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Old Railroad Set to Become a 300-mile Hiking Trail Through California Wine Country

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 07:14
<p>Seeing the best of California’s North Coast is about to get easier and better than ever.</p><p><a href="https://www.sfgate.com/outdoors/article/Great-Redwood-Trail-NWP-Railroad-Eel-River-13153345.php" target="_blank">According to <em>SFGate</em></a>, a proposed bill could transform parts of the increasingly abandoned Northwestern Pacific Railroad into a scenic hiking trail.</p><p>The 300-mile-long trail, named the Great Redwood Trail, would stretch from San Francisco Bay to Humboldt Bay, cutting through Eel River Canyon. Part of the railroad is still in service, however, so areas of the trail will be parallel to the tracks rather than directly on top of them, <em>SFGate</em> reported.</p><p>“From the San Francisco Bay, through the incredible beauty of wine country, alongside the glistening banks of the Russian and Eel Rivers, into the stunning old growth Redwood forests, and up to and around panoramic Humboldt Bay,” McGuire <a href="https://www.northcoastjournal.com/NewsBlog/archives/2018/05/31/state-senate-unanimously-passes-great-redwood-trail-bill" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. “This is truly an incredible piece of earth.”</p><p>The ambitious bill could cost up to $1 billion just to restore the canyon. (Authorities have so far set aside $4 million for studies, repairs and planning.) Nevertheless, the bill is backed by the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, Trout Unlimited and the California Transportation Commission. <a href="https://www.northcoastjournal.com/NewsBlog/archives/2018/05/31/state-senate-unanimously-passes-great-redwood-trail-bill" target="_blank">According to the <em>North Coast Journal</em></a>, the state senate unanimously voted in favor of the bill, which is great news for hikers and nature lovers in northern California, but it still must be approved by the governor’s office.</p><p>“There is still major work to do and we know that anything that makes a big difference is never easy. We need to resolve the significant financial debt that [North Coast Railroad Authority] has racked up over the years as our first step,” Senator McGuire, who proposed the bill, said in a statement.</p>
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New Zealand Town Proposes Ban on Cats

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 06:14
<p>Things are getting a little hairy for cats in New Zealand.</p><p>The village of Omaui, in New Zealand, is considering a proposal to eventually ban all domestic cats in the area, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/aug/30/paw-outcome-new-zealand-council-proposes-banning-all-cats" target="_blank">according to <em>The Guardian</em></a>. The so-called “pest plan” will require all cats to be spayed or neutered and microchipped, and residents will not be able to replace their pets when they pass away.</p><p>“We’re not cat haters, but we’d like to see responsible pet ownership and this really isn’t the place for cats,” said John Collins, of the Omaui Landcare Trust <a href="https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/08/i-feel-hoodwinked-southlanders-in-absolute-shock-over-cat-ban.html" target="_blank">told <em>Newshub</em></a>.</p><p>The area is home to native bush and nature reserves, and cats are posing a threat to native wildlife including insects, reptiles, birds, and smaller animals, according to <em>Newshub</em>, which is the central issue behind the ban.</p><p>Residents of Omaui are upset, since observing wildlife in their backyards isn’t exactly a replacement for a pet — many of whom are considered members of the family: “You're just told one day that your cats, your treasured little possessions... really, that's it. Either they get trapped in the traps, or those that survive can't be replaced,” resident Terry Dean told <em>Newshub</em>.</p><p>Another resident, Nico Jarvis, <a href="https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/southland/claws-out-over-plan-make-town-cat-free" target="_blank">told the <em>Otago Daily Times</em></a> that “if I cannot have a cat, it almost becomes unhealthy for me to live in my house.” She says her cats offer rodent control on her property as well as companionship.</p><p>The new proposal intends to make the area cat-free by 2050. Other areas of New Zealand, like the Kotuku Parks of Kapiti Island and Auckland have similar (though not the same) cat control measures, according to <em>The Guardian</em>.</p><p>Residents have two months to weigh in on the proposal.</p>
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These Are the 20 Books Travelers Are Always Leaving Behind at Their Hotels

