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2014 April

By Sarah Beckham, December 30, 2014
Around Austin, folks are typically content to start the day with a breakfast taco or two, but some days call for more substantive nourishment. Whether they've just rolled out of bed after a night rocking out to live music, or they're fresh from ex...
By Sarah Beckham, December 30, 2014
It's true that, these days, Austin has more places where you can spend a lot on dinner than the city used to have. But the overall personality of our restaurant scene is still fun and affordable. (Maybe that's the result of having tens of thousand...
By Sarah Beckham, December 30, 2014
Somehow, even after filling up on Tex-Mex (or barbecue, or a rising chef's farm-to-table creations), you still have room for dessert. We've all been there, haven’t we? Because Austin has hot or at least warm weather much of the year, my favorite s...
By Sarah Beckham, December 30, 2014
Austin's best weather of the year comes during the fall and spring. To take advantage of those prime seasons, festivals fill just about every weekend in the party-loving city.  The biggies, of course, are South by Southwest (SXSW) in March and Aus...
By Sarah Beckham, December 30, 2014
The most famous pool in Austin isn't at a hotel. It’s Barton Springs Pool— fed from underground springs—in Central Austin’s Zilker Park. Maybe the city’s hotels were inspired by Austin’s iconic natural oasis to create their own memorable pools. Af...
By Sarah Beckham, December 30, 2014
It's hard not to hear live music when you visit Austin, even if you never set foot in a music venue. You’ll find live music playing in restaurants, at supermarkets, and even at the airport.  The city government says that we have more than 250 musi...
By Cristina Alonso, December 30, 2014
While Mexico City dwellers will never get tired of saying how much there is to do in the city and how hard it is to get bored here, we’ll also be happy to admit that, every once in a while, it’s nice to get out and explore surrounding cities and t...
By Cristina Alonso, December 30, 2014
Just a few years ago, the offerings of unique pieces of clothing, furniture, or accessories in Mexico City were limited, and experienced shoppers mostly had to either scout flea markets for hours in hopes of finding something one-of-a-kind, or spe...
By Cristina Alonso, December 30, 2014
Bands, artists, and performers from all over the world frequently say they like to play in Mexico City because how excited (and, let’s face it– crazy) the fans get, and they have a point: we love a good live performance. Fortunately, the city has ...
By Cristina Alonso, December 30, 2014
When it comes to planning a family getaway, choosing a destination where everyone will have a good time is half the battle. But to ensure a totally successful trip, a suitable hotel is essential as well. You wouldn’t want your four-year-old runnin...
By Cristina Alonso, December 30, 2014
With meat-centric Northern states, bountiful coastal areas, and a complex culinary tradition, Mexico has a cuisine so rich and diverse that even the most seasoned travelers (and eaters) need years to be able to fully explore its depth. In fact, na...
By Cristina Alonso, December 30, 2014
Before you go into any taquería in Mexico City, there’s one basic piece of knowledge you need to have: the story behind the great taco al pastor. This iconic delicacy came to Mexico courtesy of Lebanese immigrants, who shared their tradition of co...
By Cristina Alonso, December 30, 2014
Markets in Mexico are fascinating mazes where you can get a real taste of the local culture. As you walk among the stalls, fill your senses with the bright colors of fresh fruit, the smell of spices and the sounds of vendors calling out. After a c...
By Cristina Alonso, December 30, 2014
Perhaps contrary to popular belief, here in Mexico City, we don’t start all of our meals with a frozen margarita and a bowl of guacamole and tortilla chips. But truthfully, it wouldn’t hurt us to do it more often. Margaritas are refreshing, festiv...
By Toni Garcia, December 29, 2014
Barcelona has countless bars, clubs, and restaurants—but what sets the best ones apart in this city is a relaxed mood. Many visitors here think of Las Ramblas as the place for nightlife here, but actually the opposite is true: it's the best place ...
By Toni Garcia, December 29, 2014
Like all major European cities, Barcelona is a place deeply infused with culture—and its many art museums are evidence of that. There are dozens of excellent places to browse among historic paintings, dramatic sculptures, and experimental art inst...
