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.
Summer is coming to an end, and still there are 41% of you out there who don’t plan to use all of your PTO (paid time off) before the end of the year. But why are we so reluctant to hit the road for a little fresh air? The U.S. Travel Association released a survey of 1,300 employees and business leaders, and their findings explain why Americans take so few much-needed days of rest and relaxation.
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World Cup fever is growing hotter and hotter around the world, and while soccer watching has not always been associated with the US, the 2014 FIFA World Cup seems to be capturing America’s interest. Last night’s nail-biting USA-Portugal match on ESPN scored a 9.6 rating, making it the highest-rated World Cup match ever in the US. While the world’s game is growing in popularity across America, what US city can lay claim to having the most World Cup fans? The nation’s capital: Washington, DC.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are going to have a better long weekend than you. After much anticipation, the extravagant couple will tie the knot on Saturday, May 25 in Florence, Italy, in front of more than 100 guests, including their 11-month-old daughter, North.
But this won’t be your average celebrity destination wedding in a stunning Italian villa. After all, West — who proposed on the jumbotron at the San Francisco Giants’ At&T Stadium … with a 50-piece orchestra, their friends and family watching from the dugout and Keeping Up With the Kardashians cameras rolling — wouldn’t say “I do” any other way.
In true Kimye fashion, it seems no expense was spared on the lavish affair spanning across 2 romantic, European cities. Below you’ll find their rumored 3-day itinerary:
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Worried that you’ll be unprepared for a zombie apocalypse? No need to fear that humanity will come to an end; the US federal government has a contingency plan in place for the unlikely event of a zombie invasion.
Foreign Policy details the US Military’s defense strategy to “preserve the sanctity of human life” among all the “non-zombie humans.” This zombie survival plan was reportedly found on a secret computer network as an unclassified document. While this plan, known as “Counter-Zombie Dominance” or CONOP 8888, might seem like a hoax, it was dated April 30, 2011 and included a disclaimer section that stated, “this plan was not actually designed as a joke.”
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Could a sunken shipwreck off the coast of Haiti be the biggest discovery since 1492? Underwater explorer Barry Clifford claims he may have discovered one of the most significant ships in history, Christopher Columbus’ flagship Santa Maria.
The shipwreck was found in the exact area, off the north coast of Hispaniola, which is now Haiti, where Columbus said the Santa Maria ran aground on his first voyages to the Americas more than 500 years ago, Clifford reported to CNN. Stuck on a reef off Haiti’s northern coast, the wreck sits just 10 to 15 feet beneath the water’s surface.