A great film can transport the viewer to a different time and place. When it comes to travel, we all have that one movie scene that will forever invoke the desire to visit or revisit a destination (Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, anyone?). To get ready for the 86th Academy Awards, we'll be discussing how movies can inspire travel with experts this Tuesday, February 25th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST. Join along in the chat!
Sarah Spagnolo, T+L Special Correspondent & New Media Editor, @SarahSpagnolo
To what limits would you want to be challenged? If you’re like travel videographer and member of Skype’s Moment Makers program, Mike Corey, the answer is: Bring it.
Corey took part in Rerouted: a Skype travel challenge, which dropped him off in Europe without an itinerary. A Skype-selected local met Corey in each country he visited to give him a clue as to where he was going and what he was doing next—from bungee-jumping in Italy to battling an oil-wrestling champion in Turkey.
Now, Windows 8.1 and Skype are giving travel enthusiasts the chance to have their own journey. The winner will receive a two-week trip through Europe for themselves plus a guest, along with travel equipment to document the time abroad. Enter here for your chance to win the ultimate European vacation.
Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.
If you’re the kind of traveling foodie who also likes to cook, then the name Le Creuset may get your attention. Le Quartier Francais, the luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Franschhoek Village in South Africa, has cooked up a contest with Le Creuset. Prizing includes a two-night stay in a Le Quartier suite, which is inclusive of breakfast, a surprise tasting menu with wine pairings, and a Le Creuset voucher.
What do you have to do to win a stay at this Relais & Châteaux auberge? Tweet an inventive and clever slogan for an apron and include the hashtag, #MyApron. This would look like:
@lequaf @leCreusetSA – Have cake pan, will travel (i.e. your slogan) – #MyApron.
You have now till February 24th to enter, so get creative with your foodie terminology. Find out more details here.
Gabrielle Blitz is the Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.
What’s it like to stand above Mount Rushmore or fly through some of the biggest cities in the world? Aerial America is returning to the Smithsonian Channel with breathtaking views of the nation’s most diverse landmarks.
New York City’s Times Square is being transformed today until 5 p.m., and tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., thanks to Aerial America. Fans will have a chance to experience what it’s like to stand above the Grand Canyon with 3D pavement artist, Kurt Wenner. If you’re enjoying the sun on the West Coast, head to The Grove in Los Angeles on February 22 & 23 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. for the same experience.
Whether you want to live like a local, have a family-friendly travel experience, or just save on your mini bar tab, a vacation rental can be a great option for your next trip. We asked the experts for their tips in a recent Twitter chat.
With a winter season that just won't quit, we're all in need of a little Vitamin D. To take our minds off the snow, we're daydreaming about favorite sunny retreats, one of which is Mexico. Whether it's an off-the-beaten path locale or where the style-set is traveling, we'll be discussing Mexico with travel experts this Tuesday, February 18th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST. Ask them for their insider advice!
Adrien Glover, T+L's Deputy Digital Editor, @xoadrien