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California Travel Twitter Chat on Tuesday, April 8

From beach weekend getaways to Napa Valley wine tours, we're discussing California during our Twitter Chat this Tuesday, April 8th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Whether you want to know about the best local haunts, favorite shopping destinations, or where to go on a California road trip, ask the experts for their advice!

The Hosts:

Special Correspondent and New Media Editor, Sarah Spagnolo, @SarahSpagnolo

Associate Editor, Brooke Porter Katz, @brookeporter1

The Panelists:

Sunset Magazine, @SunsetMag

Chef Ludo Lefebvre, @chefludo

Travel Channel, @travelchannel

The Zoe Report, @thezoereport

Spud Hilton, @SpudHilton

Joie de Vivre Hotels, @JDVHotels

Vayable, @Vayable

Santa Barbara International Film Festival, @officialSBIFF

Luke Plastow, Restless Backpack, @RestlessBackpac

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.

Bagan Prohibits New Hotel Construction While Awaiting UNESCO World Heritage Status

Myanmar

Bagan, an ancient city in Myanmar with thousands of Buddhist temples and stupas dotting the landscape—and a place that I was lucky enough to visit last December—has put a halt on new hotels while the government applies for UNESCO World Heritage status.

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Video News Update: Disney, Airbnb & the Four Seasons Restaurant

In this week's travel news round-up, Disney launches its smart travel app, Airbnb is on the rise for business travelers, and we recap the controversy over the Picasso curtain at the Four Seasons Restaurant, New York.

Related Links:
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Daily Transporter: Sayulita

beautiful beach kids

Mexcaltitán, a man-made island in a lagoon on the Nayarit coast, is thought to be the ancestral home of the Aztecs. Mexico gave it a Pueblo Mágico designation which can occasionally lure tourists away from the area’s enchanting beaches (like Sayulita, pictured here) for a visit.

See Sayulita in World’s Coolest Rental Homes

Editor’s Picks: Riviera Nayarit
Best Mexico Beach Resorts
World’s Sexiest Affordable Destinations
World’s Most Romantic All-Inclusive Resorts

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo: Anne Menke

Daily Transporter: Singapore

excellent twisty slide

A playground slide right out of an 7-year-old’s fever dream, a swimming pool and Jacuzzi, a two-level butterfly garden, free foot massage machines—Changi Airport offers many diversions to travelers and to the million or so local Singapore residents who spend time there every month.

See Changi Airport in World’s Strangest Airport Attractions

Editor’s Picks: Singapore
See Singapore in Craziest Airport Souvenirs
and World’s Coolest Museum Gift Shops
and Coolest New Tourist Attractions

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo: Darren Soh

From Thrillist: Climb the Tallest Mountain in the World in 30 Minutes

 

Mauna Kea

Mount Everest gets all the credit, but Hawaii's Mauna Kea (an idle volcano that's been around for, you know, a million years) is technically the world's tallest mountain. Technically. While it stands 13,800 ft above sea level, more than two thirds of the hill is actually submerged underwater, which brings the total height to 33,136 ft.

Best part of that mathematical sleight of hand is that you can get to the top of Mauna Kea without training, oxygen masks, or even having to ask a dude to carry your fanny pack. All you have to do is sign up for this tour and hop on a mini-coach.

SEE MORE AT THRILLIST

Photo courtesy of Thrillist

From Thrillist: The 10 Most Photographed Places on Earth

gargoyle

There’s only one rule to keep in mind when traveling: If you don't take photos, it didn’t happen. (That, and don’t drink the tap water.) An un-Instagrammed Eiffel Tower may as well not even exist—or, at least, you didn't see it. Yes, travel pics are important.

But what are the most popular shots travelers snap while traipsing the globe? Sightsmap recently used data from a Google-powered photo-sharing app to calculate the most captured spots, right down to the specific landmark. Here are the top 10.

