This Island Leaves Travelers More Satisfied Than Any Other Destination (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 06:11
<p>Travelers seeking an easy-to-reach destination that will impress on all fronts should start planning a vacation to Barbados.</p><p>At ITB, a travel trade show in Berlin on March 7, data collection agency Norstat announced that Barbados is the top-rated destination for travelers, according to the results of their annual <a href="" target="_blank">Destination Satisfaction Index</a>. The island destination scored an 8.8 out of 10 in a comprehensive evaluation that took into consideration 20 distinct elements.</p><p>To determine the top destinations, travelers reviewed 144 destinations around the world on such factors as weather, beaches, “service and hospitality,” accommodations, sightseeing and culture, and culinary offerings.</p><p>Enough gifted chefs have opened shop on Barbados to make it one of the most delicious destinations in the Caribbean — so don’t leave without ordering at least one plate of grilled lobster, flying fish with plantains and local Banks lager, and a pan-fried fish sandwich that even <a href="" target="_blank">chef Marcus Samuelsson loves</a>. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Caribbean Island Hideaway Is a Surf Paradise</a></p><p>But travelers were also asked to consider personal safety, landscape, the friendliness of locals, and value.</p><p>Norstat then calculated the scores from each individual category, as provided by more than 70,000 travelers from 24 markets around the world, to determine a general winner.</p><p>Barbados earned the best overall score, and it also took the top spot in <a href="" target="_blank">the accommodations category</a>.</p><p>A delegation from Barbados, led by the ministry of tourism and international transport’s permanent secretary, Donna Cadogan, accepted the awards at ITB Berlin.</p><p>“Over the last year, 2017, we would have had about 43 different establishments [refurbished],” Cadogan said, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>TravelPulse</em></a>. The Fairmont Royal Pavilion, for example, is fresh off a multi-million dollar renovation. Travelers also rave about the iconic <a href="" target="_blank">Sandy Lane Hotel</a>, the polished Lone Star Boutique Hotel, and the Sea-U Guest House.</p><p>Other island destinations that outperformed their neighbors regionally include the Seychelles (for Africa) and the Maldives (for Asia). The latter also earned top marks for its beaches with an impressive score of 9.3 out of 10.</p>
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This Southern Food and Music Festival Is 'Music to Your Mouth'

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:00
<p>Every fall for the past 11 years, chefs, vintners, breweries and food lovers have gathered in Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina, for a festival called <a href="">Music to Your Mouth</a>, a celebration of lowcountry food and music.</p><p>The festival started small, with only three events and a handful of featured chefs in its first year. By 2017, it had expanded to 17 events spread over four days. Featured chefs now have to be recommended by previous participants, and 31 chefs from across the South were invited to attend.</p><p>Following a Thursday evening kickoff event featuring a variety of food trucks (David Carrier of <a href="" target="_blank">Certified Burgers &amp; Beverage</a> was a crowd-favorite with his housemade chorizo sliders), the first event included in the aptly named “Whole Hog Weekend” pass was a dock party on Friday afternoon. As an '80s cover band entertained the crowd on a patio overlooking the May River, Rodney Scott of Charleston’s <a href="" target="_blank">Rodney Scott’s BBQ</a> served up the classic South Carolina-style whole-hog barbecue for which he’s known.</p><img alt="Music to Your Mouth Festival "src=""><p>Later that evening, a Southern Supper Club featured a family-style feast of Southern favorites prepared by five of the festival’s featured chefs. A personal favorite was Rob McDaniel, Executive Chef of Alexander City, Alabama’s <a href="" target="_blank">SpringHouse</a> who served up a delightfully funky fermented relish combining hot and sweet peppers to provide a perfect accompaniment to his braised oxtails, turnip greens, and carolina gold rice.</p><p>The Saturday Culinary Festival is the largest event of the weekend. A four-hour celebration of the region’s cuisine featured the work of 22 chefs as well as winemakers, local breweries and artisans.</p><img alt="Music to Your Mouth Festival "src=""><p>Katie Button, Owner and Executive Chef of <a href="" target="_blank">Curate</a> in Asheville, North Carolina, served up roasted turnips with a buttermilk fenugreek sauce, a deceptively simple dish that delivered complex flavors and provided a welcome vegetarian-friendly respite from an otherwise meat-heavy weekend.</p><p>Other standouts included Mashama Bailey, of Savannah’s <a href="" target="_blank">The Grey</a>, serving up Harissa Coated Squid and Atlanta’s <a href="" target="_blank">Linton Hopkins</a> whose roti short rib served with chow chow and clabbered crema fresca on a fresh tortilla was a beautiful melding of flavors, elegantly presented.</p><p>Throughout the weekend, Palmetto Bluff’s pastry chef David Sampson also distinguished himself, covering a truck with a variety of delicious donuts on Thursday night and serving up a variety of bundt cakes and campfire s’mores on Friday evening, including a single giant s’more that had to be seen (and tasted) to believe.</p><p>Winemakers have also been part of the festival since the beginning and this year was no exception. The festival featured 29 vintners and brewers, and while beverage options had more to offer for wine drinkers, local breweries like Savannah’s veteran-owned <a href="" target="_blank">Service Brewing</a> were also well-represented.</p><p>The festival is intentionally kept small, and with attendance limited to a couple hundred people, even the larger events didn’t feel crowded. The smaller size also meant less waiting in lines and more opportunities to talk with the chefs, winemakers and other artisans who were featured.</p><img alt="Music to Your Mouth Festival "src=""><p>For those who prefer even more intimate settings, there were also a number of individually ticketed smaller events, including two culinary salons and book discussions hosted by the <a href="" target="_blank">Southern Foodways Alliance</a> and a speakeasy themed whiskey tasting with Julian Van Winkle III, president of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery.</p><img alt="Music to Your Mouth festival "src=""><p>Musical acts ranged from bluegrass to yacht rock (provided by Atlanta-based <a href="" target="_blank">Yacht Rock Review</a>) culminating with an annual surprise headline act the evening oyster roast on the festival’s closing night (this year, <a href="" target="_blank">O.A.R.</a>).</p><p>For those who wanted a little help burning off the calories from the night before, festival passes included a crossfit workout on Friday and a 5K on Saturday. The later start times of the midday events also allowed plenty of time to explore the 20,000 acre Palmetto Bluff property by foot or bike (bikes are available for rent). Miles of trails wind through live oak forests and provide beautiful views of the May River and coastal wetlands.</p><img alt="Palmetto Bluff - Music to Your Mouth Festival "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Music to Your Mouth 2018</a> will be held November 15-18, and tickets go on sale in August. Pricing is not set yet but the all-inclusive package (without accommodations) was $1,350 in 2017, and à la carte events ranged from $75 to $400. Ticket packages and the rest of the programming will be announced closer to the on-sale date, and ore information is available at on the festival website where you can also <a href="" target="_blank">sign up for updates</a>.</p><p>Palmetto Bluff is about 45 minutes driving from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV), 30 minutes from downtown Savannah and about two hours from <a href="" target="_blank">Charleston</a>. Accomodations range from rooms and suites at the <a href="" target="_blank">Montage Palmetto Bluff</a> to vacation homes and cottages.</p>
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This Is Your Last Chance To See A Blue Moon Until 2020

