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Travel Like a President

Here at Travel Channel, in the midst of election season, we can’t help but be fascinated by presidential travel. The Waldorf Presidential Suite doesn’t look too shabby, and I think we could all live with the James Bond-like features of the president’s limo. It’s hard to not daydream about luxury travel, and this is a whole new league of budgeting. But there’s a long road for the candidates before they get to fully enjoy these perks, whether it’s for a second term or for the first time — over 25 cities nationwide in just a month. See what the $3 million went towards for Obama’s travels. Or $10 million, if you’re Romney (who’s camp seems to really like their pizza … over $4,000 worth).
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Has the election coverage left you discouraged? Have you been telling everyone that if your favorite candidate doesn’t win, you’re leaving the country? Searching for airports already? We’ve heard it all before, but now JetBlue Airlines is making it easier than ever to put your foot where your mouth is.

Election Protection
Photo Courtesy of JetBlue Airways

 

So if tonight’s debate has you running for the hills, turn to JetBlue’s “Election Protection” to offer a little post-debate relief. Election Protection is a contest that asks for your party preference and your escape of choice. In the event that your chosen presidential candidate loses in November, then you get the chance to win a flight to your chosen destination.

Chilling with spider monkeys in Costa Rica? Exploring the 40 different beaches and cays of Turks and Caicos? Living the high life in the Bahamas in the world’s hottest hotels? Any one of these tropical getaways sounds pretty good right now, regardless of who wins or loses. We’ve already submitted our ballot.

Our own Anthony Bourdain will bring his Guts & Glory tour to 11 cities this fall, starting on November 1. The internationally-renowned chef, author and host of No Reservations and The Layover will visit each city for one night only, sharing candid insights about his life’s work and travels, including an open question and answer session with the audience. We can’t wait to hear the questions you’ll have for him!

The “chef-at-large” at New York’s famed Brasserie Les Halles, Bourdain is the author of the bestselling Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, a hysterical and sometimes shocking portrait of life in restaurant kitchens – as well as his newest work, the bestselling graphic novel Get JIRO!.

Tickets are selling out fast, so if you want to spend an evening with our favorite opinionated travel expert, grab yours today. We’re positive it’ll be an interesting night.

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On Sunday, Oct. 7, at 9|8c, Lifetime premieres a remake of the wildly-popular modern day classic Steel Magnolias. The 1989 film (originally a stage play) shows the roaring laughs and bawling tears of  6 “delicate as magnolias, but tough as steel” women in Louisiana.

The original ladies of the 1989 film were a star-studded cast — Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Shirley McClaine. The Lifetime remake brings together an equally heavy-hitting ensemble of great performers — Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott, Alfre Woodard, Adepero Oduye and Condola Rashad.

In both the original film and the Lifetime remake, the seventh equally charming character is the South, with its small-town life, community and eccentricities that define this region so well.

Downtown Natchitoches, LA
Downtown Natchitoches, LA

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Munich

From luxurious dining in hotels and on the street to the rocking good times of Oktoberfest, travel bloggers have it made. Get a glimpse of their adventures when we share our favorite picks from this week’s travel blogs.

2Backpackers explore Buenos Aires and unexpectedly spot many unique Asian-Argentinian fusions of culture due to a major wave of Asian immigrants in the 1980’s. From Chinese empanadas to Japanese pop music shops, you might forget you’re in South America.

A $5,000 burger?! Oysterblog finds the hotel meals with the biggest price tags for those who really want to splurge on an extravagant vacation.

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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.

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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.

Palm Beach, FL

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.

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City vs. City

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.

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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.

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