July 2015

By Alexandra Marshall, July 2, 2015
Heat waves in France are their own special hell. While I’ve never experienced worse weather on a more consistent basis than in the 12 years I lived in New York City, functioning in the heat in Paris—a city almost entirely without air conditioning—...
By Erika Owen, July 2, 2015
Pilot Andre Borschberg has been flying around the world on a solar-powered plane since March 9th. While the trip is notable for many reasons, the most recent milestone has to be its record-breaking leg which left from Nagoya, Japan last Monday and...
By N/A, July 2, 2015
The peak of Switzerland’s Chäserugg mountain has been accessible to skiers via cable car since 1972, but its lone dining option, in what was once provisional housing for construction workers, was an eyesore in an otherwise breathtaking landscape. ...
By N/A, July 2, 2015
The peak of Switzerland’s Chäserugg mountain has been accessible to skiers via cable car since 1972, but its lone dining option, in what was once provisional housing for construction workers, was an eyesore in an otherwise breathtaking landscape. ...
By Erika Owen, July 2, 2015
Travel planning website Expedia and dating app Tindr put their heads together to study the correlation between travel and romance play together for Americans. For the "2015 Foreign Affairs Study," a pool of 1,000 people answered questions about tr...
By N/A, July 2, 2015
A collaboration between Warby Parker and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum seeks to revive that steel magnate look of the late nineteenth century, with a pair of eyeglasses that harkens back to Andrew Carnegie’s own, at least in part. The Cooper, as...
By Katrina Brown Hunt, July 2, 2015
By Lindsey Olander, July 2, 2015
Nothing screams "summertime" quite like a fruity, ice-cold slushie. Throw in a bit of red, white, and blue, and you're ready to party in the U.S.A. This weekend, just in time for Independence Day, owner Anthory Serignese of Joe's Bar on Manhattan'...
By Bridget Arsenault, July 2, 2015
Like her oversized black sunglasses and perfectly tailored Givenchy dress, Audrey Hepburn never goes out of style. Today, London’s National Portrait Gallery opens Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon, a look into the actress’s life that already ha...
By Brooke Porter Katz, July 2, 2015
The gateway to Napa has its own share of buzzy openings. The creative Californian menu at Aster (entrées $29–$34), Daniel Patterson’s new spot in the Mission, showcases heirloom grains and heritage meats in dishes like roasted lamb shoulder with I...
By N/A, July 2, 2015
For whenever you make the three-hour drive to one of the West Coast’s 16 most iconic road trip destinations (right... now?), here are the hikes you won’t want to miss. %image2 Half Dome via the Mist Trail Yosemite Valley Distance: 14.2 m...
By N/A, July 2, 2015
For whenever you make the three-hour drive to one of the West Coast’s 16 most iconic road trip destinations (right... now?), here are the hikes you won’t want to miss. %image2 Half Dome via the Mist Trail Yosemite Valley Distance: 14.2 m...
By N/A, July 2, 2015
For whenever you make the three-hour drive to one of the West Coast’s 16 most iconic road trip destinations (right... now?), here are the hikes you won’t want to miss. %image2 Half Dome via the Mist Trail Yosemite Valley Distance: 14.2 m...
By N/A, July 2, 2015
For whenever you make the three-hour drive to one of the West Coast’s 16 most iconic road trip destinations (right... now?), here are the hikes you won’t want to miss. %image2 Half Dome via the Mist Trail Yosemite Valley Distance: 14.2 m...
By N/A, July 2, 2015
For whenever you make the three-hour drive to one of the West Coast’s 16 most iconic road trip destinations (right... now?), here are the hikes you won’t want to miss. %image2 Half Dome via the Mist Trail Yosemite Valley Distance: 14.2 m...
By Jenna Scatena, July 2, 2015
A triumvirate of flashy new restaurants are opening this summer in San Francisco’s newest nexus of cool: Market Square, also known as the Twitter Building. The block-long building is centered in the quickly transforming Mid Market neighborhood, al...
