You Could Be Missing Out on More Than $700 in Airline Compensation Every Year

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 09:02
<p>Even though it might not feel like it sometimes, <a href="" target="_blank">travelers do actually have rights</a>. But according to a new report, as many as 92 percent of U.S. travelers don’t know they have them.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">AirHelp</a> — a company that assists travelers in recovering compensation from airlines for delayed, canceled, and overbooked flights — surveyed more than 2,000 Americans and determined that less than a quarter of them sought compensation for disruptions.</p><p>“Air passengers still <a href="" target="_blank">feel powerless</a> against airlines,” said AirHelp CEO Henrik Zillmer, “and many miss out on the compensation they’re owed by not filing a claim.”</p><p>In fact, AirHelp’s survey revealed that as many as 13 million travelers worldwide are leaving more than $6 billion in the pockets of airlines every single year. That breaks down to approximately $700 per person — per incident. Meaning a traveler who experiences two disruptions could be missing out on $1,400. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This Is the First Thing You Should Do If Your Flight Is Canceled or Diverted</a> </p><p>Travelers are protected under two main laws, though they’re both incredibly confusing and painfully particular.</p><p>Passengers flying within the United States, for example, are protected only in the event of being denied boarding. But for flights to or from Europe, a more broad European Union law (EC 261) also protects against delays and cancelations.</p><p>Unfortunately, travelers are not protected in the event of “extraordinary circumstances” beyond the airline’s control. That means cancelations and delays caused by <a href="" target="_blank">winter storms</a>, strikes, and <a href="" target="_blank">medical emergencies</a> won't be eligible for compensation.</p><p>What does count? Travelers who are <a href="" target="_blank">bumped from an overbooked flight</a> can seek remuneration — as can people who were delayed more than three hours by a “technical difficulty.” And if flights are canceled and reasonable alternatives are not provided, there may also be an opportunity to file a claim. </p><p>If all this reminds you of the one time a few years ago your flight from Europe was canceled or seriously delayed, it’s actually not too late to take action. Compensation can be claimed within three years of the offending flight.</p><p>And AirHelp isn’t the only company that can help you get back the money you're owed. A new app, <a href="" target="_blank">Service</a>, can automatically file claims for all eligible past and future flight disruptions.</p>
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Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter Will All Align This Week — Here's How to See the Rare Event

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 07:36
<p>If you rise early on Wednesday, March 7 — around 5:00 a.m. — and look to the southern horizon, you will see a rare planetary alignment.</p><p>Next to a bright quarter moon will be the planet Jupiter, and to its left, Mars, followed by Saturn. Left of Saturn is <a href="" target="_blank">Pluto</a>, the recently-demoted dwarf planet that will be far too small to see with the naked eye.</p><p>Over the next few days, the waning moon will appear smaller and smaller as it appears to drift between the planets. Before dawn on March 11, a thin crescent moon will be visible west of Saturn.</p><p>The planetary alignment, however, will be visible for a few weeks.</p><h2>What Happens When the Planets Are Aligned?</h2><p>There is no special significance to a planetary alignment, only a special beauty for those who make an effort to observe the event. So how do the planets line up? The eight planets in our solar system orbit the sun at different speeds, and since Earth is also moving, our view of the planets constantly changes. You can see a 'live' view of what's happening in the solar system on <a href="" target="_blank">The Planets Today</a>.</p><h2>Do Planetary Alignments Cause Earthquakes?</h2><p>It's a common misconception, but there is zero evidence that a planetary alignment causes an increase in seismic activity. After all, the solar system is an awfully big place, and any differences in gravitational pull created during this phenomenon are negligible.</p><h2>Do All of the Planets Ever Line Up?</h2><p>Never. Our solar system has four inner planets (including Earth), an asteroid belt, and the giant gas planets. Although all eight planets orbit the sun at roughly the same plane, it's not exact. So the phrase ‘planetary alignment’ is used rather loosely, and refers to when they appear to be close — and that's only from the point of view on Earth. Even if they did line up exactly, it would be very difficult to see Uranus and Neptune, making the idea of a complete planetary alignment rather, well, pointless.<br /></p><h2>When Are the Planets Are Aligned?</h2><p>Although the planets never align perfectly, it is possible to see five of them in a rough line once every few decades. Such an occasion last happened in April of 2002, when Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus, and Mercury appeared together.</p><p>In 2018, the planets will align around 5:00 in the morning on March 7. The arrangement will be visible for a few weeks. </p><h2>When Will the Planets Align Next?</h2><p>If you miss this planetary alignment, the next one will occur on September 8 in 2040, when Mercury will be nearest the horizon, followed by Jupiter just above it and, just to the southwest, a crescent moon will appear to shield Saturn, Venus, and Mars.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">14 Intergalactic Travel Posters That Make us Wish Space Tourism Was a Real Thing</a></p><p>For those of us lucky enough to be alive on May 6, 2492, it will be possible to see all seven planets — Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, Neptune, Uranus, and Jupiter — in the predawn sky. They will not, however, be in order (as you might see in textbooks), nor will they appear in a straight line.</p><h2>What Is the Bright Red Star Near Jupiter?</h2><p>When observing this week’s planetary alignment, don't mistake the bright red star (the supergiant, Antares) for <a href="" target="_blank">the planet Mars</a>. Located between Jupiter and Mars, Antares actually means 'Rival of Mars' in Greek, because they pass so close together once every two years.</p><p>While Mars is approximately 140,000,000 miles from Earth, Antares is a staggering 600 light years away, and 700 times bigger than the sun.</p><p>It’s actually easy to tell the difference between the red star and the red planet. Antares will twinkle, while Mars will not. On the morning of March 8, the noon will be directly above Antares, and between Jupiter and Mars.</p>
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A Hotel in Panama Is the Latest to Remove Donald Trump's Name After His Election. Here Are the Others

