Kinga Philipps films in a swimming hole on Oahu

Courtesy of Kinga Philipps

TravelChannel.com Originals host Kinga Philipps is no stranger to Oahu, but for The Trip 2015 she really pushed her limits, both by free diving and spear fishing in the ocean and strapping on a parachute to do 360-degree loops in a glider. Her Hawaiian adventures will be captured in a 5-part web series.

What brought you to Oahu?

I’ve been to Oahu dozens of times, but it’s never the same experience twice, so I keep coming back. It’s relaxing, wild, peaceful, exhilarating — all rolled into one. This time, we came for Travel Channel’s yearly special The Trip to show off some adventures one can have on the island. We teamed up with locals to show us their idea of a good time, from spear-fishing to private hikes to glider rides and, of course, local grindz.

What were your expectations while filming/visiting Oahu?

I’ve learned to leave expectations behind when I travel — even to places I’ve been before. I did expect to have a lot of fun and eat a lot of good food, and that definitely transpired. It’s also a fact that people who are very good at a sport make it look easy, so I knew the spear-fishing and free-diving segment would exceed my level of experience, and I would have to push myself. I’m comfortable in the water and I’ve dabbled in free diving, but when Shaun Harada, my guide, said, “Make sure you take the snorkel out of your mouth when you dive deep, because if you black out, it acts as a funnel for the water into your lungs,” I knew I was in a bit over my head (pun intended). I don’t want to spoil the ending, but clearly I made it, or I wouldn’t be writing this — although I still can’t hear out of my left ear. Totally worth it.

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Ghost Adventures crew at John Bell

Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Jay Wasley and Billy Tolley return tonight on Travel Channel for an unprecedented investigation at Bell Witch Cave. Ghost Adventures was the very first paranormal TV show to film on the Bell property.

If you’re into haunted travel, then this is an episode for you. Situated in the backwoods of Adams, TN, is Bell Witch Cave and cabin, the former home of John Bell, who was mysteriously murdered by what many believe is an evil spirit that stills resides on the property today. Zak and his team are off to investigate what lies beneath the grounds in the Bell Witch Cave and see if they can communicate with this dark entity to find the truth behind John Bell’s murder.

In anticipation of tonight’s premiere, I asked Zak and Aaron a few questions about the Bell Witch Cave. Here’s what they had to say.

How excited were you to finally get into Bell Witch Cave and cabin?

Zak: We have been trying to get the Bell Witch Cave for years. They always shot us down and said they’d never let any paranormal TV show film there. When we FINALLY got permission to investigate there, it was an absolute HONOR to be chosen. READ MORE

This Week in Travel: Antarctica

Photography by Paul Souders | WorldFoto

Whether you’ve resolved to be more present in your everyday travels or take more risks in a far-flung adventure, this week’s travel blog roundup has both in spades.

The Red Bull Air Force is world-renowned for its amazing stunts. Head over to Adventure.com to see a pretty spectacular highlight reel, including a wingsuit jump over downtown New York and BASE jumping off Fisher Towers in Moab, UT.

We get it — it’s hard to motivate yourself to get out of bed in the morning during the winter months. But this Brooklyn Bridge sunrise series from C’est Christine might do the trick.

Lee Abbamonte has ventured where, we daresay, few of us ever will: the South Pole. Check out his real-life march of the (emperor) penguins in Antarctica.

Live vicariously through Candice Does the World, who stumbled upon an “ultra-secret” geothermal pool while on a road trip in Iceland.

If the Oscar buzz around Wild has you contemplating hiking for days on end, follow the Fearful Adventurer’s own unexpected and inspiring pilgrimage.

Anthem of the Seas (Photo Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International)

Are you ready for a new year of cruise travel filled with new ships? Check out which ones are set for launch in 2015.

Anthem of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International
Already plowing the high seas as of 2014, the new, high-tech Quantum of the Seas set the stage for its sister ship, the Anthem of the Seas, to follow in April 2015. Special creature comforts include modular staterooms interconnected with varied layouts for large parties and virtual balconies to provide interior staterooms with a digital view of outside the ship.
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Last night on the 2-hour season premiere of the all-new Travel Channel series Expedition Unknown, host Josh Gates embarked on an expedition to investigate what might be the most iconic unsolved case in history, the disappearance of Amelia Earhart.

Josh began his exploration in Papua New Guinea, the last takeoff point for Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan’s plane. Before heading off to Fiji, Josh connected with a remote tribe, which helped lead him through the jungle in an attempt to recover potential pieces of evidence.

