By: Holly C. Corbett of The Lost Girls
It’s no secret that to really care about a place and to better understand people from a different culture, you have to go there. Traveling to distant lands helped me to realize that people are more alike than we are different. Whether you’re from Mongolia or Manhattan, we all have the same basic needs: The need to belong, to love and be loved, to feel like our lives matter to someone or for something.
Watching Half the Sky last night (a PBS documentary on the oppression of women and girls around the world) reminded me of what travel had already showed me: That we can all do something—big or small—to make this world we live in a better place. We can each play a part in shedding light on the darkness—be it poverty, pollution, or—a cause I’m personally passionate about—fighting sex trafficking.
With the first presidential debate happening tonight and the election coming down to the wire, now is as good a time as ever to plan a getaway inspired by your favorite candidate. Luckily, luxury hotels are making it possible with these presidential packages.
At the Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club in Palm Beach, FL, the “Presidential Pampering” package includes everything from “motorcade” transportation and a copy of Mitt Romney’s No Apology or Barack Obama’s Audacity of Hope, to patriotic chocolate-dipped strawberries and facials at the Frederic Fekkai Salon & Spa for a camera-ready glow. Starting at $2,159/night, book now through November 30.
As the 2 candidates gear up for their first debate tonight in Denver and Americans weigh President Obama and Former Gov. Mitt Romney’s stances on the issues, here at Travel Channel, we decided to assess the 2012 presidential candidates in a totally different way. We’ve been busy gathering info for our Obama vs. Romney City vs. City showdown, where we’ll help YOU answer the question: which candidate can lay claim to the better travel destinations? READ MORE
This Saturday, outdoor lovers have a chance to give back to some of the United States’ treasured nature reserves for National Public Lands Day. It’s the largest single-day volunteer effort in the country, and over 170,000 volunteers are expected to help plant trees, remove trash, restore habitats and beautify their public gardens, beaches and parks. This day is set aside annually to promote the importance of protecting our environment and conserving nature. If you love hands-on activities and don’t mind getting a little messy, this is a great way to connect with nature and help our environment.
And to celebrate, the National Park Service is waiving the entry fees to all national parks, so If you don’t plan on volunteering this weekend, be sure to get outdoors and take advantage of this great opportunity to explore some of America’s treasures.
Check out this week’s picks from our favorite travel bloggers’ posts; from gambling to Mayan expeditions to pirate graveyards, you’ll be inspired to go on your own travel adventure!
From casinos to British pub food, Unbrave Girl tells us 5 things she loved about visiting Macu, “the Vegas of Asia” with a Portuguese influence.
Avoid that tempting glass of wine when you fly! Canada’s Adventure Couple offers tips for combatting the dreaded jet lag.
Did you roll out of bed at 3 a.m. to patiently wait in line with fellow Mac fans under the soft white-light glow of the Apple logo, counting down the minutes until the doors to your local Apple store opened? Our photo editor did — we’re not judging!
Photograph by Getty Images
In celebration of the much-anticipated iPhone 5, we wanted to share some exciting news for all you diehard iPhone owners and Travel Channel fans. Just in time for your shiny new gadget, our web development team has rolled out an iPhone-optimized version of Travelchannel.com. READ MORE
In case you’re wondering why everyone in your office keeps calling you “matey” and commenting on your “booty,” don’t call HR. It’s just Talk Like a Pirate Day!
In fact, it’s the 10th anniversary of Talk Like a Pirate Day. Ever since author Dave Barry mentioned the idea in his nationally-read newspaper column, the holiday has ransacked the country. Even Facebook lets you set your language preference to pirate (“friends” turn into “scallywags” and “like” turns into “arr!”). You can do that anytime, though — not just on the holiday.
To celebrate the day, learn about the real pirates of the Caribbean and how you can turn your next Caribbean vacation into a pirate journey.
You can also check out photos of the Caribbean hot spots once frequented by real pirates, including Edward Teach (Blackbeard), Calico Jack Rackham, Roberto Confresi and Jon Boysie Singh.
Or, see the rest of the World’s Wackiest Holidays, so you can find more opportunities to take a day off — we won’t tell your boss.
Little girls’ dreams are about to come true this January when the Royal Caribbean cruise line starts setting sail with Barbie. Children ages 4-11 will be able to hit the high seas with the world’s most popular doll on a dream cruise complete with all sorts of Barbie-esque activities, such as a “tiaras and teacup” party in a decorated stateroom that is sure to be covered in the doll’s signature pink. Girls will get the chance to walk in a fashion show, take mermaid dance lessons, design their own doll outfit and more. And in case that wasn’t enough, guests will also receive gifts including dolls, blankets, toothbrushes and bags, so you can leave in true Barbie style. Booking starts this fall, with dates continuing through March 2013.
Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown is about to embark on her biggest adventure yet: motherhood! Samantha, who’s been our girl-meets-world host for the last 12 years on Great Weekends, Passport to Europe, Samantha Brown’s Asia and more, announced to her fans yesterday via Facebook that she and her husband, Kevin O’Leary are expecting … twins! “We have waited such awhile for the love of a child, but our path faced strong headwind. Our troubles have past and now, at long last … Our joy doubled, we’re expecting twins!!!!” READ MORE
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As we all eagerly await the release of the iPhone 5, it’s hard not to daydream about the different ways you could use your shiny new toy. Obviously, at Travel Channel, we like to daydream about how this shiny new toy will help us travel lighter, easier and better.
Of course, all iPhones, new and old, make the life of a jetsetter that much better. But whether you’re booking a big trip or wanderlusting in your cubicle, here are a few apps that will make it a little easier to realize your globetrotting dreams:
Want to travel like Tony? The Layover app gives you Anthony Bourdain’s do’s and don’ts in cities from San Francisco to Singapore. Build your own Bourdain-inspired itinerary, including all of Tony’s must-try restaurants.
With the WT360 app, check the weather for anywhere in the world up to a year in advance. Along with current weather information, detailed global 15-day forecasts with animated maps and hour-by-hour 7-day forecasts — there’s no way your next trip can get rained out! And with 80% accuracy, rest assured that the app is worth checking before you make any travel plans.