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This Cuban-inspired Hotel in Key West is Offering Day Trips to Havana

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 13:01
<p>With waterfront views and the biggest pool in all of Key West, <a href=";gclsrc=aw.ds" target="_blank">Havana Cabana</a> is one of the best new hotels to have popped up on Roosevelt Boulevard in the last few years. But what really makes the 106-room property stand out is its unmistakable Cuban flair. There’s a 1957 Chevy parked outside the hotel’s front doors, an outdoor bar shaking up 25 varieties of mojitos, and a sultry soundtrack of Flamenco tunes.</p><img alt="Dining at Havana Cabana, Key West, Florida "src=""><p>A few days here is enough to make you want to book a spontaneous vacation to the Pearl of the Antilles — and luckily, for wanderlust-struck travelers to the charming beachfront resort, actual day trips to <a href="" target="_blank">Cuba</a> are on offer.</p><p>I was fortunate enough to be one of the first to experience the whirlwind trip earlier this fall. At $995, the jaunt cost a pretty penny. But as the daughter of a Cuban immigrant, I couldn’t wait to finally experience the sights, smells, and sounds that my mother had spoken so about so effusively during my childhood.</p><img alt="Guest Room, Havana Cabana, Key West, Florida "src=""><p>Following a quick flight on a 10-passenger propeller plane, our group arrived in Havana on a Friday morning. And from the moment I stepped off the plane, I felt like I was home. Bars and restaurant played the lively salsa music I grew up listening and dancing to and the streets were lined with classic cars that were straight out of my family photos.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">VIDEO: How to Spend One Perfect Day in Havana</a></p><p>I struck up a conversation with a couple from Pennsylvania who had also made the trip. Having never traveled outside the United States, they were excited to get a taste of a foreign place without having to adjust to a different time zone or make their own travel preparations.</p><img alt="Skyline of Havana, Cuba "src=""><p>After leaving the airport, we headed to our first stop, <a href="" target="_blank">Finca La Vigía</a>, a sprawling ranch-style property and museum where Ernest Hemingway once lived. After wandering through his home — cat graves and all — we were whisked off to Cojímar, a fishing village where the famous author once docked his boat. We strolled the charming albeit dilapidated town, then stopped for daiquiris at<a href="" target="_blank"> La Terraza de Cojimar</a>, another Hemingway favorite. He spent so much time at this seafront restaurant that there’s a window table with his name on it.</p><p>A short shuttle ride later, we arrived in <a href="" target="_blank">Old Havana</a>, where we sipped more rum and smoked cigars at <a href="" target="_blank">La Bodeguita del Medio</a> — the alleged birthplace of the mojito — then stocked up on souvenirs at the Cigar and Rum Store. Just down the street is the former pharmacy turned museum <a href="" target="_blank">Johnson &amp; Johnson</a> (not <em>that</em><i> </i>Johnson &amp; Johnson). The beautiful, high-ceilinged space, which dates back over 100 years and once sold medicinal oils, elixirs, insecticides, and perfumes, is a must-see for anyone interested in learning about medicine’s fascinating past.</p><img alt="Classic Cars in Havana, Cuba "src=""><p>Our last stop on the tour was Revolution Square. Here, I had a moment to catch my breath and reflect on why my family left Cuba in the first place. It’s jarring to see monuments of Cuban revolutionaries and the words <em>Fidel, Vas Bien</em><i> </i>(“Fidel, you’re doing alright”) splashed across buildings.</p><img alt="Pool at Havana Cabana, Key West, Florida "src=""><p>Fast forward a few short hours and I'm back at Havana Cabana’s pool, where hammocks sway in the breeze and iguanas as big as my head slink around the pool. Dining on <em>croquetas</em>, Cuban sandwiches, and all the mojitos my stomach can handle, I wonder if my trip to real Havana was all a dream.</p>
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This Down-to-earth Kentucky City Is the Unlikely Romantic Getaway of Your Dreams

