Woman Finds the Love of Her Life by Renting an Airbnb in Italy

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 08:40
<p>One woman’s romantic journey is proof that love can be found in the most unexpected places at the most unexpected times.</p><p>Frances Alban, after being disillusioned with the dating scene in her hometown of Miami, decided to take a break from romance in order to pursue the things she loved.</p><p>“Being a single woman in your late 30s is kind of tough. I felt like it was really hard and I wanted to center myself again,” she <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>USA Today</em>.</a></p><p>As a way to recharge and reinvigorate herself, Alban and two friends decided to book a few cheap tickets to <a href="" target="_blank">Sicily</a> for a vacation. That’s where Alban met Roberto.</p><p>In a house <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">listed on Airbnb</a> in Cefalù, Italy, Alban met the house’s owner, Roberto Tomasello, who is an architect. Tomasello welcomed Alban and her friends to the house and showed them around the property, with views of the water.</p><img alt="Airbnb Cefalu, Sicily, Italy "src=""><p>“Everyone was snapping pictures of the view, and I took a pic of Roberto,” Alban told <em>USA Today</em>. And the feeling of attraction was mutual.</p><p>After texting with Alban a few times over the next couple of days during her stay, Tomasello came back to the house to check the women out of the Airbnb. While it seemed like their flirtation would end, Tomasello had a surprised Alban with a proposition to continue their relationship.</p><img alt="Airbnb, Cefalu, Sicily "src=""><p>“He said ‘I know this sounds crazy, but you are a fantastic girl and I would love to get to know you,’” Alban said.</p><p>The couple continued to talk for several months until June 2017, when Tomasello came to visit Alban in Miami. Later in October, when Alban came to Palermo, Sicily, where Tomasello lives, the two got engaged.</p><p>“You never think something like this will happen to you, but it can,” Alban said.</p>
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New Nonstop Flights Just Made This Under-the-radar Caribbean Island a Perfect Getaway

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 07:56
<p>On March 14, Caribbean Airlines is launching the first-ever <a href="" target="_blank">nonstop service</a> between New York City and the new Argyle International Airport in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.</p><p>The weekly flights, which operate every Wednesday, are competitively priced. But more importantly, they reduce a 7 or 10-hour journey with at least one layover down to only 4 hours and 45 minutes.</p><p>And that means that finally, <a href="" target="_blank">St. Vincent and the Grenadines</a> (a collection of 32 islands with luxury beach resorts and yacht-filled waters) is an easy, accessible weekend getaway.</p><p>“Our mission is to connect the region more closely,” Caribbean Airlines CEO Garvin Medera said in a statement. “[And] our valued customers can look forward to a schedule that allows for easy and convenient travel.”</p><p>While the most inexpensive nonstop, round-trip flights are approximately $550, travelers can find more affordable flights to other destinations in <a href="" target="_blank">the Caribbean</a> right now.</p><p>Yesterday, <a href="" target="_blank">Scott’s Cheap Flights</a> announced a flurry of low fares to the U.S. Virgin Islands. From April through January — including peak summer — tickets to St. Thomas start at $289 round-trip.</p><p><strong>Related</strong><b>: </b><a href="" target="_blank">As the Caribbean Rebuilds, Now Is an Important Time to Visit</a></p><p>Available on Delta Air Lines and American Airlines, the fare sale includes $289 round-trip tickets from Baltimore, $292 tickets from Buffalo, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Richmond, $295 fares from the New York City area, and $307 tickets from as far west as Los Angeles.</p><p>To take advantage of either Caribbean Airlines’ new nonstop flights or the cheap trips to St. Thomas, use Google Flights to identify the most affordable travel dates from your departure city.</p>
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A Third Nor’easter Might Be Coming for the East Coast

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 07:45
<p>Several states on the East Coast are still recovering from power loss after two back-to-back nor’easters hit the region. Now, forecasts are indicating another nor’easter might be on its way next week.</p><p>If the winter storm does hit around Monday, it will be the third coastal storm to strike the East Coast over the last 10 days. <a href="" target="_blank">Winter Storm Riley</a> and Winter Storm Quinn already <a href="" target="_blank">left thousands without power</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">thousands of flights canceled</a> already in March. </p><p>The upcoming storm's exact impact will depend on how much strength the storm picks up and its track over the weekend. As of Friday afternoon, the storm is in western Canada, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">Weather Channel</a><em>, </em>and could fizzle out or become a winter storm if it inches closer to the East Coast. </p><p>Currently, American computer models forecast the storm will move through the south and bring storms to the Gulf Coast, hitting states stretching from Arkansas to Florida with potential strong winds, hail, and even possible tornadoes, <a href="" target="_blank">according to ABC News</a>.</p><p>If the storm does track closer to the South, it could bring snow to areas like St. Louis and Tennessee on Sunday, as well as snow to Washington D.C., New York, Boston, and Maine by Monday afternoon.</p><p>The European model, however, shows varying results that indicate the storm will be much calmer, bringing rain to North Carolina and South Carolina on Monday, with no rain expected to the Northeast, according to ABC. Compared to the American model, meteorologists have found the European model to be more accurate when it comes to tracking the potential for cold fronts and rain showers, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the Scientific American</a>.</p><p>Either way, <a href="" target="_blank">ABC’s forecast</a> predict chilly weather, with temperatures on March 14 expected to drop to as low as single digits in locations like Marquette and Detroit and in the teens in Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Minneapolis, and Des Moines.</p>
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Emily Ratajkowski's Honeymoon Is Way, Way More Luxurious Than Her Wedding

