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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

Spring For Music Plays Final Notes

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This year marked the end of Spring for Music, the annual, week-long series of performances by visiting North American orchestras at Carnegie Hall—New York cultural life will be a poorer without it. 

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Q&A With A True Gentleman, Bryce Pinkham

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Bryce Pinkham was recently nominated for a Tony Award as best actor in a musical for his role as the charming and scheming Monty Navarro in A Gentelman's Guide to Love and Murder, unquestionably the best, funniest and wittiest, original musical on Broadway this season. Pinkham talks to T+L about the demands of giving eight performances a week and travels that range from Madagascar to Japan to the Middle East.

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Easy Summer Weekend Getaways Twitter Chat on Tuesday, May 6

With a breeze in the air, sand on your toes, and sun on your face, there's nothing like the experience, memory, and momentum of a summer getaway. With winter finally feeling like it's behind us, we're discussing Easy Summer Weekend Getaways this Tuesday, May 6th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Whether you need tips on quick getaways outside your hometown, favorite American cities for a longer escape, or the best soundtracks for a summer road trip, join our chat.

The Host:

Deputy Digital Editor, Adrien Glove, @xoadrien

The Panelists:

T+L Lifestyle Editor, Shane Mitchell, @shanegoesforth

Travel Channel, @travelchannel

The Knot, @theknot

Peek.com, @peek

Sunset Magazine, @SunsetMag

Vegas.com, @VEGAScom

Jen Carfagno, On-Camera Meteorologist at the Weather Channel, @JenCarfagno

Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner, Authors of @ShttyMom

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.

12 Things You Didn't Know About Hawaii

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Everybody knows that "aloha" means both hello and goodbye, and that the Hawaiian pizza wasn't actually invented there (Ontario, duh), but did you know that Hawaii is pretty much responsible for your precious pog collection? Or that Tom Selleck's mustache is considered a state treasure?!? Ok, not really. But it should be, right?

Yes, the 50th state in the Union is more than just a beautiful island destination where folks go to shred the gnar and private investigators never run out of cases; here are a few more things you should absolutely know about it.

SEE MORE AT THRILLIST

Photo by Hawaii Tourism Authority / Tor Johnson

8 Record-Breaking Roller Coasters From Around the World

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It's a measurable fact, some roller coasters are better than others; whether it's super speeds, staggering heights, or a seemingly endless track, each of these eight thrill rides possesses something you won't find anywhere else in the world.

SEE MORE AT THRILLIST

Photo by Wikimedia Commons

Daily Transporter: Waikiki SPAM Jam

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At today’s Waikiki SPAM Jam—the annual manifestation of Hawaii’s abiding love for the canned pink meat—local artisanal popsicle company Onopops will be selling some custom flavors: Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Candied SPAM, and Pineapple Sorbet with Candied SPAM, Brown Spice & Cherries popsicles.

See Honolulu: A Local’s Tour

Editor’s Picks: Honolulu
America’s Best Outdoor Bars
Beautiful Beach Photos
World’s Best Cities for Romance

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 of the Modern Honolulu Hotel's pool bar: Linny Morris

Daily Transporter: Laos

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Luang Prabang’s daily alms offering—a silent procession of monks accepting food from alms-givers—was nearly cancelled because of some disrespectful behavior among observers. The government, keen to retain the tourist revenue generated by the ceremony, allegedly arranged to have citizens dress up as monks if the holy men withdrew from the ritual, but so far the tradition continues.

See Laos in Best Countries for Solo Travelers

Editor’s Picks: Laos
World’s Top Night Markets
T+L’s Best Photography Tips
World’s Top 25 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: timeinthisworld

Daily Transporter: Mackinac Island

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The 127-year-old Grand Hotel opens for the 2014 season this weekend, but Lake Huron’s winter hasn’t quite given up. So far, thick ice has kept the ferries from making regular trips across the Straits of Mackinac and the hotel is encouraging guests to fly over instead. (This sunny shot promises summer ahead, though!)

See the Grand in America’s Best All-Inclusive Resorts

Editor’s Picks: Michigan
World’s Most Beautiful Ferry Rides
World’s Scariest Bridges
America’s Best Beach Boardwalks

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 the Grand Hotel

New Book Shines a Light on Hinckley Yachts

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For a generation of mariners, Hinckley has been a source of national pride—their handcrafted vessels are decked out with a classic style that stands out in oceans and harbors across the world. In his new book, Hinckley Yacts: An American Icon, sailing aficionado Nick Voulgaris III takes readers on a nostalgic journey through 86 years of boatbuilding. T+L sat down with the author for an up-close look at the project.  

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Colorado Symphony Unveils ‘Classical Cannabis’ Series To Bring Younger Audience

In an attempt to garner more interest in Denver's Colorado Symphony Orchestra, it will be performing a series of fundraising concerts entitled, “Classically Cannabis” and yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.

Glacier Skywalk Opens For Fearless Views of Jasper National Park

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Starting today, visitors to Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies can view the glacial vistas and sweeping pine valleys from the Glacier Skywalk – and the breathtaking glass observation platform that extends from the cliff’s edge at a staggering height of 918 feet.

