How Hurricane Florence Will Affect Your Flights This Week

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 06:46
<p>The southeastern coast of the United States is preparing for the oncoming <a href="" target="_blank">impact of Hurricane Florence</a>.</p><p>The category 4 hurricane is expected to make landfall in the U.S. late Thursday night, bringing heavy winds and up to 30 inches of rain. In anticipation of the storm, governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland have declared states of emergency.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Mandatory evacuation orders</a> are in effect for both Carolinas and Virginia. South Carolina evacuation orders affect five coastal counties. Public schools and state agencies are closed <a href="" target="_blank">beginning Tuesday</a>. Beaches are cleared due to “life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.” North Carolina’s Hatteras Island, as well as northern parts of the Outer Banks, are under mandatory evacuation. In Virginia, nearly a quarter-million people have been ordered to evacuate from the shore.</p><p>The National Hurricane Center has issued a storm surge watch, extending from Edisto Beach, South Carolina up through the North Carolina-Virginia border. The watch “means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours,” the Hurricane Center said.</p><p>Airlines have already begun issuing travel alerts and waiving change fees ahead of the storm. Across all airlines, change fees are only waived if tickets were purchased before Sept. 10.</p><img alt="Chris Brace, from Charleston, S.C. lowers hurricane shutters on a client's house in preparation for Hurricane Florence at Sullivan's Island, S.C., . Brace said that after S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster ordered an evacuation the property owner asked for the hous "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines</a> travel to Raleigh or Charleston through Sept. 16 can be rebooked at no charge through Oct. 1.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> is waiving the change fees for travel to 23 southeastern cities — including Asheville, Charlotte, and Savannah — booked through Sept. 16. The waiver is effective on travel rebooked before Sept. 19.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines</a> travel to, from, or through cities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Savannah, Georgia through Sept. 16 can be rebooked for free by Sept. 20.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue</a> will allow passengers with scheduled flights through Baltimore, Charleston, Charlotte, Raleigh, Richmond, Savannah, and D.C. through Sept.16 to rebook travel through Sept. 20.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Southwest</a> passengers flying through Baltimore, Charleston, Charlotte, Greenville, Norfolk, Raleigh, Richmond, and D.C. can rebook any travel currently scheduled through Sept. 17. All rebooked travel must take place within 14 days of the original flight.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">United</a> flights to and from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Savannah, Georgia through Sept. 16 can be changed for free. Rescheduled flights must take place before Sept. 20 to avoid paying any difference in airfare.</p>
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This Is the Best Road Trip Map for Anyone Who Wants to Eat Their Way Across the U.S.

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 17:46
<p>It’s one of the most important questions you have to ask yourself on a <a href="" target="_blank">road trip</a>: Where are we going to eat?</p><p>Don’t worry, Orbitz has you covered. No matter where you’re driving to.</p><p>The travel fare aggregator has crafted the ultimate trip planner for foodies who want to get the best the U.S. has to offer in terms of local fare. And, they’ll tell you the best route to get there.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Ultimate Foodie Road Trip</a> feature on the Orbitz website maps out the very best restaurants in each state serving the most delicious local fare. On the website, you can either search alphabetically or use the map to chart out your journey.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">14 Fall Road Trips for Seeing the Best Fall Foliage — and a Whole Lot More</a></p><p>The best part of the trip planner is that it takes you through every state in the contiguous U.S., so you can start anywhere.</p><p>Each state has one or more restaurants listed that serve the quintessential dish that the locals love. In New York, you’ll find a place for pizza, a place for bagels, and a place for eggs benedict. In New Hampshire, you’ll find the ultimate lobster roll. In Michigan, prepare yourself for the best cider donuts. In Louisiana, you’ll find some life-changing jambalaya and gumbo. And, of course, in California, you can treat yourself to some fish tacos. </p><p>The road trip planner basically takes you in a big circle across the country, so it’s easy to map out where you want to go and find your way back.</p><p>Just remember, a 48-state drive is going to take a very long time. But trust us, the food will be worth it, and we can give you a lot of tips on <a href="" target="_blank">how to plan a great road trip</a>.</p><p>Find the best bites the U.S. has to offer on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>
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Here's Every Stop Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Make on Their First Royal Tour

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 16:35
