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Sweepstakes: Win a Trip to Borneo and Bangkok

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Friendly Planet Travel in partnership with Tourism Malaysia and the Tourism Authority of Thailand are giving away an 11-day tour for two to Borneo and Bangkok when you enter to win on Facebook.

The tour introduces travelers to the lush beauty, landscapes, and diversity of Thailand and Malaysia.

“Thailand is a beautiful country that’s flush with exotic wildlife, spectacular islands, and fascinating history—it’s one of the most visited destinations we offer,” says President of Friendly Planet Travel, Peggy Goldman.

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Sweepstakes: Discover Your Own Hawaiian Island

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Are you more of the Maui-type? Or maybe you’re a Kauai?

Each Hawaiian island is unique when it comes to style, experience, culture, and personality—not unlike the individual travelers that visit them.

Hawaiian Airlines and the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau want to help you find the island that “represents” you. You can win 140,000 Hawaiian Miles when you enter the Find Your Island Sweepstakes on Facebook by October 9.

Take the quiz, and you could be visiting “your” island soon. Find out more here

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

Photo credit: DU BOISBERRANGER Jean /Hemis/Corbis

Nancy Novogrod, Editor-in-Chief, on Seeing the World Through T+L

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Twenty years ago last Friday I arrived at Travel + Leisure. I had been the editor in chief of House & Garden; a book editor at Clarkson Potter; and, fresh out of college, an assistant and then a reader in the fiction department of The New Yorker. I thought of myself as reasonably well traveled, though outside of what I’d read and edited, the closest I had come to South America was Mexico and the Caribbean, and to Asia, Hawaii. The world I entered in the summer of 1993 extended far beyond these boundaries to places that remain tagged in my memory for qualities that were then entirely new to me. My mental notes from a trip to Hong Kong in the fall of that year still remain: East-meets-West glamour; bamboo scaffolding; crossing Victoria Harbour on the Star Ferry. From Auckland, New Zealand: green-lipped mussels for lunch on Queen Street; Waiheke Island sheep; grass; New Age shops. And so on, from Botswana (sandstorm; hippos) to Japan (textiles; ceramics; lacquerware), and from Buenos Aires to Tromsø in Norway’s Arctic Circle.

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A Very Ohio Island Getaway

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Here’s a fun exercise: Tell people you’re taking an island vacation…to Ohio. Then see how quickly they start measuring you for a straightjacket.

It turns out, though, that Ohio does have islands, floating in Lake Erie just a few miles from shore. And they’re not the single-palm-tree variety; these tree-filled expanses spread over hundreds of acres and feature parks, Victorian-era B&Bs, historic sites, shopping, and wineries (yes, wineries).

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#LandsEndLaughs in Los Cabos, Mexico

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What could be better than having a few laughs on a beach in Mexico? How about if it were a free trip?

To celebrate the first annual Cabo Comedy Festival in Los Cabos, Mexico on October 2-6, the Los Cabos Tourism Board and Cabo Comedy Festival are giving away a 3-night trip to Cabo for two, including hotel, airfare, and VIP tickets to the event.

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T+L Picks: Cliffside Hotels

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Hold on to your hat: the most dramatic bluff-side hotels in the world are as breezy as they are beautiful.

Barbados: Built in 1887, the Crane Residential Resort ($$$$) sits above a pink-sand beach accessible by a glass-front elevator or 99 stone steps. Opt for a room in the original building with stone-coral walls and a hand-carved mahogany bed.

Brazil: Escape Florianópolis’s frenetic beach scene at the nearby Ponta dos Ganchos ($$$$), on a private, crescent-shaped peninsula. Guests can relax with passion-fruit caipirinhas on one of the eucalyptus-fringed decks or head to the tiny island just offshore.

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T+L Twitter Chat Recap: “Secret Europe” as Only the Experts Know It

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Our most recent T+L Twitter Chat covered the best “secret” spots to visit in Europe, when you’re looking to skip the tourist attractions and head off the beaten path. Our panel of travel experts shared insider tips on unknown destinations, the best shopping spots, tourist-free beaches, and travel trends.

For some of the most underrated destinations in Europe, our panel recommended Olomouc in the Czech Republic (@indietravel), Slovenia (@The PluckyOne), Matera in Southern Italy (@YoungAdventures), and Le Pays Basque in southwestern France (@purpletruffle).

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Guess Where? Coastal Lighthouse

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Can you guess where this lighthouse is? Head over to our Facebook page and leave your guesses there. Check back on Monday for the answer.

Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Guess Where? Theme Park

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Can you guess where this theme park is? Hint: It's located on one of America's Best Beach Boardwalks. Head over to our Facebook page and leave your guesses there. Check back on Monday for the answer!

Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Trip Doctor: 5 Best Sunscreens

Best Sunscreens:  Restorsea Rejuvenating Day Lotion SPF 30

Q: With so many sunscreens on the market, I’m overwhelmed. Have a favorite? —Janet Bakes, via e-mail

A: We took an informal poll, and the cheekily named Supergoop! SPF 50 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist ($19) is a T+L editor pick. It’s infused with vitamin C (touted by dermatologists as a damage preventer), plus it’s paraben- and fragrance-free, hence easy on your skin. Soleil Organique ($42) makes similar mists in varying SPF’s, with a green-tea scent. For daily use on the face, we prefer lightweight and long-lasting Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ ($38) and emollient-rich La Prairie Sun Protection Emulsion Face SPF 30 ($95). Hailing from Norway, Restørsea Rejuvenating Day Lotion SPF 30 (pictured; $150) contains anti-aging enzymes and moisturizing algae, though it may be worth the splurge for its pretty packaging alone.

Mimi LombardoMimi Lombardo is Travel + Leisure’s style director. Packing is rarely easy—we’re here to help. Send your question to tripdoctor@aexp.com.

Photo by John Lawton

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