The World's 13 Best Airports for De-Stressing

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Airports are not places that are generally associated with wellness. Between long security lines, hard-backed chairs, and incessant announcements, many of the world's busiest airports seem like they were actually designed with traveler discomfort in mind. These transit hubs don’t have to be so anxiety-inducing, though.

Netflights, a website that finds travelers the best airfare deals, has gathered up some data to rank the best airports for wellness in the world, and a few of them are in U.S. cities. The travel company started out with 25 of the world’s busiest airports, then ranked them by the number and quality of wellness facilities they offer, including everything from running tracks to spas to meditation rooms.

Wellness is a rising trend in travel, and many airports around the world have been revamped to meet this consumer demand. “Along with incredible shopping and a wide choice of places to eat and drink, it’s natural that more of them should now also reflect the general impetus toward people maintaining a healthy lifestyle wherever they are, with an increasingly broad range of gyms, studios, or places of worship and reflection,” Andrew Shelton, Netflights's managing director, said in a statement.

Number one on the list is Germany’s Frankfurt Airport, which is the eighth busiest airport in the world—but also one of the most comfortable. Netflights gave the airport an overall score of 21 out of 23 possible points, thanks in part to its designated “Quiet Room” and its “silent chairs” (which have integrated speakers and jacks so you can play your own music and are located throughout the facility). The airport also offers massage services and has two yoga rooms with instruction videos, which can be used free of charge.

Since Netflights ranked 25 of the busiest airports, some of the ones at the bottom of the list are not ideal places for rest and relaxation (especially LAX, which received a score of zero). Below, we’ve listed a ranking of the airports with above-average wellness facilities that received a score of at least 12 from Netflights.

  1. Frankfurt Airport, Germany
  1. Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam
  1. Dubai International Airport, UAE
  1. Changi Airport, Singapore
  1. Hong Kong International Airport, China
  1. (tied) Vancouver International Airport, Canada
  1. (tied) John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York
  1. Haneda Airport, Tokyo
  1. (tied) San Francisco International Airport, California
  1. (tied) Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada
  1. (tied) Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
  1. (tied) O'Hare International Airport, Chicago
  1. (tied) Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, India

You can find Netflights's full rankings here.

New Jersey's Anthony Bourdain Food Trail Has Opened

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Before Anthony Bourdain was a world-famous chef, author, or food and travel documentarian, he was just another kid growing up in New Jersey. Earlier this year, Food & Wine reported that Bourdain's home state would honor the late television personality with a food trail tracing his favorite restaurants. And that trail is now open.

Bourdain was born in New York City in 1956, and spent most of childhood living in Leonia, New Jersey. He often revisited the Garden State in his books and television shows, highlighting the state's classic diners and delis and the seafood shacks of the Jersey shore.

Immediately following Bourdain's tragic death on June 8, 2018, New Jersey assemblyman Paul Moriarty proposed an official food trail featuring some of his favorite eateries. The trail draws from the New Jersey episode from season 5 of the CNN series Parts Unknown. In it, Bourdain traveled to several towns throughout the state, including Camden, Atlantic City, and Asbury Park, and sampled fare like cheesesteaks, salt water taffy, oysters, and deep-fried hot dogs.

The food trail was approved following a unanimous vote in January, and the trail was officially inaugurated last week. Among the stops included on the trail:

  1. Frank's Deli // Asbury Park
  1. Knife and Fork Inn // Atlantic City
  1. Dock's Oyster House // Atlantic City
  1. Tony's Baltimore Grill // Atlantic City
  1. James' Salt Water Taffy // Atlantic City
  1. Lucille's Country Cooking // Barnegat
  1. Tony & Ruth Steaks // Camden
  1. Donkey's Place // Camden
  2. Hiram's Roadstand // Fort Lee

Chernobyl Creator Craig Mazin Urges Visitors to Treat the Exclusion Zone With Respect

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Following the success of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, one tour company reported that bookings to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone located in Ukraine rose 35 percent. Now, series creator Craig Mazin is imploring the new wave of tourists to be respectful when snapping selfies at Chernobyl, Gizmodo reports.

A 2500-square-kilometer exclusion zone was established around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant shortly after its reactor exploded in 1986 and flooded the area with harmful radiation. The abandoned towns are still too radioactive for people to live there safely, but they have been deemed safe to visit temporarily with the supervision of a guide.

Chernobyl has supported a dark tourism industry for years, but thanks to the miniseries, photographs taken there are gaining new levels of attention online. News of influencers posing for irreverent selfies at the site of the nuclear disaster quickly went viral. Mazin tweeted:

Regardless of why people are visiting the site, being respectful in the presence of tragedy is always a good idea. It's also smart to resist leaving a tour group to snap the perfect selfie in some abandoned building: Tour companies warn that breaking rules and wandering off approved paths can lead to dangerous radiation exposure.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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