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Discovery Channel Founder John Hendricks on His New Colorado Resort

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After Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks landed on an unspoiled corner of Colorado’s red-rock country to call his own, he just couldn’t keep the secret. His sprawling family retreat became Gateway Canyons Resort, made up of two lodges and 14 luxurious casitas. It’s also where Hendricks hosts TED Talk–like, five-​night Curiosity Retreats, where activities are led by special guests such as violinist Charles Yang and Master Sommelier Larry Stone. We spoke to Hendricks about his love for the land, his new role as innkeeper, and more.

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The World’s Tallest Water Slide Opens May 23

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If you’re afraid of heights, you might want to skip your next visit to the Schlitterbarn Water Park in Kansas City, where the world’s tallest waterslide is set to open Memorial Day weekend.

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Beauty Road Test: Frédéric Fekkai Hair Fragrance Mist Collection

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Say good-bye to the days of spritzing perfume on the neck, or dabbing fragrance along the inside of the wrist—so says Frédéric Fekkai. The stylist extraordinaire hopes to change the status quo with his new line of aromatic mists, which are sprayed on—you guessed it—hair.

T+L Editorial Assistant Katie James shares her take.

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Frontier is Latest Airline to Charge for Carry-Ons

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Denver-based Frontier Airlines is the latest carrier to charge extra for carry-on bags that require overhead storage—joining other add-on fees for non-alcoholic drinks ($1.99) and seat assignments (up to $8). In exchange, the airline is lowering its ticket prices by 12%.

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Daily Transporter: Canadian Rockies

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Finding a great view in Banff or Jasper National Parks in Alberta has never been hard, but the new Glacier Skywalk (opening May 1) adds a stomach-in-your-throat thrill to the hunt. The glass-paved walkway is cantilevered 100 feet over the edge of a cliff, more than 900 feet above the valley floor.

See Glacier Skywalk in World’s Coolest Tourist Attractions

Editor’s Picks: Alberta
Best Instagram Photos of 2013
T+L’s Best Travel Photography Tips
World’s Scariest Roller Coasters

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

Mark Zuckerberg Forever Young

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Mark Zuckerberg will be spending a lot of quality time with celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Rihanna in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.

Immortalized in wax, Zuckerberg has joined fellow A-listers at Madame Tussauds, forever wearing a classic hoodie and pair of jeans, while sitting on a chair barefoot. Seems like the perfect superstar addition to the Bay Area—and a fun new selfie opp for tourists.

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

Photo by Beck Diefenbach 


New Ferry Service Reconnects Maine to Nova Scotia

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On May 15th, a new ferry service will begin making daily trips between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

With a capacity of 1,215 passengers, the MV Nova Star isn't exactly your average ferry though. Shipboard amenities include multiple restaurants—seafood will feature prominently—an art gallery, casino, and full-service spa.

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Daily Transporter: Bikes

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May, National Bike Month, celebrates a mode of transportation that can make sightseeing a breezy undertaking. Following bike-share models pioneered in Western Europe and China, 20 U.S. cities currently have pay-and-ride systems in place. Vietnam, pictured here, plans to launch a pilot bike-share in five cities in 2015.

See bikes in 15 Tech Innovations That Will Change the Way You Travel

Editor’s Picks: Active Travel
Warm Weather Family Adventures
The Anti-Tourist Travel Rules
T+L Design Awards

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

New Tour and Exhibit Debut at Philip Johnson’s Glass House

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Philip Johnson’s Glass House, in New Canaan, Connecticut—which opens for the season today, May 1—is offering self-guided tours ($75) for the first time.

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SC Johnson’s Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Headquarters Open For Tours

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For the first time in company history, SC Johnson—maker of Ziploc, Windex, and Raid, to name a few—is opening up its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin, to the public.

Free tours will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 27. On the Landmarks Tour, visitors will see the 15-story cantilevered Research Tower and the Administration Building—known for its lily pad-shaped columns—as well as the Foster + Partners-designed Fortaleza Hall.

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The Latest Way to Camp Near Rocky Mountain National Park? On a Cliff.

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Attention all adrenaline junkies: Thanks to a new program from Kent Mountain Adventure Center, you now have the chance to camp out on a sheer rock face near Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park in Roosevelt National Forest

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Western Australia's Coral Coast Welcomes Whale Shark Season

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Gentle giants aren't only bound to fairytales and bedtime stories. Western Australia’s Whale Shark season has officially commenced in the Ningaloo Marine Park, giving travelers the opportunity to swim with the graceful creatures until late July.

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Swimming with Australia's Whale Sharks

201404-hd-western-australia-shark-bellyjpgGentle giants aren't only bound to fairytales and bedtime stories. Western Australia’s Whale Shark season has officially commenced in the Ningaloo Marine Park, giving travelers the opportunity to swim with the graceful creatures until late July.

World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef as one of the most accessible and reliable places in the world to swim with whale sharks. There’s no doubt that many travelers will be crossing this experience off their bucket lists this summer.

It’s the goal of Western Australia's tourism organizations to keep the species happy and continuing to grow up to 60 feet in length. With these conservation efforts in mind, part of the fee visitor’s pay for tours, goes towards protection and research. 

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

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