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:01
<p>There was <a href="" target="_blank">no full Moon in February</a> of 2018, but March makes up for that with two. The first — the full Worm Moon (named for the seasonal return of earthworms to the grounds of North America) — occurred on March 1. The second (a <a href="" target="_blank">blue moon</a>) is on March 31.</p><p>It's relatively rare for a month to have two full moons — hence the saying, "once in a blue moon" — though it also happened in January, when the second full moon was an <a href="">epic Super Blue Blood Moon</a>.</p><p>As it happens, however, this will be the last blue moon of 2018. And there won't be another until 2020. </p><h2>What Is a Blue Moon?</h2><p>The second full moon in one calendar month is popularly called a blue moon. Astronomers, however, have a slightly different definition of a blue moon. Instead, they consider a blue moon the third full moon of a season that has four full moons.</p><p>Stargazers should note that blue moons don't actually appear blue in hue. Instead, a blue moon will appear on the eastern horizon in a glorious muted orange color as the sun sets. It's a gorgeous sight that happens every 29 days.</p><h2>When Is the next Blue Moon?</h2><p>An astronomer using that 'seasonal' blue moon explanation will tell you that the next one is on May 18, 2019. But if you opt for the modern day definition of two full moons in one month, the next blue moon isn't until October 31, 2020.</p><h2>Does the Blue Moon Have any Significance?</h2><p>A Blue Moon has no astronomical significance, but some religions do still use lunar months to determine the dates of religious festivals. The date of the Christian religion’s Easter celebration is held on the Sunday following the first full moon after the <a href="" target="_blank">Spring Equinox</a>. This year, the equinox occurs on Tuesday, March 20. So in this case, Easter's date is determined by the blue moon on March 31.</p><h2>Does the Blue Moon Have Any Other Names?</h2><p>North Americans tend to use the names for full moons first used by either Native Americans or early colonial Americans to help keep track of time and seasons. But they are specific only to the month they occur.</p><p>While the preceding full Worm Moon occurred on March 1, the next full moon after the blue moon is the <a href="" target="_blank">Pink Moon</a> on April 30.</p><p><em><a href="" target="_blank">The Old Farmer’s Almanac</a></em> explains that the name Pink Moon comes from the appearance of the first <a href="" target="_blank">spring</a> flowers, though April's moon is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.</p><p>So despite being a blue moon, the full moon on March 31 has no other name.</p>
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This Former Ghost Town Is Now the Ultimate Unplugged Mountain Retreat

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 11:00
<p>Over 100 years ago, <a href="" target="_blank">cowboys and wranglers</a> ate at this table while their herds grazed nearby. On a recent night, at the same table, sat the drummer from a popular alternative rock group and his friends, a restaurateur turned vintner, hotel marketing executives, and a young ranch manager whose grass-fed beef was featured on the menu.</p><img alt="Overview of the "town" at Dunton Hot Springs, in Colorado "src=""><img alt="The Dolores Cabin, at Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado "src=""><p>Originally a remote mining camp in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains and later a cattle ranch, the town was deserted in 1918. Today, with log cabins in various sizes and shapes, <a href="" target="_blank">Dunton Hot Springs</a> still resembles its former self — at first glance, anyway. Inside the rustic buildings are extravagant furnishings, plush beds, and all the amenities expected in the most deluxe of hotels. Outside, Mother Nature provides lots to do depending on the season.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Resorts in the U.S. for Getting Back to Nature</a></p><p>Guests enjoy horseback riding through the surrounding wilderness, fly fishing, river rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, and hiking, until winter changes the agenda to helicopter skiing, snow shoeing, ice climbing, or just relaxing in front of the fireplace. Delighting in the spectacular scenery is a year-round activity, and hot springs, both indoors and outdoors, invite guests to soak in perfect 103-degree, natural waters.</p><img alt="Exterior of the bath house at Dunton Hot Springs, at night "src=""><img alt="View from inside the bath house at Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado "src=""><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Relais &amp; Chateaux</a> property's commitment to sharing the beauty of its environment, its stirring history, and the authentic experience of its locale shows: Executive Chef Basil Yu creates menus based on local seasonal ingredients, sometimes surprising his guests with unique vegetables or foraged mushrooms. Grass-fed beef is served, purchased from a nearby ranch selected for its production methods: hormone and antibiotic-free growth in a stress-free environment along with feed consisting of various grasses, plants, and legumes. Sustainable fish and game are other menu options, and a variety of fresh produce is available for vegetarians. Wines from nearby Sutcliffe Vineyards are poured at the evening communal dinner. Private dining is offered as well.</p><img alt="Interior of the Major Ross Cabin at Dunton Hot Springs, in Colorado "src=""><p>A visit to <a href="" target="_blank">cell phone-free</a> Dunton Hot Springs (Wi-Fi is provided) is an opportunity to unplug and step into the history of the American West. Imagining the Native Americans, miners, ranchers, and families who first occupied Dunton adds to the appreciation of this uniquely preserved part of the country. Rooms start at about <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tab=description&amp;q-room-0-adults=2&amp;YGF=14&amp;MGT=1&amp;WOE=4&amp;WOD=3&amp;ZSX=0&amp;SYE=3&amp;q-room-0-children=0" target="_blank">$600 in the winter and spring and $945 in the summer and fall</a>.</p>
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Inside the Romantic Chapel Where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Say 'I Do'

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 10:00
<p>Now that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have <a href="" target="_blank">sent out their wedding invitations</a>, been <a href="" target="_blank">baptized in the Church of England</a>, and allegedly had their <a href="" target="_blank">bachelor and bachelorette parties "sorted,"</a> it’s time to take a look inside the chapel where they will exchange their vows.</p><p>And of course that chapel couldn’t be more iconic, romantic, or royal, as it sits inside the historic grounds of Windsor Castle.</p><img alt="St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle "src=""><p>The chapel, known as <a href="" target="_blank">St George's Chapel</a>, was founded more than 500 years ago. It has been the site of a number of important royal events including several weddings, baptisms, and burials.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">People</a></em>, the first royal wedding to take place at St George’s Chapel was in 1863, when King Edward VII married Queen Alexandra. Other notable royal weddings held there include the second wedding of Harry's father, Prince Charles, to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005; and the wedding of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Charles’ younger brother, to Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999.</p><p>Choosing St George’s Chapel as their wedding ceremony site says a lot about the couple, as it is a relatively low-key location to hold a royal event.</p><p>“Windsor is a very special place for Prince Harry, and he and Ms. Markle have regularly spent time there during the last year,” a spokesman told reporters earlier this year. “They are delighted that the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle will be where they begin their lives as a married couple.”</p><img alt="St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle "src=""><p>While the chapel still holds around 800 guests, it pales in comparison to the 2,000-seat church where Prince William wed Kate Middleton wed. Though, according to royal historian Hugo Vickers, William “would have liked to have married at St George’s Chapel.” As he told <i>People</i>, “The only reason was that it didn’t have a balcony [for the newlyweds’ big kiss]. He would have liked to have done it at Windsor too.”</p><img alt="A general view shows St George's Hall at Windsor Castle "src=""><p>Beyond weddings, the chapel is also the final resting place of several important figures in the royal family including Henry VIII, Charles I, King Edward IV, King Edward VII, King George III, King George IV, King William IV and King George V, along with Harry’s great-grandparents, King George VI and the Queen Mother. According to <i>People</i>, it is also the planned burial site for the Queen. </p><img alt="St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle "src=""><p>While their reception will be a private event, Harry and Meghan did open up at least <a href="" target="_blank">a portion of their wedding to the public</a>. You're also more than welcome to go check out Windsor and St George's Chapel for yourself as there are both daily public tours and <a href="">public services available</a> each and every week.</p>
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Meghan Markle Has a Genius $8 Packing Secret