By Erika Owen, July 2, 2015
JetBlue has a new feature that might soften the blow from their recent checked baggage fee announcement. Yesterday, the airline unveiled a new outdoor terrace area on the rooftop of JFK Airport. The best part: the space is open for all ticketholde...
By Bridget Arsenault, July 1, 2015
We all know the adage it takes a village to raise a child. And now, the Ham Yard Hotel has taught us it also take a village to raise a brilliant hotel. This three-quarter-acre property was a First World War bombsite tucked behind a pleat of Lon...
By Bridget Arsenault, July 1, 2015
We all know the adage it takes a village to raise a child. And now, the Ham Yard Hotel has taught us it also take a village to raise a brilliant hotel. This three-quarter-acre property was a First World War bombsite tucked behind a pleat of Lon...
By Erika Owen, July 1, 2015
No one heads to the airport in search of an out-of-this-world meal. But a recent Reddit post alerted us to a new level of incredibly sad airport eats. Above is the (open) face of a bacon and egg sandwich that costs $5.47 at a restaurant in the Edi...
By N/A, July 1, 2015
When Charles Le Brun’s A Portrait of Everhard Jabach and Family was hung in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in May, it was the first time the painting had been on public display for centuries. It had also been quite a while since it looked that goo...
By Jacqueline Gifford, July 1, 2015
What kid doesn’t love summer pool parties—and a pool party at a Walt Disney World Resort property, to boot? This year, families will be able to play during 22-minute hosted “Disney Junior Pool Parties,” no matter which hotel they choose, be it the...
By Sarah Khan, July 1, 2015
While all you residents in the Northern Hemisphere are reveling in your well-deserved summer, some of us down at the bottom of the globe are freezing. Well, freezing might be a stretch (winter temps in Cape Town tend to hover in the 50s), but the ...
By Courtney Kenefick, July 1, 2015
Boyfriend jeans are a great travel pant—comfy, loose, and easy—but, is there a way to make them look stylish and not slouchy? Absolutely, just take a cue from model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The bombshell strutted through LAX in an an...
By Erika Owen, July 1, 2015
Soon, some of Germany's previous no-go zones will become home to some of the region's threatened species. Germany's Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks recently announced that 76,600 acres of natural landscape is being added to the European Gre...
By Erika Owen, July 1, 2015
A recent tourist snapshot at the Brooklyn Bridge has raised concerns over the city's security measures. This wasn't just any photo op: selfie stick in hand, Chatanoogo resident David Karnauch scaled the landmark on Monday in search of the perfect ...
By Heidi Mitchell, July 1, 2015
It’s not too late to escape to paradise and celebrate our nation’s birthday in style. Check in to one of these seven resorts for fireworks, festivities, and more. The Lodge at Glendorn - Bradford, Pennsylvania Guests at Glendorn don’t have t...
By Rebecca Webber, July 1, 2015
No trip is smooth sailing all the time. There are jellyfish stings. Bad weather. Bad moods. But with a few adjustments—some logistical, some attitudinal—you can at least set course in the right direction. Five experts weigh in on how to keep the s...
By Amy Tara Koch, July 1, 2015
When seasoned travelers are told that a hotel promises an “authentic” experience, the visceral response is an eye roll. Authenticity is a vibe, not an adjective that can be blithely assigned to a space. But this type of emotional nirvana—the warm ...
By Amy Tara Koch, July 1, 2015
When seasoned travelers are told that a hotel promises an “authentic” experience, the visceral response is an eye roll. Authenticity is a vibe, not an adjective that can be blithely assigned to a space. But this type of emotional nirvana—the warm ...
By Valerie Waterhouse, July 1, 2015
When South African-Italian travel marketing consultant Mikaela Bandini moved to the semi-abandoned neighbourhood of Sassi di Matera in the city of Matera, located in southern Italy’s Basilicata region, 23 years ago, she never imagined owning one o...
