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Data Stash from T-Mobile Lets You Budget Your Data

T-Mobile Data Stash

T-Mobile just announced the latest in a recent string of attacks on the service-chokehold enforced by most mobile carriers: a “Data Stash” service allowing users to rollover unused data each month.

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Q&A with Canyon Ranch Spa Co-Founder and Wellness Visionary Mel Zuckerman

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As its 35th anniversary year comes to a close, Canyon Ranch and its co-founder, Mel Zuckerman, are eyeing a bright future—one that explores new frontiers in health and wellness—and includes brand-new campuses.

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A Memphis Map That's Fit for The King

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Still haven't finished your holiday shopping? Brighten someone's Blue Christmas with a hand-drawn guide to Elvis's hometown. The Memphis Map for Elvis Fans highlights all The King's former haunts in River City, from his childhood home to where he worked as a truck driver to the spot where he made his first public appearance.

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White House Charts “New Course” with Cuba

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President Obama announced today sweeping changes to our policy with Cuba that will loosen travel and trade restrictions there. In ending our embargo—a Cold War Policy that has been in effect since 1961—the U.S. will re-establish an embassy in Havana and expand travel for Americans to the country.

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Q&A with Macaron Maven Yigit Pura

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He’s the first-ever winner of the televised cooking competition, Top Chef Just Desserts, and this Saturday, his new pâtisserie opens in Palo Alto, California. Pastry-chef Yigit Pura talks to T+L about passion, pastries, and the importance of pursuing your dreams.

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Marriott and Taj Hotels Offering Free WiFi—But There’s a Catch

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In the last few weeks, two major hotel brands have announced that they will start offering free WiFi: Taj Hotels started November 15, and Marriott next year, on January 15. But before you start cheering, there is a catch: the internet speed is only fast enough for checking email, browsing the internet, and updating social media. All things we do while on the road, sure, but if you were hoping to stream any video or download large files, it’ll cost you.

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RelayRides Launches New Car Delivery Service

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While Airbnb.com has dominated travel headline news around the mushrooming peer-to-peer economy, another player in the P2P space has quietly been gaining ground, offering travelers a feel-good alternative to traditional car rentals. Launched in 2010, RelayRides today announces what could be a game-changing feature—convenient delivery of your selected car to your home, hotel, or airport.

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Ways to Travel Better Twitter Chat on Tuesday December 16

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Want to find out how to make your life easier while traveling? Join our Ways to Travel Better Twitter Chat on Tuesday, December 16th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT

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TODAY Show Video: Great Holiday Getaways

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Whether you’re looking to take a trip to a snowy city in the mountains or escape to a warm spot on the coast, we’ve got the perfect last-minute holiday getaways.

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Editor’s Find: The Secrets of St. James’s, London

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Sandwiched between Piccadilly and The Mall in London’s West End, St. James’s may be the most-traveled-through but least-known neighborhood in London. At least, that’s my take-away after spending a recent Tuesday morning walking through its historic streets, courtyards, and mews in the company of Frank Laino, executive concierge of the Stafford London in the heart of St. James’s. After 16 years of catering to the wishes of clients at the discreet, upscale Stafford hotel, Laino knows St. James’s like few others, and recently began squiring hotel guests on foot tours. Here are some of the most intriguing stops on his itinerary.

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Trends for 2015? Ask Pinterest.

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From travel to food and DIY, what will be trending in 2015? "The Pinterest 100" is a board made up of pins from influencers and members of the Pinterest community with tips on what to eat, make, and try next year. T+L is included in the travel round-up and excited to share tips on the best places and ways to travel next year. Find out more and follow along.

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SFO’s New Centurion Lounge First for West Coast

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American Express is extending its network of luxury airport lounges. With Centurion Lounge locations in Las Vegas, New York's LaGuardia Airport, and Dallas/Fort Worth, the newest addition opened at San Francisco International Airport—the first on the West Coast.

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Spread Holiday Cheer With Peninsula's "Snowpage"

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The Peninsula Hotels have found an adorable way to spread both holiday cheer and charitable good this season, and you can take part too.

Guests at Peninsula properties worldwide will find SnowPage, a smiley plush snowman, decorating the hotels’ public spaces. For every image of the stuffed animal posted to social media with the hashtag #SnowPage, Peninsula will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which helps children with life-threatening diseases fulfill their dreams.

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Why to Visit Fez in 2015

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For more than a decade, Marrakesh has been the Moroccan destination on everyone’s list, with its ever-more-luxurious hotels, nightclubs, and attainable whiff of the exotic. Fez, about 240 miles northeast of Marrakesh, was often an afterthought. Those who went there raved about the medieval medina—still totally inaccessible to cars, still genuinely Moroccan. But with few upscale places to stay, conservative Fez was never more than a quick stopover.

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Twitter Chat Recap: Nightlife

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Missed T+L's latest Twitter Chat on Nightlife? We've got the day's best tweets right here, with expert opinions on where to go, what to drink, and how to handle the morning after.

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Must-Download iPad App: Pixelmator

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Have you ever tried to get a photo in Times Square or Grand Central—without the obstructions of fanny-pack-wielding pedestrians? Chances are you have, and that you’ve failed. Enter Pixelmator, a powerful new iPad-only app that can make it happen.

