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These Are the Most Fun Cities in the U.S.

5 hours 16 min ago
<p>Ready to have some fun? Well, of course you are.</p><p>One of the most important criteria travelers have when choosing their destinations, besides food and accommodations of course, is whether the place they’re going to will be fun. No one ever set out on a vacation to have a dull time.</p><p>So, in order to help travelers find the most fun-packed places to go, <a href="" target="_blank">WalletHub</a> has crunched some numbers to determine the most fun cities in the United States.</p><p>In order to calculate the most fun cities in the U.S., WalletHub compared 182 cities across three key dimensions: entertainment, nightlife and costs. Each category had its own subcategories in which each city gathered “points” for their fun quotient. Some subcategories include restaurants per capita, beer gardens per capita, time of last call, music venues per capita, and average costs of party tickets, drinks and food, among others.</p><p>And the result? A nice, long list of amazing cities to go to. At the top of the list is <a href="" target="_blank">Las Vegas, Nevada</a>. This comes as no surprise since the city is practically run on entertainment.</p><p> </p><p>Vegas is followed by Orlando (big points for having <a href="" target="_blank">Disney World</a> in your city, apparently), New York City, Atlanta and Miami, respectively.</p><p>However, these ranks are based on the total overall score for each city. Some places actually scored higher than others in particular categories while still being placed lower on the overall results.</p><p>Las Vegas ranked number one in the nightlife and parties category (naturally), while <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> ranked first in entertainment and recreation. Springfield, Missouri ranked number one in terms of cost but ranked number 65 on the overall list.</p><p>And in some key subcategories, other cities not included in the top five in the U.S. also shine. Honolulu ranked number one as the city with the most festivals per capita, San Francisco topped the list for most dance clubs per capita, and Oklahoma City ranked first in the cheapest beer price.</p><p>No matter where you go, there’s always something for everyone to have a good time. Just make sure you’re <a href="" target="_blank">maximizing the fun</a> you have wherever you go.</p><p>More information on the reports and to see where your city ranked can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">WalletHub website</a>.</p>
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If You Love Good Music and Dive Bars, You’ll Love This New Los Angeles Hotel

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<p>In a city with as many <a href="" target="_blank">good hotels as Los Angeles</a>, it’s hard to decide where to stay. There’s the mythic <a href="" target="_blank">Chateau Marmont</a>. The hipper-than-thou <a href="" target="_blank">LINE</a>. The breezy <a href="" target="_blank">Shutters on The Beach</a>.</p><p>But we can’t think of too many places where you can sleep, drink, and record your next album under the same roof.</p><p>Enter <a href="" target="_blank">Gold Diggers</a>, a new music-inspired boutique hotel and recording studio in East Hollywood. The 11-room “Bed and Beverage”— which is partly inspired by New York City’s fabled Chelsea Hotel — is the creation of Dave Neupert, a partner in L.A. nightlife venues including La Cita and Melody Lounge, as well as New Orleans' <a href="">Royal Street Inn &amp; R Bar</a>. </p><img alt="Room #10 at the Gold-Diggers hotel in Los Angeles "src=""><p>The 1924 building has lived many lives: as a tavern and inn catering to motorists traveling Route 66; a film studio; a rehearsal space for punk and rock bands; and a dive bar with exotic dancers.</p><p>Now, the revamped spot is channeling its storied history through music-centered amenities and stylish interiors— courtesy of Tiffany Howell of <a href="" target="_blank">Night Palm Studio</a>—with a hint of rock ‘n roll (a jewel-toned velvet sofa here, a leopard-print pillow there). Guests even receive a custom vinyl LP on their pillow. </p><img alt="Room #8 at the Gold Diggers recording studio hotel in Los Angeles "src=""><p>Downstairs is the Gold-Diggers Bar, a moody space clad in dark wood and accented with gold pendant lighting, marble tables, tufted leather seats, and a gold velvet stage curtain. The hotspot is home to <a href="" target="_blank">Heat Wave</a>, one of the city’s coolest funk and disco parties, and has already hosted live performances by the likes of Iceage, Nick Waterhouse, and Sofi Tukker.</p><img alt="Bar at the Gold-Diggers hotel and recording studio in Los Angeles "src=""><p>But the most show-stealing feature is the state-of-the-art recording complex, which houses nine studios outfitted with writing, tracking, and mixing technology. The facility also features a multi-use soundstage and a large tracking stage that can be used for events, live performances, and screenings.</p>
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Tokyo's Pokémon Café Has Limited-edition Treats for Halloween, and You Gotta Eat 'Em All

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<p>This fall, Tokyo's Pokémon Café is dressing Pikachu up for Halloween.</p><p>Already fun and quirky on an ordinary day, the themed café has revamped its food and drink menu now through October 31, bringing avid fans and <a href="" target="_blank">Pokémon Goers</a> across the board five treats that are almost too cute to eat.</p><p>The Pikachu Halloween Yokubari Plate is a decked out version of a café staple. According to <a href="" target="_blank">Nintendo Soup</a>, the plate comes with a beef patty, hash browns, salad, a fried prawn, and mashed potatoes in the form of Pikachu's face. For an extra 1,188 yen (approximately $11 USD), you can take home the limited-edition Halloween plate to serve up goodies at your next costume party.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Tokyo Tour Is Like a Real-life Mario Kart</a></p><p>For another savory dish, order the Gastly menchi katsu burger, which consists of minced meat and a bun <a href="" target="_blank">Sora News 24 </a>suspects is made with bamboo charcoal.</p><p>The Tangela Halloween Mont-Blanc is sweeter than it looks: it's puréed chestnuts filled with enough whipped cream to please any sugar fiend.</p><p>Or you can try the spooktastic Golbat "Dokudoku" Float drink, a berry and syrup-full concoction topped with ice cream and more syrup.</p><p>To reenergize after all your hearty eating, get the Pikachu Halloween Chestnut Latte, which you can order either hot or iced.</p><p>Can't make it to Tokyo before Halloween? Have no fear: the Pokémon Café serves Pokémon-themed food and drinks all year long, from the Gengar smoothie to the Pikachu omelette and Jigglypuff cheesecake.</p><p>While you're at the café, take time to browse the adjoining Pokémon Center. <a href="" target="_blank">The largest in Japan</a>, it sells <a href="" target="_blank">Pokémon merchandise inspired by the café</a>, such as Pokéball mugs and thermos flasks stamped with the café logo.</p><p>To <a href="" target="_blank">grab a spot</a> at what is sure to be an iconic Tokyo establishment, make sure you <a href="" target="_blank">reserve your table</a> 30 days ahead.</p>
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You Can Fly Singapore Airlines’ New First Class Suites for (Almost) Free on This One Route

