Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH (Photo Courtesy of Cedar Point)
Before you plan your family trip to an amusement or water park, we thought you’d be interested to see which ones made our list of Travel’s Best Amusement and Water Parks 2015. We recruited 5 advisors — including Travel Channel TV host Bert Kreischer, theme-park reviewer Arthur Levine and family travel expert Erin Gifford — to help us choose the best family-friendly theme parks to visit this summer.
This particular Travel’s Best list is always hard to narrow down to 10, so we decided to share a few parks that didn’t make the cut but still deserve honorable mentions.
Ernest in Berlin. (Photo Courtesy of Ernest White II)
Oftentimes, we’re inspired by people who are living the dream and making a career out of traveling the world. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several travel journalists, including Ernest White II. After several conversations with him a few years ago, Ernest inspired me to spend 3 weeks in Brazil. Not only that, he also became my personal tour guide in São Paulo, teaching me the city’s history and introducing me to a few locals, which made the trip extra special. And as you will learn, Ernest enjoys traveling, but it’s the cultural experiences that drive his passion to explore the world.
What was the first experience that really sparked your interest in travel?
The summer before my senior year of high school, I went on a foreign exchange trip to Sweden. I haven’t stopped traveling since.
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?”
We are a vacation-deprived nation. Americans are taking almost a full workweek less of vacation than they did just 15 years ago. It’s time to change. With temperatures rising, spring blooming, and summer around the corner, here’s why you need to plan your next vacation right now. READ MORE
Kathleen Rellihan reaches the summit of Kilimanjaro, moments before sunrise, with a full moon lighting the way. (Credit: Kathleen Rellihan)
The months leading up to my Mount Kilimanjaro climb were filled mostly with making countless trips to REI to stock up on gear and promising others that even their grandma could do it. Yes, before I had even stepped foot onto Africa’s tallest peak, I already was reassuring friends and family, “No, no … anyone can do it. It’s not Everest. There are 80-year-olds who climb it all the time.”
While it’s true that you don’t need to be an Ironman to climb Kilimanjaro, it was obvious that I wasn’t so much reassuring my friends, my family and the guy fitting my hiking boots that I was fully capable of trekking to an altitude of 19,341 feet — I was trying to mask my own doubts. Sure, I had read every Kilimanjaro packing list that I could find and scoured reviews on the best moisture-wicking, wind-resistant, fleece-lined, solar-paneled, this-definitely-will-help-you-not-die gear out there. But in terms of any mental or emotional preparations, the only thought I could allow to enter my mind was: “Just make it to the top. Even if someone has to drag you.”
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April 15 will make it 150 years since President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre. President Obama is expected to issue a proclamation making April 15, 2015, a Day of Remembrance for Lincoln. And if you’re planning a trip to Washington, DC, you may want to buy tickets to the Crime Museum’s new Assassinations in the Capital tour.
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To connect or not to connect? While on a cruise vacation, that is the question.
There was a time when staying connected at sea was nearly impossible, and disconnecting was preferred for the sake of relaxation. But in this day and age, it seems almost blasphemous to give up our smartphones and laptops while traveling. The issues are a lack of onboard apps and slow-as-molasses internet speeds — that is, until now.
As the weather warms up, you’re probably just dying to post some humble-braggy photos of your toes in the sand or that bikini bod you’ve been working on all winter. Luckily, pro photographer and TravelChannel.com host Lizzy “Snaps” Sullivan recently visited the Bahamas and shared some of her tips for taking “like-worthy” beach shots!
Here are some of her suggestions:
1. When shooting underwater, don’t bother with expensive waterproof housing. You can get amazing photos with a basic underwater point-and-shoot if you know how to use it!
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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.
Photo Courtesy of Julia Dimon
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.