Archive for April, 2013

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After a round of golf at the acclaimed Troon North golf course, a hike amid the prickly pears to Pinnacle Peak, or maybe even a yoga class out on the hotel’s manicured lawns, take a moment to pause. More »

Margaret Thatcher

Photo By Reuters

The death of the UK’s iconic former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher marks the end of an era. As one of the dominant figures of the 20th century, Thatcher was the UK’s first female party leader and first female prime minister. But it was Thatcher’s role in leading Britain through victory in the Falkland Islands that cemented her standing as “The Iron Lady,” and secured her landslide victory in her third reelection campaign in 1983.

The memory of the Falklands’ victory still looms large. It was this month, 31 years and 6 days ago, that Argentine forces invaded the Falklands, claiming authority over the archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean. Within days, Thatcher ordered 2 aircraft carriers, dozens of warships and thousands of troops to the islands and – in a move that showcased Thatcher’s strident style that would earn her the “Iron Lady” nickname – Thatcher gave permission for a nuclear sub to sink an Argentine cruiser – a moment that moviegoers will recall so compellingly reenacted last year by Meryl Streep: “Sink it!”

Less than 3 months later, on June 14, 1983, Argentina formally surrendered, and in the months that followed Thatcher dedicated money to rebuilding the Falklands. In the decades since, the Falklands have emerged from the shadow of a conflict that, in all, claimed nearly 1,000 lives on both sides, and the land has settled into a tranquil outdoor wonderland, home to sites such as Christ Church Cathedral (the southernmost Anglican cathedral in the world, dedicated in 1892) and Gypsy Cove (a pair of small bays in the islands).

So what’s life like on the Falklands now? Recently, TravelChannel.com spoke with 2 documentary filmmakers about their work on the Falklands: 51 Degrees South, which explores the people and places who make the islands so unique.

For a look at what visitors will find upon a Falklands visit, be sure to check out our Q&A with the filmmakers, Jamie Gallant and Vern Cummins – and explore the world that the Iron Lady fought to ensure under the British crown just 3 decades ago.

Sometimes, it just doesn’t get any better than a juicy, cheesy, delicious burger, and no one knows that better than George Motz — host of the new Travel Channel show, Burger Land.

Premiering on Monday, April 15 at 10|9c, Burger Land follows George around the country as he seeks out some of the nation’s best burgers. And trust us, he knows what he’s talking about. Author of the book Hamburger America and director of a documentary by the same name, George is the guy to ask, “where can I get a good burger around these parts?”

But to get ready for next week’s premiere, we’re asking YOU! Show us your go-to burgers on Instagram by tagging your photos with #Burgerland, and we’ll share our favorites next Monday … just in time for the season premiere of Burger Land @ 10|9c!

Courtesy of Velassaru Maldives

From an aerial distance, these thatched-roof, overwater bungalows could almost pass for flowers in a lei floating in the Indian Ocean. More »

Photography by Getty Images

With the Season 6 premiere of Mad Men this Sunday, why not plan a spring fling with the debonair Don Draper of Madison Avenue? Yes, that’s right: Imagine you, Don, a candlelit dinner overlooking the Manhattan skyline … then the moment … the look in his eyes … he leans in … and …

OK, we can dream. But while Don (and Jon Hamm) may be off-limits — for now, anyway, as he sorts things out with Megan — Mad Men fans can still live vicariously through the glamorously gritty world of Madison Avenue advertising. And crash some pretty glamorous hotel rooms while they’re at it.

Who can forget the time Don checked into NYC’s luxe Roosevelt Hotel after Betty gave him the boot? Or when Peggy had a little tryst with Duck Phillips at the Pierre Hotel? There’s no accounting for Peggy’s taste in men but she definitely knows how to pick a hotel.

Whip up your own steamy show at one of these Mad Men-caliber hotels, then hit the town exploring some of the restaurants and neighborhood bars made famous by the groundbreaking AMC series since its 2007 premiere. Enjoy a drink at Sardi’s, a 3-martini lunch at the Oyster Bar, plus head to Manhattan’s PJ Clarke’s where you can ponder the age-old Mad Men question: “Should we drink before the meeting, after the meeting or both?”

Still lusting for more Mad Men locations? We can’t blame you, so be sure to check out more of the show’s filming locations sites in our Travel Like Mad Men photo gallery.

Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go?

Off the Florida Keys, there’s a place called Kokomo.

That’s where you wanna go … to get away from it all!

Two lucky vacationers will experience what the Beach Boys proclaimed as they throw caution to the wind and let Bert take charge on an all-expense-paid trip to the Florida Keys.

Aside from nursing sick sea turtles back to health, reeling in exotic fish from the waters of the sport fishing capital of the world, and dining at Ernest Hemingway’s favorite watering hole, our vacationers will also enjoy getting their feet wet with a deep-sea snorkeling trip off their own private, chartered catamaran. And that’s just the half of it.

Join Bert tonight at 8|7c for all-new adventure to the Florida Keys with Denver residents Tom and Crystle, as they spend 3 days drenched in the sun and seeing the Keys as few have before.

Plus, check out these exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos from Tom and Crystal’s journey through sunny Florida.

Photography by Dana Allen/Wilderness Safaris

Courtesy of Argos in Cappadocia

Allergy-Free Spring Fling

Ah, springtime: The blooms, the fresh air … the allergies. If springtime spells “Achoo!” for you and your family, you’ll want to take note of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation’s annual list of the worst cities for allergy sufferers. Released this week, the annual list tallies the most sneeze-inducing cities nationwide, based on pollen levels, allergy medications and the number of board-certified allergists in the area.

And the cities topping the allergy list this spring? Jackson, MI, leads the pack, followed by Knoxville, TN, and then Chattanooga, TN. Rounding out the top 5 are McAllen, TX, Louisville, KY, and Wichita, KS.

If popping Claritin or Zyrtec on a trip this spring isn’t your idea of fun, consider a vacation to one of the cities ranked lower on the list – like Daytona Beach, Denver and San Diego. For the full list, check out this interactive map of Spring Allergy Capitals.

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For more spring-fling ideas, check out Florida’s Best: Secret Beaches.

See the top things to do in relatively allergy-free San Diego!

And consider a spring fling in another low-allergy city — “Golden” Sacramento.

From secret spots in Australia to cheap vacations, check out where travel bloggers are encouraging us to go this week!

The Space Shuttle Atlantis’s $100 million home at the Kennedy Space Center is nearing completion! Gadling takes a look what the new attraction will have to offer — from high-tech simulators and interactive exhibits, we’re sure space travel fans will be eagerly counting down to opening day.

Cities like Sydney and Melbourne are known tourist magnets in Australia, but if you’re looking to discover an untouched beach or to swim with whales, check out these 10 best-kept secrets of the land Down Under.

What if you could splurge on a luxury hotel, dine on the best food, do whatever activities you want and still be able to stay under budget? Check out these  cheap and off the beaten path destinations that not only offer a spectacular experience, but are affordable and visitor friendly too.

Are you brave enough to try the world’s hottest pepper? Nomadic Matt shares his experience tasting a ghost pepper when he visits the Tears of Joy shop in Austin, TX.

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