Book Your Holiday Flights For Under $100 Round-trip With These Flight Sales

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 17:54
<p>If you’re looking to travel across the U.S. this <a href="" target="_blank">fall</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">winter</a> for under $100 round-trip and to international hotspots for under $200 round-trip, now is the time to book your next getaway.</p><p>Frontier Airlines and <a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue</a> are both running fall sales that include $20 one-way and $49 one-way domestic flights.</p><p>Return fares start as low as $20 one-way for Frontier’s offerings, and at $44 one-way for <a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue’s savings</a>, meaning you can snag round-trip flights to visit friends and family for the holidays for as little as $40 and $93 round-trip.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Frontier’s deals</a> include $20 one-way flights between destinations like Atlanta and Austin, Orlando, and Miami. You'll find the $20 fares from a variety of cities, including from Charleston to Philadelphia and Orlando, and from Chicago to Long Island.</p><p>There are also a variety of deals starting at $29 and up, so you'll want to check the <a href="" target="_blank">airline’s website</a> to see the best deals available from your home airport. You’ll also want to note that Frontier is a budget airline and charges additional fees for amenities like seat selection and checked bags.</p><p>If you're interested in Frontier's deals, you'll need to act fast as tickets are available through Sep. 5 for travel between Sep. 8 and Feb. 13 of 2019. </p><p>Meanwhile, JetBlue's sale includes domestic flights that start at $49 one-way, and international flights that start at $71 one-way. </p><p>Some of the top deals include $71 one-way flights from Fort Lauderdale to Puerto Rico, $99 one-way flights from Orlando to Havana, $114 one-way flights from Orlando to Mexico City, and $129 one-way flights from Orlando to Montego Bay. For $129 one-way, you can also fly form Boston to Puerto Rico, while New York deals include $144 one-way flights to Turks and Caicos, $149 one-way flights to St. Maarten, and $174 one-way flights to Nassau.</p><p>Return fares are often the same or lower price than the departing one-way fare, giving you the chance to snag round-trip flights to Puerto Rico for as little as $137 and to Havana for as little as $198. </p><p>The sale also includes hotel and flight bundles that start at $259 for a three-day, two-night stay in Austin, and at $385 for a four-day, three-night stay in Washington, D.C.</p><p>JetBlue's deals are available through Sep. 6 for travel between Sep. 13 and Nov. 6.</p>
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These Are the Top 10 Fastest Growing Airlines (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 13:01
<p>If you’re looking to get away from high-cost, big name carriers, you’re in luck.</p><p>New research by <a href="" target="_blank">Routesonline</a> has found that eight of the 10 fastest growing airlines in the industry over the first half of 2018 were <a href="" target="_blank">low-budget carriers</a>.</p><p>Indian airline <a href="" target="_blank">GoAir</a> topped the list, with a growth rate of 30.7 percent, during the first six months this year compared to the same time period in 2017. Overall, the airline offered 1.7 million more departure seats in 2018 than during the same period in 2017, with a grand total of almost 7.3 million seats, compared to 5.6 million. Another Indian airline, <a href="">IndiGo</a>, also made the top ten, coming in at number nine.</p><p>Behind GoAir is U.S. carrier <a href="">Frontier Airlines</a>, with a growth of 23.3 percent over the last six months, giving customers 11.3 million departure seats compared with 9.2 million in the first half of 2017.</p><p>Chinese budget carrier <a href="">Spring Airlines</a> came in at number three with growth of about 2.1 million more seats 2018.</p><p>Other airlines include carriers from Brazil, Vietnam and Central Europe.</p><p>A full ranking is below:</p>GoAirFrontier AirlinesSpring AirlinesAvianca BrasilWizz AirVietjetCitilink IndonesiaSriwijaya AirIndiGoEurowings<p>More information on the new research can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Routesonline website</a>. And be sure to explore our <a href="" target="_blank">Flight Deals</a> section for the best travel savings. </p>
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Travel Back to the '80s at This Marty McFly-themed Airbnb (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:01
<p>Travel not only to Dallas but back in time at this <a href="">Airbnb</a>.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The McFly</a>, owned by Jeremy and Kelsey Turner, is welcoming guests who want to relive the vibrant pastel-toned, arcade-themed vibe of the ‘80s.</p><img alt="Eighties Airbnb in Dallas, The McFly "src=""><p>“I had the idea when I was thinking about how kids’ rooms in ‘80s and ‘90s movies always looked so fun and over the top,” <a href="" target="_blank">Turner told <em>Central Track</em></a>. “I thought it’d be fun to make a whole house like that on Airbnb.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="">News Anchor Who Watched 'Back to the Future' Too Many Times Blames Plane Crash on 'Flux Capacitor'</a> </p><p>Opened earlier this summer, the Airbnb is the stuff of ‘80s kid dreams: there’s a cereal bar, bunk beds, and even a <em>Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles</em> arcade game. Michael Jackson posters are everywhere and a giant Crayola crayon festoons the living room. A Nintendo — complete with games like RoboCop, Super Mario 3, and Tetris — brings guests of a certain age right back to their childhoods. </p><img alt="Eighties Airbnb in Dallas, The McFly "src=""><p>The listing is complete with authentic vintage furniture from the ‘80s. The kitchen table looks lifted straight from an ‘80s sitcom set. Bedsheets are printed with the graphics of paper cups from the mall or early video games. A hand-painted mural in the dining room completes the retro set-up. The house is capable of hosting up to six guests.</p><p>To book: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $82 per night </p>
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Colorado’s First Private Ski Resort Just Opened — and Memberships Are Going for Over $2 Million

