Giant Teddy Bears Are Taking Over Paris for the Cutest Reason

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 06:39
<p>Imagine if your neighborhood was taken over by an “army” of bears.</p><p>No, not real bears — cuddly, soft teddy bears to be exact.</p><p>Residents of one neighborhood in Paris, Les Gobelins, have noticed the growing number of giant teddy bears that have been popping up at different locations, and the locals absolutely love the new visitors, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Local</em> reported</a>.</p><img alt="Teddy bears in the window of a Paris hotel "src=""><p>Don’t worry, the bears are not suddenly gaining sentience and walking around when nobody's looking. In fact, the bears are part of a project by a local bookshop owner named Phillipe, in an effort to bring the community together in a fun, unexpected way, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Le Parisien</a></em>.</p><p>“I've been working here for 25 years. There were people I had never spoken to. Now they call me Philippe,” the bookseller told Le Parisien, as translated by <em>The Local</em>.</p><p>There are 50 teddy bears all in all, which Philippe has been putting in different places around the neighborhood since late October. Another shop owner, a pharmacist named Emmanuel, told <em>Le Parisien</em> that no one is sure where Phillipe gets the bears, but he’s also lending them out to people in the area.</p><img alt="Teddy Bear at the Les Gobelins metro station in Paris, France "src=""><p>The bears are continually appearing in many different spots for residents to stumble on. They “eat” in huge groups in front of restaurants and hotels, “climb” lamp posts or just greet people on street corners.</p><img alt="Giant teddy bears at a cafe in Paris, France "src=""><p>Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo even enjoys the new, furry addition to Les Gobelins.</p><p>The bears have now become so popular that fans of the fuzzy creatures can keep up with them and their shenanigans on the bears’ official <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.</p><p>According to <em>The Local</em>, the bookshop owner plans to keep the bears moving around the community until the <a href="" target="_blank">La Gallette des Rois celebration</a>, also known as the Feast of the Epiphany, on Jan. 6.</p>
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Someone's E-cigarette Caused an Evacuation at Boston Logan Airport

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 06:33
<p>It’s important to properly pack everything you bring along on your trip, especially when it comes to electronics.</p><p>Many devices, from laptops to phone chargers, use lithium batteries, which the <a href="" target="_blank">TSA requires</a> all passengers to pack in their carry-on bags. The main reason for this is that lithium batteries used for electronics can pose a rather unpredictable fire risk while in the air if they are checked.</p><p>At Boston Logan International Airport on Saturday, a lithium battery used to charge an e-cigarette ended up causing a suitcase that was checked onto a flight to expel smoke, causing a temporary evacuation in the checked baggage screening room, NECN reported.</p><p>Airport workers noticed the smoke only a few minutes before loading the suitcase onto the plane. The TSA posted a video of the smoking bag on Twitter. According to NECN, the owner of the bag was a man traveling to Kansas City.</p><p>Luckily, despite the smoke, the bag was determined to be safe after a check by the Massport Fire &amp; Rescue and a state police bomb unit, according to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. No other parts of the airport were affected by the evacuation.</p><p>“TSA is focused on ensuring that nothing catastrophic occurs on an airplane, and so of course a suitcase that has smoke emitting from it is definitely suspicious,” a TSA official said in a statement.</p><p>One witness told NECN, “I don't smoke, but now I certainly won't have one of those. Never! I rather take my chances with a lit one.”</p><p>Even if a lithium battery is packed in a carry-on, it can still cause problems. But having it in the cabin with you makes it easier to detect an igniting battery before it can cause serious harm. <a href="" target="_blank">Phone and laptop chargers</a> have been the culprits in recent incidents.</p><p>If you must take your battery with you, make sure to stow it where you can keep an eye on it. And remember to make sure it’s undamaged and functioning properly before taking it on a trip.</p>
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Watch This Hang Glider Hang on for Dear Life after Instructor Forgets to Strap Him in

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 17:44
<p>As far as terrifying vacation mishaps go, this story has to take the cake.</p><p>All Chris Gursky wanted to do was take a nice trip to Europe. Gursky, from Florida, thought he was well on his way to doing just that when he landed in <a href="" target="_blank">Switzerland</a>. On the very first day of his trip Gursky thought he’d take in the sights by going on a relaxing <a href="" target="_blank">hang gliding tour</a> so he could sit back and just chill. Oh, how wrong he was.</p><p>The second the glider took off Gursky realized he wasn’t actually strapped into the contraption or to his instructor. This left him hanging on for dear life as the glider went up 4,000 feet in the air.</p><p>“I just glanced down, and said this is it: I am going to fall to my death,” Gursky <a href="" target="_blank">shared with Fox</a>. “It wasn’t my time, I was going to hold on as long as I possibly could.”</p><p>According to Gursky, he tried to remain calm as an “up draft (was) pulling us higher and higher,” however, he felt like he was “losing grip the whole way down.”</p><p>Thankfully, after four excruciating minutes, Gursky and his pilot were able to land the craft, albeit with Gurksy suffering a fractured wrist on his less than ideal landing.</p><p>"By the time we hit the ground, or I hit the ground, I would say we were going about 25 miles an hour," Gursky said.</p><p>Gursky’s video of the incident quickly went viral, garnering more than 5.2 million views to date.</p><p>But, despite it all, Gursky still has a positive outlook on hang gliding and on the pilot, who Gursky said, "did all he could to get me down to the ground." Gursky even noted that he’s open to trying hang gliding again. Which, good for you sir, but the rest of us who watched your terrifying incident may need a bit longer to recover.</p>
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Why You Should Get Global Entry and How It's Different Than TSA PreCheck (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 17:21
<p>If you’ve ever arrived on an <a href="" target="_blank">international flight carrying 500 passengers</a>, you know that the line at customs can be brutally long. And when you’ve been traveling for 18 hours and have already been through <a href="" target="_blank">two layovers</a>, the last thing you want is to spend another hour in line waiting to officially reenter the country. Time spent in the customs line is really just time you’re never getting back—and it’s further delaying the post-flight shower you’ve been longing for. This is where Global Entry benefits come in handy. For international travelers with Global Entry, there’s little-to-no line at customs, and instead of meeting with a customs agent, you just scan your documents at the kiosk and are on your way. If you’re ready to expedite your homecoming, here’s everything you need to know about the U.S. Global Entry program.</p><h2>What is Global Entry?</h2><p>Global Entry is essentially a way to not stand in the customs line when coming back into the U.S. Travelers who have gone through the Global Entry application and screening process are able to enter the U.S. after a quick check-in at an electronic kiosk. There are no customs lines, no paperwork (it’s an environmentally-friendly system!), and you end up reunited with your luggage and family faster as a result of Global Entry.</p><h2>How to Get Global Entry</h2><p>The first step is to create a <a href="" target="_blank">Trusted Traveler Programs</a> account on the U.S. Customs and Border protection website. Once you’re logged in, fill out the Global Entry application and pay the associated fee. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will review your application and conduct a background check once you’ve submitted, and if it’s conditionally approved, you’ll make an in-person interview appointment at a U.S. Global Entry Enrollment Center.</p><h2>What’s the Global Entry Interview Like?</h2><p>First off, <a href="" target="_blank">applying for U.S. Global Entry</a> doesn’t mean your interview is going to happen next week. In fact, it could take a few months. However, if you don’t want to wait, you can try your luck as a walk-in. Whether you walk in or show up for a scheduled appointment, you’ll need to bring a printed copy of your conditional letter of approval, your passport or permanent resident card, and proof of residency (your driver’s license works).</p><h2>How Much Does Global Entry Cost?