Travel

Stay at This Historic New Orleans Hotel for Only $179 Per Night

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:30
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank"><b>travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</b></a></em></p><p>New Orleans: 33 percent off <a href="https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=67833&amp;Chain=5415&amp;promo=TLNOLA" target="_blank">Le Pavillon Hotel</a>, a recently renovated landmark lavishly decorated with art and antiques, a short walk from the French Quarter.</p><p>T + L Nola Vacation Package includes:</p><p>*One or more nights in any room category</p><p>*Two welcome cocktails</p><p>*Breakfast at the Crystal Room</p><p>Original Price: From $274 per night</p><p><strong>T + L Price: </strong>From $179 per night; valid through November 30, 2018.</p><p>Booking details: Use promo code TLNOLA when <a href="https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=67833&amp;Chain=5415&amp;promo=TLNOLA" target="_blank">booking online</a> or calling 504/581-3111. Based on availability.</p>
Categories: Travel

There’s an Actual Stairway to Heaven — With 999 Steps — in China

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:30
<p>From the center of Zhangjiajie in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/the-great-wall-of-china" target="_blank">China</a>’s Hunan province, visitors load onto the Tianmen Mountain Cableway. Over the next half-hour, the cable car will climb almost 24,500 feet to the top of <a href="http://www.tianmenshan.com.cn/index.php?m=En&amp;a=index" target="_blank">Tianmen Mountain</a>. At the end, the riders step out onto the “Gateway to Heaven.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/china-glass-bridge-looks-like-its-cracking" target="_blank">This Glass Bridge in China Is Made to Look Like It’s About to Shatter</a></p><p>At about 5,000 feet above sea level, Tianmen Cave is the highest naturally formed arch in the world — which has given the landmark its famous moniker. The impressive views and unique formation are the reason most people trek up the mountain.</p><img alt="gate of heaven tianmen mountain china "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1509657060/tourists-gate-of-heaven-tianmen-mountain-china-HEAVENGATE1117.jpg?itok=Z1DyHoav"><p>To reach the fantastic landmark, visitors must walk up <a href="https://www.chinahighlights.com/zhangjiajie/attraction/tianmen-mountain.htm" target="_blank">999 steps</a> on the “<a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/worlds-scariest-stairs" target="_blank">stairway</a> to heaven.” Nine is a lucky number in Chinese numerology, representing good fortune and eternity. Those who wish to avoid the long cable car can opt to take a bus up a narrow roadway that bends back on itself 99 times.</p><img alt="gate of heaven tianmen mountain china "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1509657060/stairway-gate-of-heaven-tianmen-mountain-china-HEAVENGATE1117.jpg?itok=ypIZXxaN"><p>The cave itself is about 430 feet tall and 190 feet wide. It used to be a fairly ordinary cave until the year 263 A.D., when one side of the mountain’s cliff collapses and created the portal to heaven. Although be careful to whom you tell this origin story. Some believe that the cave’s creation is a mystery, which only strengthens its Tianmen’s reputation as a holy mountain.</p><img alt="gate of heaven tianmen mountain china "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1509657060/view-gate-of-heaven-tianmen-mountain-china-HEAVENGATE1117.jpg?itok=EW_QDWyV"><p>Visitors who want to pay homage to the attraction’s religious nature can visit the Tianmenshan Temple, which was built in the year 870 A.D. It claims to be the Buddhist center of Western Hunan.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>It’s also possible to walk around the surrounding park for equally incredible views. There are a few cliff-hanging walkways (including <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/china-glass-walkway-terrifying" target="_blank">three made of glass</a>) where visitors can get closer to the geopark and the sacred Chinese mountain.</p>
Categories: Travel

Why You Should Check Your Passport's Expiration Date Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:01
<p>We're a week into 2018, and with a new year comes <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-places-to-travel-in-2018" target="_blank">new travel plans</a>.</p><p>But before you book those plane tickets to that exciting new destination, there's one thing you need to do right now: Double check the expiration date on your passport.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/real-id-act-airport-security" target="_blank">A Driver's License May Not Work for Air Travel in These 3 States — Starting This Month</a></p><p>It's vital to make sure your travel documents are valid for <em>at least</em> six months past the dates of any planned international trips. Since passports are valid for up to 10 years, it's understandably easy to forget when exactly it needs to be renewed (especially if you don't use it all that often). This seemingly small detail could result in a travel disaster.</p><p>While the U.S. allows travelers to use a passport until the exact date listed on the front page, that’s not the case for many other countries. For example, if you're heading to Europe, your passport needs to be valid for another six months beyond your trip. If you want to check out the natural beauty of New Zealand, your passport needs to be valid for another month past your trip. Want to spend a week on the beach in Thailand? Six months. Even though some countries have more lenient requirements, it's better to play it safe.</p><p>You can check the <a href="https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.html" target="_blank">State Department’s website</a> for specific requirements for different countries.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/what-your-passport-color-means" target="_blank">What Your Passport Color Really Means</a></p><p>So if your passport's time is almost up, don't wait: Start the process now. Renewing a passport can take six to eight weeks. (If you already have a trip coming up, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/how-to-quickly-renew-a-passport" target="_blank">here's how to get a new passport fast</a>.)</p><p>And while you're at it, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/how-to-get-global-entry-tsa-precheck" target="_blank">sign up for Global Entry</a> so your next international trip will be even smoother.</p><p><em>Take</em> Travel + Leisure<em>'s <a href="https://wba.m-rr.com?s=story" target="_blank">World's Best Awards survey</a> for the chance to <a href="https://wba.m-rr.com?s=story" target="_blank">win a $10,000 dream trip</a>.</em></p>
Categories: Travel

This Futuristic Suitcase Will Automatically Follow Its Owner Through the Airport

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 09:51
<p>Carrying your own luggage may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a few mad scientists obsessed with making your life more convenient.</p><p>On Sunday, at a preview event at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the tech company ForwardX Robotics unveiled its latest creation: the CX-1.</p><p>The CX-1 may look like your average suitcase, but what’s inside makes it anything but.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/smart-luggage-with-removable-battery" target="_blank">9 Smart Suitcases That Won't Break Airlines' New Rules</a></p><img alt="A ForwardX Robotics CX-1 self-driving intelligent carry-on suitcase "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515437582/ForwardX-Robotics-suitcase-SMARTCASECES0118.jpg?itok=FSAQpUdQ"><p>According to <a href="http://www.ubergizmo.com/2018/01/forwardx-cx-1-self-driving-carry-on-will-change-the-way-you-travel/" target="_blank">UberGizmo</a>, the suitcase contains sensors that will track its owner anywhere he or she goes. It will then follow them like a well-trained dog using its four-wheel-drive system, avoiding any speed bumps along the way thanks to its 170-degree, wide angle camera.</p><p>And truly, this suitcase will never get lost as it uses some seriously high-tech tracking and identification algorithms to identify its owner. It will also sound an alarm if it gets too far away from its owner, or if someone tries to steal it.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>According to UberGizmo, the suitcase is controlled using simple hand gestures, making sure a user never has to “fiddle with any controls” to get it moving. In fact, they don’t even have to turn around to face it.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-travel-gadgets" target="_blank">17 Tech Gadgets T+L Editors Never Travel Without</a></p><p>While it’s cool, there is one claim the company makes that isn’t quite true. According to UberGizmo, the company says it’s the first to create such a case. However, in 2016, <a href="https://travelmaterobotics.com/" target="_blank">Travelmate Robotics</a>, a company based out of California, raised money through the crowdfunding site Indiegogo to create a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-trends/robotic-suitcase" target="_blank">similar robotic suitcase</a>. People were so excited that the company actually raised more than $790,000 for its first order.</p><p>Travelmate's suitcase, like ForwardX's, uses hand gestures to move, can follow its owner, and also has an internal charger so a user can charge their devices on the move.</p><p>“Think of taking Tesla's autopilot and putting it into a suitcase, except it goes a step further because it's fully autonomous and adjusts to your speed on the fly,” Travelmate Robotics said in a statement.</p><p>And while ForwardX Robotics has yet to announce a release date, Travelmate Robotics is already selling and shipping their model for $1,095 for a small bag to <a href="https://travelmaterobotics.com/get-travelmate-robotics/" target="_blank">$1,495 for a large case</a>.</p><p>Still, anything that will help make traveling a little less painful is OK with us, and perhaps the competition will drive down pricing, making technology like this more affordable for all of us.</p>
Categories: Travel

