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One of the best ways to learn about a new destination is by eating and drinking locally. When I’m on vacation, there’s nothing I want more than a refreshing beer after a long day of exploring. As the US craft beer movement has grown over the past decade, so have the ever-popular beer weeks.
Beer weeks celebrate the local beer community through (sometimes over-the-top) events featuring local breweries at their best. Whether it’s an easy drive from where you live or in a new destination to explore, a vacation or staycation can become a beercation by planning a visit to some of America’s most celebrated beer weeks. It’s a great way to relax, recharge and put some of those unused vacation days to good use.
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In exactly a year, on Aug. 5, Rio de Janeiro will be swarming with 10,500 Olympic athletes representing 205 countries for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. About 7.5 million tickets will be sold for 42 different sports. The majority of events will take place in Rio (in Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracana), but soccer matches are also expected to be held at venues in Brasília, Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, Salvador and Manaus.
In preparation for all the excitement for the 2016 Olympics, we pulled together a quick list of 12 things you should do when visiting Rio.
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As cruise ships get bigger and bigger, they often lose sight of the destination, but Viking Ocean Cruises and its new Viking Star are changing all that. After all, the destination is like a piece of art, and this intimate, 930-guest flagship is like a frame that perfectly accentuates the subject without distracting from it.
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Be a producer on a digital video shoot for Watt’s World host Nick Watt in Scotland? Yes, please! From the get-go, I knew that Scotland was green, it had a castle, and it was connected to England. So … I didn’t know very much. By the end of the trip, I knew how to pronounce Edinburgh (Edin-brah), had felt the love of Prince William and Duchess Kate at the coffee shop they frequented in college, and had experienced my first Scottish breakfast (black pudding and some other weird meats). But first, I learned how to drive on the other side of the road.
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Carnival Corp. announced that its new Fathom brand has been granted permission to cruise with US travelers to Cuba. The line plans to provide “cultural, artistic, faith-based and humanitarian exchanges between American and Cuban citizens.” Final approval from Cuba is still pending, but it’s expected in time for the 710-guest Adonia to arrive in the country starting in May 2016.
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You know the old Johnny Cash tune I’ve Been Everywhere? It’s my anthem. Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Buffalo … yep, seen ’em all.
Traveling for work is a great opportunity for face-to-face meetings that always seem more valuable to me than anything done over the phone. But if I’m being honest, sometimes as I’m striding around the airport with my practical overnight bag and sensible heels, I get gate envy.
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Currently Frozen over for the summer, Disney Cruise Line has a question for you: Do you want to build a snowman or let it go? Now, on select seasonal sailings on the Disney Magic in Norway and Disney Wonder in Alaska, you can.
The pirates of the Caribbean are on holiday, and in their place, characters from the hit animated film Frozen are taking over with an all-new deck party, day of fun and more. Onboard are none other than Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, iceman Kristoff and snowman Olaf, and I was just on the Disney Wonder to experience all the fun firsthand in Alaska.
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You did it. All that studying worked, and now, you’ve graduated. The perfect reward? A vacation, of course! There are tons of options, whether you want to turn your brain off and veg out or finally put those geography lessons to good use. See where TravelChannel.com’s editors would go, or consider these 6 options for a post-grad trip. After all, you earned it!
1. If those graduation checks are burning a hole in your pocket …
Then a shopping excursion is for you! For variety, head to the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis, where you can spend your newfound wealth at 520 stores and 50 restaurants. When that gets old, visit the mall’s indoor amusement park, aquarium or Star Trek and CSI exhibits. Or, for a major splurge, go instead to Los Angeles to cruise Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. You may leave with far fewer shopping bags, but you’ll go into the next phase of your life feeling like a star.
Need more ideas? Check out the top 10 US shopping malls and the world’s best shopping cities.
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Want to relive a bygone era of classic trans-Atlantic ocean-liner travel? With Cunard Line — which is impressively celebrating its 175th anniversary this year — and its fleet of elegant vessels, you can do that and more.
The only true liner in operation today, the magnificent Queen Mary 2, cuts through the towering swells and choppy waves of the northern Atlantic Ocean nearly like butter. Art-deco interiors romantically enchant while modern amenities pamper and entertain passengers. Live classical music permeates throughout as a parade of formalwear enters the stately dining room, and the chandelier-clad ballroom beckons well-dressed couples to the dance floor.
Wes Dening with Mount Everest in the background.
“This is Nepal in front of us. The border closes at 5:30. We made it with 8 minutes to spare.”
Those are the words you’ll hear from Bruce Kirkby as he and his family rush across the Tibet/Nepal border in Travel Channel’s Big Crazy Family Adventure. But truth be told, they weren’t alone. Off-camera, racing alongside the family like a pack of wild broncos, was our production team in tow. As Bruce uttered those words in his one-of-a-kind Kirkby accent, our crew (with pelican cases in 1 arm, personal bags in the other, and passports wedged in our mouths) scurried by his side. Just like Bruce; his wife, Christine; and their 2 sons, Bodi and Taj, we, too, had made it into Nepal with only 8 minutes to spare.
As we crossed the border, we were greeted by warm, healthy smiles and friendly pats on the back. We could feel it in their welcoming hug — an instant kinship with our Nepalese production team, with passports still wedged between our teeth. We would be living and working with this group of locals for the next 7 days. READ MORE