold up a bed pan known as a “<a href="" target="_blank">bourdaloue</a>” for the women to use to, well, relieve themselves. But, according to our tour guide at Kensington, the maids couldn’t always make it in time, meaning women simply urinated directly on the palace floor. To be fair there isn’t much <a href="" target="_blank">documentation around this phenomenon</a>, other than our tour guide’s word, but we’d like to believe he was telling the truth that this was totally socially acceptable behavior.</p><h2>Slathering your face with goose fat was the way to prepare for a fancy event.</h2><p>Prior to big events, both women and men would slather goose fat all over their faces to, according to our guide, protect their face against the elements. This becomes all the more hilarious when you learn that their next step was to apply <a href="" target="_blank">lead-based</a><a href="" target="_blank"> white makeup</a> to look their best. And, because of the lead, many of high society’s men and women lost all their hair, including their eyebrows. So, naturally, they then applied <a href="" target="_blank">mouse-skin eyebrows</a>. But, because the rooms often became overwhelmingly hot thanks to the roaring fires and hundreds of people packed in, those fake eyebrows would often fall off their faces as the goose fat began to melt. Paired with the pee on the floor it must have been one delightful sight.</p><h2>Guests were required to faint "properly."</h2><p>Because of those rising temperatures, heavy outfits, and goose fat-slathered faces, women would <a href="" target="_blank">often faint at the events</a> that went well into the night. But, because this was high society they couldn’t just fall onto the floor. Instead, women had to back their way into a corner against a wall and slide down gracefully until they hit the floor. According to our guide, women would then remain on the floor in the seated position until they felt well enough to stand. Truly graceful indeed.</p><h2>Royal men were all about showing off their calves.</h2><p>Sure, during the events the women likely had it much, much worse than men, but according to our Kensington guide, men too had to suffer in the name of fashion.</p><p>Back then, it was all the rage for men to sport knee-length pants that showed off their calf muscles. This way, people could admire the muscles each man built from riding and hunting all day long. But, if a man’s calves weren’t up to snuff that meant they had to wear <a href="" target="_blank">a stuffed version</a>. Yes, men in the 18th century would wear stockings stuffed to make their calves look larger.</p><p>Furthermore, our guide at the palace pointed out that the formalwear of the day for men came with seams running down the back of the arm, meaning they could never fold or lift their arms. How they took a drink of water, or wine, without spilling remains somewhat of a mystery. But hey, at least they didn’t have to pee themselves at the event.</p><h2>Entering each room of the palace came with a price.</h2><p>Like any good club, you had to pay your way into royal events at Kensington. But, according to our tour guide, the entrance fee didn’t always guarantee you an invite.</p><p>In fact, women and men would trudge through the park in their finest outfits, enter the palace gates, and wait to see if they’d be allowed in. Then, each and every room of the palace was a different fee. If you made it into the king’s parlor room it meant you were the crème de la crème of society. As previously noted, it also meant you were totally welcome to show off your calves, allow your makeup to melt off and to simply pee on the floor. Ah, to be rich, am I right?</p><p>Beyond the absurd, the tour at Kensington has a ton of history to share. Right now the palace is also hosting a special display, “Diana: Her Fashion Story,” which is a stunning look back at the princess' remarkable life through the lens of her fashion choices. It will take you through her early years as a commoner to her last days as a world-changing public figure. But, while you’ll likely be able to get into Kensington for a tour any day you’d like, if you’re interested in the Diana exhibit make sure to <a href="" target="_blank">book your tickets early</a> as the display is often sold out.</p><p>And here's a little pro tip: If you happen to be an American Express Platinum card holder you can always contact the <a href="" target="_blank">local destination experts</a> in the United Kingdom to help you score a ticket or two.</p>
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This Gorgeous Swimming Pool in the Middle of Death Valley Is Not a Mirage

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 09:31
