Allee Sangiolo

A Boston native and Washington, DC, resident, Allee has been growing her bucket list since she began working as an Interactive Producer for TravelChannel.com. When not playing with her Frenchie named Pearl, Allee can be found inputting destinations into Kayak.com in the hopes of finding a deal on a flight to visit friends or family -- she’s lucky enough to have couches to crash on in Boston, New Orleans, Miami, New York and more. No matter how far she goes or what incredible trips she takes, her favorite place on Earth will always be a little island off the coast of Massachusetts: Nantucket.

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Think you have what it takes to be the next Travel Channel Star? You’ve got until April 15, 2015, to submit a video to prove it! But before you whip out your smartphone to shoot your own video, consider these tips. You’ll thank us later, when you’re the host of a brand-new series for our digital platforms.

1.    If you’re using a smartphone, shoot it horizontally.

Yes, you typically text and Snapchat — and do whatever else you do — while holding your phone upright. But we’re begging you: For this one thing, just turn it sideways! We have yet to see an online video player or a television set that’s shaped like an upright iPhone.
Also, try your best to hold it still — no one wants to feel as though they’re on an amusement park ride while listening to you talk about your trip to Bangkok.

2.    Don’t add any music.

Don’t get us wrong, we love music! (P.S. Follow us on Spotify!) But not for this. If you add music, we won’t be able to use your video anywhere because of a little thing called music rights. So please, leave Beyoncé out of this. READ MORE

Do you have what it takes to be the next Travel Channel Star? If you think the answer is “yes,” then prove it! Submit a video online by April 15, 2015, that best showcases your travel perspective and highlights the travel moment that changed you.

Watch as our own Bert Kreischer demonstrates what we’re looking for:

 

Remember: Videos should be only 2 minutes long and shouldn’t have any music.

Upload your video now!

NYC Skyline

NYC Skyline by Lizzy Snaps

These days, everyone thinks they’re an accomplished photographer, but believe it or not, there’s more to travel photography than cropping a photo into a square and slapping an Instagram filter on it. We caught up with professional photographer Lizzy Sullivan, aka “Lizzy Snaps” and followed her around New York City in an all-new web series, You Get the Picture, as she climbed lampposts, crawled on the sidewalk and chased down interesting subjects — all in the name of capturing awesome New York City photos. Watch as she demonstrates how to Capture Sidewalk Stories, Photograph Urban Food, Take Nightlife Photos and Add Life to Landmark Photos.

Here are her tips on shooting city skyline photos:

 

Check out (just a small sample!) of the amazing photos she took while we were filming, and then head over to our all-new web series, You Get the Picture to learn how she captured them!

Go behind the tent for a look at one of America’s last traveling sideshows in our brand new web series, All American Sideshow. Watch as the World of Wonders Sideshow kicks off circus season with eye-catching headliners including sword-swallower Tommy, knife-thrower Spif and “Diva of Danger” Sunshine. These daring performers share their unique take on travel while living in a tractor-trailer and entertaining the masses in towns across America.

 

When they’re not on the road, the sideshow crew heads to Gibsonton, FL. Dubbed the “weirdest place in America,” Gibtown has long been the winter retreat for the carnie and circus community. Watch as sideshow owner Ward Hall harkens back to the days when you could find yourself bellying up to the local bar with a giant, a bearded lady and the “living half-girl.”

To see even more freaky performances, check out the rest of the All American Sideshow web series, and get a look at some behind-the-tent photos.

As the snow falls (once again) on parts of the Northeast, we’re daydreaming about sunshine, sand, bikinis, paddleboards, windsurfing and, well … you get the point.

But why should we tell you about these sandy slices of paradise, when we can let the lovely ladies of TravelChannel.com show you. Close your weather app, look away from the windows and let Marianela and Kinga transport you to some of our favorite beaches.

Explore the US Virgin Islands with adventurer and host of The Wild Side, Kinga Philipps:

 

Tour some of Florida and California’s best beaches with our beach expert Marianela Pereyra:

 

Can’t get enough of our beautiful beaches? Check out this year’s winners for Travel’s Best Beach Awards, and then watch as Marianela visits the California and Florida coasts in search of some of the best sunny spots.

Marianela in Florida

Does winter storm Janus have you holed up inside for the foreseeable future? Are you dreaming of sunshine, a glass of chilled white wine and an idyllic countryside? Get inspired for your next trip by escaping to Florida’s beaches, California’s wine country and Nashville’s local haunts with some of Travel Channel’s best new video.

Soak up the sun on Florida’s beaches with Marianela Pereyra.

 

Take a bike tour of California’s wineries with Ryan Van Duzer.

 

Explore Nashville like the locals with Shane-O.

