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15junesunjpgSan Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is offering director George Lucas a prime location near the Bay Bridge for the Star Wars creator’s long-planned cultural arts museum.

"On behalf of the City and County of San Francisco, I write to propose an extraordinary location along our City's waterfront as the iconic new home for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum," wrote Lee in a letter sent to Lucas earlier this month.

The city of Chicago is also in contention for the site of the museum, and a decision is expected to be made this summer.

Caroline Hallemann is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @challemannGet the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

What Should I Look for in a Sunscreen?

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Find one that’s between SPF 30 and 50 (anything higher protects only incrementally more) and has UVA and UVB protection, says Dr. Doris Day, a New York City dermatologist and author of Forget the Facelift. Broad-spectrum coverage makes the lotion more stable, so it will last longer in the sun—though Day still advises applying every two hours. For a tropical getaway, go for a water-resistant formula (there’s no such thing as waterproof). As for which form of sunscreen to choose: “It’s a matter of personal preference between a gel, cream, wipe, powder, spray, or lotion,” Day says. “They’re equally effective.” And don’t forget a hat, sunglasses, and protective or SPF-treated clothing.

Photo courtesy of iStock

Melanie Lieberman is the Editorial Projects Assistant and a member of the Trip Doctor News Team. You can follow her on twitter at @LittleWordBites.

Philadelphia's Franklin Institute Debuts Biggest Expansion in its History

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On June 14, Philadelphia's Franklin Institute debuts the $41 million Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion—the largest expansion in the science museum’s history. The centerpiece of the new 53,000-square-foot space is the permanent Your Brain exhibit; through more than 70 interactive experiences, visitors will come away with a better understanding of the body’s most complex vital organ—from learning how we react to fear to seeing how the mind can be tricked through sounds, images, and other stimuli.

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Feasts of Tel Aviv

Feasts of Tel Aviv

“Are you eating brains?” the chef asks hopefully.

It’s lunchtime in Tel Aviv. The banged-up Bauhaus buildings of the White City district are full, the bar trade lively.

Behind a curved glass-and-steel façade—buzzing café tables on a sunny street, South Beach on the eastern Mediterranean—the chef, Meir Adoni, is describing a brand of influence-rich, ingredient-agnostic, genre-busting, adrenalized cooking that doesn’t sound anything like what you’d expect from Israeli cuisine until you arrive here and step away from the hummus stand your cousin told you about and stop filling yourself from the bounteous salad stations of resort hotels and start saying yes to chefs bearing brain sandwiches.

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Daily Transporter: The World Cup Wired

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Need to know where your FIFA World Cup seats are in relation to the nearest caipirinha vendor? Take a virtual tour of the twelve stadiums hosting this month’s soccer extravaganza thanks to Google Street View. Google has also beefed up its transit coverage in Brazil to help fans find the easiest routes to the goal.

See the World Cup in 25 Selfies You Have to Take This Year

Editor’s Picks: Brazil
Best Places to Travel This Year
Beautiful Beaches to Visit in 2014
World’s Coolest 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: Robert Whitman

Man Stranded at the Airport Films Viral Celine Dion Video

What do you do when you're stranded overnight at the airport? That's the question Richard Dunn asked when he found himself alone at Las Vegas's McCarran International Airport.

The answer he came up with has since gone viral: Using his phone to create a lip-synced music video to Celine Dion's 1996 hit "All By Myself."

Even better? The songstress saw the video and responded with a video of her own, inviting Dunn back to Las Vegas so he wouldn't have to be alone.

Peter Schlesinger is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure and a member of the Trip Doctor news team. You can find him on Twitter at @pschles08.

Travel Industry Insiders Share What's On Their Travel Radar

At ILTM Asia, an annual luxury travel conference in Shanghai, China, Travel + Leisure editor Sarah Spagnolo asked industry insiders what's on their travel radar. The answers range from western Tibet to the backwaters of Kerala, India.

Watch the video above—filmed during T+L's Shanghai Social party at restaurant New Heights, on The Bund—for many more fun travel ideas.