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 06:39
<p>Workers <a href="">chipped away</a> the large, silver letters spelling out "Trump" on the former Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City on Monday – removing President Donald Trump's name from the luxury property after a legal battle with the current owner.</p><p>It's just the latest Trump-branded hotel to remove the president's name – the centerpiece of his real estate business for decades – since he took office. Near the end of his campaign in 2016, some travelers <a href="">were asking their travel agents</a> to avoid choosing Trump properties for their destinations, as well.</p><p>But it's not just the president's hotels that have faced protests during his political rise and presidency. Apartment buildings in New York City <a href="">have removed his name</a> to ease the concerns of residents, and his name was temporarily removed from a billboard touting the Trump Organization's golf course development in Dubai following his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. back in 2015. (That Dubai golf course <a href="">has since opened</a>, becoming the first Trump-branded property to do so since the president was inaugurated.) </p><p>Here are all the hotels that have removed Trump's name since he took office in January 2017: </p><h2>Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City</h2><img alt="trump hotel panama city "src=""><p>The Trump Organization and its employees were removed from their offices in March 2018 following a long-lasting dispute between the organization and the property's new owner. Orestes Fintiklis, the 39-year-old owner of the property, appeared the celebrate the Trump Organization's ouster by singing the Greek song "Accordeon," an anti-fascist tune, according to the <a href="">New York <em>Times</em></a>. </p><p> </p><h2>Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto</h2><img alt="trump hotel toronto name removed "src=""><p>In June 2017, the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto stripped the president's name from its 65-story building after JCF Capital, the new owner of the hotel, ended the Trump Organization's contract. Trump himself never owned the building, but the Trump Organization operated it since 2012, according to the <a href=""><em>Toronto</em><em> Sun</em></a>. During that period, the hotel suffered from low occupancy rates and construction issues, as well as served as the site for anti-Trump protests, according to the <a href="">New York <em>Times</em></a>.</p><h2>Trump SoHo in Manhattan, New York</h2><img alt="trump soho hotel "src=""><p>The Trump Organization left the luxurious Trump SoHo hotel in New York City as it dealt with struggling occupancy rates and protests in Trump's hometown at the height of the 2016 presidential election. Before the Trump Organization exited the deal, Koi, the high-end restaurant located inside the hotel, <a href="">left the property</a>, citing economic reasons. The location is now named Dominick Soho Hotel and Spa.</p>
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Flights to This Gorgeous South American Island Are Unusually Cheap Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 17:33
<p>Situated in the Caribbean, between <a href="" target="_blank">Colombia</a> and Nicaragua, is the little-known island of San Andrés. And thanks to a rare flight deal, you can travel there this spring (between April and May) or fall (between September and October) for an unusually cheap $310 round-trip.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Five Surprisingly Affordable — and Warm — Winter Escapes</a></p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Scott’s Cheap Flights</a>, the discounted tickets to San Andrés can be found from a number of cities in the United States.</p><p>The most inexpensive seats are on sale from San Diego and Fort Lauderdale, though flights in the mid-$300s are available from airports all over the nation.Flights departing from Westchester, Syracuse, Rochester, Richmond, Providence, Austin, Buffalo, and Portland, Maine, for example, are all selling for $336 round-trip. And for less than $360, you can fly out of Pittsburgh, Boston, Miami, or Las Vegas.</p><p>Use <a href="" target="_blank">Google Flights</a> to identify the most inexpensive departure and return dates from your home airport, and then find tickets through your preferred search engine.</p><p>Once your flights to San Andrés are reserved, you can start daydreaming about your <a href="" target="_blank">tropical island getaway</a>, which should include boat rides, adventurous scuba diving, and snorkeling in the island’s famous protected reefs. (Just a short puddle jump away is the UNESCO-designated Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, which is full of barracudas and sea snails.)</p>
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A New 'Air Taxi' in India Will Get You To and From the Airport 15 Times Faster

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 17:32
<p>India just launched its first helicopter taxi operation, creating a service that will pick passengers up from Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport and transport them to the city’s tech center – a 40-mile ride – in under 15 minutes.</p><p>The new sky taxis, called HeliTaxi, debuted on March 5, and some of its first passengers reported the trip taking as little as 12 minutes.</p><p>According to company representatives, the journey on ground can take as long as three hours when you’re dealing with rush hour traffic, which means the HeliTaxi option can be up to 15 times faster.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">sky taxis</a> will also transport passengers to the HAL airport in Bangalore, which currently takes a little over an hour to reach by car.</p><p>Thumby Aviation, which operates helicopter and fixed-wing aircrafts for non-scheduled air transport operations, created the helicopter taxis as a way to “mak[e] helicopters accessible and affordable to the general public.”</p><p>Along with a speedy journey to your destination, you’ll be treated to a mesmerizing bird’s eye view of the area’s landscape during your flight, which will cost about $65, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a></em>.</p><p>You can pre-book an appointment for a pickup through the company’s app, available on both <a href="" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href=";hl=en" target="_blank">Android</a>. </p><p>Keep in mind that operations flying out of the airport are currently available between 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and between 3:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., though the airport is looking to add more locations and time slots to its schedule once it gets the needed approval to install the necessary helipads around the city, according to <em>CNN</em>.</p><p>Unconventional modes of travel are becoming more and more of a reality, with Dubai planning to launch the <a href="" target="_blank">world’s first taxi drones</a> and aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter recently revealing prototypes for planned <a href="" target="_blank">air taxis</a> that could transport passengers at speeds of 150 miles per hour.</p>
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Oprah Left Money 'All Over the Room' to Brighten a Hotel Housekeeper's Day (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 16:52
<p>Oprah revealed in an interview with <a href="" target="_blank"><em>People</em> magazine</a> that she found an extra creative way to tip her hotel housekeeper.</p><p>While etiquette dictates hotel guests <a href="" target="_blank">leave the housekeeper $1-5 per night</a>, in a 2014 poll <a href="" target="_blank">only 46%</a> of Americans said they tip hotel housekeeping. Those who do leave a tip of course usually leave a modest amount of cash on the room’s desk or nightstand. But not Oprah.</p><p>“This time I put it all over the room: under the desk, on the counter with the M&amp;Ms, in the shower. As I was leaving, I was like, ‘Somebody is going to be happy today, yes,’” she told <em>People</em> for this month’s cover story.</p><p>This kind of open generosity isn’t strange for the media mogul. Oprah has been known for her charity work and even a few notable moments where she wowed the crowd with surprise gifts. (Remember, “everybody gets a car”?)</p><p>“Nothing makes me happier than to see other people in their purest moments of joy. Sometimes, honest to goodness, I’m just sitting around thinking, ‘What could I do to make somebody feel really good today? To be able to do that for somebody, that’s one of the great joys of my life,” she said.</p><p>Oprah is starring in “A Wrinkle In Time,” alongside Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon. While shooting the film, which opens March 9, the trio posted <a href="" target="_blank">amazing photos from New Zealand</a>.</p>
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Richard Branson Is Hiring Someone to Live on His Private Caribbean Island