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 09:00
<p>Meghan Markle has plenty of excellent life advice to share. From how to spend <a href="" target="_blank">Valentine’s Day</a> solo, to how to <a href="" target="_blank">achieve your dreams</a>, and even how to <a href="" target="_blank">make healthy eating choices</a>, Markle really does seem to have an answer for everything. And that includes how to pack more efficiently for your travels.</p><p>Prior to her engagement to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle often shared her excellent life advice on her blog, The Tig. There, she even paired up with the cosmetic company Birchbox to not only curate a box of her own, but to also <a href="" target="_blank">share her travel advice</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">We Found Meghan Markle’s Favorite Leather Travel Case</a></p><p>“Pack your favorite <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";origin=keywordsearch&amp;keyword=cheeks+lips" target="_blank">multi-use stick</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";keyword=face+spritz" target="_blank">face spritz</a> for a quick touch up on cheeks, lips, face when you land,” Markle shared, adding that she only packs items that are multi-functional. This way, she explained, she always has extra room in her <a href="" target="_blank">carry-on</a>.</p><p>Furthermore, Markle said she loves to layer dryer sheets between her shirts, skirts, and dresses while packing. “Clothes will smell fresh when you arrive—and especially when you return home!” Sounds like a hack <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">well worth the $8 a pack</a> to us.</p><p>As for when she lands in a new location, Markle said there’s nothing better than connecting with locals (<a href="" target="_blank">and we couldn’t agree more</a>). To do so, Markle suggested you “find a great cooking class with a local chef, or an art or dance class” to connect with your new destination.</p><p>One thing you’ll never see Markle traveling without is <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">hand sanitizer</a>. “I’m no germaphobe, but when I get on a plane I always use some quick hand wipes or a travel sanitizer spray to wipe it all down: that includes the little TV, <a href="" target="_blank">the service tray</a>, and all the buttons around your seat,” she <a href="" target="_blank">wrote</a> on The Tig. “Sure, the person next to you may give you a side eye, but at the end of the flight, you’ll be the one whistling dixie with nary a sniffle.”</p><p>And, of course, because Markle is rather health conscious she also revealed that she never travels without a probiotic in hand.</p><p>“Always travel with a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">high strain probiotic</a>, and hydrate like you’re dying of thirst – because even if you’re not, for your body – the thirst is real,” she said. “This dynamic duo of probiotics and agua will keep your gut health in check and honestly stave off jet lag if you’re globetrotting on your travels."</p><p>While Markle is certainly a seasoned traveler, we bet her future grandmother-in-law the Queen has <a href=";;utm_medium=social&amp;xid=soc_socialflow_facebook_tl" target="_blank">plenty of advice to offer</a> her as well.</p>
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People Are Sick of Seeing ‘Sent From My iPhone’ on Your Emails — Here's How to Change It

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 14:01
<p>There are four little words in the English language sure to annoy anyone in your contact list: “Sent from my iPhone.”</p><p>The default signature message on the <a href="" target="_blank">oh-so-popular iPhone</a> is just a part of life for many Apple users. Even though it’s not uncommon to answer an email on the go, there’s just something about this message that seems to irk the people who receive it to no end.</p><p>Some people think the automatic signature is a bit rude, indicating that you simply don’t have time or energy to sit down and compose a well-thought-out response to whomever you’re emailing.</p><p>Others feel like it’s an unnecessary status symbol or power play.</p><p>And then there are people who just want everyone to look up and engage with the world. And on the other side of the spectrum, using that signature can be a good way to at least pretend your schedule is more exciting than it actually is.</p><p>For the people out there ready to do away with the message, there’s an easy way to change it or disable it completely.</p><p>First, tap on the Settings app on your iPhone (or iPad or whatever). Tap on Mail. Scroll down to Signature, and then tap on that.</p><p>Here, you’ll see two selection boxes that say All Accounts or Per Account. (You can customize your signature on some accounts linked on your phone.) Below those boxes, you’ll see that dreaded signature in a text box. Delete the signature completely, or just write in something that’s more personalized.</p><p>When you’re done, just hit the back button and your changes are saved.</p><p>- Sent from my iPhone</p>
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These Are the Best Face Masks to Repair Your Skin After a Day of Travel, According to Doctors

