Do you have what it takes to be the next Travel Channel Star? If you think the answer is “yes,” then prove it! Submit a video online by April 15, 2015, that best showcases your travel perspective and highlights the travel moment that changed you.

Watch as our own Bert Kreischer demonstrates what we’re looking for:

 

Remember: Videos should be only 2 minutes long and shouldn’t have any music.

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Rockefeller Center, New York, NY

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Whether you’re going home for the holidays to be surrounded by extended family (and, potentially, tiny childhood furniture), looking forward to a “friendsgiving” or using the valuable vacation days to escape from it all, WalletHub has calculated the best cities for winter holiday travel, at home and abroad. Using metrics such as average airfares, flight times and hotel costs, it determined the best destinations to celebrate the holidays without the hassle. Without further ado … READ MORE

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Cyber Monday, the post-Thanksgiving day of online shopping discounts, is lurking around the corner. You may have made your holiday wish list and even checked it twice, but did you remember to include a fabulous vacation for yourself and your family? Start imagining your travel fantasies today, and click fast on Dec. 1, when these amazing deals are in effect.
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Jay Fielden in his office at Town & Country Travel. Photo by Patrick McMullan.

He’s on a mission to bring back the intoxication and seduction of travel one story at a time. Jay Fielden, editor-in-chief of the newly resurrected Town & Country Travel, is more than ready for his big job of reinventing what a travel magazine can be — a portal that transports you to another world. While Town & Country might be known for catering to the well-heeled and glamorous — and its Travel extension doesn’t shy away from exclusive insider places, either — the innate curiosity of every traveler at heart will be intrigued by the stories behind those faraway, exotic destinations and people.

So if you can’t jet to Venice for a martini at Harry’s Bar, Fielden wants to make sure you’re still enraptured in the geopolitics of the martini arriving in Italy. (And who says you can’t drink a martini as you read the story on your couch?)

We caught up with the busy editor find out how his small-town San Antonio roots prepared him for New York’s glamorous magazine world, the one item he can’t imagine traveling without, and the café in Paris that may have just turned his 8-year-old daughter into a young Francophile. READ MORE

Oheka Castle

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:

More baseball.

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

Travel Channel Star logo with Thank You, New York

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

Frosty The Snowman ICE! sculpture at Gaylord National Resort

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.

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