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 06:07
<p>Model and actress <a href="" target="_blank">Emily Ratajkowski</a> may have gone for a <a href="" target="_blank">low-budget wedding</a>, saying her vows in a courthouse ceremony while rocking a <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";v2=719022" target="_blank">$200 Zara suit</a>, but she’s more than making up for it with her ultra-luxurious honeymoon.</p><p>According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>, Ratajkowski and her new hubby, producer Sebastian Bear-McClard, are living up their first days and nights as newlyweds at the <a href="" target="_blank">Utah</a><a href="" target="_blank"> desert resort Amangiri</a>. There, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">suites can go for more than $5,000 a night</a>.</p><p>“Amangiri is a remote hideaway tucked within the luminous canyons of the American Southwest,” the hotel explains on its <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>. “Located in a protected valley in Canyon Point with sweeping views, the luxury 5-star resort offers both adrenaline-fueled adventure experiences and a peaceful retreat.”</p><img alt="Amangiri, Utah desert landscape "src=""><p>Guests staying at the resort can choose from renting out a private suite, or the resort’s private home, which comes with four bedrooms and its own private pool.</p><p>At the resort, Ratajkowski and any other guest can sit back and relax in its expansive spa, which uses “healing traditions of the Navajo through the four elements of earth, wind, fire and water.” The spa also offers stunning vistas of the undeveloped desert landscape below, along with treatments ranging from massages, scrubs, and wraps to flotation therapy.</p><img alt="Amangiri "src=""><p>Ratajkowski of course showed off all that the 5-star resort has to offer on her Instagram account. In her first post, the model shared “Morning in the desert” as she took a dip in the hotel’s pool.</p><p>Next, the star shared a truly gorgeous sunset from inside her hotel suite:</p><p>And another as she sat by her room’s outdoor fire pit.</p><p>Ratajkowski shared one final image from Utah on what appears to be a hike through one of the state’s gorgeous slot canyons.</p><p>So yeah, she might not have spent big on a wedding, but honestly, it looks like she made the right choice on where to splurge instead.</p>
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Meghan Markle Just Took a Major Step in Becoming a Royal

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 17:11
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Meghan Markle</a> just took one major step on her path to becoming a member of the royal family.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">People</a></em>, Markle took part in a baptism ceremony on Tuesday evening, which means she’s now officially a member of the Church of England. According to the <i>Daily Mail</i>, fiancé Prince Harry was by her side the entire time.</p><p>The service reportedly took just 45 minutes and was also attended by Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Metro</a></em>, two other people were in attendance as Markle’s “sponsors,” though they remained unnamed. </p><p>The service itself, <i>People</i> reported, was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, in the Royal Chapel at St. James’s Palace in London. According to <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a>, Markle personally asked Welby to perform the ceremony. The two are allegedly developing a close bond as he has been providing her with guidance on the rites and sacraments of the Church of England in recent weeks.</p><p>Following the baptism, Markle was immediately confirmed, which means she can now take part in the Holy Communion alongside Prince Harry.</p><p>As <em>CNN </em>further reported, <a href="" target="_blank">Markle’s baptism</a> was not compulsory. Instead, Markle, who was brought up Protestant, decided to convert and announced her intention to do so at the time of her engagement.</p><p>Markle isn’t the only royal bride to enter the Church of England for love: While Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was baptized as a child, she was <a href="" target="_blank">confirmed into the Church</a> shortly before her wedding to Prince William in 2011.</p><p>Now that the baptism is over it can only be assumed that Markle will turn her attention to the last-minute details of planning the <a href="" target="_blank">wedding of the year</a>.</p>
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The Largest All-female Flight Crew in UK History Flew This International Women's Day Flight

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 16:55
<p><a href="" target="_blank">British Airways</a> celebrated <a href="" target="_blank">International Women’s Day</a> (which is on March 8) by launching what airline representatives say is the <a href="" target="_blank">United Kingdom's biggest all-female flight</a>.</p><p>More than 60 female employees from the airline gathered together on Monday, March 5 in celebration of International Women’s Day 2018.</p><p>The crew included 61 females that handled every aspect of operations for flight 1484 departing from London’s <a href="" target="_blank">Heathrow Airport</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">Glasgow</a>, Scotland, from baggage handling and loading to cabin crew operations mid-flight.</p><p>“So many people think the jobs on the ramp, under the wings of aircraft, are just for men,” Joanne Kershaw, a ramp manager for the airline, said in a statement regarding the occasion.</p><p>“I loved being part of a team of women at the top of their game, working all together for the first time on one flight, to get it ready and away on time for our customers,” she added.</p><p>The flight consisted of 204 customers, including British Airways student ambassadors who are currently looking to take up futures in the aviation industry.</p><p>The passengers received cupcakes up boarding as part of the celebration.</p><p>Female pilots navigated the flight, safely transporting passengers to Glasgow.</p><p>“As a mum of two teenage daughters, I think it’s crucial that we grab every opportunity we can to inspire the next generation,” Julie Levy, a captain at the airline, said in the statement.</p><img alt="british airways all female flight "src=""><p>“There wasn’t any visibility of female pilots when I was growing up, so I think events like this are important to help show the range of different careers that are available to women,” she added.</p><p>Customers flying with the airline on International Women's Day on March 8 will also be able to watch the video of the journey during their flight. </p><p>While the airline celebrated the day with the biggest all-female-flight, several other airlines are also operating all-female crews in honor fo the day. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Atlantic</a> has three all-female crews flying out of Manchester, London Gatwick, and London Heathrow on March 8, while <a href="" target="_blank">easyJet </a>is celebrating with over 100 female pilots who will be on the day’s roster operating roughly a quarter of the scheduled flights.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">easyJet representatives,</a> this will be the highest number of female pilots the airline has had flying in one day in its history.</p><p>Besides its female pilots, the airline will also have six all-female crews flying between London, Bologna, Rome, Milan, Munich, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Agadir on March 8.</p>
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Bones Found on Remote Pacific Island Belong to Amelia Earhart, Researcher Says