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 16:36
<p>Richard Branson is hiring a personal assistant, and you're going to want to brush up your resume, stat.</p><p>Not only does the billionaire Virgin Group founder seem like a pretty great guy to work for — his <a href="" target="_blank">business trips</a> are next-level, he believes in taking relaxing <a href="" target="_blank">bubble baths for brainstorming purposes</a>, he regularly <a href="" target="_blank">hosts celebrity guests</a>, and he <a href="" target="_blank">owns spectacular properties</a> all over the world — but this job comes with one major perk: You get to live on Necker Island.</p><p>To put this opportunity into perspective, even <a href="" target="_blank">Michelle Obama couldn't keep her cool</a> the first time she stepped onto Necker Island, Branson's private spot in the British Virgin Islands. It's that beautiful.</p><img alt="view of luxurious Necker Island, British Virgin Islands taken from a boat Richard Branson Holiday Retreat Rental "src=""><p>But, unlike the Obamas, you won't get to kite-surf in the Caribbean all day. There will be work involved, and not the most glamorous work, either. According to the <a href="" target="_blank">job listing on Linkedin</a>, “this is an administrative role, covering two busy offices.” This includes the office of Branson and that of Necker Island General Manager Keny Jones. The assistant's main duties will be “diary and email management, general correspondence, filing and archiving, booking travel and providing cover for Richard’s PA when they're on holiday, amongst a whole host of other admin-related tasks.”</p><p>The listing adds that this busy (read: stressful) role is not for everyone, “despite the sunshine.”</p><p>If you're ready to take on this level of responsibility (and sunshine), you can apply by sending your resume and a video of yourself to by March 10. The video should explain why you want the job, an interesting fact about you, and the skills and experiences that make you a unique fit for the job.</p><p>You must, again, be willing to move to Necker Island indefinitely. The 74-acre Caribbean island did sustain <a href="" target="_blank">major damage in Hurricane Irma</a>, but Branson has been working tirelessly to help get it and the rest of the <a href="" target="_blank">British Virgin Islands back on their feet</a>. He previously announced he plans to partially <a href="" target="_blank">reopen the island by October</a>. And according to his recent Instagram photos, it looks like it has retained its idyllic tropical charm.</p>
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This 84-year-old Mayor, Bartender, and Librarian Is Her Town's Only Resident

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:01
<p>As the one and only resident of Monowi, Nebraska, Elsie Eiler is the town’s mayor, treasurer, clerk, secretary, tavern owner, librarian, and default mediator if any disagreements arise at the bar.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">2010 U.S. Census</a>, Monowi is the only incorporated town, village, or city in America with a population of one. And as its sole resident, Eiler’s life is unique to say the least. The 84-year-old opens Monowi Tavern at 9 a.m. six days a week (after a battle with colon cancer in 2011, she’s decided to grant herself <a href="" target="_blank">Mondays off</a>). She serves burgers ($3.50), hot dogs ($1.25), and beers (the "coldest beer in town," claims the sign posted on the wall) to tourists curious about her one-person town. Thus far, she’s welcomed visitors from 47 states and 41 countries and counting. But mostly she spends her time with regulars who come from nearby towns to use the tavern as a sort of community meeting place where they play card games, show off baby photos, and talk about their families.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Seven Small Towns You Must Visit in the U.S.</a></p><p>Eiler jokes that being the only resident of a town does have its perks. For one, she doesn’t have any competition when she runs for mayor each year, winning by a landslide every time. As she <a href="" target="_blank">told Reuters</a>, "I‘m the whole thing. There’s no need for any elections because I’d be the only one to vote."</p><p>Apart from operating the tavern, which she and her late husband, Rudy Eiler, bought in 1971, she also runs the town library, a 320-square-foot shed that houses some 5,000 books that once made up Rudy's private collection. Now, anyone who wants to browse the shelves and borrow books or magazines is welcome to on the honor system.</p><p>While many of the smallest communities in the U.S. have shrunken until they've dissolved, Eiler is determined to keep Monowi incorporated, dutifully completing all of the paperwork to do so. As the only taxpayer in town, Eiler collects $500 from herself to keep the town’s three lampposts lit with electricity and the water flowing. She’s also required to create a municipal road plan every year to secure funding from the state of Nebraska. And, when she applies to the state for her liquor and tobacco licenses each year, she signs them herself as the town secretary, and gives them to herself as the bar owner.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">10 Charming American Towns That Aren't Famous Yet (But Will Be Soon)</a></p><p>Of course, it wasn’t always this way. In the 1930s Monowi was a relatively bustling railroad town of 150 with several businesses including grocery stores, restaurants, and even a prison. But gradually, as farming conditions worsened and jobs were lost to automation, people started moving away in search of greater opportunity and those who stayed eventually passed away. When Eiler’s husband Rudy died in 2004, she became the last remaining resident — but she hasn’t dreamed of moving.</p><p>“I really don’t have any desire to live anywhere else. I’m perfectly happy right where I’m at now,” she <a href="" target="_blank">told the BBC</a>. "I know I could always move closer to my children or stay with them whenever I want, but then I’d have to make all new friends again."</p><p>"Hopefully I will be able to stay here. It's where I want to be," she said.</p><p>So don't feel too bad for Eiler, as she stays in Monowi by choice. In fact, we could learn a thing or two from her about living happily in the moment. As she told <em><a href="" target="_blank">Country</a><a href="" target="_blank"> Living</a></em>, "I get asked, what happens when you're gone? That's not my worry. I believe in living each day and not worrying about down the road. I'm going to enjoy it while I am alive."</p>
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The Most Common Medical Emergencies on Flights and How to Treat Them