<p>Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are about to embark on one seriously epic working vacation.</p><p>Earlier this year, Kensington Palace announced that the <a href="" target="_blank">Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be embarking on an official royal tour</a> to help celebrate the Invictus Games. The tour will mark Meghan’s first official tour as a royal. It will also closely mirror Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s first trip as a married couple. Just months following their wedding, Charles and Diana embarked on a 41-day trip to Australia and New Zealand as well.</p><p>And now, the palace is sharing every detail about the newest royal couple’s upcoming trip just in case <a href="" target="_blank">you want to buy tickets too</a>.</p><p>“Their Royal Highnesses have been invited to visit the Commonwealth Realms of Australia and New Zealand by the countries' respective governments,” <a href="" target="_blank">Kensington shared in the announcement</a>. “The Duke and Duchess will visit Fiji and Tonga at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.”</p><p>The announcement added that rather than soaking up the sun, Harry and Meghan's trip will “focus on youth leadership, environmental and conservation efforts – including the dedication of several new Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy projects – and the recovery and rehabilitation of servicemen and women through the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.”</p><p>So where will they be and when? Find their full itinerary below.</p><p>Tuesday, Oct. 16: Sydney, Australia </p><p>Wednesday, Oct. 17: Dubbo, Australia</p><p>Thursday, Oct. 18: Melbourne, Australia</p><p>Friday, Oct. 19: Sydney, Australia</p><p>Saturday, Oct. 20: Sydney, Australia </p><p>Sunday, Oct. 21: Sydney, Australia</p><p>Monday, Oct. 22: Fraser Island, Australia</p><p>Tuesday, Oct. 23: Suva, Fiji</p><p>Wednesday, Oct. 24: Suva, Fiji</p><p>Thursday, Oct. 25: Nadi, Fiji and Nuku’alofa, Tonga</p><p>Friday, Oct. 26: Nuku’alofa, Tonga and Sydney, Australia</p><p>Saturday, Oct. 27: Sydney, Australia</p><p>Sunday, Oct. 28: Wellington, New Zealand</p><p>Monday, Oct. 29: Wellington and Abel Tasman, New Zealand</p><p>Tuesday, Oct. 30: Auckland, New Zealand</p><p>Wednesday, Oct. 31: Rotorua, New Zealand</p>
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Hilton Is Partnering With Foursquare to Give You Tips From Locals on Your Next Trip

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 14:01
<p>Travelers staying at <a href="" target="_blank">Hilton’s properties</a> will now have a new way to get recommendations during their stays.</p><p>Hilton is partnering with <a href="" target="_blank">Foursquare</a> to offer its guests a new location-based feature called "Explore" in the <a href="" target="_blank">Hilton Honors app</a> that will provide travelers with recommendations from local experts on the best activities and spots to discover near their hotel.</p><p>Starting on Sep. 12, travelers who have a confirmed booking with a Hilton property will be able to use the Hilton Honors app to receive recommendations on everything from the top restaurants to the most popular activities and destinations to see during their stay. </p><p>Each recommendation includes personalized tips like the best menu items to try at restaurants, the optimal times to visit locations based on what you're looking for, and photos of what to expect. Foursquare’s technology also allows users to see details like each location’s hours of operations and some of the most popular dishes at eateries. </p><p>Users will also be able to tap into the feature and save recommendations into a favorite folder to create an itinerary before arriving, with suggestions available across various categories that range from family-friendly stops to ideal locations for business dinners or romantic locales for couples. </p><img alt="The new explore feature on the Hilton Honors app will let you get recommendations from local experts during your stay. "src=""><p>The new feature is currently available in 28 different markets that include U.S. cities like New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, and Los Angeles, and global stops like London and Rome. Hilton plans to expand the offering to additional markets down the line.</p><p>You'll need to be a <a href="" target="_blank">Hilton Honors</a> member to use the new feature. Signing up for the loyalty program is free and gives you access to additional benefits that include discounts on stays, free Wi-Fi, digital check-in, and the opportunity to earn points during each stay. </p><p>The addition is the latest of several new features to hit Hilton’s Honors app, including the ability to tap into <a href="">"connected room" properties</a> at the hotel and control everything from the rooms’ temperature and lighting to opening and closing window drapes straight through the app.</p><p>The hotel brand is even considering using its connected room technology to reward guests each time they shut off their room's lights as part of its <a href="" target="_blank">larger initiative</a> to cut its environmental footprint in half across its more than 5,300 properties by 2030.</p>
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Japan Is Trying to Build an Elevator to Space That Could Be Operational by 2050 (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 13:01
<p>A stairway to heaven is so 20th century. Japan wants to build an elevator.</p><p>Later this month, researchers at Shizuoka University will begin testing for a “space elevator,” which would connect earth and a space station by cable. In the future, this elevator could be used to transport people and cargo back and forth.</p><p>But there are still some major hurdles researchers must overcome before an elevator could begin test runs. <a href="" target="_blank">According to <i>Smithsonian</i></a>, there is no cable in the world that is strong enough to withstand the forces of gravity and the harsh winds of the upper atmosphere. And nobody yet knows how cable movement would work in zero gravity — but we might gain a better understanding later this month.