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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Photograph by Ian Shive / Aurora Photos

As always, we’re bringing you our favorite travel posts from the blogosphere this past week. Learn an alternative way to save money while traveling the world, where the most remote places exist and how you can find the best sustainable wines.

The Cultureist offers a tour of the best “green” wineries from France to Greece and beyond. Never heard of biodynamic wine? Neither had we.

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Summer Sanders with Michelle Obama at the Olympics

We asked 1992 Olympic gold-medalist and TV personality Summer Sanders to tell us all about her trip to this year’s Olympics in London. She told us about her favorite British treat (tea time, anyone?) and who she was most star-struck to meet (we don’t blame her!).

Summer offers a first-hand opinion on how this year’s Olympics are so different from previous games and what it was like to witness history at the Aquatic Center.

Read Summer’s Postcard from London with her tips on where to stay, what to do and what to pack!

For more tips on traveling to London, check out these must-see neighborhoods, ideas for day trips and tips from Anthony Bourdain’s trip to London.

Get in a little beach time before making your way to Florence, Italy, with this week’s Travel Channel itinerary – and get a taste of new cultures from the comfort of your couch.

On Monday at 9|8c, Andrew Zimmern opens a pop-up restaurant in Los Angeles for Bizarre Foods America. Get a peek at what he’s serving with the Bizarre Food of the Week!

Then at 10|9c, Hotel Impossible’s Anthony Melchiorri stops in Daytona Beach, FL, to help an ailing hotel get its act together. Learn more about the city famous for its NASCAR with our Daytona Beach City Guide.

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Photo Courtesy of Lindsay Blatt / Herd In Iceland

We asked filmmakers Lindsay Blatt and Paul Taggert to share their experience filming their documentary Herd In Iceland. They told us all about the traditions of the herders they encountered, the beauty of the countryside and the rich culture hidden away in the cities and farms of Iceland.

Iceland is an island nation of approximately 300,000 people and 80,000 horses, on a parcel of land about the size of Kentucky.  Our documentary Herd In Iceland began filming in 2010, with a return trip in the fall of 2011.  The film tells the story of the Icelandic herders, whose sheep and semi-wild horses spend their summers grazing in the highlands, free to roam and raise their young.  Every September, farm owners from each county ride into the mountains to collect their herds and bring them home for the winter.  The film documents this historic tradition, and shows the special relationship the people have with their hardy and curious horses.
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Today marks the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s tragic death. The air of mystery that surrounded her both in life and in death makes it difficult to not be intrigued by the sex symbol. To honor her, a special exhibition of 23 candid photos of Marilyn will be on display at the Phil Stern Gallery in Los Angeles, starting today.

But if you can’t be in LA to explore the actress’s life through photographs, then check out some of these destinations and relive her most famous films:

Star in your own larger-than-life version of the The Seven Year Itch by getting a photograph with the famous 26-foot-tall Marilyn statue, which now stands in Palm Springs, CA.

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Here at Travel Channel, we like tips — tips on how to pack, how to get a deal, where to go …  you name it. The world is a pretty big place and it’s pretty difficult to know where and how to get everywhere. But the travel blogosphere is an even bigger place, so we scour it for even more ideas about how to travel like a pro.

Check out what we found this week:

The Everywhereist got a peek into the offices of Facebook in Palo Alto, CA, from its shrubbery (shaped like the Facebook logo!) to its mural-covered walls.

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If you’re anything like us, you were probably wondering where the Batcave is actually located (and if it’s a real place) as opposed to paying attention to the plot of Dark Knight Rises. We loved the movie, and we can’t help but be a little destination-obsessed here at Travel Channel. The Gotham City of Dark Knight was so obviously Chicago, that the new locations in Dark Knight Rises had us wondering, “Is that New York?” Turns out, most of it wasn’t.

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This month, we’ve got 2 amazing sweepstakes, which means double the chances of winning an amazing getaway. Whether you’re itching to get to London (and with all this Olympic coverage, who can blame you?) or would rather get your hands on $10,000 to go anywhere your heart desires, Travel Channel is here to hook you up.

We’ve heard that getting away is important to your health, which is why Europeans swear by their extended holidays … so maybe you should enter to win that cash sooner rather than later.

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Many people were hitting Google this weekend in order to figure out where in the world Montenegro is when the US men’s water polo team played the Montenegro team on Sunday. Of course, we’re here to enlighten you, since Montenegro is a country you should know about — at least for planning your next getaway.

Bordered by Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania, the seaside country of Montenegro was once part of Yugoslavia. Montenegro sits on the azure Adriatic Sea, and is often referred to as the jewel of the Mediterranean, with its beach towns and luxurious, relaxed culture. One of these beach towns is Kotor, home to the palatial estate Villa Duomo, which was converted into 13 luxury apartments for summer visitors. Relax on the stony beaches and learn what peace and quiet is really all about. READ MORE

Tomorrow is the last day to enter to win trips to Miami and Las Vegas! Enter here to soak up the Miami sun, or enter here for the chance to get a little bit crazy in Vegas.

“But what would I do if I won?”

Let Travel Channel answer that question for you — we have tips for what to do and where to eat in Las Vegas and a glimpse of what you’ll see when you explore the beauty of Miami. You can take it to the extreme with our guide to the craziest shows, restaurants and parties in Miami — or keep it wholesome with our picks for the best family-friendly shows in Las Vegas.

Regardless of whether you’re single and ready to mingle or traveling with a tribe, you can’t go wrong with a free trip. So what are you waiting for? Get to clickin’!

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