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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.
The Grand Canyon (Photo Courtesy of Alan Majchrowicz/Getty Images)
We’ve shared our list of the world’s most endangered sites, but today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation revealed its 2015 list of America’s 11 most endangered historic places. The list highlights examples of the country’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage.
“For more than a quarter-century, our list has called attention to threatened, one-of-a-kind treasures throughout the nation and galvanized local communities to help save them,” says Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Without further ado, here’s a quick look at the places that made the diverse list this year, in alphabetical order.
Ross Mathews, George Carrancho, Sean Franklin and the Prancing Elites
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Marriott International continued its support of marriage equality and its LGBT-friendly social-media campaign, #LoveTravels , this weekend at Capital Pride in Washington, DC. As part of Pride weekend and Marriott’s campaign, TV personality Ross Mathews officiated a gay wedding for George Carrancho and Sean Franklin, a couple of nearly 10 years who met in their home state of Texas and now live in New York. Thousands of spectators were watching because the ceremony was held atop Marriott’s float in the Capital Pride Parade on Saturday.
A host on Live From E! and former regular on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Ross chatted with me before the big event about marriage equality, Marriott’s #LoveTravels campaign and all things travel, including his most memorable trip as a child.
Spinning prayer wheels in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo Courtesy of Leo Tamburri)
The scale of the devastation from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday is staggering. As of Tuesday afternoon, it was reported that more than 4,600 people have died, 9,000 were injured, and 8 million are struggling to put their lives back together after Mother Nature tore their Himalayan country apart.
While you are tuned to the news, like so many good-hearted people across the world, you are asking, “What can I do to help?”
By now, you must have heard the devastating news of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked the Nepal region. Nestled between India and China, Nepal has a population of more than 27 million, and its capital, Kathmandu, is commonly known as the last pit stop for climbers heading to Mount Everest’s base camp. Our thoughts go out to the family members of the more than 4,000 victims who lost their lives in Saturday’s natural disaster.
Like most countries that are hit by natural disasters, Nepal will rebuild. Its people are incredibly resilient, and no one knows that better than Bruce Kirkby, a professional photographer, climber and host of Travel Channel’s new series Big Crazy Family Adventure (coming in June), which filmed in Nepal in 2014 for an episode set to air this summer.
After speaking with Bruce, it was clear that as devastating as this earthquake has been, the Nepali people are strong. Here’s what Bruce had to say during our short Q&A. READ MORE
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Happy Birthday to the King of Reggae — Bob Marley! The legendary singer-songwriter was born on Feb. 6, 1945, and this year he would have celebrated his 70th birthday. “In this bright future you can’t forget your past…” nor such a legendary musician’s past either. So what better way to celebrate the Reggae star than with a visit to his colorful country of Jamaica, mon! Bob Marley fans from across the world make the pilgrimage to the beautiful island nation to see where the music legend lived and where his iconic sound took root.
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It’s new and improved! TravelChannel.com relaunched Thursday with a cleaner design and better user experience. The Travel Channel Digital Team has been working long hours over the past year to find ways to improve the website and enhance specific features. Here’s a quick list of some of the changes Travel Channel users will notice when clicking around the new site:
Were Jim Carrey and Robin Williams your inspiration growing up? Have you always dreamed about using your voice to entertain people? Then the That’s Voiceover!™ career expo is the place for you. Showcase your talents at the Museum of the Moving Image — in Astoria, NY –– on Monday from 10 am to 10 pm. Participants will have an opportunity to show off their skills in one-on-one Q&As, audience participation and real-world auditions. The ultimate goal is The AUDITION Spotlight, a voiceover competition where one lucky actor will win an opportunity to work with Travel Channel! For more information and to purchase your ticket, visit thatsvoiceover.com. READ MORE
With a historic vote on independence this week, all eyes have been on Scotland. And while the Scottish people said “No” to the referendum and chose to remain part of the UK, this small, but proud nation captured the attention of the world. Here at Travel Channel, all this talk of Scotland served to remind us of the age-old traditions and natural beauty that has lured travelers to the country from around the world.
Sample Scotland’s Drink of Choice
Lots of Scots said they’d toast a “Yes” vote with a dram of whisky, but we have no doubt the “No” votes will be doing the same. With nearly 100 distilleries around the country to choose from, there’s no excuse to miss out on this centuries-old tradition on your visit to Scotland. Start your tour on the western coast, also known as the “Whisky Coast,” on the tiny island of Islay. This mecca for whisky drinkers is just 25 miles long, but it’s home to 8 top-notch distilleries. Laphroaig, Bowmore and Kilchoman are 3 of our favorites, but whichever you chose you’ll notice the distinct salty flavor the island’s strong whiskys are known for, thanks to the sea spray that covers the island’s peat, which is used during the malting process.