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/5864262845/”] Ever played the game of Twister on water? The green, yellow, and brown polka dots that form on British Columbia’s Spotted Lake each summer make it look like you could.It’s a far cry from the stereotypical landscapes of clear blue lakes, rolling green hills, and white-sand beaches […]
[credit provider=”Flickr/justgrimes” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/notbrucelee/7942979814/”] “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” –– Susan HellerIt’s ridiculous.
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/1202694303/”] Deep in the California desert exists a strange, lawless town, where folks live without running water, yet create outdoor art installations and host concerts.Jump ahead to see the strangest towns >
[credit provider=”Hunan Taste” url=”http://www.hunantastemd.com/en/home”] Just how all-American is Chinese food?We’ve been placing delivery orders since the 1920s, and there are now more than 41,000 Chinese restaurants in the U.S., nearly three times the number of McDonald’s, according to Chinese Restaurant News.
[credit provider=”Gaylord Opryland” url=”http://www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-opryland/a-country-christmas/more-things-to-do/index.html”] One of Laura Martone’s favourite New Orleans jazz clubs is the Spotted Cat, which offers cachet—it’s been featured on the HBO show Treme—without high prices.”Despite the awesome music, patrons are almost never charged a cover,” says the author of the American Nomad travel blog. “And the one-drink […]
[credit provider=”Instagram/bmonaay” url=”http://statigr.am/viewer.php#/detail/344273428262074144_17977732″] Every day, 10,000 people enter New York’s Grand Central Terminal—with no intention of catching a train. They come to slurp bivalves at the Oyster Bar or cocktails at the Campbell Apartment.They gawk at the ceiling embellished with gold constellations, browse shops, and take tours. It’s enough to […]
[credit provider=”sodahead.com”] Celebrities are just like the rest of us, even when they travel, right?After all, nobody likes the hassles of the airport: taking off your shoes, figuring out the latest baggage rules, or shooing away the paparazzi when you’re just trying to buy a magazine or some M&Ms before […]
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[credit provider=”Yeti Mountain Home” url=”http://www.yetimountainhome.com/ymh-lodges/ymh-namche.html”] A pristine bay in Costa Rica has been a secret favourite of backpackers and migrating whales. But it couldn’t stay under that shroud of cloud forest forever.The opening of an eco-resort makes Bahia Ballena more inviting and accessible, and 2013 the right moment to visit.
[credit provider=”flickr/jsmjr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jsmjr/6638207103/in/photostream”] Translucent sea. Palm fronds waving in the breeze. Beachgoers lounging in the sun.No region speaks to total relaxation quite like the Caribbean, with its castaway islands and idyllic resorts.
[credit provider=”Instagram/monicarosenblatt” url=”http://statigr.am/viewer.php#/detail/338491507803723666_232817084″] A girl on a donkey leads a candle-carrying procession past San Miguel de Allende‘s shops festooned with piñatas and poinsettias.When they stop before a Spanish-colonial building and break into song, you realise you’re witnessing the reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter that takes place in […]
[credit provider=”Wikimedia/BrokenSphere” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jufran_Banana_Sauce_bottles.JPG”] In America, hot dogs and ketchup go hand in hand. Not so in the Philippines.In this Southeast Asian country of 7,000-plus islands, the ballpark staple is commonly found cut up and mixed in with spaghetti, then tossed with something they call banana sauce.
[credit provider=”Flickr/sam_churchill” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/samchurchill/7584078554/”] Is it safe to use Wi-Fi hot spots with my smart phone while travelling abroad? Trip Doctor’s Answer If you live in fear, as I do, of racking up exorbitant international roaming charges on your smart phone, it can be tempting to hop on to a hot […]
[credit provider=”Flickr/jonas.lowgren” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonas_lowgren/5915449226/”] Mysteries come in many forms: ancient, modern, unsolved, and unexplained. But the world’s most mysterious buildings are a physical force to be reckoned with.They’ve become popularised on websites like abandoned-places.com,weburbanist.com, and the granddaddy of them all, atlasobscura.com, an exhaustive user-generated and editor-curated database of the unusual.
[credit provider=”Flickr/McPig” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcpig/2039188444/”] As a salty mist rolls in from the tidal river, you duck into Moran’s Oyster Cottage and settle by the peat fire.Willie, a seventh-generation shucker, draws you a creamy headed pint of Guinness and a dozen local oysters with a thick slab of brown bread.
The terms “centenarian” and “cashing in” are rarely used in the same breath among tourism officials, but that may be changing—at least in a remote county in the Guangxi Zhuang region of China.
[credit provider=”Flickr/Flyone” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/flyone1106/6999493594/in/photostream/”] Earth’s surface is 71 per cent water, and our oceans are dotted with spectacular islands — tens of thousands of them — but some capture our imaginations more than others.See the islands >
[credit provider=”Flickr/arnold inuaki” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/arndog/3909719223/”] Summer’s over in Maine, but you’d hardly know it from the queue of vacationers and regulars at the Clam Shack.A teenager shouts out orders of clam strips, chowder, and fried shrimp. But it’s the whole, handpicked lobster piled onto a buttered roll that earns this eatery […]
[credit provider=”L’Auberge de Sedona”] At Oregon’s Allison Inn & Spa, you can wake up to a view of Willamette Valley from your terrace, spend the afternoon sampling Pinot Noirs at local wineries, then retreat to the hotel spa for a “pinotherapy” treatment.That kind of immersive experience has earned Allison Inn […]
[credit provider=”Flickr/thinboyfatter” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/1234abcd/236785516/”] Sure, regular visitors have their favourites, but Vegas isn’t for loyalists. It’s for seekers of the hottest, the newest, the now.And lately, they want to be seen at the Cosmopolitan, where a massive chandelier conceals a three-story bar and casino cabanas overlook the Strip.
[credit provider=”dougbelshaw” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougbelshaw/4360008898/sizes/o/in/photostream/”] Back in the olden days of the Web—we’re talking just three or four years ago—the last word in customised, Internet-enabled convenience was the ability to go online and search at any time for a better hotel room rate or that aisle seat you wanted. Trouble was, you […]
[credit provider=”en.wikipedia.org” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:University_of_Washington_Quad,_Spring_2007.jpg”] “If you ask freshmen why they chose their colleges, they usually say one of two things,” says Baltimore architect Adam Gross, who’s worked on projects at the University of Virginia and Swarthmore. “Either they got a good financial aid package or they thought the campus was beautiful.” […]
[credit provider=”Flickr/Leilson Bandeira” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/lailsonbm/299395054/”] “I ate a whole lemon, raw, and it was delicious,” says Katie O’Neill, a Philadelphia-based medical student.No, she wasn’t on drugs, but her perception was chemically altered: after eating miracle fruit, nearly everything tastes (temporarily) sweet. The experience is so psychedelic that many have dubbed it […]
[credit provider=”Milton Jung CBNSP” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/cbnsp/4612868025/”] São Paulo is bursting with creativity, from its one-off boutiques and galleries to authentic gastronomic temples.More from Travel + Leisure
[credit provider=”Flickr / Pink Dispatcher” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pink_dispatcher/294803154/in/photostream/”] I’m booking a cruise and am overwhelmed by all the options. Where will I find the best rate—through a travel agent or online?Question submitted by Alex Bruno, Boston, Mass.
Four decades after opening—and transforming Orlando—the Magic Kingdom is still the No. 1 most popular theme park, working its pixie-dust charm on more than 17 million annual visitors.
[credit provider=”Courtesy of Terramia Ristorante” url=”http://www.terramiaristorante.com/”] “There are two kinds of people in the world,” chef Mario Batali said recently at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, CO, “those who are Italian, and those who wish they were Italian.”No wonder: Italian restaurants across America are raising the bar.
[credit provider=”Polin”] As you speed along the ship’s top-deck raft ride, waves break at the ocean’s surface 150 feet below. It’s an acrophobe’s nightmare—and could be the most thrilling moment of your next cruise vacation.We’ve come a long way in the century since the Titanic, when that ship’s heated swimming […]
[credit provider=”blucolt/Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/coltharp/2139491779/sizes/m/”] The air hangs heavy with a perfume of orchids and mango, curry and teakwood as the sun beats down.You go deep into the maze till you’re lost amid stalls of carved Buddhas, weavings, and ancient temple bells. Welcome to Bangkok’s Chatuchak, the world’s largest market.
[credit provider=”static.guim.co.uk”] It may be that the best way to combat jet lag is preemptively: take a sleeping pill, stretch out in a lie-flat business-class seat, and fall asleep before the plane reaches altitude.I’ve never managed to do any of those things. Instead, I tend to thoughtlessly consume whatever wine […]
[credit provider=”Flickr/fensterbme” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/fensterbme/5761182029/”] Living or even just spending time near the sea could potentially improve your health, new research suggests.”We know that people usually have a good time when they go to the beach, but there is strikingly little evidence of how spending time at the coast can affect health […]
[credit provider=”visualthinker/Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/visualthinker/748887160/sizes/m/”] Independence Day brings to mind fireworks, barbecue, and, if you live in Ocean City, crowds. More than 300,000 sun-seekers flood this small Maryland town each July 4th, packing restaurants, boardwalk attractions, and, of course, the beach. Check out the beaches here > When the summer holiday strikes, […]
[credit provider=”Courtesy of Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority ” url=”http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/coolest-new-airport-terminals/12″] More than 92 million people flew through Atlanta in 2011, giving it the dubious honour of world’s busiest airport. This year is already looking bigger and better, thanks to a new terminal that can save up to 45 minutes in travel time.Atlanta’s […]
[credit provider=”Flickr/Sophie Fordham” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/fridaynight_photography/492973095/”] Some of London‘s hippest bars pop up where you’d least expect them, say, behind a refrigerator door.That’s the way into The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town, the city’s latest password-protected underground bar within The Breakfast Club restaurant. Ask the staff to see “The Mayor” for entry […]
[credit provider=”Courtesy of The Inn at Windmill Lane” url=”http://innatwindmilllane.com/”] On my first visit to the Hamptons some 20 years ago, I stayed with friends at a sprawling rental in Southampton. We hired a now-defunct taxi service (Mercedes-Benzes, of course) to take us to overpriced restaurants and red-rope clubs. It was […]
[credit provider=”Sergio Padura” url=”http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/europes-secret-hot-spots”] Americans can’t get enough of Paris, as becomes painfully clear each summer, when it swarms with tourists. Relief waits a train ride away in Île de Noirmoutier: You’ll be greeted by the scent of mimosa and the sight of bobbing yachts and families picnicking on the […]
A dizzying mix of Europe and Latin America, colonial and contemporary, laid-back and fast-paced, Buenos Aires has a buzz all its own.
[credit provider=”Miraval 2012″] “I just love having everything paid for up front,” says Renee Pagnani, who has vacationed at the same all-inclusive resort for six years in a row. “It’s the quintessential Vermont experience.”Wait—did she say Vermont?
[credit provider=”Courtesy of London Pleasure Gardens”] Emirates recently held a test flight over London, but it didn’t involve any planes. The Dubai-based airline is the primary sponsor of a new cable-car service suspended high across the Thames and capable of carrying 2,500 passengers. Click here to see London’s coolest new […]
[credit provider=”AKA” url=”http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-blog/carry-on/2012/6/7/sleep-under-the-stars-in-nyc”] Opportunities to sleep outside in NYC, safely removed from traffic and filth, are few: The Bronx Zoo offers summer overnight family safaris with a sea lion wake-up call. On select summer nights, families can sleep out in the city parks, watched over by rangers. But for the […]
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/2447516031/”] Getting to Hawaii’s Papakolea Beach isn’t easy—travellers must endure a hot, rugged nearly three-mile hike along sea cliffs to reach it.Yet people make the trek every day.
[credit provider=”johnrobertshepherd/Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnrobertshepherd/5981853019/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] When it comes to dress sense, what’s worse: layer upon bulky layer of long underwear and puffy coats? Flashy, barely-there outfits? Or downright sloppiness?Travel + Leisure readers rated major destinations in categories including style for the annual America’s favourite Cities survey—and the results confirm that city dwellers […]
On a secluded African island, you’re finishing dinner in your private cottage when there’s a knock at the door.
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/2716678425/in/photostream/”] Global Hotel Alliance: GHA DiscoveryUpdates: The two-year-old program, whose members include Kempinski and Omni Hotels, rewards loyal guests not with free room nights but with a range of cultural encounters, such as a guided tour of Roman catacombs.
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/4404037842/”] Instead of navigating overcrowded Pompeii, why not explore another intriguing ancient city—resting just five to 15 feet underwater off Naples. You’ll be snorkelling past eerily beautiful mosaic-floored villas at Italy’s Parco Archeologico Sommerso di Baia in no time.We’re just beginning to appreciate the depth of […]
[credit provider=”Courtesy of Residenza Napoleone III”] Rome’s character can change in the crossing of a street. The languor of a passeggiata through the piazzas of the historic centre becomes a 21st-century urban adventure—a foodie pilgrimage to Testaccio or the buzz of a night hopping the myriad bars of Trastevere.Romans themselves […]
[credit provider=”ap”] In the lobby of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas sits a huge golden lion upon a dais of red flowers. The lion is the corporate mascot of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the movie studio whose most iconic film, The Wizard of Oz, told the story of a young Kansas girl trying to find an all-powerful wizard […]
Follow the locals. In a busy marketplace, you can often tell if a stall is reputable based on the line. But pay attention: Mexico City street-food guide Lesley Téllez avoids stalls that draw a primarily young—and less cautious—clientele.
[credit provider=”thewamphyri | Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/thewamphyri/3905232884/”] Envision a majestic space, two miles long, shaped like a dragon. Above, a flurry of reds and yellows colour a dizzying mesh ceiling, backlit by the sun, and below, 50 million people pass each year.This building, one of the world’s largest, is no palace or […]
[credit provider=”Flickr”] Fast food may conjure up those ubiquitous Golden Arches, but the concept has come a long way from frozen burgers and soggy fries.The best fast-food chains around the world are getting serious about quality, offering up bowls of slow-simmered pork ramen, freshly baked baguette sandwiches, and sustainably caught […]
There are a dizzying number of hotel options in Manhattan, ranging from midtown’s grande dame hotels to chic boutique properties in Tribeca.
[credit provider=”DNU”] We know, we know: about 90 per cent of the world’s airports—from jam-packed hubs like Frankfurt to dusty outposts like Muscat, Oman—could easily compete for the title of world’s ugliest.After all, while each beautiful airport is beautiful in its own way, the ugly ones blend together in a […]
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Considering its position at the heart of Manhattan—as central as central gets—it’s a bit odd that the area between 26th and 30th Streets, Park Avenue and Broadway didn’t, until recently, even have a name.
[credit provider=”Courtesy of Earthship Biotecture”] On a Sri Lankan riverbank stands a lone, slightly misshapen, enormous elephant.As you approach cautiously, you realise this creature isn’t some freak of nature; it’s an eco-lodge of grass and twigs that sleeps up to 10 people in its belly.
[credit provider=”Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises”] Look for a new cruise ship with a dozen outdoor eateries from Norwegian Cruise Line, a chic new chef’s table concept on Princess Cruises’ next ship and a return of wheelers on U.S. rivers.Those nuggets were among news revealed at last week’s Cruise Shipping Miami, […]
[credit provider=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObKpwmZkl24″ url=”YouTube”] Emmanuel Burgio’ career trajectory was typical to that of a successful financial professional—he was born in Europe, educated at London’s prestigious LSE and then worked in the US for the mergers group of Credit Suisse.Then, he threw it all away to backpack around the world and decided […]
[credit provider=”Carrie Akkelle / Courtesy of Canada Hotel”] Even for die-hard swimmers, surfers, and sunbathers, sometimes a day at the beach is anything but. You know the drill: too many people, too much noise, not nearly enough serenity to enjoy the majesty of blue skies and white-crested waves.The good news […]
[credit provider=”Flickr / Tambako the Jaguar” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/tambako/4073414830/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] This month’s soaring gas and fuel prices, the unstable economy, and last month’s Costa Concordia tragedy have caused some cruise lines to take a hit.Now, they’re doing everything they can to lure customers.
[credit provider=”Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/parity/3529911052/in/photostream/”] One of Laura Martone’s favourite New Orleans jazz clubs is the Spotted Cat, which offers cachet—it’s been featured on the HBO show Treme—without high prices.”Despite the awesome music, patrons are almost never charged a cover,” says the author of the American Nomad travel blog. “And the one-drink minimum […]
[credit provider=”Flickr / jbcurio” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jbcurio/4650503482/in/photostream/”] Like it or not, sometimes going the old-fashioned route is the best way to save. New York Times’ Seth Kugel found this out when he decided to pit online services like Expedia, Kayak and Vayama against travel agencies around New York City to book international trips.