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16 Things You Didn't Know About the Autobahn

Autobahn

Germany is known for three things: good beer, fast cars, and a mythical place that's dark as night, straight as an arrow, where speed records and personal bests are meant to be broken – or zee Autobahn, the country's system of seemingly speed-limit-free federal highways. Here are 16 things you should know about it.

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Photo by Christian Allinger

Save or Splurge on Travel Twitter Chat on Tuesday, April 15

April is here, which can mean only a couple of things—spring showers and Tax Day. You're either getting a refund or writing a big check. So what better time to find out how to save or splurge on travel? We're discussing tips with the experts during our Twitter Chat this Tuesday, April 15th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Whether you want to know about destinations that are worth the splurge or strategies for squeezing value out of a trip, join along to ask for insider advice!

The Host:

News Editor and Trip Doctor, Amy Farley, @TLTripDoctor

The Panelists:

Robin Leach, @Robin_Leach

Fortune Magazine, @FortuneMagazine

All You, @allyou

Airfarewatchdog, @airfarewatchdog

Expedia, @Expedia

Hotel Tonight, @hoteltonight

Luxe Tiffany, @LuxeTiffany

Jean Chatzky, NBC Today Financial Editor, @JeanChatzky

Fathom, @FathomWaytoGo

Mint.com, @mint

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.

4 New Films to Inspire Your Next Journey + Exclusive Clips

Opening this weekend, Hank and Asha is a tale of two cities. During intimate video chats, a pair of long-distance lovers share their adopted homes, Prague and New York, as they plan a rendezvous in Paris.

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Delta Unveils Its Redesigned Inflight Magazine

Delta Sky magazine

These days, in-flight magazines have to work harder and harder to get a traveler’s attention—and Delta’s redesigned Sky is doing just that, with a cleaner layout that emphasizes white space, refined typefaces, and eye-catching photography.

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How to Fold a Towel Origami Swan

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We admit it: we’ve always had a fondness for so-corny-they’re-cute towel animals. Samson Macwan, a butler at Sandals Emerald Bay, in the Bahamas, shows how to create a conversation piece.

1. Hold bath towel lengthwise, tucking center under chin. Roll sides tightly at an angle toward center to form a scroll with a pointed tip.

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Chef's Tour: Boston Eats from Alden & Harlow's Michael Scelfo

Michael Scelfo

Where to find the best food in Boston? The smaller, less-explored neighborhoods, where delicious local haunts are waiting to be uncovered, according to chef Michael Scelfo, whose buzzy new Cambridge restaurant, Alden & Harlow, opened in February. Read on for his perfect day of eating in and around Beantown.

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Daily Transporter: Sayulita

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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

10 Amazing Aerial Photos That Blow Away Your Out-the-Plane-Window Instagrams

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Most of us struggle to take a decent photo from the right angle (and have to cloak our misgivings in Instagram filters), but that's not a problem for award-winning, Boston-based photographer Alex S. MacLean – who flies a Cessna 182, and has been taking photos from the sky for years.

MacLean, who's a licensed pilot and fine art aerial photographer, recently had a show at London's Beetles + Huxley gallery, exhibiting his sky-high shots from over the US and Europe; here are some of our favorites.

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Photo by Alex MacLean

One-of-a-Kind Bikes Inspire American Travel

Will Leather Goods Bike

Throughout the coming months, Will Leather Goods, an Oregan-based lifestyle brand, will release seven on-of-a-kind bikes at random times and locations. Each leather-wrapped bike will be reflective of a specific period in American culture. The attached bike is inspired by a pre-revolutionary time when the main form of transportation was horseback. The brand's founder, Will, hopes to inspire American travel and exploration with these pieces.