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:02
<p>In-flight medical emergencies are on the rise, according to a new <a href="" target="_blank">study released by the University of Toronto</a>. In part, this is due to the fact that more people — including more elderly passengers — are taking to the skies. But it's also due to an increase in long-haul flights, which "subject passengers to longer exposure to physiologic stressors," the study stated. </p><p>The researchers cite another study published in the <a href="" target="_blank">New England Journal of Medicine</a> that estimates one medical emergency occurs per every 604 flights — that's about 16 events per 1 million passengers. The top in-flight medical emergencies, according to the same study, are light headedness/loss of consciousness (37.4 percent), respiratory symptoms (12.1 percent), nausea or vomiting (9.5 percent), cardiac symptoms (7.7 percent), and seizures (5.8 percent). </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">What Happens When a Passenger Dies on the Plane</a></p><p>And, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Air Canada data</a>, many of these cases require help from medical professionals in-flight. Between 2014 and 2016, "roughly half of in-flight medical emergencies were managed by a physician, nurse or paramedic, with the remainder managed by flight attendants alone."</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="573" id="molvideoplayer" scrolling="no" src="" title="MailOnline Embed Player" width="698"></iframe></p><p>“Passengers who are health care professionals, along with members of the flight crew, are often important resources for in-flight front-line care. Although flight crews receive some training in the treatment of in-flight medical emergencies, health care professionals receive little to none,” Dr. Alun Ackery of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto said in a new video filmed to help show other doctors what to do in case of an in-flight emergency.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Is How Likely It Is That There's a Doctor on Your Flight</a></p><p>Ackery appears in the video with Dr. David Kodama, emergency medicine resident at the University of Toronto, to teach medical professionals and flight crew how to accurately monitor patients' vital signs within a cabin.</p><p>After going through the emergency kit a doctor would be given onboard (the one used for the demonstration is from Air Canada), the doctors explain how in-flight conditions might hinder the use of some common tools. "At altitude, it is very difficult to hear breath sounds and to estimate blood pressure with the stethoscope," Kodama says.</p><p>The video also stresses that doctors are protected from liability if they volunteer to help a patient in the air and something goes wrong. This is to encourage more medical professionals to help in times of crisis without worrying about any legal repercussions.</p>
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27 of the Best Beach Captions and Quotes for Instagram

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:01
<p>There’s really nothing better than a relaxing <a href="" target="_blank">summer</a> afternoon spent lounging on the beach. But one thing that can elevate your seaside vacation is a stellar, beachy Instagram photo — paired with an excellent caption.</p><p>You don’t have to be a wordsmith to craft a <a href="" target="_blank">good vacation caption</a>, especially because we’ve done most of the work for you. Whether you’re heading to the coast for a day of sun and sand, or island-bound in the depth of <a href="" target="_blank">winter</a> for some much-needed vitamin D, it’s always fun to share your experience with your social media community (and maybe even <a href="" target="_blank">boost your reach</a> in the process).</p><p>Below, we’ve compiled beach captions that will bring in waves of Instagram likes. From caption puns to inspirational, beach-inspired <a href="" target="_blank">quotes for Instagram</a>, you’re sure to find a fit for your next post of the sand, surf, or <a href="" target="_blank">sun-kissed selfie</a>.</p><h2>Funny Beach Caption Puns</h2><p>All I need is some Vitamin Sea *insert wave emoji*</p><p>(For selfies at the beach): Water you doing right now?</p><p>(For palm tree beach photos): Keep Palm and Carry On *insert palm tree emoji*</p><h2>Cute Beach Captions</h2><p>Sea more of the world, one beach at a time *insert globe emoji*</p><p>Beach hair, don’t care!</p><p>All I need is the salt in my hair and the sand between my toes *insert beach emoji*</p><h2>Clever Beach Captions</h2><p>Sun of a beach *insert sun and beach emojis*</p><p>Whale hello! *insert whale emoji*</p><p>Happy as a clam *insert shell emoji*</p><p>I’m an aqua-holic *insert water emoji*</p><h2>Beach Selfie Captions</h2><p>Resting Beach Face</p><p>Good times and tan lines.</p><p>(For sunglasses selfies): Throwin’ shade *insert sun emoji*</p><h2>Beach Captions for Friends</h2><p>Girls just wanna have SUN *insert sun and beach emojis*</p><p>Hangin’ with my gull-friends *insert girl emojis*</p><p>Just a couple of beach bums.</p><h2>Beach Captions for Couples</h2><p>High tide or low tide, I’ll stay by your side *insert wave and heart emojis*</p><p>You, me, and the sea *insert wave emoji*</p><p>With you, life’s a beach.</p><h2>Beach Captions for Winter</h2><p>They say summer bodies are made in the winter *insert muscle emoji*</p><p>Snow more winter please, bring on the beach!</p><p>(For throwback beach photos): Desperately seeking beach therapy #tbt</p><h2>Beach Quotes</h2><p>"Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach." — Michelle Held</p><p>"For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea." — E. E. Cummings</p><p>“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.” — Isak Dinesen</p><p>“Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson</p><p>“In the waves of change, we find our direction.” — Anonymous</p>
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An Adorable Baby Bunny Was Rescued From a Storm at Dublin Airport

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 07:23
<p>As Storm Emma whips across the U.K., Dublin Airport has been sharing updates with plenty of footage of strong winds and blizzard conditions. But not only is the storm affecting flights, airport workers, and travelers — it’s also leaving a mark on the local wildlife.</p><p>A <a href="" target="_blank">tiny baby hare</a> was spotted by a K9 team Saturday at Dublin Airport, hopping around the snow and looking for shelter. Luckily, one of the airport workers was able to scoop it up and carry it to safety.</p><p>The airport shared a video of the worker’s encounter with the sweet little animal on its official Twitter account.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">We Hope This Rabbit Riding the London Underground Isn't Late for a Very Important Date</a></p><p>Once it was inside, the baby hare was given heat and food. She was discovered to be a female of less than one year old and was nicknamed Emma, for the storm she was found in.</p><p>The worker who rescued her volunteered to bring Emma home to rehabilitate her until she can be released back into the wild. The worker’s family is having plenty of fun sharing pictures of Emma on their social media accounts.</p><p>And it looks like Emma is having a good time with the family’s pets, too.</p>
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Travelers in China React in Shock as The Airport Ceiling Above Them Collapses

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 07:07
<p>Severe weather conditions led to an alarming moment on Sunday when a roof came collapsing down at <a href="" target="_blank">China’s</a> Nanchang Changbei International Airport.</p><p>Those who happened to be at the scene at Nanchang’s main airport on Sunday shared footage of the incident on social media, where travelers can be heard reacting in shock as the roof of the airport's Terminal 2 arrival hall can be seen shaking and heading straight to the ground.</p><p>The airport is located in China’s Jiangxi province, where severe weather conditions had produced winds that were hitting speeds greater than 67 miles per hour on Sunday, according to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">South China Morning Post</a>. </em></p><p>The high winds can be seen causing a domino effect on the roof as portions come collapsing down, one after the other.</p><p>A spokesperson from the airport told <em>South China Morning Post</em> that flights were suspended for a short time during the windy period before returning to normal operations on Monday, and thankfully no passengers were injured during the incident.</p><p>Cold weather conditions have been trickling across the globe as of late, with <a href="" target="_blank">Rome seeing one of its highest amounts of snowfall</a> in years, and <a href="" target="_blank">storms</a> brought flooding and frigid conditions across the U.S. over the weekend.</p>
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Man Is Suing Southwest for Causing ‘Mental Anguish’ After Landing at the Wrong Airport