</h2><p>It costs $100 (non-refundable) to apply for Global Entry, and that fee covers you for five years. However, you may be able to get Global Entry for free, or even help a friend or family member do so. Credit cards like the <a href="" target="_blank">American Express Platinum Card</a> offer a rebate if you use your credit card for the Global Entry application fee. Furthermore, on some cards — AmEx Platinum included — you can use your credit card to pay for someone else’s Global Entry and still receive the rebate. (This is only true if you haven’t used the card for your own Global Entry fee.)</p><h2>What if the Person I’m Traveling with Doesn’t Have Global Entry?</h2><p>You can’t take anyone through Global Entry kiosks with you, and that includes your young children. In other words, if you want your four-year-old to enter the U.S. with Global Entry, they need to undergo the same global entry application and screening process in order to enroll.</p><h2>How Does Global Entry Help Me?</h2><p>Travelers approved for Global Entry <a href="" target="_blank">also get TSA PreCheck</a>. So in addition to getting back into the country faster, you’ll have an easier time getting through security. Once you’re approved for Global Entry, you’ll receive a Known Traveler Number, which you can add to your frequent flyer profiles and plug in when you’re booking flights.</p><h2>How to Use Global Entry</h2><p>First, when you’re given a Known Traveler Number after getting approved for Global Entry, you’ll want to start entering that number when booking flights. When heading to customs to get back into the U.S., follow signs for Global Entry and wait in the (wonderfully short) kiosk line. You’ll scan your passport or permanent resident card at the kiosk, verify your fingerprints, and declare any items you’re bringing back into the country. You’ll then get a receipt, and you won’t have to fill out the infamous blue-and-white customs form flight attendants hand out on international flights.</p><h2>How is Global Entry Different From TSA PreCheck?</h2><p>Is TSA Global Entry even a thing? Is there some sort of fusion between Global Entry and TSA PreCheck? To be clear, TSA PreCheck expedites your security process when entering the airport, whereas Global Entry eases your customs experience when returning to the U.S. However, Global Entry travelers qualify for PreCheck as a perk of their Global Entry status. Global Entry essentially gets you PreCheck and then some—and it only costs $15 more than TSA PreCheck alone.</p>
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Why Ice Fishing for Your Dinner Is a Quintessential Minnesota Winter Experience

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 13:01
<p>I have fished with the Tsimané in the <a href="" target="_blank">Amazon</a> with a bow and arrow. I have cast my line just 700 miles from <a href="" target="_blank">Antarctica</a> in the teeth of Force 5 gales. I have accidentally bounced a fly off an ancient statue at <a href="" target="_blank">Udaipur</a>’s Lake Palace. But ice fishing? Sitting around on a frozen lake always seemed like nothing more than an excuse to drink beer while staring at a hole. It had never really appealed to my angling instincts.</p><p>Until now. On a recent trip to Minnesota, I explored the frozen waterways around Lake Minnetonka, just west of the <a href="" target="_blank">Twin Cities</a> — where I discovered there is actually an active, exciting side to ice fishing, one that involves not rods and reels but spears. Ice spearfishing is a tradition first practiced in the Midwest by the indigenous Ojibwa, who have fished here for millennia. Tenting themselves under thick blankets, they would hack a large hole in the ice and lie in wait for northern pike, trout, walleye, or bass. Today, you can still see anglers spearfishing on many of Minnesota’s more than 10,000 frozen lakes, sheltered from the cold in the shantytowns of ice huts that have replaced the traditional Ojibwa mats.</p><p>There was another draw in the area, I must admit. <a href="" target="_blank">Gavin Kaysen</a>, a local chef whose food I had eaten in New York, recently opened <a href="" target="_blank">Bellecour</a>, a French bistro and bakery in the town of Wayzata — once a bucolic Lake Minnetonka getaway for well-heeled Minneapolitans, now a fashionable suburb of the Twin Cities. Here, he enjoys a well-deserved reputation for reverent updates of French seafood classics, from hearty bouillabaisse to a refined Minnesota trout Véronique with champagne beurre blanc.</p><p>“You catch them and I’ll cook them,” Kaysen told me. “<em>After</em> I take my kids ice-skating.” Typical. Here, locals don’t see winter as an excuse to hibernate and get all <a href="" target="_blank"><em>hygge</em></a> by the fireplace. Whether they are ice-skating or ice boating, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, Minnesotans consider getting outdoors when the temperature nosedives to be a civic virtue.</p><p>The next morning, I rendezvoused with Luke Swanson, a boundlessly enthusiastic fishing guide from the local outfitter <a href="" target="_blank">Livin’ the Dream</a>, at a smaller lake not far from Lake Minnetonka (one that I’ve promised him I will not name). We drove across the icebound surface to one of the shacks that he rents out to fishers each winter: a low-ceilinged hut that looks like a toolshed has lost its way and wandered onto the ice. Inside, a foldout bench, some fishing tackle, a set of spears (each reminiscent of a weaponized hay rake), and — bless Luke’s soul! — a space heater.</p><p>And then the magical part: Swanson had sawed a rectangle in the middle of the ice floor. It was like a picture window opening onto a dream-haunted realm. The shack was kept dark so that meandering fish could not see us, but the underwater scene was illuminated by the even, white light of the sun shining on the lake through two feet of ice. Scattered clamshells and tree branches were clearly visible along the pale lake bottom, through 10 feet of gin-clear water.</p><p>Swanson took a live sucker, a bottom-feeding baitfish, and secured it with a metal clip tethered to an eight-foot line. He hoped that it would catch the attention of a pike: a fearsome-looking predator with a face straight out of a Jurassic nightmare. As a further come-on, he dipped in a second line holding a fish-shaped decoy with bright red fins.</p><p>And there we sat, swimming the wooden decoy in lazy circles and occasionally pulling the live bait back into the center of the window. Nothing moved below us save our offerings. I was growing sleepy...<em>very</em> sleepy.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Why a Hot Spring Tour of the American West is the Perfect Cure for Your Winter Blues</a></p><p>Then, a yell from Swanson. “There’s a big one coming!” I awoke to the sight of a <em>huge</em> pike fastened onto our sucker. In one motion, Swanson picked up his spear and pierced the fish. He lifted it from the water — an impressive 38-incher. “I’ll keep this guy for myself,” he said. “Great fish, but the smaller ones make better eating.” We didn’t catch anything else that day, but an angler in a neighboring hut generously obliged us with a smaller pike that we took, hungrily, to Kaysen’s home.</p><p>The first thing anyone will tell you about pike: they are extremely bony. It’s a drag to tweeze out each slender splinter. But Kaysen has the knife skills of a master, perfected during his years working under <a href="" target="_blank">Daniel Boulud</a>. He deftly skinned the fillets and called for his young sons. “Feel how fresh this is,” he said. “The muscle still moves when you touch it.” And, yes, when I pressed on the fillet I could feel the slightest tremor in the flesh.</p><p>Kaysen cooked the pike simply, with only melted butter, lemon, garlic, and a bay leaf. After just a few minutes, it was ready, garnished with deep green chervil alongside a winter salad of shaved fennel, wafer-thin slices of celery, and radishes dressed with garlic-laced yogurt and dill.</p><p>We gathered around the counter, forks at the ready. In the afternoon light of the bright, uncluttered kitchen, I was struck by the green of the herbs, the white flesh of the pike. Outside, the snow-covered backyard and the fir trees that ringed it were in harmony with our kitchen tableau. The warm, buttery fish, snatched from winter’s grip on a frozen lake, was a plateful of proof that the outdoor lifestyle in icy Minnesota has its own delicious rewards.</p><h2>Minnesota Trip Planner:</h2><p>Rent a car for the 30-minute drive to Wayzata from the Minneapolis−St. Paul airport; it will be useful for lake-hopping.</p><p>One of the town’s more recent lakeside attractions is the 92-room <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Landing</a> <em>(doubles from $199)</em><i>,</i> its first new hotel in 50 years. Comfy Scandinavian-inflected suites make it a perfect home base after a day outdoors.</p><p>At <a href="" target="_blank">Bellecour</a> <em>(entrées $25–$33)</em><i>, </i>chef Gavin Kaysen’s menu rotates through hall-of-fame French seafood dishes like <em>moules frites</em> and a classic <em>fruits de mer</em>.</p><p>There is no shortage of ice-fishing guide services, but I opted for the expertise of Luke Swanson at <a href="" target="_blank">Livin’ the Dream</a> <em>(from $85, including equipment rental)</em><i>. </i></p><p>You’ll need a valid <a href="" target="_blank">Minnesota fishing license</a><i> </i><em>(from $14)</em> as well as one for “dark house spearing”<i> </i><em>($17)</em><i> </i>if you want to try your hand at spearfishing. </p>
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The Travel Hack Olivia Munn and the Queen of England Have In Common

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 11:31