 

 

The day has finally come. Almost a decade after the release of the first Anchorman film, Ron Burgundy and the KVWN San Diaaaaago news team are back. Yesterday marked the highly anticipated (and cameo-packed) release of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, where anchorman (NOT anchorlady) Ron Burgundy and his news team take their … er… talents … to “GNN,” the very first 24-hour cable news network. READ MORE

 

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

The holiday season is officially in full swing — now that Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday have all come and gone (finally), it’s time to break the Christmas boxes out of the attic and get decorating! The National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC, will be lit this Friday, and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is set to take place tonight at 8 p.m. — but what about your tree?

Want to show off your decorating skills? Or know someone who goes all-out with their spirited décor? We want to see your photos! Instagram them with the hashtag #TCHolidayLights, and we’ll pick our favorites to feature on the blog.

If you need a little inspiration, check out our photos of Dazzling Holiday Lights, the Travel Channel community’s best holiday lights photos, and our picks for the Most Christmasy Places in America.

Plus, don’t miss Sam Brown and Zak Bagans’ picks for their favorite lights displays:

Were you planning on pitching a tent in a national park, taking in the beauty of the national seashore, or examining the art and artifacts housed in any of the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and galleries this week?

If so, you’d better make other plans.

In addition to the 800,000 government employees who face unpaid days off now that the federal government has ceased operation, a shutdown spells a number of consequences for travelers, too. In his speech yesterday afternoon, President Obama put it bluntly, “Tourists will find every one of America’s national parks and monuments, from Yosemite to the Smithsonian to the Statue of Liberty, immediately closed.”

While air travel and Amtrak service is not expected to be impacted by the shutdown, a number of popular tourist attractions have begun closing their gates, locking their doors and barricading their entrances. Here’s a rundown of just some the locations that are currently affected by the government shutdown.

National Parks

All of the National Park Service’s more than 400 parks, national monuments and historic sites are currently closed as a result of the government shutdown. On the National Mall in Washington, DC, monuments have begun to be barricaded and fountains turned off — a huge disappointment not only to expectant travelers but also to the 24 couples who were scheduled to get married on the National Mall during the month of October. The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Alcatraz Island, Independence Hall, the Cape Cod National Seashore, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Canyon National Park are all be among the temporarily closed sites, which collectively average about 715,000 visitors per day in October.

As a result of the shutdown, all the parks have been closed today to visitors effective immediately, but travelers already camping in the parks have 2 days to pack up and leave.

Smithsonian Museums and Galleries

Visitors to Washington, DC, hoping to take advantage of the capital’s incredible array of free museums are out of luck today. Don’t count on seeing the Hope Diamond or Dorothy’s ruby slippers — all 19 Smithsonian museums and galleries have shut their doors, including the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of American History and the Museum of Natural History. This also includes the National Zoo, leaving many upset at the new reality that the “panda cam” has gone dark.

So what should visitors to Washington, DC, do today? There are a number of museums not affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution – visit the International Spy Museum, the Newseum, the National Museum of Crime and Punishment, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Building Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the National Geographic Museum or the Phillips Collection.

American Military Cemeteries Abroad

Twenty-four American military cemeteries spread throughout the world have also been forced to close as a result of the shutdown. Anyone looking to pay their respects at any cemetery operated by the American Battle Monuments Commission will have to reschedule their visit.

What Else?

Be sure to check with your local passport agency before showing up today – while agencies will remain open, those located in federal buildings have been forced to close their doors.

While you wait for some of America’s most popular tourist attractions to re-open, explore (virtually, of course, since you can’t actually visit) the incredible natural landscapes and historic monuments that make up our country’s National Park sites. Then, test your knowledge with our National Parks Quiz – you’ll be an expert by the time congress gets their act together.

 

Every October, normally family-friendly amusement parks transform into terrifying Halloween-themed attractions. Get your adrenaline pumping by taking a trip on an already-hair-raising ride – but in complete darkness. Then, try not to scream like a 14-year-old girl when a “scareactor” attempts to freak you out.

Scarywood

At Silverwood Theme Park’s Scarywood, parents are not encouraged to bring their children during the month of October because it’s … scary. Real scary. Watch out for the ghouls and other “scareactors” that roam the grounds, looking to frighten unsuspecting park-goers. For a particularly harrowing experience, hop aboard the Zombiewood Express, and watch as a group of “zombie killers” picks off the freaky creatures trying to attack the train.

Here’s what you can expect:

Howl-O-Scream

What’s freakier than a super-freaky haunted house? Going through it completely and utterly alone. Start your tour of Busch Gardens Tampa’s Howl-O-Scream with a terrifying tour of the Alone House. After the approximately 20 minutes of horror, you’ll be properly primed for your creepy experience at the Halloween-ified amusement park.

Check out the other thrills Howl-O-Scream offers:

For even more amusement parks-turned-Halloween-playgrounds, be sure to tune in for Halloween Night Frights, premiering tonight at 10|9c.

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