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3 Travel Laundry Detergent Solutions

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I’m tired of paying for pricey hotel laundry service. Any tips for on-the-road alternatives? -Sarah Taurus, via e-mail

For basic pieces, take matters into your own hands: bring along one of our picks for travel-friendly detergents.

Dissolvable detergent sheets from Sea to Summit won’t spill on the go—just add a few to a sinkful of water. $3.95 for 50 sheets; pictured above.

Lewis N. Clark’s Laundry Kit includes a drain stopper and eight travel-size portions of Woolite. $4.99.

Forever New fabric wash is formulated for washing by hand and comes in a space-saving mini bottle. $3.50.

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.


What Should I Look for in a Sunscreen?

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Find one that’s between SPF 30 and 50 (anything higher protects only incrementally more) and has UVA and UVB protection, says Dr. Doris Day, a New York City dermatologist and author of Forget the Facelift. Broad-spectrum coverage makes the lotion more stable, so it will last longer in the sun—though Day still advises applying every two hours. For a tropical getaway, go for a water-resistant formula (there’s no such thing as waterproof). As for which form of sunscreen to choose: “It’s a matter of personal preference between a gel, cream, wipe, powder, spray, or lotion,” Day says. “They’re equally effective.” And don’t forget a hat, sunglasses, and protective or SPF-treated clothing.

Photo courtesy of iStock

Melanie Lieberman is the Editorial Projects Assistant and a member of the Trip Doctor News Team. You can follow her on twitter at @LittleWordBites.

Why Do Airplanes Dim Lights on Takeoff?

Why do Airplanes Dim Lights on Takeoff

Lowering cabin lights and raising window shades are standard safety measures during takeoff and landing—the most critical moments of every flight. The dim lighting allows passengers’ eyes to adjust more quickly during an emergency evacuation. As Chris Cooke, a pilot with a major domestic carrier, puts it: “Imagine being in an unfamiliar bright room filled with obstacles when someone turns off the lights and asks you to exit quickly.” The raised window shades bring natural light into the cabin, just in case it’s needed.

Photo courtesy of Vicki Beaver / Alamy

Melanie Lieberman is the Editorial Projects Assistant and a member of the Trip Doctor News Team. You can follow her on twitter at @LittleWordBites.

 

Daily Transporter: San Francisco

15junesunjpgSan Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is offering director George Lucas a prime location near the Bay Bridge for the Star Wars creator’s long-planned cultural arts museum.

"On behalf of the City and County of San Francisco, I write to propose an extraordinary location along our City's waterfront as the iconic new home for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum," wrote Lee in a letter sent to Lucas earlier this month.

The city of Chicago is also in contention for the site of the museum, and a decision is expected to be made this summer.

Caroline Hallemann is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @challemannGet the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Daily Transporter: Secret Prohibition Tunnels

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When Germans settled in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, they—being Germans—began brewing beer. Tunnels dug beneath OTR were intended as lagering cellars but came in handy during Prohibition. (Cincinnati also sits above seven miles of subway tunnels from an never-completed system.)

See Cincinnati in America’s Best Road Trips

Editor’s Picks: Cincinnati
America’s Best Beer Gardens
Best French Restaurants in the U.S.
America’s Best Outdoor Bars

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: Cruise Protests in Venice

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In March, a ban forbidding the largest cruise ships from entering Venice, was lifted leading to renewed protests by concerned citizens and scientists who claim that the mega ships erode the city’s delicate waterways and ecosystem.

See Venice in World’s Most Beautiful Canal Cities

Editor’s Picks: Venice
The Foodie’s Travel Bucket List
World’s Coolest Staircases
World’s Top Affordable Hotels

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

10 Unbelievable Tours You Can Take Using Google Street View

201406-hd-thrillist-google-streetview-toursjpgYou need a vacation, but all you can afford is an Internet connection. And you don't live in Buffalo, Cincinnati, or Pittsburgh, three of America's top staycation destinations. Well relax, we’ve got you covered. Kick your feet up, crack open a cold Summer beer, and stretch out your index finger – Google Street View (GSV) is about to take you on a 360-degree adventure to some the world's most exotic destinations.

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Daily Transporter: The World Cup Wired

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Need to know where your FIFA World Cup seats are in relation to the nearest caipirinha vendor? Take a virtual tour of the twelve stadiums hosting this month’s soccer extravaganza thanks to Google Street View. Google has also beefed up its transit coverage in Brazil to help fans find the easiest routes to the goal.

