June 2015

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 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...
By Brooke Porter Katz, June 29, 2015
Oakland’s fast-rising food scene just keeps getting hotter—and come November, there will be one more reason to pay attention. That’s when Itani Ramen from chef Kyle Itani opens in the Uptown neighborhood. In his a follow-up to Hopscotch—a retro di...
By Amy Schellenbaum, June 29, 2015
By Scott Haas, June 29, 2015
The Roppongi neighborhood in Tokyo has a well-deserved reputation for being dissolute, but far more interesting than the seedy clubs and bars nestled in its streets are its world-class museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Some of the best i...
By N/A, June 29, 2015
Growing up in Harlem, my mother used to tell stories of the all the old haunts she and my aunts and uncles visit every Friday and Saturday night. Back then, jazz clubs were a staple in Harlem, and none attracted musicians quite like Minton's Pl...
By Erika Owen, June 29, 2015
Last week we saw a volcano erupt during a solar storm and now Photographer Cesar Cantu Quiroga is giving us a glance at what it looks like when lightning strikes a volcano mid-burst. Mexico's Colima Volcano has been actively spewing lava since Nov...
By Krista Simmons, June 29, 2015
Jon & Vinny’s is yet another feather in the cap of the Fairfax District, a quintessentially eclectic L.A. neighborhood characterized by a hodgepodge of urban skate shops, casual gastropubs, third wave cafes, and Judaica shops. It’s open seven days...
By N/A, June 29, 2015
Poetic and practical, adventurous and informative, the Kindle Paperwhite is your passport to millions of books, from guidebooks filled with insider tips to prizewinning local reads. When it comes to precious vacation time, it’s not just about what...
By Tom Austin, June 29, 2015
Miami’s already a vacation destination, but this month, it ups the ante when it launches Spa Month, starting July 1. The annual citywide affair, coordinated by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, offers discounts at local spas—many ser...
By N/A, June 29, 2015
Home rental service Airbnb wants to help its users become homebuyers. The company announced a partnership with Realtor.com, a website that lists real estate, so that homebuyers can check out the neighborhood ahead of putting down any cash on a pla...
By N/A, June 29, 2015
Disney is the latest company to ban selfie-sticks due to safety concerns, the company said in an announcement Friday. The popular travel item will be banned from Disney theme parks in Orlando starting Tuesday, and also in Disney water parks, th...
By N/A, June 29, 2015
The appeal of private air travel is hard to ignore: easy-to-reach airports, quiet terminals, no lines or long waits, reliable departure times, a peaceful flight. Traditionally, such privilege came at a steep price. You either had to charter your o...
By Karen Gardiner, June 29, 2015
Seventy percent of the U.K’s gin is produced in Scotland—including such big names as Tanqueray, Hendrick’s and Gordon’s—and over the past five years, the trend for hand-crafted small-batch gin has exploded. Scottish producers are making the mos...
By N/A, June 26, 2015
On November 25th, 2013, Singapore Airlines put an end to Flight 21, what was the world’s longest direct commercial flight, closing its over 9,500-mile Singapore to Newark route after the last Airbus A340-500 landed at Changi Airport. Though the...
By N/A, June 26, 2015
Could robot immigration officers take some of the hassle out of moving through border control? We might soon find out, if a service unveiled at this year’s Paris Air Show takes off. The new prototype from French electrical systems company Thale...
By Courtney Kenefick, June 26, 2015
Large Rimowa’s spacious 29-inch Bossa Nova ($1,495) protects belongings with its padded lining and polycarbonate shell.  Leather trim adds a luxurious touch to the forest green exterior. Medium Don’t be fooled by the minimalist look of th...
By Katie James, June 26, 2015
It’s no secret that Manhattan is home to numerous abandoned subway stations and underground vaults, many of which remain in a continuous state of disrepair. Such is the case for the former Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal, a one-acre space ...
By Ted Loos, June 26, 2015
Restaurant wine lists seem to freak people out—you’re captive there, and someone else has arranged the selection. And oy, the markup! Travelers need help deciphering wine lists, so today I enlist Liz Martinez, the sommelier and manager of the P...
