This Whimsical, Fairy Tale-inspired Hotel in the U.K. Could Be Your New Home

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 16:09
<p>If you want to live happily ever after, now's your chance to buy a real-life fairy-tale dream home.</p><p>Windcliffe Manor, a former luxury hotel on the <a href="" target="_blank">Isle of Wight</a> in the U.K., looks like it was lifted from the pages of “Cinderella” or “Snow White.”</p><img alt="Enchanted Manor, Isle of Wight, UK "src=""><p>The current owners, Ric and Maggie Hilton, purchased the property <a href="" target="_blank">in 2006</a> and turned the it into a luxury romantic getaway called the Enchanted Manor, with luxury suites and features like a billiard room, <a href="" target="_blank">the <em>Daily Mail</em> reported.</a></p><img alt="Enchanted Manor, Isle of Wight, UK "src=""><p>They've been trying to sell it, however, and now the hotel is available for new owners to tend to, for <a href="" target="_blank">£1 million</a> (about $1.4 million USD). (Down from <a href="" target="_blank">£1.5 million in 2014</a>.)</p><img alt="Enchanted Manor, Isle of Wight, UK "src=""><p>Whether the new owners would like to keep it for themselves or open it up to couples looking for the perfect, fairy-tale inspired weekend, there are plenty of gorgeous rooms to spend enchanted afternoons in.</p><p>Other than the impressive interior design, inspired by English artist Josephine Wall, the grounds are equally bewitching to walk through. Guests (or the owners) can walk through the gardens, under the Chinese pergolas, or sit in adorable booths outside.</p><img alt="Enchanted Manor, Isle of Wight, UK "src=""><p>“We have lovingly restored the old manor and created a very special haven for couples looking for somewhere different from run-of-the-mill accommodation for a romantic break or celebration,” Ric Hilton told the <em>Daily Mail</em>.</p>
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The Oldest Message in a Bottle Ever Discovered Just Washed Up on an Australian Beach

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 14:18
<p>An Australian couple was taking a walk on the beach when they found an artifact that would later be recognized as the world’s oldest message in a bottle.</p><p>Tonya and Kym Illman were walking in the sand dunes of Wedge Island — a remote beach on the Western Australian coast — in January when they found the innocuous bottle and picked it up as a potential decoration for their bookcase, <a href="">according to the Australian BBC.</a></p><p>The couple then passed it off to their son’s girlfriend, who noticed paper inside, thinking it might be a “rolled-up cigarette.” Not wanting to damage the bottle’s contents, the Illman’s decided to take the bottle home and dry out the paper in their oven.</p><p>"Then we unrolled it and saw printed writing,” Kym told the BBC. “We could not see the handwritten ink at that point, but saw a printed message that asked the reader to contact the German consulate when they found the note."</p><p>The paper was dated June 12, 1886, apparently sent from the German ship, Paula. But the Illman’s thought the idea was “too far-fetched” to be real. Still, they decided to see what the Western Australian Museum thought, and experts ended up confirming the note’s authenticity.</p><p>"Incredibly, an archival search in Germany found Paula's original Meteorological Journal and there was an entry for 12 June 1886 made by the captain, recording a drift bottle having been thrown overboard,” Ross Anderson, an assistant curator at the Western Australian Museum, told the BBC. “The date and the coordinates correspond exactly with those on the bottle message.”</p><p>Turns out when the note was written, people aboard German vessels were experimenting with throwing thousands of bottles overboard to track ocean currents. </p><p>The previous record for a message in a bottle was 108 years old. The German contents of the Dutch gin bottle the Illman’s discovered checks out at 132 years.</p><p>“It was an absolute fluke,” Kym <a href="">told the Guardian</a> of the discovery. “It won’t get better than than this.”</p>
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For One Night Only, You Can Sleep Inside the Empire State Building

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 13:31
<p>On Wednesday, travelers seeking an experience they won’t see photographed by a tiresome number of <a href="" target="_blank">influencers on Instagram</a> can try to score a one-of-a-kind, one-time-only stay at the <a href="" target="_blank">Empire State Building</a>.</p><p>To celebrate the launch of their Book the U.S. List — a collection of the most interesting, unusual places to stay in every state — <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> has designed three incredible, totally unique stays.</p><p>For the first time ever, it’s now possible to reserve a night at the Empire State Building, the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, and on a tricked-out tour bus designed by Nick Jonas.</p><p>For the traveler lucky enough to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">stay a night in the Empire State Building</a> (and his or her one guest), the outrageous package includes a private dinner and sunrise yoga on the observation deck. Other components of the experience include a VIP tour, late-night screenings of classic films featuring the iconic skyscraper, and a professional photo shoot. </p><p>Guests will have all-night, private access to the Empire State Building’s observation deck, and will bed down in an exclusive suite on the 80th floor.</p><p>Of course, an evening at the Empire State Building comes with a typical <a href="" target="_blank">Big Apple</a>-sized price tag: a cool $1,500 for the night.</p><p>Sports enthusiasts can opt for a night at the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Basketball Suite in Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena</a> (where they can enjoy enviable views of a live NBA game and try their hand at a post-game free throw), while pop music fans can do no better than an evening on the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Ultimate Nick Jonas Tour Bus in Los Angeles</a>. (Yes, Nick Jonas will stop by. No, he will not spend the night.)</p><p>Available only for the night of March 8, the exclusive stays at the Empire State Building, AmericanAirlines Arena, and on the Nick Jonas tour bus will all go to the first person to make the reservation — and all of the packages cost $1,500.</p><p>Not free on March 8? Consider one of the other singular stays on the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Book the U.S. List</a>, which includes igloos, houseboats, and tree houses.</p>
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The East Coast Is Getting Buried by Its Second Nor'easter in a Week. Here's How Much Snow to Expect From Winter Storm Quinn

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:51
<p>Winter Storm Quinn brought snow and frigid conditions on Wednesday to states on the <a href="">East Coast</a> that are still recovering from <a href="">last week's Nor’easter</a>.</p><p>A large swath of the East Coast is experiencing its second Nor'easter in a week. Up to a foot of snow is expected in major cities, including New York City and Boston. The path of the storm is expected to continue moving up the Northeast coast on Wednesday night and Thursday, before traveling west on Friday over Maine, which is expected to receive more than 18 inches of snow, according to the <a href="">National Weather Service</a>.</p><p>Those in northeast <a href="">New Jersey</a>, southwestern Connecticut, and southeast <a href="">New York</a> — where a winter storm warning is in effect until Thursday at 4 a.m. — can expect to see 7 to 11 inches of snow. The storm also brought <a href="">thundersnow</a> to parts of New York on Wednesday.</p><p>Parts of Massachusetts could see up to 10 inches, though accumulation in Boston will likely be less significant, between 4 and 8 inches. Parts of New Hampshire are anticipating snowfall totals nearing 20 inches.</p><p>The new winter storm follows a brutal Nor’easter, dubbed <a href="">Winter Storm Riley</a>, that hit the Great Plains and the East Coast over the weekend, leading to hundreds of flight cancellations, some <a href="">two million homes and businesses</a> left without power, and severe flooding across states like Massachusetts and North Carolina. Nor'easters are strong winter storm systems that carry powerful winds, inclement weather — though snow is not required — and coastal flooding, <a href="">according to the Weather Channel</a>.</p><p> At least nine people had died as a result of Winter Storm Riley as of Monday morning, according to the <a href="">Weather Channel</a>.</p><p>As Winter Storm Quinn continues, people in affected areas area will want to be aware of potential <a href="">travel disruptions</a> caused by blizzard conditions. More than 4,000 flights were canceled or delayed around the U.S. on Wednesday, <a href="">according to FlightAware</a>. A number of school districts, including Philadelphia Public Schools, canceled class, though New York City schools remained open.</p><p>If you’re expecting to travel within the next few days, we recommend signing up with <a href="">FlightStats</a> to get real-time text and email alerts regarding <a href="">flight delays</a>, as well as following the airlines and airports you plan to fly with on social media to get regular alerts on delays and cancelations due to weather.</p>
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What to Wear — and Where to Shop — in Cartagena, the Fashion Crowd's New Favorite Hideaway