Related Links:
America’s Best Cities for Hipsters
World's Top Biking Cities
15 Tech Innovations That Will Change the Way You Travel

Photo by Will Leather Goods

Italy's Best Pasta, Region-by-Region

Italy Pasta

Campania

Pastificio Gentile, Gragnano (pictured). Book ahead for a pasta demo followed by a meal of Signora Maria’s celestial fusilli and homemade preserves. $$

Torre del Saracino, Vico Equense. Gennaro Esposito’s pasta mista soup is one of Italy’s most celebrated creations. $$$

Emilia-Romagna

Osteria Francescana, Modena. Every trattoria in Emilia-Romagna serves good tortellini, but genius chef Massimo Bottura’s toothsome beauties in a cream of organic aged Parmesan should be enshrined. $$$$

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Video: Man Freed 24 Years After In Prison Had Legit Disney World Alibi

Daily Transporter: Singapore

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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

Google Brings Room 77 Into Its Fold

Yesterday we found out that Google has brought Room 77 into its portfolio of travel tools—and we think it’s big news. While the deal may not be the largest of the company’s partnerships or acquisitions to date, it’s a sign of what’s to come: As far as we can see it, Google is positioning itself to disrupt the travel sphere. Simply consider the acquisitions already in its portfolio, including travel search tool ITA—a $676 million buyout four years ago—Zagat, and Frommers (though the latter no longer belongs to Google, its content was integrated back in 2012). What it all adds up to is a growing arsenal of travel tools ready to be unleashed—the only question is when.

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

New Las Vegas Ad Targets Gay Couples...Almost



A new ad for Las Vegas targets gay couples...almost.

The clip, released this week and scheduled to air nationally, portrays a straight couple checking in to their Sin City hotel. The woman leaves to freshen up just as another man shows up to the front desk, at which point a receptionist asks whether the two gentlemen are ready to check in. A quick, knowing glance at each other and both men nod yes, queueing the iconic slogan, "What happens here, stays here."

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Bahamas News: Baha Mar, By the Numbers

Baha Mar

We’ve already introduced you to Baha Mar, the massive-scale resort that’s set to reinvigorate the Bahamian Riviera later this year. But if the $3.5-billion, five-brand hotel and casino has you thinking Vegas, think again: despite being the biggest destination project in the western hemisphere, Baha Mar is surprisingly tapped in to the island’s cultural and natural assets. Here, a by the numbers look:

34: the number of football fields it would take to hold all the sand that’s been brought in to re-nourish the beach at Baha Mar.

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What Makes Dive Bars Great

Ken Friedman in a Dive Bar

It’s good if the place looks a bit beat-up. The outside doesn’t matter that much. Peanut shells or sawdust all over the floor is always a good sign. It’s a real dive bar if the owners haven’t bothered to keep up with the times. Chez Jay, in Santa Monica, is amazing. So is the Frolic Room (323/462-5890), on Hollywood and Vine.

It’s all about access to great stories: you want people there who have them. I love waterfront bars, like the Liar’s Saloon (631/668-9597), in Montauk, New York. Same guys sitting on the same stool for decades. These guys know the real story of Jaws, the guy who caught that shark. There’s something about having a salty old guy or woman behind the bar doing shots with customers.

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Daily Transporter: Austin

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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

The Moment: Jawai Leopard Camp in Rajasthan

Rajasthan: Jawai Leopard Camp

It’s dinnertime, but before you lift a fork of paprika-infused lamb to your lips, you pause again to look at the stars. At Jawai Leopard Camp, a new eight-tent lodge in a remote part of India, there is little man-made light. A half-moon throws a gentle glow on the granite hills, where red-turbaned Rabari herdsmen share their land with hyenas, jackals, and even the leopard your guide pointed out on safari last night. Tomorrow you may visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Kumbhalgarh Fort or bird-watch at Jawai Bandh reservoir, but now you have just one item on your agenda: ducking into your creature-comfort-filled canvas tent for the kind of sleep that only comes after a day in the wild. All-inclusive.

Related Links:
Uncovering the Jewels of Rajasthan, India
World’s Great Animal Migrations
Best Endangered Animal Safaris

Photo courtesy of Jawai Leopard Camp

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

Stephanie March's Must-Pack Products

Stephanie March's Must-Pack Products

How does the star of Law & Order: SVU, travel blogger for fathomaway.com, and co-owner of modern makeup salon Rouge New York make multitasking look so gorgeous? Here, her must-pack products.