By Erika Owen, June 26, 2015
If you find yourself taking four-to-five flights every month, this might pique your interest. OneGo offers frequent flyers an opportunity to hop on a plane as often as they want for a monthly subscription fee. As you can imagine, the price is a bi...
By Stephanie Wu, June 26, 2015
For those who love to have their vacations well-mapped, a Disney cruise—with an itinerary that's almost entirely pre-planned—holds a lot of appeal. It's why, when I booked my first-ever cruise, I went with a four-day trip in the Caribbean on the D...
By Krista Simmons, June 26, 2015
District by district, Downtown L.A. is going through a rebirth, with the Arts District at the height of its renaissance. What started as an urban artists’ colony in the 1970s has recently become a hotbed for creators from all arenas, making it one...
By Courtney Kenefick, June 26, 2015
Perhaps it’s my fondness for accessories or maybe it’s my affinity for organization, but there’s a satisfaction I feel—an affection even—when I find travel goods that truly suit me. Living in New York City, vacationing presents a unique set of ...
By Courtney Kenefick, June 26, 2015
Perhaps it’s my fondness for accessories or maybe it’s my affinity for organization, but there’s a satisfaction I feel—an affection even—when I find travel goods that truly suit me. Living in New York City, vacationing presents a unique set of ...
By Sarah Maiellano, June 26, 2015
Now that summer—the season of street festivals, blooming flowers, and beach trips—is in top form, you can embrace the sunny season by breaking a sweat at some of Philly’s best outdoor attractions. Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk The new boardwalk...
By Caroline Hallemann, June 26, 2015
READ English Is Not Easy Whether you're a native speaker, or learning English for the first time, Luci Gutiérrez's cheeky take on the oft-confusing language is worth a look. With playful, graphic illustrations in black and white and red, she t...
By Nate Storey, June 26, 2015
Just 29 years old, Jassil Villanueva Quintana is the youngest Maestros Roneros (master of rum) in the world. In addition to skillfully navigating an industry dominated by guys, she carries on the Brugal family legacy at the distillery in Puerto Pl...
By Erika Owen, June 26, 2015
Uber may be seeing resistance in some parts of the world (ahem, East Hampton), but the car service app is expanding to new forms of transportation in others. The company just announced their first foray into the world of boating with UberBOAT and ...
By Lindsey Olander, June 26, 2015
Upscape (formerly Santiago Adventures) ordinarily specializes in ultra-bespoke journeys, but their first group tour, Ski-In / Wine-Out, is as enticing as any tailored trip. For nine days, serious ski lovers will mountain-hop in the Chilean Andes (...
By Lindsey Olander, June 26, 2015
Upscape (formerly Santiago Adventures) ordinarily specializes in ultra-bespoke journeys, but their first group tour, Ski-In / Wine-Out, is as enticing as any tailored trip. For nine days, serious ski lovers will mountain-hop in the Chilean Andes (...
By Erika Owen, June 26, 2015
The airplane question to end all airplane questions was risen earlier this month on Quora. It reads: "What is a legitimate cause for worry when flying in a passenger airplane? All kinds of noises/movements startle me and I wonder if there are any ...
By Nora Zelevansky, June 26, 2015
It’s a dreaded nighttime scenario: You’re on a great trip, in a huge, comfortable bed, but staring at a hotel room ceiling, praying for rest so you can function at the next day’s meeting or adventure. To induce sleep, seasoned travelers develop go...
By Nate Storey, June 26, 2015
“The Florentine food scene is constantly changing—tourists want traditional cuisine and Florentines, who have never forgotten the glories of Renaissance, are quite conservative,” says chef Fulvio Pierangelini, the Italian chef who became a culinar...
By Katie James, June 26, 2015
For the second year in a row, Spirit Cruises is hosting special Saturday afternoon sailings that feature an on-deck yoga class, a gourmet lunch, and a relaxing tour up the Hudson River. Dubbed Yoga on the Water, this exclusive experience departs o...
By Corina Quinn, June 26, 2015
The people who brought you the famous dancing fountains at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas have launched an equally resplendent project in Shanghai—a series of ornate fountains that will blend water and fire features throughout Daning Li...