By Noelle Khalila Nicolls, December 29, 2014
The Bahamas has a bit of a fetish when it comes to naming tropical drinks after musical elements. Three of my top five cocktails in the Bahamas, including the Goombay Smash, tell this story. Goombay is a folk music form in the Bahamas, defined by ...
By Kyle Ellison , December 29, 2014
The Hawaiian Islands were one of the world’s last places to be found and settled, and when those early explorers did arrive, they did so by following the stars. Today, traditional voyagers still practice this art of celestial navigating and wayfin...
By Kyle Ellison , December 29, 2014
Turtles, Eagle Rays, Goatfish, Clownfish, Unicornfish, Parrotfish, and Damselfish—all of these creatures are flitting about Maui’s reefs at the moment you read these words. With such a varied and diverse array of marine life—and warm ocean tempera...
By Aditi Datta, December 29, 2014
If you’ve shopped yourself out or drank away your last dime, worry not—Delhi won’t leave you hungry. We may have our fair share of fancy places, but we also have an array of inexpensively awesome eateries. In a way, some of our budget restaurants ...
By Aditi Datta, December 29, 2014
Even with all of us eating out all too often, there are a few places bookmarked in my mind for special occasions only. The ones where boys have to wear closed, formal shoes and ladies can bring out outfits they swore they’d put to good use when bu...
By Hadi Ktiri, December 29, 2014
In the current tech era, even the tiniest earbuds can deliver luxurious high-quality sound.  YouTube streams in 4K now, and even the most obscure bands have high-definition videos of their shows. So why do we still feel the need to watch live musi...
By Hadi Ktiri, December 29, 2014
Sitting in my old French Quarter cottage, it’s not hard to imagine that my house is haunted. It’s no surprise then that this city’s most famous landmarks are also shrouded in terrifying stories of murder, ghostly disappearances, and unexplained ha...
By Jeff Ficker, December 29, 2014
You would think that when Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most celebrated architect, moved to Scottsdale in the 1930s that the city would become a bastion for smart, innovative design. Alas, that was not the case. And though the 1950s and ’60s produ...
By Sandra Ramani, December 29, 2014
By Jeff Ficker, December 29, 2014
Scottsdale is a town that likes to drink—and I mean that in the best possible way. The central Old Town and entertainment districts cater to a variety of tastes, but the classic Arizona trifecta of beer, wine, and margaritas reigns supreme. As a r...
By Ferenc Máté, December 29, 2014
I’m convinced that we (us guys anyway) are genetically programmed to be thrilled by castles. Even Walt Disney and A Crown of Swords knew that. Tuscany is certainly castle country. But unlike the sprawling towered ones in Bavaria or the giant massi...
By Ferenc Máté, December 29, 2014
Whatever your faith, the churches of Tuscany will awe you. Their architectural splendor, their interior majesty, and their works of art—from Piero Della Francesca’s serene frescoes to Della Robbia’s often-humorous bas-reliefs—are bound to stay wit...
By Marcia DeSanctis, December 23, 2014
With its romantic architecture, lose-yourself-in-them cobblestone streets, and cozy boutiques, Paris is undoubtedly a woman’s town. And nobody knows this better than Marcia DeSanctis, author of the new book 100 Places in France Every Woman Should ...
By Brooke Porter Katz, December 23, 2014
If the recent announcements from Starwood, Taj Hotels, and Marriott are any indication, free basic Wi-Fi is on its way to becoming the norm at big-name hotel groups. But now, Hyatt has upped the ante, offering complimentary service across all bran...
By Casey Hatfield-Chiotti, December 22, 2014
By Jennifer Flowers, December 22, 2014
With its antebellum charms, picturesque waterfront, and spectacular restaurant scene, it’s no wonder Travel + Leisure readers have ranked Charleston as the nation’s top city in our annual World’s Best Awards for the last two years. That’s why I’m ...
By Lisa Cheng, December 22, 2014
  Bali: 35% from the Alila Villas Soori West Bali Sojourn package includes:  • Four nights in a Mountain Pool Villa.  • Two 60-minute Balinese massages.  • Yoga classes surrounded by volcanic sand beaches and rice paddies.  • Return airp...
