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Where Kate Middleton Will Make Her First Public Appearance Since Revealing Her Pregnancy

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 17:14
<p>Kate Middleton has kept a low profile since announcing her <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/next-royal-baby" target="_blank">third pregnancy</a> in early September.</p><p>The Duchess of Cambridge is once again suffering from <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/next-royal-baby" target="_blank">hyperemesis gravidarum</a>, a severe form of morning sickness that she also suffered from throughout her pregnancies with <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/prince-george-birthday-travels" target="_blank">Prince George</a> and Princess Charlotte. This has caused Middleton to literally lie low over the last few weeks and even meant that she had to miss out on Prince George’s first day of school.</p><p>However, it appears the Duchess is feeling a bit better as Kensington Palace announced that she will join her husband, Prince William, and brother in law, Prince Harry, for a reception to celebrate World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10.</p><p>The event, which will take place inside Buckingham Palace, will celebrate all those working in the public health sector, <a href="http://www.elleuk.com/life-and-culture/culture/news/a38782/kate-middleton-first-public-appearance-pregnancy/" target="_blank"><em>Elle</em></a> reported. The trio of royals will be joined by leaders from several mental health organizations from around the country. The event will also provide those working in mental health the opportunity to discuss their very important work as well as discuss where there still is progress to be made.</p><p>The three royals have long been involved in mental health charities and have made it their platform of choice. Even through her illness, Middleton showed just how important the work is to her by appearing in a video or the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, a charity that she is a patron for, just days after announcing both her pregnancy and illness.</p><p>In the clip, the Duchess introduces an explainer video on mental health saying, “It helps us all to talk about our mental health: what to say and who to talk to when we have feelings that are too big to manage on our own and how to listen and help if one of our friends is finding things difficult.”</p><p>Middleton added, “Sometimes it's just a simple conversation that can make things better.”</p>
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The Shortest Flight in the U.S. Will Take You to Wine Country

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 16:54
<p>United, <a href="http://flightaware.com/live/findflight?origin=KSFO&destination=KSTS" target="_blank">via SkyWest</a>, is now offering the shortest flight in the U.S. at just 16 minutes long, taking passengers from San Francisco to Santa Rosa, in California.</p><p>The airline operates the 62-mile route with a scheduled time of 45 minutes, which includes taxiing before takeoff and after landing, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/united-airlines-launches-shortest-us-flight/" target="_blank"><em>The Telegraph</em> reported</a>. In other words, you're spending more time on the taxiway than in the air.</p><p>Driving from San Francisco to Santa Rosa takes about an hour and 10 minutes, and can take much longer with traffic.</p><p>Santa Rosa offers a great weekend getaway for residents of <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/san-francisco" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>, and is a perfect first spot for a jaunt through the Sonoma Valley. It is the largest city in the wine region of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/weekend-getaways/weekend-in-sonoma" target="_blank">Sonoma County</a>, and it is known for its vineyards and top-tier restaurants. The California city also has attractions for young children.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/viking-world-cruise" target="_blank">This Around-the-world Cruise to 5 Continents and 21 Countries Is the Ultimate Adventure</a></p><p>While this route might be the shortest in the U.S., <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/world-shortest-flight-orkney-islands" target="_blank">the quickest plane ride in the world flies</a> from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands in Scotland and lasts just 90 seconds. Loganair has operated the 1.7-mile route for the past 50 years, with an adjusted schedule in the winter, the airline told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>.</p><p>Austrian airline People’s Air Group used to hold the record for the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/airlines-airports/shortest-international-flight-voyage" target="_blank">shortest international flight</a>, with a route from Switzerland to Germany that took just eight minutes. People’s Air Group canceled the route earlier this year because off lack of demand and the high cost of operating such a short-haul flight.</p>
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The Beverly Hills Hotel's Iconic Banana-leaf Wallpaper Is Now a California-cool Sneaker

