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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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Coolest New Business Class Amenities

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Airlines are treating the bicoastal set to something new: a few hours’ sleep. Carriers have been rolling out new lie-flat business-class seats on their transcontinental narrow-body jets to woo passengers flying between the east and west coasts. Here’s a comparison of the latest offerings.

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Apple Pay Launching Monday

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Last month Apple revealed Apple Pay, a mobile payment system that riffs off the same NFC-based technologies first used by Google Wallet. Today, as part of a larger announcement by Apple, it was announced that Apple Pay will be coming online starting this Monday—with a slew of travel-related partners that are impossible to ignore.

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Lufthansa Introduces Premium Economy

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Lufthansa is the latest airline to introduce premium economy. T+L takes a look at what your money buys, based on sample fares from Chicago to Frankfurt.

Economy: $1,300*

At 17 to 18 inches, economy seats are standard for the industry, and have a seat pitch of 31 inches. Hot meals are served on long hauls, including freshly baked bread. As for the entertainment: nine-inch seatback screens offer access to on-demand movies, TV shows, and live sports. Every other seat has a set of power outlets.

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A Closer Look at Etihad's $43,000 Residence Suite

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Spread across 125 square feet of the A380’s upper deck, Etihad’s extravagant, two-person Residence suite takes in-flight luxury to a new level.

The living area includes a supple, Poltrona Frau leather sofa and 32-inch HDTV.

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An Insider's Guide to Ho Chi Minh City

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How do you find the best of ever-vibrant, ever-changing Ho Chi Minh City? Get an insider guide. T+L asked three plugged-in residents to open their little black books.

The Journalist: Brett Davis

Editorial director, AsiaLife magazine
Moved from Australia in 2010

Favorite neighborhood: The corner of District 3 bordered by Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Dien Bien Phu, and Hai Ba Trung is filled with old architecture and grand trees.

In-town escape: When Saigon gets to be too much and I need my whiskey and Miles Davis, I go to the First Bar (23 Huynh Thuc Khang St., District 1), which has jazz and a maestro mixing cocktails.

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Skype Launches New Video Messaging App, Qik

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Ten-plus years after Skype was first made available for download, the ubiquitous app is gaining a sibling—Qik, Microsoft’s first foray into video messaging. Available now for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, the free, stand-alone app allows users to send short video messages, up to 40 seconds in length, to anyone in your phone book with the tap of a button. Cheeky name aside, it’s a great solution for travelers—the videos are shared almost instantly, cutting out traditionally long relay times, and don’t use up precious phone storage space.

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5 Last-Minute Spooky Getaways for Halloween

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This Halloween, plan a last-minute getaway to one of America’s spookiest destinations. From haunted hotels to former crime scenes, T+L’s Jacqui Gifford shares the year’s top destinations with creepy appeal on the TODAY Show.


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Actor Stanley Tucci Talks Italy, Vodka, and The Hunger Games

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The Oscar-nominated actor—returning this month as a hammy commentator in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1—speaks to T+L about Italy, vodka, and the destination of his dreams.

Q: Your second cookbook, The Tucci Table (Gallery Books), was just published. As a foodie, what do you love most about living in London?

A: The city is a food mecca now. There are so many incredible local chefs, such as Tom Kerridge and Heston Blumenthal, who’s become a friend—his restaurant, the Fat Duck, is one of the best in the world. There’s also such cultural diversity, so you’ll find fantastic Italian, Indian, French—really anything you want. 

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Sweeping Views, Global Savvy: Start Your Epic Journey Today

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Which great American novel was written in Slovenia’s Julian Alps? What legendary myth is associated with the island of Santorini?

Embark on an Epic Journey to test your answer—and you’ll also suddenly feel like you’re there. TravelandLeisure.com launched a new online odyssey sponsored by Infiniti, featuring both dramatic photography and "cinemagraphs" (so, yes, if you think the trees are subtly swaying, or that people are walking in some of these images—they are).

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