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FAA Suspends US Flights into Tel Aviv

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After news of a rocket attack near Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport, the FAA is prohibiting all U.S. airlines from flying into or out of the country's main international airport for 24 hours. Earlier today, Delta diverted its once-daily flight between New York JFK and Tel Aviv to Paris instead. The airline issued the following statement: “Delta has suspended service until further notice to and from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv and its New York-JFK hub. Delta, in coordination with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, is doing so to ensure the safety and security of our customers and employees.” US Airways, meanwhile, canceled its Philadelphia to Ben Gurion service before the plane departed. United Airlines canceled both of its Newark-Tel Aviv flights for Tuesday.

This comes less than a week after a missile shot down Malaysia Airways flight 17 over the Ukraine, killing all 290 passengers and crewmembers aboard. Questions remain as to whether the airspace where the plane was flying should have been subject to restrictions given the growing ground conflict below. American carriers are obviously now approaching the conflict in Israel with an abundance of caution. This will be appreciated by many passengers, but could be devastating for Israel’s air connectivity.

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.

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Travel Apps and Websites Twitter Chat on Tuesday, July 22

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How do you become a more efficient jet-setter? We're discussing the best travel apps and websites in our Twitter chat on Tuesday, July 22nd from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join along to ask the experts for tips and advice!

The Hosts:

T+L's Tech Correspondant, Tom Samiljian, @SamJam

T+L's Assistant Editor, Nikki Ekstein, @nikkiekstein

The Panelists:

KAYAK, @KAYAK

Google Travel, @GoogleTravel

Weather Channel's Jen Carfagno, @JenCarfagno

Expedia, @Expedia

Priceline, @Priceline

Fortune Magazine, @FortuneMagazine

Cruise Critic, @CruiseCritic

TechCrunch's Josh Constine, @JoshConstine

Viator.com, @ViatorTravel

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.

Best Beach Vacation Getaways from the U.S. Video

Who doesn't need a beach escape within easy reach? Watch this quick video for three T+L favorites.

Islamorada, Florida

There’s not much to do in the low-key island village of Islamorada in Florida’s Upper Keys, and guess what? That is precisely the point. Start with a rum runner cocktail from the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar before unwinding at Cheeca Lodge, a popular beachfront hotel that gets bonus points from moms everywhere thanks to its stellar kids camp.

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New Small-Ship Cruise Line Launches

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Last month marked the debut voyage of Pearl Seas Cruises, a new small-ship luxury operator that’s offering itineraries through the Canadian Maritimes, the Great Lakes, and the St. Lawrence Seaway, with Caribbean journeys starting in 2015. A sister company to American Cruise Lines, it currently has one vessel: the 335-foot-long, 210-passenger Pearl Mist, complete with six decks and a balcony on each of the 108 cabins. (There are plans to add another ship in the future.)

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Hotel Offers Farm-to-Table Baby Food Menus

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If you bring your family to a top luxury resort, it's only natural to expect the finest culinary offerings. But while you feast on organic grass-fed filet mignon, your baby is usually stuck with the glass jar purees you brought from home. Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, in Cabo San Lucas, aims to change that. The property recently rolled out a farm-to-table menu just for little ones with ingredients sourced from local farms and the resort's gardens. Among the highlights: pear with banana and cinnamon, baby carrots and zucchini, and baked sweet corn and parsnip carrot. I wonder if they deliver?

Clara Sedlak

Clara Ogden-Sedlak is Special Projects Editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of Esperanza, An Auberge Resort

Malaysia Airlines Flight Shot Down in Ukraine

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Breaking, horrifying news coming out of Europe today: a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 came down earlier today en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur while flying through Ukrainian airspace. U.S. intelligence officials, according to the Wall Street Journal and other news outlets, are saying that the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missile. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members; three of the passengers were infants. There are no survivors.

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Q+A: Singer (and Soon to Be TV Star) LeAnn Rimes Talks Travel with T+L

After teaming up wtih LeAnn Rimes to DJ the performance of her new single, "Help Me Make it Through the Night," Wednesday on The View, I sat down with the Grammy Award-winning singer to get her travel picks. And don't miss the debut of LeAnn & Eddie, airing tonight at 10:30 p.m. EST on VH1.  

Q: You guys are on the road so much. What’s an ideal Saturday when you’re home in L.A.?
A: Riding Eddie’s Harley to Malibu, then ending the day at Moonshadows, a waterfront spot with freshly caught seafood, or Malibu Country Mart. There’s an amazing Greek restaurant there called Taverna Tony—we always get the roasted baby lamb!

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#TLSMITTY Video: T+L’s Social Media Awards Party

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What’s better than a Twitter chat? Actually talking, face-to-face—with no concern over character limits. Which is why, every year, T+L celebrates our Social Media in Travel + Tourism (SMITTY) Awards—recognizing the travel industry’s best work on social platforms—by making them truly social, with a party celebrating the winners.

