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How to Find the Best Airplane Seat

Find the Best Seat

Just because you’re in the back of the plane doesn’t mean you can’t fly in comfort.

Know Your Plane Models

For long-haul flights, look for the spacious double-decker Airbus A380, used primarily by Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, and Lufthansa. New smaller aircraft, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350 XWB, have larger windows, HD video screens, and lower cabin pressure. Most booking websites, including Kayak, list plane details in the results.

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Artsy Postcard: Frieze London

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Artsy, the art collecting and education resource, travels to one of the world's most important art hubs for London’s Frieze Week. The team sets out for seven days of fairs, auctions, and exhibitions and shares their must sees of the week’s events.

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Twitter Chat Recap: "Plane Truth" with T+L's Peter Jon Lindberg

Missed out on Travel + Leisure's "Plane Truth" Twitter Chat? We have some of our favorite tweets here:

So What's Happening to Economy Class?

Economy Class

While premium passengers reap the rewards of competition among airlines, it’s a different story in back. One problem, according to Tim Winship, publisher of Frequentflier.com, is that carriers are flying at near-full capacity these days, so you can no longer count on having an empty seat next to you. At the same time, airlines are squeezing in more seats, using slim-line models that are narrower and have less padding than previous versions. On the flip side, new planes do offer better in-flight technology both obvious (touch screens) and less so (humidity controls; mood lighting). Whether this counteracts the increasing claustrophobia of economy is up for debate. One thing is certain: those premium economy seats are looking mighty tempting.

Amy FarleyHave a travel dilemma? Need some tips and remedies? Send your questions to news editor Amy Farley at tripdoctor@timeinc.com. Follow @tltripdoctor on Twitter.

Photo by Charles Polidano / Touch The Skies / Alamy


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Apple Announces New iPad Air 2

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If you were one of the thousands who lined up for a shiny new iPhone 6 last month, get ready to queue up again: Apple is back at it with next-gen iPads that are bound to become instant travel tech classics. Here’s everything you need to know about today’s big news.

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Hotel Socializing Gets Easier, Thanks to Marriott Hotels Partnership With MIT

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In a partnership with MIT, Marriott Hotels is trying to revolutionize how business travelers socialize while on the road—and it all begins in the hotel lobby. The centerpiece of the project—currently being tested at the Marriott in Cambridge—is Six Degrees, a social app that taps into LinkedIn accounts to make connections among hotel guests. The app, which only works inside the hotel, is used in tandem with an interactive digital screen and communal LED table in the lobby.

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Coolest New Business Class Amenities

Business Class Amenities

Airlines are treating the bicoastal set to something new: a few hours’ sleep. Carriers have been rolling out new lie-flat business-class seats on their transcontinental narrow-body jets to woo passengers flying between the east and west coasts. Here’s a comparison of the latest offerings.

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Apple Pay Launching Monday

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Last month Apple revealed Apple Pay, a mobile payment system that riffs off the same NFC-based technologies first used by Google Wallet. Today, as part of a larger announcement by Apple, it was announced that Apple Pay will be coming online starting this Monday—with a slew of travel-related partners that are impossible to ignore.

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Lufthansa Introduces Premium Economy

Economy class

Lufthansa is the latest airline to introduce premium economy. T+L takes a look at what your money buys, based on sample fares from Chicago to Frankfurt.

Economy: $1,300*

At 17 to 18 inches, economy seats are standard for the industry, and have a seat pitch of 31 inches. Hot meals are served on long hauls, including freshly baked bread. As for the entertainment: nine-inch seatback screens offer access to on-demand movies, TV shows, and live sports. Every other seat has a set of power outlets.

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A Closer Look at Etihad's $43,000 Residence Suite

Ethiad Suite

Spread across 125 square feet of the A380’s upper deck, Etihad’s extravagant, two-person Residence suite takes in-flight luxury to a new level.

The living area includes a supple, Poltrona Frau leather sofa and 32-inch HDTV.

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An Insider's Guide to Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

How do you find the best of ever-vibrant, ever-changing Ho Chi Minh City? Get an insider guide. T+L asked three plugged-in residents to open their little black books.