By Rachel B. Levin, December 19, 2014
The nation's obsession with food trucks—mobile food vendors who rely on Twitter to entice hungry hordes—can undoubtedly be traced back to Los Angeles. It was here that, in the 1960s, lonchera trucks began servicing workers in Mexican-American comm...
By Rachel B. Levin, December 19, 2014
Ah, ice cream! It's a universally beloved frozen dessert, but in the practically perpetual sunshine of Los Angeles, even more so. There are few days when it seems too cold to lick a cone of the creamy goodness. Sure, frozen yogurt has had its tren...
By Rachel B. Levin, December 19, 2014
On any given night, Los Angeles pulses and hums with the beat of a thousand drums and the strum of a thousand guitars. Well, maybe not exactly a thousand. Probably more! This music capital of the world is a nerve center both for homegrown talent a...
By Andrea Bennett, December 19, 2014
Las Vegas is generally thought of as a destination unto itself, rather than a launching pad to other places. But increasingly, Vegas visitors are realizing that the Strips makes a luxurious home base for exploring any of natural attractions—includ...
By Andrea Bennett, December 19, 2014
One of the city’s most appealing draws is its unlikely—and, let’s face it, pretty seamy—history. This is the irony-laden place that was first settled by Mormon pioneers; where mobsters built empires; and where people watched mushroom clouds billow...
By Andrea Bennett, December 19, 2014
Not since we discovered that we could play blackjack in them, order high-end cuisine and bottle service, use them as both day- and nighttime concert venues, and hole up in their private cabanas—some of which even have their own pools—have Vegas po...
By Marie Asselin, December 19, 2014
Ah, poutine. Some Québécois are proud of the creation, while others get mad when they hear it called Quebec’s “national dish.” If you’re chatting with locals, bring up the topic: ask where it was invented, or which restaurant makes the best one, a...
By Marie Asselin, December 19, 2014
Many visitors come to Quebec City dreaming of eating traditional French dishes in our finest restaurants. In reality, the city counts few classic French restaurants—and thankfully so! Why eat like you would in France when visiting a province of th...
By Marie Asselin, December 19, 2014
Two hundred years ago, bistros were born in Paris as small restaurants serving reasonably priced meals in modest settings. Although a set of classic French dishes, such as steak frites or tartare, are often associated to bistros, the concept has b...
By Marie Asselin, December 19, 2014
With the unpredictable nature of our climate, it’s hardly surprising that the weather is a favorite topic of conversation. In winter, the temperature can plunge to -10°F, a foot of snow can fall in a few hours, a thaw might bring rain, or a bright...
By Kristin Harmel, December 19, 2014
You may come to Orlando for the theme parks or a business convention, but there are few things more delightful on a hot summer afternoon (or a winter day when your friends back home are trudging through snow!) than a dip in your hotel pool. If you...
By Kristin Harmel, December 19, 2014
I used to live in Paris, within walking distance of the famed Avenue des Champs-Élysées, so when I say I know my international shopping, you know I mean it.  That’s why I’m so happy to have Epcot and its many offerings just thirty minutes away fro...
By Geraldine Mishev, December 19, 2014
The first rule of après skiing? You don’t have to ski to après ski! But of course, if you do, you can better appreciate the heaping plate of nachos topped with jerk chicken at The Spur. Teton Village still has a couple of hard-drinking spots you’l...
By Nate Storey, December 19, 2014
Luxury behemoth Intercontinental Hotels Group went out and got itself a sexy Millennial hotel brand, dishing out $430 million in cash for Kimpton Hotels on Tuesday. As IHG remains mum on its future plans, fear that our favorite little boutique col...
By Geraldine Mishev, December 19, 2014
Winter in Jackson Hole means skiing. And skiing or snowboarding means you’ll either need rental gear or need a trained pro to take care of your gear. And skiing might also mean massages. Maybe even a facial to combat our supremely high and dry cli...
