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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 Casa de Campo 

Chances are, if you’ve been keeping up with the Kardashians, you know that the famous family stayed at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. But Casa de Campo is more than a respite for the rich and famous – as one of the best sporting resorts in the world, it’s offering its guests the opportunity to get away with family and friends to create their own 2012 summer games in the Caribbean.

Enjoy their luxurious accommodations, world-class sports facilities and 5-star meals while following the actual games on big screens displayed throughout the resort. When you’re not following the official Olympic Games, Casa de Campo’s summer inclusive package includes sporting adventures such as tennis, horseback riding, skeet shooting, 63 holes of legendary golf on 3 Pete Dye-designed courses, and an array of water sports ranging from freshwater fishing and kayaking along the Chavon River (backdrop to 1979 film, Apocalypse Now!), to deep-sea fishing in the Caribbean Sea and sailing at the 370-slip Marina & Yacht Club. Guests work with preferred travel professionals or the resort’s concierge service to personalize their adventure itinerary.

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Join Travel Channel as we head across the pond and back for special episodes of Ghost Adventures, Bizarre Foods America and more. Learn all about the episodes airing this week, as well as the locales that steal the show!

California

Tonight at 9, we stop in San Diego for Bizarre Foods America, where Andrew Zimmern gets a taste of the unexpected when he finds that this coastal city on the Mexican border offers some hidden delights. Get a sneak peek with our Bizarre Food of the Week! Learn more about San Diego with our gallery of the city’s top sights.

On Wednesday at 9, we’re cruising the Pacific coast, when Adam Richman gives LA, San Diego and San Francisco a shot at winning the title of Best Sandwich in America.

Thursday at 9, we’re back to San Diego with a new episode of Trip Flip where Bert takes 2 best friends on a trip of a lifetime with surf lessons at Mission Beach, cruising in a low-rider, a private jet charter to San Francisco and an all-access pass to a Train concert – where the ladies meet and dine with the Grammy award-winning rock band and sing on stage with them!

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Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. And lucky for us and the 90% of Americans who are ice cream lovers, today is National Ice Cream Day! We want to help you celebrate this most appetizing of summer holidays with tips on where to find the very best places for a bowl (or cone!) of the creamy stuff. Sure, you could have your own ice cream social, but there are a few events happening around the country that might spark your appetite for some chilled confections.

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For today’s Daily Escape, we take you to Place de la Bastille, a square in the heart of Paris, in celebration of Bastille Day. But what is Bastille Day? Well, Place de la Bastille was where the notorious and oppressive Bastille fortress, which was used by many kings of France as a state prison, once stood. Then came the fateful day of July 14, 1789 – Bastille Day — when it was stormed by a crowd of workers, mutinous soldiers and traders, triggering a major flashpoint in the French Revolution. That single moment turned what was once a symbol of autocratic cruelty into a spirit of defiance.

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Want to know where some of our favorite travel bloggers have been this week? So did we. So we scoured the blogroll and found our 5 favorite posts. Did you know that Paris transforms into a beachside resort every summer?  Are you traveling with your significant other for the first time and worried that it might be a bad idea? Read on to find out more …

Vagabondish offers 6 questions everyone should ask before embarking on a trip with a significant other – to preserve both your sanity and your relationship.

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“Are you frightened?”
“No.”
“I don’t know … they’re pretty big girls …”

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Not everyone can travel to Spain to run with the bulls — luckily, New Orleans has you covered! Tomorrow, the “Encierro” takes place at 8 a.m. sharp, but the festival is happening all weekend. Just head to the Big Easy to run with the … bulls. Or rather, roller derby girls decked out in bull horns and brandishing whiffle ball bats. Totally the same.

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If you live in a major metropolitan area, you probably already know that the traffic in your city is pretty bad, so seeing your home make it on a list of cities with the worst traffic isn’t too much of a surprise. But maybe you’re planning on renting a car in Miami or taking a family road trip to San Francisco. In that case, TomTom’s North American Traffic Congestion Report might come in handy.

According to the report, the cities that saw an increase in traffic over the last year were Seattle, Houston, Ottawa, Ontario, San Francisco and Miami.

The cities that saw a decrease? Edmonton in Alberta, New York, Boston, Minneapolis and Toronto.

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Need a nakation? Then throw aside your modesty and shed those sweaty clothes, because we just happen to be in the midst of Nude Recreation Week. Created by The Naturist Society 37 years ago, it couldn’t have come at a better time, with the summer heat wave making its way west.

There’s no better way to celebrate Nude Recreation Week than by relaxing on a beach and soaking in the sun, sans tan lines. Not sure which beaches welcome your birthday suit? We’ve listed some of the best nude beaches around the world.

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Welcome to the “Paris of the Plains,” where, tonight, the National League will go head-to-head with the American League in the 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO. Maybe they won’t settle the argument of whether a designated hitter is a good idea or not, but America’s favorite players will surely compete in an exciting battle of the brawn that symbolically marks the halfway point of the baseball season.

From its fountains and parks to its famous barbecue, Kansas City holds its own as an All-Star Game host city. Learn more about the city that the Royals call home with our gallery of Kansas City’s sights.

And while we’re figuring out which league is better, let’s talk about whose stadium is the coolest, too — check out Travel Channel’s picks for Baseball’s Greatest Stadiums.

Who will you be rooting for tonight? We want to know!

If you’re one of the 20 million people who have read Fifty Shades of Grey, then you’ve probably fantasized about being swept away to Seattle. Well, dream no more, because the luxurious, waterfront Edgewater Hotel is making it possible to have a romantic rendezvous, Christian Grey-style.

With The Edgewater Hotel’s 50 Shades of Romance package, you’ll be welcomed to your room with a bottle of Bollinger Rose champagne and a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey in the nightstand – replacing that other best-selling book, we assume.  After cruising through the streets of Seattle with a demo drive in a Mr. Grey-esque Audi, you’ll recreate Christian and Ana’s sailing excursion on Puget Sound. Conclude your weekend with a tour of the infamous couple’s favorite Seattle hot spots, courtesy of a custom Fifty Shades landmarks map. With such a jam-packed weekend, chances are the room’s bed will be put to more practical, rather than creative, use.

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