The Journalist: Brett Davis

Editorial director, AsiaLife magazine
Moved from Australia in 2010

Favorite neighborhood: The corner of District 3 bordered by Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Dien Bien Phu, and Hai Ba Trung is filled with old architecture and grand trees.

In-town escape: When Saigon gets to be too much and I need my whiskey and Miles Davis, I go to the First Bar (23 Huynh Thuc Khang St., District 1), which has jazz and a maestro mixing cocktails.

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Skype Launches New Video Messaging App, Qik

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Ten-plus years after Skype was first made available for download, the ubiquitous app is gaining a sibling—Qik, Microsoft’s first foray into video messaging. Available now for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, the free, stand-alone app allows users to send short video messages, up to 40 seconds in length, to anyone in your phone book with the tap of a button. Cheeky name aside, it’s a great solution for travelers—the videos are shared almost instantly, cutting out traditionally long relay times, and don’t use up precious phone storage space.

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5 Last-Minute Spooky Getaways for Halloween

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This Halloween, plan a last-minute getaway to one of America’s spookiest destinations. From haunted hotels to former crime scenes, T+L’s Jacqui Gifford shares the year’s top destinations with creepy appeal on the TODAY Show.


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Actor Stanley Tucci Talks Italy, Vodka, and The Hunger Games

Stanley Tucci

The Oscar-nominated actor—returning this month as a hammy commentator in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1—speaks to T+L about Italy, vodka, and the destination of his dreams.

Q: Your second cookbook, The Tucci Table (Gallery Books), was just published. As a foodie, what do you love most about living in London?

A: The city is a food mecca now. There are so many incredible local chefs, such as Tom Kerridge and Heston Blumenthal, who’s become a friend—his restaurant, the Fat Duck, is one of the best in the world. There’s also such cultural diversity, so you’ll find fantastic Italian, Indian, French—really anything you want. 

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Sweeping Views, Global Savvy: Start Your Epic Journey Today

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Which great American novel was written in Slovenia’s Julian Alps? What legendary myth is associated with the island of Santorini?

Embark on an Epic Journey to test your answer—and you’ll also suddenly feel like you’re there. TravelandLeisure.com launched a new online odyssey sponsored by Infiniti, featuring both dramatic photography and "cinemagraphs" (so, yes, if you think the trees are subtly swaying, or that people are walking in some of these images—they are).

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U.S. Begins Enhanced Airport Screenings for Ebola

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Amid rising fears of more cases of Ebola reaching our shores, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Centers for Disease Control have introduced enhanced passenger-screening procedures at several international airports. Screenings at New York's JFK airport (which receives 43 percent of travelers from Ebola-afflicted nations) began last week; similar protocols are scheduled to start this week at Newark Liberty, Washington-Dulles, Chicago O’Hare, and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport. Minnesota officials are also lobbying for screenings at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Breaking news that a Dallas health care worker took a flight to Cleveland from Dallas the night before she reported symptoms of Ebola (for which she has tested positive), will certainly send another shudder through the aviation industry, as airlines and airport workers evaluate what procedures they have in place to handle infected passengers. As a reminder: Ebola is not transmittable through casual contact. A person must be exhibiting symptoms to spread the virus—putting health-care workers and close family members at greatest risk.

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Shopping for Rare Books in Portland, OR

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Portland, OR was recently voted the best city in America for bookstores. The rare-books section at Powell’s—the largest bookshop in the U.S.—is worth the pilgrimage for these extraordinary selections.

De Bello Judaico
Flavius Josephus, $12,500
Bound in parchment and decorated by hand, the oldest book at Powell’s dates to 1480—30 years after Gutenberg invented the printing press.

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4 Cool New Glamping Destinations

Glamping

Forget bug juice and bedrolls. Here are four new ways to experience the wilderness with grown-up flair.

India

The Ultimate Travelling Camp is a mobile tent compound that brings guests to northern India’s remote but spellbinding events (Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival) and rare cultural experiences (sunrise prayers at Ladakh’s Thiksey Monastery). Under the canvas: en suite bathrooms, suede club chairs, and hand-blocked textiles. Five nights from $3,505 per person.