See the World Cup in 25 Selfies You Have to Take This Year

Editor’s Picks: Brazil
Best Places to Travel This Year
Beautiful Beaches to Visit in 2014
World’s Coolest Tourist Attractions

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo: Robert Whitman

Is Premium Economy Worth It?

Is Premium Economy Worth It

Thinking of upgrading your ticket to those extra-legroom seats at the front of the main cabin? That’s exactly what your airline wants you to do. In the past few years, domestic and international carriers alike have been rolling out more of these stepped-up economy seats, even as they cram more people farther back in the cabin. Whether you take the bait will depend on how much you’re willing to spend—and how much you just can’t stand the back of the plane.

The domestic scene.

First consider the quality of the seat. All the major domestic carriers offer four to six more inches of legroom, and all but United throw in the perk of early boarding as well. Wider seats are, alas, a rarity, though a few transcontinental Delta flights come with more recline. The premium economy standout, domestically, is Virgin America. The carrier’s Main Cabin Select seats give you 38 inches of pitch (the distance from one row to the next), as well as a free checked bag, priority check-in and boarding, and complimentary food and drinks. They can come with a hefty price tag, however: up to $399 more for a round-trip flight from New York to Los Angeles or Las Vegas. JetBlue’s Even More Space seats also rise above the pack, with 38 inches of seat pitch and expedited security privileges.For any flight where you’re thinking of upgrading, it pays to check the cabin layout and the user reviews on the website Seatguru. Even premium economy fliers can wind up next to an unwieldy bulkhead.

Weighing the price tag.

On domestic flights, the fee for premium economy seats varies widely depending on the length of your trip. For shorter hops, say, from Newark to Chicago, it can add as little as $18 to a round-trip American Airlines ticket. For transcontinental flights on major domestic carriers, the seats could put you out anywhere from $130 to $200 round-trip. (On certain Virgin America flights, they may cost more than the base fare itself.) On some carriers, the price also fluctuates depending on how far out you book. Waiting until the last minute sometimes pays off—but not always.

To add to the confusion, you often can’t see how much an upgrade will cost until you actually go through the booking process and get to the seat-selection page. What’s more, since these are not distinct fare classes on domestic carriers, they don’t show up in searches on websites such as Kayak and Expedia. (One exception: Virgin America.) If you want to compare prices, you have to do a lot of legwork.

If you have elite status with a carrier, you can usually get premium economy seats for free or a 50 percent discount. Another way to bring down the cost is through a membership. United Airlines now offers annual Economy Plus packages, which get you unlimited upgrades for a year. The domestic subscription, which starts at $499, can easily pay for itself in just three transcontinental trips. (Global packages start at $699.)

Stretching out abroad.

Offering more than just a few extra inches of seat pitch, premium economy on foreign carriers is an entirely different experience—more akin to a fourth cabin class. For example, British Airways’ World Traveller Plus seats from New York City to London are in a curtained-off section that has a dedicated crew; wider, plusher seats with more legroom; and business-class meals. I found them recently for as little as $468 extra, round-trip. On a similar Virgin Atlantic flight, the roomy, leather Premium Economy seats (which include dedicated check-in and bag-drop services) were $540 more. That’s a significant outlay, but you’d pay more than six times as much to upgrade to business class. It’s also worth noting that for $4,201, the comparable premium-economy ticket on American Airlines would have cost roughly double those of its U.K. competitors.

Other European carriers with excellent premium-economy cabins include Air France (wool blankets; feather pillows) and Turkish Airways (a whopping 48-inch seat pitch). Lufthansa’s new seats—with seven more inches of legroom than in economy—launch in November (available to book now).

The most tempting time to splurge, of course, is on long-haul flights to Asia and beyond, which is why airlines such as Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Air New Zealand, and Qantas have lavished so much attention (and money) on these seats. It shows. Air New Zealand’s extra-wide, podlike Spaceseats put many business-class cabins to shame. They can cost up to $2,000 more than an economy ticket from Los Angeles to Auckland. But those 13 hours in flight will feel pretty darn good.

7.5% Increase in the number of Virgin Atlantic passengers flying Premium Economy from 2012 to 2013.

$721: Average price difference between economy and premium economy tickets for a round-trip Cathay Pacific flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, booked at least three months in advance.

Photo courtesy of Javier Jaén

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.


Man Stranded at the Airport Films Viral Celine Dion Video

What do you do when you're stranded overnight at the airport? That's the question Richard Dunn asked when he found himself alone at Las Vegas's McCarran International Airport.