Expedia Now Accepts Bitcoin

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Expedia will accept bitcoin for its online hotel bookings, the company announced yesterday.

Travelers choosing the new payment method will be redirected to Coinbase, a digital money exchange, where they will have ten minutes to complete the transaction. How many bitcoins does a hotel cost? At around $640 per bitcoin, a $200 hotel-stay will run 0.32 bitcoins. Coinbase also charges a miniscule "miner fee," worth roughly twelve cents.

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Gridlock Alert: Protests Against Uber in Europe

There's gridlock in many of the busiest intersections in Europe, thanks in no small part to on-demand car service Uber—and it's infuriating taxi drivers.

Doha's Hamad International Airport Ready for Business

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It took nearly ten years and $16 billion, but Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar is now fully operational. With the country's namesake carrier, Qatar Airways, transitioned from the old, now-defunct Doha International, the massive much-anticipated project finally feels complete. 

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Canyon Ranch Father's Day Special

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In need of a healthy escape this June? Canyon Ranch, an award-winning destination health resort with two locations and multiple spas in the U.S., is offering a special gift this week in honor of Father’s Day. Dads and everyone else in the family will have the chance to benefit from a Canyon Ranch experience—mind, body, and wallets as well. For every gift card purchase, customers will receive a $50 bonus voucher for every $500 they spend.

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JetBlue's New Mint Class: A Behind-The-Scenes Tour

Curious about JetBlue's new premium Mint experience? The carrier's first foray into business class-style service debuts on June 15, serving cross-country routes between New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles for as little as $599 one way. Watch this video for a behind-the-scenes look at what to expect.

ne_headshotjpgNikki Ekstein is an Assistant Editor at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.

Frozen Has Massively Increased Tourism to Norway

201406-hd-frozen-olafjpgFans of the Disney blockbuster are traveling in droves to visit the country that inspired the film's beautiful landscapes

Box office hit Frozen has inspired everything to themed birthday parties to themed, international vacations.

Harald Hansen, spokesperson for Visit Norway, told the AP that U.S. tourism to the country that inspired the film’s settings have increased substantially. Hotel bookings in the first quarter of the year were up 37% from 2013, and tour operators have experienced a 40% sales increase.

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Sancerre: The Other Loire Valley

Sancerre Loire Valley

Tucked away on the eastern edge of the Loire Valley, the lesser-known area of Sancerre is an unspoiled landscape of medieval villages, wildflower fields, and artisanal producers dedicated to preserving their crafts.

In the fantasy version of the french countryside, there are winding roads with storybook views, winemakers, cheese makers, and lovely guesthouses. The pace is slow and the mood is cheerful, the fields green and full of well-fed livestock.

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Bottle Service in Las Vegas Can Arrive Via Drone

Drones: they're used by the military, even to walk your dog. Now The Cosmopolitan, in Las Vegas, has taken the drone trend to entirely new heights—it'll deliver your drinks. This is bottle service worth writing home about.

Travel + Leisure Publisher, Time Inc., Goes Public

Travel + Leisure's publisher, Time Inc., made history this morning when it began trading as a public company. What will this means for Travel + Leisure? That article has yet to be written, but we are confident we'll be able to take you even more places—through video, new distribution channels, devices, and yet-to-be-conceived social media platforms—in the months and years to come. The journey has just begun.

China Travel Twitter Chat on Tuesday, June 10

Where in China can you find the best food, shopping, or must-see attractions? Join our China Travel Twitter chat this Tuesday, June 10th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. We'll be asking experts about China's art and culture scene, restaurants versus street food, common misconceptions, and more.

The Host:

T+L's Hotels and Food Editor, Jennifer Flowers, @JennFlowers

The Panelists:

Remote Lands, @RemoteLands

Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten, @jeangeorges

Chef and Top Chef Finalist, Shirley Chung, @chfshirleychung

Yardbird Hong Kong, @yardbirdhk

Janice Leung Hayes, Hong Kong food blogger, @e_ting

Shangri-La Hotels, @ShangriLaHotels

The PuLi Hotel & Spa, @ThePuLiHotel

Travel Agent Margot Kong of Imperial Tours, @imperialtours

Smart Flyer's Erina Pindar, @MissSmartFlyer

Cynthia Roams, Hong Kong travel writer, @CynthiaRoams

Kensington Tours, @KensingtonTours

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.

