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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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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Oysters

Michael Plazza

It’s August and the countdown to the end of summer is unfortunately upon us. Make the most of your vacation days with these tips from some of our favorite travel blogs.

A Luxury Travel Blog shares a local’s top 5 seafood restaurants in Boston.

This is happening: pay-what-you-want hotels in Paris. Check out the details on the Carry On blog.

If you’re still a virgin when it comes to renting vacation homes, check out the Vacation Gals’ experience in Orlando before you book.

Nomadic Samuel has 50 things to do in NYC for an action-packed, end-of-summer getaway.

While Bali, Singapore and Thailand may not be top of mind for your next family vacation, Y Travel blog reveals 12 kid friendly attractions that make Southeast Asia worth considering.

Piedmont, Italy

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Agriturismo. Yakitori. This week’s travel blog roundup will have you brushing up on your foreign language skills and plotting your next trip abroad.

The Points Guy shares the secret to planning a family vacation in Italy: stay in a agriturismo, a guest home on a farm in rural Italy.

We got lost in Fathom’s roundup of the 24 best indie magazines for travelers — we’re newly smitten with Boat.

Nervous about using a site like Airbnb for the first time? Nomadic Matt reveals how it works, how to pick the perfect apartment and how not to get cheated.

If you’ve ever dreamed of backpacking Europe, The Savvy Backpacker has put together a comprehensive and impressive guide.

Beyond insanely fresh and delicious sushi, Migrationology explores another delicacy in Tokyo, yakitori (skewers of grilled meat).

To kick off the summer, we asked Travel Channel fans to send us their most Instagram-worthy travel moments — and they didn’t disappoint. After combing through thousands of awe-inspiring submissions, we chose some of our favorites to share on-air and online. Check out 26 of the best #MySummer photos, sure to inspire a #YOLO adventure during the last days of summer and beyond.

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Martha's Vineyard

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This edition of our weekly travel blog roundup is the stuff dreams are made of … a long-awaited destination, an island getaway to Bora Bora, Roger Federer playing tennis on a glacier … seriously, we can’t make this stuff up.

This week one of our favorite bloggers got to experience one of the things travel writers treasure: finally getting to visit a place you’ve long been researching, writing and reading about. Here is Passenger Conners’ take on 48 hours in Martha’s Vineyard.

If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a method behind the madness that is boarding a plane, Skift reveals the math behind airlines’ chaotic practices.

Moving on, Johnny Jet had a rather surreal experience watching pro Roger Federer play tennis against Olympic ski racer Lindsey Vonn on a glacier at 11,333 feet — seems he has a bit of an advantage, no? All of this fanfare was for opening of the world’s tallest chocolate shop (by elevation) at Jungfraujoch, the “Top of Europe.”

Who hasn’t dreamed of staying in a bungalow on stilts over cerulean waters? The Travel Bite shares 5 things they don’t tell you about the dream destination of Bora Bora.

Finally, join the Expert Vagabond on an epic, 6-week surfing road trip from Cape Town to Durban in South Africa.

Paris

Another summer weekend is about to be on the books — how will you spend it? Our weekly travel blog roundup has more than a few good ideas.

“Uncorking a bottle of French wine on a sunny day, spreading Brie on a baguette, gazing out on the Paris skyline in front of the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre,” Nomadic Matt describes his perfect day and shares 22 ways to save money in Paris.

We enjoyed taking a road trip down memory lane with The Repatriate, living vicariously through her travels in Austria.

Airbnb revealed a new logo and website and people had strong opinions about it. Skift rounded up the reactions — thoughts?

How to travel the world for $1.94 per day. Seriously. Wandering Earl explains.

Lastly, Fathom shares 7 breezy accessories for your next beach vacation.

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This week’s travel blog roundup is brimming with information — from essential travel tips to airplane etiquette — straight from the pros.

Has Johnny Jet  answered the age-old question of how to stop the passenger in front of you from reclining? Check out his solution and let us know in the comments if you’d be willing to try it.

Think twice before showing up to the airport if your cell phone is dying, Travel and Leisure’s Carry On blog has the lowdown on new TSA regulations that target dead electronics.

Even the most seasoned traveler make mistakes, the Young Adventuress shares 5 she makes over and over again.

Move over honeymooners, Skift explores the growing popularity of megamoons and many-moons and their equally surprising price tags.

Leave Your Daily Hell reveals the one place you have to see before you die (hint: it’s in South America).

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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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