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Montgomery County chapter of Birthday Cakes 4 Free(MONTGOMERY, Md.) -- Allison Wachen and her team of bakers crowd around the kitchen counter, juggling broken egg shells, flour bags and cans of cooking spray. They’re baking two, two-layer vanilla birthday cakes in her aunt's kitchen.

No one is celebrating a birthday, though — at least not in her family.

Wachen is baking them for "Birthday Cakes 4 Free," a non-profit organization that bakes birthday cakes for people — including children and seniors in different communities — who wouldn't otherwise have them.

Wachen, 17, an avid baker who said she's always taken an active role in community service projects, was looking for a way to combine her passions when she read about the national charity organization while flipping through a magazine.

"I couldn’t even believe that people do not receive a birthday cake," said Wachen, co-founder and president of the Montgomery County, Maryland, chapter of Birthday Cakes 4 Free.

It was a thought that didn't sit right with Wachen, so she founded a local chapter with her brother. Within two and a half years her chapter’s membership skyrocketed from two members to more than 400 members.

"I think people at first, since you're a youth and you're starting an organization, maybe assume you're not as organized," she said.

Her 15-year-old brother, Robert, who will email with adult volunteers for months, added that grownups are always surprised when they finally meet him.

"I say, "Hi, my name is Robert. I'm the vice president.' [And] they'll go, 'Wait, you're a kid?'" Robert, the chapter's vice president of technology, said with a laugh.

"So I think that's a very humbling experience for me because they are taking me so seriously that they're not even considering my age; they're just looking at the organization and saying 'Wow, this is a legitimate organization and I want to help out,'" he added.

The teenagers faced some difficulties early on like finding members to help bake and deliver the cakes and finding charities that were willing to accept them. Another challenge was that some of the volunteers were too young to drive and had no income to buy supplies.

The group donates more than 100 cakes per month — and each cake container costs $1.50. That's more than $1,800 a year for the containers alone.

In the past, the volunteers have asked for grants and held fundraisers like bake sales to cover the costs of the frosting, sprinkles and cake containers. Wachen said she believes her charity gains more credibility and legitimacy as more people personally see the impact and the sheer number of donated cakes.

"It's just such a basic thing but I think on your birthday, the whole idea of having a birthday cake and having the celebration with your friends and family...reaffirms that you really have a community supporting you, but it's also something just very special," said Wachen before heading out to decorate this month's cakes with her friends and other volunteers at the Potomac Community Center in Potomac, Maryland.

Once a month, a dozen or so middle school and high school students get together to decorate the cakes at a local community center or at the home of one of their volunteers. Wachen said she always tries to make every cake as special as possible.

It is for someone's birthday after all.

"I always tell our volunteers: 'Make this cake as if you were giving it to someone in your family,'" said Wachen.

For those volunteers who can't make the cake decorating social, they have the option of baking and decorating the cake from their own home and dropping it off at Wachen's house. Wachen then collects the cakes and delivers them, with the aide of her mother's silver minivan, to 17 charities around the area.

Those charities include homeless shelters and Boys and Girls clubs in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia region.

"A birthday cake, I mean, yes, it's delicious, but it's also so much more of a symbol that the community really cares about them," said Wachen.

The charity regularly receives thank you notes from the recipients; one included a note from a child who wrote, "Wow! A cake with my name on it! I’ve never seen one with my name before."

Two girls at a recent birthday cake delivery party shared a similar message.

"It's nice, that they do it for other kids," one girl said in between cake bites.

"And they don't even know us," the other girl responded.

Tarayra Staton, the program director at the Jelleff Club of the Greater Washington Boys & Girls Club, suggests the idea is so popular because the charity isn't only for kids... it's by the kids, too.

"Every month they refer to this as 'Cake Day,'" Staton explained over the sounds of young children screaming and playing in a nearby games room. "It's kids that actually make them, so when we have other kids making the cakes and giving it to our members, [our kids] really really think that's cool."

