Archive for October, 2012

Host of Travel Channel’s Paranormal Paparazzi, Aaron Sagers shares his first-hand account of Hurricane Sandy‘s devastating hit on New York City.

Zombies come to mind. When the lights went out and the world seemed to shut down, as it did in my neighborhood near the East River in lower Manhattan, I automatically began thinking about the dozens of zombie flicks I grew up watching. But The Walking Dead this is not; instead, the source of my troubles is a Frankenstorm named Sandy.

Travel Channel’s Paranormal Paparazzi host, Aaron Sagers braves Hurricane Sandy in New York City.

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Villisca Axe Murder House

Calling all Ghost Adventures fans! Tonight, starting at 7|6c, tune in to watch the top 5  episodes that YOU voted for.

First, join the crew as they get locked down in the Stanley Hotel, the house of horrors that inspired The Shining. Then, at 8|7c watch as the guys investigate the Ohio Reformatory, where more than 150,000 criminals were confined to towering cell blocks in the building’s 96-year history. Next, Zak, Nick and Aaron head to Ione, CA, to visit Preston Castle, a reformatory with a history of tragic deaths. At 10|9c, learn about the tormented souls of students who linger at Pennhurst State, a school for the developmentally disabled. READ MORE

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably already know that the Eastern Seaboard of the US is still reeling from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, now downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone. Powerful wind gusts, up to 80 mph, have left more than 7 million people without power. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of evacuees have been rushed to emergency shelters; to help with disaster relief, consider a donation to the American Red Cross.

And unfortunately travelers haven’t been able to escape Sandy’s stormy grip. Airports in NYC and Philadelphia remain closed, and more than 13,000 flights were cancelled at airports in some states near the Great Lakes, where heavy snow is expected. And according to The New York Times, flooding in some areas has forced subways from Boston to Washington, DC, to shut down.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that we’ve put together a few helpful tips just in case you’re stranded or you need to reschedule your travel plans. Cut through the clutter and get your travels back on track with our hurricane safety tips — what travelers should do before, during and after stormy weather strikes.

Looking for more travel tips and warm weather getaways?

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Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Tonight at 9|8c, catch the season finale of Airport 24/7! In tonight’s episode, see what happens when a fuel farm catches on fire, causing a catastrophic blaze that could halt Miami International Airport in its tracks. With the loss of so much fuel, can MIA bounce back?

Can’t get enough of the action at MIA? Catch all of our extra content that’s not in the episodes online! From Casey, the adorable therapy dog, posing for her ID badge to the flash mobs that keep the travelers passing through MIA entertained, there’s always something happening at MIA.

Also, don’t miss these fun facts about MIA!  For example, did you know that there’s a protected species living on the airfield?

The airport fun doesn’t have to end tonight! See all of Travel Channel’s airport features, from Mile-High Fashion to the World’s Most Iconic Airports!

We’re creeping closer to Election Day and tensions between the parties are rising. Obviously, everyone is wondering the same thing – do Democrats or Republicans travel more?

Well, worry not! We have the answer! And a pretty infographic to go with it …

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By Oyster.com Staff

Barbados

At first glance, it might be easy to view the white- and pink-sand beaches and breathtaking coral reefs of Barbados as a clichéd Caribbean island experience, but there’s more to it than that. The friendly locals (known as Bajans) maintain a noticeable number of British customs from their colonial past, such as afternoon tea time and driving on the left. And even the local cuisine is a hybrid: expect to see flying fish on every menu, and spicy Caribbean stews served next to starchy English staples such as potatoes. READ MORE

By Katie Hards

George Motz at the New York Food Film Festival

Photo by Katie Hards

What happens when you combine food- and film-hungry New Yorkers, 20,000 South Carolina oysters, live music, and the Brooklyn Fire Department? You get the closing night party for the New York City Food Film Festival. READ MORE

Travel 911 Hurricane Strategy

If you live in the Northeast, then you’re familiar with the warnings lately to batten down the hatches and stock up on toilet paper. The perfect storm is coming our way as Sandy makes her way north after wreaking havoc on the Caribbean, a winter storm is gathering speed from the west and a cold front is streaming down from Canada — all converging to create a possibly-historic weather event. READ MORE

"View” by Dave Mercer

This week, our favorite travel blogs are all about planning our next getaway! They’ve picked the best tech resources, ways to get the cheapest flights and how to get the most out of our upcoming journeys.

Let’s face it, traveling can take a huge chunk out of our bank accounts and may not be affordable for everyone. But Nomadic Matt disagrees and offers us his “Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You Have No Money,” proving we don’t have to be rich to travel.  From finding free flights to working overseas, he proves we can still see the world and pay off our college debt.

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By Jimmy Im

While the London games may be over, the Olympic buzz was reignited this past weekend on Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii. Hilton HHonors and USA Volleyball hosted the first ever Beach Volleyball Challenge, bringing Olympic medalists to compete against each other in exciting, live matches. READ MORE

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