SEE MORE AT THRILLIST

Photo courtesy of Thrillist

Daily Transporter: Austin

austin mural

Texas taco chain, Torchy’s, announced April 1 that their month-long special would be taco smoothies "all freshly whipped and available in a compostable 18oz. cup!" After midnight, the April Fools prank complete, Torchy’s named a chipotle pork taco as the real taco of the month.

See Torchy’s in Best Tacos in America

Editor’s Picks: Austin
See Austin in America’s Strangest People
and Best U.S. Cities for Affordable Getaways
and America’s Best Beer Cities

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: Brazil

boys from ipanema

Still hesitating about heading Brazil for the FIFA World Cup (June 12-July 13)? The game plan just got a little easier: Brazilian airline, TAM has scheduled 750 additional flights for the tournament period, including hops between the 12 cities hosting matches.

See Brazil in Best Places to Travel Now

Editor’s Picks: Brazil
See Brazil in Best Affordable Beach Resorts
and Best Secret Beaches on Earth
and World’s Most Beautiful Museums

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo: Robert Whitman

Daily Transporter: How the Zebra Got His Stripes

baby zebra

A comparison of zebra habitats mapped with data about local predators, eco-regions, and insects indicates that a zebra’s stripes are an adapted defense against biting flies, according to a study just published in Nature Communications.

See Cute Baby Zoo Animals You Have to See This Year

Editor’s Picks: Family Vacation Ideas
Best Family Getaways
Best Museums for Families
America’s Best Vacations for Sports Fans

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

April Vacation Deals

Topping Rose House

Napa Valley Wine tastings. A Provençal cooking class. Dinner from a celebrity chef in Mexico. This month’s exclusive deals are guaranteed to make you hungry.

Hamptons: 35% off Greek Revival manor house

Customized Culinary Experience tour includes:

• 2 nights' accommodations in a king room at Topping Rose House (pictured) in the Hamptons, a Greek Revival manor house with 4 ultramodern cottages and a Tom Colicchio restaurant
• Scour the property’s farm to create a dinner menu suited to your tastes

Cost: $1,000 ($500 per night)

Book now for travel through May 31.

For more information or to book, please visit Topping Rose House.

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Daily Transporter: The Bahamas

bahamas resort

The Grand Lucayan Resort will treat its millionth guest to a completely free stay (accommodations, food, and activities). The only caveats? Book before April 30 and be one-in-a-million lucky!

See the Grand Lucayan Resort in Best Hotels in the Bahamas

Editor’s Picks: Bahamas
See the Bahamas in World’s Best Islands
And Best Beaches on Earth
And Best Places to Travel After a Divorce

Lyndsey Matthew is an associate digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of Grand Lucayan Resort

Daily Transporter: Czech Republic

gorgeous fungi

Each year, 70 percent of Czechs go mushroom-picking (and know to avoid ones like the poisonous Amanita muscaria, pictured here).

See mushrooms in World’s Most Dangerous Foods

Editor’s Picks: Czech Republic
See the Czech Republic in Europe’s Most Beautiful Villages
and World’s Creepiest Attractions
and Beautiful Castles Around the World

Lyndsey Matthews is an associate digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: Charleston

charming streets of Charleston

Bringing a decidedly luxurious edge to an educational travel package, Belmond Charleston Place is offering a midweek stay that includes a lesson in plastering, an art revered in a town that values historic preservation.

See Charleston in World’s Best Cities for Romance

Editor’s Picks: Charleston
See Charleston in America’s Best Places to Eat Like a Local
and America’s Best Coffee Cities
and America’s Best Beer Cities

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure.  Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Big Travel Innovations Revealed Today

There have been a boatload of travel innovations revealed today, and the Trip Doctor news team is pretty excited about them all. Here are a few of our favorites:

Microclimates on a Plane: Soon, passengers flying Virgin America will be able to set the temperature for their immediate surroundings thanks to a new partnership with thermostat company Nest (see video above). Expect the "Nest-controlled microclimates," with temperature settings ranging from "Cancun Afternoon" to "Chicago Polar Vortex," on Boston- and Newark-bound flights from both Los Angeles and San Francisco first, with implementation on all routes completed by the end of 2014.

