Ben Breslerman

Born and raised in Potomac, MD, Ben now resides in Washington, DC, after graduating from Arizona State University. Before becoming an Interactive Producer for TravelChannel.com, Ben was a web producer for a small start-up company that specialized in Olympic sports. Ben is also an avid sports fan, music lover and enjoys playing with his 9-year-old Labrador-mix pup, Layla. The top 5 places on Ben's travel bucket list? Prague, Nice, Florence, Santorini and Barcelona.

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Recently back from filming an episode of Expedition Unknown in Peru, global explorer and host Josh Gates shares his tips for traveling to a country best known for its iconic ruins.

What brought you to Peru?

We’re here filming an upcoming episode of Expedition Unknown for Travel Channel. The series deals with historic mysteries around the world, and in this case, we’re diving into the grand culture of the Inca and the legend of one of their lost cities. It’s a thrilling story, and documenting the rugged beauty (and rugged challenges) of traveling into the jungles of Peru is going to make for an awesome episode!

What were your expectations while filming/visiting Peru?

Due to Peru’s largely “vertical geography” (a whole lot of mountains), each part of the country is wildly distinct from the next. One day you’re enjoying the warm ocean air in Lima, the next you’re shivering and trying to catch your breath in the high-altitude city of Cusco. Tomorrow, you might be kicking snow off your shoes in the Andes or sweating bullets in the verdant jungles of the Amazon. In other words, you never know what to expect here!

A great example is Lima, which, on the surface, is an easy place to dislike. After all, it’s essentially a desert — a city teetering on dusty cliffs with gridlocked traffic and a perennially gray sky. After centuries of earthquakes, Lima is also a maze of tumbledown buildings that seem to be in a constant state of disrepair. But then, you round a corner and get stopped in your tracks by a stunning colonial cathedral or a spirited local festival. A little exploration will take you into charming neighborhoods such as Miraflores. Great restaurants, live music and a pulsing nightlife are just waiting to be found. Like all of Peru, Lima is full of amazing surprises. READ MORE

Target Field (Courtesy of Getty Images Sports)

“Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out to the crowd …”

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack … it’s time for Major League Baseball’s 85th annual Midsummer Classic!

The festivities kick off at Target Field in Minneapolis, home of the Minnesota Twins, on Friday, July 11, with All-Star Fan Fest. Whether you wanna scoop up a 2014 All-Star jersey of your favorite player, or take part in a clinic hosted by some of baseball’s top coaches and players, this one-stop-shop is the perfect place for any baseball fanatic.

The actual baseball begins on Sunday, July 13, with the MLB Futures Game. The Futures Game shows how truly deep the MLB pipelines run, when up-and-coming stars from all over the globe, from every MLB farm team (minor league), are divided into 2 teams — US vs. The World — to showcase their skills and claim bragging rights for the future of baseball. READ MORE

Tonight, on the all new-series American Grilled, we’re traveling across America to discover the best and boldest flavors competitors can fire up on their grills in this ultimate, outdoor cooking challenge.

Host David Guas is in Asheville, NC, as 4 rough-and-tumble grillers battle it out using local cuisine including scuppernongs, a large grape native to the Southern United States, and liver mush, for the opportunity to take home $10,000 and the honorary title of “Grill Master.”

In this episode, Will Smith, a self-proclaimed refined redneck caterer, Shawn “Tiny” Townsend, a part-time caterer and full-time grill lover, Jeff Banister, a process server who hunts and grills whole animals, and Dillon Black, the youngest in the group but perhaps the most experienced on the BBQ circuit, battle it out for grilling supremacy.

Who will take home the cash prize and the ultimate bragging rights of being the master griller of North Carolina? Find out in the all-new episode, You Hear That Sizzle?, tonight at 9|8c.

Hold on to your sorting hats Harry Potter fans, tonight on an all-new episode of Trip Flip, host Bert Kreischer surprises one lucky family with the adventure of a lifetime to Universal Studios Orlando.

Not only do our lucky winners get a whole day to enjoy the park, but they also receive an exclusive opportunity to be the first guests to walk the grounds of the latest addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley.

