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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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

Photography by Getty Images

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).

#TCSpringFling

That’s right, our #31DaysofSpring campaign has drawn to a close, but that doesn’t mean we’re lacking warm-weather inspiration. In fact, since spring has sprung incredibly slowly for most of the country (thanks, polar vortex) you might just be getting around to that first warm weekend getaway. Remember, you can always revisit our Spring calendar for a month of travel ideas to take you into the summer.

We asked you to send us your best #TCSpringFling Instagram photos from your spring break, weekend getaway or even your commute home, and we received these beautiful, romantic and inspiring signs of spring. We’ve compiled the best into a slideshow for your viewing pleasure, please check out these 14 Enviable Spring Fling Photos.

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This Week in Photos

Spring fever hits this week in photos with a massive pillow fight in DC, the Philippine International Balloon Festival and annual Songkran water festival in Thailand. Read on for a smörgåsbord of must-read stories from some of our favorite travel blogs.

Add this one to your bucket list: Twenty Something Travel visited a town called Tequila.

And while this applies to a very select few, Almost Fearless shared some pretty great tips on having a baby overseas.

Our good pal Passenger Conners gets real about her adventures in short-term subletting, which include flaming generators and 5-minute showers.

Skift has the download on the new pay-as-you-go model for airport lounges. Would you use them?

Our friends at the National Park Service teamed up with EarthCam to bring you a live stream of the beautiful cherry blossoms in our nation’s capital.

Just 8 months old, Britain’s Prince George heads out on his first royal tour with proud parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton. Here are some of the highlights for the royal family, who only arrived in New Zealand on Monday.

William and Kate Arrive in New Zealand with Prince George in Tow

Photography by Samir Hussein/WireImage

Official Welcome: After touching down at Wellington Airport in New Zealand, the royal couple received a traditional, Maori welcome known as Powhiri. The New Zealand Defence Force Maori Cultural Group performed a wero, in which they advanced with spears and various battle cries. Will and Kate also took part in a hongi, a traditional greeting in which 2 people press their noses and foreheads together, with Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae and his wife, Lady Janine.

Wharekauhau Country Estate

Photography by Bernard Golder, flickr

Luxury Retreat: After their 27-hour flight, Will, Kate and George adjusted to their new time zone — and beat their jetlag — at the beautiful Wharekauhau Country Estate, roughly a 90-minute drive from the capital of Wellington.  While the wind and rain likely kept them indoors, the royal couple and some of their staff relaxed in a series of interconnecting cottages. The lodge, which boasts a spa, pool and an extensive wine cellar, came at the recommendation of the New Zealand government.

Prince George of Cambridge's Playdate

Photography by Reuters

Royal Playdate: Prince George joined 10 other babies for a playdate at the Government House, where the family will stay for the majority of their trip. George charmed his playmates (and their respective parents) during his first major royal engagement in celebration of The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society, a non-profit family health organization.

Keep up with Prince William, Kate Middleton and baby George in our Royal Spotting slideshow.

This Week in Photos

Prince Harry, polar bears and a pair of sumo wrestlers come out to play in this week in photos. Read on for more stunning photography, travel tips and real-life Game of Thrones locations in our weekly travel blog roundup.

Skift shares how Tourism Ireland plans to bring Game of Thrones to life just in time for Season 4.

Landlopers has a stunning photo series on beautiful stairways around the world — you may even want to climb them for yourself.

Vicariously visit the last frontier on Earth — the South Pole — through Lee Abbamonte’s Antarctic expedition.

If you’re over road trips and Caribbean cruises, SmarterTravel suggests 10 more unique ways to travel.

Less than 24 hours in Paris? Don’t sweat it — one Fathom editor shows how to make the most of it.

The Trip: 2014

The time has come. Seriously, there are only hours left to enter to win The Trip: 2014! That’s right, people: You only have until 5 p.m. before the sweepstakes closes. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to win the ultimate trip for 2 to Spain and Morocco, so enter now. We’ll reveal the lucky winner on April 7.

But, wait, we give away a trip every single month! So if you’re still feeling lucky, enter our March sweepstakes to Las Vegas.

Finally, we want to hear from you! While The Trip: 2014 may be wrapping up — we’re already planning to make next year’s trip even bigger and better. Now it’s your turn to weigh in on where we should send our Travel Channel hosts for The Trip: 2015!

All About The Trip: 2014

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After what has seemed like the longest winter ever – the snow is still melting for some of us — it’s finally the first day of spring and Travel Channel is celebrating with 31 days of travel ideas.

Whether you’re looking for the best top-down convertible drives or the best cities to visit in spring, we’ve got you covered. So visit our calendar daily to inspire your next springtime adventure.

Oh, and one more thing: What’s the point of having a fling if you don’t show it off? We want to see your best spring photos. Share them on Instagram using hashtag #TCSpringFling for a chance to be featured.

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