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 06:11
<p>A passenger is suing Southwest Airlines for “mental anguish,” after his flight landed at the wrong airport.</p><p>Flight 4013 was scheduled to fly from Chicago's Midway International Airport to Branson Airport, in Missouri, in January 2014. However, the plane landed at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport, about nine miles away.</p><p>While a plane mistakenly landing at the wrong airport is itself alarming, the key difference between the two airports is that Branson Airport’s runway is 7,140 feet long, while M. Graham Clark’s is only 3,738 feet. Upon landing on the much shorter runway, passengers reported they felt a hard brake, and were thrown harshly forward, with bags spilling from overhead compartments, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>Business Insider</em></a>.</p><p>Passenger Troy Haines' lawsuit against the airline claims he was “immediately struck with fear and anxiety over potentially crashing” after the flight landed, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the <em>Branson Tri Lakes News</em></a>. He says he developed a fear of flying in the months afterward; he claims he also had to change jobs at “substantially diminished salary” since he was unable to fly for work. According to the <a href="" target="_blank">petition filed</a> by Haines’ attorney, several key factors contributed to the flight’s incorrect landing.</p><p>The petition states that the captain had never been to Branson, and the first officer had only flown once. Despite this, the crew decided to make a visual approach to the airport rather than relying on instruments, and the first officer was not wearing his glasses. The investigation conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board in 2014, as reported by <a href="" target="_blank"><em>USA Today</em></a>, confirmed these factors. At the time, Southwest suspended both pilots.</p><p>“We can confirm that the pilots have been removed from active flying pending the investigation,” a Southwest spokesperson told <em>USA Today</em> in 2014. “We continue to support the NTSB in their investigation.”</p><p>Southwest also made an effort to compensate all 124 passengers on board directly after the event: “We have since reached out to each customer directly to apologize, refund their tickets, and provide future travel credit as a gesture of goodwill for the inconvenience.”</p>
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You Can Hang Out With Bald Eagles and Seals on This Canadian River Rafting Adventure

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 13:01
<p>About an hour north of bustling <a href="" target="_blank">Vancouver</a> lies a small, cozy mountain settlement called Squamish. Though its human population is just under 20,000, the town is home to one of the world’s largest populations of wintering bald eagles. The majestic birds migrate each year for the spawning freshwater salmon that dwell in the depths of the ice-cold Squamish River in an area called Brackendale.</p><p>When I embarked on my journey up to Squamish, suffice it to say I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had never been much of a <a href="" target="_blank">bird</a> person — definitely not a bird watcher — nor did I know very much about bald eagles. Dark body, hooked beak, head as snowy-white as the mountain peaks surrounding me — those were my indicators. Massive and beautiful, bald eagles are known to be quite elusive where I’m from (the Mid-Atlantic). I’d seen probably less than five in my lifetime.</p><img alt="Squamish River Brackendale Vancouver British Columbia Bald Eagle "src=""><p>Well, that certainly changed after my adventure up north. I left <a href="" target="_blank">Vancouver</a> in the early hours of a cold, wet, undeniably Pacific Northwest November morning, my eyes glued to my window as the car wound its way along the Howe Sound, past craggy coastline, spits of fir-strewn islands, and snow-blanketed mountains. My cheery driver, David, filled me in on everything from Vancouver’s peak tourist seasons to the difference between Vancouver, North Vancouver, and West Vancouver, to the vibrant sustainable seafood industry and rich history of the region.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">A Guide to Vacationing on Vancouver Island</a></p><p>When I arrived in Squamish, low clouds were just beginning to hug the mountains, shrouding their freshly snow-capped peaks in a transfixing blue-gray haze. I made a quick stop at <a href="" target="_blank">Fergie’s Cafe</a>, a local institution and a really charming joint tucked into a refurbished wooden trailer on a cabin-studded riverside property. After cozying next to a crackling wood stove fire and downing a couple cups of hot coffee and <a href="" target="_blank">the best salmon benedict</a> I’ve ever had, I departed to meet my <a href="" target="_blank">Canadian Outback Rafting Company</a> tour guide. When I arrived to meet the team and my fellow bird watchers, we suited up in what I can only describe as all the rubber in Canada. This entailed full rubber waders, a rubber jacket, a life vest, rubber boots, a hat, and gloves. At first I thought this seemed a bit like overkill, but as we drove from the company’s home base down toward the misty Squamish River, the rain strengthened, and I realized that head-to-toe rubber was the only reasonable way to go.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">6 Great Airbnbs in Vancouver for Your Money</a></p><p>It had to be raining for the eagle spotting excursion to be the experience that it was. And that’s not even because I’m one of those people who gets swept up in the romance of a stormy, gray sky; there was just something about the combination of gale-force winds, drifts of thick fog, cold raindrops, and low clouds that made the expedition such a thrill. Having been snuggled into the comfort of my hotel in downtown Vancouver just hours before, I’d suddenly been transported into a totally different world: one of rugged mountain peaks; rushing, salmon-filled waters; and gigantic birds. (Picture average wingspans of six to seven feet.)</p><img alt="Squamish River Brackendale Vancouver British Columbia Bald Eagle "src=""><p>Once at the riverside, we unloaded our raft from a trailer and helped our savvy and spirited guide, Matt, wheel it down to the water’s edge. The raft itself was much smaller than I’d anticipated, considering there were five of us on board. I was a little nervous to sit up on the edge of that thing and float down a rushing river, but Matt assured us it was perfectly stable.</p><p>Before heaving my rubber-clad self into the raft, I looked down at my feet and saw a salmon washed up on the shore. It was at least two-thirds the length of my arm. My jaw dropped and stayed that way as I looked up and across the river, spotting four massive eagles flying between the trees, popping in and out of a huge nest, not giving a moment’s notice to the bright yellow raft that was pushing off into the water. “Eagles!” I blurted out before I could stop myself, turning the heads around me. Despite the fact that spotting eagles is a pretty frequent occurrence in Squamish this time of year, I noticed that locals (I was the only out-of-towner on the raft) were still just as captivated by the imposing birds as I was. </p><img alt="Squamish River Brackendale Vancouver British Columbia Bald Eagle "src=""><p>Once I’d finished my internal fit over not being able to snap more than a couple photos due to the rain (it wasn’t a cute, wipe the drops off your phone kind of rain, it was the type that left mascara streaks and made visible dents on the water’s surface), I settled into the realization that it didn’t matter, because photos couldn’t truly do Squamish's natural beauty justice. And a camera definitely couldn’t capture the overwhelming sense of how awe-inspiring these birds are when they’re just a few boat lengths away from you.</p><img alt="Squamish River Brackendale Vancouver British Columbia Bald Eagle "src=""><p>The eagles were everywhere as we drifted downriver: up in the trees, sitting along the beach, picking at pink salmon on the shores, drying out their expansive wings under the cover of the brush. Despite the rain, wind, and quick current, there was something undeniably tranquil about observing the birds as they went about their routines. We saw an abundance of both male and female bald eagles, as well as quite a few fledglings. Matt informed us that bald eagles are known to mate for life, and the babies will stay in the nest between 10 and 12 weeks. Nests are usually around four to five feet wide and deep. According to the National Eagle Center, the largest bald eagle nest ever recorded weighed a whopping three tons.</p><p>After about 30 minutes of floating along, we rounded a wide bend. “Right,” said Matt. “A good time for some hot chocolate.” I was relieved and accepted it with a big smile, eager to warm up my hands as the temperature had begun to drop, and the pelting raindrops seemed to only be getting stronger. It was around this time that Matt mentioned there are often seals in the river. Sure enough, as though he’d heard his name, up popped a seal, staring right at us, smizing like he had a secret. He proceeded to follow us playfully down the river for the rest of the trip, a few others joining him along the way, all seemingly perplexed at the spectacle of a big yellow rubber raft ambling across the water in the freezing rains of November in British Columbia.</p><p>By the time we neared the end of the river, after a full hour, I’d seen dozens of eagles — probably close to 70 or so, though it was hard to keep count. In a world that has lost so much to the detrimental effects of pollution, sweeping urbanization, and environmental mistreatment, it was refreshing to discover a pocket of the Earth that felt untouched by human negligence. Seeing such beautiful animals existing, living, and thriving in their natural habitat was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.</p><h2>Where to Nest</h2><h3>The DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection</h3><p>Located in the recently opened Parq Vancouver complex, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">the DOUGLAS hotel</a> offers sleek, cozy accommodations with an emphasis on wellness and nature’s valued place in the Vancouver experience. Close to top-tier restaurants like Honey Salt, Victor, and 1886 and a short walk from lively neighborhoods like Yaletown, guests can soak up Vancouver’s rich cosmopolitan environment while enjoying a welcoming, wholesome atmosphere.</p><h3>The Shangri-La</h3><p>The perfect combination of elegance and comfort, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">the Shangri-La Vancouver’s</a> well-appointed rooms are the definition of a luxury stay. Guests can expect sophisticated dark woods and Asian-inspired decor, bountiful amenities, an in-house restaurant with a menu by Michelin-starred chef Jean George, and a top-notch staff that goes above and beyond to ensure guests’ comfort while staying downtown.</p><h2>Where to Feast</h2><h3>YEW at the Four Seasons</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">YEW</a> has a suave, sophisticated atmosphere and offers an inspired menu packed with sustainable and locally sourced <a href="" target="_blank">OceanWise</a> seafood.</p><p><strong>Must try:</strong> Sablefish (crab and ricotta ravioli, asparagus, artichokes)</p><h3>Burdock &amp; Co</h3><p>Chef Andrea Carlson presents a strong sense of place through Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine. Located in a cozy, candlelit space, <a href="" target="_blank">Burdock &amp; Co</a> features a seasonal menu of innovative dishes and organic wines that celebrate local and unique ingredients.</p><p><strong>Must try</strong>: Elk Bavette (tomatillo and epazote chimichurri, chanterelle mushroom, potato cream), roasted cabbage (dill cream, cured herring roe)</p><h3>Minami Yaletown</h3><p>Located in buzzy, cosmopolitan Yaletown, the menu at <a href="" target="_blank">Minami</a> weds traditional and contemporary takes on some of the freshest sushi Vancouver has to offer.</p><p><strong>Must try</strong>: Salmon Oshi sushi (pressed B.C. wild sockeye salmon, jalapeño, Miku sauce)<b> </b></p>
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These Disney Races Are the Magical Motivation You Need to Start Running