By Erika Owen, July 1, 2015
Having a local show you the sights is always a good idea. So it makes sense that a sea turtle's Great Barrier Reef tour is quite possibly the best underwater experience you can see. Dr. Ian Bell of the QLD Department of Environment & Heritage Prot...
By Ted Loos, July 1, 2015
Among wine geeks, there has been buzz for some time about the potential of Brazil—better known for beaches, soccer, caipirinhas, and rainforests—to fashion serious vino. Problem was, you couldn’t get the wines in the United States. But that’s b...
By Nikki Ekstein, July 1, 2015
Western Mediterranean Get 50 percent off from Windstar Cruises, which sails a fleet of beautiful masted ships and power yachts. Western Mediterranean by Windstar package includes: • 50% off select itineraries in the region • Three complime...
By Caroline Hallemann, July 1, 2015
Heaven help the parents who find themselves stuck in an unexpected layover, sans spare diapers. Fortunately, divine intervention comes just in time for the holiday weekend, in the form of Jessica Alba. Well, more specifically, in her eco-friend...
By N/A, July 1, 2015
Icelandair has decided to make its stopover program more enticing by appealing to that most Nordic of pursuits, of living in a lighthouse on a rugged stretch of coastline. Book a stopover through the carrier, and they’ll set you up with a night at...
By Erika Owen, July 1, 2015
For the past 40 years, White House tour participants have been forced to remember their experience solely through mental images. This morning, Michelle Obama ripped the previous rule in half (literally) and announced that photos taken on small cam...
By Erika Owen, July 1, 2015
An impromptu question-and-answer session took off on Reddit when an unsuspecting train conductor offered to take on all and any train travel queries. Travelers from around the world jumped in with questions for BobTheConductor—a conductor in the U...
By N/A, July 1, 2015
Americans drive an average of almost 1,000 miles a month—roughly the distance from New York to Orlando—from July to September, per a recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and Urban Institute study. We take to the air more often as the weather g...
By Michael Snyder, July 1, 2015
Despite a small smattering of good high-end dining options, the dining scene in Mumbai, India’s financial capital and largest city, lags far behind the capital of Delhi in terms of sophistication—and even behind cities like Bangalore and Chennai i...
By Katie James, July 1, 2015
When you picture the island of Aruba, the first things that come to mind are likely beautiful white-sand beaches, crystalline Caribbean waters, Dutch colonial-style houses, and luxurious resort-casinos. You probably don’t think of steakhouses. ...
By Katie James, July 1, 2015
When you picture the island of Aruba, the first things that come to mind are likely beautiful white-sand beaches, crystalline Caribbean waters, Dutch colonial-style houses, and luxurious resort-casinos. You probably don’t think of steakhouses. ...
By Andrew Sessa, July 1, 2015
Maybe it's because Greece is in a state of economic upheaval—no one feels much like partying—but a crop of openings on the country’s most nightclubby island are noticeably, and blessedly, more low-key. A few standouts near the main town: Mykonos B...
By N/A, July 1, 2015
ClipperJet Price: $2,425 ($9,700 monthly for at least four one-way trips). Schedule: One flight per day, six days a week; times selected by member-run board. Airports: Teterboro to Van Nuys. No check-in or security lines; passengers can arriv...
By Courtney Kenefick, June 30, 2015
What happens when three fashion designers visit the W Retreat & Spa in Vieques? A limited-edition selection of resort-friendly essentials inspired by their Puerto Rican getaway. The collaboration, called The Wet Deck collection after the hotel's p...
By Courtney Kenefick, June 30, 2015
What happens when three fashion designers visit the W Retreat & Spa in Vieques? A limited-edition selection of resort-friendly essentials inspired by their Puerto Rican getaway. The collaboration, called The Wet Deck collection after the hotel's p...
By Courtney Kenefick, June 30, 2015
What happens when three fashion designers visit the W Retreat & Spa in Vieques? A limited-edition selection of resort-friendly essentials inspired by their Puerto Rican getaway. The collaboration, called The Wet Deck collection after the hotel's p...