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 12:01
<p>Your skin sustains a lot of environmental ambushing during a long day in transit, often leaving you with some dry, dull, puffy, red, and pimply problems by the time you arrive at your destination.</p><p>Many factors go into what makes skin react this way while traveling. Stress can cause breakouts, salty <a href="" target="_blank">airplane food</a> can make your face bloat, and run-of-the-mill dirt and grime can clog pores.</p><p>And as New York City-based dermatologist <a href="" target="_blank">Dr. Marisa Garshick</a> explained to <em>Travel + Leisure</em>, “Airplane cabins are particularly dry and have low humidity levels. As a result, the skin can feel the effects and get dry, and in some cases, red and flaky.”</p><p>While you may have already known <a href="" target="_blank">airplanes tend to be drying</a>, other modes of transportation can do similar damage. The air conditioning and heating systems play a role and, in general, you’re probably drinking less fluids while in transit, which causes – you guessed it – dehydrated skin.</p><p>That’s a lot to have stacked up against you, and the list doesn’t even end there.</p><p>Dr. Roshini Raj, co-founder of <a href="" target="_blank">health-focused skincare brand Tula</a>, told T+L, “Lack of sleep that often accompanies travel can lead to duller skin and darker under eye circles. Not washing your face for several hours can allow all the environmental pollutants to stick around and irritate your skin.”</p><p>It’s pretty unfortunate timing to arrive in an exciting new place – ready to <a href="" target="_blank">snap some photos</a> and showcase your most Instagrammable moments – just to be deterred by clogged pores or flakey redness. Here are the best face masks to repair whatever problems your travels have wrought on your skin.</p><h2>Hydrating Face Masks</h2><p>Dr. Raj, who’s also a board-certified gastroenterologist in NYC, explained, “<a href="" target="_blank">Restoring your skin</a> with a super hydrating calming mask is a great way to counteract [the negative effects of travel]."</p><p>If your skin is dry and irritated, you should look for a hydrating face mask – which you may think of as a winter face mask because it aims to counteract similar skin concerns.</p><p>Dr. Raj says you should look for probiotics, which “help strengthen your skin barrier function, helping to retain moisture levels — so they are super hydrating.” Tula’s new Kefir ultimate recovery mask is probiotic-rich and aims to do just that.</p><img alt="tula face mask for moisturizing "src=""><p><strong>$56 at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Nordstrom</a></strong></p><p>Both Dr. Raj and Dr. Garshick also suggest looking for ceramides, which help retain moisture. Dr. Garshick explained, "By applying a mask containing ceramides, it helps to lock in any moisture and minimize any additional moisture loss, keeping the skin hydrated and protected, without feeling greasy."</p><p>She recommends trying Elizabeth Arden's Ceramide Overnight Firming Mask.</p><img alt="Best Moisturizing Face Masks "src=""><p><strong>$88 at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Nordstrom</a></strong></p><p>Dr. Jart has a Cermadin line of products capitalizing on the ingredient as well, including a single-use sheet mask.</p><img alt="best-face-mask-moisture "src=""><p><strong>$6 at <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";om_mmc=ppc-GG_381463959_27499862319_pla-178163882439_1826346_97594831359_9058761_c&amp;country_switch=us&amp;lang=en&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMI16Caz9zO2QIVT2t-Ch1IJQTvEAQYBSABEgKLZfD_BwE&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds" target="_blank">Sephora</a></strong></p><h2>Clay and Charcoal Face Masks</h2><p>In addition to replenishing your skin’s moisture and elasticity, Dr. Raj says finding “a mask that helps remove the impurities that have accumulated on <a href="" target="_blank">your skin during travel</a> is important.” If traveling leads to clogged pores, you should try using a face mask with activated charcoal, which is good for lifting that gunk out and getting rid of oil.</p><p>Boscia has a black charcoal peel-off mask that works to clear out the impurities from your pores while making them look smaller.</p><img alt="boscia-black-charcoal-face-mask "src=""><p><strong>From $34 at <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";om_mmc=ppc-GG_381463959_27499855599_pla-181453110759_1269455_97594829199_9004067_c&amp;country_switch=us&amp;lang=en&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0LuBq5DP2QIVh1t-Ch2CkgWREAQYASABEgI_S_D_BwE&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds" target="_blank">Sephora</a></strong></p><p>If peel-off masks aren’t your thing and you want to try clay, go for the <a href="" target="_blank">cult-favorite</a> Aztec Secret face mask, which has almost 9,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It's made of calcium bentonite clay, known for its effective deep-cleansing properties.</p><img alt="aztec-secret-amazon-best-selling-face-mask "src=""><p><strong>$9 on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Amazon</a></strong></p><h2>Face Masks for Acne</h2><p>While spot treatment can help nix individual travel-induced pimples, you can also <a href="" target="_blank">look to face masks</a> for a more universal skin-smoothing treatment. Well-known acne-fighting ingredients to look for are salicylic acid (which is a beta hydroxy acid, or BHA), sulfur and benzoyl peroxide.</p><p>Dr. Garshick says, "A great all-in-one mask is the Avène Cleanance Mask, which contains acne-fighting salicylic acid, exfoliating glycolic acid, clay to draw out impurities and is based in gentle thermal spring water, preventing the skin from being left irritated."</p><img alt="best face masks for acne "src=""><p><strong>$24 at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Dermstore</a></strong></p><p>If you're tight on time, m-61 has a one-minute Power Blast facial mask that gets both salicylic and glycolic (an alpha hydroxy, or AHA) acids exfoliating your skin at once to exfoliate and polish the skin on the surface and work on the pore blockages at the root of the blemish.</p><img alt="best face masks exfoliating "src=""><p><strong>$54 at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Blue Mercury</a></strong></p><h2>Brightening Face Masks</h2><p>We already know dull skin can be tied to lack of sleep on vacations, but Dr. Raj notes another potential cause travelers should be be wary of: their diets. "People often drink more alcohol and fewer fruits and veggies when they travel. This can lead to bloated, dull skin," she says.</p><p>If you're noticing a muted complexion, opt for a face mask that contains chemical exfoliants like glycolic and lactic AHAs, which can create glowing skin by helping your face replace dead skin cells with new ones, or one that's antioxidant-rich.</p><p>"Antioxidants such as vitamin C can help to protect the skin against DNA damage, as well as helping to brighten the skin and even out skin tone," Dr. Garshick says. You can find such ingredients in Fresh's Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask.</p><img alt="Best Face Masks vitamin C "src=""><p><strong>From $25 at <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";currency=USD&amp;cm_mmc=google-_-shopping_ret-_-662927185-_-33817189655_b301499b-ce11-424b-8b4e-aad2e6796147&amp;cm_mmca1=pla-266580383179_95966967&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMImrbS65TW2QIVSGB-Ch0h-QHdEAQYBCABEgJr1PD_BwE" target="_blank">Nordstrom</a></strong></p><p>For a face mask with chemical exfoliants, try Vichy's Double Glow Peel Mask – but don't forgo sunscreen if you do. Dr. Garschik cautions, "Be careful if traveling to a sunny destination as many of these acids can make the skin more sensitive to the sun."</p><img alt="Best face masks brightening "src=""><p><strong>$20 at <a href="" target="_blank">Target</a></strong></p><p>Even if you're not using AHAs in your restorative face mask during travel, it's important to wear SPF on your face every day – even <a href="" target="_blank">while on the airplane</a>.</p>
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A New Moon Is Coming — and That Means Next-level Stargazing

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 11:00
<p>You may not be able to see a new moon, but it's always a special time of the month for serious stargazers. With little moonlight in the sky leading up to, and following, a new moon, it's an ideal time for stargazing. In March, the new moon will occur early in the morning of <a href="" target="_blank">St. Patrick's Day</a> — Saturday, March 17.</p><h2>What Is a New Moon?</h2><p>A new moon describes the lunar phase when our satellite is positioned between the Earth and the sun. From Earth, it appears quite close to the sun, and therefore the new moon appears at sunrise, and sinks at sunset. It's also invisible, because the sun is illuminating the far side of the moon (the side that always faces away from Earth). But that doesn't mean there's nothing to see.</p><h2>What Can You See During a New Moon?</h2><p>Although you will see nothing on the day of the new moon — or for about 24 hours afterward — sky-watchers can search for a sliver of a crescent moon the two evenings following. For the best view, head somewhere with a very low western horizon and search the sky just after sunset, when the sun is catching the right-hand side of a young moon.</p><p>Because you'll need some height (and few obstructions) your best bet is a west-facing attic window or a nearby hill. And if you're in a city, then an observation platform will do the trick. </p><p>For some religions, the new moon is a very significant moment. The Islamic calendar, for example, is lunar-based, and traditionally the Islamic month begins only when the crescent moon is first sighted.</p><p>Although its surface is never visible at the moment of new moon, occasionally this phase appears as a silhouette of the satellite as it crosses part (or all) of the sun during a solar eclipse.</p><p>Travelers who saw <a href="" target="_blank">the partial solar eclipse</a> on February 15, 2018 in South America, experienced this phenomenon. And before that, it occurred during <a href="" target="_blank">the total solar eclipse</a> on August 21, 2017 in the United States.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">next total solar eclipse</a> will be seen over the South Pacific and in parts of South America on July 2, 2019. Solar eclipses can only occur during a new moon, but because the moon orbits Earth around five degrees off the ecliptic (the path of the sun through the sky), they are very rare.</p><h2>How Do I See Earthshine?</h2><p>For a couple of nights after the new moon, it's also possible to see Earthshine on the surface of the moon. If you look at the dark area of a crescent moon, you will see some detail, despite the lack of illumination from the sun.</p><p>What you're seeing is sunlight reflected off the Earth and onto the moon. There is always Earthshine on the moon, but it's only possible for your eyes to see it when the crescent moon is very slim. By the third night after a new moon, the glare of the moon will overwhelm this subtle feature.</p><h2>When Is the Next New Moon?</h2><p>After the new moon on Saturday, March 17, 2018, the next new moon will be on Sunday, April 15, 2018.</p><img alt="Lunar phases - chart with the contrary phases of the moon observed from the northern and southern hemisphere of planet earth. "src=""><h2>What Causes the Phases of the Moon?</h2><p>The moon is always half-lit by the sun. But as seen from the surface of the Earth, it doesn't always look that way. As the moon orbits the Earth over the course of a month, the visible sunlit portion of its surface appears to wax and wane in size.</p><p>It starts its cycle as a new moon, when it's between the Earth and the sun — and only its far-side receives sunshine. From Earth, there isn't much to see.</p><p>As the moon slowly moves east, its western side begins to become illuminated: that's a crescent moon. With each passing day, it appears to grow brighter and larger as it drifts farther from the sun. Two weeks after a new moon, our satellite is on the other side of Earth in relation to the sun. Since its near-side is by then fully illuminated from our perspective on Earth, we see a <a href="" target="_blank">full moon</a>. It then slowly wanes back to a crescent moon over the next two weeks as it completes its 29-day orbit.</p><h2>How Many New Moons Will Occur This Year?</h2><p>There are almost always 12 new moons in a calendar year — one for every month. And this is true for 2018. But because the time between two new moons is usually a little less than a month, every few years there are two new moons in one calendar month.</p>
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Don't Let Daylight Saving Time Make You Miss Your Flight