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<p>You don’t have to be rich to fly Singapore Airlines’ opulent <a href="" target="_blank">first-class suites</a>. You just need some airline miles and this simple strategy.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Singapore Airlines</a> currently flies Airbus A380s with the new suites aboard certain flights from its hub at <a href="" target="_blank">Singapore Changi</a> to Hong Kong, <a href="" target="_blank">London Heathrow</a>, Shanghai Pudong, Sydney, and Zurich. Unfortunately, saver-level award tickets (those that cost the fewest amount of miles) are non-existent on almost all of these flights. Almost.</p><p>You’ll be hard-pressed to find award tickets on the longer-haul routes, like those to London and Sydney. Flights with the new suites do not even show up on most award searches. However, there is one route where you can find saver-level space nearly every day of the week.</p><p>That route is from <a href="" target="_blank">Shanghai</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">Singapore</a>. Singapore Airlines operates four flights in each direction on this route daily, so before you book, you need to make a note of the following flight numbers and times, which are the only ones with the new suites on them.</p><p>Singapore Airlines flight SQ830 departs Singapore Changi at 9:45am and arrives at Shanghai Pudong at 3:05pm. (Note: This flight’s scheduled time will shift slightly starting on October 28, but the flight number remains the same.)</p><p>Singapore Airlines flight SQ833 departs Shanghai Pudong at 4:50pm and arrives in Singapore at 10:20pm.</p><p>You will need 50,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles to book a one-way award. Don’t let that number scare you, though, since there are plenty of ways to rack up those miles quickly.</p><h2>How to Search and Book a Singapore Airlines Award Ticket</h2><p>In order to book an award in a suite, you will need to use Singapore Airlines’ award search engine and its own KrisFlyer frequent-flier program miles. If you do not have a KrisFlyer account, <a href="" target="_blank">sign up for one here</a>. It only takes a minute.</p><p>You should sign up for KrisFlyer anyway because the program is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards. If you have any number of credit cards that earn these three types of points, you will be able to transfer them into your KrisFlyer account when you want to book an award on Singapore Airlines or its other airline partners.</p><p>When you are ready to search for awards, go to <a href="" target="_blank">Singapore Airlines’ website</a> and log into your account. Under the “Book a trip” tab, click “Redeem flights,” then enter your search airports and dates.</p><p>Some dates might not have any saver-level award availability on the specific flights with suites, and some might have only “Waitlist” space. Don’t get discouraged. I found plenty of awards in October-January, then in March and beyond. I suspect that February has less award availability on this specific route because of the Chinese New Year when many people tend to be traveling.</p><p>Interestingly enough, there is a lot more award availability in the direction from Shanghai to Singapore than from Singapore to Shanghai. So if you have plans that take you to China, or you want to take advantage of the country’s visa-free transit policy in Shanghai where you can stop over for up to 144 hours before continuing on to a third country, this might be just the opportunity you need to book a Singapore Airlines award.</p><p>KrisFlyer will charge you 50,000 miles in each direction plus 90 RMB ($13) from Shanghai, or $47 SGD ($34) from Singapore. That might seem like a lot of miles, but for this level of luxury on a flight that lasts over five hours, it’s an amazing value. Especially considering that paid airfares for the new suites currently range anywhere from $2,500-$7,500 one-way depending on the date and the route that you book.</p><p>If you do find an award that works for your travel schedule, you should transfer points from one of your linked accounts with Amex, Chase or Citi immediately since transfers can take 12-48 hours to go through.</p><h2>Why You'll Want to Fly in Singapore's First Class Suites</h2><p>Still having doubts? Here’s a reminder of what’s in store if you do end up booking a suite.</p><p>Singapore Airlines unveiled the new suites last November as part of a redesign of all the cabins aboard its <a href="" target="_blank">Airbus A380s</a>. Each jumbo jet has just six of these private sanctuaries total located in the front cabin of its upper deck. Suites are 50 square feet – palatial by in-flight standards – and have closing door for the utmost privacy. However, the first two suites in each row can be combined into doubles in case you are traveling with a companion.</p><img alt="Singapore Airlines private first class suite "src=""><p>The suites were designed by Pierrejean Design Studio, Paris, and contain not only sleek Poltrona Frau leather armchairs, but also separate twin-size beds (27 inches by 76 inches, to be exact) that stow into compartments when passengers are not using them.</p><p>Side consoles hide an oversize dining table that doubles as a work desk, a lit vanity mirror for primping pre-landing and a touchscreen tablet that passengers can use to adjust the suite’s lighting call for service. Those not working can enjoy a range of entertainment options on their own 32-inch, high-definition screen and linger over a leisurely meal created by the airline’s International Culinary Panel of celebrity chefs.</p><img alt="Couple in Singapore Airlines first class suite "src=""><p>The amenities are provided by storied French luxury brand Lalique, including plush linens and duvets, pajamas, skincare products, and the cut-crystal glasses used for meal service, though the fine china is by Wedgwood.</p><p>Suites passengers have two large, spa-inspired lavatories to themselves, one of which has a sit-down vanity counter stocked with more Lalique products such as citrus-scented facial mist and body lotion.</p>
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Boeing's Gigantic 777X Is Getting Closer to Takeoff — Here's Why You Should Be Excited (Video)

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 17:54
<p>Boeing’s 777X jet — basically the blockbuster of the aviation world at the moment — is getting closer to making its grand debut.</p><p>The first 777X-9 aircraft made an appearance at the Boeing facility in Everett, Washington, earlier this month. Although there’s a lot of hype surrounding this particular aircraft, it will never take to the skies.</p><p>The plane will undergo one year of testing on the ground to make sure that it’s fit for the skies, <a href="" target="_blank">according to CNN</a>. Although the airframe is almost complete, the plane doesn’t have an avionics system or engine installed.</p><img alt="Boeing 777x "src=""><p>“We’ve been in tests for several years for different components of this aircraft, starting with wind tunnels, into smaller component structure and the systems integration laboratory,” Doreen Bingo, Boeing’s director of engineering and the 777x test program manager, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Aeronautics Online</em></a>. “The static test really represents the home stretch of our test program because we build the full-scale articles for lab and flight test.”</p><img alt="Boeing 777x "src=""><p>The testing is particularly rigorous because on this aircraft, Boeing is doing something it has never done before: <a href="" target="_blank">wings that fold up</a>. The 235-foot wingspan is the widest that Boeing has ever created in its history. The foldable wingtips alone measure 12 feet.</p><img alt="Boeing 777x "src=""><p>Boeing developed the folding wingtip so that, despite its impressive size, the 777X will be able to taxi to normal gates at the airport. (One problem that has plagued the gigantic A380, from rival Airbus, is that <a href="" target="_blank">it’s too big for many airports</a>.) The wingspan will also make it 12 percent more fuel efficient than the rival A350, <a href="" target="_blank">according to Boeing</a>. The plane will also feature the <a href="" target="_blank">world’s largest engine</a>.</p><p>The mini <a href="" target="_blank">Jumbo Jet</a> is <a href="" target="_blank">predicted to take off in 2020</a> as the world’s “largest and most efficient twin-engine jet,” Boeing said.</p><p>Several airlines, including Emirates, ANA, and Lufthansa, have already placed orders for the aircraft.</p>
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26-year-old Killed in Massachusetts' First Fatal Shark Attack in More Than 80 Years

