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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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

On MLK Day, we remember the life and struggles of Martin Luther King Jr., an African-American civil rights leader, who pushed the envelope, with countless others, to demand equal treatment of African-Americans and people of color.

Remembering the passionate, non-violent champion for civil rights is extra special today. For the first time, visitors can reflect on the man and his life, at the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, located on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Dozens of people flocked to the memorial for a ceremony to remember King. Harry Johnson, the president and CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, laid a wreath at the foot of the memorial this morning.

Rev. Al Sharpton and senior advisor to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar attended the ceremony. You may recall that Salazar recently gave the National Park Service a month to fix an abbreviated version of a quote, etched into the statue centerpiece of the memorial. The quote is from King’s 1968 sermon, The Drum Major Instinct. Writer Maya Angelou and other critics said the current version of the quote made King sound uncharacteristically egotistical.

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Costa Concordia Cruise Liner Sinking Off the Coast of Tuscany

Three people were found alive Sunday morning, more than 24 hours after rocks tore a 160-foot gash in the hull of a cruise ship, off the coast of Tuscany. Rescue crews found the purser of the Costa Concordia trapped in the ship’s restaurant, suffering from hypothermia. A South Korean couple was also found trapped in the ship, which was nearly 50 percent submerged in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

The ship, carrying 4,000 passengers and crew members, ran aground on Friday, and authorities say up to 41 people are still missing. At least 3 people were killed, and 20 others were found with injuries.  Survivors, some comparing the experience to the movie “Titanic,” spoke of a chaotic and terrifying scene where passengers pushed and shoved their way to get onto lifeboats, while others leapt overboard into the sea.

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by Matthew Karsten,
ExpertVagabond.com

 

South African Food

There are a wide variety of foods available in South Africa, from indigenous Khoisan, Xhosa and Zulu foods, to spicy Indian cuisine brought over with thousands of Indian workers in the 19th century, to plenty of colonial Afrikaans dishes, too. You’ll find something delicious for all tastes and budgets.

At the high end, there are many 5-star restaurants to get any hardcore foodie excited, such as Le Quartier Francais. Included in many top 50 and top 10 lists for restaurants around the world, the restaurant’s multi-course meals will please your taste buds as well as your eyes. One bite of its beetroot sponge with cucumber-dill granita and yogurt will have you longing for more.

At the low end, bunny chow is found in many South African towns with a strong Indian population. It’s a spicy meat or vegetable curry served in a bowl made from a white bread loaf. A great late-night snack to satisfy your hunger. READ MORE

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A 22-year-old Australian woman is thankful to be alive, after her bungee jump in Africa went horribly wrong. Erin Langworthy wanted to celebrate New Year’s Eve with an adrenaline rush. So she decided to take an111-meter bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge, located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The adventurous traveler jumped from the bridge, plunging head-first into the croc-infested waters of the Zambezi River, when her bungee cord snapped. The entire event was caught on video. Langworthy is seen hitting the water with her feet still tied before being swept towards edge of the river. She was able to swim to the Zimbabwe side of the river and haul herself out. Langworthy was flown to a South African hospital with a fractured collar bone and massive bruising.

Well, bungee jumping isn’t for the faint of heart, but we wanted to share this amazing video and more details about this gut-wrenching story. So do you think this will show up on an episode of When Vacations Attack?

Gay Section of South Beach

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, Travel Channel is heating things up this winter with new content to attract gay and lesbian travelers.  You may not know it, but the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) tourism industry is big business, raking in $65 billion a year, according to Community Marketing Inc.’s annual LGBT Tourism Study.