By Geraldine Mishev, December 19, 2014
Of course you’ll hit Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks with the family on your vacation. Didn’t we all take that family vacation when we were kids? That was how I first came to Jackson, on a family road trip (from Maryland) to Grand Teton...
By Jane Wooldridge, December 19, 2014
By Toni Garcia, December 19, 2014
There can be no argument about the importance of Barcelona's architecture and its impact on modern art. Thousands of students come to Barcelona every year to study the maestros of modernism, especially Domenech i Montaner and Antoni Gaudí—the geni...
By Toni Garcia, December 19, 2014
Books are a big deal in Barcelona, and to see that for yourself just visit Barcelona on April 23rd. That’s the Day of Saint George, when Catalan tradition says you need to give a red rose to your loved one and they’ll give you a book in return. Al...
By Noelle Khalila Nicolls, December 19, 2014
It was hard for me to whittle this list down to five, because the Bahamas has so much to offer when it comes to wildlife encounters. Most are aquatic, which adds an extra level of vulnerability and excitement. I turned into a giggly school girl on...
By Sarah Beckham, December 19, 2014
Maybe the reason that Austinites are a generally friendly and laid-back lot is that we have plenty of spas to choose from, whenever we need a little extra relaxation. Indeed, my theory is that we actually have an unusually high number of spas per ...
By Sarah Beckham, December 19, 2014
Some Texas stereotypes get just a little exaggerated. We don’t, for example, all ride horses, wear cowboy hats, or have our own personal oil wells pumping away in the backyard. But our well-documented love of sports (especially football) is real a...
By Sarah Beckham, December 19, 2014
You'll see the slogan "Keep Austin Weird" pop up everywhere around this town, but what does it really mean? Here's my take: The best, weirdest places around Austin aren't really trying to be weird. They're more focused on following their own spiri...
By Jane Wooldridge, December 19, 2014
What’s new at sea? Boatloads, from redesigned ships to souped-up technology (finally, free Wi-Fi!). We’ve also got the scoop on river cruising—one of the year’s hottest trends. New river ships, around the globe Interest in river cruising is ...
By Maryam Montague, December 18, 2014
Marrakesh is laden with historical treasures and landmarks. You name it, Marrakesh has it. This ancient imperial seat to numerous Berber empires surprises and sprawls. Modern neighborhoods encircle traditional souks, and sumptuous palaces hide amo...
By Maryam Montague, December 18, 2014
No trip to Marrakesh would be complete without taking in the aromas of the East. Perfumeries and beauty stores here devote themselves to pure and chemical-free products, and there’s a nice array of natural scents, oils and perfumed candles from lo...
By Maryam Montague, December 18, 2014
I’m a Marrakesh expat and proud of it.  I settled in Marrakesh because I love the city, its culture and its people (not to mention its weather).  And while I speak French and some Darija (the local dialect) and have Moroccan friends, sometimes I j...
By Maryam Montague, December 18, 2014
The heartbeat of Marrakesh is undoubtedly the souks or markets of the medina in the old city. The biggest in all of Morocco, they are a honeycomb of connecting alleyways where all five senses are alive. There’s the whiff of lemons, mint, and olive...
By Maryam Montague, December 18, 2014
It seems that all things epic and exotic in the Middle East could unfold in the souks of Marrakesh and all the imagination of Hollywood find fodder for drama in its surrounding landscape.  It’s not too surprising that many films that claim to be s...
By Maryam Montague, December 18, 2014
Ah….festivals.  Marrakesh has plenty of them.  Now don’t be thinking Woodstock (although—minus the flower crowns—there is plenty of bohemian culture in this city).  But rather think a diversity of major events and activities that celebrate the art...
By Michael Kors, December 18, 2014
By Maryam Montague, December 18, 2014
I love books—the kind that you hold in your hands, preferably with pretty pictures.  As you can imagine, Morocco has inspired many writers, and it’s no wonder given the country’s history, beauty and culture.  Plotting pashas, electric blue gardens...
By Maryam Montague, December 18, 2014
My style?  Tribal chic.  My secret?  Great Moroccan jewelry.  Lucky for me, Marrakesh is a virtual treasure trove of jewels.  Strands of beads can be found everywhere in the souk, along with baskets of old coin charms and amulets.  Also lining the...
By Maryam Montague, December 18, 2014
Ever since Orson Welles shot parts of Othello in Morocco, filmmakers have flocked to the country with their cameras in tow.  Films shot in Morocco include, The Last Temptation of Christ, Babel, Gladiator, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Inception, to na...
By Maryam Montague, December 18, 2014
Morocco might be famous for its mint tea, but that won’t work for die hard coffee fans. So where does one grab a cup in Marrakesh exactly?  Although coffee, known as kawa in Moroccan, can’t be found in the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall joints, you...
By Maryam Montague, December 18, 2014
Booze in a Muslim country, what? Morocco is the 35th largest producer of wine in the world. Sure, it is a fraction of the top producers like France, Spain and the US but it’s reasonably significant nonetheless. Morocco produces mostly red wines, f...
By Nicoletta Richardson, December 18, 2014
Live like an Eskimo would for a day, but with a luxurious twist. The German company Iglu-Dorf is in the midst of opening their annual igloo villages along the Alps and Pyrenees, offering a unique winter getaway experience for all ages. From the ou...
By Adrien Glover, December 18, 2014
As its 35th anniversary year comes to a close, Canyon Ranch and its co-founder, Mel Zuckerman, are eyeing a bright future—one that explores new frontiers in health and wellness—and includes brand-new campuses. As the well-told story goes, 40-ye...
By Colin Barraclough, December 17, 2014
Lay of the Land Bocagrande: This narrow peninsula south of the old town draws visitors for its high-rise hotels and Caribbean beaches. El Centro: Largely unchanged since the 1600s, the heart of Cartagena is filled with palaces, churches, and...
By Amy Farley, December 17, 2014
If you’re like me, you’re beginning the new year with a long list of self-improvement goals. Here are my top seven. I’m going to get the most out of my miles and points (finally!). Yes, airlines are doing everything they can to test our loya...
By Claudio Meli, December 17, 2014
Claudio Meli, the plugged-in general manager of the stylish hotel J.K. Place Firenze—and author of J.K. Essential Guide to Florence—shares the city’s lesser-known pleasures. Eat Buca Lapi: One of the city’s oldest restaurants, in the old...
By Melanie Lieberman, December 17, 2014
T-Mobile just announced the latest in a recent string of attacks on the service-chokehold enforced by most mobile carriers: a “Data Stash” service allowing users to rollover unused data each month. With this new guarantee from the self-procla...
By Henry Alford, December 17, 2014
When you’re sitting on an elephant’s neck, you see him differently: 4½ tons of quivering muscle, capable of reducing all within his reach to dust-breathing rubble. Which is exactly the vibe I’m getting from Bonsou, a.k.a. Lady Boy, the 56-year-old...
By Brooke Porter Katz, December 17, 2014
Principal and cofounder of West 8, an urban design and landscape architecture firm, on what cities will look like. Q: How is urban planning changing? A: The 19th century brought romantic parks to many cities, where children play and people w...
By Casey Hatfield-Chiotti, December 17, 2014
By Brooke Porter Katz, December 17, 2014
We talked with Rafat Ali, founder of travel news site Skift, on what’s shaping the industry. Q: What’s on the horizon for travel this year? A: The use of design to enhance the experience. You’ll see a lot more of this in the future, whether ...
By Peter Jon Lindberg, December 17, 2014
“Can you believe this place?” asked James McBride as he led the way to the beach. “It sort of endorses your lunacy, in a funny way.” In his pink shirt and straw fedora, McBride was hopping over rice paddies like a giddy schoolboy. Every 50 yard...
By Melanie Lieberman, December 17, 2014
Who doesn't want an amazing job and the chance to travel around the world? We think no one. This “opportunity platform” is a social media-meets-reality television mashup, developed by industry veterans Alex Boylan, (a winner on The Amazing Race...
By Kira Turnbull, December 17, 2014
Thinking of a new way to give back during this festive time of year? Well look no further as an upcoming non-profit organization in Haiti is teaching the power of photography to its community. Foto Konbit, a relatively new organization centered in...