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 16:45
<p>The truth behind <a href="" target="_blank">Amelia Earhart</a>’s mysterious disappearance may have been uncovered at last. Decades after the renowned pilot and first woman to ever fly alone across the <a href="" target="_blank">Atlantic Ocean</a> vanished, researchers believe they have her final resting place determined.</p><p>University of Tennessee professor Richard Jantz writes in <a href="" target="_blank">new scientific study</a> that bones discovered in 1940 on the western Pacific island of Nikumaroro almost certainly belonged to Earhart. This finding didn’t come out of nowhere — researchers at the time believed the bones potentially belonged to the pilot, as her projected flight path was close by. But ultimately, scientists decided the bones fit the profile of a man’s body, ruling out that they belonged to Earhart. Now, Jantz argues in his new analysis, improved forensic technology sets the record straight once and for all.</p><p>The Nikumaroro bones were discarded at the time of the initial study but Jantz still had the measurements recorded back in the 1940s. Using a computer program to estimate gender and ancestral lineage, Jantz found the comparing lengths of Earhart’s measurements, as well as her estimated weight and proportions based on photographs and identification documents, matched the bones discovered on the <a href="" target="_blank">Pacific island</a> after all.</p><p>In his study, published in the journal <em>Forensic Anthropology</em>, Jantz writes that Earhart’s bones were "more similar to the Nikumaroro bones than 99 [percent] of individuals in a large reference sample."</p><p>"In the case of the Nikumaroro bones, the only documented person to whom they may belong is Amelia Earhart," Jantz wrote, adding: “If the bones do not belong to Amelia Earhart, then they are from someone very similar to her.”</p><p>What exactly happened to Earhart remains unclear. Some speculate she died as a castaway on Nikumaroro Island — others believe she died <a href="" target="_blank">captured by the Japanese military</a>, who may have thought she was a spy. But at the very least, Jantz is confident that Nikumaroro was her final resting place.</p><p>“Until definitive evidence is presented that the remains are not those of Amelia Earhart,” he writes in the study, “ the most convincing argument is that they are hers.”</p>
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16 Must-see U.S. Landmarks That Celebrate Women’s History

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 15:46
<p>In 1987, the month of March was officially designated by Congress for the celebration and acknowledgement of women’s history.</p><p>Even before the suffragists began marching in the streets in the mid-19th century, women have made their mark on history. The homes they left behind as well as the historic buildings that served as meeting places and convention halls are reminders of their presence and the roles they played in moving toward gender equality.</p><p>With International Women’s Day on March 8, not only are places like the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution joining in to celebrate women’s contribution to American history, there are several smaller sites around the U.S. that pay particular tribute to these historic women all year — and especially this time of year.</p><p>The monuments and museums dedicated solely to women’s history, though there are not many currently, serve to remind future generations of the power of women, how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go for equality. At these landmarks, anyone can join in to celebrate women whenever they wish, at any time of the year.</p><h2>Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls, New York</h2><img alt="Home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, on Washington Avenue, at Women's Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, New York. "src=""><p>This dedicated national park was established in 1980. The park connects to the Votes For Women History Trail, a route that connects important women’s historical sites in upstate New York. Many homes of several early suffragists, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Jane Hunt, are part of its grounds as well.</p><h2>National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls, New York</h2><p>Created in 1969 at the very same city as the original 1848 Women’s Rights Convention, this museum honors more than 200 pioneering women in history. The Hall is currently housed in the Helen Mosher Barben Building, in the heart of the downtown Historic District.</p><h2>Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument, Washington, D.C.</h2><p>Named after Alva Belmont and Alice Paul, this former headquarters of the National Woman's Party was finally made a national monument by former President Barack Obama in 2016. It’s also one of the oldest historic mansions in the capital.</p><h2>Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, Richmond, California</h2><img alt="National Park Service ranger Betty Reid Soskin waits for visitors at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park "src=""><p>This museum honors the female factory worker of the World War II era, most famously depicted as “Rosie The Riveter.” Visitors can explore the museum and park while learning about how helping the war effort was also a small boost toward gender equality.</p><h2>Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, Massachusetts</h2><img alt="Massachusetts, Lowell National Historic Park "src=""><p>Commemorating the women who worked in textile mills during a time when very few women worked outside the home, these factories (now making up Lowell National Historical Park) in New England were an important step in helping women lead independent lives.</p><h2>Susan B. Anthony House &amp; Museum, Rochester, New York</h2><p>This was the home of the legendary civil rights leader for 40 years, and the site of her famous arrest for voting in 1872. It was also headquarters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association while she was president. The museum also features an Anthony re-enactor.</p><h2>Harriet Tubman Home, Auburn, New York</h2><img alt="Harriet Tubman Home For The Elderly "src=""><p>The home of the famous civil rights activist and suffragist originally belonged to New York Senator William Seaward, who sold the property to Tubman in 1858. Tubman had known Seaward because the home had been a station in the Underground Railroad. After buying the home, Tubman settled in Auburn to continue her life’s work.</p><h2>The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, Cambridge, Maryland</h2><img alt="View of the Harriet Tubman Historical Marker at Brodess Farm in Cambridge, MD "src=""><p>Tubman played a vital role in American slave liberation by leading slaves to the free states in the North. After the Civil War, Tubman also became one of the first suffragists. This trail is a particularly important remembrance for civil rights history.</p><h2>Kate Mullany House, Troy, New York</h2><p>Mullany’s brick home in Troy looks like a simple residential building, but it holds so much history. Mullany was an Irish immigrant who founded the Collar Laundry Union, which was the first all-female union, in 1864. She also became vice-president of the National Labor Union later on.</p><h2>Matilda Joslyn Gage Home, Fayettevillve, New York</h2><p>Gage is all but unknown today but during her lifetime she was a key member of the women’s suffragist movement. She was a believer in egalitarianism and a women’s right to her own body, and Native sovereignty, as well as being an abolitionist. Her stately home was also a station on the Underground Railroad.</p><h2>Ida B. Wells-Barnett House, Chicago, Illinois</h2><img alt="Ida B. Wells-Barnett home in Chicago "src=""><p>This gorgeous gray stone house was once the home of this African-American activist and a co-founder of the NAACP. She was also one of the earliest female investigative journalists, and wrote important pieces on lynchings in the South.</p><h2>Pauli Murray House, Durham, North Carolina</h2><p>Pauli Murray, an early, prolific civil rights activist, co-founded the National Organization for Women as well as authored books on discrimination laws. Her childhood home, which is being petitioned to become a historic landmark by the Pauli Murray Project and National Trust for Historic Preservation, is currently being restored to its original state.</p><h2>Clara Barton National Historic Site, Glen Echo, Maryland</h2><img alt="Clara Barton House- Glen Echo, Maryland "src=""><p>Founder of the Red Cross, Clara Barton’s large, wooden home became a historic landmark in 1975. The house is also surrounded by a park where people can explore and attend events and learn about her life.</p><h2>Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, Richmond, Virginia</h2><p>Maggie L. Walker, an African-American entrepreneur who managed to stay prosperous during the Great Depression. She ran a store, started a newspaper and started her own bank. Her home is still a beautiful, well-kept mansion and park that is open to visitors.</p><h2>Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, Washington, D.C.</h2><img alt="National Archives for Black Women's History and Home of Mary McLeod Bethune, Washington, D.C. "src=""><p>This townhouse is also the birthplace of the National Council of Negro Women and the home of its founder, an advisor to Franklin Delano Roosevelt as part of his “Black Cabinet,” and also known as “The First Lady of the Struggle.”</p><h2>Rankin Ranch, Avalanche Gulch, Montana</h2><p>Visit the home of the first female member of Congress, Jeanette Rankin, who was elected in 1916, before the 19th Amendment was even ratified. Rankin played an essential role in passing it.</p>
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Hipmunk's New Flight Search Highlights All Fare Classes, So You Can Avoid Being Basic

