Rani Craft Robinson-Kiganda

Rani Craft Robinson-Kiganda is managing producer of Travelchannel.com. A Washingtonian, Floridian and wannabe Charlestonian, Rani’s passion for writing, travel, photography and food brought her to Africa, Singapore and Italy. Not even close to scratching her Bucket List, Rani looks forward to her next adventure: traveling with her husband and 2 small children. Follow Rani on Twitter @IAmCraftWeb.

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Frosty The Snowman ICE! sculpture at Gaylord National Resort

Photo courtesy Gaylord National Resort

It’s beginning to look, and feel, a lot like Christmas. Bundle up this weekend and visit the annual “ICE!” exhibit at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Centers in Maryland, Texas, Florida and Tennessee, which all officially open their doors to the display this weekend.

In a steadily 9-degree room, the “ICE!” exhibit features larger-than-life ice sculptures from the beloved story of Frosty the Snowman (at Gaylord National in Oxon Hill, MD, and Gaylord Texan in Dallas), ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville) or The Nutcracker (at Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, FL). Each display is perfectly crafted from more than 2 million pounds of ice by 30 artisans from Harbin, China, the ice carving capital of the world. Don’t worry about running out to L.L. Bean or the like: Cozy parkas are provided for all attendees — children and adults — so they can fully enjoy the exhibit.

Carving out 2.6 million pounds of ice — the most ever for Gaylord National — is no small feat. During an exclusive tour of its “ICE!” exhibit, public relations manager Rachel Dinbokowitz provided insider details on what visitors can expect this holiday season. READ MORE

microphone on a blue background

Were Jim Carrey and Robin Williams your inspiration growing up? Have you always dreamed about using your voice to entertain people? Then the That’s Voiceover!™ career expo is the place for you. Showcase your talents at the Museum of the Moving Image — in Astoria, NY –– on Monday from 10 am to 10 pm. Participants will have an opportunity to show off their skills in one-on-one Q&As, audience participation and real-world auditions. The ultimate goal is The AUDITION Spotlight, a voiceover competition where one lucky actor will win an opportunity to work with Travel Channel! For more information and to purchase your ticket, visit thatsvoiceover.com. READ MORE

Bert Kreischer

Bert Kreischer, Travel Channel host

Have you dreamed of being the next Sam Brown, Andrew Zimmern, Kinga Philipps or Shane Reynolds, traveling the world and experiencing new places, cultures and people? Well, listen up if you live in New York City or you plan on visiting the Big Apple. Come to the Museum of the Moving Image — located in Astoria, NY– to audition to become the next Travel Channel Star. Auditions are scheduled on Monday, Nov. 10, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

We’re searching for people with adventurous/curious personalities who can share their world experiences from a unique perspective. It goes without saying, but strong candidates should be passionate travelers with a distinct point of view with the ability to transport an audience wherever your travels take you.

When you arrive at the Casting Call, be prepared to share the following: READ MORE

Aaron Goodwin, Zak Bagans, Nick Groff at Loftus Hall in Ireland

Ghost Adventures Crew at Loftus Hall

We’ve come to that frightful date on the calendar once again — Oct. 31. Happy Halloween, everyone! If you aren’t venturing out for a night on the town to trick-or-treat or checking out a haunted attraction, you’ll want to turn to Travel Channel tonight at 9|8c for an epic 2-hour Ghost Adventures special: Ireland’s Celtic Demons!

Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin investigate some of the most haunted locations in Ireland: Hellfire Club, Leap Castle and Loftus Hall, where it’s said that the devil himself once spent the night. There are parts of Loftus Hall that the owner himself won’t visit!

Happy Halloween!

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Brian Unger at the Griffith Observatory

Brian Unger at the Griffith Observatory

On Oct. 13 and 14, I traveled to Los Angeles to field produce 3 web series — Meet Brian Unger, My Hometown and A Day in the Life — with new Travel Channel host Brian Unger of Time Traveling With Brian Unger, which will premiere in 2015. By the time we were done filming, I’d discovered a new side of LA’s valley.