Meet Globetrotting Latte Artist Michael Breach

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In the age of #selfies, Tinder swipes, Instagram, and Facebook, it can be challenging for faces to stand out from the plethora of media muck hailing down on us 24/7. But, every once in a while, someone gets a lucky break. Such is the case with bored-night-shift-hotel-barista turned international-latte-portrait-artist, Michael Breach.

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4 Reasons to Love Google Now

Google Now

Google’s new take on Siri is more than a voice-activated search tool—it’s a full-fledged digital assistant. Here are four things we love about Google Now.

1. It’s easy to use on mobile with the surprisingly accurate voice search (prompted by “OK Google”).

2. It can scan your location, search history, or confirmation e-mails—all to offer personalized updates (when to leave for the airport, for example) on virtual cards.

3. It anticipates your needs, telling you the local weather or how to get to your Airbnb rental before you think to ask.

4. It’s opt-in, customizable, and not just for Android phones. (On iOS? The free Google app contains all Now features.)

Related Links:
Best Apps and Websites for Travelers
15 Tech Innovations That Will Change the Way You Travel
Google’s Self-Driving Car Makes The Road Trip of Tomorrow

Tom Samiljan is Travel + Leisure’s Tech Correspondent.

Have a travel dilemma? Need some tips and remedies? Send your questions to tripdoctor@timeinc.com. Follow @tltripdoctor on Twitter.

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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Daily Transporter: Wrestling Grizzlies

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Before you visit British Columbia’s Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, be forewarned that no one can set foot on the 109,000-acre park: you hire an officially sanctioned sailboat and guide to take you. The pay-off? Unparalleled views of grizzly bears engaged in grizzly business like foraging and playing and fishing.

See Prince Rupert in World’s Most Beautiful Ferry Rides

Editor’s Picks: British Columbia
Best Adventure Travel Destinations
Best National Parks for Wildlife Spotting
On Thin Ice with Churchill’s Polar Bears

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: Terminal Wellness

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Don’t sweat a long layover: more airports are setting up walking paths through terminals—with pavement mile-markers, water bottle-refilling stations, and public art, reports USA Today. Some, like Fort Lauderdale, Anchorage, and Baltimore/Washington, even maintain walking paths outside airport.

See Best Airports for a Long Layover

Editor’s Picks: Air Travel Tips
World’s Most Beautiful Airports
Most Annoying Airport Security Checkpoints
Coolest New Airport Terminals

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

What Does the TSA Do With Confiscated Items?

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Firearms and hazardous materials are turned over to local law enforcement officials. For safety reasons, liquids that can’t go through security—even in sealed containers—must be thrown out. For other items, the TSA either sends them to a contractor for disposal or donates them to a local nonprofit. Some of these charities will, in turn, resell items and use the proceeds to support their own programs. The TSA makes clear that none of this resale money goes into its own coffers.

Related Links:
Hotels’ Strangest Forgotten Items
Best Airport Security Checkpoints
Most Annoying Airport Security Checkpoints

Amy FarleyHave a travel dilemma? Need some tips and remedies? Send your questions to news editor Amy Farley at tripdoctor@timeinc.com. Follow @tltripdoctor on Twitter.


Photo by iStockphoto

Why Are We Obsessed With Taking Travel Photos?

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Peter Jon Lindberg shot 10,438 photographs in the past 12 months alone. Now he wonders where our obsession with travel images is taking us.

The summer I turned 11, my parents and I spent three months traveling around Europe, driving a tiny Peugeot from Rome to Amsterdam. It was one of the seminal trips of my life, though I don’t really “remember” it in the visual sense.

We took not a single photograph.