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 14:00
<p>If you haven't purchased a flight recently, you may not have noticed how airlines are stripping amenities to offer “basic economy” fares. These fares might appear cheap at first, but they aren't such a great deal if you like things like picking a seat. And they've made comparison shopping flights even more difficult.</p><p>Flight search engines are adapting, however, and <a href="" target="_blank">Hipmunk</a> on Thursday unveiled new features in its flight search results that can help travelers better compare what it is they're buying. Hipmunk is the latest search engine to better surface basic, main cabin, and business fares — like <a href="" target="_blank">Google Flights</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Hopper</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Kayak</a> — and with some features, it is also the first.</p><p>When searching for a flight on the site, users can easily see if a fare is “basic,” and quickly get additional info on what that means on that particular airline. Results also include the fare to “upgrade” to regular economy, and fliers more interested in comfort over price can remove “basic” fares entirely from the results.</p><img alt="Hipmunk flight search "src=""><p>“Travelers often choose a flight based on what’s displayed at the time of booking, only to find out when it’s too late that they can’t use the overhead bin,” Hipmunk CEO Adam Goldstein said in a statement.</p><p>A pop-up offers even more detail on what each fare provides. Goldstein told <em>Travel + Leisure</em> that (although the proliferation of basic economy might indicate otherwise) this transparency is something airlines want. After all, if you don't get the service you want, they have an unhappy customer — and if you don't know that you could have avoided a hassle by spending $20 or $30 more, they lose out on profit.</p><img alt="Hipmunk flight search "src=""><p>Basic economy has fundamentally changed how travelers search for airfare, whether they realize it or not. When you search for a flight, the cheapest price is now the most basic fare, which many — if not most — travelers would not be satisifed with. Fees for services like a preferred seat, overhead bin space, in-flight food, and more vary airline by airline, but those fees are not typically listed until a flight is selected.</p><p>That final price, with every service any particular traveler actually needs, can be hidden on a final page, far from useful comparisons to other flights and airlines.</p><p>Especially important as more major U.S. airlines expand “basic economy” even more: <a href="" target="_blank">American last week announced</a> a basic option on some flights to Europe.</p><p>Travelers should soon expect every airline to do so: Virgin Atlantic announced Wednesday it will offer <a href="" target="_blank">“Economy Light” fares</a>, which will not include a seat pick or any checked baggage.</p><p>If that all sounds like it's making flight searches even more frustrating than they were before, that's because it is. But Hipmunk on Thursday went a step further than the competition, adding a feature that shows how many frequent flier miles a flight will get within the search results.</p><img alt="Hipmunk flight search "src=""><p>While better highlighting basic economy fares should improve searches for all travelers, those eager to get the most out of every dollar they spend in the sky will appreciate the extra help to maximize rewards.</p>
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Fewer People Are Going to the Beach for Spring Break — This Is What They're Doing Instead

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 12:00
<p>There's a new trend in <a href="" target="_blank">spring break travel</a>, and it's a far cry from the usual week-long trip down south, sunscreen and beach read in tow.</p><p>This spring, college students, families, and baby boomers will still be migrating to perennial favorites <a href="" target="_blank">Cancún</a> and Panama City for plenty of sunshine and lazy days at the beach; however, a significant number of travelers are planning to escape the dreary winter weather and crowds by venturing to more unique destinations in <a href="" target="_blank">Europe</a> and Asia, according to a new report by the <a href="" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>.</p><p>Rather than any one country or city rising in popularity, the American Society of Travel Agents says travelers are seeking a particular type of spring break experience. Spring breakers, they have noticed, are ditching the traditional "fly-and-flop" vacations in favor of international trips that promise cultural immersion, activity, and adventure.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Fun Instagram Caption Ideas for All Your Pretty Spring Photos</a></p><p>From escaping to Japan to see the <a href="" target="_blank">cherry blossoms</a>, trekking to Peru to hike <a href="" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a>, or chasing hidden gems in the outskirts of Paris or Florence, travelers want to engage with the local culture and partake in authentic experiences they cannot have anywhere else.</p><p>This uptick in global excursions parallels another trend in spring break travel: <a href="" target="_blank">Tiffany Harrison</a>, the U.S. marketing manager at <a href="" target="_blank">STA Travel</a>, shares that, in addition to growing interest in Europe – particularly London, Madrid, and Dublin – STA is also seeing more demand for "adventure-focused, off-the-beaten path destinations," where travelers can go mountain climbing, sailing, or island-hopping.</p><p>For those who want to join this adventure travel movement but cannot imagine spring break without ocean views, a blend of relaxation and exploration can be found in tropical locales like <a href="" target="_blank">Belize</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a>. Such destinations are gaining attraction as they give travelers "culturally enriching experiences" along with "the opportunity to scuba dive/snorkel, take yoga classes and spa treatments," says <a href="" target="_blank">TravelStore's</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Dana Storr</a>. "Disconnecting is of utmost importance."</p><p>So wherever you go this March and April, whether it's abroad or to your favorite Florida beach, remember to turn off your phone for a few hours and relish in the sunshine and fresh air.</p>
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What Happened When There Was a Medical Emergency on My Flight

