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Take a Selfie, Help Save a Rhino

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Every seven hours, a rhino in South Africa falls prey to poachers. The country is home to 83% of Africa’s rhinos and 73% of all wild rhinos worldwide. In recent years, rhino populations have dwindled dangerously, with three out of five species classified as critically endangered (the highest risk for extinction). In looking for ways to combat the decline, andBeyond’s Rhinos Without Borders project has started a social media campaign to help fund protection of the endangered animals by relocating them to safety. Helping is as simple as taking a photo.

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Artsy Postcard: Brazil

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Brazil was front and center on the world stage this summer as the host of the FIFA World Cup—now the country kicking off art fair season with DW! Design Weekend, the Bienal de São Paolo, and ArtRio. The team behind Artsy, the art collecting and education resource, has touched down in the nation of rainforests and concrete jungles, and we’re back on T+L to share our favorite gems.

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New Luxury Rail Itinerary Travels to Iran

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A new luxury train itinerary has us dreaming of the Orient Express. "Jewels of Persia," on Golden Eagle’s Danube Express, will run from Budapest to Tehran, beginning in October.

And while Orient Express trains could transport passengers from London to Baghdad in eight days, the Danube Express will take its time, covering a far shorter route in almost double the time.

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Vail Acquires Park City Mountain Resort, Plans Country's Largest Ski Area

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Good news for Vail Epic Pass holders: you now have access to yet another world-class ski mountain. Vail Resorts just announced the acquisition (for a cool $185 million in cash) of Utah’s Park City Mountain Resort. Powdr Corp, the former owner of the Utah resort, had been struggling financially in recent years and was embroiled in a legal battle with Talisker, the Canadian company that owns much of the actual ski mountain. It has been increasingly uncertain if the resort would even open for ski season this winter.

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Hong Kong's New Design Hub, PMQ

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The sleek, spare corridors of PMQ are a stark contrast to what’s going on inside its 100-​plus studios. Set in the middle of Hong Kong’s stylish Soho neighborhood, these former policemen’s dorms have been transformed into a chic retail center, complete with fashion boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. Perhaps more important, PMQ acts as an incubator for homegrown designers, who pay discounted rent for a place to grow their companies and open them up to the public. (You’ll also find a smaller percentage of established labels such as Vivienne Tam and Herman Miller.) There’s the design collective Glue Associates, which makes quirky gifts such as dim-sum-shaped candles; Aly & Rachelle, known for its lacy little black dresses; and Flying Zacchinis, a purveyor of leather accessories for both men and women. Art Projects Gallery continues to champion emerging artists in its new location here, while chef Jason Atherton marks his third Hong Kong opening with the bi-level Aberdeen Street Social—a combination gastropub and modern British restaurant—in the former officers’ clubhouse.

Photo by Philipp Engelhorn

Oceania Cruises Introduces Free Wi-Fi

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Oceania Cruises is the latest luxury line to launch complimentary Internet access on its five ships—a first for the brand. It joins Regent Seven Seas, which announced that it was adding free WiFi last month. The on-board Wi-Fi system was recently upgraded across its five mid-size ships, bringing connectivity that’s twice as fast as before to public spaces, outdoor decks, plus all suites and staterooms.

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Hotels.com Reveals Where to Find Luxury for Less

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The city where travelers can find the most affordable five-star hotels in the world? Warsaw, Poland, where the average luxury room went for just $130 a night in the first six months of 2014. This is according to the annual Hotel Price Index from Hotels.com, which looks at how much people spent for rooms at properties across the globe over the first half of the year.

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Iconic Friends Coffee Shop Pops Up in NYC


Confession: I'm a Friends addict. For nearly the entire ten years since the cult comedy took its last now, I've watched reruns every night as my bedtime ritual (true story). But I know I'm not alone. And for all of you Rachel and Ross cheerleaders, who know that the TV guide always came to "Ms. Chanandler Bong" and that there's no good answer to "How you doin'," there's big news up ahead. Next week, Warner Bros Television Group, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and Eight O’Clock Coffee will be honoring the show's 20th anniversary by recreating Central Perk, with a month-long pop-up in lower Manhattan (at 199 Lafayette St.), kicking off next Wednesday. Among the fun details: a soundtrack of Phoebe's best songs, props from the original set, and guess appearances from none other than James Michael Tyler (AKA, Gunther). Naturally, coffee will be served all day long. The only thing that could be better? Making that ever-elusive Friends reunion—with more than just three members of the gang—a reality. Fingers crossed.