All but one of the 64 Birthday Cakes 4 Free chapters are run by adults. The Montgomery chapter is the only one run by teenagers.

"What you realize is these kids are just like you. They have the same passions, they have the same goals," added Wachen, before explaining she is acutely aware that she could be one of the less fortunate kids in the homeless shelters, a fact that makes the delivery of the cakes all the more significant.

Robert Wachen realizes how fortunate he is, too.

"When I bake birthday cakes every month, I think about the recipients and I think about the connection, and it goes way beyond the birthday cake for me," he said.

"It’s not whether you’re 'Cake Boss' and you can create an amazing three-layer cake. It's that you took the time out of your day...to make a lasting impression on someone you don't even know," he added.

For their 17-year-old cousin, Sawyer Steinmiller, vice president of finance for the chapter, it's about connecting with someone on their own level.

"I would rather learn from a kid. I would rather hang out with a kid than an adult," said Sawyer.

"And I think because we are kids and we are teens, that they feel [like it's] more personable and enjoyable."

In the fall, Wachen will be leaving for college, which means two new teenagers will be taking over the organization: Robert and their cousin Sawyer. Passing the torch will be bittersweet, Wachen admitted, but she was prepared for this inevitability since the beginning.

Two years ago, she created an executive board made up of middle and high school students from across the county, all from different races, religions and backgrounds.

"Once I leave, there are networks of people that can get their friends involved from different schools and have connections with different religious and community organizations."

In April, the group is set to deliver its 2,000th cake. The teenagers plan to celebrate it by reaching out to more schools and volunteers, and honoring the seniors who will be leaving them in the fall for college.

For Wachen, who will be trading in her baking apron for college textbooks come August, the journey from start to finish has been incredibly personal.

"The idea that you're making a cake for other people that otherwise wouldn't get one shows that people value you and would take their own personal time for someone that they don’t personally know but still think they are important," Wachen said.

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JetBlue(NEW YORK) -- JetBlue is offering free flights to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the families of the school shooting victims.
 
The company, which has a corporate office in Orlando, said volunteers in its Family Assistance Center will book free air travel for victims' families, according to the Miami Herald. JetBlue will also provide access to free ground transportation with Lyft.

JetBlue is also partnering with the Florida Panthers to hold a blood drive on Feb. 22.

On its company blog, JetBlue wrote, “This week’s events are felt by all of our 21,000 crewmembers, many of whom live in, work from and travel through the Broward County area, home to our Focus City, Fort Lauderdale. We want to do our part to help the community, and support South Florida through this difficult time."

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@NYPDTransit/Twitter(NEW YORK) -- A runaway dog wandering New York City's subway tracks created a hairy situation for transit officials and commuters Friday afternoon.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) issued a service alert around 3:15 p.m. ET announcing changes and delays to the F train "because of a dog on the tracks" at York Street station in Brooklyn. A and C train riders also experienced delays as transit workers and police spent an hour trying to search and rescue the lost pup.

The dog, named Dakota, had escaped from a dog park in Brooklyn and somehow found its way onto the subway tracks, according to the New York City Transit Police Department. Police officers and transit workers eventually retrieved Dakota to safety.

According to ABC station WABC-TV, the dog was discovered on the tracks at Bergen Street station, two stops downtown from York Street.

Dakota was reunited with its owner, who took her beloved pup to the vet for a "minor injury," police said.

Normal train service resumed about an hour later.

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Photodisc/Thinkstock(BRUSSELS) -- Facebook must stop tracking Belgian users who are surfing the web outside of the social network -- or face a fine of more than $300,000 a day, a Belgian court ruled.

The court also ordered Facebook to delete data that it has already gathered from these users. If Facebook doesn't abide by this order, it will face a fine of $312,000 a day, the court ruled.

Facebook “doesn’t sufficiently inform” clients about the data it gathers or explain what it does with the information, the Brussels Court of First Instance said in a statement, according to Bloomberg.