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 17:31
<p>Arthur Medici, a 26-year-old man from Revere, Massachusetts, died over the weekend after being attacked by a shark off the coast of <a href="" target="_blank">Cape Cod</a>.</p><p>Medici was swimming alongside a friend at <a href="" target="_blank">Newcomb Hollow Beach</a> when the attack occurred. Joe Booth, a local fisherman and surfer, told <em><a href="" target="_blank">CBS</a></em> that he witnessed the attack from the shore. Booth said it looked like Medici was kicking something behind him off of his boogie board, but he did not fully understand what was happening until Medici's friend dragged him to the shore.</p><p>"I was that guy on the beach screaming, 'Shark, shark!'" Booth told CBS. "It was like right out of that movie 'Jaws.' This has turned into Amity Island real quick out here."</p><p>Officials are now investigating the <a href="" target="_blank">attack</a> and believe Medici may have been killed by a great white shark, according to <a href="" target="_blank"><i>The New York Times</i></a>. Medici’s death marks the first shark-related fatality in Massachusetts since 1936.</p><p>According to officials who spoke to <i>The New York Times</i>, shark attacks and fatalities remain incredibly rare around the globe.</p><p>“Pretty much every shark bite is an accident,” Gavin Naylor, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History, told <i>The Times</i>. “It’s mistaken identity.” Typically, he explained, sharks mistake humans for their usual prey, which includes seals and fish.</p><p>As the International Shark Attack File noted, there were a total of <a href="" target="_blank">88 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide</a> last year, which included five fatalities. Most attacks in the United States happened in Florida.</p><p>As to why Massachusetts may be seeing an uptick in both sharks and <a href="" target="_blank">shark attacks</a>, <i>The New York Times</i> reported it may be because of the growing seal population off the Cape. That, in turn, brings more sharks to the region.</p><p>“If you ask us if we’re surprised that this happened, well, we hope it doesn’t, but honestly, the probabilities go up when there are more sharks in the water,” Naylor said. </p><p>“Our lives are never going to be the same without him,” a <a href="" target="_blank">GoFundMe</a> page set up by his family and friends reads.“His laughter filled our home and he will be greatly missed by us all.”</p>
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Scenes From Anthony Bourdain's Last Completed Episode of 'Parts Unknown' Will Give You Chills

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 16:50
<p>Over the weekend, <em>CNN</em> released a trailer for the upcoming final season of <a href="" target="_blank">Anthony Bourdain’s <em>Parts Unknown</em></a>. And we will warn you now, the clip showing the host, who <a href="" target="_blank">died earlier this year at the age of 61</a>, is an emotional ride.</p><p>In the clip, comedian W. Kamau Bell reflects on traveling alongside Bourdain for his last completed episode of the show to Nairobi, Kenya.</p><p>“Everybody who had dreams of traveling with Tony, it’s exactly as cool as you think it is,” Bell shared. “He wasn’t making TV for TV’s sake. He wasn’t just doing a job. This was his life’s work.”</p><p>The episode is the last in the series that will include Bourdain’s voice over and full involvement, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Vulture</em></a> reported. <a href="" target="_blank"><em>CNN</em> announced</a> that four more episodes in the season will be edited from collected shots and audio of Bourdain speaking on camera, and another two episodes will compile interviews with the friends and crew who traveled with Bourdain. After Kenya, the show will take viewers to <a href="" target="_blank">Spain, Indonesia, Texas, and New York City</a>. </p><p>In the new clip, which you can <a href="" target="_blank">watch on <em>Vulture</em></a>, viewers also catch a glimpse of Bourdain in a more intimate and raw moment with Bell. As the pair sit on a hill overlooking the plains of Kenya, Bourdain shares how hard it is to believe all the opportunities his career has brought him. And how truly thankful he is for them all.</p><p>"Seventeen f***ing years," Bourdain said. "As soon as the cameras turn off, the crew will be sitting around, we'll be having a cocktail. I f***ing pinch myself. I cannot f***ing believe that I get to do this.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">How Anthony Bourdain Picked the Locations for Each Season of <em>Parts Unknown</em></a></p><p>Now, Bell feels the responsibility to take all those lessons and pass them on.</p><p>“If Tony was still alive, I would just have him here to help me process it. The greater conscious of the show and the reality and the fact that Tony’s gone is like a punch in the gut,” Bell said. “Tony has made some of the best television in the history of television. I really felt like a passenger and just wanted to be present for it and I didn’t want to suck. That was my overwhelming feeling was like, don’t screw up his show.”</p><p>The new season will premiere on Sunday, Sept. 23.</p>
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The Busiest Flight Route in the World Is to an Island You’ve Probably Never Been to