<p>The last thing you’d probably expect to see in <a href="" target="_blank">Death Valley</a> — the <a href="" target="_blank">hottest and driest spot in North America</a> — is a swimming pool filled with natural spring water.</p><p>But what you’re seeing is not a mirage. Surprisingly, an ancient, underground spring has given life to an oasis in the middle of the desert — and a gorgeous resort as well.</p><img alt="The Oasis Inn at Death Valley "src=""><p>The pool at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Oasis at Death Valley</a> (formerly known as Furnace Creek Resort), in California, is fed by that very same natural, underground spring, and manages to stay at a cozy 85 degrees, which is pretty refreshing considering the average high temperatures in the area can reach around <a href="" target="_blank">116 degrees mid-summer</a>.</p><p>Now, after a multimillion-dollar renovation of the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Oasis Inn</a> earlier this year, guests can finally visit the pool again, or even lounge in private cabanas, visit the spa, and enjoy the beautiful views of that Death Valley is famous for.</p><p>Water is a precious commodity in the desert, so the resort carefully manages it at all times — to the point where it doesn’t even keep the pool chlorinated. This way, the water from the spring can also be used for landscaping and irrigation.</p><img alt="The Oasis Inn at Death Valley "src=""><p>Aside from the pool, guests can enjoy rounds at the golf course, which is also an Audubon bird sanctuary, stay in one of their <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">66 updated rooms</a> or enjoy dinner and drinks at the newly renovated fine dining restaurant and cocktail lounge. More additions to the resort are planned to open in the summer. </p><p>Plus, there are a lot of amazing places to go and incredible views to see in <a href="" target="_blank">Death Valley National Park</a>. Not only is the desert landscape a gorgeous place to visit during the day, the surprisingly bright, star-filled night sky is an unforgettable sight.</p>
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The Foldable Stroller That Saved My Family Vacation

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 07:51
<p>Babies come with stuff. A lot of stuff.</p><p>And when you travel, that basically multiples by a thousand. It feels like you have to pack up the kid’s whole life and fit it all into a <a href="" target="_blank">teeny tiny suitcase</a> that you then have to lug through the airport along with the adorable 16 pounds of kicking baby who just wants to chew on every available surface (your passport included).</p><p>There's the bottles, the sterilized water, the outfits that inevitably get thrown up on, peed on, and changed multiple times a day. And don’t forget the big ticket items like a portable crib that has to be marched over to the oversize baggage claim area.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">11 Cute Kids’ Backpacks for Your Next Family Vacation</a></p><p>So literally anything that made traveling with my adorable 7-month-old nephew through Italy for Christmas week easier was worth its weight in gold. Enter the <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";icid=&amp;searchType=MAIN&amp;rte=%2Fsearch.jsp%3Ffrom%3DbrSearch%26request_type%3Dsearch%26search_type%3Dkeyword%26q%3Dbabyzen&amp;eItemId=prod203030065&amp;cmCat=search&amp;tc=8&amp;currentItemCount=1&amp;q=babyzen&amp;searchURL=/search.jsp%3Ffrom%3DbrSearch%26start%3D0%26rows%3D30%26q%3Dbabyzen%26l%3Dbabyzen%26request_type%3Dsearch%26search_type%3Dkeyword" target="_blank">Babyzen YOYO+ stroller</a>, a chic, French-designed lifesaver. While it's a bit pricey at just under $500, this compact, lightweight, and sturdy stroller might be the best travel stroller there is. You can even fold it up in one easy swoop. </p><img alt="BabyZen YOYO Stroller "src=""><p>Shuffling through the <a href="" target="_blank">Vatican</a> a few days after Christmas, my brother-in-law didn’t bat an eye as he folded up and slung it over his shoulder with the built-in strap like a big purse. Folded accordion style, it was barely recognizable as a stroller and made going in and out of tight spaces a breeze.</p><p>One of the best parts of Tuscany is its snug restaurants, romantic and dimly lit. The best spots are often tucked away on cobblestone side streets with menus on worn, yellowed paper, and can be a squeeze to get into. So when the whole family of eight sidled into a trattoria with one hallway so narrow we had to go single-file, wheeling the stroller wasn't really an option. Sipping on a silky bean soup with ditalini pasta as my family passed around a bottle of house red wine, I looked over at the stroller folded inconspicuously in the corner. <i>Che facile!</i></p><p>And the airport, invariably the hardest part of traveling with my nephew, was made just a little less hectic by not having to gate check a bulky stroller. Minutes before boarding, my sister whisked the baby out of the seat and deftly folded the stroller in about five seconds flat, almost like a circus juggling act without the applause. She slipped it into a thin bag and raised it into the overhead bins as I watched, amazed it was slimmer than any carry-on I’ve ever tried to stuff up there.</p><p>Not to mention, people who have the stroller love it. Sitting in a high-end shop on Milan’s Via Montenapoleone, the Christmas lights strung outside and glittering, my whole family was engaged in a gush fest with the sales woman about how amazing the YOYO+ was. She, of course, had one too, and couldn't imagine traveling without it.</p><p>Whether it's traipsing through centuries-old monuments, traversing the bumpy roads of hilly towns, or just trying to get through a flight with a little less hassle, any family traveling with little ones needs one of these versatile strollers.</p><p><strong>To buy: </strong>$449 (<a data-ecommerce="true" href=";icid=&amp;searchType=MAIN&amp;rte=%2Fsearch.jsp%3Ffrom%3DbrSearch%26request_type%3Dsearch%26search_type%3Dkeyword%26q%3Dbabyzen&amp;eItemId=prod203030065&amp;cmCat=search&amp;tc=8&amp;currentItemCount=1&amp;q=babyzen&amp;searchURL=/search.jsp%3Ffrom%3DbrSearch%26start%3D0%26rows%3D30%26q%3Dbabyzen%26l%3Dbabyzen%26request_type%3Dsearch%26search_type%3Dkeyword" target="_blank">frame</a>), $75 (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">canopy and seat pad set</a>), <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";icid=&amp;searchType=MAIN&amp;rte=%2Fsearch.jsp%3Ffrom%3DbrSearch%26request_type%3Dsearch%26search_type%3Dkeyword%26q%3Dbabyzen&amp;eItemId=prod203030065&amp;cmCat=search&amp;tc=8&amp;currentItemCount=1&amp;q=babyzen&amp;searchURL=/search.jsp%3Ffrom%3DbrSearch%26start%3D0%26rows%3D30%26q%3Dbabyzen%26l%3Dbabyzen%26request_type%3Dsearch%26search_type%3Dkeyword" target="_blank"></a></p>
