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Comment Card: Anonymous Letter to Hotel Housekeepers

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Dear Housekeeping,

Sorry to bother you, but can we set a few ground rules? First of all, we love the nightly turndown—thanks for the macaroons!—but really, it’s not necessary to reseal the bed each morning with the decorative coverlet, bolsters, and throw pillows. It might as well be padlocked shut. (We’d considered a siesta after lunch, but unwrapping everything was too much work.)

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TODAY Show Video: 10 Travel Tips for Getting an Upgrade

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There are simple things you can do to increase your chances of getting an upgrade on your next flight, hotel stay, or even when you rent a car.

1. Choose Your Frequent Flyer Program Carefully
When picking an airline frequent-flyer program, it can pay to choose an airline that isn't headquartered in your city (there will be fewer elite passengers to compete with for an upgrade).

2. Check-in Later
Check in to your hotel late in the day; you're more likely to get an upgrade if it looks like a better room will otherwise sit empty.

3. Stay at a New Hotel
Stay at a new hotel; staff are more likely to want to woo new guests and spread good word of mouth. You could also think about staying at a large hotel—large hotels with tons of rooms offer a better chance of getting you upgraded.

Related: It List: The Best New Hotels

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T+L Twitter Chat Today: Hottest Travel Trends for 2013

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With each new year comes new places to go and new ways to travel. Rising destinations, cutting-edge apps, and travel industry trends will surely make headlines in 2013. To predict what we'll all be buzzing about, Travel + Leisure has enlisted a panel of experts, who will offer their insight on topics ranging from the splashiest hotel openings and buzziest emerging destinations to the most essential new tech tools. And you're invited to listen in.

The tweet-up will take place TODAY, Wednesday, January 23, from 2–3 p.m. EDT.

The Hosts
Amy Farley, Travel + Leisure news editor (@afarles)

Peter Frank, Travel + Leisure director of editorial product development (@pfrank1)

The Panel
Barbara Delollis, hotel blogger for USA Today (@barbdelollis)

Jason Clampet, co-founder and head of content at Skift.com (@jasonclampet)

Stacey Small, president and founder of Elite Travel International (@EliteTravelGal)

Jared Simon, COO and co-founder of HotelTonight (@HotelTonight)

Henry Harteveldt, airline, hotel, and travel industry analyst at Hudson Crossing (@hharteveldt)

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Vote Now! People Photo Contest

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Over 4,200 beautiful portraits of people around the world were submitted to the final monthly photo contest of 2012, but only 10 images made the cut. Voting ends January 21, so vote now and vote often for your favorite shot.

Your votes will determine which of these semi-finalists will win a Swann SportsCam, a mini camera & DVR combo housed in a rugged waterproof case.

 

TODAY Show Video: 5 Great Winter Getaways

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Whether you want to ski or swim, we have some fun and affordable ideas for your getaway this season.

Caribbean Beach: Martinique
Stay: Plein Soleil
Located 25 minutes from the airport, this chic collection of airy villas faces Thalemont Bay; the pool overlooks the inlet, too. The pretty, soft-white bedrooms here have linen-draped chaise lounges and Koi fish live in the ponds on the terrace. Dine at the open-air restaurant for spicy crab farci and local fruits marinated in mint. American Airlines offers connecting service through San Juan, Puerto Rico from many U.S. gateways. Doubles from $219/night.

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What to Do in Bermuda

Bermuda: Hartley's Undersea Walk

It’s campy, but helmet diving with Hartley’s Undersea Walk ($95)—similar to snorkeling—is an island classic.

Get the honey and cane sugar scrub at the new spa at Rosewood Tucker’s Point (80-minute massage from $275).

Try the bacon-wrapped scallops at the Fairmont Southampton’s Waterlot Inn ($$)—Mark Twain was a regular.

Photo by Cedric Angeles

TODAY Show: 13 places to visit in 2013

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If your 2013 resolution is to travel more, watch T+L's feature editor Nilou Motamed reveal the 13 places you have to see in 2013 on the TODAY show, from Puerto Rico and Uco Valley, Argentina, to Amsterdam and Charlevoix, Quebec. See the full list of the Hottest Travel Destinations of 2013 here.

Confessions of a NYC Restaurant Waiter

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What’s it really like to work at a hip NYC restaurant? A server dishes the dirt.

“Some people are so impatient: one lady poked me in the hand with a fork while I was taking another order because she thought her food was taking too long.”

“Please don’t ask for a more desirable table. I get that you weren’t allowed to sit at the cool table in high school, but it’s only a table. Just sit down.”

“I’ve never seen a server spit in someone’s food, no matter how much the customer deserves it. It’s just not worth it.”

Photo by Corbis Flirt / Alamy

Crowdsourcing: What to Do When You're Near the Arc de Triomphe, Paris


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The Arc de Triomph is worth the climb to the top for prime views of Paris. We asked true travel pros what to do nearby. Want to share your expertise? Join our community on Facebook at facebook.com/travelandleisure and at Twitter @TravlandLeisure.

“Shop for antique lamps at Philippe de Beauvais (112 Blvd. de Courcelles), seen in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.” —Neil Jaehnert, via Facebook

Plaza Athénée has five amazing restaurants (Alain Ducasse is the executive chef).” —Yaron Yarimi, via Twitter

“Even non-pilots can play poker at the private Aviation Club de France (104 Ave. des Champs-Élysées), for a fee.” —Leslie Grandy, via Facebook

“Eat oysters on the terrace at Marius et Janette (4 Ave. George V).” —Dominique Couturier-Heller, via Facebook

“Parc Monceau is the perfect place for a stroll. Don’t miss the gilded gates.” —Lindsey Tramuta, via Twitter

“You can rub elbows with diplomats at Hilton Arc de Triomphe Paris’s Purple Bar (51/57 Rue de Courcelles).” —Meg Towner, via Facebook

T+L Editors' Favorite Trips of 2012

T+L Editors' Favorite Trips of 2012: Lindsay Olander

Ever wonder what travel editors do on vacation? Get the scoop on the moments that resonated most with the T+L staff in 2012—and see photos of us on location. Happy holidays, and here's to more travel for everyone in 2013!

Photo courtesy of Lindsey Olander

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