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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.
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Andrew Zimmern in Kazakhstan

Chef, food writer, teacher and producer/host Andrew Zimmern is back with all-new episodes of Bizarre Foods! In tonight’s season opener, Andrew travels to Almaty, Kazakhstan. Located in central Asia, Kazakhstan is the ninth-largest country in the world (by land area) and is bordered by Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Andrew gets a real taste of Kazakhstan living, including a tour of Almaty’s “Green Bazaar,” a few home-cooked meals and a visit to one of the most popular shashlik restaurants (serving kebabs) in the city.

Go behind the scenes with Andrew to get his take on the trip.

Watch a sneak peek from tonight’s episode.

Mariana van Zeller speaks with a local in Arizona

Tonight marks one of the first episodes of Breaking Borders that really touches on a subject that’s very close to home in America: immigration. Regardless of what your opinion is, the episode — “Dying for the American Dream” — will present you with both sides of the conversation. Hosts Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio interview Mexican families affected by the border laws, as well as Minutemen, who unofficially serve as self-appointed US border guards. After watching, let us know where you stand on some of the US immigration laws people are talking about.

Watch tonight at 9|8c, only on Travel Channel.

Dying for the American Dream

 

East Hampton

This week in travel is full of some of our favorite distinctive (and notably all-female) points of view — sorry, we’re not sorry, guys.

While we’re still waiting for the spring weather to arrive, we’re already dreaming about summer. Cue Katie Lee’s guide to summer living in the Hamptons on the Coveteur.

Fathom reveals how to turn your next long-haul flight into a personal spa. You might as well do something productive besides sleep (that won’t annoy your neighbor) next time you’re held captive for 13 hours.

Actress Meghan Markle traveled to Malta for a photo shoot and ended up rediscovering her great-grandmother’s roots. Check out her inspiring 3-day itinerary over on the Tig.

Early adopter? Experience the Everygirl’s off-the-beaten-path travel destinations, before, you know, everyone else does.

Last but not least, Refinery29 tackles the obsession that’s on every traveler’s mind and reveals 10 ways to eat like a local.

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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Fans have been waiting for the highly anticipated fifth season of Game of Thrones, which starts this Sunday. The cast and production crew have traveled to several countries to film scenes for the popular HBO show, including Northern Ireland, Iceland, Italy and Morocco. But for the new season, it’s Seville, Spain; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Magheramorne, Northern Ireland, that will take center stage.

With all the buzz, we’d thought we’d take a look at the new season of Game of Thrones by the numbers to highlight the epic scale and resources it takes to produce this show, according to HBO.

- 5 countries
- 151 production sets
- 193 countries where the show is seen
- 240 days to film
- 166 cast members
- 1,000-plus crew members
- 5,000 extras

And make sure to check out our photo gallery of ‘Game of Thrones’ destinations to see the film locations from the show’s upcoming and previous seasons.

Coachella

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It’s that time of year again, when the flower-crowned and (flash) tattooed set heads into the desert to party like it’s 1999 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA. Here are our do’s and don’ts for #winning at the annual music and arts festival.

Do: Have a Game Plan
Make an epic playlist and listen to all of the acts beforehand. Have your absolute must-sees mapped out, as well as backups in case the lineup changes (it will). Download the Coachella app or print out the set list — going old-school means you don’t have to worry about a dead iPhone (more on that later).

Sure, there will be plenty of time for surprise guests and happy discoveries, but you don’t want to sacrifice a prime position for your favorite act of the weekend in the name of spontaneity.

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Don’t: Leave Home Without Your Wristband
Consider it your golden ticket — seriously, you can’t go anywhere without it.

Do: Arrive Early
If you’re psyched for a band, you can bet a whole lot of other people are, too. Good rules of thumb: Leave for the fairgrounds several hours before your desired first set (traffic, as they say, can be a b*tch), and for big acts, get in place near the stage at least 30-40 minutes before the set starts.

Don’t: Be left wondering, ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’
Drop a pin where you parked or use an app such as ParkMe to help you navigate back to the car later. At night, all parking lots look the same. Those wishing to camp together should make sure to pull over to a nearby gas station or other meeting place and caravan in together.

Bonus points for bringing an extra set of keys (you never know when they might come in handy), a mini-flashlight and SNACKS.

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As you can imagine, there was much deliberation over our inaugural list of Travel’s Best Wonders of the World. Given all of the man-made and natural wonders found on this Earth, how could we possibly narrow it down to just 7? In the end, our experts settled on a well-rounded list encompassing sacred temples and colorful phenomena that can be seen from space.

Lalibela's rock-hewn churches
So what just missed the cut?
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Time is running out to enter to be the next Travel Channel Star! If you think you’ve got what it takes, submit your video online by April 15. In your video, be sure to tell us what your unique perspective and travel specialty is. Are you a foodie, a scuba diver, a history buff? We want to know! Tell us what makes you stand out from the crowd.

A few reminders: Don’t add any music, avoid showing any logos, and if you’re shooting on a smartphone, hold it horizontally!

For more information on what we’re looking for, take a look at the full list of guidelines, as well as our do’s and don’ts.

Good luck!

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