Planes Collide at JFK Airport Leading to Even More Delays After Winter Storm

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 07:44
<p dir="ltr">Two planes collided at <a href="" target="_blank">John F. Kennedy International Airport</a> Saturday just after midnight, causing hundreds of flight delays.</p><p dir="ltr">East Coast airports have already been dealing with a number of delayed flights due to <a href="" target="_blank">the powerful bomb cyclone winter storm</a> that hit earlier in the week. A number of flights remain delayed as of Saturday afternoon, <a href=";apt=JFK" target="_blank">according to JFK Airport’s website.</a></p><p dir="ltr">%image2</p><p dir="ltr">The right wing of a China Southern Airlines plane hit the tail of a Kuwait Airways plane, <a href="">according to CNBC</a>. The collision caused damage to both planes, but no injuries occurred, and the passengers were able to get off the plane safely.</p><p dir="ltr">The China Southern plane was being towed when the collision happened, the Federal Aviation Administration told CNBC. That plane had no passengers onboard. <a href="" target="_blank">On Twitter</a>, Kuwait Airways said their plane was parked at the time.</p><p dir="ltr">Anyone flying out of JFK Saturday is advised to visit the airport’s website to monitor the <a href="" target="_blank">flight status.</a></p>
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Queen Elizabeth ‘Very Pleased’ Granddaughter Zara Tindall Is Expecting a Baby

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 17:47
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Queen Elizabeth II</a> sent her well wishes to her granddaughter Zara Tindall, who is expecting another child with her husband, Mike. </p><p>"The Queen and members of the royal family were very pleased to hear this news," a <a href="" target="_blank">Buckingham Palace</a> spokesperson told media outlets following the announcement.</p><p>The baby, who is believed to be due this summer, will join the Tindalls' 3-year-old daughter, Mia Tindall, <a href="" target="_blank">the BBC reports</a>. The happy news comes about a year after the couple announced publicly that Zara had <a href="" target="_blank">suffered a miscarriage just before Christmas</a> of 2016. </p><p>Mike Tindall <a href="" target="_blank">told the </a><i><a href="" target="_blank">Telegraph</a> </i>the following spring that the couple was "gutted" by losing the pregnancy, but were "very lucky that we already had Mia, so you immediately go home from the hospital and there’s a three-year-old causing carnage and it immediately takes your mind off it. But it was an eye-opener for how many people go through it."</p><p>The Tindalls' baby will be the Queen's seventh great-grandchild, <a href=";utm_medium=Social&amp;utm_source=Facebook" target="_blank">according to the <em>Telegraph</em></a>, entering the world just a few months after <a href="" target="_blank">Prince William and Kate Middleton welcome their third child </a>— a younger sibling for Prince George and Princess Charlotte — in April. The Queen's grandson Peter Phillips and his wife, Autumn, also have two daughters.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Three-year-old Mia Tindall grabbed headlines last year when she held Queen Elizabeth's purse in her 90th birthday portrait. "It just happened at the right time," Mike Tindall <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Good Morning Britain</em></a> in May of last year. "She was being a bit naughty."</p><p> </p><p>Zara Tindall, whose mother is Princess Anne, is one of the U.K.'s top equestrians, and <a href="" target="_blank">earned a silver medal in the 2012 Olympics in London</a>. She will take a break from her riding career until the new baby is born, the <em>Telegraph </em>reports.</p>
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These Cheap Flights to India Are the Only Excuse You Need to Book a Trip to the Taj Mahal

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 17:23
<p>If India has long been on your list of dream destinations, now's your chance to make that fantasy come true for a great price. Tickets to cities all across <a href="" target="_blank">India</a> are on sale starting at $569 round-trip — easily half of what airfare typically costs.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Scott’s Cheap Flights</em></a> found cheap flights to Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mumbai, and New Delhi from a number of major airports in the U.S. and Canada.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Do You Need a Visa to Visit India?</a></p><p>The cheapest ticket — round-trip from Dallas to Goa — starts at $569 round-trip, with comparable fares from New York City to New Delhi ($592) and <a href=";TripType=2&amp;SegNo=2&amp;SO0=ORD&amp;SD0=BOM&amp;SDP0=05-03-2018&amp;SO1=BOM&amp;SD1=ORD&amp;SDP1=12-03-2018&amp;AD=1&amp;TK=ECO&amp;DO=false&amp;NA=false&amp;currency=USD" target="_blank">from Chicago to either Kochi or Mumbai</a> (starting at $585).</p><p>Most of the flights are in the $600s, including a $623 ticket to <a href="" target="_blank">Chennai</a> from New York City; $623 from Boston and New York City to Mumbai; and $634 from San Francisco to New Delhi.</p><p>Because these low fares can be booked with full-service carriers like <a href="" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines</a> and Air Canada, travelers don’t have to worry about extra luggage or seat assignment fees.</p><p>To find a discounted ticket to India from your home airport, use Google Flights’ <a href="" target="_blank">low-fare calendar</a> to search for the most inexpensive departure and return dates (indicated in green). From there, you can book on Google, <a href="" target="_blank">Momondo</a>, or <a href="" target="_blank">Skyscanner</a> — wherever you find the cheapest fare.</p>
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The 'Bomb Cyclone' Forced the World's Biggest Passenger Jet to Land at a Tiny New York Airport

