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Save 30% off a Luxury Spa Getaway in Burgundy

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 10:15
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>France: 30 percent off a luxury spa getaway at <a href="http://www.bernard-loiseau.com/en/information/reservation/" target="_blank">La Villa Loiseau des Sens</a>, the new spa at the adjacent Relais &amp; Chateaux hotel, which is renowned for its two-star Michelin restaurant and lush gardens. </p><p>Gastronomy &amp; Wellness in Burgundy includes:</p>One night in the new VIP Spa Suite at La Villa Loiseau des SensA VIP welcome, including a bottle of champagne, upon arrivalOne treatment per person in the La Villa des Sens’s private treatment room. Access to the Loiseau des Sens spa, which features a plant-covered roof, aqua bikes, and moreA five-course meal, including pairings, at Le Relais Bernard Loiseau's two-star Michelin restaurant (Note: the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)A private tour of the gastronomic kitchen and wine cellar, as well as an aperitif in the kitchenA signed copy of chef Patrick Bertron's cookbook<p>Original Price: 1638 euro (or $1,921 per night)</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong><b> </b>1145 euro (or $1,342 per night); valid travel through December 31, 2018.</p><p>Booking details:<b> </b>Use the code "Travel + Loiseau" when booking via the reservations department: Tel.: +33 3 80 90 53 53; contact@bernard-loiseau.com</p><p>Availability: Blackout dates apply.</p><p> </p>
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Get 30% off Three-Night Stays at an Award-Winning Wellness Spa in Baja

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 09:28
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Mexico: 30 percent off at <a href="http://https://www.rancholapuerta.com" target="_blank">Rancho La Puerta</a>, a 4,000-acre wellness resort offering daily activities ranging from hiking and hula hoop dancing to sound healing sessions.</p><p>Three-Night Stay includes:</p>Three nights in a Junior Villa or Villa Studio<em> </em>A $150 spa credit and access to fitness classes, hikes, lectures and workshops<p>Original Price: From $1,950 per person (or $650 per person night)</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $1400 (or $466 per night); book by August 31 for travel from June 30 to September 8.</p><p>Booking details: To book, guests should share the promo code RLP-TL18 when calling 800-443-7565, or emailing <a href="mailto:reservations@rancholapuerta.com">reservations@rancholapuerta.com</a>.</p><p>Availability: For first-time guests only.</p>
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Get 30% off Three-Night Stays at an Award-Winning Wellness Spa in Baja

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 09:28
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Mexico: 30 percent off at <a href="http://https://www.rancholapuerta.com" target="_blank">Rancho La Puerta</a>, a 4,000-acre wellness resort offering daily activities ranging from hiking and hula hoop dancing to sound healing sessions.</p><p>Three-Night Stay includes:</p>Three nights in a Junior Villa or Villa Studio<em> </em>A $150 spa credit and access to fitness classes, hikes, lectures and workshops<p>Original Price: From $1,950 per person (or $650 per person night)</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $1400 (or $466 per night); book by August 31 for travel from June 30 to September 8.</p><p>Booking details: To book, guests should share the promo code RLP-TL18 when calling 800-443-7565, or emailing <a href="mailto:reservations@rancholapuerta.com">reservations@rancholapuerta.com</a>.</p><p>Availability: For first-time guests only.</p>
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Vermont Will Pay You $10,000 to Move There and Work From Home

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 06:50
<p>Remote workers can <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/how-to-get-remote-jobs" target="_blank">live anywhere in the world</a>. Why not live somewhere that will pay you?</p><p>The <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/colorful-vermont-fall-foilage-pictures" target="_blank">state of Vermont</a> will begin paying people $10,000 to pack up their lives and move there.</p><p>On Wednesday, Gov. Phil Scott signed the “<a href="https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0094/S-0094%20As%20Passed%20by%20Both%20House%20and%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf" target="_blank">New Remote Worker Grant Program</a>,” which will pay people up to $10,000 to relocate to Vermont.</p><p>In response to the state’s rapidly aging population, Vermont is trying to bring in new blood. The program will fund 100 new <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/working-from-home-bad-for-mental-health" target="_blank">remote workers</a> in 2019. The state has allotted an additional 20 workers for every year after that.</p><p>Starting Jan. 1, 2019, remote workers can apply for the $10,000 grant to cover moving expenses, co-working space memberships, and other professional needs. The grants will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Remote workers can receive up to $5,000 each year for two years.</p><p>To be eligible for the grant, remote workers must be employed full-time by an out-of-state business and work from a co-working space or home office. They must become full-time Vermont residents in 2019.</p><p>For those who wish to dip their toe in Vermont before committing to moving there, Vermont is also hosting a <a href="https://www.vermontvacation.com/staytostay" target="_blank">“Stay to Stay” weekend program</a>. Throughout the summer, potential new Vermonters can meet hiring employers and other young professionals while touring the state.</p>
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Vermont Will Pay You $10,000 to Move There and Work From Home

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 06:50
<p>Remote workers can <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/how-to-get-remote-jobs" target="_blank">live anywhere in the world</a>. Why not live somewhere that will pay you?</p><p>The <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/colorful-vermont-fall-foilage-pictures" target="_blank">state of Vermont</a> will begin paying people $10,000 to pack up their lives and move there.</p><p>On Wednesday, Gov. Phil Scott signed the “<a href="https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0094/S-0094%20As%20Passed%20by%20Both%20House%20and%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf" target="_blank">New Remote Worker Grant Program</a>,” which will pay people up to $10,000 to relocate to Vermont.</p><p>In response to the state’s rapidly aging population, Vermont is trying to bring in new blood. The program will fund 100 new <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/working-from-home-bad-for-mental-health" target="_blank">remote workers</a> in 2019. The state has allotted an additional 20 workers for every year after that.</p><p>Starting Jan. 1, 2019, remote workers can apply for the $10,000 grant to cover moving expenses, co-working space memberships, and other professional needs. The grants will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Remote workers can receive up to $5,000 each year for two years.</p><p>To be eligible for the grant, remote workers must be employed full-time by an out-of-state business and work from a co-working space or home office. They must become full-time Vermont residents in 2019.</p><p>For those who wish to dip their toe in Vermont before committing to moving there, Vermont is also hosting a <a href="https://www.vermontvacation.com/staytostay" target="_blank">“Stay to Stay” weekend program</a>. Throughout the summer, potential new Vermonters can meet hiring employers and other young professionals while touring the state.</p>
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What It's Like to Stay at the Most Remote Airbnb in the World