So, for the 3rd consecutive year, SMITTY winners tumbled into New York, and T+L went all out. Last week, we hosted a party on the roof of Manhattan's Refinery Hotel, in the shadow of the Empire State Building.

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Kimpton Introduces Progressive New Karma Rewards

Just as airline loyalty programs are making it harder to cash in on rewards, hotels are upping the ante, letting guests earn points for tweets and social media interactions—not just night stays. The latest to join the nascent trend is Kimpton, who today announces a new loyalty program to replace InTouch. The name, Karma, says it all—the more love you give Kimpton, the more love comes back to you. Here’s how it works:

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Airbnb Redesign Brings Hosts Center Stage

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In a live broadcast this morning, Airbnb cofounders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nate Blecharczyk announced a major site redesign for the San Francisco-based company. Over 13,000 Airbnb users tuned in from 78 countries to the invitation-only event, and T+L spoke to company Product Lead Justin Santamaria for a sneak peek at the new look.

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Travel Trend: Luxury Adventure

What does luxury adventure mean now? At Phulay Bay, A Ritz Carlton Reserve in Krabi, Thailand, guests can enjoy a luxury stay with days on the beach as well as elephant rides. General Manager Carlos Tarrero describes the option for a raw cooking class, where guests  gather ingredients at the local market and try their hand at Thai cuisine. The reserve is on 50 acres of wild, beautiful land, so guests can expect a secluded but luxurious experience.

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New York City’s Knickerbocker Hotel Partners with Celebrity Hairstylist Ted Gibson

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An exciting new development is about to hit Times Square—famed stylist Ted Gibson is moving into the Knickerbocker Hotel, a Beaux Arts-style landmark property opening this fall.

The scissor siren will oversee on-site salon services (in addition to his Fifth Avenue flagship and outpost at the W Fort Lauderdale); provide cuts for high-end clients that include Angelina Jolie and Lupita Nyong’o (a service that will set you back $1,200); and, most importantly—take on the newly minted role of Style Curator.

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Chef’s Tour: Dallas with Matt McCallister

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The blue-eyed chef is making waves at his seasonal, Gulf-inspired restaurant, FT33—he even snagged a spot on Food & Wine magazine’s prestigious roster of Best New Chefs this year. We caught up with McCallister to find out his top local haunts in Dallas.

BreakfastSmoke’s Blueberry Pancakes and Smoked Brisket Cornbread Hash. ‘Nuff said.

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This Summer's Best New Roller Coaster Rides

This summer’s roller coaster rides are sure to get your heart pumping. Coney Island recently introduced the Thunderbolt roller coaster—the boardwalk's first new, custom-built coaster since the opening of the wooden-track Cyclone in 1927. North of Cincinnati, you'll find Ohio’s Kings Island, and the new $24-million-dollar The Banshee ride, an inverted coaster that turns thrill seekers upside-down seven times!

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Summer Food Twitter Chat on Tuesday, July 15

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What food is worth traveling for this summer? From favorite summer desserts to the best new seasonal haunts, we're chatting about Summer Food this Tuesday, July 15th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join along to ask the experts for tips and advice!

The Host:

T+L's Hotels and Food Editor, Jennifer Flowers, @JennFlowers

The Panelists:

Andrew Zimmern, Chef, Writer, TV Host of Bizarre Foods, @andrewzimmern

Eric Ripert, Executive Chef, Le Bernardin, @ericripert

Chef Hugh Acheson, @HughAcheson

Food & Wine, @foodandwine

James Beard Foundation, @beardfoundation

Travel Channel, @travelchannel

Shake Shack, @shakeshack

Luke's Lobster, @LukesLobster

Chef Ludo Lefebvre, @chefludo

Pat LaFrieda, Butcher and Meat Purveyor, @patlafrieda

Adam Sachs, @sachsmo, Editorial Director, Tasting Table, @TastingTable

Steven Raichlen, Author of the new Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys@sraichlen

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.

Photo courtesy of Jessica Sample

Seabourn Announces Alliance With UNESCO

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Seabourn, the luxury, small-ship cruise line, recently announced an alliance with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to help protect as well as promote World Heritage.

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Q+A With David Hallberg: Bolshoi Ballet Premier

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When David Hallberg, principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre, joined the ballet company of Bolshoi Theater in Moscow about three years ago, it was big news on both sides of the Atlantic. During the Soviet era, there were several high-profile defections of dancers to the United States (Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, among others), but Hallberg was the very first American to be invited by the celebrated Russian company, which has traditions going back to the 18th-century. Now, during the Bolshoi's appearances as part of the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City, David Hallberg talks with T+L about the work with the company and living in Moscow.

Q.  What will you dance in New York?

A.  Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake.  One of the reasons I accepted the opportunity to join the company was to deepen my interpretation of the role and other classics.  Also, I wanted the challenge of a style, distinct from my background and training in Phoenix, where I received my formation, then Paris, and later New York.  I have a wonderful coach.