<p>Though Olivia Munn is a movie and TV star — recognizable in "Newsroom," "Predator" and a cameo in "Ocean’s 8" — when it comes to traveling she insists she is just like one of us. As in, she also doesn’t look like a celebrity when she gets off a plane. She insists she is nowhere near one of those Pinterest-worthy super organized packers but she does have quite a few impressive hacks up her sleeves. <em>Travel + Leisure</em> caught up with her recently at the opening of Luxury House by #spgamex to celebrate the new <a href="" target="_blank">Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card</a> to talk about what kind of traveler she is (and the kind she aspires to be).</p><p><strong>T +L: Is there something you can absolutely not travel without?</strong></p><p>"Yes! A <a href=";tag=olivamunncarryon-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B016W7W9JE&amp;linkId=b43d86a8e9b3033a057971b1bced4789" target="_blank">hot water bottle</a>. Just the regular one from the drug store. It is so cold on planes. And if you just have this, in 5 minutes you have boiling hot water. Just fill it up right before you take off and it changes the whole game. It is the best. And super inexpensive."</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The One Item the Queen Absolutely Can’t Sleep Without</a></p><p><strong>T+L: What is the best trip you have been on?</strong></p><p>"<a href="" target="_blank">Turks and Caicos</a> with my girlfriends last year. It was amazing. We had this amazing home right on the beach. I had a little window of time between work and I'd never taken a proper girls' trip with all of my girlfriends. We just found this house and I loved it. There is nothing that sounds more luxurious to me then being on a beach with warm ocean water and all of my friends and unlimited food."</p><p><strong>T+L: What is one place you are dying to go?</strong></p><p>"Egypt."</p><p><strong>T+L: Do you have a travel uniform?</strong></p><p>"No, I wish I did. I need to have more go-to uniforms. I'll be rushing and do something like wear shorts and it's kind of weird to wear shorts on a plane because it's so cold. I always admire celebrities that are decked out when they travel. The other day I landed in <a href="" target="_blank">LAX</a> and there were paparazzi there and it seems like whenever I come from an event and am in full glam they aren’t around but when I come off the plane like looking sick, they are there."</p><p><strong>T+L: Do you have a great packing hack?</strong></p><p>"No. These people that put out their blogs about how they pack are amazing. I'm going to get to that. I do make a separate bag with duplicates of all my chargers, international converters and those won't go anywhere else. I used to carry way too many and now it's paired down to exactly what I need and I never take that out of the bag except for in the hotel and then I put it back. And then I have a skincare kit just for when I travel and I replenish that. I make that a special thing with a face mask and my skincare stuff and I'll use that for on the plane as well. And I make a separate bag for my makeup and a whole bag for makeup brushes. I had to do that because things get so messy. And then I have a medicine bag. Those four sit in my travel case and I store them there. When I am going to pack I make sure those are OK and that really helps pair everything down."</p><p><strong>T+L: What are the beauty products you use when you travel?</strong></p><p>"I use the <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tlcyberweekdeals-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07933ZYNF&amp;linkId=39ccdf174f18f14e8c33e43667b3743b" target="_blank">Lancome hydrogel mask</a> and then the <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tlcyberweekdeals-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00W66NRME&amp;linkId=51b7426ddeae47b0586a4ea7410acb7a" target="_blank">Tatcha setting spray</a>, great for hydrating your face. I use a couple of different <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tlcyberweekdeals-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00HXDZZXO&amp;linkId=8464c0fae283534d9a122fe9a810d823" target="_blank">lip liners from Shiseido.</a> Lancome also makes this really great <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tlcyberweekdeals-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01GIA0RT4&amp;linkId=b3fd9177cbe9e3c9a5822d073dc0fcdb" target="_blank">rouge lipstick</a> I like to use when I travel. I use a lot of products from L'Oréal. They have a really good <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tlcyberweekdeals-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B078JMR4H2&amp;linkId=77f9eb00e14e2e4fad10935161d538cb" target="_blank">eye shadow palette</a>. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Liv Lash</a> is also great because I really need to get my eyelashes stronger and thicker.</p><p><strong>T+L: Is there a certain brand of luggage you use?</strong></p><p>"I am kind of all over the place with <a href="" target="_blank">my luggage</a>. The case needs to be lightweight. I used to never care and then I landed in London and someone was helping with my baggage and they said, 'It's all mismatched.' I wasn’t insecure and then they made me insecure."</p><p><strong>T+L: You’ve been very outspoken on experiences you’ve had as a woman in Hollywood and also speaking up for others. Do you have any advice for other women when it comes to speaking out?</strong></p><p>"I think you have to start to weigh what you're protecting. For me I understand these things aren't easy to do but I’m much more afraid of living in a world where I can't speak out or am punished for speaking up. People who are abusing their power do need to be trapped. Not speaking up is a much scarier option."</p><p><em>Note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity</em></p>
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This New Plane Has No Middle Seats — and That's Not Even the Coolest Part (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 10:46
<p>Traveling certainly comes with plenty of perks. Sure, you get to see the world, visit family and friends in far-flung places, and experience new things. But, there’s one thing that can put a damper on all that good. And that is the downright terrible experience of <a href="" target="_blank">traveling in the middle seat</a>.</p><p>OK, so flying in the middle seat is just about at the bottom of the world’s problems right now, but it still matters to some, and <a href="" target="_blank">Embraer is catering</a> to those people who simply abhor the middle with its new E190-E2 jets that come with zero middle seats. Ever.</p><p>The aircraft manufacturer has been taking its new 2-2 configured plane on a world tour in recent months. And it’s certainly a noticeable plane as it comes decked out with some seriously out of this world great white shark livery.</p><img alt="Embraer E190-E2 Livery "src=""><p>Inside, fliers will find that new configuration comes with up to 150 seats, according to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>. For those looking for even more space, they can upgrade to the premium cabin, which offered a staggered seat arrangement. The plane also comes with more overhead bin space and larger windows for passengers to peer out of.</p><p>"Preserving passenger personal space is the goal," Rodrigo Silva e Souza, vice-president of marketing for Embraer Commercial Aviation, told <a href="" target="_blank">CNN Travel</a>. Souza noted that the interiors of the new aircraft aim to bring that "wide-body cabin feel" to "give passengers the impression of having greater space, or of being on a larger aircraft."</p><p>While the middle seat upgrade is certainly the prime detail, the plane does come with other noteworthy upgrades. According to Embraer, its new aircraft comes with improved fuel efficiency and burns 17 percent less fuel than its predecessor. This, <em>Daily Mail</em> noted, makes it the most efficient single-aisle aircraft on the market.</p><img alt="Embraer E190-E2 Livery "src=""><p>Currently, passengers can book flights on the plane with Scandinavian Airlines' regional subsidiary, Widerøe, but, as CNN noted, its largest customer is SkyWest, which is <a href="" target="_blank">a regional airline affiliate</a> flying with American Airlines, Delta, United and Alaska Airlines. And that means the 2-2 plane will delight frequent fliers throughout the United States soon.</p>
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Richard Branson's New Miami Cruise Terminal Looks So Nice You Might Not Want to Leave Port

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 09:35