The study reveals that the LGBT community has increased their travel in the last year, despite the economic downturn, with gay men taking an average of 3 trips last year. And gay travelers spare no expense to enjoy traveling abroad to other countries.  Eighty-five percent of gay males and 77% of lesbians own a passport, compared with a 30% rate of all Americans. Last year, 54% of gay men used their passport. READ MORE

New Year's in New York City's Time Square

Before you ring in 2012, remember the year in travel. Travel Channel’s Year in Photos slideshow captures several memorable events around the world, including the Austria’s World Bodypainting Festival, the Middle East’s revolutionary demonstrations, the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in NYC, DC’s MLK Memorial opening, and Iceland’s Grimsvotn volcano eruption.

We also remember 2011 with When Nature Attacks, a look back at some of the most devastating natural disasters around the world. And don’t forget to check Travel Channel’s Most Memorable Moments of 2011, which highlights fun moments from some from our TV shows, including No Reservations, Ghost Adventures, Bizarre Foods and The Dead Files.

In addition to this slideshow, we also take a look ahead at the upcoming College Bowl Championship series, what’s hot in and what’s out in travel, and our TV show hosts give you the dish on their new year’s resolutions. So start your New Year off right, with a look back and a look ahead, on TravelChannel.com!

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by Matthew Karsten,
ExpertVagabond.com

 

South African Sangoma

I’m one really lucky guy. At least that’s what my sangoma tells me. What is a sangoma, you might ask? A traditional Nguni healer, seer, counselor and shaman. The native peoples of South Africa have been practicing the profession for thousands of years and many still do today. While visiting Khula, a rural Zulu township on the outskirts of St. Lucia, I was invited into the home of the local sangoma to consult with my ancestral spirits.

Men always enter the sacred ndumba (healing hut) before the women, in order to protect against snakes. Luckily, the small thatched room was snake-free. Once seated inside, I was given a smoldering bundle of Imphepho (perennial herb) twigs and was told to inhale the smoke while reciting my name. This ritual act would summon my ancestors with whom the sangoma would consult. READ MORE

by Christina Ricchiuti,
PackedSuitcase.com

 

KLM To Launch New

Never fly lonely again … at least, that’s a service that Dutch airline KLM is hoping to provide their passengers in 2012. The airline will be launching a new “Meet and Seat” tool that will allow fliers checking in online to utilize Facebook and LinkedIn to check out their fellow passengers pre-flight and pick their preferred seatmate.

Depending on the user’s interests, “Meet and Seat” could be used for a variety of different “matchmaking” motives. Whether a flier is looking to schmooze with a potential professional contact, bond over alumni connections (or a common interest) or flirt their way from point A to point B with a handsome stranger, there doesn’t seem to be any structure or restrictions to how a seatmate may be chosen. READ MORE

by Matthew Karsten,
ExpertVagabond.com

 

Delaire Vineyard in South Africa

When you think of great wine, does South Africa come to mind? I’m certainly no wine expert. But a recent visit to the winelands around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch outside of Cape Town gave me a renewed respect for this age-old alcoholic beverage. South Africa’s wine-making traditions are actually much older than those of Napa Valley in California. The fertile, rust-colored African soil has been producing delicious reds and whites for hundreds of years.

I decided to spend a whole afternoon tasting many varieties of South African wine at 2 different estates, both with surreal landscapes. Row upon row of vibrant green vines spread out in all directions, while majestic mountains off in the distance rose up to touch the sky. It’s hard to imagine a better wine-tasting setting than this! READ MORE

by Christina Ricchiuti,
PackedSuitcase.com

 

Harry Potter fans celebrate plans for new theme park in Hollywood

Get ready, West Coast Muggles … the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood in California!

Just when you might think that our favorite boy wizard’s been replaced by the latest literary craze (I’m looking at you, Hunger Games …) Universal goes all-in and continues to make Harry the cornerstone of its amusement park empire.

This looks to be a good move. The Orlando attraction, which opened to the masses in June 2010, led to a 68% increase in attendance during the first 3 months of 2011 and continues to be a top incentive to visit the older Universal Studios parks. Needless to say, the Orlando version has been a resounding success, and the Los Angeles attraction is sure to draw its fair share of fans as well. READ MORE

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