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 16:02
<p>This week's winter storm, or “bomb cyclone,” unleashed harsh, white-out conditions both on the ground and in the air on Thursday — the history-making blizzard managed to cancel and divert <a href="" target="_blank">thousands of flights</a>.</p><p>One of those was <a href="" target="_blank">Singapore Airlines</a> Flight 26, from Frankfurt, Germany, which was bound for New York City's John F. Kennedy International when it was forced to divert to <a href="" target="_blank">Stewart International Airport</a>, a much smaller airport about 80 miles away <a href="" target="_blank">CNBC reported</a>.</p><p>What made this particular diversion unusual is that the aircraft was <a href="" target="_blank">the world's largest passenger jet</a>, the Airbus A380, and the small and unassuming airport was able to land Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger jet.</p><p>The Airbus A380 has a <a href="" target="_blank">262-foot wingspan</a>, much larger than the typical domestic A320s and Boeing 737s that typically grace smaller airports. Stewart International's runway, at <a href="" target="_blank">11,817 feet</a>, is large enough for the plane, which needs a bit more than <a href="" target="_blank">5,000 feet to comfortably land</a> (though more to take off).</p><p>Even with a sufficient runway, the terminal isn't designed to handle a plane as tall as the A380. Passengers had to wait for stairs to be set up to exit the plane.</p><p>Singapore Airlines arranged transportation for the 325 passengers, a spokesperson <a href="" target="_blank">told CNBC</a>, and the plane itself is scheduled for a short flight back to JFK before heading to Germany.</p>
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Here’s How Much Snow Winter Storm Grayson Dropped In Cities on the East Coast

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 12:13
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Winter Storm Grayson</a> has ravaged much of the East Coast with strong winds and snowfall totals bordering on a foot of powder, <a href="" target="_blank">depending on location.</a> The so-called “bomb cyclone” resembled a winter hurricane that made its way up from Florida to the tip of New England.</p><p>Here’s what the snowfall totals look like across the East Coast so far:</p><h2>Massachusetts</h2><p>Shortly after 2:30 p.m., NBC Boston’s chief meteorologist Matt Noyes <a href="" target="_blank">tweeted</a> that the neighborhood at South Boston had just hit 1 foot of snow.</p><p>Earlier reports provided by Boston’s branch of the National Weather Service provided a map that shows how certain sections of Massachusetts and the surrounding New England area had stacked up thus far.</p><h2>Connecticut</h2><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">Connecticut Post</a>, some parts of the state had reached up to 6 to 10 inches as of Thursday afternoon. The town of Seymour measured with the highest at 10 inches even.</p><p>NBC Connecticut projects that the entire state will accumulate at least 8 to 15 inches of snow by the time the day is over.</p><h2>New York</h2><p>Much of the snow in New York is concentrated near the coast of the state, including New York City and Long Island.</p><p>Roughly six inches of snow had fallen in New York City as of Thursday afternoon, with an estimated total of 6 to 10 inches once the storm concludes, <a href="" target="_blank">according to ABC New York.</a></p><p>Long Island will fare even worse off with an estimated 10 to 18 inches for both of its counties, ABC meteorologist Jeff Smith tweeted.</p><h2>New Jersey</h2><p>New Jersey’s Atlantic County on the southern coast had been walloped by early afternoon with an accumulation of 12.7 inches at Atlantic City’s airport, <a href="" target="_blank">according to</a></p><p>Burlington County in central New Jersey, as well as Bergen County across from New York City had milder totals hovering around 5 inches, the site reported.</p><h2>Pennsylvania</h2><p>Much of Pennsylvania escaped the wrath of Winter Storm Grayson as it centered closer to the Atlantic coast, but Philadelphia saw as much as 4 inches by 1 p.m., <a href="" target="_blank">according to local radio station WXPN.</a></p><h2>Delaware</h2><p>The northern portion of the state bordering Pennsylvania received minimal snowfall nearing 2 to 3 inches by 3 p.m., <a href="" target="_blank">according to the Delaware Environmental Observing System.</a></p><p>It’s a different story down south by the mouth of the Delaware Bay as places like Rehoboth Beach received more than 7 inches of snow by the same time.</p><h2>Virginia</h2><p>As the <a href="" target="_blank">Richmond Times-Dispatch</a> notes, there was a big discrepancy of snowfall totals throughout Virginia.</p><p>A suburb of Richmond, Chesterfield, received just 2 to 3 inches of powder, according to the paper, but Prince George County just to the southeast accumulated a foot of snow.</p><h2>North Carolina</h2><p>The state received anywhere from one to six inches of snow, the National Weather Service reporter, according to Raleigh’s News Observer.</p><p>The Research Triangle area accumulated about an inch and a half, but to the south and east in Pinehurst and Raeford snowfall measured up to half a foot.</p><h2>South Carolina</h2><p>Moving deeper into the south, it’s not often residents get to play in the snow, but they were treated to five inches of powder in Charleston, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the Post and Courier.</a></p><p>Much of the eastern portion of the state received at least an inch or two, <a href="" target="_blank">The State paper reported.</a></p><h2>Georgia</h2><p>Atlanta’s residents are notorious for panicking over an inch of snow, but this time it was Savannah that got the brunt of the snowfall.</p><p>The city received a rare 2 to 3 inches of snow, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution</a>. That’s the most Savannah’s accumulated in nearly 30 years.</p>
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A United Flight Had to Land After a Passenger Spread Poop All Over the Bathrooms