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Chef's Tour: Northern Spain

Travis Swikard

If you’re looking for some travel inspiration this spring, get thee to New York’s Boulud Sud, where Executive Chef Travis Swikard just launched a series of special dinners highlighting the global cuisines he’s obsessed with now—Israel, Greece, Sicily, the Cote d’ Azur, and more (get tickets here). In the meantime, I asked him to share the highlights of his recent culinary adventures in Catalonia and Basque Country.

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Daily Transporter: Rome

evening on the piazza

Antico Caffe della Pace, an Art Deco landmark off the Piazza Navona, has been the place to spot celebrities since the 19th century. (Woody Allen and Coppola, among others, have used the café as a film location.) A recent plan to close the café was quashed by a number of petitions supporting the “historic and cultural monument.”

See Rome in Celebrities’ Favorite Places

Editor’s Picks: Rome
See Rome in Best Hotels in Rome
and World’s Coolest New Tourist Attractions
and Europe’s Best Places to Eat Like a Local

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: Tanzania

wild chimpanzee

It was wildest, untouched Africa, and it was magic.
Jane Goodall

Dame Jane Goodall, the primatologist and conservationist who turns 80 years old today, arrived in Africa at age 23 intending only to visit a childhood friend’s farm in Kenya.

See Tanzania in Best Life-Changing Trips

Editor’s Picks: Tanzania
See Tanzania in World’s Greatest Animal Migrations
and Best Hotel Bathroom Views
A safari camp for chimpanzee-viewing: Greystoke Mahalepictured

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of Nomad Tanzania

London's Café Royal Hotel Unveils Apple iOS Bells and Whistles

Cafe Royal Hotel

One of London’s famous landmarks got a modern spin last week, as Café Royal Hotel—which opened just over a year ago on Regent Street—debuted a front- and back-of-house integration with Apple technology that's intended to streamline its entire operations process. Now, guests staying at the property can check in remotely using an iOS device, be it en route from the airport or over a cup of coffee in the restaurant, rather than having to queue up at the desk.

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Book It! How to Get the Best Hotel Rate

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Planning a trip soon? Keep these tips handy. Travel + Leisure’s Mark Orwoll shares the best tools to get you the best deals on your next hotel stay.

Celebrate the Persian New Year with a Lavish Feast

Nowruz meal

If you haven’t heard of Nowruz, there’s still time to join more than 300 million people worldwide in welcoming spring at the Persian New Year Dinner & Book Signing this Sunday. 

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How Not to be a Travel Fool on Tuesday, April 1

travel wise

For April Fool's Day, we're asking our fans and travel insiders about the most foolish things that they've ever done as travelers. We're going to be sharing expert tips to avoid those mishaps during our Twitter Chat this Tuesday, April 1st from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST. Whether you have questions on what to do if you miss your flight, how far in advance you should buy your tickets, or what to do in a tipping conundrum, ask the experts for their advice!

The Hosts:

News Editor and Trip Doctor, Amy Farley, @TLTripDoctor

The Panelists:

Kimberly Wilson Wetty, A-List Agent, @kimberlywetty

Airfarewatchdog, @airfarewatchdog

The Points Guy, @thepointsguy

Travel Weekly, @TWtravelnews

Veronica Stoddart, Editor-in-Chief Travel, USA Today, @wanderlust13

Christopher Elliott, @elliottdotorg

FareCompare, @farecompare

Barbara Delolis, @barbdelollis

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.

Photo by Arthur Belebeau

 

Guess Where? Mountain Lake

banff-national-parkjpg

Do you know what national park this is? Hint: It's not in the U.S.

