From festivals in India, Spain and Taiwan to Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris and the Winter X Games in Aspen, CO – see this week in photos from around the world. Have headlines frozen over? During another slow news week we turned to some of our favorite travel bloggers for loads of inspiration.
This may sounds like a sick joke after another polar vortex, but Johnny Jet explains why you may want to get bumped off your flight — and how to do it.
Once strictly off-limits, now adventurous travelers are flocking to Burma aka Myanmar. You’ll want to go even more after seeing the Classe Touriste’s photos.
Take a road trip from Peru into Chile through the eyes of the charming family behind Our Open Road.
While the upcoming Winter Olympics has gone without much fanfare in the States — The Inspiration unearthed this truly badass BBC trailer for Sochi.
Finally, Prêt À Voyager’s Creative Guide to Amsterdam had us at hand-drawn map.
India celebrates Makar Sankranti, an International Kite Festival, and more in this week in photos. From a panda selfie to YOLO vacations, this week in travel brings you the best of the internet.
CNTraveler shared photos of stunning bodies of water around the world.
According to Today, The National Zoo launched its Instagram account with a panda cub selfie you just have to see.
Gadling brought to our attention a Singapore-based photographer who artfully depicts the passage of time.
Refinery29 presented 13 Tips for Taking a YOLO vacations. #nuffsaid
And while the NYT’s 52 Places to Go in 2014 caused much debate among travelers (including those in this office), Skift narrowed done the list to just one.
At Travel Channel, of course, we think Spain and Morocco should top your list — and we’re even giving away $100,000 trip there.
Winter was in full force in this week in photos with a Polar Vortex in much of the US, China’s 15th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, and an Igloo Village in Germany. See Niagara Falls on ice and more of the week’s best posts in our travel news roundup.
CN Traveler unearthed these winter wonderland photos of Niagara Falls’ “ice-crusted cascades.”
Gadling shared the top 5 family travel destinations for 2014 — and possibly beyond.
According to Gothamist, former Travel Channel star Anthony Bourdain is opening an international food market in NYC.
Check out 5 of the most awesome star-gazing spots on Earth thanks to The Huffington Post.
Skift has the scoop on New York City’s tallest hotel (753 feet!) opened by … Marriott.
The birth of England’s future king, a high-wire act across the Grand Canyon, and a historic Miss America – see some of 2013’s most remarkable travel moments.
Prince George of Cambridge
Royal baby mania gripped the world, as news crews waited outside London’s St. Mary’s Hospital on July 22 for news of Kate and William’s royal delivery: George Alexander Louis had arrived.
Pardon the interruption to our usual programming, but while we hit pause for Thanksgiving (and lots of Turkey), the world continued celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, a king’s birthday and a 3-month-old giant panda in this week in photos. For more holiday celebrations, toasts, and maybe some snow, check out our weekly travel blog roundup below.
NBC’s live broadcast of the the Christmas classic The Sound of Music got a lot of flack. “The acting was bad, the costumes St. Pauli-esque and the mountains … were fake.” However, Gadling went on to find one “winner” from the production — the city of Salzburg, Austria!
As snowfall threatens most of the country, bookmark this now: Johnny Jet shares 6 things to do in the face of weather delays and flight cancellations.
LoveTaza’s adorable family of 4 ventured to Amsterdam for the first time and posted some of the highlights of their trip, including an apple-and-bacon pancake we’ll be ordering next time we’re in town.
Our favorite Expert Vagabound came down with dengue fever! We’re glad he had a speedy recovery. If you find yourself snowed in or under-the-weather, check out one of his picks for the best travel movies of all time.
The holiday season is officially in full swing — now that Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday have all come and gone (finally), it’s time to break the Christmas boxes out of the attic and get decorating! The National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC, will be lit this Friday, and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is set to take place tonight at 8 p.m. — but what about your tree?
Want to show off your decorating skills? Or know someone who goes all-out with their spirited décor? We want to see your photos! Instagram them with the hashtag #TCHolidayLights, and we’ll pick our favorites to feature on the blog.