<p>On Wednesday, Richard Branson, alongside <a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Voyages</a> president and CEO Tom McAlpin and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, announced plans to build a brand-new cruise terminal just for the soon-to-launch Virgin Voyages. The first ship that will officially dock at the new Port Miami Terminal is called The Scarlet Lady.</p><img alt="Scarlet Lady cruise ship at the Miami Port "src=""><p>“South Florida is our home, and with our fleet now growing to four ships, we’re humbled and thankful to soon have a gorgeous new terminal overlooking the Miami skyline, an incredible view that will set the stage for the alluring journey that we will take our sailors on,” McAlpin said in a statement.</p><p>Along with the new terminal and planned commitment to PortMiami, Virgin Voyages also announced that its first ship, <a href="" target="_blank">The Scarlet Lady</a>, will continue to sail to the Caribbean from Miami throughout the 2021 season. Its second ship will also sail out of Miami beginning in the fall/winter cruise season of 2021-2022.</p><img alt="Exterior of the bar on the Virgin Scarlet Lady "src=""><img alt="Pink Agave Mexican restaurant onside the Virgin Cruises Scarlet Lady "src=""><p>“Miami is an incredible city and one of my favorite places to work and play,” Branson added in the statement. “From our headquarters for Hotels, Voyages, and now <a href="" target="_blank">Trains USA</a>, South Florida has quickly become another home for Virgin brands in the leisure travel sector.”</p><p>According to a press release shared with <em>Travel + Leisure</em>, the new terminal will be a whopping 100,000 square feet and will come with a palm grove-inspired design developed by the Miami-based designers from Arquitectonica. The terminal’s rooftop will resemble a palm tree grove and allow plenty of natural light to flow through. The storm-proof glass facility will also have designated areas for drop-offs of VIP cruisers and promises a seamless shore-to-ship experience.</p><p>%image5<br /><br />“It’s gratifying to see Virgin Voyages expand its presence in Miami-Dade County," Gimenez said. “By constructing a new cruise terminal at PortMiami, Virgin Voyages is signaling its confidence in our thriving community, which is not only the Cruise Capital of the World but also the Gateway to the Americas.”<br /><br />Construction on the project is set to begin next year and is slated for completion by November 2021.</p>
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Get Ready, Star Wars Fans: Disney's Millennium Falcon Ride Looks Truly Out of This Galaxy (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 17:35
<p>A trip inside the Millennium Falcon cockpit, ride names, and a sneak peek at Batuu: it’s all happening.</p><p>With <a href="" target="_blank">Galaxy’s Edge</a> opening at Disneyland Resort in summer 2019 and Walt Disney World in late fall 2019, we’re just a few months away from Disney’s<em> Star Wars</em>-themed lands welcoming their first visitors, and these recent reveals are enough to have you saying “Chewie, we’re home” to anyone who will listen.</p><p>The 14-acre intergalactic themed lands opening on both coasts are finally starting to take form, and with announcements of the names of both Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions and other new details announced at D23: Destination D conference in Orlando, Florida, it now feels closer than ever.</p><img alt="Disney World Star Wars Resort Hotel "src=""><h2>Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run</h2><p>The much-hyped attraction which lets guests actually pilot the oft-reliable vessel, is set to be a high-flying adventure Han Solo himself would approve of. With <a href="" target="_blank">200 cockpit controls</a> operated by only a few park-going passengers, the attraction is set to give an intimate experience similar to that of actually steering the fastest ship in the galaxy, based on details revealed in <em>The New York Times</em><i>.</i> (It looks<a href="" target="_blank"> just like the real thing</a>, too.)</p><h2>Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance</h2><p>The second attraction takes park goers on an out-of-this-galaxy journey aboard a Star Destroyer where, according to the <i>Times,</i> they will be greeted by <a href="" target="_blank">50 audio-animatronic Stormtroopers</a>. The ride will culminate in a face-to-face encounter with Kylo Ren, which is sure to send a shiver down one’s spine, even that far out in space.</p><p>World-renowned composer John Williams, who penned the iconic scores for past films, will be <a href="" target="_blank">creating new music</a> specifically for the new <em>Star Wars</em>-themed land as well, and new drone footage <a href="" target="_blank">over the craggy mountain region of Batuu</a> — the fictional planet Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge resides upon — all but confirms a visit will be as interactive and immersive as fighting the resistance alongside Luke, Rey, Poe, and Finn.</p><p>No news yet on when the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Star Wars</em>-themed hotel</a> will be open — we’re estimating at least a couple of years — but other announcements at D23: Destination D dialed down on new happenings at Walt Disney World in the not-so-distant future.</p><p>Two nighttime shows will debut next year: Epcot Forever, an interim show to celebrate the historic park before an all-new show launches in 2020, will arrive in fall 2019. Wonderful World of Animation, a nighttime projection show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will start on May 1, 2019.</p><p>Mickey and Minnie will have a themed celebration — and costumes to match — at the Magic Kingdom from mid-January through September, which will satiate guests looking forward to riding Mickey &amp; Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The opening date for the Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction — and <a href="" target="_blank">Mickey’s first-ever ride</a> — was just announced to be during fall of next year.</p>
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A Harry Potter Takeover Is Making the World's Best Airport Even More Magical This Holiday Season (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 16:25
<p>Just when you thought the world’s best airport couldn’t get any more amazing, they go and outdo themselves.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">CNN Travel</a></em>, Singapore’s Changi Airport, voted the <a href="" target="_blank">World’s Best airport</a> by <em>Travel + Leisure</em> readers, teamed up with Warner Bros. to install full-sized exhibits of locations shown in the<i> </i><a href="" target="_blank">“Harry Potter”</a> movies for travelers to explore as they wait for their flights. The massive installation is called <a href="" target="_blank">A Wizarding World Holiday at Changi Airport</a>.</p><img alt="Changi Airport, Harry Potter "src=""><p>Visitors to Terminal 3 can wander Hogsmeade Village — complete with a Honeydukes, Madam Puddifoot's tea shop, Zonko's and more — or galavant down Diagon Alley in search of brooms, books and other magical items.</p><p>In Terminal 2, be sure to steer clear of the Whomping Willow, and in Terminal 1, pop in to Newt Scamander's Menagerie to find all kinds of magical creatures.</p><img alt="Changi Airport, Harry PotterChangi Airport, Harry Potter "src=""><p>In addition to the installations, visitors can dress up, take part in Quidditch challenges, or enjoy some wizard themed holiday fun. Travelers also have tons of photo-ops around the airport, like posing in Ron Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia or sitting on top of a flying broomstick in the Quidditch shop.</p><img alt="Changi Airport, Harry Potter "src=""><p>Daily snow and light shows will be held during the holiday season as well, because no one does the holidays like Harry Potter, reported <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. And while you’re in the terminals, there will be plenty of places to pick up unique souvenirs. Visitors will still be able to access the other <a href="" target="_blank">incredible Changi Airport amenities</a> during this time, like plush lounges and the butterfly garden, as well.</p><img alt="Changi Airport, Harry Potter "src=""><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>USA Today</em>,</a> all of Changi Airport’s <em>Harry Potter </em>exhibits will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day now through mid-February. Activities within the installation will end on Jan. 6.</p><p>Honestly, if we could travel everywhere like this, we definitely would.</p>
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This Tiny Colorado Town Is the Quintessential American Ski Getaway

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:01
