This Week in Travel

Whether we were testing ourselves with airport codes or inspecting lava flows, here are the links that got our attention this week.

As the trend goes, Air France has released the most French airline safety video ever via Travel and Leisure.

Skift shares the new airline seat design that could make flying coach feel like first class.

ABQ. AKL. AMS. Ever wonder what those 3-letter airport codes stand for? Fast Company explains.

Study up, then test your knowledge with Afar’s international airport code quiz.

Lastly, local filmmaker Lance Page’s new short, Kilauea: The Fire Within, shows a spectacular close-up of the most active volcano on Earth. Scope it out below:

Photography by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Whether or not you know it, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is keeping a very close eye on you. According to TheIntercept.com, the TSA has followed a secret program since 2007 to detect potential terrorists at airports through behavioral cues in passengers.

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Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio

Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio

Have you seen the latest buzz surrounding our new series Breaking Borders? The fans, celebrities and chefs are talking on Twitter, and we’re loving what they’re saying!

@EmilyOsment: Make sure you watch my dear friend @MVoltaggio on his new show #BreakingBorders tnite (Sundays) @ 9pm on the Travel Channel ! It’s UNREAL. #Jerusalem

@SamShankman: @travelchannel bets on more substantial content w new food + politics series w hosts @marianavz @mvoltaggio http://bit.ly/1OyXgTt

@chefjoseandres: so proud of my boy @MVoltaggio his new show will show human resilience around the world! tonite! watch it! #breakingborders @travelchannel

Breaking Borders premiered March 15. The show takes journalist Mariana van Zeller and acclaimed chef Michael Voltaggio into some of the most beautiful but extreme conflict zones to get the story behind the story. Together, they have a unique and challenging goal: to gather people from all sides of the conflict together to break bread and explore the issues that divide them. While at each location, Mariana and Michael take in the culture, people and cuisine.

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Jeff Young

Photo courtesy of Jeff Young

Jeff Young is a television host, travel expert and model who has lived and worked in cities around the world, including Paris, Hong Kong and Cape Town, South Africa, to name just a few. Ahead of the “maker” movement, he explored the local, independent and creative cultures that make neighborhoods pop on his web series In the Cut. Most recently, his Journey Through Turkey series followed him as he discovered the country’s storied history, stunning landscapes and exceptional cuisine firsthand.

We first met the California native back at last year’s Travel & Adventure Show in Long Beach, CA, so when Travel Channel headed to Santa Monica to look for the next Travel Channel Star, we caught up with him to find out who’s inspiring him (from the hipsters of Portland, OR, to the Turkish people’s Anatolian ancestors), the best way to see a city and where he’s headed next.

Where’s “home”?

Venice Beach, CA.

How many countries, cities or continents have you visited?

I’ve been to 6 of the 7 continents. More than looking at the numbers, I’m fortunate to come from a modeling background, so I had a chance to live in all kinds of wonderful cities for work. Through this experience, I learned the inner workings of cities, what daily life is like, the good and the bad in cities including New York; Paris; Istanbul, Turkey; Cape Town, South Africa; Sydney; and Hong Kong.

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The Trip: 2014

The time has come. Seriously, there are just hours left to enter for your chance to win The Trip 2015! That’s right, people: You have only until midnight Tuesday before the sweepstakes closes. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to win the ultimate trip for 2 to the Hawaiian Islands, so enter now. We’ll reveal the lucky winner in early April.

But wait! We give away a trip every single month, too! So if you’re still feeling lucky, enter our March sweepstakes, a $10,000 trip to Austin.

Finally, we want to hear from you. While The Trip 2015 may be wrapping up, we’re already planning to make next year’s trip even bigger and better. Now it’s your turn to weigh in on where we should send our Travel Channel hosts for The Trip 2016!

 

Enter for a chance to win The Trip 2015!

This Week in Travel
This week’s travel blog roundup is ready, boiling over with eye candy and inspiration.

Refinery29 shared a recent Gallup Analytics study revealing the world’s happiest country. Among the surprises? The top 10 happiest countries are all in the same region and the US came in at number 25.

Scrolling through breathtaking photos of wide open spaces on LandLopers, we couldn’t help but hum the Dixie Chicks’ song … tell us we’re not alone in this?

BuzzFeed’s 42 reasons to never visit France, is not what it seems, of course, and we love it. Replace “the landscapes are ugly and the food sucks,” with stunning photos dripping with sarcasm.

Fear needn’t ever impede your travels. Consider Adventurous Kate’s top 10 travel safety tips for women the perfect PSA for solo travel.

Finally, Fathom spends a few days in Okinawa and discovers why it’s deemed Japan’s “paradise islands where people live forever.”

 

 

Hello, spring! After a long, dark and cold winter, we couldn’t be more ready for the weather to warm up and the days to get a little longer. Need more reasons to head outside? Nature is blooming, music festivals are heating up and the summer crowds are still at bay.

So quit hibernating and savor spring outdoors with our to-do list:

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What does a $100,000 Hawaiian vacation look like? It starts with 2 first-class plane tickets, followed by $25,000 spending money and a whole lot more. But you have only 1 week left for a chance to win The Trip 2015, so enter now! Then picture yourself …

Stay:
Hale 'Ae Kai
Spend your trip among the island’s finest estates, Hale ‘Ae Kai, with everything from adventure guides and gourmet chefs to massage therapists and surf lessons.

You’ll Also:
Check into the romantic Grand Wailea beachfront resort on Maui.
Enjoy the renowned spa and recreational activities at the luxurious Travaasa Hana resort.
Get a true Hawaiian experience at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay.

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Photo Courtesy of Julia Dimon

She’s a travel journalist, TV personality and hard-core adventurer, and if you ask Julia Dimon, she’ll happily tell you she’s a travel junkie, too. Her travels have included experiences that some of us can only dream about, such as snorkeling with whale sharks in Mozambique, attending gladiator training in Rome, dogsledding in Greenland and eating deep-fried guinea pig in Ecuador.

In addition to writing her new book, Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Travel, Julia has been featured as a travel expert on TV and in numerous publications, including Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Forbes Travel, Budget Travel, Outside Magazine and the Chicago Tribune.

Julia continues to travel the world, but she also takes time to offer words of wisdom to eager travelers at events such as the New York Times Travel Show, which is where I met her. I decided to not only get the scoop on what drives Julia to travel, but I also wanted to get her advice about saving money when planning trips, solo travel for women and much more.
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Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio

Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio

Travel Channel’s groundbreaking series Breaking Borders premieres tonight with the “Mother of All Conflicts“  episode in Jerusalem, which focuses on the age-old tug-of-war between Israel and Palestine. Award-winning journalist Mariana van Zeller and acclaimed chef Michael Voltaggio are our hosts, our eyes and our ears as they explore Jerusalem, Northern Ireland, Egypt, Cuba, the US-Mexico border, Cyprus and countless other locations. The goal is not to try to solve the conflicts and achieve world peace, but just to get a conversation started, at the dinner table, around the questions “What if”” and “What would it take for these 2 sides to come together and have peace?” At the end of each episode, Mariana and Michael host a dinner, prepared by Michael, where 2 opposing sides of a conflict come together to break bread.

Watch the series premiere tonight at 9|8c.

Watch a Sneak Peek of Breaking Borders

Related: Breaking Borders Sneak Peek Pictures

 

 

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