This Is the Age When People Become Less Adventurous

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 09:30
<p>According to researchers in the United Kingdom, there’s a shelf life on <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/adventure-travel" target="_blank">adventure</a>. A finding that, frankly, should be offensive to travelers everywhere.</p><p>In a <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britons-carefree-daredevil-lifestyle-adulthood-research-findings-sensible-maturity-extreme-sports-a8089781.html" target="_blank">survey of 2,000 people</a>, commissioned by a U.K television station, 36 percent of respondents said taking risks became less appealing as they entered their 30s. Specifically, at age 34. Half of the respondents said it was partly due to the fact that they felt their own physical fragility growing as time went on.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/canceled-diverted-flight" target="_blank">This Is the First Thing You Should Do If Your Flight Is Canceled or Diverted</a></p><p>More than 30 percent of respondents said they felt starting a family had slowed their lust for adventure, while an additional 15 percent said they wouldn’t dare take a risky trip or take part in a dangerous activity in case it affected their career.</p><p>However, according to Luke Hales, the general manager of <a href="https://dave.uktv.co.uk/" target="_blank">the TV station, Dave</a>, the survey isn’t all bad news. It just depends on how you look at it.</p><p>“The survey shows nearly a third of Brits still crave the rush of adrenaline that extreme activities provide, and that there's no reason to slow down,” Hales <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britons-carefree-daredevil-lifestyle-adulthood-research-findings-sensible-maturity-extreme-sports-a8089781.html" target="_blank">told the <em>Independent</em></a>.</p><p>Before the surveyed Brits give up their adventurous lives, one in six said they enjoyed skiing, while a fifth of respondents said they love rock climbing, and one in five enjoy peddling up and down hills while on a mountain bike. Really, if you love it so much, why give it up? Age, after all, is nothing but a number and adventure is a true state of mind. Keep scrolling for a few adventurous vacations you can take at any age and keep the rush going forever.</p><img alt=" "src=""><h2>Trek to Machu Picchu.</h2><p>So you’re over a certain age. So what? If you’re physically able, trekking to Machu Picchu is without a doubt the adventure of a lifetime. And going with a skilled and knowledgeable tour operator is crucial to enjoying the trip.</p><p>Check out companies like <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/reasons-to-take-guided-tour" target="_blank">Mountain Lodges of Peru</a>, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary of bringing travelers to the most remote corners of the country. Sign up for a 10-day journey and get to rock climbing and trekking again.</p><h2>Swim with pigs in the Bahamas.</h2><p>If getting up close and personal with nature while simultaneously lounging by the ocean is your thing then head to the white-sand beaches of the Exumas — a chain of more than 365 tiny Bahamian islands that is also <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/bahamas-swimming-pigs-big-major-cay#exuma-bahamas-boat" target="_blank">home to a few dozen pigs</a>. Yes, pigs, who are more than ready to spend a little time splashing in the shallows with you.</p><p>To get there head out with <a href="http://www.bahamas.com/vendor/4-cs-adventures" target="_blank">4C's Adventures</a>, a tour company offering full-day tour that includes visiting the pigs and even swimming with nurse sharks for $160 per person.</p><h2>Go night diving in Cozumel.</h2><p>Sure, you could go to Mexico and simply sit by the pool or at the beach and drink margaritas, or you could throw on a scuba tank and go night diving with sea creatures. Yes. At night. In the dark.</p><p>To get there, book a stay at the <a href="https://www.barcelo.com/en-us/hotels/mexico/cozumel/occidental-cozumel/#services" target="_blank">Occidental Cozumel</a>, which and check in with their dive concierge, who will take care of all your diving needs from certification to wetsuit. And truly, seeing the ocean at night is something that must be seen to be believed. From lobsters, to king crabs, nurse sharks and fluorescent plankton, the whole word opens up once the sun goes down.</p><h2>Ride along with sled dogs after hitting the slopes.</h2><p>If you live in New England or the tri-state area and are looking for a quick, but highly adventurous getaway, head up to the picturesque ski town of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/stowe" target="_blank">Stowe, Vermont</a>.</p><p>There, you’ll be able to hit the slopes at Stowe Mountain, where you’ll find terrain from beginner to expert (just try heading down their famous “<a href="https://www.stowe.com/plan/faqs/" target="_blank">front four</a>” if you dare). In Stowe, stay at the <a href="http://www.stoweflake.com/" target="_blank">Stoweflake Resort,</a> where you can either relax in their spa after a long day of skiing, or head out for more fun with their dogs. Stoweflake is the only resort with on-premise dog sledding that happens nearly every day of the week. And if snow isn’t your thing, visit them in the spring or summer as they have a hot air balloon ready to take you far, far away too.</p><h2>Take a jeep tour to the center of the San Andreas Fault.</h2><p>Yeah, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/the-palm-springs-area" target="_blank">Palm Springs</a> may be a sleepy little resort town in the middle of California, but it’s also home to something that can seriously shake things up: The San Andreas Fault.</p><p>If you’ve got the guts to get up close and personal with the fault that will likely rock California to its literal core one day then hop on one of <a href="https://red-jeep.com/jeep-suv-tours/san-andreas-fault-jeep-tour/" target="_blank">Red Jeep’s adventures</a>, which will take you there and teach you everything you need to know about the earth’s delicate crust. Just be careful, as when <em>Travel + Leisure</em> took this little adventure we spotted more than our fair share of rattlesnakes, so truly, be ready for a mother nature-induced adrenaline rush.</p><p><em>Take</em> Travel + Leisure<em>'s <a href="https://wba.m-rr.com?s=story" target="_blank">World's Best Awards survey</a> for the chance to <a href="https://wba.m-rr.com?s=story" target="_blank">win a $10,000 dream trip</a>.</em></p>
Categories: Travel