<p>As we sat before a crackling noonday fire in the Cat Barn — a rustic, <a href="" target="_blank">après-ski</a> cabin owned by <a href="" target="_blank">Eleven Experience</a>, in Irwin, Colorado — Alan Bernholtz waxed mystical on the <a href="" target="_blank">pleasures of winter</a>: the stillness, the fresh powder. “When you feel that resistance of snow, and it’s quiet, it’s just an indescribable experience that you want to have again,” he said.</p><img alt="Crested Butte Mountain Resort, in Colorado "src=""><p>I wasn’t sure I fully understood what he was talking about, but like an acolyte who had traveled far for a guru, I nodded enthusiastically. Bernholtz is the “minister of fun” for Eleven, an international luxury hotel group that has three properties — <a href="" target="_blank">Scarp Ridge Lodge</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Sopris House</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Public House</a> — in Crested Butte, the self-proclaimed “last great ski town in Colorado.”</p><p>Though Crested Butte, which is located 120 miles southwest of <a href="" target="_blank">Denver</a>, does have fantastic runs, Eleven chooses to base its skiing operations in Irwin, a once-thriving, now mostly empty mining town 10 miles away. Irwin racks up 300 inches of snowfall in a year — almost twice as much as Crested Butte.</p><p>After Bernholtz, a longtime mountain guide, had hauled me and a handful of other guests up to Irwin in a rubber-tracked 10-passenger snowcat, we set out to explore the wilderness: some on foot, others on skis. It wasn’t hard to discern the magic of Irwin on a clear February morning. Instead of crowded lift lines and slopeside bars, there was a preternatural stillness and untracked snow as far as the eye could see. I strapped on snowshoes for a recon of the area, walking past Eleven’s Movie Cabin, originally used as the house in <em>The Further Adventures of the Wilderness Family </em>(1978) and <em>Mountain Family Robinson </em>(1979)<i>,</i> two films that follow the escapades of an exasperated city family that has moved to the woods. (I could relate.) Like the Cat Barn, so named for its resident snowcats, Eleven often uses this intimate cabin as a casual hangout for guests.</p><p>Indeed, Eleven is all about creating bespoke, luxurious adventures in the wilderness. Founded by Chad Pike, a senior managing director at the Blackstone Group, the company takes its name from the infamous Marshall amplifier from <em>This Is Spinal Tap</em><i>,</i> the one with the extra digit of loudness. The base of operations is in Crested Butte, where Eleven opened Scarp Ridge Lodge, the flagship, in 2011. Typically booked on an exclusive-use basis, it sits on a side street in the circa-1885 Croatian Hall, its interior now updated with ski lockers in the foyer and a rooftop hot tub offering a perfect view of Mount Emmons. The four-room Sopris House followed in 2013, and in 2017, Eleven added the Public House, a restored 19th-century building on Elk Avenue. It has a pub on the ground floor, and three loft-style lodgings above, which guests can book individually.</p><img alt="Scarp Ridge Lodge, by Eleven Experience, in Crested Butte, Colorado "src=""><p>Crested Butte lacks the social-register buzz of towns like <a href="" target="_blank">Aspen</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Vail</a>, so it may seem an odd home base considering Eleven’s rarefied clientele. While there has been a quiet influx of money — typically second-home owners from Texas and Oklahoma — Crested Butte, like Telluride, is often regarded as the sort of place other places used to be. When people aren’t skiing or mountain biking, they are participating in quirky events like the Chainless World Championships, in which participants ride a bike without a chain seven miles downhill.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The 5 Best Colorado Ski Resorts That Aren't Aspen or Vail</a></p><p>But after spending some time at Eleven, the choice of Crested Butte began to make sense to me. Locals like Bernholtz really do think of nothing but the outdoors; some restaurants will even halt their lunch service because everyone is up on the mountain. And with those mountains, who could blame them?</p><h2>Colorado Trip Planner</h2><p>From Denver International Airport, rent a sturdy car for the five-hour drive to Crested Butte. Or fly on from Denver to Montrose (a two-hour drive away) or Gunnison (just 40 minutes).</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Eleven Experience</a> has three properties in town. The new Lofts at <a href="" target="_blank">Public House</a> <em>(doubles from $350)</em><i> </i>are on Elk Avenue, Crested Butte’s main street, with a lovely pub and underground taproom open to the public.</p><p>Multigenerational groups should consider <a href="" target="_blank">Scarp Ridge Lodge</a> <em>(from $15,700, all-inclusive)</em><i>,</i> available for buyout only, which has six rooms and a saltwater pool.</p><p>The four-bedroom <a href="" target="_blank">Sopris House</a> <em>(from $9,600, all-inclusive),</em> also buyout-only, has a private saloon and a copper hot tub.</p>
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This Hidden Wine Region Is Putting the Midwest on the Wine Map

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 11:45
<p>In northwest <a href="" target="_blank">Michigan</a>, where sand dunes tower above massive lakes and sweet cherries dangle from boughs, vineyards also string across hilltops. For years, two wine regions have for years been quietly excelling among the United States’ most underrated <a href="" target="_blank">wine culture:</a> cool-climate winemaking. Long under the radar, Michigan is finally beginning to take its place among the top emerging wine regions to watch. As it turns out, northwest Michigan — "Up North," as the locals call it — has a great wine scene, innovative winemakers, and a beautiful landscape, too. </p><p>Michigan — which currently ranks sixth in the U.S. in wine grape production — is home to five <a href="" target="_blank">American Viticultural Areas</a>, or designated grape growing regions. In the southwest corner, with roughly 20 wineries, is the Lake Michigan Shore AVA, which also includes the Fennville AVA. At the top of the lower peninsula is the new "Tip of the Mitt" AVA, with about five percent of the state’s grape acreage. </p><p>Then there are the two AVAs that are most worth traveling for, <a href="" target="_blank">both set on peninsulas flanking Traverse City</a> — some five hours northwest of <a href="" target="_blank">Detroit</a>; six hours northeast of <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago</a>; and due east of <a href="" target="_blank">Wisconsin</a>’s Sturgeon Bay. To the west of Traverse City, the Leelanau Peninsula juts fingerlike into Lake Michigan. To the east, the Old Mission Peninsula splits Grand Traverse Bay in half. Combined, the two are home to 35 wineries, grow nearly 55 percent of the state’s wine grapes, and some of the most picturesque wine touring in the United States.</p><p>Where else can you stand in a vineyard, gaze out across a sea-sized lake, and sip on sparkling wine? </p><p>Though set along the famous 45th Parallel — which also runs through <a href="" target="_blank">Piedmont</a> in Italy and the <a href="" target="_blank">Rhone Valley</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Bordeaux</a> in France — both the peninsulas are cool climate regions, and shine for cool climate winemaking styles and grape production. Think crisp Rieslings, bright Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay that make for bubbles that sparkle. What makes this region so good for quality grapes? Just three miles apart at their nearest point, the proximity to Lake Michigan tempers weather for each peninsula in unusual ways: it provides excessive snow (versus just freezing temperatures) which protects vines in winter. Come spring, the lake effect helps delay bud break, preventing damage to the buds when warming temperatures suddenly dive. And, it extends the overall growing season by as much as a month, which allows for full ripening. </p><p>Another reason these peninsulas are worth a visit: wineries there are branching out into new territory, experimenting with varietals and techniques previously rare in Michigan. The <a href="" target="_blank">wine regions around Traverse City</a> are Riesling heaven; cold winters and comparatively cool summers help whites keep their acidity, yet long daylight hours in summer allow grapes to build sugar. Lately, there has also been a boom in sparkling wine production in the area.</p><p>You can see the depth and breadth of the region’s winemaking by touring the two winemaking regions on either side of Traverse City, the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas. For a scenic Michigan wine tour, head to the gorgeous Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas, home to dozens of wineries, plus quaint fishing towns and miles of beaches. Arrive — by car or via a flight into the region’s Cherry Capital Airport — and you can spend full days touring wineries, and stopping for a swim along the way. (Or lighthouse views. Or leaf tours in the fall. Or smoked fish in old shanty towns.)</p><p>Here’s where to drink, what to eat, and the best places to check out the scenery in between.</p><img alt="Black State Farms, Michigan Wine "src=""><h2>Leelanau Peninsula: Sand Dunes, Smokehouses, and Bubbles</h2><p>West of Traverse City, the <a href="" target="_blank">Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail</a> offers three different tasting routes and is home to a total of 25 wineries. </p><p><strong>West and North</strong></p><p>The wine trail's <a href="" target="_blank">Sleeping Bear Loop</a> stretches from the western edge of South Lake Leelanau to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with its 450-foot high sand bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan, and north to the area surrounding the town of Leland. Here, perched above serpentine South Lake Leelanau, is the charming 30-year-old <a href="" target="_blank">Bel Lago</a>, where they grow 100 varieties, but focus on cool-climate varieties — Auxerrois (a lesser known French variety), Chardonnay, and Riesling in three styles included — and also an ice wine, when the season permits. From Bel Lago, roll to the northern end of Lake Leelanau for a visit to Laurentide, where, in keeping with what the region has long done best, they focus to near exclusivity on whites — Pinot Gris, Fumé Blanc, and Riesling included. </p><p>It’s just a short jaunt to the quaint village of Leland, home of the 34-year-old <a href="" target="_blank">eponymous wine festival</a>, and the site of <a href="" target="_blank">Fishtown</a>, where wooden fisherman-style shacks cluster at the edge of Lake Michigan sending plumes of smoke