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:01
<p>If you <a href="" target="_blank">resolved to get fit and travel more</a> in 2018, then we have great news for you: You can do both at Disney.</p><p>Each and every year, Disney resorts around the globe host a variety of events that will both entertain you and make you sweat. We are of course talking about Disney’s world-famous running series. </p><p>If you missed the Disney Princess half-marathon, which wrapped up on Feb. 25, don't fret. <a href="" target="_blank">Disney will host five more running events</a> this year between <a href="" target="_blank">Disney World in Orlando, Florida</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland in Paris, France</a>. All are multi-day events with races for every level of runner.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Stars Wars </em>Virtual Half-marathon</a></h2><p>The <em>Star Wars</em> virtual half-marathon is ongoing from now through March 31. “Race through the galaxy on a course of your choosing for the inaugural <i>Star Wars</i> Virtual Half Marathon,” the <a href="" target="_blank">runDisney site</a> says. “Whether you break up your 13.1 miles over multiple days or rack up the mileage all at once, runners will earn a one-of-a-kind, <i>Star Wars</i>-themed medal for their accomplishment. Don't miss out on this <i>Star Wars</i> adventure like no other.” All you need to do is register, then simply run and complete your own race in your own time.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Star Wars</em> Half-marathon - The Dark Side</a></h2><p>If you’re more into dressing up as a Stormtrooper and racing alongside thousands of fellow <em>Star Wars </em>enthusiasts, Disney World is offering a real-life <em>Star Wars</em> half-marathon on Sunday, April 22. The festivities kick off on April 19 with the runDisney Health &amp; Fitness Expo and also include kids races on April 21.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Virtual Running Shorts</a></h2><p>Take your Disney fitness regimen into summer with the Virtual Running Shorts, which are happening throughout the season from June 1 to August 31. You can get your dog involved, too.</p><p>“Pluto's the honorary host for this year's Virtual Running Shorts Series and he's inviting everyone – human and canine – to join in on a summer of magical runs on a course of your choosing. Stroll, walk, or jog on a track, around the neighborhood, or even through the dog park! It's your chance to experience all the excitement of a magical Disney run right in your own backyard,” Disney said.</p><p>For this year’s shorts, people can take part in three individual races, each with a different commemorative Pluto Finisher Medal. If you run and complete all three of the 5K races you'll receive a Virtual Running Shorts Series Finisher Medal plus a Coolcore towel thrown in as an added bonus.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland Paris Half-marathon</a></h2><p>If you’re hoping to get to Europe to lace up your running shoes, Disneyland Paris has the race for you. The park will be hosting its own half-marathon weekend from September 20-23. There are special <a href="" target="_blank">Disney hotel packages</a> offered for the weekend as well.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Disney Wine &amp; Dine Half-marathon</a></h2><p>Finally, you can round out your Disney running year by taking part in Disney World’s Wine and Dine Half-marathon on Sunday, Nov. 4. If this doesn't make running fun, nothing will.</p><p>“We are serving up the Disney Fall Feast 5K, Disney Wine &amp; Dine 10K, <i>run</i>Disney Kids Races and the Disney Wine &amp; Dine Half Marathon to cap off the weekend,” Disney wrote. “Plus, runners can take on the Disney Two Course Challenge, combining the 10K and Half Marathon, to earn the coveted Challenge medal.”</p><p>Though, if you absolutely are looking to push yourself, perhaps now is the time to start training for Disney World’s full marathon taking place in January of 2019. This way you have plenty of time to train — and get your costume ready.</p>
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The 37 Best Selfie Captions and Quotes for Instagram