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:01
<p>Colorful streets, food with flavor you'll dream of for weeks, salsa music playing until the wee hours, and private islands on which to recover the next morning — the energy in <a href="" target="_blank">Cartagena</a>, Colombia right now is intoxicating. It’s no wonder the fashion set has elevated this high-contrast coastal town to It-City status.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">7 Colombian Designers Share Their Favorite Places to Visit</a><strong> </strong></p><p>In Cartagena, whether you’re shopping the local crafts and high-end boutiques in the charming old city, island hopping in Las Islas de Rosario or dancing the night away with a partner you’ll never see again, every moment is an opportunity to put your best fashion foot forward.</p><p>Below, a guide to what to do — and wear — for a stylish trip to Cartagena.</p><h2>Old City Stroll</h2><img alt="what to wear in cartagena "src=""><p>(clockwise from top left)<br />Merlette blouse, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $280<br />Lowercase sunglasses, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $299<br />Rhode Resort pants, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $252<br />Alexandre de Paris jaw clip, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $75<br />Casa Chiqui earrings, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, price upon request (or shop in store in Cartagena)<br />La Mer face mist, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $75<br />Ancient Greek Sandals, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $250<br />Sophie Anderson mochila bag, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $290</p><p>To stay in the middle of it all, book your room at <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa</a>. While you'll find it hard to leave the rooftop pool overlooking the vibrant old city, there's much to explore in Colombia's charming historical center. In Cartagena's narrow, color-soaked streets, you'll find some of the best shopping in Colombia. When you're finished deciding between the woven <em>mochila </em>bags that line the city's streets, visit world-renowned shops Casa Chiqui, Artesenias de Colombia, and St. Dom. Enjoy lunch at local favorite <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">La Cevicheria</a> and the best popsicles you've ever had at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">La Paletería</a>.</p><h2>A Night Out</h2><img alt="what to wear in cartagena "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em><br />Faris earrings, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $310<br />Marysia swim top, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $165<br />Jaline skirt, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $375<br />Junkbrands headband, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $16<br />Silk folding fan, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $2<br />Acqua di Parma cologne, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $110<br />Magnetic Midnight handbag, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $850<br />Castañer espadrilles, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $120</p><p>A dinner at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">La </a><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Vitrola</a> is a must. You'll be surrounded by locals, tourists, and the sounds of a live Cuban band, and you have to try Colombia's traditional <em>arroz</em><em> con coco</em>. Other noteworthy restaurants include Don Juan, Maria, and Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa's Harry Sasson restaurant. After dinner, either head to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">El Baron</a> for the best-mixed cocktails in Cartagena or to Cafe del Mar on the city's old wall and enjoy a bottle of Aguilla. After that, head to Movida across the street and Café Havana for some late night salsa dancing.</p><h2>Island Hopping</h2><img alt="what to wear in cartagena "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em><br />Melissa Odabash dress, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $450<br />Adriana Degreas turban, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $160<br />Sommer swim top, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $69 and bottom, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $69<br />Elizabeth &amp; James sunglasses, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $235<br />Après Ski earrings, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $72<br />Bali Body lip balm SPF15, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $20<br />Antonello bag, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $595<br />Carrie Forbes sandals, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $300</p><p>Stunning beaches and translucent blue waters can be found on the islands just outside of the city, reachable either by car or boat. To take advantage of the Cartagena sun, we suggest <a href="" target="_blank">renting a boat</a> to take you to the Islas del Rosario. There, you’ll have the option to explore the beautiful beaches of Barú and the party scene at Cholon.</p>
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The Azores Aren’t the ‘Next Iceland’ — and That’s Exactly Why You Should Go