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 10:01
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Daylight Saving Time</a> goes into effect this Sunday, which means summer, with its delightfully long days and late sunsets, is finally on the horizon, and we can all rejoice in leaving work while there’s still some semblance of daylight.</p><p>Although most people’s phones, computers, and other smart devices will automatically move forward an hour at 2 a.m. this Sunday (allowing you to seamlessly lose an hour of sleep without even realizing it), there are some complications that can arise if you’re traveling in the next few weeks. Here's a breakdown of everything you should be aware of if you're traveling within the U.S. or internationally. </p><h2>U.S.</h2><p>If you’re traveling domestically (with some exceptions, which we get into below), you shouldn't run into problems as long as you’re aware of the new time difference beginning on Sunday. If you rely on an analog bedside clock or alarm, be sure to set that forward an hour before going to bed Saturday night.</p><p>If you have a flight on Sunday morning, try to go to bed an hour early, if not earlier, to account for lost sleep. Air travel is a notoriously easy way to <a href="" target="_blank">get sick</a>, what with <a href="" target="_blank">germy tray tables</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">very dry cabin air</a>, and the always dreaded sneezing or coughing seatmates. Be sure to get a good night’s rest for a long day of travel, as our <a href="" target="_blank">immune systems need sleep to fight off infections</a>.</p><h2>Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands</h2><p>Here’s where things start to get trickier: Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands currently do not observe Daylight Saving Time (DST). If you’re catching a flight or a connection in any of these states or territories, be sure to double check the local time so you know exactly how much time you have until your flight departs.</p><p>And don’t just rely on your phone; it might not automatically update to the correct local time, or you might not have service. When in doubt, ask the gate agent how much time you have until boarding, so you don’t miss your flight <a href="" target="_blank">like this traveler</a>, who thought she had a leisurely 90-minute layover when in actuality it was only 30 minutes, according to <em>The Points Guy</em>.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">These Two States Might Soon Opt Out of Daylight Saving Time</a></p><h2>International </h2><p>Daylight Saving Time is also observed in many places around the world, so if you’re traveling abroad for the next month or so, you may deal with many unexpected time changes.</p><p>Along with the U.S., most of Canada and most of Mexico change their clocks on March 11 this year. And while many Caribbean countries do not observe DST, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Cuba, and Turks and Caicos will switch their clocks on March 11 as well.</p><p>Europe will move forward an hour at 1 a.m. on <a href="" target="_blank">Sunday, March 25</a>.</p><p>Meanwhile, countries in the Southern Hemisphere observe DST on varying dates — and to make things even more confusing, Daylight Saving Time is ending for them just as it's beginning for the Northern Hemisphere (because summer and winter are reversed). That means that they change their clocks back while we set ours forward. Brazil already set its clocks back on February 18. Chile won’t until May 13. And Australia and New Zealand change their clocks on April 1.</p><p>We know — that’s a lot to take in. If you’re going to be traveling abroad over the next month, consult <a href="" target="_blank">this handy chart</a>, which lists countries that do observe DST and what date their clocks switch over. It also lists which countries don't change their time at all throughout the year, including most African, Caribbean, and Asian countries.</p><p>So the important takeaway here? If you have a plane, train, or boat to catch, be aware of time changes ahead of time before you realize too late and you've missed your departure. Don’t just assume your phone will automatically switch to the correct local time, as you’re likely using a phone with an American operating system abroad. Besides, it’s always better to be overly cautious than sorry (i.e. having to spend a night in an airport hotel because you missed the last flight out).</p>
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This Airport Will Have Its Own City With Driverless Cars and Parachute Rides

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 17:51
<p>Travelers heading to <a href="" target="_blank">Norway’s</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Oslo</a> Airport will soon be able to spend their time in a 43-million-square-foot city adjacent to the airport.</p><p>Haptic Architects and the Nordic Office of Architecture recently unveiled plans for the new Oslo Airport City where travelers will find everything from driverless cars to large swimming arenas offering views of the airport’s runways.</p><p>The “Airport City”, a term <a href="" target="_blank">John Kasarda</a> of the Center for Air Commerce at the University of North Carolina created to describe development projects that extend out from the airport’s grounds, will feature a slew of smart features that include driverless cars and power that stems solely from renewable energy.</p><p>All of the vehicles within the city will be electric, including high-speed light rails that will make it so citizens “will never be more than five minutes away from public transport,” <a href="" target="_blank">according to Haptic representatives</a>.</p><p>The city’s center will be kept car-free and its outer skirt swill serve as a testing bed for driverless technology.</p><img alt="oslo airport city "src=""><p>While the Oslo City Airport <a href="" target="_blank">won’t be the world’s first Airport City</a>, its emphasis on leisure and sports activities in combination with business facilities gives the space what Haptic representatives say will be a more urban feel than other airport cities.</p><p>“What you normally have with airport cities is some type of business park where you’ll mainly find logistic buildings, but what we’re doing is creating an airport city with urban qualities that include streets, squares, and walkable spaces not blocked off by cars, in addition to building on the various sport and leisure qualities Norwegians are quite into,” Tomas Stokke, the director of the architecture firm, told <i>Travel + Leisure.</i></p><p>Part of this focus on sports and leisure will include an activity park where visitors will find climbing facilities, a large swimming arena, and attractions like parachute rides over the city. Renderings also depict a cycling route circling a large lake in the center of the city.</p><img alt="oslo airport city "src=""><img alt="oslo airport city "src=""><p>The city will also have nearly 11-million-square-feet of mixed-use real estate properties that will range from hotels and retail spaces to offices, housing, and cultural facilities.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Top 10 International Airports</a> </p><p>The project takes inspiration from the Norwegian government’s plan to move from oil use to green energy, with the Oslo Airport <a href="" target="_blank">planning to launch</a> the first commercial routes using electric planes before 2030.</p><p>The two architecture firms plan to use the surplus energy made through the city’s renewable approach to sell to surrounding buildings and cities. Construction on the first stage expected to start in 2019 or 2020.</p><p>The first buildings are scheduled to be complete in 2022, with the entire project taking 30 years.</p>
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Passengers Were Delayed 27 Hours Because Their Pilot Got in a Physical Fight

