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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To kick off the summer, we asked Travel Channel fans to send us their most Instagram-worthy travel moments — and they didn’t disappoint. After combing through thousands of awe-inspiring submissions, we chose some of our favorites to share on-air and online. Check out 26 of the best #MySummer photos, sure to inspire a #YOLO adventure during the last days of summer and beyond.

#MySummer Photos
Top Row, Left to Right:

“live the search, live caribbean #trinidad#mysummer @travelchannel#wanderlust #discover #photooftheday #green #nature #waterfall #travel #beautifuldestinations #earth” – @bsdlife

“Pôr-do-Sol em Maya Bay, Thailand.” – @criswerebe

“Definitely one of my favorite stops from my road trip. It was even cooler camping right at the edge. #gopro #besomebody #horseshoebend #arizona #coloradoriver #roadtrip #nature #exploremore #betheadventure #travel #mysummer” – @con3081

Middle Row, Left to Right:

“Someone mentioned that I had “missed World Oceans Day” recently. But, my absence from social media is only ever indicative of the fact that I spend every possible moment underwater. It is my intention to celebrate the ocean every day #mahimahi pic:@_jimward” — @aliciaUnderwater

“Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down. #gopro #besomebody#roadtrip #lakepowell #backflip #travel #explore #adventure #betheadventure #sunset #thegoodlife #exploremore” – @con3081

“Nice #diving today. Great picture taken by my lovely colleague @spanish_mason #scubadiving #Soller #Mallorca #Spain #expatlife #travel #instatravel #ocean” –@whereissanne

Bottom Row, Left to Right:

“#mysummer in the #Himalayan #mountains of #India #nofilter” – @rignam

Multnomah Falls #travel #summer2014″ – @nayaswanderlust

“”You don’t stop having fun when you get old, you get old when you stop having fun” ~ Ritu Ghatourey #padangpadang #bali” – @darkside006

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Martha's Vineyard

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This edition of our weekly travel blog roundup is the stuff dreams are made of … a long-awaited destination, an island getaway to Bora Bora, Roger Federer playing tennis on a glacier … seriously, we can’t make this stuff up.

This week one of our favorite bloggers got to experience one of the things travel writers treasure: finally getting to visit a place you’ve long been researching, writing and reading about. Here is Passenger Conners’ take on 48 hours in Martha’s Vineyard.

If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a method behind the madness that is boarding a plane, Skift reveals the math behind airlines’ chaotic practices.

Moving on, Johnny Jet had a rather surreal experience watching pro Roger Federer play tennis against Olympic ski racer Lindsey Vonn on a glacier at 11,333 feet — seems he has a bit of an advantage, no? All of this fanfare was for opening of the world’s tallest chocolate shop (by elevation) at Jungfraujoch, the “Top of Europe.”

Who hasn’t dreamed of staying in a bungalow on stilts over cerulean waters? The Travel Bite shares 5 things they don’t tell you about the dream destination of Bora Bora.

Finally, join the Expert Vagabond on an epic, 6-week surfing road trip from Cape Town to Durban in South Africa.

Paris

Another summer weekend is about to be on the books — how will you spend it? Our weekly travel blog roundup has more than a few good ideas.

“Uncorking a bottle of French wine on a sunny day, spreading Brie on a baguette, gazing out on the Paris skyline in front of the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre,” Nomadic Matt describes his perfect day and shares 22 ways to save money in Paris.

We enjoyed taking a road trip down memory lane with The Repatriate, living vicariously through her travels in Austria.

Airbnb revealed a new logo and website and people had strong opinions about it. Skift rounded up the reactions — thoughts?

How to travel the world for $1.94 per day. Seriously. Wandering Earl explains.

Lastly, Fathom shares 7 breezy accessories for your next beach vacation.

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This week’s travel blog roundup is brimming with information — from essential travel tips to airplane etiquette — straight from the pros.

Has Johnny Jet  answered the age-old question of how to stop the passenger in front of you from reclining? Check out his solution and let us know in the comments if you’d be willing to try it.

Think twice before showing up to the airport if your cell phone is dying, Travel and Leisure’s Carry On blog has the lowdown on new TSA regulations that target dead electronics.

Even the most seasoned traveler make mistakes, the Young Adventuress shares 5 she makes over and over again.

Move over honeymooners, Skift explores the growing popularity of megamoons and many-moons and their equally surprising price tags.

Leave Your Daily Hell reveals the one place you have to see before you die (hint: it’s in South America).

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While fans of host team Brazil are still crying into their caipirinhas, all eyes are on Germany and Argentina for the World Cup final. Check out our Country vs. Country challenge. Who do you think comes out on top?