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 11:02
<p>“Everyone says the <a href="" target="_blank">Azores</a> are the new Iceland,” says Catarina Maia, emphatic despite the patchy connection on our transatlantic call between New York and Ponta Delgada. “Small population, beautiful landscape, hidden treasure, close to the U.S. — and tons of hot springs.” </p><p>“But we’re not the ‘new’ anything. We’ve always been here.” </p><p>I had called Maia, who works with six-year-old Azorean-owned company <a href=" " target="_blank">Azores Getaways</a>, to hear more from someone on the ground. Having just returned from a solo trip to São Miguel, the largest island in the archipelago, I was utterly enchanted with the place — the Azores did indeed seem like they had "always been there" — so green, so many giant succulents and sprawling ferns and primordial bubbling mineral baths. No wonder, I thought, there are rumors involving Atlantis. I’d believe it. </p><p>But there was also a frisson of something distinctly new happening — even in the most off of the off-season, during a trip where I blissfully interacted with next to nobody, I could sense it — and I was curious. </p><p>Maia is a recent émigrée to the Azores, a volcanic island chain in the North Atlantic about 1,000 miles from anything in particular. She’s also Azorean by heritage; growing up just outside Boston, in a stronghold of the Azorean diaspora, she and her family would travel back to the islands regularly to visit relatives. Now, working with one of the young gun tour operators that have popped up in the last few years, she’s in the thick of a rapidly evolving tourism industry. </p><img alt="church in the Azores "src=""><p>“I’ve noticed a huge shift in the last five years,” Maia told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “I used to come here on vacation with my immigrant parents, and when I was a kid, it was all just families like mine. But people are starting to hear about the Azores and it’s opening doors. I have moments sometimes where it’s just me, sitting on a beach and reading, and I hear three or four languages around me.”</p><p>I had the same experience; there were tourists from the <a href="" target="_blank">Portuguese mainland</a> and former Portuguese colonies like Angola, large groups of Irish and Brits, and sporty Scandinavian couples. There were so many Germans that my whale-watching expedition was translated especially for them. And though I never met another traveler from the U.S., it does seem like everyone I know has a friend of a friend who has been there. Before leaving for the Azores, I was met with a chorus of “Oh yeah, I’ve heard it’s awesome,” from people who didn’t quite know where it was, but were intrigued nonetheless. </p><img alt="Beach in the Azores in Portugal "src=""><p>We’ve all seen places explode into the millennial traveler zeitgeist: <a href="" target="_blank">Croatia</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Cuba</a>, the eminently Instagrammable <a href="" target="_blank">Iceland</a>. There are a number of reasons why the Azores could be on the brink of the same type of boom. Maia and her colleagues know that. The challenge, and opportunity, for those in the industry is catering to the new influx of tourists — which has brought unprecedented numbers of people and euros into Portugal’s historically poorest region — without becoming just another “next” in a series of trendy layovers. Luckily, they’re not about to let that happen. </p><p>Those in the travel and hospitality industry in the Azores seem to care, more than anything else, about the Azores. And they’ve decided that the place speaks for itself; rather than trying to lure travelers by following the model of other “success story” destinations, they’re focusing on building up the diverse options that already exist there, creating access, and generally messing with the place as little as possible. </p><p>It’s working. </p><p>Here are some of the reasons why now is the time to visit the Azores:</p><img alt="Terciera Island town "src=""><h2>It’s about to be easier than ever to get there.</h2><p>One thing that’s about to change: access. Until now, the only direct routes from the United States have departed Boston and Oakland, the rather infrequent flights on <a href="" target="_blank">Azores Airlines</a> most often shuttling people back and forth to visit relatives. But in May, <a href="" target="_blank">Delta</a> is launching seasonal direct flights between New York's John F. Kennedy Airport and Ponta Delgada — becoming the first U.S. airline to do so. The comfortable journey will clock in at around five to six hours, comparable to flights to Reykjavik. </p><p>Other airlines are getting in on the game, too. <a href="" target="_blank">Ryanair</a>, which has serviced Ponta Delgada via the mainland for a few years, recently began flights to the island of Terceira as well. <a href="" target="_blank">TAP Air Portugal</a> incentivizes their flights to Ponta Delgada and Terceira by offering free stopovers — up to five days — in Lisbon or <a href="" target="_blank">Porto</a>. Plus, says Maia, many airlines make it possible to book transfers from São Miguel to the other islands free of charge. “Now that people know more about the other islands and are interested in visiting, there’s already been a call for even more flights between islands in the daily schedule.”</p><p>The coming year will also see expanded options for visiting the Azores by sea, including several <a href="" target="_blank">Regent Seven Seas</a> routes with Faial and São Miguel on the itinerary; their new Miami – Lisbon "Escape to Azores" itinerary is one of many responding to the destination's increasing popularity. </p><img alt="Agra Marina hotel Terceira Azores Portugal "src=""><h2>Boutique inns and luxury hotels are emphasizing Azorean design and hospitality.</h2><p>A number of new properties are appearing in the Azores, including a collection of high-profile city stays in Ponta Delgada — but that doesn’t mean this is becoming a resort hub. “You’ll never see a giant resort with hundreds of rooms,” Maia said. “We don’t want to follow Hawaii, for example. That’s a top priority.” Among the new urban properties are the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Azor</a>, a design-forward hotel opened in 2016, where lucky guests might spot one of São Miguel's native sperm whales from the rooftop bar; and the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Neat Hotel Avenida</a>, which caters to a younger crowd and incorporates the island's famous basalt and mossy forests into the interior design. Just down the coast is the chic <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">WHITE Villas &amp; Suites</a>, welcoming guests to its Greek Islands-inspired suites and open-air restaurant since last summer. More luxury seaside properties are coming, but minimal interference with the architectural identity of the waterfront is a priority. </p><p>In the São Miguel spa town of Furnas, long a <a href="" target="_blank">destination for wellness tourists</a> looking to take the mineral waters of the volcanic <em>caldeiras</em>, many established properties are revamping to accommodate interest in spa-focused stays. The historic <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Terra Nostra Garden Hotel</a>, an Art Deco property set on a sprawling botanical garden, reopened a few years ago after extensive renovations to its historic 1930s-era facilities. The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Furnas Boutique Hotel</a> also unveiled a renovation in 2015 that includes sleek, onsen-inspired thermal pools. And the <a href="" target="_blank">Furnas Lake Villas</a>, a beautiful collection of modernist Japanese cedar structures, are debuting four new studios, remodeled interiors, and a revamped swimming area this spring.</p><p>“Eco-conscious design is really coming up,” Maia said. “People care about preserving the landscape and historical architecture, making sure new developments don’t look out of place.” Among the understated and eco-friendly boutique offerings are farmhouse villas, like <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Aldeia da Fonte</a> on Pico and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Aldeia da Cuada</a> on Flores, re-purposed historic buildings like Faial's <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Pousada Forte da Horta</a>, housed in a 17th-century fortress, and "eco-resorts" like <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Santa Barbara</a> on São Miguel and Santa Maria's <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Villa Natura</a>. Other notable openings include the sleek new <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Pedras do Mar</a>; <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Lince Nordeste</a>, just reopened after a €1.3-million renovation; and Ribeira Grande's Monte Verde Hotel, debuting in April 2019 complete with a 1,000-square-meter spa.</p><img alt="hot spring in the Azores "src=""><h2>There’s something for everyone.</h2><p>Gone are the days of packaged beach vacations and three-hour cruise stopovers — though the volcanic, black-sand beaches will always be a draw. Now, a new generation of Azorean entrepreneurs, hoteliers, and tour operators are exploring off-the-beaten-path options to respond to increasing demand from savvy tourists. "Every day there's a new business," Maia said. "People are really appreciating the off-season more, and there are so many new options that have lasting appeal."</p><p>Among the fastest-growing areas in recent years is <a href="" target="_blank">active travel and adventure tourism</a>. Maia quickly acknowledges this as a main focus for Azores Getaways and other tour operators, a natural synergy between a millennial-driven industry trend and the diverse, ruggedly beautiful landscapes that the Azores has to offer. "There's hiking, kayaking, canyoning, mountain biking, birding, whale watching — the list goes on." These still-wild islands also host a number of international competitions for adventure sports like surfing and rally car racing. </p><p>But the archipelago, with nine very different islands flung across nearly 400 miles of ocean, has something to offer every kind of traveler. “Each island has its own array of activities," Maia explains. "When people call us to do a custom itinerary, we always say to be sure to explore São Miguel as well as one or two smaller islands."</p><p>For example, Pico, which — in addition to claiming the highest mountain in Portugal — is the epicenter of Azorean wine, and an increasingly popular stop for culinary travelers in the region. Flores, an agricultural island long known for its cheese and grassy butter, is increasingly popular for its shockingly green landscapes and waterfall-streaked rock formations. And culture and history buffs will not be disappointed, as each island has retained old traditions from the original Portuguese settlers that have transformed and thrived over centuries of isolation from the mainland. "There's always a festival going on," Maia said. "I always see tourists stumbling on religious ceremonies and parades completely by accident."</p><p>Increasing access, superb hotel properties, diversified tourism infrastructure: The Azores checks all the boxes to become a trending destination for U.S. travelers, but Azoreans know what's been there all along — and that's there to stay. </p>
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9 Tips From a Family of Four That Travels the World Full-time