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 15:49
<p>While the U.S. is home to the world’s biggest aviation market, the Asia-Pacific region dominates when it comes to the most popular air routes.</p><p>The study, conducted by aviation network <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Routes Online</em></a>, used scheduling data from the <a href=";__hssc=238362719.2.1536937347381&amp;__hsfp=1006473120" target="_blank">OAG Schedules Analyser</a> and 2017 passenger numbers from <a href="" target="_blank">Sabre Market Intelligence</a> to determine the 500 busiest routes across the globe.</p><p>The 280-mile journey from <a href="" target="_blank">Seoul’s</a> Gimpo International Airport to the island of Jeju was the world’s most in-demand air route, with a total of 13,460,305 passengers in 2017.</p><p>The route, which <a href="" target="_blank">also took top place in <em>Routes Online</em>’s 2017 study</a>, sees an average of about 37,000 passengers each day on about 180 scheduled flights. (That's an average of about one flight every eight minutes.)</p><p>Jeju is home to beach resorts and a volcanic landscape with craters and lava tubes to explore. Visitors can climb the shield volcano of Hallasan, South Korea's largest mountain, or take a relaxing walk along the island's country roads to admire cottages made out of black lava. A flight from Seoul starts at about $94.</p><p>The route between Seoul and Jeju had more than 4 million more passengers than the world’s second busiest route, from <a href="" target="_blank">Melbourne</a> to Sydney's Kingsford Smith International Airport, with 9,090,941 passengers.</p><p>Nine of the world’s top 10 busiest routes were in the Asia-Pacific region, and only one of the top 10 flights is international.</p><h2>The Top 10 Busiest Scheduled Airline Routes in the World</h2>Jeju (Jeju International Airport)—Seoul (Gimpo International Airport): 13,460,306 passengersMelbourne (Melbourne Airport)—Sydney (Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport): : 9,090,941 passengersSaporro (New Chitose Airport)—Tokyo (Haneda Airport): 8,726,502 passengersFukuoka (Fukoaka Airport)—Tokyo (Haneda Airport): 7,864,000 passengersMumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport)—Delhi (Indira Gandhi International Airport): 7,129,943 passengersBeijing (Beijing Capital International Airport)—Shanghai (Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport): 6,833,684 passengersHanoi (Noi Bai International Airport)—Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat International Airport): 6,769,823 passengersHong Kong (Hong Kong International Airport)—Taiwan (Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport): 6,719,030 passengersJakarta (Soekarno–Hatta International Airport)—Surabaya (Juanda International Airport): 5,271,304 passengersTokyo (Haneda Airport)—Okinawa (Naha Airport): 5,269,481 passengers<p>Among international routes, eight of the <a href="" target="_blank">10 busiest</a> were within the Asia-Pacific region. London's Heathrow Airport was the only European airport in the top 10.</p><h2>Top 10 Busiest Scheduled International Air Routes in the World</h2>Hong Kong (Hong Kong International Airport)—Taiwan (Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport): 6,719,030 passengersJakarta (Soekarno–Hatta International Airport)—Singapore (Changi Airport): 4,810,602 passengersHong Kong (Hong Kong International Airport)—Shanghai (Pudong International Airport): 4,162,347 passengersKuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur International Airport)—Singapore (Changi Airport): 4,108,824 passengersBangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport)—Hong Kong (Hong Kong International Airport): 3,438,628 passengersDubai (Dubai International Airport)—London (Heathrow Airport): 3,210,121 passengersHong Kong (Hong Kong International Airport)—Seol (Incheon International Airport): 3,198,132 passengersHong Kong (Hong Kong International Airport)—Singapore (Changi Airport): 3,147,384 passengersNew York (John F. Kennedy International Airport)—London (Heathrow Airport): 2,972,817 passengersHong Kong (Hong Kong International Airport)—Beijing (Beijing Capital International Airport): 2,962,707 passengers<p>The route from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to London's Heathrow Airport was the priciest of the top 100 with an average base fare of $642.41, while the route from Turkey's Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport to Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen International Airport was the cheapest with an average base fare of $55.04.</p>
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The 8 NYC Hotel Rooms With the Absolute Best Views (Video)

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 14:16
<p>New York is a city best seen from above, but <a href="" target="_blank">rooftops get crowded</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">skyscrapers</a> come with ear-popping elevator rides or lots of stairs. The best and most relaxing way to see the city's best sights? Book a <a href="" target="_blank">room with a view</a>.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Orbitz</a> created a list of the eight best hotel rooms in New York City for a view. Refer to the list when booking a winter vacation (so you never have to get out from under the covers) or when you’ve got a quick visit and can’t spend time running from building to building.</p><p>Of course, the best views of New York City come from the uppermost floors. This is generally <a href="" target="_blank">where hotels put their best rooms</a>, too, so you’ll likely have to pay for the view.</p><p>Midtown is where the action is. Book a room in the center of it all to be surrounded by a year-long light festival. The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">W New York Times Square</a> will put you in the epicenter of Manhattan, with direct Times Square views from a Cool Corner Room. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">YOTEL New York</a>’s VIP View Room will give you a 180-degree sweep of the city skyline from the Hudson River to the Empire State Building to downtown.</p><p>If you still want the midtown view but without the midtown craziness, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">NoMo SoHo</a> has guaranteed views on the highest floors of the Empire State Building and downtown. Book a Premium King or Premium Queen room. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Bowery Hotel</a>’s Penthouse Suite will afford you some of the best views in Manhattan: unobstructed from One World Trade Center to the Empire State Building.</p><p>Further downtown, a south- or west-facing room at the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown</a> will give you the best views of One World Trade Center and the Oculus.</p><img alt="View form the Four Seasons New York Downtown luxury hotel "src=""><p>If you prefer green views of Central Park, book a room at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Pierre</a>. Views of the park can be found in rooms on floors 12 through 39. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The High Line Hotel</a> will get you some greenery up close, too. Just ask for a Queen, King, Full, or Double Queen room with courtyard views.</p><img alt="Room with a view of Central Park at the Pierre Hotel in New York City "src=""><p>And if you prefer to step back and take it all in, hop across the river to the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge</a>. The Bridge King and Bridge Studio Suite come with up-close views of the Brooklyn Bridge. The aptly named Skyline Suite looks directly over the East River to take in the downtown Manhattan skyline or the Statue of Liberty.</p>
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This Budget Airline Is Adding New Flights to Top European Destinations (Video)

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 12:01
<p>Travelers looking to head to Europe in 2019 will have even more cheap flights to choose from as budget airline <a href="" target="_blank">Primera Air</a> has announced three new routes it will be launching from the <a href="" target="_blank">U.S</a>. and <a href="" target="_blank">Canada</a>.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Icelandic low-cost airline</a> offers affordable long-haul flight options to passengers and already operates nonstop flights to European stops that include Paris and London from New York, Toronto, Boston, Montreal, and Washington, D.C.</p><p>The airline announced on Wednesday that it will begin operating flights to Madrid, Frankfurt, and Berlin from several U.S. and Canadian cities next spring and summer.</p><p>From New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Primera will offer daily flights to Berlin at $149 one-way starting June 7 of 2019 and to Frankfurt at $149 one-way starting on June 16 of 2019.</p><p>Meanwhile Madrid flights will operate from Newark Liberty International Airport at $149 one-way starting on July 16 of 2019. Return flights to the U.S. start at $169 one-way from Brussels to New York and at $173 one-way for all other flights from Frankfurt, Brussels, and Berlin, giving you round-trip flights that start at $318 and $322. </p><p>All of the new flights from Toronto will start at about $153 one-way, with thrice-weekly flights to Berlin launching on June 9 of 2019, daily flights to Frankfurt launching on June 2 of 2019, and flights operating three to four times a week to Madrid launching on Aug. 16 of 2019.</p><p>Launch dates for each route will be the same from Boston and will operate three to four times a week to Madrid, and four times weekly to Berlin and Frankfurt starting at $149 one-way.</p><p>Finally, flights from Montreal to Frankfurt will operate thrice-weekly starting at about $153 one-way from July 16 of 2019.</p><p>Flights on the new routes will operate on Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft, with tickets currently available for sale on Primera’s website.</p><p>The news comes after a <a href="" target="_blank">recent announcement from Primera</a> in August of new flights launching to Brussels, Belgium in 2019.</p><p>Flights to Brussels will operate daily from Newark at $149 one-way starting May 9 of 2019, from Boston four times a week at $149 one-way starting June 2 of 2019, and four times a week from Washington, D.C. at $199 one-way starting on June 2 of 2019.</p><p>All of the flights for the new routes will be direct. Passengers will also want to note that Primera is a budget carrier and charges extra for seat assignment, checked luggage, and in-flight meals.</p>
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How to Plan the Florida Destination Wedding of Your Dreams

