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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Clearwater Beach, FL

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We asked you to weigh in on our 10 expert picks and determine this year’s Best Overall Beach. Travel Channel fans voted and chose Clearwater Beach, FL, as their fan favorite!

We said: 

“The sand at Clearwater Beach is as soft as baby powder, and the gradual slope to the warm Gulf water makes it an ideal beach for babies and toddlers” according to Have Baby Will Travel founder Corrine McDermott.

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This Week in Photos

The Olympics come to a close, but celebrations continue with Fat Tuesday, the Plum Blossom Festival, an undie run, and plenty of carnivals in this week in photos. Not to disappoint, our favorite travel blogs explain how to travel better — and on a budget — in this week’s roundup.

Trans-Atlantic flights for £10? Skift says this airline boss thinks it’s possible — with lots of extra fees.

Fathom’s founder chronicles a burlesque show in Las Vegas — with a 66-year-old, show-stopping dancer.

For all you overpackers out there: 10 things you really don’t need to pack, according to Johnny Jet.

It’s that time of year … Camels & Chocolate shows you how to plan the perfect bachelorette weekend in Savannah, GA.

And now for advice we should all take, immediately, Nomadic Matt shares how to spend a week in the Maldives for less than one night at a resort.

Which Beach Are You? Quiz

It’s Beach Week and therefore it begs the question: What’s your perfect beach destination? Do you require romantic sunsets or raging parties? Unspoiled sands or the best surf?

To help you find out, take our “Which Beach Are You” quiz. Then pack your bags for the beach you should visit next. After all, who doesn’t love a good assessment quiz? Just ask Buzzfeed.

Take the quiz now >>

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#TCBeachWeek

Click on the photo grid to see more of your best beach photos.

Behold your best #TCBeachWeek photos in all their glory (well, minus the emojis). We asked you to submit your favorite beach photos on Instagram — and boy, were we impressed with the results.

It’s clear Travel Channel fans have searched the world over for the most beautiful beaches, check out the rest of our favorite beach photos. Warning: For those still in below-freezing temps, these pics will instill extreme wanderlust.

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Travel's Best Beach Awards 2014

Now that you’re daydreaming of getting away to somewhere warm, we give you 10 times the beach inspiration with Travel’s Best Beach Awards. To kick off Beach Week, we sifted through the sexiest beaches and island vacations to narrow down the nominees in 10 categories, from Best Family Beach to Best Exotic Beach and everything in between. READ MORE

Samantha Brown on set of The Trip: 2014

There is 1 month left to enter to win The Trip: 2014, so what are you waiting for? According to our hosts, this $100,000 trip for 2 to Spain and Morocco shouldn’t need convincing. Check out some of our favorite quotes from Samantha Brown, Don Wildman, Anthony Melchiorri and Adam Richman below.

“Do I have to come out? Enjoying a soak in the ‘close-to-fantasy’ spa called Aire de Sevilla.” — Samantha Brown

“Rattled but relieved to have returned the [Formula 1] car to its owner in one solid piece. Even the transmission still worked. Me, not sure yet.” — Don Wildman

“I am not leaving Tagomago. As I write this I have chained myself to this bed!” — Anthony Melchiorri

Adam Richman calls the food at Arzak, “The closest thing to a miracle on a plate this eater’s ever found.”

See the rest of our hosts’ personal photos and favorite memories from The Trip: 2014.

All About The Trip: 2014
Enter Daily for Your Chance to Win 
More About the Prizes + Fine Print 
Photo Tour of the $100,000 Itinerary

Beach Week 2014

There are few things we love more than a day at the beach — so we’re celebrating 7 days of sun, surf and sand on TravelChannel.com. Here are 3 ways you can get in on the action:

1) Visit TravelChannel.com and The Traveling Type blog through Sun. March 2 for exclusive beach programming, including The Wild Side of the US Virgin Islands with Kinga Phillips.

2) This year’s Best Beach Awards have been handpicked by our panel of advisors, now it’s your turn. Vote for Best Overall Beach … the winner will be revealed March 3.

3) Last, but not least: We want to see your favorite beach! Share your best beach photos with us on Instagram using hashtag #TCBEACHWEEK for a chance to be featured.

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This Week in Photos

Photography by REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

You won’t see this kissing contest and undie run in the Olympics, but you will find them and more in this week in photos. Get more travel news with a side of Sochi in our weekly travel blog roundup.

Check your baggage and book a pre-flight massage? DCist reports Ronald Regaen National Airport is undergoing a $37 million upgrade by spring 2015, including a full-service spa.

Skift answers the age-old question: When’s the best time to book a flight? The answer could save you $256.

Business Insider posted Gallup’s annual ranking of the happiest states in the US. A surprising state stole the title from longtime frontrunner Hawaii.

HuffPost Travel discovered there are more problems than leaning for the Tower of Pisa … tourists have to climb 300 seriously-wavy steps to get to the top.

Because it’s still that time of year, CNTraveler has ice skating savant Johnny Weir’s surprising Sochi tip.

 

The Trip: 2014

Travel Channel is giving away the trip of a lifetime — a 2-week vacation for 2 to Spain and Morocco worth $100,000! To see everything you and friend could experience, check out The Trip: 2014 Prizes. We’ve highlighted some of our personal favorites below. Enter for your chance to win twice a day, on TravelChannel.com and Facebook, until March 24. Good luck!

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The White House

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Chances are if you’re reading this post you spent a good part of your long weekend binge-watching House of Cards Season 2. Those of you who have been sucked into Netflix’s Emmy-award-winning political thriller know the simple truth: It’s the Underwoods’ world and we’re just living in it.

Location manager Patrick Burn did a wonderful job of capturing Washington’s well-known landmarks and neighborhoods, while shooting almost exclusively in nearby Baltimore due to its tax incentives. He told Variety, “I scouted all over DC to see what we needed, and then we created our own DC in Baltimore.”

In fact, the viewers’ only glimpse of the real DC is mostly relegated to the show’s opening sequence, which features the White House as well as North Capitol Street and Nationals Park. Ironically, when Frank Underwood takes the mound it’s at the Baltimore Orioles’ Camden Yards. Wait – you haven’t watched that far yet? We promise no more “spoilers.”

Since all of this drama and deception takes place in Travel Channel’s own backyard, we couldn’t help but wonder which real destinations could have inspired the DC you see in House of Cards.

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