While the U.S. Freezes, Australia's Extreme Heat Wave Is Melting Highways

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 09:13
<p>January has already been a brutally cold month for the U.S. — and it's not over yet. After <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/winter-storm-grayson-space" target="_blank">Winter Storm Grayson</a> battered the Northeast last week, the Midwest is expected to deal with its own blizzard later this week, with snow predicted to sweep across <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/big-snowstorm-headed-for-midwest" target="_blank">eastern Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, and Minnesota on Wednesday night.</a></p><p>And while it may seem tempting to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/cheap-flight-deals-escape-cold-weather" target="_blank">jump on the next flight heading anywhere warm</a>, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. In fact, sometimes it’s been completely fried.</p><p>On Sunday, temperatures outside of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/sydney" target="_blank">Sydney, Australia</a> reached a record-breaking 117 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperatures were so extreme that <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/07/world/australia/heat-wave.html" target="_blank">asphalt melted on a stretch of highway</a>, many lost power, and 50 new fires started blazing, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/08/sydney-heatwave-very-high-fire-danger-warning-for-new-south-wales" target="_blank">21 of which are still raging</a>. Emergency services in southeast Australia are urging people to stay inside.</p><p>Even beachgoers attempting to escape the heat have been warned by lifeguards to exercise extra caution. <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-08/sydney-heatwave-continues-after-near-record-breaking-temps/9310226" target="_blank">At least three people have been taken to the hospital</a> after being dragged away by rip tides.</p><p>The day was the hottest anywhere in the Sydney region since 1939 (the record of 118 degrees Fahrenheit still stands). Penrith, a suburb of city, became the hottest place on earth for the day.</p><p><a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/australia-heatwave-weather-hot-road-melting-highway-emergency-services-warning-latest-a8145366.html" target="_blank">According to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology</a>, the country’s winter (which lasts from June to August) was the hottest ever recorded. The bureau attributed the “long-term warming trend” to climate change.</p><p>Temperatures are expected to cool down in Australia by Wednesday.</p>
Categories: Travel

Enjoy a Three-night Stay at Amara Cay in Florida for Only $134 Per Night

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 08:43
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank"><b>travelandleisure.com/</b></a></em><em><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank"><b>operation-vacation</b></a></em></p><p>Florida: 33 percent off the <a href="https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=77821&amp;template=RBE&amp;shell=RBE&amp;arrive=12/19/2017&amp;depart=12/22/2017&amp;adult=2&amp;child=0&amp;promo=TLMAG" target="_blank">Amara Cay</a>, a palm-studded retreat with rattan and wood accents and balconies with sea views.</p><p>The deal includes:</p><p>*Three nights in a standard queen room (upgrades available)</p><p>*Cocktails upon arrival</p><p>Original Price: From $200 per night</p><p><strong>T + L Price:</strong> From $134 per night; valid through December 31, 2018.</p><p>Booking details: Use promo code TLMAG when <a href="https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=77821&amp;template=RBE&amp;shell=RBE&amp;arrive=12/19/2017&amp;depart=12/22/2017&amp;adult=2&amp;child=0&amp;promo=TLMAG" target="_blank">booking online</a> or calling 305/664-0073.</p>
Categories: Travel

America's 'Secret' Airline Is Hiring Flight Attendants Willing to Fly to Area 51

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 08:23
<p>Have you ever wanted a job that combines your love of travel with your love of conspiracy theories and mysteries? Well, the United States government has just the position for you.</p><p>According to a <a href="https://aecom.jobs/las-vegas-nv/flight-attendant/5D866F71AE144CCEA994190F7DBB7674/job/" target="_blank">new job posting on the website AECOM</a>, the government is looking to hire a few new cabin crew members for flights operated by the U.S. Air Force that depart from <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/las-vegas-airport" target="_blank">McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas</a>. These flights allegedly shuttle government and contract employees back and forth to <a href="http://amp.travelandleisure.com/weekend-getaways/las-vegas-nevada/nevadas-extraterrestrial-getaway?source=dam" target="_blank">Area 51</a>.</p><p>For those who aren't familiar — and don't follow extraterrestrial rumors — Area 51, located deep in the Nevada desert, has long been considered one of the country’s most mysterious locations. According to conspiracy theories, this is where the government is attempting to reverse engineer alien spacecrafts and conducts all extraterrestrial experiments. Though, according to the CIA, the area is simply a testing ground for the Air Force. You can choose to believe whoever you’d like. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/offbeat/alien-hunting-cultus-camp" target="_blank">Searching for UFOs at the Mojave Desert's Most Exclusive Airbnb</a></p><img alt="Janet Airlines Las Vegas Area 51 Nevada "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515428923/janet-airlines-las-vegas-airport-JANETAIR0118.jpg?itok=oZJ19Ok8"><p>Upon boarding the label-less white and red <a href="https://jalopnik.com/this-is-the-only-airline-with-non-stop-service-to-area-1721003315" target="_blank">Janet airlines</a> airplane, crew members will be expected to perform all the regular duties of a steward including briefing passengers on aircraft emergency equipment and procedures, and ensuring passenger compliance with all safety regulations. The crew members will also be expected to create flight manifests as necessary and ensure security practices and procedures are followed. They must be willing to attend trainings and provide “leadership, direction, and assistance” during an emergency, including aircraft evacuation.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/halloween/paranormal-beliefs-study-ghosts-aliens" target="_blank">The Most Common Paranormal Beliefs in the U.S., From Ghosts to Aliens</a></p><p>Moreover, the advertisement calls for someone who is “level-headed and clear thinking while handling unusual incidents and situations,” which they note as severe weather conditions, including turbulence, delays due to weather or mechanical issues, hijackings or bomb threats. Somehow, the unusual incident of running into an alien isn’t listed here.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>To apply for the job one must be a high school graduate or equivalent, pass a company-operated jet aircraft Emergency Training and Initial Flight Attendant Training, and maintain currency as a flight attendant. Moreover, the person must be able to “effectively perform all assigned physical duties without difficulty and without assistance,” meaning they will be required to push and pull heavy-hinged aircraft doors, which weigh up to 80 lbs.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/flight-attendant-prefers-economy" target="_blank">Your Flight Attendant Probably Likes You Better Than the First Class Passengers</a></p><p>The new crew members will have to comply with the dress and uniform code (we’re hoping this means you have to wear a spacesuit), and possess “effective oral communication skills, including good public speaking abilities.”</p><p>Oh, and the crew member must “qualify for and maintain a top secret government security clearance and associated work location access,” so really they are taking this posting seriously.</p><p>While you’d be sworn to secrecy over the things you see and hear while performing your job duties, just imagine the stories you’d be able to relive over and over again in your mind. Or, maybe write in a novel to be found after your death. That way neither the aliens nor the government can come after you.</p>
Categories: Travel

You Won't Need Additional ID for Domestic Air Travel Just Yet (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 07:52
<p>American travelers can continue using their driver's licenses to board domestic flights through Oct. 11, 2018.</p><p>As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) attempts to roll out the REAL ID Act, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/real-id-airport-rules-for-every-state" target="_blank">confusion has ensued</a> for many people at the airport. The act, meant to beef up security for ID cards at the state level, has become an avalanche of constantly changing deadlines.</p><p>Last week, the DHS approved extensions for the final three states — <b>New York, Louisiana,</b> and <b>Michigan</b> — to continue accepting licenses as identification at the airport through the October 2018 deadline.</p><p><b>American Samoa</b> and the <b>Northern Mariana Islands</b> are still under review. If extensions are not approved by Jan. 22, citizens of the territories will need to apply for a separate <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/resources/realid_factsheet.pdf">REAL ID-compliant card</a> or show up at the airport with their <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/customs-immigration/worlds-rarest-passport">passports</a> — even for domestic flights.</p><p>Other states that have been granted REAL ID extensions (meaning travelers can continue using state IDs at the airport) until at least Oct. 11, 2018 include <b>Alaska, California, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia</b> and <b>Washington</b>. Residents of <b>Guam, Puerto Rico,</b> and the <b>U.S. Virgin Islands </b>have also been issued the October extension.</p><p>All states not mentioned are already compliant with REAL ID regulations as of Jan. 5, 2018. Residents can continue to use their current state IDs through Oct. 1, 2020, at which point they must have a new ID that is compliant with federal regulations to fly.</p><p>Travelers can <a href="https://www.dhs.gov/real-id" target="_blank">check the status of their state’s compliance on the DHS website</a>.</p>
Categories: Travel