"Facebook can follow your surfing behavior without you realizing it, let alone want it, on the basis of those invisible pixels that Facebook has placed on more than 10,000 other websites," the court said.

Facebook said it is “disappointed” with the verdict and plans to appeal, Facebook’s head of public policy for Europe, Richard Allan, told Bloomberg.

“Over recent years, we have worked hard to help people understand how we use cookies to keep Facebook secure and show them relevant content,” he said.

"The cookies and pixels we use are industry-standard technologies. We require any business that uses our technologies to provide clear notice to end-users, and we give people the right to opt-out of having data collected on sites and apps off Facebook being used for ads."

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iStock/Thinkstock(PARKLAND, Fla.) -- After the third deadliest school shooting in U.S. history Wednesday afternoon in Florida, a number of people and organizations have found ways to extend a hand to the affected Florida communities, including GoFundMe campaigns that state officials vow to shield from any would-be scammers.

“If you think you’re going to scam people during this tragedy, you’re not,” state Attorney General Pam Bondi reportedly warned this week.

The Broward Education Foundation, which raises money for the public school system, has set up a GoFundMe page.

GoFundMe has removed campaigns with no direct connection to the victims in the shooting or their families, spokesman Bobby Whithorne told ABC News via email.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office Thursday tweeted that there have been "several fraudulent @gofundme accounts" created and posted a link to the correct one.

GoFundMe’s Whithorne said, "We guarantee the money raised by those campaigns will be transferred to the right person.”

“We will continue to monitor the platform and will stay in close touch with Florida officials.”

Meanwhile, Premier Family Health and Wellness, a health care center in Wellington, Florida, is hosting a blood drive on Friday until 4 p.m., according to a news release.

Ryan Mackman, the center’s business administrator, is a friend and former classmate of Aaron Feis, the football coach who was among the 17 people killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the news release said.

One Blood, a Florida-based blood center, Wednesday night delivered additional blood to the Broward Health North Hospital, which treated massacre victims.

One Blood said in a news release it is especially interested in donations of O-negative blood, which is the universal type and primarily used to treat trauma patients.

Public Good, an online organization that partners with reputable nonprofits to distribute various donations, is collating trustworthy sites.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Those looking for love on dating sites, apps and social media should beware of the "massive number of fraudsters" using so-called romance scams to "gain unsuspecting people's trust to steal their money," a new study published by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns.

"People all over the world are being ripped off by these same frauds," Steve Baker, an internal investigation specialist with the BBB, told ABC News. "We got a real global problem."

These romance scams have cost victims in the U.S. and Canada nearly $1 billion in just the past three years, and impacted an estimated 1 million victims in the U.S. alone, according to the BBB.

Complaints from victims of online romance scams are also on the rise -- up from 21,000 in 2015 to 28,000 in 2017 -- according to the BBB. In addition, reports to the FBI about online romance scams tripled in the last five years.

The Federal Trade Commission estimates, however, that 90 percent of victims don't report the scam, meaning the actual number of victims could likely be much higher.

Romance scams often begin with a "grooming phase" where the scammer learns about the victim's life and sends text messages or notes that profess admiration, and eventually love.

One victim of these scams, who spoke to ABC News on the condition it not name her or show her face, said that she met a man on Facebook who eventually stole $1,000 from her.

"He said that he was a single father ... that he was a widower," she told ABC News.

"He said ... he had a really bad cellphone," she added. "And that’s when I said I guess I can help you."

"The second time I sent him money ... he said he was having problems paying his car," she said.

He then asked for her bank information, and she says that is when she called him out and he admitted that he was a "scammer."

"I said, 'You are a scammer,'" she told ABC News. "That’s when he said ... 'I am in love with you and that’s why I’m telling you the truth ... yes, I am a scammer.'"

Another person targeted by an online romance scam, Donna Rodgers, told ABC News that she met her scammer on the dating app Zoosk, and he pampered her with gifts during the first weeks, but then asked her for more than $1,500.

"It was overwhelming," Rogers said. She said that she didn't send the money and immediately contacted authorities.

Both Facebook and Zoosk told ABC News that they try to monitor and block suspicious behavior.

Zoosk says it has photo verification services to help combat online scams. Both companies, however, say that consumer awareness and vigilance are also key to fight and prevent online romance scams.

Baker told ABC News that anyone who may have been a victim of online romance scams and sent money through Western Union may be able to get their money back.

Information on how to get their money back is available on the FTC's website, he added.

"They don't even have to have their original Western Union receipts as long as they know how much money they sent, and the location they sent it from, and the date I think," he added. "There's a good chance they can get some money back."

Baker said that the money transfer services Western Union and MoneyGram are making "more efforts to protect people."

If you were scammed as far back as 2004 all the way through January 2017, he recommends filing a claim on the FTC's website.

"I don't know if people will get full refunds we hope that they would, but it depends on how many claims that are filed," he added.

Baker said that he thinks there are still steps he thinks the dating sites and apps can do to "warn their victims."

"We would like for them to increase their efforts to try to get the crooks off their websites; in other words to screen profiles of folks before they appear on the dating sites," he said. "And if the dating sites find a profile they conclude is fraudulent, maybe because its paid with a stolen credit card, we would like the dating site to contact everyone who have been in contact with the profile."

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(PARKLAND, Fla.) -- After the third deadliest school shooting in U.S. history Wednesday afternoon, a number of people and organizations have found ways to extend a hand to the affected Florida communities.

Cox Media, for instance, is hosting a blood drive today at various locations until 7 p.m., the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said.

One Blood, a Florida-based blood center, Wednesday night delivered additional blood to the Broward Health North Hospital, which treated massacre victims.

One Blood said in a news release it is especially interested in donations of O-negative blood, which is the universal type and primarily used to treat trauma patients.

Public Good, an online organization that partners with reputable nonprofits to distribute various donations, is collating trustworthy sites.

And the Broward Education Foundation, which raises money for the public school system, has set up a Go Fund Me page.

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The Walt Disney Disney Co.(NEW YORK) -- Big news, summer travelers: Toy Story Land, one of the most anticipated family attractions in 2018, has an official opening date: June 30.

To celebrate the announcement, Disney brought a piece of the new land right to New York City's Times Square. Slinky Dog Dash is one of many attractions in the new 11-acre Toy Story Land where guests will shrink to the size of a toy and be surrounded by giant versions of childhood toys.

“With set pieces, staging, attractions and experiences, Toy Story Land represents the best of Walt Disney Imagineering’s collaboration with our storytelling partners at Pixar Animation Studios,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “This new land will place guests inside the wondrous world of Woody, Buzz and their pals -- and invite everyone to experience the joy of being a toy.”

While the original Toy Story movie was released in 1995, Toy Story Midway Mania opened at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's California Adventure in 2008.

Now, 10 years later, the all-new addition to Disney's Hollywood Studios is set against the backdrop of Andy's backyard. One of the main attractions includes Slinky Dog Dash, a ride for the whole family where Slinky Dog twists his coils around curves, hills and drops across Toy Story Land. Alien Swirling Saucers is another fun attraction for guests, where they will board a toy rocket for a spin through space.

When it comes time for a bite to eat, head to Woody's Lunch Box, a walk-up window serving old-fashioned soda floats along with other tasty eats and treats.

To Disney World -- and infinity and beyond!

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Disney Parks (NEW YORK) -- For a sweet treat that’s on trend, visitors to Walt Disney World can’t miss the rose gold cupcake at Sunshine Seasons in Epcot, or the similar versions at Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at The Trolley Car Café.Disney ParksAt The Polynesian Resort, saddle up to the Barefoot Pool Bar for a rose gold margarita.

Disney ParksThen, it’s back to the cupcakes. The Polynesian has a rose gold vanilla cupcake with guava pastry cream at Capt. Cook’s and at Kona Café.