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 17:47
<p>Olive Christian makes the best fruit salad in her entire country. She’s never won an official award, but everyone agrees that her trademark mix of watermelon and pineapple bests the rest — and besides, it’s easy to take a straw poll when you’re only asking a few dozen people. Olive lives on the British overseas territory of Pitcairn Island, an autonomous representative democracy which, according to the latest census, has 50 citizens. It’s basically the smallest country in the world.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/pitcairn-islands-dark-sky-sanctuary" target="_blank">The Remote Pitcairn Islands Could Become the World's Fifth Dark Sky Sanctuary</a></p><p>Seemingly lost in the bluest recesses of the Pacific, halfway between Peru and New Zealand, Pitcairn was thought to be a hallucination of sea-weary sailors until it was settled in 1790 by a band of British defectors (and their Tahitian brides) unhappy at the prospect of having to return to Mother England. Like most of the Pitcairn’s citizens, both Olive and her husband of 40 years, Steve Christian, are direct descendants of the original mutineers.</p><p>Olive is waiting for me at the harbor as my ship arrives, and she recognizes me immediately since I’m the traveler, arriving among a small gaggle of locals who were off-island for medical treatment. I swing my leg over the backseat of her quad bike and we immediately putter up the near-vertical incline to the reach the settlement.</p><p>“It’s not the Hilton, but it’s home!” Olive announces as we pull under the shade of a canopy made from aluminum siding. By the time I’ve showered off the two days of freighter travel, she’s already settled into her role as my island mom, whipping up runny eggs and crispy bacon (just the way I like ‘em), and scooping out a heaping portion of her trademark pineapple salad drizzled with fresh passionfruit.</p><p>Her hospitality never wavered for the two weeks of my visit, from elaborate evening picnics overlooking the landing, to rides down to the volcanic pools for a midday swim. On Pitcairn, the tradition of the homestay is practically as old as the island’s settlement, when the members of the Topaz, an American whaling vessel, were welcomed on shore after they stumbled upon its mutineer-castaways. It remains the island’s only form of accommodation to this day.</p><img alt="Remote Airbnb "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527705644/airbnb-bedroom-MOSTREMOTE0518.jpg?itok=Xoy6wewK"><p>For the last 200 years, each arriving long-haul vessel has meant new visitors and usually new goods, too. The needed parts to get the island’s wifi up and running arrived on the freighter before mine. And just like that, Pitcairners joined the gig economy, monetizing their centuries-old homestay experience by joining the largest community accommodation marketplace as <a data-ecommerce=“true” href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/25134329" target="_blank">the world’s most remote listing</a>.</p><img alt="Remote Airbnb "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527705644/airbnb-bathroom-MOSTREMOTE0518.jpg?itok=TR6gpEhr"><p>Starting at $150 USD a night, each visitor is matched with one of the local families. Meals and washing are included in your stay, which is good since there’s a noticeable paucity of restaurants and laundromats on Pitcairn. And as for Olive’s famous fruit salad? That’s free of charge.</p><h2>How to Get to the Pitcairn Islands</h2><p>Not a destination for the spontaneous traveler, Pitcairn is only accessible by cargo freighter, the Claymore II, which transports goods from New Zealand. Passengers join for the last two nights of the ship’s two-week journey by getting themselves to Tahiti then flying to the island of Mangareva (around 4.5hrs) in the southeast corner of French Polynesia to board.</p><p>The Claymore II only makes four complete circuits between New Zealand and Pitcairn each year, and there are 12 berths available for travelers (including transiting locals), which means considerable planning is needed to secure a spot on one of the passages. Pitcairn’s homestay committee offers <a href="http://www.visitpitcairn.pn/go_there/accommodation/home_stay_listings/index.html" target="_blank">assistance with freighter bookings</a>.</p>
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What It's Like to Stay at the Most Remote Airbnb in the World

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 17:47
<p>Olive Christian makes the best fruit salad in her entire country. She’s never won an official award, but everyone agrees that her trademark mix of watermelon and pineapple bests the rest — and besides, it’s easy to take a straw poll when you’re only asking a few dozen people. Olive lives on the British overseas territory of Pitcairn Island, an autonomous representative democracy which, according to the latest census, has 50 citizens. It’s basically the smallest country in the world.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/pitcairn-islands-dark-sky-sanctuary" target="_blank">The Remote Pitcairn Islands Could Become the World's Fifth Dark Sky Sanctuary</a></p><p>Seemingly lost in the bluest recesses of the Pacific, halfway between Peru and New Zealand, Pitcairn was thought to be a hallucination of sea-weary sailors until it was settled in 1790 by a band of British defectors (and their Tahitian brides) unhappy at the prospect of having to return to Mother England. Like most of the Pitcairn’s citizens, both Olive and her husband of 40 years, Steve Christian, are direct descendants of the original mutineers.</p><p>Olive is waiting for me at the harbor as my ship arrives, and she recognizes me immediately since I’m the traveler, arriving among a small gaggle of locals who were off-island for medical treatment. I swing my leg over the backseat of her quad bike and we immediately putter up the near-vertical incline to the reach the settlement.</p><p>“It’s not the Hilton, but it’s home!” Olive announces as we pull under the shade of a canopy made from aluminum siding. By the time I’ve showered off the two days of freighter travel, she’s already settled into her role as my island mom, whipping up runny eggs and crispy bacon (just the way I like ‘em), and scooping out a heaping portion of her trademark pineapple salad drizzled with fresh passionfruit.</p><p>Her hospitality never wavered for the two weeks of my visit, from elaborate evening picnics overlooking the landing, to rides down to the volcanic pools for a midday swim. On Pitcairn, the tradition of the homestay is practically as old as the island’s settlement, when the members of the Topaz, an American whaling vessel, were welcomed on shore after they stumbled upon its mutineer-castaways. It remains the island’s only form of accommodation to this day.</p><img alt="Remote Airbnb "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527705644/airbnb-bedroom-MOSTREMOTE0518.jpg?itok=Xoy6wewK"><p>For the last 200 years, each arriving long-haul vessel has meant new visitors and usually new goods, too. The needed parts to get the island’s wifi up and running arrived on the freighter before mine. And just like that, Pitcairners joined the gig economy, monetizing their centuries-old homestay experience by joining the largest community accommodation marketplace as <a data-ecommerce=“true” href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/25134329" target="_blank">the world’s most remote listing</a>.</p><img alt="Remote Airbnb "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527705644/airbnb-bathroom-MOSTREMOTE0518.jpg?itok=TR6gpEhr"><p>Starting at $150 USD a night, each visitor is matched with one of the local families. Meals and washing are included in your stay, which is good since there’s a noticeable paucity of restaurants and laundromats on Pitcairn. And as for Olive’s famous fruit salad? That’s free of charge.</p><h2>How to Get to the Pitcairn Islands</h2><p>Not a destination for the spontaneous traveler, Pitcairn is only accessible by cargo freighter, the Claymore II, which transports goods from New Zealand. Passengers join for the last two nights of the ship’s two-week journey by getting themselves to Tahiti then flying to the island of Mangareva (around 4.5hrs) in the southeast corner of French Polynesia to board.</p><p>The Claymore II only makes four complete circuits between New Zealand and Pitcairn each year, and there are 12 berths available for travelers (including transiting locals), which means considerable planning is needed to secure a spot on one of the passages. Pitcairn’s homestay committee offers <a href="http://www.visitpitcairn.pn/go_there/accommodation/home_stay_listings/index.html" target="_blank">assistance with freighter bookings</a>.</p>
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How to Avoid the Crowds As Airports Get Busier Than Ever

