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Travel For Teachers Program Offers Discounted Stays for Summer Break

201405-hd-travel-for-teachersjpgWith the school year winding down, kids of all ages are counting the days until summer vacation. But when the last bell rings, no one’s more deserving of a little rest and relaxation than the teachers.

For the second year in a row, Austin-based website bedandbreakfast.com is honoring these educators’ hard work by offering them a host of discounted summer getaways.

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Stephen Colbert's Favorite Things to Do in Charleston

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Long before he agreed to take over as host of the Late Show, Stephen Colbert was just another Charleston boy—swimming, fishing, and skateboarding down the quiet streets of what he recalls as a “sleepy Southern town.” Today, the South Carolina city is still one of his favorite vacation spots. Read on for Colbert’s down-home haunts.

Stay: Growing up, Colbert helped his mother run a now-defunct B&B in their house in the South of Broad neighborhood. “Back then, if I booked a guest, I got ten percent. A kid could have a whole weekend of fun on fifteen bucks.” Hotels he remembers from boyhood: the Francis Marion Hotel ($)—with views of the harbor—and 1853’s Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel ($).

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A Sweet Stop for Art in Brooklyn

201405-hd-kara-walker-sculpture-pulled-backjpgSince 1974, Creative Time has been bringing innovative art to the public from New York to Hanoi. This spring, chief curator Nato Thompson commissioned artist Kara E. Walker to create a monumental work appropriately titled A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant.

Tucked away, just off the beaten path in New York’s favorite hipster haven: Williamsburg Brooklyn, you’ll find a procession of fifteen 5-foot-tall molasses and resin boys carrying baskets and bananas towards Walker’s piéce de resistance—a 35.5 foot tall and 75.5 foot long sphinx made with 80 tons of sugar. A pungently sweet smell hangs throughout the space, and contributes to the arrestingly evocative work.

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News Update: World Cup 2014, California's Redwoods, and Airports Impacted by Climate Change

This week's video news round-up includes the latest on preparations in Brazil for World Cup 2014, details on an attack of California’s giant Redwood trees, President Obama's warning for many U.S. airports, and details on a new resource for traveling seniors.

China Considers High-Speed Railway to U.S.

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If a fear of international flights has long kept you from exploring China's Great Wall or visiting Xi’an’s famed terracotta soldiers, it's time to reconsider your boycott on traveling abroad—a high-speed railroad may soon connect Beijing to the United States.

The Bejing Times reports Chinese officials are currently in talks to construct an 8,000-mile railway connecting north-east China to the United States. The proposed route would cross Siberia, and then cut through Alaska and Canada before entering into the continental US. With trains traveling 220 miles per hour, it would take passengers approximately two days to complete the full trip.

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Family Travel Twitter Chat on Tuesday, May 20

Traveling with your family? We'll be discussing packing tips, strategies for keeping kids happy en route, and how to save on hotels, airfare, and activities in a Family Travel Twitter chat this Tuesday, May 20th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join our chat and ask the experts for their insider advice!

The Host:

T+L Senior Digital Editor, Ann Shields, @aegisnyc

The Panelists:

Real Simple, @RealSimple

Dylan's Candy Bar, @DylansCandyBar

Orbitz, @Orbitz

JetBlue, @JetBlue

All You, @allyou

Trip Advisor's Travel Advocate, Wendy Perrin, @wendyperrin

Kyle Richards of  “The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills”, @KyleRichards18

Little Passports, @littlepassports

T+L A-list Agent, Julia Douglas, @JetSetWorldTrvl

EverythingMom.com, @EverythingMom

Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner, Authors of @ShttyMom

Abercrombie and Kent, @AKTravel_USA

Amy Tara Koch, @AmyTaraKoch

Chef Ludo, @chefludo

How does it work?

1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 2pm ET and be sure to follow @TravlandLeisure.

2. Head over to http://twitter.com. Enter the hashtag #TL_Chat into the search bar and select the "All" search option to follow the chat in real time.

3. Remember to always add the hashtag #TL_Chat to your tweets.

4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own responses. Or ask questions of your own! 

All tweets are subject to our social media terms and conditions and may be used in any and all media including editorial. See full social media terms and conditions.

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

Film "Tracks" Follows One Woman Across Western Australia

Follow a woman’s incredible 1,700 mile, solo journey through the Australian outback in the upcoming film, Tracks.

In 1977, Robyn Davidson made a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of Western Australian with her dog and four camels. Davidson had no intention of documenting her adventures until she eventually agreed to write about her trip in National Geographic magazine.

