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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Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Tonight at 9|8c, catch the season finale of Airport 24/7! In tonight’s episode, see what happens when a fuel farm catches on fire, causing a catastrophic blaze that could halt Miami International Airport in its tracks. With the loss of so much fuel, can MIA bounce back?

Can’t get enough of the action at MIA? Catch all of our extra content that’s not in the episodes online! From Casey, the adorable therapy dog, posing for her ID badge to the flash mobs that keep the travelers passing through MIA entertained, there’s always something happening at MIA.

Also, don’t miss these fun facts about MIA!  For example, did you know that there’s a protected species living on the airfield?

The airport fun doesn’t have to end tonight! See all of Travel Channel’s airport features, from Mile-High Fashion to the World’s Most Iconic Airports!

We’re creeping closer to Election Day and tensions between the parties are rising. Obviously, everyone is wondering the same thing – do Democrats or Republicans travel more?

Well, worry not! We have the answer! And a pretty infographic to go with it …

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Travel 911 Hurricane Strategy

If you live in the Northeast, then you’re familiar with the warnings lately to batten down the hatches and stock up on toilet paper. The perfect storm is coming our way as Sandy makes her way north after wreaking havoc on the Caribbean, a winter storm is gathering speed from the west and a cold front is streaming down from Canada — all converging to create a possibly-historic weather event. READ MORE

Get in the Halloween spirit and download Zak Bagans’ new album “NecroFusion” — available for purchase today!

A mix of electronic music and spirit voices — or EVPs, as Ghost Adventures fans know them — the album is a haunting work of art that will be enjoyed by dance music and paranormal fans alike.

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Making Monsters

If you saw last night’s episode of Making Monsters, then you got to see Ed and the Distortions crew make their monsters come to life with the power of Kinect for Windows technology.

The Distortions crew worked together to create a 14-foot demon and 2 4-foot-tall guard dogs that look as if they were crafted from molten lava. The Kinect for Windows team then came in to make the demon and his dogs even more sinister – their eyes track the visitors to the 13th Floor haunted house in Denver and the demon greets in his creepy voice. In fact, the dogs bark or growl when approached by an adult, or pant and whimper when approached by a child -– all through the power of technology.

But where did the idea for the interactive demon gatekeeper and his devil dogs come from? Well, the unbridled imagination of 2 young boys, of course:

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Borgo Egnazia

Nowadays, it seems like everyone is getting married somewhere secret, romantic and picturesque — well, everyone famous, that is. And to add to the ever-growing list of (almost) surprise weddings, the prince of pop and his famous bride might be walking down the aisle this weekend. walked down the aisle today. READ MORE

Driskill Hotel

We’ve been doing a lot of daydreaming about what it would be like to travel like a president and where all that money goes on the campaign trail, but with tonight’s presidential town-hall debate approaching so close to Halloween, we can’t help but wonder: where would the ghosts of former presidents hang out, if they felt so inclined?

Check out these hotels that have hosted a number of US presidents, and who knows – maybe you’ll encounter a long-gone commander-in-chief.

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Tune-in to see where Travel Channel is headed this week — from the sultry sands of Rio to the frosty tundra of Alaska.

Tonight at 9|8c, Anthony Bourdain continues his final tour in Rio de Janeiro. Can’t get enough Rio? See the sizzling city’s best beaches!

Tuesday @ 9|8c, we’re back at Miami International Airport for an all-new episode of Airport 24/7: Miami. Watch the drama unfold as the Miami-Dade Police Department tracks down a baggage thief, and see where to stay in Miami if you ever find yourself passing through MIA.

Friday @ 9|8c, the Ghost Adventures crew heads to the Sedamsville Rectory in Cleveland, OH. Next time you’re there, be sure to check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Saturday @ 7|6c, see the strange paranormal history of the tundra on Legends of Alaska. Watch this overview of Alaska’s legends, and how to hunt Alaska’s bigfoot.

Travel Like a President

Here at Travel Channel, in the midst of election season, we can’t help but be fascinated by presidential travel. The Waldorf Presidential Suite doesn’t look too shabby, and I think we could all live with the James Bond-like features of the president’s limo. It’s hard to not daydream about luxury travel, and this is a whole new league of budgeting. But there’s a long road for the candidates before they get to fully enjoy these perks, whether it’s for a second term or for the first time — over 25 cities nationwide in just a month. See what the $3 million went towards for Obama’s travels. Or $10 million, if you’re Romney (who’s camp seems to really like their pizza … over $4,000 worth).
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At Kings Island Amusement Park near Cincinnati, OH, one roller coaster has seen its last go-round. The Son of Beast, built in 2000 and touted as the world’s tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster with a 118-foot loop, is being demolished with pieces of the ride being sold by the amusement park. Grab a wooden plank for $49.99 or a bolt for $24.99 — that should spice up the game room.

But if collecting the skeletal remnants of a ride that turned out to be nothing but trouble for Kings Island isn’t up your alley, then let Travel Channel satiate your need for speed with these (still-functional and lawsuit-resistant) picks for top roller coasters.

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