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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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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What does a $100,000 vacation in Spain and Morocco look like? It starts with 2 first-class tickets to Barcelona, followed by $25,000 spending money and a whole lot more. Already sold? Enter to win The Trip: 2014 now! Then picture yourself…

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Out of all the luxurious accommodations, your night on the private island of Tagomago might top The Trip: The villa has 5 luxury suites, private jet skis, a yacht, a masseuse and more at your disposal.

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This Week in Photos
The Idiotarod of … Brooklyn, Chinese New Year, the Grammys and more festivities roll into this week in photos. Meanwhile our favorite travel bloggers are in search of the elusive perfect dive, the Lock Ness Monster and more this week.

Stuck on a plane Super Bowl Sunday? Some airlines will ease fans’ pain by airing the big game live and stocking up on hot-buffalo-wing-flavored pretzels, skittles and extra libations according to Skift.

Our pal, the Expert Vagabond, went in search of Scotland’s fabled Lock Ness Monster. Did he find it?

Camels & Chocolate prolonged her stay in Anguilla — and we’re happy she did. Just check out her amazing dive photos.

For those already thinking about Valentine’s Day, Fathom rounded up romantic ski hotels in the Rockies and the Alps.

Finally, we’ll leave you with a blast from the past — Delta’s new 80s-inspired, in-flight safety video:

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Stranded commuters took to Instagram to post photos of their (mostly abandoned) commutes home. From left to right, top to bottom: @theycallmejethro, @themuaalex, @trishthedish512, @t4vista, @somethingintheroad, @millakilluhh, @hwellj13, @crystal_2246, @scharlesquinn.

The Deep South has been in a deep freeze since yesterday, when a winter storm left some commuters and students stranded overnight and flights canceled at the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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Tonight at 8|7c, follow Travel Channel hosts, Don Wildman, Samantha Brown, Anthony Melchiorri and Adam Richman to Spain and Morocco for The Trip: 2014. Watch as they explore an 11th-century fortress, a list-only speakeasy, a private island resort and much more! Then enter for your chance to win this $100,000 trip of a lifetime. What are you waiting for?

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See Our Morocco Travel Guide
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This Week in Photos

From festivals in India, Spain and Taiwan to Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris and the Winter X Games in Aspen, CO – see this week in photos from around the world. Have headlines frozen over? During another slow news week we turned to some of our favorite travel bloggers for loads of inspiration.

This may sounds like a sick joke after another polar vortex, but Johnny Jet explains why you may want to get bumped off your flight — and how to do it.

Once strictly off-limits, now adventurous travelers are flocking to Burma aka Myanmar. You’ll want to go even more after seeing the Classe Touriste’s photos.

Take a road trip from Peru into Chile through the eyes of the charming family behind Our Open Road.

While the upcoming Winter Olympics has gone without much fanfare in the States — The Inspiration unearthed this truly badass BBC trailer for Sochi.

Finally, Prêt À Voyager’s Creative Guide to Amsterdam had us at hand-drawn map.

This Week in Photos

India celebrates Makar Sankranti, an International Kite Festival, and more in this week in photos. From a panda selfie to YOLO vacations, this week in travel brings you the best of the internet.

CNTraveler shared photos of stunning bodies of water around the world.

According to Today, The National Zoo launched its Instagram account with a panda cub selfie you just have to see.

Gadling brought to our attention a Singapore-based photographer who artfully depicts the passage of time.

Refinery29 presented 13 Tips for Taking a YOLO vacations. #nuffsaid

And while the NYT’s 52 Places to Go in 2014 caused much debate among travelers (including those in this office), Skift narrowed done the list to just one.

At Travel Channel, of course, we think Spain and Morocco should top your list — and we’re even giving away $100,000 trip there.

 

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