The answer he came up with has since gone viral: Using his phone to create a lip-synced music video to Celine Dion's 1996 hit "All By Myself."

Even better? The songstress saw the video and responded with a video of her own, inviting Dunn back to Las Vegas so he wouldn't have to be alone.

Peter Schlesinger is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure and a member of the Trip Doctor news team. You can find him on Twitter at @pschles08.

Designer Carla Sersale's Mumbai Inspiration

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Carla Sersale’s boutique at Le Sirenuse, the hotel she owns with her family, may be located in Positano, Italy, but it was creative, chaotic Mumbai that served as muse for her latest collection of blouses, ponchos, and tunics. “You feel this powerful sense of joy around you,” she says, “and get blown away by the vibrancy of the colors.” Here, she shares her inspirations. —As told to Shane Mitchell

1. “When you look out your windows from the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel ($$$) onto the Bay of Bombay and the moon is up, reflecting on the sea, it’s a magical show.”

2. “I fell in love with a piece by Waqas Khan at Lakeeren Gallery. He reinterprets traditional miniature painting with a Rapidograph pen on wasli paper.”

3. “I love the city’s battered yellow-top ‘Fiat’ taxis! You miss the point riding around in air-conditioned limos.”

4. “I collaborated with my niece, [Mumbai-based designer] Viola Parrocchetti, on these pillows and caftans for the new collection.”

5. “This 1920 brass statue of Shiva came from Phillips Antiques. It’s now on my mantelpiece in London.”

6.Bungalow 8 (91-22/2281-9880) is a beautiful store full of eclectic apparel, rugs, ceramics, glass, and jewels—everything carefully blended and displayed together.”

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London's Clubino Piano Bar Opens to Hotel Guests and Private Members

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London's newest members-only lounge, Clubino Piano Bar, is proving to be an exciting option for discerning locals and guests at the Baglioni Hotel London. On a recent trip, club founder Luca Del Bono invited me to preview the intimate space, tucked beneath the hotel’s park-view bar.

“I’m trying to bring back a setting where people [can] drift away,” said Clubino’s founder, Luca Del Bono, “[like] we used to enjoy back in Italy a few decades ago.” 

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The Clark Art Institute Reinvented

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Architects Tadao Ando and Annabelle Selldorf reinvent the Clark Art Institute, in the Berkshires.

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Six Tokyo Restaurants to Try Now

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Our abridged, meal-by-meal guide to where and what to eat now.

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Power Couple Misha Nonoo and Alexander Gilkes Leads T+L on a Tour of Manhattan

Alexander Gilkes and Misha Nonoo

Alexander Gilkes took the art world by storm with his online auction site, Paddle8; his wife, designer Misha Nonoo, is an emerging fashion darling. Together they lead us on their tour of Manhattan.

As told to Julia Chaplin

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4 Woody Allen Movies to Inspire Your Next Trip

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Magic in the Moonlight, Woody Allen’s latest, takes place on the sun-soaked Côte d’Azur. Will the location steal the scene? It did in these four recent Allen films.

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What's Inside CBS Anchor Norah O'Donnell's Carry On

Norah O'Donnell's Travel Bag

Norah O'Donnell, the globe-trotting cohost of CBS This Morning, reveals her in-flight arsenal.

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8 Things to Do in Bermuda

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Jungle walks and global tapas? This timeless getaway is shedding its buttoned-up image.

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The View from Shangri-La's New London Hotel

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Our favorite new perch to watch the rapid reshaping of London’s skyline: Shangri-La at the Shard, itself located in the city’s most dramatic new addition, Renzo Piano’s 1,016-foot icicle on the South Bank. For its first property in the U.K., the hotel group brings its inimitable Asian polish to the British capital, with contemporary Chinese art, Japanese cherry-blossom wallpaper in the 202 guest rooms, and an Eastern flair (soy-glazed Welsh lamb!) at the restaurant Ting. Teatime here is held in the 35th-floor lounge, where full-length windows showcase the cityscape unfurling across the Thames. Earl Grey? Gracious, no—bring us a pot of green jasmine. shangri-la.com.

Sarah Miller is Travel + Leisure's European Editor.

Photos courtesy of Simon Watson

Travel Industry Insiders Share What's On Their Travel Radar

At ILTM Asia, an annual luxury travel conference in Shanghai, China, Travel + Leisure editor Sarah Spagnolo asked industry insiders what's on their travel radar. The answers range from western Tibet to the backwaters of Kerala, India.

Watch the video above—filmed during T+L's Shanghai Social party at restaurant New Heights, on The Bund—for many more fun travel ideas.