</p><p>The first test will entail a rocket launch from the Japanese island of Tanegashima. Once in space, a miniature elevator box — about 2.4 inches long — will move along a 32-foot cable between two satellites. "It's going to be the world's first experiment to test elevator movement in space," a university spokesman <a href="" target="_blank">told AFP earlier this week</a>.</p><p>The idea of an elevator to space was first proposed back in 1895 by a Russian scientist named Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. But it wasn’t until the 1960s, when Russian engineer Yuri Artsutanov investigated the real-life challenges around such a link, that anybody began to take the idea seriously.</p><p>Despite the fact that tests haven’t yet begun, a Japanese corporation has already issued a proposal for the space elevator. In their concept, the <a href="" target="_blank">Obayashi Corporation</a> envisions almost 60,000 miles of cable that would connect a station floating in the sea to a satellite orbiting the planet. The trip would take approximately eight days to complete via cable car. There’s a “realistic” timeline of completion by 2050, according to the corporation.</p><p>If the space elevator were ever to become reality, it would likely be tethered somewhere along the equator, where earthquakes and tornadoes are unlikely.</p>
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The World Keeps Making Suitcases You Can Ride Through the Airport

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:16
<p>The newest generation of <a href="" target="_blank">“smart” suitcases</a> can do a lot: They can charge your phone, tell you how much they weigh, and even track themselves to the baggage carousel. But can they carry you?</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The SE3 by Airwheel</a> is a carry-on bag that becomes the thing you’ve always needed in the airport: a vehicle.</p><p>According to the manufacturer, it takes only one second to transform from suitcase to scooter. To make the switch, travelers just need to extend the handlebars and the front wheel. Then sit down, rev the throttle on the handlebar, and scoot off.</p><p>Inside, there’s a 250-watt electric motor and a removable battery. Taking the droid-like suitcase through security is “not a concern,” according to <a href="" target="_blank">the company</a>. Everything inside is approved by air regulations set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).</p><p>Just be aware of any weight restrictions. With the battery inside, the suitcase alone weighs about 30 pounds.</p><p>The suitcase works with a smartphone app. To keep things from getting too fast, users can set a maximum speed for their racing bag on their phones. (<a href="" target="_blank">It can go up to 6.21 miles per hour</a>, depending on the weight of the passenger.)</p><p>To compete with the flurry of other smart suitcases on the market, the SE3 also has a USB port for charging phones and other devices while you’re on the go. It takes about three hours to fully charge the battery, which can then power your iPhone up to 10 times.</p><p>It comes in black or silver and is <a href="" target="_blank">available starting at $1,099</a>.</p><p>The SE3 is not the world’s first rideable suitcase. In 2016, <a href="" target="_blank">Modobag launched an Indiegogo campaign</a> to create the “world’s first motorized, rideable luggage.” The “carry-on that carries you” has now been produced and is <a href="" target="_blank">available for $1,495</a>.</p>
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This Airport Has a Jumbo Jet Transformed Into a Hotel (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:00
<p>Sleeping on a plane may not seem ideal, but one Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet in Sweden could change travelers' minds.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Jumbo Stay</a> opened its galley doors in 2009 for guests to come and stay in a totally converted jumbo jet that now sits restfully on the ground. The plane, the hotel explains, was once an active Boeing 747-212B that went into service in 1976. It was then owned by Transjet Airways, a <a href="" target="_blank">Swedish airline that went bankrupt in 2002</a>. After it was decommissioned, it was parked at the Stockholm-Arlanda Airport and given a new and modern interior overhaul.</p><p>Jumbo Stay has 27 rooms, including a luxury suite in the plane’s cockpit and accommodations inside the plane’s engines. In total, the aircraft-turned-hostel can house up to 76 guests at once.</p><img alt="JumboStay Experience at Arlanda Airport "src=""><p>Each room comes with crisp white linens, a television, a small table, and is of course lined with tiny plane windows so guests can peek outside.</p><img alt="JumboStay Experience at Arlanda Airport "src=""><p>Beyond the plush rooms, the hostel also has a lookout deck, which sits over the wing of the plane, along with a cafe that is open 24 hours a day to serve guests on a red-eye schedule.</p><p>“Jumbo Stay is not just a hostel,” the hostel’s management explained to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Curbed</em></a>. “It's also an exciting place to go on an excursion for the whole family and for aviation enthusiasts.”</p><img alt="JumboStay Experience at Arlanda Airport "src=""><p>Perhaps the only downside of the conversion is the fact that guests must share a bathroom in true hostel style. Though, upgrading to the cockpit suite means you’ll get your own ensuite bathroom, just as a real pilot would, too.</p><p>Rooms range from <a href="" target="_blank">$60 a night for a dorm-style shared space to $550 a night for a suite</a>.</p>
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World's Longest Flight Turns Back Due to Disruptive Man Who Locked Himself in the Bathroom

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 09:42