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 12:01
<p>It’s easy to fall victim to the societal norms of what’s deemed “<a href="" target="_blank">romantic</a>” by today’s standards — and sure, long walks on the beach, candlelit dinners, and bouquets of roses still certainly get the job done in terms of wooing your significant other. But what if, instead of participating in the typical <a href="" target="_blank">romantic</a> charades, we flipped the script a bit? Instead of fine dining and extravagant gifts, why not opt for a trip to a town where you can enjoy a flight of local brews, meditate in a salt cave, and then go zip lining through the trees with the one you love?</p><p>Believe it or not, a place like that exists — and it’s not where you might think. Just an hour north of Nashville, Tennessee, resides quaint and charming <a href="" target="_blank">Bowling Green, Kentucky</a>, where southern hospitality isn’t just a motto but a way of life. Coming to Bowling Green might seem like an unlikely romantic getaway, but if you’re tired of spending anniversary weekends or date nights visiting the same old restaurants and strolling down familiar streets, it might be worth your while to look into.</p><p>Visiting Bowling Green simultaneously feels like a getaway and a homecoming. New experiences will elevate your mood, but there is a strong sense of community woven in through each of the town’s 35 square miles that will leave you considering extending your stay just a bit longer, if only to feel a part of their warm, inviting city. </p><h2>Where to Stay</h2><p>While there are a number of budget-friendly chain hotels around Bowling Green, it’s worth the small splurge to book yourselves a room at the <a href="" target="_blank">Kentucky Grand Hotel and Spa</a>. Located right in the heart of downtown Bowling Green, the location is as unbeatable as the rooms are charming, and starting at $259 a night, it’s well worth the investment to be a stone’s throw away from the town’s version of Main Street.</p><p>Upon walking through the doors, you’ll find yourself in a small, funky lobby, adorned with checkered flooring and retro-glam furniture. It’s somewhat surprising to see a small southern town boutique pack such a unique and fun aesthetic — and your mood is almost guaranteed to be immediately lifted while waiting for your suite.</p><p>And speaking of your suite, the Kentucky Grand Hotel spared no expense in creating a cozy, comfortable space for couples to unwind. Everything from your bedroom (adorned with chocolates on your pillow) to the spa-like bathroom practically screams romance. Zach Strachan, general manager of Kentucky Grand Hotel and Spa, explains that it’s all about the small details to ensure couples feel the southern hospitality that Kentucky is so famously known for. “Simple but necessary aspects, like greeting a guest by their first and last name, or just asking how their day is going. Consistent and meaningful interaction with our guests, and making them feel at home is what hospitality is all about,” he said.</p><img alt="Bowling Green, Kentucky "src=""><h2>Where to Eat</h2><p>For breakfast, head to <a href="" target="_blank">Wild Eggs</a> for a traditional (and filling) southern breakfast. Order their coffee of the day or some fresh-squeezed orange juice, and be sure to ask for an Everything Muffin alongside your meal — don’t leave town without trying one. While their namesake screams savory, make sure you indulge in a little something sweet, too: order the Sweet Home Apple Bourbon Crepes to split with your partner. Whatever you order, though, know that nearly everything on the menu gives you that homestyle cooking you so desperately crave while visiting the south.</p><p>For lunch, grab a beer and a bite to eat at Bowling Green’s very own microbrewery, <a href="" target="_blank">White Squirrel Brewery</a>. Eclectic, fun portraits of the white squirrel — an animal common to the area — adorn the walls, and an outdoor biergarten-style patio that is perfect for warm, sunny days. It’s an atmosphere that is buzzing with energy, and if you close your eyes, you might believe you’re in a hip, trendy restaurant in Brooklyn. Their White Squirrel Nut Brown ale was one of the first beers the brewery created, and there’s a good reason why it’s still on the menu: it’s delicious, and worthy of a second round.</p><p>For dinner, head to <a href="" target="_blank">Steamer Seafood</a>, which offers a southern twist on traditional seafood that will transport you to South Carolina. Before walking inside, you’ll see the cement surrounding the restaurant is mixed with crushed oysters — a sidewalk staple for Hilton Head Island, owner Dale Augenstein's coastal home of 30 years before he returned to the community that hosts his alma mater, Western Kentucky University.</p><p>The subtle nautical decor inside Steamer’s follows suit, showcasing signage from the previous restaurant Augenstein owned and operated for 25 years on Hilton Head Island. “I wanted to blend the coast with Kentucky,” he said. “Oysters were the number one accent to bring the coast inward, as they’re found in many streets and sidewalks throughout the coastal islands.”</p><p>Decor aside, the meals at Steamer’s are also reminiscent of a coastal port city. If you’re curious as to how a seafood restaurant thrives in an area where the nearest ocean is hundreds of miles away, it’s thanks to a weekly delivery of fresh, highest quality seafood. While you can fill yourself to the brim with fresh fish, leave room for dessert — heaping portions of cakes and pies are expected here, so you can share a treat with your significant other, but certainly no one would judge you if you didn’t.</p><img alt="Bowling Green, Kentucky "src=""><h2>What to Do</h2><p>Couples who are seeking adventure will find it 300 feet below the ground on one of <a href="" target="_blank">Mammoth Cave National Park’s</a> tours, located right in — well, under — Bowling Green. The longest known cave system in the world, Mammoth Cave has over half a dozen tours that visitors can choose from, depending on how strenuous they’d like their excursion to be. As you plunge down underground, you’ll be greeted by tiny passageways that give way to astonishing caverns, all with dim lighting that gives the cave an eerily beautiful glow. A jacket or sweater is strongly encouraged, as the average temperature in the cave hovers around 54 degrees Fahrenheit. While all of that sounds far from romantic, viewing these strangely majestic chambers does instill an extreme sense of wonder that is guaranteed to be a memory to reflect back on in the years to come. Tickets for these tours can range anywhere from $6 to $60, but you can enjoy the park’s complimentary Porch Talk with a Park Ranger if you’re looking to keep this adventure budget-friendly. Of course, be sure to check the <a href="" target="_blank">park’s schedule</a> before embarking on your trip.</p><p>If you prefer getting your thrills above ground, a visit to the <a href="" target="_blank">Lost River Cave</a> is just as exciting, where you can find yourself on the popular Cave Boat Tour — a two-part journey that takes you into a different set of caverns. While the first leg of the journey is on foot — learning the history of the caves and walking to the cave’s entrance — you’ll soon hop on a boat that will bring you to the second leg of the trip. Your guide will ask you to duck your head while passing under the famous wishing rock, and, while you should by no means lift your head up too high, you’re encouraged to lift your hands to gently graze the limestone surface. Just as quickly as you duck through the entrance, though, your boat will emerge inside the caverns that resemble earthy cathedral spires.</p><p>To keep your adrenaline pumping, check out Lost River Cave’s <a href="" target="_blank">Flying Squirrel Zip Line</a>, where you and your partner can fly above the forest canopy on three separate zip lines. Stepping off an 80-foot bluff and speeding through the treetops is exhilarating, and the momentary stops between each jump garner the most excellent bird's-eye views of the valley.</p><p>To balance all that adventure out, be sure to give yourself a day of blissful relaxation at <a href="" target="_blank">Be Happy Yoga &amp; Salt Cave</a>, where a 45-minute Himalayan salt cave session will revitalize and recharge your senses. Built with over six tons of Himalayan salt, a session inside this cozy, dreamy man-made cave, where you’re given fuzzy slippers and a soft blanket while you lay in a zero-gravity chair, makes it easy to slip in and out of consciousness — even for an insomniac like myself. And for only $25, this treatment is worth every penny.</p><p>“The salt cave is a necessary treat to de-stress the body and improve breathing and skin conditions,” says Susan Polk, owner and professional yoga therapist. “Spending time in the salt cave is great for stress reduction and helps reduce anxiety and depression. It’s also known to help alleviate headaches and migraines, improve lung function and lung capacity, reduce and clear inflammation of the skin, improve psoriasis, eczema, acne, dermatitis, and other skin conditions.”</p><p>Polk also can provide private, guided deep relaxation during your time in the salt cave that helps to enhance each session.</p><p>The environment is so soothing and tranquil that you and your partner will want to stay at Be Happy for more than just 45 minutes — and luckily, there are an array of treatments to keep you there longer. A highlight on the spa menu: a restorative Thai Yoga Therapy session, in which a practitioner works with the client to combine acupressure, stretching, and energy work. Considered the “lazy man’s yoga,” this therapy session was one of the most transformative and energizing treatments I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing, and you’re guaranteed to leave the room feeling ready to tackle your day.</p><p>After teaching yoga in various locations, Polk decided to open Be Happy Yoga &amp; Salt Cave in Bowling Green because of her love for the neighborhood and its community. “I wanted to create a space for people in Bowling Green to come relax and renew their energy,” she said. “Bowling Green is the perfect size town. It’s big enough to have a vibrant university scene, beautiful natural parks, a wide array of restaurants, a performing arts center, and sporting events for the whole family, but small enough that people in town truly can get to know each other by name.” </p><p>The obvious running theme is that Bowling Green quickly feels like a home away from home. And you can bet when you do plan your next trip, you’ll be welcomed back as if you never left.</p>
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These Were the 10 Most Popular Tourist Attractions of 2018, According to TripAdvisor

