April 2015

By Travel + Leisure Staff, April 20, 2015
The land down under is on nearly every traveler’s bucket list, and for good reason. It’s got dynamic cities, natural landscapes of mythical proportions, beaches, and a thriving arts scene. It’s also got koalas and kangaroos. Join us for this week’...
By Erika Owen, April 20, 2015
If Thompson Aero Seating has its way, the days of cramming into the middle seat, engaging in the passive-aggressive skirmish for the armrests, will be long gone. The Northern Ireland seating manufacturer has transformed the infamous center seat in...
By Andrew Sessa, April 20, 2015
10 Karaköy Neighborhood: Arty, of-the-moment Karaköy, a once-downtrodden harbor district now revitalized with cafés and galleries. Style: Low-luster bling with a touch of the traditional. Architect Sinan Kafadar gave this 1875 Neoclassical b...
By N/A, April 20, 2015
Prized for its high quality of life, Norway offers its own version of the dolce vita, one marked by breathtaking natural beauty, epic outdoor adventure, peace and quiet, and of course, fjords. Starting in the capital, Oslo, home of the Nobel Peace...
By Erika Owen, April 20, 2015
Sure, you may be raking in the likes for your most recent foray into self-portraiture—but are you bringing in the monetary benefits? The newest trend in travel marketing wants to reward you for all of those vacation selfies—all one has to do is us...
By David A. Keeps, April 20, 2015
A lissome brunette in a Prohibition-era dressing gown introduces herself as Charlotte, the “madam of the house.” She flips a switch, revealing a staircase that leads to a wallpapered parlor where a DJ is spinning 1970s soul. The attractive patrons...
By Nikki Ekstein, April 20, 2015
Brushstroke Many apps can make your photos look like paintings, but this one outshines the rest. Channel van Gogh or Warhol with effects that range from “illustration” to “experimental.” Then tweak the surface texture (think “canvas” or “stucco”)...
By Erika Owen, April 17, 2015
In a new photo series, artist Joe Johnson showcases Reno, Nevada’s casinos like you’ve never seen them before. By photographing the locations early in the morning, Johnson captures a few calm moments before the daily gambling commences in the laby...
By Caroline Hallemann, April 17, 2015
Beatles fans have long been posing for pics on Abbey Road’s zebra crosswalk, but few have ever seen the interior of the legendary studio, until now. Earlier this week, Google launched Inside Abbey Road, a virtual tour of the famed music space. ...
By Laura Itzkowitz, April 17, 2015
Maribel Lieberman, owner of the MarieBelle chocolate shops, travels the world scouting the best quality beans for her masterful confections. As she prepares to open her newest shop, Cacao Market, Lieberman talks to T+L about sourcing trips, the in...
By Caroline Hallemann, April 17, 2015
It’s been a big week for Star Wars fans. First, a new The Force Awakens trailer, and then, All Nippon Airways announced R2-D2 livery for its 787-9 Dreamliner. Yes, you read that right, travelers will soon be able to fly on a Star Wars-themed plane...
By Jacqueline Gifford, April 17, 2015
Ashford Castle—one of Ireland’s most iconic properties, with a history dating to 1228—opens its doors today following a massive two-year renovation to all 82 rooms and public spaces. Ireland’s Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, will be there for the occa...
By Erika Owen, April 17, 2015
In 2013, Andy Davidhazy made a spontaneous decision: in three weeks, he was going to hike all 2,660 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, a trek that winds through three different states. Another plot twist: he gave himself the Kim Kardashian-esque ta...
By Erika Owen, April 16, 2015
Business travelers, social media addicts, and email obsessives, rejoice! Kymeta—a communications company based in Redmond, Washington—has developed a pizza-shaped device to make in-flight Wi-Fi much, much faster. Coming in between 20 and 40 inches...
By Heidi Mitchell, April 16, 2015
By Kira Turnbull, April 16, 2015
Kamalame Cay Resort—a luxury hotel located less than a mile from the third largest coral reef in the world—is teaming up with the Nature Conservancy to help preserve local marine life in the Bahamas. Over the past thirty years, pollution and pr...
By Travel + Leisure Staff, April 16, 2015
Credit card sign-up bonuses are hard to resist, especially when you’re trying to rack up loyalty rewards. It’s okay to take the bait, as long as you follow some guidelines—and understand how credit scores are calculated. According to Meredith Grif...