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 11:03
<p>A <a href="">United Airlines</a> flight was diverted on Thursday after a passenger spread poop all over the plane's bathrooms.</p><p>United Flight 895 traveling from Chicago to Hong Kong made an unscheduled landing in Anchorage due to a "passenger smearing feces everywhere," Ted Stevens International Airport Police <a href="">told CBS affiliate KTVA</a>. </p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Airport police said the passenger, an adult male, smeared the feces throughout "a couple" of bathrooms and also took off his shirt and tried to shove it in one toilet. </p><p>In a statement to the <a href="">Washington Post</a>, United said the flight made the unscheduled stop because of "a disruptive passenger." According to the airline, the passenger cooperated with the fight crew and was interviewed by authorities upon landing. Police told KTVA the man underwent a psych evaluation at a hospital and that no charges were filed. </p><p>The United Flight was grounded overnight in Anchorage for maintenance, KTVA reports. United provided the 245 passengers with <a href="">hotel accommodations</a> and worked with passengers to reschedule their travel. The flight was scheduled to depart Anchorage on Friday. </p>
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What It's Like to Tour the Caribbean As a Travel TV Host

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 10:03
<p>Linda Cooper, host of the new series <a href="" target="_blank">“Travel Time With Linda,”</a> will be sharing dream Caribbean destinations with viewers when her show <a href="" target="_blank">debuts on AXS TV</a> this Saturday at 8 a.m. EST.</p><p>The show focuses on the glamour, luxury, and adventure to be had in the Caribbean, a section of the world that seems to offer something for everyone, Cooper told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. While there are <a href="" target="_blank">so many amazing places to visit</a> in the Caribbean, Cooper said the first thing to do is to figure out what you’re looking to get out of your time away.</p><p>“You can really personalize your vacation based on what your needs and wants are,” she said.</p><p>Cooper suggests mixing downtime with cultural immersion in order to get the most out of your vacation. “You really should research your chosen vacation spot, but you aren’t going to want to plan every single minute of your vacation. Have a wish list of the top three things you want to do while you visit so that you actually get out and experience the culture because that’s so enriching,” she said.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Samantha Brown Is Still Traveling the World — and She's Finally Doing It Her Way</a></p><p>In case you still can't decide how to narrow down your many sun-drenched options, Cooper offers Barbados, Costa Rica, and <a href="" target="_blank">The Exumas, in the Bahamas</a>, as her top three picks. </p><h2>Costa Rica</h2><p>“Costa Rica really resonated with me,” Cooper said. “It is the most beautiful place and they have this ‘Pura Vida’ phrase that really stayed with me.”</p><p>Cooper noted that Costa Rica is a great option for coffee drinkers and those who are interested in the craft, because the country has great opportunities to learn more about the process.</p><p>“There is this local factory and this group of local farmers come and bring the beans there for different types of coffees,” she said. “And, they also use the beans to make liquors, soaps, and other things and you get to see the way it happens all the way through.”</p><p>And while in Costa Rica, Cooper said that spending time at the <a href="" target="_blank">Diamante Adventure Park</a> is a must-do. “You get to walk through the life cycle of the butterfly,” she said. “They put fruit on you and these beautiful, vibrant butterflies land on you, it’s just wonderful.”</p><p>She noted that for those looking for more of an adventure, the park also has zip lining available as well as an animal sanctuary that includes sloths, monkeys, pumas, jaguars, and toucans.</p><img alt=" "src=""><h2>Barbados</h2><p>Cooper says Barbados is a great destination for those who are looking to fully immerse themselves in a new culture. “In Barbados, the people are warm and welcoming. You leave feeling like you can’t wait to get back,” she said.</p><p>She said that Barbados has something for everyone, including great markets for shopping, fitness/wellness tours, and adventure spots. However, she explained, the country is widely <a href="" target="_blank">recognized as the birthplace of rum</a> and the beverage is something everyone should experience. “Rum tours and tastings are so much fun,” she said. “It’s an experience that everyone will remember.”</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Mount Gay</a> puts together tours that touch on the history, craft, and sailing heritage of the beverage. Tour guides and mixologists also discuss the different blends and dish on some of the best contemporary cocktails to make with rum.</p><h2>The Exumas</h2><p>If you’re looking to beat the crowds and have a quiet, relaxing vacation, Cooper said that The Exumas, in the Bahamas, cannot be any more perfect.</p><p>“Highbourne Cay is the gateway to The Exumas and has an unbelievably low-key vibe, so if you’re looking for a place to really be secluded and private, this is for you,” Cooper said.</p><p>However, just because you want a bit of privacy doesn’t mean you can't get in on the action. Bitter Guana Cay, filled with endangered Exuma Island iguanas, secluded beaches, and beautiful restaurants are available throughout the chain of islands. Not to mention one of the most popular attractions of The Exumas – <a href="" target="_blank">swimming with the pigs on Big Major Cay</a>.</p><p>“The Exumas are just an amazing place and one of those beautiful, untouched parts of the world,” she said.</p>
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It's Going to Be -100 Degrees on Mount Washington Tonight. Here's What That Feels Like

