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How to Snag a Last-Minute Restaurant Reservation (Video)

It’s a common predicament: You arrive in a city and realize you don’t have a dinner reservation. Never fear, there are a couple ways to work the system in your favor. Here, some food for thought on what to do.

Tip 1: Call in the afternoon.
Around 3 p.m., restaurants start confirming that evening’s reservations and waiting list. Call in the afternoon, and you just might snag a newly canceled reservation.

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5 Last-Minute Spooky Getaways for Halloween

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This Halloween, plan a last-minute getaway to one of America’s spookiest destinations. From haunted hotels to former crime scenes, T+L’s Jacqui Gifford shares the year’s top destinations with creepy appeal on the TODAY Show.


Also on Travel + Leisure:
America's Favorite Ghost Towns
America's Most Haunted Places
World's Most Haunted Forests

Sweeping Views, Global Savvy: Start Your Epic Journey Today

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Which great American novel was written in Slovenia’s Julian Alps? What legendary myth is associated with the island of Santorini?

Embark on an Epic Journey to test your answer—and you’ll also suddenly feel like you’re there. TravelandLeisure.com launched a new online odyssey sponsored by Infiniti, featuring both dramatic photography and "cinemagraphs" (so, yes, if you think the trees are subtly swaying, or that people are walking in some of these images—they are).

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Antarctica Exploration: Whales and Penguins

Gentoo penguins, King penguins: this is Antarctica like you’ve never seen it before—filled with penguins on the move. Want to take the journey yourself? It’s part of a 21-day itinerary aboard the Seabourn Quest. Antarctica has much more in store for the intrepid traveler, as Stephen Drucker details in our November issue.

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How to Get a Room Upgrade (Video)

The best rooms aren’t always reserved for those who pay top dollar. Travel + Leisure's Sarah Spagnolo shares five tips that will help you get an upgrade:

Tip 1: Be nice

Front desk agents are usually entitled to change a guest’s room at their discretion. A smile and a friendly spirit can go a long way!

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After Dark: Miami (Video)

In South Beach, new mixology programs suit every type of night owl.

Where to Drink… When You’re Young & Sexy

The young and cool head to the Broken Shaker at the Freehand Miami for the handcrafted cocktails like the Golden Nugget, with rum and Florida citrus juice. Ping pong tables and bocce are part of the action for this hip hostel. 

For more Quick Tips videos, click here.

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VIDEO: How to Pack a Suit

Follow our easy, step-by-step guide for keeping your suit wrinkle free in your carry-on. (Find all our business travel ideas here.)

Step 1: Hold the jacket facing away from you.

For more Quick Tips videos, click here.

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B-Sides Video: Chef Marcus Samuelsson in San Francisco


Travel + Leisure’s new video series B-Sides follows chef (and T+L food and culture contributor) Marcus Samuelsson through emerging neighborhoods in the U.S. that most travelers don’t know about. Like the “B-side” of a record album, these places are the flip-sides to a city’s greatest hits.

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Call for Entries: 2015 Travel + Leisure Design Awards

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We invite you to participate in the eleventh annual Travel + Leisure Design Awards. Design impacts travel in ways both small and large—shaping everything from fashion and luggage to hotel rooms and city skylines—and these awards are a tribute to both the practical and the beautiful.

The 2014 award winners, representing 18 different categories, included the Herzog & de Meuron–designed Parrish Art Museum in Watermill, New York (Best Museum); a refined first-class cabin for TAM Airlines (Best Transportation); the farmhouse-style Bhutanese Gangtey Goenpa Lodge (Best Small Hotel); a stone-and-glass cultural center in Mexico City (Best Cultural Space); and Norway’s minimalist Høse Bridge (Best Bridge), among others.

To see all of the 2014 honorees, please visit travelandleisure.com/articles/2014designawards.

The 2015 winners will be chosen by a panel of outstanding experts in their fields. The deadline for entry is Monday, October 31, 2014, and the application is available at travelandleisure.com/designawards. The winning projects will be published in our April 2015 Design Awards issue. Please contact designawards@travelandleisure.com with any questions.

- Travel + Leisure Staff

Celebrity Chefs' Favorite Restaurants

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Where do culinary celebrities go on their night off? Dana Cowin, editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, asked three star chefs—all of whom contributed to her new cookbook, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen (Ecco)—​ to dish up their go-to spots.

Suzanne Goin
Los Angeles (Lucques; A.O.C.)

“It’s pretty cool to see downtown’s Grand Central Market revived in such a wonderful way, with a new selection of modern food shops, such as Belcampo Meat Co., Valerie Confections, Eggslut, Wexler’s Deli, and McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams.

Niki Nakayama, who spent three years cooking in Japan, has opened her latest venture, N/naka ($$$$), a kaiseki restaurant in West L.A. My husband and I go there on our nights off.

My kids are obsessed with the ice cream at Mashti Malone’s, on North La Brea Avenue. Two Iranian brothers have been making their flavors (orange blossom with pistachios; rose sorbet with sour cherry) in-house for more than 30 years.”

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