Archive for February, 2013

Last night on Bizarre Foods America, Andrew Zimmern traveled to the Hawkeye State. From the moment he landed, he was elbow-deep in pork! First he visited La Quercia, an Italian-inspired artisanal meat producer. Next, he traveled to Rustik Rooster Farm, where farmers have perfected the art cross-breeding (and then slow-roasting!) some of the most delicious pigs in America. Andrew’s trip to Iowa was one for the books — relive moments from his pork-filled journey, watch episode highlights and see behind-the-scenes photos. Then, be sure to tune in next Monday at 9|8c, when Andrew visits Alaska!

Follow Andrew’s travels with our new Bizarre Foods’ Organ Trail map.

Watch: Andrew visits La Quercia

Photography by Tim Martin / Aurora Photos

Waves crashing, frigates soaring, albatrosses gliding to an elegant landing on a nearby island, and the sea wind whipping around you like briny caresses. More »

 

Jamaica Hotels

Jamaica is a popular Caribbean getaway, and not just for college spring breakers seeking the nonstop all-inclusive booze-fest (which can easily be found). There’s also a different Jamaica: brilliant reggae, delicious jerk chicken from oil-drum pans, rugged cliffs, blue lagoons and overwhelmingly pleasant locals.

Parts of Jamaica are very easy (and thus relatively inexpensive) to get to. Visitors can fly directly into Montego Bay, which balances some of Jamaica’s classic luxury escapes, such as Round Hill Hotel, which features large, beautifully designed rooms by Ralph Lauren and breathtaking grounds, with more affordable all-inclusives, like the Iberostar, offering endless amenities (if a rowdier crowd).

With smaller-scale relaxation and better beaches, Negril is a bit out of the way (2 hours from the airport), but the drive is well worth it. Off the beach, bohemian bungalows like the Rockhouse HotelTensing Pen, and the Caves are tucked among lush vines on limestone cliffs about 30 feet above the profoundly clear water.

- Oyster.com Staff

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Though Ibiza is best known for its frolicsome nightlife, Dalt Vila and its tranquil harbor pose a meditative alternative to  the party scene. More »

 

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If you want to do San Marcos like a local, tube your way down the San Marcos River. More »

Whether you’re facing your fears, getting out of your comfort zone, or trying new things, traveling can be full of challenges. From losing their luggage, traveling for the first time, or even falling in love, travel bloggers this week share some of their most challenging experiences and why you should go for it anyway.

It seems like no matter how much we plan our travels beforehand, something is always bound to go wrong. Luckily, Vagabondish lists their 5 tips on preparing for the unexpected, so you’ll be able to handle whatever unlucky situation is thrown at you.

For a beginner traveler, the thought of going to a foreign country can be a bit daunting. Check out Unbravegirl’s post to find out what gave her the push she needed to start seeing the world!

Reading the recent criticisms of cruises might have you hesitant to jump aboard, but Emma’s Travel Tales explains why cruises should not be dismissed — it’s just as authentic as any other travel experience, plus it’s safer than crossing the street in NYC!

A starry-eyed heroine travels to a foreign country and finds the love of her life … Perhaps the plot of one too many novels and films, but does it actually happen? Find out if falling in love abroad is everything it’s cracked up to be in in Youngadventuress’s post about her own experience in Spain.

The words luxury and hiking don’t typically go hand in hand, but Ottsworld found this improbable mix. Located at the base of the Torres Del Pain Park in Chile, Ecocamp provides the best of both worlds with environmentally responsible tent-like furnished lodgings, guided hiking programs and solar-powered toilets — ideal for those who don’t like roughing it.

For more travel inspiration, check out This Week in Photos!

Trip of a Lifetime

Who hasn’t dreamed of an ultimate vacation with enchanting beaches, 5-star hotels, and blissful meals? Now you have the chance to experience it all on Travel Channel’s Trip of a Lifetime! Enter daily for a chance to win a $100,000 vacation to the Adriatic coasts of Italy and Croatia.

Can’t wait to start planning? Our Trip of a Lifetime travel guides for Italy and Croatia include everything you need to know for your once-in-a-lifetime getaway. Stay in luxury, visit the hot spots of the rich and famous, and dine at culinary havens. With itineraries chosen by our experts — Samantha Brown, Bert Kreischer, Adam Richman and Anthony Melchiorri — you can’t go wrong.

Bert Kreischer

In Italy, be treated like royalty at the luxurious Hotel Cipriani, complete with a butler and private boat. Take a helicopter ride or rent a Ferrari to tour the coast in style, and much more! Check out the complete Italy travel guide.

Croatia Wreck Diving

Be adventurous in Croatia and go wreck diving in Hvar or rock climbing in Pula! Then, treat yourself to some melt-in-your-mouth truffle dishes at Konoba before retiring to your suite at the Aman Sveti Stefan Hotel located on its own private island. Find out more on our complete Croatia travel guide.

The sweepstakes ends March 24, so what are you waiting for? Customize your dream itinerary and enter it for the chance to win the Trip of a Lifetime.

Photography by Anamaria Dinulescu / Invision / Aurora Photos

The Venetian sunset over the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore seems to hint at its religious significance and the great artistic treasures hidden beyond its glowing facade. More »

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As Rio’s most recognizable symbol, Cristo Redentor is also on the New 7 Wonders of the World bucket list. More »

 

Tonight on Baggage Battles at 9|8c, the auction specialists head back to Toronto to bid on international freight and, in some cases, antique baggage.

Discover Toronto in our Travel Guide. Plus, get a sneak peek of tonight’s episode in our Daredevils slideshow.

 

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