Archive for May, 2013

Photography by Whit Richardson / Aurora Photos

You work hard, you play hard. So when it came to planning your mountain-biking vacation, no other place would do but Moab, UT. More »

Tonight on an all-new episode of Airport 24/7, an accident on the jetway causes a massive water leak. As the water – and the pressure – rises, the Miami-Dade Fire Department scrambles to stop the flooding.

If worse comes to worse, the firefighters will have to shut off the power to the whole concourse, resulting in a major scheduling catastrophe for the airport. Will they be able to shut off the water without resorting to extreme measures? How many thousands of dollars will this cost Miami International Airport?

Find out tonight at 9|8c!

Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, Miami

Ideally located on a lush private acreage on Brickell Key, the tasteful Mandarin Oriental tower may feel like it occupies its own island when, in fact, it’s a part of Miami’s glitzy downtown. More »

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Bret Michaels fans unite! Rock My RV With Bret Michaels is finally here and what better way to kick off summer than with the legendary frontman as he embarks on a new adventure in the TV world — this time, revealing just how deep his RV passions run.

Michaels, a hands-on RV enthusiast, leads a team of skilled custom RV designers and fabricators, consisting of Bodie Stroud and Jake Scott, who set out to transform travelers’ ordinary RVs into the most outrageous, hooked-up mobile mansions on the road.

In Luxury on Wheels, the first of 2 brand-new episodes, Bret and the team chop up a family’s well-worn, shabby RV, and set out to transform it into a spacious 5-star hotel on wheels. The Littmans are true RV fanatics, who spend years at a time living in their RV, but their kids are getting bigger, meaning space in the RV is becoming scarce. Bret and his team have a plan in mind (think slide-outs), and with Michaels’ help, the Littmans are hoping to become the coolest family in the RV park.

In the second of 2 premieres, Rolling VIP Lounge, Dan “Punkass” Caldwell and Timothy “SkySkrape” Katz, co-founders of the MMA apparel company TapouT, feel their tired, 32-foot RV is in serious need of an upgrade … and boy, are they right. The TapouT guys are always on the road promoting their brand and need more space to relax in their downtime. Can Michaels’ team help?

Tune in tonight at 9|8c and again at 9:30|8:30c, to see if Bret and his team are able to transform 2 old, worn-out RVs in desperate need of a makeover into badass, one-of-a-kind RVs that could  rival those of any celebrity … maybe even Bret Michaels.

Plus, check out these exclusive, before-and-after photos from both premieres:

Rolling VIP Lounge

Luxury on Wheels

Photography by Kyle George / Aurora Photos

Photography by Scott Warren / Aurora Photos

Just 25 miles north of Milan is Lake Como, where old world aristocracy meets Hollywood royalty. More »

French bombshell Brigitte Bardot wears a bikini in a boat near Saint-Tropez, France, in 1968. (Photography by Robert Cohen/RDA/Getty Images)

This weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, and with that comes the unofficial start to bathing suit season. Whether that gives you cause for excitement or dred, it’s the time of the year to bare it all. To kick off the start of bathing suit season, we took a look back at how this article of clothing (in more recent times, a very itty-bitty, teeny-weeny article of clothing) has caused such a stir throughout history.

The first modern-day bikini debuted in 1946. (Photography by Keystone/Getty Images)

If the swimsuit has caused such a stir, then the bikini has caused a cannon-ball-sized splash. The first bikini debuted at the Piscine Molitor swimming pool in Paris in 1946. The bikini’s designer, Louis Reard, a French automobile engineer, named the 2-piece sensation after the Bikini Atoll where the US had recently conducted nuclear tests. The model, a 19 year-old dancer, forever changed swimsuit history that summer day by donning the original bikini, made from 30 inches of newsprint fabric.

Over 65 years after the original bikini debuted, another important swimsuit moment occurred this year: The Sports Illustrated 50th Swimsuit issue. Every year fans eagerly anticipate SI’s swimsuit issue to see what bikini babe will grace the cover, and this year was no exception. Travel Channel was there as SI combed all 7 continents, crisscrossing the globe from Easter Island to Africa to find the most exotic and sexiest shoot locations. This year’s anniversary issue also included another first — the first fashion shoot on ice-covered Antarctica. Who would have thought the snow-covered beaches of Antarctica would be steamy enough to grace the anniversary’s iconic cover? We imagine model Kate Upton’s physique had something to do with heating up the icy cover shot, too.


So whether you’re ready for bikini season or not, dive back into history with us as we look at Swimsuits Through the Years.

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Dolly Parton at Dollywood's Splash Country

Dolly flipped the switch, and RiverRush welcomed its first riders at Dollywood’s Splash Country.

“There’s a lot of fun in store at my Dollywood’s Splash Country in 2013,” Dolly Parton said. “Growing up, playing in the creeks and streams here in the Smoky Mountains, I could only dream of something like a water coaster. But look at us now!”

Thanks to cutting-edge hydromagnetic technology and linear induction motors, RiverRush defies logic. Guests ride a 4-person boat 237 feet in the air and race down a 25-foot, 45-degree drop. Moving water continues to propel them up hills, through twists and tunnels, hairpin turns, rapids and 3 more scream-inducing drops along the 1,176-foot track.

Named America’s Must-See Waterpark in 2009 by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, Dollywood’s Splash Country also features Fire Tower Falls, the state’s tallest twin-speed slides, a 25,000-sq-foot wave pool, a 1,500-foot lazy river and more than 25 speed slides and white-water rafting adventure rides.

In preparation for the highly anticipated RiverRush, Dollywood’s Splash Country introduced Time Saver, a convenient line reservation system. The system reserves a rider’s spot in select lines, freeing them to experience other attractions. A waterproof wristwatch device indicates when it’s time to return to the ride.

Dollywood’s Splash Country, located next to Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN, is open 10am-6pm daily through Labor Day.

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She’s helped Jennifer Aniston keep her enviable shape. Now Mandy Ingber, yoga teacher to the stars, can help you — she’s just asking for 28 days. In her new book, Yogalosophy, Ingber — whose other celebrity clients have included Helen Hunt, Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Beckinsale — walks readers through a day-by-day journey toward greater health, fitness and overall wellness and renewal.

But what happens if you’ll be traveling over the next 28 days? Few things can put a crimp in a traveler’s fitness-training style quite like a hectic travel schedule, especially over the long Memorial Day weekend. Don’t worry, says Ingber — she’s been there, too.

Recently, Ingber sat down with TravelChannel.com to offer her tips on staying fit while on the road … or in the air. Ever wondered what you can eat (guilt-free) between flights at an airport? Or what exercises you can easily do in your hotel room? Read on for Ingber’s tips.
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