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 15:17
<p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/los-angeles/hotels/the-beverly-hills-hotel" target="_blank">The Beverly Hills Hotel</a> is home to what is perhaps one of the most recognizable wallpapers in the world. Designer and decorator Don Loper created the Martinique Banana Leaf print for the hotel in 1942, and it has maintained a level of cultural influence across design, travel, fashion, and art ever since.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>From scene-y <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a> restaurants like Indochine to celebrity homes to apparel, the print has remained a culturally relevant symbol of upscale leisure for more than 60 years. The hotel — which is practically synonymous with Old Hollywood glamour and was often frequented by Marilyn Monroe — has a total of five and a half miles of the wallpaper throughout, from the guest corridors to the Fountain Coffee Room to the poolside umbrellas.</p><p>This season, modern luxury leather goods brand Koio <a href="https://www.koio.co/blogs/koio/koio-x-beverly-hills-hotel" target="_blank">collaborated with the Beverly Hills Hotel</a> to design the hotel’s very first sneaker using the popular Martinique print. This collaboration is a fun deviation from Koio’s usually <a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=93xLBvPhAeE&amp;subid=0&amp;offerid=460311.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=21552&amp;RD_PARM1=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.shopspring.com%2Fbrands%2Fkoio-collective&amp;u1=TLFASA1KoioBevHillsHotelMMSep17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">minimalistic approach to footwear</a>.</p><p>“The Koio x Beverly Hills Hotel special edition sneaker was designed to feel like a stroll through the hotel, with the Martinique Banana Leaf pattern on the outside and the hotel’s sunbed stripes on the insoles,” according to Koio founders Johannes Quodt and Christ Wichert. Creating a special edition for the Beverly Hills Hotel has always been a dream for the two designers, both avid travelers themselves.</p><p>Edward Mady, the West Coast Regional Director and General Manager of the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/hotels-in-los-angeles#beverly-hills-hotel" target="_blank">Beverly Hills Hotel</a> added, “Koio’s commitment to quality and their strong following among global tastemakers makes them the ideal partner to create this fun footwear that celebrates the hotel’s most beloved design element.”</p><p>And we must say, these might be the most wearable (and Instagrammable) version of the print we’ve seen in a long time.</p><p>The collection will include three exclusive Koio sneaker styles designed with an adaptation of the iconic Martinique Banana Leaf print. The low-tops retail for $475 and the high-tops are $550, and the entire collection is currently available exclusively through the gift shop at the Beverly Hills Hotel.</p>
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Where to Find the Most and Least Expensive Airports in the U.S.

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 15:12
<p>Traveling is expensive no matter where you go. But it can be an even bigger strain on your wallet depending on which airport you go to.</p><p><a href="http://rewardexpert.com" target="_blank">RewardExpert</a> on Tuesday released its ranking of 2017’s most and least expensive U.S. airports to help travelers who are wary of extra costs.</p><p>The website took a survey of aggregated and analyzed data from the Department of Transportation, Yelp, local public transportation websites, local airport websites, <a href="http://sleepingairports.net" target="_blank">SleepinginAirports.net</a>, and <a href="http://ifly.com" target="_blank">iFly.com</a> on 45 of the busiest domestic airports.</p><p>Then, the survey ranked these airports based on ten key indicators across four dimensions: transportation to and from the airport, plane ticket prices, amenities, and food.</p><p>“Airports are run like football stadiums; you pay more just by virtue of being there,” RewardExpert CEO and co-founder Roman Shteyn said in a statement. “Some airports take advantage of a captive audience to jack up expenses for items like food, parking, Wi-Fi, and other amenities. On top of that, some airports simply have higher costs for airfare, when compared to the national average.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals/cheap-airlines" target="_blank">Cheap Airlines Around the World</a></p><p>“This ranking factors in all costs a traveler may incur at an airport to determine which are the most and least wallet-friendly.”</p><h3>Top five most expensive domestic airports:</h3>Newark Liberty International AirportJohn F. Kennedy International AirportWashington Dulles International AirportMinneapolis-Saint Paul International AirportLos Angeles International Airport<h3>Top five least expensive domestic airports:</h3>Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International AirportMcCarran International AirportOrlando International AirportPhoenix Sky Harbor International AirportTampa International Airport
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Shop the Affordable Tote Meghan Markle Wore on Her First Official Outing With Prince Harry