By Caroline Hallemann, April 16, 2015
Think airplanes couldn’t get any more crowded? Not so. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is managing to squeeze another seat into every row. Meet the new “budget-economy” class, where the seats are somehow even more cramped than what travelers are used...
By Nikki Ekstein, April 16, 2015
Who says you can't stay at an independent hotel and still earn your big-brand loyalty points? Now you can, thanks to Starwood’s just-launched Tribute Portfolio. The new brand—a group of upscale, independently owned four-star properties that comple...
By Corina Quinn, April 15, 2015
As director of interactive programming for the Tribeca Film Institute, Ingrid Kopp is entrenched in the vanguard of digital storytelling—a dynamic space she says continually surprises her. “You can’t define it too narrowly because you can never...
By Erika Owen, April 15, 2015
There’s a whole new reason for Jazz fans to make the pilgrimage to New Orleans. Earlier this month the doors to The Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market (PHNOJM) swung open for the first time, with a show by The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO)...
By Amy Farley, April 15, 2015
Travel to Cuba is taking another leap forward, care of airfare booking engine Cheapair.com, which is the first site to allow American travelers to book direct flights from the United States to Havana. Via the charter company Cuba Travel Services, ...
By Caroline Hallemann, April 15, 2015
JetBlue is the latest domestic airline to try to break into the hotel business. The carrier and MCR Development, are reportedly in talks with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to open a hotel inside JFK Airport’s shuttered TWA terminal...
By Amy Langfield, April 15, 2015
Low-Hassle Traveler Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard This card doesn’t make you jump through hoops to get your benefits. It offers double points for all charges and lets you exchange them for statement credit (2,500 points get y...
By Caroline Hallemann, April 15, 2015
By Andrew Sessa, April 15, 2015
Of all the big-name collaborations on view at Milan’s annual Salone del Mobile design fair, going on right now, the tie-up between two top Italian brands—Kartell and Emilio Pucci—is perhaps the most exciting. After all, for design enthusiasts, ...
By Erika Owen, April 15, 2015
Enchanté Boutique Hotel, which opened April 1, is calling itself a “new landmark” for Los Altos, California, and indeed the area’s “first romantic luxury hotel in the heart of Silicon Valley.” If you’re unsure how one finds amore and opulence in a...
By Maya Rhodan, April 14, 2015
President Obama will be able to check visiting all 50 states off his unofficial presidential bucket list before he leaves office. In May, President Obama will deliver the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute, one of the nation’...
By Travel + Leisure Staff, April 14, 2015
New York City's Whitney Museum of American Art is re-opening May 1 in its new downtown digs. The megalith in Manhattan's Meatpacking District, designed by famed architect Renzo Piano, will soon house a new curation: America is Hard to See, an asse...
By Lindsey Olander, April 14, 2015
After working for 14 years at Levi Strauss, Miles Johnson knows how to make rugged clothing. But it is his passion for travel that best prepared him for a new role at the adventure gear company Patagonia. The U.K. native recently biked and canoed ...
By Sandra Ramani, April 14, 2015
By Nikki Ekstein, April 14, 2015
Think of it as meditation for the SoulCycle generation: mindfulness has been a trending topic in the travel space, and now it’s getting a high altitude twist. Starting this week, passengers on British Airways will be able to calm their pre-flight ...
By Nikki Ekstein, April 13, 2015
W Hotels and music icon Will.i.am are teaming up to change the sheets at all the brand's hotel beds across the globe. But if you thought this was some kind of celebrity-as-housekeeper stunt, you'd be wrong. Inspired by the immense amount of waste ...
By Caroline Hallemann, April 13, 2015
Here’s a bit of travel news to alleviate even the most disruptive case of the Mondays: stunt photos of Koalas traveling first-class as VIP “cultural ambassadors.” The pics, which first appeared on Aussie airline Qantas’s Facebook page, highligh...
By Travel + Leisure Staff, April 13, 2015
Le Lyrial, a yachtlike ship from luxury line Ponant, is the boat of your workweek daydreams come to life. Starting this month, the 224-passenger vessel will take to the waters of the Aegean and Adriatic Seas. The boat’s intimate size is its pre...
By Travel + Leisure Staff, April 13, 2015
Wine lovers are always on the lookout for new labels to try and vineyards to visit. This week, we’re recruiting our wine contributor Ted Loos to give us the low-down on Wine Regions. Learn from the experts and share your stories in our Twitter cha...