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 09/04/2018 - 14:00
<p>Forgot to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/packing-tips/audiobooks-best-for-travel" target="_blank">pack a book for your vacation</a>? No need to worry. All you have to do is look in your hotel for <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/books/barack-obamas-favorite-books" target="_blank">a good read</a> someone else left behind.</p><p>Hotel chain Travelodge revealed the 20 most-left-behind books at their locations, and the list includes some pretty riveting best sellers.</p><p>Topping the list is Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel from 1985, "The Handmaid’s Tale,"<i> </i>which is now a Golden Globe-winning TV series. Either travelers are merely forgetful, they got too stressed out following Offred’s harrowing journey, or they couldn't put the book down and finished it before their vacations were through. </p><p>Other popular titles include "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins at No. 6, "Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn at No. 8 and "<a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/harry-potter-trip-edinburgh" target="_blank">Harry Potter</a> and the Philosopher’s Stone" (or "Sorcerer’s Stone," if you’re an American) by J.K. Rowling at No. 10.</p><p>“Interestingly our Travelodge Books Left Behind Index has revealed that classic and popular books that have been turned into an award winning TV series or a box office movie have instigated an appetite for Britons to delve back into paperbacks,” Travelodge spokesperson Shakila Ahmad <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-6109681/Hotel-chain-reveals-books-left-guests.html" target="_blank">told the <em>Daily Mail</em></a>.</p><p>The list also includes a number of coloring books, presumably left behind by children, and President Donald Trump’s "The Art of the Deal."</p><p>Travelodge says more than 70,000 books have been left behind in the chain’s 42,000 rooms across the U.K.</p><p>A full list is below:</p><p>1. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/038549081X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=038549081X&amp;linkId=14ee395dff45841192cf0305aba46406" target="_blank">The Handmaid’s Tale</a>" by Margaret Atwood</p><p>2. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0735221103/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=0735221103&amp;linkId=8502b3d537c61663696620bfa88d2d98" target="_blank">The Couple Next Door</a>" by Sharri Lapena</p><p>3. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0008164665/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=0008164665&amp;linkId=681c8c39c5aded5d048c59b7c50f1b06" target="_blank">Bad Dad</a>" by David Walliams</p><p>4. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0525563709/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=0525563709&amp;linkId=6d480ecfb74d2cc26f1fa68dcc3f927e" target="_blank">Origin</a>" by Dan Brown</p><p>5. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1582701709/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=1582701709&amp;linkId=5b18a27454be9c17a6dd03fd4ff726cf" target="_blank">The Secret</a>" by Rhonda Bryne</p><p>6. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0735212163/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=0735212163&amp;linkId=9dffbf00bfcf6a0b06e1417d26f5eaa1" target="_blank">The Girl on the Train</a>" by Paula Hawkins</p><p>7. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0593072413/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=0593072413&amp;linkId=350f341d88d2f2833e816ed8af808928" target="_blank">Paul O'Grady's: Country Life</a>" by Paul O’Grady</p><p>8. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307341550/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=0307341550&amp;linkId=c54ea03a8d806986a8b0e26c72f1281d" target="_blank">Sharp Objects</a>" by Gillian Flynn</p><p>9. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1419725459/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=1419725459&amp;linkId=13a2310f5d842886324b19415b8606d1" target="_blank">Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway</a>" by Jeff Kinney</p><p>10. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0192CTMYG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0192CTMYG&amp;linkId=01b7a62795b6d266f45898071cc56b7c" target="_blank">Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone</a>" by J.K. Rowling</p><p>11. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1780671067/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=1780671067&amp;linkId=62687614d20dfae97a4b423e8ae5e9e0" target="_blank">Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book</a>" by Johanna Brasford</p><p>12. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1501175467/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=1501175467&amp;linkId=6bd775a578c55e27fbebc8223447ebcb" target="_blank">IT</a>" by Stephen King</p><p>13. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0008197040/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=0008197040&amp;linkId=bce8414415813f42b5a34a03141cb3d4" target="_blank">The World’s Worst Children</a>" by David Walliams</p><p>14. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ETJABQK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01ETJABQK&amp;linkId=aec7a3bd07af1f1e430b1c6cc70b3919" target="_blank">Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them</a>" by J.K. Rowling</p><p>15. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0425274861/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=0425274861&amp;linkId=52963159fb64cec7ef80928d9f71a484" target="_blank">Big Little Lies</a>" by Liana Moriarty</p><p>16. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0008215170/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=0008215170&amp;linkId=64b1f26eeae9ce26ead3475cdfd873b3" target="_blank">All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain’s Political Class</a>" by Tim Shipman</p><p>17. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1338029991/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=1338029991&amp;linkId=93cfc0b18b0245f087f78a08fc5c4392" target="_blank">Harry Potter: Coloring Book</a>," Warner Bros.</p><p>18. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/159514188X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=159514188X&amp;linkId=8eb821af01b69d60be42c73c1be11578" target="_blank">Thirteen Reasons Why</a>" by Jay Asher</p><p>19. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0399594493/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=0399594493&amp;linkId=87d225f58e205049f4176530df9b3026" target="_blank">Donald Trump: The Art of the Deal</a>" by Donald Trump</p><p>20. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1474832903/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbooksleftinhotels-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=1474832903&amp;linkId=434545f7656677859d2ce02d129f477d" target="_blank">Disney Princess Beauty and the Beast Magical Story</a>," Disney</p>
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Why You Should Travel to See the Next Solar Eclipse, According to a Photographer Who Booked a Flight to Chase One

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 09/04/2018 - 13:01
<p>It feels odd to remember that around this time last year, seemingly everybody in the country was wearing funny paper glasses and staring up at the sky to witness the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/solar-eclipse-timeline" target="_blank">Great American Eclipse</a>.</p><p>To celebrate the one year anniversary of the astronomical event, photographer Jon Carmichael posted an <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/svalbard-total-solar-eclipse" target="_blank">incredible snapshot</a> he achieved while on board a Southwest Airlines flight last year. But the shot almost didn’t happen.</p><p>Carmichael spent months planning to get on a flight to get his epic bird’s eye view of the eclipse. He entered an <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/alaska-solar-eclipse-flight-giveaway" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines contest</a> for a spot on a flight. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IXQHhgwMS8" target="_blank">He did not win</a>.</p><p>So, just a few days before the eclipse, Carmichael booked a last-minute Southwest Airlines flight from Portland, Oregon to St. Louis, Missouri that would follow the eclipse as it crossed the country. He arrived at the airport with $600 in cash. Aware that <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/southwest/southwest-seating-policy-ceo-statement" target="_blank">Southwest Airline’s open seating policy</a> could keep him from sitting near the window, he was prepared to bribe his way there.</p><p>But after explaining his mission to Southwest crew, they reserved him the optimal seat of 1A. Pilots even left the plane to clean Carmichael’s window so residue and dirt wouldn’t ruin the shot. Once in the air, pilots turned the plane around several times (with FAA approval) to allow Carmichael multiple shots of the eclipse.</p><p>Carmichael said that witnessing the eclipse from a plane changed his perspective on life. “What I love about astronomy is that it’s not partial to borders or politics or race or religion,” Carmichael told <i>Travel + Leisure</i>. “For me, it’s very therapeutic. I love that in a time when our country is so divided, the moon’s shadow can just cut over borders, it doesn’t need any permission. It makes you think about the concept of borders. They’re just imaginary lines.”</p><p>He spent the next year editing, re-editing and stitching together a photo mosaic of more than 1,000 images taken as his flight passed along totality.</p><p>“My dream was to capture this fleeting moment from a unique perspective to remind us of our place in the universe and to stay united in our humanity,” Carmichael wrote on Instagram.</p><p>“The whole story is really amazing. From the pilots literally learning Jon’s story just before boarding, to them going to the lengths of washing his window before flight to help him capture the best possible shot, just really speaks to what our employees will do to make a memorable experience for our customers,” Southwest spokeswoman Michelle Agnew <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2018/08/21/2017-solar-eclipse-best-image-southwest-airlines-flight/1050918002/" target="_blank">told <em>USA Today</em></a>. “No one could have anticipated Jon capturing such an amazing photo. We’re excited to have played a small part in bringing his dream to life, all at 39,000 feet.”</p><p>As for the next American total solar eclipse (happening April 8, 2024), Carmichael does not have any plans to repeat his photographic feat. “I will probably be on the ground, basking in nature and the present moment, and that’s what I encourage everyone to do,” he told T+L. “Don’t take out your cellphone to try to get a picture. I already took the photo for you. I really want this image to inspire others to travel to totality. It’s the most unbelievable, indescribable thing you can ever experience. I hope the next eclipse will help people come together again and that even more people will come together.”</p><p>Carmichael’s photograph is now on display at Twitter’s New York City headquarters and will remain there at least through Sept. 9.</p><p>Poster-sized prints of the photograph are available on <a href="https://joncarmichael.com/" target="_blank">Carmichael’s website</a> for $108.</p>
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Prince William and Kate Middleton Share One Unique Facial Feature You Never Noticed

