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Daily Transporter: How the Zebra Got His Stripes

baby zebra

A comparison of zebra habitats mapped with data about local predators, eco-regions, and insects indicates that a zebra’s stripes are an adapted defense against biting flies, according to a study just published in Nature Communications.

See Cute Baby Zoo Animals You Have to See This Year

Editor’s Picks: Family Vacation Ideas
Best Family Getaways
Best Museums for Families
America’s Best Vacations for Sports Fans

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: Charleston

charming streets of Charleston

Bringing a decidedly luxurious edge to an educational travel package, Belmond Charleston Place is offering a midweek stay that includes a lesson in plastering, an art revered in a town that values historic preservation.

See Charleston in World’s Best Cities for Romance

Editor’s Picks: Charleston
See Charleston in America’s Best Places to Eat Like a Local
and America’s Best Coffee Cities
and America’s Best Beer Cities

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure.  Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Daily Transporter: Tanzania

wild chimpanzee

It was wildest, untouched Africa, and it was magic.
Jane Goodall

Dame Jane Goodall, the primatologist and conservationist who turns 80 years old today, arrived in Africa at age 23 intending only to visit a childhood friend’s farm in Kenya.

See Tanzania in Best Life-Changing Trips

Editor’s Picks: Tanzania
See Tanzania in World’s Greatest Animal Migrations
and Best Hotel Bathroom Views
A safari camp for chimpanzee-viewing: Greystoke Mahalepictured

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of Nomad Tanzania

Daily Transporter: Rome

evening on the piazza

Antico Caffe della Pace, an Art Deco landmark off the Piazza Navona, has been the place to spot celebrities since the 19th century. (Woody Allen and Coppola, among others, have used the café as a film location.) A recent plan to close the café was quashed by a number of petitions supporting the “historic and cultural monument.”

See Rome in Celebrities’ Favorite Places

Editor’s Picks: Rome
See Rome in Best Hotels in Rome
and World’s Coolest New Tourist Attractions
and Europe’s Best Places to Eat Like a Local

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: Timbuktu

boats on the river niger

UNESCO and local masons have begun restoring sacred tombs in Timbuktu that were destroyed by occupying militants in 2012. (The traditional pinasse boats moored here still ferry travelers and goods to and from Timbuktu on the Niger.)

See World’s Most-Visited Sacred Places

Editor’s Picks: Mali
- World’s Coolest Bazaars
World’s Most Beautiful Buildings
Great Adventure Cruises

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: Tulips!

skagit valley tulip festival

Skagit Valley's 30th annual Tulip Festival runs April 1-30. Join other floral fans in celebrating the area's abundance of blooming tulip fields (as well as its bumper crop of wineries and breweries).

Editor’s Picks: Washington State
See Washington in World’s Longest Bridges
and Great Spring Weekend Getaways
and America's Coolest Distilleries

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: Scotland

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The John Muir Way, 134 miles of trail stretching from the naturalist’s birthplace in Dunbar on Scotland's east coast across to Helensburgh on the west coast, officially opens in April in time for the centenary of Muir’s death. The first-ever John Muir Festival kicks off Scotland’s Year of Homecoming.

See the John Muir Way in 25 Selfies You Have to Take This Year

Editor’s Picks: Scotland
See Scotland in 25 Secret European Villages
And Best Instagram Photos of 2013
And World’s Coolest Staircases

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: Bangkok

monk outside bangkok

Heading to Bangkok now that the Thai government has given the all-clear? Find a cool way to escape the city heat: -5 Ice Bar, tucked inside the Jameson’s Pub, is so bracingly cold you may just need to wear one of the bar’s loaner parkas.

Editor’s Picks: Bangkok
See Bangkok in Buildings Shaped Like Animals
and World’s Coolest Bazaars  
and World's Most Beautiful City Parks

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: This is Not a Toy

this is not a toy exhibit at toronto’s design exchange

Multidiscipline whiz kid Pharrell Williams has added Curator to his impressive list of occupations. A 700-piece exhibit of artist-designed toys, This is Not a Toy, runs through May 19 at the Toronto Design Exchange. Williams guest-curated the show and many of the toys come from his personal collection.

Editor’s Picks: Toronto
See Toronto in World’s Coolest New Tourist Attractions
and World’s Strangest Buildings
and World’s Most Beautiful Museums

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of Toronto Design Exchange.

Take the Kids to Cape Cod for Winter Break

cape cod beach hotel

Winter break has a way of sneaking up on parents anyway, but a couple of snow days spent shooing kids away from computer screens makes the spectre of another long stretch of empty days at home unthinkable.

Arriving on the scene like a spandex-clad superhero is Cape Cod’s Sea Crest Beach Hotel. The recently renovated low-rise beachfront property ticks all the boxes for a winter family stay:

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