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We recently partnered with Schemer, a new social network designed to help you discover and share activities you want to try! You can follow Travel Channel on Schemer here to find Schemes from Travel Channel shows and hosts such as:

Go on an ice cream flavor adventure at Humphrey Slocombe Ice Cream, inspired by Andrew Zimmern

Ride shotgun at Richard Petty’s Driving Experience, inspired by Samantha Brown

Give the traditional milkshake a twist at with the Bacon Shake, inspired by Andrew Zimmern

Hang out and peruse North Beach in San Francisco

That’s just a taste — there are lots more travel ideas and schemes on Travel Channel’s page on Schemer (http://schemer.com/travelchannel).

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The contest is open from today, May 30, at noon ET until midnight ET on Wednesday, June 6. You can enter once per day! Remember, for your entry to count, your tweet MUST include a scheme you’re interested in, and the hashtag #SchemeTravelChannel.

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Looking for a travel app after you purchase that new iPad? We’ve got something that might strike your fancy. Travel Channel launched the all-new Layover app so you can travel like Anthony Bourdain, the host of No Reservations and The Layover. Tony Bourdain has more than 10 years of travel experience; so, he’s the travel authority on traveling abroad and at home.

Travel Channel's Layover Guide with Anthony Bourdain

The new app –currently for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch– provides you with Tony’s favorite places to stay, eat and drink in 10 major cities around the world, including Hong Kong, Rome, LA, NYC and Montreal. Explore each destination using Anthony Bourdain’s travel tips and picks for must-see sights and must-do activities. It’s all provided on this brand-new app. But wait, there’s more! You have to see a cool video of the app in action –after the jump.

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Lately, we at Travel Channel have been getting hooked on Pinterest. This social network’s pinboard-community format is excellent for finding and sharing travel inspiration and planning vacations. Here’s our Pinterest page: http://pinterest.com/travelchannel

If you’ve got a case of wanderlust like we do, Pinterest is great for finding interesting destinations to visit, things to do, fun travel tips and tools, and lots more. To start, we’ve been pinning some of our favorite travel photos, quotes, destinations and travel activities that are on our “bucket list,” ideas for future trips, and we’ve also been repinning travel photos that we love from other Pinterest users. Here are some of our other favorite travelers on Pinterest:

ThriftyTravelMama
STA Travel
Croft Global Travel
Southwest Airlines
Lina Widiasana
Kelly Harmon
Julie Norton

Some of our sister networks are on Pinterest too – you can follow Food Network, Cooking ChannelHGTV, and DIY Network for all kinds of home & food inspiration. We hope you’ll follow us and join in the travel fun on Pinterest!

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Looking for hot gear to make your summer travels easier? Check out Travel Channel’s Summer Gear Guide, featuring a pet backpack, UV monitor watch, hybrid-solar charger,  scooter luggage and Commando Smartphone and more.  Rob Pralgo, host of the new web series, demonstrates how each gear and gadget works, and he explains the benefits for people who are constantly on the go.  Watch all the videos and click on the Facebook “Like” icon to let us know which featured summer gear and gadgets you like the most.

In addition to the Summer Gear Guide, Travel Channel is the perfect source for you next camping trip. Take a look at our list of camping tips and tricks to help you prepare for your next outdoor adventure.  That’s not all! We also provide camping dos and don’ts, a guide to camping with infants and toddlers and a fun slideshow of all the critters you may see while you’re communing with nature.

Check it out and get in gear for the summer!

Sightseeing Los Angeles at Graumans Chinese Theater
Photo: Getty Images

There are dozens of travel apps and gear that help you track your travels when you’re exploring a new city, but what about an app that guides you while you’re on a double-decker bus in selected cities, including LA?  The City Sightseeing app is the world’s leading open top bus tour operator.

With this exclusive app, you can search for a tour and book it! The sightseeing app also allows users to download guides, find “Hop On” and “Hop Off” locations on maps, discover Points of Interest and it provides links to the services provided by the tour company.

The app also has a postcard function, which allows you to send an ePostcard to your friends. You can also your own card with those of other city visitors on the city Sightseeing Community website.

Take a look at our Travel Apps of the Week feature for more fun apps to help you travel with ease.

Travel Channel's feature Travel App of the Week

Looking for the best travel apps to download to your smartphone? Check out Travel App of the Week on TravelChannel.com. Each week we feature a travel app that provides useful information about airline flights, places to eat, ways to navigate around an unfamiliar city and much more.

We’ve compiled travel app lists based on 3 main categories: utility apps, navigation apps and entertainment apps. Our goal is to help you cut through the clutter to find the apps that help make traveling easier for you.

We’ve enlisted Bob Tedeschi to review the most recent travel apps available. Bob has written about e-commerce, technology and travel for the “New York Times” since 1998. He has also written for “Wired” and “Money Magazine,” among others. 

So check out Travel Channel’s feature Travel App of  the Week, and get the download on the hottest apps for travelers!

Looking for an easier, new way to book hotel rooms? Expedia.com will launch a new app soon for travelers to search for and book hotel rooms. The free app will be available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

According to MSNBC.com, Expedia Hotels app is the first in a series of mobile apps that the company will launch this year for the iPhone and phones that use Google’s Android operating system. No word on when the new app will be released for you to download,  but stay tuned for more details. We’ll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, check out Travel Channel’s travel gear guide, app reviews and more, to help make traveling for your next trip a little easier.

Disney Goes Hi-Tech

According to MSNBC, there’s a new batch of mobile apps available to help make family visits to amusement parks more efficient and fun. Most of the apps are currently geared toward Walt Disney World.

Disney will roll out its newest version of the “Disney Mobile Magic” app soon. It’s exclusively for Verizon Wireless phones. The app uses the GPS feature in Verizon phones to help users find character appearances, attractions, restaurants and other points of interest. It also has an interactive trivia game that allows users to play against other users in the same park. “Disney Mobile Magic” works in Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

These new apps also provide thrill seekers with maps and wait times for rides. A free iPhone app called “Universal Wait Times” provides accurate wait times for rides inside the 2 Universal Orlando parks. Wait time information is especially helpful for popular rides or areas, including “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” attraction at Islands of Adventure.

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30 Days of Apps

The Digital Age is upon us, and there’s no better way to navigate the travel clutter than with our new feature, 30 Days of Apps.  We’ve enlisted apps expert Bob Tedeschi to review some of the hottest travel apps out there.

Bob — who has written about e-commerce, technology and travel for the “New York Times” — offers honest advice, reviewing a mobile app each day for the remainder of January. Find out if Yelp!, Google Goggles, Trip Advisor, Kayak and 25 other apps will really help to make your next travel experience easier.

If apps aren’t your thing, then check out our Travel Gadget Gift Guide and the Travel Channel Gear Guide for some fun gift ideas for you or the frequent traveler in your life.

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