into the crisp air. Lunch on smoked whitefish, a delicacy here, before heading north, where 10 other wineries dot the landscape between M-22 north and south. </p><p><strong>Northeast to South</strong></p><p>Across the Peninsula, outside of <a href="" target="_blank">Suttons Bay</a>, off of M-22 south, bottles hang from trees at <a href="" target="_blank">Black Star Farms</a>, with perfect pears, like ships in bottles, sprouting within. In the spring, bottles are placed over the pear buds in the orchard. At harvest time, the bottles — now with fully grown pears inside — are filled with pear brandy from the same vineyard. Beyond spirits, though, Black Star is dedicated to wine — and especially whites — and the Arcturos line regularly produces some of Michigan’s best wines, from multiple types of Riesling to Chardonnay. </p><p>Further south still is <a href="" target="_blank">Mawby</a>. Mawby set the standard in the region for sparkling wines, and it remains their focus to this day. While they started out with table wine, in 1984 founder Larry Mawby, believing the cool climate would be perfect for sparkling wine, began producing a cuvee brut in the traditional style, méthode champenoise, or fermented in bottle. By 2000, he had discontinued still wines, and focused exclusively on sparkling. Today, Mawby produces Blanc de Blancs, Cremants, Brut Rosé, and more. </p><p>Making just 5,000 cases per year, <a href="" target="_blank">Shady Lane</a> focuses largely on cool climate wines. Fall or winter, you can visit their tasting room inside a restored fieldstone chicken coop; come summer, the winery serves up everything from Grüner Veltliner to Gewurztraminer in their covered outdoor tasting pavilion.</p><img alt="Shady Lane Cellars, Michigan Wine "src=""><h2>Old Mission: Lighthouses, Orchards, and Pinot</h2><p>Roll through the hilly orchards and farmlands of the <a href="" target="_blank">Old Mission Peninsula</a> on M-37, but plan on stopping en route. Farmstands sprout along the roadsides offering everything from cherries to apples, and, of course, pumpkins in fall. </p><p>Michigan’s first large-scale planting of European vinifera grapes — Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Riesling — versus native grapes or hybrids, were planted on the Old Mission Peninsula in 1974. Today, its nine wineries also grow Pinot Grigio, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In addition to making dry and still wines, several of the nine wineries here also make sparkling and ice wines. </p><p><strong>South to North</strong></p><p>The newest tasting room on the Old Mission Peninsula belongs to an older winery: <a href="" target="_blank">Mari Vineyards</a> first planted grapes in the area in 1999. The sprawling winery itself opened in 2016, boasting the area’s first extensive underground wine cave. Today, Mari produces some classic Italian varietals, as well as Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Riesling. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Chateau Grand Traverse</a>, among the region’s oldest wineries and largest producers, still cleaves to varieties that thrive in cooler climates, such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot and Gamay Noir. </p><p>Beyond just grapes, lavender flourishes at <a href="" target="_blank">Brys Estate</a>, set just one mile from — and overlooking — the East Bay. They produce everything from Sauvignon Blanc to Gewürztraminer in whites, and four reds: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and a Cabernet-Merlot blend. </p><p>From atop <a href="" target="_blank">Chateau Chantal</a>’s 65-acre estate, watery vistas abound. Both the Grand Traverse East and West Bays fill the horizon. In addition to the local wines, which range from very dry to lightly sweet as well as an eau de vie made from Michigan cherries, Chateau Chantal also produces a Malbec sourced from their Argentina estate. </p><p>Near the very tip of the Mission Peninsula is the outlier, the über-modern <a href="" target="_blank">2 Lads Winery.</a> In addition to sustainable practices and views of the East Bay, 2 Lads brings a focus on cool climate reds — Pinot Noirs, especially — and sparkling wines. </p><p>Beyond them all, past the acres of grapes and hilltop wineries, stands the now decommissioned <a href="" target="_blank">Old Mission Lighthouse </a>— where, in addition to hiking and picnicking, it’s also possible to sign on for a one-week stint as the keeper. Perhaps the perfect way to detox after a long weekend of everything from bone-dry bubbles to ice wine. <br /> </p>
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A Budget Airline Passenger Who Wanted Water Was Given a Cup of Ice and Told to 'Wait for It to Melt' (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 08:34
<p>A complimentary soft drink is one of the few free perks many travelers still get to enjoy on their flights. But this practice is no longer guaranteed — especially on budget airlines.</p><p>According to his Facebook post, passenger Gene Goh was on a Scoot flight between Singapore and <a href="" target="_blank">Osaka, Japan</a>. When the flight was delayed, Goh says he asked for a cup of water. Sounds like an easy enough request.</p><p>But, Goh wrote, the flight attendant serving him told him that the airline only offers bottled water for purchase.</p><p>Naturally, Goh seemed a little shocked that such a basic commodity would not be provided to him unless he paid for it. Many airlines consider water part of their usual drink service, often pouring bottled water into cups instead of serving the whole bottle. Goh claims he would have even been OK with tap water.</p><p>Since Goh was unwilling to pay for a bottle, he said the flight attendant served him a cup of ice and told him he could wait for it to melt. Sure, ice is just frozen water, but this doesn't exactly seem like the most timely or accommodating solution.</p><p>“All I am asking is just a cup of water, I wouldn't care if it was from the tap. I hope that there could be some sort of care for passengers, not being unreasonable over here,” Goh wrote on Facebook. Many commenters have voiced their opinions on the matter, some supporting Goh and others criticizing him for not just ponying up the cash.</p><p>Considering dehydration is a serious medical issue on a flight, it’s not entirely unacceptable to expect free water. Though, airlines now charge for lots of things that used to be free, like carry-on bags, headphones, or a blanket and pillow on a long-haul flight.</p><p>Furthermore, according to a flight attendant who spoke to <em><a href=";IR=T" target="_blank">Business Insider</a></em>, regular tap water might actually be the worst thing you can order on a plane; a study by the Environmental Protection Agency found that one in every eight planes fails the standards for water safety. </p><p>That means <a href="" target="_blank">ice water, plain water, coffee, and tea</a> can be hazardous to your health if an airline is not keeping their water and cleanliness up to standard, and this opens up room for the possibility of a lawsuit if a passenger becomes ill. This is also why many airlines consider <a href="" target="_blank">bottled water part of their usual drink service</a>.</p>
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A 21-year-old Was Kicked Off His Flight and Detained for Sending a 'Terrorist' Snapchat Joke

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 08:21
<p>There’s a time and a place to express your sense of humor, but while waiting for your plane to take off is not one of them.</p><p>A 21-year-old man on a <a href="" target="_blank">Jet Airways</a> flight found this out the hard way when he made a joke about being a “terrorist” on social media while waiting for his flight from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport in Kolkata to Mumbai, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Fox News</a>.</p><p>The passenger, Yogvedant Poddar, was allegedly seen covering his face with a handkerchief to take a selfie. His caption allegedly said, “Terrorist on flight, I destroy women's hearts,” <em><a href="" target="_blank">Newsweek</a></em> reported. According to the Times of India, another passenger seated near Poddar saw the photo and told the crew.</p><p>The plane quickly turned back before even taking off. Once it reached the gate, Poddar was detained for “mischievous activity on board" and for language "which was inferred as a security threat,” reported <em>Newsweek</em>.</p><p>“After taking his seat, he covered his face with a handkerchief and started sending WhatsApp messages from his phone,” said a security official to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Times of India</a></em>. Fox News reported that Poddar was using Snapchat. A police officer also told the <em>Hindustan Times</em> that Poddar would not show his phone to the crew when they asked him, which only contributed to the suspicious situation from the crew’s perspective.</p><p>Poddar, who was traveling with his friends, explained to officers that he was only joking. However, making a terrorist joke in 2018 is generally <a href="" target="_blank">considered a bad move</a>. Poddar’s baggage was also examined when he was taken in by police, but nothing suspicious was found. According to the <em>Times of India</em>, Poddar was handed over to local police after the examination.</p><p>According to <em>Newsweek</em>, Poddar’s “joke” ended up causing his flight to be delayed one hour and 10 minutes. Siva Murgan, deputy commissioner of the Bidhannagar Police, told <em>Newsweek</em> that an “inquiry is on” regarding the incident.</p>