By Erika Owen, June 30, 2015
While Disney World is busy banning selfie sticks, Times Square is welcoming them to its tourist-congested streets with open arms. Selfie on a Stick—possibly the best store name ever—recently took up shop to sell their photo-taking accessories, whi...
By Jenna Scatena, June 30, 2015
You’ll find Fourth of July celebrations across the Bay Area as diverse as the region itself. From a quirky beach town tug-of-war, to watching fireworks from the comfort of a wine train, these festivities are entirely unique. San Francisco Ce...
By Amy McKeever, June 30, 2015
Washington, D.C., is known for its spectacular Independence Day fireworks display and parade (it is the nation’s capital). Americans and visitors flock to the city for the long weekend, and the National Mall fills up early on the Fourth with revel...
By N/A, June 30, 2015
What It Does: The subtle fragrances in this collection of Yuthica’s soy wax candles ($40 each) are designed to recall the “culture and character” of some of the world’s most exotic locales, including Tahiti, Santorini, and Bordeaux. Orwoll and Eks...
By Caroline Hallemann, June 30, 2015
What's the best place to grab a cheap meal near Lincoln Center? Blossom du Jour has been my favorite place to grab a salad or wrap before a performance. It's a 100% Vegan fast food, so they have a nice grab-n-go section. The area around Lincoln...
By Erika Owen, June 30, 2015
Since 1998, DisneyQuest has been a Downtown Disney staple. Come 2016, there will be a new themed venture in town: NBA Experience. The new attraction will come equipped with a restaurant and a store. The removal of DisneyQuest has been quiet—the...
By Courtney Kenefick, June 30, 2015
By N/A, June 30, 2015
European Union proposed new rules on Tuesday banning cellphone roaming charges in all 28 member countries, as part of a raft of legal reforms to improve communication and e-commerce opportunities across the continent. The agreed upon rules, whi...
By Erika Owen, June 30, 2015
Hakkasan—the Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant with decor as elbaorate as its menu choices—is making an appearance in Mykonos. Expect all of the same amazing food from Ling Ling with a focus on the izakaya concept—the seamless act of a night's...
By Travel + Leisure Staff, June 30, 2015
By N/A, June 30, 2015
Broad Museum, Los Angeles Downtown L.A.’s much-anticipated Diller, Scofidio & Renfro–designed building is making news for both its stellar contemporary art collection and Otium, from chef Timothy Hollingsworth and hot-shot restaurateur Bill Cha...
By N/A, June 30, 2015
Broad Museum, Los Angeles Downtown L.A.’s much-anticipated Diller, Scofidio & Renfro–designed building is making news for both its stellar contemporary art collection and Otium, from chef Timothy Hollingsworth and hot-shot restaurateur Bill Cha...
By N/A, June 30, 2015
Broad Museum, Los Angeles Downtown L.A.’s much-anticipated Diller, Scofidio & Renfro–designed building is making news for both its stellar contemporary art collection and Otium, from chef Timothy Hollingsworth and hot-shot restaurateur Bill Cha...
By Corina Quinn, June 30, 2015
The July 4th holiday is one of the most popular in New York City, with millions of people turning out to celebrate from near and far. No surprise, then, that the city’s rich in options for Independence Day celebrations. The iconic Macy’s 4th of...
By Nikki Ekstein, June 30, 2015
Data roaming was once one of the great pain points of traveling. Slowly, but surely, it is easing up—and perhaps going away all together. A short history, for the uninitiated: first, the EU proposed legislature to end roaming on the European conti...
By Erika Owen, June 30, 2015
If the thought of being stuck on land with zombies (or at least a crowd dressed as the undead) was terrifying, Norwegian Cruise Line's Walker Stalker Cruise is definitely not for you. From January 15-18, 2016 the line's Norweigian Pearl will make ...
By Erika Owen, June 30, 2015
Lobster mac and cheese, West Coast Dungeness Crab, Chicken Satay, Wasabi Aioli, Beef Oscar; these aren't the usual contenders on your everyday in-flight menu—until now. Last week, American Airlines unveiled a new domestic menu featuring some of th...
