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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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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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are going to have a better long weekend than you. After much anticipation, the extravagant couple will tie the knot on Saturday, May 25 in Florence, Italy, in front of more than 100 guests, including their 11-month-old daughter, North.

But this won’t be your average celebrity destination wedding in a stunning Italian villa. After all, West — who proposed on the jumbotron at the San Francisco Giants’  At&T Stadium … with a 50-piece orchestra, their friends and family watching from the dugout and Keeping Up With the Kardashians cameras rolling — wouldn’t say “I do” any other way.

In true Kimye fashion, it seems no expense was spared on the lavish affair spanning across 2 romantic, European cities. Below you’ll find their rumored 3-day itinerary:

Friday, May 23:

Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

Photo by Four Seasons Hotel George V

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Tour Bran Castle and more of Transylvania’s most impressive (and intimidating) castles and fortresses.

Listen up interested members of the GAC! For a reported $80 million, you could now be the proud owner of Romania’s famed Bran Castle.

“If someone comes in with a reasonable offer, we will look at who they are, what they are proposing, and will seriously entertain the idea,” Mark Meyer, of Herzfeld and Rubin, told The Telegraph. The New York law firm is handling the sale for current owners Archduke Dominic and his family.

Ghost Adventures host Zak Bagans has been known to dabble in haunted real estate, recently purchasing a house known as “Indiana’s Portal to Hell.” This Romanian estate, a much more significant acquisition, would come with the worldwide reputation as Dracula’s Castle.

Ghost Adventures fans will recall that Zak, Nick and Aaron have already traveled to Transylvania to investigate Hunedoara Castle, where Vlad the Impaler was held prisoner. They recorded EVPs in the dungeon that sounded like tortured voices and even traveled to Vlad Dracula’s final resting place.

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Best Bachelorette Destinations

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Having just returned form a whirlwind weekend in NYC to toast a college friend, I started to think about all that goes into the modern-day Bachelorette, whether that’s a mechanic-bull-style bar crawl or a spa-and-sun-fueled weekend in South Beach.

Brides are increasingly looking for a night or 4 to remember, according to the New York Times, which adds that “the movement toward 5-star getaways may be due, in part, to people marrying later.” Makes sense. Most women have considerably more money than in their early 20s (as well as rewards points to pay for flights) and few have children yet (allowing for an extended stay).

So whether you’re the maid of honor, a childhood friend, or the bride-to-be herself, here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your last hurrah together … to make sure that fun is had by all.

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This Week in Photos
From the Coachella music festival to an ancient fertility ritual to the White House Easter Egg Roll, there are lots of celebrations to be had in this week in photos. But the fun doesn’t stop there, let’s get to our weekly travel blog roundup.

Johnny Jet has the scoop on the one airport to avoid this summer (if you can).

Want to go on the ultimate Nashville vacation? What to eat, drink, see and buy according to Music City-native Camels & Chocolate.

Skift presents the airplane seat design that could end the battle of the armrests.

If you’re headed to New Orleans for Jazz Fest this weekend and looking to try the best Po’ Boy, look no further. Eat Your World suggests a deep-fried seafood po’ boy from Parkway Bakery & Tavern.

World of Wanderlust presents 6 reasons to visit Italy in the spring (as if you need that many).

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