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Travel Deal Tuesday Has Flights to Asia’s Top Cities Starting at $391 Round-trip

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 08:11
<p>While Black Friday and <a href="" target="_blank">Cyber Monday</a> both bring a slew of travel deals each year, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is often the best day to score cheap flights to the greatest variety of destinations, according to fare prediction app <a href="" target="_blank">Hopper</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Travel Deal Tuesday</a> brings a range of flight deals offered directly by airlines and by booking platforms, with some of the top deals including up to half off round-trip flights.</p><p>Travelers will find a range of domestic deals and plenty of discounts to international locales. Many of the top deals we spotted on the Hopper app were to some of Asia's most popular destinations. </p><p>Deals to Japan, <em>Travel + Leisure</em>'s 2018 <a href="" target="_blank">Destination of the Year</a>, are discounted at 50 percent off, according to Hopper, with flights starting at $394 round-trip from Los Angeles to <a href="" target="_blank">Okinawa</a>, $412 round-trip from Los Angeles to <a href="" target="_blank">Osaka</a>, and $502 round-trip from San Francisco to Osaka.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Japan's Coolest New Hotels, From Glamping Near Mount Fuji to a Snowy Chalet in Hokkaido</a></p><p>Deals to <a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo</a> also start at $448 round-trip (down 30 percent) from Los Angeles and at $489 round-trip (down 50 percent) from New York City. The deals are available for travel dates from January through May 2019, giving travelers a chance to enjoy the country’s <a href="" target="_blank">prime skiing</a> and winter scenery, plus <a href="" target="_blank">smaller crowds and discounted hotels</a> during its slower tourist season from January through March. </p><p>Discounted flight prices to <a href="" target="_blank">Bangkok</a>, Thailand include $429 round-trip flights from San Francisco, $460 round-trip flights from Los Angeles, $469 round-trip from New York City, and $540 round-trip flights from Seattle.</p><p>Travelers will also find flights to <a href="" target="_blank">Beijing</a> starting at $399 round-trip from Los Angeles, $468 round-trip from Dallas and Phoenix, $482 round-trip from Denver, and $525 round-trip from Chicago.</p><p>Flights to Shanghai start at $391 round-trip from Los Angeles, $461 round-trip from Seattle, $513 round-trip from Phoenix, $516 round-trip from Denver, $549 round-trip from Portland, $554 round-trip from Chicago, $557 round-trip from Washington, D.C., and $568 round-trip from Dallas.</p><p>There are also flights starting at $457 round-trip and $470 round-trip to <a href="" target="_blank">Phuket</a> from Los Angeles and New York, respectively, while flights to <a href="" target="_blank">Seoul</a> start at $407 round-trip from Los Angeles, $491 round-trip from Seattle, and $498 round-trip from San Francisco.</p><p>Travelers will also find flights for under $500 round-trip to Manila, Taipei, Bali, Ho Chi Minh, and Hong Kong from a variety of U.S. cities, and deals to India starting at $490 round-trip from San Francisco.</p><p>Passengers will want to act fast to snag the deals. The best way to find them right now is using <a href="" target="_blank">Hopper's Travel Deal Tuesday</a> search function in <a href="" target="_blank">its app</a> for the top deals of the day, and you can also try searching your desired dates and destination with <a href="" target="_blank">Google Flights</a>.</p><p>And once you book your flights, you may want to <a href=";afflid=TL%2CTravelTuesdayIsHereWithFlightDealsThatWillMakeYouForgetAboutCyberMonday%2Cnruggiero1271%2CNEW%2CART%2C727702%2C201811%2CI" target="_blank">head to Orbitz</a> to save up to 50 percent on hotels or to <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";intlid=us_hpv3_merch_b1_wintersale" target="_blank"></a> to save up to 40 percent before their sales end too.</p>
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Starbucks Has Concocted a New Holiday Beverage

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 07:33
<p>Your Starbucks addiction may finally pay off.</p><p>On Tuesday, the coffee giant announced the return of its <a href="" target="_blank">Starbucks for Life</a> contest. Just as the name implies, contestants who are currently enrolled in its Starbucks Rewards program may enter to win free daily drinks for 30 years, worth a grand total of $56,575. However, if you’re not one of the five lucky grand prize winners you can still take home one of the company’s other prizes, which include daily, weekly and monthly drink giveaways, totaling an estimated $1.6 million in caffeinated prizes to keep you going.</p><p>But, that’s not the only thing Starbucks has going on this season. It also announced that the Juniper Latte is finally available in stores nationwide. The drink, which made its debut at select stores last winter, is now available to anyone sick of the same old Eggnog Latte.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Food&amp;Wine</a></em>, the drink comes with juniper syrup along with notes of sage that somewhat resemble the taste of a gin cocktail. In the concoction, customers will also find espresso and milk that combine into a smooth, mellow taste. The drink also comes topped with citrus and juniper sugar to finish off this holiday treat.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Starbucks in Mexico City Will Be Run Entirely by Senior Citizens</a></p><p>But, if you want in on the juniper goodness you better act fast as it’s only here for a limited time. And if this drink isn’t doing it for you fear not, as Starbucks is also offering its other traditional seasonal drinks including Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulée Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Gingerbread Latte and the aforementioned Eggnog Latte.</p><p>Oh, and one more thing: If you’re going to only get one Starbucks drink this season make sure to go in and indulge on Saturday, Dec.1. On that day, which also marks <a href="" target="_blank">World AIDS Day</a>, Starbucks will donate 20 cents for every latte purchased in participating U.S. and Canada stores with funds going to the Global Fund to help (RED) fight AIDS. Giving back and getting to taste the season, what’s better than that?</p>
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Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 07:29
<p>If you’re really looking to get away from it all this winter, then <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> is here to help. In fact, they’re willing to pay for your getaway too, but with one major catch: You need to be willing to stay in one of the <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";locale=en_US" target="_blank">most remote hotels in the world</a>.</p><p>Just 450 people live in the town of Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland. The nearest community is a whopping 497 miles away. It sits at the edge of the Arctic Ocean, where icebergs abound. And it’s exactly where <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> wants you to spend your winter holiday.</p><p>Starting today, <a href="" target="_blank">Travel Tuesday 2018</a>, through Dec. 31, will be picking up the tab for bookings at the Guest House in Ittoqqortoormiit for travel throughout the month of March.</p><p>At the <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";locale=en_US" target="_blank">Guest House</a>, guests can choose from its seven rooms, each of which come with comfy plush beds and common areas for lounging with other adventurers. Though the rooms are certainly nice, the real reason for the trip is right outside its doors.</p><p>In Ittoqqortoormiit guests can take part in dog sledding missions across the icy terrain, but watch out, as polar bears and other arctic wildlife including musk oxen, reindeer, and walruses may be roaming around (it is their home too, after all).</p><p>After a day on the ice, guests can sit back, relax, and enjoy a local meal. Though, the trip may also be best for those who enjoy a good meat or fish dish as fishing and hunting are really the only means of foraging for food in the area.</p><p>Finally, guests can top off their excursion by stepping outside to experience the glorious <a href="" target="_blank">Northern Lights</a> show above.</p><p>While <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> is picking up the room tab, guests will still have to get to the town themselves. That,, explained, takes “two planes, a jaw-dropping helicopter, and a bumpy ATV ride,” but really, it’s all a part of the exciting journey. Now, you’ve just got to pack your warmest winter coats, book your flight, and get there.</p>
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Oprah's Favorite Travel Sneakers Are on Sale for 40% Off Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 17:15
