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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Take a moment. Wander from the suggested route. Experience a culture full of welcoming aloha. You won’t need a roadmap to find your most memorable moments. All you have to do is “Let Hawaii Happen.” gohawaii.com

Akaka Falls, Big Island
There are some things one has come to expect of Hawaii, such as otherworldly waterfalls, unrivaled beaches and ideal surf conditions, just to name a few. Then, there are the things you discover upon arrival: the genuine friendliness of the people, the fact that there is an active volcano … and that snow and sand can coexist on Hawaii Island! But there are some things that are intrinsic to an authentic Hawaiian experience, which manage to escape even the most well-intentioned itinerary or frequent visitor’s zeitgeist. To discover the true spirit of Hawaii, here are 5 things you must see, do and taste.

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Prague

Photography by Ronira Fruhstuck

Snowmageddon 2015 may have been relegated to the Northeast, but bookmark these reads for your next snow day.

Whether you’ve crossed too many timezones or taken back-to-back-to-back flights, every traveler has suffered from jet lag at some point. Tourist Meets Traveler shares some helpful tips to minimize the blow.

Next time you find yourself in Prague make sure to explore its local cafe culture like Kami & the Rest of the World.

Ever dreamed of hiking on a volcano? Follow in the footsteps on author Marie Pottiez who shared her shared her journey across the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand on The Culture Map.

World of Wanderlust reveals Europe’s best castles to visit — and which ones will even allow you to spend the night!

Don’t let January come to close without creating your 2015 travel bucket list, if you still in need of inspiration check out The Love Assembly’s inspiring to-do list.

The Trip 2015: Hawaii
Tonight at 8|7c, follow Travel Channel hosts Don Wildman, Samantha Brown, Anthony Melchiorri and Bert Kreischer to the Hawaiian Islands for The Trip 2015. Watch as they snorkel through the “Cathedrals” of Lanai, rappel alongside a waterfall in Maui, take a helicopter tour of Manawaiopuna Falls (made famous by Jurassic Park) and much more! Then, enter for your chance to win this $100,000 trip of a lifetime. What are you waiting for?

Enter for a chance to win The Trip 2015!

More About The Trip 2015
See the Hosts’ Travel Photos
Exclusive Video: Kinga in Hawaii
Which Hawaiian Island Are You?

Portugal, sergoua/Getty Images/iStockphoto

This week’s travel blog roundup with have you seeing things differently, from little-known destination hot spots to the death of an in-flight institution.

Forgo Croatia’s crowded beaches for a tranquil Portuguese fishing village outside Lisbon. Head over to PureWow for more off-the-beaten-path destinations to add to your 2015 bucket list.

There’s much made over seeing the world through a child’s eyes, free of cynicism, preconceived notions and prejudice. Now you can experience this IRL thanks to this photo essay — a toddler’s view of New York City — in The NY Times.

Lucky Peach has an appetite-inducing (and beautifully photographed) regional guide to ramen in Japan (h/t Fathom).

In breaking travel news, SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy. Let’s reflect one last time on 11 of the in-flight catalog’s most ridiculous items with Business Insider.

Last but not least, we’ll leave you with this fun Washington Post quiz. Can you name these cities just by looking at their subway maps?

 

Havasu Falls (Photo Courtesy Thinkstock)

There’s a lot of eye candy and some eyebrow-raising discoveries in this week’s travel blog roundup. Beyond the beautiful photography of the brightly-colored Havasu Falls in Arizona, Brendan’s Adventures also boasts everything you need to know about how to get there, what to see, where to stay and to what to pack.

How can color theory up your travel photo game? Geotraveler’s Niche explains.

Detroit most likely isn’t on your travel to-do list, but Hecktic Travels makes a compelling case why it should be.

“Why are some croissants straight, and others curved?” The Everywhereist answers the age-old question, and yes, there is a law about it in France.

From exquisitely prepared food to truly picturesque train rides, Legal Nomads shares 77 photos of Japan.

 

Kinga Philipps films in a swimming hole on Oahu

Courtesy of Kinga Philipps

TravelChannel.com Originals host Kinga Philipps is no stranger to Oahu, but for The Trip 2015 she really pushed her limits, both by free diving and spear fishing in the ocean and strapping on a parachute to do 360-degree loops in a glider. Her Hawaiian adventures will be captured in a 5-part web series.