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 17:04
<p>Passengers on an American Airlines flight from São Paulo, Brazil to Miami were <a href="" target="_blank">delayed</a> an excruciating 27 hours due to an incident between the plane’s pilot and a ground agent.</p><p>American Airlines flight AA930 <a href="" target="_blank">had to be canceled</a> at 1 a.m. local time on Thursday morning, minutes before it was supposed to board, after the pilot and the ground agent got into an argument about the alignment of the jet bridge, which connects the plane to the terminal.</p><p>According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>, the plane’s co-pilot attempted to adjust the alignment of the bridge before passengers began to board, but the pilot intervened, claiming the bridge was then in the wrong position.</p><p>When the ground agent told the pilot that the bridge was, in fact, in the “correct position,” things got heated.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How One Woman Made $11,000 Off of Delta Flight Delays</a></p><p>The pilot allegedly pushed the ground agent and grabbed her by the neck during this disagreement. Some passengers who witnessed the scene also claimed that the worker "inadvertently" stepped on the pilot’s foot, to make matters worse, according to the <em>Daily Mail</em>.</p><p>The pilot also claimed in a report to police that the ground agent tried to punch him.</p><p>Due to the extreme delay, passengers were given meal vouchers and a free night in a hotel while they waiting for the next available flight.</p><p>“Last night, before boarding AA 930 American Airlines flight from São Paulo (GRU) to Miami (MIA), two crew members were engaged in a discussion in the tunnel that connects a platform to the plane. The authorities are now in charge of the case and providing support to staff members. This is a legal investigation and we are cooperating fully with the authorities...We apologize to our customers for the problem,” American Airlines said in a statement to the <em>Daily Mail</em>.</p><p>Passengers were moved to several different flights to Miami throughout the next day.</p><p>The pilot was arrested and charged for “offending the bodily integrity or health of another.” He could face between three months and one year in jail if found guilty.</p>
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The Four Seasons at Disney World Will Now Give Guests Even More Exclusive Access to the Parks

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 16:34
<p>If you’re considering a splurge on your next trip to Disney World, here’s a reason to bite the bullet: Your vacation will now come with significantly more perks. <a href="" target="_blank">Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort</a> will now offer “Extra Magic Hours,” giving guests even more reason to stay at the serene locale.</p><p>The Florida resort is known for being the go-to luxury option for discerning guests visiting <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World</a>, and while spending even longer in the parks on a busy vacation sounds draining, <a href="" target="_blank">Extra Magic Hours</a> are quite the opposite. Rides and attractions close down to everyone except guests of specific hotels, allowing for smaller crowds and shorter lines during select mornings and evenings at Disney’s four Orlando theme parks. Consider it your exclusive “bonus time” at Walt Disney World, a perk that can dramatically offer more value to your <a href="" target="_blank">price of admission</a>.</p><p>The benefit of Extra Magic Hours can be especially helpful around new openings — like the debut of <a href="" target="_blank">Toy Story Land</a> this summer — and for boarding Disney World’s most popular rides, like <a href="" target="_blank">Flight of Passage</a> and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, more speedily.</p><p>Morning and evening Extra Magic Hours were previously only available to guests at Walt Disney World-operated hotels, but privileges were extended to seven <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Springs-area resorts</a> earlier this year. While those resorts and <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s own hotels</a> offer 60-day FastPass+ booking windows, at this time, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort still offers 30-day booking, but it’s still worth a stay. With an oasis-like adult pool, full-fledged kid’s waterpark and refined amenities from an on-site spa and departure lounge to private coach bus transportation to the parks, it’s easily one of the best — if not the top — hotel in <a href="" target="_blank">Orlando</a>.</p><p>The addition of extra park time is just another extension of Four Seasons Resort Orlando’s neighborly relationship with the Walt Disney World Resort. The hotel, which is located near Disney’s Magic Kingdom, also boasts a planning desk staffed by Disney’s own employees — a perk no other external hotel offers — as well as a highly-regarded character breakfast on select mornings and unparalleled views of surrounding <a href="" target="_blank">theme park fireworks</a> from its rooftop steakhouse restaurant Capa.</p>
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This 23-year-old Is Out to Break the Record for Fastest and Youngest Person to Travel to Every Country

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 13:40
<p>At 23, Taylor Demonbreun is on a mission to become the <a href="" target="_blank">youngest</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">fastest</a> person to visit all 195 of the world’s sovereign countries.</p><p>Demonbreun graduated from Vanderbilt University last May, with degrees in economics and public policy. After a semester abroad, however, she says she realized that she no longer wanted to become an investment banker, like she had originally intended.</p><p>Instead of spending her last semester in typical senior fashion, Demonbreun used every free minute to plan a record-breaking voyage around the world. “It was like a full-time job,” Demonbreun told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>.</p><p>On June 1, less than a month after graduating, she set out for her first country on an attempt to break Guinness World Records for fastest and youngest person to visit every country around the world. Since starting her journey in the Dominican Republic, Demonbreun has visited 100 different countries from South America to Europe to Asia over the course of nine months.</p><p>“I’m sure looking back on how I planned in the beginning would make me cringe,” Demonbreun told T+L. “I’ve learned so much about traveling since then: how to plan and my own personal limits, like how much I can travel at a time.”</p><p>Demonbreun blogs about her experience traveling at <a href="" target="_blank">Trek With Taylor</a>, as well as on <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>, and hopes to inspire other people to push beyond their comfort zones, explore new cultures and learn more about themselves in the process.</p><p>In becoming a world traveler, she has been forced to overcome severe social anxiety that plagued her when she was young.</p><p>“I have to be willing to ask a question because sometimes it’s a safety issue,” Demonbreun said. “There are always times when I wish I had said something more or said something differently. But it’s a constant growing experience. I’ve had to grow with it and this trip has helped me do new things.”</p><p>Demonbreun says one of her most surprising encounters was in Afghanistan: “I was so worried before going there, about safety issues and the language barrier,” she said. “I had painted it as this very scary place but I went and everything went perfectly.”</p><p>Demonbreun advises people who find themselves held back from solo travel because of social anxiety to just take a chance and “trust that people are generally kind.”</p><p>Demonbreun also recommended switching perspectives from believing that people are “judging me but more that they notice I’m not from there and they want to help out because people are proud of where they’re from and want more people to visit.”</p><p>She’s gained firsthand experience of strangers’ kindnesses through the Guinness challenge itself. In every country, Demonbreun must ask two witnesses to sign proof that she was there and provide their contact information. She must also take a photograph with a geolocation tag (generally a “crappy selfie”) and record the times of her entries into and out of each country.</p><p>Earlier this month, Demonbreun visited her 100th country, Sweden. She said that trip was particularly meaningful as Sweden was the first country she had ever visited on her own.</p><p>Later this week, Demonbreun will set out for a six-week leg of her journey through Asia, working her way west through the Middle East.</p><p>She hopes to finish the entire journey by <a href="" target="_blank">September</a>, but she has until <a href="" target="_blank">December</a> to finish the trip and still break two Guinness world records.</p>
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I Travel Every Month and Never Repeat Outfits — Here's My Secret

