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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First of all, thank you to everyone who joined our Twitter chat on Wednesday! It was as entertaining as it was informative, and now, we could not be more ready for summer. Thank you for sharing your summer vacation secrets with us, from amusement-park picks to favorite camping spots to over- and underrated destinations — always with a good sense of humor (we’re looking at you, Bert Kreischer and Ryan Van Duzer).

For those of you who missed out, do not fear: There will be others. We’ll also be teasing out our favorite #TC_Chat gems here on the blog. First up, the best beachfront hotels. With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, we can think of nothing better than an extended stay at one of these sprawling resorts. Read on for some of your and our recommendations.

Amanyara Resort

Photo by Amanyara Resort

“Amanyara Resort, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos. Who wouldn’t want to stay here? http://t.co/GvXwC78OVq #TC_Chat pic.twitter.com/x20jja3QFO

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#LiveTravelChannel

Here at Travel Channel, we like to say we live the brand — whether that’s flying to Stockholm, Sweden, for dinner, frequently volunteering in Haiti or making the most of a weekend in Palm Springs — and we know you do, too. That’s why we want to see your best travel photos in all of their (filtered or unfiltered) glory. Share your summer photos with us, and our favorites may be featured on TravelChannel.com, on our Instagram account or even on-air.

Here’s how to submit your photos:

1. Instagram your favorite summer travel photos. (Submit as many as you like!)

2. Use the hashtag #LiveTravelChannel in the description. (Note: See our Terms of Use here.)

3. We love emojis as much as you do, but be sure to tag your destination or mention it in the description. Please and thank you!

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Still short on plans for Memorial Day weekend? This week’s travel roundup has free things to do, off-the-beaten-path road trips and plenty of photos to inspire a long-weekend getaway.

Only in South Beach does a giant margarita beckon from a sidewalk cafe and then set you back $60. Thankfully, Jetsetter has round up 34 free activities to make that Miami getaway more affordable.

“Is our relationship like a client/lawyer relationship?” Refinery29 has an entertaining roundup of the craziest travel agent requests.

Fathom reveals 14 ways to taste the world, according to mouthwatering Instagram photos.

Next time you’re in New Orleans, go beyond Bourbon Street with these Bayou road trips from the new Marriott Traveler.

For some weekend wanderlust, Travel + Leisure shares views from the top of the world’s most iconic landmarks.

 

William, Kate and Princess Charlotte

Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

In this week in travel, here are 5 things for your weekend dose of travel inspiration.

Girl vs. Globe shares 10 things to do in London this spring — other than hope for a glimpse of the royal family and Princess Charlotte, of course.

Dreaming of life on the open road … in the UK? Elena’s Travelgram shares 5 amazing road trips you have to take.

Rooftop bars are a rite of spring, and they are having a moment in Budapest, Hungary; Urban Travel Blog shares some of the best.

If you’re finally planning that long-awaited trip to Cuba, check out Goats on the Road‘s pre-travel prep list.

Even for a seasoned traveler, spending 4 days spotting lions and giraffes in Tanzania qualifies as a bucket-list trip. Live vicariously through A Little Adrift and her beautiful photos while on safari.

This Week in Travel

This week in travel brings you news you can use — to be happier in the air, on the road and everywhere in between.

Italian leather seats, Mongolian cashmere throws, Bose headphones, Dom Perignon poured freely — such is life aboard the Four Seasons new Boeing 757. CN Traveler has all the details.

Beat jet lag, unwind and soothe post-flight stomach troubles with these yoga poses from yoga rebel Tara Stiles and Birchbox.

Fathom shares 9 photos that will change everything you think about today’s hostels.

Head over to Refinery29 to see which country was declared the happiest, according to the United Nations’ latest World Happiness Report.

Skift wonders: Would 3-D entertainment distract you from some of airlines’ unfriendly cabin conditions?