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 10:55
<p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally made their first official appearance together at the Invictus Games in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/toronto" target="_blank">Toronto</a>. The couple was photographed holding hands (which is <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/prince-harry-holding-meghan-markle-hand-engagement-sign-expert" target="_blank">a big deal</a>) as they made their way to the sporting event on Monday. So if there was ever any doubt about the status of their relationship — they <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/prince-harry-meghan-markle-airport-arrangements" target="_blank">managed to hide it pretty well</a> for a long time — it is now confirmed that the two are indeed an item.</p><p>Markle kept it casual for the occasion and opted for a white button-down shirt, distressed jeans, and pair of <a href="https://www.sarahflint.com/collections/flats/products/natalie?variant=5600151425" target="_blank">Sarah Flint flats</a>. But it was her chic tote that caught our attention. The <em>Suits</em> actress accessorized her outfit with Everlane’s signature, best-selling <a href="https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-day-market-tote-cognac?collection=petra" target="_blank">Day Market Tote in Cognac</a>. </p><p>The bag is made in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/florence" target="_blank">Florence</a> from premium Italian leather and is perfect for commuting and traveling. It has a classic silhouette with two drop handles and comes in four color options. It’s versatile, fits a lot, and pretty much epitomizes timeless elegance. </p><p>If the tote looks a little too familiar, it’s because more than a few celebrities have also stepped out with the same bag. <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/best-celebrity-handbags-for-travel#angelina-jolie" target="_blank">Angelina Jolie</a> can regularly be seen carrying one in black, which is also the shade that Jamie King prefers. </p><p>Markle is definitely in good company — and you can join the Everlane club by picking up a bag of your own (or another classic tote from brands like Tory Burch or Madewell).</p><img alt="Leather Tote Bag "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1506439534/everlane-brown-leather-tote-ROYALTOTES0917.jpg?itok=CQnNyyrM"><h2>Everlane Women's Day Market Tote</h2><p>To buy: <a href="http://www.pntrac.com/t/8-9711-131940-104709?sid=TLFASA1MeghanMarkleToteDZSep17&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.everlane.com%2Fproducts%2Fwomens-day-market-tote-cognac" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">everlane.com</a>, $165</p><p>If you like this style, try one of these similar options:</p><img alt="Leather Tote Bag "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1506439534/madewell-brown-leather-tote-ROYALTOTES0917.jpg?itok=E1l0AhCL"><h2>Madewell Transport Leather Tote</h2><p>To buy: <a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=93xLBvPhAeE&amp;subid=0&amp;offerid=514231.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=6370&amp;RD_PARM1=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.madewell.com%2Fbrowse%2Fsingle_product_detail.jsp%3FPRODUCT%253C%253Eprd_id%3D845524441762515&amp;u1=TLFASA1MeghanMarkleToteDZSep17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">madewell.com</a>, $168</p><img alt="Leather Tote Bag "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1506439534/nordstrom-brown-leather-tote-ROYALTOTES0917.jpg?itok=_LvytPVy"><h2>Street Level Faux Leather Tote</h2><p>To buy: <a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=93xLBvPhAeE&amp;subid=0&amp;offerid=390098.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=8158&amp;RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fshop.nordstrom.com%252Fs%252Fstreet-level-reversible-faux-leather-tote-wristlet%252F3559375&amp;u1=TLFASA1MeghanMarkleToteDZSep17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $48</p><img alt="Leather Tote Bag "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1506439534/tory-burch-black-leather-tote-ROYALTOTES0917.jpg?itok=7e7HOsqf"><h2>Tory Burch Block-T Leather Tote</h2><p>To buy: <a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=93xLBvPhAeE&amp;subid=0&amp;offerid=390098.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=8158&amp;RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fshop.nordstrom.com%252Fs%252Ftory-burch-block-t-leather-tote%252F4263240&amp;u1=TLFASA1MeghanMarkleToteDZSep17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $344</p>
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JetBlue Teamed up With Sam Adams for a Beer Tasting Flight to Denver

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 10:46
<p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/jetblue" target="_blank">JetBlue</a> and Samuel Adams have teamed up to bring signature brews to beer lovers who are flying to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/denver" target="_blank">Denver</a> for the Great American Beer Festival this fall. And to celebrate the partnership, they're introducing the first ever cruising altitude beer flight on October 5.</p><p>During the trip, Sam Adams founder, Jim Koch, will guide passengers through an exclusive craft beer flight. Drinkers will experience the Samuel Adams OctoberFest, along with two additional special beers that will be revealed on the flight.</p><p>The JetBlue and Sam Adams crews will also treat passengers to Oktoberfest-themed activities and other surprises before they touch down in Denver for the festival.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/beer/best-beer-destinations-in-america" target="_blank">Love Beer? Here's Where You Should Go Next</a><br /><br />Interested beer-lovers can <a href="http://www.jetblue.com/" target="_blank">book seats for Flight 97 directly with JetBlue</a>. The boozy flight takes off from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at 8:22 p.m. EST.</p><p>For more information on The Great American Beer Festival in Denver, which runs from October 5 through October 7, check out the festival’s <a href="https://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com" target="_blank">website</a>.</p>
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The Top 10 Emerging Travel Destinations, According to Instagram's Data Researchers

