Archive for March, 2013

Trip of a Lifetime Venice Canal

Wish you were here? Yeah, we thought so. Turn your fantasy into a reality by entering to win a $100,000 trip (with 3 of your favorite people!) to the Adriatic.

First, check out the full list of possible prizes – including a shopping spree in Venice, a hot air balloon ride over the city’s famous canals, and palatial accommodations at Hotel Vestibul Palace. Then, design a custom trip or pick from one of our hosts’ hand-picked itineraries. But hurry – voting ends at the stroke of midnight on Sunday, March 24. You can enter once everyday, so you’ve got 3 chances left! Vote now!

Travel bloggers this week take a look at strange presidential sculptures, unique hotels, lesser-known spots in Rome and more.

Who would have thought you could find a 7-foot-tall Ronald Reagan statue in Budapest? Condé Nast Traveler’s slideshow takes a look at some of the strangest US presidential artwork around the world, including President Obama’s ice sculpture in Israel for his visit this week.

You might think hotels are just a place to rest your head at the end of the day, but these themed hotels chosen by Oyster offer up an adventure of their own!  Stay at an old 19th century jail, James Bond retreat and more.

From Barcelona to Ibiza, Spain is full of amazing cities to visit, but with so many to choose from, which destination is right for you? Whether you want to soak up some of the culture, take in the history or dance the night away, A Luxury Travel Blog knows the location that will be perfect for you.

Your typical trip to Rome would probably consist of visiting the Trevi Fountain and a tour of the Vatican, but make sure you don’t miss these lesser known treasures of the Eternal City! Tour a 16th century villa or view toys from various eras to get a break from long lines and crowds of tourists.

Get your fill of newsworthy travel inspiration with our This Week in Photos!

Photography by Kevin Michael Connolly

“Anywhere I go, Tuck likes to follow. This usually means hiking around Canyon Ferry Lake, playing fetch around Helena, MT – or in this case – cliff jumping near the Dearborn River. More »

Need inspiration for your perfect family getaway? Take a cue from travel expert and fun enthusiast, Trip Flip host Bert Kreischer, who will be giving away a trip of a lifetime to a lucky family during the 8 o’clock hour of Good Morning America, today, March 22.

One lucky family will have the opportunity to pick among 3 all-expenses-paid trips to various locations around the world. The first trip is a 7-day adventure to Hilton Head, SC, that includes golfing on pristine courses, a trip to the island’s largest arcade, a tour of the Harbour Town Lighthouse and much more.

The second of the 3 family getaways is a trip to sunny Anaheim, CA, where the ultimate family experience is almost guaranteed. With tickets to Disneyland, SeaWorld San Diego and Universal Studios Hollywood, what more could any young kid ask for? See the winning trip itinerary for Anaheim chosen by our lucky family.

The final trip being offered by Bert is to one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris. Take a trip to Musee du Louvre, France’s original royal palace and now home to the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, just to name a few. Not only does this adventure include a trip to the Louvre, but it also lets you check out the Notre Dame Cathedral, offers a sightseeing cruise of the Seine River and so much more.

Feeling inspired to book your own trip yet? Find out which vacation that lucky family chooses tomorrow on Good Morning America.

Plus, don’t miss Trip Flip on Sunday @ 8|7c. In this all-new episode, Bert finds a young, engaged couple biking around a mall in Denver and convinces them to let him change their plans by taking them on an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas. Seriously, how much convincing could that really take?

Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from this Sunday’s episode.

Plus, make sure you take a look at Bert’s best travel tips for bidding, booking and buying.

You’ve seen them on TV. You know them by their quirky antics. (Think: Laurence Martin from Baggage Battles and Aaron Goodwin from Ghost Adventures). But do you ever wonder what their lives are like off-screen, after the film crew has gone home? Now is your chance — and we want to know which Travel Channel’s host’s “day” is your favorite!

Each week we’re launching a new set of polls, and once the polls close Monday, April 8, we’ll tally the top competitors. We’ll then ask — in one final vote — for you to decide which Travel Channel host has the coolest life, as chronicled in “A Day in the Life” — TravelChannel.com’s award-winning Web Series that just snagged a Cablefax Award for “Use of Video/Moving Image.”

Vote today!

Photography by Getty Images

Don your wide-brimmed hat and large sunglasses, perfect your don’t-bother-me air, and you just might be mistaken for one of the many rich and famous folks who frequent this beautiful and ritzy yet relaxing island in the French West Indies. More »

Cherry Blossoms

Finally! The first day of spring is here, and the growing sunshine and warmer weather are bound to inspire travel ideas in you. If those plans include a trip to Washington, DC, for the 101st annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, though, you may have to adjust your calendar ever so slightly: The National Park Service reports that the peak bloom time for the blossoms has been recalculated — it’s now April 3-6. (An earlier projection had called for March 26-30; the reason for the date push-back is the recent cold snap that hit the nation’s capital). To make sure you do not miss the peak bloom, the National Park Service has set up a live web cam of the Tidal Basin.

Along with cherry blossoms, be sure to check out DC’s other top attractions:

Don’t want to wait that long to see cherry blossoms in bloom? Then head on over the Japan! What’s late here is early there — in fact, this year cherry blossoms in Japan have peaked at their earliest time ever: CNN reports that the Japan Meteorological Agency announced the beginning of cherry blossom, or “sakura,” season over the past weekend.

For more cherry blossom travel ideas, check out our recent roundup of cherry blossom festivals across America — and fun fact: The Garden State actually has more cherry blossoms than Washington, DC! So you may want to add New Jersey’s Branch Brook Park to your cherry blossom viewing list!

Have you ever dreamed of going to space? Well, you’re not alone … Kevin Michael Connolly has, too. Tonight at 10|9c on the season finale of Armed & Ready, Kevin heads to the Johnson Space Center in Houston to see if he’s got what it takes to go to space.

From a Navy Seal-style swim test to zero-gravity simulation, astronaut training isn’t easy. Will Kevin be able to handle an actual zero-gravity flight, or will the freeze-dried food be the extent of his astronaut experience?

Tune in to find out! But, before then, get a taste of the space life:

Photography by andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

The area is home to nearly 25,000 animals, which means you’ll have little trouble spotting the “Big 5” — lion, rhino, leopard, elephant and Cape buffalo. More »

Tonight on an all-new Bizarre Foods America, Andrew Zimmern travels to the gastronomic city of Chicago. Andrew stops at EL Ideas, an experimental restaurant that offers imaginative foods, plus makes pit stops at Next restaurant, Joong Boo Market, Rare Tea Cellar and Supreme Lobster & Seafood Company.

Get a complete list of Andrew’s pit stops, including his Chicago accommodations, in our Chicago Travel Guide. Plus, go behind the scenes of tonight’s show with our Chicago’s Cutting Edge slideshow.

Watch a sneak peek from tonight’s episode: Chicago’s Supreme Lobster

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