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 10:32
<p>Two and a half years ago, my family and I took off for a five-month trip around the world. Long story short, that five-month trip has evolved into 100 weeks of full-time travel, covering 50 countries and well over 150 flights.</p><p>We've turned our love for travel, family time, and journal-keeping into full-time jobs. Now, through our Instagram, <a href="" target="_blank">@thebucketlistfamily</a>, we work as family travel journalists.</p><p>For people wanting to do something similar, we've put together a few thoughts on how we became travel journalists, and how to successfully take that plunge into the world of full-time travel.</p><h2>1. Acquire skills.</h2><p>We've always had a huge passion for journal keeping. My husband, Garett, created Instagram accounts for our children when they were born and has posted almost every single day since. He's turned his love for keeping a record into a love for photography and videography; he is always ready to capture the moment.</p><p>In order to become a full-time traveler and travel journalist through social media, you need to figure out how you can best record a moment and then share it, whether through photography, video or text. Acquire the skills to be a talented storyteller in whichever medium fits you best.</p><h2>2. Be unique.</h2><p>There are plenty of sources out there for pretty pictures and helpful information, so if you're just getting started, you need to figure out what makes you unique. Everyone is special in their own way, and if you can share that through your content that will make you stand out. This will help you differentiate yourself from all the other travel bloggers, vloggers, and social media influencers out there. So, whether that's luxury travel, underwater photography, hiking, or food, find your niche.</p><p>Another way to be unique is to have a specific goal. For example, travel to 30 countries in 30 months, or something like that. Find something that draws people into your adventures. Not only do you need to have a unique angle, you need to be able to successfully share it with the world. </p><h2>3. Create something meaningful to you.</h2><p>At the end of the day, the most important thing is to create something that you love. As I mentioned, we so highly value the memories, photos and videos we create, that even if no one else was following along, it was still worthwhile for us to do all of this documenting. When we started to travel, the purpose wasn't to turn it into our jobs, but to document our family adventures. By doing this, even if your blog or <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a> goes nowhere, it will still mean the world to you.</p><h2>4. Create valuable content.</h2><p>Provide something for your audience that is valuable to them. That value can come in a variety of forms: travel guides and tips, ways to save money, awesome products, beautiful photos, unique experiences, funny experiences, inspiring stories, positive vibes, etc. </p><h2>5. Reach out to relevant brands.</h2><p>Reach out to brands that you feel are relevant and compliment your brand. If you want to work with Disney or GoPro, you need to be the type of brand that those companies align with. You also need to prove to them that you can create the caliber of content that they typically share.</p><p>Before we left on our initial adventure, we reached out to all sort of brands — clothing companies, swim companies, camera companies, luggage companies, etc. We didn't have a following, however, we had created an <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a> account and a website that looked nice and had great photos (thanks to Garrett's photography). Initially, companies wouldn't pay us, but they would send us free gear.</p><p>When we messaged companies, we would tell them what we were doing and offer to post, even to our 100 followers, about the product and then share the images with them. For the company, it was a good deal. They got a little promotion and some great photos, and all it cost them was some free product. Collaborating with companies from the beginning showed future brands and companies that we were capable of doing campaigns. We made ourselves look and feel more legit then we actually were.</p><h2>6. Be sincere and genuine.</h2><p>People want to follow you and enjoy your stories because of you. Your voice is your brand, so it is very important that you are sincere and genuine. People will better connect with you and it will show in the quality of your content.</p><p>Often times, when we tell stories, we speak to the camera as if we are speaking to our close family and friends back home. That keeps our excitement and enthusiasm real and genuine.</p><h2>7. Engage with your audience.</h2><p>It is better to have a small audience that you can truly connect with than a large audience that isn't engaged with you. We use our social media community as an opportunity to bring like-minded people together. We're so incredibly grateful for the people who follow us and their kindness and support. We do our best to engage with them in every post. That can be a lot of work, but it goes a long way.</p><h2>8. Network with everyone.</h2><p>Online and offline, be engaged with those around you. One of the best parts of travel is networking and connecting with people from all different walks of life. And that becomes very valuable as a travel journalist: Because you are able to provide value to the lives of others, others are able to provide value to you.</p><h2>9. Be ready to work, work, work.</h2><p>Garrett does all of our creative — photography, filming, video editing, etc. — and I do all of the posting, brand management and trip planning. I probably work 30 hours a week, aside from my mother responsibilities, and Garrett closer to 40 hours a week. That's on top of the traveling from location to location and capturing content along the way.</p><p>It's not a vacation. It might be a ton of fun, but it is also a ton of work.</p><h2>Bonus: Spread love.</h2><p>The internet can amplify any message you want to spread. So we feel it is our responsibility to take the opportunity and use our platform to share goodness throughout the world.</p><p>We hope this information was helpful for you on your own journey and most of all, we hope you will join us in traveling the world, experiencing its love, and then sharing that love with others.</p>
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This Glass-bottom Pool in Honolulu Has the Most Breathtaking Views

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 10:15
<p>Are you brave enough to swim in a pool suspended 80 feet in the air?</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Anaha</a>, a new 40-story residential building in <a href="" target="_blank">Honolulu</a>, on Oahu, features artfully designed public spaces, shops, restaurants, and entertainment — but there's one feature that stands out from the rest: a glass-bottom pool 80 feet in the air.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">20 Luxury Vacations That Are Surprisingly Affordable</a></p><p>The pool juts out 15 feet from the side of the building, giving swimmers a beautiful view and a feeling of floating in air. (It’s probably not the best for people with a fear of heights.)</p><img alt="Playing in the pool "src=""><p>Meaning “reflection of light,” Anaha is designed with curved floor plates and a curtain-wall façade that give the entire building the appearance of a wave of water, glistening in the sun.</p><img alt="View from below "src=""><p>The building was designed by Chicago-based <a href="" target="_blank">Solomon Cordwell Buenz</a>, in partnership with Benjamin Woo Architects, and features an 80-feet by 15-feet “living wall” with 8,000 tropical plants that greets anyone who comes through the front doors.</p><p>The ground floor is also the home of O‘ahu’s first Merriman restaurant, owned by chef Peter Merriman, and features locally grown and harvested foods, and recipes prepared to reflect the diverse culture of Hawaii.</p><img alt="At pool level "src=""><p>Next to the pool is the building’s amenity deck, where residents can sit in the sun on relaxing chairs and loungers.</p><img alt="A view from above. "src=""><p>Anaha offers 244 studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom tower residences as well as 73 low-rise flats and townhomes. Residents can enjoy views from the beachfront to Diamond Head, and from Kewalo Harbor to the gorgeous sunset.</p>
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The One Thing You Should Do Before a Spring Break Trip, According to the U.S. State Department

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 09:50
<p>If you’re gearing up to head on a <a href="" target="_blank">spring-break getaway</a>, officials from the <a href="" target="_blank">U.S. Department of State</a> have some advice you’ll want to keep in mind.</p><p>Laws in other countries can vary greatly, which is why state department officials are urging travelers to check the local rules before heading off to their destinations.</p><p>Common spring break actions that are legal in some countries could get you arrested in others, like consuming alcohol in public spaces.</p><p>The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs also noted on Twitter that "many countries criminalize same-sex relations."</p><p>To find out what the local regulations are in the country you're visiting, the U.S. State Department has a <a href="" target="_blank">country page</a> set up for every country around the globe that highlights entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, and health risks. </p><p>You can also find the contact information for the closest U.S. embassy or consulate, should you run into any emergencies while on your trip.</p><p>Not knowing the local laws where you’re heading can end up costing you. Travelers abroad have faced everything from a year in prison and $750 fines for <a href="" target="_blank">inappropriate public dancing</a> to jail time for bringing in the wrong <a href="" target="_blank">prescription medications</a>.</p><p>If you do happen to get <a href="" target="_blank">arrested during your trip</a>, you’ll want to reach out to the U.S. embassy or consulate, both of which can notify friends and family back home of your situation.</p><p>Though department officials cannot take a traveler out of jail, they can assist you with a list of local attorneys who speak English in the country and help arrange visits during your time of detainment.</p>
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This 26-year-old Traveler Put Herself $10,000 in Debt for the Perfect Instagram

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 09:07
<p>It’s easy to see why one would want to <a href="" target="_blank">emulate the lives of Instagram influencers</a>.</p><p>After all, they get to travel to glamorous locations, wear designer clothing, and often get paid to promote the coolest brands. But, as one 26-year-old woman from Miami recently learned, becoming a social media star is much harder, and more expensive, than you think.</p><p>According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">New York Post</a>,</em> becoming an Instagram celeb has put Lissette Calveiro $10,000 in debt. How? The influencer wannabe told the newspaper this is how much her clothing and travel budget cost to get those ‘gram-worthy photos and gain her those 23,000 followers.</p><p>"I was shopping...for clothes to <a href="" target="_blank">take the perfect 'gram</a>," Calveiro told the <em>Post</em>. "I was living above my means. I was living a lie and debt was looming over my head."</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The One Thing You Need to Consider Before Quitting Your Job to Travel the World</a></p><p>Calveiro added that despite the fact that she was in debt she still gave herself a $200 monthly shopping budget to ensure her followers never saw the same outfit twice. Moreover, she’d often find herself spending as much as $1,000 on designer goods and traveling to new locations to snap her pics.</p><p>"Snapchat had these [geo] filters [like digital passport stamps] and I wanted to collect at least 12," Calveiro said in the interview. "If you break it down, a lot of the travel I was doing in 2016 was strictly for Instagram."</p><p>However, after landing a public relations job in New York City she said she slowed down her Instagram habits because she needed to pay for rent and food instead.</p><p>"Nobody talks about [his or her] finances on Instagram," she said. "It worries me how much I see girls care about image. I had a lot of opportunities to save. I could've invested that money in something."</p><p>Though Calveiro’s story may seem extreme, it’s not as rare as one may think.</p><p>"We know that spending too much time on social media can have a negative effect on mental health and this is just another example of how the relentless pressure to have a perfect 'Instagrammable' life can get seriously out of hand and cause real problems in real life,” Tanya Goodin, author of "OFF: Your Digital Detox for a Better Life," told the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Independent</em></a>. </p><p>And as Niamh McDade, Royal Society for Public Health's policy lead on social media and mental wellbeing, added: "With the endless influx of images and videos shared on platforms such as Instagram, young people can be drawn into comparisons with their own lives with potentially negative impacts on self-esteem, body image, anxiety, and depression — and in this case, huge debt.”</p><p>It’s key, McDade noted, to remember that social media does have many potential positives, “but if we are to maximize these positives and mitigate the negatives, it is important to remember that Instagram identities do not present a full or accurate representation of reality."</p><p>So next time you go on Instagram and see a perfectly posed photo, remember that image probably took hours — and hundreds of dollars — to create.</p>
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This Midwestern Airport Was Just Named ‘Most Improved’

