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New E-Book Turns the Travel Guide on Its Head

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Security lines. Passport stamps. Checked luggage. Have you ever stepped back and really thought about why we travel the way we do? In some ways, this industry is—pardon the pun—on autopilot. And that mindset is exactly what author Doug Lansky set out to question. 

A project 10 years in the making, new e-book Travel: The Guide is anything but your typical destination handbook, a clarification the intro makes abundantly clear. 

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Q+A with Country Music Singer-Songwriter Lee Brice

201408-hd-lee-brice-q-and-ajpgJust weeks before the release of his new album, I Don’t Dance, singer-songwriter and South Carolina native Lee Brice sat down with T+L to talk Charleston, Music City, and life on the road.

Q: What can fans expect from I Don’t Dance?

A: The new album is very dynamic. It’s diverse in that it mixes all the different types of music that I grew up listening to. I’m such a country guy at heart, and I can’t not be a country man singing country music, but there are little dazzles of the things that I love in R&B and the things that I love in rock, and blues, and gospel music. Some of that stuff comes through on the record. And then just be ready for a very personal record. I try to tell the truth on it. 

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Books About Town Brings Literary-Themed Benches to London

26julysat-london-book-benchesjpgThis summer, grab a seat next to Paddington Bear, Mary Poppins, or Peter Pan as the classic British characters are commemorated in bench form around London.

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Ritz-Carlton Launches Photo-Sharing Social Network for Guests

201407-hd-ritz-carlton-your-memoriesjpgLooks like Ritz-Carlton is already making a run for the 2015 SMITTY Awards. The brand just launched “Your Memories,” an image-based social network where guests can share their favorite vacation moments, and future travelers can preview the hotel experience.

The constantly updating, tiled photo stream showcases snapshots and video shared by guests on Twitter and Instagram with the #RCMemories hashtag. Users can also submit photos for display directly through the website.

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Q+A: The Gloaming's Thomas "Doveman" Bartlett

With an unintentional Radiohead reference for a name, and a rapidly expanding fan base that includes the prime minister of Ireland, The Gloaming is not your typical world music chart-topper.

In just the past three years, the five-man, Irish/American group (Dennis Cahill on guitar, Martin Hayes on the fiddle, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh on hardanger fiddle, Thomas “Doveman” Bartlett on piano, and Iarla Ó Lionaird providing vocals) has played to sold out crowds at international venues like Dublin’s National Concert Hall, won the approval of mainstream critics at The Irish Times and The New Yorker, and most recently, put out a debut album that simultaneously pays homage to Celtic melodies and innovates Irish folk music for the modern ear. Bag pipes and Riverdance, this is not.

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Q+A: Chef Hugh Acheson Talks Savannah, Seafood, and His New Restaurant, The Florence

201407-hd-hugh-achesonjpgThis summer, James Beard Award-winning chef Hugh Acheson adds yet another restaurant to his growing Georgia empire. Following in the footsteps of his four existing Peach State successes, The Florence, Acheson's highly anticipated take on Italian cuisine, opened this June in a former ice factory, just minutes from Savannah College of Art and Design's campus.

Serving a menu of contemporary Italian fare infused with Southern ingredients (think a Sicilian fisherman's stew filled with fresh Savannah seafood or Neapolitan-style pizza piled high with local cheeses), the restaurant is a welcome addition to the coastal city's growing food scene.

Below, the Top Chef judge fills us in on his favorite Savannah spots, travel tips for foodies, and what diners can expect from The Florence.

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Daily Transporter: Rolling of the Bulls

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If you can’t make it to Pamplona this year, consider a stateside alternative to the annual encierro.

Hampton, Virginia celebrates San Fermin with a Rolling of the Bulls. Participants race through the streets, chased by horn-wearing, baseball bat-wielding roller derby girls. Complete with Tomatina-inspired water balloon fight, the playful event takes place July 12 in downtown Hampton.

See more ideas for warm-weather fun in 25 Ideas for Your Best Summer Ever

Editor’s Picks: Virginia
Best Beaches on Earth
America’s Best Road Trips
World’s Strangest Natural Wonders

Caroline Hallemann is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @challemann

Photo courtesy of Marker 20

 

 

Daily Transporter: London

28junesan-yogajpgYoga’s all about elevating the mind to a higher plane, but if you truly want to get your om on amongst the clouds, here’s your chance. Europe’s tallest building, The Shard now offers “sky high” yoga and meditation classes on its 68th floor.

See more of London in The World’s Coolest New Tourist Attractions.

Editor’s Picks: London
World’s Coolest Tram Rides

Best Airports for a Long Layover
Best Museums for Families

Caroline Hallemann is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @challemann.

Photo by Yogasphere at The View from The Shard, June 2014 Photo: Oliver Dixon/Imagewise

Daily Transporter: Hong Kong

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Pandas are taking over Hong Kong! An exhibit of 1,600 papier-mâché bears designed by French artist Paulo Grangeon will be on view in the PMQ arts district from June 25-July 17 in an effort to raise awareness of dwindling panda populations.  

See more pandas in Coolest Up-Close Animal Encounters.

Editor's Picks: Hong Kong
Food Face-Off: Shanghai vs. Hong Kong
Best Airports for a Long Layover
World's Most Amazing Restaurants with a View

Caroline Hallemann is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @challemannGet the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box. 

Photo courtesy of PMQ 

Daily Transporter: Route 66

original-2jpgFrom Jack Kerouac’s original manuscript for On the Road to a classic 1960 Corvette, L.A.’s Autry National Center of the American West traces the history of “America’s Main Street,” and its impact on popular culture. “Route 66: The Road and the Romance” runs through January 4, 2015.

See more Route 66 in America's Best Road Trips.

Editor's Picks: L.A.

Best Spas in Los Angeles
America's Best Chicken and Waffles
Coolest Hikes in Lost Angeles

Caroline Hallemann is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @challemannGet the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

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