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 11:30
<p>Everyone knows Aspen as the winter playground for America’s rich and famous. But <a href="" target="_blank">Cimarron Mountain Club</a>, Colorado’s first and only private ski resort, which launched in the San Juan Mountains earlier this month, is taking alpine luxury to a whole new altitude.</p><p>Membership is limited to just 13 families (with 7 spots already taken) and includes access to more skiable terrain that Aspen Mountain.</p><p>But the real jaw-dropper is the price — a whopping $2.285 million per family, with yearly fees between $55,000 and $65,000.</p><p>What that hefty sum will buy you: a 35-acre parcel of land, upon which you can build the ski chalet of your dreams, as well as access to 60+ ski runs spread over 1,000 powdery private acres.</p><p>Meanwhile, more budget-minded one-percenters have the option to <em>not</em> build their own mega mansion and instead bed down at the three-bedroom Club Cabin or in one of two luxe yurts.</p><p>Normally, we'd tell you to act fast, but given the, uh, obvious price restrictions, we'll instead invite you to peruse this list of more <a href="" target="_blank">affordable ski getaways</a>.</p>
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Everlane's New Jeans Are so Comfy, You Can Travel in Them

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:31
<p>At this point, it’s safe to assume that anything <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Everlane</a> launches will sell out in record time. That’s basically what happened with the fashion brand’s cult-favorite <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">leather heels</a> (which had a 15,000-person waitlist, might we add), its best-selling <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">leather flats</a> (which were designed after the major success of the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Day Heel</a>), and the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Day Market Tote</a> (which Meghan Markle famously carried on <a href="" target="_blank">her first official outing with Prince Harry</a>).</p><p>This time, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Everlane’s venturing into stretch denim</a> and we can assure you it lives up to the brand’s sell out–worthy standard.</p><p><strong>Related</strong><b>: </b><a href="" target="_blank">The Brand Behind Meghan Markle’s Go-to Tote Just Released Its Best Travel Bag Yet</a></p><p>We got to test-drive a couple pairs from <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Everlane’s new Authentic Stretch denim line</a> and are happy to relay that they are, indeed, incredible. Most stretch denim tends to look great and form-fitting at first, but then after a day’s worth of wear, it becomes loose, bunched in all the wrong places, and ultimately unflattering. Everlane took on this challenge to develop “soft-yet-durable” denim that has a premium look and feel — meaning these jeans will stretch and snap back for a body-hugging look and move with you for a super-comfy feel.</p><h2>The Mid-rise Skinny in Dark Blue Wash</h2><img alt="Everlane Stretch Denim Jeans "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $68</p><p>Take it from us. <em>Travel + Leisure</em> editor Richelle Szypulski tried the High-rise Skinny and loves it for the fit, saying, “With a lot of high-waisted pants, the size that I need to fit my waist without gapping is too tight in the thigh, but these were perfect.”</p><h2>High-rise Cigarette in Mid Blue</h2><img alt="Everlane Stretch Denim Jeans "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $78</p><p>I spent an entire work day seated at my desk (it was a busy day) in the ankle-cropped High-rise Skinny and am happy to confirm that I would joyfully travel in them. I didn’t feel that ever-so-common bunching feeling around my thighs, and when I finally got up and looked in the mirror, they looked just as they did when I first put them on — smooth, form-fitting, and ultra-flattering. I would reach for these over jeggings every time.</p><h2>The High-rise Skinny in Black Washed</h2><img alt="Everlane Stretch Denim Jeans "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $68</p><p>You can shop Everlane’s newly launched stretch denim line today on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>. You can choose from three different fits: the High-rise Skinny, the High-rise Cigarette, and the Mid-rise Skinny and four essential colorways. You can also customize the length, which is available in ankle, regular, and tall. And with styles starting at just $68? Well, we’re stocking up. That is, before they sell out, at least.</p>
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Florence Is Banning Tourists From Snacking on the Streets

