Sara Gilliam

Sara is a Senior Producer for Travel Channel.com. She has eaten her way through Thailand, sailed around the coast of Greece -- and thought she died and went to heaven in Paris (not literally). In addition to travel, she loves smart design, clever headlines and all things pop culture.

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Sao Paolo, Brazil

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This week’s travel blog roundup will turn up the wanderlust — read on for tips and seriously inspiring photos from Sao Paulo to Ubud.

Roads & Kingdoms has 14 things to know before you go to the sprawling metropolis of Sao Paulo.

Have you been to Ubud yet? If not, this beautiful Bali photo journal by Nomadic Habit will have you wondering why.

The Voyageur has the (almost) perfect 15-day itinerary for Sri Lanka, including what she’d do differently if she could go back.

Camels & Chocolate invites you to sit, have a drink and stay for a while at the South’s swankiest resort.

Where to stay in Paris: Adventurous Kate shares her picks for the best neighborhoods and accommodations.

 

This Week in Travel

Move on, nothing to see here — according to some Yelpers.

From the ironic to the eye-popping, here are the stories that got passed around the Travel Channel offices this week.

“If you’ve seen one [geyser] you’ve seen them all.” Whether they are funny because they’re sad or just plain sad, you have to see these 1-star Yelp reviews of national parks on imgur.

“Home is wherever your feet take you,” and 31 more things people with wanderlust will understand, from Buzzfeed.

Missing summer already? Stare wistfully at these 15 snaps of palm trees and deep blue seas from Fathom.

A Luxury Travel Blog picks the world’s top 5 winemaking regions that all oenophiles need to check off their lists.

More than 3,500 kilometers over 20 days crammed into 3 minutes, 32 seconds, and it shows (h/t Skift).

Saturday marks Alaska Day, commemorating the transfer of the territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States in 1867. While most of us won’t be on hand in the beautiful, seaside town of Sitka to celebrate, we thought we’d take the opportunity to marvel at Alaska’s glaciers, fjords and otherworldly scenery, as shared with us by Travel Channel fans on Instagram during the ideal summer season. The vast and largely untouched state beckons with lush landscapes, natural wonders and amazing wildlife, waiting to be explored by air, by land or, as the trend goes, by sea on an Alaskan cruise. These photos may be just the inspiration you need to plan your journey to “the Last Frontier” now.

Alaska

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From coffee breaks in Buenos Aires to killing time in London, some of our favorite cities take center stage in this week’s travel blog roundup.

Espresso, crispy-yet-gooey medialunas and dulce de leche … eat your heart out in Buenos Aires with Fathom.

Did you hear about the time Google hired a camel for its desert street view? True story.

In news you can actually use: Beers & Beans has 8 essential android apps for working on the road.

Have a long layover in Heathrow? Luckily, JohnnyJet knows the best way to kill the time.

Lost in Cheeseland shares her 5 favorite things to eat, drink and see in Paris.

Tuscany
From the steep streets of Sienna to a stunning sunset in Norway to a staggering $23,000 Singapore Airlines price tag, here are the links that got shared around the Travel Channel office this week.

The adventure journal turned us on to this gorgeous Norway time-lapse. Trust us, it’s worth a look.

For quintessential Tuscany with 2 kids in tow — let Hither & Thither’s Travelogue be your guide.

This photo essay by Amanda Marsalis  for Tiny Atlas Quarterly will have you seeing Hong Kong in an entirely new “Amaro-like” light.

In case you’ve ever wondered what would be considered “the Chateau Marmont of the South,” it’s Soniat House in New Orleans according to A Hotel Life.

Finally, for anyone who’s ever been envious of first-class guests as they’ve headed to the back of the plane, one man documents his flight to New York in a $23,000 Singapore Airlines suite.

This Week in Travel

Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica. Photography by Getty Images

This week’s travel blog roundup features destinations worth a second look, from a Caribbean island to an artsy yet overlooked neighborhood in the City of Angels.

