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Governor Offers $500,000 to Design Better NYC Airports

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Who can fix New York City’s crumbling airports? State governor Andrew Cuomo is hoping someone will, and recently announced a $500,000 design competition for JFK and LaGuardia in tandem with an $8 billion overhaul of the region’s international airports.

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Chefs Team Up For Taste of Waldorf Astoria

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Eggs benedict, red velvet cake, Waldorf salad, Thousand Island dressing—the world is a better place thanks to these foodstuffs. Seriously, red velvet cake could end wars. And eggs benny? Sunday might just be Monday-like without it. All four were born at the Waldorf Astoria New York.

Now, thanks to a partnership with the James Beard Foundation, the hotel brand hopes to bequeath civilization with another culinary hit—or at least something super delicious. Five young James Beard-nominated chefs will be dispatched to properties around the globe, partnering with master chefs with Michelin chops to cook up a new recipe for the Taste of Waldorf Astoria.

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W Hotels and Jennifer Hudson Ask Americans to "Turn It Up For Change"

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It’s not every day you see an Academy Award-winning actress, a Top Chef, a hardcore punk singer, and a drag queen sitting at the same table watching two transgendered dancers battle it out in heels.
 
But that’s what happened at the W New York Union Square this week, when Jennifer Hudson, joined by Padma Lakshmi, Courtney Love, and Lady Bunny, among others, judged a voguing dance-off.
 
It was the city’s first look at Turn It Up For Change, a new initiative from W Hotels and the Human Rights Campaign, with Jennifer Hudson as the program’s ambassador. Each month, W hotels across the country will host concerts and DJ parties promoting marriage equality in the United States.

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The Coolest Hotel in Every State

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This post comes from our editorial partners at Thrillist.

Unless your name happens to be Arthur Fonzarelli (in which case, that's crazy!), it’s hard to define the word "cool". And even harder to apply the label to hotels, when "cool" could mean historic, or trendy, or that the place is actually a decommissioned Coast Guard helicopter with a full-service bar... in your room!

But since we're not above doing hard work, we tried to figure out just how each state would define cool, and then applied that spirit to their hotels. In the end, we came up with what we think is each state's coolest, most emblematic hotel. Or we were wildly off. You decide.

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Dancing on the Great Barrier Reef

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These days, it is not unusual for dance companies to perform on beautiful open-air stages, especially in the summer.  Some venues are well-established: Jacob's Pillow in the Berkshires, the Saratoga Center for the Performing Arts in upstate New York, the Vail International Dance Festival in the spectacular setting of the Vail Valley, the Avignon Festival in Provence, but there is no spot quite like the seaside setting at Qualia, the luxury resort on the northern-most point of Hamilton Island, on the Great Barrier Reef, where the Australian Ballet performs on an specially constructed stage, with the particular blue-green waters of the Whitsunday Islands as background.

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International Airlines Make a Push for the U.S. with New Nonstop Routes

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Another week, another nonstop international flight. Over the last year—and into 2015—many overseas airlines, including Etihad, Emirates, Korean Air, and Cathay Pacific, are enhancing their presence in the U.S. market, launching new routes to and from hubs around the world. One of the latest comes from Qantas, whose new nonstop between Dallas and Sydney is now the world’s longest flight, at 8,500 miles and almost 16 hours.

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Twitter Chat Recap: Family Travel

If you missed T+L's latest Twitter Chat on Family Travel, check out the day's highlights here:

In Time for Picasso's Birthday, His Paris Museum Is Reborn

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Following on the heels of the re-opening of the Peninsula Paris, which recently debuted in a grandly restored 19th century manse, the Musée Picasso Paris is (finally!) set to reopen in the 17th-century Hôtel Salé. With all the delays and debate surrounding the 43 million-euro renovation, we’re thrilled to get a first look at the sleek new space that marries the building’s historic character with a clean, streamlined interior.

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Book A Hotel Directly on Yelp With Help From Hipmunk

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Think twice before visiting your stalwart trip-review site or go-to OTA for recommendations or an online booking: there’s a new—but familiar—player ready to disrupt the travel market.

Yesterday, Yelp announced a partnership with Hipmunk that is making it much more than a home for crowd-sourced restaurant reviews. Yelpers can now preview and instantly book hotels directly on Yelp.