Gridlock Alert: Protests Against Uber in Europe

There's gridlock in many of the busiest intersections in Europe, thanks in no small part to on-demand car service Uber—and it's infuriating taxi drivers.

Expedia Now Accepts Bitcoin

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Expedia will accept bitcoin for its online hotel bookings, the company announced yesterday.

Travelers choosing the new payment method will be redirected to Coinbase, a digital money exchange, where they will have ten minutes to complete the transaction. How many bitcoins does a hotel cost? At around $640 per bitcoin, a $200 hotel-stay will run 0.32 bitcoins. Coinbase also charges a miniscule "miner fee," worth roughly twelve cents.

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JetBlue's New Mint Class: A Behind-The-Scenes Tour

Curious about JetBlue's new premium Mint experience? The carrier's first foray into business class-style service debuts on June 15, serving cross-country routes between New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles for as little as $599 one way. Watch this video for a behind-the-scenes look at what to expect.

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

Doha's Hamad International Airport Ready for Business

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It took nearly ten years and $16 billion, but Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar is now fully operational. With the country's namesake carrier, Qatar Airways, transitioned from the old, now-defunct Doha International, the massive much-anticipated project finally feels complete. 

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Feasts of Tel Aviv

Feasts of Tel Aviv

“Are you eating brains?” the chef asks hopefully.

It’s lunchtime in Tel Aviv. The banged-up Bauhaus buildings of the White City district are full, the bar trade lively.

Behind a curved glass-and-steel façade—buzzing café tables on a sunny street, South Beach on the eastern Mediterranean—the chef, Meir Adoni, is describing a brand of influence-rich, ingredient-agnostic, genre-busting, adrenalized cooking that doesn’t sound anything like what you’d expect from Israeli cuisine until you arrive here and step away from the hummus stand your cousin told you about and stop filling yourself from the bounteous salad stations of resort hotels and start saying yes to chefs bearing brain sandwiches.

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Sancerre: The Other Loire Valley

Sancerre Loire Valley

Tucked away on the eastern edge of the Loire Valley, the lesser-known area of Sancerre is an unspoiled landscape of medieval villages, wildflower fields, and artisanal producers dedicated to preserving their crafts.

In the fantasy version of the french countryside, there are winding roads with storybook views, winemakers, cheese makers, and lovely guesthouses. The pace is slow and the mood is cheerful, the fields green and full of well-fed livestock.

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Bottle Service in Las Vegas Can Arrive Via Drone

Drones: they're used by the military, even to walk your dog. Now The Cosmopolitan, in Las Vegas, has taken the drone trend to entirely new heights—it'll deliver your drinks. This is bottle service worth writing home about.

Travel + Leisure Publisher, Time Inc., Goes Public

Travel + Leisure's publisher, Time Inc., made history this morning when it began trading as a public company. What will this means for Travel + Leisure? That article has yet to be written, but we are confident we'll be able to take you even more places—through video, new distribution channels, devices, and yet-to-be-conceived social media platforms—in the months and years to come. The journey has just begun.

China Travel Twitter Chat on Tuesday, June 10

Where in China can you find the best food, shopping, or must-see attractions? Join our China Travel Twitter chat this Tuesday, June 10th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. We'll be asking experts about China's art and culture scene, restaurants versus street food, common misconceptions, and more.

The Host:

T+L's Hotels and Food Editor, Jennifer Flowers, @JennFlowers

The Panelists:

Remote Lands, @RemoteLands

Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten, @jeangeorges

Chef and Top Chef Finalist, Shirley Chung, @chfshirleychung

Yardbird Hong Kong, @yardbirdhk

Janice Leung Hayes, Hong Kong food blogger, @e_ting

Shangri-La Hotels, @ShangriLaHotels

The PuLi Hotel & Spa, @ThePuLiHotel

Travel Agent Margot Kong of Imperial Tours, @imperialtours

Smart Flyer's Erina Pindar, @MissSmartFlyer

Cynthia Roams, Hong Kong travel writer, @CynthiaRoams

Kensington Tours, @KensingtonTours

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.

Canyon Ranch Father's Day Special

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In need of a healthy escape this June? Canyon Ranch, an award-winning destination health resort with two locations and multiple spas in the U.S., is offering a special gift this week in honor of Father’s Day. Dads and everyone else in the family will have the chance to benefit from a Canyon Ranch experience—mind, body, and wallets as well. For every gift card purchase, customers will receive a $50 bonus voucher for every $500 they spend.

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