This Week in Travel
It’s the most wonderful time of the year … the time to holiday in ski villages or far-flung islands, to reflect on the year’s best travel moments and to plan your adventures in 2015.

Colorado native A Week at the Beach, shares everything you need to know to plan a dream getaway to her home state. In addition to what to see and do, she also shares 9 tried-and-true tips to make it a stress-free family vacation.

Not dreaming of a white Christmas? Head on over to Miss Vacation for her tips on spending the holidays half a world away and stay tuned for the beautiful photos of Hawaii and French Polynesia that are sure to follow.

It’s almost time for New Years resolutions, but we’re guessing you already know whether you plan to go to the gym more or try something new — same thing as last year, right? Intrepid Travel reveals the No. 1 destination to carry out all of your resolutions in 2015.

Travel and Leisure reveals 6 things we all love about Kimpton’s boutique hotels. Now that they’ve been purchased for $430 million (in cash), we hope new owner Intercontinental Hotels Group doesn’t mess with Kimpton’s karma.

We’ll leave you with some truly amazing travel inspiration in the form of all of the best viral videos of 2014 in under 7 minutes.

Today, I set forth on one of the longest trips of my adult life. It’s a Round the World ticket I booked earlier this year using my Delta SkyMiles. Unfortunately, those award tickets are being discontinued by Delta at the end of 2014, but you can still book them using cash or miles on other airline alliances. I was fortunate to book mine using 280,000 Delta SkyMiles and will be traveling business class on various SkyTeam airlines. I’m especially excited about flights on Kenya Airways’ 787 Dreamliner and Air France’s new business class on the 777-300ER. Yes, I’m a bit of an aviation geek.

My Around-the-World Adventure Begins on Delta Air Lines

Credit : Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images

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Whether or not you know all the lyrics to Let It Go (you listen to the song only because of your kids … right) or it’s always been on your bucket list to sleep in an igloo, fans of the film phenomenon Frozen and winter-loving travelers alike are embracing arctic temperatures for an unforgettable night in their very own ice palace. From ice hotels in Norway to thermal glass igloos in Finland, Booking.com shared with us the most spectacular Frozen-inspired hotels around the world.

Channel your inner ice queen or mountain man, bundle up in some faux fur, and belt it out … “Let the storm rage on, the cold never bothered me anyway!”

Courtesy of Hotel de Glace

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From deep Americana to new travel trends, this week’s travel blog roundup is full of surprises.

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, but that doesn’t include your carry on. The Tig has the ultimate Dallas packing guide for urban cowgirls.

Which states search for travel the most on Google? Skift breaks down the data and the answer may surprise you.

Scenic river cruises may be all the rage, but this BBC video via JohnnyJet reveals a bit more unique alternative: cargo cruises.

For anyone who’s romanticized their days at summer camp, revel in these photos of a beautiful fall retreat at Camp Wandawega by none other than the folks at Kinfolk.

Wait, your Instagram feed isn’t a glorious passport for armchair traveling like ours? Lucky for you, Afar has rounded up some of the most Instagram-worthy spots in the world.

The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo Courtesy of The Franklin Institute)

Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today — especially in science, technology, engineering and math.” — President Obama

From the Oval Office of the White House to boardrooms of the nation’s leading companies, there has been a growing call to better prepare US students for future employment opportunities by educating them more in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics project that STEM-related jobs will grow to more than 9 million by 2022 — an increase of about 1 million from the current count.

What does travel have to do with getting more kids interested in STEM? A lot, possibly.
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Photo courtesy Jeremy Woodhouse/Getty Images

For most of the country, December is a time for holiday cheer, family gatherings and some well-earned time away from work or school. For college football fans, however, it’s the greatest time of year for a very different reason: It’s bowl season. A time when fans young and old pack up their minivans, purchase plane tickets and travel to a random city to cheer on their alma mater 1 more time. And regardless of whether your school is large or small, there is a good chance that it will be participating in one of the NCAA’s 39 bowl games.

From Miami to Boise, ID, and Seattle to Hawaii, there are games in just about every major travel destination in the US (and even the Bahamas!). But there is 1 state that shines brighter than the rest this bowl season, and that is the great state of Texas. READ MORE

Samantha Brown talks to a Voice of America reporter at the Newseum during a White House Travel Bloggers Summit event sponsored by Turkish Airlines. (Photo Courtesy of Turkish Airlines)

The US Department of State has kicked off an initiative to encourage high school and college students to study abroad. And it wants you to join the conversation by sharing your thoughts — via Twitter — about why study abroad is important, using #StudyAbroadBecause.

The live Twitter conversation comes on the heels of the announcement by Evan Ryan, the assistant secretary of State for educational and cultural affairs, that a new US Study Abroad Office will launch in January. The exciting news was announced at the first White House Travel Bloggers Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship in Washington, DC, on Tuesday.
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WHOA Travel founders Allison Fleece and Danielle Thornton on Mount Kilimanjaro. All photos courtesy of WHOA

No one climbs Mount Kilimanjaro alone, and no one knows that better than the founders of WHOA Travel. Women High on Adventure creators Allison Fleece and Danielle Thornton are travel-loving friends who met while climbing Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, in February 2013. Tackling one of the world’s toughest summits together was so life-altering, they knew they wanted to share the experience with others. So upon returning to New York, they quit their jobs and started an adventure travel company with a mission to motivate women to step out of their comfort zones … and onto the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.

In the spirit of empowering women, WHOA Travel led a group of 28 women from 9 countries to the roof of Africa on International Women’s Day earlier this year. Not only did all 28 women make it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, but they even danced their way to the summit. Led by the mountain’s first local female guide, the group raised more than $10,000 to support women’s educational programs in Kenya and Tanzania. Now, Allison and Danielle are gearing up to lead another group of women to the summit on International Women’s Day in 2015.

We caught up with daring adventuresses between climbing mountains to find out what other WHOA-inspiring trips they’re leading, how their high-altitude dance-party tradition began, and the surprising item they never head back to Mount Kilimanjaro without (hint: it’s not a power bar).

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Photo courtesy of Marika Kelderman

Travel Channel’s director of marketing and partnerships, Marika Kelderman, shares her experiences from being on location for the filming of Trip Flip’s The Hobbit special in New Zealand.

What brought you to New Zealand?

I went to New Zealand to film a special 1-hour episode of Trip Flip with host Bert Kreischer. The episode is built around The Hobbit and is set to air just before the third and final Hobbit movie, The Battle of the Five Armies, premieres in the US. We surprised 2 Hobbit super-fans with a trip. New Zealand is the real-life Middle-earth of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. READ MORE


The holiday season is in full swing, whether you’re looking for last-minute travel tips or destination inspiration our weekly travel blog roundup has you covered.

Explore London in a novel way by tasting your way around the city. A Luxury Travel Blog highlights 6 delicious tours that are perfect for the cold winter months.

The holiday season is the busiest time to travel, so take advantage of Triphackr’s helpful tips to save cash on last-minute plans.

Adventure Journal shares adventures and photos from Gunther Holtorf, who traveled 550,000 miles over 26 years in his 1988 Mercedes Benz G-Wagen named “Otto.”

Have you ever thought about getting a tattoo? How about one that’s engraved by hand using a long metal spike or sharpened bamboo? Read about Expert Vagabond’s experience getting a traditional Sak Yant tattoo from a famous Buddhist monk in Thailand.

Check out these small treasures from around the globe, courtesy of Fathom.

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