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By George Motz

Burger Land

George Motz is the host of Burger Land, airing tonight @ 7|6c. In the show, George travels to New Jersey and Wisconsin to sample some of the best burgers the 2 states have to offer. Check out behind-the- scenes photos from the show, and be sure to tune in to learn more about America’s burgers!

Regional diversity in burgers abounds in America. Even with the homogenizing of hamburger culture across the country there are still many places that serve burgers that are unique to their region. The green chile cheeseburgers of New Mexico, the steamed cheeseburgers of Connecticut and the “goop-covered” burgers of the Pacific Northwest are just a few. The goal of Burger Land is to immerse the viewer in a region and discover its unique burger culture. READ MORE

Andrew Zimmern in Miami

Last night, Andrew Zimmern wrapped up another successful season of Bizarre Foods America.  While taking a look back on the season, Andrew recalled some of his favorite moments, and shared his thoughts on some of the most bizarre foods. Check out his most memorable meals below.

And while you’re at it, what are some of your favorite moments from Bizarre Foods America? Tell us and your favorite moment might appear on-air during the Bizarre Foods America Fan Favorite special in 2013. READ MORE

Today’s Daily Escape is The Bund in Shanghai, China. More »

Photograph by Spreng Ben, flickr

 

Fireworks! Royals! Rockstars! The 2012 London Olympics closed with a bang, allowing travel bloggers to get back to their old habits: stirring up controversy about mythical sea serpents, doling out first-class tips and revealing what travelers should never, ever say.

Gadling wonders if a “Norwegian Nessie” is lurking beneath the surface of Hornindalsvatnet, Europe’s deepest lake.

Camels and Chocolate gives you a glimpse (read: lots of photos) of what it’s like to work on a cruise ship with this Day in the Life of an employee. And don’t miss the giveaway!

Want to get bumped into first class on Delta? Johnny Jet tells what works and what doesn’t.

SmarterTravel shares 5 phrases a traveler should never use. Some are no-brainers, one is just good manners, but another could land you behind bars.

Okay, we lied. One last London post. A Luxury Travel Blog reveals the 5 most expensive celebrity hotel rooms. You know you’re curious where Angelina Jolie drops 5,000 pounds a night!

Want even more timely travel bites? Check out our This Week in Photos gallery!

Are you a travel blogger with tips to offer? Let us know in the comments and maybe you can be featured in next week’s This Week in Travel.

This sulfuric crater is part of an 8,884-foot-high active volcano – one of the few accessible active volcanoes in the (hint!!) Americas. But where in the world is it? Venture a guess in the comments, and then find out »

For a truly harrowing experience, take a nighttime flashlight tour of the abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary. More »

 

Photograph by John Salvino, flickr

 

Wishing you were at the beach right now? Create a summergram and pretend you are — you could win one of our summer travel prize packs!

Upload a photo of yourself to our new Summergram  Facebook App and choose one of our many summer travel destination backgrounds – you can put yourself at the beach, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, Yosemite National Park and lots more!

Then write a short message and share your Summergram with friends on Facebook & Twitter. You can also view the gallery to see others’ creations.

Once you create a Summergram, you’ll be automatically entered into our sweepstakes to win one of 20 Travel Channel summer prize packs, which includes Travel Channel beach totes, iPhone cases, iPod speakers and picnic blankets.

Create your own Summergram on the Travel Channel Facebook page here!

 

Adam Richman

Tonight Adam Richman begins his quest to find the best sandwich in America. Throughout the season Adam will visit 10 different regions of the country, sampling 3 sandwiches in each one. He will crown regional winners who will move onto the finals. One will eventually take the title of Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America.

Tune in at 9|8c as Adam heads to the Northeast where the Primanti Bros. capp and cheese will go up against DiNic’s roast pork sandwich and Katz’s corned beef and pastrami.  Then at 9:30|8:30c, Adam is in the Gulf Coast to crown a winner among the Domilise’s shrimp po-boy, Skipper’s Smokehouse’s grouper Reuben and Aguila’s media noche. Who will be the Northeast and Gulf Coast regional winners? You’ll have to watch to find out.

 

We recently partnered with Schemer, a new social network designed to help you discover and share activities you want to try! You can follow Travel Channel on Schemer here to find Schemes from Travel Channel shows and hosts such as:

Go on an ice cream flavor adventure at Humphrey Slocombe Ice Cream, inspired by Andrew Zimmern

Ride shotgun at Richard Petty’s Driving Experience, inspired by Samantha Brown

Give the traditional milkshake a twist at with the Bacon Shake, inspired by Andrew Zimmern

Hang out and peruse North Beach in San Francisco

That’s just a taste — there are lots more travel ideas and schemes on Travel Channel’s page on Schemer (http://schemer.com/travelchannel).

Plus: try our schemes and you could win an autographed No Reservations poster! All you have to do is:

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2) Follow Travel Channel on Schemer

3) Browse our schemes, find one that you want to try, and save it to your own Scheme list.

4) After saving the scheme, share it via Twitter using the hashtag #SchemeTravelChannel.

The contest is open from today, May 30, at noon ET until midnight ET on Wednesday, June 6. You can enter once per day! Remember, for your entry to count, your tweet MUST include a scheme you’re interested in, and the hashtag #SchemeTravelChannel.

Read all official rules here. Happy scheming!

by Jimmy Im

If you didn’t think hotel discounts could get any more attractive, think again. Launched few weeks ago by TripAdvisor, Tingo is a new booking site that promises users an instant refund of the price difference if the rate at which they reserve a room drops.  Sound too good to be true? It’s not.

Cash and Credit Cards

Here’s how it works: Tingo allows users to book virtually any hotel available on Expedia and then automatically tracks the rates of the property. This means that users don’t have to watch prices on their own to get a better deal, so you’re guaranteed to get the lowest possible rate on the hotel booking. Tingo is the first site to automatically rebook a hotel reservation if the price drops, and consumers save on the difference with a refund (Orbitz has a price assurance policy with a similar plan, but unlike Orbitz, you qualify for a refund at Tingo regardless of whether another traveler has also booked the lower rate).

The company says about a third of rooms drop in price between booking and check-in, and because you’re so busy, you’re not monitoring this. In comes Tingo to watch the prices for you and give you the difference provided there is a price drop (if the price never drops, obviously nothing happens).

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