Sao Paolo, Brazil

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This week’s travel blog roundup will turn up the wanderlust — read on for tips and seriously inspiring photos from Sao Paulo to Ubud.

Roads & Kingdoms has 14 things to know before you go to the sprawling metropolis of Sao Paulo.

Have you been to Ubud yet? If not, this beautiful Bali photo journal by Nomadic Habit will have you wondering why.

The Voyageur has the (almost) perfect 15-day itinerary for Sri Lanka, including what she’d do differently if she could go back.

Camels & Chocolate invites you to sit, have a drink and stay for a while at the South’s swankiest resort.

Where to stay in Paris: Adventurous Kate shares her picks for the best neighborhoods and accommodations.

 

Ostriches

Photography by Maria Bukhonina

Recently back from filming an episode of the upcoming series Booze Traveler in South Africa, cocktail connoisseur, adventurer and host Jack Maxwell shares some of his favorite memories from the Rainbow nation.

What brought you to South Africa?

When you think of a place like South Africa, different kinds of drinks are probably not the first thing that pops into your head. I thought that would really be worth exploring and figured it would be a great surprise, which it was, and of course, that’s what the show is all about.

Bee Shine

Photography by Maria Bukhonina

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ClauWau

Photography by Swiss-Image

Samnaun, Switzerland, has one of the quirkiest holiday traditions in the world. On Nov. 29, hundreds of Santa Claus impersonators will form teams and compete to win the title of Santa Claus world champions.

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Whether you’re going the distance for the world’s largest marathon or cheering on a friend from the sidelines, here are hotels offering packages for the TCS New York City Marathon, which are filled with pre- and post-race pampering. Running a whopping 26.2 miles — you deserve it.

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Mickela dances with women celebrating at the Asrlar Sadosi Festival in Navoi, Uzbekistan.

Whose dream isn’t to dance around the world? Mickela Mallozzi, host and creator of the travel TV series Bare Feet, ”experiences the world one dance at time,” and boy, are we jealous. From reconnecting with her family’s roots while folk dancing in Italy to sweating it out with locals dancing salsa in Puerto Rico, Mickela discovers how different cultures express themselves without words.

A classically trained dancer, Mickela has performed on various other TV shows, including Sesame Street, the Today show and The Dr. Oz show, and she is the co-director of the Women’s Travel Fest, an annual conference for inspiring and connecting women through travel.

We caught up with Mickela — between her Riverdancing in Ireland and getting intimate with Argentines over tango — to chat about the intersection of travel, dance and culture.

Find out how Mickela got hooked on dancing around the world, how dance enthusiasts (read: amateur dancers) can join her as she moves around the globe, and what country she thinks has the best dancers. (Hint: It’s not the US.)

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This Week in Travel

Move on, nothing to see here — according to some Yelpers.

From the ironic to the eye-popping, here are the stories that got passed around the Travel Channel offices this week.

“If you’ve seen one [geyser] you’ve seen them all.” Whether they are funny because they’re sad or just plain sad, you have to see these 1-star Yelp reviews of national parks on imgur.

“Home is wherever your feet take you,” and 31 more things people with wanderlust will understand, from Buzzfeed.

Missing summer already? Stare wistfully at these 15 snaps of palm trees and deep blue seas from Fathom.

A Luxury Travel Blog picks the world’s top 5 winemaking regions that all oenophiles need to check off their lists.

More than 3,500 kilometers over 20 days crammed into 3 minutes, 32 seconds, and it shows (h/t Skift).

How to Find Cheap Airline Tickets

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Airline tickets can be ridiculously expensive. But plan your trip right this time, and you can save big. These nuggets of travel wisdom are the best-kept secrets on airfare deals. Keep them close at hand when planning your next big adventure.

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Saturday marks Alaska Day, commemorating the transfer of the territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States in 1867. While most of us won’t be on hand in the beautiful, seaside town of Sitka to celebrate, we thought we’d take the opportunity to marvel at Alaska’s glaciers, fjords and otherworldly scenery, as shared with us by Travel Channel fans on Instagram during the ideal summer season. The vast and largely untouched state beckons with lush landscapes, natural wonders and amazing wildlife, waiting to be explored by air, by land or, as the trend goes, by sea on an Alaskan cruise. These photos may be just the inspiration you need to plan your journey to “the Last Frontier” now.

Alaska

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This Week in Travel

From coffee breaks in Buenos Aires to killing time in London, some of our favorite cities take center stage in this week’s travel blog roundup.

Espresso, crispy-yet-gooey medialunas and dulce de leche … eat your heart out in Buenos Aires with Fathom.

Did you hear about the time Google hired a camel for its desert street view? True story.

In news you can actually use: Beers & Beans has 8 essential android apps for working on the road.

Have a long layover in Heathrow? Luckily, JohnnyJet knows the best way to kill the time.

Lost in Cheeseland shares her 5 favorite things to eat, drink and see in Paris.

Zak Bagans, Lead Investigator on “Ghost Adventures”

October is a big month for travelers in search of new haunts and things that go bump in the night. And speaking of hunting for the paranormal … new episodes of Ghost Adventures started airing on Travel Channel last week. In addition to visiting spooky places such as Lemp Mansion & Brewery, the GA crew packed their bags and headed across the big pond to investigate haunted Ireland. Watch the bone-chilling investigation in a 2-hour Halloween special on Friday, Oct. 31, at 9|8c.

Enter to win a trip for 2 to see some of the paranormal hot spots that the GA crew visited in Ireland. And don’t for get to stay connected to the GA crew and fans in the Ghost Adventures Fan Lair.

This month is a great month for Ghost Adventures, and it’s also a good month to check out our coveted list, Travel’s Best Halloween Attractions 2014. See our recommendations for the best haunts in America. Lead GA investigator Zak Bagans participated on our panel of advisors, and he tells us his top 3 favorite haunts and why you should add them to your must-see list.

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