Sara Gilliam

Sara is a Senior Producer for Travel 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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While we all crave to be home for the holidays, sometimes the turkey, stuffing and personal questions from your relatives are all it takes to reignite your wanderlust. This week’s travel blog roundup is here to help.

Unsurprisingly, Iceland is becoming a hot spot for US visitors, but according to Skift, so are more offbeat European countries, such as Romania, Lithuania and Croatia.

Whether you endured bumper-to-bumper traffic or a delayed flight, bad weather can put a damper on holiday travel. The team at Fathom reminds us of the bright spot to bad weather with these beautiful photos.

JohnnyJet shares 31 reasons to stay at Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, HI — as if you needed more than 1.

For more travel-writing escapism, enjoy Nowhere’s beautiful essay “3 Wishes in Armenia.”

A photographer caught the sunset in every time zone in a single day. Thanks to Doubletakes for digging this video up.

Grand Canyon

A Route 66 road trip wouldn’t be complete without a stop to see the Grand Canyon.

This week, our favorite travel blogs are serving up touristy attractions and experiences that are worth a second look.

If you think reading 1 piece about Route 66 is enough, you’re wrong. Rediscover the allure of the “road of flight” through the eyes of Boat Magazine’s editor.

Touristy places get a bad rap, but Landlopers explains why these 8 iconic attractions are far from “traps.”

Have you ever dreamed of snorkeling in crystal-clear … 35-degree glacier water? No? Well, the Expert Vagabond’s experience snorkeling Silfra fissure in Iceland might change your mind.

After a 3-month stay, Nomadic Matt shares his 6 life lessons learned in China.

If you’re thinking of indulging in high tea around the holidays but don’t know what to wear, the Luxe Travel has you covered.

Rockefeller Center, New York, NY

Photography by Allan Baxter/ Stone/ Getty Images

Whether you’re going home for the holidays to be surrounded by extended family (and, potentially, tiny childhood furniture), looking forward to a “friendsgiving” or using the valuable vacation days to escape from it all, WalletHub has calculated the best cities for winter holiday travel, at home and abroad. Using metrics such as average airfares, flight times and hotel costs, it determined the best destinations to celebrate the holidays without the hassle. Without further ado … READ MORE

Oheka Castle

The sprawling estate known as Oheka Castle is on Long Island’s Gold Coast.

From Thanksgiving survival tips to Taylor Swift — you read that right — this week’s travel news roundup is full of bits of inspiration.

Johnny Jet explores Oheka Castle in New York, the shooting location for countless films and music videos, including Taylor Swift’s latest single Blank Space.

Watch a 70-year-old Guinness World Record holder complete the first underground hot-air balloon flight on

The holidays are approaching, and Refinery29 shares hacks for traveling like a pro this season.

Go snorkeling in Iceland’s Silfra Fissure with The Blonde Abroad.

In a guest column on Nomadic Matt, Kristin Addis gives advice for solo female travelers.

Hello, NYC! The crowd at the Museum of the Moving Image — located in Astoria, NY– is pumped to audition to become the next Travel Channel Star! The casting call will be held today, November 10, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. We’ll do our best to record as many hopefuls as possible, but come early to secure a spot or risk braving a line.


Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman, Photography by Jacrews7, flickr

This week’s travel blog round up appeals to the senses, from inspiring scents being dispensed at the airport to the taste of gin, which is no longer your grandparents’ drink.

Camels & Chocolate visits the Grand Cayman Islands to celebrate its annual Pirates Week Festival, complete with a Jolly Roger pirate ship cruise.

Heathrow Airport’s new device dispenses scents that inspire people to travel. Skift explains how they narrowed down the scents.

It’s not a grandparents’ drink anymore: find out why gin has become one of the trendiest drinks in cocktail bars around the world according to A Luxury Travel Blog.

Whether you find yourself in Vietnam or China, Triphackr shares how to access Facebook, Twitter and Youtube when it’s blocked.

Last but not least, our own editor Kathleen Rellihan found her way into Fathom’s 24 best volunteer opportunities around the world.


View the iconic Edinburgh Castle from Ross Fountain, located in the Princess Street gardens.

The photos, movies and blog posts in this week’s travel roundup will take you around the world.

Inspired by the Ryder Cup, Triphackr presents the ultimate UK road trip, from Edinburgh to London.

Blurred Moments captures breathtaking photos from a couple’s around-the-world journey. In the first 7 months, they’ve been to Argentina, Bolivia, Hungary, India, Ireland and Peru, to name a few.

From festivals and competitions to unique animal experiences to the best outdoor adventures, check out My Wanderlist’s definitive list for where to travel in November.

Adventures in Wonderland explores the “other” Lotus Land, Vancouver, BC.

And if you’d like to spend some of your weekend armchair traveling, Latitude34 rounds up the 16 greatest travel movies of all time.

Sao Paolo, Brazil

Photography by Getty Images/iStockphoto

This week’s travel blog roundup will turn up the wanderlust — read on for tips and seriously inspiring photos from Sao Paulo to Ubud.

Roads & Kingdoms has 14 things to know before you go to the sprawling metropolis of Sao Paulo.

Have you been to Ubud yet? If not, this beautiful Bali photo journal by Nomadic Habit will have you wondering why.

The Voyageur has the (almost) perfect 15-day itinerary for Sri Lanka, including what she’d do differently if she could go back.

Camels & Chocolate invites you to sit, have a drink and stay for a while at the South’s swankiest resort.

Where to stay in Paris: Adventurous Kate shares her picks for the best neighborhoods and accommodations.


This Week in Travel

Move on, nothing to see here — according to some Yelpers.

From the ironic to the eye-popping, here are the stories that got passed around the Travel Channel offices this week.

“If you’ve seen one [geyser] you’ve seen them all.” Whether they are funny because they’re sad or just plain sad, you have to see these 1-star Yelp reviews of national parks on imgur.

“Home is wherever your feet take you,” and 31 more things people with wanderlust will understand, from Buzzfeed.

Missing summer already? Stare wistfully at these 15 snaps of palm trees and deep blue seas from Fathom.

A Luxury Travel Blog picks the world’s top 5 winemaking regions that all oenophiles need to check off their lists.

More than 3,500 kilometers over 20 days crammed into 3 minutes, 32 seconds, and it shows (h/t Skift).

Saturday marks Alaska Day, commemorating the transfer of the territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States in 1867. While most of us won’t be on hand in the beautiful, seaside town of Sitka to celebrate, we thought we’d take the opportunity to marvel at Alaska’s glaciers, fjords and otherworldly scenery, as shared with us by Travel Channel fans on Instagram during the ideal summer season. The vast and largely untouched state beckons with lush landscapes, natural wonders and amazing wildlife, waiting to be explored by air, by land or, as the trend goes, by sea on an Alaskan cruise. These photos may be just the inspiration you need to plan your journey to “the Last Frontier” now.


“We’re headed to Aialik Glacier, the biggest in Kenai National Park.” – @marksbucket READ MORE

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