AirChina Passengers Live Tweet Miserable 7 Hours on JFK Tarmac After 14-hour Flight

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 06:52
<p>On Saturday morning, passengers at <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/flying-jfk-this-week-january-2018" target="_blank">John F. Kennedy International Airport were still feeling the pain</a> of the massive <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/bomb-cyclone-snowfall-totals" target="_blank">“bomb cyclone” snowstorm</a>, which hit the east coast on Thursday.</p><p>At the time, most of JFK was still shut down due to the weather conditions and was slammed with a backlog of delayed and rescheduled flights. To make matters worse, the icy weather led to other chaotic incidents like <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/planes-collide-at-jfk-airport" target="_blank">planes colliding</a> on the tarmac.</p><p>Many passengers had to wait hours for their planes to be assigned a gate after landing at the airport so they could disembark, and faced even more delays while waiting for their luggage to arrive at baggage claim.</p><p>On Sunday, a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/jfk-airport-water-main-break" target="_blank">water main break</a> in a baggage claim area caused even more chaos and delays. According to <em><a href="http://abc7ny.com/travel/travelers-experience-massive-delays-at-jfk-in-wake-of-storm/2871596/" target="_blank">ABC News</a></em>, many passengers were told to come back when their luggage was ready instead of waiting around.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>But people on AirChina Flight CA989 from Beijing to New York were especially living out many travelers’ worst nightmares after landing from their 14-hour flight at JFK only to wait another seven hours on the tarmac before they could deplane.</p><p>Some passengers were tweeting through their experience, many of whom were asking AirChina for refunds and calling out the airline for lack of customer service.</p><p>Some passengers reported that the plane had been stuck on the tarmac for so long that the cabin crew ran out of water to keep passengers hydrated while they waited.</p><p>Passengers seemed to remain calm on the plane despite the many issues, including being told after waiting five hours that they could deplane only to be told a few minutes later that there would be more delays.</p><p>Once AirChina passengers officially deplaned, some passengers tweeted that baggage claim was also a disaster.</p><p>According to <em><a href="http://abc7ny.com/travel/travelers-experience-massive-delays-at-jfk-in-wake-of-storm/2871596/" target="_blank">ABC News</a></em>, Port Authority is helping to aid JFK operations by providing portable staircases and buses to transport passengers from the airfield to the terminal. But it looks like the airport could use a few more reinforcements until the winter ice clears.</p>
Categories: Travel

JFK Airport Is Still Recovering From Its Disastrous Weekend — Here's What Travelers Need to Know

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 06:15
<p>New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport has been plagued by a series of incidents, errors, and mishaps over the past few days, delaying passengers, rerouting flights, and causing overall frustration.</p><p>Trouble began last week with the bomb cyclone’s arrival on the East Coast. <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/winter-storm-grayson-space" target="_blank">Winter Storm Grayson</a> canceled thousands of flights to the metropolitan airport. More than five days after the storm’s initial impact, the airport has still not recovered. The executive director of New York’s Port Authority said in a statement that the weekend’s incidents are “unacceptable, and travelers expect and deserve better.”</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>As of Monday morning, flights from the airport are delayed by an average of 31 minutes, <a href="https://flightaware.com/live/airport/KJFK" target="_blank">according to FlightAware</a>.</p><p><a href="https://thepointsguy.com/2018/01/why-did-jfk-struggle-flight-backlog/?utm_source=FACEBOOK&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_term=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=FACEBOOK-100000124368953" target="_blank">Some trace the start of the airport’s woes</a> to last Thursday when JFK shut down during Grayson’s impact. The airport expected to reopen later that day, but the reopening was pushed back several times to Friday morning. However, during that time, international flights had already left their origin airport. Flights were diverted across the country (going as far west as Chicago) and some returned to their origins to accommodate JFK’s closure.</p><p>The flights from the previous day all attempted to land at JFK on Friday, on top of the flights that were already scheduled. (One extreme case was <a href="https://thepointsguy.com/2018/01/mayhem-at-jfk-as-airport-digs-out/" target="_blank">a flight that had to wait seven hours on the tarmac</a> to receive a gate.) This created a backlog of flights from which the airport is still trying to recover.</p><p>Problems continued well into the weekend. Early Saturday morning, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/planes-collide-at-jfk-airport" target="_blank">two airplanes collided</a> on the tarmac. There were no injuries, but the incident caused <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/planes-collide-at-jfk-airport" target="_blank">hundreds of additional flight delays that day.</a> And on Sunday, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/jfk-airport-water-main-break" target="_blank">a water main break flooded the airport’s Terminal 4 baggage claim</a>. The baggage area had been filled with rows of unclaimed suitcases from the previous days’ flights.</p><p>“While the water pipe break that occurred appears to be weather-related, we have launched an investigation into the incident to determine exactly what occurred and why an internal pipe was not weather protected and whether any other failures contributed to this disruption,” Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said in a statement on Sunday.</p><img alt="Frozen burst pipes cause flooding at the New York's JFK Airport "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515430142/john-f-kennedy-airport-crowds-JFKEXPECT0118.jpg?itok=_Ke-KDsF"><p>Frustrated passengers continued to tweet to the airport, complaining of hours-long delays at customs, <a href="https://twitter.com/shantanu990/status/950044996002074624" target="_blank">being stranded for more than 40 hours</a> and <a href="https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/BaggageApocolypse-at-JFK-as-Chaos-Extends-to-3rd-Day-Planes-Collide-Tarmac--468243493.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_NYBrand" target="_blank">waiting for hours for baggage to arrive without explanation</a>.</p><p>Early Monday morning, the airport tweeted that there “may be delays” throughout the day and that travelers should contact their airline for more information.</p><p>Any travelers passing through the airport over the next few days should allow extra time to pass through security. Collecting baggage at the carousel could take particularly long as the airport sorts out the remainder of its baggage issues.</p><p>The weather in New York City will warm to 35 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday, continuing up to a high of 44 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday, <a href="https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/New+York+NY+USNY0996:1:US" target="_blank">according to The Weather Channel</a>. The warm weather should melt snow that has trapped service vehicles at the airport.</p>
Categories: Travel

A JetBlue Flight Had to Turn Around After an 'Unusual Odor' Was Detected On Board

