Saturday marks Alaska Day, commemorating the transfer of the territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States in 1867. While most of us won’t be on hand in the beautiful, seaside town of Sitka to celebrate, we thought we’d take the opportunity to marvel at Alaska’s glaciers, fjords and otherworldly scenery, as shared with us by Travel Channel fans on Instagram during the ideal summer season. The vast and largely untouched state beckons with lush landscapes, natural wonders and amazing wildlife, waiting to be explored by air, by land or, as the trend goes, by sea on an Alaskan cruise. These photos may be just the inspiration you need to plan your journey to “the Last Frontier” now.
“We’re headed to Aialik Glacier, the biggest in Kenai National Park.” – @marksbucket READ MORE
To kick off the summer, we asked Travel Channel fans to send us their most Instagram-worthy travel moments — and they didn’t disappoint. After combing through thousands of awe-inspiring submissions, we chose some of our favorites to share on-air and online. Check out 26 of the best #MySummer photos, sure to inspire a #YOLO adventure during the last days of summer and beyond.
NYC Skyline by Lizzy Snaps
These days, everyone thinks they’re an accomplished photographer, but believe it or not, there’s more to travel photography than cropping a photo into a square and slapping an Instagram filter on it. We caught up with professional photographer Lizzy Sullivan, aka “Lizzy Snaps” and followed her around New York City in an all-new web series, You Get the Picture, as she climbed lampposts, crawled on the sidewalk and chased down interesting subjects — all in the name of capturing awesome New York City photos. Watch as she demonstrates how to Capture Sidewalk Stories, Photograph Urban Food, Take Nightlife Photos and Add Life to Landmark Photos.
Here are her tips on shooting city skyline photos:
Check out (just a small sample!) of the amazing photos she took while we were filming, and then head over to our all-new web series, You Get the Picture to learn how she captured them!
Photo Courtesy of Chris Burkard
I was up late trying to beat a bad case of insomnia when I saw Carson Daly’s interview with pro photographer Chris Burkard, who apparently has a knack for traveling to the most remote corners of the Earth to capture his travels, nature and usually, surfers in action.
Based in San Luis Obispo, CA, Chris is a senior staff photographer for Surfer Magazine, and contributes regularly to various international publications and brands like Patagonia. The self-taught photographer and artist has worked on 3 book projects: Distant Shores: Surfing the Ends of the Earth, The California Project and Plight of the Torpedo People.
I was inspired and amazed by Chris’ work and thought it would be fun to find out more about the man behind the lens of so many awe-inspiring photos.
Photography by Aaron Goodwin
There’s no better time than summer — the air is warm, the sun is shining and vacations are tempting you to explore America. Get out and experience your hometown again — like Adam Richman explores Brooklyn — or stop by Sam, Andrew and Bert’s favorite beaches for a barbecue. While you’re on your great All-American vacation, don’t forget your camera to snap the perfect shot.
If you’re not confident that you have the skills to take The Perfect Shot, join Ghost Adventures’ Aaron Goodwin on this new video web series to learn the craft behind taking the perfect photo. Aaron travels around Las Vegas with professional photographers to learn how to use different cameras, from the professional dSLR to the consumer point-and-shoot to the ubiquitous smartphone. READ MORE
Calling all Instagrammers! Do you often find yourself spending wayyyy too much time pondering which filter to use on that amazing travel photo you snapped? Well, it’s time to put your skills to use! We want you to share your fun summer photos with us, and our favorites may be featured on TravelChannel.com, on our Instagram account or even in an on-air commercial!
Here’s how to submit your photos:
1. Instagram your favorite summer travel photos (you can submit more than 1!)
2. Use the hashtag #MySummer and tag @TravelChannel in the description
3. Be sure to enter the destination of your photo in the description!
So when you’re on vacation this summer, watching waves break on the shore or soaking up the sun by the pool, don’t forget to snap a pic and Instagram it! You could end up seeing it on TV!
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Photography by Kenji Croman. GoKenji.com
Near drownings. Shark attacks. Broken bones. Trips to the ER … All in the pursuit of the perfect wave. Kenji Croman isn’t a big wave surfer with a death wish, but a photographer chasing mammoth waves in his native state of Hawaii. Like a lot of Hawaiians growing up, Kenji started out bodysurfing, but it wasn’t until he was 30 years old, when he combined his love for photography and his love of the ocean, that he felt he could truly communicate how he saw the waves: as art in motion.
We were lucky to catch up with Kenji on dry land, and find out what it takes to capture the perfect wave the split second it breaks and barrels over his head, how he survived surf that nearly killed him, and ultimately, what keeps him heading back out into the water. Take one look at his photos and you’ll understand why.
That’s right, our #31DaysofSpring campaign has drawn to a close, but that doesn’t mean we’re lacking warm-weather inspiration. In fact, since spring has sprung incredibly slowly for most of the country (thanks, polar vortex) you might just be getting around to that first warm weekend getaway. Remember, you can always revisit our Spring calendar for a month of travel ideas to take you into the summer.
We asked you to send us your best #TCSpringFling Instagram photos from your spring break, weekend getaway or even your commute home, and we received these beautiful, romantic and inspiring signs of spring. We’ve compiled the best into a slideshow for your viewing pleasure, please check out these 14 Enviable Spring Fling Photos.
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Behold your best #TCBeachWeek photos in all their glory (well, minus the emojis). We asked you to submit your favorite beach photos on Instagram — and boy, were we impressed with the results.
It’s clear Travel Channel fans have searched the world over for the most beautiful beaches, check out the rest of our favorite beach photos. Warning: For those still in below-freezing temps, these pics will instill extreme wanderlust.
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The Idiotarod of … Brooklyn, Chinese New Year, the Grammys and more festivities roll into this week in photos. Meanwhile our favorite travel bloggers are in search of the elusive perfect dive, the Lock Ness Monster and more this week.
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Our pal, the Expert Vagabond, went in search of Scotland’s fabled Lock Ness Monster. Did he find it?
Camels & Chocolate prolonged her stay in Anguilla — and we’re happy she did. Just check out her amazing dive photos.
For those already thinking about Valentine’s Day, Fathom rounded up romantic ski hotels in the Rockies and the Alps.
Finally, we’ll leave you with a blast from the past — Delta’s new 80s-inspired, in-flight safety video: