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The Moment: Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Casa Wabi

3:46 p.m.: The raw-concrete wall before you signals the stark divide between art and nature. Amid the cactus-studded dunes of coastal Oaxaca, with the Sierra Madre del Sur in the distance, lies Casa Wabi, a new fortress of creative solitude designed by architect Tadao Ando as a foundation for the Mexican artist Bosco Sodi. You’ve walked here along the beach from your bungalow at the Hotel Escondido to view an installation by French artist Daniel Buren. Later, you’ll attend a film screening and visit with the international artists here for a residency. And who knows? That beachcomber you saw earlier sketching wind-bleached driftwood may have been one of them. You certainly couldn’t ask for a more inspiring setting.

Shane Mitchell is T+L's lifestyle correspondent.

Photo by Nicholas Alan Cope

Baltimore/Washington (BWI) is America's Healthiest Airport


Travel plans in the near future don’t need to undo your newly minted resolutions, thanks to surge in healthful food offerings at airports across the country.

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Weird Oregon Vodka To Toast Portlandia’s Fifth Season


When the producers of IFC's Portlandia went looking for a beer partner for seasons 1 and 2, it’s clear why they chose Oregon's Rogue Ales. The Fred Armisen-Carrie Brownstein series, which began not-so-gently skewering hipster culture in Portland four years ago, is, shall we say, idiosyncratic. And Rogue, based in Newport, is equally eccentric. So with the launch of Portlandia’s fifth season on January 8, we thought it was only fitting to find out what Rogue has been up to lately. Also, they sent us a bottle of seriously strange vodka, which piqued our interest.

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Ace Hotels Host Art Shows for "Inherent Vice"


Visitors to a few choice Ace Hotel locations this week can enter the psychedelic realm of the surf noir Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest screen adventure.

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LATAM Airlines Group Launches VIP Lounges and New Routes


LAN and TAM Airlines officially launched their first international VIP lounge as the unified LATAM Airlines Group and announced a handful of new routes planned for this year. The merger of the two South American companies, which started in 2012, has created one of the largest airline groups in the world with service to 135 destinations in 24 countries around the globe. The new VIP lounge, located in São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport, is their largest and most stylish in Latin America. 

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Best Places to Travel in 2015 Twitter Chat on Tuesday January 6


What are this year's "it" destinations? Learn insider tips from the experts by joining our Best Places to Travel in 2015 Twitter Chat on Tuesday, January 6th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT

The Host:

T+L Senior Digital Director: @k_appleton 

The Panelists:

T+L Lifestyle Correspondent: @shanegoesforth

Findery: @findery

Fathom: @FathomWaytoGo

Valerie Wilson Travel: @VWT_Travel

Black Tomato: @Black_Tomato


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.

Where To Travel in 2015

T+L's 50 Best Places to Visit in 2015 details some of the newest and most exciting adventures to add to your bucket list this year. T+L's own Jacqui Gifford joined MSNBC’s The Cycle to discuss the top spots and trips for travelers looking to escape in the coming months. 

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Kansas City Airport Sells Local Art Via Vending Machine


There's a new way to experience local flavor at the Kansas City airport. A recently installed vending machine in Terminal B dispenses not food but products made by local artisans. 

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Charleston Insiders’ Weekend 2015

Charleston at night

With its antebellum charms, picturesque waterfront, and spectacular restaurant scene, it’s no wonder Travel + Leisure readers have ranked Charleston as the nation’s top city in our annual World’s Best Awards for the last two years. That’s why I’m thrilled that from May 1 to 3, we at T+L are heading down to this alluring city, along with a few fellow Time Inc. editors at Food & Wine, Southern Living, Coastal Living, and Departures, for a fun-packed weekend filled with only-in-Charleston experiences. And we’re hoping you’ll join in on the fun.

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Managing Director of JPA Design, Ben Orson, on Top Travel Trends for 2015

Ben Orson

The managing director of the industrial engineering firm JPA Design, London shares how we’ll fly in the future.

Q: What’s on the horizon for airline cabins?

A: When you look at aircraft, there’s a fair amount of space between people and the ceiling, and we’re trying to make use of it. One idea is 3-D seating, which applies mainly to business class. Lie-flat beds will be stacked, one above the other. Most people’s reaction is to think about bunk beds, but it’s more subtle than that.

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Cool New Hotel Amenities

Hotel amenities

A highly subjective survey of the latest design features, amenities, and quirky little touches we heartily approve of.