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 09:50
<p>If you think <a href="" target="_blank">it's cold where you live today</a>, just be glad you're not at the summit of Mount Washington.</p><p>Temperatures atop the New Hampshire mountain, which is known for its bitterly cold temperatures and fierce winds, <a href="" target="_blank">were forecast to</a> sink below -20 degrees Friday, dropping to somewhere between -70 and -80 degrees after accounting for windchill. Overnight, air temperature is set to hit -40 degrees, with 100-miles-per-hour winds causing windchill to hit -100 degrees. </p><p>But despite the punishing temperatures, at least three hearty weather observers will be stationed at the Mount Washington Observatory, recording information about air temperature, wind speed, visibility and cloud cover at the summit every hour — manually, since extreme cold destroys most automatic equipment.</p><p>Adam Gill, a weather observer and IT specialist at the observatory, told <em>Travel + Leisure</em> what it's like to work in one of the coldest places on earth.</p><h2>You can get frostbite in just 30 seconds</h2><p>When temperatures creep toward -80, Gill says frostbite is an almost immediate concern. Exposed skin can start to get frostbite in as little as 30 seconds, he says, with permanent damage possible after just a couple minutes. And if you step outside with exposed skin, Gill says, you'll know it immediately. "Your skin starts to burn, kind of like if you're holding your hand too close to a hot fire," he says. "When you first step outside, to breathe is more difficult, because the air is cold and dry. It's kind of like walking outside and walking into super cold water."</p><h2>So you have to bundle up</h2><p>Gill says observers don long-sleeve t-shirts, thermal layers, down jackets, windproof outer layers, insulated pants, hats, gloves, face masks, goggles and boots before stepping outside. "You're trying to prevent that cold wind from penetrating the layers, but it does anyway," he laughs.</p><h2>Sometimes you have to shovel — indoors</h2><p>A noteworthy storm, complete with wind gusts of up to 140 miles per hour, swept the mountain last March, Gill remembers. "That was one of the few times I've ever felt the building up here shaking due to the wind," he says. "We had part of the building fill up with snow because of a crack in the door. We had to shovel inside the building, which is unusual."</p><img alt=" "src=""><h2>Even weather observers get tired of the cold</h2><p>While Gill says he's not scared of the mountain's extreme cold — "probably most people would be, but a lot of us are up here for this extreme weather, so it's kind of fun" — it does get old sometimes. "Last week when we were up here, we had three or four days in a row where the temperatures didn't get above -20," he says. "By the third or fourth day, it was just kind of like, 'I can't wait for it to get warmer, or to get off the mountain to get to the valley, where it's at least zero.' "</p><h2>But they have pretty good ways to warm up</h2><p>Gill says he often hops on an exercise bike for about five minutes after taking weather measurements outside. The best way to warm up, though, is by hanging with the crew's cat, Marty, who lives at the observatory year-round. But don't worry: Gill confirms Marty is strictly an indoor pet. </p><img alt="marty-mount-washington "src="">
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The Most Punctual Airport in the World Might Surprise You

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 09:37
<p>If you’re one of those people who insists on being on time, Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport, or MSP, is for you.</p><p>According to 2018’s <a href="" target="_blank">Punctuality Report</a>, the airport scored first place for “major airports” (20 to 30 million departing seats per year) when it comes to on-time departures. The report was put together by the OAG Punctuality League, a U.K.-based air travel intelligence company that ranks the performance of aircrafts and airports in the U.S. and abroad, and is based on full year data from 2017.</p><p>The OAG report found that 85.7 percent of flights landed or took off on time from MSP, defining “on time” as an <a href="" target="_blank">arrival or departure</a> taking place within 14 minutes and 59 seconds of its scheduled time. Cancellations are also factored in. Considering that the Minneapolis-St. Paul area has to combat its fair share of bad winter weather and is the 16th busiest airport in the nation, this percentage is a surprising and impressive feat.</p><p>Within the top 20 most punctual airports in the major airport category, 10 are located in the U.S., including Detroit, Phoenix, Houston, Charlotte, Seattle, Miami, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Boston.</p><p>For airports in the “mega” category, which are responsible for over 30 million departing seats per year, the Tokyo Haneda Airport takes the cake, with an even more impressive 86.75 percent of flights <a href="" target="_blank">performing on time</a>.</p><p>In terms of <a href="" target="_blank">airline punctuality</a>, airBaltic comes in first place for mainline airlines with 90% on-time arrivals and departures, with Hong Kong Airlines coming in 2nd and Hawaiian Airlines in third place, making it the most punctual North American airline in 2017.</p><p>Want to make sure your next vacation starts right on time? Consider putting it in the hands of one of these airports and airlines.</p>
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The Travel Plans You Need to Make in 2018 to Be a Happier Person