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:27
<p>On Tuesday, Florence passed a new ordinance banning tourists and locals alike from eating on the sidewalks, curbs, and doorsteps of the city's historic center. Disregard the rules, and you could face fines anywhere between €150 to 500 (approximately $174 to 580).</p><p>Before you say goodbye to your daydreams of indulging in a delightful cup of hazelnut gelato while strolling along the Arno river, you can put your worries to rest. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Local</a>,</em> the law is enforced between 12 - 3pm and 6 - 10pm, and it only affects four streets near the Uffizi Galleries and the Palazzo Vecchio: Via de' Neri, Via della Ninna, Piazzale degli Uffizi, and Piazza del Grano.</p><p>In a city that's home to arguably some of the <a href="" target="_blank">best panini, pizza, and gelato in the world</a>, visitors may feel like this new law puts a damper on their culinary tour of Italy — but the ordinance, as Mayor Dario Nardella, said in a Facebook post, is "not a punitive measure but a deterrent."</p><p>These measures are designed to cut down on both litter and crowding. On Via de' Neri, for instance, are two of the city's most popular eateries: a sandwich shop, All'Antico Vinaio, and Gelateria dei Neri. Because neither shop offers enough seating for the influx of visitors they cater to every day, customers tend to take their lunch, dinner, and snacks to the streets right outside. Due to the narrow size of the streets and the number of people passing through this high-traffic area, however, the streets have become difficult to navigate.</p><p>This new law comes just one year after Mayor Nardella's initiative to <a href="" target="_blank">hose the city's church steps</a><a href=""> </a>to discourage tourists from "[eating] their food and [leaving] rubbish strewn on them."</p><p>Local business owners and shopkeepers have been given signs explaining the rules in both Italian and English. "Respect residents, traders and workers of this street," they announce in bold, red print.</p><p>Volunteers of the National Observatory for Urban Security are currently patrolling the streets from 12:30 - 3:30pm, Thursday to Sunday, to ensure that the rules are being kept, local newspaper <em><a href="" target="_blank">La Nazione</a></em> reported.</p><p>This ordinance is scheduled to remain in effect until January 6, at which time its effectiveness will be revisited. "If tourists behave in Florence as they would at home then they will always be welcome, especially if they want to try our gastronomic specialties," Mayor Nardella said.</p><p>Roberta Pieraccioni, president of the Via de' Neri committee, told <em><a href="" target="_blank">La Nazione</a></em> that the stricter rules will hopefully "restore a bit of decorum" to the area.</p>
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Fake Bomb Meant for Training Purposes Causes Real Security Scare at Newark Airport

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 08:47
<p>A man traveling through Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday morning was arrested after a dummy bomb meant to resemble an explosive device led authorities to close six security lanes, <a href="" target="_blank">NBC News reported</a>. The unnamed man was carrying the inactive, though realistic, device in order to present at a security training event in Florida.</p><p>A spokesperson for the Transportation Security Association said to NBC News that the device was “built and designed to mimic a fully assembled bomb when viewed on an X-ray monitor.” The TSA and the Essex County Bomb Squad treated it as a real threat.</p><p>“We do not take chances when it comes to protecting the lives of travelers,” Tom Carter, the New Jersey TSA federal security director, <a href="" target="_blank">told reporte</a>rs.</p><p>Carter added that the traveler, as someone who works in safety and security, should have used more caution since he knew that he was traveling with a device that literally looks like a bomb.</p><p>“He should have known better than to bring it to an active checkpoint,” Carter said. “His foolish actions inconvenienced hundreds of passengers today.”</p><p>NBC News reported that although the TSA can charge fines up to $13,000 for weapons, it is unclear how much in fines the organization can impose for replicas.</p>
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What to Know If You’re Traveling to Japan After Typhoon Jebi

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 08:40
<p>At least 11 people have been killed, tens of thousands evacuated, and hundreds of flights cancelled when Typhoon Jebi made landfall in Japan on Tuesday.</p><p>Jebi was the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the country in 25 years, with winds in excess of 129 miles per hour. The Category 3 typhoon hit the western side of Japan Tuesday afternoon, with much of the destruction centered around Osaka. At one point, evacuation advisories affected more than a million people.</p><img alt="This photo shows a wall of the South Noh stage at Nishi Honganji temple damaged by Typhoon Jebi the day before in Kyoto on September 5, 2018. "src=""><p>“Wide areas of Western Japan are experiencing transport disruption in the wake of Typhoon Jebi,” <a href="" target="_blank">the</a><a href="" target="_blank">U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a travel advisory</a>.</p><p>The Japanese government said Wednesday that about 600 people have been injured in the storm. Millions of homes are without power.</p><p>In Osaka, <a href="" target="_blank">Universal Studios theme park said</a> it would remain closed until Thursday, September 6. The Tempozan Ferris Wheel, a famous landmark in Osaka, was caught on video spinning rapidly in the winds, even though the ride was closed.</p><p>Extensive damage was reported at Osaka Airport. The facility was closed, leaving about 3,000 tourists stranded.</p><p>Kansai International Airport was closed after two runways were completely submerged in water. The 5,000 passengers who were stranded at the airport were returned to the mainland on high-speed boat, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>The Independent</em></a>. Plans to reopen the airport have not yet been announced.</p><img alt="A man walks past a wooden house destroyed by strong winds from typhoon Jebi in Osaka on September 5, 2018. "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">United Airlines</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Japan Airlines</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">All Nippon Airways</a> have issued travel alerts for airports including Fukuoka, Nagoya, Kansai and both Tokyo Airports.</p><p>In Kyoto, a section of the train station roof came crumbling to the ground during the storm. Bullet train service was cancelled, <a href="" target="_blank">according to Reuters</a>.</p><p>The capital of Tokyo escaped the full force of the storm, but was still impacted by strong winds and heavy rain.</p><p>Those traveling to or around Japan should check with their travel provider before heading to the airport or railway station.</p>
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This Thrift Shop Put Photos of Jeff Goldblum in Every Single Picture Frame

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 06:39
<p>No matter where you go, Jeff Goldblum somehow finds a way to pop up in the most unexpected places.</p><p>Twitter user <a href="" target="_blank">Simon Reah</a> was browsing through a thrift shop when he discovered that the randomly collected picture frames on the shelves were not filled with stock photos of catalog models making generic poses with babies and golden retrievers while dressed in bland formal wear.</p><p>No, no, no. These photo frames had something far more special living behind their glass. Each frame was filled with a photo of <a href="" target="_blank">the one and only Jeff Goldblum</a>.</p><p>Reah joked that once he realized that all of the frames had been thoroughly <em>Goldblummed</em>, he “bought 37 of them” on an impulse buy. Part of us really hopes it’s true. We would definitely understand.</p><p>Other Twitter users were just as delighted by the shop’s unique approach to selling frames.</p><p>And WIRED columnist Johnny Haeusler, in particular, could relate to the shop employee’s need to see Goldblum’s charming face everyday.</p><p>Reah did not disclose the location or name of the shop on Twitter, unfortunately. Some users have said it’s a Salvation Army in <a href="">the land down under</a>.</p><p>While it’s possible that another shop has done the same stunt, it should be noted that Reah lives in Pontcanna, Wales, and both <a href="" target="_blank">Mashable</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">The Metro</a> have cited the shop as being in the UK. It’s very possible Reah had traveled to Australia recently, but it’s slightly more likely that the shop is local.</p><p><em>Travel + Leisure</em> has reached out for a confirmation on the shop’s location, so we can all enjoy a bit more Goldblum in our lives. Plus, who doesn’t need a good picture frame? Especially one you don't need a photo for. </p>
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Emirates Flight Quarantined in New York City, Passengers Hospitalized After Getting Sick

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 06:35
<p>An Emirates flight from Dubai was held on the tarmac at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport on Wednesday after several crew members and passengers reported feeling sick.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">14-hour flight</a> landed at JFK shortly after 9 a.m. ET, according to FlightAware. It was quarantined for several hours as officials screened passengers. At least 10 passengers reported feeling sick and were taken to a local hospital, the airline confirmed in a statement on Twitter.</p><p>The plane was quarantined and members of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey screened all passengers and crew members before they could leave the aircraft.</p><p>According to the press secretary for New York City Mayor deBlasio, at least 19 people in total were sick with what is likely the flu. Nine people refused medical attention at the airport.</p><p>One passenger documented the experience of going through CDC processing on Twitter. Passengers were required to fill out forms and have their temperature taken as they exited the plane.</p><p>Shortly after noon, all the passengers had disembarked the plane. There were at least 500 people onboard the flight from Dubai.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to local CBS News</a>, there was no evidence of a security or terror issue on the flight.</p>
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You Can Get Paid to Travel the World to Ski All Winter — Here's How