Germany Argentina
Signature Dish(es) Signature Dish(es)
Currywurst, steamed than fried pork sausage served with a curry-meets-ketchup sauce  Empanadas, chorizo and, of course, beef served at a Buenos Aires parrilla 
National Drink National Drink
Prost! If you can’t go full-on Oktoberfest, opt for a Becks, the No. 1 beer export
 
Salud! Yerba Mate (a tea made from the naturally caffeinated leaves of the South American rainforest holly tree) spiked with vodka or a glass of Malbec from Mendoza 
Home Stadium Home Stadium 
Germany does not have an official stadium, but matches are held most often at the Olympiastadion in Berlin
 
Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires 
Claim to Fame  Claim to Fame 
Brandenberg Gate, a neoclassical triumphal arch and one of the most recognized landmarks in Germany  Iguazú Falls, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world 
Natural Wonder Natural Wonder
The Black Forest, scenic woodlands dotted with mountain villages known for cuckoo clocks and the eponymous Black Forest cake  Perito Moreno Glacier, a Patagonian glacier located in Los Glaciares National Park 
Capital City Capital City
Berlin  Buenos Aires 
Celebratory Dance Celebratory Dance
Polka, popular across central Europe  Tango, a passionate and sophisticated dance performed everywhere from corner cafes to historic tango halls
 

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Ever wonder about the things people try to sneak on planes? CN Traveler rounded up some of the crazier items from the TSA’s Instagram feed. Yes, they have an official Instagram feed.

Dreaming of a vacation in the Philippines … but on a budget? The Poor Traveler has an entertaining and comprehensive travel guide to Batanes, Philippines.

Dreaming of getting outdoors without sacrificing some of the creature comforts of home? The Barefoot Nomad has 10 reasons glamping might be for you.

Turns out Nomadic Matt is a fan of the Jazz Age (like a lot of us) and he’s planned the perfect Prohibition bar crawl though NYC.

It’s never too early to feast your eyes on a Kiwi food frenzy. Case in point, Bren on the Road brings you 33 things to eat on your next trip to New Zealand.

Prague

eTramping tells you how to do Prague for less than $25 a day. Photography by Thinkstock

This week we welcome y Travel and eTramping to our weekly roundup, we suggest you bookmark them immediately. Oh, and some exciting news for Star Wars fans coming soon … well, in 2018. Enjoy!

A little worried about the price tag of that dream European getaway?  eTramping reveals Europe’s 6 less-expensive cities and tips to see them on a budget.

Something to download before your next trip: y Travel’s handy list of 16 must-have apps and websites for digital nomads.

The Expeditioner looks into the rise of solo travel beyond the backpacker — and gives 4 reasons why you should consider traveling alone.

A Luxury Travel Blog rounded up 7 amazing sights to see  in Central America — the photos speak for themselves.

And may the force be with you … in Chicago, where George Lucas is building a $700 million art and Star Wars memorabilia museum, to be called the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, via Vanity Fair.

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15 Summer Weekend Getaways

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It’s officially the first day of summer , so how do you plan to spend yours? Whether your summer vacation is completely booked or you’re still looking for some inspiration, our weekly travel blog roundup is here to help on both fronts.

Your worst fear when you decide to check a bag? Showing up to your destination before it does. Skift reveals where checked luggage is 3 times more likely to arrive late than in the US.

Summer airfares can be brutal; Johnny Jet shares 12 ways to find cheap flights.

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Photo by Arthur Boppre, Wikimedia Commons

We apologize for the interruption in our regularly scheduled posting, but while we’ve “sunset” This Week in Photos, our weekly travel roundup isn’t going anywhere. Here are some of the top stories shared around the Travel Channel offices this week.

The World Cup has been buzzing in the background at Travel Channel HQ and the workdays are punctuated by cheering from cubicles. Some employees aren’t as fortunate, however, and in China they’re taking to more extreme tactics to not miss any of the action. With a crushing 11-hour time difference – meaning the daily opening matches start around midnight — Chinese workers are buying fake doctors’ notes to play hooky. According to NPR, the more money workers are willing to pony up the more authentic the excuse: 50 bucks even gets you an ultrasound, CT scan, blood or urine test to back up your “diagnosis.”

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Travel's Best All-American Vacations 2014

Click on the image to see our top 10 All-American vacations for 2014.

Whether you’re looking to live the American dream (which, according to the movies, is a cross-country road trip), craving an old-fashioned family beach vacation or hoping for a heart-pounding adventure in our national parks, check out our Travel’s Best All-American Vacations for 2014.

Each vacation was hand-picked by our expert panel of advisors, which includes Travel Channel hosts Don Wildman and Kinga Philipps, Roadtrippers.com founder and CEO James Fisher, and the Martin family who documented their RV trip to all 50 states at thatTripUSA.com.

With all this country has to offer, there were plenty of destinations that couldn’t make our list. Check out this year’s top 10 and let us know if we missed one of your favorite US getaways. Then, visit our Fan Favorite page and comment on which All-American destination should be added to our experts’ picks.

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