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 17:03
<p>Last year, more than 771 million people passed through American airports, according to the <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/blog/2018/01/29/tsa-year-review-record-amount-firearms-discovered-2017" target="_blank">Transportation Security Administration</a> (TSA). Across the globe, airports saw 6.6 percent more passengers in 2017 than the previous year. <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/busiest-airport-united-states-2018" target="_blank">Airports are more crowded than ever before</a>.</p><p>It’s also easier (and cheaper) than ever to nab elevated experiences at the airport. The only problem is that more people are having the exact same idea. As more passengers travel through airports, the VIP spaces are becoming more crowded and less “elite.”</p><p>When preferential treatment is just an app click or an application fee away for anybody, what really constitutes “elite” at the airport?</p><h2>Security</h2><p>Luxury at airport security is being able to breeze through. For $85 for five years, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/tsa-precheck-changes" target="_blank">TSA PreCheck</a> members have access to expedited security at the airport. But now PreCheck members are complaining about the very thing they paid to opt out of: long lines.</p><p>Official numbers currently give 93 percent of PreCheck travelers an average wait time of less than five minutes at airport security. The TSA reports that in the standard lane, 95.3 percent of travelers wait less than 20 minutes.</p><p>In June 2016, the TSA said that <a href="http://time.com/money/4355097/tsa-precheck-fee-survey/">2.77 million people</a> had signed up for TSA PreCheck. Only about one year later, the agency announced <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/news/releases/2017/07/05/tsa-precheck-reaches-milestone-more-5-million-travelers-enrolled">more than 5 million people</a> had enrolled for the program. TSA spokesperson Mike England told <i>Travel + Leisure</i> that about 13 million people are now enrolled in trusted traveler programs.</p><p>It’s unlikely that congestion at security lines will get any better: The TSA has set a goal for <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-02/is-the-tsa-s-85-precheck-program-too-pricey" target="_blank">25 million people</a> to enroll. England said that in order to deal with the increase in PreCheck passengers, the TSA will open more PreCheck lines at airports.</p><p>Officially, the program is “a risk-based approach to vetting and passenger security screening that has enabled TSA to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to passenger security screening,” England told T+L, “spending less time with individuals we know more about while focusing security resources on unknown passengers.”</p><p>So, despite its “premium” reputation, the program was never really meant to alleviate bottle-necking at security lines.</p><p>Those who value every minute of their time at the airport should tack on a <a href="https://www.clearme.com/home" target="_blank">CLEAR</a> membership, too. CLEAR is a biometric security system available at more than 20 airports around the country, with expansion planned for this year.</p><p>While CLEAR does not eliminate the need to pass through security altogether, members don’t need to wait to provide their identification. Instead, they scan their irises or fingertips and are instantly able to proceed to the physical security checkpoint.</p><p>“Our goal is to create a frictionless curb-to-gate journey: biometric bag drop, biometric boarding pass, biometric lounge access, etc.,” Caryn Seidman Becker, CLEAR's CEO, told T+L.</p><p>CLEAR membership is a complimentary perk for Delta’s top SkyMiles members.</p><h2>Lounges</h2><p>Frequent travelers looking for respite from the crowds may beeline for the closest airport lounge. But, upon arrival, they may be surprised to see the lounge is just as crowded as the gates and restaurants outside.</p><p>Lounges were once a place reserved solely for frequent business class travelers. But some long-standing lounge members point to 2016 as the year everything changed. <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-airport-lounge-once-a-refuge-is-a-total-zoo-1525106268" target="_blank">According to the <em>Wall Street Journal</em></a>, that was the year Chase launched its Sapphire Reserve card and gave a whole new class of people access to Priority Pass (a membership program that opens doors to 1,200 lounges around the world and more than 60 lounges in the U.S.). One traveler likened the current lounge experience to Disney World. </p><p>But Tyler Dikman, CEO of LoungeBuddy, an app which allows users to purchase access to more than 100 airport lounges around the world, told <i>T+L </i>that this was “golden age thinking.”</p><p>“And it’s a very U.S.-based perspective,” Dikman said. “Less than a quarter of the world’s lounges are in the U.S. and the bar for U.S. lounges is set much lower than for international lounges.”</p><p>The U.S. is also one of the only places where anybody can buy airline lounge membership (generally about $500 per year), Dikman said. As airlines and private companies began to view lounge access as a way to make money, the clientele inside the lounges began to change.</p><p>Any lounge that allows anybody to enter for $35 will offer a vastly different scene than a lounge designed as a perk for loyal travelers.</p><p>“The AmEx Centurion lounges have become victims of their own success,” Dikman said. After complaints from cardholders about the state of lounges, <a href="https://thepointsguy.com/2017/09/limited-centurion-lounge-access/" target="_blank">AmEx announced in October</a> that it would restrict Centurion access to customers with Platinum and Centurion cards (annual fees start at $550).</p><p>Other lounges are following suit. Dikman specifically pointed to United’s new Polaris lounges as some of the best in the business.</p><p>While anybody can buy access to a United Club lounge, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/united-polaris-lounge-sfo" target="_blank">United Polaris lounges</a> are reserved for first and business class passengers only. Only first class passengers can bring guests into the lounge and they are limited to one guest each. There are currently only two United Polaris clubs open (in Chicago and San Francisco), with three more (in Houston, Los Angeles, and <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/a-new-star-in-the-airport-lounge-scene-the-united-polaris-lounge-opens-at-newark-liberty-international-airport-300657092.html" target="_blank">New Jersey</a>) scheduled to open this year.</p><h2>True Elite</h2><p>Commercial air travel can get several layers more glamorous than lounge access.</p><p>Last year, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/lax-private-suite" target="_blank">Los Angeles International Airport launched a new private terminal</a> for its most well-heeled travelers. <a href="https://theprivatesuite.com/the-experience/" target="_blank">The Private Suite</a> is an experience which ensures that luxury travelers don’t ever need to rub shoulders with common crowds.</p><p>Travelers pass through their own dedicated TSA PreCheck security lines and wait in their own private suites (without even having to deal with other VIPs). When it’s time to board, a driver will chauffeur them directly to the tarmac in a BMW 7-Series sedan.</p><p>Understandably, this service is much more expensive than a lounge membership. It costs $3,500 for domestic flights and $4,000 for international (with a discount for members who pay an annual fee of $4,500).</p><p>In airports, as in the outside world, you get what you pay for.</p>
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How to Avoid the Crowds As Airports Get Busier Than Ever