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 15:18
<p>An "unusual odor" on a JetBlue flight delayed a Dominican Republic getaway for a bunch of cold Northeasterners.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/faa-laptop-ban" target="_blank">Federal Aviation Administration</a> (FAA) will investigate after a JetBlue flight en route to Punta Cana from Boston's <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/boston-logan-airport-drivers-fee" target="_blank">Logan Airport</a> turned around this weekend after a strange odor was detected on board, an FAA representative told <em>Travel and Leisure</em>.</p><p>JetBlue Flight 1095 returned to Logan Airport in Boston after "an unusual odor" on the A320 aircraft left "customers and crew members feeling unwell" — with some asking for medical attention, according to a statement from the company published in the <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/01/06/jetblue-flight-from-boston-punta-cana-returned-logan-airport/Yfmoud6NJFGqb56FxvjhUM/story.html" target="_blank"><em>Boston Globe</em></a>. The airplane was in the air for just over an hour and underwent an inspection upon landing at 6:24 p.m. Saturday, according to <a href="https://flightaware.com/live/flight/JBU1095" target="_blank">JetBlue's FlightAware tracker</a>.</p><p>It is unclear what caused the odor. According to JetBlue's FlightAware tracker, it appears the flight had been delayed for six hours on Saturday already before the issue arose in the air. </p><p>Representatives from JetBlue did not respond to a request for comment from <em>Travel and Leisure</em>. </p><p>The issue of a strange odor on board is nothing new for JetBlue. On <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/jetblue/jetblue-crew-hospitalized-nail-polish-remover-fumes" target="_blank">an August flight from Boston to Charleston</a>, an odor caused by nail polish remover sent two crew members to the hospital. Several other JetBlue flights — on Airbus A320 planes in particular — have been diverted as a result of mysterious fumes in recent months, according to <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jetblue-investigating-illnesses-that-diverted-three-flights-within-two-weeks/" target="_blank">CBS News</a>. </p><p>Boston was one of the East Coast cities most heavily hit by Winter Storm Grayson this week as it tore through a number of U.S. states. Logan Airport had <a href="https://twitter.com/wxjerdman/status/948966523397443584" target="_blank">very low visibility</a> Thursday as the storm caused more than 15 inches to fall in the city, canceling school for many students and leaving some cars in a Boston suburb <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/noreaster-bomb-cyclone-boston-floods-2018-1" target="_blank">trapped in frozen ice</a>.</p>
Categories: Travel

Spot the Loch Ness Monster From Bed in This Cozy Scottish Cottage

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 10:01
<p>The legend of the Loch Ness Monster has been around for almost a century. The monster, said to live at the bottom of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/scotland-bookstore-inverness-leakeys" target="_blank">Scotland</a>’s Loch Ness, has been the highlight of sensational news stories ever since it was “photographed” in 1933.</p><p><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2612305/Value-Loch-Ness-monster-tourism-industry-assessed-Scottish-seminar.html" target="_blank">An estimated 1 million people</a> visit Loch Ness every year, attempting to spot the famed creature. And although it may seem like those who want to spot the monster will have to rough it, there’s another option for those who prefer something a bit more domestic: A cozy two-bedroom cottage above the lake has recently undergone a renovation. Now visitors can attempt to spot Nessie from the comfort of their front yard.</p><img alt="Strone Castle Cottage Loch Ness Scotland "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515086945/view-loch-ness-strone-castle-cottage-NESSYCOTTAGE0118.jpg?itok=2V-FzEGk"><p>The cottage, named <a href="https://www.cottages-and-castles.co.uk/self-catering/strone-castle-cottage-1942/" target="_blank">Strone Castle Cottage</a>, is perched on a hill <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/scotland-snorkeling-loch-broom" target="_blank">overlooking the lake</a>. Television documentaries about the lake and its famous inhabitant have been shot from the cottage because of its unique vantage point, according to the owners.</p><p>The cottage underwent a complete refurbishment last year. It has been updated with modern appliances to make sure Nessie spotters are comfortable while they watch the lake. There’s a kitchen with Rangemaster oven, a large fireplace and handmade Scottish furniture, complete with unique tartans.</p><img alt="Strone Castle Cottage Loch Ness Scotland "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515086945/dining-strone-castle-cottage-loch-ness-NESSYCOTTAGE0118.jpg?itok=HAKBRU6c"><img alt="Strone Castle Cottage Loch Ness Scotland "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515086945/living-room-strone-castle-cottage-loch-ness-NESSYCOTTAGE0118.jpg?itok=TWQM-TXW"><p>The property also overlooks Urquhart Castle, <a href="https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/urquhart-castle-p245811" target="_blank">a historic landmark of the Scottish Highlands</a> that dates back more than 1,000 years.</p><p>The Strone Castle Cottage is <a href="https://www.cottages-and-castles.co.uk/self-catering/strone-castle-cottage-1942/" target="_blank">available from $785 (£580) per week</a>.</p>
Categories: Travel

Every New Attraction Coming to Disney Parks in 2018

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 09:31
<p>From a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/tron-lightcycle-power-run-coming-to-disney-world" target="_blank">TRON-themed roller coaster</a> to Mickey Mouse’s <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disney-mickey-mouse-attraction" target="_blank">very first ride</a> to even more <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disney-new-marvel-attractions" target="_blank">Marvel experiences</a>, many of the most exciting new Disney attractions are set to debut in the next few years.</p><p>And while some of the new Disney rides are a ways off, there will be many that Disney fans will want to experience in 2018 — especially if you missed the many new additions at <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/pandora-tips-tricks" target="_blank">Disney World</a> and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/marvel-disney-guardians-of-the-galaxy-ride" target="_blank">Disneyland</a> in 2017.</p><p>Here's what you can expect at the parks this year.</p><h2>New Attractions at Disney World in 2018</h2><p>Walt Disney World guests will notice some convenient changes throughout 2018 — many hotels are in the process of completing room refurbishments and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will welcome the new Spy Glass Grille Restaurant.</p><p>But one of the most highly anticipated is the first-ever members-only club arriving on property. <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disney-world-club-33" target="_blank">Club 33</a>, the elite restaurant and bar hidden within Disneyland, Shanghai Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland, is set to open at all four Disney World theme parks in 2018.</p><h2>Disney’s Hollywood Studios</h2><p>The much-anticipated <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disney-world-toy-story-land-updates" target="_blank">Toy Story Land</a> will arrive to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, in Florida, this summer, bringing new rides and experiences while unveiling the first wave of the cinematic park’s multi-year transformation.</p><p>Guests will “shrink down” to the sizes of toys to enjoy two exciting new family-friendly rides — Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster and Alien Swirling Saucers — and join the gang from Andy’s Room at quick-service restaurant Woody’s Lunch Box. A new “Up”-themed show will also debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.</p><img alt=" "src=""><h2>Disneyland Resort's New Attractions in 2018</h2><p>In mid-April, Disneyland, in California, will launch <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disneyland-pixar-fest-2018" target="_blank">PixarFest</a>, a full-scale celebration of beloved animated films across both parks, and “Together Forever — A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” will take over Disneyland’s current fireworks show.</p><p>Disneyland will also introduce a new late night “After Dark” series throughout the year, starting with a ‘50s-inspired Throwback Night in mid-January.</p><p>New York City’s popular <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/black-tap-cake-shake" target="_blank">Black Tap Craft Burgers &amp; Beer</a> will bring its sky-high milkshakes to Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney in 2018 along with Splitsville, an inventive bowling alley with live music and dining. And, on January 5, virtual reality experience <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/star-wars-secrets-of-the-empire-vr" target="_blank">Star Wars: Secrets of The Empire</a> will debut at the downtown district.</p><h2>New Attractions at Disney California Adventure</h2><p>2018 will see a parade switch: Disneyland’s popular Paint The Night returns to Disney California Adventure while last year’s Pixar Play Parade lands at Disneyland Park, both with brand-new character-centric floats. The big event will occur at some time in early summer, when Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure trades its seaside roots for a full Pixar reimagining that will bring an Incredibles-themed roller coaster in place of California Screamin’ and character enhancements to Mickey’s Fun Wheel.</p><p>The new land, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disneyland-new-pixar-incredibles-ride" target="_blank">Pixar Pier</a>, will also include new retail locations, midway games and entertainment honoring the animated films. An “Inside Out” attraction is set to debut later in the year, along with two dining concepts that’ll see Ariel’s Grotto and Cove Bar eateries rethemed to the popular movies.</p><img alt="Disney Pixar Pier "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515079362/pixar-pier-disney-NEWDISNEY0118.jpg?itok=9okMLn7a"><h2>Disney Springs' New Attractions in 2018</h2><p>Though visitors and locals alike flock to Disney Springs for its celebrity chef-helmed restaurants and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/new-disney-food-options" target="_blank">popular eateries</a>, 2018 will bring even more options. James Beard Award-winning chef-helmed Terralina Crafted Italian is going to take the place of recently-shuttered Portobello Country Italian Trattoria. Wine Bar George will provide small plates and over a hundred different pours while Jaleo, a José Andrés chain with locations in Las Vegas, Mexico City, and the Washington D.C. area, will serve traditional Spanish dishes when they land in 2018.</p><img alt="Star Wars Galaxys Edge Disney Parks "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515079362/star-wars-galaxys-edge-disney-NEWDISNEY0118.jpg?itok=t_bJgorb"><p>Disney Springs will also welcome Maria &amp; Enzo’s Ristorante and Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar in early 2018; Pizza Ponte, which opened at the end of 2017, rounds of the trio of new italian concepts serving an assortment of traditional Sicilian and Roman delicacies including meat-stuffed rice balls and <em>Bucatini alla Carbonara</em>. The Edison, a nightclub-and-entertainment concept with a steampunk vibe, will open at the start of the new year.</p><h2>The New Attractions to Expect on Disney Cruises</h2><p>Though <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/amusement-parks/star-wars-galaxys-edge-timeline" target="_blank">Star Wars — Galaxy’s Edge</a> won’t open at Disney parks until 2019, guests can immerse themselves in live entertainment, themed fireworks and snap photos with their favorite villains, Jedi and droids aboard special Star Wars Day at Sea sailings on <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/disney-cruises/disney-cruise-line-guide" target="_blank">Disney Cruise Line</a> throughout 2018. Other select sailings will include a full ship takeover with a superhero stunt performance, interactive Doctor Strange show and characters from “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Thor,” among others during Marvel Day at Sea.</p><p>New 2018 itineraries for <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/disney-cruises/disney-cruise-line-secrets" target="_blank">Disney Cruise Line</a> including first-ever stops in Bermuda and Quebec City and a few special Disney Magic sailings from New York with stops at guest favorite Castaway Cay as well as Walt Disney World, with Park Hopper tickets included for each guest. Disney Magic will also welcome a new restaurant, Rapunzel’s Royal Table, on board in March. The table-service eatery will be themed to the musical “Tangled” with visits from the namesake princess as well as familiar faces from the Snuggly Duckling. Disney Magic is also taking on other redesigns within its Vibe teen club and Cove Café coffee shop and updating Disney’s Oceaneer Club with Disney Junior activities and the popular Rainforest Room at Senses Spa.</p>
Categories: Travel

