Still wondering what to get the seasoned travelers in your life? Here are some of our favorite new travel books — and if your traveling friends and family are anything like us, come Christmastime they’ll happily make room for these travel books on their coffee table.
For the Foodie: Where Chef’s Eat
This handsome food guide brings you the favorite restaurants of those who know food best — 400 of the world’s top chefs. Inside you’ll find personal recommendations from the likes of Rene Redzepi and David Chang.
For the Culture Vulture: Humans of New York
In 2010, photographer-blogger Brandon Stanton began photographing complete strangers and sharing their life’s secrets on his website, Humans of New York. Some 1 million fans later, the eponymous book-cum-intriguing photographic census of New York has become an instant best-seller.
Photo Courtesy of Perez Art Museum Miami
If you’re heading to Miami to dodge the chilly weather or to attend the Art Basel international art show this weekend, we have some exciting news to share. You not only get the pleasure of enjoying Miami’s premier art show and relaxing on South Beach, but can now visit the new Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).
The new 200,000-square-foot building opens its doors to the public this week. Located on Biscayne Bay, between the Arsht Performing Arts Center and the American Airlines Arena, PAMM features large, shaded verandas, a park and galleries with views of the bay, an education center and Verde, a waterfront restaurant.
Photography by Adam Clark / Aurora Photos
Utah skiers claim that they’ve found the “best snow on Earth,” and this picture just might prove it.
See the Swan House, on a Catching Fire tour of Atlanta. (Photography by Atlanta History Museum)
Hunger Games: Catching Fire is living up to its name. This past holiday weekend, the second installment in Suzanne Collins’ post-apocalyptic saga broke Thanksgiving box-office records. Now that you’ve seen the movie, walk in the footsteps of Katniss and company — and see where the Hunger Games franchise was actually filmed.
The holiday season is officially in full swing — now that Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday have all come and gone (finally), it’s time to break the Christmas boxes out of the attic and get decorating! The National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC, will be lit this Friday, and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is set to take place tonight at 8 p.m. — but what about your tree?
Want to show off your decorating skills? Or know someone who goes all-out with their spirited décor? We want to see your photos! Instagram them with the hashtag #TCHolidayLights, and we’ll pick our favorites to feature on the blog.
If you need a little inspiration, check out our photos of Dazzling Holiday Lights, the Travel Channel community’s best holiday lights photos, and our picks for the Most Christmasy Places in America.
Plus, don’t miss Sam Brown and Zak Bagans’ picks for their favorite lights displays:
Photography by David Santiago Garcia / Aurora Photos
This mini-city, built directly into the ruddy-colored stone cliffs, served as an important religious area during the 9th and 13th centuries.
In a cozy café in Reykjavik, Iceland, I was sipping my latte out of an oversized cup when a raven alit on the top of a bright red house outside the café. For the umpteenth time since I’d been in the country, I tried to pronounce the Icelandic word for Raven. Hrafn. I rolled the letters over my tongue, speaking the word aloud. As soon as I heard my voice, I knew I’d said it incorrectly. Hrafn. The fn makes a “p” sound, I reminded myself. But how do you pronounce Hr? Hrafn. Hrafn. I realized I’ve become that odd-looking traveler sitting alone at a table talking to myself.
I’d been thinking a lot about ravens. I’d come to Iceland to, among other things, work on my writing. The raven, or hrafn, is an important bird in Icelandic folklore. It is said that the Norse god Oðinn had two ravens that counseled him, Huginn (“Thought”) and Muninn (“Memory”). I’d hoped the raven outside the café would help inspire my thoughts and memories, and therefore my writing. But really, the bird was just the beginning, because so much in Iceland inspired my creativity.
Photo by Park City Mountain
What better way to welcome the holiday season than with family, festivities, and, of course, the perfect holiday portrait. Don’t just settle for mundane decorations or a white background for this year’s holiday card; head to one these locations to truly wow your loved ones – no Photoshop required.
There’s no need to scramble to deck the halls and put up the tallest Christmas tree for the perfect holiday portrait. Trade an ordinary fireplace backdrop for one of the country’s coziest hotel fireplaces – just find one near you.
Looking for something less formal … and posed? Get outside and take the kids to a nearby park for a photo shoot. For you city slickers, we’ve rounded up a list of some of our favorite urban parks. No excuses!
Capture their attention with breath-taking views of the ocean, coast, or mountains from your last vacation. If your annual ski trip or beach house rental feels like a family reunion, why not use a photo from the last time you were all together?
Looking for more Everyday Escapes during the busiest travel time of the year? See our Holiday Tips for Family Travel.
Take a photo on your phone to share your family holiday spirit in a real Hallmark card with just a few clicks. Download the Hallmark Go Cards app to send real Hallmark cards to their mailbox from wherever you are. Download it now at Hallmark.com/GoCards.
Photo Courtesy of Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Hawaii became the 15th state to legalize gay marriage on Monday, which should draw even more happy couples to the Aloha State. The law also allows couples to register for a license and be married the same day, a move that is sure to appeal to plenty of tourists.
How much of an appeal? Sumner La Croix, an economist at the University of Hawaii -Manoa, tells NPR that the legalization of gay marriage in Hawaii could boost tourism in the state by as much $217 million over the next 3 years.
“Same-sex couples will be attracted to Hawaii for the same reasons that opposite-sex couples are attracted to Hawaii,” said La Croix. “It’s the great weather, it’s the warm water, it’s the beautiful scenery. And it’s also the aloha spirit.”
We couldn’t agree more at Travel Channel. We’ve lauded combining your wedding with your honeymoon on the Hawaiian Islands thanks to the year-round warm weather, beautiful beaches and stunning sunsets.
Photography by Ken Scicluna / JWL / Aurora Photos
The building, originally built in 1869, is particularly well-known for being home to composers Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss in the early 20th century.