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Cruise Travel Twitter Chat on Wednesday, October 30th

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Love cruising? Are you a ship aficionado or novice? We’re discussing the best new destinations, themes, amenities, and insider travel tips for cruise travel this Wednesday, October 30th from 2-3pm EDT.

Our panel of experts will share the best cabins that they’ve ever stayed in, the new lines and voyages that they’re most excited for, and cruise planning tips. Ask them for their insider advice!

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Fly to Australia's Top Spots with a Discount

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Next trip to add to your bucket list for 2014? An adventure to one of Australia’s top destinations.

Tourism Australia and Air New Zealand are offering vistors special fares for an Australian voyage when they visit Go Mighty’s #GoAustralia site.

Register for a “seat” on an Air New Zealand plane and once 332 people register (the number it takes to fill a Boeing 777-300 aircraft), a special discount will be triggered so that each participant will receive a unique coupon code.

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Adventure Travel as Only Our Twitter Experts Know It

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Our most recent T+L Twitter Chat covered the best new destinations, gadgets, tour guides, and more for adventure travel. 

We started out by asking our expert panelists where the up-and-coming adventure travel destinations were. Answers ranged from andBeyond visiting “Uganda for gorilla trekking or Sri Lanka for snorkeling with blue whales,” to Absolute Travel sharing how their “travelers want new takes on tried-and-true destinations, like a vintage sidecar ride through Shanghai.”

Dunton Hot Springs keeps it local by having unique adventures in the deserts or mountains, while Butterfield & Robinson is excited about new overseas trips ranging from Chile to Newfoundland. ROW Adventures suggested Manila or Bangkok “for urban adventures. [There’s] nothing like risking your life on a moto-taxi weaving through 10 million people.” 

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Sweepstakes: Win a Trip to Borneo and Bangkok

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Friendly Planet Travel in partnership with Tourism Malaysia and the Tourism Authority of Thailand are giving away an 11-day tour for two to Borneo and Bangkok when you enter to win on Facebook.

The tour introduces travelers to the lush beauty, landscapes, and diversity of Thailand and Malaysia.

“Thailand is a beautiful country that’s flush with exotic wildlife, spectacular islands, and fascinating history—it’s one of the most visited destinations we offer,” says President of Friendly Planet Travel, Peggy Goldman.

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Holiday Travel Talk with QVC & T+L Editors

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Join T+L and our Senior Editor, Jacqueline Gifford, for a Holiday Travel Facebook Chat with QVC’s Lisa Roberston tonight, October 18, from 10-11pm ET on Lisa’s Facebook page.

Find out how to avoid flight delays, where the best hotels and destinations are for affordable, all-inclusive, or seasonal travel, how to pack and squeeze in that extra pair of shoes, tips on getting last-minute hotels deals, and more. Lisa will be ready to answer any holiday shopping or gifting questions that you may have as well.

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Adventure Travel Twitter Chat on Wednesday, October 16th

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Whether you’re jumping out of a plane, hiking Machu Picchu, or searching for the big five on a Zambian safari, the best part about adventure travel is the journey and endeavor itself. 

Join our live Twitter chat on Adventure Travel sponsored by Victorinox this Wednesday, October 16th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Our panel of experts will share up-and-coming adventure travel destinations, the best adventure tour operators and guides, the most useful gadgets for travelers, and more.

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Sleep Like a Celebrity at the Hotel Bel-Air

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When you're staying at The Beverly Hills Hotel or Hotel Bel-Air, there's no need to pack your pajamas.

The hotels are celebrating their 10-year collaboration with BedHead Pajamas, the go-to sleepwear source for the Hollywood set, including fans such as Jennifer Aniston, Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey, and Cher.

To commemorate their decade-long partnership together, the three brands are offering limited edition holiday pajama sets for adults and children, online and at the hotels, while supplies last. 

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The Sphinx Needs a Vacation

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The largest ancient Egyptian Sphinx in the Western Hemisphere has lived in the Penn Museum for 100 years. After welcoming visitors for a century, he’s in need of a vacation.

To celebrate its 100th anniversary in Philadelphia this October, the Penn Museum wants you to take a “portable Sphinx” with you to a favorite spot or destination and snap a photo with you in it.

Download and print out the Portable Sphinx here. Take him to other museums, historic locations, sports games, or on your next weekend getaway.

When you share your photo, add a caption, and you could win a private tour of the Penn Museum’s Egypitan Galleries, a one-year membership to the museum, and more.

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Sweepstakes: Discover Your Own Hawaiian Island

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Are you more of the Maui-type? Or maybe you’re a Kauai?

Each Hawaiian island is unique when it comes to style, experience, culture, and personality—not unlike the individual travelers that visit them.

Hawaiian Airlines and the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau want to help you find the island that “represents” you. You can win 140,000 Hawaiian Miles when you enter the Find Your Island Sweepstakes on Facebook by October 9.

Take the quiz, and you could be visiting “your” island soon. Find out more here

Gabrielle Blitz is the Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo credit: DU BOISBERRANGER Jean /Hemis/Corbis

#ShopLikeALocal as Only the Experts Know How

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If you had a limitless budget, where would be the one city you’d shop in and what would you buy? Whether you’re a top designer, devoted foodie, or just travel-obsessed, responses to this type of question are nothing short of daydream-worthy.

For our most recent #ShopLikeALocal Twitter chat, answers to this question ranged from Designers Yeardley Smith of Marchez Vous and Kara Ross of Kara Ross NY both choosing New York City; Designer Chris Benz voting for Paris to hunt down the many treasures he covets; Creative Director, Rafe, wanting to head off the map and buy a beachfront house in Palawan; or Designer Cynthia Vincent dreaming of a summer home in Istanbul so that she can decorate it with everything from local markets and bazaars—for us, we would choose all of the above.

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