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You Can Travel Around Italy for Less Than $25 This Fall

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:02
<p>Visiting Italy is a bit like discovering the discography of a prolific musician. You’ve got to check out the greatest hits before you can delve into the deep cuts.</p><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/florence" target="_blank">Florence</a>, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/guides/venice" target="_blank">Venice</a>, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/rome" target="_blank">Rome</a> are Italy’s most popular tourist destinations for good reason. They all boast fantastic history, a rich culture and exquisite food. And now you can visit all three for only about $23 (€20).</p><p><a href="https://www.goeuro.com/trains/italy?irgwc=1&amp;utm_campaign=1286103&amp;utm_source=affiliate_ir_God%20Save%20The%20Points&amp;irmptype=mediapartner&amp;ircid=7385&amp;iradname=Online%20Tracking%20Link&amp;ClickId=wmxVK3XAa2Hyy17VfXxaXXH3UkjSbfQxI0DkWU0" target="_blank">GoEuro</a>, a European booking site, has partnered with <a href="https://www.italotreno.it/en" target="_blank">Italo Traino</a> to offer deep discounts on high-speed trains between Italy’s most popular cities. The site is also offering one-way trains between the cities starting at about $11 (€9.99) for those looking for more flexibility in their travel plans.</p><p>In order to make the prices work, you’ll have to start in either Florence or Rome, with a Venice stop in the middle. If you book train travel between the three cities, the price of the tickets will stay at $23 (€20) if you book “open jaw.” It will increase to $46 (€40) if you book a return train to your origin city.</p><p>The tickets are on sale through August 31, for travel from October 17 through December 8. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.</p>
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This Luxury Cave House Is Built Into a Mountain — and You Can Rent It for Your Next Vacation (Photos)

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 13:02
<p><a href="http://beckhamcave.com/#section-an-unforgettable-experience" target="_blank">The Beckham Creek Cave House</a>, located in the <a href="http://www.ozarkmountainregion.com/" target="_blank">Arkansas Ozarks</a>, has long welcomed visitors to come and stay inside a very unique dwelling inside a natural cavern.</p><p>Guests can book a stay in this amazing abode, but there's more. The one-of-a-kind residence is now up for sale and can be yours for a cool $2.75 million.</p><img alt="Beckham Cave House in Arkansas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534458996/beckham-cave-house-arkansas-exterior-CAVEHOUSE0818.jpg?itok=zEkPCVib"><img alt="Beckham Cave House in Arkansas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534458996/beckham-cave-house-arkansas-aerial-CAVEHOUSE0818.jpg?itok=vBlliRg7"><p>The cave house has <a href="https://www.weichert.com/72043326/" target="_blank">real estate listing</a>four bedrooms and four bathrooms</p> inside nearly 6,000 square feet of living space. The property, which was recently remodeled, also has an indoor waterfall sourced from an “under-the-floor spring originating from <a href="https://www.weichert.com/72043326/" target="_blank">deep within the heart of the cave</a>,” along with its own geothermal heating system.</p><p>The kitchen is state-of-the-art, and there is a large custom-built wooden bar for guests to come and gather around.</p><img alt="Beckham Cave House in Arkansas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534458996/beckham-cave-house-arkansas-CAVEHOUSE0818.jpg?itok=6znsCCEy"><p>In the living room, guests can <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=batman+movies&oq=batman+movies" target="_blank">enjoy a movie or seven</a> in the giant 75-inch LED television mounted into the cavern’s walls.</p><p>The plush queen size beds in the bedrooms and oversized bathrooms with rain showers add to the experience.</p><img alt="Beckham Cave House in Arkansas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534458996/beckham-cave-house-arkansas-detail-CAVEHOUSE0818.jpg?itok=5sLTqKc4"><img alt="Beckham Cave House in Arkansas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534458996/beckham-cave-house-arkansas-featresl-CAVEHOUSE0818.jpg?itok=uSB1Fugs"><img alt="Beckham Cave House in Arkansas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534458996/beckham-cave-house-arkansas-room-CAVEHOUSE0818.jpg?itok=fhEtSN0s"><p>Outside the home there is a barn, along with an apartment above the horse stables, a helicopter landing pad — because who doesn’t need one of those — and a spring-fed lake. In total, the property encompasses about 260 acres.</p><p>And the entire place is nestled deep within the Ozarks, making this a retreat perfect for a nature lover.</p><img alt="Beckham Cave House in Arkansas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534458996/beckham-cave-house-arkansas-view-CAVEHOUSE0818.jpg?itok=ZHjA0Zai"><img alt="Beckham Cave House in Arkansas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534458996/beckham-cave-house-arkansas-parking-CAVEHOUSE0818.jpg?itok=hdHdP2ja"><p>The home currently rents for <a href="http://beckhamcave.com/#booking-and-availability" target="_blank">$1,200 a night</a> in low season (December to March), and <a href="http://beckhamcave.com/#booking-and-availability" target="_blank">$1,600 a night</a> in high season (April to November).</p>
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Princess Charlotte Could Inherit This Super Rare Royal Title