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 11:31
<p>Europe is home to many of the world's most popular tourist attractions, with eight of the top 10 most booked sites of 2018, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">according to TripAdvisor</a>.</p><p>Rome’s Colosseum, an ancient architectural marvel and the <a href="" target="_blank">world's largest amphitheater</a>, came in at No. 1. <a href="" target="_blank">Italy</a> was a fan favorite, with the <a href="" target="_blank">Vatican Museums</a> of Rome and Venice’s Grand Canal also ranking in second and in 10th place, respectively.</p><p>While Spain’s <a href="" target="_blank">Basílica de la Sagrada Familia</a> in Barcelona <a href="" target="_blank">broke a record</a> for the most traveler reviews on the site back in 2017 with more than 100,000, the attraction came in at sixth place.</p><p>Two of the top 10 attractions came from the U.S.: New York City’s <a href="" target="_blank">Statue of Liberty</a> (No. 2) and San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, <a href="" target="_blank">one of the world’s longest suspension bridges</a> (No. 7). </p><p>Since these attractions can get so busy, travelers can take advantage of select tours that allow for priority access, behind-the-scenes looks, and more.</p><p>We've included the top 10 attractions below along with tours that will let you explore them in all their glory, without the crowds.</p><h2>Top 10 Most Popular Tourist Attractions:</h2><p>1. <strong>The Colosseum in Rome, Italy</strong>: Book a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">skip-the-line ticket</a> for a half half-day walking tour or a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">special-access ticket</a> to get a behind-the-scenes look at areas like the Gladiator Gate and arena floor.</p><p>2. <strong>The Vatican Museums in Rome, Italy: </strong>See the Sistine Chapel before anyone else does as its key holder opens the doors of the Vatican with this <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">waking up the Vatican small-group tour</a> or see the pope with a ticket to the weekly <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Papal audience</a>.</p><p>3. <strong>The Statue of Liberty in New York City: </strong>Take one of the first ferries out on this <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">early-access, small-group tour</a> to explore Ellis Island and the statue with a history-focused guide.</p><p>4. <strong>The Louvre Museum in Paris, France: </strong>Booking options include a<b> </b><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">walking tour that lets you skip the line</a><b> </b>to go straight to some of the museum’s most famous works without waiting, and quirky options like a museum <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">family treasure hunt</a> and a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">murder mystery experience</a>.</p><p>5. <strong>The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France: </strong>Have a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">gourmet dinner at the Eiffel Tower</a> or book the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">priority summit access pass</a> to skip the lines and head straight to the second viewing platform.</p><p>6. <strong>Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain: </strong>Booking a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">priority ticket</a> or <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">optional tower entry ticket</a> will help you skip lines at this popular stop.</p><p>7. <strong>Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California: </strong>Combine bridge views with an Alcatraz visit on a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Jail and Sail cruise </a>or take this <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">three-hour bike tour</a> to peddle on the bridge and admire it from below.</p><p>8. <strong>Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England: </strong>See the inner circle, which most visitors often don’t see, on the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Stonehenge Inner Circle Access Day Trip</a>. </p><p>9. <strong>Palace of Versailles in Versailles, France: </strong>Take an <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">exclusive VIP tour</a> to learn how royalty lived in the palace back in the day.</p><p>10. <strong>The Grand Canal in Venice, Italy: </strong>This <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">one-hour boat tour</a> takes you a scenic ride for views of the attraction most tourists don’t get to see.</p>
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This Alaskan Train Under the Northern Lights is a Magical Way to Spend Christmas

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 11:01
<p>There’s no Christmas light display more fantastic than the <a href="" target="_blank">aurora borealis</a>.</p><p>This winter, Alaska Railroad is offering an unforgettable journey through snow-swept landscapes underneath the Northern Lights.</p><p>For eight days, passengers aboard the <a href="" target="_blank">Aurora Train</a> can partake in some of the best winter expeditions that Alaska has to offer. The journey starts in Anchorage where travelers can explore the city. From there, the train travels north through Talkeetna, with an option to explore <a href="" target="_blank">Denali</a>, the highest peak in North America. It’s also possible to sled through the snow on the backs of an Iditarod champion kennel. The journey ends in Fairbanks, world-renowned as one of the best places for Northern Lights spotting. The Aurora package is available, starting at $1,459 per person, based on double occupancy. The first trip departs on Christmas Day (Dec. 25). The package is available through the end of March 2019.</p><p>The reverse journey — starting in Fairbanks and working south to Anchorage — is available as <a href="" target="_blank">the Borealis Package</a>. This version of the trip allows travelers to sleep overnight in a clear geodisc dome in a remote boreal forest. The first journey departs on Dec. 22 and runs through March 23, 2019. It is available from $1,639 per person, <a href="" target="_blank">according to </a><em><a href="" target="_blank">Travel Pulse</a></em>.</p><p>But those who just want to jump on a train and watch Alaska roll past their window can book the <a href="" target="_blank">12-hour Aurora Winter Train</a>. The service passes through Wasilla and Talkeetna, along with 50 miles of track through “roadless backcountry south of Hurricane Gulch,” according to the railroad. The train departs on weekends from mid-September through mid-May. Weekday service costs $200 and begins in December and runs through March.</p>
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This Air Force Vet Says He Reached 101 by Drinking Coors Light Every Day

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 10:46
<p>Not only is grabbing a cold beer a refreshing treat after a long day, but for one <a href="" target="_blank">centenarian</a>, it could be the secret to a long life.</p><p>In a recent interview with <em><a href="" target="_blank">Fox News</a></em>, Bob Slavonic, the son of 101-year-old World War II Air Force Veteran Andrew E. Slavonic, told the publication that his father has been drinking Coors Light beer every day for the last 15 years.</p><p>Andrew, who Fox reported celebrated his 101st birthday on Dec. 1 in McMurray, Pennsylvania, had been drinking Coors beer as far back as 1996, eventually making the switch to Coors Light and sticking to drinking it precisely at 4 p.m. every day ever since.</p><p>“Around 4:00 p.m., he tells me that it is 4:00 p.m., and it is time for our beer; he gets his Coors Light from the garage beer fridge and enjoys a nice cold one,” Bob told <em>Fox News</em>. “The bluer the mountains are on the can, the better.” (Read: He likes them nice and cold.) </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Advice for Living to 100, According to 100 Centenarians</a></p><p>The habit is just one of the ways Andrew continues to stay active, getting up each morning at 8:30 to cook breakfast, later making his own lunch, and even continuing to cut up to 0.6 acres of grass and shovel snow in his driveway when his son moved in with him back in 2016 despite having macular degeneration, Bob told <em>Fox</em>.</p><p>The World War II veteran served as both a nose gunner and a top turret gunner in addition to training new pilots during his time in the Air Force.</p>
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This Is the Most Wished for Travel Bag on Amazon