Diagon Alley has everything a wizard could ever want: select a wand at Ollivander’s (or let it select you, really), collect novelty items from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and pick out your Hogwarts threads at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions. And for those of you who dabble in the Dark Arts, there is no better place for you then Borgin and Burkes, located down Knockturn Alley. READ MORE

On the season finale of Hotel Impossible, host Anthony Melchiorri is in Glenwood Springs, CO, to help hotel owner Josie Fit get out of the laundry room and assume true leadership of the 45-room Glenwood Motor Inn.

Upon arriving at the property, Anthony is pleasantly surprised at how clean the exterior is. But after further inspection, Anthony discovers a very small, cluttered and drab lobby, outdated guestrooms and filthy guest bathrooms. READ MORE

On this week’s episode, host Anthony Melchiorri is in Hood River, OR, to help owner Grant Polson bring the 60-year-old Vagabond Lodge into the 21st century. The Vagabond has been owned by Polson’s family since 1954, but poor revenue, management, a muddy event space and an outdated website have contributed to a major loss of money. READ MORE

On this week’s episode, host Anthony Melchiorri is in Atlanta to help the University Inn, near Emory College’s campus, keep their doors open. Despite being ideally situated, the hotel is hounded by bad reviews, outdated rooms and a possible rat problem.

In order to get the University Inn back into shape, Anthony enlists the help of designer Tenecia Harris to revamp the outdated rooms. Will Anthony and his team accomplish all the necessary renovations on time? Or will the University Inn’s problems prove too much to handle? Find out tonight on an all-new episode of Hotel Impossible.

Check out exclusive photos of this season’s renovated hotels.

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On this week’s episode of Hotel Impossible, host Anthony Melchiorri is in North Carolina to help the Peros family keep the High Meadows Inn & Nikola’s Restaurant alive. The hotel’s co-owner is a hopeless optimist, and Anthony is forced to give him a much-needed reality check.

In order to help the Peros family maintain their home and business, Anthony enlists the help of designer Leslie Segrete to renovate the hotel’s guest rooms and lobby. Although the space is nice, the lobby at the High Meadows Inn is a cluttered mess, with too much going on around the front desk and unnecessary artwork all over the walls.

Will Anthony, Leslie and their team be able to accomplish the upgrades and renovations in time? Find out tonight on an all-new episode of Hotel Impossible at 10|9c.

Check out exclusive photos of this season’s renovated hotels.

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Italy: Before and After

On this week’s episode of Hotel Impossible, host Anthony Melchiorri is in picturesque Palermo, Italy, located on the island of Sicily, to help the Hotel Solunto Mare  and its owners from losing their piece of prime real estate overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

After his initial walkthrough of the Solunto Mare, Anthony can’t seem to understand why the hotel is struggling; that is, until he comes across the banquet room. Anthony feels that the banquet room is ugly and outdated, and fails to feature its best assets. To help give the Solunto Mare a fighting chance, Anthony enlists the help of designer Casey Noble to revamp the room so that it plays up the hotel’s exquisite views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Will Casey and her team be able to impress Anthony, and reawaken the general manager’s passion for the hotel before its too late? Or, will Anthony’s Italian gusto not be enough to save this diamond in the rough? Find out tonight on an all-new episode of Hotel Impossible at 10|9c.

Check out exclusive before and after photos of this season’s renovated hotels.

On this week’s episode of Hotel Impossible, host Anthony Melchiorri heads to Myrtle Beach, SC — the golf capital of the world — to keep the Brickwedde Family from letting their hotel go under.

To save the Waves Hotel (formerly the Carnival Inn), Anthony sets out to upgrade the look and feel of the building by enlisting designer Leslie Segrete to fully renovate the lobby, remodel the inside of the elevators and completely revamp one of the guest rooms to serve as a guideline for the rest of the hotel. Will Anthony be able to help the struggling Carnival Inn and bring peace of mind to the Brickweddes? Or will the Carnival Inn succumb to its mounting problems and drag down its owners along with it?

Check out exclusive photos of this season’s renovated hotels.

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