Leave your guesses on our Facebook page. Check back on Monday for the answer.

Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @matthewslyndsey

Photo Courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

TBT: Badrutt's Palace Hotel, St. Moritz 1930

It's Throwback Thursday, and with freezing temperatures still gripping much of the country, it seems only fitting to look back at one of the world's top winter destinations—St. Moritz, Switzerland. This 1930 video from the iconic Badrutt's Palace Hotel has us ready to hit the slopes in style.

Who can blame a woman for doing yoga in heels (see 0:37) when she's staying at the classiest hotel in the Alps? Badrutt's Palace has just the kind of atmosphere that makes morning back bends an excuse to feel fancy.

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Cruise News: Quantum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean is taking an (ahem) quantum leap with its culinary offerings, as revealed at their glittery event in New York last night. When 4,180-guest Quantum of the Seas launches this fall, you’ll notice some sweeping changes onboard. For starters? They’re doing away with the main dining room, replacing it with a collection of complimentary full-service restaurants, from American Icon Grill (creamy New England clam chowder; sugar-dusted New Orleans beignets) to The Grande, a “nod to a bygone era” where you’ll find lobster on the menu every single night.

To kick their specialty restaurants up a notch, Royal Caribbean is bringing the work of star chefs to the table: Jamie Oliver and James Beard Award-winner Michael Schwartz, both of whom have restaurants on board. As Schwartz said: “The secret to good food is good food. Right?” Right. And one of the secrets to a good cruise is good food, too.

Swing into Spring with the Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival

There are many reasons to visit Savannah, Georgia: its historic architecture, delicious food, and hospitality. If you are a golfer, Hilton Head Island and its courses are only an hour away.   But now, while an endless winter keeps its grip on the Northeast, there may be no better reason to visit the gracious city where spring is in full bloom, than the Savannah Music Festival.

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Daily Transporter: Bhutan

mountain monastery

Precariously situated on a rock outcropping some 2,600 feet above the Paro Valley, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is built around a cave where the Indian Guru Rinpoche meditated in the 8th century. Guru Rinpoche is said to have arrived on the back of a flying tiger. Today visitors reach the monastery via a climb of several hours that is not for the acrophobic.

See Bhutan in World’s Most Amazing Views

Editor’s Picks: Bhutan
See Bhutan in World’s Most Beautiful Buildings
and Best Countries for Solo Travelers
Stay at Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, part of T+L’s It List: Best New Hotels

Lyndsey Matthews is a digital editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: New Orleans

new orleans

New Orleans is so flat that in the 1930s the Works Progress Administration built Monkey Hill at Audubon Zoo to show the city’s children what a hill looked like.

See New Orleans in America’s Best Spring Drives

Editor’s Picks: New Orleans
See New Orleans in America’s Most Beautiful Landmarks
and America’s Best Sandwiches
and Best Hotels in New Orleans

Lyndsey Matthews is a digital editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.  Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

New Book of Portraits Spotlights New York City's Most Stylish Bicycle Riders

Stlish Bicyclist: Brian

Few could argue the fact that New York is one of the most fashionable cities in the world—and thanks to the book New York Bike Style (April 1; $29.95; Prestel), it’s clear that its residents don’t sacrifice their sartorial flair when on two wheels. Brooklyn-based photographer Sam Polcer took to his own teal Lotus 10-speed from the late '80s, seeking out stylish riders across the five boroughs.

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Daily Transporter: Timbuktu

boats on the river niger

UNESCO and local masons have begun restoring sacred tombs in Timbuktu that were destroyed by occupying militants in 2012. (The traditional pinasse boats moored here still ferry travelers and goods to and from Timbuktu on the Niger.)

See World’s Most-Visited Sacred Places

Editor’s Picks: Mali
- World’s Coolest Bazaars
World’s Most Beautiful Buildings
Great Adventure Cruises

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

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