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What Travelers Should do to Maximize Miles in 2015

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When it comes to travel, the theme of 2015 is all about shifting loyalty. Delta and United are both switching to revenue-based frequent flyer programs, meaning you’ll now earn miles based on the price of your ticket rather than based on the flight distance. Starting in February of 2015, we’ll see the elite status ‘cliff' and we will also see more people fall off because of the requirements that are going to be put in place. Here are four key trends to watch for:

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Spas to Visit Now: Island Spa Catalina

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Situated off the L.A. coast, Catalina has long been a favorite escape, so it's no surprise to see a destination spa open on the island. Island Spa Catalina is part of a $40 million revitalization plan for Catalina Island. 

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Expedia Releases Airplane Etiquette Study

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What are the biggest no-no’s while flying? Kicking the seat in front of you, according to Expedia’s second annual Airline Etiquette Study. The travel giant partnered with research firm GfK and asked 1,000 Americans to rank fellow fliers’ most bothersome actions.

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The Real Deal with Amazon Travel

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If you’ve heard the rumors about Amazon’s new travel site, you’re not alone. Buzz is big surrounding the e-commerce company’s aggressive appeals to hotels across the nation. But Amazon’s plan isn’t to compete with TripAdvisor or Expedia. Instead, the changes are a part of a massive build-out of the burgeoning Amazon Local.

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Nightlife Twitter Chat on Tuesday, December 9

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Where are the hottest new bars and best spots for nightlife? Find out what the experts have to say on Tuesday, December 9th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT

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High Roller Cabins Sets New Heights in Las Vegas

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See the Las Vegas Strip like never before—from a cabin hovering 550 feet above the ground. The High Roller—the latest addition to Caesars Entertainment’s The LINQ district—is the world’s tallest observation wheel, giving visitors the ride of a lifetime.

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Social Media Christmas Magic at Rock Center

Glittering lights, high-kicking Rockettes, and ice-skating tourists and native New Yorkers—there’s truly nothing like Manhattan for the holidays. With the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade behind us, last night marked a different kind of New York tradition—the 82nd annual Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting.  

By following #RockCenterXMAS@rockcenternyc, and @nyc (who captured moments with an iPhone6), we’ve collected our favorite moments from the evening.  In case you want to see the tree live, it’ll remain lit and open to the public until January 7, 2015.

 

City Magic: Come walk with me to the #RockCenterXmas tree @RockCenterNYC

A video posted by NewYorkCity (@nyc) onDec 12, 2014 at 11:50pm PST

Sailing Shakeup: America’s Cup Heads to Bermuda in 2017


Bermuda will be flaunting its sea legs on the world's stage, as it will play host to the 2017 America’s Cup. It was announced Tuesday that the island nation beat out San Diego for the honor, which has hosted the yacht sailing race three times before.

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Renovation Plans Moving Ahead for Venice's Jewish Ghetto

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German-Jewish designer Diane von Furstenberg recently announced she will help launch a $12 million project to restore Venice's Jewish Ghetto.

She joins real estate investor Joseph Sitt and the Venetian Heritage Council, the philanthropist group funding the restoration. Once completed in 2016, the area will also become a UNESCO World Heritage site, which coincides with the ghetto’s 500th anniversary. 

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Of Herbs and Smoke: Peru's Payment to the Earth Ritual

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When Anibal Clavijo Ubaldo and his family acquired a Peruvian plot of land from the local Andean community in Aguas Calientes, they called upon the local shaman Willko Apasa to bless the property before building the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel.

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Dana Point Brightens Holiday Nights in SoCal

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The Southern California community of Dana Point, just a few miles down the road from Laguna Beach, is putting on a massive, radiant display of holiday light sculptures.

Dana Point's Illuminocean features 18 oversized sea-life sculptures as well as moving light tunnels. Altogether the show has over 500,000 LED bulbs to enjoy, and is free for the public—travelers and locals alike—to view through January 4th, 2015.

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Twitter Chat Recap: Tech Awards

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Our most recent Twitter Chat covered all things travel tech. If you missed it, here are the day's best tweets, with tips, tricks, and gadget recommendations from the pros.

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Caribbean's Chikungunya: What You Need to Know About the Virus

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In January, we first reported on chikungunya, a “rare viral disease” spreading in the Caribbean, with around 100 confirmed cases in the region. Flash forward eleven months, that number is up to over 16,000 confirmed and 874,000 suspected cases.  Should Caribbean-bound beachgoers be worried? Here’s what you need to know:

What is it, and what are the symptoms?

Chikungunya is a virus transmitted to humans from mosquitos. According to the Centers for Disease Control, most people infected with the virus will experience fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms could include muscle pain, headache, and joint swelling.  Confusingly, many of these symptoms overlap with dengue fever.

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Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC Launches In-Room "Glamour Bar"

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I’m a notorious over-packer. And when it comes to filling my suitcase, an extra pair of heels always seems to take precedence over a hair dryer. Problem is, I immediately regret this decision when I get to the hotel, check in, and find that ubiquitous, awful, 80s-style dryer that hangs in many a guest room. You know, the one that that leaves your locks parched and lifeless. One hotel that’s solving this packing problem: Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, the first luxury hotel to outfit guest rooms with a “Glamour Bar,” starting today.

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