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 10:31
<p>This holiday season, <a href="" target="_blank">give your favorite travelers</a> what they really want.</p><p>There’s no such thing as “too many” travel bags. Every traveler needs options: whether you’re packing for a weekend in the country or a few days in a new city, one travel bag can’t cover all the needs of your upcoming trips.</p><p>According to Amazon, <a href=";tag=tlleathersatchel-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0799LMFN4&amp;linkId=274f364bdebcaa20e96fd7d0e6b41574" target="_blank">this leather satchel</a> is the single most wished for travel bag on the shopping site. It’s the perfect holiday purchase for your favorite digital nomad who’s always working on the go.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Gifts No One Will Realize You Ordered on Amazon</a></p><p>It should be noted that with everyone cramming in their last-minute wish list making before Dec. 25, the Most Wished for list is constantly changing, but this bag has remained a top pick.</p><p><a href=";tag=tlleathersatchel-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0799LMFN4&amp;linkId=274f364bdebcaa20e96fd7d0e6b41574" target="_blank">The satchel has a 4.4-star rating</a> and is $74.99. The 14-inch bag comes in four styles, from sleek and modern black leather to time-worn, cool beaten brown. It’s crafted from real buffalo leather and designed to protect a laptop from the wear and tear of being carried around town.</p><p>Travelers who need a good organizational system will love the bag’s various pockets and systems, including a zipper pocket for important documents, large open pockets for items that need easy access, and even RFID-blocking spots for credit cards.</p><img alt="Messenger Bag "src=""><p><strong>To buy: </strong><a href=";slotNum=3&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlleathersatchel-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=w61&amp;creativeASIN=B0799LMFN4&amp;linkId=274f364bdebcaa20e96fd7d0e6b41574"></a>, $75</p><p>“Still big enough to carry everything that I need, but not so big that I feel like I'm carrying an oversize duffel bag,” Amazon reviewer Dustin O. wrote. “I love this thing.”</p><p>And, according to reviewers, it’s the perfect size for all your day’s needs. “I can comfortably hold my laptop (14”) in one section, my iPad Pro in another, some papers I am working on, writing instruments, chargers, and a few extras (glasses, lens wipes, etc.) without impacting the shape or exceeding this bag’s capacity,” user Hopelessly Caffeinated in Phoenix wrote.</p><p>Visit <a href=";refRID=QTKNFX19TW5QR0GW1ZFE&amp;th=1" target="_blank">Amazon</a><a href=";tag=tlleathersatchel-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0799LMFN4&amp;linkId=274f364bdebcaa20e96fd7d0e6b41574" target="_blank"> to buy the satchel</a> (and yes, it will get there before Christmas if you act fast).</p>
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You Can Rent an Entire Island in Norway — and It Comes With Spectacular Views of the Northern Lights (Video)

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 11:16
<p>Forget the crowds in Venice, the hoards of tourists in Honolulu and the throngs of travelers gawking over Times Square in New York City. It’s time to leave all those people in your dust and go to this teeny, tiny island town in Norway instead.</p><p>Along the icy coast of Norway sits the island of <a href="" target="_blank">Fordypningsrommet</a>. As <em><a href="" target="_blank">Business Insider</a></em> noted, there are no cars, no shops, and barely any people on it. The only way to get there is to take an hour-long boat ride from a neighboring island. But what this island does have in the place of a community is pure, unadulterated solitude underneath the Northern Lights. And, a whole bunch of adorable tiny homes you can rent.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Visit Norway</a>, there are nine homes on the island, each of which has its own function: sleeping, bathroom, kitchen, sauna and more. The cottages come with either two single beds or one double bed. The entire facility comfortably sleeps 10 people, but up to 15 if you’re really pushing it. Each building is so smartly designed that it even earned an <a href="" target="_blank">Architizer's 2018 A+Award</a>.</p><img alt="Interior of a room at The Arctic Hideaway "src=""><p>But, perhaps the best part of the island oasis is the view.</p><p>“The view is formidable with the <a href="" target="_blank">Lofoten islands</a> in your right eye and the infinite horizon in the left,” Visit Norway wrote. “Here you can sit with a glass of wine in the tower house, study the ever-changing nature, and find the peace.”</p><img alt="Cabin accommodation at The Arctic Hideaway "src=""><p>Now doesn’t that just sound lovely?</p><img alt="View at the Arctic Hideaway island in Norway "src=""><p>The island is available year round, but it’s key to note that the host is only included with your stay in the summer months. At that time the host will provide food and heat up the sauna for you. You can still rent the island in winter, but you’ll have to shell out a bit extra for the host. Rent out this entire dream island for just $3,500 a week before the rest of the world finds out.</p>
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This Is the Ultimate California Road Trip, According to Zooey Deschanel