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 17:03
<p>Last year, more than 771 million people passed through American airports, according to the <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/blog/2018/01/29/tsa-year-review-record-amount-firearms-discovered-2017" target="_blank">Transportation Security Administration</a> (TSA). Across the globe, airports saw 6.6 percent more passengers in 2017 than the previous year. <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/busiest-airport-united-states-2018" target="_blank">Airports are more crowded than ever before</a>.</p><p>It’s also easier (and cheaper) than ever to nab elevated experiences at the airport. The only problem is that more people are having the exact same idea. As more passengers travel through airports, the VIP spaces are becoming more crowded and less “elite.”</p><p>When preferential treatment is just an app click or an application fee away for anybody, what really constitutes “elite” at the airport?</p><h2>Security</h2><p>Luxury at airport security is being able to breeze through. For $85 for five years, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/tsa-precheck-changes" target="_blank">TSA PreCheck</a> members have access to expedited security at the airport. But now PreCheck members are complaining about the very thing they paid to opt out of: long lines.</p><p>Official numbers currently give 93 percent of PreCheck travelers an average wait time of less than five minutes at airport security. The TSA reports that in the standard lane, 95.3 percent of travelers wait less than 20 minutes.</p><p>In June 2016, the TSA said that <a href="http://time.com/money/4355097/tsa-precheck-fee-survey/">2.77 million people</a> had signed up for TSA PreCheck. Only about one year later, the agency announced <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/news/releases/2017/07/05/tsa-precheck-reaches-milestone-more-5-million-travelers-enrolled">more than 5 million people</a> had enrolled for the program. TSA spokesperson Mike England told <i>Travel + Leisure</i> that about 13 million people are now enrolled in trusted traveler programs.</p><p>It’s unlikely that congestion at security lines will get any better: The TSA has set a goal for <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-02/is-the-tsa-s-85-precheck-program-too-pricey" target="_blank">25 million people</a> to enroll. England said that in order to deal with the increase in PreCheck passengers, the TSA will open more PreCheck lines at airports.</p><p>Officially, the program is “a risk-based approach to vetting and passenger security screening that has enabled TSA to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to passenger security screening,” England told T+L, “spending less time with individuals we know more about while focusing security resources on unknown passengers.”</p><p>So, despite its “premium” reputation, the program was never really meant to alleviate bottle-necking at security lines.</p><p>Those who value every minute of their time at the airport should tack on a <a href="https://www.clearme.com/home" target="_blank">CLEAR</a> membership, too. CLEAR is a biometric security system available at more than 20 airports around the country, with expansion planned for this year.</p><p>While CLEAR does not eliminate the need to pass through security altogether, members don’t need to wait to provide their identification. Instead, they scan their pupils or fingertips and are instantly able to proceed to the physical security checkpoint.</p><p>“Our goal is to create a frictionless curb-to-gate journey: biometric bag drop, biometric boarding pass, biometric lounge access, etc.,” Caryn Seidman Becker, CLEAR's CEO, told T+L.</p><p>CLEAR membership is a complimentary perk for Delta’s top SkyMiles members.</p><h2>Lounges</h2><p>Frequent travelers looking for respite from the crowds may beeline for the closest airport lounge. But, upon arrival, they may be surprised to see the lounge is just as crowded as the gates and restaurants outside.</p><p>Lounges were once a place reserved solely for frequent business class travelers. But some long-standing lounge members point to 2016 as the year everything changed. <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-airport-lounge-once-a-refuge-is-a-total-zoo-1525106268" target="_blank">According to the <em>Wall Street Journal</em></a>, that was the year Chase launched its Sapphire Reserve card and gave a whole new class of people access to Priority Pass (a membership program that opens doors to 1,200 lounges around the world and more than 60 lounges in the U.S.). One traveler likened the current lounge experience to Disney World. </p><p>But Tyler Dikman, CEO of LoungeBuddy, an app which allows users to purchase access to more than 100 airport lounges around the world, told <i>T+L </i>that this was “golden age thinking.”</p><p>“And it’s a very U.S.-based perspective,” Dikman said. “Less than a quarter of the world’s lounges are in the U.S. and the bar for U.S. lounges is set much lower than for international lounges.”</p><p>The U.S. is also one of the only places where anybody can buy airline lounge membership (generally about $500 per year), Dikman said. As airlines and private companies began to view lounge access as a way to make money, the clientele inside the lounges began to change.</p><p>Any lounge that allows anybody to enter for $35 will offer a vastly different scene than a lounge designed as a perk for loyal travelers.</p><p>“The AmEx Centurion lounges have become victims of their own success,” Dikman said. After complaints from cardholders about the state of lounges, <a href="https://thepointsguy.com/2017/09/limited-centurion-lounge-access/" target="_blank">AmEx announced in October</a> that it would restrict Centurion access to customers with Platinum and Centurion cards (annual fees start at $550).</p><p>Other lounges are following suit. Dikman specifically pointed to United’s new Polaris lounges as some of the best in the business.</p><p>While anybody can buy access to a United Club lounge, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/united-polaris-lounge-sfo" target="_blank">United Polaris lounges</a> are reserved for first and business class passengers only. Only first class passengers can bring guests into the lounge and they are limited to one guest each. There are currently only two United Polaris clubs open (in Chicago and San Francisco), with three more (in Houston, Los Angeles, and <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/a-new-star-in-the-airport-lounge-scene-the-united-polaris-lounge-opens-at-newark-liberty-international-airport-300657092.html" target="_blank">New Jersey</a>) scheduled to open this year.</p><h2>True Elite</h2><p>Commercial air travel can get several layers more glamorous than lounge access.</p><p>Last year, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/lax-private-suite" target="_blank">Los Angeles International Airport launched a new private terminal</a> for its most well-heeled travelers. <a href="https://theprivatesuite.com/the-experience/" target="_blank">The Private Suite</a> is an experience which ensures that luxury travelers don’t ever need to rub shoulders with common crowds.</p><p>Travelers pass through their own dedicated TSA PreCheck security lines and wait in their own private suites (without even having to deal with other VIPs). When it’s time to board, a driver will chauffeur them directly to the tarmac in a BMW 7-Series sedan.</p><p>Understandably, this service is much more expensive than a lounge membership. It costs $3,500 for domestic flights and $4,000 for international (with a discount for members who pay an annual fee of $4,500).</p><p>In airports, as in the outside world, you get what you pay for.</p>
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Kayak May Have Finally Figured Out How to Take the Pain Out of Planning a Group Trip

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 14:01
<p>Planning a group trip, whether it’s with friends or family, can be stressful.</p><p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/kayak-budget-destinations-2018" target="_blank">Kayak</a> is trying to take some of the effort out of it with a new tool called <a href="https://www.kayak.com/huddle/" target="_blank">Kayak Trip Huddle</a>, which allows users to invite the people they'd like to join them on a trip into the planner.</p><img alt="kayak trip huddle "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527714879/kayak-trip-huddle-KAYAK0518.jpg?itok=AXRyNftb"><p>Each person can add in their preferred dates and destinations, and select the types of accommodation they'd like to stay in, whether that's a hotel, a cabin, an apartment, or something more unique.</p><p>When everyone's selections are added in, each traveler can vote on their favorites on a scale of one to three, making it simple to see which options are matching up best for the group.</p><p>Kayak created the tool after commissioning a survey that found 48 percent of travelers said trying to plan a trip with family and friends stresses them out.</p><p>Now, whether you're looking to take a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/summer-vacations/affordable-family-vacations" target="_blank">summer getaway</a> with the family or try out the latest trend of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/honeymoon-destinations/best-places-for-group-honeymoons" target="_blank">“groupiemoons”</a> (group honeymoons), the process of organizing your vacation can be a little easier.</p>
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How to Keep Your Mental Health in Check If You Work From Home