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 09:31
<p>Raindrops on roses and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">whiskers on kittens</a> may not be as effective as planning a trip or spending time with friends when it comes to establishing long-lasting happiness.</p><p>It’s commonly known that possessions are not as effective as experiences when attempting to create a well-rounded sense of satisfaction and happiness. Those who aim to make 2018 a year filled with happiness would be well-advised to plan travel with deeper intentions this year.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Here Are 365 Beaches — One for Every Day in 2018</a></p><p>Behavioral scientists have consistently proven that <a href="" target="_blank">individual happiness is linked to the happiness of those around us</a>. Embarking on vacation with friends and family (when everybody is in a good mood) can do wonders for deepening connections. Book a <a href="" target="_blank">family vacation</a> or a <a href="" target="_blank">getaway with friends</a> to feel the happiness grow.</p><p>Although, sometimes the opposite may hold true and <a href="" target="_blank">meeting strangers could increase life satisfaction.</a> Travelers who want to meet new people can book a group trip by themselves for an easy way to make new friends while traveling. Some people even report <a href="" target="_blank">meeting a romantic interest on these trips</a>.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Mastering a new skill</a> is also an effective way to increase long-term happiness (although it may be frustrating during the process). <a href="" target="_blank">Consider booking an immersion trip</a> to learn a new language, an adventure trip to finally master skiing or scuba, or a science-based excursion to help out with field research.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Psychologists believe that volunteering</a> can help a person feel more satisfaction in their lives. Even <a href="">Aristotle famously said</a> that the essence of life is “to serve others and to do good.” Travelers who want to explore a new part of the world while giving back can sign up for a <a href="" target="_blank">“voluntourism” trip</a>, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, volunteering at a school, or <a href="" target="_blank">spending time at a senior center in rural America</a>.</p>
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These Photos From the World's Largest Ice Festival Are Absolutely Stunning

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 09:23
<p>In Harbin, the northernmost region of <a href="" target="_blank">China</a>, winters can be brutal but the residents chase away gloom with an annual winter sculpture festival.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The festival</a> recreates famous landmarks from around the world and decks them out with intricate lighting.</p><img alt="Harbin Ice Winter Festival China "src=""><p>“It’s quite surreal, due to both the scale and all the lighting—like being in a fantasy movie,” Christian Stanley of the <a href="" target="_blank">China Travel Company</a>, told <a href="" target="_blank"><em>National Geographic</em>.</a> New additions to this year's festival include Moscow's Red Square and Bangkok's Temple of the Emerald Buddha.</p><img alt="Harbin Ice Winter Festival China "src=""><img alt="Harbin Ice Winter Festival China "src=""><p>The festival includes some 2,000 ice sculptures carved from 240,000 cubic yards of <a href="" target="_blank">ice</a> collected from the Songhua River, <a href="http://search site airlines and airports" target="_blank">the Associated Press reported</a>. The once regional celebration has expanded to attract international visitors, and last year's festival welcomed 18 million visitors and generated about $4.4 billion in tourist revenue, according to the AP.</p><img alt="Harbin Ice Winter Festival China "src=""><img alt="Harbin Ice Winter Festival China "src=""><p>“Art has no borders,” ice sculpture artist Han Zhenkun told AP. “It's an abstract language. We communicate with our works in this international competition. It means a lot.”</p><p>Harbin Ice Festival continues <a href="" target="_blank">until February 28</a>.</p>
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Oprah’s Hugs Are Officially the Cure for In-flight Jitters — Just Ask Her Dog