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 08:39
<p>Some airports are <a href="" target="_blank">great</a>, some are <a href="" target="_blank">terrible</a>, and most are in between. But some are trying their hardest, and in recognition of that, the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards this week named Cleveland Hopkins International the <a href="" target="_blank">“Most Improved Airport” in North America</a>.</p><p>The ASQ Awards are given out annually by Airports Council International, recognizing the airports that achieve the highest rankings based on <a href="" target="_blank">passenger surveys</a>. Cleveland (CLE) sees about 9 million passengers each year.</p><p>“Cleveland Hopkins International Airport continues to focus on improving visitor experience in all aspects of customer service,” Mayor Frank Jackson said in the statement, <a href="" target="_blank"> reported</a>.</p><p>Some recent changes to the airport include the addition of a “Mothers room,” new information board with security checkpoint wait times, online parking updates, better food and beverage options, and a revamped transportation center, <a href="" target="_blank">according to</a>.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">“Best Airport in North America</a>,” according to Airports Council International, is a tie between Indianapolis (IND) and Jacksonville (JAX). Three airports tied for second place (El Paso Airport, Ottawa Airport, and Toronto Billy Bishop Airport), and eight airports tied for third (Austin Airport, Columbus Airport, Dallas Love Field Airport, Halifax Airport, Pittsburgh Airport, San Antonio Airport, San Jose Airport, and Tampa Airport).</p>
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These Unique Buildings in India Just Won the Biggest Award in Architecture

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 08:07
<p>Famed architect Balkrishna Doshi, also known as B.V. Doshi‬, won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize on Tuesday, making him the first Indian to do so in the award's 40-year history. The Pritzker Prize is often referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture.</p><p>Doshi, 90, designed renowned buildings throughout his home country of India, with an emphasis on public institutions and economical housing. Some of his most famous structures include the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and the Aranya Low Cost Housing complex in the city of Indore. Asked about his architecture philosophy by <em><a href="" target="_blank">NPR</a></em>, Doshi said: “Architecture is a backdrop for life.”</p><p>"I think it is very, very significant that this award has come to India — of course to me, but to India," Doshi added in an interview with <em><a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a></em>. "The government, officials, those who take decisions, cities – everyone will start thinking that there is something called 'good architecture' [and that] lasting things can happen. [Only] then can we start talking about urbanization and urban design."</p><p>To celebrate Doshi's Pritzker Architecture Prize, take a look at some of the buildings he designed throughout his half-century career.</p><h2>Pritzker Architecture Prize Winner Balkrishna Doshi's Designs</h2><img alt="Balkrishna Doshi "src=""><img alt="balkrishna doshi pritzker architecture prize 2018 "src=""><img alt="balkrishna doshi pritzker architecture prize 2018 "src=""><img alt="balkrishna doshi pritzker architecture prize 2018 "src=""><img alt="Balkrishna Doshi "src=""><img alt="Balkrishna Doshi "src=""><img alt="balkrishna doshi pritzker architecture prize 2018 "src=""><img alt="Balkrishna Doshi "src=""><img alt="balkrishna doshi pritzker architecture prize 2018 "src=""><img alt="Balkrishna Doshi "src=""><img alt="Balkrishna Doshi "src=""><img alt="Balkrishna Doshi "src=""><img alt="BV Doshi Pritzker Prize 2018 "src=""><img alt="balkrishna doshi architecture nobel 2018 "src="">
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Chris Hemsworth Is on the Most Adorable Vacation With His Family

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 17:55
<p>Actor Chris Hemsworth gets to explore some spectacular scenery in Australia. For one, he's the country's global tourism ambassador for their <a href="" target="_blank">Aquatic and Coastal campaign</a>, which focuses on the country’s beaches.</p><p>And as part of his career, the star has traveled to some of the country’s top hotspots, including the <a href="" target="_blank">Great Barrier Reef</a>. Now, he’s back at it again, sharing some recent shots while on vacation with his family. </p><p>The family can be seen exploring the country’s coastal lagoons, which is all part of a day’s work when it comes to Hemsworth's position.</p><p>They also took some time to go camping and surfing in the country’s clear beaches.</p><p>“I was born in Melborne and spend a lot of time every weekend traveling with my dad down the coast,” Hemsworth <a href="" target="_blank">said</a> of his home country during an unveiling ceremony of his tourism board position in New York last year.</p><p>Hemsworth also spent his <a href="" target="_blank">34<sup>th</sup> birthday</a> in his home country, booking a stay at the <a href="" target="_blank">Orpheus Island Lodge</a>. The private island resort in Queensland is known for its exclusivity, with space for just 28 guests at a time. Rooms start at about $2,300 a night.</p><p>“Australia has some of the most diverse, vibrant, and pristine coastlines in the world,” the <a href="" target="_blank">actor told</a><em> Travel + Leisure </em>regarding his love for his home country.</p><p>“There are places where the red dirt meets crystal turquoise water, and you can go days exploring the coast without seeing anyone else; or you can be in the heart of a buzzing city, like Sydney or <a href="" target="_blank">Melbourne</a>, with great restaurants and beaches just around the corner,” he said.</p>
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Get Paid to Travel Around Europe Taking Photos This Summer

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 17:19
<p>Bus adventure company Busabout is currently on the search for four travelers looking to spend three months traversing through Europe, free of charge.</p><p>The company currently has four different positions open for its <a href="" target="_blank">“Ultimate Travel Squad”</a>: an Instagrammer with the ability to take dreamy travel posts with intriguing captions, a YouTuber who can use the platform to tell compelling video stories, a blogger who can document their three-month travels through writing, and a Snapchat/Instagram story creator who can capture all of the trip’s unforgettable moments in real-time.</p><p>One candidate will be selected for each of the applications, with the selected team of four taking a three-month, hop-on-hop-off-tour with the company. Their adventures will include everything from skiing in the <a href="" target="_blank">Swiss Alps</a> to sailing on the <a href="" target="_blank">Adriatic coast</a>.</p><p>Throughout the journey, the four selected candidates will hit both famed European cities like Paris, Rome, Berlin, Venice, and Barcelona, and lesser-known gems like Lake Bled in Slovenia and La Spezia in Italy’s <a href="" target="_blank">Cinque Terre</a>.</p><p>Applicants are invited to apply for one of the openings, though you can submit a group application with friends or family as long as each of you is applying for a different position.</p><p>To apply, you’ll need to upload a public video on YouTube explaining who you are and why you’re a fit for the position, making sure to include the Busabout logo in the video’s thumbnail.</p><p>You’ll need to be 18 or older and have a valid passport or visa that will allow you to travel in Europe for at least 90 days.</p><p>Candidates will also be required to be free to travel from late May through early September of 2018, with company officials confirming the exact dates with candidates once they are selected.</p><p>Busabout will cover all transportation and accommodation costs, including a daily allowance each candidate will receive for general expenses.</p><p>Each candidate will also receive compensation from Busabout at the end of their trip once all assigned tasks have been completed. </p>
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A Woman Screaming 'I Am God' Tried to Open a Plane Door Mid-flight

