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Despite the chilly weather, spring travel has kicked into high gear, and parents are already starting to plan summer vacations with their kids. Are you thinking about a family trip outside the US? We decided to talk to Heather Greenwood Davis — travel journalist, advisor for Travel’s Best Family Adventures 2015 and blogger for GlobetrottingMama.com — and ask her to give parents tips on how to provide their kids a global perspective in preparation for traveling abroad.
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She’s a travel journalist, TV personality and hard-core adventurer, and if you ask Julia Dimon, she’ll happily tell you she’s a travel junkie, too. Her travels have included experiences that some of us can only dream about, such as snorkeling with whale sharks in Mozambique, attending gladiator training in Rome, dogsledding in Greenland and eating deep-fried guinea pig in Ecuador.

In addition to writing her new book, Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Travel, Julia has been featured as a travel expert on TV and in numerous publications, including Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Forbes Travel, Budget Travel, Outside Magazine and the Chicago Tribune.

Julia continues to travel the world, but she also takes time to offer words of wisdom to eager travelers at events such as the New York Times Travel Show, which is where I met her. I decided to not only get the scoop on what drives Julia to travel, but I also wanted to get her advice about saving money when planning trips, solo travel for women and much more.
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International Travel Goods Show (Photo Courtesy of Troy Petenbrink)

Talking about weight is usually not polite conversation, but it has been a hot topic this week at the International Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas. Hosted by the Travel Goods Association, the show lets manufacturers link up with retail buyers in hopes of getting their goods to consumers.

In this day and age, when an extra pound can be the difference between a $25 or $100 check-baggage fee, it is no surprise that luggage manufacturers have put themselves on major diets. Nearly all of the 300 exhibitors were touting new, lighter products.
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Photo Courtesy of Don Tuthill

At TravelChannel.com, we try to share different travel experiences with our audience, as we did with our recent feature about Travel Noire and its Afro-centric perspective. We wanted to share the LGBT travel experience, too, so we decided to chat with Don Tuthill, the visionary behind Passport, a print and online resource that has become the insider’s guide to LGBT travel, thanks in part to a team of experienced, well-traveled writers. Find out more about the Passport brand and why Don is our type of traveler this week.

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According to The Washington Post, the dollar is pretty strong at the moment. In other words, you won’t get crushed by pesky exchange rates. All the more reason to pack your bags and board a transcontinental flight to a new place.

If you’re wondering where to go, then look no further than this list. We’ve weighed in and decided the best places to go when the dollar is hot.

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Photo Courtesy of Heather Greenwood Davis

After having children, a parent’s priorities can shift dramatically, decreasing the desire and the time allowed to travel. However, there are several parents who manage to make travel more of a priority, encouraging their children to become active participants in planning each family trip. And Heather Greenwood Davis and her family are the quintessential example of making travel an inclusive and real-world educational experience.

Heather has received several accolades for her travel spirit. She was recognized in 2012 as National Geographic Traveler magazine’s Traveler of the Year. As a travel journalist and the founder of GlobetrottingMama.com, she has also been recognized as a leading family travel and mommy blogger by Babble.com, WorkingMother.com and BlogHer.com. Knowing Heather and her family already had miles of travel experience under their belts, we thought it would be great to talk to her to see how she and her husband make travel work as a family.

Make sure you check out Heather’s favorite family adventure picks on our list of Travel’s Best Family Adventures 2015.
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Photo Courtesy of Zim Ugochukwu, Travel Noire

For some people, travel is all about those unique, immersive experiences. But what happens when you are the ethnically different outsider visiting a homogeneous travel destination that is not exposed to much cultural diversity? Well, it’s these types of experiences that Travel Noire tries to capture with its network of nomads around the world, offering an Afro-centric perspective that has been missing from mainstream travel resources.

Zim Ugochukwu, founder of Travel Noire, is leading the charge to provide a website to showcase African and African-American travel perspectives and to encourage people of color to make travel an integral part of their lives. And as you will soon discover, this first-generation Nigerian — born in Rochester, MN — has the expertise to provide advice about everything from solo travel to expat life — definitive reasons why Zim is our type of traveler.

