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Expert Travel Tips from Twitter's Melissa Barnes

Melissa Barnes

Melissa Barnes, Twitter's head of global brands, shares her business travel tips, from how she fights jet-lag to her go-to app.

Q: How often do you travel?

A: Between 50% and 60% of my time is on the road.

Q: What is your go-to travel app?

A: American Airlines app. I've checked into many a flight as I'm speeding to the airport. (Disclaimer: I'm usually in the back of a cab and not driving when I'm checking in via my phone)

Q: What are your must-pack items?

A: A charger for my Mac, an international converter, workout clothes, a pair of heels, and a good dress. And I'm always packing a few extra super chargers for my phone. As long as I've got power, I can figure the rest out.

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Sean MacPherson Defines What Makes a Hotel Cool

Sean MacPherson Defines What Makes a Hotel Cool

The best hotels have human fingerprints.
I don’t need to like the person’s style, but I want to feel their presence and a sense of place. The Grand Hôtel Nord-Pinus, in Arles, France, is so French, but it also has a strong Spanish influence that reflects the owner’s quirky taste: a vintage bar and furniture mixed with bullfighting memorabilia and Peter Lindbergh photographs. At the Saint Cecilia, in Austin, Texas, you feel Liz Lambert’s heartbeat throughout the hotel. The mini-bar, for example, has personal choices such as salted-caramel galettes, prosciutto, and Mexican Coke.

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5 London Cocktail Bars to Try Now

5 London Cocktail Bars to Try Now

Much like its patchwork of neighborhoods, the city’s drinking culture offers something for every taste. Here, five new haunts that define the nightlife scene right now.

The Whip, Mayfair

The Vibe: A Kentucky Derby theme sets a fanciful mood: racing-green-striped walls, equestrian knickknacks (riding crop; horse paintings), and vintage furniture upholstered with jockey silks.

Who Goes: Burberry-clad bankers and tony Mayfair residents; expat Triple Crown fans.

What to Order: A julep, of course. The Whip, made with rhubarb vodka and dry gin from the owner’s distillery, is served in a pewter tin.

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Fall 2014's Must-See Art and Architecture Openings

Fall 2014's Must-See Art Openings

Art

New York City

"Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, celebrates the gift of an unparalleled collection of works by Picasso, Braque, Juan Gris, and Fernand Léger, each of whom propelled Modernism in unique artistic directions. Oct. 20–Feb. 16.

Boston

The Spanish master Francisco Goya’s aristocrats, children, witches, and madmen are the subject of a landmark exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, with more than 160 paintings, prints, and drawings. Oct. 12–​Jan. 19.

Chicago

Ziggy Stardust gets the art-historical treatment at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in “David Bowie Is,” devoted to the glam rock icon and featuring costumes, stage sets, and video installations. Sept. 23–Jan. 4.

Architecture

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, winner of this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize, imbued the new Aspen Art Museum with his trademark ingenuity, including a striking basket-weave wood façade and a rooftop sculpture garden.

The Inbursa Aquarium, in Mexico City, is Latin America’s largest, with four subterranean levels housing more than 5,000 species. The structure by Fernando Romero abuts the architect’s Museo Soumaya and David Chipperfield’s Museo Jumex. Plaza Carso.

Opera was invented in Florence, but only now does the city have a venue dedicated to the genre. The new marble-clad Opera di Firenze complex has a state-of-the-art theater and concert hall, close to the centro storico.

In Rio de Janeiro’s beachfront neighborhood Barra de Tijuca, Christian de Portzamparc’s sweeping Cidade das Artes brings together an art gallery, chamber-music hall, and 1,250-seat auditorium.

Photo courtesy of David Alexander Arnold

Top Family Travel Tips from the Experts

Family Travel

I'm just back from a trip to Italy and like every long adventure with toddlers, it was a schizophrenic mix of life-could-never-be-better moments and how-am-I-going-to-get-through-this hell. There was Sebastian's meltdown at Heathrow because I wouldn't buy him the really big Paddington bear (thank god for the Terminal 5 play area); the relentless "I want milk" requests while driving through the milkless rolling hills of Tuscany; and the constant sticky faces and stained shirts from twice-daily gelato injections (Italian napkins just don't do the job). In anticipation of my next family excursion, I reached out to the pros for some tips on how to make the journey smoother. Here, my favorites:

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Las Vegas’s New SLS Hotel, By the Numbers

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Las Vegas’s old Sahara Resort is being reborn as the SLS, a three-tower, Gensler-designed property on the north part of the Strip. Like its Miami counterpart, hotelier Sam Nazarian tasked Philippe Starck with creating a vision for the interiors, giving each of the buildings a distinctive look and feel.