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 11:30
<p>Florida destination weddings have so much to offer. From the near-perfect weather to the gorgeous beaches, guests will appreciate the atmosphere of a Florida wedding whether they’re coming in from across the country or just the next town over.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Choosing Florida as your destination</a> allows for endless ways to tailor your wedding to fit your vision as a couple. Because of the great weather, most of the year is up for grabs. An outdoor wedding, while always a rain risk, seems pretty appealing in a state that mentions sunshine right on their license plate. Choose from a stunning <a href="" target="_blank">Miami Beach wedding</a> or go full <a href="" target="_blank">Disney wedding in Orlando</a>. Key West weddings have a blissful, tropical feel to them, while a Tampa wedding on the Gulf Coast can be rustic-chic with great views of the bay.</p><p>When you’re planning your wedding, don’t lose sight of the fact that Florida is so much more than great beaches. They have <a href="" target="_blank">beautiful luxury hotels</a> and are home to rich and diverse ecosystems. <a href="" target="_blank">Miami’s art scene is flourishing</a>, the Keys have bustling seafood markets and incredible eats, and there are posh enclaves within Orlando that make you feel far removed from Disney’s epicenter.</p><p>Here’s everything you need to know about Florida destination weddings so you can start creating your dream wedding day.</p><h2>Best Times of Year for Florida Destination Weddings</h2><p>Officially, hurricane season in Florida runs from <a href="" target="_blank">June to the end of November</a>. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to avoid that part of the year. For the clearest skies, April and November typically have the least rainfall. The biggest chance of rain is from June to September, with June typically seeing the most rainfall.</p><p>April and May tend to be great months to get married in Florida, because there’s less chance of rain, and it’s warm but not too hot. And you’re spared the summer beach crowds if you get married before school ends. If you opt for a spring wedding, you, of course, need to be aware of spring break — most of those trips happen in February, March, or April.</p><h2>Florida Marriage Requirements</h2><p>You can <a href="" target="_blank">get a marriage license at any county clerk’s office</a>, and once obtained, the license can be used anywhere in the state. There’s a three-day waiting period for marriage licenses, so you can’t show up in Florida and apply for your license on Thursday if your wedding is scheduled for Saturday. However, you have 60 days to get married once you’ve received your license, so if you’re coming in from out of town, you can get your marriage license up to two months in advance of your wedding date.</p><h2>Local Traditions</h2><p>From dessert choices to wedding favors, there are so many opportunities to add Florida flair to your destination wedding. Of course, adding a waterfront component is an obvious choice. And you don’t need to host a Miami Beach wedding to incorporate the coastline. Maybe you’d prefer a garden wedding in Tampa, but want to host the rehearsal dinner or welcome cocktail party by the bay. For décor, paying homage to the natural beauty of Florida might mean decorating with a tropical or oceanic color scheme. If you’re looking to go classic black tie, a formal wedding absolutely works in Florida — just make sure to pick the right month so you’re not asking people to wear tuxes in July heat.</p><h2>Florida-specific Flavors and Favors</h2><p>For local flavors, you can consider adapting the menu based on the part of the state you choose to marry in. Miami is known for their stone crab, and a Florida Keys wedding begs for key lime pie. Much of southern Floridian cuisine borrows from Caribbean flavors. Your rehearsal dinner could feature Cuban sandwiches and blackened catfish po’boys, or you could have an arepas station to introduce some Colombian and Venezuelan influence.</p><p>A destination wedding should have local elements in the gift bags, so why not pack your favors into customized beach bags? Throw in some sunscreen, a few bottles of local craft beer from <a href="" target="_blank">Cycle Brewing</a> in St. Petersburg or <a href="" target="_blank">Wynwood Brewing</a> in Miami, local Florida oranges, and a <a href="" target="_blank">Florida candle</a>.</p><h2>Miami</h2><img alt="Miami, Florida "src=""><p>South Florida weddings have a relaxed beach vibe and the blue-turquoise coastline is a romantic backdrop for a fun-filled Miami Beach wedding. One thing guests are up against is that Miami draws plenty of tourists, and you won’t be the only one interested in having your destination wedding there.</p><p>Holly Pacheco, director of catering at <a href="" target="_blank">The Palms Hotel &amp; Spa</a> in Miami Beach, says it slows down a bit in July, August, and September, but for the most part, they host weddings every weekend of the year. So to say Miami is an in-demand wedding destination might be an understatement. Sometimes they’ll even host weddings three nights in a row at The Palms, where you can choose from a beach ceremony, the garden gazebo, terraces decorated with fresh flowers, or two royal-feeling ballrooms.</p><p>Pacheco says November through April is the best time to get married in Miami but recommends you look out for local events that might cause hotel rates to spike for your guests, like major music or art festivals. “Beginning of December, for example, is Art Basel in Miami,” Pacheco said. “That’s a great time of year, as far as weather, but the room rates could definitely spike.”</p><p>If you’re booking a Florida destination wedding for just close friends and family, you can also consider having it on a weekday. Pacheco said that booking during the week is a way to drive down the price of a Florida destination wedding, and if you’re planning a smaller wedding with just close friends and family, your guests may be just as willing to come for a Thursday wedding. A destination like Miami also presents enticing mini-moon options for the bride and groom.</p><h2>Key West</h2><img alt="Key West Destination Wedding, Florida "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Key West</a> weddings allow for tropical backdrops and cool ocean breezes as you say your vows. Known especially for their sunsets, Key West weddings tend to happen in the early evening to capture the area’s natural beauty. For a luxury resort venue, <a href="" target="_blank">Pier House Resort and Spa</a> has their own stretch of private beach. Or you can get married in a picturesque gazebo right on the Atlantic Ocean at <a href="" target="_blank">The Reach</a>. Your guests will fly into Miami or Ft. Lauderdale for a Key West wedding, and typically <a href="" target="_blank">weddings in the Keys tend to be a bit smalle</a>, averaging 50 to 75 guests.</p><h2>Orlando</h2><img alt="Orlando Florida Lake Eola skyline and fountain with water and palms "src=""><p>Thanks to Walt Disney World, Orlando is a hotspot for destination weddings. Sharon Blazer, director of sales and marketing at <a href="" target="_blank">Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista</a>, said at least half the weddings they’re hosting this fall are for out-of-state couples. <a href="" target="_blank">Orlando offers wedding guests plenty to do</a>, including, of course, visiting the theme parks. Embassy Suites in Lake Buena Vista holds weddings on their Key West Terrace or their Cypress Patio, and they do all the work for your décor and customized lighting in-house. If you want to have your wedding at Disney World, we have a <a href="" target="_blank">guide to that, too</a>.</p><p>“Central Florida is one of the world’s most popular destinations,” Blazer said. “Not only do we offer beautiful settings and wonderful weather, we offer activities for families and friends, theme parks and world-class restaurants within proximity.” While central Florida means you aren’t necessarily getting the beach wedding destination, an Orlando wedding still allows guests to visit beaches only an hour away on either coast.</p><h2>Tampa</h2><img alt="Indian Rocks Beach, Florida "src=""><p>Because Tampa is on the west coast of Florida, it doesn’t have the legendary sunsets Miami or Key West lay claim to. However, in Tampa, you’ll get a waterfront wedding that combines bay views with local culture, so you don’t have to choose between a wedding with a rich historical element and a ceremony with glinting blue waters in the background. You can have both.</p><p>For eclectic venues that still provide stunning Florida scenery, check out the <a href="" target="_blank">Tampa Bay Watch Lighthouse</a>. From the porch of the lighthouse you can see Tampa Bay, the nearby island Shell Key, and Fort de Soto. There’s also the <a href="" target="_blank">St. Petersburg Museum of History</a>, which provides water views but has a well-curated, regal feel to the interior and a lush garden behind the property for photos or even the ceremony.</p>
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You Probably Won't Get to Watch Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding on TV, Even Though She Wants You to

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 11:20
<p>In October, the British royal family will celebrate the second royal wedding of the year when Princess Eugenie, the Queen’s granddaughter, <a href="" target="_blank">walks down the aisle</a> to marry Jack Brooksbank. It will likely be a beautiful event, but you’re probably not going to see it because the BBC is reportedly refusing to air it on television.</p><p>According to a source who spoke to the <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Daily Mail</i></a>, the network is refusing to pick up the royal wedding ceremony out of fears it won’t produce good ratings.</p><p>“From the outset, the instruction from the very top was that Eugenie’s wedding must be televised,” the source said. “The BBC was approached because they have a special relationship with Buckingham Palace and a formula that works. But they turned it down because they don’t think enough people will tune in and that there isn’t enough support for the Yorks.”</p><p>The source added that Palace officials are disappointed in the decision, saying BBC “dropped the ball” because “at the end of the day this is going to be a huge royal wedding, with all the senior members of the royal family in attendance. But nobody wants to take the risk and spend the money it would cost to put it on air.”</p><img alt="Princess Eugenie travels down The Mall in a horse drawn carriage during Trooping The Colour 2018 on June 9, 2018 in London, England. "src=""><p>The decision to pass on this royal wedding may also have simply come down to timing. Eugenie and Jack are set to wed on Oct. 12, which is a Friday, as opposed to Meghan and Harry’s decision to get married over a weekend. Because people will likely be at work and unable to take a day off for yet another wedding, the potential ratings may have suffered.</p><p>Though Eugenie, Jack, and the entire family shouldn’t be too displeased, as royal expert Marlene Koenig believes at least one local broadcaster will come in to save the day and air the event in the U.K.</p><p>"I will be surprised if the wedding is not televised. The Duke of Kent’s wedding in 1961 was televised, as was Princess Alexandra’s in 1963," she said during an appearance on "Royal Central."</p><p>Indeed, BBC really may be missing out. After all, Eugenie is on a mission to <a href="" target="_blank">make her wedding even bigger</a> than her cousin Prince Harry's by inviting more guests, and she is still ensuring plenty of celebrities like George and Amal Clooney, and David and Victoria Beckham are here.</p><p>Hopefully, unlike Meghan and Harry, Eugenie will allow people to bring their phones into the venue so we can all just follow along on social media instead.</p>
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Disney World Is Ending One of Its Most Iconic Firework Shows (Video)

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 11:03
<p>After 18 years, one of Disney’s classic nighttime shows is finally ending. <a href="" target="_blank">IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth</a>, the evening spectacle that has lit up Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon since 1999, will be no more.</p><p>The stirring retelling of Earth’s origins from creation to community has long been a crowd favorite, performed nightly in the center of <a href="" target="_blank">Epcot’s 11 country pavilions</a>. IllumiNations’ final show won’t be until end of next summer, but luckily, its replacement will be right behind it. According to <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Parks Blog</a>, the subsequent show will “debut immediately” after IllumiNations’ final bow, giving guests yet another reason to visit the parks in 2019 beyond <a href="" target="_blank">Mickey Mouse’s first ride</a> and the opening of <a href="" target="_blank">Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge</a> in late fall.</p><p>What exactly will Epcot’s new nighttime extravaganza entail? No one’s certain, but it’s likely that IllumiNation’s successor will feature familiar characters more often seen at parks like Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom. Disney’s dedication to updating the theme park to be more of a family-friendly destination has spurred a multi-year transformation, marked by the arrival of a <a href="" target="_blank">"Ratatouille" ride</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">"Guardians of the Galaxy" indoor roller coaster</a> before Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary in 2021.</p><p>It’s a significant shift from the roots of Disney’s technology- and science-centric theme park, which grew out of Walt’s plans for an idyllic futuristic city, but fans of the nearly two-decade-old show need not be heartbroken. Walt Disney World’s replacement of longstanding Magic Kingdom nighttime fireworks show "Wishes with Happily Ever After" last year received widespread praise. The forward-thinking, visually stunning masterpiece has since become a <a href="" target="_blank">can’t-miss part of a Disney World vacation</a> for its storytelling, special effects, and delightful soundtrack.</p><p>It’s all but guaranteed that a combination of similar jaw-dropping features will make IllumiNations’ replacement even more of a spectacle, honoring Epcot’s innovative origins in its design, whether or not a spinning globe cracks wide open at the end.</p><p>In terms of technology specifically, we find it no small coincidence that Disney <a href="" target="_blank">performed a drone show</a> over a similar-size body of water for Christmas two years back. Whether or not they are actually put to use, one thing is for certain: 2019 is going to be a big year for Orlando.</p>
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Your TripAdvisor Page Could Soon Look a Lot Like Your Facebook Feed

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 09:03
<p>Travelers headed to <a href="" target="_blank">TripAdvisor's website</a> could soon feel like they’re scrolling through their yet another social media feed. The online review platform <a href="" target="_blank">announced Monday</a> it will soon offer users a travel feed with recommendations from family and friends, publishers, and influencers.</p><p>Besides seeing the <a href="" target="_blank">reviews TripAdvisor</a> is already known for, users will also be able to see photos, videos, and articles from their social network updated in real time. TripAdvisor's new social capabilities will come to its website and mobile app later this year.</p><img alt="Triptych TripAdvisor Recommendations "src=""><p>Users will be able to get a mix of recommendations from experts and friends and family, with videos, reviews and more. There are broad categories, like activities in Spain, and more niche suggestions like where to find the best barbecue in Nashville.</p><p>Profiles can be made private or public, and there are options to add contacts from social media like Facebook and to get suggestions on who to follow from TripAdvisor. When users find recommendations they like, they can save them.</p><img alt="TripAdvisor Social profile page "src=""><p>There's also the ability to create itineraries with TripAdvisor’s new trips feature, which will map out saved locations to provide a quick and handy itinerary.</p><img alt="TripAdvisor new Social function "src=""><p>The new additions will allow users to not only look for and get information on places they’re already interested in, but to be inspired by new content. For example, with the new feed, travelers can see reviews that contacts have left about activities. They'll also get recommendations and info that are increasingly personalized for them, with feed content adapting over time based on searches and saved interests.</p>
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This Family of 6 Sold Their House to Live Life on the Road in a Tricked-out Airstream