By Caroline Hallemann, April 13, 2015
By Erika Owen, April 13, 2015
Today, April 13, marks what would have been Thomas Jefferson’s 272nd birthday. And what better way to celebrate than with a Thomas Jefferson-inspired tasting menu? Plume—the restaurant within Washington, D.C.’s luxury hotel The Jefferson—has fu...
By Jane Bishop, April 13, 2015
By Caroline Hallemann, April 13, 2015
With a four-word mantra—“go everywhere, eat everything”—and a mission to discover what it means to be an American, Simon Majumdar set off on a culinary pilgrimage across the U.S. One year and 300-plus pages later, not only is the British-born t...
By Anja Mutic, April 13, 2015
An unexpected gift of the Portuguese recession has been the resurgence of easy-on-the-wallet petiscos, the country’s answer to tapas. They’re popping up in restaurants all over town: At newcomer A Ucharia in Príncipe Real (5A Praça do Príncipe ...
By Erika Owen, April 10, 2015
Let’s play it straight: there’s nothing fun about traveling with a pet. But Sendum Wireless Corp is looking to set pet parents’ minds at ease—using a device previously used to monitor the temperature of seafood. Starting April 1, Delta Airline fly...
By Amy McKeever, April 10, 2015
Dinner at Central Restaurante in Lima, Peru, starts at 25 meters below sea level, then soars up into the mountains, across the desert, and through the jungle—all in the span of 17 courses. It's a journey through the extreme climates, altitudes, an...
By Erika Owen, April 10, 2015
On March 31, the Olympic committee for Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Games launched the first round of ticket applications—and Brazilian residents responded in full. Some 1.2 million people applied for tickets in the first week of the first round. Let’s t...
By Erika Owen, April 10, 2015
It’s not uncommon to kick off one’s vacation with a neck kink from an in-flight nap. Flying is rarely the most comfortable of experiences, but Boeing’s has filed a new patent to turn that trope upside-down—or maybe faceside-down would be more accu...
By Ted Loos, April 10, 2015
Pinot Noir remains a go-to order for a wide swath of people precisely because everyone likes at least one of its personalities. Wines made from this tricky grape vary widely depending on how and where they’re made. And that means they are a classi...
By Grant Martin, April 10, 2015
T+L: How many miles would you say you travel in a year? HB: My best guess is around 200,000 miles. Preferred airline? HB: I typically book the lowest fare at the most convenient time. But I am partial to United for international travel due to...
By Erika Owen, April 10, 2015
It might be hard to believe from the photos, but these abandoned resorts were once a part of the “Honeymoon Capital of the World"—a.k.a. Pennsylvania’s scenic Pocono Mountains. Poconos has a rich hotel history dating back to 1829—though its tru...
By Valerie Waterhouse, April 10, 2015
Italy’s fashion capital is often billed as an industry town, without the broad appeal of Rome or Florence. But this year it’s breaking out as a destination in its own right. Kicking it off is Expo Milano 2015, which will bring an expected 20 milli...
By Valerie Waterhouse, April 9, 2015
Heading to Italy for Milano Expo 2015? You're not alone. An expected 20 million visitors will flood the city from May 1 to October 31, essentially putting Milan, long billed as an industry town, back in the limelight. Details on the expo itself ar...
By Mark Orwoll, April 9, 2015
In Scotland, 2015 is officially the Year of Food & Drink, and to prepare the world for the occasion, T+L asked Fiona Hyslop, the country's Culture Secretary, to give us her list of Scottish musts. Lamb whose unique flavor comes from a diet of seaw...
By Erika Owen, April 9, 2015
Hopefully we won’t have to fly without the in-flight shopping guide that is SkyMall for too much longer. As of March 27, there’s a new publisher in town: C&A Marketing out of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. That’s right, the entrepreneur who for m...
By Grant Martin, April 9, 2015
How many miles would you estimate you travel every year? JH: Always more than 100,000. MH: Thousand and thousands. Counting them would be too daunting. Preferred airline? JH: Delta, because there’s WiFi on almost every flight, a decent rewar...
By Alexandra Marshall, April 9, 2015
For about a decade now, the trends of hyper-local ingredients, sustainable sourcing, and nose-to-tail cooking have been sweeping through Paris. In the process, the city has shed its museum-of-food reputation and once again become a mecca for culin...
By Erika Owen, April 8, 2015
Staying loyal to your shampoo brand is one thing. Taking 100 different voyages on the same cruise ship? This brings brand loyalty to an entirely new level. On March 15, Bernard and Janice Caffary embarked on their 100th trip aboard the Carnival Se...
