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

Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica. Photography by Getty Images

This week’s travel blog roundup features destinations worth a second look, from a Caribbean island to an artsy yet overlooked neighborhood in the City of Angels.

If you ever needed a reason to book a family vacation in Jamaica, Kidventurious has 8. Consider it planned.

Explore LA’s burgeoning Arts District — including where to shop, eat and drink — alongside an LA local at Trevor Morrow Travel.

Which country’s residents travel farthest for their honeymoons? And where is the world’s most popular honeymoon destination? Skift explains (with a little help from Facebook).

Have the burning desire to sip lavender lemonade or stitch leather bags in condemned buildings? No? Well, according to Fathom, that’s what all the cool kids are doing in Denver.

Lastly, Thrillist has rounded up 10 upscale hostels that are nicer than most hotels. Yes, you read that right.

It’s 5 o’clock Friday, and we’re guessing that you’d rather be just about anywhere than your cubicle — like a Caribbean island, for instance. Once reality sinks in, don’t abandon the daydream just because it’s smack dab in the middle of hurricane season. All Caribbean islands are not created equal, after all — nor are their chances of being struck by a storm.

Travel insiders have long known that the “Dutch ABCs” — Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao — are your safest bets during the fall, since they are situated in the Southern Caribbean, far from the hurricane belt. Better yet, if you book now, you’re likely to find great deals, as the summer crowds are long gone and have left lower prices. Read on to find out which Netherlands territory will live up to your island fantasy.

Aruba

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South African Safari

Photography by Anthony Patterson, Flickr


This week, we’re living vicariously through some of our favorite travel blogs, from secluded South African safaris to $8,000 flights that take first class to the next level.

If you’re dreaming of the ideal South African safari, A Luxury Travel Blog has found the top 5 remote safari lodges.

The Expert Vagabond discovered both wildfires and ice on an epic trekking adventure in Turkey’s Kackar Mountains.

Nomadic Matt has 10 interesting and helpful websites when planning your next trip.

Skift has the scoop on what the most expensive domestic US fare buys travelers. For the record, it’s a cool $8,000.

Nashville native Camels & Chocolate reveals her neighborhood guide for SoBro and Rutledge Hill.

Scotland
With a historic vote on independence this week, all eyes have been on Scotland. And while the Scottish people said “No” to the referendum and chose to remain part of the UK, this small, but proud nation captured the attention of the world. Here at Travel Channel, all this talk of Scotland served to remind us of the age-old traditions and natural beauty that has lured travelers to the country from around the world.

Sample Scotland’s Drink of Choice

Lots of Scots said they’d toast a “Yes” vote with a dram of whisky, but we have no doubt the “No” votes will be doing the same. With nearly 100 distilleries around the country to choose from, there’s no excuse to miss out on this centuries-old tradition on your visit to Scotland. Start your tour on the western coast, also known as the “Whisky Coast,” on the tiny island of Islay. This mecca for whisky drinkers is just 25 miles long, but it’s home to 8 top-notch distilleries. Laphroaig, Bowmore and Kilchoman are 3 of our favorites, but whichever you chose you’ll notice the distinct salty flavor the island’s strong whiskys are known for, thanks to the sea spray that covers the island’s peat, which is used during the malting process.

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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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