<p>Each year, Oprah brings the world her very <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";docId=1003017751&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tloprahsfavoritesneakers-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=43e3abc78a604fcce99e1fcf5c0ab53a&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">personal list of favorite things</a> including clothing, books, tech, food, and more.</p><p>The list is indeed hand-selected by the queen of talk shows herself and gives fans everywhere the opportunity to say “Oprah told me to buy it.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Oprah's Favorite Gadget Will Help You Find Everything You Crammed Into Your Carry-on</a></p><img alt=" "src=""><p>And because <a href="" target="_blank">Oprah is such a globetrotter</a> herself, it’s no surprise that so many of the items on this year’s list are perfect for travelers, including <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Vionic’s midi slip-on sneakers</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">19 Pairs of Sneakers Celebrities Love to Wear on the Go</a></p><img alt="Slip-On Sneakers for Women "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $78 (originally $130)</p><p>"Treat feet to these sneakers designed to hug arches and support natural alignment with an orthotic insert. They're super comfortable,” Oprah says.</p><p>As Vionic describes, the sneaker makes casual look chic with a new, perforated leather upper that comes in five different colors. The sneaker also provides <a href="" target="_blank">all-day comfort for travelers</a> walking around the globe thanks to its twin gore panels and removable microfiber-covered EVA orthotic inserts. The shoes are so comfortable and so perfect for walking that they are even recommended by another influencer, celebrity doctor <a href="" target="_blank">Andrew Weil</a>.</p><p>Travelers can add these kicks to their wish list on sale for just $78 (originally $129) at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p>Hey, if it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for us.</p>
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NASA's Attempt to Land on Mars Today Will Be Intense — Here's How to Watch It Live

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 17:01
<p>Applause, laughter, hollering. You'll hear all that today from <a href="" target="_blank">NASA</a>’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mission Control in Pasadena, California if its InSight spacecraft successfully touches down on Mars. Due to reach the Red Planet's surface just before 11:53 a.m. PST/2:43 p.m. EST today, InSight will attempt to land using a parachute and retrorockets. Just six minutes before it attempts a landing, it will have been traveling at 14,100 mph.</p><p>This is going to be tense.</p><h2>How difficult is it to land on Mars?</h2><p>Almost half of the attempts to land on Mars fail. Although 70+ robotic spacecraft, orbiters, landers, and rovers have made the trip to Mars, 40 percent of them have been lost during landing. Engineers will be hoping there won't be a dust storm going on when InSight comes in to land, though the real problem is speed. Having launched on May 5, 2018 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as it enters the atmosphere of Mars, InSight will be traveling at 14,100 mph. It's hoped that a supersonic parachute, 12 descent engines, and some shock-absorbing legs will slow it down enough for a safe landing. However, a high-speed crash remains a risk.</p><h2>How to live-stream Insight's landing on Mars</h2><p>You can <a href="" target="_blank">watch InSight’s attempt to land on Mars live on NASA TV</a>. On Monday, Nov. 26, NASA TV will broadcast the landing from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST/2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. There will then be a post-landing news briefing no earlier than 2 p.m. PST/5 p.m. EST. You can also watch the landing on <a href="" target="_blank">YouTube</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">UStream</a>.</p><h2>How will NASA know when InSight lands safely?</h2><p>Bringing live coverage from 91 million miles away will not be easy. NASA will use radio telescopes in Green Bank, West Virginia and also in Germany to listen out for radio signals from InSight. The entry, descent, and landing phases will each emit a slightly different radio frequency, enabling engineers to track InSight's progress. InSight will also send a "tone beacon" when it touches down on Mars, and again seven minutes later, but much more loudly. It’s hoped that the radio telescopes will pick up those signals, though NASA also has a couple of CubeSats orbiting Mars that could help relay the signals.</p><h2>Where will InSight land on Mars?</h2><p>The area where InSight is landing is called Elysium Planitia, a particularly flat area of Mars where hazardous loose rocks are absent. Just north of its equator, it's also a great place for InSight's solar panels to generate power for long periods. However, dust storms are common in this area. Still, this second largest volcanic region on Mars is an ideal place for InSight to land because of the science it is designed to perform. Unlike NASA's famous rovers Curiosity and Opportunity, InSight will remain in the exact place it lands.</p><img alt="NASA Landing Pia "src=""><h2>What will InSight do on Mars?</h2><p>InSight is designed to detect Marsquakes. Built by Lockheed Martin Space in Denver, InSight will measure the frequency and intensity of Marsquakes, with mission scientists expecting to see between 12 and 100 Marsquakes during the two-year mission. The seismic data collected by InSight will also be used to figure how Mars was formed, and reveal much about its internal structure, which geologists know very little about. It will also slam a self-hammering heat flow probe about 16 feet into the Martian surface to take the planet's temperature. The mission will last for one Martian year (the time it takes for Mars to complete one orbit of the sun), which equates to 26 Earth months.</p><h2>Is Curiosity still on Mars?</h2><p>Although NASA's Curiosity rover only had a two-year mission when it landed on Mars in 2012, the robot has since traveled about 12 miles around Gale Crater, and is still conducting science. However, NASA's Opportunity rover, which landed in 2004, looks to have finished its mission after engineers lost contact with it in August 2018.</p><h2>Are there any other missions to Mars planned?</h2><p>Next up is NASA's Mars 2020 rover, which is modeled on Curiosity and planned to launch in summer 2021 for a February 2021 landing. It will use a robotic arm, and a drill, to collect rocks and soil samples from Jezero Crater just north of the Martian equator, and if it finds anything interesting, it will leave it in a box for a possible future "sample return" mission, possibly by humans. Mars 2020 will also look for water, test oxygen-producing tech, and collect data on weather, wind, radiation, and dust.</p><p>After all, if we are going to send humans to Mars, we're going to need to know much more about what its surface is like ... and how bad those Marsquakes are.</p>
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The Newest iPad Is $80 Off at Walmart — and Selling Fast

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 15:52
<p>Before you drop your hard-earned cash on a new tablet, check out this deal from Walmart that is way too good to pass up. Right now, savvy tech consumers can buy the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">latest generation of the iPad for only $249</a> (that’s $80 off the original price of $329).</p><p>This 32GB, wifi-enabled, 6th Generation tablet comes in Space Gray or Silver and has a 9.7 inch Retina display screen. Not only is this Apple’s latest design for the iPad — complete with the more advanced 8MP iSight camera and multi-touch display — it also supports the Apple Pencil for people who are looking to do a little more with their new toy than just checking their email and streaming Netflix.</p><p>And for shoppers looking for tablets with more space, Amazon has the 128GB <a href=";tag=tlipadcybermonday-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07BTPZ5YV&amp;linkId=b45538054a2cae0a8b10cab12d77908a" target="_blank">6th generation iPad</a> for $50 off right now. And you can also score an <a href=";tag=tlipadcybermonday-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B018UR4FP0&amp;linkId=19634a63673fcecfed280e7593bb9254" target="_blank">iPad Mini 4</a> (wifi + cellular) at Amazon for $129 off. This iPad, while smaller, also has 128GB of space and a 10-hour battery life.</p><p>Both iPads make excellent <a href="" target="_blank">gifts for travelers</a> who want to travel light and work efficiently when they’re on the go.</p><p>Walmart also has loads of incredible <a href="" target="_blank">Cyber Monday deals</a>, including other electronics like high definition TVs, headphones, gaming consoles, laptops, and more. There are also deep sales on clothing, housewares, toys, and other amazing gifts in every department.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Amazon</a> is also shelling out incredible tech discounts for Cyber Monday as well, including <a href="" target="_blank">$190 off Bose headphones</a>.</p><p>Cyber Monday deals don’t last very long, so it’s best to shop early to get the exactly what you need for everyone your list. Plus, you don’t have to camp out in front of the store or battle the crowds to get the best savings.</p><h2>Apple iPad (Latest Model) 32GB WiFi</h2><img alt="Cyber Monday Apple iPads "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $249 (originally $330)</p>
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