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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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

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

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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This Week in Photos

From Holi celebrations in India to Banksy’s tribute to victims of the war in Syria, take a look back at this week in photos. Now, let’s turn our attention to the serious eye candy awaiting in this week’s travel news roundup.

Fast Company rounded up amazing photos of 10 of the world’s most innovative hotels.

BuzzFeed found 47 stunning photos of people from around the world.

We hate to ruin it for you, actually HuffPost Travel did, with photos of 9 famous landmarks … in reality.

Here are 20 awesome Instagram travel photographers you need to follow according to our pal, the Expert Vagabond.

Finally, Fathom explores the streets of Southeast Asia in this photo tour.

 

The Trip: 2014
With less than 2 weeks to go, you’re running out of time to enter for a chance to win the ultimate trip to Spain and Morocco. So, what are you waiting for? You’ve seen the prize breakdown, heard about our hosts’ favorite moments – but if you still crave more, check out The Trip: 2014, by the numbers:

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

14 = Nights you and a guest will spend in luxurious accommodations, including Le Meridien Hotel and the Royal Mansour

3,829 = Approximate miles between the US and Barcelona, which you’ll fly First Class

3 = Michelin stars awarded to Arzak, we’ll also help you skip the 3-month-long waiting list for a table

8 = Miles between Spain and Morocco, but you’ll find these coastal neighbors seem worlds apart

99,786 = Occupancy of Camp Nou, where you’ll cheer on home team FC Barcelona

1 = Stay on Tagomago, a private island estate off the coast of Ibiza, Spain

124 = White marble columns surrounding the Court of the Lions in the Alhambra, Granada’s Moorish palace

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

This Week in Photos

Oscars aside, Carnival revelers are celebrating on floats, dancing in parades, covered in mud and more in this week in photos. We’re also mixing things up in this week’s news roundup and traveling vicariously with some of our favorite celebrities.

According to US Weekly, the royal couple are staying at the brand-new, five-star Cheval Blanc Randheli Resort in the Maldives. They gestimate the 4-night stay including a 2-bedroom private villa, infinity pool and $500 dinners will cost $10,000. Wouldn’t you like to trade places with Wills and Kate?

Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore went on an adorable girls’ getaway to Napa Valley (including a private cooking class!) according to People — and their respective Instagram accounts.

The Washington Post says the Obamas traveled to Florida today and will get some R&R at a resort in Key Largo, that is, if the President’s plans aren’t interrupted by the unfolding events in Ukraine.

According to the reputable Daily Mail, Mary Kate Olsen spent the last few weeks of February vacationing in Jamaica — and getting engaged.

 

Imanta Resort

Courtesy of Imanta Resort

Last night a few stars won coveted, little gold statues, but even the losers went home with a very valuable consolation prize — and no, we’re not talking about Ellen’s lotto tickets. Every Oscar nominee was gifted an $85,000 “swag bag” from Distinctive Assets; of its many over-the-top prizes, we’re most envious of the A-list vacations:

$2,000: 5-night stay in Koloa Landing Resort in Hawaii

$3,300: Imanta’s Ocean Casa suite in Punta de Mita, Mexico

$6,850: 2-day Rocky Mountaineer train excursion from Vancouver to Alberta in the Canadian Rockies

$9,000: VIP Las Vegas trip including a 2-night stay in the Riviera’s Penthouse Suite

$15,000: Off-the-beaten path walking tour of Japan

See everything else in the Oscars Nominee gift bag.

So, will Bradley Cooper relive The Hangover in Las Vegas? Or will Matthew McConaughey celebrate his Oscar win in Mexico? Who knows, but we hope more than one celeb takes advantage of these amazing trips.

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Clearwater Beach, FL

Photography by Thinkstock

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.

Beach Week 2014:

Travel’s Best Beach Award Winners
SI Swimsuit Destinations 2014 
Editors’ Picks: Favorite Beaches

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