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 06:16
<p>Attention ski bunnies: It’s your time to shine.</p><p>On Wednesday, and <a href="" target="_blank">Epic Pass</a> announced they are on the hunt for the perfect person to fill a roll simply titled “Epic Dream Job.” What could that possibly entail? How about flying to some of the best mountains in the world to enjoy some fresh powder, and capturing it all on video.</p><p>For the role, one extremely fortunate skier or snowboarder will be hired to travel for two months (from January to February 2019) to seven different countries on three separate continents. There, he or she will ski or ride at more than a dozen destinations available on the Epic Pass including Whistler Blackcomb and Fernie in Canada; Vail, Park City and Breckenridge in the U.S.; Verbier in Switzerland; Courchevel in France and Hakuba Valley in Japan.</p><p>They’ll also be hooking you up with all the gear you’d ever need along the way including all new outfits from Helly Hansen, Rossignol and Oakley. Oh, and you’ll get paid $10,000 for all this travel, too.</p><p>“We are excited to partner with the Epic Pass and other iconic ski and travel brands to hire an adventurer who will highlight what it’s like to literally travel around the world on a single ski trip,” Dan Sherman, chief marketing officer of <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, said in a statement.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">To apply for this gig</a> all you need to do is posess a love of mountains and travel, and to create an application video between September 5 and October 15, 2018 explaining in 60 seconds or less what makes you the perfect candidate. Next, post that video on social media and use the hashtag #EpicDreamJob.</p><p>If you don’t land this dream job it’s ok. Here’s how to plan the <a href="" target="_blank">perfect ski vacation all on your own</a>.</p>
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Brazil's National Museum Fire Potentially Destroyed Millions of Priceless Artifacts

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 17:23
<p>The National Museum of Brazil was left in ruins over the weekend after a massive blaze engulfed the building, destroying thousands of priceless artifacts. Though the fire itself has subsided, the building’s tragic end appears to be stoking new flames between protestors and local police.</p><p>The institution housed more than 20 million artifacts, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>The Guardian</em></a>. While luckily no injuries have been reported, the damage to the building and the irreplaceable items inside is immense.</p><p>On Monday, protestors took to the streets in Rio de Janerio after it was reported that the fire was due to government spending cuts, which left the museum without adequate infrastructure, <a href="" target="_blank">CNN reported</a>.</p><img alt="Drone view of Rio de Janeiro's treasured National Museum, one of Brazil's oldest, on September 3, 2018, a day after a massive fire ripped through the building. "src=""><p>“This fire was caused due to several years of neglect from the federal government,” Caio, an anthropology student who studied at the museum, told the AFP. “The anthropology department went through absurd budget cuts from the federal government during the past two years. In my class alone, it was around 70 percent.”</p><p>This tragedy may have been a long time coming, at least according to the museum’s deputy director who <a href="" target="_blank">told the BBC</a>, “We never had adequate support.” The deputy said staff had been warned for years an event like this could take place.</p><img alt="Drone view of Rio de Janeiro's treasured National Museum, one of Brazil's oldest, on September 3, 2018, a day after a massive fire ripped through the building. "src=""><p>“Given the financial straits of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and all the other public universities the last three years, this was a tragedy that could be seen coming,” Marina Silva, a current presidential candidate in Brazil, told the BBC.</p><p>Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Rio de Janeiro fire department said two fire hydrants outside the museum did not have enough pressure to work properly, CNN reported. The fire department was forced to pull water from a nearby pond to fight the fire.</p><p>As for what’s next for the museum, staffers are hoping for both a miracle and some generosity.</p><p>“Very little will be left,” preservation director João Carlos Nara told Agência Brasil. “We will have to wait until the firefighters have completed their work here in order to really assess the dimension of it all.”</p><p>Brazilian Minister of Culture Serguio Sá Leitao is already planning to rebuild. “We are hoping to start an international campaign to mobilize collectors that would be willing to donate or sell their collections,” <a href="" tabindex="https" target="_blank">he said</a>.</p>
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The One Thing Every Visitor to Copenhagen Must Do