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 10:35
<p>Not so long ago, most travel ideas came from literature and film:<em> On the Road</em>. <em>Out of Africa</em>. <em>The Lord of the Rings</em>, which brought Tolkien tourism to New Zealand. <em>Roman Holiday</em> — and just about every other movie Audrey Hepburn appeared in.</p><p>It's not that people no longer book trips inspired by what they watch and read — after all, Naples and Ischia are trending thanks to Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels, and <em>Game of Thrones</em> has driven viewers to Northern Ireland and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/best-beaches-in-croatia" target="_blank">Croatia</a>. But since the rise of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/photography/best-instagram-accounts" target="_blank">Instagram</a>, the app and its like have surpassed books and movies and TV and even the globe-trotting exploits of Jay-Z and Beyoncé as a primary source of travel inspiration.</p><p>Here's a roll call of destinations that have enjoyed runs of popularity since Instagram launched: Bhutan, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/iceland" target="_blank">Iceland</a>, the Greek islands (especially Santorini), Myanmar, Cuba, and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/photography/beautiful-portugal-photos" target="_blank">Portugal</a>. There are political, economic, and cultural explanations for each, but what all have in common is a striking, immediate beauty that anyone with a smartphone camera can capture. As a result, the multiplier effect of social media has raised all of their profiles dramatically.</p><p>Perhaps you still remember the first time you saw a shot of Iceland's pristine <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/video-iceland-waterfalls" target="_blank">Seljalandsfoss waterfall</a> in your feed, or the moment you stopped mid-scroll to gaze at Bhutan's fabled Taktsang "Tiger's Nest" monastery, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/travel-bucket-list-2016#11" target="_blank">clinging to a cliff high above the Paro Valley</a>. Such images feel as if they've been pinched from a fairy tale — but they also convey the idea that you could be in that same fairy tale taking that same picture.</p><p>If emerging destinations can be identified by their social media popularity, can photo-sharing trends reveal the next great place to go? We asked our friends at Instagram to run some numbers. Indonesia, they told us, was the country with the greatest increase in the number of people tagging it during the first half of 2017. At first, we were surprised, but maybe we shouldn't have been. From the gibbons of the Bornean lowland rain forest and the mystical temples of Bali to the unspoiled beaches of the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/worlds-best-nihi-sumba-indonesia" target="_blank">Nihi Sumba Island resort</a>, the sights of Indonesia are as photogenic as those of any other fashionable vacation spot. Check your feed. Is someone you know there right now? Will you be next?</p><p><em>According to the researchers at Instagram, these were the 10 destinations with the greatest increase in user tags in the first half of 2017.</em></p><h2>Indonesia</h2><h2>United Kingdom</h2><h2>Italy</h2><h2>Spain</h2><h2>Germany</h2><h2>Brazil</h2><h2>Hong Kong</h2><h2>United States</h2><h2>Switzerland</h2><h2>Singapore</h2><p> </p>
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Potential Volcanic Eruption Forces Thousands to Evacuate Vanuatu

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 10:08
<p>More than 7,000 people in the South Pacific islands of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/vanuatu-video" target="_blank">Vanuatu</a> have been moved to emergency shelters as the Monaro volcano verges on eruption, <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/thousands-flee-vanuatu-volcano-verges-eruption-170926154316896.html" target="_blank"><em>Al Jazeera</em> reported</a>.</p><p>The increasingly active volcano forced a state of emergency on Tuesday and, as a result, 70 percent of Ambae Island's 10,000 residents were forced to flee the area. While Monaro has been active since its last eruption in 2005, it wasn’t until this past weekend that activity levels were raised to a Level 4.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-26/volcanic-eruption-forces-thousands-to-evacuate-island-in-vanuatu/8990922" target="_blank">Australia’s ABC</a>, that's the second highest level in Vanuatu's volcanic alert system.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/adventure-travel/google-street-view-volcano" target="_blank">Now You Can Dive Into an Active Volcano on Google Street View</a></p><p>“There's ash, fire, stones, and lava being thrown out from the mouth of the volcano," Shadrack Welegtabit, the director of Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office, told ABC. </p><p>While officials hope to avoid a major eruption, it’s difficult to predict what the volcano will do next.</p><p>As<em> Al Jazeera </em>reported, the volcano’s eruption could be a serious threat to the nation’s long-term food sources, as Vanuatu is already one of the world’s poorest countries.</p><p>"People on Ambae rely on a subsistence lifestyle, " Georgia Tacey, country director for the non-profit organization Save the Children, told <em>Al Jazeera</em>. "And so the big fear is not just the issue of displacement but the condition of crops and vegetation that people will go home to.”</p><p>Should the volcano erupt, dangerous volcanic gas and acid rain could damage the island’s crops. While the national government has approved a $2 million fund for food, shelter, and water for evacuees, the aftermath and inevitable lasting damage could require much greater resources.</p><p>Monaro, which is located on the Pacific’s <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-warnings/bali-earthquake-and-tsunami-fears/feed" target="_blank">particularly active Ring of Fire</a>, isn’t the only volcano currently threatening to erupt. Some 57,000 people have already been forced to flee parts of Bali, in Indonesia, as the eruption of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-warnings/bali-volcano-eruption-alert-update-on-mount-agung" target="_blank">Mount Agung seems imminent</a> as well. </p>
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United's New Way to Handle Overbooked Passengers Is a Bidding Scheme

