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By Scott Sherwood


Photography by Scott Sherwood

Travelers returning from the exotically-diverse nation of Colombia typically face questions about whether it is a safe destination. Let it be known that – yes – many areas of Colombia are safe for travel … with a big but. Practical safety considerations are essential in order to enjoy all the wonders that Colombia offers. READ MORE

Tonight’s Trip Flip episode at 9|8c brings us to Nashville where 2 vacationers partake in some unconventional, yet characteristically country, activities including mud bogging and globe riding. They also clean themselves up just in time to attend this year’s CMA awards.

Nashville is known for its legendary music scene, where artists such as Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton first got their start. Thousands of fans flocked to the birthplace of country music in June for the CMA’s Country Music Festival. The industry’s biggest stars such as Faith Hill, Dierks Bentley and Carrie Underwood graced the LP Stage in downtown Nashville for a record-breaking audience of over 71,000 fans. If you have an “achy-breaky heart” because you missed this country music party, then enter our sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to next year’s CMA music festival!

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In the neighborhood for the US Open?

The US Open attracts thousands of tennis fans to NYC every year. This year, the tournament started on Aug. 27, but the competition continues through Sept. 9, giving spectators a chance to see their favorite pros in action, including Serena Williams and Andy Murray, both recently back from the Olympics.

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Layover App

Counting down the days until the final season of No Reservations begins? Well, to tide you over, the price of our Layover app has been reduced to 99 cents! So scoot on over to iTunes and download the app that’ll show you how to travel like Tony. Explore his favorite places to eat, drink and stay in 10 major cities- Amsterdam, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New York, Rome, San Francisco and Singapore.

But hurry – the sale ends Monday, Sept. 3, just in time for that night’s premiere at 9|8c of No Reservations when Tony begins his final tour in Austin, TX.

While you’re waiting for the app to download, check out Tony’s Journal from his Austin trip and see our Travel Guide of his restaurant and hotel picks in the city that likes to keep things “weird.”

And don’t forget, you can watch full episodes of No Reservations on our website!

A Hindu Temple in Bali

Today is the most important day of the year for the Balinese. They believe that each family’s ancestral spirits will return to their home for a 10-day celebration of good over evil. Called “Galungan,” meaning “when the Dharma (good) is winning,” the festival is held every 210 days. During the festival, it’s believed that the Balinese gods visit their living descendants on Earth, so the occasion is marked with ceremonies that involve offerings, food and dance.

The residents of Jimbaran village dress to the nines in white Balinese attire, make huge, colorful offers of fruit and build penjor —  tall, decorated bamboo poles. The markets fill with activity as everyone prepares for elaborate feasts.

The AYANA Resort and Spa’s staff follows the tradition, making this a particularly special time to visit Bali. With a name that means “place of refuge” in Sanskrit, the AYANA resort offers just that to weary travelers. Perched on limestone cliffs above the Indian Ocean near Jimbaran Bay on Bali’s southwestern peninsula, the resort is a luxurious place to visit, whether you come during Galungan or not.

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Photography by inazakira, flickr

The aftermath of Hurricane Isaac may leave Tampa, Florida, with a spotty weather forecast this week. So if you’re in town for the Republican National Convention or any other event, you may have to rethink your list of outdoor activities. But fear not: In a city with a history that stretches back 500 years, there’s no shortage of culture to entertain you. Check out our list of things to do in the Tampa Bay area this week, whether the sun peaks through the clouds or not. READ MORE

Having to prepare for a hurricane, endure losing your luggage or drive through a snow storm are just a few examples of potential emergencies that may throw a proverbial wrench in your travel plans. Luckily, Travel Channel’s new web series, Travel 911, is here to offer precautionary advice to travelers. Our travel expert, Rob Pralgo, offers suggestions on how to handle many of the travel emergencies that we hope you never have to experience, including what to do if you have a painful jellyfish sting, how to choose the best sun screen and how to avoid a shark attack.

In addition to practical advice, Travel 911’s camping webisode has helpful tips on what you should pack on your next camping trip, and what you should do if you have a face-to-face encounter with a bear. It’s advice that’s relevant in light of a recent string of bear attacks.

In Fairbanks, AK, a bear dragged 21-year-old Julia Strafford 20 feet before letting her go, according to the Seattle Times. She survived, but 49-year-old Richard White wasn’t as lucky. The photographer was mauled and killed by a grizzly bear in Denali National Park, according to Fox News.

We hope this web series will help travelers plan ahead and take better precautions when traveling. Oh, and what about preparing for Hurricane Isaac? READ MORE

Roughly 50,000 people are expected to make their way to Tampa, FL, next week for the Republican National Convention, so we asked the meteorologists at weathertrends360 for a rundown of what GOP-ers can expect when they arrive in the Sunshine State.

As you may have heard, it isn’t going to be very sunny. From the looks of the forecast, we’ve got just one, simple packing tip: Bring your rain gear. READ MORE

British Museum in London

By Mommy Points

After an overnight flight from the US, we arrived in London to experience the magic of the Olympic Games.

Having been to the 1996 Atlanta Games, I think I was mentally prepared for a semi-repeat of that experience. I was just a teenager in 1996, but I distinctly remember the heat and the crowds.  However, London is dramatically different; it is almost chilly here, and while there are many people around, the city seems quite able to handle the crowds.  I was shocked when we breezed through London’s Heathrow Airport in a matter of mere minutes.

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California Vineyard
Photograph by Ian Shive / Aurora Photos

As always, we’re bringing you our favorite travel posts from the blogosphere this past week. Learn an alternative way to save money while traveling the world, where the most remote places exist and how you can find the best sustainable wines.

The Cultureist offers a tour of the best “green” wineries from France to Greece and beyond. Never heard of biodynamic wine? Neither had we.

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