Disney ParksAt Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, there’s a rose gold unicorn cupcake with rose gold sponge and hazelnut cream cheese filling at Gasparilla Island Grill.

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At Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and Disney’s Old Key West Resort, you’ll find a rose gold chocolate cupcake with strawberry buttercream filling and topping, chocolate ears and chocolate crispy pearls. These can be found at Intermission Food Court, the Artist’s Palette and the Paddock Grill.

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Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort now has a rose gold vanilla cupcake with strawberry filling, vanilla buttercream, strawberry crispy pearls and a dark chocolate rose gold Minnie hat.

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Clay Daugherty(NEW YORK) -- In an ever-growing list of online challenges powered by social media, the latest trend proves that even amateur photographers can snap a shot in a drab location and make it look fab!

Kelsey Maggart is credited with starting the "Hobby Lobby challenge" after she shared a series of portraits on Twitter that she took of her friend inside the craft store on Jan. 26.

Maggart, who is a professional photographer, said she was surprised and happy about the attention her Hobby Lobby photos received.

"A few weeks ago my friend said he was shooting in Hobby Lobby so we both shot there, in different stores, to compare our shoots," Maggart told ABC News. "We live in Indiana, so flowers aren’t really an option for a few more months."

Maggart said that once she posted the photos she was "shocked" to see the reaction on social media.

"My social media has been crazy recently and it’s just so insane to me that I was able to inspire this many people to go out and do this shoot themselves,” she said. “It really does feel amazing.”

The craft store photoshoots have since moved outside Hobby Lobby stores and into WalMart, Michaels, Target and other retailers.

People started sharing their own pictures using the hashtag #HobbyLobbyChallenge and have now moved onto the broader based #uglylocationchallenge.

One participant told ABC News that after several of his friends saw Maggart's tweet, they challenged him to "do something like it."

"I asked my friend Samantha to do the challenge with me and she was super excited," Clay Daugherty said. "We decided to go to Hobby Lobby because we knew they had a flower aisle and we thought that would be an amazing place to do it," he explained.

Daugherty added that he wishes he had thought to post his photo first to get the same social media traction, but overall he was happy to participate.

"After I posted my tweet, some people had sent me [Maggart's] tweet of her shooting in Hobby Lobby. I was a little sad that I didn’t post the Hobby Lobby ugly location challenge first, but the pictures turned out great and I had a lot of fun," he said.

Hobby Lobby did not immediately respond to ABC News request for comment.



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Maria Falaschi/Twitter(HONOLULU) -- Passengers on a Hawaii-bound United Airlines flight got the scare of a lifetime on Tuesday when a part of the plane's engine fell apart in midair, leaving metal pieces flapping in the wind.

"I thought we were going to die, and hoped that my kids knew that I loved them," one passenger told ABC News after the plane made an emergency landing. "It was horrible."

"The flight attendants were really professional, but they were scared. You could tell from their face,” she added.

United flight 1175 from San Francisco to Honolulu made an emergency landing on Tuesday afternoon after a “mechanical issue” caused the plane’s engine cover to come apart, the airline said in a statement Tuesday.

The plane, a Boeing 777, landed safely and no injuries were reported.

"United flight 1175 traveling to Honolulu from San Francisco landed safely after the pilots called for an emergency landing because of a loss of the engine cowling (the covering of the engine),” the statement said. “Our pilots followed all necessary protocols to safely land the aircraft. The aircraft taxied to the gate, and passengers deplaned normally."

"The flight landed safely, and all passengers deplaned normally at the gate," it added in separate statement.

United did not say exactly when the cowling came off, but it said there was no debris on the runway or taxiways.

Horrified passengers shared images from inside the plane, showing what appeared to be the plane’s bare engine, exposed in midair.

One of the passengers said he heard “a big metallic bang” that was followed by about 40 minutes of “shaking” until the plane finally landed.

