Archive for October, 2012

Jordan haggles with fellow Travel Channel host Sam Brown at Comic Con, Adam visits the State Fair of Texas and much more.

Travel Hosts Exposed

“With some of our brave US #Marines at @StateFairofTX #heroes” – Adam Richman | “Jesus did I shrink??? i need to stop this health food diet RT @scottgruenwald My Son “Cash”.” – Zak Bagans | “Me and the lovely @SamanthaBrown at New York Comic Con for #toyhunter on @travelchannel. We had a blast!” – Jordan Hembrough | “It is do hard to b me! Lol.” – Anthony Melchiorri

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Photography by Scott Sherwood

Travelers returning from the exotically-diverse nation of Colombia typically face questions about whether it is a safe destination. Let it be known that – yes – many areas of Colombia are safe for travel … with a big but. Practical safety considerations are essential in order to enjoy all the wonders that Colombia offers. READ MORE

By Matthew Karsten

Batisse the Royal Goat

The men of the Canadian Royal 22nd Regiment who guard Quebec City’s Citadelle have a secret weapon. It’s about 3 feet tall, covered in fur and armed with golden horns. Able to subdue even the hardest of men, women, and children with its charms, this unique creature protects the fortress from foreign invaders. Meet Batisse the Royal Goat. READ MORE

Get in the Halloween spirit and download Zak Bagans’ new album “NecroFusion” — available for purchase today!

A mix of electronic music and spirit voices — or EVPs, as Ghost Adventures fans know them — the album is a haunting work of art that will be enjoyed by dance music and paranormal fans alike.

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Creepy Crypts and Catacombs

Last week, our Pinterest account  lit up with likes and re-pins of one of  our creepiest photo galleries — Creepy Crypts and Catacombs Worldwide — making it the very first winner of our Most Popular Pin of the Week. Apparently, our fellow pinners are in a serious halloween mood. Learn more about some of the world’s most haunting burial grounds and then check out the photo gallery. Warning: you may get the chills.

For more spooky treats and destinations, check out our shared Pinterest board Let’s Celebrate: Halloween.

Making Monsters

If you saw last night’s episode of Making Monsters, then you got to see Ed and the Distortions crew make their monsters come to life with the power of Kinect for Windows technology.

The Distortions crew worked together to create a 14-foot demon and 2 4-foot-tall guard dogs that look as if they were crafted from molten lava. The Kinect for Windows team then came in to make the demon and his dogs even more sinister – their eyes track the visitors to the 13th Floor haunted house in Denver and the demon greets in his creepy voice. In fact, the dogs bark or growl when approached by an adult, or pant and whimper when approached by a child -– all through the power of technology.

But where did the idea for the interactive demon gatekeeper and his devil dogs come from? Well, the unbridled imagination of 2 young boys, of course:

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 Apple Picking

Everything’s coming up apples in Washington State. While the Midwest and Northeast saw an early spring, a hard freeze and then a drought this year, the Northwest is enjoying an apple bonanza: We’re talking 108 million bushels, each a hefty 40-lbs. box. That’s a whole lotta apples — slated to be the second highest number on record in Washington State. READ MORE

Inava Kuzmanouska and Rachel Cooper’s sculpture, Mirador

Circuses without animals? Ice sculptures in October? Traveling without the stress?  For This Week in Travel, we found posts that strayed from the ordinary.

With Halloween just 2 weeks away, Oysterblog gets in the spirit and offers their picks for the spookiest places for the brave at heart to spend a fright night. From vampires to voodoo, you’ll be sure to get your supernatural fix.

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Jordan spends some quality time with Anthony Melchiorri, Zak and Aaron hang with Marvel at the New York City Wine & Food Festival and much more.

Travel Channel Hosts

“With Eddie Sullivan from the amazing Brennan & Carr at Brooklyn’s Backyard! #bkbackyard #nycwff”- Adam Richman | “The beauty of Hotel Impossible.” – Anthony Melchiorri | “The Stanley Hotel & a cutie pie!” – Bert Kreischer | “It’s my brother from another mother, Stanley tucci! #NYCWFF” – Andrew Zimmern

Trish in Egypt

Today we lost a friend and a fellow traveler after a long battle with breast cancer: Trisha Creekmore, a TravelChannel.com contributor, who wrote about going au naturel in the Caribbean, adrenaline highs in Peru, and yes, even finding pirates. Trish’s animated, energetic and fearless voice, along with her irrepressible sense of adventure, inspired all of us to seize the day. Simply put, she represented the spirit of a true traveler.

That same spirit became her mantra in her fight against cancer. To say  she lived her life to the fullest would be an understatement: Following her diagnosis in 2003, Trish committed to traveling more. Soon she did just that, setting off with her husband David and 2 small daughters to places far and wide, from an epic 4-week trip to the Middle East to a Christmas getaway in the Yucatan. She even signed up with the circus, performing a trapeze act at DC’s Trapeze School of New York.

But Trish’s experiences were not just her own. She made sure of that through her social media campaign, “Cancerpalooza,” in which she empowered fellow cancer survivors and their families to find a shared sense of community and yes, humor, through what Trish simply called a “nasty disease.” With a life-affirming, rock star defiance, Trish continued to travel the world with her family, packing in enough adventures to fill a lifetime and then some. (That includes, in true Trish fashion, collecting rockstar boob-ographs from the likes of Ozzy Osbourne.)

Trish’s husband David blogged about her unbelievable journey each week, providing family, friends and outsiders with an honest perspective of what living with cancer really meant to Trish and her immediate family. The amazing partnership that Trish and David shared led South by Southwest to invite the two to speak about Crowdsourcing Cancer Support at their annual event this past year. Then the cancer returned.

Today, in remembering Trish, we’d like to share a few of her words with you, so that you can see the world — if only for a few minutes — from the perspective of a true adventurer. Read about her family adventure in Egypt, and learn more about her, and Cancerpalooza, on her blog.

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So whether you’re traveling or not, we ask that you take time out to honor breast cancer survivors and remember those whom we’ve lost, but who lived their lives with strength, humor and good courage.

 

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