May 2015

By Erika Owen, May 1, 2015
Trip-planning website Booking.com has given jet lag a perfect portrayal in its new commercial. The vacant looks at absurd foreign television, the slow-blinking response to an over-enthusiastic bidet, the face-first collapse into bed; the plight is...
By Corina Quinn, May 1, 2015
The lines wrapping around the Whitney Museum of American Art, which reopens in downtown New York City today, aren’t just for viewing the gallery’s 22,000 works in its vastly expanded space. Visitors near and far are clamoring for entry into one of...
By Erika Owen, May 1, 2015
For the first time ever, the Smithsonian is letting children sleep over in the National Portrait Gallery—in addition to its scheduled “Smithsonian Sleepover” nights in the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of American Hist...
By Courtney Kenefick, May 1, 2015
Zac Posen is the go-to fashion designer for feminine red carpet gowns that radiate glamour and elegance. Now, he’s offering up his talents to a different type of client. Delta Air Lines has announced a partnership with the American designer, wh...
By Erika Owen, May 1, 2015
Researchers have just discovered a bug in Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners that could cause power outages on planes mid-flight. The good news: this has only happened in-lab, as the result of an aircraft being on for 248 days straight. After eight month...
By Corina Quinn, May 1, 2015
Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group kicks off Drink Pink today, a month-long celebration of spring and its culinary mascot, rosé wine. Now in its second year, the event demystifies the rose-hued vino while toasting the change in weather. ...
By Jacqueline Gifford, May 1, 2015
Earlier this year, the American and Cuban governments sought to reestablish diplomatic ties, opening the floodgates for travel teases like nonstop flights and Airbnb accommodations. Now those keen on seeing the island via schooner can start planni...
By Caroline Hallemann, April 30, 2015
LISTEN Sirens After a victorious battle with breast cancer, songstress Deb Talan and her husband Steve Tannen are back with The Weepies’s fifth studio album, Sirens. Filled with dulcet harmonies seemingly written to calm anxious travelers, and...
By Katie James, April 30, 2015
Clockwise from bottom left: SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion ($105) I’ve been a fan of this Japanese skincare brand for years, and am especially in love with the travel-sized products that come in the Pitera Essence Set. The toning lotion c...
By N/A, April 30, 2015
Walking down Avenue Montaigne in Paris’ 8th arrondissement, it’s easy to spot the Hotel Plaza Athénée, whose scarlet geraniums cascade from balconies in a way that is inevitably iconic. The hotel is an archetype for Paris’ 20th-century luxury, hav...
By Erika Owen, April 30, 2015
In what may be the coolest (literally?) extreme-action video since the dawn of the GoPro (so 2002-ish), Stockholm-based filmmaker Kalle Ljung attached his high-def camera to his DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter while on a visit to Antarctica with his fath...
By Jacqueline Gifford, April 30, 2015
Calling all Soul Cycle fanatics: the indoor cycling giant is setting up shop at Miami Beach’s brand new 1 Hotel South Beach, set smack dab on Collins Avenue. Come early fall, guests will find a whopping 2,600-square-foot facility, complete with a ...
By Caroline Hallemann, April 30, 2015
By Ann Binlot, April 30, 2015
This weekend, Paris Photo Los Angeles touches down at Paramount Pictures Studios, bringing 79 exhibitors from 17 countries to Paramount’s sound stages and New York Street Backlot. Highlights of the event, now in its third iteration, include vin...
By Erika Owen, April 29, 2015
Berlin-based startup DreamCheaper is looking to put an end to one of the most universally despised travel woes: booking a hotel room only to watch in horror as the rates nosedive days later. TechCrunch writes that the website has the potential ...
By N/A, April 29, 2015
By Amy Schellenbaum, April 29, 2015
For its freshly pressed clubhouse at Los Angeles International Airport, Virgin Atlantic has called upon classically California themes: an apothecary-style bar peddling fresh-squeezed juices, a menu of “clean, healthy” dishes by L.A.’s Hinoki &...
By Erika Owen, April 29, 2015
It’s a good day to be planning a summer vacation. Travel search engine Kayak just expanded its travel-planning prowess with the recent launch of the 2015 Travel Hacker Guide. It’s much more than glib recommendations—the compilation features hard n...