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Here at Travel Channel, we’ll go to the end of … the Internet in search of inspiring travel stories. Here are just a few of the travel blogs, online ‘zines and YouTube channels we frequent for your bookmarking pleasure.

If your first question is always, “Where are we going to eat?” …

The New Potato
You can learn a lot about a city from its restaurants and the tastemakers who call it home. Sisters Danielle and Laura Kosann dish up both on The New Potato.

Eat This Poem
English majors, rejoice! Nicole Gulotta of Eat This Poem curates literary city guides; consider them your field guide to the best bookstores, coffee shops, places to have a proper meal and other fun finds.

If you’re looking for new travel hacks …

Landlopers

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Landlopers
Matt Long’s blog, Landlopers, is a mix of travel news, tips and guides that are informative, entertaining and accessible to the non-backpacker-but-still-want-an-adventure crowd.

TripHackr
If “maximizing every day and every dollar” is a travel mantra you can get behind, you’ll want to dial in to Clint Johnston’s daily outposts on TripHackr, which run the gamut from 72-hour guides, roundups and “hacks” he’s picked up from years on the road.

If you like to just press “play” …

Your Expedition South
Alex Chacón rode a motorcycle around the world for 3 years and documented it all on his blog, Your Expedition South. While we love reading about his modern motorcycle diaries, it’s his videos that caught our attention. Selfie + drone in Veracruz, Mexico? Boom.

Sonia’s Travels
Sonia Gil is a familiar face at Travel Channel thanks to her Almost Free web series, but it’s also worth tuning in to her personal channel for a steady stream of product reviews, packing tips and moments from her travels around the world.

If you’re looking for a kindred spirit …

One Mile at a Time
To the average traveler who’s used points for a cheaper fare or upgrade, this one might be a bit overwhelming. However, if you’ve ever considered flying to Stockholm for dinner to secure a certain rewards status, as our own mileage runner did, One Mile at a Time is a must-read.

Kelly Purkey

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Kelly Purkey
Paper-goods designer Kelly Purkey, by her own admission, travels more than she’s at home. On her blog, she shares details of her travels, from beautiful interiors to packing tips, always with a keen eye for design.

To immerse yourself in far-flung cities …

Local Milk
A recipe and food blog first and foremost, native Tennessean Beth Kirby’s Local Milk landed on our radar because of her “slow living” creative retreats. Her hauntingly beautiful photos and words remind you to be present in the moment and find beauty in the mundane while soaking up the beautiful backdrop.

Boat Magazine
The nomadic team behind Boat magazine spends several weeks in a city before featuring it in the magazine. What emerges are honest, “inside-out” portraits that evolve just like the cities they are covering. Check out the team’s journal to tide you over in between issues.

We’re always on the lookout for a fresh perspective on travel. Share your favorites in the comments!

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Mardi Gras in New Orleans (Photo: Getty Images)

“Fat Tuesday” is observed around the world, but only in New Orleans can you celebrate with the true flair of a party-ragin’ Cajun. There’s plenty to do during one of the biggest annual celebrations in America. And in a multilingual city with a rich French colonial history, there are myriad options for Carnival fun. It’s no coincidence that The Big Easy is sometimes referred to as the “most unique in the United States,” and this annual bead-begging bash shows exactly why.

A direct flight from New York to New Orleans is about 3 hours. From Los Angeles it’s just 1 hour more. And from Washington, DC, it’s only a 2 1/2 -hour jaunt, all of which makes it easy to jump right into the Mardi Gras mix. Once you arrive in New Orleans you’ll want a comfy place to rest up and energize from the day’s travels. Here are a few suggestions for enjoying Mardi Gras in New Orleans that will fit almost any budget. READ MORE

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The northeastern US is preparing for a major winter storm that is expected to drop up to 3 feet of snow and bring near-hurricane-force winds. According to the National Weather Service, blizzard conditions are expected to affect more than 40 million people, including those in big cities such as NYC and Boston, where all forms of travel have been banned.
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