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.)
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).
Photography by Robert Churchill / iStock / Thinkstock
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.
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.
“We’re headed to Aialik Glacier, the biggest in Kenai National Park.” – @marksbucket READ MORE
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.
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Johns
The summer months mark the most popular travel period of the year, with tourists flocking to all corners of the Earth to rest, relax and explore. Taking a spa day is a popular respite, but visiting the Dead Sea for a spa day is a truly unique travel experience.
Located on the borders of Israel, Jordan and the West Bank, the Dead Sea is the lowest land point in the world, at about 1,300 feet below sea level, and Highway 90, which runs along the water, is the lowest road. The area has been a popular relaxation spot since biblical times — King David visited the Dead Sea frequently, and it was even the spot of the first health resorts built by Herod the Great — and that really hasn’t changed much since.
Coney Island (Courtesy of Anna Garwood)
By Anna Garwood, Director of Programming & Talent Relations
What brought you to Coney Island?
I’m overseeing a general casting search for Travel Channel to find unique personalities who are passionate about travel and we can potentially develop shows around. After reviewing an initial round of Skype interviews of potential candidates, I narrowed it down to a short list and brought them to Coney Island in New York City to shoot in-field casting reels. Arthur Hsu and Will McKinley from Travel Channel were there as well to help me produce and shoot the reels. READ MORE
Photography by State Fair of Texas
Our stomachs are growling for tasty fried food from this year’s State Fair of Texas, which runs through Oct. 19. There are several food-related events during the month-long fair, including the famous Celebrity Kitchen, where acclaimed Texan restaurant chefs prepare your favorite dishes every day at the Creative Arts building.
To the shock and dismay of women around the world, the world’s most eligible bachelor is officially off the market. George Clooney tied the knot with Amal Alamuddin on Sept. 27 in Venice, Italy, at Hotel Aman, a historic hotel on Venice’s iconic Canal Grande.
This 16th-century palazzo, which was built on water, housed Venice’s elite for centuries, so it was a fitting spot for the Oscar-winning actor and the internationally acclaimed barrister to wed. Renovated into a luxury resort in 2013, Hotel Aman blends the old world with the new — frescoes hang in some of the 24 guest rooms, but there’s also a spa and fitness area. Don’t get too excited about following in Clooney’s footsteps: A night here will cost you — prices start at about $1,000 a night for a standard room. Most star-worthy wedding moment? The glamorous couple and their A-list guests arrived via boat or gondola.
After a dream wedding in Venice, where does a Hollywood power couple such as Clooney and Alamuddin honeymoon? Far-flung exotic locales like the beaches in Mauritius or the Maldives? Or perhaps, as was speculated, at royal honeymoon hot spot Seychelles?