By Corina Quinn, December 17, 2014
President Obama announced today sweeping changes to our policy with Cuba that will loosen travel and trade restrictions there. In ending our embargo—a Cold War Policy that has been in effect since 1961—the U.S. will re-establish an embassy in Hava...
By Erica Firpo, December 17, 2014
Christmas comes early in Rome. The Capitoline Museums, the oldest public museum in the world, has add a "new" statue to its collection—the 2nd century AD Vignacce Marsyas, a colored marble statue depicting an epic scene from the famous Greek myth ...
By Andrew Sessa, December 16, 2014
To witness one of the most remarkable transformations in New York City, one need only walk along 57th Street, where new ultra-luxe towers soaring above 1,000 feet now (or will soon) line what has come to be called Billionaire’s Row. And that’s onl...
By Rachel Felder, December 16, 2014
Nail salons across the country are putting a luxury shine on the typical no-frills manicure—and the women (and some men) of the style set can’t resist. Appointments are booked up two weeks in advance at New York’s Paintbox, where the sleek lacquer...
By Travel + Leisure Staff, December 16, 2014
Airport vigilantes have lately been calling out rude conduct on social media—from bare feet and nose-picking (#PassengerShaming) to too-big bags (#CarryonShame). But there’s more boorish behavior in search of a hashtag. Travel vulgarians, we’re ta...
By Corina Quinn, December 16, 2014
We’re calling it: paint is out, dynamically papered walls are in. The folks at Flavor Paper—the Brooklyn-based print lab turning out some of the world’s most interesting patterns right now—have taken things a step further with a new collection of ...
By Caroline Hallemann, December 16, 2014
Still haven't finished your holiday shopping? Brighten someone's Blue Christmas with a hand-drawn guide to Elvis's hometown. The Memphis Map for Elvis Fans highlights all The King's former haunts in River City, from his childhood home to where he ...
By Brooke Porter Katz, December 16, 2014
The founder of Peek, a tour- and activity-booking website, on how our screens will shape where we go next. Q: What travel-tech innovations are on the horizon? A: Mobile is big. Everyone is walking around with a computer in hand. Small compan...
By Toni Garcia, December 16, 2014
In the six years since Albert Adrià left El Bulli—the world-famous restaurant of his brother, Ferran, which closed in 2011—the Spanish chef has become an icon in his hometown. And his five restaurants, including his latest, the Mexican Hoja Santa ...
By Adrien Glover, December 16, 2014
While Airbnb.com has dominated travel headline news around the mushrooming peer-to-peer economy, another player in the P2P space has quietly been gaining ground, offering travelers a feel-good alternative to traditional car rentals. Launched in 20...
By Anya von Bremzen, December 16, 2014
It's past 9 p.m. in Miami—the fashionably late latin dinner hour. A Lamborghini shimmers its way through Philippe Starck’s Easter Island–esque columns at the sleek condo complex Icon Brickell. Behind the Lambo trails a tomato red Porsche, then ...
By Marguerite A. Suozzi, December 16, 2014
The 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death brings a flurry of exhibitions. This month, the Beaux-Arts Museum in Mons, Belgium—a 2015 European Capital of Culture—explores the artist’s formative years (January 25–May 17). In May, Oslo’s Munch...
By Hilal Isler, December 16, 2014
He’s the first-ever winner of the televised cooking competition, Top Chef Just Desserts, and this Saturday, his new pâtisserie opens in Palo Alto, California. Pastry-chef Yigit Pura talks to T+L about passion, pastries, and the importance of pursu...
By N/A, December 16, 2014
    Discover a culinary mecca amid the picture-perfect hills, dense forest, and rolling rivers of the Dordogne region tucked in southwestern France. Called the Dordogne today, many locals and foodies still prefer its older name, the Périgo...
By N/A, December 16, 2014
    Unspoiled natural beauty and rich history make the Périgord one of France’s most alluring destinations. Filled with rare treasures, from its prized Black Diamond Truffles to rustic vineyards, this striking region is divided into the Périg...
By Gabrielle Blitz, December 15, 2014

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