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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

52 Ways to Win a Trip to Australia

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Someday, is today. Rather than always saying that one day you’ll make it to Australia, Delta, Virgin Australia, and Tourism Australia have teamed up to give travelers the chance to take it off their bucket list with its new "52 Somedays" program. 

From a “Grape Escape” to spending a week snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef or riding a camel across ivory white sands, there are 52 experiences to choose from, and enter into here.

The beautiful visual experience of signing up is enticing enough to want to enter your name in for all of the experiences (which you can!). Place a “pin” on the map of Australia at the location and enter for a chance to win that “Someday” trip.

Australia is a must-visit destination on many Americans bucket lists to visit someday. If anything, this campaign not only encourages travelers to pack their bags—but gives them a free excuse to do so faster.

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

Photo by Tourism Australia

Where the Experts Go to Eat Like a Local

For our recent Eat Like a Local Twitter chat, we discussed everything from food trends to where to find the best plate of pasta. Here are some highlights in case you missed it, otherwise, be sure to follow @TravlandLeisure and #TL_Chat on Twitter every Tuesday at 2pm ET for our weekly chats.

Name a dish that totally encapsulates its destination.

11 Delicious Maps Made From Iconic Local Foods

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A love of food is universal. As is, unfortunately, the need to photograph it. But these food maps of your favorite countries (created by stylist Caitlin Levin and photographer Henry Hargreaves) are designed using iconic national ingredients, so they're, like, art. And nothing like the blurry ramen burger pics you should stop posting on Instagram. Get ready to be hungry.

SEE MORE AT THRILLIST.COM

Photo Courtesy of Henry Hargreaves + Caitlin Levin

Daily Transporter: Tulips!

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Skagit Valley's 30th annual Tulip Festival runs April 1-30. Join other floral fans in celebrating the area's abundance of blooming tulip fields (as well as its bumper crop of wineries and breweries).

Editor’s Picks: Washington State
See Washington in World’s Longest Bridges
and Great Spring Weekend Getaways
and America's Coolest Distilleries

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: Scotland

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The John Muir Way, 134 miles of trail stretching from the naturalist’s birthplace in Dunbar on Scotland's east coast across to Helensburgh on the west coast, officially opens in April in time for the centenary of Muir’s death. The first-ever John Muir Festival kicks off Scotland’s Year of Homecoming.

See the John Muir Way in 25 Selfies You Have to Take This Year

Editor’s Picks: Scotland
See Scotland in 25 Secret European Villages
And Best Instagram Photos of 2013
And World’s Coolest Staircases

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

Luxury Travel Experiences with Mr. Aristotle

Mr. Aristotle

Boutique travel company, Mr. Aristotle, is known for showcasing unique global experiences, which are hand-selected by an expert team and are personalized for the traveler.

Several of unique Mr. Aristotle experiences have recently been nominated for inclusion within HSBC’s Home & Away Privilege loyalty programme. Operating in 39 global markets, travelers will have the chance to access the offers from around the world. 

Excursions include options like a surf weekend getaway in Australia, or an epicurean journey in Barcelona. Whether travelers are retreating to a beach cottage near Sydney to master the waves or creating a traditional Catalonian meal in a private cooking class, the luxury experiences are tailored and unique to the destination.

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

Photo courtesy of Mr. Aristotle

E-Book Subscription Service Scribd Announces Partnership with Lonely Planet

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Scribd is like Netflix for books: a monthly fee of $8.99 gets you unlimited access to more than 300,000 e-books from 900 publishers, the largest of which is Harper Collins. Today, the company is launching a new travel category through a partnership with Lonely Planet—which means for less than the cost of one title, you can browse hundreds of guidebooks. (The category also includes non-fiction titles, such as 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.)

Scribd is especially useful for travelers: not only is it compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and any web browser, but you can also download books to read off line—ideal when on the road without Internet access. (And you can keep any books you download indefinitely, as long as you remain a member.)

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Daily Transporter: Bangkok

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Heading to Bangkok now that the Thai government has given the all-clear? Find a cool way to escape the city heat: -5 Ice Bar, tucked inside the Jameson’s Pub, is so bracingly cold you may just need to wear one of the bar’s loaner parkas.

Editor’s Picks: Bangkok
See Bangkok in Buildings Shaped Like Animals
and World’s Coolest Bazaars  
and World's Most Beautiful City Parks

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

Westin's New Wellness Program Gets You a Little More Headspace

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Travelling is one of the best ways to clear your mind—or at least that’s what Westin is hoping to prove. Starting next month, the Starwood brand will be offering seven meditation-themed video modules curated by London-based company Headspace, who has also created in-flight mediation sessions for Virgin Atlantic. They’ll help travelers zen out at the most stressful moments of their trips (say, at the airport or before a business meeting) or offer calming exercises to practice before bed. Sound a little new age? I tried a session with Headspace founder Andy Puddicombe—a once-Buddhist monk and former circus artist (yes, you read that right)—and was pleasantly surprised. Rather than feeling like a scene from hippie-ville, the 10-minute experience was as relaxing as a full yoga class. And with an emphasis on mindfulness rather than total mental silence, it seemed like a great way to reawaken your senses to the different stimuli of a new place. Find the videos on Westin’s website starting next month.