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 09:17
<p>Usually, when people <a href="" target="_blank">bring a dog on a plane</a> with them, it's to provide them with some sort of medical or emotional support. But for Oprah, the relationship appears to be in reverse.</p><p>The one-time queen of daytime was caught adorably comforting her golden retriever, Luke, on a <a href="" target="_blank">private plane</a> ride from <a href="" target="_blank">Hawaii</a> by her best friend, Gayle King. And luckily for fans everywhere, King was kind enough to share all the photos on Instagram.</p><p>“Nervous flyer Luke on board! Mom to the rescue swipe left to see who mom is &amp; how she makes everything better ..stars they’re just like US!,” King wrote in the Instagram caption of her mini slideshow.</p><p>In the photos, Luke looks a bit nervous as the plane flies 30,000 feet in the air, which must be an odd sensation for a dog no doubt. Then, mama Oprah quickly comes to the rescue as she heads to the back of the plane to give her pooch, who she adopted as a puppy in 2006, a good, comforting squeeze. And really, getting a hug from Oprah must be pure magic, so we assume Luke immediately calmed down.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">How to See Italy Like Oprah and the Obamas, According to Their VIP Guide</a></p><p>Oprah, along with her longtime partner Stedman, their dogs, and a few other friends, were in Hawaii to celebrate King’s 63rd birthday. And they reportedly did so in style inside the walls of Oprah’s palatial Maui compound.</p><p>There, according to the <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Daily Mail</i></a>, the entire birthday crew had a serious island feast, which included dover sole meuniere, braised short ribs, cauliflower au gratin, buttered carrots, skillet potatoes, and a butter lettuce salad. We’re sure Luke enjoyed a delicious Milk-Bone at the dinner too.</p><p>Following the meal, King was presented with a yellow frosted cake by Oprah as well, because that’s what real BFFs do.</p><p>No word on what Luke gifted King for her birthday, but we’re sure it was slobbery and heartfelt.</p>
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5 Cheap Flights to Book Right Now and Escape the Arctic Chill

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 09:16
<p>In case you haven’t noticed, it’s cold.</p><p>Record-breaking, sub-zero temperatures are sweeping across the United States, and even <a href="" target="_blank">water parks in Florida have had to close their doors</a> until the weather warms up.</p><p>Fortunately, travelers who are serious about escaping the freeze can find cheap flights to places where it basically never snows. Not yet, anyway.</p><p>We used KAYAK’s Explore tool to pinpoint affordable, warm weather getaways where a <a href="" target="_blank">bomb cyclone</a> won’t ruin your vacation.</p><h2>From New York City</h2><p>A so-called “Arctic Outbreak” has driven temperatures down to single digits in New York City. Instead of waiting for conditions to improve, book this <a href=";flexreturn=20180128,20180127,20180126&amp;sort=bestflight_a" target="_blank">$259 round-trip flight to Cancun</a>. There are also <a href=";flexreturn=20180130&amp;sort=bestflight_a" target="_blank">$255 round-trip flights to Barbados</a>, where the capital is currently enjoying balmy 80-degree temps.</p><h2>From Boston</h2><p>On Friday evening, wind chill in Beantown is projected to be between -10 and -20. Because that sounds awful, consider heading far south to Colombia this month. <a href=";flexreturn=-20180129&amp;sort=bestflight_a" target="_blank">Flights to Cartagena</a> (where daytime temperatures are approaching 90) are available from $333 round-trip right now.</p><p>(For a cozy staycation, <a href="" target="_blank">consider booking a night at The Colonnade</a>, which will lower rates on Friday nights to the current temp.)</p><h2>From Chicago</h2><p>It’s 80 degrees and sunny in <a href="" target="_blank">Puerto Vallarta</a> right now. And 11 degrees in Chicago. Flights are on sale to the Mexican destination starting at <a href=";flexreturn=20180126&amp;sort=bestflight_a" target="_blank">$323 round-trip</a> — and according to KAYAK, those prices are expected to drop further. Lovely weather in the 70s, meanwhile, awaits travelers who book <a href=";flexreturn=20180109&amp;sort=bestflight_a" target="_blank">$415 flights to Guatemala</a>.</p><p>To find cheap and tropical getaways from your city, use <a href="" target="_blank">KAYAK’s Explore</a> function to find deals in your budget from your home airport.</p>
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You've Been Rolling Your Clothes All Wrong. Here's the Correct Way to Do It.

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 09:02
<p>If you’re on Team Roll when it comes to the age-old fold-or-roll packing debate, you’ll want to listen up. Because you’ve probably been preforming this technique all wrong.</p><p>Yes, you heard that right. It sounds simple enough — roll your clothes and place them in the <a href="" target="_blank">suitcase</a>, right? Nope. If you truly want to save space and keep your clothes wrinkle-free, you’ll need to add in this crucial step: Fold one end of the clothing, and that will hold the roll in place until long after you land.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Carry-On Luggage</a></p><p>The method is called Ranger Rolling. To properly roll your clothes, lay the item of clothing out flat. Then fold the bottom two inches of the item inside out so it creates a type of pocket along one side of the clothing. From the opposite end, roll the item tightly until you get to the pocket you’ve created. Fold one side of the pocket over the roll, securing it tightly.</p><p>Take a look at the video below for a step-by-step tutorial, plus some other space-saving tips. Once you learn it, you’ll never go back.</p>
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This New Luxury Safari Camp Follows Animals Across the Serengeti