By Erika Owen, April 29, 2015
Sometimes when researching travel plans, all one really wants is a local to spill all of their neighborhood secrets. Iceland gets it. Promote Iceland, public-private partnership meant to promote Iceland businesses has created a network of regional...
By Erika Owen, April 29, 2015
As if we needed another travel temptation, English luggage company Globe-Trotter has introduced another luggage set inspired by London’s The Goring Hotel—a.k.a. the posh accommodations Kate Middleton and her family stayed before the royal wedding....
By Lindsey Olander, April 29, 2015
It isn’t all about the Milan EXPO this month. Another major cultural event coming to Italy is the biannual Venice Biennale (May 9–November 22), one of the world’s most important exhibitions for contemporary art. The kick-off is over a week away, b...
By Caroline Hallemann, April 29, 2015
By Caroline Hallemann, April 29, 2015
If you’ve mastered the art of using airline loyalty programs, it’s time to consider donating those frequent-flier miles to a worthy cause. Seventy-five percent of the 14,000 wishes granted annually by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which helps sic...
By Nikki Ekstein, April 29, 2015
Step aside Orlando theme parks, there’s another attraction stealing the spotlight this morning. Aerialist and serial stuntman Nik Wallenda is planning to take an untethered walk atop the Orlando Eye—the city’s just-debuted 400-foot-tall observatio...
By Katrina Brown Hunt, April 28, 2015
By Jacob Davidson, April 28, 2015
As Nepal reels from an earthquake that left over 3,000 dead and more than 6,500 injured, people around the world are scrambling to determine how they can best contribute to the relief effort. Unfortunately, when it comes to natural disasters, m...
By Nikki Ekstein, April 28, 2015
With plenty of buzz already leading up to the 2016 presidential election, Hipmunk—a T+L favorite for hotel and airline bookings—surveyed 1,000 self-identifying Democrats and Republicans about their travel habits. Among the findings: 1. Democrat...
By Erika Owen, April 28, 2015
With the drop of her single ‘Welcome to New York’ country-turned-pop star Taylor Swift landed herself a rather unexpected gig: as tourism ambassador for New York City. Just hearing about this collaboration? The only thing you need to see right now...
By Caroline Hallemann, April 28, 2015
During the heyday of Havana in the 1940s and ’50s, ferries were an extremely popular way to get from the United States to Cuba and back again. And now that the Obama administration is loosening travel restrictions between the two countries, Florid...
By Amy Schellenbaum, April 28, 2015
China’s booming capital will soon boast the world’s most expansive airport terminal, having recruited internationally celebrated architect Zaha Hadid to produce plans for a structure that (like many of her works) is huge, undulating, and seemingly...
By Courtney Kenefick, April 27, 2015
For beauty junkies, TSA liquid restrictions bring on the unwanted packing ritual of checking fluid cosmetics for size compliance (it’s 3.4 fluid ounces or less, by the way). Thankfully, the appropriately named Stowaway Cosmetics solves such makeup...
By Travel + Leisure Staff, April 27, 2015
Too often a business trip means shuttling back and forth from a drab hotel room to a drab conference room. There’s a better way to do it! We’re talking about how to improve Business Travel in this week’s Twitter chat. Learn from the experts and sh...
By Lindsey Olander, April 27, 2015
It’s been deemed the most exciting two minutes in sports. On May 2, 20 three-year-old thoroughbreds will streak their way around the Churchill Downs racetrack in the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, in a bid to capture the first leg of the elu...
By Alicia Yoon, April 27, 2015
Day Spa South Korea: People still go to traditional public bathhouses, but today’s mega-spas have taken the scene by storm. My friends and I spend hours at Siloam Sauna—we visit the ice room, get a massage, and grab samgyetang stew at the resta...
By Erika Owen, April 27, 2015
Rejoice seafaring food snobs: Luxury cruise line Seabourn just announced a partnership with world-famous chef, Thomas Keller. Beginning early fall 2015, guests dining aboard the Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, and Seabourn Quest ships will ...
