January 31 is the perfect day to get a dose of culture in Los Angeles, when the city is hosting the tenth annual Museums Free-For-All program. More than 20 museums will offer free general admission, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Craft Folk & Art Museum, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Last September, my husband and I embarked on a road trip in Iceland, which took us west to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula (which I wrote about here), around the Golden Circle, and east to the glacial lake of Jökulsárlón. On our last day before heading back to Reykjavik, we stopped in Hvolsvollur and surrendered the driving to Siggi, the founder of South Iceland Adventures.
Say it ain’t so: SkyMall—the beloved inflight magazine filled with all those items that in turn filled you with desire and made you scratch your head in confusion—has declared bankruptcy. Before the time of iPads, streaming TV channels, and other forms of electronic entertainment, SkyMall was the one constant, that reliable bit of comic relief you could always find waiting in the back-seat pocket after the hell of boarding was over. In honor of the magazine, here are a few products that perfectly exemplify why we loved it:
Most of the large booking sites don’t vet all their inventory, so it’s up to you to approach each listing with a critical eye. Below, T+L’s tips for searching intelligently.
Cast a wide net
Start with an aggregator like Tripping.com, which searches more than 2 million listings on partner sites that include FlipKey, HomeAway, and 9Flats. Once you find a rental, see if it’s run by an owner or a management company. The latter can usually respond more quickly and reliably than an owner, who may not have a handyman on call. Note that some properties appear on multiple sites— and rates can vary greatly between them. For example, we found listings for the same house in Palm Springs, California, that ranged from $2,088 (VRBO) to $3,470 (Airbnb) for a week in June.
Perfectly timed with Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (January 19), the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta is presenting two new exhibits to honor the city’s native son and Civil Rights hero, both on view through May 3.
Last summer, classical trio renegades Time For Three visited T+L's offices for an impromptu concerto, telling us about their musical inspirations and travel challenges—among them, a fairly well-publicized run-in with a TSA agent hell bent on gate checking the group's vintage Stradivarius.
Niche rental companies are cropping up to address travelers’ hyper-specific needs, whether that means a house with a high chair or a condo with a concierge. Here, four we love.
For the first-time renter: BeMate If you can’t give up daily housekeeping and a concierge, consider Room Mate Hotels’ new peer- to-peer site, which lists rentals in 150 cities so far. Each shares resources with one of the company’s hotels or partners.
The managing director of the industrial engineering firm JPA Design, London shares how we’ll fly in the future.
Q: What’s on the horizon for airline cabins?
A: When you look at aircraft, there’s a fair amount of space between people and the ceiling, and we’re trying to make use of it. One idea is 3-D seating, which applies mainly to business class. Lie-flat beds will be stacked, one above the other. Most people’s reaction is to think about bunk beds, but it’s more subtle than that.
Principal and cofounder of West 8, an urban design and landscape architecture firm, on what cities will look like.
Q: How is urban planning changing?
A: The 19th century brought romantic parks to many cities, where children play and people walk their dogs. I’m interested in the next generation of urban havens. Our project on New York’s longneglected Governors Island is a good example, with an undulating park and astonishing harbor views.
We talked with Rafat Ali, founder of travel news site Skift, on what’s shaping the industry.
Q: What’s on the horizon for travel this year?
A: The use of design to enhance the experience. You’ll see a lot more of this in the future, whether it’s airports that help people move through them more easily or hotels that incorporate smart and simple elements. Electric outlets where people can reach them is an obvious example.