This Week in Travel


We sincerely hope you’re reading this by slowly scrolling your phone screen with your thumb while you’re lying on a beach somewhere. No? Here are 5 travel blog posts that will, at the very least, inspire a virtual vacation.

We never dreamed of traveling around Mexico for 6 weeks to learn to cook like a local — until now, thanks to Laura Hobbs and her beautiful essay over on Boat.

Everyone knows the importance of maps in our daily lives (Google or otherwise), but what about when they literally explain nothing? Vox rounded up 27 hilariously bad maps you have to see to believe.

Coming to Mecca in 2017? The world’s largest hotel, complete with 10,000 4- and 5-star rooms, 70 restaurants and a mall, plus several helipads and entire floors reserved for royals. Head over to Conde Nast Traveler to see renderings of Saudi Arabia’s planned $3.5 billion mega-hotel.

For all you recent college grads, BuzzFeed shares 34 underrated (and affordable) US cities you’ll actually want to move to.

In honor of Memorial Day, we’re featuring our hometown gal The Dining Traveler’s guide to Arlington, VA. Think: a tour of Arlington Cemetery, the Pentagon and beyond.

Photo Courtesy of Susan Chiang/E+/Getty Images

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer. That means warm weather and staying active by walking, jogging, biking and finding other ways to enjoy outdoor activities. If you’re a traveler who enjoys staying fit, then we have a list you should check out before your next trip. A new fitness report has ranked the 50 healthiest and fittest cities in the United States. And you won’t believe which city is No. 1.
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First of all, thank you to everyone who joined our Twitter chat on Wednesday! It was as entertaining as it was informative, and now, we could not be more ready for summer. Thank you for sharing your summer vacation secrets with us, from amusement-park picks to favorite camping spots to over- and underrated destinations — always with a good sense of humor (we’re looking at you, Bert Kreischer and Ryan Van Duzer).

For those of you who missed out, do not fear: There will be others. We’ll also be teasing out our favorite #TC_Chat gems here on the blog. First up, the best beachfront hotels. With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, we can think of nothing better than an extended stay at one of these sprawling resorts. Read on for some of your and our recommendations.

Amanyara Resort

Photo by Amanyara Resort

“Amanyara Resort, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos. Who wouldn’t want to stay here? http://t.co/GvXwC78OVq #TC_Chat pic.twitter.com/x20jja3QFO

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (Photo Courtesy of Disney)

In the years since its inception, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has grown into one of the food world’s hottest events. This year marks the festival’s 20th anniversary, and the celebration will take visitors on a culinary journey through the world’s cuisines and cultures.
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#LiveTravelChannel

Here at Travel Channel, we like to say we live the brand — whether that’s flying to Stockholm, Sweden, for dinner, frequently volunteering in Haiti or making the most of a weekend in Palm Springs — and we know you do, too. That’s why we want to see your best travel photos in all of their (filtered or unfiltered) glory. Share your summer photos with us, and our favorites may be featured on TravelChannel.com, on our Instagram account or even on-air.

Here’s how to submit your photos:

1. Instagram your favorite summer travel photos. (Submit as many as you like!)

2. Use the hashtag #LiveTravelChannel in the description. (Note: See our Terms of Use here.)

3. We love emojis as much as you do, but be sure to tag your destination or mention it in the description. Please and thank you!

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Still short on plans for Memorial Day weekend? This week’s travel roundup has free things to do, off-the-beaten-path road trips and plenty of photos to inspire a long-weekend getaway.

Only in South Beach does a giant margarita beckon from a sidewalk cafe and then set you back $60. Thankfully, Jetsetter has round up 34 free activities to make that Miami getaway more affordable.

“Is our relationship like a client/lawyer relationship?” Refinery29 has an entertaining roundup of the craziest travel agent requests.

Fathom reveals 14 ways to taste the world, according to mouthwatering Instagram photos.

Next time you’re in New Orleans, go beyond Bourbon Street with these Bayou road trips from the new Marriott Traveler.

For some weekend wanderlust, Travel + Leisure shares views from the top of the world’s most iconic landmarks.

 

Photo by Heath Korvola/The Image Bank/Getty Images

Whether you live in a major urban city or a small country town, you all likely have something in common: You can find biker gangs everywhere. And we’re not talking about those leather-wearing guys gunning their Harleys (although they are pretty cool). We’re talking about bicycle gangs like the ones you may see going through your neighborhood on a Sunday morning or riding to work in the heart of rush hour — the everyday biker gang. READ MORE

Join the Conversation #TC_Chat

We’re just over a week away from Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial beginning of summer. And there’s no better time than the present to start planning for a fun summer getaway. Join Travel Channel for a live tweet-up on Wednesday, May 20, at 2 p.m. ET. Travel + Leisure, Trip Advisor, Travel Channel host Bert Kreischer and our resident beach expert, Marianela Pereyra, are just a few of the panelists who will join in to offer their summer advice, tips and recommendations.

We’ll tweet about everything, including the best summer drives, underrated destinations, food, beachfront hotels and more. And we want you to chime in, too! Join the conversation by using the hashtag #TC_Chat, and get inspired with unique summer vacation ideas from a variety of travel experts.

PANELISTS
Travel Channel (@travelchannel)
Travel + Leisure (@TravlandLeisure)
Trip Advisor (@TripAdvisor)
Bert Kreischer, Travel Channel Host (@bertkreischer)
Marianela Pereyra, Beach Expert (@MarianelaTV)
Robb Alvey, Amusement-Park Expert (@themeparkreview)
Ryan Van Duzer, Outdoors & Adventure Expert (@duzer)
Lissa Poirot, Family Travel Expert (@lissapoirot)
Kelly Purkey, Solo Traveler/Foodie Expert (@kellypurkey)
Summer Hull, Family Travel Expert (@Mommy_Points)

Photo Courtesy of Jason Leppert

Want to relive a bygone era of classic trans-Atlantic ocean-liner travel? With Cunard Line — which is impressively celebrating its 175th anniversary this year — and its fleet of elegant vessels, you can do that and more.

The only true liner in operation today, the magnificent Queen Mary 2, cuts through the towering swells and choppy waves of the northern Atlantic Ocean nearly like butter. Art-deco interiors romantically enchant while modern amenities pamper and entertain passengers. Live classical music permeates throughout as a parade of formalwear enters the stately dining room, and the chandelier-clad ballroom beckons well-dressed couples to the dance floor.

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Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH (Photo Courtesy of Cedar Point)

Before you plan your family trip to an amusement or water park, we thought you’d be interested to see which ones made our list of Travel’s Best Amusement and Water Parks 2015. We recruited 5 advisors — including Travel Channel TV host Bert Kreischer, theme-park reviewer Arthur Levine and family travel expert Erin Gifford — to help us choose the best family-friendly theme parks to visit this summer.

This particular Travel’s Best list is always hard to narrow down to 10, so we decided to share a few parks that didn’t make the cut but still deserve honorable mentions.
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