By Erika Owen, June 30, 2015
Whispers of the Baha Mar mega-resort in the Bahamas have been making the rounds since the project's first plans in 2009. It's starting to look like no one will get to enjoy the resort's amenities—a casino, golf complex, and more all nestled on its...
By Brad Tuttle, June 30, 2015
The crisis in Greece has caused the closure of local banks and brought about the worst day of the year in the U.S. stock market. Concerns are also being raised that the situation could ruin the vacations of tourists dreaming of exploring the cultu...
By N/A, June 30, 2015
I have one piece of advice for anyone visiting Peru: Never ask if pisco comes from Chile. Peru and Chile have a longstanding rivalry when it comes to the clear grape brandy, which both countries claim as their own. And while I feel it unwise to...
By Ben Geier / Fortune, June 30, 2015
Get ready for a slightly ripe scent on your next United flight — the airline is going to power a plane with animal waste, reports the New York Times. Ok, so you won’t actually be able to smell the fuel — for passengers, in fact, almost nothing ...
By Travel + Leisure Staff, June 30, 2015
José Andrés + Rice Bowls At Beefsteak in Washington, D.C., sauces like black-bean and garlic-yogurt elevate basic helpings of bok choy and yellow squash. %image2 Roy Choi & Daniel Patterson + Hamburgers Fast-food staples get a healthy ...
By Travel + Leisure Staff, June 30, 2015
José Andrés + Rice Bowls At Beefsteak in Washington, D.C., sauces like black-bean and garlic-yogurt elevate basic helpings of bok choy and yellow squash. %image2 Roy Choi & Daniel Patterson + Hamburgers Fast-food staples get a healthy ...
By Travel + Leisure Staff, June 30, 2015
José Andrés + Rice Bowls At Beefsteak in Washington, D.C., sauces like black-bean and garlic-yogurt elevate basic helpings of bok choy and yellow squash. %image2 Roy Choi & Daniel Patterson + Hamburgers Fast-food staples get a healthy ...
By Travel + Leisure Staff, June 30, 2015
José Andrés + Rice Bowls At Beefsteak in Washington, D.C., sauces like black-bean and garlic-yogurt elevate basic helpings of bok choy and yellow squash. %image2 Roy Choi & Daniel Patterson + Hamburgers Fast-food staples get a healthy ...
By Sarah Z. Wexler, June 30, 2015
Sure, you could come to Portland and stay in a generic hotel tower downtown—or you could set up shop in a cool neighborhood, renting a unique space that lets you feel like you live here, often for less. Portland's AirBnB scene is especially vibran...
By Caroline Hallemann, June 30, 2015
Watch out, New York. Nashville’s coming for ya. This year, Music City promises to host the largest Fourth of July fireworks show in the country, a title previously held by the Big Apple’s impressive Macy’s broadcast. “Nashville has been on s...
By Andrew Ferren, June 29, 2015
With daytime temperatures already topping 100 degrees, Madrid’s Pride celebrations—known as Orgullo—promise to heat up the city even more. Running from July 1 through July 5, the sprawling multi-venue festival combines the city’s talent for throwi...
By Erika Owen, June 29, 2015
When it comes to summertime getaways, the price of beer may very well play a role in your vacation plans. Not only is it one of the best ways to cool down on sweltering day, but each city seems to have its own delicious take on the brew. GoEuro, a...
By Claire Groden, June 29, 2015
JetBlue, long a hold-out among its low-cost airline peers, has given in. Starting as soon as Tuesday, the airline will introduce a fare scale wherein the lowest-priced tickets won’t include a free checked bag, according to Bloomberg. That would...
By Erika Owen, June 29, 2015
If the EU has its way, no one will be able to take selfies in front of any iconic European landmarks starting as early as next week. No one can blame them. Given the bad tourist behavior we've seen of late (here's to looking at you, naked tourist ...
