Last summer, classical trio renegades Time For Three visited T+L's offices for an impromptu concerto, telling us about their musical inspirations and travel challenges—among them, a fairly well-publicized run-in with a TSA agent hell bent on gate checking the group's vintage Stradivarius.
It's no secret that the small screen is making big waves. Today marks the launch of The Daily Cut, the web’s newest destination for video content from some of the top names in news, entertainment, food, fashion, sports, travel, and more.
The new initiative from Time Inc. (T+L’s parent company) is a one-stop on-demand source for the latest video content from People, Sports Illustrated, Time, InStyle, Entertainment Weekly, and our own Travel + Leisure.
Without even trying, you may snag a front row seat to Art By Chance, a short-film festival that screens worldwide and starts today. More than 200 cities in 20-plus countries will show works in public spaces usually reserved for advertising—think airports, train and bus stations, billboards in plazas, and more. This is its fifth edition, and there will be 25 films lasting just half a minute inspired by the theme “Discover.”
After a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, it caused widespread damage—leaving a reported 200,000 dead and 1.5 million homeless, not to mention costly physical destruction. An influx of aid and NGO organizations, along with nearly $4 billion from the U.S., came in for support, but reports of slow progress and recovery plagued the country for several years. But today, on the fifth anniversary of the earthquake, Haiti has transitioned from a post-disaster state to one supporting long-term planning and growth.
The U.S. State Department reports that 90 percent of residents who had been displaced in tent camps now have more permanent housing. Trash and debris from the disaster have been cleared. Job growth and a country-wide campaign promoting tourism, from beautification projects to new flight options to new resorts, is designed to lure visitors and boost economic independence (we included the destination in our Best Places to Travel in 2015 story).
One project, the Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel, opens February 24 and stands out for the innovative ways it works with the surrounding community.
UPDATE: The U.S. Department of State has issued an updated Worldwide Caution alert following the terrorists attacks in Paris, saying they "serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness." The caution offers a detailed assesment of threats to Americans traveling in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South Asia, and Africa (predominately North Africa).
The news out of Paris this week has been heart-wrenching, to say the least—and unnerving for travelers with imminent plans to visit the City of Light. And even as Parisians go on high alert, Britain’s MI5 intelligence head, Andrew Parker, is warning of increased threat levels in the U.K. from Al Qaeda and extremists groups in Syria and Iraq. (The official threat level remains at “severe,” where it has been since August.) The country has stepped up security checks at ports and border points, especially on passengers and goods coming from France and the rest of Europe.
Just as the year’s latest and greatest tech gadgets are being introduced at the annual Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, another must-have tech-enhanced travel item is on the horizon and gaining buzz: smart luggage.
For anyone who's visited visited Yellowstone, our nation's first national park, and marveled at the the vibrant hues of its hot springs—indigos, vermillions, and chartreuses—there's evidence to suggest that the park's technicolor spectacle is actually the result of tourist trash—tossed pennies, trash, and random objects.