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World’s Tallest Water Slide Opens In Kansas

In a summer of new thrill rides and roller coasters, there's yet another to steal the show. Verruckt is now the world's tallest water slide—it opened last Thursday at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas. Before stepping into a three-person raft, all three riders must be measured and weighed (each rider must be at least 54 inches tall and together, they cannot surpass 550 lbs.). The two heart-pumping drops include one from 168 feet—or about 16 stories high—and speeds can reach as fast as 70mph. Arrive early to the base of the ride: that's where you reserve a scheduled ride time in advance, then return about 30 minutes before you're set to take the plunge. The standby line is another option, but rides aren't guaranteed.

What else will keep you busy at Schlitterbahn Waterpark? The Black Night Tube Slide, Storm Blaster water coaster, and for a relaxing break, the peaceful Boogie Bay beach lounge.

PLUS: Watch T+L's Top 6 New Roller Coaster Rides, a countdown video that spotlights the best openings of 2014.

Of Course Dubai is Building the World's First Temperature-Controlled City

Dubai is making headlines again, announcing plans to construct an indoor city that will be 100 percent temperature-controlled.

An official statement from investment company Dubai Holding, Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid's latest project will be called the Mall of the World. Yet with 20,000 hotel rooms in the pipeline, it's far from the average shopping complex.

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Go! Julien Farel’s JF Men Spa at the Loews Regency New York

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To all American men, I have an announcement: it’s time to let go of your spa phobias. Set aside any machismo sentiments, because there’s never been a better time to be a man—and a well-groomed one, at that.

As an editor who covers beauty and wellness, I’m always on the lookout for the latest in skin-care, cosmetics, spa treatments—you name it. Few trends have been as hard to miss as the current emphasis on men’s grooming. And few have found a way to capitalize on the increasing spa-friendly audience as famed stylist Julien Farel with JF Men, his new men’s-only floor dedicated to full-service grooming, at the Loews Regency Hotel in New York City.

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Francesca Zambello on the Glimmerglass Festival

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The annual Glimmerglass Festivalon Otsego Lake, near Cooperstown, New York, has long mounted a vibrant four-opera summer season. But under Francesca Zambello, now in her fourth year as general and artistic director, it has broadened its purview to become an essential cultural destination. 

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Where to Stay in Shanghai

Shanghai, China is a modern metropolis with thriving business and arts culture, as well as some of the World's Best hotels. While in Shanghai for luxury travel conference ILTM Asia, T+L's special correspondent, Sarah Spagnolo, traversed the city from end to end to pinpoint the best of the glamorous properties on either side of the Huangpu River. From the Fairmont Peace Hotel’s historic touches to the glamorous and youthful Puli Hotel and Spa, there are hotels that suit every type of traveler.

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Sugar Mogul Dylan Lauren's Candy Collection

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Sugar mogul Dylan Lauren recalls her global sweets pursuit.

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The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam Captures the City's New Golden Age

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A hotel captures the city’s reclaimed luster.

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The Best New Cameras for Travel

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Whether you’re in the market for a user-friendly point-and-shoot or an expert-level DSLR, T+L tech correspondent Tom Samiljan has the model for you.

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Shaun Kelly's Guide to Shopping a Market à la Francaise

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Harboring the fantasy that you can traipse through a Parisian marché like Amélie? Not so fast—there’s a decorum that isn’t obvious to newcomers. Here, tips from Australian-born Shaun Kelly, chef of seasonally driven bistro Yard (33-1/40-09-70-30; $$$), who had to learn on the fly when he arrived in Paris two years ago.

Go early. Chefs start picking through the stands by 7 a.m. What’s left over will still be good, but not the crème de la crème.

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Stella McCartney's Argentina-Inspired Collection

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Stella McCartney may be quintessentially British, but her Pre-Fall 2014 collection is immutably connected to a different locale: Argentina. In partnership with the Nature Conservancy and Ovis XXI, a South American network of sheep ranchers, the designer sourced sustainable Patagonian wool for her line of slouchy blazers, boxy fringed tops, and oversize clutches. McCartney’s goal, she says, was “to help conserve and restore the region’s endangered grasslands” by promoting healthy grazing practices. The inspiration for the line’s updated houndstooth pattern, meanwhile, is rooted in her own English upbringing. “I thought about my childhood, growing up in London, and then moving suddenly to the countryside,” McCartney explains. “What a contrast."

 

Photo courtesy of Stella McCartney

“Desert Runners” Captures Treks Through the World’s Most Extreme Climates

Chile’s Atacama, China’s Gobi, Egypt’s Sahara, and Antarctica are widely considered the driest places on Earth—and they're all captured in Desert Runners, a documentary on the high-endurance 4 Deserts Race Series, which pits runners against salt flats, sand dunes, and snow drifts across the globe.

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Vienna, Old and New

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The city of waltz and opera also shimmers with cultural innovation. Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, head of the Museum of Applied Art, and his art historian wife, Karin, take in its highlights.

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The Dish on Lasse Halström's The Hundred-Foot Journey

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Swedish director Lasse Hallström gives T+L the dish, as his latest release, The Hundred-Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren, hits theaters.

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