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 11:00
<p>From takeoff to landing, everything about my recent flight from Los Angeles to London went smoothly. The service right from the gate made it abundantly clear that the cabin crew knew what they were doing.</p><p>But, as we approached Heathrow, a look of sheer panic seemed to grow over each and every one of the crew member’s faces. Then, the captain came over the intercom to explain that a medical emergency had taken place onboard and that we’d be stopped on the runway in order to quickly meet with paramedics. He asked passengers for their patience.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Most Common Medical Emergencies on Flights and How to Treat Them</a></p><p>Toward the back of the plane a passenger had experienced a catastrophic incident, which of course was not shared with guests onboard as to not violate the passenger’s privacy and to keep others from panicking. When paramedics arrived the man had to be laid out in a stretcher towards the front of the plane. Meanwhile, the back half of the plane was asked to disembark through the rear door. The paramedics and crew members worked diligently on the passenger, using shock paddles and rounds of manual CPR in an attempt to revive him.</p><p>About 15 minutes into this heartbreaking process, passengers onboard the front half of the plane were asked to disembark, walking past the man and paramedics. With eyes averted, again as to not disrespect the passenger or the paramedics, we quietly walked by, later thanking the crew for their efforts. Though the airline was unable to confirm whether or not the passenger was revived for privacy reasons, it was clear that the crew had systems in place to attempt to handle this type of emergency.</p><p>An estimated <a href="" target="_blank">3 billion people</a> take to the skies each and every year. And while deaths in the air are rare, they aren’t completely unheard of. However, it’s important to note that while the FAA doesn’t have any official regulations in place for when a <a href="" target="_blank">passenger dies</a>, each airline does have their individual procedures ready.</p><p>"Considering the sheer volume of people who fly every day and the growing number of elderly people who fly, I'm surprised it doesn't actually happen more often," Patrick Smith, a commercial airline pilot, told <em><a href=";r=US&amp;IR=T" target="_blank">Business Insider</a>.</em></p><p>As Smith explained, there is no across-the-board protocol that all airlines must follow in the event of a medical emergency or death. Instead, that decision is left up to the pilots and crew.</p><p>"Decisions such as whether the flight should divert are handled on a case-to-case basis," he said. He added that the decision to divert a plane due to an emergency comes down to several factors including the location of the plane at the time of the emergency, the condition of the passenger, and what options are available to the crew.</p><p>“We have procedures in place to treat a passenger in medical distress,” Ross Feinstein, a spokesperson from American Airlines previously told <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Travel + Leisure</em> in an email</a>, noting, “Only a medical professional can pronounce someone deceased.”</p><p>As for what the crew can do to help save a passenger in mid-air, Feinstein explained: “At American, we will utilize our medical kits onboard, and contact medical personnel on the ground, for further assistance.”</p><p>“Our flight attendants are trained in assisting a customer in need of medical assistance,” he added.</p><p>Cindy Hermosillo, a spokesperson for Southwest, additionally explained to <em>Travel + Leisure</em>: “Flight Attendants utilize several resources including communicating with medical professionals on the ground (through a radio or satellite connection) or enlisting assistance from credentialed medical personnel who coincidentally may be traveling on that flight.”</p><p>The one thing all airlines ensure is that the person’s body is treated with the utmost respect while the flight is still in the air.</p><p>“It is important to move the body to a place where you can lay it flat. Invariably, this will be the rear galley as it is usually larger than the other galleys,” <a href="" target="_blank">Maximilian van Vliet</a>, a former flight purser and cabin crew safety trainer, explained on <a href="" target="_blank">Quora</a>. “On some aircraft with first class suites and flat beds, they could be a viable alternative, but only if the body will be out of view from other passengers.”</p><p>As van Vliet further explained, the crew will close the passenger’s eyes and make sure the person’s body is in a private location.</p><p>It’s an unfortunate and incredibly rare event, but deaths on planes can of course happen. At least it’s a comfort to know that crew members across all airlines are ready and willing to do what takes to try and save a passenger’s life. And if they can’t, they truly attempt to ensure someone’s last moments are dignified and respectful.</p>
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A Plane Crash at Texas' Laredo International Airport Killed Three Passengers

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 10:31
<p>Three people were killed after a small aircraft <a href="" target="_blank">crashed</a> at the Laredo International Airport in Laredo, <a href="" target="_blank">Texas</a>, on Thursday.</p><p>The twin-engine Piper PA-31P departed from the airport Thursday morning and was mid-flight when the <a href="" target="_blank">pilot</a> noticed smoke coming from the plane's engine and attempted to steer the aircraft back to the airport, crashing in a grassy area of the airport grounds.</p><p>Though no official footage has been put out of the incident yet, people have been uploading videos they saw on local media coverage online. </p><p>Officials from the Laredo Police Department, Loredo Fire Department, Texas DPS troopers, and airport police responded to the scene at 11:30 on March 8, with the National Transportation Safety Board now handling the investigation, the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Laredo Morning Times</a></em> reported. </p><p>At this time, authorities have yet to release the identities of the three passengers involved and are still investigating the cause of the crash and where the plane was headed. </p><img alt="The remains of a small plane are seen after it was crashed at the Laredo International Airport in Laredo, Texas "src=""><p>The airport has suspended operations on Thursday as a result of the incident, meaning passengers who were planning to fly in and out today should check in with their airline and expect delays. </p>
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Australia's Been Hiding the Beachy Wine Region of Your Dreams

