Hello, spring! After a long, dark and cold winter, we couldn’t be more ready for the weather to warm up and the days to get a little longer. Need more reasons to head outside? Nature is blooming, music festivals are heating up and the summer crowds are still at bay.

So quit hibernating and savor spring outdoors with our to-do list:

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Unwind from the cold and escape to the islands. Enter to win an amazing trip for 2 to the Philippines! Your $10,000 adventure includes first-class hotel accommodations with 2 nights in the island-nation capital of Manila, 2 nights in one of the world’s most beautiful islands of Boracay and 2 nights in the grand resorts of Cebu. Winners will experience the ultimate island getaway, including a lavish spa treatment and wondrous snorkeling in the crystal-clear, tropical blue waters.

Consisting of over 7,000 islands, the Philippines is the perfect place to bask on super-white-sand shores and explore an underwater paradise. Visit White Beach in Boracay, which is consistently ranked as one of the world’s best beaches, and explore wonderful reefs and diverse marine life off the coast of Cebu. Indulge in the national Filipino dish of lechon — delicious roasted pig — which locals say is the best in Cebu. Home to spectacular sights of the Chocolate Hills and rice terraces, the Philippines allows you to marvel at both natural and man-made structures.

Check out more Philippines destinations and enter now for your chance to win!

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Adorned with dozens of baroque statues, the historic 15th-century-era Charles Bridge is one of Prague’s most scenic and well-trodden thoroughfares.

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April Fools! Even though Destin, FL, is a beautiful destination, The Trip 2015 remains a mystery. If you’d like to weigh in on our next $100,000 giveaway, place your vote here. In the meantime, enjoy a local’s top 10 Destin list or imagine your dream trip to Spain and Morocco. Remember to check back with us the week of April 7, when The Trip 2014 winner will be announced.

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The reefs and crystal-clear waters are a major draw to this scenic island off the coast of the larger Bohol Island in Philippines Central Visayas region – it’s home to snorkeling spots and dive shops aplenty.

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From Alaskan cuisine to winter sports events and hotel restorations, escape to Alaska with Andrew Zimmern, Adam Richman and Anthony Melchiorri this Sunday on Travel Channel from 2|1c to 7|6c READ MORE

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Behold: Nothing shines quite as brightly as the neon glow of the Las Vegas skyline thanks to the Bellagio Hotel and Casino’s iconic fountains and “borrowed” national treasures.

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Tough Mudder participants do a 12-foot-high jump into Walk the Plank.

Earlier this year, you had a goal. Then life happened, and so did the weather. But now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to get back to that moment, a couple months ago, when you told yourself that 2014 would be the year of getting back into shape.

And what could be a better way to get motivated and enjoy the spring weather than to visualize what could be all yours to enjoy: Moments like trudging through waist-high mud … and scurrying in mud pits with electric wires dangling just inches from your face … or jumping into a vat of ice-cold water that, surprise!, you can only escape by swimming underneath one very long headboard … or climbing over a 9-foot-high wall, affectionately known as the Berlin Wall, while praying you land in one solid piece on the way down? And finally — in the piece de resistance — running through dangling wires juiced with 10,000 volts of electricity so powerful it’ll knock you to the ground. READ MORE

The mountain village of Furcy, Haiti. All photos by Kathleen Rellihan

“You’re going where?!”

I got that reaction a lot when telling people I was going to Haiti. That, and a long silence … or a raised eyebrow.

As someone who’s been known to plan last-minute trips, sometimes solo, I have been used to people doing double-takes. Usually, though, it’s just my dad who’s shocked, like the time I told him I was skipping Thanksgiving and heading to Iceland, alone, in the dead of winter.  But this time, it was pretty much everyone who was surprised.

Did they think Haiti was too dangerous? Did they have mixed feelings about the voluntourism that I was about to embark on  … that, perhaps, it wasn’t sustainable and, at best, just a feel-good activity. Or maybe my friends and family were just shocked that once again I was skipping Thanksgiving, and this time for an even less likely location … Haiti.

Haiti?

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This is it, folks. You have only 5 days left to enter for a chance to win a $10,000 trip to sexy Las Vegas. Travel like a VIP for 6 days and 5 nights with luxurious hotel accommodations, world-class dining and spectacular shows. The winner and a guest will receive tickets to Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit and the hottest show in town, Cirque du Soleil’s MJ One, and more.

Explore Las Vegas by seeing the glitz and glamour of the Strip; test your luck at the MGM Grand Casino; or unwind poolside at Vegas’ elaborate hotels.

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