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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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.

Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA

Photography by Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA

Coming back from vacation tanned, tired and completely content isn’t nearly as hard if the job you are returning to is, say, working for a travel website. That being said, here are some links to keep the feeling of summer from fleeting just yet.

If you have yet to visit the Classe Touriste daily photo blog, you’ll soon be addicted. Start by following them to the tiny and little-known village of Arguedas, Spain, and enjoying the unexpected fiesta that followed.

For anyone who’s felt underwhelmed by this LA neighbor, here are 15 reasons to give Long Beach, CA, a chance, via Johnny Jet.

Go “home” with Boat Magazine contributor Ruth Carruthers, who experiences Scotland by sea for the first time.

A Dangerous Business delves into the Mile High City and shares its picks for where to eat, what to do and how to get around Denver in 48 hours.

Lastly, the Bohemian Travelers reveal how to find sea turtles on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Thai Food

As we enter this Labor Day weekend and sadly say goodbye to the summer season, here are a few of the travel blog posts that made us smile around the office.

Nomadic Matt has stumbled upon the best Thai food outside of Thailand — and it’s not where you might think.

Refinery29 shares 10 natural jet lag remedies that will come in handy next time you cross a few time zones.

The Expert Vagabond rounded up an impressive list of the 50 best travel quotes. Head over there for an extra dose of wanderlust inspiration.

Whether you love tacos or tequila — or both — check out Fathom’s guide to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Lastly, we suggest you go crayfishing in the Swedish Archipelago with The Blonde Abroad.

Paris, France

The posts and photos that found themselves into this week’s travel blog roundup can be described as none other than full-on travel porn. You’re welcome.

The Lazy Travelers spent a year living in the Île-de-France, here are their favorite Parisian places to drink and dine.

Camels & Chocolate got an awe-inspiring view of Montana’s Glacier National Park on a Glacier Jet Center helicopter ride.

i wander discovered one of the world’s best airport hotels right in his backyard — Singapore.

The Style Junkies recommend Aenaon Villas, positioned right on the edge of the world-famous caldera in Santorini. The “wow factor” is in the pictures.

And for those looking for even more eye candy, Inside the Travel Lab rounded up 7 of the best travel photos blogs out there.

Santorini, Greece

They say curiosity killed the cat, but curiosity about people and far-flung places is intrinsic to travel. This week’s roundup is filled with bits of inspiration that will leave you craving more.

Johnny Jet highlighted a summer destination that’s near and dear to our hearts. May we present to you, 10 Greece moments to live for.

For your weekly dose of eye candy, Fathom featured a couple who free dives with sharks in Honduras — and lives to photograph them.

For an otherworldly experience, live vicariously through the Expert Vagabond as he crawls inside an active volcano on Reunion Island.

Chances are when you board a flight you aren’t particularly looking forward to airplane food. According to Skift, some airlines are trying to change that. Enter: celebrity chefs.

Lastly, we suggest you get lost in The Great Affair’s illustrated love letter to Vashon Island, near Seattle. You’ll thank us later.

Hollywood, FL

By the time August rolls around, you’re already wondering how you’ll spend those last few sweet days of summer (whether or not you’ve already maxed out those vacation days). Our friends at HomeAway ranked the top 5 destinations bursting with vacation rentals perfect for a last-minute long weekend. Chances are if you stay off the beaten path, watch for cancellations and book soon, you can still savor the end of summer’s long days and nights from your own piece of (rented) paradise.

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Oysters

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It’s August and the countdown to the end of summer is unfortunately upon us. Make the most of your vacation days with these tips from some of our favorite travel blogs.

A Luxury Travel Blog shares a local’s top 5 seafood restaurants in Boston.

This is happening: pay-what-you-want hotels in Paris. Check out the details on the Carry On blog.

If you’re still a virgin when it comes to renting vacation homes, check out the Vacation Gals’ experience in Orlando before you book.

Nomadic Samuel has 50 things to do in NYC for an action-packed, end-of-summer getaway.

While Bali, Singapore and Thailand may not be top of mind for your next family vacation, Y Travel blog reveals 12 kid friendly attractions that make Southeast Asia worth considering.

Piedmont, Italy

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Agriturismo. Yakitori. This week’s travel blog roundup will have you brushing up on your foreign language skills and plotting your next trip abroad.

The Points Guy shares the secret to planning a family vacation in Italy: stay in a agriturismo, a guest home on a farm in rural Italy.

We got lost in Fathom’s roundup of the 24 best indie magazines for travelers — we’re newly smitten with Boat.

Nervous about using a site like Airbnb for the first time? Nomadic Matt reveals how it works, how to pick the perfect apartment and how not to get cheated.

If you’ve ever dreamed of backpacking Europe, The Savvy Backpacker has put together a comprehensive and impressive guide.

Beyond insanely fresh and delicious sushi, Migrationology explores another delicacy in Tokyo, yakitori (skewers of grilled meat).

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.

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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.

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