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Québécois Designers Share Their Favorite Montreal Haunts

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Québécois designers Byron and Dexter Peart have achieved cult fashion status—thanks to a suave line of utilitarian travel accessories called Want Les Essentiels de la Vie, hit collaborations with J. Crew and New York’s NoMad hotel, and three smartly curated lifestyle boutiques across Canada. Here, the twin brothers share their favorite hometown haunts.

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Denver Hotel Launches Brewery by Bike Tour

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In a city famous for both its outdoorsiness and its booming craft beer scene, it seems only natural that the two combine. Denver’s recently-renovated Hotel Teatro has done just that, with its new Brewery-by-Bike tour.

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The Plane Truth Twitter Chat on Tuesday, October 14

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Here's the truth: you don't really know someone till you've flown together. Based on T+L's Peter Jon Lindberg's article on the topic, we're discussing in-flight strategies and tips in our Twitter chat on Tuesday, October 14th from 2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. Join along to ask the experts for advice!

The Host:

T+L's Editor-at-Large, Peter Jon Lindberg, @peterjlindberg

The Panelists:

SeatGuru, @SeatGuru

Dave & Deb Travel, @theplanetd

Kayak, @KAYAK

WorldMate, @WorldMate

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.


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A Guide to Miami's Nightlife Scene

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Your itinerary for a hedonistic long weekend in Miami, named the number one destination for nightclubs (and singles) in this year's America's Favorite Places survey.

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Milan's Next Great Neighborhood: Brera

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This enclave north of Milan’s historic center has always been known as a cultural hub. Now it’s home to luxury purveyors and creative upstarts alike.

Looking for old-world glamour? Stay at the new Palazzo Parigi, the reconstruction of a gilded, 17th-century mansion. Our favorite detail: private terraces for all 98 rooms. 1 Corso di Porta Nuova.

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Antarctica Exploration: Whales and Penguins

Gentoo penguins, King penguins: this is Antarctica like you’ve never seen it before—filled with penguins on the move. Want to take the journey yourself? It’s part of a 21-day itinerary aboard the Seabourn Quest. Antarctica has much more in store for the intrepid traveler, as Stephen Drucker details in our November issue.

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A New Take on Louis Vuitton's Classic Logo Bag

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Louis Vuitton’s definitive logo bags—the apex of travel chic—are given a fanciful twist.

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Exploring the Outdoors in San Diego

Surfing in San Diego

The strategy in this SoCal hub: spend as much time outdoors as possible.

Surf: Our favorite place to catch a wave? Black’s Beach, a secluded cove ideal for pros. Arriving is a thrill all its own: it’s a steep 10-minute hike from the road down to the water. Near 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr.

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How to Survive Holiday Travel

Holiday Travel

I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about how to navigate crowded, delay-prone airports this season with your sanity (and schedule) intact. Here, my best tips.

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Just In: New GoPro Action Cams

Calling all adventure travelers: GoPro has launched an update to its cultishly beloved action cameras, just in time for the upcoming ski season. The new flagship? The Hero4 Black($499, available now), which doubles the performance of its year-old predecessor and adds 4K shooting capabilities, auto low light modes, an ultra wide-angle lens that offers the “most immersive field of view available,” and twice the dynamic range for audio quality. Also fun: time lapse, manual controls for ISO limits and exposure, and a Quick Capture mode that let you start recording with the push of one button. The physical shape and size will feel familiar—and thankfully, old mounts will still be compatible with new models.

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The Art of Grazing: Snacking Through Europe

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Enough with epic sit-down dinners. T+L food critic Anya von Bremzen is on the move—snacking along with all of Europe.

The chef has prepared a degustation menu!

Why does this phrase incite me to bolt out into the street? I have nothing against degustations, or chefs—yet the prospect of four hours trapped at the same table frankly withers my appetite. À la carte is often no better: what if my entrée proves a $38 dud? What if I over-order, leaving no room for dessert? What if…? What if…? I want to break free.

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How Much Should I Plan to Spend on an African Safari?

African Safari

Luxury camps can easily cost more than $1,000 per person, per night. But you can still have a great wildlife adventure full of creature comforts for less than half that—if you take the right approach. (And remember: that price includes meals and alcohol, guided game drives, and conservancy fees.) Here, tips from T+L’s A-List travel advisors.

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