Amanda DiGiondomenico

Amanda is an Interactive Producer for TravelChannel.com 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. When she’s not blogging for the Traveling Type or keeping the Ghost Adventures website buzzing, Amanda spends her time learning how to build apps and writing for her personal blog, The Spendicate.

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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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Has the election coverage left you discouraged? Have you been telling everyone that if your favorite candidate doesn’t win, you’re leaving the country? Searching for airports already? We’ve heard it all before, but now JetBlue Airlines is making it easier than ever to put your foot where your mouth is.

Election Protection
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So if tonight’s debate has you running for the hills, turn to JetBlue’s “Election Protection” to offer a little post-debate relief. Election Protection is a contest that asks for your party preference and your escape of choice. In the event that your chosen presidential candidate loses in November, then you get the chance to win a flight to your chosen destination.

Chilling with spider monkeys in Costa Rica? Exploring the 40 different beaches and cays of Turks and Caicos? Living the high life in the Bahamas in the world’s hottest hotels? Any one of these tropical getaways sounds pretty good right now, regardless of who wins or loses. We’ve already submitted our ballot.

Our own Anthony Bourdain will bring his Guts & Glory tour to 11 cities this fall, starting on November 1. The internationally-renowned chef, author and host of No Reservations and The Layover will visit each city for one night only, sharing candid insights about his life’s work and travels, including an open question and answer session with the audience. We can’t wait to hear the questions you’ll have for him!

The “chef-at-large” at New York’s famed Brasserie Les Halles, Bourdain is the author of the bestselling Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, a hysterical and sometimes shocking portrait of life in restaurant kitchens – as well as his newest work, the bestselling graphic novel Get JIRO!.

Tickets are selling out fast, so if you want to spend an evening with our favorite opinionated travel expert, grab yours today. We’re positive it’ll be an interesting night.

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With the first presidential debate happening tonight and the election coming down to the wire, now is as good a time as ever to plan a getaway inspired by your favorite candidate. Luckily, luxury hotels are making it possible with these presidential packages.

Palm Beach, FL

At the Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club in Palm Beach, FL, the “Presidential Pampering” package includes everything from “motorcade” transportation and a copy of Mitt Romney’s No Apology or Barack Obama’s Audacity of Hope, to patriotic chocolate-dipped strawberries and facials at the Frederic Fekkai Salon & Spa for a camera-ready glow. Starting at $2,159/night, book now through November 30.

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Airport 24/7: Miami

When an airport is the size of a small city, there’s bound to be endless drama. Go inside Miami International Airport with our new series, Airport 24/7: Miami, premiering tonight with 2 back-to-back episodes starting at 9|8c.

Did you know Miami International Airport uses enough soap in a year to fill a residential swimming pool? Check out more fun facts about MIA here!

Read our Q&A with MIA’s Director of Security, Lauren Stover, who is the first woman in the history of Miami International Airport to direct the airport’s day-to-day security.

Get a peek at the crazy things the TSA has intercepted from travelers in one of our many behind-the-scenes videos.

Find photos, videos and more at TravelChannel.com!

Burgundy, France

Let this week’s Travel Channel shows inspire your next vacation. Whether you’re planning an adults-only getaway to the heart of France’s wine country or a family-friendly daytrip to America’s best haunted house, tune-in for a plethora of ideas. READ MORE

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