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 12:31
<p>Working from home sounds like a dream come true: You don’t need to commute, you can work in your pajamas, and there are no coworkers breathing down your neck all day.</p><p>But as ideal as telecommuting may seem, some research suggests that working from home might actually be harmful to an employee’s mental health.</p><p>All jobs have their pros and cons, so while some employees thrive while working from their home office, at a cafe, or from their couch, others might need a bit more social feedback. </p><p>Ryan Hooper, a clinical psychologist in Chicago, told <em><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/working-from-home-mental-health_us_5afd88e2e4b0a59b4e014602" target="_blank">HuffPost</a></em> that working from home can often lead to feelings of disconnection and isolation. “For some people, the feedback and encouragement loop of the work environment is critical to their jobs,” Hooper explained. Getting the immediate feedback that often comes easily in an office setting or even just interacting with coworkers face-to-face can be beneficial to workers who would feel out of touch in a home environment.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/how-to-get-remote-jobs" target="_blank">How to Get a Job That Will Let You Work From Anywhere</a></p><p>While you may think working from home could be freeing for people who get too stressed in the office, it can also cause anxiety and guilt because workers feel a constant need to appear “busy.” Feeling like you need to “prove” you’re being productive and are a worthwhile worker can make for a toxic environment at home or in the office.</p><p>It can also be difficult for work-at-home employees to strike a balance between work and personal errands during the day.</p><p>“It can be really helpful to get some household chores done in the middle of the workday, like switching laundry or picking up a child from school,” Cara Maksimow, a licensed clinical social worker and therapist, told <em>HuffPost.</em> “But the lines between work and home can blur and make it hard to ‘turn it off.’”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/jobs/reduce-work-stress" target="_blank">Easy Things to Do to Keep You From Taking You Work Home With You</a></p><p>Some work-from-home employee may get so caught up in personal business that they cannot finish work when they need to, while others may find it difficult to set a definitive “end” to their work day, which can affect their home life.</p><p>“Being a self-starter, maintaining good organization and being a great communicator are all important for working from home,” Hooper said. He also noted that people with anxiety or depression may do better working in a supportive office rather than telecommuting.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/yoga-wellness/how-to-improve-work-life-balance" target="_blank">4 Simple Ways to Finally Find Work-life Balance</a></p><p>If you are struggling with the work-from-home life, try to make things easier on yourself by creating a definite workspace and schedule. At the office, this is easy, but home workers can find their hours getting murky as time goes by.</p><p>Maksimow also noted that taking time for self-care such as exercise or meditation is essential for any home worker. “Disconnection from work is an important component to feeling refreshed and motivated,” she said. So, put down that laptop at the end of the day and feel free to take a walk outside. Your mind will thank you.</p>
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You'll Never Guess the Fake Name Queen Latifah Uses at Hotels (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 12:00
<p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/us-canada/things-to-do/carnival-cruise-lines" target="_blank">Carnival Cruise Line</a> officially named its <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/carnival-cruises-trades-teen-for-snapchat-name" target="_blank">new <em>Horizon</em> cruise ship</a> in New York City last week, and Queen Latifah played a very special role. Not only was the Grammy-winning artist there to compete against Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott in a Lip Sync Battle (Spoiler: She won.), but she was also on board to christen the gargantuan new ship as its godmother.</p><p>We spoke with the Queen on the ship in between her Lip Sync rehearsals, where she dished out everything from her best cruising tips to how to make the perfect vacation playlist.</p><img alt="Queen Latifah on board the new Carnival Horizon cruise ship "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527702454/queen-latifah-carnival-horizon-deck.jpg?itok=LxcLx0sk"><p><strong><em>Travel + Leisure</em>: What does it mean to you to be Godmother of a cruise ship?</strong></p><p><strong>Queen Latifah:</strong> “I mean this is a first ... I love these big, massive, beautiful ships and what they are able to create. Carnival is unbelievable with this. To be able to be part of a naming of this cruise ship is really special. And I have family members who love to cruise and they're here today, they came up from Maryland to check out the new ship, so it's an exciting day.”</p><p><strong>Have you ever taken a cruise?</strong></p><p>“I've taken one cruise. It's kind of hard for me, because I'm pretty famous — not to toot my own horn — but it could get a little difficult for someone like myself. But I performed on another Carnival cruise a few years back and I'll tell you I had so much fun on that cruise, I couldn't believe it. It was my first experience cruising and there was music everywhere, performances all over the place, all the restaurants, all the fun during the day ... the staff alone, the people are so very helpful, they make it a lot of fun. I had a blast. It was definitely something I'd do again if I could. I might be able to sneak one in on Carnival <em>Horizon</em> which I'm looking forward to because they have some <a href="https://www.carnival.com/itinerary/4-day-bermuda-cruise/new-york/horizon/4-days/br0" target="_blank">nice quick cruises to Bermuda</a>, so I might hop on one of those this summer.”</p><p><strong>What's your best cruising tip?</strong></p><p>“If you're grumpy about something, leave that at the dock. Whatever your problems are, whatever life's stresses are, you get an opportunity to take a week, 10 days, two weeks — leave it at the dock, jump on the ship, and just enjoy yourself. It's a very exciting thing to be able to do, to be able to visit so many places in such a short amount of time ... and take somebody with you who you really want to hang with; somebody who knows how to have some fun.”</p><img alt=" Pierre Camelleri, Luigi De Angelis, Carnival President Christine Duffy, Queen Latifah and Rosario Capilli pose next to Carnival's newest ship during its U.S. debut and naming celebration for the Carnival cruise ship Horizon at Pier 88 on May 23, 2018 "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527702454/queen-latifah-carnival-horizon.jpg?itok=_lLHAPBA"><p><strong>Speaking of things you need to bring with you, what's one thing you always pack no matter what?</strong></p><p>“My Bible. I bring my Bible wherever I go. I definitely take my Bible, and my face products — my skincare. I definitely take some sunblock, but the good stuff that's for the face.”</p><p><strong>What are some of your favorite skin products?</strong></p><p>“It depends on where you're going because you can get natural things; I just left Hawaii not too long ago, they make <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/beauty/reef-safe-sunscreen" target="_blank">all-natural things that are healthy for the environment</a> that you can <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/yoga-wellness/aqua-aston-hospitality-hawaii-free-sunscreen" target="_blank">just get there</a>. But if I'm here I usually use a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Neutrogena-Shield-Anti-Oxidant-Sunscreen-Spectrum/dp/B01LTI9PKW" target="_blank">Neutrogena on the face</a> or <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.dermstore.com/product_Cicaplast+Baume+B5_64034.htm" target="_blank">La Roche</a>, they have some great ones; I use <a href="https://kasha.rw/category/skin-care/" target="_blank">Kasha</a>, which is another skincare line that has a great one ... but the most important thing is to actually use it and not to forget to keep putting it on. You can get a lot of sun. We're on Pier 88 in Manhattan right now and it is so sunny outside that I had to kind of go inside for a second. You could get a sunburn right on your balcony.”</p><p><strong>Who are the people you always take along with you?</strong></p><p>“Any of my friends, any of my relatives — my family knows how to party. They know how to have a good time. They do this all the time, they leave without me, so if anything I'd be going with them.”</p><p><strong>Who's the one celebrity you'd love to travel with?</strong></p><p>“Actually, and I told him that, I would like to roll with Ewan McGregor; I would like to get on my motorcycle and he can get on his ... I would love to take a motorcycle trip with him somewhere. Somewhere around the world, try one of those adventure rides. Other than that I guess if we can go <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/first-look-spacex-space-suit" target="_blank">SpaceX</a> on this bad boy I'd roll with Elon [Musk]. Let me go see what space feels like.”</p><p><strong>We had to ask: Is Queen Latifah the name on your passport?</strong></p><p>“We don't answer these questions because I don't need anybody duplicating my Queen Latifah passport. [Laughs] No, Queen Latifah is the face that's on the passport; she's the one who travels around the world ... but definitely not the name on the passport.”</p><p><strong>What's the best fake name you've used to book a hotel?</strong></p><p>“I used to stay under the name Dominique Sadat; I pictured myself just being a spy with this extravagant life, and I love the name Dominique. Back then at least. Now I've moved on to several other names.”</p><p><strong>Do you have a go-to travel outfit?</strong></p><p>“It's all about <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/fashion/best-travel-pants-women" target="_blank">the pants I'm wearing</a>. I'll wear either some really comfortable <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/leggings-celebrities-wear" target="_blank">stretch leggings</a> or I have these <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.neimanmarcus.com/Helmut-Lang-Cropped-Neoprene-Stretch-Leggings/prod188740201/p.prod" target="_blank">Helmut Lang pants</a> that are comfortable and they stretch because I'm gonna lay down, I'm gonna sleep ... I don't want anything tight around my waist ... and as far as shoes are concerned, I wear something really comfortable because sometimes your feet tend to swell when you fly and you want to be in something that has a little give to it. Last night it was my <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.shopbop.com/fenty-puma-avid-sneakers/vp/v=1/1527172969.htm" target="_blank">Fenty Pumas</a> but who knows what it'll be today, maybe some Nikes, usually a sneaker.”</p><p><strong>Do you have an in-flight routine?</strong></p><p>“I've been flying a very long time; I've been flying more than half my life. I have a prayer that I always say, I may add on a little extra depending on what I'm feeling or what's going on in life ... I get on the plane and I get comfortable. I take my shoes off, I put all my things away, anything I need I take it out, I do not like getting up and going in the overhead compartment. I make sure I have a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/meghan-markle-travel-case" target="_blank">separate little bag</a> with me with all the things I need quickly: a pair of glasses, some lotion, some lip balm, my books I want to read. And I gotta have my <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0756CYWWD" target="_blank">Bose headphones</a> for high-quality sound.”</p><p><strong>What's on your travel playlist?</strong></p><p>“You know, it depends on what country I'm going to; I might need to get inspired. If I'm going to Jamaica I might play a little more reggae, if I'm going to Brazil it might be some samba ... electronic music and house music are always in there and of course depending on which hip-hop song is popping at the time I'm playing that too. I usually wait 'til I get there, wherever the vacation is, even if it's in my room on this vessel, and plug in my speaker and blast some hip-hop ... that's my thing. I play some hip-hop and that's my thing.”</p><p><em>Editor's Note: This interview has been lightly edited for length.</em></p>
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All the Crazy Ways Passengers Try to Get a Free First Class Upgrade

