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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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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#TCBEACHWEEK

Beach Week is coming! The snow and ice can’t melt fast enough for most of us — so starting Mon. 2/24 until Sun. 3/2, TravelChannel.com is celebrating the best in beaches. Stay tuned for our Best Beach Award winners, the hottest oceanfront resorts, exclusive video with beach babe, Marianela, and more.

Until then dip your toes in the sand (pun intended) and dig up your best beach photos. Share them with us on Instagram with hashtag #TCBEACHWEEK for a chance to be featured. We want to see your favorite beach!

All submissions are subject to our Terms of Use.

This Week in Photos

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The Sochi Olympics are in full swing, Westminster crowns “Best in Show” and more in this week in photos. To see the Olympics from space — or get a date at 36,000 feet — read on for our favorite travel news of the week.

In need of a Wingman? The Daily Traveler reports on a new dating app being heralded “Tinder for airplanes.”

Want to see what the Sochi Olympics look like from space? WSJ has the stunning photographs.

Skift reports on what female business travelers want out of airport lounges — and we hope airlines listen.

Dreaming of retirement? HuffPost Travel has 15 Warm Weather Cities to consider. They’re not all in Florida.

If you’re looking to check something off your travel bucket list this year, Budget Travel has the top 8 places to see the Northern Lights, from Canada to Siberia.

 

Sochi Olympics 2014

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The Seattle Seahawks, Punxsutawney Phil and more came out to play in this week in photos. While the Seahawks dominated the big game, all eyes are on the Olympic Games thanks to some bad press. Let’s hope things look up for Sochi after today’s opening ceremony.

Journalists were the first to arrive — and describe some hilarious and gross hotel experiences. WashPost rounded up their tweets, our personal favorite being from @StaceyStClair about the shoddy plumbing, “Also on the bright side: I just washed my face with Evian, like I’m a Kardashian or something.”

Possibly the most documented of all the @SochiProblems has been it’s interesting bathrooms, which are both lacking privacy and displaying confusing rules. Does that sign say don’t go fishing in the toilet? Your guess is as good as ours, Buzzfeed.

More alarming, Dateline reports that Sochi visitors face an internet minefield, often being hacked within minutes. Furthermore, the US State Department has told Americans coming to Sochi that they should have no expectation of privacy, even in their hotel rooms.

On a lighter note, CNN has 9 ways Sochi Surprises — including dacha, chacha and a gay bar. While you’re at it, check out our list of Sochi’s surprising sights.

Last but not least, today’s Google Doodle is garnering attention for its support of LGBT olympians, pointing to a section of the Olympic Charter that defends all athletes. The CSMonitor has more.

More Olympics Coverage:

Sochi 2014 Trip Planner
Where to Stay in Sochi
The Olympics: A Look Ahead

Todd Carmichael and Samantha Brown

Samantha Brown and Mysteries at the Museum host Don Wildman

UPDATE: Todd Carmichael can no longer attend the Travel and Adventure show. Don Wildman will be speaking in his place on Saturday at 2:45 p.m.

This weekend the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show is in town — along with Samantha Brown, Don Wildman, Todd Carmichael and yours truly — in fact, you’ll see lots of Travel Channel faces. On Feb. 8 and 9, get advice from veteran travel experts, climb a rock walk, take in cultural performances, and sign up for giveaways all under one roof at the Long Beach Convention Center.

What not to miss:

Who: Samantha Brown
What: “How to Travel Better” Seminar + Autograph Signing
When: Sat. 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Who: Don Wildman
What: Mysteries at the Museum Host Talk
When: Sat. 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Sun. 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

It’s not too late, buy your tickets now and find your next vacation. See you there!

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