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 15:00
<p>Kate Middleton and Prince William clearly have plenty in common. They are both <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/fashion/kate-middleton-travel-outfits" target="_blank">style icons</a> in their own rights, and have a shared <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/kate-middleton-donated-hair-to-charity" target="_blank">passion for charity work</a> and their <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/kate-middleton-prince-william-family-vacation" target="_blank">royal children</a>. But the couple also has a more mysterious link between them: they both have large scars on their foreheads.</p><p>A few days ago, <em><a href="https://www.instyle.com/news/kate-middleton-scar" target="_blank">InStyle</a></em> took note of Middleton’s scar, which runs for about three inches down the length of her hairline on the left side of her face. Though the Duchess of Cambridge typically styles her long brown hair to cover the scar, it remains visible at some events when she goes for an updo.</p><p>How she got the scar is still a bit of a mystery. The Duchess has never publicly acknowledged how the scar came to be. The only public <a href="https://www.eonline.com/news/272031/extensiongate-explained-so-what-s-the-deal-with-kate-middleton-s-scar" target="_blank">statement</a> her representatives have ever made about it is that "the scar is related to a childhood operation."</p><p>But have no fear, Middleton fans. According to a consultant surgeon who spoke to the <i>Daily Mail</i> in 2011, the scar is nothing to worry about.</p><p>"I really doubt it was any serious medical condition and I would say it is as a result of an arteriovenous malformation — a birthmark — being removed," the surgeon said.</p><p>However, her husband has been much more forthcoming about how he gained what he calls his “Harry Potter scar.”</p><p>"I call it [my Harry Potter scar] because it glows sometimes and some people notice it — other times they don't notice it at all," the future King of England shared in a 2009 interview with <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1163000/Who-gave-Prince-William-Harry-Potter-scar-Royal-reveals-friend-hit-golf-club.html" target="_blank">CBBC's Newsround</a>. "I got hit by a golf club when I was playing golf with a friend of mine. We were on a putting green and the next thing you know there was a seven-iron and it came out of nowhere and it hit me in the head."</p><p>Who knows, maybe these two met at Hogwarts instead of St. Andrews after all.</p>
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This Woman’s Gravity-defying Airport Limbo Has to Be Seen to Be Believed

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 13:01
<p>Airports can be difficult. Delays, unexpected weather, and oversold flights can <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/pilots-least-favorite-airports-reddit" target="_blank">easily leave passengers in limbo</a>. But limbo is exactly what this Guinness World Record holder does best.</p><p>Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Shemika Charles is an internationally recognized limbo dancer who lives in Buffalo, New York. Charles earned her <a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/limbo-lowest-(female)" target="_blank">first Guinness World Record</a> in 2010 for “Lowest Female Limbo” by reaching 8.5 inches off the ground. She claimed <a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/414378-farthest-distance-to-limbo-under-12-inch-bars" target="_blank">her second</a> in 2016 by limboing for over 10 feet at a height of less than a foot, claiming the record for “The Farthest Distance to Limbo under 12 Inches.” Charles can also be seen defying gravity on seasons 6 and 12 of <em>America’s Got Talent.</em></p><p>Now, as a limbo superstar, Charles is regularly flying around the world to showcase her talents. We all know that <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/most-least-punctual-airports-airhelp-study" target="_blank">waiting for flights can be dull</a>, but for Charles, airports are the perfect place to spend a few hours practicing her craft. In a now viral video originally recorded in January, Charles can be seen limboing to dangerously low levels underneath chairs at the Philadelphia International Airport.</p><p>Airports are notoriously good spots for people watching, but to believe this wild airport trick, you’ll have to watch the video for yourself.</p>
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How To Plan For The Two Most Crucial Days On Any Disney Vacation

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:01
<p>There are vacations, then there are <em>Disney</em> vacations.</p><p>These fun-filled, action-packed, and sometimes overwhelming trips are in a category all their own. Fans from around the globe spend months preparing for a trip to the Mouse House, while families with small children map out their every move in the park so everyone gets a taste of what they want.</p><p>While every day on the vacation is important, there are two days not to be overlooked: Arrival and departure.</p><p>To make the most out of your trip to Disney World in Orlando, Heather Thomas, a writer for <a href="https://wdwprepschool.com/how-to-plan-disney-world-arrival-and-departure-days/" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Prep</a>, a fan site dedicated to all things Disney, explained that it’s crucial to have a well thought out plan for both of these days. Here’s exactly what Thomas says you need to do to have the best time, from beginning to end, at the Happiest Place on Earth.</p><h2>Short trips: 1-6 days</h2><p>On shorter trips, Thomas recommends heading directly to the park in the morning on both your arrival and departure days. If you’ve purchased a Walt Disney World Vacation Package your check-in will be a bit easier as you can do so online, thus activating your tickets for the park. Disney even allows guests to drop their luggage with a bellman at any of its resorts, Thomas explained, so you can go straight to the park.</p><h2>Longer trips: 7+ days</h2><p>On longer trips, which Thomas noted are a week or longer, she recommends guests take part in a few non-park activities to help maximize the experience. This includes <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/disney-springs-secret-menu-available-on-app" target="_blank">making a reservation</a> for a character meal. “Probably our favorite choice is Chef Mickey's, because of the setting,” <a href="https://wdwprepschool.com/how-to-plan-disney-world-arrival-and-departure-days/#Longer_trips_7_days_long">she wrote</a>. “You can't get more ‘Disney World’ than sitting inside The Contemporary Resort with the monorail whizzing by while Mickey Mouse is walking around.”</p><h2>Adding in something special</h2><p>According to Thomas, the best way to catch Disney’s nightly fireworks show isn’t from inside Cinderella’s castle. Instead, she wrote, the best place to see them is from outside the park altogether. Try making a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disney-world-restaurants" target="_blank">reservation at one of these Disney World restaurants</a> and ask for a table with a view.</p><h2>Take it all in</h2><p>Perhaps Thomas’ best piece of advice was to not pack your schedule too tightly. It's time off, savor it. Make sure to build in free time to enjoy your resort, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/toy-story-land-slinky-dog-dash" target="_blank">ride a new ride</a>, or to simply sit and watch the magic of it all. Don’t rush, this is vacation. For more tips and advice on taking the ultimate Disney vacation read up on <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations" target="_blank"><em>Travel+Leisure</em>’s complete guide here</a>.</p>
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Jessie James and Eric Decker Always Agree on Where to Vacation: 'It's Our Spot'

