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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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

This Saturday is Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live! – an annual event where museums around the country admit visitors for free. But the Smithsonian museums are always free, you say? You’re right, but the famous institution is making this true for many more museums nationwide for one day only. READ MORE

A survey released today from YourTango.com, along with Ford Motor Company, shows that couples use road trips for “quality time” — giving them the chance to reconnect and strengthen their relationship.

In the survey of more than 1,000 couples, 91 percent have taken road trips together, with 84 percent agreeing that the experience strengthened their relationship. Road trips allow for more than quality time, though, with 63 percent of respondents agreeing that they are affectionate with their partner while driving — holding hands or sharing a kiss at a red light. Who doesn’t like a little romance on the road?

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OK, so yeah, the U.K.’s National Pig Association is warning of an impending bacon shortage, thanks to high feed costs. But don’t hit the panic button just yet, because there’s plenty of bacon to go around at Travel Channel.

On Wednesday, October 3 at 10|9c, don’t miss Food Paradise: Bacon, and in the meantime, try not to drool on your keyboard when you check out our Sizzling Bacon Porn photo gallery – from Chicago’s Paddy Long’s 5-pound Whole Bacon Bomb, a spicy mix of pork and cracked-pepper bacon, all wrapped in brown sugar bacon to the bacon-infused vodka martini at the Berkshire in Denver, CO. READ MORE

Today marks the beginning of the 3-day Monterey Jazz Festival in arguably one of the most beautiful parts of California. Entering its 55th year, it’s the world’s longest-running jazz festival, with acts like Tony Bennett and Esperanza Spalding performing this weekend. You don’t have to be a jazz fan to appreciate that kind of star power.

Photo by Cole Thompson

 

Can’t make it to Monterey this weekend? Visit the gorgeous seaside town vicariously with this video from our go-to beach gal, Marianela, at Point Lobos State Reserve Park. Or plan a trip down the Pacific Coast Highway. And next week, the Ghost Adventures crew investigates the Point Sur Lighthouse, right outside of Monterey.

Want to plan a music festival getaway? Let our Music Festival Guide help you decide where to go — just pick the month and pack a bag! Or if you’re looking to really get away, learn about the new music festival cruise trend!

In case you’re wondering why everyone in your office keeps calling you “matey” and commenting on your “booty,” don’t call HR. It’s just Talk Like a Pirate Day!

In fact, it’s the 10th anniversary of Talk Like a Pirate Day. Ever since author Dave Barry mentioned the idea in his nationally-read newspaper column, the holiday has ransacked the country. Even Facebook lets you set your language preference to pirate (“friends” turn into “scallywags” and “like” turns into “arr!”). You can do that anytime, though — not just on the holiday.

To celebrate the day, learn about the real pirates of the Caribbean and how you can turn your next Caribbean vacation into a pirate journey.

You can also check out photos of the Caribbean hot spots once frequented by real pirates, including Edward Teach (Blackbeard), Calico Jack Rackham, Roberto Confresi and Jon Boysie Singh.

Or, see the rest of the World’s Wackiest Holidays, so you can find more opportunities to take a day off — we won’t tell your boss.

The guys are back tonight at 9|8c with an all-new episode of Ghost Adventures. Zak, Nick and Aaron make their return as the first and only investigators to visit the recently-closed Central Unit Prison in Sugar Land, TX.

Our Haunted Destination of the Week, Central Unit Prison has a history of violent inmates and brutal disciplinary practices –- in fact, the father of a former inmate tells Zak that it was the worst place his son had ever been.

The GAC also stops by the Texas Prison Museum where they find Bonnie Parker’s pistol among the museum’s creepy collection, and attempt to communicate with any spirits that may be lingering around the museum’s prized possession — an electric chair named Old Sparky.

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Photo courtesy of Apple

 

As we all eagerly await the release of the iPhone 5, it’s hard not to daydream about the different ways you could use your shiny new toy. Obviously, at Travel Channel, we like to daydream about how this shiny new toy will help us travel lighter, easier and better.

Of course, all iPhones, new and old, make the life of a jetsetter that much better. But whether you’re booking a big trip or wanderlusting in your cubicle, here are a few apps that will make it a little easier to realize your globetrotting dreams:

Want to travel like Tony? The Layover app gives you Anthony Bourdain’s do’s and don’ts in cities from San Francisco to Singapore. Build your own Bourdain-inspired itinerary, including all of Tony’s must-try restaurants.

With the WT360 app, check the weather for anywhere in the world up to a year in advance. Along with current weather information, detailed global 15-day forecasts with animated maps and hour-by-hour 7-day forecasts — there’s no way your next trip can get rained out! And with 80% accuracy, rest assured that the app is worth checking before you make any travel plans.

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