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 13:00
<p>“Let’s get bikes,” my son said. “We have to, Dad.”</p><p>I’d been dreading this. Toby had remembered my promise. Now what?</p><p>He and I were spending a week together, just the two of us, in <a href="" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>, a city heralded as a Shangri-la for cyclists. Spend a few days there and you’ll watch thousands of beautiful, straight-spined Danes whooshing by you on their two-wheelers — often with toddlers riding shotgun in wooden seats fixed to the front.</p><img alt="bikes in Copenhagen "src=""><p>Toby, a 12-year-old Yankees fan who counters my sedentary inclinations with the bottomless energy of a triathlete, wanted to experience <a href="" target="_blank">Copenhagen as locals do</a>. It was pointless to resist: we found ourselves renting bikes from a helpful man named Mustapha at one of the shops on Gothersgade. Our picks seemed to echo our mentalities: thick-tired and sturdy, Toby’s model could’ve withstood a motocross race, whereas mine — basket-prowed and quaint — looked like it’d been owned by Mary Poppins.</p><p>After handing over my license as collateral (a common practice for renting bikes), we set out to see the city of Hans Christian Andersen from its most charming vantage point. Though I’d traveled to Copenhagen many times to report on permutations of the New Nordic culinary scene, I’d somehow dodged its <a href="" target="_blank">most popular mode of transportation</a>. In fact, I had avoided many of the city’s most obvious delights. In focusing so squarely on seeking out the trailblazing and new, I’d overlooked the old and iconic. As Toby taught me, sidestepping the <a href="" target="_blank">established stuff in Copenhagen</a> can be a big mistake.</p><p>One of the most obvious examples is visible (and audible) from all over the city. Look up and listen for the screams: the Star Flyer rises from the middle of the Tivoli Gardens amusement park and carries people around in speedy, delirious whirls. Toby wanted to do that, too, and so we did — though I nearly parted ways with breakfast as a result. We rode the bumper cars and the Rutschebanen, a wooden roller coaster that dates back to 1914. How did I think, in my five preceding visits, that I could grasp <a href="" target="_blank">the spirit of Copenhagen</a> without spending a day at the 19th-century playland that Walt Disney went to for inspiration to try his hand at a similar thing in southern California? Our bicycle outing felt like such a success that we did it twice. We went in search of the Little Mermaid statue and wound up instead dodging tourists in Nyhavn. Then we skirted the edge of Freetown Christiania, the city’s unruly enclave of tree-painted houses and pot smoke. Toby declined to venture in; maybe we’ll try again in a few years.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">How to Eat Your Way Through Copenhagen (Without Breaking the Bank)</a></p><p>And in all of my quests for unfamiliar flavors in the Danish capital, how had I skipped over the classics? Toby wanted shrimp, and I craved herring, which sent us to <a href="" target="_blank">Restaurant Palægade</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Told &amp; Snaps</a>, two Copenhagen stalwarts that uphold the standards of smørrebrød by paying close attention to the quality of each ingredient. Our last dinner in Denmark came together at <a href="" target="_blank">Marchal</a>, inside the gracious and grand Hotel d’Angleterre, where we feasted on gougères and caviar, and where chef Andreas Bagh gave my son a spin at a gleaming French duck press. The tool was more than a century old, we learned. But while I watched Toby straining to turn the ancient wheel, it dawned on me: for my son, many of the things I consider quintessential are all brand-new.</p>
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Europe Wants to Get Rid of Daylight Saving Time (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 11:31
<p>The European Commission is recommending member nations abolish the practice of changing clocks twice per year for daylight saving time.</p><p>According to the results of <a href="" target="_blank">a public survey</a>, 80 percent of European citizens want to abolish the twice-annual changing of the clocks. The European Commission is hoping to follow public wishes.</p><p>“Millions responded and believe that in the future we should have summertime all year round,” European Commission President <a href="" target="_blank">Jean-Claude Juncker told German broadcaster ZDF</a> on Friday. “So that's what will happen.”</p><p>In order for the change to go into effect, all member nations and the European parliament must approve new legislation.</p><p>Current EU law requires all 28 member nations to turn their clocks forward one hour on the last Sunday in March. On the last Sunday in October, all clocks go back one hour.</p><p>The U.K. is one of the 28 member nations but, as it is due to leave the European Union in March 2019, it is unlikely to enact any major change in that time, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the BBC</a>.</p><p>Although Daylight Saving Time may seem like an age-old tradition, it’s only been around for about 100 years. <a href="" target="_blank">Germany was the first country in Europe</a> to enact Daylight Saving Time in 1916. Despite popular belief, the change wasn’t made to benefit farmers. And in 1919, after the United States implemented daylight savings, lobbyists representing farmers actually tried to get the measure repealed.</p><p>Outside of the EU, several countries — including Russia, Iceland, Turkey and Belarus — have already abandoned the practice of switching clocks.</p>
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You Can Go Glamping Oregon Trail Style in Yosemite's New Covered Wagons

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 11:16
<p>Pioneers in the old days definitely did not travel in the lap of luxury in their covered wagons, but that doesn’t mean you can’t.</p><p>If you’re one of those people who loves to be in nature but also loves having modern amenities like a soft bed and electricity, perhaps ‘glamping’ (otherwise known as glamorous camping) is the best activity for you.</p><p>And these covered wagons decked out with king size accommodations with air conditioning, heat, and even a refrigerator and microwave look like an incredible way to live out your wild west fantasies.</p><img alt="Covered Wagon Glamping at Yosemite Pines Resort "src=""><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Afar</a>, Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging, will be open in time for Labor Day weekend, and are offering these unique Conestoga covered wagons for people to stay in.</p><p>Large wagons can sleep up to six people, while the smaller ones can accommodate up to four. All wagons include a fire pit and picnic table for cooking and communing with your fellow glampers.</p><p>The only amenity not included inside the wagons are showers and toilets, but they're located very close by in a separate facility.</p><p>These wagons typically cost $179 to book, but right now until September 30, 2018, Yosemite Pines is offering a buy-one-night, get-one-night free special for guests with the code WAGONINTRO.</p><p>For more information on booking a covered wagon, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Yosemite Pines website</a>.</p>
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These Are the 10 Fastest-growing Travel Destinations in the World