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 09/02/2018 - 15:01
<p>When singer/songwriter, <a href="https://kittenish.com/">comfy clothing line</a> founder, and mom of three Jessie James Decker hosted a “Girlfriends' Night Out” earlier this month at the <a href="https://mohegansun.com/">Mohegan Sun in Connecticut</a>, her fans made a beeline for the new Earth Ballroom to watch her perform songs from her <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Southern-Girl-City-Lights/dp/B0756RJ8D7" target="_blank">Southern Girl City Lights</a> album, shop the latest Kittenish merchandise, and have some of the very real and honest girl talk she's become known for.</p><img alt="Jessie James Decker performs at Mohegan Sun "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1533740003/jessie-james-decker-concert-mohegan-sun.jpg?itok=PvKf-A2z"><p>It was a big night for Jessie — her first appearance since the birth of her third child, Forrest, the day after news broke that her husband, Eric Decker, had signed with the New England Patriots. Although Jessie said she was looking forward to being in New England, Eric has since announced that he is retiring from the NFL to spend more time with his Nashville-based family. And considering their closer-than-close relationship, as seen on the E! series <em>Eric and Jessie</em> and on social media, we're sure they're looking forward to being together more often.</p><p>Jessie sat down with <em>Travel + Leisure </em>after her concert to talk traveling as a family, on the road beauty and style secrets, and the one celebrity she'd love to travel with (besides, of course, her husband).</p><p><strong>Travel + Leisure: As a touring mom of three, are there any tricks you've learned while traveling with kids?</strong></p><p>Jessie James Decker: “I travel with Forrest right now because I'm still breastfeeding him... make a checklist of everything you think you're gonna need. Obviously diapers and wipies but I bring his play toys, I just bring everything because you can never have enough. I love bringing the kids with me because I just don't like being without them.”</p><p><strong>How is Forrest as a traveler so far?</strong></p><p>“He is honestly the best out of all the babies. He is the best traveler. He's super chill.”</p><p><strong>Do you have any family vacation traditions or places you always go back to together?</strong></p><p>“We love to go to the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/beach-vacations/best-gulf-coast-beaches" target="_blank">Gulf in Florida</a>... we go to the Destin/Panama City area ... we go there as much as possible. I grew up going there as a little girl and the sand is like sugar and the water's like Hawaiian water so we love it. We actually own a house out there.”</p><p><strong>Where is your favorite place to perform?</strong></p><p>“I'm not just saying this because you're interviewing me here, but the Northeast. I just feel like my fans are so passionate out here and I feel like I relate to them a lot, so it's the most fun for me.”</p><p><strong>What's the most romantic trip you and Eric have ever taken together?</strong></p><p>“<a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/gwyneth-paltrow-bachelorette-party-cabo-mexico" target="_blank">Cabo</a>. Cabo's like our spot. So whenever we need to get away just he and I — just to have some good old fun — that's where we go. I love the Hispanic culture and I love the food and it's just always so romantic.”</p><p><strong>What is your idea of the perfect travel uniform?</strong></p><p>“I always wear <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/leggings-celebrities-wear" target="_blank">black leggings</a>, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/easy-slip-on-shoes-to-get-through-airport-security-faster" target="_blank">slip-on sneakers</a>, a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/fashion/comfy-t-shirts-for-women" target="_blank">white V-neck tee</a>, and just a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/cardigans-to-stay-warm-on-the-plane" target="_blank">cute little sweater or shawl</a> ... and then I'll either wear a baseball cap or a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/meghan-markle-favorite-vacation-hat-j-crew" target="_blank">cute fedora</a> of some sort just to spice it up a little bit.”</p><p><strong>Is there one thing you always pack no matter what?</strong></p><p>“The one thing I always pack no matter what is a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/vionic-cute-comfy-flip-flops" target="_blank">pair of flip-flops</a>. I'm a flip-flop girl. I wear heels whenever I have to work because I'm really short and petite, I'm 5'1, but I always make sure I have flats.”</p><p><strong>Do you have a go-to in-flight routine?</strong></p><p>“Nine out of 10 times I don't wear a lick of makeup on a plane; I will smother my face in some sort of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/beauty/skin-moisturizing-oils-serums" target="_blank">oil or moisturizer</a> just because the plane can dry out your skin so badly. I already have kind of dry skin to begin with so I always just moisturize like crazy.”</p><p><strong>Is there one particular product you love to use?</strong></p><p>“I really like the Ren products; there's a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.dermstore.com/product_Moroccan+Rose+Gold+Glow+Perfect+Dry+Oil_64571.htm" target="_blank">rose oil that I'm obsessed with</a>.”</p><p><strong>Is there a pair of comfy shoes you always bring?</strong></p><p>“I have these <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Cole-New-York-Sneaker/dp/B07DS7K8NX" target="_blank">Kenneth Cole slip-on white sneakers</a> that are so filthy and dirty... I got them at the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.nordstromrack.com/shop/Women/Shoes/Sneakers/Slip-On" target="_blank">Nordstrom Rack</a> and they are like my go-to. I cannot live without these shoes; they're literally upstairs in the hotel room.”</p><p><strong>Do you have any packing tricks to share?</strong></p><p>“I'm the worst packer; it makes my husband crazy. Eric is the most organized. If you look at his suitcase vs. mine Eric's is coordinated and perfect and mine is like thrown in, a total disaster. So not really. I would just say the only thing I did learn a lesson from is I pack all my liquids in a Ziploc bag, not for TSA but so they don't explode and go everywhere.”</p><p><strong>Do you and Eric typically agree on where to vacation next?</strong></p><p>“We always agree on everything, it's the craziest thing. But we both just always want to go to Cabo. We just want to be on the beach or in the water somewhere together, we want to eat, we want to lay out together, and that's that.”</p><p><strong>You </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Just-Jessie-Guide-Love-Family/dp/0062851373" target="_blank">have a book coming out</a><strong> too. Do you read a lot when you're on the road? Is there one book you've loved recently? </strong></p><p>“I'm really into lifestyle books and I love cookbooks. I really like <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Magnolia-Table-Collection-Recipes-Gathering/dp/006282015X" target="_blank">Joanna Gaines's cookbook</a> she just put out; I think the recipes are fabulous and they're always put together so beautifully.”</p><p><strong>If you could travel with one celebrity who would it be?</strong></p><p>“Jessica Simpson. I just... I like her. I don't really know her personally, we're like social media friends, I have yet to meet her. I just think she's cute.”</p><p><strong>Where are you headed to next?</strong></p><p>“Everything else I have is based at home in Nashville. I have to finish recording my Christmas album and then I have some stuff coming up in New York.”</p>
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Why Tuscany Is My New Favorite Shopping Destination