By Erika Owen, April 27, 2015
Amazon—every last-minute shopper’s online dream—is diving into a new space: travel, and more specifically, hotel booking. The new Amazon Destinations site launched last week featuring bed and breakfasts, hotels, and resorts in the Northeast, South...
By Ted Loos, April 27, 2015
Bordeaux has what’s known as a high-class problem: People think of it as a snobby French region making great, if unapproachable, wine. People are in awe of it—and intimidated by it—before they even open a bottle. To remind you that red Bordeaux...
By Erika Owen, April 27, 2015
Come next summer, there will be a new way to discover Ireland’s stunning landscapes—one that doesn’t include navigating roundabout after roundabout. Belmond has been teasing their plans for the Belmond Grand Hibernian luxury train for a while now,...
By Erika Owen, April 24, 2015
Travel Pulse reports that Portland International Airport is now using a herd of landscaping goats to remove (read: graze on) invasive plant life—blackberries, thistle, and Scotch broom—from the airport’s grounds. What’s more, to protect the goa...
By Nate Storey, April 24, 2015
The Rainbow Room made its glamorous return to Manhattan last October, opening in a reimagined space after a five-year hiatus and ushering in a new era of skyward fine dining 800 feet above Rockefeller Center. The new iteration feels of-the-moment:...
By Erika Owen, April 24, 2015
Earlier this month, Godzilla was named official tourism ambassador for Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward, and now (perhaps inevitably) the legendary monster is showing up in two types of rooms at Tokyo’s Hotel Gracery Shinjuku. Guests staying in the Godzil...
By Katrina Brown Hunt, April 24, 2015
By Jenny Adams, April 24, 2015
By Erika Owen, April 24, 2015
Looks like Leonardo DiCaprio’s private-island-turned-eco-resort isn’t the only unexpected hotel opening we can look forward to in 2018. Riding the wake of the ever-growing vacation fitness trend, high-end gym giant Equinox is launching a luxury ho...
By Katie James, April 23, 2015
Food lovers and Netflix aficionados will soon have another series to binge watch: Chef’s Table, a documentary series that follows the lives and careers of renowned chefs. Chef’s Table, which premieres on Sunday, April 26, delves into the lives of ...
By Benjamin Phelan, April 23, 2015
When Edward Lee took over the restaurant 610 Magnolia (prix fixe $75–$95) in Louisville’s historic district in 2003, the city knew few gustatory pleasures beyond chicken-fried steak and a wedge of Derby pie. The Brooklyn-born, Korean-American rest...
By Courtney Kenefick, April 23, 2015
With just three episodes of AMC’s Mad Men left, fans will soon be lamenting over the finality of show’s last airing. But at the end of this era, the show’s award-winning costume designer, Janie Bryant, will help to usher in another: the re-opening...
By Jacqueline Gifford, April 23, 2015
With a focus on extended stays in port and in-depth shore excursions, river cruising has become one of the most popular ways to travel. And for the first time, the industry is going after multi-generational travel—with little ones. Adventures b...
By Erika Owen, April 23, 2015
Tourists will soon have the opportunity to explore a section of New York’s Howe Caverns that has been shut off to the public since 1900. Starting May 3, the 2.5-hour Signature Rock Discover Tour will guide adventurous visitors through the same pas...
By Nikki Ekstein, April 23, 2015
The Windy City is widely considered the birthplace of the modern skyscraper, so perhaps it’s no surprise that Chicago will soon welcome the country’s first-ever architecture biennial—and also the biggest architecture show ever put on in North Amer...
By Nikki Ekstein, April 23, 2015
True story: the price of your flight depends not just on where you’re headed, but where you’re coming from. To that end, airfare analytics company Hopper—whose fare predictor is a T+L favorite—has released new data showcasing the country’s most an...
By Katrina Brown Hunt, April 23, 2015
By Erika Owen, April 22, 2015
Tokyo’s Narita International Airport is shaking up low-cost architecture expectations by giving one of its terminals a makeover inspired by the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games. Terminal 3’s new indoor racetrack design uses two colors to direct travele...