A passenger, who shared images from aboard on Twitter, referred to the incident as the “scariest flight of my life,” while another said it felt like “people calmly preparing themselves for death” as the plane braced for the emergency landing.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it would investigate the cause of the malfunction.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A second lawsuit has been filed claiming popular beauty store chain Ulta resells returned products and bills them as new.

A complaint filed last week in an Illinois circuit court comes less than a month after the first lawsuit filed by a California woman alleging Ulta has a practice of reselling returned products to customers who believe they are purchasing new and unused cosmetics.

The latest complaint details Ulta's alleged return policies. The beauty store chain allows customers to return beauty products if they are "unsatisfied" with their purchase, according to the complaint. Ulta employees are required to ask customers making returns if they used the product. Used products are then placed in a "damage bin," but this new complaint alleges former employees say there is a quota for how many returned items can be deemed "damaged," meaning used products are ending up back on the shelf.

The latest complaint claims a former manager of an Ohio store told Business Insider, "We would literally get lectured by our boss on our conference calls if our stores were over" that quota.

As a result, the complaint alleges Ulta employees routinely restock used beauty products and sell them as new, potentially exposing customers to harmful bacteria, including E. coli and another bacteria commonly found in feces.

The allegations first came to light last month when a woman who claims to be a former employee of Ulta alleged on Twitter that employees were instructed to "repackage/reseal the item and put it back on the shelf" when customers made returns.

Ulta spokesperson Karen May told ABC News in a statement, "Ulta Beauty's policies and practices do not allow the resale of used, damaged or expired products. As the nation's largest beauty retailers, we take protecting the integrity of the products we sell very seriously. Based on our review of these allegations, we are confident that our stores uphold our policies and practices. Assertions to the contrary are inconsistent with what we stand for."

Attorney Tom Zimmerman, who is representing the customer who filed the second lawsuit, told ABC News the lawsuit is seeking to change the quota for how many returned products can be thrown away and compensate customers who bought used products.

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Genevieve Shaw Brown(NEW YORK) -- Travel experts tell ABC News what their picks are for "the most romantic place I've ever been."

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As an award-winning travel journalist traveling the world for years, the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday got me thinking about the most romantic place I'd ever been.

I started wondering how that compared to other world wanderers' most romantic places, so I asked some travel experts to share with "Good Morning America" the one place in the world that's captured their hearts the most.

From Bora Bora to Italy and lots of places in between, here are our various picks for "the most romantic place I've ever been."

For me, the most romantic place is Turtle Island, Fiji.

The resort where I stayed is only accessible by sea plane and you're greeted by the staff with a welcome song upon landing. But what makes Turtle Island so romantic is the element of privacy. There are only 14 couples booked at any one time and 14 beaches, so guests have a private beach every day of their visit, assigned each morning. Champagne picnics are the norm as are private dinners on pontoons, in the mountains or beachside. If you do want to interact with your fellow guests -- and you probably will, there's nightly group dinners, as well.

Aside from the romantic nature of Turtle Island, there's something so special about the staff. From the moment you arrive on the island, you are treated like family. The Fijian people who live and work on Turtle Island are some of the most welcoming, caring people I've ever come across in my travels.

Lee Abbamonte, youngest American to travel to every country in the world

"The Seychelles has to be the most romantic place in the world. It’s many, varied islands are perfect for couples to explore nature and have some of the worlds best beaches all to themselves. Whether it’s riding bikes on tranquil La Digue or staying in a perfectly cultivated luxury resort on Mahe, the Seychelles just oozes romance. Meet you there?"

Lee Abbamonte is a New York City-based travel blogger, on-air travel personality and entrepreneur who has been to all 193 United Nations member states, the North Pole and the South Pole.

Yana and Timon Peskin, Beard & Curly

"New Zealand is the most romantic place we have ever been. Our idea of a romantic getaway is to escape the crowds and get into nature. We spent a few days at a charming bed and breakfast while searching for our favorite local winery. Most of our time was hiking in the South Island of New Zealand. Nothing says I love you like a hike to an empty mountain hut and cuddling up to a warm cozy fire."