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 09/02/2018 - 13:00
<p>As a New Yorker who predominantly shops at small boutiques and vintage stores, I have to admit: I love a good shopping mall. I love the convenience. I love the people watching. And I love knowing that I’ll leave with at least a few shopping bags in tow.</p><p>So when I was given the opportunity to go to Italy and visit <a href="https://www.themall.it/en/outlet-italy/homepage.html" target="_blank">The Mall</a>, the world’s only all-luxury outlet, I practically ran home and made room in my shoebox-sized closet.</p><p>Then I learned that said mall was located in the rolling hills of Tuscany, 30 minutes outside Florence, and my excitement became tinged with sadness.</p><p>You go to Tuscany to drink Chianti and fall in love with an olive oil farmer, not to elbow your way through hordes of tourists in pursuit of last season’s Gucci, right?</p><p>But eventually, my thirst for heavily discounted designer goods crowded out all other considerations. And before I knew it, I was in Florence at the exquisite <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Florence-Hotels-JK-Place-Firenze.h915828.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">J.K. Place Firenze</a>, waiting to be picked up in a vintage Fiat and whisked out to the mall.</p><p>My driver, a toothy-grinned 75-year-old named Giorgio, invited me to pop my head out of the car’s sunroof as we zipped down the winding roads, passing vast expanses of olive groves and lemon trees. High off the clean, fragrant air and the warming sun, I had half the mind to ask Giorgio to pull over on the side of the road and leave me to frolic in the fields.</p><img alt="Siobhan Reid in Florence "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534887646/siobhan-reid-florence-ITALYMALL0818.jpg?itok=98vV0jST"><p>My sweet reverie was suddenly interrupted when Giorgio pointed to a cluster of modern structures in the distance and excitedly announced, “The Mall!”</p><p>We had arrived.</p><p>As we pulled up to the entrance, I scanned my surroundings, narrowing in on all the brand-name shopping bags in sight: Chloé, Gucci, Loro Piana, Yves Saint Laurent. I felt my heart rate increase and my palms grow sweaty with excitement. Then my attention turned to the impressive design of the mall, whose freestanding, peaked-roof structures and abundant green space actually complemented the natural setting.</p><img alt="The Mall Firenze in Florence, Italy "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534887646/The-Mall-Firenze-ITALYMALL0818.jpg?itok=c71WnL1u"><p>Why didn’t I shop amidst cow pastures more often?</p><p>I opened up my wallet and thumbed through my meager savings. With only 300 Euros and a few hours to spend, I likely wouldn’t be able to do much damage. But as someone who can’t resist a challenge, I quickly sprung into go-mode, plotting out all the shops on my hit list.</p><p>At Chloé, I eyed a silky-smooth calf-skinned bucket bag marked down 35%. Then I went to Etro and found the ruffled blouse of my dreams for only €125. After that, it was off to Dolce &amp; Gabbana, where I discovered the very <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/Dolce-Gabbana-Sleeveless-Tile-Print-Fit-and-Flare-Long-Dress-w-Ties/prod137020135/p.prod" target="_blank">Majolica-print poplin midi dress</a> that I had seen on the floors at Bergdorf Goodman a few months earlier, only half off!</p><p>But what I really needed was a wallet— and not just any wallet, but one that was classic, spacious, and statement-making all at once. And that is exactly what I found in the form of this <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.stylebop.com/en-us/women/leather-wallet-261489.html" target="_blank">buckled Burberry beauty</a>, which was marked down a whopping 40%.</p><p>Feeling a surge of self-satisfaction, I stopped for a coffee at the mall's ultra-modern Gucci café. Sitting on the patio with a cappuccino and a buttery croissant in hand, I took in Tuscany's gold-dipped hills and lush valleys blanketed in cypress trees.</p><p>Just then, a giant bus rolled up to the front of the mall, unloading a sea of tourists onto the sidewalk.</p><p>Sure, it wasn't Italy at its most postcard-perfect, but it still came pretty close to my personal definition of <em>la dolce vita</em>.</p>
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Pilot Jumps Out of Plane to Take Drake #InMyFeelingsChallenge to New Heights (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 09/02/2018 - 12:01
<p>Whether you’re in a plane, train, or automobile, it’s never a bad time to listen to Drake.</p><p><a href="http://metro.co.uk/2018/08/29/pilot-jumps-off-plane-to-do-the-kiki-challenge-7891962/" target="_blank">Pilot Alejandra Manriquez</a> and one of her flight attendants took some time out of their busy schedules to perform what may be one of the most impressive "In My Feelings" challenges ever. </p><p>Known as the #KikiDanceChallenge or #InMyFeelingsChallenge, the meme of the summer involves a choreographed dance set to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/snoop-dogg-canada" target="_blank">Drake</a>’s song “In My Feelings.” The trend was started by rapper Shiggy, who first performed the dance moves in a video on his Instagram.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/airport-worker-flips-cone-tarmac" target="_blank">Airport Worker Expertly Flips Cone, Dabs, and Flings Himself Onto a Baggage Cart in Victory</a></p><p>Since then, everyone from your favorite celebs to your friends, your little siblings, your doctor, your grandma, and even your pets have gotten in on the dance craze. Often, the dance is performed from a moving car or other vehicle.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/airport-dance-video-all-night-long" target="_blank">Woman Turns Her All Night Layover Into a Hilarious Music Video</a></p><p>Manriquez and the flight attendant dance through the challenge next to a plane as it rolls gently along. In the Twitter video posted by Aviationdaily, Manriquez and her crew are seen jumping from the cockpit to the tarmac for the challenge.</p><p>The #KikiDanceChallenge is actually a pretty dangerous trend, especially when traffic or giant aircraft are involved, but it seems like these ladies have it handled.</p>
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You Might Be Able to Retire to Beautiful Southern Italy Without Paying Taxes for 10 Years

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 09/02/2018 - 11:02
<p>Even if retirement is years away, it’s OK to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/trips-to-take-when-you-retire" target="_blank">dream about your ideal place</a> to settle into your golden years.</p><p>While some think packing up and retiring to an exotic location once they’re done with doing the daily grind seems unrealistic, some parts of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/city-vacations/things-to-do-in-palermo" target="_blank">Sicily</a>, Calabria, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/beach-vacations/sardinia-beach-trip" target="_blank">Sardinia</a> are rolling out the welcome wagon and making the idea of living there even more attractive for prospective retirees.</p><p>The Italian government may soon discuss a proposal, put forth by the far-right coalition called The League, that would help repopulate these specific areas that have suffered severe population loss by offering people a chance to retire there and pay no taxes for 10 years,<em> </em><a href="https://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2018/08/30/pensioners-10-years-tax-free-italy/" target="_blank"><em>Lonely Planet</em> reported</a>.</p><p>The proposal requires prospective residents to spend at least six months plus one day in these areas out of the year and live in the qualifying towns in order to receive a tax break. Towns included in the proposal have populations of less than 4,000, have suffered population declines of more than 20 percent in the last 10 years, and provide good healthcare and waste management. </p><p>It also stands to assume that newcomers to these regions will boost local economies. So the towns, as well as the residents, are also getting quite a bit out of the deal.</p><p>There is currently no timeline as to when this new plan could be passed or take effect, but creators of the proposal hope the plan will attract at least 60,000 new residents, not just because of lack of taxes but also because of the lower cost of living and higher quality of life. Who can complain about living on a gorgeous Italian island, after all?</p>
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You Can Go to the Same Concert As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for Just $45