It’s always a challenge filming in Los Angeles because it’s been done so many times, but lucky for us, our task was to showcase Los Angeles’ “other side,” its valley (the San Fernando Valley), which consists of a few cities, including Glendale, Burbank, Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys — all of which we covered, and then some, for Brian’s My Hometown web series. What we uncovered were some amazing places to eat, work out and play. READ MORE

Hallway of Wizard Chambers at Georgian House hotel

We might not have a magic broom for you to get to London this Halloween weekend, but if you’re planning on being in the big city anyway, why not go all the way? No costume needed for this Hogwarts experience: Stay at London’s Georgian House in the residential district of Victoria. The Georgian House is a beautiful hotel that has created a special space for its Wizard Chambers. It’s as if you’ve come to Hogwarts Castle for the weekend. This, my friends, is where your Harry Potter package begins. The chambers are designed with rustic wood paneling and an Old-English-style bed frame with clever accent pieces from floor to ceiling. The Harry Potter package also includes complimentary tickets for an exclusive Muggle walking tour; see firsthand where Harry Potter was filmed, hear stories of London’s rich history and explore the secret places once known only to Harry, Hermione and Ron. READ MORE

Andrew Zimmern

It’s been a little over 8 years since my first production meeting with Andrew Zimmern, a chef who was unknown to me at the time — as I was brand new to the TV and foodie worlds. He has hundreds of hours and thousands of miles recorded on national television, and to this day, I still ask myself, “How does he do it?” How does anyone travel so much, eat so exceptionally well, and then be expected to return to normal life? As we prepare for another season of Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern, which kicks off tonight at 9|8c on Travel Channel, I decided to get the answer to that question, along with others about what we can expect on Bizarre Foods, what Andrew is most excited about this season, his future travel plans and projects in 2015, and more!

As you go into another season of Bizarre Foods, what are you most excited for the viewers to see?

I think what’s most exciting for me is that we are finally able to slow down a little this season and dive deeper into the cultural elements of the show that are more interesting to me than skimming along the surface of the places we visit. TV needs to be relevant to stay current, and today’s viewers demand that. I think this season, we are finally delivering on that in spades. READ MORE

Samantha Brown in Cape Town South Africa

Feeling on top of the world at the summit of Table Mountain, overlooking Cape Town and the surrounding mountains. A 5 a.m. wake-up call is tough (especially when it’s really midnight your time) but worth it to see the sunrise at 3,500 feet.

Look who we found in South Africa! Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown was recently in Cape Town. We thought it was the perfect time to catch up with Sam and get the “skinny” on her trip: unforgettable moments, things to do and, of course, what to eat in Cape Town.

What were your expectations of Cape Town, and did it live up to them?

I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Cape Town for close to 10 years. It’s where my husband and I wanted to go on our honeymoon but couldn’t, due to lack of time. When I arrived early Saturday morning, I was mesmerized by Table Mountain; I mean, the location of Cape Town is just overwhelmingly beautiful. However, when I went out for a long walk, I was a bit underwhelmed. I headed downtown, which was a ghost town. All the shops were closed, and I wanted to go to a coffee shop I had read about that is run by a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. When I got there, it, too, was closed. I finally made it to a cute, hip neighborhood that ran along Kloof Street and had a great pot of tea and a nice conversation with the owner, who told me that if it’s a nice day (and it was gorgeous, especially for their winter), everyone closes up shop and heads to the beach. That’s when I realized Cape Town is really a city that’s a beach town at heart. It was also the last time during the trip that I was underwhelmed by Cape Town.

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Ryan Van Duzer and Arthur Hsu hold an Avery Brewing Co mug with beer

Host Ryan Van Duzer at Avery Brewing Co in Boulder

Travel Channel’s digital video producer Arthur Hsu traveled to Colorado to film one of our newest original series, Microbrew Madness, launching next week on travelchannel.com. The new web series will take viewers on a journey to discover the best craft breweries in America. Having traveled many times before to Colorado for his passion sport of bouldering, and now to film Microbrew Madness, it was the perfect time to catch up with Arthur to get an “insider’s” look at the city fondly called “the city nestled between the mountains and reality.”

What brought you to Colorado?

I was producing the last webisode for Microbrew Madness, at 2 great craft breweries, Avery Brewing Co in Boulder and Verboten Brewing in Loveland, with host Ryan Van Duzer and producer Andrew Robertson. We have been working on this project for nearly a year, starting off at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL, so it’s bittersweet to see this wrapped up. The craft breweries we’ve filmed are in destinations that offer much more than just tasty craft beers, and based on the crowds during the 2 weekdays we filmed, the locals agree. READ MORE

Zak Bagans among the crypts at St Michan's Church

Standing among the crypts at St Michan’s Church

Recently back from filming the Ghost Adventures 2-hour Halloween special in Ireland, Zak Bagans shares his tips for traveling to the country so known for its folklore, haunted castles and mythical creatures. Zak offers his advice on where to go and what to eat when searching for ghosts among the rolling green hills of Ireland. Tune in Friday, October 31 at 9|8c to watch Zak investigate Dublin and beyond.

What brought you to Ireland?

Ireland is steeped with so many mystical legends and so much dark history, it is literally a land of fantasy for the Ghost Adventures Crew. We wanted to investigate tales of the devil himself by visiting 2 locations and exploring other places said to be inhabited by ancient Celtic demons and spirits.

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