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 10:46
<p>Zooey Deschanel isn’t new to travel. In fact, the <em>New Girl </em>star has been around the world a time or two.</p><p>She’s not new to working towards making the world a happier, healthier, and all around better place, either. From starting <a href="" target="_blank">The Farm Project</a>, an organization tasked with helping people better understand the food they eat and where it comes from, to speaking out about feminist issues and raising money for <a href="" target="_blank">The Innocence Project</a>, Deschanel has given a helping hand.</p><p>So it only made sense that the <a href="" target="_blank">“Elf” star</a> teamed up with Capital One for a new initiative, <a href="" target="_blank">The Purpose Project</a>, to help start a conversation about purposeful travel and how seeing the world helps us to better understand it. According to a study conducted by Capital One, 87 percent of Americans desire a sense of discovery when they travel. To help people make their own discoveries, <em>Travel + Leisure</em> sat down with Deschanel ​to talk about California, food, and purposeful travel.</p><p><strong><em>Travel + Leisure</em>: What does it mean to travel with purpose? </strong></p><p><strong>Zooey Deschanel: </strong>“More and more people are interested in experiences rather than collecting things. These are the things that enrich our lives and inspire us. And you know when you travel with purpose you can come back to your life and be more productive and happier and more inspired.”</p><p><strong>How do you translate those trips and experiences after the fact?</strong></p><p>“I usually think of my years in terms of the trips that I take. I think every year, ‘Where did I go on vacation? Where did I spend Thanksgiving? Where did I go over the summer?’ and those things define and frame your life.’”</p><p><strong>Where is your favorite place to recommend people to travel?</strong></p><p>“California is my favorite state because it’s where I’m from and there’s so much beautiful scenery and there are so many amazing places to visit. I feel like a <a href="" target="_blank">California road trip</a> is such a classic, and always a wonderful choice for a vacation. I’ve done it many, many times.”</p><p><strong>What’s the perfect California road trip?</strong></p><p>“There are so many places, that’s why a road trip is great. You’ve got to hit a lot of spots: San Diego, L.A., of course. Go to a desert place like Palm Springs or Death Valley or something like that. Joshua Tree. Santa Barbara. Monterey. Carmel, that area. And you have to go to the wine country. So Napa, Sonoma, St. Helena to the Bay Area and then up to the Redwoods.”</p><p><strong>That’s sounds like a really solid road trip. California’s greatest hits?</strong></p><p>“And I’d recommend Eureka.”</p><p><strong>Eureka probably isn’t on too many people’s radars, right? </strong></p><p>“Oh you have to go. It’s so beautiful. It’s amazing forests and hiking and it’s absolutely magical.”</p><p><strong>I heard you’re going to Sonoma to film a series with Tastemade and Capital One about purposeful travel. Why Sonoma?</strong></p><p>“I love Sonoma. I love the food culture there. I love the farm-to-table culture and you know I love the wine. I went for my birthday the year before last and it was just such a great trip.”</p><p><strong>Going back to being purposeful, so many people are inspired by your initiatives to make the world a better place. What advice do you have for anyone looking to change the world? </strong></p><p>“I think picking one thing that you’re passionate about — that can make such a difference. If you just sort of focus on one thing that you’re really passionate about, that affect can trickle down to other things. I’m really passionate about sustainable food, that’s so connected with our issues of health and the environment and climate change. It’s all so intertwined with food. There are other things that are important to me that definitely go hand-in-hand with the food thing. So I can focus on one thing and also deliver other messages as well. My message would be no thing is too small if you’re passionate about it and you have positive feelings and you want to share them."</p><p><em>Editor's Note: This interview has been edited for clarity and length.</em></p>
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All the Best Fashion Deals You Can Score During Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 10:31
<p>We're halfway through <a href="" target="_blank">Amazon's 12 Days of Deals event</a>, which is like a series of themed mini-Prime Days. It kicked off on Dec. 2 and has featured some stellar discounts on popular toys, tech, and home essentials. And the categories still to come? Expect beauty deals on Sunday, electronics sales on Monday, and tons of outdoor gear savings next Friday. </p><p>As for today, you can save on tons of <a href=";node=18022412011&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=e34f072560568faf4bebbd727a40ae09&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Amazon Fashion</a> categories. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Gifts No One Will Realize You Ordered on Amazon</a></p><p>There's a massive selection of <a href=";node=5550343011&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=bf823af0284c1fc4330a8ca2fd287236&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Lightning Deals</a>, which are limited by both time and quantity (<a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=ec6a9e9912b81fd46a38af9c698bb97c&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Prime Members</a> can get early access). In the fashion category, we'd recommend keeping an eye out for top-rated travel wallets, <a href="" target="_blank">weatherproof boots</a>, and packable backpacks. </p><p>And the best all-day fashion deals? We've rounded those up for you below. A quick note: to see the deal prices on specific products, you'll have to select a size and/or color first.</p><p><strong>Up to 50% off Select Levi's &amp; Dockers Styles: </strong>Replace your worn-out jeans while<strong> </strong>Amazon Fashion is featuring <a href=";node=17934046011&amp;field-enc-merchantbin=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=63fb57b7d88b440d4d613de85f117395&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">select Levi's and Dockers styles</a> marked at up to 50% off. </p><p><strong>50% Off J.Crew Mercantile: </strong>Today only, save 50 percent on select women's and men's styles from <a href=";node=18359724011&amp;field-enc-merchantbin=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=bce1bd75180a43e6e40e56f1353b5501&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">J.Crew Mercantile</a> including jeans, sweaters, blazers, cardigans, T-shirts, outerwear, and more. We especially love their <a href=";tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07DQ735CF&amp;linkId=07c8daa74a74beb6467dde19e25f033c" target="_blank">wool cocoon coat</a>, which comes in seven colors. </p><p><strong>30% off Select Shoes &amp; Handbags: </strong>They've expanded the <a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=711c6735f5b9acfc58f795086d79c919&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">30% off shoes promotion to include handbags</a>, too. This one lasts all the way through Dec. 31.</p><p><strong>Up to 50% Off Select Men’s Styles From Amazon Brands: </strong>Save on curations from Amazon menswear brands <a href=";node=18327973011&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=0feb0bed77844f4788b895c7fb8c16a1&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Buttoned Down, Goodthreads, and 28 Palms</a>. Pro tip: Buttoned Down makes some super-nice cashmere sweaters. </p><p><strong>Womens' Dresses and Tops Under $50: </strong>There are great prices on <a href=";node=18125098011&amp;lo=none&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=ef120f6bf7d968d332a40764dfb85822&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">more than 100 dresses and tops</a> from PattyBoutik, Cable Stitch, Lily Parker, and more.</p><p><strong>Up to 40% Off Jewelry Made With Swarovski: </strong>Save on <a href=";node=18366362011&amp;lo=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;lo=none&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=ce9ee51accef779e17130045ddd76d56&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets, and more</a> from Amazon Collection. You can even find some gems for under $25.</p>
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The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Are Shutting Down for Paris Protests

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 09:58
<p>In expectation of political protests, some of Paris’s biggest landmarks are shutting down this weekend.</p><p>The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame are among the famous monuments that will be closed Saturday during the “yellow vest” protests.</p><p>An expected 8,000 police officers will be dispatched in the capital to counteract the potential "small minority" who have been "radicalized and fallen into violence and hate,” <a href="" target="_blank">the Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said</a> at a press conference on Friday.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Why It's Illegal to Take Photos of the Eiffel Tower at Night</a></p><p>Hundreds of businesses around Paris — especially those around the Champs-Elysees shopping district — are expected to close this weekend as well. Shop owners have boarded up their storefronts in anticipation.</p><p>A complete list of the landmarks, theaters, and shops with planned closures this weekend is <a href="" target="_blank">available online</a>.</p><p>The U.S. Embassy has advised American travelers to avoid the demonstrations, particularly in areas of central Paris. <a href="" target="_blank"><em>France-24</em> warns</a> that protests could take place around the city, including the Champs-Élysées, Concorde, Madeleine, Opéra, Bastille, République, and Trocadéro metro stops.</p><p>Travelers who purchased advance admission to any of these attractions should check their emails or contact the institutions for additional information. Travelers in Paris this weekend can follow the Paris Tourism Board’s Twitter account, <a href="" target="_blank">Paris Je T’aime</a>, for up-to-date information about closures and security in the capital.</p><p>“It’s with an immense sadness that we’ll see our city partially brought to a halt, but your safety is our priority,” Mayor Anne Hidalgo said in a statement. “Take care of Paris on Saturday because Paris belongs to all the French people.”</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">“yellow vest” protests</a> began on Nov. 17 in response to a sharp increase in diesel taxes. The movement criticizes President Emmanuel Macron and has disparate grievances, including education reform, police brutality, and union workers' rights. Since the movement began, four people have been killed in protest-related incidents.</p><p>Demonstrations are also expected in other French cities like Bordeaux and Lyon this weekend.</p>
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Amazon's Next Stop on Its World Domination Tour Might Be Your Local Airport