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

Southwest Reveals Bold New Look

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Domestic airlines have been upgrading right and left in recent months, from introducing premium economy seats (Hawaiian Airlines) to new-and-improved websites (Virgin America). This week, Southwest got in on the action, revealing top-to-bottom design updates that include a new logo, livery, app, and website.

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Nancy Novogrod: The Exit Interview

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Before we let longtime Travel + Leisure editor in chief Nancy Novogrod walk out the door to pursue new opportunities (including writing a book), we had a few questions for her. As you can imagine, after 21 years traversing the globe on behalf of the magazine, Nancy has some opinions about travel—how it has evolved, where it’s going, and what experiences and destinations rise to the top. Here, the Nancy Novogrod Exit Interview. 

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The iPhone 6 and Apple Watch: What it Means for Travel

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Today the iPhone got a long-awaited upgrade—and Apple finally unveiled its rumored plans for the Apple Watch. What’s in it for travelers? Here’s a closer look at how the world’s most popular travel accessory is changing—and the latest round of innovations by the technology giant.

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Cute Animals Help Passengers Relax on British Airways

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This month, nervous flyers and homesick cat and dog owners can tune into British Airways’ new, adorable, Paws & Relax channel.

The stream of cat and dog footage (think camera-collar documentaries and animated shorts) is perfect for entertaining young travelers, and for soothing anxious passengers during their fight.

Of course, who hasn't spent hours at their computer streaming cute cats and cuddly pups on YouTube?

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The Best Hotel Loyalty Program Promotions for Fall 2014

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These days, competition is heating up in the hotel industry. The big chains are not only competing against each other, but they’re also competing against online travel agencies and startups like Rocketmiles and Hotelied for your business. When you book through the hotel directly, it’ll give you points, whereas reserving through online travel agencies generally disqualifies your stay from earning valuable hotel points and possibly even getting your elite status. So if you want those points, book directly with the hotel—especially during the busy fall travel season when many brands offer lucrative promotions.
 
Here are the major hotel chains and their promotion details. You should always double check and make sure that the hotel you want to book isn’t listed as an exclusion—a lot of hotels opt out of these promotions because they get charges for the extra points. You may also want to plan your stays around the days where you’ll earn the most points.
 
Starwood: More For You
 
SPG members can earn either double or triple Starpoints depending on which nights of the week their stay is with Starwood. This promotion is valid for stays between September 15 and December 15, 2014.

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Shop Like a Local Twitter Chat on Tuesday, September 9

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Where do style insiders shop? Find out in our Shop Like a Local Twitter chat on Tuesday, September 9th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join along to ask the experts for tips and advice!

The Host:

T+L's Editorial Assistant, Katie James, @kjames259

The Panelists:

Refinery29, @Refinery29

Lilly Pulitzer, @LillyPulitzer

Nanette Lepore, @nanettelepore

Botkier, @botkier

Rebecca Taylor, @myrebeccataylor

Haute Hippie, @HauteHippie

Rafe, @RafeNewYork

Executive Editor of Yahoo Travel, Laura Begley Bloom, @laurabegley

David Keeps, @davidkeeps

T+L Lifestyle Correspondent, Shane Mitchell, @shanegoesforth

Patrizia Chen, @PatriziaChen

Maryam in Marrakesh, @MyMarrakesh

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.

New Monthly Subscription Club Highlights U.S. Cities

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Want to travel the country without leaving home? Or just need inspiration for your next American getaway? Turn to Hazel Lane, a new San Francisco-based start-up that curates monthly packages filled with artisan crafts and edible goodies from cities across the country. To start, the company is focusing on of-the-minute destinations—Nashville, Austin, Brooklyn, and Portland, Oregon, to name a few—and two six-month regional subscriptions will launch in time for the holidays: California Crawl (including wine country, Los Angeles, Oakland) and Hawaiian Island Hopper. 

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I’ve Heard Repositioning Cruises Are a Great Value—But Are They Worth It?

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These seasonal cruises, when ships relocate from one part of the world to sail in another, can offer as much as 70 percent off the price of regular voyages—though be prepared for more days at sea and potentially costly one-way flights. We asked cruise editor Jane Wooldridge to find the best ones.

