This Week in Travel
From Greece to Japan, far-flung locales were top of mind in this week in travel.

Believing Athens is misunderstood and worthy of more than a 24-hour stint, Borders of Adventure put together her ultimate guide to the emerging European hotspot.

Into Mind has a brilliant 3-step formula for building a versatile travel wardrobe for any trip. H/T Condé Nast Traveler.

Always dreamed of traveling the world for a living? 14 travel bloggers share their secrets over on The Wander Orange.

If you have yet to see Between the Peaks, an award-winning travel documentary, Xpat Matt has a fascinating interview with its adventure filmmaker Jonathan Ronzio.

Likening visiting Japan to visiting another planet, Alicia Explores reveals 60 things that surprised her about the island nation.

 

Vintage Hotel Pool

Courtesy of Hilton Worldwide | Megan dreams of lounging poolside like these bathing beauties, but is that in the cards for her as the series finale nears?

By now, Mad Men fans are painfully aware that the end is near — or, rather, that the AMC series’ final episodes will start to air Sunday. Never has life “up in the air” looked more glamorous — Don, in a pressed suit, was accustomed to complimentary cocktails, cigarette smoke and sexy seatmates aboard his frequent TWA flights.

In 7 seasons, the homes, the bars and the hotel rooms all oozed a midcentury style that we’ve resurrected in our own homes and hotel rooms. And when they traveled, boy, was it beautiful. Don and Betty’s Roman holiday, Megan and Don’s honeymoon in Honolulu, even Don’s sojourn to Palm Springs with some mysterious strangers — it’s hard to tell where we’ll end up in the second half of Season 7.

Whether you plan to settle in for Sunday’s premiere at home with a martini (or 3), or you would rather toast the end of an era as Don would have, with an Old Fashioned at a hotel bar (maybe the Waldorf Astoria in New York, where episodes of the show have been shot), there’s still time to Travel Like Mad Men to some of the show’s iconic filming locations.

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The birds are starting to chirp, the snow is slowly melting, and most people have a little more pep in their step. Must be spring, right? Well, yes … but it’s also time for college basketball’s biggest weekend — the Final Four!

And if you are one of those crazy fans heading to Indianapolis on April 4-6 to root for your team, you’ll probably have some downtime between the games. So what is there to do in Indiana’s capital city? The answer is PLENTY! And we’ve got your guide to “the Crossroads of America” right here.

So whether you’re joining the Cameron Crazies (Duke), shouting “Go Green!” (Michigan State), cheering “On, Wisconsin!” or marching with the Big Blue Nation (Kentucky), there is something for everyone in Indianapolis.

Man Finds Food

Adam Richman returns to Travel Channel in search of the country’s best hidden, secret and off-the-menu eats in his all-new series, Man Finds Food.

The series kicks off tonight with back-to-back episodes, as Adam searches the back alleys of Chicago to find a monster mash-up sandwich that holds an entire menu on a roll, and then hits the streets of Los Angeles to track down a breakfast dish named after Godzilla.

Watch the series premiere tonight at 9|8c.

Photo Courtesy of David Sacks/Stone/Getty Images

Despite the chilly weather, spring travel has kicked into high gear, and parents are already starting to plan summer vacations with their kids. Are you thinking about a family trip outside the US? We decided to talk to Heather Greenwood Davis — travel journalist, advisor for Travel’s Best Family Adventures 2015 and blogger for GlobetrottingMama.com — and ask her to give parents tips on how to provide their kids a global perspective in preparation for traveling abroad.
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Whether we were testing ourselves with airport codes or inspecting lava flows, here are the links that got our attention this week.

As the trend goes, Air France has released the most French airline safety video ever via Travel and Leisure.

Skift shares the new airline seat design that could make flying coach feel like first class.

ABQ. AKL. AMS. Ever wonder what those 3-letter airport codes stand for? Fast Company explains.

Study up, then test your knowledge with Afar’s international airport code quiz.

Lastly, local filmmaker Lance Page’s new short, Kilauea: The Fire Within, shows a spectacular close-up of the most active volcano on Earth. Scope it out below:

Photography by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Whether or not you know it, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is keeping a very close eye on you. According to TheIntercept.com, the TSA has followed a secret program since 2007 to detect potential terrorists at airports through behavioral cues in passengers.

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Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio

Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio

Have you seen the latest buzz surrounding our new series Breaking Borders? The fans, celebrities and chefs are talking on Twitter, and we’re loving what they’re saying!

@EmilyOsment: Make sure you watch my dear friend @MVoltaggio on his new show #BreakingBorders tnite (Sundays) @ 9pm on the Travel Channel ! It’s UNREAL. #Jerusalem

@SamShankman: @travelchannel bets on more substantial content w new food + politics series w hosts @marianavz @mvoltaggio http://bit.ly/1OyXgTt

@chefjoseandres: so proud of my boy @MVoltaggio his new show will show human resilience around the world! tonite! watch it! #breakingborders @travelchannel

Breaking Borders premiered March 15. The show takes journalist Mariana van Zeller and acclaimed chef Michael Voltaggio into some of the most beautiful but extreme conflict zones to get the story behind the story. Together, they have a unique and challenging goal: to gather people from all sides of the conflict together to break bread and explore the issues that divide them. While at each location, Mariana and Michael take in the culture, people and cuisine.

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Jeff Young

Photo courtesy of Jeff Young

Jeff Young is a television host, travel expert and model who has lived and worked in cities around the world, including Paris, Hong Kong and Cape Town, South Africa, to name just a few. Ahead of the “maker” movement, he explored the local, independent and creative cultures that make neighborhoods pop on his web series In the Cut. Most recently, his Journey Through Turkey series followed him as he discovered the country’s storied history, stunning landscapes and exceptional cuisine firsthand.

We first met the California native back at last year’s Travel & Adventure Show in Long Beach, CA, so when Travel Channel headed to Santa Monica to look for the next Travel Channel Star, we caught up with him to find out who’s inspiring him (from the hipsters of Portland, OR, to the Turkish people’s Anatolian ancestors), the best way to see a city and where he’s headed next.

Where’s “home”?

Venice Beach, CA.

How many countries, cities or continents have you visited?

I’ve been to 6 of the 7 continents. More than looking at the numbers, I’m fortunate to come from a modeling background, so I had a chance to live in all kinds of wonderful cities for work. Through this experience, I learned the inner workings of cities, what daily life is like, the good and the bad in cities including New York; Paris; Istanbul, Turkey; Cape Town, South Africa; Sydney; and Hong Kong.

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The Trip: 2014

The time has come. Seriously, there are just hours left to enter for your chance to win The Trip 2015! That’s right, people: You have only until midnight Tuesday before the sweepstakes closes. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to win the ultimate trip for 2 to the Hawaiian Islands, so enter now. We’ll reveal the lucky winner in early April.

But wait! We give away a trip every single month, too! So if you’re still feeling lucky, enter our March sweepstakes, a $10,000 trip to Austin.

Finally, we want to hear from you. While The Trip 2015 may be wrapping up, we’re already planning to make next year’s trip even bigger and better. Now it’s your turn to weigh in on where we should send our Travel Channel hosts for The Trip 2016!

 

Enter for a chance to win The Trip 2015!

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