By Corina Quinn, June 26, 2015
The people who brought you the famous dancing fountains at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas have launched an equally resplendent project in Shanghai—a series of ornate fountains that will blend water and fire features throughout Daning Li...
By Ashley Niedringhaus, June 26, 2015
What and where you eat in Bangkok is just as important as visiting the temples and walking the markets. Thai cooks have a unique practice of balancing salty, hot, sour, sweet and sometimes bitter flavors—often in a single dish. This skills spans t...
By Erika Owen, June 26, 2015
Forget in-room amenities—Marriott is taking service to the next level by bringing popular musicians right to their guests through a new partnership with Universal Music Group. Announced yesterday, the #WithTheBand experience will give Rewards memb...
By Caroline Hallemann, June 26, 2015
Much has been made of the recent loosening of the travel embargo between the United States and Cuba, and both tourists and industry professionals are eager to explore the country before it becomes “Americanized.” But what of the vestiges of Americ...
By David A. Keeps, June 25, 2015
1. It’s helmed by chef Brandon Boudet and Warner Ebbink, who preside over Dominick’s in West Hollywood and Little Dom’s in Los Feliz. MiniBar is a cozy new drinking establishment just above their classic diner 101 Coffee Shop (seen in Entourage an...
By David A. Keeps, June 25, 2015
1. It’s helmed by chef Brandon Boudet and Warner Ebbink, who preside over Dominick’s in West Hollywood and Little Dom’s in Los Feliz. MiniBar is a cozy new drinking establishment just above their classic diner 101 Coffee Shop (seen in Entourage an...
By Jacqueline Gifford, June 25, 2015
Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, has announced that Miami will be the home port for his first cruise ship, set to sail in 2020. The mogul also confirmed a deal with Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri, who will build the line...
By N/A, June 25, 2015
Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero, he of the ample, exaggerated figures depicted in flat, bright colors, has created a promotional poster for the upcoming Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. The ad, featuring a dancing couple in...
By N/A, June 25, 2015
At a glorious sunset gathering of legendary chefs this weekend at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, we asked super chef Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster fame to hold forth on a few questions. Dressed in a fabulous array of mixed patterns, and with...
By Erika Owen, June 25, 2015
Tea lovers, rejoice: London may soon be home to a new loose-leaf-focused pub. Brew looks to reignite the prestige behind England's national beverage as a venue that only serves tea by day and tea-based cocktails after hours. The watering hole is c...
By Christopher Elliott, June 25, 2015
If you’re one of those people who fly with Purell and worry about sniffling passenger sitting next to you, then this survey is for you. Skytrax recently surveyed more than 18 million passengers on 245 airlines to find out the airlines with the ...
By Erika Owen, June 25, 2015
It might not look like much more than a typical outdoor water slide at first glance, but the Royal Flush is what warm summer daydreams are made of. The Royal Flush—located at the BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas—is made up of a trio of slides that va...
By Laura Itzkowitz, June 25, 2015
Amid the Victorian-era buildings and new condos in San Francisco’s Upper Market, the diminutive Swedish American Hall stands out with its brick façade and Tudor-style architecture. Built in 1907 for the San Francisco Swedish Society, the storied h...
By Laura Itzkowitz, June 25, 2015
Amid the Victorian-era buildings and new condos in San Francisco’s Upper Market, the diminutive Swedish American Hall stands out with its brick façade and Tudor-style architecture. Built in 1907 for the San Francisco Swedish Society, the storied h...
By Laura Itzkowitz, June 25, 2015
Amid the Victorian-era buildings and new condos in San Francisco’s Upper Market, the diminutive Swedish American Hall stands out with its brick façade and Tudor-style architecture. Built in 1907 for the San Francisco Swedish Society, the storied h...
By Laura Itzkowitz, June 25, 2015
Amid the Victorian-era buildings and new condos in San Francisco’s Upper Market, the diminutive Swedish American Hall stands out with its brick façade and Tudor-style architecture. Built in 1907 for the San Francisco Swedish Society, the storied h...
