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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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?

More About The Trip: 2014

Check Out All the Prize Details
See Our Morocco Travel Guide
Complete Spain Travel Guide

 

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.

 

The Trip: 2014 is almost here – and on Jan. 27 @ 8|7c all will be revealed. Here’s what’s been divulged so far: This year, Travel Channel hosts — Samantha Brown, Don Wildman, Adam Richman and Anthony Melchiorri — unearthed the very best experiences Spain and Morocco have to offer and created the ultimate, 2-week itinerary worth $100,000.

The Trip: 2014

Vote and enter for your chance to win The Trip: 2014 now!

Explore Spain and Morocco, and then tell us: Which are you more excited to visit? One lucky winner will get to experience both on this $100,000, dream getaway — so vote early and often.

More About The Trip: 2014

Meet the Travel Channel Hosts
See Our Morocco Travel Guide
Complete Spain Travel Guide

San Sebastian, Spain

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Just 8 miles apart, Spain and Morocco may be coastal neighbors, but they’re worlds apart — now’s your chance to explore them both and enter for a chance to win The Trip: 2014. From Majorca, Spain’s most popular Mediterranean island, to Marrakech’s exotic souks in Morocco — see where this $100,000, ultimate itinerary will take you. See a slideshow of all The Trip: 2014 destinations.

Spain Travel Guide
Spain Travel GuideFrom Aire de Sevilla, a 16th-century mansion turned public bath house and spa, to FC Barcelona’s cathedral stadium, Travel Channel hosts unearthed the ultimate experiences all over Spain. Check out the complete Spain Travel Guide.

Morocco Travel Guide
Morocco Travel GuideWondering what luxury travel awaits you in Morocco? An opulent, 19th-century palace, a camel safari in the Sahara desert, and dinner at one of Richard Branson’s hotels. For more, delve into our Morocco Travel Guide.

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This Week in Photos

Winter was in full force in this week in photos with a Polar Vortex in much of the US, China’s 15th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, and an Igloo Village in Germany. See Niagara Falls on ice and more of the week’s best posts in our travel news roundup.

CN Traveler unearthed these winter wonderland photos of Niagara Falls’ “ice-crusted cascades.”

Gadling shared the top 5 family travel destinations for 2014 — and possibly beyond.

According to Gothamist, former Travel Channel star Anthony Bourdain is opening an international food market in NYC.

Check out 5 of the most awesome star-gazing spots on Earth thanks to The Huffington Post.

Skift has the scoop on New York City’s tallest hotel (753 feet!) opened by … Marriott.

 

 

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The New Year was greeted by Vikings with torches, a massive flour fight, midnight kisses and more in this week in photos. A slow news week, 2014′s first travel blog roundup highlights what will be (or should be) overtaking your social media feeds this year.

What’s that clogging up your Instagram feed? Next to the -2 degree weather forecasts and Champagne glasses, Skift discovered an unexpected hit: Disney’s giant turkey legs.

JohnnyJet shares 14 travel tweeters to follow in the new year, including our favorite @ThePointsGuy and a flight attendant,  @Heather_Poole.

Off Track Planet’s favorite travel apps of 2013 included the likes of RoadTrippers, WeHostels and Kurrency.

Our own Andrew Zimmern, and James Beard-nominated Executive Chef of Chicago’s Sepia Restaurant, describes the perfect foodie day in the Windy City over on JetSetter.

Finally, Adventurous Kate, one of our favorite solo female travelers, brings us 9 more entertaining travel blogs to follow.

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On Mon., Jan. 27 @ 8|7c, Travel Channel hosts will bring you the very best of Spain and Morocco on The Trip: 2014. What can you expect to see? Luxurious accommodations, savory Spanish tapas, Moroccan adventures and more insider experiences, naturally.

Be among the first to enter for a chance to win The Trip: 2014, just tell us: Are you more excited to experience Spain or Morocco? One lucky winner will get to experience both on this $100,000, dream getaway — so vote early and often!

Explore The Trip: 2014

More About the Show
Meet the Travel Channel Hosts
Experience Spain and Morocco

The Resort at Paws Up

Photo by The Resort at Paws Up

Well folks, you had the perfect gift picked out online, added it to your list, but just when you were about to add it to your “cart,” the express shipping fee made your eyes bulge or worse, the item is now on backorder. Not to fear, we have some last-minute ideas that your favorite traveler will truly appreciate: An unforgettable travel experience where the only thing to ship is yourself.

Glamping at the Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, MT
Wilderness lovers and those who prefer to be pampered (think: gourmet meals) will both be pleased with a getaway to this luxurious ranch about 30 minutes east of Missoula, MT. Guests can go fly fishing, horseback riding and hot-air ballooning before hitting the spa tent for a massage and then retiring to their own tent, complete with heated floors and electricity.

Check out more glamping spots.

Sonoma Country’s 3-Day Barrel Tasting Weekends
The Wine Road, an association of more than 100 wineries that includes household names like Clos du Bois and family-owned operations such as Stryker Sonoma, typically hosts barrel tastings twice a year along Sonoma’s Russian River Wine Road. Most wineries offer “futures” on their barrel samples — a chance to purchase wine while it’s still in the barrel, at a discount, before the wine is bottled in 12 to 18 months. So this really could be the gift that keeps on giving.

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