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Last night a few stars won coveted, little gold statues, but even the losers went home with a very valuable consolation prize — and no, we’re not talking about Ellen’s lotto tickets. Every Oscar nominee was gifted an $85,000 “swag bag” from Distinctive Assets; of its many over-the-top prizes, we’re most envious of the A-list vacations:
$2,000: 5-night stay in Koloa Landing Resort in Hawaii
$3,300: Imanta’s Ocean Casa suite in Punta de Mita, Mexico
$6,850: 2-day Rocky Mountaineer train excursion from Vancouver to Alberta in the Canadian Rockies
$9,000: VIP Las Vegas trip including a 2-night stay in the Riviera’s Penthouse Suite
$15,000: Off-the-beaten path walking tour of Japan
See everything else in the Oscars Nominee gift bag.
So, will Bradley Cooper relive The Hangover in Las Vegas? Or will Matthew McConaughey celebrate his Oscar win in Mexico? Who knows, but we hope more than one celeb takes advantage of these amazing trips.
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We asked you to weigh in on our 10 expert picks and determine this year’s Best Overall Beach. Travel Channel fans voted and chose Clearwater Beach, FL, as their fan favorite!
“The sand at Clearwater Beach is as soft as baby powder, and the gradual slope to the warm Gulf water makes it an ideal beach for babies and toddlers” according to Have Baby Will Travel founder Corrine McDermott.
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Set on the banks of an emerald-hued lake, just 30 minutes from bustling downtown Austin, this award-winning, top destination spa offers more than 100 spa treatments, including a Japanese Manaka Hammer ritual which taps your cares away.
TravelChannel.com celebrated all things fun in the sun and on the beach this week for our first annual Beach Week. We kicked things off with our annual Best Beach Awards and we asked you to vote for the Best Overall Beach. The winner will be revealed tomorrow, March 3, on TravelChannel.com. READ MORE
Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Thailand (Photo Courtesy of Getty Images)
I think it’ safe to say that some of us in the US are ready for warm weather. Our panel of advisors picked their favorite beaches for Travel’s Best Beach Awards 2014, and now, we — the staff at Travel Channel — give you the inside scoop on some our personal favorites. Get awe-inspiring beach ideas and check out our Editors’ Picks: Favorite Beaches slideshow.
Learn more about the secluded towns to go windsurfing in Goa, India; the best places to cool off after sunbathing on Bald Head Island, NC; and why nudists should head to Praia Mole in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil.
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The Olympics come to a close, but celebrations continue with Fat Tuesday, the Plum Blossom Festival, an undie run, and plenty of carnivals in this week in photos. Not to disappoint, our favorite travel blogs explain how to travel better — and on a budget — in this week’s roundup.
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And now for advice we should all take, immediately, Nomadic Matt shares how to spend a week in the Maldives for less than one night at a resort.
It’s Beach Week and therefore it begs the question: What’s your perfect beach destination? Do you require romantic sunsets or raging parties? Unspoiled sands or the best surf?
To help you find out, take our “Which Beach Are You” quiz. Then pack your bags for the beach you should visit next. After all, who doesn’t love a good assessment quiz? Just ask Buzzfeed.
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“For the 8th time in my career, I’ve witnessed the power of the Olympic spirit, not just on the field, but in the ability to unite people from across the globe. We come together, work together and find our common ground as humans, despite our language, culture, religion, etc. The fear, concern and safety of visiting Russia was replaced over the past couple weeks with smiles from thousands of volunteers, including one man I met when I first arrived, who said to me in broken English, “This is the new Russia and I hope you enjoy your visit. We are open to the world and we welcome you.” I felt that and I will be back to Russia. You should come see for yourself.
Cosmopolitan is a word that fits what I experienced here in the mountains above Sochi, Russia. I stayed in Krasnaya Polanya and it’s only a 5-minute walk away from Gorky Gorod Mall with more than 10 restaurants and bars. The mall is not only home to several brand name stores, but there is also an indoor beach on top floor with sands imported all the way from Dubai! You have to see the wave pool, water park and volleyball courts. It’s simply amazing!
Mardi Gras in New Orleans (Photo: Getty Images)
The final countdown has begun to “Fat Tuesday” 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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Find shade under a beach canopy carved by Mother Nature herself. Sea-worn, red-rock archways welcome visitors to Legzira Beach in southwestern Morocco.