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 17:08
<p>Your chance to rub elbows with the royals may finally be here.</p><p>On Sept. 6, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to attend the <a href="https://royalarmouries.org/event/100-days-to-peace/" target="_blank">100 Days of Peace concert</a>. The concert will raise funds for three charities the royal family is closely associated with: Help for Heroes, Combat Stress, and Heads Together. Best of all, the concert is open to the public and tickets are going for as little as $45, according to the <em><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6118159/How-attend-charity-concert-Meghan-Harry-35.html?ITO=applenews" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>.</p><p>The top-tier tickets for the event are still fairly inexpensive, with those tickets going for just under $100.</p><p>“We are delighted to welcome The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to the Central Hall Westminster for this commemorative event,” General Lord Dannatt, a retired senior British Army officer who will be on hand to greet the couple, said in a statement. “We have been overwhelmed by the support shown by our sponsors, ambassadors and all three beneficiary charities.”</p><p>It’s been a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/prince-harry-meghan-markle-vacation-with-queen" target="_blank">busy summer for the royal couple</a> and their charitable events. Just a few days ago, the pair also attended a very special <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/prince-harry-hamilton" target="_blank">performance of the hit Broadway play, "Hamilton," alongside its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda</a>. Harry was on hand to help raise money for the charity <a href="http://sentebale.org/" target="_blank">Sentebale</a>, which “supports the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.”</p><p>While there, Harry even sang a few words from one of the show’s song, “You’ll be Back,” which is the solo sung by King George III in the play. That is a rather fitting choice considering George III is actually Harry’s great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather.</p><p>No word yet on if Harry will take to the stage and sing at the 100 Days of Peace concert as well, but we wouldn't count on it.</p>
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New Hotel Booking Site Promises to Keep Looking for Better Deals Even After You Book

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 16:41
<p>Plenty of sites promise the cheapest hotel room, but a new site promises to keep looking for the best rate even after you book.</p><p>Pricerooms.com continues to scan for cheaper prices after booking, giving travelers the opportunity to cancel or rebook up until the usual 24 hours before their trip, <a href="https://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?c=setreg&amp;region=4&amp;m_id=Y!Y!vY!_rY!~A&amp;w_id=35038&amp;news_id=2033693" target="_blank"><em>TravelMole</em> reported</a>. People who have booked with other services can also email Pricerooms to look for a better deal.</p><p>“We have a chance to make rooms cheaper for all concerned,” Pricerooms.com CEO Jason Fry said in a statement. “The rebooking service is a great feature to ensure you never miss the best price for your booking.”</p><p>A quick comparison <a href="https://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=2033693&c=setreg&region=2" target="_blank">by <em>TravelMole</a></em> found that Pricerooms’ bookings were slightly higher compared to <a href="https://www.booking.com/" target="_blank">Booking.com</a>. However, a search by <em>Travel + Leisure</em> that compared three different, popular hotels in the NYC area (Hotel Pennsylvania, The Beekman and The NoMad) for the same two nights over Labor Day weekend showed that only one of the three were less expensive on Pricerooms.</p><p>So, getting the best price is never actually guaranteed, and could be dependent on when and where you book. Still, the opportunity to banish hotel booking FOMO forever is worth looking into.</p>
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Woman Allegedly Gave Lap Dances, Flashed Other Passengers Before Starting a Flight-wide Brawl

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 12:30
<p>If you thought your last flight was chaos, consider yourself lucky that you’ve never witnessed a brawl like this.</p><p>A mass fight broke out on an <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/easyjet-bag-damage" target="_blank">easyJet flight</a> from London Luton Airport to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/the-best-beaches-in-ibiza" target="_blank">Ibiza</a> after a woman allegedly “gave lap dances,” flashed her breasts, did cartwheels down the plane aisle, and tapped on passengers’ heads as she passed by.</p><p>A passenger on the flight identified only as Josh <a href="https://www.unilad.co.uk/featured/mass-brawl-starts-on-ibiza-plane-after-woman-lap-dances-on-passengers/" target="_blank">filmed the fight</a> and told <a href="http://www.unilad.co.uk/featured/mass-brawl-starts-on-ibiza-plane-after-woman-lap-dances-on-passengers/" target="_blank"><em>Unilad</em></a> that the woman and her travel companions were drinking at the time. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/strangers-caught-having-sex-virgin-atlantic-mile-high-club" target="_blank">Total Strangers Were Caught Having Sex on a Plane — Again</a></p><p>"We got on the plane and her friends were all seated at the back, and she was at the front amongst guys who were giving her more drink," Josh told <em>Unilad.</em> “There was no proper trouble, everyone was just a bit fed up with her. It was a late night flight as well, we took off at about 10 p.m. I think. She was just drinking more and more on the flight and then when we were coming in for landing, obviously you have to put your seat belts on, she didn’t.” </p><p>At this point, a friend of the brunette woman moved to the back of the plane to help calm her down, to no avail. She then reportedly proceeded to run up and down the aisle, tapping on people’s heads, when another passenger, a blonde woman, slapped her hand away. When the blonde woman’s boyfriend tried to defend her, the brawl broke out.</p><p>According to<em> Unilad</em>, plane crew were still in their seats, primed for landing, when the incident occurred. “A couple of other people were filming too, some people ran to the front to get away from it, and then the other people in the video were trying to break it up,” Josh said. </p><p>In the video, it’s not clear who is actually fighting and who is trying to break it up, but it definitely seems like it was easy for bystanders to get sucked into the brawl.</p><p>When the plane landed in Ibiza, police were called to the scene and the instigators were escorted off the plane.</p><p>“EasyJet can confirm that a group of passengers were escorted off flight EZY2095 from Luton to Ibiza on August 2 by the police on arrival as a result of behaving in a disruptive manner. The safety and welfare of our passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority. easyJet’s crew are trained to assess and evaluate all incidents. Whilst such incidents are rare, we take them very seriously do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour onboard and always push for prosecution,” an easyJet spokesperson told <em>Unilad.</em></p>
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This Winter Will Be Long, Cold, and Snowy, According to the Farmers' Almanac