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9 New Restaurants to Try Now

9 New Restaurants to Try Now

New York City

Who doesn’t love a sexy bar with delicious bites? Our new haunt: the banquette-lined, mahogany-clad NoMad Bar ($$$), from the team behind the adjacent NoMad hotel. They had us at pot pie and foie gras, but we stayed for the bacon-wrapped hot dogs with black-truffle mayonnaise, artisanal beers, and perfectly balanced cocktails. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, chef Michael Psilakis is close to opening a yet-to-be-named beer hall ($$), a 5,000-square-foot homage to Greek street food—crab keftedes; pork-shoulder gyros—with local brews on tap.

Chicago

In the up-and-coming Avondale neighborhood, the laid-back, Korean-American Parachute ($$) is the first opening from Top Chef  vet Beverly Kim and her husband, John Clark. Order the boudin noir with nam phrik and coconut yogurt, and anything from the Asian bread menu (but especially the Chinese bing). Hyde Park’s dining scene just cranked up the dial with Promontory ($$), where chef Jared Wentworth, from Logan Square gastropub Longman & Eagle, serves hearty classics such as lamb navarin and vegetable pot-au-feu.

Austin, Texas

Unexpected encore: those mad geniuses at innovative Japanese restaurants Uchi and Uchiko take a more traditional approach with St. Philip ($$), a pizzeria and bakery in Sunset Valley.

San Francisco

Capitalizing on the flyaway success of State Bird Provisions, the Progress is Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski’s locavore-minded follow-up next door, set to open by the end of the year. In the meantime, head to the Presidio and hit the Commissary ($$$), from Traci des Jardins of Jardinière. Her 112-seat restaurant serves Spanish-inflected dishes such as salt-cod fritters and octopus with pimenton.

Los Angeles

Quinn and Karen Hatfield, the duo behind Hollywood favorites Hatfield’s and the Sycamore Kitchen, are launching Odys & Penelope ($$$) on La Brea Avenue. Main attractions: grilled Monterey Bay squid, smoked short ribs, and whole-bird churrasco. Save us a seat.

New Orleans

Hometown hero John Besh teams up with Brooklyn-based chef Aarón Sánchez (of the Food Network’s Chopped) to open the farm-to-table taqueria Johnny Sánchez ($$) in the Central Business District. The tacos we’re craving: Wagyu-beef barbacoa; squash blossom with burrata.

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Jennifer Flowers is the Hotels & Food Editor at Travel + Leisure. Find her on Twitter at @JennFlowers.

Photo courtesy of Rush Jagoe

6 New Headphones Worth a Listen

Travel headphones

Our five favorite new headphones, all sound-checked by T+L tech correspondent Tom Samiljan, deliver top-notch audio—and serious style points.

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How to Prepare for an Icelandic Eruption

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Remember the great Eyjafjallajökull eruption of 2010 that spewed ash across European airspace, stranding millions of travelers throughout the continent—and beyond? Iceland may be giving us a repeat performance, this time care of the Bárðarbunga volcano (that's Bardarbunga to English speakers), which has been increasing its seismic activity over the last week.

A few days ago, the agency that monitors the volcano raised the threat level to the aviation industry to ”orange,” the second-highest rating, putting airlines around the world on alert for possible flight disruptions due to ash clouds. Though it’s still unclear if the volcano will actually erupt, travelers planning to fly to or through northern Europe in the coming weeks should be prepared. Here’s what you need to know:

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The Sleepiest City in the World Is...

Which city gets the most and least sleep? You'll be surprised to know that New York City is actually not the city that never sleeps—New Yorkers sleep an average of six hours and 47 minutes, according to a study by Jawbone, the maker of the fitness wristband Up. (Click here for the full results via the Wall Street Journal.)

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Worth a Look: The High Road with Mario Batali on Hulu Series

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Shackled to your desk today, but in desperate need of an escape? Steal a few minutes for an episode of The High Road with Mario Batali, a twelve-part series of short films on Hulu where the celebrity chef pairs up with famous residents to play tourist in New York City, visiting notable sights while chatting about everything from politics to real-life heroes. We love the unique tone of each vignette, be it a chuckle-worthy hangout at the High Line with Jimmy Fallon, or an eccentric tour of Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood with George Stephanopoulos. The latest installment launches today, and features Batali on a trip with actress Julianna Margulies to the mother of landmarks, the Empire State Building. If a New York State of Mind sounds enticing right about now, check out the newest episode below.

Jennifer FlowersJennifer Flowers is the Hotels & Food Editor at Travel + Leisure. Find her on Twitter at @JennFlowers.

Photo courtesy of Ken Goodman

Summer-In-the-City Beauty Essentials

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T+L’s Senior Editor, Travel & Beauty, Jacqui Gifford, shares what makeup and hair musts transition well from work to evenings out in New York City.

This has been one of the most glorious New York City summers, with non-stop sunshine and practically zero humidity—a huge plus for my hair and make-up routine. I've been experimenting with color (hello, orange and green!) and road-testing a citrusy fragrance that evokes the Amalfi Coast. Here’s what’s been lining my dresser.

