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?
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.
- 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.
From the seafood in Sydney to the mud bogging in Nashville, the hosts of Travel Channel dabble in a little of everything. See where they’re going this week — including a sneak peek at the season premiere of Ghost Adventures!
Tonight at 9|8c, Tony continues his No Reservations Final Tour with a stop in Sydney where he samples fresh seafood, old-school charcuterie and the ubiquitous Australian barbie. Check out our Sydney travel guide to get a glimpse of the city’s highlights.
With its more than 10 million residents, awe-inspiring architecture and delicious gastronomic cuisine, this city is a bustling metropolis full of life. And with a pretty major event coming to its streets in a mere 4 years, there’s no doubt it’s the place to be. But where in the world is it? Leave your guess in the comments and then find out »
Counting down the days until the final season of No Reservations begins? Well, to tide you over, the price of our Layover app has been reduced to 99 cents! So scoot on over to iTunes and download the app that’ll show you how to travel like Tony. Explore his favorite places to eat, drink and stay in 10 major cities- Amsterdam, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New York, Rome, San Francisco and Singapore.
But hurry – the sale ends Monday, Sept. 3, just in time for that night’s premiere at 9|8c of No Reservations when Tony begins his final tour in Austin, TX.
While you’re waiting for the app to download, check out Tony’s Journal from his Austin trip and see our Travel Guide of his restaurant and hotel picks in the city that likes to keep things “weird.”
And don’t forget, you can watch full episodes of No Reservations on our website!
Today is the most important day of the year for the Balinese. They believe that each family’s ancestral spirits will return to their home for a 10-day celebration of good over evil. Called “Galungan,” meaning “when the Dharma (good) is winning,” the festival is held every 210 days. During the festival, it’s believed that the Balinese gods visit their living descendants on Earth, so the occasion is marked with ceremonies that involve offerings, food and dance.
The residents of Jimbaran village dress to the nines in white Balinese attire, make huge, colorful offers of fruit and build penjor — tall, decorated bamboo poles. The markets fill with activity as everyone prepares for elaborate feasts.
The AYANA Resort and Spa’s staff follows the tradition, making this a particularly special time to visit Bali. With a name that means “place of refuge” in Sanskrit, the AYANA resort offers just that to weary travelers. Perched on limestone cliffs above the Indian Ocean near Jimbaran Bay on Bali’s southwestern peninsula, the resort is a luxurious place to visit, whether you come during Galungan or not.