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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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.

 

 

This Week in Photos

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.

International Spy Museum

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

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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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Herbivore wrap from Caviar and Bananas

It’s time to get serious — about finishing your Christmas shopping. There’s only 10 days left and counting! If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for the outdoorsman, frequent flyer or techie in your life, Rob Pralgo, Travel Channel’s Gear Guide, is here to help.

From bedbug-proof luggage to the latest in smartwatches, smart phone covers, camera lenses and HD snow goggles, he informs travelers of all the new gadgets they should not live without. Check out the coolest new travel gadgets on the market, and while you’re at it, you might want to pick up one for yourself!

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Caviar and Bananas

The world reflects on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, lauds a Nobel Prize laureate and more in this week in photos. For some lighter travel news, if you’ve ever wondered if a picture is really worth a thousand words — read on to find out.

Want to remember the last sunset on your vacation forever? Don’t Instagram it. A new study in CNN suggests the taking that snapshot actually diminishes your memory of the sunset.

Gadling unearthed a trend, or 2 rather, we can’t wait to try — all aboard the Pinot Express. A vineyard with a zipline? Yes, please.

Still Christmas shopping? Camels & Chocolate says forgo all the “stuff” for the ultimate gift: A cruise through Europe.

We’ll leave you with the clip that went viral this week, FunForLouis’ Epic World Adventure. Prepare to be very jealous.

Every wonder, what the hect is “Hygge?” We bet you are now. Fathom Away delves into Danish culture to find out.

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Still wondering what to get the seasoned travelers in your life? Here are some of our favorite new travel books — and if your traveling friends and family are anything like us, come Christmastime they’ll happily make room for these travel books on their coffee table.

For the Foodie: Where Chef’s Eat
This handsome food guide brings you the favorite restaurants of those who know food best — 400 of the world’s top chefs. Inside you’ll find personal recommendations from the likes of Rene Redzepi and David Chang.

For the Culture Vulture: Humans of New York
In 2010, photographer-blogger Brandon Stanton began photographing complete strangers and sharing their life’s secrets on his website, Humans of New York. Some 1 million fans later, the eponymous book-cum-intriguing photographic census of New York has become an instant best-seller.

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Photo Courtesy of Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Hawaii became the 15th state to legalize gay marriage on Monday, which should draw even more happy couples to the Aloha State. The law also allows couples to register for a license and be married the same day, a move that is sure to appeal to plenty of tourists.

How much of an appeal? Sumner La Croix, an economist at the University of Hawaii -Manoa, tells NPR that the legalization of gay marriage in Hawaii could boost tourism in the state by as much $217 million over the next 3 years.

“Same-sex couples will be attracted to Hawaii for the same reasons that opposite-sex couples are attracted to Hawaii,” said La Croix. “It’s the great weather, it’s the warm water, it’s the beautiful scenery. And it’s also the aloha spirit.”

We couldn’t agree more at Travel Channel. We’ve lauded combining your wedding with your honeymoon on the Hawaiian Islands thanks to the year-round warm weather, beautiful beaches and stunning sunsets.

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Think twice about that elusive 99-cent iPhone, people. Pushy crowds, endless lines and bitter cold can make you second-guess whether that deal is really a steal once Black Friday rolls around. Don’t even get us started on the whole sales-starting-on-Thanksgiving backlash. Here’s a better idea, several in fact, that can be ordered from the comfort of your own home.

At Travel Channel, we’ve been busy rounding up the ultimate gifts for all the globetrotters on your list – check out some of the best gear, gadgets and luxe travel essentials this holiday season below. Then enter for a chance to win some of our favorites as well as $10,000 cash in our Gift of Travel Sweepstakes!

Travel's Best Gifts

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