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Instagram Influencers Celebrate World Photo Day

Tuesday marked World Photo Day, a celebration of 175 years since the first photographic process. With more photos being taken every day on a smart phone, Travel + Leisure celebrated by featuring six iPhone photographers on our Instagram account throughout the day. 

 

 

These talents took us all over the world and put us in the heart of the action: @sweatengine made us feel like we were standing on the side of a New York City skyscraper; @yugi had us craning our necks up a mountain in Rio to see Christ the Redeemer; and @jonathangriffithhad us waking up in a tent in Zion National Park.

We traveled the world for #WorldPhotoDay through the lens of these iPhone photographers and hope that you were able to do the same. In case you actually worked yesterday and couldn’t watch our Instagram feed, we’re sharing their breathtaking photos with you here. 

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DART Brings Travelers Right to the Heart of Dallas

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Dallas/Fort Worth is the third busiest airport in the world (and larger than the island of Manhattan). It only makes sense that there’s now a way to easily travel from the hub into the city itself.

The Orange Line extension of DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) opened this week, and finally connects travelers and locals via light rail from Terminal A in DFW straight into downtown Dallas. This means visitors can access key destinations in the city, such as the popular Dallas Arts District and Fair Park, as well as large convention centers for business travel. The Terminal Link takes passengers between terminals within DFW, to get to or from Terminal A.

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How I Got Over My Fear of Flying

Fear of Flying

Aaron Spelling had a train car. Aretha Franklin has a custom bus. Even Marge Simpson suffered from it. I came by my pteromerhanophobia (fear of flying) honestly: my mother wrote a novel called Fear of Flying. But it started even before that. My DNA was equal parts deoxyribonucleic acid and panic. This didn’t mean that I didn’t fly. I grew up on Pan Am Flight 002, a Boeing 747 that went from JFK to Delhi with a stop at London Heathrow. We flew Clipper Class (which was Pan Am’s old-school name for business). The flight was always chaotic, stuffed to the gills, hot as the inside of an oven, hours late, and populated almost entirely with screaming babies. At least that’s how I remember it.

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On Istanbul's Asian Side: Anatolian Ice Cream at Donurmacci

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Those visiting Istanbul tend to stay on the European side of the city. But there are plenty of reasons to hop a ferry to the other shore. Among them: Dondurmacci a tiny, sliver of an ice creamery, near the Anatolian high street of Baghdad Avenue (Bağdat Caddesi in Turkish).

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NextGreatTrip Offers VIP Experience for Cycling Enthusiasts

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Want to get in on the action of a high-speed bike race without doing all that leg work? NextGreatTrip, a Denver-based premium vacation service, is partnering with USA Cycling to help you do just that. The USA Pro Challenge Adventure brings participants behind the scenes of "America's Race" in the Colorado Rockies from August 17-24.

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Video: What Is Your Favorite U.S. City?

To celebrate this year’s America’s Favorite Cities feature, Travel + Leisure’s Sarah Spagnolo took to the New York City streets, asking travelers and locals about their favorite places in the U.S.A.

From Austin to San Francisco, Nashville, Miami, and more, travelers can’t get enough of America the Beautiful. Perhaps that’s why 97% of travelers are planning to explore this country this year. But why? For some, it’s the food (pizza in New York), while for others, it is the history and culture (case in point: Charleston, with roots that date back to the 17th century).

Now, it’s your turn to vote. In our annual America’s Favorite Places Survey, we go beyond our hometown, asking our readers everywhere to weigh in on cities, towns, and regions. Categories range from shopping to nightlife, and food and drink in destinations from California’s Wine Country to Providence, Rhode Island. Share your favorites in our survey, then tweet us with your thoughts using #TLCities. In December, we’ll reveal the results—may the best destination win!

 

Designer Marie-Anne Oudejan's Stylish New Jaipur Bar

Marie-Anne Oudejans

"Jaipur is already the Pink City, so I wanted to do something totally different," says Dutch designer Marie-Anne Oudejans of her latest creation, Bar Palladio, at the Narain Niwas Palace Hotel. Best known for Tocca, her line of sari-fabric dresses, Oudejans has turned her eye to interiors, fashioning an over-the-top space with an opulence worthy of a maharajah: Indian motifs (flowers; vines; leaves), tented ceilings, and murals of exotic birds. At secluded banquettes, stylish locals mix with international textile artists over plates of penne all’arrabbiata and basil-tinged Ambassador martinis. Oudejans designed the entire Rajasthani fantasy, down to the crystal stemware, block-printed pillows—even the bar logo. "If you come to India," she says, "this is what you imagine it will look like."

Kate Betts is the author of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style.