Stainless-Steel Sharpie Pen ($7): “If you address a postcard with a ballpoint, it can look like you’re writing from an asylum.”

Almond & Coconut Kind Bar ($2): “It won’t melt, no matter where you are in the world.”

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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.

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

Daily Transporter: How the Zebra Got His Stripes

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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

What to do in Johannesburg, South Africa

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Don’t think of it as just a stopover; Johannesburg deserves serious exploration of its own.

Because downtown is back. For ages, visitors have sought refuge in the gated suburbs north of town, but inner-city crime rates are dropping and young urbanites are moving in. Walk down lively Juta Street in gritty-but-safe Braamfontein, where Dokter & Misses sells hand-cast ceramics and Afro-Deco furniture, then join the crowd for retro cocktails at the 108-year-old Kitchener’s Carvery Bar (27-11/403-0166; $).

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New Museum Restaurants

Museum Restaurants: The Magazine at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Elevating food and design to a work of art, these new museum restaurants are destinations in their own right.

London: With its undulating fabric roof, the Magazine (pictured) at Serpentine Sackler Gallery is unmistakably Zaha Hadid. German chef Oliver Lange shows off his Japanese training with a menu that includes both sushi and côte de boeuf. $$$$

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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

Packing Tips: Lightweight Rain Gear

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Q: We are hotel-hopping through europe and we want to be prepared for mixed weather. any suggestions for lightweight outerwear? —Julia Stuopelis, via e-mail

A: Your best option for a fickle forecast: gear that packs into a pocket or pouch (see video below). Here, easy-to-stash coats and boots that offer protection from the elements or can be tossed into a tote or backpack during bouts of sunshine. Clockwise from left:

Men’s reversible nylon jacket with stowing pocket, Victorinox.
Men’s nylon windbreaker with stowing pocket by Swims.
Men’s coated-cotton jacket with packable pocket, K-Way by Marc Jacobs.
Women’s reversible nylon parka and matching bag, Louis Vuitton.
Rollable rubber-and-canvas wellies, Hunter.
Women’s compressible down jacket and pouch, Moncler.

Video: Stylish Raingear

Related Links:
How to Pack a Suitcase
How to Pack a Suit
How to Weather-Proof Your Vacation

Mimi LombardoMimi Lombardo is the fashion director at Travel + Leisure. Have a packing dilemma? Need some tips and remedies? Send your questions to tripdoctor@timeinc.com. Follow @tltripdoctor on Twitter.

Photo by Levi Brown

Trip Doctor: Hotel Tipping Guide

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When it comes to hotel gratuities, even the most seasoned travelers admit to being stumped. That’s why we’ve put together this handy cheat sheet below, which you can take with you the next time you’re on the road.

  • Bellman: $1 to $2 per bag.

  • Concierge: $10 to $20 for performing a special service, such as scoring tickets to a sold-out event or wrangling lost luggage from your airline.

  • Doorman: $2 for hailing a cab in rush hour or in the rain; $1 for each bag.

  • Housekeeping: $5 to $10 per day. Leave it at the front desk if you want it divided equally among all your housekeepers.

  • Room Service: A service charge is almost always included in the bill. To personally thank your server, 5 percent will suffice.

  • Valet: $5 when your car is delivered.

  • Free Town-Car Service: Because they’re providing a complimentary amenity, drivers are instructed not to expect tips. However, it’s not uncommon for travelers to offer a gratuity. The minimum starts around $5 and goes up as the distance increases. While chauffeurs are generally making above-market wages, they still appreciate being recognized for going the extra mile—literally.

Note: Gratuities are often lower or not expected outside North America. Follow 
local tipping customs when traveling overseas.

Jennifer FlowersJennifer Flowers is the Travel News Editor at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @JennFlowers.

Photo credit: Bernd Vogel / Corbis

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

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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