<p>Problems can arise on any flight. Even, of course, on the <a href="" target="_blank">world’s longest flight</a>.</p><p>Luckily, a Qantas non-stop flight from Perth to London, known as the world’s longest flight route, wasn’t too far into its journey when the pilot had to make the difficult decision to return to Perth after just two hours in the air, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Fox News</em> reported</a>.</p><p>The Boeing 787 took off a few minutes after 7 p.m. local time, and not long after, a disruptive passenger allegedly began yelling at other passengers and crew, then proceeded to lock himself in one of the plane bathrooms.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Andy Cohen's Flight Had to Turn Around Over a Broken Toilet and He Shared the Entire Saga</a></p><p>Passenger Christine Kohli told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that cabin crew asked for help from a few male passengers. </p><p>“I think the air crew were marvelous, they were very in control of the situation, they were calming passengers. They were very, very supportive. They got him down to the back of the plane quite quickly. It was clear he was quite an unwell man,” Kohli <a href="" target="_blank">told the ABC</a>. </p><p>Another passenger told the ABC that the man was locked in the bathroom for about an hour. “Eventually they managed to calm him down and get him back in his seat. He seemed really wired and agitated,” she said. </p><p>The Qantas flight normally takes 17 hours and 20 minutes. Luckily, other passengers did not have to endure the disruption for nearly an entire day. When the flight landed back in Perth, the man was subsequently handcuffed and escorted off by police, according to <em>Fox News</em>.</p>
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TSA Might Finally Fix the One Thing PreCheck Members Have Always Complained About (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 08:59
<p>The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) might soon make the <a href="" target="_blank">PreCheck</a> line a bit more exclusive.</p><p>After years of complaints from PreCheck members, the agency could ban non-members from accessing the line.</p><p>A bill, called the “<a href="">PreCheck Is PreCheck Act of 2018</a>,” passed through the House of Representatives last week and is on its way to the Senate.</p><p>If approved, the act will “ensure that only travelers who are members of a trusted traveler program are permitted to use TSA PreCheck security screening lanes at TSA checkpoints,” according to the bill overview. The act will also allow the TSA to create separate “risk modified screening protocol” for non-PreCheck passengers deemed low-risk.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Why You Don’t Ever Want to See These Four Letters on Your Boarding Pass</a></p><p>In order to alleviate traffic, travelers who are deemed “low-risk” can be siphoned into the PreCheck line, despite not having paid for membership — much to the chagrin of those who have paid for the service.</p><p>“TSA PreCheck has always offered business travelers a risk-based, intelligence-driven aviation security that is safe, fast and efficient,” Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) executive director and COO Michael W. McCormick <a href="">said in a statement</a>. “Previously though, GBTA has expressed concerns from the business travel community on the inclusion of non-PreCheck members into PreCheck lanes.”</p><p>The act will also encourage the TSA to partner with airlines to market the program, increase enrollment flexibility with new technology, and make PreCheck enrollment centers more accessible to the public.</p><p>A date of consideration for the Senate has not yet been scheduled. If passed, the act will be in effect within one year.</p>
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This Pilot Ordered Pizza for 159 People After Storm Left Passengers Stranded

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 08:41
<p>Passengers on <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> Flight 2354 from Los Angeles to Dallas-Fort Worth on Thursday were facing a classic traveling problem that most frequent flyers have encountered in their lives: extreme delays.</p><p>The flight was so delayed, thanks to severe thunderstorms, the plane was diverted to Wichita Falls Municipal Airport in Wichita Falls, Texas to wait out the storm, <a href="" target="_blank">according to CNN</a>. Sadly, the 159 frustrated passengers realized they were likely stuck until morning.</p><p>The plane’s pilot, Jeff Raines, knew what he had to do. In order to ensure everyone’s comfort and happiness, he called up Papa Johns and ordered 40 pizzas to be delivered to the airport. Even overnight plane delays are better with two slices of hot pizza.</p><p>Workers at the Wichita airport caught a video of the pilot running out to meet the delivery driver and posted it on Twitter.</p><p>According to CNN, Captain Raines said on Facebook that he can’t take all the credit.</p><p>“My First Officer was on the telephone with crew tracking / hotel desk arranging for our release and hotels for the entire crew. The Flight Attendants manned a galley cart from the aircraft serving waters, juice, and sodas to all the passengers in the terminal. All while the Envoy SPS Personnel were arranging for a bus, re-booking flights, and answering a flurry of questions from these passengers. Thanks to everyone for your help - there is no "I" in TEAM.”</p><p>Airline spokesman Tom Henderson said to CNN, “We are always proud of our crew members who take great care of our customers who fly on American Airlines and are fortunate that they are the best in the business.”</p><p>After their impromptu pizza party, the passengers were able to reboard Friday morning and continue on their journey to Dallas.</p>
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Passengers on 4 Southwest Flights May Have Been Exposed to Measles — Here's What We Know

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 07:33