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 08:49
<p>Designed to pack up and move, Sanctuary Retreats’ new <a href="" target="_blank">Kichakani Serengeti Camp</a> — opened in December — is a collection of 10 portable tents that follow <a href="" target="_blank">the migrations of wildebeest</a> and zebra across the plains of Tanzania.</p><img alt="Sanctuary Retreats Kichakani Serengeti Camp Africa "src=""><p>Advancing northward across the Serengeti throughout the year, the camp’s three locations shadow the migration paths of the region’s famous wildlife. Travelers will be placed at the single most ideal setting for animal spotting during their <a href="" target="_blank">safari</a>.</p><p>In addition to wildebeest and zebra, guests at Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp can watch for Thomson’s gazelles, giraffes, cheetahs, waterbuck, and impala.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://The 10 Best Safari Lodges in Africa" target="_blank">The 10 Best Safari Lodges in Africa</a></p><p>The luxury accommodations are inspired by 19th-century expeditions to Africa and feature canvas tents, private wooden decks, traditional bucket showers, and handcrafted, vintage-style luggage.</p><p>Moving along with the private tents is a central, canopied lounge and dining room. Here, guests can admire the landscape while feasting on local dishes like <i>kachumbari </i>(a traditional salsa from Tanzania).</p><img alt="Sanctuary Retreats Kichakani Serengeti Camp Africa "src=""><p>Sanctuary’s all-inclusive rates start at $446 per person, per night, for safari experiences of seven days or more. Meals, beverages, and twice-daily game drives are folded into the cost.</p><p>A trip to Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp can also be combined with stays at the brand’s other safari camps, such as Sanctuary Swala — located in the secluded, unspoiled Tarangire National Park.</p>
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Pippa Middleton's Breakfast Recommendation Is Making People Angry

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 08:39
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Pippa Middleton</a> may want to keep her breakfast choices to herself from now on.</p><p>In a new interview with <a href="" target="_blank"><i>iPaper</i></a>, the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge exemplified the best intentions gone awry when she attempted to bring attention to the millions of children who go to school hungry in the United Kingdom each day.</p><p>The socialite, <i>Daily Mail</i> explained, has been working with charity <a href="" target="_blank">Magic Breakfast,</a> which “provides healthy school breakfasts to hungry and malnourished children in disadvantaged areas of the U.K.,” according to its site. A worthy cause no doubt, but it’s the breakfast Middleton suggested struggling parents make their children that has people up in arms.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Queen of England Eats the Least Royal Breakfast We Can Imagine</a></p><p>In the piece, Pippa suggested parents prepare an egg and avocado tortilla for their children before school. While delicious, people quickly pointed out how absurd the breakfast choice is for a needy family as the recipe calls for fresh avocado, an expensive item to say the least, along with olive oil and whole wheat tortillas, two items that can certainly run up your grocery bill.</p><p>“Avocado? Tortilla? For kids who didn't get breakfast? How silly can people be,” one woman wrote on Facebook. “I think baked beans or tinned tomatoes might be more popular, have good nutrition and cost a lot less and be easier to prepare.”</p><p>Sadly for Middleton, the hits didn’t stop there. She went on to describe the best breakfast she ever ate, which many found to be a bit insensitive. As she said, it was served “up a mountain in the Trois Vallees ski region of France, with beautiful views, snow all around and crisp, fresh air to heighten the senses.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">You Could Rent the Scottish Estate Where Pippa Middleton Will End Her Honeymoon</a></p><p>As for her normal breakfast routine, Middleton explained that she cannot start her day without a good meal, which usually consists of “plain yogurt with chopped fruit and toasted seeds, oats and nuts or toasted rye bread with eggs or avocado.”</p><p>Something she’ll never eat, however is, pancakes with bacon and maple syrup because it “doesn't do it for [her].”</p><p>Though her interview is getting a bit of negative attention, the charity is still thrilled to have her as a spokesperson.</p><p>"It is fantastic to have Pippa’s support. She took part in a cross-country skiing race with her brother five years ago for us. It was really excellent – she quietly chose to support Magic Breakfast and raised a lot of money for the charity,” Alex Cunningham, general manager of Magic Breakfast, told <a href="" target="_blank"><i>People</i></a>. “She always has breakfast and can’t start the day properly without it, so like Magic Breakfast, she clearly values the importance of breakfast.”</p>
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A Harry Potter Exhibit Full of Treasures from J.K. Rowling’s Personal Collection Is Coming to the U.S.

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 07:47
<p>The boy who lived is making his way across the pond.</p><p>A new exhibit called “Harry Potter: A History of Magic,” currently on display at the British Library in London, will make its next stop in New York City. The exhibition will run in the U.K. through the end of February, and will then apparate to the <a href="" target="_blank">New-York Historical Society</a> for a stay from Oct. 5 to Jan. 27, 2019.</p><p>The extensive exhibit is every <a href="" target="_blank">Potter fan’s dream</a>, celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter fandom with never-before-seen artifacts. Visitors will get a rare glimpse inside the series, with original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and illustrators Mary GrandPré and Jim Kay on display. The exhibit also explores the origins behind the magic of <a href="" target="_blank">Harry Potter</a>, featuring special collections of rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library and Scholastic. Fans will have the opportunity to explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts in-depth and view treasures from Rowling’s personal collection.</p><p>The exhibit will even feature the original <a href="" target="_blank">Harry Potter pitch letter</a> that J.K. Rowling crafted — one that was rejected by 12 publishers before finally being picked up by Bloomsbury. <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Newsweek</em> also reports</a> that the New York City exhibit will include a few new, secret objects unique to the New York Location.</p><p>While New-York Historical Society members can begin booking tickets for free on February 14 <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>, non-members will have to wait until tickets open to the general public in April. For non-members, admission will be $21 for adults, $16 for teachers and seniors, $13 for students, $6 for children ages 5 to 13 and free for children under 4.</p><p>Whether you’re boarding a broomstick, mounting a hypogriff or stealing the flying car to make your way to New York, we suggest you mark your calendars now.</p>
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Helena Bonham Carter Is 'All But Confirmed' to Play Princess Margaret in ‘The Crown’