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 10:15
<p>The name “Margaret River” is a catchall: It's a river, a town, and a region at the southwesternmost point of <a href="" target="_blank">Australia</a>. Despite the generality, tell any Australian you are “going down to Margs” and they will know precisely where you are heading. On the other hand, tell an American, and they might ask if Margaret River is nearer to <a href="" target="_blank">Sydney</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">Melbourne</a>, if they know it's in Australia at all.</p><p>Wine aficionados might recognize it as one of the continent’s better harvest regions, and maybe a surfer or two will have heard about the area’s breaks. But Margaret River is a part of the world where sheer remoteness has kept it somewhat under the radar. To get there from the U.S. entails taking a 14-plus-hour flight over the Pacific to Sydney, waiting for a five-hour flight to Perth, then driving three hours south, to Margaret River.</p><p>But thanks to Qantas’s new direct London-Perth route, launching this month, it will now be possible to fly 17 hours direct over the Indian Ocean, making it at least one connection closer and shaving off a couple of layover hours in the process. (Who knew a 17-hour flight would be “shortcut?”)</p><img alt="Hiking in Margaret River Australia "src=""><p>After finally making it to Perth, the three-hour drive south to <a href="" target="_blank">Margaret River</a> is extraordinary. Driving away from the city, you follow the coast and pass through suburbs that eventually give way to green pastures, red clay roads, and stately forests of massive <a href="" target="_blank">jarrah trees</a>. Packs of wild kangaroo bounce across the horizon, and in springtime, this is one of the best places on earth for wildflower spotting.</p><p>This place is idyllic, unspoiled and wild — in other words, it’s Australia the way you dreamt it would be. Here are a few of the highlights that make this remote destination worth crossing the globe.</p><h2>Food &amp; Wine in the Margaret River</h2><p>Margaret River produces just 3 percent of Australia’s wine grapes, yet it accounts for 20 percent of Australia’s premium wine market. Most varieties thrive here thanks to a Mediterranean climate, but cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay are the region’s calling cards.</p><p>“We are very lucky here,” explains Sean Blocksidge, founder of the <a href="" target="_blank">Margaret River Discovery Co.</a>, a boutique tour operator in the area. “The best way to describe it is that we have Bordeax’s ‘best years’ every single year.”</p><p>There are more than 200 wineries in the area ranging from massive estates to boutique vintners, and the Margaret River Wine Association is a good resource to navigate them all. If it’s wine you’re after, the best time to visit is either during harvest in March and April, or during the <a href="" target="_blank">Gourmet Escape festival</a> in November, which attracts award-winning chefs and sommeliers from around the world.</p><p>The food here is no less spectacular. Western Australia is known for pristine and abundant produce, and most wineries will have cellar doors or tasting rooms that are beautiful for lunch or dinner. Have one meal at one of the grande dames like <a href="" target="_blank">Voyager</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">Leeuwin Estate</a>, then another meal at one of the boutique wineries such as <a href="" target="_blank">Amelia Park</a> — that way you see the full range of winemaking operations in the area.</p><p>In the town of Margaret River, foodies swear by <a href="" target="_blank">Morrie’s</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Katch Up</a>. But in a town with such exceptional ingredients and discerning locals, you really can’t go wrong.</p><h2>Caving</h2><p>If you are traveling with children — or need a couple hours off between wine tastings — the region’s rich variety of sprawling limestone caves makes for a welcome detour. With some caves dating back 1 million years, there is much to see here, and exploring the caves channels the Western Australian sense of adventure and discovery.</p><img alt="Kangaroos at moonrise in Margaret River "src=""><p>Go to <a href="" target="_blank">Jewel Cave</a> to see arabesque displays of stalactites and stalagmites; <a href="" target="_blank">Mammoth Cave</a> for fossils and mind-bogglingly large chambers; and <a href="" target="_blank">Lake Cave</a> to watch light filter through spindly rock formations and reflect off an underground lake.</p><h2>Hiking</h2><p>Connecting the Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin lighthouses in the north and south of Margaret River, respectively, the Cape to Cape Track is one of Australia’s great long-distance trails. Although it takes about five days to complete, there is much to see along the way, like towering Karri forests, wildflower meads, and craggy rock faces that tumble into the Indian Ocean.</p><p>If carrying your own bag is not your thing, operators such as <a href="" target="_blank">AusWalk</a> that will carry your luggage from stop to stop for you. And if a weeklong hike sounds like too much of a commitment, there are a host of <a href="" target="_blank">smaller day hikes</a> around that are no less scenic.</p><h2>Surfing</h2><img alt="Surfing at Boodjidup Beach "src=""><p>Drive just five miles west from the wineries in Margaret River and you’ll find yourself at some of the best surf breaks in the country. Most insiders will catch some waves at <a href="" target="_blank">Surfer’s Point</a>, then meander south towards the <a href="" target="_blank">White Elephant Café</a> for a flat white and avocado smash.</p><p>And best of all — this west-facing beach means that sun sets over the ocean, making this one of the country’s most scenic and memorable spots for die-hard surfers and spectators alike.</p>
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Disney Just Released Drone Video of the New Star Wars Park and It's Going to Be Massive