Plus, don’t miss Sam Brown and Zak Bagans’ picks for their favorite lights displays:
What better way to welcome the holiday season than with family, festivities, and, of course, the perfect holiday portrait. Don’t just settle for mundane decorations or a white background for this year’s holiday card; head to one these locations to truly wow your loved ones – no Photoshop required.
There’s no need to scramble to deck the halls and put up the tallest Christmas tree for the perfect holiday portrait. Trade an ordinary fireplace backdrop for one of the country’s coziest hotel fireplaces – just find one near you.
Looking for something less formal … and posed? Get outside and take the kids to a nearby park for a photo shoot. For you city slickers, we’ve rounded up a list of some of our favorite urban parks. No excuses!
Capture their attention with breath-taking views of the ocean, coast, or mountains from your last vacation. If your annual ski trip or beach house rental feels like a family reunion, why not use a photo from the last time you were all together?
Looking for more Everyday Escapes during the busiest travel time of the year? See our Holiday Tips for Family Travel.
Take a photo on your phone to share your family holiday spirit in a real Hallmark card with just a few clicks. Download the Hallmark Go Cards app to send real Hallmark cards to their mailbox from wherever you are. Download it now at Hallmark.com/GoCards.
This Week in Photos is full of twists on tradition: A Halloween surf competition, a Zombie Walk to commemorate the Day of the Dead … and more. Expect nothing less from our travel news roundup, where you’ll meet an inspiring 100-year-old and go on a record-breaking cross-country road trip.
We all have ideas of trips we’d like to cross off of our “bucket list,” but one 100-year-old adventurer is showing us it’s never too late to follow your dreams. Elsa Bailey recently traveled to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada to see polar bears in their natural habitat. She said it’s something she’s always wanted to do, and when the opportunity came, she “jumped at it.”
In other adventure trip news…an Atlanta man took “road tripping” to a whole new level this week, setting a record for the fastest cross-country drive from New York to California in just 28 hours and 50 minutes. Ed Bolian started planning about 18 months ago, adding gas tanks to his Mercedes Benz and purchasing high quality radars to avoid police – something that he says he doesn’t endorse. Find out more about his journey here.
If you’re travelling this Thanksgiving, you might want to prepare yourself for some long lines. Between Nov. 22 and Dec. 3, more than 25 million people are projected to board flights for the holiday. The total number would be a 1.5 percent increase over last year’s travelers, according to Airlines for America.
Before you leave on your trip this holiday season, Johnny Jet says there’s an important step you need to take in order to protect your money. He says notifying your bank and your credit card company that you’re traveling out of the country can put an end to suspicious activity that comes through from your hometown. Safe travels!
The US government shut down for the first time in 17 years, thwarting tourists’ plans in Washington, DC — but it was business as usual for the rest of the world in this week in photos. Whether you’re trying to salvage your vacation — or trying to forget the whole thing — our favorite travel bloggers came to the rescue.
If you had a trip planned to one of the nation’s nearly 400 national parks, historic sites and monuments in the near future, you’re most likely working on rescheduling your vacation. The Daily Traveler has put together a list of government shutdown alternatives featuring ways to visit historic sites and still get a dose of history to work around the indefinite closing of the nation’s national monuments and parks this week.
When it comes to planning your next trip, Nomadic Matt has 17 easy tips to help with the process. Stemming from his personal experiences, Matt’s helpful tips include everything from picking a destination and planning activities to automating your bills and telling your credit card companies you’re traveling.
When you’re tight on money for the trip you’re planning, Johnny Jet suggests that travelers remember there’s always a couch to stay on if you can’t afford a hotel. Couchsurfing.org matches adventurous travelers with hosts that open their homes to strangers looking to explore the globe.
If you’re flying this fall and find that the airplane seats are a little too close for comfort, know you’re not alone. According to a post on Gadling, 9 out of 10 passengers would like to see reclining airplane seats banned. Next time, look behind before you recline.