Sara Gilliam

Sara is a Senior Producer for Travel 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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The Trip: 2014

The time has come. Seriously, there are just hours left to enter for your chance to win The Trip 2015! That’s right, people: You have only until midnight Tuesday before the sweepstakes closes. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to win the ultimate trip for 2 to the Hawaiian Islands, so enter now. We’ll reveal the lucky winner in early April.

But wait! We give away a trip every single month, too! So if you’re still feeling lucky, enter our March sweepstakes, a $10,000 trip to Austin.

Finally, we want to hear from you. While The Trip 2015 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 2016!


Enter for a chance to win The Trip 2015!

This Week in Travel
This week’s travel blog roundup is ready, boiling over with eye candy and inspiration.

Refinery29 shared a recent Gallup Analytics study revealing the world’s happiest country. Among the surprises? The top 10 happiest countries are all in the same region and the US came in at number 25.

Scrolling through breathtaking photos of wide open spaces on LandLopers, we couldn’t help but hum the Dixie Chicks’ song … tell us we’re not alone in this?

BuzzFeed’s 42 reasons to never visit France, is not what it seems, of course, and we love it. Replace “the landscapes are ugly and the food sucks,” with stunning photos dripping with sarcasm.

Fear needn’t ever impede your travels. Consider Adventurous Kate’s top 10 travel safety tips for women the perfect PSA for solo travel.

Finally, Fathom spends a few days in Okinawa and discovers why it’s deemed Japan’s “paradise islands where people live forever.”



What does a $100,000 Hawaiian vacation look like? It starts with 2 first-class plane tickets, followed by $25,000 spending money and a whole lot more. But you have only 1 week left for a chance to win The Trip 2015, so enter now! Then picture yourself …

Hale 'Ae Kai
Spend your trip among the island’s finest estates, Hale ‘Ae Kai, with everything from adventure guides and gourmet chefs to massage therapists and surf lessons.

You’ll Also:
Check into the romantic Grand Wailea beachfront resort on Maui.
Enjoy the renowned spa and recreational activities at the luxurious Travaasa Hana resort.
Get a true Hawaiian experience at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay.


This Week in Travel Both a life-changing trip abroad and an adventurer who regularly risk his life are among the stories we shared this week.

Check out these sweeping photographs of Fathom’s snowy road trip along highway 285 from Vail  to Santa Fe. It’s the perfect way to say sayonara to winter.

Your first time traveling abroad can be life-changing, inducing a permanent state of wanderlust, but where to first when the whole world is in front of you? Tripit says these 5 destination are perfect for first-timers.

March Madness is currently dominating the sports world in the states, but Jungles in Paris has a rare and fascinating look at the Basque sport of pelota, or handball, which dates back to the middle ages.

Beyond 12hrs’ signature travel guide for Copenhagen, it also unearths the city’s most beautiful artisanal bakery, Mirabelle.

The New York Times Magazine just released a stunning package about the heart-stopping climbs of Alex Honnold, a 29-year-old master climber who regularly cheats death.

The Trip 2015

We’re getting down to the wire people: there are just 2 weeks left to enter for a chance to win a $100,000 trip to Hawaii! Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to see the US’s little slice of paradise with exclusive access and hook-ups only Travel Channel can provide.

Speaking of missing out, if you didn’t catch the television special you can still watch Don Wildman horseback riding on LanaiBert Kreischer tours Hawaii’s Volcano Winery and Samantha Brown embracing the localvore movement at Waimeas Merriman’s restaurant. Start by checking out the video below:

Enter for a chance to win The Trip 2015!

The Trip 2015

For in-flight tips and how to Airbnb like a pro, here are the links being shared around the Travel Channel office this week.

Airline food has always gotten a bad rap, but Thrillest rounded up the best food on 9 major airlines — according to flight attendants. Who knew you could get bibimbap at 30,000 feet?

Hold the phone: The SkyMall concept may not be dead yet. Yahoo Travel says there are plans to revive the brand, you know, with “items in the magazine that people actually want to buy.”

We’ll admit it: We’ve jumped on the Airbnb bandwagon, which is why we bookmarked Refinery29′s interview with a man who lived exclusively in Airbnbs for an entire year.

The closest thing to staying at Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel? Condé Nast Traveler reveals the highly rated neo-classical Hungarian hotel that may have inspired the Academy Award-winning film.

It is possible to look alive after a 10-hour flight? The Coveteur reveals its trade secrets.

The Trip 2015

With less than a month to go, now is the time to enter for a chance to win the ultimate trip to Hawaii. So what are you waiting for? You’ve seen the prize breakdown and heard about our hosts’ favorite moments — but if you still crave more, check out The Trip 2015 by the numbers.