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 09:02
<p>Now that Amazon has announced its new HQ2 in New York City and Crystal City, Virginia, the company is setting its sights on a new venture: airports.</p><p>If you’ve ever been in a large airport, you know that it’s basically like a shopping mall. Among the duty free areas, restaurant chains, bookshops, and travel accessory stores, Amazon thinks something is missing: quick, easy, and affordable pre-flight meal options.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Gifts No One Will Realize You Ordered on Amazon</a></p><p>Amazon Go, which is essentially like a deli or convenience store with high-quality food created by local chefs, sets out to bring people exactly that, plus the added benefit of never having to wait in line to check out. Customers can simply come in, pick out what they want, and scan the item with their phone, and Amazon will charge their card on file. </p><p>Amazon Go already has a few locations in shopping centers around the country, including Chicago, Seattle, and San Francisco, but now the company is looking to expand to U.S. airports too, possibly starting with Los Angeles International Airport and San Jose International Airport, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">CNBC</a></em>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Tech Gifts on Amazon</a></p><p>“I am looking forward to moving forward with the Amazon Go technology at the airport,” an airport information technology manager told <em>CNBC</em> back in June.</p><p>But at the moment, nothing is set in stone. In fact, Amazon Go declined to comment on the matter. Officials have commented that the company would have to “undergo a competitive bid process to become a concessionaire,” according to <em>CNBC</em>.</p><p>Still, other airports around the country may also be interested in partnering with Amazon, even if LAX and San Jose don’t pan out. A concessions manager for Dallas Fort Worth International Airport even contacted the vice president of Amazon Go regarding becoming “the first Airport Amazon Go location” back in September, <em>CNBC </em>reported.</p><p>It’s unclear whether any of these airports are actively moving forward with bringing an Amazon Go to their terminals, but between the mega online store, the multiple headquarter locations, brick-and-mortar book sellers, and now, convenience stores, Amazon’s growth (or some would say, world domination) seems quite unstoppable.</p>
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The USS Arizona Pearl Harbor Memorial Finally Has a Reopening Date

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 06:52
<p>When the <a href="" target="_blank">USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu closed</a> back in May, no one knew when it would reopen again.</p><p>Due to “critical structural and safety [issues]” to the monument’s loading dock and visitor ramp, authorities thought it best to close the memorial, originally built in 1962 over the ship’s wreckage, indefinitely in order to do repairs. Cracks that had developed on the outside walls of the monument also complicated the repair process.</p><p>Which is to say that, for a while, no one really thought the memorial would be open anytime soon.</p><p>In the meantime, visitors have been able to take a free, narrated boat tour of Pearl Harbor that goes by the sunken ship, as well as other sites including the Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum &amp; Park, and the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.</p><p>But now it looks like the memorial has a new potential opening date on the calendar. "The National Park Service has revised its construction timeline and we anticipate project completion by the end of March 2019," the <a href="" target="_blank">National Park Service website</a> states. “Navy staff have been working days, nights, and weekends to fix the memorial's dock, and we expect to award a construction contract this year.” </p><p>Unfortunately, this means that the memorial is not open for Pearl Harbor Day this year, as it has been in the past. In addition, the remaining survivors of the USS Arizona attack who have consistently attended the Pearl Harbor Day memorial service will not be present this year, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Fox News</a></em> reported.</p><p>Just over 300 sailors survived the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, and only five are still alive today. Unfortunately, various issues, including health problems, have prevented them from attending. About 1,177 sailors perished in the attack. One survivor, Lou Conter, told <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Live 5 News</em></a> that he intends to come back in 2019.</p><p>More information and updates on the USS Arizona Memorial repairs can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">National Park Service website</a>.</p>
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This New Designer Swimwear Collection Is the Next Best Thing to a Vacation in the Bahamas

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 06:19
<p>Iconic swimwear company <a href="" target="_blank">Vilebrequin</a> is most closely associated to the ritzy shores of the <a href="" target="_blank">Cote d’Azur</a>, where the brand was founded by sports journalist Fred Prysquel in 1971. But the French label’s newest collection is inspired by a beach getaway on the other<i> </i>side of the Atlantic: <a href="" target="_blank">the Bahamas</a>, home to the sprawling luxury resort <a href="" target="_blank">Baha Mar</a>.</p><img alt="Vilebrequin swim trunks designed for Baha Mar resort "src=""><p>Baha Mar’s creative arts director, John Cox, a notable Bahamian artist, conceived of the limited-edition collection design, with a graphic flamingo print inspired by the Caribbean nation’s national bird. Meanwhile, the range's striking color palette of turquoise, white, and lime green evokes the archipelago's natural scenery. </p><img alt="Vilebrequin tote bag in Baha Mar exclusive print "src=""><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">15 Cute Swimsuits You Won’t Believe We Found on Amazon</a></p><p>The three-piece collection includes a men’s swim short, a boys' style, and a unisex tote bag, perfect for storing all your seaside essentials. Don’t have a trip planned to the luxury resort? No sweat: the set can be purchased <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> or at Vilebrequin stores across the United States.</p>
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You Haven’t Seen the Sunset Until You’ve Visited This Rooftop Infinity Pool Overlooking the Mediterranean

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:16
<p>There are, conservatively, a dozen reasons to choose <a href=";lang=en" target="_blank">The Setai</a> when booking a <a href="" target="_blank">hotel in Tel-Aviv</a>: The dreamy, tree-lined courtyard, where you can dine on a top-notch breakfast spread; The grotto-like lounge bar; A spa that knows its way around both Turkish hammam rituals and Reiki. But after a day wandering through <a href="" target="_blank">Carmel Market</a> and before a night out at Kuli Alma or Sputnik, The Setai rooftop is the best-situated spot for watching one of the city’s epic sunsets.</p><img alt="Terrace during sunset at The Setai Tel Aviv "src=""><p>The ancient legacy of the edifice certainly helps bolster the feeling that you’re part of something eternal as you watch the sun dip into the Mediterranean. Located in Jaffa, <a href="" target="_blank">Tel-Aviv’s ancient port city</a>, the hotel itself is housed in a grand building dating back to the Crusader period, when it was used as a fortress. During the Ottoman era, it was a prison (the heart of the building bears the original seal of Abdul Hamid II, 34th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire), and more recently it housed what must have been one of the world’s prettiest police stations.</p><p>In 2018, it reopened as a hotel after years of renovation, which involved archaeological digs on the property that uncovered artifacts from the 12th century. And the formidable history, centuries-old stone work and original walls are especially striking next to the picture-perfect and very modern rooftop infinity pool.</p><img alt="Beach view at The Setai Tel Aviv during sunset "src=""><p>Designed in collaboration with Feigin Architects and Eyal Ziv, the building’s restoration architect, it’s the closest pool to the sea out of any hotel in Israel. As the moment approaches, you can order a custom cocktail to your lounge chair — comfy ones, with a design spare enough to not distract in your Instagram photo — or float on your back, watching the sky change color. In June or July, the sun sets directly in front of the hotel, with the edge of the infinity pool seeming to <a href="" target="_blank">spill into the Mediterranean</a>. The sun slips below the horizon just before 8 p.m., and the evening call to prayer rings out in Jaffa just as dusk settles. In that moment, you can feel Tel Aviv’s past and its future. And, a nice buzz from a glass of Golan Heights Syrah.</p>
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Top Baby Names of 2018: Millennials Are Naming Their Kids After Kale, Kardashians, and Chip and Joanna Gaines (Video)