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 09:59
<p>United Airlines has a new solution to its <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/overbooking-passengers-united-airlines-legal" target="_blank">overbooking</a> problems: Put the passengers in a bidding war.</p><p>Following a widely publicized incident earlier this year in which passenger David Dao was dragged off a flight to make room for a crew member, United has looked to revise their overbooking policy overall.</p><p>The new system, which is still in a trial phase, would allow passengers to place bids on how much money they would be willing to accept to give up their seat on an overbooked flight. United would then select the passenger or passengers with the lowest bids, the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-united-bidding-program-20170925-story.html" target="_blank"><em>Los Angeles Times</em> reported</a>.</p><p>“As part of our commitment to further improve our customers’ travel experience with us, we plan to test an automated system that will offer customers an opportunity to voluntarily bid for a desired compensation amount in exchange for potentially changing travel plans if faced with an overbooked flight,” United Airlines said in a statement.</p><p>The new system will begin in a trial phase next month in select airports, according to the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>.</p><p>The policy is just the latest attempt to revise their overbooking policy following the dragging incident with David Dao.</p><p>In April, just weeks after the dragging video went viral, the airline announced that they would <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/united-airlines/united-offer-bump-flight" target="_blank">offer up to $10,000</a> to passengers who gave up their seats on overbooked flights. Most airlines capped their offers of vouchers at $1,350, according to <em>The New York Times</em>, though many have revised their policies in the past five months.</p><p>United put forth <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/united-airlines/united-new-overbooking-policy" target="_blank">another plan in July</a>, where they would inform passengers of their status on potentially overbooked flights up to five days ahead of their scheduled flight. These passengers would then have the opportunity to reschedule their flight within a 24-hour window of their original departure and receive a voucher.</p><p>The plan supported the company’s bottom line as it would allow them to rebook passengers in advance and free up seats for last-minute travelers who might be willing to spend multiple times over what the original ticket was worth.</p>
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Mesmerizing Timelapse Shows What the Northern Lights Look Like From Space

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 09:37
<p>Getting the chance to watch the mesmerizing dance of the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-places-to-see-the-northern-lights#1" target="_blank">northern lights</a> can be a rare treat. But getting to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/northern-lights-photo-outer-space" target="_blank">see the aurora borealis from space</a> is even more extraordinary.</p><p>Fortunately, an astronaut from the European Space Agency, Paolo Nespoli, was able to capture this spectacle from hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface — and he shared the aurora borealis video with all of us stuck here at sea level.</p><p>With the help of Nespoli's images, the European Space Agency has pieced together a dreamy time-lapse video that showcases just what the northern lights looks like from the International Space Station as they glimmer across Canada.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/photography/where-to-see-the-southern-lights" target="_blank">The Best Places to See the Southern Lights</a> </p><p>In the 30-second video, a bright swirl of vivid green light — with pulsating ribbons of blue and purple — can be seen igniting Earth's atmosphere.</p><p>“A stunning aurora caught my eye…its beauty is out of this world,” Nespoli wrote in a tweet sharing the clip on Twitter.</p><p>While Nespoli shared the footage of what the northern lights look like from the dark of space, others who caught the same performance shared what the aurora looked like from central Alberta.</p><p>This spectacular light display occurs when electrically charged particles from the sun are forced into contact with the Earth’s atmosphere by powerful solar winds. These particles interact with molecules in the atmosphere to create a kaleidoscopic mix of colors.</p><p><a href="http://twitter.com/AstroKomrade/status/911608273434038274" target="_blank">According to NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik</a>, green is the most common color of the aurora, as the hue is produced by oxygen molecules that reside some 60 miles above the Earth.</p>
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Why You Should Book a Trip to Osaka Before Everybody Else

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 09:03
<p>On Tuesday, MasterCard revealed the results of its annual Destination Cities Index. The survey not only provides insight into the spending of international travelers but also predicts where they’ll visit next year.</p><p>According to MasterCard, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/osaka" target="_blank">Osaka</a> is the fastest-growing destination in the world — and has been since 2009. Over the past seven years, overnight stays from international visitors have grown 24 percent.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals/cheap-flights-nagoya-japan" target="_blank">The Trick to Visiting Japan for $392 Round-trip</a></p><p>MasterCard interprets that Osaka’s rapid tourism growth is indicative of the growing importance of Asia and the Middle East. The index’s fastest growing cities for tourism include <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/photography/chinas-happiest-city-chengdu" target="_blank">Chengdu</a>, Colombo, Abu Dhabi, Jakarta, Tokyo, Hanoi, Riyadh, Lima and Taipei.</p><p>Overall, Asia dominated the list of where people are traveling. Of the top 10 destinations for overnight international visitors, seven were in Asia (including Istanbul). The only exceptions were <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/london" target="_blank">London</a>, Paris and New York City.</p><p>Of the world’s largest cities, Bangkok had the most international visitors stay overnight last year, but MasterCard predicts that Tokyo will see the most growth this year.</p><p>“Cities that apply technology to simplify services and connect people with their passion points can become true destination cities and realize the benefits of increased visitors and greater spending,” Carlos Menendez, MasterCard’s president of enterprise partnerships, said in a statement.<br /><br />Japan’s rapid rise through the tourism ranks is likely due, in no small part, to the country’s preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games. In addition to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/bus-train/train-from-london-to-tokyo" target="_blank">improving mass transit options</a> throughout the country, Japan is also <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/japan-toilets-user-friendly" target="_blank">making its famously-complicated toilets easier</a> for tourists to understand. Tokyo is also reportedly <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/shooting-stars-olympics" target="_blank">developing a manmade meteor shower</a> for the occasion, too.</p>
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These South African Grandmothers Chose Boxing Over Knitting