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 10:45
<p>Farmers' Almanac is predicting that this winter is going to suck.</p><p>In its prediction for the 2019 winter season, Farmers' Almanac is expecting “teeth-chattering” cold across the country. And not only will the cold be colder than usual, according to the forecast, it’s going to last longer.</p><p>“Our time-tested, long-range formula is pointing toward a very long, cold, and snow-filled winter,” editor Peter Geiger <a href="https://www.farmersalmanac.com/weather-outlook/2019-winter-forecast" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. “We stand by our forecast and formula, which accurately predicted the many storms last winter, as well as this summer’s steamy, hot conditions.”</p><p>“From the Continental Divide east through the Appalachians,” Americans should invest in a good winter coat for this winter season, according to Farmers'Almanac.</p><p>The Great Lakes, Midwest and central and northern New England are expected to experience heavier-than-normal snowfall. Skiers in those areas should plan to hit the slopes in January and February, when the heaviest snowfall is expected.</p><p>Those who are looking to escape the cold should plan their warm-weather vacations for the middle of February, when Farmers' Almanac predicts temperatures will be their most brutal. The cold is expected to last through the end of March. But winter could linger until April.</p><p>However, Farmers' Almanac's predictions are directly in opposition to those from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) <a href="http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/90day/fxus05.html" target="_blank">released last month</a>. The NOAA predicted a warmer-than-average winter across the country, but did concede that heavy precipitation (either snow or rain) was likely to fall in the later half of the season.</p><p>No matter which prediction you believe, winter weather is always a great excuse to book a trip somewhere nice.</p>
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The World’s Most Michelin Starred Chef is Opening a Floating Restaurant in Paris

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 10:07
<p>After losing his restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower last month, Alain Ducasse, the world’s most Michelin-starred chef, will open a floating restaurant on a boat docked in front of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/landmarks-monuments/eiffel-tower-facts">Paris’s famous landmark</a>.</p><p>“Ducasse Sur Seine” will open in Paris on September 10, <a href="https://www.bfmtv.com/societe/paris-alain-ducasse-lance-son-bateau-gastronomique-sur-la-seine-1515132.html" target="_blank">according to<i> </i>Agence France Presse</a> (AFP).</p><img alt="A waiter stands at French chef Alain Ducasse's new boat restaurant, the "Ducasse sur Seine", on August 30, 2018 in Paris, next to the Eiffel tower "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535727987/ducasse-sur-seine-views-BOATRESTO0818.jpg?itok=mngNmmPa"><p>The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner for 200 people. Each meal will last about an hour-and-a-half and take guests on a floating tour up and down the Seine past not only the Eiffel Tower, but several other famous Parisian landmarks, including the Notre Dame cathedral.</p><p>“I see the Eiffel Tower and what’s more, I see all of Paris’s monuments,” Ducasse said in an interview with AFP. “The Eiffel Tower is a fixed building, so I had imagined that I was always going to have the pleasure of serving clients who came from around the world to savor Paris. This is another story. It’s another beautiful story that’s starting.”</p><p>The boat will also be open for tea-time and an aperitif course.</p><p>Ducasse Sur Seine will dock at the Quai Debilly, in front of the Trocadero Gardens and across the river from the Eiffel Tower.</p><img alt="A dressed table is seen at French chef Alain Ducasse's new boat restaurant, the "Ducasse sur Seine", on August 30, 2018 in Paris, next to the Eiffel tower "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535727987/ducasse-sur-seine-table-BOATRESTO0818.jpg?itok=XrIYIAqK"><p>The menu will contain Ducasse’s signature cuisine of French “haute gastronomie.”</p><p>According to Ducasse, the boat and restaurant will be environmentally-friendly, running completely on electric power. The entire concept is designed to be “in harmony with an evolving society that wants healthier food, better for the body and better for the planet,” Ducasse said.</p><img alt="Dressed tables are seen at Alain Ducasse's new boat restaurant, the "Ducasse sur Seine", on August 30, 2018 in Paris. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535727987/ducasse-sur-seine-interior-BOATRESTO0818.jpg?itok=n5GB-q0F"><p>Ducasse’s Jules Verne at the Eiffel Tower is famous for <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/macron-dining-with-trump-in-eiffel-tower">having served Donald Trump</a> and French President Emmanuel Macron during the American leader’s visit to Paris last year. The restaurant will remain open, but operated by a new caterer. </p>
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The 'Star Wars' Cantina Will Service the First Alcohol Ever Sold in Disneyland

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 09:23
<p>There’s something coming to Disneyland that’s more rare than Oswald, Rocket Rods, and Skyway buckets combined: alcohol. Yes, at long last, you can finally have an alcoholic drink at Walt Disney’s first theme park.</p><p>After sixty-three years, the Mouse will serve its first libations within Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the long-awaited theme park land opening at Disneyland next summer. When Oga’s Cantina debuts, the menu <a href="https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2018/08/ogas-cantina-coming-to-star-wars-galaxys-edge-in-2019/" target="_blank">will include themed alcoholic beverages</a>, letting guests live their best Han Solo-style lives within an over-the-top Star Wars bar.</p><p>Walt Disney World’s version of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/when-is-star-wars-land-opening" target="_blank">Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge</a> was always planning to sell alcohol (there will be a Cantina at both parks), but Disneyland Park, which opened in 1955, has never sold booze to its guests. A long-held over standard, popularly attributed to Walt’s sensibility towards “family values”, has rendered Anaheim’s theme park the lone Disney location that’s completely dry to day guests, until now.</p><p>Walt Disney Parks &amp; Resorts sell beer, wine and liquor at Disney’s California Adventure, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disney-world-drinks" target="_blank">and Disney’s Animal Kingdom</a>, but alcoholic drinks only began being served at Magic Kingdom in 2012, when the “Beauty and the Beast”-themed restaurant <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/be-our-guest-beauty-and-the-beast-restaurant-makeover" target="_blank">Be Our Guest</a> opened. The addition was credited to wine and beer being standard offerings at traditional French restaurants, and thus, it fitting within the establishment’s background story.</p><p>Since then, Magic Kingdom in Florida has expanded to serve a selection of wine, beer, sangria and champagne at <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/magic-kingdom-alcohol" target="_blank">all of its table-service restaurants</a>, making Disneyland the lone holdout — until Star Wars’ debut next year. Non-alcoholic drinks and cocktails will be for sale at Oga’s, though Walt Disney Imagineer Scott Trowbridge, who is leading the project, mentioned “proprietary beer and wine options”, alluding to some out-of-this-world offerings.</p><p>Alcohol has always been available within the lounge and restaurant of Club 33, Disneyland’s elite private members organization, and is served as part of luxe <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/disneyland-21-royal-restaurant" target="_blank">21 Royal dinners</a>, but has long been off-limits to the vast majority of guests coming through park gates. (There was a small exception with <a href="http://www.disneyhistoryinstitute.com/2012/04/holidayland-least-photographed-land-in.html" target="_blank">bottomless beers at Holidayland</a>, a short-lived space for picnicking just besides the parks in the ‘50s, but it doesn’t fully count.)</p><p>The addition of alcoholic drinks at Oga’s Cantina will be a shift, one that will likely expand to the rest of the park over time. If you’ve ever hoped to have futuristic cocktail concoctions in Tomorrowland or some whiskey in that <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/best-disneyland-cocktails-drinks-slushies" target="_blank">New Orleans Square mint julep</a>, your Disney dreams may finally be coming true.</p>
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A Year After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Is Investing in New Technology to Bring Back Tourists

