Kwin Mosby

Kwin is Managing Producer of TravelChannel.com. His multimedia career has included working as a TV news reporter/producer and publications editor. What inspires Kwin to travel? It’s relaxing beach locations, vibrant urban epicenters and awe-inspiring outdoor destinations like Glacier and Joshua Tree National Parks, Barcelona, Miami, Paris, New York City and Brazil. Kwin’s travel mantra is simple: talk to the locals to fully experience the true flavor and culture of any new destination.

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TSA Agent Linked to Drug Dealers

A TSA agent was arrested for helping a drug dealer get past security at Buffalo’s Niagara International airport on Tuesday. According to The Buffalo News, 43-year-old Minneta Walker was watched for months after federal agents became aware of her ties to local drug dealers.

The Buffalo TSA bust is the most recent example of a crackdown on airport crime over the past year. In February, 2 TSA workers at New York’s JFK airport were arrested for stealing nearly $40,000 from passengers. Just 2 days before, a Newark Liberty Airport supervisor was charged with stealing $30,000 over a 13-month period.

Students Warned To Avoid Mexico for Spring Break

After an increase in Mexico’s drug violence, the Texas Department of Public Safety wants college students to rethink spring-break plans south of the border.

Public Safety Director Steven McCraw encourage students to stay on the US side of Falcon Lake, a popular fishing and boating spot on the Rio Grande border. According to MSNBC.com, it’s also the same area where David Hartley was shot and killed last September.

“Drug violence has not discriminated — innocent bystanders and people who may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time are among the casualties,” McCraw said in a written statement on Tuesday.

Officials are also warning students to travel with caution in popular destinations, including Cancun and Acapulco, where “various crime problems exist.”

All-Inclusive Spring Break Hotels

Spring is right around the corner. That means it’s the perfect time to start planning your spring break getaway. Punta Cana, Jamaica and Aruba are just a few hot destinations to visit if you want to relax and soak in the sun.

Oyster.com has the 411 you need to find the best all-inclusive resorts or hotels for spring break. When I say all-inclusive, I mean the best cuisine, white-sand beaches, water sports and more.

Check out Oyster’s Top 10 picks for all-inclusive spring break resorts. We also have a list of family-friendly hotels, too.

Tell us where you like to go for spring break.

Oscars and Movies That Inspire Travel

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are tonight!  The King’s Speech, Black Swan, The Fighter and The Social Network are just a few movies nominated in the Best Picture category.

Movies have a way of transporting us to a different time and place. Travel Channel came up with a list of movies that inspire us to pack our bags and visit those real, mystical or magical places captured on film.

Check out our Movies That Inspire Travel slideshow to view our picks. Tell us what movies we may have missed that have inspired you to travel.

Earthquake in New Zealand

At least 75 people are dead after a 6.3-magnitude quake rocked Christchurch, New Zealand’s second-largest city, on Tuesday. Prime Minister John Key said the world may be witnessing “New Zealand’s darkest day.”

The city’s airport was shut down and the hospital evacuated. Rescue crews are searching for hundreds of people who remain trapped in toppled buildings or scattered debris. The US Geological Survey said the quake was centered 3 miles from the city.

According to Huffington Post, this is the second major quake to hit Christchurch in 5 months. The 7.1-magnitude quake on September 4, 2010, shook the city, but there was no loss of life.

Disney Goes Hi-Tech

According to MSNBC, there’s a new batch of mobile apps available to help make family visits to amusement parks more efficient and fun. Most of the apps are currently geared toward Walt Disney World.

Disney will roll out its newest version of the “Disney Mobile Magic” app soon. It’s exclusively for Verizon Wireless phones. The app uses the GPS feature in Verizon phones to help users find character appearances, attractions, restaurants and other points of interest. It also has an interactive trivia game that allows users to play against other users in the same park. “Disney Mobile Magic” works in Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

These new apps also provide thrill seekers with maps and wait times for rides. A free iPhone app called “Universal Wait Times” provides accurate wait times for rides inside the 2 Universal Orlando parks. Wait time information is especially helpful for popular rides or areas, including “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” attraction at Islands of Adventure.

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Delta and American Airlines Increase Airfare

Delta and American Airlines have increased their fares, targeting First Class and Business Class passengers who make last-minute purchases.

Here’s a quick breakdown. If you’re flying less than 500 miles each way, then you’ll receive a $20 hike in fare price. For 501 to 1,500 miles, expect a fare increase of $40. Last-minute travelers will pay $60 more if their flight is 1,500 miles or more each way.

An increase in oil prices has forced Delta to increase their fare prices. The Associated Press asked American why it was raising prices. They simply replied, “We’re responding to the Delta initiative.”

Check out our review of the Kayak app and how you can travel in business class for less.  Our tips may help you minimize your airfare costs.

Andrew Zimmern on TMZ

Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern recently received some on-camera love from TMZ in New York City. A TMZ crew was in Soho waiting for Sandra Bullock to make an appearance for the paparazzi. Well, they didn’t get Sandra, but they were able to chat with Andrew. It was definitely a funny TMZ segment.

Andrew was in New York City to shoot a segment for The Rachel Ray Show. He talked to Rachel about being a homeless drug addict living in the Big Apple. It’s a side of the Travel Channel host we don’t normally see. Watch the candid segment, and get the details on how you can join Andrew, Travel Channel and the 100,000 Homes Campaign help end homelessness.

Travel Channel Skit on Saturday Night Live featuring Russell Brand

In case you missed it, Travel Channel recently received some unexpected recognition on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. The comedy show featured a skit about Travel Channel’s Ultimate Vacation Giveaway.  The fictitious giveaway made for great fun and fodder, featuring British actor Russell Brand and SNL comedienne Kristen Wiig.

Other SNL cast members made brief appearances during the performance to demonstrate their excitement after winning the giveaway. Take a look at the skit and tell us what you think.

And don’t forget about the real Travel Channel Sweepstakes! In February, you can enter to win a trip for 2 to Greece. It’s a different, exciting destination each month. Good luck!

JFK Airport

Things may be changing at New York’s JFK airport soon. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are looking for developers to build a boutique hotel. The proposed150-room hotel would be built between the old TWA terminal and the new JetBlue building, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The now-vacant TWA terminal was designed by Eero Saarinen, who also designed the St. Louis Gateway Arch. The plan is to use the Saarinen-designed space as the hotel’s lobby and entrance, which would also be home to restaurants and shops.

Construction for the new hotel could wrap up 2 years after a developer is signed, but there is an obstacle. The TWA terminal is a New York City landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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