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 09:39
<p>Europe and Africa are the regions seeing the fastest increases in international tourist arrivals, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">United Nations World Tourism Organization’s 2018 Tourism Highlights</a>.</p><p>The report, which looked at international tourism arrivals across the world in 2017, found that the two regions saw respective growth of 8 and 9 percent since 2016. Around the world, the total number of international tourist arrivals grew 7 percent from 2016 to 2017, reaching a total of 1,323 million. It was the highest percentage increase in international tourist arrivals since 2010.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Egypt</a> saw the largest increase in international tourism arrivals last year, alongside other destinations facing security challenges in the last few years.</p><h2>Destinations With Biggest Year-over-year Increase in International Tourist Arrivals</h2>Egypt — 55.1%Togo — 46.7%Vietnam — 29.1%Palestine — 25.7%Niue — 25.4%Nepal — 24.9%Israel — 24.6%Northern Mariana Islands — 24.3%Turkey (tie) — 24.1%Iceland (tie) — 24.1%Macedonia — 23.5%<p>As for the most popular destinations in the world, Europe took the lead with almost half of the world's total international arrivals, at 671 million. Europe was also home to six of the ten most visited countries in 2017, with <a href="" target="_blank">France</a> in the lead.</p><p>Asia and the Pacific also saw an increase in international tourism, with 323 million arrivals, according to the report. The Americas came in third place with 209 million, followed by Africa with 63 million, and the Middle East with 58 million.</p><h2>Destinations With the Most International Tourist Arrivals in 2017</h2>France — 86.9 millionSpain — 81.8 millionU.S. — 75.9 millionChina — 60.7 millionItaly — 58.3 millionMexico — 39.3 millionU.K. — 37.7 millionTurkey — 37.6 millionGermany — 37.5 millionThailand — 35.4 million<p>The report also found that Chinese travelers were the highest spenders on outbound travel in 2017, spending roughly $258 billion (almost one fifth of the world's total tourism spending of 1.3 trillion). U.S. travelers were the second highest spenders, at $135 billion.</p>
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Archaeologists Just Unearthed an Ancient Egyptian Village Older Than the Great Pyramids of Giza

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 09:21
<p>Archeologists have discovered one of the oldest villages to date in Egypt’s Nile Delta.</p><p>The country's Antique Ministry <a href="" target="_blank">announced on Sunday the discovery</a> of the ancient village, which dates back to the Neolithic era, predating the countries pharaohs. According to ministry officials, the findings in the village date as far back as 5,000 B.C., about 2,500 years before the country’s famed pyramids of Giza were built.</p><p>The team of Egyptian and French archeologists heading the excavation in Tell al-Samara, in Egypt’s northern province, located several storage silos filled with animal bones and plant residues dating back thousands of years.</p><img alt="This photo released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows one of the oldest villages ever found in the Nile Delta, with remains dating back to before the pharaohs in Tell el-Samara "src=""><p>The archeologists also found pottery and stone tools indicating agriculture techniques used by communities in the Delta’s wetlands in ancient times.</p><p>The discovery can help to provide researchers with new information into what life was like for prehistoric communities living in the Delta during the 5th millennium B.C., helping to further discover the origins of agriculture throughout Egypt.</p><p>Ministry officials said scientists will use the new materials and other organic materials found in the site to study how prehistoric communities were able to live in the area.</p><p>The announcement comes after several historic findings in the country in the last year, including the <a href="" target="_blank">tomb of an ancient priestess</a> and one of the <a href="" target="_blank">earliest-known solid pieces of cheese</a>.</p>
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Tropical Storm Gordon Is Expected to Make Landfall As a Hurricane — Here’s How It’s Affecting Flights

