Tomorrow we'll toast the World’s Best Awards 2011 winners at a jazzy event in Beverly Hills at Mr. C Hotel. To celebrate the awards, Vacationist is opening up it's black book of deals, offering up to 60 percent off at two hotels in Santorini, the World’s Best Island Overall as voted by T+L readers in the annual readers’ poll. Looking to stay at one of the best hotels in the world? We can deliver that, too. Try a few blissful nights at St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain (No. 11 in the Caribbean), which has been on the list three times since it opened in 2006.
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CNNMoney | If you think New York is expensive, try Luanda, Angola where you'd pay $28 for a CD and about $20 for a club sandwich and a soda, according to an annual survey on the cost of living around the globe by consulting firm Mercer.
Costs are so high in Luanda for Americans that Mercer deemed it the most expensive city in the world for the second year in a row.
The biggest trend to emerge in this year's survey—which compares the cost of housing, coffee, food, clothing and transportation for expatriates in 214 cities across five continents—was that American and European cities slipped in the rankings, while African and Asian cities climbed.
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Well, that’s one way to cure boredom! Stuck, the viral short film sensation created by Joe Ayala and Larry Chen, depicts the twosome’s epic adventures during an overnight layover in the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, including but not limited to wheelchair races, sneaking in a beer at a deserted bar, and a wet paper towel fight in the bathroom. Chen and Ayala, who are professional automotive photographers, released the video last month, prompting questions about the apparent lack of security in the terminal.
Looking for some inspiration for your next summer road trip? Take advantage of the warm weather and head out west to check out the six new national natural landmarks!
Named on June 15 by the National Park Service, the newly dubbed landmarks are part of Obama’s "America’s Great Outdoors" initiative, which aims to conserve the natural beauty of some of the most beautiful areas of the country for future generations. Highlights of the newest batch of national treasures include Golden Fossil Areas, which are internationally-renowned for having unique fossil footprints, and Hanging Lake, a stunningly gorgeous lake that plays home to both a rare wetland ecosystem and hanging gardens. (Both are in Colorado.) However, if these don’t trip your trigger, there are over 500 other national natural landmarks to choose from.
For a complete listing of the new national landmarks, check out the National Park Service’s website.
Kirsten Stamn is an ASME intern at Travel + Leisure.
NPS photo courtesy of J.B. Bell
In Valencia, the city that gave paella to the world, greedy forks scrape the bottom of the pan for the best bites of crunchy rice, or socarrat. No surprise when the Formula 1 European Grand Prix roared into Valencia last month, the city’s restaurants were buzzing with racing fanatics—all of whom took a break from their fast-paced itineraries for a leisurely lunch of paella at one of these top spots:
T+L Editors have picked the Top 10 semi-finalists for the Coastlines and Beaches photo contest, and now it's up to you to vote for the winner! Will it be this lovely shot of Santa Monica's boardwalk at twilight? Or one of the other semi-finalists? Click here to vote for the one you think deserves to win.
You have until July 31, 2011 to make your opinion count, so vote now and vote often! The winner will receive Elgato: EyeTV HD and publication in Travel + Leisure.
We also just launched a new round of photo contest categories, so if you missed this round you can still submit your photos here to win such prizes as a Zumi Triple Plus Camera (courtesy of Photojojo), an ONA Camera Bag, or even the Grand Prize trip to South Africa, courtesy of South African Airways and partners.
Lyndsey Matthews is an online editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.
Roll It: On your face, lips, or body, that is. Using natural antioxidants and a clear form of zinc oxide, the Own Active Block ball ($15; ownproducts.com) gives you all-around SPF 30 coverage without any surfer streaks. Plus, it’s fun to toss—and easy to find—in your beach bag.
Sweep It: A translucent mineral powder that flows through a portable, refillable brush, Chantecaille Protection Naturelle SPF 46 ($65; chantecaille.com) prevents both shining and burning, and gives you a healthy glow to boot.
Swipe It: Combining water-resistant UV protection with soothing green tea and vitamin E, these fragrance-free, SPF 30 Supergoop Sunscreen Swipes ($34 per box of 21; nordstrom.com) are great for sensitive skin. Individually wrapped, they’re also perfect for travel.
Wear It: The cotton-poplin Mott 50 tunic ($119; mott50.com) proves that sun-protective clothing can also be stylish. The brand’s easy, UPF 50 dresses and tops get the Skin Cancer Foundation’s stamp of approval—and T+L’s, too.
Photo by Lars Klove
Summer is now at full force, which means vacations galore for seemingly countless numbers of people across the country. Even I’m readying myself to briefly part from the T+L offices for a much-needed beachside retreat in Maine. (More to come on that on another day.) With all this travel going on, I wanted to take some time to share a few of my favorite iOS apps that make travel a whole lot easier (and a lot more fun).
Where do chic Parisians shop these days? Travel + Leisure's Paris correspondent Tina Isaac shares her insider tips here:
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Around the corner from the glittering heavy artillery in the Place Vendôme, Stéphanie Roger’s newly opened WhiteBird jewelry gallery specializes in stylishly singular - and comparatively affordable- niche brands from around the world, almost all of them designed by women (Jean Grisoni is the lone exception). (34 rue du Mont Thabor, 1st.)
Is your Bucket List in need of a little inspiration?
UNESCO to the rescue! Last week, its World Heritage Committee officially inscribed 25 new World Heritage Sites, bringing the swelling number to a whopping 936 worldwide.
Joining the ranks of recognized world wonders like Stonehenge, the Statue of Liberty, and Ayers Rock are the Longobards in Italy (above), seven buildings built by the Scandi-Germanic Lombard tribe who, during their powerful 6th- to 8th-century reign, established a distinct culture and architectural style that began Europe’s evolution from Antiquity to the Middle Ages.