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 12:01
<p>It can be tough being the middle child. Just ask Princess Charlotte.</p><p>The adorable daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, won’t be the ruler of the United Kingdom. That role will most likely go to her big brother, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/prince-george-birthday-travels" target="_blank">Prince George</a>. And, she’s no longer the adorable baby in the family that everyone dotes over. That role now belongs to her little brother, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/queen-elizabeth-flew-helicopter-to-see-prince-louis" target="_blank">Prince Louis</a>.</p><p>But, there’s one thing Princess Charlotte will get one day that her brothers won't: A totally badass title.</p><p>When Princess Charlotte was born, she was given the title of Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. She will carry this title until her father takes over the throne after her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and her grandfather, Prince Charles, and her great-aunt Princess Anne all pass away.</p><p>At that time, Princess Charlotte will likely take over the title of Princess Royal, a title currently held by Princess Anne.</p><p>The title of Princess Royal doesn’t come with any real duties attached. Instead, it was created to make the first-born royal female in a family feel special.</p><p>“The title of Princess Royal is traditionally bestowed on the eldest daughter of the monarch," Duncan Larcombe, royal expert, and author of “<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Prince-Harry-Inside-Duncan-Larcombe/dp/0008196478?tag=townandcountry_auto-append-20&amp;ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10067.a.19479777%5Bsrc%7C%5Bch%7C" target="_blank">Prince Harry: The Inside Story</a>,” told <em><a href="https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a22662842/princess-charlotte-princess-royal-title/" target="_blank">Town and Country</a></em>. "It is a title that remains for life, so Princess Charlotte will have to wait at least until the death of the current Princess Royal.”</p><p>The title has existed since 1642 when King Charles I's wife Queen Henrietta created it for her daughter, Mary, who held the title until 1660. As <em><a href="https://people.com/royals/will-princess-charlotte-inherit-the-title-of-princess-royal-from-princess-anne/" target="_blank">People</a></em> reported, there have only ever been seven Princess Royals in history, making the title not only cool but also rare.</p><p>The title does come with a catch: No one can simply inherit the title. In fact, the Queen waited until 1987, when Princess Anne turned 36, to bestow the title upon her. And Prince William will ultimately decide whether or not his daughter is worthy of the title as well. But it’s fair to say odds are in her favor.</p>
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This Instagram Account Shows How So Many Travel Photos Are Almost Exactly the Same

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 11:00
<p>With more than 800 million monthly users on Instagram, it turns out it can be hard to do something original. And an account called <a href="https://www.instagram.com/insta_repeat/" target="_blank">@InstaRepeat</a> is making a point of featuring carbon-copy photography.</p><p>The creator, who is allegedly a female filmmaker who wishes to remain anonymous, creates collages of Instagram photos from popular accounts that show how everyone gets the exact same shot. They're nearly identical places, in nearly identical poses, with nearly identical framing and light.</p><p><a href="https://www.designboom.com/art/instagram-photos-look-the-same-insta-repeat-07-30-2018/" target="_blank"><em>Design Boom</em> heralds the account</a> as a showcase of visual trends, and while that's true, it also calls everyone out — especially influencers — for being big old copycats.</p><p>Though really, the account isn’t here to shame people for taking like-minded photos, or to even shame influencers themselves. Instead, its purpose appears to be to get us all thinking a little more creatively.</p><p>“I think the account is meant to be observational and spark critique and dialogue about originality, art, photography, and the role of the 'social media influencer,” <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/sydrobinson1/this-instagram-shades-everyone-for-posting-the-same-pics" target="_blank">the account’s creator told <em>Buzzfeed</em></a>.</p><p>The creator also said she'd started to see some new trends. “Shots of people standing on top of their cars, people splashing water out of their camp mugs, solitary red houses in the wilderness, and highland cows,” she said. “It's evidently a <em>must</em> to find and photograph one of these cows if you want to be popular on Instagram.”</p><p>In the end, Instagram and travel photography should be all about what makes you happy, not your followers. Though, if you really want to become Insta-famous maybe check out @InstaRepeat for inspiration on what works, and read a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/mobile-apps/tips-for-how-to-be-better-at-instagram" target="_blank">few key pieces of advice from Influencers here before your next trip</a>. Or, you know, just <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/how-to-unplug-on-vacation" target="_blank">put down your phone and enjoy your vacation</a>.</p>
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