Big Crazy Family Adventure

It’s a big day: Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, and cheers to premiere night for Big Crazy Family Adventure. Whether you’re a parent, traveler or virtual tourist, tonight is your chance to live vicariously through the Kirkby family — Bruce, Christine, Bodi and Taj —  as they start their 13,000-mile journey from British Columbia to Ladakh, India. And they’re doing it all without an airplane! Check out the stats and watch a sneak peek below.

Big Crazy Family Adventure

We asked Christine and Bruce, “How do you prepare for a 96-day trip halfway around the world?” See their tips for traveling internationally with kids.

See Bruce’s pictures and Bodi’s sketches, which captured Leg 1 of their journey from British Columbia to Busan, South Korea, via canoe, train and cargo ship.

After the show, watch Bodi and Taj’s Top 5 and get more insight from Bruce on Leg 1 of the journey through his video slideshow, British Columbia to South Korea.

 

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It’s official — summer is finally here (well, this Sunday, to be exact)!  Now you have roughly 13 weeks or 95 days to take advantage of all the best things about summer, from food-fueled road trips to rooftop cocktails to lazy beach days. Don’t have a plan yet? Get inspired to create your own list with our 7 summer must-dos.

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All month long, we’ve been giving you the chance to be a high roller on a $10,000 getaway to Las Vegas. True, only 1 lucky winner will get VIP access to Vegas’ red-hot culinary scene or a bird’s-eye view of the Strip from a hot-air balloon, but there’s nothing stopping you from planning a last-minute trip to Sin City. Already picturing yourself lounging in a poolside cabana or testing your luck at the craps tables? Mentally add these Vegas weekend must-haves to your packing list.

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Clockwise from top left: Classic Panama hat to shield the sun | Thong sandal that’s as easy on the eyes as it is to slip on and off | Colorful carry-on that will stand out from the crowd | Abstract pouch for packing or poolside essentials | Metallic cat-eye shades to make a statement

Last week, Skift released a report that the majority of Americans will take little to no vacation this summer. We’d find that hard to swallow, but our friends at the US Travel Association echo the sentiment, stating that Americans failed to use 429 million vacation days in 2013. That’s 3.2 days of paid time off wasted per worker. We sympathize with the half of vacation-deprived people who say they simply can’t afford it this summer, but for the other half, we imagine the reasoning goes something like this:

Because you prefer to enjoy your coffee from the comfort of your cubicle.

Espresso in Mallorca, anyone? #LiveTravelChannel Photo by: @chubbychinesegirleats

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And who craves more quality time with loved ones? Not you.

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Rainer standing atop the Sydney Harbor Bridge. (Photo Courtesy of Rainer Jenss)

Rainer Jenss has traveled around the world and clocked thousands of miles on his own and with his family. In preparation for the upcoming premiere of the new Travel Channel TV show Big Crazy Family Adventure (Sunday, June 21, at 9 p.m.|8c), we wanted to get another perspective on traveling abroad with children. As the founder and president of the Family Travel Association, Rainer was the perfect person to discuss his life as a world traveler; how travel has become an integral part of his family’s life; and what advice he would offer to families who want to expose their children to the world beyond North America.
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Ross Mathews, George Carrancho, Sean Franklin and the Prancing Elites
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Marriott International continued its support of marriage equality and its LGBT-friendly social-media campaign, #LoveTravels , this weekend at Capital Pride in Washington, DC. As part of Pride weekend and Marriott’s campaign, TV personality Ross Mathews officiated a gay wedding for George Carrancho and Sean Franklin, a couple of nearly 10 years who met in their home state of Texas and now live in New York. Thousands of spectators were watching because the ceremony was held atop Marriott’s float in the Capital Pride Parade on Saturday.

A host on Live From E! and former regular on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Ross chatted with me before the big event about marriage equality, Marriott’s #LoveTravels campaign and all things travel, including his most memorable trip as a child.
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While narrowing down the picks for Travel’s Best All-American Vacations 2015, you start to face facts: Our nation is both vast and wonderfully diverse, home to stunning white-sand deserts, towering redwood forests, snowcapped mountains and charming seaside towns. With so many natural wonders and man-made institutions, it’s impossible to distill the American experience into a single list. Each year, we try to show off the wealth of destinations that make it the US without repeating former picks such the Dakotas’ Black Hills and the island of Nantucket, MA.

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So what just missed the cut?

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Currently Frozen over for the summer, Disney Cruise Line has a question for you: Do you want to build a snowman or let it go? Now, on select seasonal sailings on the Disney Magic in Norway and Disney Wonder in Alaska, you can.

The pirates of the Caribbean are on holiday, and in their place, characters from the hit animated film Frozen are taking over with an all-new deck party, day of fun and more. Onboard are none other than Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, iceman Kristoff and snowman Olaf, and I was just on the Disney Wonder to experience all the fun firsthand in Alaska.
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No matter what kind of music you’re into, there is definitely some of it waiting for you at Bonnaroo. The 4-day art and music festival, held at Great Stage Park, a 700-acre farm in Manchester, TN, starts Thursday, with the first performances kicking off the festivities at 4 p.m.

Since its inception in 2002, the ever-changing event has expanded from a music festival for lovers of jam bands to a celebration for fans of all music, plus art and comedy. Although the classic jam bands remain, the festival now includes hip-hop headliners such as Kendrick Lamar; DJs such as Bassnectar; soulful, guitar-laden rock ’n’ roll groups such as the Alabama Shakes; and so much more. READ MORE

The scene may look familiar. Natalia Zakharova, wearing a fabulous dress, has a hand outstretched behind her toward photographer and partner Murad Osmann — but this time, she’s leading him down the aisle. The couple who became Instagram-famous with their hashtag campaign #FollowMeTo, which captured their travels with serious wanderlust- and aww-inducing photographs, tied the knot over the weekend at the Zhavoronki Event Hall in Moscow, Russia. In just 2 years, the couple’s hand-holding photographs have gained more than 2 million followers, as well as fans all over the world.

Where will the couple who have been everywhere (and we mean everywhere) together go on their honeymoon? We have a few suggestions. As we wait with bated breath, scroll through 10 of our all-time favorite destination shots.

Burj Al Arab, Dubai

#followmeto the helipad of @burjalarab in Dubai with @yourleo. Huge thanks to @beautifuldestinations

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