British sculptor Antony Gormley’s geometric suite, simply called Room—at London’s Beaumont Hotel—is equal parts accommodation and art installation. You emerge from a narrow staircase into a dark, fumed-oak space with nothing but velvet blackout curtains and a powder-white bed—the effect is an allenveloping emptiness that’s enhanced as you stargaze through the high window. $$$$

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Midtown Manhattan's Transformation

Rainbow Room

To witness one of the most remarkable transformations in New York City, one need only walk along 57th Street, where new ultra-luxe towers soaring above 1,000 feet now (or will soon) line what has come to be called Billionaire’s Row. And that’s only part of the redemption story of midtown Manhattan in the 50s, the swath between Central Park and Rockefeller Center. While Michael’s and Mr. Chow (55th and 57th, respectively) remain forever glamorous, the current of cool—along with Michelin stars and high thread counts—has long flowed downtown and Brooklyn-ward. But money on an oligarchical scale is pouring back into midtown, bringing with it sleek new hotels and restaurants (some of them dusted-off favorites). The prospective buyers of $25 million condos will need someplace to repair to after raiding Chanel and Dior (both 57th). No doubt everyone else will follow them to the Baccarat Hotel, the Polo Bar, the Park Hyatt’s Onyx Room—thirsty for some old-fashioned, unapologetic glitz.

Photo by Floto + Warner

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Twitter Chat Recap: Ways to Travel Better


If you didn't catch the latest T+L Twitter Chat on Ways to Travel Better, we have the best tips, tricks, and trends right here:

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Learning the Ways of the Laotian Mahouts

Laotian Mahout

On a quest to learn the ways of the Laotian mahouts, Henry Alford discovers that few experiences offer a lesson in humility like learning to ride an elephant.

When you’re sitting on an elephant’s neck, you see him differently: 4½ tons of quivering muscle, capable of reducing all within his reach to dust-breathing rubble. Which is exactly the vibe I’m getting from Bonsou, a.k.a. Lady Boy, the 56-year-old bull I’m riding through the woods near an elephant lodge in Laos. Bonsou is blithely tugging vines and saplings out of the earth like a bored socialite rejecting fabric swatches. Honda, a giggly former monk, is teaching me to be a mahout, or elephant herder, and tells me that the command for “Stop that!” is, strangely, “Ya, ya!” So I yell this counterintuitive instruction, sure that I have woken up on Backwards Day.

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Share Your 2014 Travel Story


If a tree falls in the woods and no one’s there to Instagram it, did the tree really fall?

Throughout 2014, T+L’s fans have transported us into their favorite travel moments with hashtag campaigns such as #TLPicks#TLTransportMe, and #howiholiday. Before you make it your New Year’s resolution to travel more in 2015, toast this past year by sharing videos and photos of your favorite getaways. 

T+L’s followers have been repurposing their videos for social media with favorite apps such as Replay Video EditorAnimoto1 Second Everyday, while also using apps such as StorehouseMemoirStellerHeyday, and Lightt to showcase where they’re venturing in a travel diary on social media. 

Create a travel photo or video journal of your own to recap your year in travel and include #howiholiday or #TLPicks so that we see it and share it.

Photo courtey of @mygreatescapes on Instagram

How to Land Your Dream Job and Travel the World

DreamJobbingLisa Hennessy on location in Morocco Expedition Impossible for ABC.

If you’ve ever found yourself Googling “how to travel the world or “jobs where you can travel,” DreamJobbing could be the answer for you.

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Dallas’s Farm-to-Table Food Scene


Chefs preaching the farm-to-table gospel are changing how the city eats.

Dallas has never been considered a destination for food—despite some good Tex-Mex, a few decent chophouses, and a sheen of haute French. But a new identity is taking shape here, based on an enthusiastic embrace of local purveyors. “When I opened my first restaurant in 1983, I had to fly in specialty produce: fresh herbs, bell peppers, baby vegetables,” says chef Stephan Pyles, the culinary dean of the Big D. “Obviously much has changed.”

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New Years Travel Resolutions for 2015

New Year's Travel Resolutions

If you’re like me, you’re beginning the new year with a long list of self-improvement goals. Here are my top seven.

I’m going to get the most out of my miles and points (finally!).

Yes, airlines are doing everything they can to test our loyalty right now, including making it more difficult to earn miles. But those miles, along with points from hotels and credit cards, are still worth a lot in free travel, perks, and upgrades. So don’t let them gather dust—or worse, expire. A TripIt Pro ($49 a year) subscription will both manage your itineraries and track all of your accounts in one easy-to-use place. If you want to get more advanced, consider a service like AwardWallet, which keeps tabs on expiration dates, or Points.com, the only program that lets you move points between accounts.

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Insider’s Florence: Tips from the City’s Top Hotel

Florence, La Giostra

Claudio Meli, the plugged-in general manager of the stylish hotel J.K. Place Firenze—and author of J.K. Essential Guide to Florence—shares the city’s lesser-known pleasures.

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Principal and Cofounder of West 8, Adriaan Geuze, on Top Travel Trends for 2015

Adriaan Geuze

Principal and cofounder of West 8, an urban design and landscape architecture firm, on what cities will look like.

Q: How is urban planning changing?

A: The 19th century brought romantic parks to many cities, where children play and people walk their dogs. I’m interested in the next generation of urban havens. Our project on New York’s longneglected Governors Island is a good example, with an undulating park and astonishing harbor views.

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Founder of Skift, Rafat Ali, on Top Travel Trends for 2015

Rafat Ali

We talked with Rafat Ali, founder of travel news site Skift, on what’s shaping the industry.