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:02
<p>If you’re pregnant, adopting, or even thinking about having a baby sometime soon, there are probably more than a few things weighing on your mind. But one of the biggest may be what to name your impending bundle of joy. Parenting resource site <a href="" target="_blank">BabyCenter</a> has a few ideas for you.</p><p>Last week, the website revealed its Top 100 Names of 2018 list. And once again, Sophia is the top choice for new parents for girls. In fact, it’s been the top name for girls for the last 10 years in a row. Jackson also continued its streak as the top name for boys.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">20 Gender Neutral Names Inspired by Places in the World</a></p><p>"Sophia is the dominant girls' name of the decade, with no signs of slowing down," Linda Murray, BabyCenter's senior vice president of consumer experience and global editor in chief, said in a statement. "It has worldwide appeal, it's pronounceable in multiple languages, and it's feminine and sophisticated all at once. As for Jackson, it's a modern twist on the old classic Jack."</p><h2>Top 10 Girl Baby Names of 2018</h2><p>1. Sophia</p><p>2. Olivia</p><p>3. Emma</p><p>4. Ava</p><p>5. Isabella</p><p>6. Aria</p><p>7. Riley</p><p>8. Amelia</p><p>9. Mia</p><p>10. Layla</p><h2>Top 10 Boy Baby Names of 2018</h2><p>1. Jackson</p><p>2. Liam</p><p>3. Noah</p><p>4. Aiden</p><p>5. Caden</p><p>6. Grayson</p><p>7. Lucas</p><p>8. Mason</p><p>9. Oliver</p><p>10. Elijah</p><p>But those aren’t the only popular names to make it on the list. According to BabyCenter, Millennial and Gen Z parents are finding plenty of inspiration in their everyday lives for their baby names, including from their favorite foods, flavors, spirituality, and even the online game Fortnite.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Here's What Bookies Think Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Will Name Their Firstborn</a> </p><p>"Parents are inspired by the things they love as well as the sound of a name," Murray said. "In the past, we'd look to the Bible or royalty for name inspiration. Today's parents turn to other sources. We've had two decades plus of 'unique' names, and anything goes. It's not like the days when every other baby was named Jessica, Jason, or Jennifer.”</p><p>For example, spiritual names like Peace rose 66 percent this year while Rainbow’s use increased by 26 percent. On the food front, the name Kale rose 35 percent for girls. Boys are increasingly being named after nature, with names like Ocean jumping 31 percent and Sky up 38 percent.</p><p>The Kardashians were among the <a href="" target="_blank">most impactful celebrities</a>, with Stormi (Kylie Jenner's daughter's name) rising 63 percent, Dream (Rob Kardashian's daughter) 42 percent, Saint (Kim Kardashian's son) 42 percent, and Reign (Kourtney Kardashian's son) 27 percent. Chip and Joanna Gaines were up there as well, with Magnolia jumping 21 percent, and their kids' names, especially Drake and Emmie, also on the rise.</p><p>As for those Fornite names, Ramirez jumped 57 percent in usage in 2018 while names like Leviathan increased by 46 percent for boys, Bunny by 30 percent for girls, and Rogue, up 47 percent for girls and 21 percent for boys.</p><p>Still, tradition runs deep. The overall top 10 names for girls include Sophia, Olivia, Emma, Ava, Isabella, Aria, Riley, Amelia, Mia, and Layla. For boys, the top 10 include Jackson, Liam, Noah, Aiden, Caden, Grayson, Lucas, Mason, Oliver, and Elijah.</p><p>Check out the entire <a href="" target="_blank">top 100 names list here</a>.</p>
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The Queen and Prince Philip Have Been Married 71 Years — and This Might Be Their Secret to Happiness

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:46
<p>If you haven’t figured it out by now, let us fill you in on a little secret: Queen Elizabeth is living her best life. In fact, she’s living everyone’s best life. Not only does she allegedly drink <a href="" target="_blank">however many cocktails she wants in a day</a> and travel with a <a href="" target="_blank">slice of her favorite cake</a> at all times, but now we’re learning she has a pretty sweet sleeping arrangement, too.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Daily Mail</i></a>, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have been able to maintain their happy marriage after all these years because they each sleep in their own private bedroom each night — separately. And apparently it’s a sleeping arrangement that most of British high society lives by.</p><p>“In England, the upper class always have had separate bedrooms. You don’t want to be bothered with snoring or someone flinging a leg around. Then when you are feeling cozy you share your room sometimes. It is lovely to be able to choose,” Lady Pamela Hicks, the Queen’s cousin, said in 2011.</p><p>Of course, these two aren’t alone. As a <a href="" target="_blank">National Sleep Foundation</a> poll found, nearly a quarter of American couples sleep in separate beds or rooms as well.</p><p>Having separate bedrooms doesn't mean these two aren't very much in love. They just don’t mind having alone time and their own space. </p><p>"Their life together has always been built on regular separations. They are not a soppy couple," royal historian Robert Lacey told <a href="" target="_blank"><i>People</i></a>. But they do reveal their love for one another now and again.</p><p>"He is someone who doesn't take easily to compliments,” the Queen has previously said about <a href="" target="_blank">Philip</a>. “But he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I and his whole family, in this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know."</p><p>I’m not crying, you’re crying.</p>
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You Can Finally Book Those $199 One-way Flights From the U.S. to India with WOW Air