Once he arrived in Fiji, the real adventure began. Tracking down the latest and most shocking piece of evidence to date, Josh turned his attention to a small piece of aluminum that washed up on the remote island of Nikumaroro in 1991. Historians believe this could be a unique piece of sheeting installed on Earhart’s plane before her ill-fated flight.

Could Josh’s find, which led to a new article in this month’s issue of Smithsonian magazine, be the key to determining what happened to Earhart?

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The Trip 2015: Hawaii
Travel Channel’s third annual $100,000 dream getaway will be to Hawaii, a destination unrivaled in natural wonders, foodie experiences and aloha spirit. Travel Channel stars Bert Kreischer, Don Wildman, Sam Brown and Anthony Melchiorri will uncover the ultimate insider experiences on the Hawaiian Islands, from a private helicopter tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to VIP dining at Alan Wong’s.

Be among the first to enter for a chance to win The Trip 2015 now and tune in on Monday, Jan. 26, at 8|7c to see the full prize package unveiled in a 1-hour special.

Enter for a chance to win The Trip 2015!

More About The Trip 2015
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Hawaii Travel Guide
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All eyes on the year ahead. Where will 2015 take you? Let this week’s travel blog roundup inspire your next adventure.

No surprise here. Sunny Miami tops Flipkey’s list of the 10 most desirable vacation rental destinations.

Fathom rounded up 9 boutique hotels that will blow up your Instagram feed in 2015.

The one place to visit in 2015? Skift throws an unlikely destination in the mix.

For a much needed digital detox, Afar recommends 20 off-the-grid getaways.

JohnnyJet has unearthed 6 iconic winter treats in Minneapolis.

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“Travel more.” It’s one resolution that tops our list every year. We think it has more lasting impact on our quality of life than going gluten-free or cleaning out our closet — and we imagine it’ll give us much better stories, too.

Here are 7 more resolutions to make the most out of your travels in 2015.

Live like the locals.
Take advantage of the growing trend of travel companies offering opportunities to connect to local tastemakers such as chefs, musicians and artists. Not only will you dig deeper into the culture and learn where the tourist-free bars are, but you might even bring home a new recipe or piece of art that’s attached to a great story. And with sites such as OneFineStay.com, you can even stay in locals’ homes when they’re out of town and live out your fantasy of being a New Yorker in a historical brownstone or a Londoner in a posh pied-a-terre.

Connect with limits.
If completely unplugging on vacation seems like an impossible feat, you’re not alone. As more technology is developed to make traveling easier, including keyless hotel rooms and smartwatches that let you book travel, it becomes harder to see the advantages of disconnecting on a trip. We find it more realistic to give ourselves limits, such as checking email only at a certain time of the day and not inundating our followers with humblebrag Instagram photos of every stunning sunset we encounter. Savor the fleeting moments of travel, revel in the experience, and keep your smartphone tucked in your bag instead of in your hand.

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This Week in Travel
Whether you’re spending the holidays with loved ones or spending your vacation days traveling the world, we wish you and yours a happy new year.

It’s safe to say Fly Etihad’s 3-room residence suite on its new A380 puts your holiday commute to shame. Go inside with Skift.

Can’t get enough family time? Take it on the road. Head over to Fathom for 16 #HappyFamily travel pics to serve as inspiration.

British Airways delighted children of all ages by revealing Santa’s 317-million mile journey, check out the official flight plan on JohnnyJet.

Swap your Christmas list for your travel bucket list. On ours? Driving Iceland’s Golden Circle like ExpertVagabond.

Planes, trains and automobiles — Refinery29 has you covered with 4 cute and cozy winter travel outfits.

This Week in Travel
It’s the most wonderful time of the year … the time to holiday in ski villages or far-flung islands, to reflect on the year’s best travel moments and to plan your adventures in 2015.

Colorado native A Week at the Beach, shares everything you need to know to plan a dream getaway to her home state. In addition to what to see and do, she also shares 9 tried-and-true tips to make it a stress-free family vacation.

Not dreaming of a white Christmas? Head on over to Miss Vacation for her tips on spending the holidays half a world away and stay tuned for the beautiful photos of Hawaii and French Polynesia that are sure to follow.

It’s almost time for New Years resolutions, but we’re guessing you already know whether you plan to go to the gym more or try something new — same thing as last year, right? Intrepid Travel reveals the No. 1 destination to carry out all of your resolutions in 2015.

Travel and Leisure reveals 6 things we all love about Kimpton’s boutique hotels. Now that they’ve been purchased for $430 million (in cash), we hope new owner Intercontinental Hotels Group doesn’t mess with Kimpton’s karma.

We’ll leave you with some truly amazing travel inspiration in the form of all of the best viral videos of 2014 in under 7 minutes.

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