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 07:42
<p>Two-time Oscar nominated actress Helena Bonham Carter is next in line to take the throne of <a href="" target="_blank">Netflix’s <em>The Crown</em></a>, according to a new report.</p><p>The 51-year-old actress is “all but confirmed” to play the part of Princess Margaret — Queen Elizabeth II’s younger, and <a href="" target="_blank">at times controversial</a> sister — in seasons 3 and 4 of the critically acclaimed series, the UK’s <a href="" target="_blank">Evening Standard</a> newspaper reports.</p><p>Bonham Carter was first considered to play the part of Queen Elizabeth, according to the report, but the role instead went to <em>Broadchurch</em> actress Olivia Colman.</p><p>Due to <em>The Crown</em>’s intention to portray Queen Elizabeth’s life over the span of multiple decades, the decision was made by series creator Peter Morgan to recast the roles in later seasons, rather than applying makeup to the show’s current actors, <a href="" target="_blank">according to Variety.</a></p><p>“You can’t ask someone to act middle-aged,” Morgan told the outlet. “Someone has to bring their own fatigue to it. The feelings we all have as 50-year-olds are different than the feelings we all have as 30-year-olds. That informs everything we do.”</p><p>In seasons 1 and 2 — the latter of which premiered on Netflix in December — Princess Margaret is portrayed by Vanessa Kirby. Queen Elizabeth was played by Claire Foy.</p><p>This isn’t the first time Bonham Carter has starred in a regal role — the <em>Harry Potter</em> actress also played Princess Margaret’s mother, the original Queen Elizabeth (also known as the Queen Mother) in the Academy Award winning film, <em>The King’s Speech.</em></p>
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Southwest Airlines Just Paid $15 Million to Settle a Lawsuit Accusing Them of Price Gouging

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 07:00
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Southwest Airlines</a> has settled a collusion lawsuit for $15 million.</p><p>The Dallas-based airline still denies wrongdoing in a suit that alleged Southwest, along with American Airlines, <a href="" target="_blank">Delta</a> and United, worked together to raise fares and <a href="" target="_blank">profit further off passengers</a>.</p><p>The latter three airlines have also denied wrongdoing and have vowed to continue fighting the lawsuit, while Southwest has agreed to cooperate in the case against the other three airlines.</p><p>“While we have always had full confidence in our ability to prevail in this case, we believe this decision is in the best interest of our company, employees and shareholders by allowing us to return our focus on doing what we do best — providing friendly, reliable, and low-cost service to our customers,” Southwest said in a statement on Wednesday.</p><p>The lawsuit combines more than 100 private suits filed across the country, <a href="" target="_blank">Reuters reported</a>. The suits allege that the four airlines had worked together to keep prices high by reducing capacity and raising bag fees starting in 2009 when fuel prices were low.</p><p>American, Delta, Southwest and United together accounted for nearly 70 percent of the U.S. domestic air traffic market in the period from from October 2016 to September 2017, according to government data.</p><p>Collusion in this case essentially means that the airlines are accused of violating the antitrust laws that aim to prevent a single entity or a small group of companies from dominating a market and taking power away from the consumer.</p><p>Airline collusion would be objectively bad for passengers, as it reduces competition and gives large corporations the power to determine fares using knowledge of each other's strategies. Collusion is also <a href="" target="_blank">extremely difficult to prove</a>, short of records demonstrating that airline executives were discussing their plans with each other or promising other airlines to raise or lower their own fares.</p>
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Watch Skiers in Austria Get Caught on the Chairlift Ride of Your Nightmares

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 06:04
<p>Skiers at Silvretta Montafon in <a href="" target="_blank">Austria</a> on Wednesday maybe realized they bit off a little more than they could chew as they rode the ski lift up the mountainside.</p><p>As massive, icy winds started to blow, the lift chair started to sway back and forth — severely — which is basically any skier’s nightmare no matter how unafraid of heights they are.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a> post of the video, resorts in the Austrian Alps are understandably not running ski lifts because of the blustery conditions.</p><p>While the U.S. deals with its <a href="" target="_blank">“bomb cyclone”</a> that has hammered the east coast with snow and bitterly cold temperatures, parts of Europe are feeling their own version of horrible winter weather in the form of <a href="" target="_blank">Winter Storm Eleanor</a>.</p><p>Why anyone would want to ski rather than sit by the fire with hot chocolate at this moment is beyond us. There’s still plenty of winter time left to find fresh powder.</p>
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