If you ever needed a reason to book a family vacation in Jamaica, Kidventurious has 8. Consider it planned.

Explore LA’s burgeoning Arts District — including where to shop, eat and drink — alongside an LA local at Trevor Morrow Travel.

Which country’s residents travel farthest for their honeymoons? And where is the world’s most popular honeymoon destination? Skift explains (with a little help from Facebook).

Have the burning desire to sip lavender lemonade or stitch leather bags in condemned buildings? No? Well, according to Fathom, that’s what all the cool kids are doing in Denver.

Lastly, Thrillist has rounded up 10 upscale hostels that are nicer than most hotels. Yes, you read that right.

It’s 5 o’clock Friday, and we’re guessing that you’d rather be just about anywhere than your cubicle — like a Caribbean island, for instance. Once reality sinks in, don’t abandon the daydream just because it’s smack dab in the middle of hurricane season. All Caribbean islands are not created equal, after all — nor are their chances of being struck by a storm.

Travel insiders have long known that the “Dutch ABCs” — Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao — are your safest bets during the fall, since they are situated in the Southern Caribbean, far from the hurricane belt. Better yet, if you book now, you’re likely to find great deals, as the summer crowds are long gone and have left lower prices. Read on to find out which Netherlands territory will live up to your island fantasy.

Aruba

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South African Safari

Photography by Anthony Patterson, Flickr


This week, we’re living vicariously through some of our favorite travel blogs, from secluded South African safaris to $8,000 flights that take first class to the next level.

If you’re dreaming of the ideal South African safari, A Luxury Travel Blog has found the top 5 remote safari lodges.

The Expert Vagabond discovered both wildfires and ice on an epic trekking adventure in Turkey’s Kackar Mountains.

Nomadic Matt has 10 interesting and helpful websites when planning your next trip.

Skift has the scoop on what the most expensive domestic US fare buys travelers. For the record, it’s a cool $8,000.

Nashville native Camels & Chocolate reveals her neighborhood guide for SoBro and Rutledge Hill.

Scotland
With a historic vote on independence this week, all eyes have been on Scotland. And while the Scottish people said “No” to the referendum and chose to remain part of the UK, this small, but proud nation captured the attention of the world. Here at Travel Channel, all this talk of Scotland served to remind us of the age-old traditions and natural beauty that has lured travelers to the country from around the world.

Sample Scotland’s Drink of Choice

Lots of Scots said they’d toast a “Yes” vote with a dram of whisky, but we have no doubt the “No” votes will be doing the same. With nearly 100 distilleries around the country to choose from, there’s no excuse to miss out on this centuries-old tradition on your visit to Scotland. Start your tour on the western coast, also known as the “Whisky Coast,” on the tiny island of Islay. This mecca for whisky drinkers is just 25 miles long, but it’s home to 8 top-notch distilleries. Laphroaig, Bowmore and Kilchoman are 3 of our favorites, but whichever you chose you’ll notice the distinct salty flavor the island’s strong whiskys are known for, thanks to the sea spray that covers the island’s peat, which is used during the malting process.

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This Week in Travel

In the spirit of New York Fashion Week, this week’s roundup is full of tips and trendsetters that inspire a more fashionable lifestyle — at home and on the road.

Get in-flight beauty tricks from a top makeup artist on Fathom, then read our interview with Fathom co-founder Jeralyn Gerba.

It can be hard to stick to a workout routine while traveling, but mixing in a new or inventive workout class is a great way to stay fit. Case in point: Style Jaunt got up the nerve to try aerial yoga at the Willow Stream Spa in Scottsdale, AZ.

The French are known for many things, chief among them: eating well. Paris-based Ashley Abroad reveals the French eating habits she’ll be taking home with her.

Fashion Toast’s Moroccan photo diary is nothing short of dreamy, scroll to the very bottom for some of her stylish recommendations.

Not to leave out stylish men, the duo behind Street Etiquette makes our list with their Johannesburg journey in South Africa.

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