By Caroline Hallemann, April 22, 2015
LISTEN Sound & Color The highly anticipated sophomore album from Southern rock band Alabama Shakes is a bit of a departure from 2012’s Boys & Girls, but don’t take that as a criticism. From the ethereal title track to a radio-ready first singl...
By Ted Loos, April 22, 2015
The Spanish wine region of Priorat left a distinct impression on me when I visited a few years ago: steep mountains, quiet towns made of stone, and a distinct herbal, florally scent baked by the intense summer sun. About an hour and a half outs...
By Nikki Ekstein, April 22, 2015
Mobile booking! Spontaneous travel! They’re the buzzwords for hoteliers far and wide these days, and have been for quite some time. But before you roll your eyes at yet another last-minute booking app, consider this: the most recent launch comes c...
By Erika Owen, April 22, 2015
If you thought winning the lottery was the only near-impossible way of bringing in some extra cash, you haven’t heard of Baxters Loch Ness Marathon. To claim the top prize, one must first huff and puff through 26 miles. Then comes the really hard ...
By N/A, April 21, 2015
It would make perfect sense that a Las Vegas resort that serves thousands of people each week in its 19 restaurants would procure its fish via a massive commercial operation. But at Lakeside restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas, that would undermine an im...
By Tom Samiljan, April 21, 2015
1. If you’re looking for 360-degree sound, Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay A2 delivers, with speakers that face both front and back. It also has the longest battery life of the bunch: a full 24 hours. $399. 2. For true music wonks, the Philips FL3X of...
By Erika Owen, April 21, 2015
Leonardo DiCaprio is a lot of things—actor, environmentalist, ultimate man of leisure—and now he’s looking to add one more: eco-resort hotelier.  In 2005, he was just another celebrity purchasing a personal island to add to his growing roster of p...
By Katie James, April 21, 2015
When it comes to L.A.’s top shopping destinations, few are as iconic as the ivy-covered Fred Segal boutique in West Hollywood. Since it’s opening on Melrose Avenue in 1961, the retailer has become synonymous with laid-back California cool, touting...
By Lindsey Olander, April 21, 2015
Congratulations on the move! Why go to New York’s Meatpacking District? The opportunity to find a space in such an unusual location is pretty rare in New York. Once we [the senior staff] made the decision not to expand on the existing site, we ...
By Amy Schellenbaum, April 21, 2015
Yesterday René Redzepi, widely considered the best chef in the world, took to Reddit to answer the internet’s questions. The result is an amazingly candid interview, wherein the Noma co-owner talks craft beer, poached eggs, and why his dishwasher ...
By Erika Owen, April 20, 2015
Now that in-flight Wi-Fi is all but ubiquitous, there’s nothing more frustrating than sitting on a plane with a dead device. Fortunately, aircraft components manufacturer B/E Aerospace is trying to remedy the in-air annoyance with Solar Eclipse, a...
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 Colum McCann, April 20, 2015
There are many places in Ireland that haunt me. There are the rippling waters of Strangford Lough. There’s the curl in the river Barrow where the agile water sweeps beneath the stone bridge. There are the tree boughs in Glendalough, beautifully be...
By Eviana Hartman, April 20, 2015
Exploring Africa is a perk of the job when you’re the designer of Edun, the ethical fashion brand founded by Bono and Ali Hewson, which produces 95 percent of its goods on the continent. Looking for inspiration for her Fall/Winter 2015 collection,...
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 Corina Quinn, April 20, 2015
With the launch of the David Rockwell–designed NeueHouse in New York, tech investors Abram and Murray upended the concept of co-working. Instead of spare desks populated by nascent start-up founders, they built a members-only club for boldfaced cr...
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 Brooke Porter Katz, April 20, 2015
The Press Hotel, a revamp of the historic Portland Press Herald building, debuts this month in the Old Port neighborhood. The property pays homage to its printing-press past, with an installation of antique typewriters in the on-site art gallery, ...
By David A. Keeps, April 20, 2015
The Old 1. Hollywood Roosevelt 1920s landmark that now hosts the nightspot Teddy’s, a favorite of young A-listers. doubles from $299. 2. Magic Castle Private club for magicians, where legends from Johnny Carson to Steve Martin have performed...
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...

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