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 12:02
<p>Whether it’s for work or leisure, I travel several times a month, which means my wardrobe is quite literally all over the place. While seeing the world is a dream come true, it definitely has prevented me from developing my dream closet: Being constantly on the move doesn’t give me much time to go shopping, and no matter how many <a href="" target="_blank">cute things I see abroad</a>, I rarely make purchases because I always <a href="" target="_blank">avoid a stuffed suitcase</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">16 Travel Subscription Gifts That Keep on Giving</a></p><p>Finally, I decided I needed to streamline my outfit planning, and I turned to fashion subscription boxes to create all my ideal looks. They're reliable, save a ton of time, and make packing a whole lot easier. I no longer stress out about looking for new office attire, workout gear, or anything else because these services deliver a package with exactly what I need straight to my door. If you ask me, all these conveniences combined are totally worth the monthly fees; once you start subscribing, there’s no turning back.</p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Stitch Fix</a></h2><p>Most subscriptions don’t offer shoes, but Stitch Fix has it all. You’re basically paying $20 for your own personal stylist. However, that cancels out if you decide to purchase anything sent to you as they subtract the styling fee from your total when that happens. If you're really into it and get all the outfits, you'll receive 25 percent off the entire shipment. Once you sign up, you’ll be asked to take in-depth surveys, so there's a strong chance you'll want to add it all to your closet.</p><p><strong>To subscribe: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a></p><h2><a data-ecommerce="true" href=";website=250357&amp;" target="_blank">Box of Style</a></h2><p>Celeb-favorite designer Rachel Zoe will set you up with essentials for every season. From fashionable statement pieces to beauty products, it's safe to say that $100 every quarter is a small price to pay to stay on-trend.</p><p><strong>To subscribe: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href=";website=250357&amp;" target="_blank"></a></p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Rent the Runway </a></h2><p>Raise your hand if you’re attending back-to-back weddings this year. Scroll through the popular site for trendy looks and avoid spending a fortune on formal wear. You can borrow clothes for up to eight days at $30 per rental. For those looking to switch up their day-to-day style, there’s also the $99 per month option that gets you access to a ton of styles from over 450 brands.</p><p><strong>To subscribe: </strong><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Le Tote</a></h2><p>For $49 per month, you’ll be able to choose three articles of clothing and two accessories. You can wear it all for as long as you want and when you’re done, you simply buy what you’d like to keep and return everything else with the prepaid tote bag. It’s quick and easy.</p><p><strong>To subscribe: </strong><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Elizabeth &amp; Clarke</a></h2><p>Stop wearing the same shirts on all your business trips before your coworkers start noticing, and sign up for this stylish box instead. In three-month increments, customers can choose three crisp new tops starting at only $20 each. Get excited to look fresh for all your important meetings.</p><p><strong>To subscribe: </strong><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Avenue A By Adidas</a></h2><p>Buying workout clothes may not always be a priority, but having new gear makes a difference and pushes me to hit the gym. For $150 per quarter, the fitness brand sends you sneakers, an outfit, and accessories. Considering how expensive one pair of shoes can be, this is actually a steal.</p><p><strong>To subscribe: </strong><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>
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What to Do If You're Caught in the Path of an Avalanche

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 11:02
<p>It's only the beginning of March, but this year has already seen an unfortunate share of avalanches.</p><p>Cascades recently struck two California ski destinations, <em><a href="" target="_blank">USA </a></em><em><a href="" target="_blank">Today</a></em> reported, resulting in partial burials, minor injuries, and one harrowing – but fortunately successful – effort to <a href="" target="_blank">save a snowboarder</a> buried in the fall. </p><p>But avalanches and snow burials do not always end so well. This past January, a 36-year-old husband and father died in an avalanche while <a href="" target="_blank">snowmobiling in Idaho</a>, and on Sunday, <a href="" target="_blank">three feet of snow</a> slid off the roof of a condo and killed a mother and her 7-year-old son.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Ski season</a> is still in session, but with all of these tragic events occurring in such quick succession, it's worth learning what you can do if you're out on the slopes and the unthinkable happens.</p><p>Below, six things you can do to give yourself the best chance of surviving an avalanche.</p><h2>1. Move to the Side</h2><p>Once you see an avalanche heading your way, do not try to outrun it. <a href="" target="_blank">The Clymb</a> recommends immediately running perpendicular to its path to avoid getting caught up in the middle of it. In the event that the avalanche begins beneath your feet (which can happen when skiing or snowboarding), act quickly and try to jump upslope, above the fracture line.</p><h2>2. Grab Something Sturdy</h2><p>Boulders and trees won't help you much in a major avalanche, but they can hold out against less powerful cascades, <a href="" target="_blank">The Clymb</a> notes. If you find yourself in the path of one of these, try to grab onto a tree branch or sturdy rock to keep you steady and rooted to one spot.</p><h2>3. Swim</h2><p>To prevent getting buried under mounds of snow and debris, you'll want to stay on top of the avalanche. You can do this by utilizing all of your muscles and swimming with the current. And if you are struggling to stay afloat, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Mental Floss</a></em> says "violently thrashing around so you don't sink" is a good alternative survival tactic.</p><h2>4. Hold One Arm Up</h2><p>You should also try to reach one arm up so that, if you do get buried, you can give your rescue team a literal hand in helping find you.</p><h2>5. Create Room to Breathe</h2><p>Most avalanche-related fatalities are caused by asphyxiation. If you're caught in an avalanche, take your hands and cup them over your mouth while you're still moving. According to <a href="" target="_blank">The Clymb</a>, doing this will "create a small pocket of air for you to survive on for up to 30 minutes." The adventure travel site also suggests digging out some space around your face to get extra breathing room when the avalanche is over. "Expanding your chest by filling your lungs with air" will also achieve the same effect.</p><h2>6. Stay Calm</h2><p>You might understandably have the urge to panic, but it's of the utmost importance that you don't, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Mental Floss</a> </em>notes. If you panic, your breath will quicken and you'll fill what little space you have with <a href="" target="_blank">too much carbon dioxide</a>, thereby shortening that 30-minute survival window. Try to breathe as steadily as you can so the rescue team has as much time as possible to come find you.</p><p>The best thing you can do to survive an avalanche, however, is to take certain precautions before you venture out into the snow. If you are a skier or snowboarder, or just happen to be visiting mountainous regions known for avalanches, stay up to date on all the latest weather news. Check not just the weather forecast, but the local Avalanche Information Center website as well.</p><p>Veteran mountain weather and avalanche forecaster Scott Toepfer also warns of blue-sky syndrome. "We may have a storm raging through the mountains in the morning, but after the storm clears out, we'll start to see some beautiful blue-sky days," Toepfer told <em><a href="" target="_blank">Westword</a></em>. "They'll think, 'It's an incredibly beautiful day. We've got some fresh snow. Let's go ride!' And they ignore the storm that just blew through and developed fresh avalanches that are just sitting there, waiting for a trigger."</p><p>And when you do go out into the mountains, do not forget to bring an <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">avalanche beacon</a> with you. These beacons work like radios: they transmit frequencies and can alert other beacon carriers to your exact location. Having a beacon could make all the difference between life and death as you wait for rescue.</p>
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Virgin Atlantic Just Introduced Their Own Version of Basic Economy

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 10:50
<p>Virgin Atlantic is taking note from other major airlines and introducing <a href="" target="_blank">basic economy fares</a>.</p><p>On Wednesday, Virgin Atlantic announced three new branded economy fares that will become available for purchase this spring, <a href="" target="_blank">Travel Weekly</a> reported. These seats range from the most basic Economy Light to the more amenity-friendly Economy Classic and Economy Delight. The new fares are meant to "align with" their joint venture partner Delta's Basic Economy, Main Cabin, and <a href="" target="_blank">Comfort+</a> seating.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Read This Before You Book a Basic Economy Airfare</a></p><p>The most affordable of the three, Economy Light, is ideal for budget travelers who need nothing more than a carry-on, as fliers who purchase these seats will need to pay an extra fee to check any bags. <em><a href="" target="_blank">Travel Weekly</a></em> notes that Virgin Atlantic's current policy allows economy passengers to select their seats starting 24 hours before departure; Economy Light ticket holders, on the other hand, will not get to choose where they sit, and they will be given their seat assignment when they check in.</p><p>Travelers who would like the freedom to sit where they please can choose their seats when they book Economy Classic. They can also check their first bag at no additional cost.</p><p>Like Economy Classic, Economy Delight passengers get one free checked bag and can reserve their seats in advance. Most notably, fliers who purchase this branded fare get priority during check-in, and they can enjoy three more inches of legroom than Economy Light and Economy Classic travelers. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a></em>, Virgin Atlantic is currently retrofitting its planes to include up to 36 Economy Delight seats each. </p><p>Virgin Atlantic said it will also be adding Wi-Fi to every flight and charging outlets for each seat. All economy passengers will still be served free food and drinks during their journey.</p><p>It has not yet been revealed which date Virgin Atlantic intends to introduce the new fares, or how much it will cost Economy Light passengers to check bags.</p>
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Chrissy Teigen Never Boards a Plane Without This Lip Balm