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Travel is an intrinsic part of our lives. Factually speaking, it’s a $2.1 trillion business. It’s one of the largest industries and employers in the US. But it’s also much more than that. Here at Travel Channel, we have been debating what travel means to us in honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, being celebrated May 2-10 by the US Travel Association. An annual tradition for more than 30 years, National Travel and Tourism Week is a salute to the tourism industry, with rallies, activities and giveaways, including our $10,000 sweepstakes to Charleston. Here are a few of our wide-ranging responses to this year’s theme:

Travel is an education.

Travel is flying to Europe for a weekend adventure.

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Motorcycle Road Trip Tips

Photo by Caroline Purser / Photographer’s Choice / Getty Images

Make sure you’re prepared the next time you hit the open road. Here are 10 tips for staying safe and making the most of your next motorcycle trip.

1. Always wear a helmet — it’s 29% more effective in preventing fatalities in the event of a crash. Just make sure to pick a helmet that’s the right size and fit for you and that meets the minimum safety standards of the Department of Transportation (indicated by a DOT label in the back of the helmet).

2. When it rains, it doesn’t have to pour … down your back. Wrap a small towel around your neck to keep the water from running down. Regardless of the forecast, always carry rain gear with you. READ MORE

Prague
In this week in travel we’re living vicariously with some new faces to our weekly travel blogger roundup.

If your dream trip involves a room with a serious view, see Mrs. O Around the World’s luxe weekend guide to Prague. Plus, check out her tips for capturing the best travel photos.

Uncornered Market’s day trip to Poland was appropriately filled with Tyskie beers and pierogies.

If Cheri Lucas Rowlands‘ photos from a week in Bermuda are any indication, she’s living the dream.

48 Hour Adventure goes beyond the requisite wild outdoor adventures in Reykjavik.

You may think your time spent up in the air is one of life’s necessary evils, but Travel Skills reveals 13 air travel experiences to have before you die.

Neil Brandvold

Photo by Daniel Cima

Freelance photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Neil Brandvold is comfortable on the front lines, most recently covering the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone. His work, not unlike Travel Channel’s new series Breaking Borders, shines a light on the human toll — and resiliency — at the heart of disaster- and conflict-ridden areas. We caught up with him to find out about the dangers he faces on the job, the places he can’t get enough of, the people he’s met and the privilege of telling their stories.

You’ve covered the Arab Spring in Libya and Egypt and been embedded with M23 rebels in eastern Congo. What type of preparation goes into those trips? How do you stay safe?

The preparation really varies from trip to trip, but safety is always the most important thing to consider. Hostile environment training and battlefield medical training is an absolute necessity before working in war zones — and luckily, groups such as Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues and Pioneer Consulting, among others, are providing really top-notch training to journalists before entering conflict zones.

I spend a lot of time before each trip trying to get a good sense of the dangers on the ground and building up strong networks of trusted local fixers, drivers and translators, who are essential to be able to operate safely.

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This Week in Travel

Photography by Elena Elisseevas

In this week’s travel roundup, we’ve kindly bookmarked everything  you need to know before your next long-haul flight, from keeping your favorite nervous flier calm at 40,000 feet to winning the airline-seat wars to avoiding getting “hangry” and other potential pitfalls of traveling as a couple.

Stuck in a middle seat on your 12-hour flight and desperate to switch? No room left in your overhead compartment? The New York Times has the latest in the “rough-and-tumble” turf wars going on in today’s overcrowded cabins.

Nervous fliers, rejoice. Travel and Leisure reports that British Airways is introducing mindfulness videos and therapeutic playlists to keep you calm from takeoff to descent.

You, battling over the armrest, throwing passive-aggressive ‘bows at the offending passenger — would you kill for just an extra half-inch of seat room right now? Next time, fly Southwest, according to Skift.

Whether you’re one of those crazy travelers who looks forward to them (who, us?) or you merely tolerate them, JohnnyJet shares his top 15 tips for surviving your next long-haul flight.

We’ve always said travel is akin to living with someone; there’s no hiding one’s true colors. Zozi has 10 tips for traveling as a couple and returning home as one, too.

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