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Virgin America's New Video Puts a Spin on In-Flight Safety

Virgin America's added a little twist to their in-flight safety video. Grooving nuns, rapping kids, and auto-tuning robots guide you through the airline's safety regulations. This won't be the last dance, either. Virgin America has already posted a casting call on Instagram for future video stars. And if you can't get down with the funk, Virgin America's offer—20% off flights for today only—is sure to make you jump. Simply use the promo code "GETDOWN" upon checkout.

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

3 Fun Getaways From San Francisco

Looking for a sunny getaway from San Francisco? T+L News Editor Amy Farley shares three of her favorites, from indoor camping in Lake Tahoe to biking across wine country in Napa Valley.

5 Great Learning Vacations

 

Trade in those sandals for a spacesuit on your next vacation. T+L Senior Editor, Jacqui Gifford, shares five of her favorite learning vacations, from astronaut training at the Adult Space Academy in Huntsville, AL to falconry at Ireland’s Ashford Castle.

 

Betty White Talks In-Flight Safety in Air New Zealand's Latest Video

Air New Zealand, known for their offbeat in-flight safety videos, has released a new four-minute reel, featuring actress Betty White. The latest video depicts the former star of The Golden Girls at the fictional Second Wind Retirement Resort, where she instructs a lot chess-playing residents to “listen up” as her “cousin’s grandson” (a.k.a. an Air New Zealand flight attendant) reminds seniors of the usual on-board precautions (fastening seatbelts; pulling down oxygen masks).

“We had a lot of fun on set and I think we’ve shown that it doesn’t matter what age you are, it’s important to live life to the full,” says White.

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Fall Foliage Getaways

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Whether you’re looking to take a trip Southern California, the Midwest, or New England, we’ve got the perfect fall foliage getaway for you.

Michigan’s Gold Coast

Stay: Chateau Chantal, Traverse City

Michigan’s northeastern shores have charming coves, towering sand dunes, tiny fishing towns, orchards, and vineyards. Peak season for this area is typically early-mid October, but you can sign up for weekly fall color report on michigan.org. Drive along Grand Traverse Bay where you’ll find fiery-hued maples and oak leaves that stand out against green pine, fir, and spruce trees. The 11-room Chateau Chantal inn and vineyard sits on a 65-acre estate on Old Mission Peninsula. Not only do they serve amazing breakfasts, but they also have their own own tasting room and winery where they produce Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and other varietals. Doubles from $190/night.

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Video: How to Eat a Lobster with Seafood Expert, Luke Holden

Last week, a six-clawed lobster was found off of Midcoast Maine, and just a week earlier a two-toned lobster was pulled from similar waters. But most lobster fans have been buzzing over the rare affordability of lobsters these days—prices per pound are the lowest they've been in 20 years. Maybe this is the one good side of Global Warming?

Americans consumed 231 million pounds of Maine lobster last year—a record high. The conclusion? A trip to Maine—especially in the late-summer or early fall—is not complete without eating lobster. In warmer months, lobsters molt, and their shells become so soft you can eat them with your hands, without the aid of crackers. Just ask for a "shedder" and you'll sound like a local. Maine native Luke Holden, of Luke's Lobster in New York City, shows you just what to do.

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Video: Europe at Night

NIGHTVISION from Luke Shepard on Vimeo.

A couple of years back I shared a dreamy video of Paris by photographer Luke Shepard on this blog.

He recently released a new video, and dare I say, it's even better.

Luke traveled to 36 cities in 21 countries across Europe and shot more than 20,000 photographs to create this film called Nightvision. He describes it as a "celebration of the brilliant and diverse architecture found across Europe."

See it for yourself.

Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Video courtesy of Luke Shepard.

Announced: T+L's 2013 World's Best Awards

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T+L's features director, Nilou Motamed, announces the 2013 winners of Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards, as voted by readers in our annual survey. Whether it's a rustic safari hideaway or a river cruise line, these hotels, destinations, and travel companies represent the best in travel. For all the winners, click here.

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.

Video: Summer Getaways: Splurge or Steal

T+L's Laura Begley Bloom appeared on The Today Show this morning to talk with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb about summer getaways. (Watch the video above.)

Among the desinations discussed, Georgia's The Cloister at Sea Island, Maine's Hidden Pond, and Four Seasons The Biltmore in Santa Barbara, CA.

Check out the complete list here.

EX-PATS: From New York Streets to Tulum Sands

Switching careers is always a bit of a tango, but for designer David Graziano hopping from New York City to Tulum, Mexico was a no-brainer. David spent the first 13 years of his career designing NYC nightclubs like Pink Elephant and Kiss & Fly, but it wasn’t until he left these fast-paced streets behind that he discovered his true calling. 

Moving to the sandy shores of Tulum gave David a “giant lift,” and he began building Ahau Hotel from scratch as soon as he landed. David’s only goal is to provide a paradise for his guests—and perhaps now to his wife and baby girl as well.

Need more daydream-worthy career moves? Watch the video or head to the Reserve Channel’s YouTube page for the full series of EX-PATS.

Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

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