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Skype's Travel Challenge Could Send You Around the World

To what limits would you want to be challenged? If you’re like travel videographer and member of Skype’s Moment Makers program, Mike Corey, the answer is: Bring it.

Corey took part in Rerouted: a Skype travel challenge, which dropped him off in Europe without an itinerary. A Skype-selected local met Corey in each country he visited to give him a clue as to where he was going and what he was doing next—from bungee-jumping in Italy to battling an oil-wrestling champion in Turkey.

Now, Windows 8.1 and Skype are giving travel enthusiasts the chance to have their own journey. The winner will receive a two-week trip through Europe for themselves plus a guest, along with travel equipment to document the time abroad. Enter here for your chance to win the ultimate European vacation.

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

Stand Above the Grand Canyon with #AerialAmerica

What’s it like to stand above Mount Rushmore or fly through some of the biggest cities in the world? Aerial America is returning to the Smithsonian Channel with breathtaking views of the nation’s most diverse landmarks. 

New York City’s Times Square is being transformed today until 5 p.m., and tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., thanks to Aerial America. Fans will have a chance to experience what it’s like to stand above the Grand Canyon with 3D pavement artist, Kurt Wenner. If you’re enjoying the sun on the West Coast, head to The Grove in Los Angeles on February 22 & 23 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. for the same experience.

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How to Open a Bottle of Champagne



Did you know that France's charming Champagne region—home of Moët & Chandon, the mother of all producers—is just a 45-minute train ride from Paris? It's one thing I learned this week when I met the lovely Elise Losfelt, the latest addition to Moët & Chandon's team of nine winemakers, who stopped by talk about the spring release of Moët’s Grand Vintage Brut 2006. The other thing I learned from Elise? How to open a bottle of bubbly without injuring your friends and loved ones. Watch her tutorial, and impress your significant other with your new skills while breaking out the bubbly this Valentine’s Day weekend.

Jennifer FlowersJennifer Flowers is the Travel News Editor at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @JennFlowers.

Star-Studded Santa Barbara Film Festival Celebrates its 29th Year

Last week, T+L was in Santa Barbara for the 29th-annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, an 11-day celebration with panel discussions, nearly 200 film screenings, and tribute events that honor Academy-Award frontrunners and mega-watt celebrities, including Cate Blanchett, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

We hit the red carpet before the Virtuosos Awards, asking breakout stars for their bucket list travel picks. The answers? June Squibb (in Nebraska) plans for a Hawaii respite and a Japanese animation-inspired trip to Japan for Michael B. Jordan, star of Fruitvale Station. (Watch the video above for more.)

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Sport's Illustrated Swimsuit Models Star in Air New Zealand's New Safety Video

Who would you rather get your in-flight safety instructions from: bikini-clad supermodels or Alf? While Delta’s recent 1980’s-themed video highlighted the furry sitcom star, Air New Zealand turned to Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit models for tips on how to stay safe in the air. Filmed on the Cook Islands (which Air New Zealand has been flying to for 40 years), the “Safety in Paradise” video celebrates the Swimsuit Issue’s 50th anniversary. Chrissy Teigen, Hannah Davis, Jessica Gomes, and Ariel Meredith star—and three-time cover model Christie Brinkley makes a cameo from Los Angeles. To celebrate the launch, Air New Zealand is giving online viewers the chance to win a trip for two to the Cook Islands. To enter, visit this website.

This out-of-the-box approach is nothing new for Air New Zealand, which has become known for its offbeat safety videos—featuring the likes of Betty White, Richard Simmons, Bear Grylls, even hobbits

Brooke Porter
Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.

Four Affordable Winter Getaways for February

Snowfall shouldn't stop you from getting away for the weekend. Whether you'd rather be lounging along Florida's coastline or skiing the slopes of the Berkshires in Massachusetts, T+L's Mark Orwoll has a set of affordable getaways perfect for February. Read on for where to go and stay during your visit.

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Walk Across 11 Countries In This Classic Travel Video

Travel videos add an element beyond still photography to truly transport you to a destination. Here, an oldie but goodie video from STA Travel Australia depicts three guys lightheartedly walking across 11 countries over the course of 44 days—a definite inspiration to never stop exploring.

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

Beauty Travel Tips from Hyatt Place

How can you look your best while on the road? From the initial packing and planning stages to the moment you arrive at your hotel room, here are beauty travel tips from lifestyle vlogger, Jessica Harlow, of the Hyatt Place's new Seamless Travel Series.

  1. Be realistic. Only bring what you're actually planning on using.

  2. Separate your products into makeup categories, with individual plastic bags.

  3. Stay powder shatter-proof. If you're planning on checking your makeup inside your luggage, use cotton balls for a little added cushioning.

  4. Invest in a travel bag to store toiletries.

  5. Look your best, feel your best. Make sure to visit your hotel gym and boost your endorphins.

  6. Make this list and check it twice!

 

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

Delta Puts an 80's Spin on Their New In-Flight Safety Video

Delta is taking the hip in-flight safety video meme to a new level with a new 80s-themed instructional, debuting on planes on January 30. Here, five reasons to watch (and love)—even if you’re not a former Aqua Net user.

  1. The girls who have to switch seats because their teased side-ponies are blocking the aisle.

  2. The John McEnroe lookalike who rocks the worm down the aisle.

  3. A tween Deltalina makes an appearance.

  4. ALF, ya’ll. ALF!

  5. Is that a member of Kid 'n Play drinking a Tab?

  6. Kareem Abdul Jabbar = classic.

Amy FarleyHave a travel dilemma? Need some tips and remedies? Send your questions to news editor Amy Farley at tripdoctor@aexp.com. Follow @tltripdoctor on Twitter.

Six Romantic Getaways Across America

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Whether you’re looking to take a trip to California, the South, or New England, we’ve got the perfect romantic getaway for you.

Estes Park, CO

Stay: Della Terra Mountain Chateau

This charming mountain town is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Nature is always nearby so don't be surprised if you have to stop your car to let an elk cross the road. Built with romance in mind, each of the 14 suites at the Della Terra Mountain Chateau have a fireplace, claw-foot tub, and private patio hot tub with a view. Rates from $185/night.

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