Photo by Aparna Jayakumar

What Do Hotels Do with My Half-Used Shampoo?

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Most hotels discard leftover amenities, which is good for hygiene, but not so much for the environment. Today, an increasing number of properties worldwide donate their extra products for recycling and reuse, thanks to nonprofits such as Clean the World. Since 2009, the organization has collected and sterilized more than 17 million bars of soap and 325,000 gallons of shampoo and conditioner and distributed them to those in need—eliminating hundreds of tons of waste in the process.

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

 

Dîner en Blanc Pop-Up Parties Unite Fashionable Foodies Around the World

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“Are you going to a wedding?” a couple of passersby ask as a parade of people dressed in their finest white garb emerge from the New York City subway carrying picnic baskets, folding tables, and chairs.

“No,” the group leader responds—for they are headed to the world’s largest, most highly anticipated pop-up party. Initiated by François Pasquier over 25 years ago in Paris, the Dîner en Blanc has taken the world by storm. Approximately 12,000 people attended the pop-up picnic in Paris this year. The organizers of the New York City dinner, slated for August 25, expect around 4,000 people.

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Q+A with Soccer Star Tim Howard About How #LoveTravels

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In June, Marriott International launched its #LoveTravels campaign, encouraging LGBT travelers to feel at ease while staying with Marriott brands during their travels. Today, the company announced that it is broadening the message to individuals of any orientation, with an expanded lineup of celebrity endorsements such as soccer star Tim Howard and fashion maven Angela Simmons.

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Movie Stars on Stage

Maggie Gyllenhaal

This fall, Hollywood celebrities like Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Bradley Cooper take their talents to the theater.

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The Unconventional Beauty of Ethiopia's Omo River Valley

Omo River Valley Tribe, Ethiopia

“Up at first baboon,” the safari guide said brightly at dinner, though it’s not clear why he felt the need. When it comes to waking the dead, baboons are more reliable than cell phones, quartz clocks, or a New York City garbage truck grinding its gears.

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The Best Travel Headphones Video

Headphones are a must-pack item whether you’re looking for sound quality or peace and quiet. Consider these four versions, which we show off in a Travel + Leisure Quick Tips video.

Audio-Technica QuietPoint Noise-Cancelling Headphones are the most affordable of the bunch, coming in at just $100. And when noise canceling is turned on, they do a shockingly good job of eliminating outside sounds.

Watch more Travel + Leisure Quick Tips videos here.

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Road Trips Twitter Chat on Tuesday, August 19

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Where are the best destinations for a summer road trip? Find out in our Road Trips Twitter chat on Tuesday, August 19th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join along to ask the experts for tips and advice!

The Hosts:

T+L's Senior Digital Editor, Kate Appleton, @k_appleton

T+L's Associate Editor, Brooke Porter Katz, @brookeporter1

The Panelists:

Travel Channel, @travelchannel

Gary Arndt, @EverywhereTrip

Sunset Magazine's Senior Editor Andrea Minarcek, @Minarcek

AAA, @AAANews

Kim Mance, @KimMance

Rick Griffin, @RickGriffin

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.

Q+A with Country Music Singer-Songwriter Lee Brice

201408-hd-lee-brice-q-and-ajpgJust weeks before the release of his new album, I Don’t Dance, singer-songwriter and South Carolina native Lee Brice sat down with T+L to talk Charleston, Music City, and life on the road.

Q: What can fans expect from I Don’t Dance?

A: The new album is very dynamic. It’s diverse in that it mixes all the different types of music that I grew up listening to. I’m such a country guy at heart, and I can’t not be a country man singing country music, but there are little dazzles of the things that I love in R&B and the things that I love in rock, and blues, and gospel music. Some of that stuff comes through on the record. And then just be ready for a very personal record. I try to tell the truth on it. 

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Best Deals Travel Deals for September 2014

September Best Deals

From a culinary retreat in Buenos Aires to a Wild West adventure in Texas, T+L serves up ample inspiration for a late summer getaway.

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What Is an Airline Code Share?

Airline Code Share

If a carrier issues you a ticket for a flight operated by a different airline, that’s the result of a code-share agreement. This happens frequently between international alliance partners (SkyTeam; Oneworld; Star Alliance), but is not restricted to them. Be advised: not all code-share flights are equal in the eyes of your frequent-flier program; some may not count toward elite-​qualifying miles or segments.

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What Your Instagram Filter Says About You

What Your Instagram Filter Says About You

A picture may speak a thousand words, but a filter is a look into a traveler’s soul. Here’s what you’re projecting with your choice of special effects.

Earlybird
To blazes with hard-edged modernity! You yearn for the softly faded era of steamer trunks and hot-air balloons. Jules Verne is your Virgil. Your ideal evening starts with a Delmonico steak and an oyster roast, and ends at the kinetoscope. In your luggage: a hoopskirt and a stovepipe hat.

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