The sprawling estate known as Oheka Castle is on Long Island’s Gold Coast.
From Thanksgiving survival tips to Taylor Swift — you read that right — this week’s travel news roundup is full of bits of inspiration.
Johnny Jet explores Oheka Castle in New York, the shooting location for countless films and music videos, including Taylor Swift’s latest single Blank Space.
Watch a 70-year-old Guinness World Record holder complete the first underground hot-air balloon flight on Adventure.com.
The holidays are approaching, and Refinery29 shares hacks for traveling like a pro this season.
Go snorkeling in Iceland’s Silfra Fissure with The Blonde Abroad.
In a guest column on Nomadic Matt, Kristin Addis gives advice for solo female travelers.
Photo courtesy of Sean McKnight
Travel Channel executive producer Sean McKnight (not pictured) traveled to Istanbul for the filming of the upcoming series Booze Traveler. With the crew and host Jack Maxwell by his side, Sean shares his insights into the City of the World’s Desire.
Open letter to the CIA:
Seriously. If you want to really shake things up at a grassroots level, teach more kids how to play baseball — or at least how to throw a decent split-finger.
Our man on the ground in Istanbul (pictured above with Jack — whose name is withheld here, just in case President Erdogan and his pals are doing a bit of light reading in their spare time) got mixed up in last year’s rioting but couldn’t quite go the distance.
After throwing many stones, a high percentage of which were high and/or outside, our guy would retire to the bar for a beer or 6, so he might live to throw another day.
Fortunately for us, things got (a little) better, and our guy stuck around to help us navigate Turkey.
What brought you to Turkey?
The crew of Booze Traveler traveled there in April 2014 to shoot our premiere episode (coming Nov. 24 at 10|9c on Travel Channel), and with some expert local knowledge, we found our way through a country that exceeded our expectations. READ MORE
The competition to find our next Travel Channel Star is officially underway! On Monday, Nov. 10, passionate travelers from New York, California, Oklahoma, Atlanta and Washington, DC, lined the halls of New York’s Museum of the Moving Image for a chance to tell us why they should be the next Travel Channel star. Contestants were allowed only 2 minutes in front of the camera to make their pleas, and BOY did they make those 2 minutes count — we were even serenaded by 1 enthusiastic participant! READ MORE
Photo courtesy Gaylord National Resort
It’s beginning to look, and feel, a lot like Christmas. Bundle up this weekend and visit the annual “ICE!” exhibit at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Centers in Maryland, Texas, Florida and Tennessee, which all officially open their doors to the display this weekend.
In a steadily 9-degree room, the “ICE!” exhibit features larger-than-life ice sculptures from the beloved story of Frosty the Snowman (at Gaylord National in Oxon Hill, MD, and Gaylord Texan in Dallas), ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville) or The Nutcracker (at Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, FL). Each display is perfectly crafted from more than 2 million pounds of ice by 30 artisans from Harbin, China, the ice carving capital of the world. Don’t worry about running out to L.L. Bean or the like: Cozy parkas are provided for all attendees — children and adults — so they can fully enjoy the exhibit.
Carving out 2.6 million pounds of ice — the most ever for Gaylord National — is no small feat. During an exclusive tour of its “ICE!” exhibit, public relations manager Rachel Dinbokowitz provided insider details on what visitors can expect this holiday season. READ MORE
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Located on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis, MD, is one of America’s hidden gems. Better known as the home of the US Naval Academy, Annapolis is a quaint coastal town with a rich history that stretches back to Colonial America. In fact, Annapolis was the capital of the United States for a short time in the 1700s. And while the ever-growing suburbs have turned the capital of Maryland into a modern mini-city, the heart of Annapolis has never lost its Colonial charm. READ MORE
Bruce Springsteen (Photo Courtesy of Andrew H. Walker/ Getty Images)
Thousands of people are expected to converge on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for the Concert for Valor to honor veterans, active-duty service members and their families. The event — scheduled to start at 7 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Nov. 11 — is free to the public. Concertgoers can snag a spot on the National Mall when it opens at 10 a.m. Televised live on HBO, the concert will feature big-name musicians including Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood, Eminem, Jennifer Hudson, Dave Grohl, Rihanna and the Black Keys.
Hello, NYC! The crowd at the Museum of the Moving Image — located in Astoria, NY– is pumped to audition to become the next Travel Channel Star! The casting call will be held today, November 10, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. We’ll do our best to record as many hopefuls as possible, but come early to secure a spot or risk braving a line.
Grand Cayman, Photography by Jacrews7, flickr
This week’s travel blog round up appeals to the senses, from inspiring scents being dispensed at the airport to the taste of gin, which is no longer your grandparents’ drink.
Camels & Chocolate visits the Grand Cayman Islands to celebrate its annual Pirates Week Festival, complete with a Jolly Roger pirate ship cruise.
Heathrow Airport’s new device dispenses scents that inspire people to travel. Skift explains how they narrowed down the scents.
It’s not a grandparents’ drink anymore: find out why gin has become one of the trendiest drinks in cocktail bars around the world according to A Luxury Travel Blog.
Whether you find yourself in Vietnam or China, Triphackr shares how to access Facebook, Twitter and Youtube when it’s blocked.
Last but not least, our own editor Kathleen Rellihan found her way into Fathom’s 24 best volunteer opportunities around the world.
Photography by Lothar Theobald / Getty Images
If you’re ever in Germany, take a road trip to Nördlingen, a quaint city about 2 hours northwest of Munich. Travelers love the picturesque architecture and surrounding green fields.
Were Jim Carrey and Robin Williams your inspiration growing up? Have you always dreamed about using your voice to entertain people? Then the That’s Voiceover!™ career expo is the place for you. Showcase your talents at the Museum of the Moving Image — in Astoria, NY –– on Monday from 10 am to 10 pm. Participants will have an opportunity to show off their skills in one-on-one Q&As, audience participation and real-world auditions. The ultimate goal is The AUDITION Spotlight, a voiceover competition where one lucky actor will win an opportunity to work with Travel Channel! For more information and to purchase your ticket, visit thatsvoiceover.com. READ MORE