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 08:40
<p>Around the world, retirement is often considered a time to slow down. Stereotypically, retirees take up low-key activities like golfing, knitting, and gardening.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/trips-to-take-when-you-retire" target="_blank">11 Trips You Need to Take As Soon As You Retire</a></p><p>But one gym in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/visit-south-africa" target="_blank">South Africa</a> is looking to change attitudes about aging with an aggressive training program designed specifically for older women.</p><img alt="Boxing Gogos Grandmas Johannesburg South Africa exercise Cosmo City coach Claude Maphosa "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1506443652/ring-boxing-grandmas-johannesburg-south-africa.jpg?itok=fcKFX5TS"><p>The Boxing Gogos program in Cosmo City, South Africa is open exclusively to senior women who come to the A Team Gym to learn how to box.</p><img alt="Boxing Gogos Grandmas Johannesburg South Africa exercise Cosmo City coach Claude Maphosa "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1506443652/coach-boxing-grandmas-johannesburg-south-africa.jpg?itok=SV7RJpAV"><p>The “boxing grannies” of Cosmo City are all at least 60 years old. And for 90 minutes, twice a week, they come to the gym to throw mean punches.</p><img alt="Boxing Gogos Grandmas Johannesburg South Africa exercise Cosmo City coach Claude Maphosa "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1506443652/claude-maphosa-training-boxing-grandmas-south-africa.jpg?itok=FwubuOKa"><p>When they aren’t practicing hooks and jabs, these women are training with medicine balls and completing strength-building exercises. Then they get in the ring and spar.</p><p>Some of the women in the club <a href="http://nypost.com/2017/09/19/these-boxing-grandmas-train-harder-than-you-do/#1" target="_blank">suffer from health problems</a>. They may show up with walking sticks or complaining of asthma and diabetes, but they’re still able to complete their training and feel stronger after a boxing session.</p><img alt="Boxing Gogos Grandmas Johannesburg South Africa exercise Cosmo City coach Claude Maphosa "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1506443652/boxing-gogos-grandmas-johannesburg-south-africa.jpg?itok=jaJkWrhM"><p>The program was created in 2013 to enable older women to defend themselves while staying healthy. It has since become so popular, the gym is planning to expand to other locations.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/senior-travel/tips-for-traveling-solo-after-retirement" target="_blank">5 Tips for Traveling Solo After Retirement</a></p><img alt="Boxing Gogos Grandmas Johannesburg South Africa exercise Cosmo City coach Claude Maphosa "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1506443652/gladys-ngwenya-boxing-grandma-south-africa.jpg?itok=pYkWQR6B"><p>The boxing grannies' coach, 40-year-old Claude Maphosa, <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/south-african-boxing-grannies-fighting-stay-fit-170924105951810.html" target="_blank">told<em> Al Jazeera</em></a> that the women who come gain strength, flexibility, and confidence. “The more they do it, they feel more confident," Maphosa said. </p><p>"They feel more energetic. They feel more alive. It’s more or less a spiritual thing.”</p>
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VIDEO: Five Things To Do in Palermo