By Lindsey Campbell, June 29, 2015
Wherever your adventures may take you this season—from sipping rosés to seaside getaways—join us as we discuss all things summer travel with experts in the field. Learn more and share your own travel stories during our Twitter chat on Tuesday, Jun...
By Caroline Hallemann, June 29, 2015
Banks have shut down In order to prevent citizens from cashing out their accounts, the government closed all banks and will keep them closed through July 6, on the recommendation of the Bank of Greece. See the full announcement on bankofgreece.gr...
By Erika Owen, June 29, 2015
Forget camera flashes; New Zealand-based photographer Joseph Michael uses a less-likely light source for his timelapsed "Luminosity" series. While shooting New Zealand's 30-million-year-old limestone caves on the North Island in New Zealand, Micha...
By Erika Owen, June 29, 2015
Forget camera flashes; New Zealand-based photographer Joseph Michael uses a less-likely light source for his timelapsed "Luminosity" series. While shooting New Zealand's 30-million-year-old limestone caves on the North Island in New Zealand, Micha...
By Erika Owen, June 29, 2015
Forget camera flashes; New Zealand-based photographer Joseph Michael uses a less-likely light source for his timelapsed "Luminosity" series. While shooting New Zealand's 30-million-year-old limestone caves on the North Island in New Zealand, Micha...
By Erika Owen, June 29, 2015
Forget camera flashes; New Zealand-based photographer Joseph Michael uses a less-likely light source for his timelapsed "Luminosity" series. While shooting New Zealand's 30-million-year-old limestone caves on the North Island in New Zealand, Micha...
By Erika Owen, June 29, 2015
Forget camera flashes; New Zealand-based photographer Joseph Michael uses a less-likely light source for his timelapsed "Luminosity" series. While shooting New Zealand's 30-million-year-old limestone caves on the North Island in New Zealand, Micha...
By Erika Owen, June 29, 2015
Forget camera flashes; New Zealand-based photographer Joseph Michael uses a less-likely light source for his timelapsed "Luminosity" series. While shooting New Zealand's 30-million-year-old limestone caves on the North Island in New Zealand, Micha...
By Emily Mathieson, June 29, 2015
One of London’s grandest old dame hotels will reopen this week, on July 1, following a multi-million dollar refurbishment. The Lanesborough, now operating under the Oetker Hotels banner (along with Le Bristol in Paris and Eden Rock in St. Barths),...
By Emily Mathieson, June 29, 2015
One of London’s grandest old dame hotels will reopen this week, on July 1, following a multi-million dollar refurbishment. The Lanesborough, now operating under the Oetker Hotels banner (along with Le Bristol in Paris and Eden Rock in St. Barths),...
By N/A, June 29, 2015
New Orleans, with its spirited parades and festival-filled calendar, seems as if it’s constantly celebrating. That’s no illusion — and visitors are welcome to join in. Over centuries, people from every country and culture that arrived here brou...
By Katie James, June 29, 2015
As rents continue to skyrocket in Manhattan and Brooklyn, residents and travelers are compelled to look outside New York City’s dominant boroughs for places to live and stay. Their current solution: Long Island City, where the chic, new Boro Ho...
By Erika Owen, June 29, 2015
The ShelfPack—a suitcase that evolves into a portable dresser—has real potential for travelers in need of a little organization away from home. While it may not be carry-on material, the suitcase pulls out into a series of collapsible shelves, mea...
By Alexandra Marshall, June 29, 2015
If you aren’t living under a rock, then you probably heard about Courtney Love’s frantic tweets after alighting from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris last week in an Uber, and promptly being “taken hostage” for an hour, along with her driver, by...
By Carey Jones, June 29, 2015
There was a time when breadbaskets were all but interchangeable, intended only for pre-appetizer snacking or swiping up leftover sauce. But recently, chefs have been treating bread as a course in its own right—as worthy of experimentation as anyth...
By Erika Owen, June 29, 2015
When KLM introduced a new business class cabin design, fourteen students from Design Academy Eindhoven received quite the homework assignment. In a move straight out of Project Runway, the airline handed over all of the materials from the previous...

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