<p>Southwest Airlines and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) have issued a warning for anyone who may have been in contact with a North Texas passenger who has been diagnosed with the measles virus, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Travel Pulse</a>.</p><p>Anyone who has been in contact with the man should seek medical attention, especially those in the state of Texas who have traveled between Dallas, Houston, and Harlingen.</p><p>According to an airline representative to the <a href="" target="_blank">Fort Worth Star-Telegram</a>, four flights, in particular, could have been affected:</p><p>Flight No. 5: between Dallas and Houston on Aug. 21, 2018</p><p>Flight No. 9: between Houston and Harlingen on Aug. 21, 2018</p><p>Flight No. 665: between Harlingen and Houston on Aug. 22, 2018</p><p>Flight No. 44: between Houston and Dallas on Aug. 22, 2018</p><p>ABC News also reported that passengers could experience symptoms as late as September 12. <a href="" target="_blank">Symptoms for the measles</a> include a high fever, cough, a runny nose, or red, watery eyes. More advanced symptoms include white spots on the inside of the mouth and head-to-toe rash.</p><p>Luckily, according to the Houston Health Department on Thursday, the passenger did not appear to visit any airport restaurants or shops, mostly staying in waiting areas, which is extremely important in terms of containing the risk of infection.</p><p>Dr. David Persse told <a href="" target="_blank">ABC News</a> that people who may have been in the same airport as the man are at much lower risk of infection than those who shared a flight.</p><p>The airline and the CDC are working diligently to contact other passengers who may have contracted the disease on these flights.</p><p>“Our safety and security groups worked with the CDC to support the agency’s work in reaching our customers who traveled onboard four intra-Texas flights last week with a passenger later diagnosed with measles,” a statement from Southwest Airlines said to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.</p><p>Travelers who are unvaccinated are specifically at risk and anyone who may have shared a flight with the man should be aware that symptoms of the virus are not immediately apparent.</p><p>According to the CDC, measles is extremely contagious. In fact, <a href="" target="_blank">90 percent of the people</a> close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.</p><p>Information about the identity of the passenger has not been released.</p>
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Hurricane Florence 'Could Be One of the Worst Storms in U.S. History,' Meteorologists Say

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 07:32
<p>The southeastern coast of the U.S. is preparing for a potentially <a href="" target="_blank">historic hurricane</a> to make landfall later this week. Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the U.S. coast in the later half of this week, <a href="" target="_blank">possibly as early as Wednesday evening</a>.</p><p>The hurricane has <a href="" target="_blank">already reached category 4</a>, with winds up to 130 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center predicts a hurricane watch will likely be issued by Tuesday morning for the “extremely dangerous major hurricane.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Here's What You Should Know About Traveling During Hurricane Season, According to a Weather Expert</a></p><p>North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia will likely experience the brunt of the storm, with a possibility of up to 40 inches of rain, in addition to hurricane winds. The states have already declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Florence.</p><p>"North Carolina is taking Hurricane Florence seriously, and you should, too," North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper <a href="" target="_blank">said at a press conference</a>.</p><p>Swells from the storm are already reaching Bermuda and parts of the U.S. coast. Freshwater flooding is extremely likely once the storm makes landfall, <a href="" target="_blank">possibly as far inland as West Virginia</a>.</p><p>Some <a href=";" target="_blank">meteorologists are already predicting</a> that Florence “could be one of the worst storms in U.S. history.”</p><p>A mandatory evacuation is in order for North Carolina’s Hatteras Island, beginning Monday at noon. The order will extend to all of Dare County beginning Tuesday morning.</p>
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Obama Once Got Kicked Out of Disneyland for Breaking This Major Rule (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 06:31
<p>Nobody gets away with breaking the rules at <a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland</a>. Not even <a href="" target="_blank">Barack Obama</a>.</p><p>Over the weekend, the former president made a stop in Anaheim, California at a rally for Democratic congressional candidates. There, he shared a story about a previous visit to the southern California city that he felt rather “ashamed” of.</p><p>“I’m dating myself a little bit here. I’m ashamed to say this, so close your ears, young people, but a few of us were smoking on the gondolas,” Obama told the crowd at the rally, prompting a bit of laughter.</p><p>After all, this is California, where cigarettes aren’t the only thing he could have been smoking. “These were cigarettes, people,” Obama quickly clarified. </p><p>“There’s these two very large Disneyland police officers and they say, ‘Sir, can you come with us?’ And they escort us out of Disneyland,” he added. “This is a true story, everybody — I was booted from the <a href="" target="_blank">Magic Kingdom</a>.”</p><p>Following the admission from Obama, current Disney CEO Bob Iger took to social media to say that Obama would always be welcomed back — so long as he didn’t break the rules.</p><p>“Obama just opened his speech in Anaheim with a story from his college years about getting kicked out of Disneyland for smoking cigarettes on a ride. ‘This is a true story everybody, I was booted from the Magic Kingdom!’ He can always come back, as long as he doesn't smoke,” Iger tweeted.</p><p>Former Disney CEO Micheal Eisner also shared his thoughts on Twitter writing, “Just to be clear. I was not CEO Of<a href="" target="_blank"> @Disney</a> when <a href="" target="_blank">@BarackObama</a> was at <a href="" target="_blank">@Occidental</a> College and was ‘booted’ out of <a href="" target="_blank">@Disneyland</a> for smoking a cigarette. Knowing he was going to be President, I wouldn’t do that :)”</p><p>Though Obama has worked hard to curb his smoking habit, if he does return to Disneyland and wishes to light up, he’ll be happy to know the park has <a href="" target="_blank">several designated smoking areas</a> in place.</p>
