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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?”
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Bhaktapur Nepal

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:

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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

Scotland
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.

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Atlantic City, NJ, has been in the news lately for its financial issues, most notably the closing of 3 of its casinos this year, with another set to shut down next week.  But the “Vegas of the East” returns to its roots with the Miss America Pageant, which airs live this Sunday, hopefully bringing with it a revival of Atlantic City’s heyday. READ MORE

Maybe it’s the end-of-summer blues or the back-to-school stress, but with 3 incidents involving airplanes’ dwindling legroom over the last 2 weeks, something is putting travelers on edge these days.

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Hollywood’s hottest power couple, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, finally made their almost-decade union official, as they exchanged vows in a small chapel at the Chateau Miraval. But this isn’t just any 17th-century estate in Provence, France — Hollywood’s’ royal couple owns the enchanting domain. Perhaps Jolie and Pitt knew when they bought the French estate 2 years ago that it would be the perfect location for their wedding — it sits on 1,000 sprawling acres in the ancient village of Correns and is reported to have 35 rooms, a vineyard and a moat (perfect for keeping the paparazzi out).

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Visiting Iceland anytime soon? Well, it’s been reported  that the Bardarbunga volcano might erupt sometime soon, and if it does, travel might be a little difficult. But not as badly as 2 previous volcano eruptions in Iceland.

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