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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Meet Johnny Jet – he’s Our Type of Traveler. Johnny Jet travels around 175,000 miles and visits more than 20 countries each year. He and his website JohnnyJet.com have been featured over 3,000 times in major publications, including USA Today, Time, Fortune and The New York Times. JohnnyJet.com has been named “one of the best money-saving web sites for travel” by Budget Travel Magazine, while the LA Times calls it “one of the top 10 essential travel resources on the internet.” Sign up today for Johnny Jet’s free weekly travel newsletter at JohnnyJet.com and follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Traveling Type: How did you get started travel blogging?
JohnnyJet: I kind of fell into it. I started before the word ‘blogging’ was even created. Back in 1995, I began emailing stories of my travels to my friends, along with useful travel tips. My friends started sharing it with their friends and when my email list grew to over 500 people, I created a website. A few months later, Laura Bly from USA Today featured JohnnyJet.com and it became my full-time job about 4 months later.

What’s your blog about?
My website chronicles my travels and includes useful travel tips and advice to help people travel better and smarter. You’ll also find travel news and great travel deals.

How many countries, cities, and continents have you traveled to?
I’ve been to 6 continents and roughly 100 countries according to the Century Club’s list.

What’s your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
That’s a tough call. It really depends on the time of year. I love Southeast Asia, Australia and the South Pacific in the winter and I love Europe and Nantucket in the summer.

What’s your favorite place to get away from it all?
A European cruise on Seabourn.

What’s your must-have item that you never travel without?
My passport! And my Acer Aspire S7 laptop, which has the new Windows operating system.

What’s your favorite travel app?
FlightAware

Tell us your funniest travel story/experience. 
I was at Club Med Opio in Provence, France, and had signed up for a massage. When I arrived for my appointment, the receptionists were giggling as they handed me a robe and showed me to the men’s locker room. When my masseuse showed up, she escorted me to the room and said something in French, which I didn’t understand. Then she said, “Voila.” Usually, after being led into the therapy room, the masseuse steps out so you can get your naked body on the table and under a towel so no one has to witness what’s beneath the robe. But when she said, “Voila!” again and motioned for me to get on the table, I gathered she was telling me to drop the towel and hoist my naked self up onto the table. I didn’t want to look like a prude American so I did as I was told and just … well, dropped the towel.

WHOA NELLY! You should have seen this scene. I don’t know who was more surprised — the masseuse or my reaction to her reaction! After I let it all hang out she let out a little scream and quickly turned around. I instantly grabbed the paper covering from the table and covered you-know-who. With her back to me and one hand over her eyes, she handed me some paper underwear. It turned out that the women at the front desk had ‘forgotten’ to give me this important cover-up.

What’s the best hotel/resort/hostel you’re stayed at?
That’s another tough call. But as of right now, I would have to say Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island or Richard Branson’s Mahali Mzuri Kenya Safari Camp.

Where’s “home”?
Manhattan Beach, California

What would you recommend to travelers visiting your hometown?
Rent a bike and ride along the Strand to soak up the views and the sun.

What’s #1 on your bucket list?
Vietnam.

See how some of the Travel Channel editors spent their Independence Day. Then, show us how you spent yours! Instagram your photos with the hashtag #TCJuly4th and we’ll feature our favorites on the blog!

Fourth of July

Top Row, Left to Right:

“Happy July 4th from Kensington, MD!” - Jessica Menk, Digital Editorial Designer

“Sitting on the steps of Department of Labor, waiting for fireworks to begin on the National Mall.” - Vanessa Mack, Photo Editor

“Here’s a shot of Mike Espenshade resting before the start of Civil War reenactments. He’s been a re-enactor for the past 30 years, and this week he’s joined 40,000 compatriots to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and a “new birth of freedom” – the Fourth rocked in Gettysburg!” - Lisa Singh, Interactive Producer

Bottom Row, Left to Right:

“There’s no better way to celebrate America’s birthday than by watching America’s favorite pastime! Cold beer, a great game and a cone of soft-serve vanilla ice cream made for the perfect Independence Day.” – Allee Sangiolo, Interactive Producer

“Even under repairs, the Washington Monument glows in anticipation of 4th of July fireworks on the National Mall.” – Robin Bennefield, Managing Producer

“No cookout would be complete without a patriotic blueberry pie! But the credit goes to a friend — I’m a terrible baker.” - Sara Gilliam, Senior Interactive Producer

Fourth of July

We want to know: How are you celebrating the most patriotic day of the year? Will you be commemorating America’s independence by taking in one of the best fireworks displays in the US? Are you lucky enough to be spending the holiday at one of the best hotels for 4th of July celebrations? Whether you’re celebrating with a picnic, a party or plenty of pyrotechnics, we want to see! Instagram your photos with the hashtag #TCJuly4th, and we’ll feature some of our favorites on the blog.

Here’s to the red, white and blue!

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Calling all Bizarre Foodies — Andrew Zimmern wants to hear from you! From now until July 1, create a Vine video of the most unique, outrageous and downright bizarre foods you can get your hands on, and we’ll feature some of our favorites on the Traveling Type leading up to the season premiere of Bizarre Foods America next Monday, July 1 at 9|8c.

