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Tech Thursday: How to Avoid Travel Scams

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The first time I ever flew into JFK was during a flight back to NYC from Los Angeles. I hadn't gone to bed until the sun came up earlier that day, was running on just a couple hours of sleep, and I was ready to get home and collapse onto my bed. So when faced with the decision to wait in the long taxi line or take up some guy on his car service option, my foggy brain decided the latter was a sound decision. I followed the guy to his “taxi” which was a rusty old pick-up truck, but thankfully had enough sense to stop, say “Absolutely not,” and turn back around to deal with the line for a legit cab.

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Tips from Housekeeping: How to Make a Bed

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Ana Lissa Sison, director of housekeeping at the Peninsula New York, can make a king-size bed in five minutes flat. Her method:

1. Pillows: Karate-chop down the middle to fluff feathers. Fold in half lengthwise and insert into case. From the outside, pinch a corner of pillow; pull case down. Set aside.

2. Bottom Sheet: Use a flat sheet (more durable than fitted). Tuck in top and bottom. At each corner, lift overhang to form a triangle. Pull and tuck sheet under.

3. Top Sheet: Tuck in bottom, leaving sides hanging. Fold top of sheet back six to eight inches.

4. Duvet, Part I: Fold duvet cover in half, with opening facing headboard. Fold duvet as mirror image, and place at foot of bed.

5. Duvet, Part II: Grab duvet at bottom right; pull into right corner of cover. Repeat on left. Holding cover in place, pull it completely over duvet.

6. Finish: Leave duvet untucked, smoothing out wrinkles and crisping corners. Place pillows on top and align patterns. Add accents to taste.

Illustration by L-DOPA

Tech Thursday: Must-Have Apps For the 2012 London Olympics

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If you’re one of the lucky ones to be attending the Olympics this year in London, but are a little nervous about navigating a foreign city—particularly during what will very likely become a rather chaotic time with the huge influx of travelers and athletes—there are a few apps out there that can help you out. (And most of them will still be useful outside of London, after the Games are long over.)

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Taking a Peek Inside a Hotel General Manager's Toiletry Bag

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Looking good is part of the job description for Omer Acar, the jet-setting general manager of Le Royal Monceau–Raffles Paris. Here, he reveals his travel-friendly toiletries, all 3.4 ounces or less.

Kiehl’s Amino Acid Conditioner ($7): “Blended with coconut and jojoba oils and a savior for my hair.”

Rembrandt toothpaste ($8): “Whitens and brightens.”

Comme des Garçons Incense Kyoto eau de toilette ($85): “The scent is fantastic—rare, earthy, spiced.”

Arnicare Gel ($10): “Arnica has been used since the 1500’s to reduce inflammation.”

Clear Eyes ($4): “I’ll put in a few drops to look fresh just before greeting VIP’s.”

Rubis tweezers ($39): “The Swiss make the best nonslip tweezers—no surprise, in the land of the watch.”

My Blend by Clarins ($145): “A personalized moisturizer only sold at Le Royal Monceau.”

Photo by Charles Masters

Viewfinder: See Madrid (and the World) with PHotoEspaña

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Those of you traveling to Madrid this summer are doubly lucky because until July 22nd you will find PHotoEspaña in full swing. The photography festival, a long-standing highlight on the city's summer cultural calendar, brings more than 70 exhibits to town displaying work by history’s and today’s greatest lensmen.

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Video: GloboMaestro Hits the New-York Historical Society

Exclusive GloboMaestro Video: Say hello to the new New-York Historical Society. For years New York City's oldest museum was perhaps best known for the placement of a hyphen between "New" and "York" in its title (a common usage during the museum’s founding in 1804). While steadfastly holding on to its own history, the New-York Historical Society has transformed into a cultural powerhouse thanks to a recent three-year $70 million renovation. Exhibitions are enhanced by shrewd uses of new technologies, from touch-screens to state-of-the-art video projections. Paintings, photographs, maps, and documents have never looked more attractive. It'll make you fall in love all over again with Gotham.

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Briana Fasone is an editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.




Video courtesy of GloboMaestro
, the only web series where hotel concierges dish their insider destination tips.

Free Restaurant Recs on the Go from Google+ Local and Zagat

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Don't you hate it when you get to a new city and have no idea where to find a great restaurant? More often than not, unfortunately, a lack of knowledge leads to mediocre meals and a poor understanding of local cuisine. Google is out to fix that.

Google has added a new feature to their Google+ social network: Local. Like its competitor, Yelp, Google+ Local will show you recommended businesses, museums, and even—yes—restaurants that are nearby.

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Video: GloboMaestro Goes to The Paris Theatre

Exclusive GloboMaestro Video: Few cinemas are as iconic as the films they show, but The Paris Theatre, America's oldest continuously operated art-house cinema, is itself a celebrity. The cinema, located just a stone's throw away from The Plaza Hotel, was opened by Marlene Dietrich in 1948 and remains one of the New York's last single screen theaters. You won't catch this summer's blockbuster here (the theater shows only movies shot on film), but you'll be sure to see some of the finest independent and foreign films. While only one flick is shown each week, this cinephile wonderland never ever plays any pre-show ads.

Video courtesy of GloboMaestro, the only web series where hotel concierges dish their insider destination tips.

 

App Lets Kids Explore the Globe with a Flick of the Finger

Barefoot World Atlas App

What's the perfect gift for young, inquisitive, would-be travelers? The Barefoot World Atlas App, available for iPad. The result of a collaboration between Barefoot Books and Touch Press, a popular app developer, the app lets your little one explore the globe with a flick of the finger.

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Travel Tweet-Up: Las Vegas Travel Tips

jennifer-flowersjpgWe all know Las Vegas is the place in the U.S. for anyone looking for a getaway chockfull of gambling. But there’s more to Sin City than just poker and slots. With an ever-growing (and improving) culinary scene, shopping galore—both high- and low-end—and tons of possible day trips off the strip, the options are seemingly endless! Sound overwhelming? Then join us tomorrow (6/6) for a live tweet-up, hosted by T+L Associate Editor Jennifer Flowers. She’ll be joined by a panel of experts to help dish out the best advice so you can make the most of your next Vegas retreat. Our panel of experts includes:

- Jeanne Mills, MGM Grand: @MGMGrand
- Bruno Maddox, T+L Contributing Editor: @BrunMad
- Courtney Fitzgerald, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Bureau: @Vegas
- John Curtas, Eating Las Vegas: @EatingLasVegas
- Ana Maria Pickens, T+L A-List Agent, My Little Swans: @MyLittleSwans

How does it work?

1. Log in to Twitter any time from 2–3 p.m. ET and be sure to follow the chat hosts: @TravlandLeisure and @JennFlowers
2. Use the hashtag #TL_Chat to follow and participate in the Getting Great Service Tweet-Up.
3. To keep up with the chat in real time, head over to http://tweetchat.com/room/tl_chat
4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own answers to our questions! Or ask your own questions! Take advantage of this special access to this fab panel and get some expert travel advice.

We hope to "see" you there!

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Joshua Pramis is the social media editor and tech aficionado at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis

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