The holiday season is in full swing, whether you’re looking for last-minute travel tips or destination inspiration our weekly travel blog roundup has you covered.

Explore London in a novel way by tasting your way around the city. A Luxury Travel Blog highlights 6 delicious tours that are perfect for the cold winter months.

The holiday season is the busiest time to travel, so take advantage of Triphackr’s helpful tips to save cash on last-minute plans.

Adventure Journal shares adventures and photos from Gunther Holtorf, who traveled 550,000 miles over 26 years in his 1988 Mercedes Benz G-Wagen named “Otto.”

Have you ever thought about getting a tattoo? How about one that’s engraved by hand using a long metal spike or sharpened bamboo? Read about Expert Vagabond’s experience getting a traditional Sak Yant tattoo from a famous Buddhist monk in Thailand.

Check out these small treasures from around the globe, courtesy of Fathom.

Think you have what it takes to be the next Travel Channel Star? You’ve got until April 15, 2015, to submit a video to prove it! But before you whip out your smartphone to shoot your own video, consider these tips. You’ll thank us later, when you’re the host of a brand-new series for our digital platforms.

1.    If you’re using a smartphone, shoot it horizontally.

Yes, you typically text and Snapchat — and do whatever else you do — while holding your phone upright. But we’re begging you: For this one thing, just turn it sideways! We have yet to see an online video player or a television set that’s shaped like an upright iPhone.
Also, try your best to hold it still — no one wants to feel as though they’re on an amusement park ride while listening to you talk about your trip to Bangkok.

2.    Don’t add any music.

Don’t get us wrong, we love music! (P.S. Follow us on Spotify!) But not for this. If you add music, we won’t be able to use your video anywhere because of a little thing called music rights. So please, leave Beyoncé out of this. READ MORE

Photo Courtesy of The Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll

It’s beginning to look a lot like, well, Christmas for one, but also that time of year when visions of Downton Abbey‘s new season premiere dance through eager viewers’ heads. Now, fans of the holidays and the show can combine their passions in Lake Placid, NY, at the Holiday Gala Inspired by Downton Abbey on Dec. 13, which culminates with a viewing of the Season 5 premiere — 3 weeks before its PBS broadcast Jan 4.
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Iceland

While we all crave to be home for the holidays, sometimes the turkey, stuffing and personal questions from your relatives are all it takes to reignite your wanderlust. This week’s travel blog roundup is here to help.

Unsurprisingly, Iceland is becoming a hot spot for US visitors, but according to Skift, so are more offbeat European countries, such as Romania, Lithuania and Croatia.

Whether you endured bumper-to-bumper traffic or a delayed flight, bad weather can put a damper on holiday travel. The team at Fathom reminds us of the bright spot to bad weather with these beautiful photos.

JohnnyJet shares 31 reasons to stay at Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, HI — as if you needed more than 1.

For more travel-writing escapism, enjoy Nowhere’s beautiful essay “3 Wishes in Armenia.”

A photographer caught the sunset in every time zone in a single day. Thanks to Doubletakes for digging this video up.

man standing on a rock in a national park

Are you sitting at home, daydreaming about how much you want to be the next Travel Channel Star? If you have questions about the video submission process, voting and how we’re ultimately going to choose a winner, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered some frequently asked questions that should provide the answers to those and more!

What are your criteria for finding the next Travel Channel Star?

The next Travel Channel Star should have personality, a unique point of view and a distinct passion and excitement for travel.

How long do I have to submit my video?
Contestants can upload their videos to TravelChannelStar.com now through April 15, 2015. There will also be an open casting call in Los Angeles in February (details to come). See our Travel Channel Star guidelines for more information on what we’re looking for in your video, as well as technical requirements. READ MORE

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The biggest travel day of the year just got a bit more stressful, thanks to the winter nor’easter in the forecast. It’s inevitable that the day before Thanksgiving will include record-long lines at the airport and headache-inducing traffic — and now, add likely hazardous roads and delayed flights.

Take a deep breath and keep these tips in mind to avoid a holiday travel meltdown.

Take advantage of an airline weather waiver.
With winter weather in the forecast for Wednesday, big airlines such as American Airlines, Delta and United are waiving change fees and relaxing their rebooking rules, even allowing fare differences to be waived. Look carefully at the rules; most include the note that rescheduled travel has to start by Friday.

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Photo Courtesy of Clint Johnston

We appreciate world travelers who fly for free and never pay full price. That’s why we decided to talk to Clint Johnston, author of The Art of Travel Hacking and blogger for his website, Triphackr.com. Clint enjoys sharing tips and money-saving advice after traveling to more than 60 countries. In addition to writing for TravelChannel.com, Clint has had work appear on the Huffington Post and in Wired.

It’s clear when talking to Clint that he is a savvy, immersive traveler who enjoys unusual experiences such as kite-surfing in Brazil, meeting a Haitian voodoo priest and witnessing everyday life in Palestine firsthand. Clint doesn’t travel to add another fresh stamp to his passport; he relishes the priceless culture experiences and off-the-beaten-path excursions that really define travel.

You’ll be surprised to find out what sparked Clint’s love for travel, what’s next on his bucket list, what travel gear he never leaves home without, and what advice he has for first-time travelers.
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Photo Courtesy of Josh Rodriguez via Flickr

The white, sandy shores and turquoise waters of Cancun, Mexico, might not be the first spot that couples who are planning a traditional Indian wedding think of as a destination for their nuptials — but it should be.
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Grand Canyon

A Route 66 road trip wouldn’t be complete without a stop to see the Grand Canyon.

This week, our favorite travel blogs are serving up touristy attractions and experiences that are worth a second look.

If you think reading 1 piece about Route 66 is enough, you’re wrong. Rediscover the allure of the “road of flight” through the eyes of Boat Magazine’s editor.

Touristy places get a bad rap, but Landlopers explains why these 8 iconic attractions are far from “traps.”

Have you ever dreamed of snorkeling in crystal-clear … 35-degree glacier water? No? Well, the Expert Vagabond’s experience snorkeling Silfra fissure in Iceland might change your mind.

After a 3-month stay, Nomadic Matt shares his 6 life lessons learned in China.

If you’re thinking of indulging in high tea around the holidays but don’t know what to wear, the Luxe Travel has you covered.

Reese Witherspoon stars in film adaption of Cheryl Strayed's Wild memoir.

Reese Witherspoon stars in film adaption of Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Wild’ memoir. