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Travel + Leisure December 2018

TRAVEL + LEISURE™ is an indispensable guide to where to stay, what to eat, and what to do around the globe. Every month, TRAVEL + LEISURE™ puts easy trip ideas, itineraries, and insider information right at your fingertips. Get advice from our travel experts and view the magazine's award-winning photography. The digital edition of TRAVEL + LEISURE™ has all the tools you need to take you where you want to go.

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destination of the year

The Art of Giving What to buy the globe-trotter who has everything? On page 82, we present gift ideas for every kind of traveler in your life—from urban explorers to adventure junkies. And there’s more where that came from, with expanded lists and dozens of product previews on our website. No gift receipts necessary. tandl.me/gift-guides Warmer Climes Find yourself daydreaming of sun-drenched spots at this time of year? You’re not alone. T+L’s website is packed with trip ideas for escaping the cold, including our picks for the best destinations to hit the next time a blizzard rolls in—like Maui (above), where winter means the chance to see migrating pods of humpback whales. tandl.me/warm-weather-getaways travelandleisure travelandleisure travelleisure travelleisure travelandleisure travelleisure travelandleisuremag ERIC LAFFORGUE/ART IN ALL OF US/CORBIS VIA GETTY IMAGES…

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DAILY TRANSPORTER Escape instantly with gorgeous photography features that take you to spectacular destinations. 7 times/WEEK UPGRADE Travel smarter with need-to-know updates on travel news and trends, plus tips and solutions from T+L experts. 2 times/WEEK T+L TEN An easy-to-read digest of the week’s biggest, most popular stories—so you can be sure you don’t miss the very best. 1 time/WEEK DEALS Get exclusive access to steeply discounted trips and travel essentials, all handpicked by our editors. 1 time/WEEK JUST IN Stay up-to-the-minute with our bulletin of the latest stories and images published on travelandleisure.com. 7 times/WEEK DESTINATION OF THE WEEK Take a virtual deep dive into one exceptional location per week, with guides, photos, news, and more. 1 time/WEEK…

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operation vacation

Timbers Kauai Ocean Club & Residences, Hawaii 30 PERCENT OFF Located within the 450-acre Hokuala resort community on Kauai’s southern shore, this family-friendly resort comprises 47 rental units, all with spacious lanais and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame views of the Pacific Ocean and the Haupu mountains. Practice your backswing at the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, take a dip in the two-tiered infinity pool, or tour the organic community farm, which grows produce for the farm-to-table restaurant. The Details: 30 percent off two-night stays or longer through April 30, 2019. Offer includes accommodation in an oceanfront residence, round-trip airport transfers, a $500 resort credit, daily breakfast, and various wellness and fitness activities. Doubles from $841 per night; use code PRTL30 at hokualakauai.com/stay. Fusion Resort Phu Quoc, Vietnam 30 PERCENT OFF Kick off 2019 with a…

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take t+l’s annual world’s best survey and you could win a $10,000 dream trip for two [or one of three cash prizes]

Each year, we ask Travel + Leisure readers to rate their experiences with the top hotels, resorts, cities, cruise ships, airlines, and more around the globe. Your votes determine some of the industry’s most important rankings and help fellow travelers decide where to go and what to do. So visit tlworldsbest.com now through March 4, 2019, to make your voice heard. To say thanks, we’ll enter you into our giveaway. GRAND PRIZE A $10,000 dream trip for two, to be planned by a T+L travel advisor CASH PRIZES $1,000 for three winners NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN The World’s Best Awards Giveaway is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia age 18 or older at time of entry. To enter and view Sweepstakes Facts and complete Official…

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editor’s note

EXACTLY FOUR YEARS AGO, I helped put together the December 2014 issue of Travel + Leisure, my first as editor in chief. I had spent many of my formative years as an editor with T+L, in the early 2000s, and it was a dream come true for me to return after nearly a decade away. The most significant thing we did in that first issue of mine was launch our now-annual feature Destination of the Year, a spotlight on the place we believe has resonated the most with travelers over the previous 12 months. In 2014, that was Myanmar, then a country newly developing for tourism and filled with promise (which has sadly been marred more recently by the government’s human rights record). Our selections since then—Cuba in 2015, Portugal…

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The Land of the Rising Sun is the world’s fastest-growing travel destination, and it’s not hard to see why. It has the electric energy of Tokyo and the enduring beauty of Kyoto. The country’s ancient customs continue to fascinate, and its chefs approach their trade with a precision and creative spirit that yields unforgettable culinary experiences. Its landscape, from magisterial mountain ranges to an enchanting inland sea, rivals any in the world. Its museums are meccas for art lovers, and its architects are imagining the future of design in daring ways. Best of all, from historic urban shrines to forest trails to understated hotels, Japan offers a sense of serenity that is harder than ever to find today. For more reasons to plan your next trip there, turn the page.…