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:12
<p>Travelers looking to head from the U.S. to Delhi, India, can now get tickets at discounted rates when booking with <a href="" target="_blank">WOW Air</a>.</p><p>The budget airline <a href="" target="_blank">announced earlier this year</a> that it would be expanding to <a href="" target="_blank">Asia</a>, with the first routes coming from nine different U.S. cities to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.</p><p>The new service launched on Dec. 5, and <a href="" target="_blank">WOW Air</a> is now celebrating with promotional rates of $199 one-way flights. The flights area available from seven U.S. cities: Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), Newark (EWR), Detroit (DTW), Los Angeles (LAX), Pittsburgh (PIT), and Washington, D.C. (BWI). Travelers will want to note that the ticket price fluctuate in real-time, however, so flights from Pittsburgh are now starting at about $250 one-way. </p><p>The $199 one-way fares are currently available for travel through January of 2019, though travelers should keep an eye on WOW Air’s website for additional deals on the destination throughout the year.</p><p>Return fares start at about $250, meaning you can book a bare bones ticket for around $450. Passengers will want to note that amenities like checked baggage are not available on basic fares. WOW Air charges $69.99 to check in bags online and $89.99 to check in bags when checking in at the airport, though travelers can also book a variety of other seat selections that come with added amenities in the price. </p><p>Travelers looking to book tickets that provide amenities like a personal item, a carry-on bag, a checked bag, and seat selection can book tickets on WOW Plus, while WOW Comfy includes cancelation protection and additional legroom and WOW premium seats include two checked bags alongside cancelation protection, additional legroom, priority check-in, in-flight meals, expedited security screening, and no change fees.</p><p>WOW Plus seat flights start at around $300 one-way, while premium seats start around $700 one-way.</p>
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You Can Sip Cocktails in an Igloo Surrounded by Christmas Trees at This Brooklyn Hotel

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 09:17
<p>If you’re looking for an opportunity to get festive this season, consider taking the train to <a href="" target="_blank">Brooklyn</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Hoxton</a>, a hotel in the heart of Williamsburg, is ringing in the holiday season with the jolliest event New Yorkers can enjoy, complete with igloo-like domes, <a href="" target="_blank">dozens of Christmas trees</a>, and as much $1 hot cocoa as you can drink.</p><img alt="The Hoxton Hotel, Williamsburg, Brooklyn "src=""><p>Now through February, the hotel will be setting up three limited-edition domes in its courtyard. Even though they’re not actually made of ice, you’ll still get a wintry feel from the warm blankets and faux fur throws that decorate the insides of the domes. Each dome can seat groups of 8 for lunch, dinner or cocktails and are available to both guests of the hotel and those without rooms. Domes have a food and beverage minimum of $300 per party.</p><p>In addition, the domes are surrounded by more than 50 Christmas trees, courtesy of neighborhood staple Crest Hardware. As a bonus, you can even buy and take a tree home with you as well, with 10% of tree sales benefitting Coalition for the Homeless.</p><p>According to the Hoxton website, the lot will have “everything from Charlie Brown’s to ten footers, wreaths, lights, and more” available for purchase. So you can continue to enjoy the holly jolly season even when you go home.</p><img alt="The Hoxton Hotel, Williamsburg, Brooklyn "src=""><p>Plus, as you’re shopping for trees or enjoying the festive atmosphere, you can guzzle down some $1 hot cocoa with 100% of the proceeds also benefiting <a href="" target="_blank">Coalition for the Homeless</a>. Or, have a drink with a little kick by sipping on a warm cocktail, mulled wine or cider.</p><p>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">You Can Build Your Own Igloo at This DIY Ice Hotel</a></p><p>More information on the Christmas tree event at the Hoxton can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">hotel’s website</a>. Domes may be <a href="" target="_blank">booked via Resy</a> or private event sales starting on Dec. 10.</p>
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An American Tourist Left $10,000 in a Thailand Taxi — and the World's Most Honest Driver Returned It

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:16
<p>A good trip can turn into a disaster with one simple stroke of bad luck. But happily, it can also be turned around with a simple act of kindness.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><i>The Daily Mail</i></a>, Jerry Hart, an American tourist, was on his way to Suvarnabhumi Airport in <a href="" target="_blank">Bangkok, Thailand</a>, for his flight back to the U.S. when he accidentally left a very important bag in the back of his cab.</p><p>How important was it, exactly? It contained nearly $10,000 in it.</p><p>It’s unclear how Hart managed to forget this bag full of cash, approximately $9,800 in U.S. dollars, but when he realized his mistake at the airport, he ended up canceling his flight in a panic and called the police.</p><p>Luckily for Hart, his cab driver, Veeraphol Klamsiri, was cleaning out his vehicle when he found the money bag underneath one of the front seats. Klamsiri immediately reported it to his supervisors, who worked with police to track down Hart, <i>The Daily Mail</i> reported.</p><p>“I'm very happy. I can't believe my luck. I didn't think I would see the money again,” Hart said to <em>The Daily Mail</em>.</p><p>Lucky may be a pretty mild way of putting Hart’s situation. According to <em>The Daily Mail</em>, Klamsiri also drove one other passenger after Hart before discovering the money, but it seems that passenger did not see the bag or its contents. Who knows, Hart may have come incredibly close to losing his bag and his cash forever. Klamsiri isn’t just honest or noble, he’s practically a hero.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How to Keep Your Money Safe While Traveling</a><strong> </strong></p><p>Kittipong Kittikachorn, airport deputy director, told <em>The Daily Mail</em>, “When taxis enter the airport they must return all property of the customer. Tourists can feel safe that their belongings will always be taken care of even if they lose them or forget them.”</p><p>Hart mentioned that he plans to move to Thailand <a href="" target="_blank">when he retires</a>, especially since he had such a good experience here.</p>
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Kate Middleton Took Princess Charlotte to a London Pub for an Emergency Bathroom Break

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:06
<p>A royal bladder cannot wait. Especially not a tiny one.</p><p>Patrons at The Phoenix, a local pub in South London, were surprised by an impromptu visit last week from the <a href="" target="_blank">Duchess of Cambridge</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Princess Charlotte</a>.</p><p>“There were only a few of us in the pub at the time,” a customer <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>The Daily Mail.</em></a> “No one noticed to start with, but when Princess Kate came in we started to look up.”</p><p>The three-year-old princess and her mother popped into the pub in the afternoon and dashed to the loo. Those who were there said that the royal pair was in the pub for no more than 10 minutes.</p><p>It was unclear what was happening until Kate Middleton walked in. “They seem very nice, totally normal,” a customer told <em>The Daily Mail</em>. “Princess Kate was holding her daughter's hand. Princess Charlotte was just any other little girl.”</p><p>But the process for getting a toddler to the toilet is a bit more complicated when you’re royal. First, the entourage parked their black Range Rover on the street. A “royal protection officer” walked into the pub first and asked if the princess could use the facilities. (It is unclear if workers knew the identity of the child-with-a-full-bladder when they agreed, as staff have been barred from speaking about the visit.) Patrons were told they would not be allowed to take pictures.</p><p>The royals walked to the loo and then walked back out to the car just like any other parent with an over-hydrated toddler.</p><p>The visit has not been confirmed by Kensington Palace. “This is not something we will be commenting on,” a spokesperson told <em>The Daily Mail</em>.</p>
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