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Google Uses a Camel to Capture Street View of Dubai's Desert

Google Street View has taken us inside cruise ships and museums, down famous boulevards and nameless alleys, and now, thanks to some surprisingly low-tech help, across the Arabian peninsula’s Liwa desert, in Dubai.

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Virgin Atlantic Crew Gets New Makeup Look from Illamasqua

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Virgin Atlantic crewmembers got a quintessentially British makeover for the brand’s 30thanniversary. In conjunction with the reveal of their new Vivienne Westwood-designed uniforms—which feature sharply tailored red skirt suits for the ladies and maroon 3-piece suits for the guys—the airline unveiled a fresh makeup look created by British beauty brand Illamasqua.

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What Gay Marriage Means for Las Vegas

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Las Vegas, Nevada, Wedding Capital of the World is now handing out marriage licenses to same-sex couples. For a city that markets itself as a free-spirited wedding destination, the change could mean big business.

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Family Travel Twitter Chat on Tuesday, October 21

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Making family travel plans? We're discussing tips and getaways in our Family Travel Twitter chat on Tuesday, October 21st from 2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. Join along to ask the experts for advice!

The Host:

T+L Special Projects Editor, Clara Sedlak, @csedlak1

The Panelists:

Real Simple Magazine, @RealSimple

Fodor's Travel, @fodorstravel

Travel Channel, @travelchannel

Orbitz, @Orbitz

T+L A-list Agent, Julia Douglas, @JetSetWorldTrvl

Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner of @TodaysMoms, and authors of @ShttyMom

How does it work?

1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 2pm ET and be sure to follow @TravlandLeisure.

2. Head over to http://twitter.com. Enter the hashtag #TL_Chat into the search bar and select the "All" search option to follow the chat in real time.

3. Remember to always add the hashtag #TL_Chat to your tweets.

4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own responses. Or ask questions of your own! 

All tweets are subject to our social media terms and conditions and may be used in any and all media including editorial. See full social media terms and conditions.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

October in St. Pete Beach, FL

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This post comes from our editorial partners at Oyster.com.


Sure, people are always giving props to California for its year-round perfect weather, but what about Florida? You know, the 
sunshine state. Florida may not be known for its dry heat like California, but St. Pete Beach, Florida’s humidified residents can often be seen sporting tank tops and tan lines around the Christmas tree! But to avoid the throngs of holiday-time snowbirds covering the beaches, it’s wise to hit the sand and the Gulf of Mexico’s lusciously warm waters a little early—say, like, now.

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Gucci's Packable New Makeup Line

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This fall, my must-have accessory isn’t a pair of riding boots or a bomber jacket. Nope, I am officially obsessed with a red lipstick—packaged in a minimalist black tube, marked by interlocking Gs—from Gucci. For the first time ever, the Italian fashion house is stepping into the world of beauty with a range of products including lipsticks, shadows, foundations, and high-wattage mascara. If you're planning a city getaway for this fall, add these makeup essentials to your carry-on routine.

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T+L Twitter Chat Recap: Hawaii

How to Snag a Last-Minute Restaurant Reservation (Video)

It’s a common predicament: You arrive in a city and realize you don’t have a dinner reservation. Never fear, there are a couple ways to work the system in your favor. Here, some food for thought on what to do.

Tip 1: Call in the afternoon.
Around 3 p.m., restaurants start confirming that evening’s reservations and waiting list. Call in the afternoon, and you just might snag a newly canceled reservation.

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“Eataly per Duomo” Brings Centuries-Old Sculptures to NYC’s Italian Flagship

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This week, Eataly New York debuted a few new staples in their marketplace. This time, it’s not Italian fare, but Italian history. A collection of sculptures were carefully extracted from Milan’s most famous building, il Duomo di Milano, and transported to New York for display on the premises.

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New Video Announces Virgin Hotel Chicago's Perks

While we eagerly await Sir Richard Branson to take us all to space on Virgin Galactic, a more imminent expansion of the Virgin travel empire is keeping us grounded.

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10 Ways to Never Pay for Travel Again

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Traveling for free doesn't have to involve couch surfing, dumpster diving, or stowing away in the wheel well of a 747. It doesn't even have to involve credit card fraud.

