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How to Snag a Last-Minute Restaurant Reservation (Video)

It’s a common predicament: You arrive in a city and realize you don’t have a dinner reservation. Never fear, there are a couple ways to work the system in your favor. Here, some food for thought on what to do.

Tip 1: Call in the afternoon.
Around 3 p.m., restaurants start confirming that evening’s reservations and waiting list. Call in the afternoon, and you just might snag a newly canceled reservation.

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New Video Announces Virgin Hotel Chicago's Perks

While we eagerly await Sir Richard Branson to take us all to space on Virgin Galactic, a more imminent expansion of the Virgin travel empire is keeping us grounded.

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New Virgin America Ad Targets "Blah Airlines"

No weekend plans? You might want to consider watching a new 5 hour and 46 minute advertisement from Virgin America

In a genius attack on its competitors, it recreates a flight, populated by manequins traveling from Newark to San Francisco on “Blah Airlines” (read: every airline that isn’t Virgin).

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Sweeping Views, Global Savvy: Start Your Epic Journey Today

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Which great American novel was written in Slovenia’s Julian Alps? What legendary myth is associated with the island of Santorini?

Embark on an Epic Journey to test your answer—and you’ll also suddenly feel like you’re there. TravelandLeisure.com launched a new online odyssey sponsored by Infiniti, featuring both dramatic photography and "cinemagraphs" (so, yes, if you think the trees are subtly swaying, or that people are walking in some of these images—they are).

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Antarctica Exploration: Whales and Penguins

Gentoo penguins, King penguins: this is Antarctica like you’ve never seen it before—filled with penguins on the move. Want to take the journey yourself? It’s part of a 21-day itinerary aboard the Seabourn Quest. Antarctica has much more in store for the intrepid traveler, as Stephen Drucker details in our November issue.

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How to Take Better Travel Videos with Your Smartphone

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How to become a top videographer—with nothing but your smartphone.

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Five tips for capturing stellar footage.

1. Hold your phone horizontally.
It’s the only way to avoid having black bars on either side of the frame. Record via Horizon ($1.99; Android, iOS), and videos will default to landscape mode.

2. Look for sunshine.
Avoid dark settings, which make for grainy videos, and turn on every available light when shooting indoors.

3. Cancel out the noise.
Shoot in quiet places if possible—otherwise, cup your hand around the mic, or use an add-on microphone, such as the Mikey Digital ($99), to minimize aural distractions.

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B-Sides Video: Chef Marcus Samuelsson in San Francisco


Travel + Leisure’s new video series B-Sides follows chef (and T+L food and culture contributor) Marcus Samuelsson through emerging neighborhoods in the U.S. that most travelers don’t know about. Like the “B-side” of a record album, these places are the flip-sides to a city’s greatest hits.

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Slow Motion Base Jumping Gives Birds-Eye Views

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For the adventure traveler, extreme sports such as sky-diving, zip-lining, and base jumping may be the ultimate adrenaline kick. The thrill of hurtling through the air with nothing but a parachute and a thin windsuit is a bonus to the unique, birds-eye perspective jumpers get.

Yet even in these death-defying leaps, there is a moment of Zen that may appeal to even the mellowest sightseer.

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Four Unexpected Places To Stay Cool This Summer Video

Watch this video for four unexpected summer activities that keep you out of the summer heat.

1. Summer Camp for Adults

At Wisconsin’s Camp Wandawega, about 90 minutes from Chicago, “campers,” or adult travelers, can take dips in the cool, shallow lake between breezy naps on a hammock.  Another favorite spot for grown ups is Camp Grounded, north of San Francisco in the shade of towering Redwoods, where there’s rock climbing and sign-alongs—and no cell phones allowed.

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The Newest Great Thrill Ride Of The Summer Is Here

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This summer has seen plenty of new thrill rides (watch our Top 6 New Roller Coaster Rides video), and the openings continue. Last week New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure unleashed the Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, a three-towered attraction for up to eight adrenaline junkies who are hoisted 415 feet into the sky, hover for a handful of seconds to take in the panoramic views, and then drop at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. The entire ride takes less than a minute, but luckily, the euphoria endures.

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