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 10:02
<p>We’ve all had a moment (or two, or three) when we’ve deliberated whether or not to <a href="" target="_blank">share a selfie</a> on Instagram. Maybe it's flattering, maybe it’s hilarious, or maybe it’s with special someone. Perhaps, it's all three. And there is no shame at all in posting a good selfie — especially if you have a clever selfie caption to go with it.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The 39 Best Travel and Vacation Captions for Instagram</a></p><p>From serious quotes to funny captions for selfies, we’ve compiled a list of <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram captions</a> guaranteed to capture the attention of your followers. Whether you’re at the beach and need a salty pun, on a romantic getaway with your significant other, or you just want to post a self-love selfie, we’ve got all the info you need to rack up those likes.</p><h2>Funny Beach Caption Puns</h2><p>(For a selfie with a best friend): I was pier-pressured into posting this selfie *insert twin emoji*</p><p>Ocean air, salty hair *insert wave emoji*</p><p>Please enjoy my beach shelfie *insert shell emoji*</p><p>(For yoga selfies on the beach): Namast’ay at the beach *insert beach emoji*</p><h2>Always Good Selfie Captions</h2><p>#selfiesunday</p><p>I woke up like this.</p><p>There’s nothing selfish about self love *insert heart emoji*</p><h2>Funny Selfie Captions</h2><p>(For a selfie in front of a vista): What do you think of the view? *insert wink emoji*</p><p>Enjoys long walks on the beach and sunsets…</p><p>Confidence level: selfie with no filter. *insert punching hand emoji*</p><p>Be as picky with your [insert hotels or vacations] as you are with your men.</p><h2>Cute Selfie Captions</h2><p>Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s an Instagram filter.</p><p>A selfie a day keeps the doctor away.</p><p>I’m wearing the smile you gave me *insert smiling emoji*</p><h2>Clever Selfie Captions</h2><p>But first, let me take a selfie.</p><p>My favorite beauty product is this Instagram filter.</p><p>Today’s selfie is brought to you by self confidence, boredom, and good Instagram filters.</p><h2>Mirror Selfie Captions</h2><p>Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who has the greatest Insta captions of them all?</p><p>“It's like you're my mirror, my mirror starin’ back at me." — Justin Timberlake </p><p>“I learned, when I look in the mirror and tell my story, that I should be myself and not peep whatever everybody is doing.” — Kendrick Lamar</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Fun Instagram Caption Ideas for All Your Pretty Spring Photos</a></p><h2>Serious Selfie Captions</h2><p>Life is better when you’re laughing</p><p>My time is now.</p><p>Be more of you, and less of them.</p><h2>Birthday Selfie Captions</h2><p>“We gonna party like it’s MY birthday." — <em>Inspired by </em>50 Cent </p><p>On this day in [insert year] a queen was born *insert crown emoji*</p><p>(Selfie in front of birthday cake): I’m just here for the birthday cake *insert cake emoji*</p><h2>Captions for Selfies From Songs</h2><p>(For girlfriend selfies): “Girls just wanna have fun” — Cyndi Lauper </p><p>“If I was you, I’d wanna be me too.” — Meghan Trainor</p><p>“First, let me take a selfie” — The Chainsmokers</p><p>“Somethin’ ‘bout you makes me feel like a dangerous woman.” — Ariana Grande</p><p>“Darling, I’m a nightmare, dressed like a daydream.” — Taylor Swift</p><h2>Selfie Quotes</h2><p>“Many have an image of me. Few get the picture.” — Anonymous </p><p>“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” — Coco Chanel</p><p>(For selfies with friends): “Tonight, we are young.” — Fun</p><p>“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” — Oscar Wilde</p><p>“I exist as I am, that is enough.” — Walt Whitman</p><p>“Some call it arrogant, I call it confidence.” — Beyoncé</p>
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A Powerful Nor'easter Hit the East Coast This Weekend. Here Are 10 Intense Photos from the Storm