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 16:27
<p>A passenger onboard a United Express flight has been detained after attempting to open the plane door in the middle of a trip from <a href="" target="_blank">San Francisco</a> to Boise, <a href="" target="_blank">Idaho</a> on Monday.</p><p>Footage shared on social media appears to show passengers attempting to hold the woman down as she tries to head for the door while screaming, “I am God, I am God, I am God.”</p><p>Representatives of SkyWest, which was operating the United Express flight 5449 when the incident occurred, said in a statement to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">International Business Times</a></em> that the flight was able to land safely before police met the passenger at the gate and took her in for questioning. </p><p>While the cause of the incident is still under investigation, Scott T. Smith, a passenger sitting behind the woman on the flight, told the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Idaho Statesman</a></em> that he could sense uneasiness from the passenger early on.</p><p>“She wasn’t acting right, or normal, from the very beginning,” he told the publication, adding that he also heard her say phrases like “God has all the data” and “I don’t’ have any data.”</p><p>“I have no idea if she was on some sort of medication, and it wore off, or if she had a bad reaction,” he added. </p><p>Police detained the woman, who remains unidentified at this time, once the flight landed safely into the Boise Airport. They are currently conducting medical and physical evaluations before sending her case to the local prosecutor to determine potential charges, a spokesperson from the Boise Police Department told <em><a href="" target="_blank">CBS</a></em>. Officials also said the FBI may later review the case.</p><p>This isn’t the first time a passenger has tried to open a plane door mid-flight, though it’s <a href="" target="_blank">practically impossible</a> to actually accomplish.</p><p>When a plane is flying, it has incredibly high amounts of pressure pushing up against it, so a passenger would need to push through thousands of pounds to even crack the door open.</p>
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What Travelers Need to Know About Booking a California Campsite This Year

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 12:01
<p>Scott Lewis and his family have camped at San Elijo State Beach Campground, just north of <a href="" target="_blank">San Diego</a>, for five summers.</p><p>There are campsites right on the ocean with views of crashing waves and sunsets, and there are beach activities and surfing just steps away. Lewis takes advantage of the surfing while his two kids enjoy the beach.</p><p>“It's like a beach hotel, but the floor is dirt,” Lewis told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. The campground is right next to the quaint village of Cardiff by the Sea, which has restaurants and shopping.</p><p>But securing this idyllic vacation spot takes some work. Campsites — especially the best ones right next to the shore — book up almost instantly.</p><p>The campground is part of the California State Parks Department, which for years used a website called to handle its reservations (it's the same website used by most other states in the country). Campsites would open up for bookings at 8:00 a.m. on the first of the month six months in advance.</p><p>“It’s a mad scramble," Lewis said. "You’re clicking campsites and picking days and then it shows it’s not available, so you hit another one and another until you get something,” he said. “Usually I’d get my fourth selection. I would do it right at 8:00 a.m., but someone must have a faster internet connection, or fingers, or something.”</p><p>“It was really an exhilarating and exhausting experience,” he added.</p><p>But this year, something was different. On February 1, Lewis logged on hoping to reserve a <a href="" target="_blank">campsite</a> for mid-August, but found that the system had changed. Now, he would have to book exactly six months in advance to the date — February 12, for example, for an August 12 reservation. </p><p>So he waited, and on the night of February 11, checked the website and saw three campsites available that he could book. But when he went back at 7:00 a.m. the next morning to get ready to reserve a site, they were all gone.</p><p>“How is that possible, that's absurd,” Lewis said.</p><p>What he found was that the California State Parks Department had switched to a new website reservation system on August 1, 2017. Instead of using, it was now using <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p>Lewis wasn’t the only one having problems with the new website. When the television station <a href="" target="_blank">KSBY covered the change</a>, the story’s comments were flooded with people reporting similar experiences.</p><p>“Absolutely terrible! [Once] you have a reservation, you can modify it every week for $7.99...FOREVER,” one user wrote. “Clearly, someone is taking advantage of their 'awesome' new system. It's been going on since day one.”</p><p>“Thank goodness! I thought it was just me,” wrote another. “I thought the other system was bad but this has it beat. So frustrating and NOT serving the people of <a href="" target="_blank">California</a> at all.”</p><p>A spokesman for the state parks department declined an interview about the new website, but agreed to answer questions by e-mail.</p><p>The state made the switch “to support field operations and enhance the experience of visitors with a modern platform,” the spokesperson, Jorge Moreno, told T+L.</p><img alt="Hazy Sunset over Seacliff State Beach. "src=""><p>“California has the largest state park system in the nation with 280 park units,” he said. “Transitioning to a new reservation system allows us to provide more user-friendly web services and greater accessibility to more visitors for the highly sought-after camping and lodging locations."</p><p>"Interactive maps with more detailed views of campsites and self-service online options represent some of the additional features of the new system, which allow for better trip planning and access to outdoor public spaces.”</p><p>The state picked the vendor Conduent Solutions, Inc., to create the website after a competitive bidding process.</p><p>Moreno confirmed that once someone has made a reservation, he can extend it “up to the maximum stay limit of that park from their original reservation.”</p><p>The maximum length of stay is different for every park. For San Elijo, where Lewis camps, it’s seven days. That means someone could make a reservation for three days and then later extend it, taking away availability before others have a chance to book.</p><p>“We have received feedback from the public on some of the challenges of this process,” Moreno added. “The department is evaluating the issue.”</p><p>When asked to comment on the problems users reported, Moreno said: </p><p>“At times, the public demand exceeds the inventory of available campsites. This is especially true with popular parks such as the cottages at <a href="" target="_blank">Crystal Cove State Beach</a>, Steep Ravine cabins at Mount Tamalpais State Park, [the] RV campground at Seacliff State Beach, and campgrounds at Doheny State Beach.”</p><img alt="Hikers overlooking fog covered Pacific Ocean, Mt Tamalpais State Park. "src=""><p>Moreno said last month, the state saw almost 70,000 reservations made for the upcoming summer season.</p><p>“No matter what reservation system is used, that level of interest means that at times our visitors won’t be able to book their preferred dates,” he said.</p><p>The reservation system has become so competitive that outside companies are taking advantage. A company called <a href="" target="_blank">First Choice Reservations</a> offers to book a site for you, for an additional fee.</p><p>“Stop losing at 8 a.m.,” its website advertises. “Our computers complete your reservation for you in 1/100th of a second, so you and your family get the site you want.”</p><p>Moreno acknowledged these outside companies are another issue. He said there are problems with the new website and that the state is working on it.</p><p>“California State Parks apologizes for the frustrations some of our visitors are encountering using ReserveCalifornia, including the misuse of the system by businesses using technology to make reservations outside the system,” he said.</p><p>“As nature lovers ourselves, we sympathize with our fellow outdoor enthusiasts and want to assure them that we are working on solutions and will implement them as soon as possible. Providing a user-friendly reservation system and equal access to all of our visitors is one of our top priorities.”</p><p>“As with any new large system, course corrections must be made,” he added. “Feedback from the public helps us as we continue to develop and improve the system.”</p><p>Moreno said anyone who is having an issue with the website can call the Customer Call Center toll-free at 1-800-444-7275, or submit their feedback online under the <a href="" target="_blank">Contact Us</a> link at the bottom of the website.</p><p>As for Lewis and his family, they lucked out. After failing to secure a campsite for several days, Lewis kept trying and finally booked one, though not one of his first choices.</p><p>But another frequent camper, Chris Robbins, hasn’t been as lucky. Robbins has also been camping at San Elijo since 2000. So far this year, he has not been able to secure a spot.</p><p>“The previous system wasn’t great,” he said. “You really had to be on your game to get a premium beachside site. But it could be done.”</p><p>He has had far more problems with the new site.</p><p>“Once or twice, we were in the process of reserving a site, and the system logged me out,” he said. “[Another] time, my wife got a site at San Elijo and — in the process of paying for the reservation — the system instead reserved us at San Clemente.”</p><p>Robbins is close to giving up on San Elijo, and may just take his family to camp at San Clemente instead.</p>
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How to Kill Time at the Airport Without Spending Any Money

