Amanda DiGiondomenico

Amanda is a freelance blogger and considers herself a resident of both Baltimore and Washington, DC. She loves taking road trips up and down the East Coast, but looks for any excuse to escape to California. She’s perfected the art of traveling with just a carry-on and finds airports oddly relaxing. Amanda spends her time tweeting and writing for her personal blog, The Spendicate.

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Visiting Iceland anytime soon? Well, it’s been reported  that the Bardarbunga volcano might erupt sometime soon, and if it does, travel might be a little difficult. But not as badly as 2 previous volcano eruptions in Iceland.

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And the Nominees for Most Dramatic Getaway Are…

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This year was a fantastic year for TV dramas, from Game of Thrones to Downton Abbey to House of Cards. Honestly, it’s hard to pick a favorite among the nominees. But the best part about some of our favorite dramatic series (aside from the writing and the acting, of course) is that they took us to a few epic, sweeping landscapes, perfect for inspiring your own dramatic adventure.

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Summer is coming to an end, and still there are 41% of you out there who don’t plan to use all of your PTO (paid time off) before the end of the year. But why are we so reluctant to hit the road for a little fresh air? The U.S. Travel Association released a survey of 1,300 employees and business leaders, and their findings explain why Americans take so few much-needed days of rest and relaxation.

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Poveglia IslandYou might be able to spend a night in one of the world’s most haunted places: Poveglia Island, Italy. That is, if Italy gets its way and a luxury hotel developer places the highest bid. Until then, the island with a long, sordid history of illness and death is up for sale. The question is: who would take on such a place?

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Game of Thrones returns tonight, and with the help of HomeAway, we have a list of castles that resemble the 5 remaining Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms – all available to rent! If every Sunday night, you find yourself imagining which House in Westeros you’d belong to, you can now experience how the characters ruled by spending your next vacation in GoT-style. READ MORE

It’s a Ghost Adventures premiere weekend unlike any other! Today and tomorrow, watch your favorite Ghost Adventures episodes — including the Valentine’s Day Special tonight at 9|8c for all you GAC lovers — leading up to the season premiere on Saturday, Feb 15 at 9|8c when the guys investigate the Oman House in Los Angeles.

Just down the street from the site of the famous Sharon Tate murders, committed by the Charles Manson Family, the house was built on a Native American burial ground and is surrounded by geomagnetic anomalies, in addition to being the site of many odd occurrences.

Visit the Fan Lair to stay up to date on what the #GACfamily & the Ghost Adventures Crew is talking about, and while you’re there, help us unlock sneak peek videos from the upcoming season!

Check out behind-the-scenes photos and videos from tonight’s episode, and see where the GAC stayed, ate and visited while preparing for their investigation with out Los Angeles travel guide.

The rumors are true: Zak Bagans has purchased a house in Gary, IN, that has earned a reputation as a “Portal to Hell.” The unassuming house on a quiet street has been a nightmare for Latoya Ammons and her 3 children, who were all possessed by some evil entity. An intervention by the Department of Child Services, a hospital evaluation and even a police investigation were all followed by the first authorized exorcism in the Diocese of Gary, IN, in 21 years. READ MORE

Tonight at 9|8c, Todd Carmichael braves the ganglands of Mexico to get the perfect coffee for his high-profile client, restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten. When he hears of a wine-like coffee bean, Todd heads deep into Los Zetas territory to seek out the farmer he needs to please Jean-George, who is famous for his discerning palate.

Check out our behind-the-scenes photos from Todd’s adventure through Mexico, and learn why the phrase “silver or lead” is well known in Mexico’s gang territory.

How adventurous are you? Do you think you’d love Todd’s job or would the role of restaurateur suit your tastes? Find out with our Dangerous Grounds quiz!

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From the stories hidden within the walls of Buckingham Palace to the brutal history behind some of the world’s most infamous castles, tonight is a night of mansions — and the rich and powerful who once resided in them.

Beginning at 9|8c, Greatest Mysteries’ Don Wildman takes us to London to uncover the secrets surrounding the most famous residence in the city: Buckingham Palace. Hear the tales of espionage, theft and attempted murder hidden behind the palace’s fortress-like walls. READ MORE

Mike Baker at AlcatrazOn the season finale of America Declassified tonight at 10|9c, go behind the scenes with our investigators as they reveal bonus tests, unseen segments and story updates on some of their best missions. READ MORE

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