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 09:09
<p>The long-awaited <a href="" target="_blank">Star Wars Land</a> is coming to Disneyland and the Walt Disney World Resort in 2019, and Disney has just released a new sneak peek of how construction on the site is coming along.</p><p>Disney representatives have released a new <a href="" target="_blank">flyover video</a> that takes you over the construction site of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.</p><p>While the two new Star Wars-themed lands coming to Anaheim and Florida won’t open until 2019, the new footage shows just how massive the space will be.</p><img alt="Star Wars - Themed Lands Coming to Disney Parks "src=""><p>The site is “one of the most detailed and immersive lands ever created in Disney Parks history,” according to Disney representatives, with the two Star Wars-themed lands coming in as the <a href="" target="_blank">biggest single-themed land expansions</a> in the history of both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.</p><p>While most of the lands’ updates have been occurring behind closed doors, <a href="" target="_blank">Disney</a> and aerial photography company <a href="" target="_blank">Nearmap</a> have been releasing renderings, models, and details on what guests can expect.</p><p>As we found out earlier this year, once visitors enter the attraction, they’ll find themselves in the planet of Batuu, a removed section of Galaxy’s Edge that’s home to smugglers, traders, and adventurers embarking into space. The park will be divided into <a href="" target="_blank">two different sections</a>, one of which will be devoted to the First Order, and the other to the Resistance.</p><img alt="Star Wars - Themed Lands Coming to Disney Parks "src=""><p>Guests will also find markets and <a href="" target="_blank">shops inspired by those of Istanbul and Marrakech</a>, where a Toydarian (featured in <em>Star Wars: The Phantom Menace</em>) will be on hand to sell visitors hand-crafted toys created by local artisans.</p><p>Along with the themed lands, Disney is in the process of creating a <a href="" target="_blank">Star Wars-themed hotel</a> where guests will don space attire and every room will have <a href="" target="_blank">starry views</a>. The hotel will connect directly to the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in California to make it easy for guests to enjoy both worlds.</p>
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Katherine Heigl Is Having the Best Family Vacation Ever in Mexico

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 06:50
<p>Katherine Heigl and her growing family don't seem to take vacations often — but when they do, they go big.</p><p>The <em>Grey’s Anatomy</em> actress has been showing off her family’s epic snow-to-sunshine trip from Utah to the sandy shores of Mexico this week on her Instagram account.</p><p>“First <a href="" target="_blank">family vacation</a> in two am I grateful to be here,” she captioned an Instagram slideshow where she shared photos of her family time in Utah followed by the epic ocean views in Mexico. The images, <a href="" target="_blank"><i>People</i></a> noted, show each member of her brood including Naleigh, 9, Adalaide, 5, and Joshua Jr., 1, alongside her 15-year-old niece, Madison, who lives with Heigl full-time.</p><p>In a second set of images, Heigl shared even more beautiful snapshots of her family, including Joshua Jr. splashing his adorable baby toes in the ocean and her daughters smiling brightly under the warm Mexican sun. Meanwhile, Heigl can be seen jumping for joy in a bright red bikini.</p><p>“#thoseheavenlydays are plentiful in this extraordinarily beautiful, peaceful serene spot in Mexico. I may never leave…” she captioned the photos.</p><p>And in a third and final Instagram post from her trip Heigl shared photos of what appear to be her extended group of travel buddies.</p><p>Of course, Heigl wasn’t the only one showing off the family fun on social media. Her husband, singer Josh Kelly, also shared a bit of the family’s behind-the-scenes fun including their time bike riding down the coast:</p><p>...and several images of his adorable family and “hot mama” wife.</p><p>Though we don't know exactly where the family vacationed in Mexico, it wouldn’t be too hard to <a href="" target="_blank">emulate their travels</a>. Just check out our <a href="" target="_blank">favorite Mexican resorts</a> to start planning your family getaway ASAP.</p>
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This New Disney Cruise From Rome Will Be the Most Magical Way to See Italy

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 06:06
<p>Soon, Disney fans will be able to see Italy and Southern Europe in a more magical way than ever before.</p><p>Starting in the summer of 2019, <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Cruise Line</a> will be launching its first-ever roundtrip cruise route starting from the port of Civitavecchia, a town near Rome, Italy.</p><p>The first voyage begins on June 14 with stops in Italy, France, and Spain. Guests will be able to visit Salerno, on <a href="" target="_blank">Italy's Amalfi Coast</a>; La Spezia, a common launch point for visiting the <a href="" target="_blank">picturesque towns of Cinque Terre</a>; Villefranche-sur-Mer and Marseilles, on the <a href="" target="_blank">French Riviera</a>; and Spain's vibrant beach city of <a href="" target="_blank">Barcelona</a>, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Travel Weekly</a></em>.</p><p>This Rome-based cruise is just one of seven new cruise routes that Disney has to offer in Europe. The others are Cartagena, Spain; Toulon (Provence) and Brest, France; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Gothenburg and Nynashamn (Stockholm), Sweden; and Fredericia, Denmark, according to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Disney Parks Blog</a></em>.</p><p>We dare you not to sing “It’s A Small World After All.”</p><p>And closer to home for Americans, Disney Cruise Line is also returning to their popular ports in Alaska, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean.</p><p>For more information on booking a trip for the summer, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Cruise Line website</a>.</p>
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Passenger Could Face 20 Years in Prison for Punching Flight Attendant in the Face

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 17:59
<p>A passenger has been charged with battery after being removed from a flight for allegedly assaulting a flight attendant.</p><p>The man, Colby Hilleary, was on an <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> flight from Fort Lauderdale to <a href="" target="_blank">Dallas/Fort Worth</a>, when he began to behave “erratically,” <a href="" target="_blank">according to KHOU11</a></p><p>He reportedly told the flight attendant that “the plane was going the wrong way,” and that “there were no pilots” on board.</p><p>After continued complaints and odd behavior, Hilleary got out of his seat and punched a flight attendant in the face, claiming the plane was hijacked, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the <em>Tampa Bay Times</em></a>.</p><p>The plane made an emergency landing at Tampa International Airport, <a href="" target="_blank">where Hilleary was arrested</a>. The <em>Tampa Bay Times</em> reported that a judge ordered Hilleary to submit to a psychiatric treatment, and that he is barred from any air travel.</p><p>Interfering with the duties of a flight attendant is punishable up to <a href="" target="_blank">20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000</a>.</p>
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Google Japan Now Has Street View From a Dog's Perspective