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 11:32
<p>To <a href="https://www.virginatlantic.com/gb/en/flying-club/credit-card.html">announce their new credit card</a> and the perks it offers, Virgin Atlantic used slow-motion cameras to record unsuspecting travelers at London Heathrow airport.</p><p>The cameras captured the travelers’ faces as they were told they were getting a flight upgrade. Virgin Atlantic calls their reactions “Upgrade Face.”</p><p>Every person reacts differently to the good news. Most mouths immediately drop open but others are pursed in disbelief. Others cover their face with their hands or scream in delight. The “upgrade face” is an expression of one of the most thrilling moments possible at an airport.</p><p>And people will go to great lengths to reach this moment. According to Virgin Atlantic, the most popular way to try to get a free upgrade is to make a good impression. A survey from the airline revealed that 38 percent of people <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/what-you-should-wear-for-first-class-upgrade" target="_blank">dress nicely to try to get an upgrade</a> and 36 percent arrive early to the gate. About 35 percent of fliers said they’ll try to flirt with check-in staff to score their coveted upgrade.</p><p>But some upgrade-hunters are more devious. About one in five will pretend they were just married and one in 20 will claim to be a journalist to move up to first class. (Pro-tip: Don't do this.)</p><p>One Virgin Atlantic employee detailed some of the most unusual ways that passengers have tried to secure upgrades. Julie Challenger said that she had seen a husband, who was arguing with his wife, request an upgrade to separate the quarreling couple. A magician once offered to put on a show for crew in exchange for a free upgrade. And one recently dumped young man asked for an upgrade, hoping that first class would mend his broken heart.</p>
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How to Go on Summer Vacation Even If You Think You Can’t Afford It

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 11:02
<p>About one-quarter of Americans won’t go on vacation this summer because they can’t afford it, according to <a href="https://www.bankrate.com/personal-finance/smart-money/survey-cant-afford-summer-vacation/" target="_blank">a survey from Bankrate</a>. But, for Americans who get paid time off from their work, not taking those days is a waste of time and money.</p><p>“It’s important for Americans who have vacation time to use it, even if it’s for something as low-key as a ‘staycation,’” Bankrate analyst Amanda Dixon said in a statement. “Otherwise, it’s almost like you’re leaving money on the table. For those who feel like they can’t afford to take a vacation, get creative and think outside the box.”</p><p>Summer technically hasn’t even started yet, and there are plenty of creative ways to make a vacation happen on a budget.</p><p>Although it may seem counterintuitive, the first step is to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/budgeting-currency/dont-budget-for-vacation" target="_blank"><strong>avoid “budgeting” for your trip</strong></a>. Every week, set aside some money automatically and operate with whatever’s left. (You can even use an app like <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/digit-save-money-without-thinking/id1011935076" target="_blank">Digit</a> that will squirrel away money without you having to think about it.)</p><p>Once you know how much you can feasibly save over the next couple months, start searching for options within your budget. The Bankrate survey revealed that 70 percent of Americans expect to spend more than $500 on their summer vacation. But there are plenty of options well below that price point.</p><p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals/cheap-airlines" target="_blank"><strong>Look for budget airlines</strong></a>. Whether traveling across the state or across an ocean, there are plenty of budget-friendly options. Although be warned: many budget airlines operate from airports that are further away from city centers. Be sure the cost of transportation to and from these smaller airports won’t offset the low airfare.</p><p>Be open to traveling on less-popular days, like Tuesday or Wednesday, for low airfare. <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals/different-types-cheap-flights-sales-promotions-mistakes" target="_blank"><strong>Subscribe to airfare alert websites</strong></a> and you could nab <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals" target="_blank">ridiculously low deals</a>, like <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/europe-flight-deals" target="_blank">$200 round-trip flights to Europe</a>.</p><p>If you don’t mind working with a liberal definition of “summer vacation,” you could manage to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/budget-travel/expert-tips-for-budget-friendly-vacations" target="_blank">snag a great deal in September’s shoulder season.</a> It’s a win all around: prices are cheaper, attractions are less crowded and the weather is still pretty good. And summer technically lasts until September 20.</p><p>Once you’ve got your travel booked, <strong>consider unconventional accommodations</strong>. Homeshares, hostels and couch-surfing are among the most budget-friendly ways to travel (you can even <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/university-rooms-college-dorms-summer-budget-accommodations" target="_blank">sleep in a college dorm</a> to save money). But if you’re adamant about hotels, take a look at <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/best-time-to-book-summer-vacation-in-different-cities" target="_blank">the cheapest cities around the country this summer — and the best time to book</a>.</p><p>Be sure to plan for expenses once you’re at your destination. Although eating out is a fun part of vacation, <strong>plan to cook some of your meals</strong> to save. Hardcore budgeters can even <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/budget-travel-hacks-reddit" target="_blank">travel with packets of instant ramen already in their bags</a> for the ultimate in financial efficiency.</p><p>And don’t discount the appeal of last-minute travel. With <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/mobile-apps/last-minute-travel-apps" target="_blank">the assistance of some helpful apps</a>, you can actually book hotel rooms, flights, and cruises for less than what you would have paid if you had booked months in advance.</p>
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Tulum's Newest Art Gallery Is in a Treehouse — and You Have to Take Off Your Shoes to Enter

