Archive for February, 2013

Ireland’s best-known nickname is the Emerald Isle, and one visit there will make it abundantly clear why: Ireland’s landscape is defined by rolling hills, dramatic green cliffs and lush forests. The country is also deservedly famous for its stunning coastal scenery, and the many famous outlooks include the Causway Coast, the Cliffs of Moher and Ballinskelligs Bay along the Ring of Kerry.

Ireland has a long, rich history, and many visitors are enchanted by its mystical Celtic past: It’s still possible to see beehive huts that once housed pre-Christian settlers; Druid stone circles; Iron Age stone forts; and gorgeous old castles. Visitors can even stay in historic castles during their visit. On a stunning lakefront, Ashford Castle was first built in the 13th century and today hosts plenty of celebrity guests. The Schoolhouse Hotel is more than 500 years younger than Ashford Castle, but it nonetheless has an historic vibe, housed in a building from the 1800s. This Dublin boutique features classic rooms with antiques, floral prints and canopy beds. If you’re looking for value, the Arlington Hotel , within a short walk of Temple Bar, is a popular choice among young travelers, and offers perks such as free Wi-Fi.

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Tonight at 9|8c on an all-new episode of Mysteries at the Museum, Don Wildman reveals the shocking stories behind artifacts in museums across the country.

Don examines a dress worn by the star of Howard Hughes’ Hollywood flop The Conqueror. Why did so many members of the cast and crew on this infamous film die young of cancer? Mysteries at the Museum then travels to the Strong National Museum of Play, home to an unassuming lump of gray clay that spawned one of America’s most iconic toys. Then, learn the story of a faded brown document from a murder case that inspired a chilling literary classic by Edgar Allan Poe. Plus, watch as Don unveils the stories of a deceitful art forgery, a devastating cruise ship fire, and an encounter with an otherworldly being.

Get ready for tonight’s episode with behind-the-scenes photos, and check out our travel guide to see all the museums featured in the show.

Until then, tell us – which is your favorite UFO or alien mystery? Vote now!

Courtesy of Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa

On this week’s episode of The Bachelor, Sean Lowe and his potential soul mates traveled to the beautiful Trang province of Thailand for a series of romantic dates to some of the area’s best-kept secrets. The “hunky” bachelor and his ladies stayed at one of country’s most luxurious beachfront resorts, the Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa. The hotel offered the couples easy access to fairytale islands, mangrove reserves, rainforests and stunning waterfalls — surely making it all the more difficult for Sean to only hand out 2 roses!

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Didn’t get enough snow this winter? Head to the Hotel & Igloo Village Kakslauttanen in Finland, where you can sleep in a bona fide igloo or a glass-ceilinged one for clear northern lights viewing. More »

Photography by Courtesy of Kerzner International

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Spring Break is right around the corner and what better way to gear up for sunny skies, white sand and blue waters than by checking out Travel Channel’s 21 Sexiest Beach Bars, Spring Break Hot Spots and Devilish Delights in Acapulco.

While college kids flock south of the border, among other places, to experience the Infamous Cancun Spring Break and attend beach parties more intense than a double shot of tequila, straight up, parents can rest assured there are plenty of places to enjoy some quality family time as well. Stay at one of the Top 10 Family Spring Break Resorts or play with some of your favorite Disney friends and ride on the park’s top rides.

Whatever you’re looking for this coming spring break season, let Travel Channel help you with planning the Ultimate Spring Break getaway.

Tonight at 9|8c on the season finale of Baggage Battles’ Shock & Awe episode, the auction specialists head back to Shreveport, LA. But this time, the bidding action has them going to a barn that’s … well … in the middle of nowhere. The Martins, Billy, Mark and the rest of the auctioneers all go to war bidding on 1 item: a large shed that could contain just about anything! Who will come away with the winning bid? Find out tonight at 9|8c.

Tweet live with the auction specialists tonight at 9 p.m. EST, using #baggagebattles. Follow @LaurenceBBattle, @studioantique, @billysantiques and @MarkMeyerHere. Or, follow the entire cast’s Tweets with our Baggage Battles Twitter list.

Until then, go behind the scenes of tonight’s episode with our Shock & Awe episode slideshow. Plus, get all the details on where the specialists ate and slept while in Shreveport, in our Shreveport Travel Guide.

Photography by Reuters

Australian mining entrepreneur Clive Palmer has unveiled blueprints to build the Titanic II. The new ship, expected to set sail in 2016, will recreate the original ship’s design and decor, but it will be modified to adhere to current safety rules and shipbuilding practices (thank goodness!).

Pretty much everyone knows that the original Titanic, a British cruise liner, sank in the Northern Atlantic Ocean after colliding with an iceberg on April 15, 1912. Some 1,500 people died on the super cruise ship’s maiden voyage from Southhampton, UK, to New York City.

Although the contract to build the Titanic II has not been signed yet, Palmer claims the ship will be the “safest cruise ship in the world.” He says the lifeboats will have enough space for every person on board, and that the cruise liner will also include escape staircases and modern technology to avoid icebergs. Construction is scheduled to start later this year in China, according to Reuters.

Another fun fact we learned about the new cruise liner is that passengers will have the opportunity to relive the past by dressing in 1912-style clothing, provided by the cruise. And with the right ticket, passengers can go a step further and visit the first-class dining and smoking rooms similar to the original luxury liner.

According to NBC News, there are already 40,000 applications to take the first trip on the Titanic replica and 12 people are willing to pay $1 million for a first-class trip. Regular ticket prices for a voyage on the Titanic II will be announced at a later date.

In the meantime, Travel Channel has a few cruise vacation ideas to help you plan your next trip on the high seas. Our cruise experts offer advice and tips on the best cruises to see Hawaii, as well as the top Disney cruises, can’t-miss adventure cruises, cruises for GLBT travelers and best restaurants at sea. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t prepare you for your next cruise with a few cruise safety tips and 7 ways to improve your cruise. Set sail and let your cruisin’ adventure begin!

Tonight at 10|9c, don’t miss the premiere of our new series, Armed & Ready, starring X-Games athlete, writer and photographer Kevin Michael Connolly. At 10|9c, he keeps up with the lumberjacks when he attempts to climb a 50-foot pine in the Smoky Mountains. Then at 10:30|9:30c, he faces his fear of cliff diving in Hawaii.

Legs or no legs, we don’t think we’d be able to keep up with Kevin on these extreme adventures. From zorbing to log rolling, Kevin will try anything once.

Want to learn more about the man behind the skateboard? Meet Kevin and see a day in his life.

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