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 08:36
<p>Known as a bridge between the East and West, thanks to its geographic location on the northwestern shore of Sicily, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/blogs/5-reasons-to-visit-palermo-sicily" target="_blank">this Italian city</a> is the island’s center of tourism. Travelers will discover plenty of historic and cultural attractions in Palermo — the result of a long and dramatic history of conquest.</p><p>Years of transitioning between Phoenician, Arab, Byzantine, and Roman rule can be seen today in a city full of souk-like bazaars, diverse architectural styles, and a large variety of cuisine.</p><p>If you are looking to explore Palermo’s many layers, be sure to check out a few of the landmarks, such as the macabre <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/worlds-creepiest-attractions#7" target="_blank">Capuchin Catacombs</a>, which contain a display of nearly 8,000 fully-dressed mummies. At the 12th-century Duomo (or Cathedral) of Palermo, gothic, baroque, and Neoclassica<b>l </b>styles reflect Sicily’s long and complex cultural history.</p><p>One of the best ways to experience a city as intricate as Palermo is through its cuisine. Sicily is a stronghold for the grassroots <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/best-pizza-places-in-italy" target="_blank">culinary movement</a> committed to preserving regional traditions and supporting local purveyors. Get to the source at Palermo’s trio of main markets: Ballarò, Il Capo, and the famed Vucciria, which are best known for street food treats like <i>arancini</i> and <i>sfincione. </i></p><p>A trip to Palermo is not complete without exploring its art scene. Start at GAM (Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Palermo), which mixes 19th and 20th-century Italian masters with high-profile, contemporary artists. Inside the Palazzo Riso is the Museum of Contemporary Sicilian Art. It is one of the region’s most important museums, with works by Richard Long and Francesco Simeti.</p><p>Even if your stay is short, be sure to make time for a stop at the Teatro Massimo, the largest opera house in Italy. This opera house can accommodate more than 1,300 guests. Daily tours are available, but travelers should buy tickets to a show to experience the perfect acoustics.</p><p>With so much to do and see in Palermo, it can sometimes be nice to take a day off and simply relax by the sea. Families can often be found lounging on the sandy stretch of Mondello Beach, just outside of town. East of the city is Aspra Beach, named for the village of the same name, which is famous for its colorful fishing boats.</p>
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576 Border Collies Showed Up at a Park in Australia to Break a World Record

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 08:29
<p>There are amazing things happening all over the world every day. <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/architecture-design/floating-islands-maldives" target="_blank">People are building islands</a>, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/boeing-laser-turbulence" target="_blank">engineers are working to end in-flight turbulence</a>, there’s an advent calendar <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/aldi-wine-advent-calendar" target="_blank">made entirely of miniature wine bottles</a>.</p><p>But these small miracles pale in comparison to what happened in a park in Australia over the weekend, when almost 600 Border Collies showed up to break the world record for most Border Collies ever gathered.</p><p>The 576 dogs showed up (with their owners) in a park in Adelaide, Australia, on Sunday to break a world record and to raise money for animal-related charities.</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/bordercollierecord/posts/?ref=page_internal" target="_blank">The World Record Attempt and Fun Day</a> was organized by the Border Collie Owners of South Australia (BCOSA) and raised $4,700 ($6,00 AUD) for three different dog charities: Scruffer Lovers, Guardian Angel and SA Dog Rescue.</p><p>Border Collie owners paid a $5 entrance fee for the event, which featured a variety of dog-related booths, activities and treats.</p><p>The organization also allowed mixed-breed dogs to attend — as long as they looked like Border Collies.</p><p>There was dogilates, where owners could learn how to do pilates with their canine companions. A photographer came to shoot portraits of the Border Collies and their owners. Dogs even had the option to caffeinate, with a booth serving puppicino probiotic drinks.</p><p>Although the event won’t ever be officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records (<a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/border-collies-gather-australia-576-world-record-charity-fundraiser-adelaide-a7965836.html" target="_blank">the organization does not keep track of breed-specific records</a>), BOSCA still says that it’s the largest gathering of Border Collies in history.</p><p>The previous record was set in 2013 when 503 Border Collies showed up under the orchestration of TV veterinarian Dr. Katrina Warren.</p>
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This Fake Pet Travel Company Is Getting Sued by Delta

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 08:09
<p>Be careful when you book, especially when it comes to your furry friends.</p><p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/delta" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines</a> is seeking to shut down a fake travel website called DeltaPetTransit.com, which claims to act on the airline’s behalf to transport customers’ pets on flights.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/pet-friendly-hotels/westin-mission-hills-adopt-a-dog-program" target="_blank">This Hotel Has a Resident Dog, and You Can Take Them Home With You</a></p><p>Delta says that the phony website has no affiliation with its company; the airline filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Georgia last week.</p><p>The site features the Delta logo and stock images of its planes and violates trademark laws. Use of these images directly confuses customers into thinking the website has any connection with Delta.</p><p>According to the complaint, it “advertises bogus pet air-transport services and dupes intended victims into believing that they are dealing with Delta and are tendering pet shipment-related payments and fees directly to Delta.” The website has been obtaining payments but offering no services to customers.</p><p>Delta’s legal team is still trying to track down the owner of the phony website. According to <a href="http://abc11.com/pets-animals/-delta-website-tricks-people-who-fly-with-pets/2449915/" target="_blank">ABC 11</a>, the domain registration, fictitious contact details are listed including a bogus telephone number and the address of a town in Nevada that does not exist: Simi Valley. However, there is a Simi Valley, California.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/pet-friendly-travel/island-filled-with-adoptable-dogs" target="_blank">This Tropical Island Is Filled With Puppies You Can Adopt</a><p>“We will always take action to defend our brand and prevent our customers from being confused and misled,” Delta spokesperson Morgan Durrant wrote in an email to the <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/delta-says-mysterious-bogus-website-tricks-people-who-put-pets-on-jets/" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>.</p><p>Travelers, take note: Always make sure you’re on the official airline website when you’re booking travel with your pet.</p>
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There’s Now a VR Headset Specifically Designed to Wear While Flying