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Prabal Gurung Designs Uniforms for All Nippon Airways

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Prabal Gurung’s latest designs are hitting the runway — the airport runway, that is. The designer and FLOTUS favorite recently designed uniforms for Japanese airline All Nippon Airways. Now, cabin attendants and ground staff will be decked in en vogue attire.

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Bespoke Tour Company Audley Travel Launches in the U.S.

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The U.K.-based Audley Travel, known for creating bespoke vacations in more than 80 countries, recently launched in the U.S., with a new website and an office in Boston. Every trip is completely tailor-made with the help of what the company calls Country Specialists, who act as concierges and hand pick experiences, hotels, restaurants, guides, and more.

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Daily Transporter: Istria's Truffle Season

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After Italian soldiers discovered truffles growing on Croatia’s Istrian peninsula during WWII, the prized fungus found its way into the regional cuisine. When white truffles are in season (mid-September to mid-December), the Istrian beaches empty out and the focus of 800 licensed truffle hunters, and thousands of amateurs, shifts to the forest.

See Istria in Europe’s Secret Hot Spots

Editor’s Picks: Istria
Best Life-Changing Trips
Best Places to Rebound
Wackiest Cruise Shore Excursions

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo: David Alexander Arnold

Daily Transporter: Re-seeding the Great Barrier Reef

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When the Great Barrier Reef's coral spawned last year, scientists harvested enough sperm samples to start a cryogenically frozen coral sperm bank. They hope to use it to replenish failing reefs in the future. (Since 1985, 50% of the GBR's coral has been lost to disease, cyclones, and pollution, among other causes.)

See the Great Barrier Reef in Fastest Disappearing Natural Wonders

Editor’s Picks: Great Barrier Reef
World’s Best Islands
World’s Coolest Helicopter Rides
Great Adventure Cruises

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the NYC World's Fair

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More than two thousand visitors, near and far made the trek to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York last month for a special, limited public viewing of the New York State Pavilion’s interior. 

The rusting monument, designed by acclaimed architect Philip Johnson for the World’s Fair, was recently recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Daily Transporter: Washington Monument Reopens

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Washington goes Wonka—twelve lucky followers of the Department of the Interior's Instagram feed have been chosen as winners. The prize? To be among the first to the top of the Washington Monument on May 12, its reopening day, so they can document the festivities on their own feeds.

See the Washington Monument in America’s Most Beautiful Landmarks

Editor’s Picks: Washington, D.C.
Best Indian Restaurants in the U.S.
America’s Best Spring Drives
America’s Best Margaritas

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: Little Big Cat

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Last week, guests at Kenya’s Olare Mara Kempinski safari camp didn’t need to join game drives to see lions up close—a lioness gave birth to two cubs under the platform of one of the luxury camp’s twelve tents.

See Masai Mara in Best Life-Changing Trips

Editor’s Picks: Kenya Game Parks
World’s Greatest Animal Migrations
World’s Most Romantic Sunsets
World’s Coolest New Tourist Attractions

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

A Kid's Guide to New Orleans

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New Orleans is famous for bar-lined Bourbon Street and the Mardi Gras celebrations along it. But is it a family getaway? Liz Vilardi and Nick Zappia, owners of Cambridge, Massachuetts restaurants Belly wine bar and The Blue Room, decided to find out with their five year old son, Lucian.

Here, Liz shares Lucian's Guide to New Orleans:

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Daily Transporter: Yosemite

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Cameras mounted on unmanned drones have found a place in nature photographer’s arsenal (case in point: this breathtaking GoPro video taken at Arches NP in Moab) but as of last week, the National Park Service has banned the use of drones inside vast Yosemite, saying that they disrupt both peace and emergency services.

See Yosemite in World’s Scariest Hikes

Editor’s Picks: Yosemite
Ultimate Adventure Travel Bucket List
Super-Short Travel Disaster Stories
Great National Park Lodges

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: Elephants in China

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The wild elephant population of China’s lushly forested Yunnan Province has grown to nearly 300, thanks to strict laws—poachers are subject to the death penalty—and feeding programs funded by the government. (China also compensates local farmers for sugar cane, rice, and banana crops lost to snacking pachyderms.)

See Yunnan Province in Best Life-Changing Trips

Editor’s Picks: Western China
New Wonders of the World
Newest Wonders of the World
It List: Best New Hotels

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Cooking Where Cultures Meet in New York City

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It was that anxious feeling when you are outside of your comfort zone that I felt walking up to the apartment building in Queens, New York. However, as soon as my host Nawida opened her door with a warm smile and welcoming hug, I settled into a sense of excitement for a culinary adventure.

Four weeks prior to this moment, I came across the company League of Kitchens, which offers cooking classes demonstrating authentic cuisine from various regions around the world. The instructors are women, living in New York City, who have immigrated to this country with a mastery of cooking in the style of their homeland. Today's cooking class: Afghani.

