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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Mariana Van Zeller

Mariana Van Zeller is a co-host alongside chef Michael Voltaggio, in our newest show (coming early 2015) Breaking Borders. In Mariana’s “other life” she’s a correspondent for Fusion/ABC NEWS, and on a recent trip to Brazil to cover the World Cup, she took some time out to explore the Amazon rainforest. We asked Mariana to tell us a few things about her excursion with her husband and 3-year-old son. Read what Mariana had to say:

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Diamondback rollercoaster on the left and Verruckt waterslide on the right

(L to R): Diamondback rollercoaster (Credit : Kings Island), Verruckt waterslide (Credit : Verruckt)

“Insane” and “extreme” return to Travel Channel as the season opener for Insane Coaster Wars: World Domination touches down in Taiwan, Missouri, Texas and more! Then, it’s off of Kansas City, MO, for Building the World’s Tallest – Verruckt! Travel Channel is there for the making of this “insane” — literally (Verruckt means Insane) — waterslide. READ MORE

Angkor Thom Gate in Cambodia

Angkor Thom Gate in Cambodia

Travel Channel executive producer Daniel A. Schwartz traveled to Cambodia with the Expedition Unknown production crew and host and explorer Josh Gates. It was Daniel’s first time in Cambodia and we thought it was the perfect time to get a “newbies” perspective on the country.

Here’s what Daniel had to say:

What brought you to Cambodia?

I went to Cambodia to film Expedition Unknown, a new Travel Channel show coming in 2015, with host and explorer Josh Gates. We traveled through the country, from the capital Phnom Penh all the way to the northernmost mountain border. Josh was on a mission and we were there to document the adventure. READ MORE

barbecue chicken on the grill

May is National Barbecue Month and we’re celebrating everything good about marinade, spice-rubbed and basted barbecue goodness! In the traditional sense, barbecue is a preferred method for cooking meat: chicken, pork, steak and more with gas, smoking wood or charcoal.

With so many states (Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kansas) laying claim to fame that their barbecue is the best, how do you decide where to start your barbecue tour? READ MORE

Dock Street Theater in Charleston South Carolina

Historic Charleston offers a rich history around every corner. From Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor where the first shots of the Civil War rang out to Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, a former prison and one of the locations where the Declaration of Independence was read, and with over a hundred hotels, they too hold a rich history, steeped in secrets from the past.

Last night’s Hotel Secrets & Legends featured a story about 2 escaped slaves from Georgia – Ellen and William Craft – who stayed at the then Planter’s Hotel (now the Dock Street Theatre) for one night. READ MORE

Verruckt waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, KS

A drop higher than Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty, an incline that reaches the heights of the tallest wave ever surfed and a ride that will be faster than the planet’s fastest animal — the cheetah! Are you ready to climb the 264 steps to Verrückt? Before Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, KS, opens its doors Memorial Day weekend and debuts its newest ride, Verrückt, Guinness World Records (accompanied by a handful of major media and news outlets, including Travel Channel) will put Verrückt through its toughest test today — a measurement that will determine whether or not Verrückt is in fact, the tallest and fastest waterslide in the world!

Until the final judgment is declared, you be the judge! Go behind the scenes and watch the making of Verrückt. Tell us what you think in the comments below. Are you ready to ride, or are you terrified? And don’t miss all-new episodes of Xtreme Waterparks (featuring Verrückt) this summer on Travel Channel.

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pig on a spit at Woodshed Smokehouse in Fort Worth Texas

There are many things we love about Texans, and their barbecue is high on that list. The next time you’re in Dallas, check out Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, which packs a hot and spicy combination with their beef brisket, pork ribs and the “Big Chop,” a 2-inch thick pork chop dunked in vinegar and meat drippings. If pork and beef don’t get your glands salivating, then head over to Chicken Scratch Restaurant, The Revolver Taco Lounge, or Woodshed Smokehouse (Pictured above: slow-roasted pig on a spit) for their braised lamb belly with shallots and roasted garlic pureed in a bone broth. Yum! READ MORE

Andrew Zimmern at Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish in Nashville

Who knew that Nashville had a thing for spicy chicken? We’ve just become “hip” to the idea, and now we gotta try some! Until your travel plans are finalized, live vicariously through Andrew Zimmern tonight during an all-new episode of Bizarre Foods America in Nashville! Andrew eats some iconic foods, including spicy chicken and fish, as well as a whole hog on the “Q.” Andrew also ventures off the beaten path to visit a local Kurdish family, cooking up some of the most flavorful foods in all of Tennessee.

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Charleston's Cooper River Bridge Run

Travelers, Charlestonians and runners (or walkers) alike, prepare for a big weekend in Charleston, SC. The annual Cooper River Bridge Run  happens this Saturday, April 5. Runners and walkers will find their position on the Mt. Pleasant side of the Cooper River Bridge at 6 a.m., to start the 10K race which takes runners across the massive, 2.5-mile-long Cooper River Bridge and ends on Meeting Street, just before the popular Marion Square in Historic Downtown Charleston.

Started as a way of engaging interest and awareness of better health and cardiovascular exercise, “Bridge Run” as it’s fondly called, has become one of the most popular events to happen during the spring season in Charleston – next to its world-class weddings, of course. But before the big race kicks off, the foodies and the kids get in on the action with Taste of the Bridge Run and Kids Run & Wonderfest. READ MORE

Ocean view from a vacation home

Don’t let today be an ordinary day — add a little luxury into your plans. From 2|1c to 6|5c Travel Channel will showcase the best of the best in luxury living with Mega Mansions and Extreme Vacation Homes. Start planning your summer road trip now, as we take you backstage to the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, the Old Westbury Gardens estate in Westbury, NY (location of the Oscar-nominated The Great Gatsby) and more in Mega Mansions.

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