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Flights at French Airport Grounded After Man Rams Car Through Terminal, Speeds Onto Runway

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 06:13
<p>Flights at an international airport in Lyon, France, have been grounded after a man rammed a car into the terminal building the sped onto the runway, before eventually being detained.</p><p>Video posted to social media and broadcast on French TV shows the closing moments of a dramatic chase scene, where a white car speeds past the runway, with police in pursuit.</p><p>The suspect then abandons the car, and is surrounded by officers, who later arrested him.</p><p>According to the Lyon local government, cited by the Associated Press, the male driver first drove the wrong way down a highway and crashed into a barrier at a small aerodrome.</p><p>He then headed toward Lyon's Saint-Exupéry international airport, before ramming the car through two glass doors and through a terminal building, Reuters reported, citing police and law-enforcement sources.</p><p>The driver the sped on to the runway, government spokeswoman Christelle Monteagudo told the Associated Press.</p><p>The driver, dressed in dark clothing, then abandoned the car and fled on foot.</p><p>Multiple police officers, police cars, and a helicopter chased him before ultimately detaining him, Reuters reported, citing police.</p><p>The video below, posted by French channel BFMTV, showed footage of a white car driving toward the airport's glass doors, and of the unhinged doors after the crash.</p><p>A witness told BFMTV they heard a "loud thud" after the car went into the automatic door at the terminal.</p><p>The suspect's motives are not known at this point, the Associated Press cited Monteagudo as saying.</p>
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The 'Slowest Express Train in the World' Lets You Enjoy Switzerland’s Breathtaking Views in One Relaxing Journey (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 14:01
<p>If you’re looking for a relaxing way to admire Switzerland’s spectacular alpine scenery, consider a journey on the train dubbed the “<a href="" target="_blank">slowest express train in the world</a>.”</p><p>Don’t let the name of Switzerland’s <a href="" target="_blank">Glacier Express</a> train fool you, as the eight-hour train ride slowly weaves and winds you through 92 tunnels and 291 bridges from <a href="" target="_blank">Zermatt</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">St. Moritz</a>.</p><img alt="The Glacier Express train comes with comes with large panoramic windows that reach its rood to let passengers admire the views. "src=""><p>Started in 1930, the Glacier Express offers gorgeous views of streams, peaks, alpine villages, and farmlands that travelers can admire through the train's panoramic windows.</p><p>Traveling more than 150 miles across the Swiss Alps, The train begins the trip in the village of Zermatt, first offering views of the <a href="" target="_blank">Matterhorn</a> followed by the Matter valley where 15,000-foot-high peaks strike out into the sky above the meadows and streams below.</p><img alt="The Glacier Express train is known as the world's slowest express train, taking you on an 8 hour scenic journey. "src=""><p>This is where travelers can find the highest vineyards in Europe, as well as ascend the Oberalp Pass and see the Rhine Gorge, sometimes referred to as the “Swiss Grand Canyon.”</p><p>In addition to the spectacular scenery, the ride is also a great opportunity for admiring traditional architecture in the country, from Engadine farmhouses to the timbered homes of Goms.</p><img alt="The Glacier Express train passes through Switzerland's alpine terrain. "src=""><p>The train has operated year-round since the 1980s, giving travelers a chance to admire lush greenery in the spring and summer, its colorful foliage in the fall, and its valleys and passes that look magical covered in snow in the winter.</p><img alt="The Glacier Express train can be especially scenic when snow fills its route in the winter. "src=""><p>Tickets <a href="" target="_blank">start at about $158</a> for the full journey. It's also possible to book shorter trips along the route.</p>
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The One Incident That Made Oprah Swear Off Commercial Flights and Buy Her Own Plane (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 13:31