By Ted Loos, April 8, 2015
The term “shoulder season” is a familiar one to frequent travelers—it’s the point of the year that’s not quite high season, with its good weather and higher rates, and not quite low season, with its bargains and crowd-less accommodations. Wine ...
By Erika Owen, April 8, 2015
A few pennies left in a screening bin won’t usually send someone sprinting back to an airport’s security checkpoint—and now the TSA is cashing in on that tendency. The agency has been using some $675,841 in unclaimed spare change to expand its Pre...
By Erika Owen, April 8, 2015
If David Beckham tells you to go somewhere, there’s a good chance you’re going to consider it.  Or at least that’s what Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands is banking on, having recruited the soccer-player-slash-underwear-model for its “Never Settle” cam...
By Sarah Firshein, April 8, 2015
If you've landed on this page, it means you’ve traveled from wherever it is you were—on Facebook, maybe, or reading one of our newsletters—to arrive at a new Travelandleisure.com. Longtime followers of the brand will notice the difference. First-t...
By Erika Owen, April 7, 2015
Airbnb has done a lot to change the business of travel, having introduced boutique-like accommodations for all budgets—even in Cuba. Now magnate-philanthropist Warren Buffet—the “Wizard of Omaha” consistently found on lists of the world’s wealthie...
By Carlye Wisel, April 7, 2015
If you’re too pale to tan and too hungry to binge drink, there’s basically nowhere for you to have a bachelorette party. Think about it. Miami? Too sunny. Nevada? Too much clubbing. New York? Expensive, cold, and I already live there. Which raises...
By Meredith Bethune, April 6, 2015
“We have a circus and sideshow mentality to the way we do business,” says Brandon Hodge, owner of the retro-inspired Big Top Candy Shop in Austin, TX. “When customers walk in they can have a few minutes where time stands still.” The yellow and ...
By Celia Shatzman, April 6, 2015
For Radmila Karlić, a day’s work means leading her dogs into the dense Motovun forest of Istria, Croatia, to hunt for truffles. She carries a small shovel, ready to dig up the edible treasures the dogs sniff at the roots of the towering oak trees....
By Travel + Leisure Staff, April 5, 2015
By Travel + Leisure Staff, April 5, 2015
From coast to coast, from the U.S. to the UAE, cities each have their own local style and signature products. This week, we’re talking all about favorite shopping destinations around the world. Learn from the experts and share your stories in our ...
By Travel + Leisure Staff, April 3, 2015
Any traveler knows that sinking feeling of boarding a plane only to get stuck with a less-than-desirable seatmate: someone who hogs that narrow, coveted armrest or brings an oversized duffel that encroaches on your legroom. If you’ve ever resor...
By Tom Samiljan, April 3, 2015
Everyone has an airport horror story. But you can make the most of a bad situation with apps like Flight+, which will keep you abreast of the latest delays and gate changes. And if you need a shower, unlimited Wi-Fi, or a work space during your ex...
By Jason Cochran, April 3, 2015
Sorry, mouse fans: if you’ve ever been to a Disney Park, chances are you missed a lot. See more Disney travel tips “Disneyland was designed so that you really couldn’t see everything in a single visit,” says Paula Sigman Lowery, a consu...
By Jason Cochran, April 3, 2015
For decades, a Disney World vacation worked this way: you bought tickets with money and then you rode things. Simple. This year, though, the Orlando-area Disney resort has adorned the classic amusement formula with a new, high-concept accessory: M...
By Devin Friedman, April 3, 2015
Someone told me that if I went to Puglia I should go to Ennio Capasa’s beach club. This was a person who knows figures like Ennio Capasa, the creative director and proprietor of the fashion label Costume National. I said sure, if you can set that ...
By Jason Cochran, April 3, 2015
Mary Waring had just quit her marketing job in San Diego in 2001, so saving money on her upcoming trip to Disney World in Orlando, FL, was a high priority. She found lots of resources online and posted links to coupons on a website. Her brother, a...
By Mark Orwoll, April 3, 2015
A recent US Airways flight I took to New York City ended up in Charlotte, NC, overnight because of severe storms. When the airline didn’t offer any sort of meal or hotel-room voucher, I was surprised—until I checked the fine print and realized it ...
By Megan Giller, April 3, 2015
By Amy Farley, April 2, 2015
Peer-to-peer rental behemoth Airbnb has announced that Cuban properties are now available to book on its website. The more than 1,000 listings, nearly half of which are in Havana, come as the United States and Cuba work to normalize relations and—...