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 11:32
<p>If you have ever found yourself alone in the airport overnight, stuck in the terminal for a long layover, or miraculously breezing through the security line faster than expected (yes, it happens), you might be at a loss as to what to do with all that free time before boarding.</p><p>After all, there’s only so much pre-flight shopping, eating, and drinking a person can do.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">How to Get a Free Stopover in Rome</a></p><p>But there are actually more creative, fun, and free things you can do to make use of your time before you’re expected at your gate. Helpful commenters on an <a href=";sh=e0594a8a" target="_blank">AskReddit thread</a> came up with a few good ideas for passing the time when you’re stuck at the airport.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Here's Everything You Can Get for Free While Stuck at the Airport</a></p><h2>Take a walk.</h2><p>One user had the top suggestion of walking the entire airport while you wait. According to this user, if you “walk every leg of the terminal it's almost exactly a 5k.” This of course varies by airport. But if you have the time, it’s a healthy way to burn some calories and stretch your muscles before a long flight.</p><h2>Return some loose luggage carts for money.</h2><p>If you’ve ever seen Tom Hanks in "The Terminal," you’ve probably had this idea. At some airports, you'll get a small refund when you return a loose luggage cart. "One time my families [sic] flight was delayed by a couple hours and my brother and I made like $200," one Redittor wrote. "Usually when I was flying home from somewhere I'd just return a few carts and make a few bucks." </p><h2>Play hide and seek.</h2><p>If you and a travel companion are game, try out the old childhood favorite. It can get very interesting in a massive airport. This, however, is not recommended for people traveling with children.</p><h2>Take advantage of free airport activities.</h2><p>As one Reddit user pointed out, <a href="" target="_blank">Brussels Airport has foosball tables</a>, and there are <a href="" target="_blank">free movies at Portland International Airport</a>. Plus several airports around the country have museum exhibits.</p><h2>Find the free Wi-Fi. </h2><p>So many <a href="" target="_blank">airports provide free Wi-Fi</a> these days, so if you have the battery life to spare (or have a <a href="" target="_blank">smart suitcase</a> or access to an outlet), take advantage of this service and browse the internet. </p><h2>Enjoy some time with the airport therapy animal.</h2><p>Traveling is stressful for anyone. If you’re having a particularly long and terrible travel day, find out if your airport has therapy animals on hand. San Francisco International Airport’s <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a> accounts, for example, usually post locations.</p><h2>Talk to people.</h2><p>This may be the most surprising yet simple idea, but if you find yourself next to another solo traveler who seems nice, interesting, and willing to socialize, strike up a conversation. Why not?</p><h2>Play Pokémon Go.</h2><p>If you’re a fan of the game, you may be able to find some awesome Pokémon while wandering your terminal. "I've traveled a lot since that game launched and every airport I've been to is awesome," one Redditor wrote. "gyms, stops, usually pretty good pokemon selection." [sic] </p><h2>Take a free city tour.</h2><p>Some airports, like Incheon International Airport in South Korea, Narita International Airport in Japan, and <a href="" target="_blank">Changi Airport in Singapore</a> will take you on a tour of the city while you wait for your flight.</p>
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Google Maps Now Has 11 Disney Parks on Street View

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 11:02
<p>Google announced the addition of 11 Disney theme parks to <a href="" target="_blank">Street View</a> on Tuesday, getting you inside the park without waiting in a single line.</p><p>The parks, in California and Florida, are featured along with a handful of Downtown Disney dining and shopping locations. The only theme park previously available in Google Street View was <a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland Paris</a>.</p><p>“You’ll be able to use Street View to plan your next trip and determine which attractions and rides you want to see, or revisit the places you went on a past trip,” a Google spokersperson said in a statement. “Whatever your dream may be, we’re delighted to bring some of the magic of Disney to your fingertips.”</p><p>The detailed views from inside the parks paired with Disney's <a href="" target="_blank">FastPass</a> are the ultimate theme park planning tools. Here are all of the locations now available on Street View.</p><h2>New Disney Locations in Street View</h2><p><strong>California</strong></p><p><a href=",-117.9189703,3a,30y,347.32h,92.38t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sDelpK5A-dz6kI1K_2fSXww!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Disneyland Park</a></p><p><a href=",-117.9189478,3a,47.1y,312.13h,94.08t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sqIY_SEvPe7wQoIUYoSW81A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Pano on Mickey &amp; Minnie’s houses</a></p><p><a href=",-117.9232106,3a,90y,90.18h,101t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s3pVO2HpQ_UmgeT5ACGQWlQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Downtown Disney - Dining, Retail Locations</a> (California)</p><p><a href=",-117.9214884,3a,75y,212.04h,95.84t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s0n6qGT47CU41dcWNa-hy6w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Disney California Adventure Park</a></p><p><a href=",-117.9171106,3a,71.6y,165.48h,110.4t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1ssWW55KPKgoBkVClFD4ZycQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Guardians of the Galaxy</a></p><img alt="Google Maps has added Disney parks in California and Florida to Street View. "src=""><p><strong>Florida</strong></p><p><a href=",-81.5875359,2a,63.7y,79.42h,105.57t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sK0VXOZqM9SA0k2HDKdIj5A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Disney Animal Kingdom Park</a></p><p><a href=",-81.5917079,3a,90y,255.4h,115.87t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sWSxiWLib9WOnyc9BIt0kcQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Pandora - The World of Avatar</a></p><img alt="Google Maps has added Disney parks in California and Florida to Street View. "src=""><p><a href=",-81.5923781,3a,75y,63.58h,102.86t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1skZp7vJPbLqfDG8RomNIl-A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Pandora View 2</a></p><p><a href=",-81.5813006,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1svlXS5W-lSh3-0p7hbptVCA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Disney Magic Kingdom Park</a></p><p><a href=",-81.5812066,3a,75y,1.97h,101.89t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1skhox0HJKEKyM_MimnvjAQg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Sleeping Beauty Castle</a></p><img alt="Google Maps has added Disney parks in California and Florida to Street View. "src=""><p><a href=",-81.5843346,3a,75y,309.92h,92.11t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sIwk_JK8HUWC4ERIcSB0Viw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Big Thunder Mountain Railroad</a></p><p><a href=",-81.5493994,3a,75y,179.47h,127.82t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sxY-92b3QB95onQcJ2zMl3g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Epcot</a></p><a href=",-81.5522184,3a,75y,76.74h,99.04t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sGDt6cWNonbiJnBYK5LFZYg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Epcot, U.K. Pavilion</a><a href=",-81.5526231,3a,75y,193.61h,94.41t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sqPrUJV08Zb-JowNGR5tx0w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Epcot, France Pavilion</a><a href=",-81.5516737,3a,90y,272.52h,100.85t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1szaIsG8ilqxBpw2_vXf1PmA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Epcot, Morocco</a><a href=",-81.5504193,3a,75y,358.18h,92.41t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s624Gl4fW5BknKOnF22LfMw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Epcot, Japan</a><a href=",-81.5482528,3a,75y,165.98h,110.54t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sWw67r9ag4n_qnPlE7h-Yrw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Epcot, Italy Pavilion</a><a href=",-81.5470262,3a,90y,173.2h,100.54t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sL8tDj0B4HLJK4Pa-4ahpJg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Epcot, Germany Pavilion</a><a href=",-81.5468722,3a,90y,118.47h,108.4t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s01d1XXMLCoFkhzSrmix-nA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Epcot, China Pavilion</a><a href=",-81.5470354,3a,75y,90.34h,102.82t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sKCqwuRZ4MW15SxhjqiKUwQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Epcot, Norway</a><p><a href=",-81.5160985,3a,90y,42.31h,90.64t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1seWzMhZGP1l8yQ--NhJT5hw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Disney Springs - Dining, Retail Locations</a></p><p><a href=",-81.5605846,2a,75y,271.42h,110.06t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sUgglNL_jmY4_TpXJrU2O2w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656" target="_blank">Disney Hollywood Studios</a></p><p><a href=";cbp=12,31.73,,0,14.42&amp;panoid=pxmyMt5AYotO913f0lnoGg" target="_blank">Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park</a></p><p><a href=",-81.5748685,3a,75y,301.29h,76.31t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s-oPJROvC0nhiyN0fnbEq2Q!2e0" target="_blank">Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park</a></p><p><a href=",-81.5546875,3a,38y,286.19h,103.98t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sr1Z-aqt-h-DwE6-oEV_K7A!2e0" target="_blank">ESPN Wide World of Sports</a></p>
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Glamping, Wanderwort, and Aquafaba Are Now Officially Words, According to Merriam-Webster