<p>You’ll never spot Oprah Winfrey in a commercial airport. It’s not that the Queen of daytime doesn’t travel — <a href="" target="_blank">she loves a good getaway</a> — but rather that she can’t stand rude fans.</p><p>In a recent <a href="" target="_blank">interview with <em>British Vogue</em></a>, Winfrey explained to the magazine's Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful that the greatest luxury purchase she’s ever invested in is a private plane. This way, she explained, she can bypass rude travelers at the airport.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Oprah Left Money 'All Over the Room' to Brighten a Hotel Housekeeper's Day</a></p><p>“There are days when I am more open and warm than others,” Winfrey said. “One of the things that actually caused me in 1991 to get my own plane, I was in the airport and I was just minding my own business and a woman came up and she said, ‘You're not acting like you do on TV.’”</p><p>Winfrey said the woman went on to say she frequently saw the television host hugging people on her television show, and that she should be doing the same thing in her daily life, too.</p><p>“If I'm in an airport, I'm not necessarily hugging people, OK? But I am always just myself,” Winfrey said. By that time in the '90s, Winfrey said she had “figured out how to be myself completely on television and all these years, I have made a fortune being myself.”</p><p>Though you won’t catch a glimpse of Winfrey on your commercial flight, you <em>could</em> (maybe, possibly) sit near her on your next cruise. In June, Holland America announced its partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine for a <a href="" target="_blank">three-day women-only cruise event</a> setting sail on Jan. 30, 2019. While Winfrey is slated to be on its inaugural cruise she has yet to announce if she will make an appearance on subsequent cruises. If you do happen to find yourself on a cruise with Oprah, don’t ask for a hug.</p>
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This Is the Most Adorable Way to Tackle the Charger Cord Mess in Your Travel Bag

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 10:30
<p>There are few things worse than a tangled charger cord (see: tangled <a href="" target="_blank">headphones</a>). But the year is 2018 and we now have tech accessories that make traveling with electronics that much easier — we’ve come so far.</p><p>There are a million and one different types of <a href=";subid=0&amp;offerid=399806.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=9743&amp;;u1=TLFishCordOrganizer" target="_blank">cable organizers and cord wraps</a> out there on the market, but we’d like to turn your attention to a little, under-$15 tool that’ll keep your iPhone and iPad charger cords from weaving themselves around every item in your bag: the <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";field-keywords=cablekeep&amp;linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlfishchargercordorganizer-20&amp;linkId=9bb234e87d2ccf768e2cd9b9cc94f08f&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Nice CableKeep</a>. This super-cutesy, fish-shaped cable wrap snaps onto your USB wall charger, allowing you to cleanly wrap your charger cord around its tail for tangle-free organization.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Tiny Power Cube Is the Perfect Travel Accessory for Every Tech Junkie</a></p><p>And an added bonus? You'll never have to guess which charger is yours at the end of a group trip. You can choose from an array of colors and shapes on <a href=";field-keywords=cablekeep&amp;linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlfishchargercordorganizer-20&amp;linkId=9bb234e87d2ccf768e2cd9b9cc94f08f&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, or scroll through below for some adorable options.</p><h3>Nice Gulp CableKeep​​​​​​ for iPad Chargers Orange</h3><img alt="Amazon Fish Cablekeep "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";pd_rd_i=B008O5AYJA&amp;pd_rd_r=ef391c39-b2cc-11e8-a3d9-8f6065affc51&amp;pd_rd_w=7vbN2&amp;pd_rd_wg=GNhBD&amp;pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=0bb14103-7f67-4c21-9b0b-31f42dc047e7&amp;pf_rd_r=H45JYNKAHSXFRMQRVE0N&amp;pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&amp;pf_rd_t=40701&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=H45JYNKAHSXFRMQRVE0N&amp;&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfishchargercordorganizer-20&amp;linkId=1ca9da861600fddd27621669f4202323&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $10</p><h3>Nice Nibbles CableKeep for iPad Chargers in Purple</h3><img alt="Amazon Fish Cablekeep "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";qid=1536342360&amp;sr=8-13&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfishchargercordorganizer-20&amp;linkId=28f9092d6cd3f3c73af808ffbf884532&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $13</p><h3>Nice Goldie CableKeep for iPhone Chargers in Magenta</h3><img alt="Amazon Fish Cablekeep "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";qid=1536342360&amp;sr=8-3&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfishchargercordorganizer-20&amp;linkId=dae6dd5b69035dc639151d821998039e&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $13</p><h3>Nice Goldie CableKeep for iPhone Chargers in Green</h3><img alt="Amazon Fish Cablekeep "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfishchargercordorganizer-20&amp;linkId=6083d7b222ce5c2e05001d0c4761cde6&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $13</p>
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How to Get a Great Deal on the Cruise of Your Dreams (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 09/09/2018 - 11:30
<p>Michelle Barth, who runs the travel agency <a href="" target="_blank">Just Escape Travel</a>, says cruises are great trips for families because they offer different experiences for different ages.</p><p>“I’m finding more multigenerational travel occur, maybe a big family traveling with adult children and grandchildren,” she said. “That way people can travel and be together but also have their own separate experiences as well.”</p><p>The reasons to book a cruise right now are many: Cruises can be hassle-free with meals, excursions, entertainment included in one package price, she said. Also, cruise travelers are able to experience multiple destinations to maximize their vacation time, and cruises are great for families, groups, and travelers of all ages and activity levels.</p><p>Need more reasons to book? Cruises offer a diverse range of cruise options, from yachts, boutique cruises, large ship cruising, river cruises, and themed cruises, she said.</p><p>Cruises are also a great way to meet other like-minded people. “Many of our clients book subsequent cruises with people they have met on previous cruise trips,” Barth said.