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2014 Travel Trends: Airports, Hotels, Cruises

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T+L reached out to some of the industry's top travel experts during a recent Twitter chat to learn what trends would make it big in 2014. From airports enveloped in botanical gardens to in-cabin WiFi on your next cruise, here are their predictions:

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New York Restaurants Twitter Chat Today, Tuesday, January 21

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The New York restaurant scene is “ever changing, full of surprises, and more delicious than ever,” says T+L Contributing Editor, Adam Sachs. From reinvented cuisines to out-of-the-box thinkers, join us for a one-hour Twitter chat today, Tuesday, January 21st from 2-3pm ET on New York restaurants and the innovative chefs behind them.

The Host:

Adam Sachs, T+L contributing editor, @sachsmo

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Start Your Week with a Peek on Instagram

Need a dose of wanderlust to get your week going? We're having a T+L influencer take over our Instagram account every Monday to show you the most beautiful destinations in the world. To kick it off, we looked to our award-winning properties.

Based on ranking in the World’s Best Awards, followed by location, and Instagram followers, we picked several hotels and resorts to initiate the takeovers.

One&Only Palmilla was the first property to take over our Instagram account and was armed with beautiful pools, sunsets, and beach scenes.

Guess which destinations will be featured next by checking out TLWorldsBest.com and voting in the 2014 World’s Best Awards. Get ready to start your week with a peek...

Follow @TravelandLeisure and #TLTakeover on Instagram for more.

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

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago Challenges You to Name an Element

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The Godfrey Hotel Chicago knows a thing or two about the elements. Resembling large stacking blocks made out of modern steel, the luxury boutique hotel features nods to the elements throughout its property. 

This past year, scientists discovered element 139, which has yet to have an official name. Ever a fan of the periodic table, the Godfrey is offering the following for the wittiest name suggestions:

  • First place: Discounted rate of $139 throughout the entire year of 2014, one night complimentary stay, and a $25 gift card to I|O Urban Roofscape

  • Second place: Complimentary one-night stay

  • Third place: $25 gift card to I|O Urban Roofscape

Enter now through January 21 on the Godfrey Hotel Facebook page here

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

Photo credit: Papdakis Photography

Travel Trends We're Rooting For in 2014

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From the best destinations to visit to emerging technology and gadgets, we asked a panel of experts for their tips and tricks in our recent Twitter chat on 2014 Travel Trends. Here's what they had to say:

What travel trends are you rooting for (or wish would go away) this year?

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Three Words on How To Travel Better

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We asked a team of experts in a recent Twitter Chat for their travel rules of the road, which we’ve been revealing in a series of blog posts. We asked our panel to reveal how they travel better in only three words.

Designer, Chris Benz (@cmbenz) must be a T+L-type traveler because he lives by the words: “Carry, On, Only.”

T+L’s Travel News Editor, Jennifer Flowers (@JennFlowers), is traveling the world and trying food that she encounters in new cultures, so naturally, Imodium, Pepto-Bismol, and Tums are necessities in her suitcase.

T+L’s Director of Editorial Product Development, Peter Frank (@pfrank1), makes sure Ambien is available for long-flights (assuming there wasn’t a flight delay and he met the T+L team at the bar first!).

Follow @travlandleisure on Twitter and #TL_Chat for more expert tips.

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

 

Best Apps and Websites to Travel Better

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How do you travel better? We asked a team of experts in a recent Twitter Chat for their rules of the road, which we're revealing in a series of blog posts. We started off the chat by asking our panel for the apps and websites that help them travel more efficiently. Our T+L Lifestyle Editor, Shane Mitchell (@shanegoesforth), loves Google Translate to help her ask for necessities—like WiFi, of course. 

Our Editorial Assistant, Nikki Ekstein (@nikkiekstein) includes Spotify Premium among her must-have travel essentials. A-List Agent, Joel Zack of Heritage Tours Private Travel (@HeritageTours), has clearly learned a lesson from high roaming charges and uses WhatsApp for texting. Smart agent!

Follow @travlandleisure on Twitter and #TL_Chat for more expert tips!

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

FlipKey Names Top Ten Vacation Rental Destinations

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All eyes are on Brazil, host of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. It should be no surprise then that Rio de Janeiro tops the list for the number one vacation rental destination for next year, as determined by FlipKey®, a leading vacation rental website.
 
While some travelers are hoping to go across the world to Bali, one of the leading vacation rental destinations, many are instead planning to relax stateside—and in Florida, in particular. The Sunshine State dominated the top 10 list, with Miami Beach taking the number two spot.
 
Overall, whether travelers are crossing time-zones or staying local for vacation rentals, they’re all asking the same question—which way to the beach?

For more information on the top 10 trending vacation rental destinations, visit FlipKey®.

Gabrielle Blitz is associate social media editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo credit: FlipKey.com

Hyatt Wishes Followers a Happy #HyattHoliday on Instagram

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Does your mantle, bookshelf, or fridge look a little heavy from all of the holiday cards? This year, Hyatt took a social approach and was one of the first brands to take advantage of Instagram’s new direct messaging feature, by sharing a personal and spirited surprise with their most engaged followers.

The photo revealed Hyatt’s social media team, to let followers see the people behind the brand that they’re engaging with every day. That’s right, it’s not just robots!

Many fans have responded with personal messaging about their 2014 travel plans as well as about their recent stays at Hyatt hotels. For more, visit Hyatt on Instagram.

Gabrielle Blitz is associate social media editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo credit: Hyatt Hotels

Hyatt Place & YouTube Star Sonia Gil Name the Perfect Holiday Gifts for Travelers

Need a gift for a traveler in your life? Or better yet, want to give someone a little inspiration on what to get YOU this season?
 
Globetrotter and YouTube Vlogger, Sonia Gil of “Sonia’s Travels” shares the perfect small gifts for the holidays (think stocking stuffers, Secret Santa, and holiday grab-bag!) on Hyatt Place's new Seamless Travel Series, which is designed to arm travelers with tips to ensure that their travel experience is just right.
 
From packing cubes to gear ties (I need these), and tips on what to do if you forget your charger, her video includes great gifts for travelers.
 
For more on Sonia's expert tips and Hyatt's Seamless Travel Series, visit Hyatt on Facebook.

Gabrielle Blitz is associate social media editor at Travel + Leisure.

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