By Kate Appleton, April 2, 2015
Ariana Grinblat realized a dream in opening her namesake restaurant in New York's Soho neighborhood last year. But the 28-year-old Russian American already has one successful career behind her—and would be easily recognized on the streets of Mosco...
By Nate Storey, April 2, 2015
California-bred Tony Gemignani, 40, knows more about pizza than you know about anything else: the chef became the first American to win Italy’s Campionato Mondiale della Pizza in 2007; has emerged as a dough-spinning mainstay on morning shows and ...
By Jacqueline Gifford, April 2, 2015
For their new $450 million ship, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is pulling out all the stops. The 750-passenger Seven Seas Explorer, which will begin sailing the Mediterranean in the summer of 2016, will have ten suite categories, the brand's highest s...
By Nikki Ekstein, April 2, 2015
Google Translate has long been one of our favorite translation tools, but its new itineration, released last week, seems like something from the year 2025. Without even a data connection, the app can now convert text seen through your camera lens ...
By Nikki Ekstein, April 2, 2015
Put down the Valium—there’s a new cure on the market for your in-flight fears. The first product by SkyWater, Relax, is calling itself the world’s first water designed specifically for aviophobia. Don’t roll your eyes just yet: the 2.5-ounce, carr...
By Melanie Lieberman, April 2, 2015
Brazil, the country best known for soccer stars and the world’s most over-the-top Carnival is ready to prove that it’s more than just samba and swimsuits. The South American country shines in the new, eponymous coffee table book from Phaidon: a...
By Amy Farley, April 2, 2015
If you’re a frequent traveler, you’ve probably heard some variation of the following horror story: an American is traveling in a remote landscape when he breaks his leg and needs to be airlifted to a hospital for treatment. The bone heals witho...
By Corina Quinn, April 2, 2015
Three cheers for Los Angeles’ Getty Center, New York City’s MoMA, and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C. The three museums have banned selfie sticks on their heavily trafficked grounds. In an article on Mashable, several museum dir...
By Nate Storey, April 2, 2015
For the 2015 swimsuit issue, Sports Illustrated traversed America shooting in disparate destinations, from Oregon’s misty coast to rustic Blackberry Farm in Tennessee to the sapphire bays of St. John. T+L sat down with 23-year-old Emily DiDonato f...
By Peter Schlesinger, April 2, 2015
La Compagnie is now selling tickets for its new Newark-London route. The business class-only airline has been flying passengers between Newark Liberty and Paris’s Charles de Gaulle since July, but will add London’s Luton Airport on April 24. ...
By Caroline Hallemann, April 2, 2015
Winter is far from over, but it’s never too early to start planning your summer vacation. This year, why not forgo the traditional beach getaway for a trip that gets your creative juices flowing. Thanks to a new trend of specialty sleep-away ca...
By Jane Bishop, April 2, 2015
Orthopedic sandals are back, thanks to Marc Jacobs, whose spring collection includes wooden-soled slides resembling classic flats by Dr. Scholl’s (which some might say never went out of style). This is joyful news for travelers: the easy-on-the-fe...
By Tom Samiljan, April 2, 2015
Five new tools that will help you get the room you want at the lowest possible price. For the Haggler: Stayful (Free; iOS) You decide what to pay with this smart take on the Priceline model that offers bid suggestions in real time, based on a ...
By Sandra Ramani, April 2, 2015
Hotels are partnering with popular local gyms and studios to offer guests new ways to stay fit. We’ve picked some of the top workouts and where to try them.   Barre What it is: Ballet meets Pilates meets strength training—no dance skills re...
By Heidi Mitchell, April 2, 2015
These five retreats around the world prove just how luxe a trip with the kids can be. Nicaragua: If the country is the next Costa Rica, then the Inn at Rancho Santana ($$) is its next great family getaway. The 2,700 acres along the Pacific coas...
By Sandra Ramani, April 2, 2015
Hotels are stepping in to help workaholics and e-mail addicts truly disconnect. Westin pioneered this trend, partnering with meditation guru Andy Puddicombe to develop a series of ten-minute travel-themed podcasts; topics include “Switching Off fr...
By Amy Schellenbaum, April 2, 2015
For last night's much-ballyhooed special edition of Conan, funnyman Conan O'Brien traveled to Havana, Cuba, where he, clad in a cream-colored suit, dined at a family-owned paladar (alongside statues of Jesus and Karl Marx), joined a salsa band and...

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