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 10:31
<p>When it comes to beauty tips for travel, Los Angles-based makeup artist Patrick Ta knows a thing or two. With a roster of globe-trotting celebrity clients — his <a href="" target="_blank">massively popular Instagram feed</a> regularly includes the likes (and looks) of Chrissy Teigen, Jennifer Lopez, Blake Lively, Gigi Hadid, the Kardashian-Jenner clan, and more — the 27-year-old has perfected the art of putting your best face forward, no matter where in the world you are. </p><p>We tapped Ta, who is also a spokesperson for <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">La Mer</a>, for some of his go-to beauty products for traveling — and for the scoop on what Chrissy Teigen, one of his longstanding clients, always brings with her when she flies.</p><h2>On the beauty product Chrissy Teigen never boards a plane without:</h2><p>“I know that Chrissy loves traveling with [the moisturizing cream] <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Crème de la Mer</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">La Mer Lip Balm</a>, just because it really does the job nourishing and hydrating the skin, so everything looks nice and moisturized by the time you land.”</p><h2>On what it’s really like working with Teigen:</h2><p>“She’s <a href="" target="_blank">always eating</a>! So that’s so much fun, because we get to try so many new types of food — things that she’s trying out for her cookbook. She’s half Thai, and there’s this Thai dish that her and her mom cooked. I don’t know exactly what it’s called, but it has a lot of spices in it. It’s so yummy.”</p><h2>On how to keep your makeup fresh on a plane:</h2><p>“I would always carry a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">setting spray</a>, your <a href="" target="_blank">lipstick</a>, and your <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">concealer</a> — have a little <a href="" target="_blank">touch-up kit when you land</a>, just because if you want to sleep or anything [in the air], it’s always important to be able to touch up with the few key products that make your look <i>your look</i>.</p><p>The setting spray helps give your skin luminosity and a natural, fresh look for when you walk off the airplane. I have two that I love <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Cover FX’s Illuminating Setting Spray</a> — one or two spritzes does the trick — and the <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";origin=keywordsearch&amp;keyword=mist+by+la+mer" target="_blank">Mist by La Mer</a>, which helps with redness and any inflammation.”</p><h2>On his go-to drugstore beauty buys:</h2><p>“Gigi [Hadid] has this <a href="" target="_blank">Maybelline collection</a>. It’s honestly seriously so amazing. The pigments are there. The color is there. The textures of the lipsticks are amazing. The textures of the lip liners are amazing. The mascara has a great eye-shaped wand.</p><p>Gigi just has really beautiful taste. I really love the products — and not just because it’s her and she’s my client.”</p><h2>On a luxury beauty product that’s worth the splurge:</h2><p>“I’d say the <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";keyword=la+mer+concentrate" target="_blank">La Mer Concentrate</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";keyword=tom+ford+lipstick" target="_blank">Tom Ford lipstick</a>. The concentrate because I feel like it’s an all-in-one product: it helps with fine lines, it helps with redness, it helps with discoloration, and it locks in moisture. If you’re ever feeling like you just need a little pick-me-up the night before, you just apply this product and you wake up just looking like you’re feeling a little bit more beautiful. [I love the] Tom Ford lipstick just because I feel like the packaging is amazing, the formula is amazing, and the colors that I love are truly some of my favorite colors. I love <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";keyword=tom+ford+sable+smoke" target="_blank">Sable Smoke</a> for a great nude and <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";keyword=tom+ford+flame" target="_blank">Flame</a> for a great orangey-red.”</p>
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Harry Who? Denmark's Prince Nikolai Is a Professional Model

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 10:01
<p>Sure, everyone around the globe may be busy fawning over <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan Markle and Prince Harry</a> this spring thanks to their upcoming nuptials, but it’s key to remember that there are more than a few awesome royals worth your time and attention. Take, as a prime example, Nikolai William Alexander Frederik, the prince of Denmark.</p><p>The 18-year-old royal recently signed on with Scoop Models, an agency out of his home country, and appeared in his very first fashion show during London Fashion Week. There, he walked in the Burberry show alongside supermodel Cara Delevingne.</p><img alt="Prince Nikolai Of denmark walks the runway at the Burberry Prorsum Autumn Winter 2018 fashion show during London Fashion Week on February 17, 2018 in London "src=""><p>According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Independent</a></em>, the young prince, who is sixth in line for the throne and is the eldest son of Prince Joachim and Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg, has his parents' blessing to pursue his new career. His father, Prince Joachim, told Danish news site <em>Billedbladet</em> that Nikolai “should not be forced into something. Nikolai’s future shall be conducted entirely by his own plan.”</p><p>And really, just taking one look at Nikolai’s photos proves that this kid has what it takes to make it in the world of high fashion.</p><p>The prince may want to go all in on his new career, as according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Billedbladet</a></em>, he will likely never receive “any land, money, or title from Margrethe and Henrik, though his parents will support him through his education.”</p><p>If he’s looking for advice on how to maximize his royal fashion exposure perhaps he can ask Lady Amelia Windsor for advice. The 22-year-old, who is a distant cousin of Prince William and Prince Harry, has long been a <a href="" target="_blank">fashion darling</a> and a regular on the catwalks around the globe. Just days ago, she too hit fashion week, this time as a guest at <a href="" target="_blank">Valentino’s Paris Fashion Week show</a>.</p><p>And if Prince Nikolai somehow isn’t doing it for you then check out these <a href="" target="_blank">five other royal bachelors</a> who will ultimately fill the void once Prince Harry walks down the aisle in May.</p>
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You Can Do Underwater Yoga Surrounded by Tropical Fish in the Maldives

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 08:56
<p>Yoga lovers don't have to sweat in a hot studio to reach inner peace. Instead, they can try a refreshing experience about 20 feet underwater.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Hurawalhi Island Resort</a>, on the Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives, had opened up a one-of-a-kind experience for yogis out there who want to perfect their downward dog while exploring under the sea.</p><p>Don’t worry, you won’t need any scuba gear.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">A Ride Down This Insane Waterslide Lands You in a Gorgeous Turquoise Ocean</a></p><p>For the first time, according to the resort, the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant will be converted into a yoga studio and feature yoga classes lead by fitness expert and author of #LETSSTARTYOGA, Jessica Olie.</p><p>The space has an aquarium-like quality. As guests move from sun salutations to warrior pose, they’ll be surrounded by tropical fish, <a href="" target="_blank">turtles</a>, dolphins, manta rays, and 200 species of coral. Crystal clear ocean waves really set the mood for working through a soothing Vinyasa flow.</p><p>After an invigorating work out, guests can cool down at the resort’s organic Duniye Spa, which is housed in a villa that looks out over the ocean, to indulge in some luxurious treatments. Plus, the view is equally as stunning above the waves as below.</p>
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