Crystal Cruises, San Diego to Auckland, New Zealand; Cost per day*: from $212; 15 days
You’d ordinarily pay more than $400 per night on the luxury 922-passenger Crystal Symphony, where a recent update added Murano glass, Calcutta marble, and a 37-foot-long living wall. Guests have two days to explore Oahu, Hawaii, then a dozen more on board that are filled with filmmaking and art classes, magic shows, and lectures on maritime history and international relations. Oct. 28, 2014.

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Runners to Hit the Tarmac for Charity in Chicago

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This fall, Chicago’s two airports give new meaning to the word runway. On September 21, Midway Airport is hosting the second annual Midway Fly Away 5K, benefiting the Special Olympics of Chicago. And on October 5, O’Hare International Airport gets in on the action with the O’Hare 5K on the Runway, which raises money for military vets through the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Affordable New Hotels Video

Less than $200 a night and brand new. Meet the latest crop of affordable new hotels in the U.S.

The Remote Outpost: Outlook Lodge, Colorado Springs, Colorado

To get to the new Outlook Lodge, in Colorado, you’ll set off along a dirt road into the Rocky Mountains. After being welcomed by a strapping host, you’re on your own to explore the area trails or just grab a book and relax on the rustic porch.

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What Business Travelers Really Think

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What do some of the most experienced travelers think of life on the road? T+L and Fortune surveyed them to find out. Readers of both magazines offered insights into the best—and worst—parts of business travel. 

Travel Habits
Besides work, here's what business travelers have done while on the road:

• 71% snuck in sightseeing between meetings
• 71% only bring a carry-on bag
• 68% said they maintained their regular exercise and eating habits
• 54% have extended a work trip for leisure
• 40% ordered room service
• 28% say scrutiny of expense reports has increased from five years ago
• 23% have not removed liquids from their bag at security
• 7% got "creative" with their expense report

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Should I Be Worried About Cybersecurity While Traveling?

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Smartphone, tablet, laptop. Chances are you carry at least two of these devices on the road. I’ve been known to pack all three, along with a BlackBerry, for good measure. (Yes, I know: overkill.)

In many ways, our gadgets have become invaluable travel companions. But with their proliferation come new opportunities for cybersecurity breaches—whether it’s using an insecure Wi-Fi hot spot to check your e-mail or losing a device as you move from place to place. Unless you are carrying state or trade secrets, you are probably not a target for major espionage. But even the most leisurely of leisure travelers is still vulnerable. The risks run the gamut from having your credit card information stolen to full-on identity theft. Here are the major threats you should be aware of—and how to avoid them.

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Backstage Beauty at Ann Yee SS15

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Climate change was the theme of Ann Yee's Spring/Summer 2015 collection—something that was on the minds of those who turned out for her presentation yesterday morning in 90-degree September weather. Prior to the show, the scene was cool, calm, and collected on the rooftop of midtown Manhattan's Refinery Hotel.

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#SpottedAtThePalace for New York's Fashion Week

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With New York's Fashion Week kicking off on September 4, the New York Palace is getting in on the fun.

Once home to Gossip Girl stars, the hotel is celebrating #NYFW and the series finale's 9th anniversary on September 5-6, by inviting fans to share a picture dressed as their favorite character for a chance to win goodie bags or cocktails. Here are details on how to enter.

Use the hashtag #SpottedAtThePalace on Twitter and Facebook to have a chance to gossip over cocktails and remember, XOXO.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

How Do Airlines Decide Who to Bump?

Passenger at Airline Customer Service Counter

Each carrier makes its own rules regarding who gets boarding priority when a flight is oversold or over capacity because of a change in aircraft. After looking for volunteers to give up their seats, some domestic carriers bump those who checked in last; others start with passengers in the lowest fare class. All of them give priority to people in special circumstances: those whose trips would be severely delayed, travelers with disabilities, unaccompanied minors, and (naturally) people in premier cabins or with elite loyalty-club status.

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: iStockphoto


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Wake Up With Al: Shoulder Season Values

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Travel + Leisure’s Sarah Spagnolo shares four destinations with affordable prices after Labor Day. Check out the video here.

1. Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth is a charming town with an artisanal feel and an independent spirit—plus delicious seafood! The historic Wentworth By The Sea is a top choice for its recently renovated restaurant Salt, grand interior spaces, and incredible landscaping, plus an outdoor pool with marina views.

Price: $229 a night. Book now

2. Montauk, New York

The best time to head to “the End,” as locals call it, is in the fall, when the weather still sparkles and the crowds have cleared out. Montauk Yacht Club, right on the water, has a classic sense of style, with blue-and-white rooms, tennis courts, and a spa.

Price: $239 a night. Book now

3. Park City, Utah

It’s not ski season yet, which means that prices at the alpine-chic Washington School House are still affordable. Fall is a great time to visit Utah: there’s the bright fall foliage, crisp weather, and lots of outdoor activities from rock climbing to hiking.

Price: From $295 a night. Book now

4. San Diego, California

Late summer and early fall in San Diego promises warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Make the Lakehouse Hotel & Resort your home base for access to water sports (kayaks, pontoons, stand-up paddle boards) and an outdoor fire pit.

Price: From $129 a night. Book now.

For more deals and weekend escapes, sign up for Travel + Leisure’s Weekend Getaways newsletter at www.travelandleisure.com/weekend-getaways.

Editors’ Picks: Where to Go Next Video

Where do the Travel + Leisure editors want to go? These three destinations are on our radar now.

T+L Pick: Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee has always been home to country music but we’re noticing the rise of exciting, enterprising chefs. Start at Josephine, a farm-to-table-style spot in the 12 South area, then hit Pinewood Social, with a menu by local star Josh Habiger. The stellar turkey and cranberry sandwich tastes like Thanksgiving any day of the year.

For more Travel + Leisure videos, click here.

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Zurich's Dolder Grand to Hold Food Festival

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Zurich’s Dolder Grand hotel is launching a new annual food festival, dubbed the Epicure.

The Dolder’s own Heiko Nieder, whose talents have earned the hotel’s restaurant two Michelin stars, will host top European chefs during four days of culinary programming, beginning September 18th.

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Why Don’t We Use Our Paid Vacation Days?

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Are you tired? Stressed from work? Want to take a vacation but feel like no one else can do your job or that you’ll return to an avalanche of unanswered e-mails and Excel spreadsheets? You are not alone; using paid time off is a pipe dream for many working Americans.

According to a survey conducted GfK Public Affairs & Corporate Communications for the U.S. Travel Association, one in four American workers are reporting that they are “very” or “extremely” stressed. But almost four out of ten American employees do not plan to use all of their paid time off (PTO) in 2014, despite having paid vacation days as part of their employment compensation.

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Land Rover Contest Goes Galactic

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Ever dreamed of going to outer space? Your chance has arrived.

Land Rover just announced its brand new premium compact SUV, the 2015 Discovery Sport. In conjunction with its luxury newcomer, the company has created a “Galactic Discovery” competition via its partnership with Richard Branson’s space-travel venture, Virgin Galactic. And it plans to take four lucky winners to the final frontier.

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London Hotel Value for T+L Readers

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The Athenaeum Hotel—small, warm, stylish—puts you at the very heart of London: a walk through Green Park across the street takes you to Buckingham Palace; a short stroll up Piccadilly lands you at Fortnum & Mason or the Wolsely or peering through the window at Ladurée.

See London (and the Atheneum) this September with an exclusive deal for T+L readers from the Athenaeum:
• Overnight accommodations with an upgrade to the next available room-category
• Complimentary wi-fi, mini-bar, and use of the spa, gym, and hot tubs
• Kids 12 and under can eat for free with an adult and all meals are 20% off during your stay

Rates begin at £249 ($410) per night, plus VAT. Good for stays throughout September.

For more information or to book, visit the Athenaeum online or call +44 (0)20 7499 3464; use booking code OUR GIFT TO T+L.

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc.

Photo courtesy of the Athenaeum

The RedBall Project Rolls into Montréal

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If you have yet to encounter the RedBall Project, get ready, because this traveling art project might be coming to a city near you. Passersby have been amazed to see the giant red ball hovering above London's Golden Jubilee Bridge, perched in front of Paris's Pompidou Center, or squished between two Beaux-Arts buildings in Barcelona. It's currently in Montréal, and first appeared at the Biosphere Environment Museum.

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