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 10:30
<p>The word “disruptive” gets thrown around a lot in the art world these days, but <a href="https://www.iklab.art" target="_blank">IK Lab</a>, a new contemporary art gallery in Tulum, is truly worthy of the descriptor.</p><p>The brainchild of Peggy Guggenheim’s great-grandson, Santiago Rumney Guggenheim, the groundbreaking arts and cultural space resembles a high-design treehouse — all curved walls, undulating vine floors, a slatted timber roof, and round windows that look out onto the surrounding tree canopy.</p><p>After entering through a 13-foot-high circular glass door, visitors are asked to remove their shoes so as to fully experience the varying, natural textures of the space.</p><img alt="Interior view of the IK LAB gallery in Tulum "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527701556/ik-lab-gallery-space-tulum-RTTIKLABTULUM0518.jpg?itok=nEoPw-0b"><p>Designed by Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel, the seaside gallery is located on the site of Tulum’s eco-friendly <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g150813-d278752-Reviews-Azulik-Tulum_Yucatan_Peninsula.html" target="_blank">Azulik Resort</a>, also designed by the Sterkel. The gallery embraces the same environmentally-friendly ethos as the rustic resort, and is propped up on stilts to allow the wildlife to pass underneath.</p><p>The inaugural exhibition, “Alignments,” which runs through September, brings together the suspended sculptures of Artur Lescher, the pendulum-like forms of Tatiana Trouve, and the otherworldly rock and metal shapes of Margo Trushina.</p>
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This Self-driving Suitcase Will Follow You Around the Airport — and It's 60% Off Right Now (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 10:00
<p>Trying to navigate through busy <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/free-stuff-at-airport" target="_blank">airports</a> while wheeling around <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags" target="_blank">luggage</a> can be tricky at times, but self-driving robotics company ForwardX is looking to change that with its new luggage, Ovis.</p><p>Equipped with computer vision technology, Ovis is the world’s first vision-powered carry-on that can not only follow you from behind, but can also move autonomously by your side, company representatives claim. </p><p>The carbon fiber suitcase is also equipped with sensors that allow it to follow you at a speed of almost 7 miles per hour without running into anything, while route projection technology helps it recognize its path.</p><img alt="ovis luggage "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527702574/ovis-luggage-camera-OVIS0518.jpg?itok=68Swo8oH"><p>Ovis' features are similar to what you’ll find from <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/cowarobot-suitcase" target="_blank">Cowarobot</a>, an autonomous carry-on that can follow you from behind and by your side if you're wearing a bracelet, but with Ovis, no wearable technology is required. </p><p>If you do want to use your phone with Ovis, however, you can check the weight of your luggage with the Ovis app. </p><p>The bag also comes with a real-time GPS location tracker in case you lose it, and a smart alarm to alert you if it falls too far behind you. </p><p>Take a look at how it works with the video below. </p><p>Since airlines have also been <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/global-ban-on-smart-luggage" target="_blank">cracking down on smart luggage</a>, Ovis also comes with a TSA-approved digital lock that can automatically unlock itself once you’re near security, as well as a battery that can be removed and double as a charging dock for your phone.</p><p>The Ovis site claims the luggage comes with enough power to last two round-trips, and you can always switch to manual mode and carry the bag the old fashion way by gripping its handle.</p><p>ForwardX recently acquired a series A funding of $10 million, and Ovis is currently on sale on <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ovis-1st-seeing-carry-on-that-follows-you-by-side" target="_blank">Indiegogo</a> for a pre-oder price of $319 (a 60-percent savings on its full price of $799). </p>
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This Self-driving Suitcase Will Follow You Around the Airport — and It's 60% Off Right Now (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 10:00
<p>Trying to navigate through busy <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/free-stuff-at-airport" target="_blank">airports</a> while wheeling around <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags" target="_blank">luggage</a> can be tricky at times, but self-driving robotics company ForwardX is looking to change that with its new luggage, Ovis.</p><p>Equipped with computer vision technology, Ovis is the world’s first vision-powered carry-on that can not only follow you from behind, but can also move autonomously by your side, company representatives claim. </p><p>The carbon fiber suitcase is also equipped with sensors that allow it to follow you at a speed of almost 7 miles per hour without running into anything, while route projection technology helps it recognize its path.</p><img alt="ovis luggage "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527702574/ovis-luggage-camera-OVIS0518.jpg?itok=68Swo8oH"><p>Ovis' features are similar to what you’ll find from <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/cowarobot-suitcase" target="_blank">Cowarobot</a>, an autonomous carry-on that can follow you from behind and by your side if you're wearing a bracelet, but with Ovis, no wearable technology is required. </p><p>If you do want to use your phone with Ovis, however, you can check the weight of your luggage with the Ovis app. </p><p>The bag also comes with a real-time GPS location tracker in case you lose it, and a smart alarm to alert you if it falls too far behind you. </p><p>Take a look at how it works with the video below. </p><p>Since airlines have also been <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/global-ban-on-smart-luggage" target="_blank">cracking down on smart luggage</a>, Ovis also comes with a TSA-approved digital lock that can automatically unlock itself once you’re near security, as well as a battery that can be removed and double as a charging dock for your phone.</p><p>The Ovis site claims the luggage comes with enough power to last two round-trips, and you can always switch to manual mode and carry the bag the old fashion way by gripping its handle.</p><p>ForwardX recently acquired a series A funding of $10 million, and Ovis is currently on sale on <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ovis-1st-seeing-carry-on-that-follows-you-by-side" target="_blank">Indiegogo</a> for a pre-oder price of $319 (a 60-percent savings on its full price of $799). </p>
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An NFL Player Swooped In and Saved This Woman From Missing Her Flight

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 09:55
<p>Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham helped out a fellow passenger who nearly missed her flight on Wednesday night.</p><p>Delilah Cassidy, who detailed her experience on Twitter, was attempting to board her American Airlines flight in Los Angeles when she discovered her fare did not include taking a carry-on with her on the flight. Cassidy had purchased a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/basic-economy-breakdown" target="_blank">basic economy</a> fare, which is a recent trend for airlines to slash prices but tack on last-minute fees for travelers who mistakenly assume they had the same perks.</p><p>Scrambling to find a solution, Cassidy attempted to combine all her belongings into one bag, but was told at the gate that it was too big and would be charged $50 to check it.</p><p>A $50 fee, while aggravating, isn’t a terrible price to pay, and Cassidy was willing to hand it over in order to get to her flight on time. However, baggage fees are only handled by credit or debit card, and not with cash. Since Cassidy was traveling from Europe, her cards were being declined until she was able to notify her bank that she had returned to the U.S.</p><p>Cassidy said she was “pleading” with the gate agent when a man walked up to the counter, asked how much the fee was and then paid it with his own card. Cassidy didn’t even realize it was Gresham until she got on the flight.</p><p>“A stewardess came by and said she and the rest of the crew couldn’t believe his kindness...She then mentioned that he was a professional football player but did not know his name,” Cassidy told <em>Travel + Leisure</em> in an email. “I am a sports reporter so I am very familiar with the Cardinals roster. I went position by position in my head. When I got to tight end, it clicked.”</p><p>On the flight, she tried to pay him back, but he refused to let her do so. “He just shook me off and told me to pay it forward,” she wrote on Twitter. He also took a selfie with her once they landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.</p><p>It’s easy to mix up what you can or can’t bring with you on a plane when you’re booking with basic economy fares, and not everyone gets such a stroke of luck.</p><p>“I am glad it turned out to [be] him because it has provided a platform to inspire others to do the same. It sure has inspired me. But, he didn’t tell me his name. He never asked for recognition. It was amazing and I hope that others will help someone in need when they see it,” said Cassidy.</p><p>Good thing there are genuinely nice people like Gresham to step in when help is needed.</p>
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An NFL Player Swooped In and Saved This Woman From Missing Her Flight