Water Main Break at JFK Airport Causes More Flight Delays

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 09:22
<p>A water main break at John F. Kennedy International Airport Sunday forced officials to evacuate a terminal and cancel flights — escalating a series of blunders for the airport following closures and cancellations due to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/bomb-cyclone-snowfall-totals" target="_blank">Thursday’s massive storm</a>.</p><p>The water main break caused flooding in the airport’s Terminal 4 baggage claim, where piles of luggage left amid the chaos unfolding at the airport due to the storm sat, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/07/us/jfk-airport-flooding/index.html?sr=twCNN010718jfk-airport-flooding0300PMStory" target="_blank">according to CNN</a>.</p><p>On Twitter, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/jfk-airport/jfk-airport-terminal-guide" target="_blank">JFK Airport</a> said the flooding caused flight delays, “a shutdown of international flights into the terminal” and told passengers to check with their airlines.</p><p> </p><p>A representative from JFK did not immediately answer a request for comment from <i>Travel and Leisure</i>.</p><p>Even before the water main break JFK was struggling to recover from Thursday’s Winter Storm Grayson, which tore through the East Coast and caused a slew of flight cancellations and travel delays. JFK closed Thursday as a result of the storm, and a number of passengers were still waiting for their flights over the weekend.</p><p> </p><p>The storm and extreme cold that continued into the weekend “created a cascading series of issues for the airlines and terminal operators,” which included frozen equipment, staffing shortages and luggage difficulty, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey <a href="https://www.panynj.gov/press-room/press-item.cfm?headLine_id=2857" target="_blank">said in a statement</a> Sunday.</p><p>Additionally, two planes <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/planes-collide-at-jfk-airport" target="_blank">collided at the airport Saturday</a>, causing no injuries but more flight delays.</p>
Categories: Travel

