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Chat with Travel Writer Gary Shteyngart this Tuesday, February 4th

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How do you become a travel writer? Taking it even further, how do you get started as a novelist? We asked two authors to sit down and have a coffee shop conversation over Twitter to find out. Join us tomorrow as T+L Features Director, Luke Barr (@lukebarr), and T+L contributing editor, Gary Shteyngart (@Shteyngart), discuss how to become a travel writer, memorable tales of dinners and travels past, and ultimately how Shteyngart the novelist also became Shteyngart, a T+L contributing editor.

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Design + Travel Twitter Chat Tomorrow, Tuesday January 28

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Innovative design can make your travel experiences better and even more memorable. Whether it's a classically designed hotel or a high-design destination, we'll be discussing the latest from design and travel experts this Tuesday, January 28th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST. Ask them for their insider advice!

The Host:

Luke Barr, News Director, @lukebarr

Katie James, Editorial Assistant, @kjames259

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Where to Travel in 2014: Advice From Our Experts

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Want to know the number one destination to hit in 2014? So do we. T+L reached out to our panel of travel experts during a recent Twitter chat to find where to go this year and why. Here's what they had to say:

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2014 Tech Travel Predictions Straight From Our Experts

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Innovations in tech-savvy travel seem to be made every second. In a recent Twitter chat, we asked our panel of experts for the gadgets and apps that will change the way we travel in 2014. Here's what they had to say:

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Start Your Week with a Peek on Instagram

Need a dose of wanderlust to get your week going? We're having a T+L influencer take over our Instagram account every Monday to show you the most beautiful destinations in the world. To kick it off, we looked to our award-winning properties.

Based on ranking in the World’s Best Awards, followed by location, and Instagram followers, we picked several hotels and resorts to initiate the takeovers.

One&Only Palmilla was the first property to take over our Instagram account and was armed with beautiful pools, sunsets, and beach scenes.

Guess which destinations will be featured next by checking out TLWorldsBest.com and voting in the 2014 World’s Best Awards. Get ready to start your week with a peek...

Follow @TravelandLeisure and #TLTakeover on Instagram for more.

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

Travel Trends We're Rooting For in 2014

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From the best destinations to visit to emerging technology and gadgets, we asked a panel of experts for their tips and tricks in our recent Twitter chat on 2014 Travel Trends. Here's what they had to say:

What travel trends are you rooting for (or wish would go away) this year?

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2014 Travel Trends Twitter Chat This Wednesday, Jan. 8th

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It’s a new year and T+L is already scoping out the most popular travel trends of 2014. From the hottest destinations to the latest in tech travel and hotel perks, we've got you covered. Join us for a one-hour Twitter chat this Wednesday, January 8th from 2-3pm EDT for an inside look at what's new in travel this year.

The Host:

Amy Farley, News Editor, @TLTripDoctor

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Sharks in Australia Are Now Showing Up On Twitter

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Sharks in Western Australia will now be making their way from the sea to your social news feed. Over 300 great whites, whaler sharks, and tiger sharks have been tagged with acoustic transmitters by government researchers, says NPR, which monitor exactly where the animals are swimming.

Once any of the 338 sharks come within a half-mile of the beach, its tag automatically sends out a tweet from the Surf Life Saving Western Australia (@SLSWA) Twitter account. Included in the alert is the shark’s size, breed, and approximate location—really giving away any attack plans for poor Jaws. While this is a truly innovative way to protect the area’s surfers and sunbathers, not every shark out there is tagged. Just because you don’t see it on Twitter, doesn’t mean a great white isn’t lurking close to shore. Our advice? Look both ways (and below) before diving in.

Maria PedoneMaria Pedone is on the digital team at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @mariapedestrian.

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Three Words on How To Travel Better

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We asked a team of experts in a recent Twitter Chat for their travel rules of the road, which we’ve been revealing in a series of blog posts. We asked our panel to reveal how they travel better in only three words.

Designer, Chris Benz (@cmbenz) must be a T+L-type traveler because he lives by the words: “Carry, On, Only.”

T+L’s Travel News Editor, Jennifer Flowers (@JennFlowers), is traveling the world and trying food that she encounters in new cultures, so naturally, Imodium, Pepto-Bismol, and Tums are necessities in her suitcase.

T+L’s Director of Editorial Product Development, Peter Frank (@pfrank1), makes sure Ambien is available for long-flights (assuming there wasn’t a flight delay and he met the T+L team at the bar first!).

Follow @travlandleisure on Twitter and #TL_Chat for more expert tips.

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

 

Best Apps and Websites to Travel Better

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How do you travel better? We asked a team of experts in a recent Twitter Chat for their rules of the road, which we're revealing in a series of blog posts. We started off the chat by asking our panel for the apps and websites that help them travel more efficiently. Our T+L Lifestyle Editor, Shane Mitchell (@shanegoesforth), loves Google Translate to help her ask for necessities—like WiFi, of course. 

Our Editorial Assistant, Nikki Ekstein (@nikkiekstein) includes Spotify Premium among her must-have travel essentials. A-List Agent, Joel Zack of Heritage Tours Private Travel (@HeritageTours), has clearly learned a lesson from high roaming charges and uses WhatsApp for texting. Smart agent!

Follow @travlandleisure on Twitter and #TL_Chat for more expert tips!

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

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