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


Photo courtesy of Westin Hotels & Resorts

Kayak's Package Search: A New Way to Find the Best Deal

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True or false: booking a hotel and airfare package is cheaper than booking each component separately. If you guessed true, you’re right—most of the time, anyway. But there are exceptions. Helping you navigate those murky waters is Kayak, which has just launched a tool to aggregate package pricing and help you find the best options.

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Daily Transporter: This is Not a Toy

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Multidiscipline whiz kid Pharrell Williams has added Curator to his impressive list of occupations. A 700-piece exhibit of artist-designed toys, This is Not a Toy, runs through May 19 at the Toronto Design Exchange. Williams guest-curated the show and many of the toys come from his personal collection.

Editor’s Picks: Toronto
See Toronto in World’s Coolest New Tourist Attractions
and World’s Strangest Buildings
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 courtesy of Toronto Design Exchange.

Complain for Change at the Power of Design Panel

Power of Design

Complaints and their potential to effect change for the better is at the heart of Power of Design 2014, an exhibition and series of talks and panel discussions hosted by the Wolfsonian-Florida International University last weekend in Miami Beach.

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Eat Like a Local Twitter Chat on Tuesday, March 25

In conjunction with our annual Eat Like a Local magazine issue, we're discussing food trends, global cuisines on the rise, and beloved insider spots this Tuesday, March 25th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST. Whether you have questions on touristy restaurants that are actually worth the hype or foodies to follow, ask the experts for their advice!

The Hosts:

Food and Hotels Editor, Jennifer Flowers, @JennFlowers

Senior Editor, Jacqueline Gifford, @jacquigiff

Associate Editor, Brooke Porter, @brookeporter1

The Panelists:

Kate Krader, Food & Wine Restaurant Editor, @kkrader

Jennifer V. Cole, Southern Living Magazine, @Southern_Living

AskMen, @AskMen

Tasting Table, @TastingTable

Chef Katie Chin, @chefkatiechin

Sarah Copeland, Food Director at Real Simple, @edibleliving 

John Curtas, @eatinglasvegas

James Beard Foundation, @beardfoundation

Natalie Zfat, @NatalieZfat

Daniel Krieger, New York Food Photographer, @smoothdude

How does it work?

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Make-A-Wish Foundation Launches Loyalty Miles Campaign

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation is calling on fliers to donate extra airline loyalty miles in a month-long, national campaign. Communications Manager Josh DeBerge calls airline miles one of the organization's "most critical resources," and for good reason. Each year, it grants wishes to 14,000 children with life-threatening diseases. Ranging from "being a cowboy," to "seeing pineapples grow," nearly 75 percent of wishes require air travel, and the foundation needs 2.5 billion frequent flier miles annually.

The miles campaign leads up to World Wish Day on April 29th, and since most wishes occur during the summer, every mile donated in the spring makes a difference. Supporters can visit wish.org/miles for more information.

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

Photo by Make-A-Wish®

InstaMeet Around the World

Instagram is able to bring people together in an instantaneous and unique way—now, it’s even happening in person, with what’s being called “InstaMeets."

In late February, 12 Instagrammers from Malayasia and Indonesia, met for a four-day #InstaMeetJiran on East Java’s active volcano, Mount Bromo.

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Empire State Building Adds New Multimedia Experience

Empire State Building

Waiting in queue at New York City's Empire State Building just got a whole lot more enjoyable, thanks to a new interactive multimedia tour. User-friendly, social-media-connected, and highly informative, the experience teaches visitors the ins and outs of the historic high-rise.

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Travel Bucket List Experiences for Auction

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Gavel&Grand, sister site of online auction house Paddle8, offers auctions of curated experiences and luxury items in support of philanthropic organizations. Most recently, they’re launching an auction featuring travel bucket list experiences found online here, that are available to bid on now through March 26th.

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Delta's New Innovation Class Reimagines Business Travel

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Forget the 30-second elevator pitch: now you can have an entire three-hour flight to bounce ideas off your industry icon or dream business partner on Delta Air Lines’ new Innovation Class.

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Public Artist Stephen Powers' New Book Launches at the Strand

A Love Letter to the City

For the last few days, the public artist Stephen Powers has been leaving his mark on New York’s Strand bookstore—as he says, “sneaking around the aisles and painting little love letters to reading and writing.” It’s all to celebrate the launch of his book, A Love Letter to the City (Princeton Architectural Press; $24.95), a collection of essays, sketches, and vibrant photos of his works from Coney Island and his hometown of Philadelphia to Dublin, São Paolo, and Johannesburg.

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American Express and Boingo Join to Offer Free, Unlimited Wi-Fi to Card Members

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A few months ago, Delta eliminated free Delta Sky Club guest passes for American Express Platinum, Centurion, and Delta Reserve cardholders. But credit card company seems to be making up for the loss in it’s new partnership with Boingo: free, unlimited Wi-Fi. Starting this June, Platinum, Centurion, and Corporate Gold card members will have access to more than a million hotspots in airports, hotels, and retail locations around the world on up to four devices. We know what you’re thinking, and unfortunately, the answer is no—this does not include inflight Wi-Fi.

Brooke Porter
Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.


Photo courtesy of American Express and Boingo

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