Yana and Timon from beardandcurly.com quit their jobs in 2015 to pursue their passion and travel the world. They are travel junkies and love exploring new cultures and mountain peaks. Their blog focuses on photography, country guides, and budget travel tips.

Kimia Kalbasi, Founder of Kimia’s Kravings

"Hands downs, the most romantic place I’ve ever been to is Bora Bora undoubtedly. Bora Bora simply equates to all of your tropical dreams come to life. There are pristine bluer than blue waters, glistening white sand, and majestic, dreamy bungalows tucked away at every turn. Unlike some other tropical destinations, Bora Bora is truly secluded and feels like your own private island. In fact, it’s so private that the same number of people who visit Hawaii in a week equates to the same number of people who visit Bora Bora annually. Bora Bora epitomizes the perfect romantic getaway."

Kimia Kalbasi (@KimiasKravings) is a travel food lifestyle influencer, blogger and content creator based in NYC. She is the Founder of Kimia’s Kravings. Kimia’s Kravings is your ultimate tour guide for to where to eat, drink and be merry. She’s visited countless destinations from Bora Bora to Turks & Caicos to Hawaii to Tulum and countless travel spots in between.

Johnny Jet, Founder of www.JohnnyJet.com

"The island of Taha'a! It’s the fourth largest of the Society Islands (Tahiti, Moorea and Raiatea are the others). You land at Raiatea Airport then take a private thirty-minute smooth boat ride to Le Taha'a Island Resort and Spa. 48 overwater bungalows makes you feel like you are out in the middle of the South Pacific all by yourself. There's no boat traffic like in Bora Bora and the bungalows are reasonably spread out. They have glass bottom floors so you can see the fish below."

Johnny Jet has traveled over 100,000 miles a year since starting his newsletter in 1995 and has visited close to 100 countries. On his website, he writes about how to maximize your credit card points, how to find travel deals, cheap flights, and how to benefit from insightful travel tips.

Kaila Yu, Founder of Nylon Pink


"The most romantic place I've ever been in Hoi An. The Hoi An Ancient town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the famous street lanterns not only make the ultimate Instagram selfie but is one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Take a stroll down the scenic Japanese Covered wooden bridge or dine al fresco at one of the idyllic cafes, it's the perfect Valentine's Day Destination."

Kaila Yu is a writer and former rockstar (front woman of an all girl band) based in Los Angeles. She is the founder of Nylon Pink and has a combined social media following of 530,000 and growing and has been regularly featured in print and media publications around the world.

Aly Walansky, travel journalist

"The most romantic spot I've ever been? Tuscany. The wine, the olives, the incredible views that go on forever...whether enjoying sunset with a glass of Chianti or going on a truffle run, there's just so much to do and see here, making it the best destination for a honeymoon or just a much-needed getaway."

Aly Walansky is a travel journalist who focuses on wine, food and spa travel and has been writing for dozens of publications for over a decade.

Becky Stavely, Travel & Lifestyle Photographer

"The location may feel a bit cliche, but after a month of traveling the US without my husband, Sonoma was the perfect place to reunite and reconnect with each other this past summer. The region delivered just enough adventure with hikes through redwood forests and kayaking along rivers. From there, a drive through the countryside became a dreamy backdrop to escape into deep conversation over a few glasses (or bottles) of local wine, amongst ivy-covered walls and vineyards as far as the eye could see. Despite a catastrophic fire this past October, most of the wineries are still open, some needing the travelers now more than ever. It's sad, but the Love Sculpture is all that is left of Paradise Ridge Winery. I think it shows that the love remains strong."

Becky Stavely is a Travel & Lifestyle Photographer. You can follow her @ourendlessadventure

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Scott Pattenden (copyright 2017)/courtesy RM Sotheby's(NEW YORK) -- Mamma Mia! That’s some price for a 41-year-old, cassette-playing BMW once used by Swedish band Abba, one of the world’s most successful pop groups of all time.