What brought you to Oahu?

I’ve been to Oahu dozens of times, but it’s never the same experience twice, so I keep coming back. It’s relaxing, wild, peaceful, exhilarating — all rolled into one. This time, we came for Travel Channel’s yearly special The Trip to show off some adventures one can have on the island. We teamed up with locals to show us their idea of a good time, from spear-fishing to private hikes to glider rides and, of course, local grindz.

What were your expectations while filming/visiting Oahu?

I’ve learned to leave expectations behind when I travel — even to places I’ve been before. I did expect to have a lot of fun and eat a lot of good food, and that definitely transpired. It’s also a fact that people who are very good at a sport make it look easy, so I knew the spear-fishing and free-diving segment would exceed my level of experience, and I would have to push myself. I’m comfortable in the water and I’ve dabbled in free diving, but when Shaun Harada, my guide, said, “Make sure you take the snorkel out of your mouth when you dive deep, because if you black out, it acts as a funnel for the water into your lungs,” I knew I was in a bit over my head (pun intended). I don’t want to spoil the ending, but clearly I made it, or I wouldn’t be writing this — although I still can’t hear out of my left ear. Totally worth it.

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This Week in Travel: Antarctica

Photography by Paul Souders | WorldFoto

Whether you’ve resolved to be more present in your everyday travels or take more risks in a far-flung adventure, this week’s travel blog roundup has both in spades.

The Red Bull Air Force is world-renowned for its amazing stunts. Head over to Adventure.com to see a pretty spectacular highlight reel, including a wingsuit jump over downtown New York and BASE jumping off Fisher Towers in Moab, UT.

We get it — it’s hard to motivate yourself to get out of bed in the morning during the winter months. But this Brooklyn Bridge sunrise series from C’est Christine might do the trick.

Lee Abbamonte has ventured where, we daresay, few of us ever will: the South Pole. Check out his real-life march of the (emperor) penguins in Antarctica.

Live vicariously through Candice Does the World, who stumbled upon an “ultra-secret” geothermal pool while on a road trip in Iceland.

If the Oscar buzz around Wild has you contemplating hiking for days on end, follow the Fearful Adventurer’s own unexpected and inspiring pilgrimage.

The Trip 2015: Hawaii
Travel Channel’s third annual $100,000 dream getaway will be to Hawaii, a destination unrivaled in natural wonders, foodie experiences and aloha spirit. Travel Channel stars Bert Kreischer, Don Wildman, Sam Brown and Anthony Melchiorri will uncover the ultimate insider experiences on the Hawaiian Islands, from a private helicopter tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to VIP dining at Alan Wong’s.

Be among the first to enter for a chance to win The Trip 2015 now and tune in on Monday, Jan. 26, at 8|7c to see the full prize package unveiled in a 1-hour special.

Enter for a chance to win The Trip 2015!

More About The Trip 2015
Meet the Hosts
Hawaii Travel Guide
Which Hawaiian Island Are You?

Miami
All eyes on the year ahead. Where will 2015 take you? Let this week’s travel blog roundup inspire your next adventure.

No surprise here. Sunny Miami tops Flipkey’s list of the 10 most desirable vacation rental destinations.

Fathom rounded up 9 boutique hotels that will blow up your Instagram feed in 2015.

The one place to visit in 2015? Skift throws an unlikely destination in the mix.

For a much needed digital detox, Afar recommends 20 off-the-grid getaways.

JohnnyJet has unearthed 6 iconic winter treats in Minneapolis.

This Week in Travel
Whether you’re spending the holidays with loved ones or spending your vacation days traveling the world, we wish you and yours a happy new year.

It’s safe to say Fly Etihad’s 3-room residence suite on its new A380 puts your holiday commute to shame. Go inside with Skift.

Can’t get enough family time? Take it on the road. Head over to Fathom for 16 #HappyFamily travel pics to serve as inspiration.

British Airways delighted children of all ages by revealing Santa’s 317-million mile journey, check out the official flight plan on JohnnyJet.

Swap your Christmas list for your travel bucket list. On ours? Driving Iceland’s Golden Circle like ExpertVagabond.

Planes, trains and automobiles — Refinery29 has you covered with 4 cute and cozy winter travel outfits.

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