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Best Street Art in São Paulo


On a quick trip to São Paulo for WTM Latin America, a travel tradeshow, I snuck away to Vila Madalena to shop the small boutiques, survey the happening scene, and check out Beco do Batman, an alleyway covered from edge-to-edge with striking street art. Watch this short video for an up-close look.

New Survey Reveals State of U.S. Pet Travel

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American travelers sacrifice significant vacation time for their pets—a whopping 69 percent have missed out on spur-of-the-moment getaways. So says a new survey from DogVacay, which polled 2,025 adults last month.

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A Day in the African Bush

#singitastories - Saitoti Ole Kuwai from Singita on Vimeo.

Your day starts in the dark. At 4 o'clock in the morning, you can still hear hyenas calling. The bush is awake.

Saitoti Ole Kuwai is a field guide at the African luxury lodge, Singita. He says of his daily experience: "The area by itself is like a huge sea, so you never know what kind of fish you're going to catch. What's needed for you is the passion, the passion to wait."

From spotting a majestic female leopard to seeing zebras traverse the landscape, this video gives good reason to add "safari" to your bucket list.

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

#SelfieWithMom for Mother's Day

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What are you giving mom for Mother’s Day? Hint, if you’re blanking on a gift, a spa getaway is always a winner. This year you can put your obsession with selfies to good use with a #SelfieWithMom Instagram Sweepstakes from Omni Hotels.

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City Takeover: NYCXDesign

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With New York City considered the design capital of the world, it seems fitting that a citywide celebration of design would fit snuggly into the scenery. For ten days in May (May 9-20), all five boroughs will host free events, exhibitions and studio tours aimed at exposing design to people who don’t normally think about it. 

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Truth in Airfare Prices: Debating the Transparent Airfares Act

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A new bill called the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 was recently introduced in the House, stirring much debate among airlines and consumer advocacy groups. Put simply, the law would allow airlines to list pretax prices rather than the total price including taxes and fees—making fares appear much lower than they really are (and completely undoing the 2012 law that forced airlines to be more upfront).

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Frontier's Fees, Google's Self-Driving Cars, and a Bikini Ban in Mallorca


The Travel + Leisure weekly news round-up includes the latest airline to introduce new add-on fees, Google’s update on self-driving cars, a possible bikini ban in Mallorca, and some of the best places to celebrate Bike Month.

Daily Transporter: Barcelona

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Barcelona scarcely lacks diversions (including Tibidabo Park, pictured here), but in 2016 a new Ferrari Land theme park will open just outside the city. The park will feature Europe’s fastest and highest vertical accelerator, a slingshot–like ride in which a passenger pod—attached by bungee cords to two towers—is launched skyward.

See Barcelona in World’s Coolest Observation Decks

Editor’s Picks: Barcelona
World’s Best Cities for Romance
Europe’s Best Places to Eat Like a Local
Best Hotels in Spain

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo: Gunnar Knechtel

Book The First Ever Private, Three-Room Cabin Aboard Etihad Airways

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Forget about seat pitch and roomy armrests: on Etihad Airways, you can book The Residence. This private, three-room cabin is a spacious 125-square-feet, and more akin to a boutique hotel room than an airplane seat.

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Daily Transporter: Heartland Art Scene

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A different kind of speedway opened in Indianapolis last May with the unveiling of the Indy Cultural Trail. The 8-mile-long paved trail, enlivened by public art, landscaping, and bike racks, intersects the Canal Walk (pictured here) and connects the city’s six cultural districts.

See Indiana in America’s Most Iconic Drives

Editor’s Picks: Indiana
Strangest State Fair Food
America’s Coolest Breweries
America’s Best Lake Vacations

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: NYC in Haiku

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For National Poetry Month, the New York Times requested NYC-inspired haiku from its readers. Among other sentimental, funny, cranky entries, this: The City’s timeless/ But still, don’t let it fool you/ It’s never the same.

See New York City in America’s Coolest Street Art

Editor’s Picks: New York City
America’s Best Comedy Clubs
America’s Strangest People
America’s Best Coffee Cities

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnycGet the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

World Premiere Caps 50th Anniversary Season of New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center

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Throughout 2013-14, New York City Ballet has celebrated its 50th anniversary at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in grand style, with 50 ballets, some classic repertory, some new works.  To cap off the season, the company brings gives the world premiere of Everywhere We Go, a ballet commissioned from two impressive talents: choreographer and NYCB dancer Justin Peck and the American singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, who has supplied the score.  The work runs in repertoire through May.

Mario Mercado is Travel + Leisure's Arts Editor.

Photo by Paul Kolnik

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