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 08:27
<p>Feel like quitting your job, selling your house, and leaving all of your “suburban life” worries behind you? One family from Tennessee actually did it, and have made it their new lifestyle.</p><p>Three years ago, Jonathan and Ashley Longnecker decided to pick up and travel the U.S. with their four kids, Adali, Jett, Jax and Ada, <a href="" target="_blank">SWNS reported</a>. They sold their house and used the $40,000 profit to buy an RV. A year later, they sold the original RV and bought a bullet-style 1972 Airstream for $13,000, then spending six months and $30,000 fixing it up.</p><p>Their new home is gorgeously decorated and renovated on the inside. There are two sets of twin bunk beds for the kids, and a king-sized bed for mom and dad. Track lights, a full kitchen with a dinner table, and lots of vintage-inspired touches make it seem like this family isn't roughing it too much.</p><img alt="Inside the Longnecker's Airstream trailer "src=""><p>“We were living the American dream. We had a big house, I was running my own successful website development business,” Jonathan said. “But we were spending so much time maintaining the house and paying our mortgage.”</p><p>The family has visited more than 30 states since buying the new trailer, and they're not stopping.</p><img alt="Longnecker family lives in an Airstream "src=""><p>Jonathan works on his web design business and Ashley homeschools (trailerschools?) the children, which she was already doing before they went on the road. Jonathan says he was inspired to take his family on the road after a friend in the same industry had decided to do it themselves.</p><p>“Once we realised that full-time traveling was something we could do because of our line of work, it wasn’t a very hard decision,” said Ashley.</p><img alt="Longnecker family's shiny Airstream "src=""><p>The Longneckers say they have noticed a change in themselves, and also in their kids. Jonathan says that he hopes their current lifestyle will instill a “sense of wonder and adventure that they’ll carry with them the rest of their lives.”</p><p>“We know it’s not for everyone but it’s for us,” Ashley said.</p>
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One Year After Ryanair Plane Lost Wheel Mid-flight, Another Aircraft Has Bizarrely Similar Incident

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 07:29
<p>A newly published report is shedding light on a rather frightening flight with <a href="" target="_blank">Ryanair</a>.</p><p>On Sept. 15, 2017, a <a href="" target="_blank">Ryanair flight took off with 190 passengers and crew</a> on board from Stansted Airport bound for Copenhagen. However, upon takeoff, one of the Boeing 747’s nosewheels came off and bounced down the runway. The pilot and crew were unaware of the incident until air traffic controllers alerted them during the plane’s climb, according to a report by the <a href="" target="_blank">Air Accident Investigations Board</a>.</p><p>As the report stated, the plane was quickly diverted to East Midlands Airport in the United Kingdom to make an emergency landing. </p><p>The pilot released the plane’s flaps to their full capacity to make a slow approach before gently touching the nose down as lightly as possible. Thankfully, the landing was rather normal and nobody on board was injured.</p><p>Michael Wynne, a passenger on the flight, told investigators there was a "loud clunk" right before the plane took off. "It sounded like something had broken mechanically. The stewardess and I gave each other a double take and alarmed glance," he said.</p><p>"The nosewheel was found to have separated from the aircraft because the nose landing gear axle had failed at the left inboard journal (the part of the axle that rests on bearings)," the report explained. "This was the result of heat-induced cracking and material property changes due to abusive grinding of the chrome plate during the part's last overhaul almost three years earlier. The Maintenance and Repair Organisation that performed the overhaul has introduced a new inspection for detecting abusive grinding."</p><p>However, in a bizarre twist, another <a href="" target="_blank">Ryanair</a> flight suffered a near-miss this weekend, exactly one year after the first incident, with a blown tire upon landing at the same East Midlands Airport. Thankfully, nobody was injured during this incident either.</p><p>“The aircraft operating this flight from Barcelona to East Midlands suffered a burst tire on landing at East Midlands Airport,” a Ryanair spokesperson told the <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Daily Mail</i></a>. “Customers disembarked and were transferred to the terminal by bus and engineers will repair the aircraft and return it to service.”</p>
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Here's Where to See the First Signs of Fall Foliage in New York

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 06:43
<p>The New York Department of Economic Development released its <a href="" target="_blank">first fall foliage report of 2018</a>, and it looks like leaf-peeping season is almost upon us.</p><p>While most of the state is so far unchanged, small pockets of upstate New York are beginning to see some change, primarily in the <a href="!4m2!3m1!1s0x4ccb3391a64dfa53:0x61c84bb29f29e7da?sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj_g-jrycLdAhUKm-AKHZClBJUQ8gEwAHoECAEQAQ" target="_blank">Adirondacks</a>, Capital-Saratoga, and <a href="" target="_blank">Thousand Islands</a> regions.</p><p>The <a href=";utm_medium=amp&amp;utm_campaign=speakable" target="_blank"><em>Democrat and Chronicle</em> reported that</a> in the Adirondacks, Franklin County and Saranac Lake have both seen about a 10-percent change, while Essex County has seen a 5- to 15-percent change. Pops of gold, red, burgundy, orange, and maple can be seen in these areas.</p><p>In the <a href="" target="_blank">Thousand Islands</a> region, Jefferson County and St. Lawrence County have experienced a 10-percent change, while Oswego County has seen a 5- to 10-percent change. Fulton County in the Capital-Saratoga have seen a 10- to 15-percent change.</p><p>Other parts of the state have only seen minor changes in the leaves.</p><p>These small changes are a sign of what's to come as fall officially begins September 22. New New York fall foliage reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon, according to <a href="" target="_blank">I Love NY</a>.</p>
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Angelina Jolie's Favorite Travel Shoe Just Got a Sleek Update

