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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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’!

Surely, your eyes have been glued to the constant Olympics coverage. We can’t get enough of London either.  But give it a week, and you’ll probably be tired of swimming and gymnastics. Well, we don’t blame you — that’s why we’ve done some research on the Olympic sports you didn’t know existed. And we’ve got the info on when and where they’re happening so you don’t miss a minute of the action. See all the Olympic venues at a glance with our photo gallery.

Race Walk/Athletics

If you’re lucky enough to be in London, like our deals & rewards blogger Mommy Points, then you’re probably looking for things to do for free. Well, look no further, because tickets are not required for areas of the Race Walk route. Get there early, since space will definitely fill up quickly. Find more tips for enjoying the Olympics on a budget here!

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Get to know the cuisine of New Mexico as well as the rest of the Southwest before diving into the culture of Edinburgh with this week’s Travel Channel itinerary – and escape to a new destination without leaving your living room.

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Tonight, all eyes are on London as the opening ceremonies kick-off the Olympics. But how will it compare to the opening ceremonies of past Olympics? Travel Channel takes a look at the last summer Olympic opening ceremonies from1976 to today.

Looking for even more Olympic history? Check out our Olympics trivia quiz and our photo gallery that takes a look back at the Olympics through the years. To feed your London fix, take a look at where our Travel Channel hosts have gone in the city. Don’t forget, Will and Kate will be there, too.

Montreal 1976: The Games were opened by Elizabeth II, as head of state of Canada, and several members of the Royal Family attended the opening ceremonies.

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Travel the blogosphere with us as we bring you our favorite travel blog posts from this past week. We saw that there’s a lot more to London than the Olympics and we learned what a glacial erratic is. Read all about these tidbits and more:

Global Grasshopper offers tips on the 10 London neighborhoods worth exploring.

As We Travel keeps the London theme going with Beatles-inspired places around the world.

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Space is one of those destinations that will always fascinate, regardless of whether we’ll ever be able to go or not. (If you happen to have $200K lying around, then start planning your trip now!) But you can explore the history of space travel here on earth. The display of NASA’s space shuttle Enterprise opened last week at Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.

In the Intrepid Museum’s Space Shuttle Pavilion, Enterprise — NASA’s very first space shuttle — is elevated 10 feet off the ground, so you can walk directly underneath it. An elevated viewing platform also allows you to get a better look. Intrepid Museum is one of the few places in the world to offer an up-close view of a space shuttle. READ MORE

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