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 07:04
<p>As airlines consider ways to differentiate their cabins, some are turning to the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/cool-gadgets/virtual-reality-vacations" target="_blank">virtual world</a> — specifically, virtual reality and VR headsets.</p><p>The concept is appealing (especially for <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/tech-apps-and-gadgets-for-the-worried-traveler" target="_blank">nervous fliers</a> who would prefer to be blissfully unaware that they're even on a plane), but the physical weight of a VR headset and the length of a long-haul flight are not necessarily compatible.</p><p>But in an effort to merge VR with the reality of air travel, SkyLights — a in-flight entertainment (IFE) company — developed AlloSky.</p><p>AlloSky is an entertainment system that looks like a pair of futuristic aviator sunglasses. Wearers can watch 2D, 3D, or 180-degree videos playing right there, on the lens. But the system’s most notable feature is its streamlined design: the glasses are 60 percent lighter than previous models.</p><img alt="AlloSky VR cinema headset glasses airlines "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1506438969/allosky-vr-cinema-glasses-SKYVR0917.jpg?itok=lEeye_Mx"><p>“It has always been of fundamental importance to us to offer airlines an immersive-IFE solution that leverages the best immersive headset available for the inflight use case,” SkyLights CEO <a href="https://runwaygirlnetwork.com/2017/09/25/skylights-next-gen-vr-headset-allosky-takes-flight-at-apex/" target="_blank">David Dicko said at the product unveiling</a> on Monday.</p><p>“We have now been able to do exactly that, using our experience from thousands of flights deployed with our current solution in the design of the AlloSky headset to meet the needs of passengers and airlines alike.”</p><p>SkyLights will stream content from 20th Century Fox, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, National Geographic, Lionsgate, and BBC to the AlloSky.</p><p>Dioptric correction (basically, optical adjustment) allows the headset to be used by people with varying eyesight capabilities. AlloSky also has the ability to be connected to a power source at the seat, so it never runs out of battery.</p><p>Air France and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/air-france-joon-airline" target="_blank">Air France’s airline for millennials, Joon</a>, will be <a href="https://apex.aero/2017/09/25/skylights-new-allosky-headset-slew-airline-content-partnerships" target="_blank">the first to receive AlloSky headsets</a>. The headsets will be available to business class passengers for free, while passengers in the economy cabin can rent the system.</p>
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United Airlines' Last Boeing 747 Flight Will Have a 1970s Theme

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 06:05
<p>United Airlines is officially retiring the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/airlines-airports/boeing-could-retire-747-airplanes" target="_blank">Boeing 747</a>, which made its inaugural trip on November 1, 1970 with a flight from San Francisco to Honolulu.</p><p>In honor of its swan song flight, the airline is putting together a retro-inspired, goodbye send-off for the aircraft, complete with a 1970s themed menu, a retro-uniformed crew, and period-appropriate inflight entertainment.</p><img alt="Vintage Historic Archival United Boeing 747 airplane interior 1970s "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1506441381/interior-boeing-airplane-747-archival-UNITEDFAREWELL0917.jpg?itok=fcZGsDA8"><p>Seats on the one-way flight (which departs <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/san-francisco" target="_blank">San Francisco</a> at 11 a.m. PST) are <a href="http://www.united.com/ual/en/us/" target="_blank">available for purchase</a> directly through United. In addition, the seats in the upper deck of the plane will be left unsold, so all of the passengers can visit the space during the flight. (Finally, some leg room.)</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/video-first-boeing-747-takes-flight" target="_blank">Watch Footage of the First Boeing 747 Taking Flight</a></p><p>According to <em><a href="http://www.travelweekly.com/Hawaii-Travel/For-United-747-a-groovy-goodbye" target="_blank">Travel Weekly</a></em>, United plans to fly its final international route using a 747, from Seoul to San Francisco, on October 29.</p><p>While exact details have yet to be released, we hope nostalgic travelers get a chance to sip a Harvey Wallbanger while enjoying a screening of <i>Planet of the Apes </i>at cruising altitude.</p>
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