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 09:16
<p>Tropical Storm Gordon is gathering strength and could make landfall as a hurricane on Tuesday evening, affecting travelers flying to and from the Gulf Coast.</p><p>If it gathers enough strength, Gordon would be the first Atlantic hurricane to hit the U.S. this year. Surges are expected in coastal Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the National Hurricane Center</a>. These areas could receive more than one foot of rain.</p><p>Residents in the area are urged to listen to local officials for advice. Those with plans to travel to and from the coast this week will find change fees waived for many airlines.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>American Airlines</strong><b> </b>is waiving change fees</a> for flights to and from Baton Rouge, Panama City, Biloxi, Lafayette, Mobile, New Orleans, Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach for flights booked through September 5. Rebooking must happen before September 9.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Alaska Airlines</strong> will change flights</a> to New Orleans booked through September 6. Rebooked travel must be completed before September 14.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Delta Air Lines</strong><b> </b>flights to</a> and from Baton Rouge, Destin, Gulfport, Lafayette, Mobile, New Orleans, Panama City and Pensacola are affected through September 5. Rebooked travel must begin before September 9 for the change fee to be waived.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Frontier Airlines</strong> passengers</a> flying to or from New Orleans, Jackson or Pensacola through September 6 can rebook their travel to any time before September 28.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>JetBlue</strong> customers</a> with travel booked to New Orleans through September 5 can rebook through September 7.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Southwest</strong> will rebook flights</a> scheduled to and from New Orleans, Pensacola and Panama City through September 5. Rebooked travel must occur within 14 days of the original travel day.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Spirit Airlines</strong> is offering passengers</a> the ability to change flights to and from New Orleans through September 5. Rebooked flights must be before September 11.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>United Airlines</strong><b> </b>passengers traveling through</a> Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Ft. Walton Beach. Gulfport, Jackson, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Mobile, Monroe, New Orleans, Panama City, Pensacola or Shreveport on September 4 and 5 can change their flights without a fee. Rebooked travel must happen on or before September 9.</p>
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United Airlines Will Give You a Free Trip to Tahiti If You Can Prove You're a Terrible Workaholic

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 08:38
<p>Americans live in a culture that worships hard work — often at the expense of fun, relaxation and vacations. At this point, it’s practically common knowledge that <a href="">700 million vacation days go unused</a> in the U.S. every year.</p><p><a href="">United Airlines</a> wants you to take some time off, perhaps relax on the beach with a tropical cocktail. But the airline knows you aren’t going to ask for time off unless it’s for something very special. Which is why they’re hosting a contest for overworked Americans, and also to celebrate the launch of their new nonstop service between <a href="">San Francisco</a> and Papeete, Tahiti.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Log onto the United website</a> to nominate a stressed-out employee (it could be yourself) for a free week-long vacation to Tahiti. All that’s necessary to enter is a statement of less than 300 words about why the hardest working person in the U.S. (the nominee) deserves a free trip to Tahiti.</p><p>The grand prize includes roundtrip airfare, three nights at the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort and Spa, two nights at the Intercontinental Moorea Resort and Spa and two nights at Maitai Rangiroa for the winner and one guest. The prize also includes all transportation between the islands, an excursion in either Tahiti or Moorea and a $2,000 prepaid card to be used on meals and other expenses.</p><p>United Airlines will partner with <a href="">Project: Time Off</a> to judge entries.</p><p>The contest is open until 11:59pm Central Time on September 25. After submitting, cross your fingers and try to visualize yourself on the beaches of Tahiti (coconut shell filled with cocktail optional). Winners will be notified around October 11.</p><p>Just promise you’ll set up your out of office message for the entire vacation and avoid checking emails.</p>
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This Is the Most Germ-ridden Place in the Airport

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 07:32
<p>About 10 percent of what you touch at the airport is carrying a virus — and the most heavily infested place is one you cannot avoid.</p><p>The security checkpoint trays are the germiest things at the airport, according to a study <a href="" target="_blank">published this week in <em>BMC Infectious Diseases</em></a>.</p><p>Researchers from the University of Nottingham and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare swabbed services around the Helsinki-Vantaa airport to identify the places with the most germs.</p><p>Although the security trays had the highest count of bacteria, other high-risk areas were near the cash registers at shops, along staircase railings, on the counters where passports are checked, in children’s play areas, and in the air all around the airport. The most common virus found was rhinovirus, which causes the common cold.</p><h2>How to Avoid Germs at the Airport</h2><p>In order to combat the germs all around you at the airport, the study’s researchers recommend vigilant hand washing and practicing “careful coughing hygiene.”</p><p>“People can help to minimise contagion by hygienic hand washing and coughing into a hankerchief, tissue, or sleeve at all times but especially in public places,” Jonathan Van Tam, professor of health protection at the university, said in a statement. “These simple precautions can help prevent pandemics and are most important in crowded areas like airports that have a high volume of people travelling to and from many different parts of the world.”</p><p>Trays have a tendency to collect germs — whether in the airport or on the plane. <a href="" target="_blank">A 2015 study found</a> that airplane tray tables had the most bacteria — with an average of 2,155 colony-forming units per square inch — of any surface in the cabin.</p>
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