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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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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Tagomago
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?

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.

 

 

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.

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