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 06:27
<p>When it comes to <a href="" target="_blank">celebrity travel</a>, where they’re going, and <a href="" target="_blank">what they’re wearing to get there</a>, Angelina Jolie is one of our top style muses. How could she not be? Whether she’s on the red carpet or just out and about, her classic fashion sense is both polished and effortless. Same goes for her <a href="" target="_blank">travel outfits</a> — we’ve been taking notes.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">These New Italian-made Leather Flats Are Just As Comfy As Sneakers</a></p><p>Jolie has often been <a href="" target="_blank">spotted at LAX</a> wearing <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Everlane’s Modern Loafer</a>, a structured flat made of polished leather and a contrasting wooden heel. And now, the makers at the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">cult-favorite brand</a> have launched a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">new version of the coveted shoe</a>: a sharp loafer featuring pebbled Italian leather and a pointed silhouette that’s still comfy enough to carry you from the office straight into the airport.</p><img alt="Angelina Jolie "src=""><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Everlane Just Debuted the Boot Version of Its Best-selling Comfy Heels</a></p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Boss Loafer</a> is available in three different colorways — classic <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">black</a>, rich <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">burgundy</a>, and a soft <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">taupe</a> that’s perfect for weekends — on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> for $165.</p><img alt="Everlane Boss Loafer "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $165</p><img alt="Everlane Boss Loafer "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $165</p><img alt="Everlane Boss Loafer "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $165</p>
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Man Whose ‘Idiotic Mistake’ Caused Bomb Scare, 300 Flight Delays Likely to Receive $56 Traffic Ticket

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 06:01
<p>One person’s “idiotic mistake” ended up canceling hundreds of flights and inconveniencing thousands of passengers at <a href="">Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport</a> on Sunday.</p><p>According to the <a href=""><em>Arizona Republic</em>,</a> a man left a four-door silver Nissan unattended and idling curbside near Terminal 4, prompting police to investigate the vehicle. Authorities called a tow truck after about 25 minutes.</p><p>When the tow truck arrived at the scene, its driver was told to wait as the bomb squad used a bomb-defusing robot to determine whether the car was simply left behind by some hurried or absent-minded passenger. The car was investigated for four hours before policed determined there was no threat.</p><p>Other travelers in the terminals, including those waiting for the airport’s SkyTrain shuttle service, were left waiting as the airport came to a complete standstill. Even passengers traveling to Phoenix from other locations were held at their departing airports, stated the <em>Arizona Republic</em>.</p><p>Around 10 a.m. an airport employee made announcements to passengers that all flights had stopped momentarily, said one traveler, Janet Cappo. Shuttle trains began to resume just over an hour later.</p><p>It’s unclear when the driver of the Nissan finally came out of the terminal to reclaim his vehicle, but Richard Polanco Jr., the tow truck driver, noted to the <em>Arizona Republic</em> that the man was still talking to police as he was hooking the car up to his truck over five hours later. The front hood and trunk were ripped open and windows were left shattered.</p><p>According to Polanco’s conversation with the man, he thought he had only been away for a few minutes to help his girlfriend check into her flight. By the time he came back out, the bomb squad had already torn into the car.</p><p>“He was just bummed out that for something so small — an idiotic mistake he made — turned into such a big deal,” said Polanco.</p><p>Despite the man’s “mistake” causing many people to miss their flights and over 300 delays, police have only issued a traffic citation that comes with a fee of $56. It’s undetermined whether the driver will also have to pay for damages to his car and for the towing fee.</p>
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31 Cities Where You Could Make Less Than $100k and Still Be 'Rich'

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 14:00
<p><em>This story originally appeared on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p><p>Being "rich" means something different to <a href="" target="_blank">most people</a>.</p><p>GoBankingRates released <a href="" target="_blank">a new study</a> that determined the American cities where you can still be considered "rich" earning an income of less than $100,000.</p><p>The study defined being rich or wealthy as "one with more money or assets relative to others in a society." GoBankingRates looked at household income percentiles and concluded that an individual making more than 80% of their community is "rich."</p><p>They study also factored in median home values from Zillow and data from Sperling's Best Places on grocery costs, utilities, healthcare, and transportation.</p><p>Below, check out the 31 cities where making between $60,000 and $100,000 puts you in the top 20% of earners in your area.</p><h2>31. Las Vegas, Nevada</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income:</strong> $99,470</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price:</strong> $393,600</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage:</strong> $1,870</p><h2>30. Dallas, Texas</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income:</strong> $99,244</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price:</strong> $396,400</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage:</strong> $1,875</p><h2>29. Albuquerque, New Mexico</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$98,128</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price:</strong> $304,600</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage:</strong> $1,466</p><h2>28. Nashville, Tennessee</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$97,910</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price:</strong> $430,100</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage:</strong> $2,041</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">I Stayed at Robert De Niro's Ridiculously Swanky New Hotel in Ibiza — and It Makes You Feel Like a Celebrity, If You Can Afford It</a></p><h2>27. St. Petersburg, Florida</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$96,609</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$348,700</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,659</p><h2>26. Louisville, Kentucky</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$95,483</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$277,700</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,385</p><h2>25. Kansas City, Missouri</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$95,477</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$321,100</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,587</p><h2>24. Baltimore, Maryland</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$95,111</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$467,300</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$2,270</p><h2>23. San Antonio, Texas</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$94,978</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$322,500</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,589</p><h2>22. Jacksonville, Florida</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$94,400</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$351,900</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,729</p><h2>21. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$93,091</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$263,600</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,312</p><h2>20. New Orleans, Louisiana</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$92,179</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$321,800</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,593</p><h2>19. Richmond, Virginia</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$91,506</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$362,300</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,775</p><h2>18. Columbus, Ohio</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$91,198</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$332,700</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,645</p><h2>17. Providence, Rhode Island</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$88,406</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$453,100</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$2,210</p><h2>16. Indianapolis, Indiana</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income:</strong>$87,809</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$271,500</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,352</p><h2>15. Orlando, Florida</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$87,199</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$351,900</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,729</p><h2>14. Winston-Salem, North Carolina</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$87,062</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$239,600</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,200</p><h2>13. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$86,567</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$398,500</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,950</p><h2>12. El Paso, Texas</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$86,307</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$190,800</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$967</p><p><b>Related: </b><a href="" target="_blank">The 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in the US</a></p><h2>11. St. Louis, Missouri</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$81,034</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$298,500</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,480</p><h2>10. Cincinnati, Ohio</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$80,947</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$285,300</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,375</p><h2>9. Memphis, Tennessee</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$78,860</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$263,200</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,317</p><h2>8. Miami, Florida</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$76,933</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$479,800</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$2,334</p><h2>7. Milwaukee, Wisconsin</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$76,339</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$354,900</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,747</p><h2>6. Tuscon, Arizona</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$76,297</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$340,300</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,676</p><h2>5. Buffalo, New York</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$74,421</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$263,900</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,326</p><h2>4. Hartford, Connecticut</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$69,254</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$345,800</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,701</p><h2>3. Birmingham, Alabama</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$68,837</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$285,600</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,423</p><h2>2. Cleveland, Ohio</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$60,143</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$259,600</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,257</p><h2>1. Detroit, Michigan</h2><p><strong>Top 80th percentile income: </strong>$58,926</p><p><strong>Median top-tier home price: </strong>$312,000</p><p><strong>Monthly mortgage: </strong>$1,492</p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">What It's Like to Travel in Premium Economy on Primera Air, the Budget Airline That Flies From New York to London for $69</a>
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