The stylish 1977 BMW 633, with nearly 125,000 miles behind it, sold at auction in Paris by RM Sotheby’s for about $42,500, nearly a record for that particular model, according to car specialist Felix Archer of RM Sotheby’s.

“An equivalent of this car, with the same mileage of 200,000 kilometers and in such good condition, but without Abba attached to It, would sell for between [roughly $12,400 and $18.600],” he told ABC News. “Abba’s influence is bigger than you can imagine.”

Abba -- which turned out hits like “Dancing Queen,” “Chiquitita” and the iconic “Mamma Mia!” -- used the Polaris silver BMW on European tours from 1978 to 1980 and as a discrete everyday car for members Bjorn Ulvaeus or Benny Andersson. They sold it in 1980, according to RM Sotheby’s.

Two then-married couples -- Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog, and Andersson and Frida Lyngstad -- formed the quartet in the early-1970s, producing disco-era Swedish-made, English-language pop songs.

The car, with leather seats and electric windows, sold last week with copies of the original documents signed by Ulvaeus and Andersson.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Bill and Melinda Gates have tackled some of the biggest problems in the world -- from poverty to education and health care -- through their multibillion-dollar Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

And the couple of 25 years is not afraid to tackle the hard topics at home with each other either, Melinda Gates said.

"I don’t think either of us is afraid of a little bit of grist in the conversation because that’s how you get better," she said today on "Good Morning America" in response to a viewer's question asking what the couple's "arguments are like." "Sometimes one of us will learn something first, we’ll see it out in the field in Africa or we’ll read something, and so we bring that to the conversation but always with that shared goal in mind.

"We agree on the broad goals of where we’re going as a couple with this foundation so that’s first and foremost," Melinda Gates said. "We always have that in mind."

The Gates, the parents of three children, today released their foundation's annual letter, a publication that outlines the goals of their philanthropic organization.

To mark the letter's 10th anniversary, the Gates this year chose to answer the 10 toughest questions they're asked by the public, taking on their influence, achievements and the political climate.

"We thought the 10th anniversary, we get asked these tough questions and we are super ambitious for the world -- I mean, we want children to survive and thrive -- but these kinds of questions pressure-test for us the work that we’re doing, pressure-test our optimism," Melinda Gates, 53, explained.

"And I think they help us be more transparent and take people on the learning journey that we’ve had during this time."

The Seattle-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation employs more than 1,400 people and has distributed $41.3 billion in grants since its inception in 2000, according to its website.

In the annual letter, Bill and Melinda Gates write that despite headlines of political divisions, violence and natural disasters, "We see a world that's getting better."

"Compare today to the way things were a decade or a century ago. The world is healthier and safer than ever," they write. "The number of children who die every year has been cut in half since 1990 and keeps going down. The number of mothers who die has also dropped dramatically. So has extreme poverty—declining by nearly half in just 20 years. More children are attending school. The list goes on and on."

Bill Gates, 62, explained that being optimistic, and objective, about the state of the world helps them solve problems faster.

"Being objective about the progress the world has made, whether it’s less violence in the United States or childhood deaths going down, that allows us to see the exemplars, the heroes, the innovation and actually drive that progress even faster," he said today.

Bill Gates hopes the next generation of young people is both inspired by the innovations of today and looking ahead to the problems of tomorrow, he added.

"I hope you can see strong models and look at how the miracles of science, the miracles of non-profit organizations, the frontiers of curing disease, letting people communicate in new ways, that you get to drive that to a new level," he said.

"The new generation has a lot of problems to solve so I’m excited that you’ll step up and see that our generation solved some problems but we left plenty for you to work on."

Melinda Gates, who travels the world with her husband for their humanitarian work, said she stays optimistic partly by witnessing all that humans have in common.

"If you travel as much as I’m lucky to do, you see the commonality we have as human beings," she said.

"When you see a mom and a dad who care as much for that child and want to educate them as much as we do in the United States and for them to grow up, not just healthy but thrive and reach their full potential, those are our shared human values."

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