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 08:12
<p>Before heading down to Puerto Rico, there’s a new app you should download to make the most of your time on the island.</p><p>Created by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-puerto-rico/id1385417028?mt=8" target="_blank">My Puerto Rico</a> brings together all of the hotels on the island in one digital location. The island is calling it a first-of-its-kind experience for travelers.</p><p>“In hospitality, we often focus on differentiating hotels from one another, but in this case, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company is bringing hotels together to delight all who visit the island,” the CEO of ALICE, a partner company in the app, Justin Effron, said in a press release.</p><p>Via the app, guests select the hotel where they are staying and are then able to access hotel-specific features. Travelers can plan outings, ask the concierge for advice, book a babysitter, make dinner reservations, and learn about other activities throughout Puerto Rico.</p><p>One of My Puerto Rico’s most unique features is a messaging system that allows guests to communicate directly with their hotels, either through the app or SMS. Guests can send a message to the front desk requesting room service, more towels by the pool, or even warn about an unexpected early or late arrival time.</p><p>Puerto Rico is in the midst of an aggressive campaign to bring visitors back one year following the impact of Hurricane Maria. My Puerto Rico is part of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company’s push to position the island as a forward-thinking, modern destination.</p><p>If you’re considering a trip to the island, read through <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/why-you-should-go-to-puerto-rico-now" target="_blank"><i>Travel + Leisure</i><em>’</em>s guide to Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria</a>.</p>
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British Airways' Annual Sale Has Deals on Flights Around Europe, to the Seychelles and More

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 07:09
<p>British Airways is having its annual <a href="https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/offers/sale?source=H01X&amp;hpsource=H01AXTheworldisonsal" target="_blank">World Sale</a>, with great deals on flights around Europe and to destinations in Africa and the Middle East.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/offers/sale?source=H01X&amp;hpsource=H01AXTheworldisonsal#tcs" target="_blank">catch</a>: The sale is on flights started and finished in the U.K., so while this won't necessarily get travelers a deal getting across the pond, it's great for anyone already there or planning to go and wanting to do some exploring.</p><p>The sale runs through September 25 and includes flights to and from the airline’s headquarters at London Gatwick, Heathrow and City airports. The deals are valid for flights at the end of the year or through the middle of 2019, depending on the destination.</p><p>“This is one of our most anticipated sales of the year and we’ve got fantastic offers to suit all budgets and types of holiday from fly-drive to fly-and-flop,” Adam Daniels, chief commercial officer for the airline, said in a statement.</p><p>From London, there are “city break” vacations to Italy, Germany and Austria available from £99 (about $128).</p><p>British Airways is also offering a round-trip vacation from London to Durban, South Africa from $620 (£479) or the Seychelles for £979 (about $1,268). Other holiday destinations included the sale are Dubai, the Caribbean and Singapore.</p><p><a href="https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/offers/sale?source=H01X&amp;hpsource=H01AXTheworldisonsal" target="_blank">The sale ends at midnight on September 25</a>. British Airways allows travelers to book with a deposit as low as £150 (about $194).</p>
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Britney Spears' Hot Pink London Penthouse Suite Is Basically Her in Hotel Form

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 07:06
<p>Britney Spears has been one busy woman this summer. Following the end of her <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/las-vegas-residency-shows-music" target="_blank">ridiculously successful Las Vegas residency</a>, Spears packed up and took her show on the road across Europe.</p><p>While there, she’s been <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/britney-spears-uk-germany-tour-unnoticed" target="_blank">playing the role of the ultimate tourist</a>, taking her sons Jayden and Sean along for the ride and stopping in at places like <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/royal-family-not-living-in-buckingham-palace" target="_blank">Buckingham Palace in London</a> and the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g187323-d8674187-Reviews-Lustgarten-Berlin.html" target="_blank">Lustgarten in Berlin</a>.</p><p>Though she mingled with other tourists at local attractions, Spears kept things ultra-luxurious and highly private for her accommodations.</p><p>In London, Spears stayed at the <a href="https://www.hotelcaferoyal.com/rooms/dome-penthouse" target="_blank">Hotel Café Royal London</a>, at the famed <a href="https://www.hotelcaferoyal.com/rooms/dome-penthouse" target="_blank">Dome Penthouse</a>.</p><img alt="Hotel Cafe Royal Dome Penthouse Terrace "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535729992/Hotel-Cafe-Royal-Dome-Penthouse-Terrace-EUROBABY0818.jpg?itok=RaK3S6Wb"><p>To book: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/London-Hotels-Hotel-Cafe-Royal.h5349114.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p><p>The penthouse is certainly large enough to accommodate Spears, her children, and her entire staff, as it comes with 3,000 square feet of living space including three bedrooms, each with king-sized beds, three marble bathrooms with rainfall showers and large soaking tubs, a marble dining table, and two terraces overlooking Piccadilly Circus, Westminster, and Regent Street.</p><p>The suite also comes with some pretty stellar services including 24-hour butler services and complimentary access to the hotel’s Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center. It even comes with VIP Heathrow pick-up, meaning an entire staff was likely waiting for Spears as she disembarked from her plane to whisk her away to the hotel.</p><p>All of this can be yours too, but for a price. The Dome Penthouse starts at $15,500 a night.</p><img alt="Café Royal London Dome Penthouse "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535729992/Hotel-Cafe-Royal-Dome-Penthouse-EUROBABY0818.jpg?itok=4ddVbdo8"><p>Of course, Spears’ tour didn’t stop there. Over the weekend, she also performed two shows in Paris, where she stayed at the newly reopened <a href="https://www.hotellutetia.com/" target="_blank">Hotel Lutetia</a>, on the Left Bank, a sister property to the Hotel Café Royal London.</p><p>To book: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Paris-Hotels-Hotel-Lutetia.h21442501.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p><p>No word on which room Spears stayed in while in Paris, though it was likely one of the hotel’s suites, which come with breathtaking views of the city and all the amenities a pop princess could ask for.</p>
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