Do you get the shakes just thinking about traveling without your iPhone or Blackberry? Maybe what you need is digital detox. On the set of CNN American Morning today, T+L International Editor Mark Orwoll gave some examples of hotels and resorts that are helping travelers go through electronic rehab.
Anyone who visits the world's great cities as a tourist knows it gets expensive making the rounds to all the must-hit sights and spots. Hong Kong is no exception, which is why we were happy to hear that its first smart sightseeing card launches there this month—also the first in China.
Created by iVenture, the company behind similar cards in Australia and Singapore, the "See Hong Kong Pass" ranges from $59-$115, and offers deep discounts at 15 top sights, hop-on hop-off bus access, and even dim sum lunches and a side trip to Maccau.
At T+L, we’re pretty excited about our upcoming—and first ever—Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar, taking place in New York City from September 16-18. In celebration of this revolutionary travel event that will bring together authentic sights, tastes, sounds, and products from around the world—from capoeira performances to simulated safaris to craft beers from Belgium, T+L is also announcing a Global Bazaar Sweepstakes.
The winner will receive round-trip airfare for two to NYC from within the contiguous U.S.; three nights at the Renaissance Hotel’s New York Times Square Hotel, two tickets to the first annual Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar; two tickets to the Travel + Leisure epic 40th anniversary party; and a VIP event gift package.
Entering is easy! Returning fans to the Travel + Leisure Facebook page can visit the Global Bazaar sweepstakes tab on the main page www.facebook.com/travelandleisure.com. First-time visitors can also visit the main Travel + Leisure Page and “like” it to access the sweepstakes entry form. Fans can enter the sweepstakes up to once a day until the sweepstakes ends on August 1. One winner will be randomly selected for a VIP weekend at the Global Bazaar.
Ladies and gentleman, pack your suitcases. Travel is now officially competitive—and that’s a good thing. This week marks the launch of Traxo Travel Score, a new feature from mileage and travel points tracker (and all-around travel organizer) Traxo.com that uses a specialized algorithm to calculate all of your trip information and generate a unique number to crow about.
What does this mean, really? Well, for one, the scene in Up in the Air where George Clooney and Vera Farmiga’s characters one-up each other with who has the most air miles, best hotel benefits, and fattest wallet stuffed with upgrade cards would have been a lot shorter. With TTS, a single number says it all.
But here’s where TTS gets interesting: depending on your score, top travel companies will offer you special perks. The higher your score, the more upgrades, freebies, and extras you’ll rack up from companies like Avis, Briggs & Riley, Virgin America, and South African Airways. Hello, two roundtrip tickets to Cape Town?!
Who cares! This salty meat treat has become a dietary staple—it’s practically an honorary member of the food pyramid (or plate, or whatever it is now). So go join a grease feast: the Des Moines-based Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is taking its show on the road, to Keystone, Colorado for the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour from June 24-26. It’ll be an all-bacon, all-the-time weekend, with bacon tastings, bacon lectures (?!), and bands made up, one would assume, of non-vegetarians.
We’d go if we were closer—it’s only $30 for stuff-yourself-silly (i.e. unlimited) bacon tastings—but we’ll have to satisfy ourselves with New York–style bacon: with an egg, on a roll. And, hey, that’s not so bad.