By Nate Storey, June 25, 2015
The Café Boulud alum and Food Network regular has been on a whirlwind over the past year: returning to his hometown Minneapolis to open Spoon and Stable, a James Beard Award semifinalist for Best New Restaurant, and, as head coach, leading team US...
By Erika Owen, June 25, 2015
As much as we may plan to disconnect during vacation, actually following through is much harder than it sounds. One hotel in Germany is looking to give guests that extra push toward unplugging with their option to (literally) turn off the wireless...
By Michael Snyder, June 25, 2015
Many people avoid India during the monsoon, or rainy season—which is starting now and runs through September. But the heavy rainfall, which is vital for crops, offers its own charms for visitors: lush, verdant growth and a romantic tranquility dev...
By N/A, June 25, 2015
Tama, the “station master cat” whose honorary post at the Kishi Station in Wakayma, Japan, drew tens of thousands of tourists each year to the area, has gone off to that great big Japanese train station in the sky. She died on Monday at the age of...
By Nate Storey, June 25, 2015
The national culinary cognoscenti has been heaping praise on Kris Morningstar for his populist approach at the So-Cal-style brasserie Terrine, where he’s earned a reputation as a charcuterie master. Here, the chef leads us around L.A. in five meal...
By Erika Owen, June 25, 2015
Last Tuesday, New York City's famous Stonewall Inn bar was unaminously granted landmark status by the New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission. The bar is most well-known for its role in the LGBT movement as the location of the 1969 Stone...
By Erika Owen, June 25, 2015
Hyperlax is making it easier than ever to explore the nooks and crannies of the world without leaving your seat. The new website pulls together all of the videos being posted on Instagram using Hyperlapse—an app that allows you to speed up your ph...
By Nate Storey, June 25, 2015
Why make a surfboard entirely out of agave? I created the surfboard to bring awareness to the lack of sustainability in action sports and to demonstrate that it's possible to use natural materials and a nontoxic process to create products that ...
By Amy Tara Koch, June 25, 2015
In every great city, there is a flea market that attracts the locals like bees to a strawberry rhubarb pie. In Chicago, it’s Randolph Street Market, a Brooklyn-meets-Paris-style outdoor emporium that pops up once a month during the summer. Get rea...
By Catesby Holmes, June 25, 2015
Coca leaf, or hoja de coca in Spanish, is an ancient cultural staple in the Andes Mountains of South America, where indigenous farmers have long chewed the plant’s dried leaves as a pick-me-up for long days in the fields. Unlike cocaine, its infam...
By Jenna Scatena, June 25, 2015
The era of the cat cafe is official. Like an irresistible meme gone viral, it seems that since the first one opened in Oakland just last October, a new one is opening monthly across the country. This week, it’s San Francisco’s turn, with the chris...
By Nikki Ekstein, June 24, 2015
First they made it possible to cross the Atlantic for under $700. Now Norwegian Air will be expanding its footprint, with routes from three U.S. cities (New York, Boston, and Baltimore/Washington D.C.) to the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Ma...
By N/A, June 24, 2015
Instagram’s new update makes it easier to search the 70 million photos uploaded to the photo-sharing app each day. While the shooting and sharing experiences remain untouched in version 7.0, Instagram has boosted its search capabilities, offeri...
By N/A, June 24, 2015
This weekend, some lucky New York City commuters will be transported back to an era before the air-conditioned subway car,  when the Metro Transit Authority brings back some of its vintage trains. If the one the MTA showed off at New York Transit ...
By N/A, June 24, 2015
This weekend, some lucky New York City commuters will be transported back to an era before the air-conditioned subway car,  when the Metro Transit Authority brings back some of its vintage trains. If the one the MTA showed off at New York Transit ...
By N/A, June 24, 2015
This weekend, some lucky New York City commuters will be transported back to an era before the air-conditioned subway car,  when the Metro Transit Authority brings back some of its vintage trains. If the one the MTA showed off at New York Transit ...
By N/A, June 24, 2015
This weekend, some lucky New York City commuters will be transported back to an era before the air-conditioned subway car,  when the Metro Transit Authority brings back some of its vintage trains. If the one the MTA showed off at New York Transit ...

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