This Week in Travel
This week’s travel blog roundup is ready, boiling over with eye candy and inspiration.

Refinery29 shared a recent Gallup Analytics study revealing the world’s happiest country. Among the surprises? The top 10 happiest countries are all in the same region and the US came in at number 25.

Scrolling through breathtaking photos of wide open spaces on LandLopers, we couldn’t help but hum the Dixie Chicks’ song … tell us we’re not alone in this?

BuzzFeed’s 42 reasons to never visit France, is not what it seems, of course, and we love it. Replace “the landscapes are ugly and the food sucks,” with stunning photos dripping with sarcasm.

Fear needn’t ever impede your travels. Consider Adventurous Kate’s top 10 travel safety tips for women the perfect PSA for solo travel.

Finally, Fathom spends a few days in Okinawa and discovers why it’s deemed Japan’s “paradise islands where people live forever.”

 

 

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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What does a $100,000 Hawaiian vacation look like? It starts with 2 first-class plane tickets, followed by $25,000 spending money and a whole lot more. But you have only 1 week left for a chance to win The Trip 2015, so enter now! Then picture yourself …

Stay:
Hale 'Ae Kai
Spend your trip among the island’s finest estates, Hale ‘Ae Kai, with everything from adventure guides and gourmet chefs to massage therapists and surf lessons.

You’ll Also:
Check into the romantic Grand Wailea beachfront resort on Maui.
Enjoy the renowned spa and recreational activities at the luxurious Travaasa Hana resort.
Get a true Hawaiian experience at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay.

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Photo Courtesy of Julia Dimon

She’s a travel journalist, TV personality and hard-core adventurer, and if you ask Julia Dimon, she’ll happily tell you she’s a travel junkie, too. Her travels have included experiences that some of us can only dream about, such as snorkeling with whale sharks in Mozambique, attending gladiator training in Rome, dogsledding in Greenland and eating deep-fried guinea pig in Ecuador.

In addition to writing her new book, Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Travel, Julia has been featured as a travel expert on TV and in numerous publications, including Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Forbes Travel, Budget Travel, Outside Magazine and the Chicago Tribune.

Julia continues to travel the world, but she also takes time to offer words of wisdom to eager travelers at events such as the New York Times Travel Show, which is where I met her. I decided to not only get the scoop on what drives Julia to travel, but I also wanted to get her advice about saving money when planning trips, solo travel for women and much more.
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Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio

Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio

Travel Channel’s groundbreaking series Breaking Borders premieres tonight with the “Mother of All Conflicts“  episode in Jerusalem, which focuses on the age-old tug-of-war between Israel and Palestine. Award-winning journalist Mariana van Zeller and acclaimed chef Michael Voltaggio are our hosts, our eyes and our ears as they explore Jerusalem, Northern Ireland, Egypt, Cuba, the US-Mexico border, Cyprus and countless other locations. The goal is not to try to solve the conflicts and achieve world peace, but just to get a conversation started, at the dinner table, around the questions “What if”” and “What would it take for these 2 sides to come together and have peace?” At the end of each episode, Mariana and Michael host a dinner, prepared by Michael, where 2 opposing sides of a conflict come together to break bread.

Watch the series premiere tonight at 9|8c.

Watch a Sneak Peek of Breaking Borders

Related: Breaking Borders Sneak Peek Pictures

 

 

This Week in Travel Both a life-changing trip abroad and an adventurer who regularly risk his life are among the stories we shared this week.

Check out these sweeping photographs of Fathom’s snowy road trip along highway 285 from Vail  to Santa Fe. It’s the perfect way to say sayonara to winter.

Your first time traveling abroad can be life-changing, inducing a permanent state of wanderlust, but where to first when the whole world is in front of you? Tripit says these 5 destination are perfect for first-timers.

March Madness is currently dominating the sports world in the states, but Jungles in Paris has a rare and fascinating look at the Basque sport of pelota, or handball, which dates back to the middle ages.

Beyond 12hrs’ signature travel guide for Copenhagen, it also unearths the city’s most beautiful artisanal bakery, Mirabelle.

The New York Times Magazine just released a stunning package about the heart-stopping climbs of Alex Honnold, a 29-year-old master climber who regularly cheats death.

International Travel Goods Show (Photo Courtesy of Troy Petenbrink)

Talking about weight is usually not polite conversation, but it has been a hot topic this week at the International Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas. Hosted by the Travel Goods Association, the show lets manufacturers link up with retail buyers in hopes of getting their goods to consumers.

In this day and age, when an extra pound can be the difference between a $25 or $100 check-baggage fee, it is no surprise that luggage manufacturers have put themselves on major diets. Nearly all of the 300 exhibitors were touting new, lighter products.
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Photo Courtesy of Don Tuthill

At TravelChannel.com, we try to share different travel experiences with our audience, as we did with our recent feature about Travel Noire and its Afro-centric perspective. We wanted to share the LGBT travel experience, too, so we decided to chat with Don Tuthill, the visionary behind Passport, a print and online resource that has become the insider’s guide to LGBT travel, thanks in part to a team of experienced, well-traveled writers. Find out more about the Passport brand and why Don is our type of traveler this week.

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The Trip 2015

We’re getting down to the wire people: there are just 2 weeks left to enter for a chance to win a $100,000 trip to Hawaii! Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to see the US’s little slice of paradise with exclusive access and hook-ups only Travel Channel can provide.

Speaking of missing out, if you didn’t catch the television special you can still watch Don Wildman horseback riding on LanaiBert Kreischer tours Hawaii’s Volcano Winery and Samantha Brown embracing the localvore movement at Waimeas Merriman’s restaurant. Start by checking out the video below:

Enter for a chance to win The Trip 2015!

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“Welcome to the jungle, we’ve got fun and games …” 

Like the Guns N’ Roses song says, we really do! Starting tonight at 10|9c, join new Travel Channel hosts Stephan Jablonski and Rusty Johnson as they leave New York to pursue their dream of building a world-class, eco-friendly resort in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon on the all-new series Hotel Amazon.

“We’ve put together programs to make the property sustainable with a goal of being completely green. We’re creating and helping strengthen the locals’ economy and we’re always keeping in mind their cultural values,” said both Rusty and Stephan.

Everything was on the right track — well, until they actually made it to Peru, where alarming conditions, including harsh weather, dangerous jungle creatures and a severe lack of essential supplies, began to make their dream feel more like a nightmare.

During tonight’s episode, as they attempt to create an unforgettable jungle experience for hotel guests, tempers begin to flare when Stephan realizes that construction is way behind schedule because the crew is operating on “jungle time.” When faced with the realities of the Amazon and a ticking clock, these 2 friends are pushed very close to their breaking points.

Will Stephan and Rusty be able to pull themselves — and the crew — together in time? Find out tonight on the season premiere, “Jungle Time”.

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