Photography by Elena Elisseevas
In this week’s travel roundup, we’ve kindly bookmarked everything you need to know before your next long-haul flight, from keeping your favorite nervous flyer calm at 40,000 to winning the airline-seat wars to avoiding getting “hangry” and other potential pitfalls of traveling as a couple.
Stuck in a middle seat on your 12-hour flight and desperate to switch? No room left in your overhead compartment? The New York Times has the latest in the “rough-and-tumble” turf wars going on in today’s overcrowded cabins.
Nervous flyers, rejoice. Travel and Leisure reports that British Airways is introducing mindfulness videos and therapeutic playlists to keep you calm from takeoff to descent.
You, battling over the arm rest, throwing passive-aggressive ‘bows at the offending passenger, would you kill for just an extra half inch of seat room right now? Next time fly Southwest, according to Skift.
Whether you’re one of those crazy travelers who look forward to them (who us?) or you merely tolerate them, JohnnyJet shares his top 15 tips for surviving your next long-haul flight.
We’ve always said travel is akin to living with someone, there’s no hiding one’s true colors. Zozi has 10 tips for traveling as a couple and returning home as one, too.
St Mary’s Lake at Glacier National Park (Credit: Howard Snyder / Getty Images)
Natural beauty never looked so good! And you can see it all, up close and personal … for free! During National Park Week, a 9-day event that runs from Saturday through April 26, venture to 1 (or more) of the country’s 407 national park areas to celebrate the rich history and heritage of the United States.
Although nearly 2/3 of the 400-plus park areas let you in for free year-round, there are just over 120 that don’t, including most of the big ones on your bucket list, such as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. But fear not, as there is a way around their fees. Travel to any national park area on opening weekend (April 18-19), and your admission fee will be waived, no questions asked. Doesn’t get more beautiful than that, does it? Well, until you park your car and start exploring, that is. READ MORE
Kathleen Rellihan reaches the summit of Kilimanjaro, moments before sunrise, with a full moon lighting the way. (Credit: Kathleen Rellihan)
The months leading up to my Mount Kilimanjaro climb were filled mostly with making countless trips to REI to stock up on gear and promising others that even their grandma could do it. Yes, before I had even stepped foot onto Africa’s tallest peak, I already was reassuring friends and family, “No, no … anyone can do it. It’s not Everest. There are 80-year-olds who climb it all the time.”
While it’s true that you don’t need to be an Ironman to climb Kilimanjaro, it was obvious that I wasn’t so much reassuring my friends, my family and the guy fitting my hiking boots that I was fully capable of trekking to an altitude of 19,341 feet — I was trying to mask my own doubts. Sure, I had read every Kilimanjaro packing list that I could find and scoured reviews on the best moisture-wicking, wind-resistant, fleece-lined, solar-paneled, this-definitely-will-help-you-not-die gear out there. But in terms of any mental or emotional preparations, the only thought I could allow to enter my mind was: “Just make it to the top. Even if someone has to drag you.”
Springtime is here and so is the 2015 Kia Sedona. With first-class second row seating, advanced technology, and a stylish exterior, the Sedona is ready for the road ahead.
Don’t wait until summer to hit the road or you’ll miss seeing the hills literally come alive with a kaleidoscope of wildflowers on America’s 10 best spring drives.
Antelope Valley Freeway (California)
From LA, head north along Route 14 and you’ll find a stunning field of bright poppies throughout the Mojave Desert region in March second only to a scene from The Wizard of Oz.
Route: 70 miles
Pacific Coast Highway (California)
As you snake along Route 1’s craggy coastline you’ll be treated to amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, whale sightings and unrivaled sunsets, the most beautiful stretch the roughly 30 miles from Carmel to Big Sur.
Route: 121 miles
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April 15 will make it 150 years since President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre. President Obama is expected to issue a proclamation making April 15, 2015, a Day of Remembrance for Lincoln. And if you’re planning a trip to Washington, DC, you may want to buy tickets to the Crime Museum’s new Assassinations in the Capital tour.
Photo Courtesy of Jason Leppert
To connect or not to connect? While on a cruise vacation, that is the question.
There was a time when staying connected at sea was nearly impossible, and disconnecting was preferred for the sake of relaxation. But in this day and age, it seems almost blasphemous to give up our smartphones and laptops while traveling. The issues are a lack of onboard apps and slow-as-molasses internet speeds — that is, until now.
Chef, food writer, teacher and producer/host Andrew Zimmern is back with all-new episodes of Bizarre Foods! In tonight’s season opener, Andrew travels to Almaty, Kazakhstan. Located in central Asia, Kazakhstan is the ninth-largest country in the world (by land area) and is bordered by Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Andrew gets a real taste of Kazakhstan living, including a tour of Almaty’s “Green Bazaar,” a few home-cooked meals and a visit to one of the most popular shashlik restaurants (serving kebabs) in the city.
Go behind the scenes with Andrew to get his take on the trip.
Watch a sneak peek from tonight’s episode.
Tonight marks one of the first episodes of Breaking Borders that really touches on a subject that’s very close to home in America: immigration. Regardless of what your opinion is, the episode — “Dying for the American Dream” — will present you with both sides of the conversation. Hosts Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio interview Mexican families affected by the border laws, as well as Minutemen, who unofficially serve as self-appointed US border guards. After watching, let us know where you stand on some of the US immigration laws people are talking about.
Watch tonight at 9|8c, only on Travel Channel.
Dying for the American Dream
This week in travel is full of some of our favorite distinctive (and notably all-female) points of view — sorry, we’re not sorry, guys.
While we’re still waiting for the spring weather to arrive, we’re already dreaming about summer. Cue Katie Lee’s guide to summer living in the Hamptons on the Coveteur.
Fathom reveals how to turn your next long-haul flight into a personal spa. You might as well do something productive besides sleep (that won’t annoy your neighbor) next time you’re held captive for 13 hours.
Actress Meghan Markle traveled to Malta for a photo shoot and ended up rediscovering her great-grandmother’s roots. Check out her inspiring 3-day itinerary over on the Tig.
Early adopter? Experience the Everygirl’s off-the-beaten-path travel destinations, before, you know, everyone else does.
Last but not least, Refinery29 tackles the obsession that’s on every traveler’s mind and reveals 10 ways to eat like a local.
As the weather warms up, you’re probably just dying to post some humble-braggy photos of your toes in the sand or that bikini bod you’ve been working on all winter. Luckily, pro photographer and TravelChannel.com host Lizzy “Snaps” Sullivan recently visited the Bahamas and shared some of her tips for taking “like-worthy” beach shots!
Here are some of her suggestions:
1. When shooting underwater, don’t bother with expensive waterproof housing. You can get amazing photos with a basic underwater point-and-shoot if you know how to use it!