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Book Review: Life Lessons, Adventure, and the True Meaning of Travel

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That travel can be a life-changing experience is no revelation, but as Bruce Northam eloquently proves in his newly released "The Directions To Happiness--A 135-Country Quest for Life Lessons," sometimes travel epiphanies can sneak up and bite you in the ass. And the closer you are to the people of your destination, the more likely are those discoveries to land in your lap. "As opposed to traveling as a tourist, I propose traveling as a poorest," he writes at one point. And it is indeed that low-impact style that leads the author to so many simple-but-true learnings.

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Where You Live Says a Lot About Where You Travel, According to Study from Hopper

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There’s a lot to love about Hopper, a data-driven fare finder that recently launched the Flight Tonight app to search for last-minute airfare. The company recently released results from an internal study, which pinpointed the most popular travel destinations for each state based on flight search data as compared to the national average (versus the most searched destinations for each state). Among the discoveries: Those in Illinois mostly search for flights to Poland, 239% more times than the national average—most likely because Chicago has one of the largest Polish populations in the world.

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New Virgin America Ad Targets "Blah Airlines"

No weekend plans? You might want to consider watching a new 5 hour and 46 minute advertisement from Virgin America

In a genius attack on its competitors, it recreates a flight, populated by manequins traveling from Newark to San Francisco on “Blah Airlines” (read: every airline that isn’t Virgin).

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The Maine Course: Reasons to Book a Trip to Vacationland, and a Table

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With Down East magazine recently naming Central Provisions as the hot new restaurant in the mushrooming little food city of Portland, Maine, and heavy-weight food magazines claiming it among the top 10 tables in the U.S., it’s no surprise that hungry travelers are booking getaways to Vacationland in hopes of a seat—and seasonal dishes with Pemaquid oysters, hearty butternut squash, and crisp Northern Spy apples. And right now, there’s even more of a reason to venture north to Maine.

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How to Find the Best Airplane Seat

Find the Best Seat

Just because you’re in the back of the plane doesn’t mean you can’t fly in comfort.

Know Your Plane Models

For long-haul flights, look for the spacious double-decker Airbus A380, used primarily by Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, and Lufthansa. New smaller aircraft, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350 XWB, have larger windows, HD video screens, and lower cabin pressure. Most booking websites, including Kayak, list plane details in the results.

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Artsy Postcard: Frieze London

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Artsy, the art collecting and education resource, travels to one of the world's most important art hubs for London’s Frieze Week. The team sets out for seven days of fairs, auctions, and exhibitions and shares their must sees of the week’s events.

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Twitter Chat Recap: "Plane Truth" with T+L's Peter Jon Lindberg

Missed out on Travel + Leisure's "Plane Truth" Twitter Chat? We have some of our favorite tweets here:

So What's Happening to Economy Class?

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While premium passengers reap the rewards of competition among airlines, it’s a different story in back. One problem, according to Tim Winship, publisher of Frequentflier.com, is that carriers are flying at near-full capacity these days, so you can no longer count on having an empty seat next to you. At the same time, airlines are squeezing in more seats, using slim-line models that are narrower and have less padding than previous versions. On the flip side, new planes do offer better in-flight technology both obvious (touch screens) and less so (humidity controls; mood lighting). Whether this counteracts the increasing claustrophobia of economy is up for debate. One thing is certain: those premium economy seats are looking mighty tempting.

Amy FarleyHave a travel dilemma? Need some tips and remedies? Send your questions to news editor Amy Farley at tripdoctor@timeinc.com. Follow @tltripdoctor on Twitter.

Photo by Charles Polidano / Touch The Skies / Alamy


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Apple Announces New iPad Air 2

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If you were one of the thousands who lined up for a shiny new iPhone 6 last month, get ready to queue up again: Apple is back at it with next-gen iPads that are bound to become instant travel tech classics. Here’s everything you need to know about today’s big news.

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Hotel Socializing Gets Easier, Thanks to Marriott Hotels Partnership With MIT

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In a partnership with MIT, Marriott Hotels is trying to revolutionize how business travelers socialize while on the road—and it all begins in the hotel lobby. The centerpiece of the project—currently being tested at the Marriott in Cambridge—is Six Degrees, a social app that taps into LinkedIn accounts to make connections among hotel guests. The app, which only works inside the hotel, is used in tandem with an interactive digital screen and communal LED table in the lobby.

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