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 06:11
<p>A <a href="" target="_blank">powerful winter storm</a> hit the East Coast this weekend, leaving <a href="" target="_blank">at least nine people dead</a> and 1.5 million homes and businesses without power, according to the Associated Press, as massive waves flooded coastlines and whopping winds tore through the northeast.</p><p>The nor'easter, an East Coast storm known for its aggressive winds and downpour of snow and rain, caused several airlines to <a href="" target="_blank">cancel flights</a>, including a number of airlines preemptively warning customers of delays and cancellations ahead of the storm. For flights that did take off, passengers and crew members experienced extreme turbulence, in one case <a href="" target="_blank">causing nearly everyone on board a flight</a> touching down at the Washington Dulles International Airport to throw up.</p><p>Dubbed Winter Storm Riley, the weather event also developed into a <a href="" target="_blank">"bomb cyclone,"</a> a phenomenon that comes when atmospheric pressure drops by 24 millibars over a 24-hour period, thus intensifying the storm and risk for coastal flooding. Coastlines in Massachusetts and southern New York saw high tide flooding over the weekend, with streets in downtown Boston flooded to nearly historic highs. </p><p>Stunning photos taken along the East Coast during the tumultuous storm show massive waves smacking into the Massachusetts coast and people grasping their umbrellas as heavy winds and rainfall came down during their commutes. </p><p>Here are 10 of the most stunning photos of the storm.</p><img alt="car noreaster flood "src=""><p>A car sits in the flooded streets of Quincy, Massachusetts on March 2. </p><img alt="umbrella storm "src=""><p>A woman clutches her umbrella as strong winds hit New York City on Friday. </p><img alt="tree hits house winter storm riley "src=""><p>A tree fell into a house in Kensington, Maryland, Friday when heavy winds and flooding caused trees to fall in the area. The 100-year-old woman who lived in the house was rescued from her home.</p><img alt="flood boston "src=""><p>Water sprayed through a gate in Boston's Seaport District on Friday when the nor'easter hit the city.</p><img alt="building collapse car storm "src=""><p>A damaged building collapsed in Washington, D.C. when powerful winds hit the nation's capital on Friday, damaging a a nearby car.</p><img alt="nor'easter Scituate, MA coast "src=""><p>Powerful waves crashed into the seawall and sprayed homes in Scituate, Massachusetts, on Friday during the storm.</p><img alt="rescue team noreaster "src=""><p>Firefighters saved a mother and her child from their home in Quincy, Massachusetts, as flood waters rose during the nor'easter storm.</p><img alt="storm kayak "src=""><p>A man kayaks through the flood waters in Quincy, Massachusetts, Friday as waves crashed nearby.</p><img alt="stop sign storm "src=""><p>A stop sign stands amid the floodwater in Scituate, Massachusetts, Friday.</p><img alt="damaged dock new york "src=""><p>Following the brunt of the storm on Saturday, a damaged dock floats in the water by Queens, New York.</p>
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Stay at the Whitley in Atlanta for Only $139 Per Night

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 16:00
<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="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a></em></p><p>Atlanta: At least 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">the Whitley</a>, a Luxury Collection Hotel, with a sophisticated Southern flair in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta.</p><p>This Operation Vacation deal includes:</p>Two nights in a Superior or Deluxe room<p>Original Price: From $199 per night</p><p><strong>T + L Price:</strong> From $139 per night; book by May 30.</p><p>Availability: Blackout dates include March 22 to 24 and April 17 to 18.</p><p>Booking details: Use booking code TLPROMO; <a href="" target="_blank">book online</a> or call 404-237-2700.</p>
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The 4 Best Smartphone Cameras for Travelers

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 15:00
<p>There's a new best camera in town.</p><p>DxOMark Image Labs, considered the industry standard for camera and image quality ratings, reviewed the new Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, and released an <a href="" target="_blank">updated ranking of the top mobile phone cameras</a> this week.</p><p>For travelers in the market for a new smartphone, the list can help with making a decision in a market flooded with options (typically all claiming to be the best).</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Take Better Travel Photos With These Phone Camera Lens Kits</a></p><p>But there are a few factors that bear more weight than others for frequent fliers. To help travelers pick the best devices, we’re evaluating the top phones on the market based on the features that matter most.</p><h2>Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus</h2><p>If taking beautiful travel photos is your priority, you might want to consider upgrading to Samsung’s new flagship phone.</p><p>Introduced on February 25, the Galaxy S9 Plus bumped the Google Pixel 2 to snag the No. 1 spot on DxOMark’s mobile camera ranking. It earned a 99 out of 100 with its collective photo and video scores, and DxOMark declared it the “best [photo score] we’ve seen so far.” The phone has excellent resolution even when zooming, and produces bright, vivid color photos.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $839</p><h2>Google Pixel 2</h2><p>Now in second place, <a href="" target="_blank">Google’s Pixel 2</a> holds the No. 2 spot with 98 points. Its accurate autofocus, solid flash, and detail preservation continue to make it a powerful companion device for photographers. Of the top smartphones on this list, the Pixel 2 remains the best option for videographers, with 96 points out of 100. (By comparison, the Galaxy S9 Plus scored 91, tying with the Mate 10 Pro.)</p><p>To buy: <a href=";qid=1520005476&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=google+pixel+2" target="_blank"></a>, from $700</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This Is the One Smartphone Camera Accessory Worth Spending Money On</a></p><h2>Apple iPhone X</h2><p>Apple’s <a href="" target="_blank">iPhone X</a> takes third with 97 points, though its camera actually outperforms the Google Pixel 2 for photographs. (A weaker video score dragged down the overall ranking, but the camera alone was — before the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus — hailed the “top performer for stills.”) Compared to the iPhone 8 Plus, the X has superior zoom performance, exposure, and color rendering, among other factors. Its portrait mode was also a standout. </p><p>To buy: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $999</p><h2>Huawei Mate 10 Pro</h2><p>A little-known phone from a Chinese manufacturer that only just became available in the United States in mid-February, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro boasts Leica dual lens cameras, and ties with the iPhone X with 97 points overall. DxOMark gave this smartphone high marks for its wide dynamic range, detail preservation (even in low light and zoom conditions) and its “outstanding” autofocus.</p><p>To buy: <a href="" target="_blank">,</a> from $740</p><p>Sharing fifth place are the Apple iPhone 8 Plus, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 — both with a solid 94 point camera score. For iPhone fans who can't stomach a $1,000 price tag, the <a href="" target="_blank">iPhone 8 Plus</a> is an excellent option. </p>
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U.S. Tourists Warned After Explosives Found on Ferry in Mexico

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 14:58
<p>Tourists have been warned to "exercise caution" after undetonated explosives were found on a ferry boat in Mexico, just a week after an explosion on the same line injured as many as 25 people — and after the ferry line was <a href="" target="_blank">suspended by Mexican authorities</a>. </p><p>Mexican law enforcement officials on Thursday discovered explosives on a Barcos Caribe tourist ferry that runs between the popular vacation destinations of Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, <a href="" target="_blank">according to an advisory from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico</a>. Just a week earlier, on Feb. 21, <a href="" target="_blank">an explosive went off as a Barcos Caribe boat unloaded passengers</a> traveling the same route, resulting in more than two dozen non-life-threatening injuries.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Officials said at the time that the first explosion may have been the result of a mechanical issue, but the U.S. Embassy attributed it to an "explosive device" in its advisory. </p><p>In light of the back-to-back incidents in Mexico, the U.S. Embassy has forbid all U.S. government officials from traveling via the tourist ferries, and has urged travelers in that area to stay aware of their surroundings, exercise caution and purchase travel insurance that specifically covers trips to Mexico, including medical evacuation.</p><p>The investigation remains ongoing, according to the U.S. Embassy's statement. </p>
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