My parents didn’t even pack a camera. They owned a camera; they just decided not to bring it. Recently I asked my mother why.

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The Moment: Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Glacier Skywalk, Jasper National Park

2:16 p.m.: Good thing you brought your windbreaker. Despite the afternoon sun beating down from a cloudless sky, it’s gusty up here, 6,400 feet above sea level. You’ve just stepped into the void, on the outermost tip of the new glass-and-steel Glacier Skywalk, cantilevered more than 100 feet off the side of Wilcox Mountain. Ahead loom the snowcapped peaks of the Canadian Rockies; below, you can spot bighorn sheep picking their way between verdant patches of alpine moss. Later, you’ll don a pair of crampons and hike the nearby Athabasca Glacier, which helped carve out the waterfall-studded canyons of Sunwapta Valley more than 3 million years ago. The forces of nature have never felt more present than they do here. Except gravity. Because right now, it feels like you’re walking on air.

Related Links:
T+L’s Guide to Beautiful Views
World’s Coolest New Tourist Attractions
25 Selfies You Have to Take This Year

Photo courtesy of Brewster Travel Canada

Daily Transporter: Who Drinks the Most Wine?

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For the first time, Americans bought more wine last year than the French, but that was mostly because there are more of us: the average French person still drinks 1.2 bottles of wine a week, six times more than the average American.

See World’s Best Wine Country Hotels

Editor’s Picks: Wine and Food Vacations
America’s Best Wine Bars
Europe's Best Wine Bars
World’s Top Wine Tours

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 vineyards near Purcellville, Virginia, courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Inspired by Tulum: Coqui Coqui for Club Monaco Collection

Coqui Coqui for Club Monaco

The next-best thing to a trip to Tulum: Coqui Coqui for Club Monaco, a capsule collection overseen by Francesca Bonato, an Italian designer and co-owner of the eponymous hotel, a fashionista magnet on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Incorporating materials such as burlap and peso coins—even the scent of musky tobacco leaves—each piece is as stylishly low-key as Tulum itself and reflects Bonato’s carefree aesthetic, the result of years of living and working in the sun-soaked region.

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London with the Family

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Sometimes the best trips are the most laid back; the lesiurely afternoons where random wandering yields the stuff of scrapbooks (or, Pinterest boards). Having hustled my kids to every landmark last year, I decided to ditch the psychotic sightseeing and spend our week in London exploring the city with minimal structure.

Renting an apartment when travelling with a family makes sense on many levels. It provides increased space and the opportunity to dine in quietly after exhausting days. But, lack of amenities can be a challenge. When I heard about Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living, a Park Lane property which offers apartments accompanied by  5 star services, I felt as if I had struck lodging gold.

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Daily Transporter: Remembering D-Day on France's Normandy Coast

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Seventy years ago this morning, the U.S. Army Rangers landing at Pointe du Hoc thought of nothing but the German guns and concrete bunkers above them. Today’s visitors to the cliffs can thank them—and the 156,000 Allied troops who took part in D-Day—for the opportunity to think of nothing but the view.

See Normandy in Storm Photos Around the World

Editor’s Picks: Normandy
Places You’d Rather Be Right Now
World’s Coolest Tree-House Hotels
World’s Most Beautiful Buildings

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

The Final Say: How Clean Is Your Airplane Seat?

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It’s up to domestic airlines to develop their own cleaning protocols. All the carriers we spoke with require either flight attendants or certified maintenance crews to do some form of cleaning between flights—even if it’s just a cursory removal of garbage and refreshing of the lavatories. The more thorough scrub, when crews wipe down seats and tray tables with disinfectants, happens when a plane overnights at an airport. Carriers schedule “deep cleans” every month or so to launder seat covers and shampoo the carpets. Still feel squeamish about your seat? That’s what disinfectant wipes are for.

Related Links:
Air Travel Tips
Why Airplanes Are Safe
Scenic Views from Airplane Windows

Melanie Lieberman is the Editorial Projects Assistant and a member of the Trip Doctor News Team. You can follow her on twitter at @LittleWordBites.


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