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 10:41
<p>This week, a staggering <a href="" target="_blank">850 new words and definitions were added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary</a>, including a handful of travel terms that are both cringe-worthy and delightful.</p><p>Many travelers, for example, may already be familiar with the concept of <a href="" target="_blank">glamping</a>. The dictionary now defines this combination of <a href="" target="_blank">glamour and camping</a> as “outdoor camping with amenities and comforts (such as beds, electricity, and access to indoor plumbing)…”</p><p>Merriam-Webster also added <a href="" target="_blank">Wanderwort</a>, from the German words <em>wandern </em>and <em>wort </em>(meaning wander-word). The definition of Wanderwort is any “word borrowed from one language to another.”</p><p>Similarly, travelers who use a name to identify people from a specific place — Parisians, for example, or <a href="" target="_blank">Hoosiers</a> — are using the newly added term <a href="" target="_blank">demonym</a>.</p><p>And if you’re riding a single-speed bicycle with balloon-style tires, you’re officially traveling on a <a href="" target="_blank">beach cruiser</a>. </p><p>In a statement, Merriam-Webster’s associate editor, Emily Brewster, explained the rigorous selection process.</p><p>“In order for a word to be added to the dictionary,” Brewster said, “It must have widespread, sustained, and meaningful use. These words…have become established members of the English language, and are terms people are likely to encounter.”</p><p>The dictionary also added a number of global food terms that have become commonplace in recent years. Crumbly Mexican <em><a href="" target="_blank">cotija</a> </em>cheese, spicy North African <em><a href="" target="_blank">harissa</a> </em>paste, and a Middle Eastern <em><a href="'atar" target="_blank">za’atar</a></em> spice blend all made the cut.</p><p>Less international — but definitely worth adding to your lexicon — is <a href="" target="_blank">aquafaba</a>. Merriam-Webster defines this vegan egg substitute as “the liquid that results when beans are cooked in water.” Delicious.</p><p>“The one constant of a vibrant language is change,” said Merriam-Webster’s editor at large, Peter Sokolowski, in a statement. </p><p>That certainly justifies the more colorful, newsworthy entries like the “utterly calamitous” <a href="" target="_blank">dumpster fire</a> and “condescending” <a href="" target="_blank">mansplaining</a>.</p><p>At this time, spell-check has not yet caught up with the additions, meaning these words (despite being validated by the nod from Merriam-Webster) will still be underlined by a maddening red squiggle.</p>
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This Is What It’ll Be Like to Fly on the New Boeing 737 — If You’re Really, Really Rich

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 10:16
<p>The Boeing 737 MAX aircraft promises to become an airline favourite: The eco-friendly and economical single-aisle aircraft is intended to serve longer routes more efficiently — and the business jet version of this plane is a true luxury apartment in the sky.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Is the First Thing You Should Do If Your Flight Is Canceled or Diverted</a></p><p>Boeing had a competition among the top designers in the field to design the new Boeing Business Jets, or BBJ MAX, and the Paris-based design firm of <a href="" target="_blank">Alberto Pinto</a> had the winning proposal. Their vision of flying on a 737 MAX is a perfect balance of modernity and coziness.</p><img alt="Custom 737 Airplane Interiors - Luxury "src=""><p>The layout is designed to accommodate up to 19 passengers and two crew. It includes a large entrance hall, a large galley for food preparation, a central corridor, a guest lavatory, a front lounge, dining area, and aft lounge, as well as a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, shower, vanity, and storage cabinets.</p><p>The custom seats designed for the lounge area follow the soft lines and curves that characterize the design of the rest of the aircraft. They were inspired by egg shells and feature integrated loudspeakers in the headrest. The sofa in the aft-lounge can be converted to a berth for added sleep comfort of guests onboard.</p><p>The roomy double-bed in the master bedroom is angled to make the most of the space available and faces a large flat-screen television. Pinto also included specifications for a large-OLED wallpaper screen to display in-flight entertainment in the dining area, with individual TV monitors in other zones, as well as custom-themed music creating ambiance while boarding the aircraft, and specialized dimmable lighting.</p><img alt="Custom 737 Airplane Interiors - Luxury "src=""><p>“This is not just a flying home or a flying office anymore. This is not just a travel experience,” Pinto said. “Our design is all about elegant and sensuous curves, versatile lighting and modern materials such as carbon fibre, with a strong presence of luxury craft quality standards.”</p><p>Boeing expects that the 737 BBJ MAX will prove very popular with wealthy individuals who travel often and for long distances with family and business partners, but want to avoid the hassle of flying commercial.</p><p>Boeing has sold 18 of the 737 BBJ MAX so far and they won’t say to whom. Business jets are most often purchased by very high-net-worth individuals, corporations, and world leaders.</p><p>Andrew Gough, Head of Brand Marketing for the BBJ Division of Boeing tells <em>Travel + Leisure</em> that the MAX delivers the performance that these VIPs want most in long distance travel.</p><p>“Our customers are inherently global,” he said. “They are flying missions all over the world. For example, [the] 7,000 nautical mile range [of the 737 BBJ MAX] would do a Dubai to New York Mission or Sydney to <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>. Once you get into 7,000 nautical miles you start opening up city pairs. We really view it as a gamechanger.”</p><p>Those flying on the 737 MAX with commercial airlines will not be going quite as far. The weight of the 172 seats onboard, and other equipment required, reduces the 737 MAX 7 aircraft range to 3,800 nautical miles.</p><p>But this aircraft does promise to make transatlantic flights more affordable. While you will not be getting a double lay-flat bed and shower, and may not even see an in-flight entertainment screen on your seat, the 737 MAX still features the Boeing Sky Interior with modern architecture, mood lighting, and cabin environment improvements which can reduce discomfort and help flight jet lag.</p><p>There will be plenty of opportunities to try it out. Boeing has over 4,300 737 MAX model orders on the books from airlines all around the world, 80 of them already delivered.</p>
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