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T+L Trips with Sponsor Cox & Kings: Finland; India

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Welcome to the latest installment of T+L's promotional partnership with luxury adventure operator Cox & Kings, where booking a trip to a destination featured in T+L is easier than ever. Here's how it works:

• Every month, T+L editors work with Cox & Kings to develop two trips inspired by destinations we love.
• Each itinerary is designed to offer insider access and unique experiences—whether it's a stay at an exclusive hotel, a behind-the-scenes tour, or dinner in a private residence.
• For a limited time, T+L readers can take advantage of exclusive savings on this month's featured trips.

November Specials

Finland
The Highlights: Tour Helsinki's historic sites, from the Senate Square and Parliament House to Uspenski Cathedral and the Finnish National Opera House; browse the city's retro-inspired boutiques and design stores; take a full-day excursion to Fiskars, a late-1600's village on the banks of the Fiskars River; base yourself at the opulent Hotel Kämp.
The Details: 7 days and 6 nights, from $4,650 per person**

Optional Extension: Tallinn, Estonia
The Highlights: Walk along the winding, cobbled streets of Tallinn's Old Town; visit Saint Catherine's Passageway and its collection of artisan workshops; view works of socialist realism and pop art at the Kumu Art Museum.
The Details: 3 days and 2 nights, from $1,150 per person**

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Adventure Travel Twitter Chat on Wednesday, October 16th

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Whether you’re jumping out of a plane, hiking Machu Picchu, or searching for the big five on a Zambian safari, the best part about adventure travel is the journey and endeavor itself. 

Join our live Twitter chat on Adventure Travel sponsored by Victorinox this Wednesday, October 16th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Our panel of experts will share up-and-coming adventure travel destinations, the best adventure tour operators and guides, the most useful gadgets for travelers, and more.

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Take Your Dream Trip for Free

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Dream of visiting far-flung destinations like Croatia (pictured), the Galapagos, Zion National Park, Botswana, Australia, the Everest region of Nepal, or Antarctica?

To celebrate their newly released 2014 trips, leading adventure travel company, REI Adventures, is giving away seven trips to their most popular destinations around the world.

If you can’t decide on a continent to visit, don’t worry—you can enter to win once every 24 hours until October 31.

Find out more information and entry requirements here

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

Photo courtesy of REI Adventures

T+L Trips with Sponsor Cox & Kings: China; Russia

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Welcome to the fifth installment of T+L's promotional partnership with luxury adventure operator Cox & Kings, where booking a trip to a destination featured in T+L is easier than ever. Here's how it works:

• Every month, T+L editors work with Cox & Kings to develop two trips inspired by destinations we love.
• Each itinerary is designed to offer insider access and unique experiences—whether it's a stay at an exclusive hotel, a behind-the-scenes tour, or dinner in a private residence.
• For a limited time, T+L readers can take advantage of exclusive savings on this month's featured trips.

October Specials

China
The Highlights: Sail in a traditional sampan boat along the fishing harbor of Aberdeen, in Hong Kong; visit punti dwellings along Hong Kong’s Ping Shan Heritage Trail; browse fresh produce at Tai Po’s local market; base yourself at the venerable Mandarin Oriental Hotel Hong Kong.
The Details: 4 days and 3 nights, from $3,490 per person**

Optional Extension: Hangzhou
The Highlights: Feast on lotus-wrapped chicken at Louwailou restaurant; shop at the city’s silk market; visit the Lingyin Temple, where Buddhist monks still live and pray.
The Details: 4 days and 3 nights, from $3,295 per person**

Optional Extension: Vietnam
The Highlights: A one-night cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay; whip up regional dishes at the Red Bridge Cooking School in Hoi An.
The Details: 7 days and 6 nights, from $3,285 per person**

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Airport-Goers Play Travel Roulette at JFK

When Greg Vosits arrived to New York’s John F. Kennedy airport on July, 9th, he was headed to Vienna en route to the medieval city Györ, Hungary, his hometown, to spend the summer. But when the University of Connecticut doctoral student was approached by a woman clad in Heineken regalia proffering a chance to scrap his plans and play travel roulette—a game show-style contest with a far-flung destination waiting on the other end of a button—his mind raced.

“My friends will think I’m stupid if I don’t do this, I will regret it for the rest of my life,” he thought.