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 17:27
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Google Street View</a> is an excellent way of “putting yourself inside the map,” so-to-speak, in order to become familiar with a new place. But Street View usually only provides one point of view — the human point of view.</p><p>Google Japan, however, is giving us a sense of what a place looks like for man’s best friend, starting in Odate City, in the Japanese prefecture of Akita, birthplace of the Akita dog breed.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Google Maps Now Has 11 Disney Parks on Street View</a></p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">Google Japan Blog</a> (as translated by Google), by attaching a small camera to a harness on the back of three Akita dogs, Asuko, Ako and Pu, Google employees mapped out Odate City with 360-degree views from their perspective.</p><p>Adorably, you can see their fluffy ears and curly tails as you pivot around in any spot.</p><p>According to Google, shooting the footage was a pretty enjoyable. A <a href="" target="_blank">YouTube video</a> released by Google Japan shows the process of shooting all the footage for the Google Maps — and it looks like the Akitas had lots of fun bounding through the snow.</p><p>If you’d like to go on a walk with Asuko, he'll take you on a tour through the city’s best attractions, including a statue of Hachiko, Odate City’s most famous dog, whose loyalty to his owner, Dr. Ueno, inspired several books and films.</p><p>He also mapped out the city’s old dog shrine, hot spring footbath of Otaki Onsen Tsuru, and the Akita Dog Museum.</p><p>Google intends to keep filming locations during different seasons and capturing new locations that are more popular with locals.</p>
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2,373 Flights Have Already Been Canceled As Winter Storm Quinn Hits the East Coast

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 17:21
<p>The second nor’easter in less than a week, dubbed <a href="" target="_blank">Winter Storm Quinn</a>, is churning along the East Coast right now, bringing with it a mix of heavy snow and rain, and strong winds. And for the second week in a row, the <a href="" target="_blank">severe winter weather is impeding travel plans</a> all along the eastern corridor.</p><p>According to the most recent tally of flight cancellations from the live flight tracking website <a href="" target="_blank">FlightAware</a>, at least 2,373 flights have already been canceled today. Conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day and into Thursday morning, meaning more cancellations and delays are likely to follow.</p><h2>Winter Storm Quinn Projections</h2><p>Snowfall rates are expected to tick up to one or two inches per hour, and at least six inches are expected in New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, eastern Pennsylvania, and eastern New York by the end of the storm.</p><p>Certain <a href="" target="_blank">forecasts</a> are even anticipating as much as 18 inches of accumulation by the time the storm blows out on Thursday.</p><img alt="Cancellation Flight Airport Storm Delay "src=""><h2>Flight Cancellations and Alerts</h2><p>All of the major domestic airlines — including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and JetBlue — have issued similar <a href="" target="_blank">fee waivers</a> in response to Winter Storm Quinn.</p><p>Travelers flying to and from airports in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and — in some cases — Maine and Vermont can rebook their travel without paying a change fee or the difference in fare.</p><p>While New York City’s three major airports have been mostly dealing with a wintry mix, the rain and sleet are quickly beginning to turn to snow. These airports have already been those hardest hit by the intensifying nor’easter.</p><img alt="La Guardia Airport New York Winter Storm "src=""><h3>Newark Liberty International Airport</h3><p>Fifty-one percent of flights scheduled to depart from Newark today have been canceled, according to <a href="" target="_blank">stats calculated by FlightAware</a>.</p><h3>LaGuardia Airport</h3><p>At this time, 49 percent of flights out of <a href="" target="_blank">LaGuardia</a> have been canceled — as have 50 percent of all incoming flights.</p><h3>John F. Kennedy International Airport</h3><p>Faring slightly better than other New York City-area airports, <a href="" target="_blank">JFK</a> has reported a 41 percent cancellation rate for both departing as well as incoming flights.</p>
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This Might Be the Most Confusing City to Navigate in All of Europe

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 16:35
<p>If you ever get lost in the center of Mannheim, Germany, don't assume you can rely on <a href="" target="_blank">Google Maps</a> to help you find your way around. This particular part of the city has no street names, so it’s nearly impossible for computer GPS systems to give directions that would mean anything to you.</p><p>A <a href="" target="_blank">video from YouTuber Tom Scott's series, "Amazing Places,"</a> shows how people can actually navigate through the squares like a local without getting turned around.</p><p>“Every other building is referred to by which square it’s on,” Scott says of the grid-like zone. “The west half gets the letters A through K, the east half, L to U, and thus followed by the number of blocks from the center.”</p><p>If that made your head spin, you may want to take a seat, because it's even more confusing than it sounds. In fact, on the map website <a href="" target="_blank">My German City</a>, certain streets are labeled several different names depending on what block a person is on.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Man Studied Google Maps, Apple Maps and Waze for an Entire Year to Determine Which Is the Best</a></p><p>As Scott mentions in the video, Mannheim isn’t the only place in the world to have streets without names. “There are lots of streets that don’t have names in rural areas in parts of the developing world or there are roads that just have a number or a letter. And some of you will go, ‘Well, actually, Japan, most of Japan doesn’t name its streets, it names and numbers its city blocks.”</p><p>The website <a href="" target="_blank">Planet Tokyo</a> explains how a tourist can learn how to read a Japanese address so they can get to where they’re going.</p><p>But this system is pretty rare in a country like Germany — although it’s nothing new for residents of Mannheim.</p><p>“This bit of Mannheim has had some form of this block numbering for a long, long time. Why change it? Just because some programmers can’t figure out how to put it into their database?” Scott says.</p><p>So maybe the best thing a traveler in Mannheim can do is embrace getting a bit lost. It might be the perfect way to open yourself up to experiencing a new city <a href="" target="_blank">without being attached to your phone</a>.</p>
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