100,000: Estimated dollar value of this year’s dream vacation

14: Number of nights that you and a guest will spend in luxurious accommodations, including the Grand Wailea and Travaasa Hana resorts

1940s: Era of the Stearman biplane model that will give you an acrobatic air tour of Oahu


Here at Travel Channel, we’ll go to the end of … the Internet in search of inspiring travel stories. Here are just a few of the travel blogs, online ‘zines and YouTube channels we frequent for your bookmarking pleasure.

If your first question is always, “Where are we going to eat?” …

The New Potato
You can learn a lot about a city from its restaurants and the tastemakers who call it home. Sisters Danielle and Laura Kosann dish up both on The New Potato.

Eat This Poem
English majors, rejoice! Nicole Gulotta of Eat This Poem curates literary city guides; consider them your field guide to the best bookstores, coffee shops, places to have a proper meal and other fun finds.

If you’re looking for new travel hacks …


Photo by LandLopers

Matt Long’s blog, Landlopers, is a mix of travel news, tips and guides that are informative, entertaining and accessible to the non-backpacker-but-still-want-an-adventure crowd.

If “maximizing every day and every dollar” is a travel mantra you can get behind, you’ll want to dial in to Clint Johnston’s daily outposts on TripHackr, which run the gamut from 72-hour guides, roundups and “hacks” he’s picked up from years on the road.

If you like to just press “play” …

Your Expedition South
Alex Chacón rode a motorcycle around the world for 3 years and documented it all on his blog, Your Expedition South. While we love reading about his modern motorcycle diaries, it’s his videos that caught our attention. Selfie + drone in Veracruz, Mexico? Boom.

Sonia’s Travels
Sonia Gil is a familiar face at Travel Channel thanks to her Almost Free web series, but it’s also worth tuning in to her personal channel for a steady stream of product reviews, packing tips and moments from her travels around the world.

If you’re looking for a kindred spirit …

One Mile at a Time
To the average traveler who’s used points for a cheaper fare or upgrade, this one might be a bit overwhelming. However, if you’ve ever considered flying to Stockholm for dinner to secure a certain rewards status, as our own mileage runner did, One Mile at a Time is a must-read.

Kelly Purkey

Photo by Kelly Purkey

Kelly Purkey
Paper-goods designer Kelly Purkey, by her own admission, travels more than she’s at home. On her blog, she shares details of her travels, from beautiful interiors to packing tips, always with a keen eye for design.

To immerse yourself in far-flung cities …

Local Milk
A recipe and food blog first and foremost, native Tennessean Beth Kirby’s Local Milk landed on our radar because of her “slow living” creative retreats. Her hauntingly beautiful photos and words remind you to be present in the moment and find beauty in the mundane while soaking up the beautiful backdrop.

Boat Magazine
The nomadic team behind Boat magazine spends several weeks in a city before featuring it in the magazine. What emerges are honest, “inside-out” portraits that evolve just like the cities they are covering. Check out the team’s journal to tide you over in between issues.

We’re always on the lookout for a fresh perspective on travel. Share your favorites in the comments!


Photo by swisshippo / Getty Images / iStockphoto

For this week in travel, we rounded up posts by some of the travel bloggers we’re currently following, bookmarking and sharing in the Travel Channel office.

Cover thousands of years of art and history in a single afternoon and save money while you do it? Triphackr shares his tips and tricks for seeing Rome on a budget.

Make sense of the chaos in Cairo: find out how to see the best of the city in just a few days thanks to Landlopers.

If you’re perpetually putting off downloading your travel photos and, you know, doing something with them, get inspired by Kelly Purkey’s kick-ass scrapbook.

Eat This Poem posted a literary travel guide for Seattle, which solves any pressing need for an independent bookstore, good cup of coffee or salted-caramel cupcakes.

If you’re wondering where to eat in Soho right this minute, The New Potato has the low down from the chefs at hot spot Chalk Point Kitchen.

Seaside, FL 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 Seaside, FL, as their fan favorite!

We said: 

“Seaside is a beach community located near Destin, FL, but could not be more different in its features,” says Tamala Prickett.

“In place of high-rise condos, you’ll find pastel colored houses lined with white picket fences and beach cruisers. When night falls, families cover the amphitheater with picnic blankets to enjoy outdoor movies and live music.”

And you agreed:

“Beautiful beach!!! White sand and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.” – Ana, FL

So for the second year in a row, the fan favorite goes to our pick for Best Family Beach. And if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the rest of this year’s Best Beach Award winners!

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