Travel + Leisure photo editor Whitney Lawson evaluates five snapshots from finalists of our monthly photo contest and explains why they work.
This shot of Prague is set apart by its aerial perspective, which makes the people and buildings look almost like toys. Most European cities have churches or clock towers that you can climb for a couple of euros—it’s the easiest way to capture the streets below from a unique vantage point.
What’s the best hotel in Aspen? According to Web entrepreneur Travis Katz, it all depends on who you are: a Goldman Sachs banker might want the luxury and cosseting service of the Little Nell, while a 20-year-old yoga instructor on a budget might opt for the more-bang-for-your-buck Limelight Lodge. Earlier this year, Katz, a former MySpace executive, officially launched gogobot.com, a sort of Facebook for travelers that lets you exchange tailored hotel, restaurant, and other destination recommendations with like-minded friends on the site and through other social networks. Gogobot, which creates stylish destination scrapbooks for users by drawing from their manually submitted reviews and FourSquare and Facebook check-ins, is based on the premise that travelers trust their friends’ recommendations over those of guidebooks or online user-generated review sites like TripAdvisor.
Until recently, rainy days on vacations seemed unbearable. Packing rain boots is never easy; not only do they weigh down the suitcase, they take up half of the limited space!
But, Loeffler Randall has brightened my rainy days and made my vacations easier. I don't have to worry about the bulky boots anymore with their sleek designs. These rain booties are so light and comfortable you might even find yourself wearing them on dry days. Jessie Randall, founder and creative director, explains how her designs are so easy to wear: "These boots are great for being out on a rainy day and getting a lot of work done. I can push a stroller, grab groceries, take the dog out for a quick walk in them."
Today Loeffler Randall launches their latest season of rain boots and booties, which will add a new silhouette and colors to their existing line. With prices ranging from $150-$195, the only thing you will have to stress over will be determining which style is most appropriate for your lifestyle. Try on a pair at your local Nordstrom or Saks Fifth Avenue or, if you're confident in your size you can purchase a pair through their website today.
Jessie Bandy is the assistant fashion editor at Travel + Leisure.
Smaller carriers have upped competition with major airlines this summer, introducing new routes into large hubs. Virgin America is starting flights into Chicago O’Hare (a hub for both United and American), Frontier is adding service out of Denver, and JetBlue is now flying into Anchorage. Generally, when smaller carriers introduce discount flights, major airlines slash their prices on that route out of competition, to make it as painful as possible for the other airline. (When JetBlue started service in May between Newark and Boston, Continental dropped its fares to as low as $49 one-way.) For the average flier, this can also mean mileage bonuses and more options and capacity, as well as lower-priced tickets.
Alexander Basek is a regular contributor to Travel + Leisure.
Waiting for a flight home for Christmas once, I ran into a blowhard I knew from college who announced that the only present he was bringing his parents was a bottle of extraordinarily good wine. He dropped and broke the bottle of red on the linoleum at LaGuardia before we’d boarded the plane. Blowhard frat boy or not, I felt bad for the guy.
I was reminded of this tragic holiday vignette when I heard about VinniBag, an inflatable bag that cushions your wine bottle (or bottle of olive oil or Vermont maple syrup or vintage McCoy vase) from the sharp, hard, pointy things of the world. The smart bags are reusable, deflate easily to slip in your luggage, and make an unbreakable and practical gift for Mummy and Pater.