</p><p>But with the range of options available, from <a href="" target="_blank">big ships</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">small expeditions</a>, from ocean cruising to <a href="" target="_blank">river trips</a>, it can be overwhelming, Barth said. So she offers some tips on how to book the best experience.</p><h2>Cruises year-round mean you can get exactly the experience you want.</h2><p>“You can cruise during all seasons,” she said. “If you are looking to escape the winter cold you can consider sailing the South Pacific, Asia, or Australia or New Zealand. If you are looking to get a great deal and don’t mind bundling up in the cold, then you can save on a Europe cruise.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure's Cruise Finder</a></p><p>Keep in mind <a href="" target="_blank">Christmas-themed river cruises</a> are some of the most popular cruises, she cautions, so it’s best to reserve early.</p><h2>Book early and consider shoulder season to get the best price.</h2><p>“If you are looking to <a href="" target="_blank">cruise in 2019</a>, I wouldn’t wait too long,” she said. “Many carriers have extended great promotions and value adds as spacing becomes more limited. Book now to secure the best available cabins.”</p><p>She also has some tips on how to find a great cruise deal.</p><p>“Book in advance as many cruise carriers offer early booking discounts,” she said.</p><p>Also, you should consider signing up on cruise mailing lists to keep an eye on great offers.</p><p>When you book can also make a difference. If you cruise during the shoulder months, avoiding peak travel times, prices can be cheaper. Also, if you book last minute, prices may be much less. But keep in mind that preferred cabin types and shore excursions can be already limited.</p><h2>You can score a deal on your next cruise before you get home.</h2><p>If you are a repeat cruiser, many cruise carriers will extend you a discount. Even better, book your next cruise while sailing, she said.</p><p>“Many cruises will offer passengers promotions to book their next cruise,” she said. “This is a great way to get in early at a great rate.”</p>
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7,000 Bugs Stolen From Philadelphia Museum in What Looks to Be an Inside Job

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 17:35
<p>In August, a Philadelphia museum experienced one of the biggest heists in history. No, it wasn’t for rare works of art, priceless jewels, or even artifacts. It was a bunch of creepy, crawly bugs that went missing.</p><p>As <a href="" target="_blank">CNN reported</a>, 80 different species of insects were stolen from the <a href="" target="_blank">Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion</a> over the course of a few days in a crime spree that is rocking the entomology world.</p><p>The thieves stole an estimated 7,000 insects, accounting for 80 percent of the total collection. They even took an entire colony of rare roaches, orchid mantises, giant African millipedes (technically arthropods), and a few scorpions (technically arachnids).</p><p>According to John Cambridge, the chief executive officer of the Insectarium, three current or former employees are the prime suspects, though no arrests have been made. He told <a href="" target="_blank"></a> that the entire haul is likely worth around $40,000.</p><p>When he first noticed a few of the critters were missing Cambridge said he didn’t call police right away, choosing instead to confront the employees to help save them from serious criminal charges.</p><p>“These are young people,” Cambridge told “We don't want to see this follow them around for the rest of their lives.”</p><p>Still, Cambridge will most certainly want the police on the case to regain at least part of his investment.</p><p>“I'm not sure there's ever been a larger live-insect heist,” Cambridge told CNN. “Our insurance doesn't cover this. Why would they? This is unprecedented.”</p><p>For now, the butterfly pavilion and the gift shop remain open at the museum. Cambridge plans to fully reopen on November 3 with a special event, the <a href="" target="_blank">Philadelphia Oddities Expo</a>. Hopefully, by then, justice will be served and the creepy crawlers will be back in their rightful homes.</p>
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Six Flags' New 'Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth' Will Be the Tallest Pendulum Ride in the World

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 16:47
<p>Great Hera! Looks like some brand new thrills are coming to New Jersey next year.</p><p>A brand-new ride, Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth, is coming to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, in Spring 2019, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>USA Today</em> reported</a>.</p><p>The new ride, which packs 40 riders on a counterclockwise spinning circle, will reach speeds up to 75 miles per hour and heights up to 170 feet (<a href="" target="_blank">17 stories</a>), and will be the tallest pendulum-style ride in the world, <a href="" target="_blank">according to Six Flags</a>.</p><p>The Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth will be located close to other DC Comics rides like Batman: The Ride, The Dark Knight, and Justice League: Battle for Metropolis. The new addition will be only the second ride dedicated to a female comic book character at the park, the only other ride being Harley Quinn’s Crazy Train.</p><p>But the Lasso of Truth isn’t going to be the only Wonder Woman ride in the country. At Six Flags in San Antonio, <a href="" target="_blank">Wonder Woman The Golden Lasso</a> is the world’s first single-rail roller coaster.</p><p>Looks like Wonder Woman is breaking records all over the country. We think she and all the other Amazons would be pleased.</p>
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