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Two People Hospitalized After a Southwest Flight Made an Emergency Landing Over 'Unusual Smell' (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 06:51
<p>A Southwest Airlines flight had to make an <a href="" target="_blank">emergency landing</a> in New Mexico on Sunday night after smoke was reported in the main cabin of the aircraft.</p><p>The Boeing 737 was en route to Dallas from Phoenix when it had to be diverted to <a href="" target="_blank">Albuquerque</a>, due to what could have been an electrical fire, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>NBC 4 New York</em></a>. </p><p>Two people from flight 3562 were taken to a local hospital, but their condition is still unknown, a tweet from the Albuquerque Fire Department said.</p><p>Passengers also tweeted about their unexpected experience on the <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest flight</a>, with one user writing that he was helping catch people who came down the inflatable slide from the wing.</p><p>Another person on board was a Dallas police officer who tweeted his approval of the captain and crew's handling of the emergency situation. </p><p>Most passengers on the original flight made it to Dallas’ Love Field Monday morning, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>CBS Dallas Fort-Worth</em> reported</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Southwest</a> reacted to the emergency landing in statement reported by <em>NBC 4 New York,</em> which explained that the flight diverted "after our Crew noted an unusual smell the cabin."</p><p>The statement said, "The Captain declared an emergency to receive priority handling from air traffic controllers after deviating from the filed flight plan. After safely landing, 140 passengers evacuated the aircraft on a clear taxiway. Initial reports indicate five Customers requested assessment by medical personnel. Our People in Albuquerque worked to get Customers onboard another aircraft to continue their journey to Dallas. The diverted aircraft will remain in Albuquerque until our Mechanics inspect and clear its return to service."</p>
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This Princess Just Broke Royal Protocol With a Personal Instagram Account

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 06:22
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Princess Eugenie</a> may be a member of the royal family, but that’s not stopping her from living life her way. In fact, Eugenie proved she’s got a rebellious streak by becoming the only member of the British royal family to launch a personal Instagram account.</p><p>That’s right, Eugenie made the very un-royal move of starting her own social media channel on Thursday. Since then, she’s also already amassed more than 20,000 followers.</p><p>On her social media launch date, Eugenie created her first post, a video of herself speaking at a charity event on International Women's Day.</p><p>She captioned the post, “I can think of no better day than today, International Women’s Day, to launch my personal Instagram. I hope to use this platform to share the causes, passions and people close to my heart.”</p><p>Over the weekend, Eugenie got a bit more personal, reposting one of her engagement photos with London socialite Jack Brooksbank.</p><p>She simply captioned the heartwarming photo, “Think Jack said something funny!”</p><p>On Sunday, Eugenie paid homage to her mother, Fergie, in celebration of UK Mother’s Day with a post that read, “Happy Mother's Day to my legend of a mother. <a href="">@</a><a href="" target="_blank">sarahferguson15</a> And to all mothers on this special day! <a href="" target="_blank">#mothersday</a>.”</p><p>And finally, on Monday, Eugenie shared another throwback post of her and her mother with the silly caption, “Good Morning Monday!”</p><p>While her account remains lighthearted, it could mark a serious turning point for the royal family, which has remained very reserved on social media. Meghan Markle even <a href="" target="_blank">took down her active social media channels and personal blog</a> when she announced her engagement to Prince Harry.</p><p>For now, you can still follow all the official happenings of Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate and Meghan on <a href="" target="_blank">Kensington Royal</a>, but truly, we are all hoping this inspires Meghan to re-activate her accounts so she can keep sharing all of her <a href="" target="_blank">awesome life advice</a> with her followers.</p>
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