If You Loved 'Lady Bird,' Here's Your Insider's Guide to Sacramento

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 08:02
<p>Sacramento is having a moment. A person can’t watch “Lady Bird” without absorbing some of the quiet charisma of California’s capital city. It’s a “<a href="https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/11/greta-gerwig-lady-bird-joan-didion" target="_blank">magical</a>” place, says writer and director Greta Gerwig of her hometown.</p><p>More than ever, Sacramento is undergoing a dramatic cultural shift beyond cinema. Located approximately 85 miles from <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/san-francisco" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>, the area is being “<a href="http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Bay-Area-residents-moving-to-Sacramento-relocating-11243395.php" target="_blank">flooded</a>” by tech workers and transplants who either can’t afford Silicon Valley or who long for a humbler community.</p><img alt="Sacramento California Downtown Architecture "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515188208/downtown-architecture-LADYBIRD0118.jpg?itok=zA7psuhV"><p>Over the past few years, esteemed chefs have opened restaurants in the farm-to-fork capital and taken advantage of its rich agricultural resources. And though the city’s art scene has always been strong, today it’s thriving; public murals, galleries, live music, theater, and award-winning museums provide affordable entertainment for all ages.</p><p>What hasn’t changed is <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/american-airports-improving-except-new-york-city" target="_blank">Sacramento</a>’s prime Northern California location. Though some outsiders mock it as a “cow town” (a jeer which residents privately cherish), the city affords a vast oasis of outdoor recreation. Two large rivers intersect near its skyline, where people swim, boat, skimboard, and waterski. The summers are hot but sweet, with lush trees and winding bike paths. In the winter, Lake Tahoe skiing is a mere 1.5-hour drive.</p><p>So consider a foray to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/southwest/southwest-airlines-new-california-mexico-routes" target="_blank">Sacramento</a>, whether you’re conducting business in the bustling government sector or exploring this up-and-coming destination city.</p><h2>Where to Start</h2><img alt="Old Sacramento California Downtown "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515188208/old-sacramento-LADYBIRD0118.jpg?itok=W69xxeU4"><p>If you’re a Sacramento first-timer, begin on “the grid,” the intersecting network of numbered and lettered streets that comprise downtown, midtown, and East Sacramento. Most of the area is easily walkable, shaded with canopies of sycamore trees, and packed with colorful <a href="https://www.instagram.com/preservation.sacramento/" target="_blank">Victorian houses</a>. Meander between the <a href="http://assembly.ca.gov/statecapitol" target="_blank">Capitol building</a> and <a href="http://oldsacramento.com/" target="_blank">Old Sacramento</a>, whose cobbled streets and swinging saloon doors muster visions of the Gold Rush.</p><h2>Sacramento Hotels</h2><p>Kimpton boutique hotels opened <a href="https://www.kimptonhotels.com/stay/kimpton-sawyer-hotel-sacramento-ca" target="_blank">The Sawyer</a> in October 2017. Don’t miss a nosh and a cocktail at its rooftop lounge, <a href="https://www.kimptonhotels.com/dine/revival-sacramento-ca" target="_blank">Revival</a>, with views of the newly restored Downtown Commons (<a href="http://www.docosacramento.com/" target="_blank">DOCO</a>) district. Catch a Kings game or a concert (Katy Perry, Maroon 5, and more are booked for 2018) at the adjacent <a href="https://www.golden1center.com/" target="_blank">Golden 1 Center</a>, one of the highest-tech sports stadiums in the country.</p><h2>Best Restaurants in Sacramento</h2><img alt="Sacramento California Farmers Market Food Dining "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515188208/farmers-markets-food-sacramento-california-LADYBIRD0118.jpg?itok=Tmsc9Toh"><p>You can’t beat the city’s ingredients. Plucked from nearby fields and crops, fresh produce, cheeses, and flowers abound at various <a href="http://www.visitcalifornia.com/attraction/midtown-farmers-market" target="_blank">farmers’ markets</a>. Our favorite is Sunday’s, which operates under a freeway overpass. (Don’t be deterred — Sacramentans pride themselves on their no-frills lifestyle.) For a finer dinner experience, you can’t go wrong at <a href="http://www.elladiningroomandbar.com/" target="_blank">Ella</a>, <a href="http://mulvaneysbl.com/" target="_blank">Mulvaney’s B&amp;L</a>, <a href="http://www.grangesacramento.com/" target="_blank">The Grange</a>, <a href="https://www.krurestaurant.com/" target="_blank">Kru</a> or the brand new <a href="https://canoneastsac.com/" target="_blank">Canon</a>. Or grill your own steak at “the most elegant restaurant and dive bar” in Sacramento, <a href="http://www.arthurhenrys.net/" target="_blank">Arthur Henry’s</a>, in the Oak Park neighborhood, or the trendy <a href="https://cantinaalley.com/" target="_blank">Cantina Alley</a> (if your Uber can find it). Don’t skip the droolworthy chocolates at <a href="https://gingerelizabeth.com/" target="_blank">Ginger Elizabeth</a>.</p><h2>Bars in Sacramento</h2><p>Sacramento has been named one of the world’s best cities for coffee. Tickle your caffeine craving at one of <a href="https://templecoffee.com/" target="_blank">Temple Coffee Roasters</a>’ five highly Instagrammable locations. Then foxtrot over to the <a href="http://www.shadyladybar.com/" target="_blank">Shady Lady Saloon</a> and live music venue; its signature cocktails and 1920s motif have ranked it among the best bars in the country. Or sample a craft beer at <a href="http://www.lowbrausacramento.com/" target="_blank">Lowbrau</a>, located at midtown’s busiest nightlife intersection in the <a href="https://www.rainbowchamber.com/community-involvement/sacramentos-historic-lavender-heights/" target="_blank">Lavender Heights</a> district, the city’s historic LGBTQ neighborhood.</p><h2>The Art Scene</h2><img alt="Sacramento California Public Art Jeff Koons "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515188208/public-art-jeff-koons-golden-1-center-sacramento-california-LADYBIRD0118.jpg?itok=qBT0xsog"><p>Plan your trip to coincide with <a href="http://www.vergeart.com/open-studios/" target="_blank">Sac Open Studios</a>, held the second and third weekends in September, when dozens of artists around the city open the doors to their workspaces and their creative processes. Or conduct your own walking tour among the hundreds of <a href="http://www.sacmetroarts.org/Programs/Public-Art/Public-Art-Tours" target="_blank">public art installations </a> around town. Also in 2018, Sacramento’s iconic<a href="https://bstreettheatre.org/" target="_blank">B Street Theater</a> is getting a state-of-the art new venue and a calendar of rousing productions, including a children's series.</p><h2>Where to Exercise and Unwind</h2><p>Outdoors. Period. Take advantage of the city’s flat streets for a walk or short jog: Start at Capitol Park and head west over the Tower Bridge for shimmering city and waterfront views.</p><img alt="Sacramento California Outdoors Wildlife "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515188208/outdoors-wildlife-sacramento-california-LADYBIRD0118.jpg?itok=h7B4z-BX"><p>Nearby, the picturesque <a href="https://sacbike.org/for-bike-riders/maps/" target="_blank">American River Bike Trail</a> stretches roughly 40 miles. Or brave the rapids with some <a href="http://www.whitewatervoyages.com/american-river-rafting/" target="_blank">whitewater</a> rafting. For an indoor bootcamp burn, try <a href="http://fitnessrangers.net/" target="_blank">Fitness Rangers</a>. For a serene sweat, visit <a href="http://ashaurbanbaths.com/" target="_blank">Asha Yoga and Urban Baths</a>.</p>
Categories: Travel

Even More Airlines Are About to Start Banning Smart Bags

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 14:01
<p>Even though smart bags — suitcases outfitted with USB charging stations, GPS tracking, built-in hot spots, and an array of other high-tech features — continue to flood the market, a growing number of airlines are prohibiting them from aircraft.</p><p>Most recently, United Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, and Allegiant Airlines announced <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/global-ban-on-smart-luggage" target="_blank">restrictions on smart luggage</a>.</p><p>Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines, as well as international carriers such as Qantas, Air Canada, and British Airways <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/american-airlines/american-airlines-smart-luggage" target="_blank">have already banned</a> this type of bag. <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/smart-luggage-airline-ban" target="_blank">Rules regulating these suitcases</a> will go into effect for all aforementioned airlines on January 15, 2018.</p><p>The main concern for airlines centers around the large lithium batteries used in many smart bag designs. Lithium batteries, just like those in laptops, cameras, and other electronics, have been known to overheat and explode.</p><p>If the batteries are fixed into the bag, airlines worry flight attendants will not be able to reach them in the overhead compartments before they do serious damage to the aircraft.</p><p>And it's even more concerning if passengers check these bags.</p><p>Fortunately for fans of smart luggage, certain bags with removable batteries will still be allowed on flights, as long as passengers take the batteries out and keep them in the cabin (not in the cargo hold) and, obviously, far away from flammable objects.</p><p>To be sure your suitcase conforms to these new regulations, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/smart-luggage-with-removable-battery" target="_blank">shop for a smart bag with an easy-to-remove battery</a>. Or, you know, stick with an old-fashioned suitcase that won’t explode.</p>
Categories: Travel

