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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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The Way I Travel: Phil Winser

Phil Winser

Phil Winser, restaurateur and co-owner of N.Y.C. hot spots the Fat Radish, the East Pole, and the Leadbelly, reveals his travel essentials—and his favorite destinations.

Sense of Adventure

My father used to organize expeditions for the Royal Geographical Society in London, taking scientists to remote places—caves in Brunei; Oman’s Wahiba Sands. I still use his Globe-Trotter suitcase. It reminds me of old-​world travel, when exploration was at the forefront of excitement.

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Secrets of Sardinia

Sardinia

This is about Italy’s secret coast—the other Sardinia. Not the Sardinia of the Aga Khan, yachts, celebrities, oligarchs, and tycoons. Not, in other words, Porto Rotondo, where Italy’s Caviar Left came every summer to populate a brand-new colony built to its high-flying specifications. That vociferous, in-your-face Sardinia reminds me of the film Swept Away, whose director, Lina Wertmüller, was inspired by my aunt, the designer Mariuccia Mandelli, who founded Krizia; her even more formidable sister Giancarla; and their court of influential intellectuals and entrepreneurs. Lying topless in the sun—it was part of the liberation of forceful women nurtured in a traditional society—they conducted lively conversations, mostly about politics, that anyone might have mistaken for fights and that resounded across the wild Mediterranean maquis.

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Nashville: Back in the Spotlight

Nashville

Here’s a Nashville story: we’re tucking in to authentic muhammara and makanek near the front entrance at Epice, a Lebanese bistro in the city’s up-and-coming Twelve South neighborhood, when the actress Hayden Panettiere—who plays the upstart young country singer in the ABC series Nashville—walks in. It’s the lunchtime rush, and the sun-splashed terrace of the restaurant is jammed. Panettiere and her friend wait, in full view of the dining room, for the hostess to return from seating a table. Maybe a minute or two passes, and we start to imagine the moment when the room will erupt in a pandemonium of camera phones and proffered Sharpies. We should have known better. We’d been prepped for this very moment by Matt Bolus, a young chef who moved from Charleston, South Carolina, our hometown, to Nashville several years ago. “Nashville’s like L.A.,” he’d reported back to us, “but with the soul of a small Southern town. I’ll look up from the pass and see Nicole Kidman in the dining room, but people respect that she’s a person, eating at a restaurant. Nashvillians would never beg for an autograph or sneak a selfie.”

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The Way I Travel: Laura Prepon

Laura Prepon

Laura Prepon, actress starring in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, reveals her travel essentials—and her favorite destinations.

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Southern Living’s Idea House in South Carolina is Open for Inspiration

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If you're passing through Savannah, Georgia or Charleston, South Carolina, you’ll find a pristine wildlife area, with meandering marches, palm trees and lowcountry landscape. You’ll also find Bluffton, where Southern Living’s newest idea house, has all the trimmings of modern luxury and comfort, set on the picturesque sea island.

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London's Tate Britain Offers After-Hours Tours with Robots

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Thousands of art lovers visit London’s Tate Britain every day to see treasures by notables such as William Blake, John Constable, and David Hockney. This week, they can visit the museum at night as well, thanks to the new website After Dark.

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Wake Up with Al: Weekend Getaways from Philadelphia

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Travel + Leisure’s Sarah Spagnolo shares three ideas for getaways in and around the City of Brotherly Love. 

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DogVacay Updates App, Pet Owners Rejoice

DogVacay, whose app helping travelers find vetted and insured pet sitters in their neighborhoods launched last year, has released an update with some new tricks even old dogs (and their owners) will appreciate.

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Why Use a Travel Agent?

Why Use a Travel Agent?

There’s a reason we use the term advisor to describe the members of our annual A-List, the top travel specialists in the business. These experts offer much more than booking services. First and foremost, says Wendy Perrin, TripAdvisor’s Travel Advocate and founder of WendyPerrin.com, they can help you decide whereto go by walking you through the pros and cons of destinations based on the varying interests (and ages) of the people in your group. Not only that, they’ll deliver insider insights and access. They can tell you how to avoid the crowds at major sights and where the locals eat. They can even pair you with designers and architects who moonlight as walking-tour guides, get a local artist to open his studio to you, and direct you to hidden corners of a city. And they also, crucially, know how to put together a seamless itinerary. I was reminded of this a few months ago when I (travel editor that I am) foolishly tried arranging my own flights in Africa before a safari. After consulting with an advisor late in the game, I learned I was about to book with an airline that was notorious for last-minute, safari-ruining cancellations. Lesson learned.

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The Way I Travel: Lena Hall

Lena Hall

Lena Hall, Tony Award–winning performer in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and lead singer of the Deafening, reveals her travel essentials—and her favorite destinations.

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The Way I Travel: Carter Cleveland

Carter Cleveland

Carter Cleveland, founder and CEO of Artsy, a next-generation online resource for contemporary art, reveals his travel essentials—and his favorite destinations.

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Robotic Butler Now Serving Guests at Aloft Hotels

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Aloft Hotels announced its latest hire today: a robot butler named A.L.O. who is now serving guests at the brand’s Cupertino location.

The first major hotel company to introduce a robot for front-of-house service, Aloft plans on using A.L.O. to help (human) staff around the clock, fulfilling chores such as delivering guest amenities and transporting bedding, towels, and other linens between laundry- and guest-rooms. The robot uses internal navigational software to find its way around the hotel and communicates via on-screen prompts.

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Beautified App Releases Version 2.0—Plus an Exclusive Travel-Friendly Beauty Kit

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Call it the HotelTonight of the beauty world: Beautified gives users the power to book last-minute haircuts, manicures, facials, massages, and more at salons and spas around New York—and in the coming months, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Today marks the launch of a completely redesigned app, one with twice as many spas and salons (including Bliss), plus a new fitness category that offers highly coveted classes from Barry’s Bootcamp, Body by Simone, Flywheel, and Physique 57.

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Luggage of the Month: Turnbull & Asser x Globe-Trotter

Luggage of the Month

Though the days of traveling with heavy trunks are over, the glamour of a classic leather steamer remains—and on wheels, thank goodness!

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