To participate:
1. Follow Andrew on Vine
2. Create and video, and be sure to include the hashtag #BizarreFoods!

 

Dig Wars

Tonight at 10|9c, catch back-to-back premieres of Travel Channel’s all-new series Dig Wars, where 3 teams of America’s best relic hunters compete head-to-head to find the most valuable artifacts at different historic locations across the country. Once on site, the teams have from sun-up to sundown to apply all of their knowledge, resources and hustle to ensure a victory.

First, the relic hunters head to Louisiana to explore Fort Saint Phillip — an abandoned military outpost that has been closed to visitors since Hurricane Katrina. Will they find artifacts uncovered by the disastrous storm?

Then at 10:30|9:30c the teams head to Eastover Plantation in southeastern Virginia — land that was settled in the mid-1600s — in an attempt to find relics that predate the United States.

What will the 3 teams find, and how much will it be worth? Find out tonight on Dig Wars!

Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building at 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue is one of New York’s most spectacular and beloved landmarks. The striking skyscraper is easily identified by its gleaming, terraced crown — a marvel of Art Deco design. Today, at 77 stories, it is the fourth-tallest building in the city.

But behind the tower is a tale of bitter rivalry, thwarted ambition and deception.

In 1929, 2 architects — former partners — became archrivals, when they found themselves in charge of competing projects. The task? Build the tallest building in the world.

The Chrysler Building came out on top, but how? Find out in an all-new episode of Monumental Mysteries tonight at 9|8c. Until then, learn more about the monuments featured in tonight’s show and throughout the season.

We asked our Instagram followers to send us photos of their Memorial Day weekend trips, and after browsing all your awesome shots … we have a serious case of wanderlust! Our fans did everything from participating in a Color Run to visiting the USS Constitution Museum to exploring the island of Oahu. We’re impressed! Check out some of our favorite photos, and follow us on Instagram for more chances to be featured on our blog.

Top Row, Left to Right
USS Constitution Museum- Jordanraynor; Tampa Color Run- cheryllwebb; Stamford, CT-mdonuk

Second Row, Left to Right
Colombia- bb_heartbeat; Portland Head Light- Jordanraynor; Solelydefined

Third Row, Left to Right
Santa Barbara- dcg; Old Mission Santa Barbara- ckmercier; Pipes Beach- hedder02

Fourth Row, Left to Right
Ocean City, MD- Teddyburr; Oahu, Hawaii- mskabukimono; Pat’s King of Steaks in Philly- rachel_haan

Last Row, Left to Right
Galenaonthefly; Cape Hatteras- fofagacademy; Mt. Shasta- natsten

Grand Central

Grand Central Station in New York City is one of the country’s best-loved landmarks. Covering an area of 48 acres, it has the most platforms of any train station in the world: 44. But the station is most famed for the epic grandeur of its main concourse, crowned by the arching splendor of an enormous astronomical mural painted in gold leaf and cerulean blue on the towering ceiling. The mural depicts the star signs of the zodiac, and it’s the largest diagram of its kind in the modern world.

But, upon closer inspection, the mural is not all it seems. One morning after the station’s grand opening in 1913, a commuter makes a surprising discovery: the constellations in the mural are backwards.

So, is the distortion of the celestial sphere by mistake or by design? Is there sinister symbolism hidden in the grand mural, as many suspect? Find out tonight at 9|8c on an all-new episode of Monumental Mysteries!

Plus, learn the mysteries behind Arizona’s London Bridge, a majestic mansion in California’s Death Valley and elephant statues in Illinois’ Woodlawn Cemetery. Don also investigates the stories of a notorious beauty who spent her last days in the Old Charleston Jail and a heroic surfer who saved the lives of 8 victims of a boat wreck.

Gear up for tonight’s mysteries with our behind-the-scenes photos and our Monuments Travel Guide.

Plus, test your Mysteries at the Museum knowledge with our brand-new trivia game!

Tricked-Out RV

Is your RV totally tricked out? Do you have granite countertops, HDTVs, slide-outs or a spiral staircase? What about a T-shirt cannon?

In celebration of this Sunday’s premiere of Rock My RV (tune in at 9|8c) we want to see your tricked-out RVs! In just 6 seconds, show us what makes your RV a rockin’ travel vehicle. We’ll pick our favorites and post them on our blog.

How to Participate:

1. Download the Vine App. Film your 6-second tour of your vehicle. Show us what’s special and unique about your RV!

2. Tag your Vine with #MyRVTour. Tweet your Vine to @travelchannel, making sure to include the hashtag #MyRVTour. 

Tonight at 9|8c on an all-new episode of Monumental Mysteries, Don Wildman dives deeper into the history behind some of America’s most iconic (and bizarre!) monuments.

Tourists and locals alike may admire the ingenuity behind the impressive Brooklyn Bridge, but many may not realize that its construction was marred by a series of untimely deaths. While digging the foundation for the bridge’s iconic towers, multiple workers suffered from what was then referred to as “caisson disease” – now known as “the bends.”

Catch this mystery and more tonight at 9|8c on Monumental Mysteries. And don’t forget to check out our behind-the-scenes photos from the episode.

 

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