This Is the First Thing You Should Do If Your Flight Is Canceled or Diverted

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 13:00
<p>As the snow falls and the temperatures drop down the entire East Coast, thousands of people have found themselves <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/winter-storm-grayson-flights-cancelled" target="_blank">stranded by their airlines</a>. Some of those people are trapped in airports around the country, while others have found themselves diverted to out of the way airports miles from their intended destinations.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/singapore-airlines-airbus-a380-stewart-international-airport" target="_blank">The 'Bomb Cyclone' Forced the World's Biggest Passenger Jet to Land at a Tiny New York Airport</a></p><p>It’s a frustrating process to say the least, but what should you really do if you find out your flight was canceled or you’re diverted to some obscure spot?</p><p>The first, and perhaps most important thing to do is be prepared even before you step foot on the airplane. This means making sure you leave enough time in your travel itinerary if you need to reach a connecting flight or be at your destination for an important event.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/most-on-time-airlines-and-airports" target="_blank">These Are the Airlines to Fly If You Want to Arrive on Time</a></p><p>Next, it’s crucial for you to understand your rights as a passenger. And this, <a href="https://www.tripsavvy.com/airlines-rule-240-54480" target="_blank"><em>TripSavvy</em></a> pointed out, comes down to understanding your “<a href="https://www.tripsavvy.com/airlines-rule-240-54480" target="_blank">contract of carriage</a>.” This refers to what each carrier will or will not do if your flight is canceled, delayed, or diverted, as each and every carrier says something different.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/flight-volunteering-compensation" target="_blank">How One Woman Made $11,000 Off of Delta Flight Delays</a></p><p>As an example, <a href="https://www.aa.com/i18n/customer-service/support/conditions-of-carriage.jsp" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> states in its contract that “When your flight is canceled or a delay will cause you to miss your connection, we will rebook you on our next flight with available seats. If the delay or cancellation was caused by events within our control or you were diverted to another city, and we don’t board to your final destination before 11:59 p.m. local time, we'll arrange an overnight stay at your connecting airport, if available.” The contract adds, “In extreme circumstances, a flight may cancel while on the ground in the city it was diverted to. If this happens we will rebook you on our next flight with available seats, on another airline or some other alternative means of transportation. If we are unable to rebook you, we’ll arrange an overnight stay, if available.”</p><p>TL; DR: The airline will likely pay for your hotel if your flight is diverted and you’re stranded overnight.</p><p><a href="https://www.southwest.com/assets/pdfs/corporate-commitments/contract-of-carriage.pdf" target="_blank">Southwest</a>, on the other hand, just states, “In the event Carrier diverts any flight, Carrier, at its sole discretion, will take reasonable steps to transport Passenger to his final destination or to provide reasonable accommodations.” What constitutes reasonable accommodations may be up to them.</p><p>Next, if you then find that your flight is actually diverted or canceled, it’s crucial to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/therapy-horses-cincinatti-airport" target="_blank">remain calm</a>. You will get nowhere by yelling at the gate staff. Instead, first contact family or friends who may be waiting for you at your destination airport. Next, contact your airline via phone or social media (many airlines have rapid response teams for Twitter and Facebook). Next, stay near your gate in case agents share information.</p><p>Once you do land in your destination, make sure to follow up with the airline about your experience. They may owe you money, again depending on what your airline’s contract says, and even if they don’t, they may offer you travel vouchers for future trips just to keep you happy. It’s always worth a shot.</p>
Categories: Travel

How to Have a Perfect Lake Vacation at Lake Ouachita

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 10:31
<p>In the middle of Arkansas's Ouachita National Forest is the state's largest lake, dotted with more than 210 islands and circled by 975 miles of tree-lined shore. Lake Ouachita, a reservoir created by the construction of Blakely Mountain Dam in 1948, is also one of the cleanest lakes in the United States. These crystal clear waters offer travelers plenty of fun things to do — though don't count out land-based activities on your trip to Lake Ouachita. </p><h2>Getting to Lake Ouachita</h2><p>Hot Springs, Arkansas is an easy, hour-long drive from Lake Ouachita, making it a popular home base for visitors. For out-of-state travelers, book a flight to Little Rock (an little over an hour from Hot Springs) and rent a car for your <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/americas-best-lake-vacations#1" target="_blank">lake vacation</a>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/hot-springs-national-park-guide" target="_blank">5 Things to Do in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas</a></p><h2>Things to Do at Lake Ouachita </h2><p>Because of the clarity of the water, Lake Ouachita is a great destination for scuba diving, as well as boating and fishing. Scuba divers won’t find the houses that once lined the lake’s bottom — they were removed before flooding — but you may spot a school bus.</p><p>Divers and swimmers can even spot rare, non-stinging freshwater jellyfish and sponges, <a href="http://katv.com/archive/route-7-what-lies-beneath" target="_blank">which are found only in lakes with incredibly clean water</a>. The lake is also home to larger creatures, including four varieties of bass, bream, crappie, catfish, and walleye.</p><p>Boaters can rent a variety of vessels and equipment from the Lake Ouachita State Park’s marina, from kayaks and canoes to water skis and tubes.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Travelers can also see enormous veins of quartz crystal both above as well as below the water at Lake Ouachita. <a href="https://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/cs/detail/!ut/p/z0/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfIjo8zijQwgwNHCwN_DI8zPyBcqYKBfkO2oCABZcx5g/?position=Not%20Yet%20Determined.Html&amp;pname=Ouachita%20National%20Forest-%20Land&amp;ss=110809&amp;navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&amp;pnavid=null&amp;navid=130000000000000&amp;ttype=detail&amp;cid=fsm9_039803" target="_blank">Collect small amounts of crystal</a> at the developed Crystal Vista area, or dive down to <a href="http://www.scubadiving.com/travel/south/lake-ouachita-arkansas" target="_blank">Zebra Rock</a>, where white quartz sparkles against otherwise black sandstone.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/best-national-parks-by-state#grand-canyon" target="_blank">The Best National Park in Every State</a></p><p>Zebra Rock is part of a 16-mile water-based interpretive trail — the Geo-Float Trail — that is the first of it’s kind to be included in the National Trails System. Developed in 1984 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (who built the Blakely Mountain Dam creating the lake in the first place) as well as the Arkansas Geological Commission and U.S. Geological Survey, the self-guided boat tour is designed to show visitors 12 outstanding geologic formations. For groups of 15 or more people who provide their own boat, the Army Corps of Engineers will provide a ranger to interpret the sites. </p>
Categories: Travel

A Plane's Wing Burst Into Flames After Colliding With Another Jet at Toronto Airport

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 09:21
<p>A <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/planes-collide-at-jfk-airport" target="_blank">collision between two jets</a> caused a scary situation at <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/toronto-pearson-international-airport/restaurants" target="_blank">Toronto's Pearson Airport</a> on Friday.</p><p>A <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/dog-put-on-wrong-westjet-flight" target="_blank">WestJet</a> flight from Cancun with 174 people onboard had just arrived in Toronto and was waiting to proceed to its gate when it was hit by an empty Sunwing airliner being towed by the airline's ground service, <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/transportation-safety-board-airport-firefighter-injured-pearson-collision-1.4476214" target="_blank">CBC News reports</a>. The empty plane's wing burst into flames after the collision, causing panic among passengers on the WestJet aircraft. A passenger caught the incident on video and posted it on Instagram Friday.</p><p>Passengers on the WestJet flight were evacuated, CBC reports, and a firefighter responding to the scene was sent to the hospital after his face was exposed to a chemical, possibly antifreeze. A spokesperson for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority told CBC that the firefighter was released and is expected to make a complete recovery.</p><p>Investigators are reportedly gathering information about the incident, including "how many ground crew were present, how many are required [and] what the procedures are for this type of maneuver," a Transportation Safety Board of Canada spokesperson told CBC.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Swissport, the ground crew that was towing the Sunwing plane, apologized for the accident, but maintained that it was operating under all safety regulations.</p><p>"Ensuring the safety of our staff, our partners and travellers is paramount to Swissport. We regret this incident and are cooperating fully with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's investigation," a spokesperson told CBC. </p>
Categories: Travel

Pages