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 09:55
<p>Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham helped out a fellow passenger who nearly missed her flight on Wednesday night.</p><p>Delilah Cassidy, who detailed her experience on Twitter, was attempting to board her American Airlines flight in Los Angeles when she discovered her fare did not include taking a carry-on with her on the flight. Cassidy had purchased a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/basic-economy-breakdown" target="_blank">basic economy</a> fare, which is a recent trend for airlines to slash prices but tack on last-minute fees for travelers who mistakenly assume they had the same perks.</p><p>Scrambling to find a solution, Cassidy attempted to combine all her belongings into one bag, but was told at the gate that it was too big and would be charged $50 to check it.</p><p>A $50 fee, while aggravating, isn’t a terrible price to pay, and Cassidy was willing to hand it over in order to get to her flight on time. However, baggage fees are only handled by credit or debit card, and not with cash. Since Cassidy was traveling from Europe, her cards were being declined until she was able to notify her bank that she had returned to the U.S.</p><p>Cassidy said she was “pleading” with the gate agent when a man walked up to the counter, asked how much the fee was and then paid it with his own card. Cassidy didn’t even realize it was Gresham until she got on the flight.</p><p>“A stewardess came by and said she and the rest of the crew couldn’t believe his kindness...She then mentioned that he was a professional football player but did not know his name,” Cassidy told <em>Travel + Leisure</em> in an email. “I am a sports reporter so I am very familiar with the Cardinals roster. I went position by position in my head. When I got to tight end, it clicked.”</p><p>On the flight, she tried to pay him back, but he refused to let her do so. “He just shook me off and told me to pay it forward,” she wrote on Twitter. He also took a selfie with her once they landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.</p><p>It’s easy to mix up what you can or can’t bring with you on a plane when you’re booking with basic economy fares, and not everyone gets such a stroke of luck.</p><p>“I am glad it turned out to [be] him because it has provided a platform to inspire others to do the same. It sure has inspired me. But, he didn’t tell me his name. He never asked for recognition. It was amazing and I hope that others will help someone in need when they see it,” said Cassidy.</p><p>Good thing there are genuinely nice people like Gresham to step in when help is needed.</p>
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Fun, Free Things to Do in June Across the U.S.

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 08:20
<p>Father’s Day and oodles of weddings are officially on deck for June, but don’t pass up the chance to celebrate the blues in <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/chicago" target="_blank">Chicago</a>, see a century’s worth of tractors in Iowa, learn about bourbon in Kentucky, and make music on the summer solstice — all for free.</p><h2>Get the Blues</h2><p>Chicago hosts dozens of free music festivals year-round, but the <a href="https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_blues_festival.html/" target="_blank">Chicago Blues Festival</a>, June 8-10, is the Windy City’s largest music festival and largest free blues festival in the world. The party takes place in Millennium Park with four stages celebrating the Chicago-born music tradition and Chicago blues legends.</p><h2>100 Years of Tractors</h2><p>2018 marks the 100th year John Deere has been in the tractor business and a big celebration is planned for June 15 and 16 in <a href="http://www.travelwaterloo.com/rlp/john-deere-waterloo-centennial-celebration.aspx" target="_blank">Waterloo, Iowa</a>. In addition to live music and an exhibition showcasing 100 years of tractors and tractor innovations at the Waterloo Convention Center, there will be a tractor pull and other activities at the John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum in town. Admission is free.</p><p>Can’t make it to Iowa? The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History features rare and classic John Deere tractors in two temporary exhibits put together for the “<a href="http://americanhistory.si.edu/tractor" target="_blank">Year of the Tractor</a>.” Admission is free.</p><h2>Celebrate National Bourbon Day at a Whiskey Museum</h2><p>It’s appropriate that the grand re-opening of the newly renovated <a href="http://www.oscargetzwhiskeymuseum.com/" target="_blank">Oscar Getz Whiskey Museum</a> in Bardstown, Kentucky takes place June 14, which is National Bourbon Day. The museum is home to more than 5000 whiskey-related artifacts, including real moonshine stills, a 600-piece decanter and bottle collection and a mean-looking mannequin portraying temperance advocate Carrie Nation swinging her hatchet. Admission is free.</p><img alt="ZULOAGA Young Village Bullfighters "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527712489/zuloaga-bullfighters-reina-sofia-FREEJUNE0518.jpg?itok=nbAGwDtF"><h2>San Antonio’s Tricentennial Celebration Continues</h2><p>On June 22, the San Antonio Museum of Art opens “<a href="https://www.samuseum.org/collections/upcoming-exhibitions/1009-spain-500-years" target="_blank">Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Paintings from the Museums of Madrid,</a>” an exhibition featuring more than forty masterpieces by the likes of El Greco, Goya and Picasso. Regular adult admission, with exhibit entry, is $20, but you can see the exhibit for just $5 during hours when general admission is waived: Tuesdays 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to noon.</p><h2>Make Music This June</h2><p>Logan, Ohio, home of the Columbus Washboard Company, hosts the free <a href="http://washboardmusicfestival.com/" target="_blank">Washboard Music Festival</a> on Father’s Day weekend, June 14-16. Events include a parade, live bluegrass, folk and washboard-rich music, kids activities and free tours of the last remaining full-time washboard factory in the United States. Keep an eye out for the world’s largest washboard.</p><p>Want more music? June 21 (the summer solstice) is <a href="http://www.makemusicday.org/" target="_blank">Make Music Day</a> around the world, with more than 4,500 free outdoor concerts, music lessons, jam sessions and other music-making events scheduled in more than 70 U.S. cities. Bonus: Come evening, many any iconic buildings and landmarks around the country will be lit orange to mark Make Music Day.</p><img alt="Niagara Falls "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527787948/Niagara-Falls-FREEJUNE0518.jpg?itok=12GTTdZF"><h2>Renew Your Vows and Break a World Record</h2><p>Considering renewing your wedding vows? You can do it with 1,201 other couples on Goat Island, overlooking <a href="https://www.niagarafallsusa.com/events-calendar/seneca-niagara-niagara-falls-set-to-break-guinness-world-record-title/" target="_blank">Niagara Falls</a> — the Honeymoon Capital of the World — on June 23 and you’ll help break the Guinness World Record for the largest vow renewal ceremony. <a href="https://senecaniagaracasino.com/vowrenewal/" target="_blank">Registration is free</a>, but all couples must bring photo IDs and their marriage certificates to the event. For helping, all participants receive a commemorative t-shirt, a Certificate of Participation and a free buffet at a local casino.</p>
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