Q: What’s on the horizon for travel this year?

A: The use of design to enhance the experience. You’ll see a lot more of this in the future, whether it’s airports that help people move through them more easily or hotels that incorporate smart and simple elements. Electric outlets where people can reach them is an obvious example.

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How to Shop for Lingerie in Paris

Lingerie shopping

With its romantic architecture, lose-yourself-in-them cobblestone streets, and cozy boutiques, Paris is undoubtedly a woman’s town. And nobody knows this better than Marcia DeSanctis, author of the new book 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go. Researching the book took DeSanctis everywhere from Corsica to Brittany to Paris (where she once lived and worked), on a quest to find the best lingerie boutiques in city. Below, her advice for navigating the etiquette of these most-specialized stores. 

It is a curious alchemy of coquetry, intuition and just enough vulnerability that makes even the toughest Frenchwoman a temptress without equal. She doesn’t even have to try. But she does, and the proof is in the lingerie. Underneath her suit or skinny jeans, a French woman is always perfectly turned out.

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The Rebirth of Indonesia’s Sumba Island


“Can you believe this place?” asked James McBride as he led the way to the beach.

“It sort of endorses your lunacy, in a funny way.” In his pink shirt and straw fedora, McBride was hopping over rice paddies like a giddy schoolboy. Every 50 yards we paused to take in another improbable view: rippling fields of emerald green, pandanus palms teetering on a clifftop, a rocky headland pummeled by surf.

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4 Hip New Nail Salons

Nail salons

Nail salons across the country are putting a luxury shine on the typical no-frills manicure—and the women (and some men) of the style set can’t resist. Appointments are booked up two weeks in advance at New York’s Paintbox, where the sleek lacquered stations and a seasonal edit of designs reflect the hip SoHo location. British brand Nails Inc. recently unveiled its first stateside salon, inside Saks Fifth Avenue’s midtown Manhattan flagship. Options range from a simple polish change to a Swarovski-crystalembellished look. Olive & June, on an airy Beverly Hills block, has a Scandinavian feel and stocks cult-favorite brands like Treat Collection and Odacité. Miami’s understated Gloss Nail Bar specializes in eco-friendly products, including its own all-natural polish line.

Illustration by Leif Parsons

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Foto Konbit Brings Photography Workshops to Haiti

Foto Konbit boys running

Thinking of a new way to give back during this festive time of year? Well look no further as an upcoming non-profit organization in Haiti is teaching the power of photography to its community. Foto Konbit, a relatively new organization centered in Port Au Prince, is helping Haitians of all ages create beautiful and inspiring images documenting their neighborhoods and hometowns.

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Hashtags for Bad Travel Behavior

Hashtag illustrations

Airport vigilantes have lately been calling out rude conduct on social media—from bare feet and nose-picking (#PassengerShaming) to too-big bags (#CarryonShame). But there’s more boorish behavior in search of a hashtag. Travel vulgarians, we’re talking to you.

Eiffel Tower, Angkor Wat, Machu Picchu: do you have to do a tree pose in front of every famous monument you see?

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Iglu-Dorf Igloo Village Openings


Live like an Eskimo would for a day, but with a luxurious twist. The German company Iglu-Dorf is in the midst of opening their annual igloo villages along the Alps and Pyrenees, offering a unique winter getaway experience for all ages. From the outside, the igloos appear to just be a big pile of snow, but walk through the icy entrance to find a frozen paradise.

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Founder of Peek, Ruzwana Bashir, on Top Travel Trends for 2015

Ruzwana Bashir

The founder of Peek, a tour- and activity-booking website, on how our screens will shape where we go next.

Q: What travel-tech innovations are on the horizon?

A: Mobile is big. Everyone is walking around with a computer in hand. Small companies can run their businesses on the go, and consumers can book online, whether it’s an activity, a hotel, or a car. Real-time availability will mean a profound shift to more last-minute planning and instant booking. You can see that with HotelTonight, and it will continue.

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Hyatt Throws Down the Gauntlet, Offers Free Wi-Fi to All

If the recent announcements from Starwood, Taj Hotels, and Marriott are any indication, free basic Wi-Fi is on its way to becoming the norm at big-name hotel groups. But now, Hyatt has upped the ante, offering complimentary service across all brands to all guests, regardless of membership status or where the reservations are booked. (At Starwood properties, for example, only loyalty members who book through Starwood channels will get the perk.) In addition, Wi-Fi will be available on unlimited mobile devices and laptops—unlike Taj, which limits it to three.

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New Business Class-Only Airline Expands With Flights Between New York and London

We first wrote about La Compagnie—a business class-only airline founded by industry veterans Frantz Yvelin (L’Avion) and Peter Luethi (Swissair; JetAirways)—when it launched last July with flights connecting Newark Liberty International Airport and Paris's Charles de Gaulle Airport. The carrier just announced that it will be launching its second route, between Newark and London, on March 29, 2015. Travelers will be able to book tickets by the end of December. The same tiered ticket structure (based on cancellation and change options), baby-blue airplane, and business-class amenities will apply.

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


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