And so, with cameras in his face, he took his chance, Cyprus shuffled onto the board, and the Mediterranean beckoned. Now to just clear it with mom.

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T+L Trips with Sponsor Cox & Kings: Uruguay; Jordan

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Welcome to the fourth installment of T+L's promotional partnership with luxury adventure operator Cox & Kings, where booking a trip to a destination featured in T+L is easier than ever. Here's how it works:

• Every month, T+L editors work with Cox & Kings to develop two trips inspired by destinations we love.
• Each itinerary is designed to offer insider access and unique experiences—whether it's a stay at an exclusive hotel, a behind-the-scenes tour, or dinner in a private residence.
• For a limited time, T+L readers can take advantage of exclusive savings on this month's featured trips.

September Specials

Uruguay
The Highlights: Lunch with chef Julián Olivares at Mesón de la Plaza, one of Uruguay's finest restaurants; a private polo lesson in Carmelo; a curator-led tour of the museum Casapueblo (pictured, top), the former home of Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró; a visit to the olive plantation Colina de Garzón followed by a traditional barbecue with local gauchos.
The Details: 7 days and 6 nights, from $4,955 per person**

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The Newest U.S. Thrill Sport? The Running of the Bulls Comes to America

Everyone's heard of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, (see video) a tradition made famous by Ernest Hemingway in his 1926 novel, The Sun Also Rises. I've run with the bulls too—not in Pamplona, but in Tecate, Mexico, in 1980, in a makeshift recreation of the Pamplona encierro. What a disaster. The bulls were small yearlings, far too young for such an event. It looked to me as if the tips of their horns had been purposely blunted. The runners were mainly drunk and rowdy college kids who yanked the animals' tails, knocked their legs out from under them, and piled on top of them as if it were a rugby scrum. And now, a group calling itself the Great Bull Run is bringing this extreme activity to a city near you. But hold the olés just yet.

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Coming Soon: New Trail Set To Trace Historic Explorer's Route from South Sudan to Uganda

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Fans of the T+L Hiking Guide who've already completed the Appalachian Trail, the pilgrimage to Santiago, or the climb to Machu Picchu will soon have another path to traverse: The Sir Samuel and Lady Florence Baker Historical Trail, covering nearly 360 miles in South Sudan* and Uganda.

The route is the same one that Samuel Baker, a British officer, took with his wife in the 1860s. Traveling south from present-day South Sudan, the couple became the first Europeans to see what they would name Lake Albert, which marks the terminus of the new trail.

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T+L Trips with Sponsor Cox & Kings: Kenya; Ukraine

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Welcome to the third installment of T+L's promotional partnership with luxury adventure operator Cox & Kings, where booking a trip to a destination featured in T+L is easier than ever. Here's how it works:

• Every month, T+L editors work with Cox & Kings to develop two trips inspired by destinations we love.
• Each itinerary is designed to offer insider access and unique experiences—whether it's a stay at an exclusive hotel, a behind-the-scenes tour, or dinner in a private residence.
• For a limited time, T+L readers can take advantage of exclusive savings on this month's featured trips.

August Specials

Kenya
The Highlights: Enjoy intimate, luxurious camps and wildlife viewing at Kenya's best private concessions; personalize each day with game drives, walking safaris, bush meals, and cultural visits to Masai villages; witness the Samburu warrior tradition of the singing wells near Sarara Camp; interact with baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
The Details:11 days and 10 nights, from $12,990 per person—including internal airfare**

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The Best New Hiking Backpack for Your Next Adventure

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Since we’ve been talking a good bit about hiking around here lately, here’s the one accessory you should plan to pick up before your next adventure. Known more for their tech-friendly messenger bags than for their outdoor gear, Timbuk2 has just launched a new collection of urban-inspired camping backpacks, which are rugged enough to survive your toughest mountain climbs but designed to convert into a rolling suitcase for less elemental pursuits. The Aviator Travel Pack (from $179) is smartly designed with carbon ballistic nylon for durability, padded straps and a hip belt that stow away when not needed, and a water-resistant rain shedding pack cover that tucks into its own dedicated pocket. But what really does it for me are cleverly placed compartments that store (and protect) a 17” laptop, important-to-reach items like your phone and wallet, and separate spill-protecting toiletry panels. If only we could custom-order them in pretty colors and patters, like Timbuk2’s flagship messenger line.

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

Photo courtesy of Timbuk2

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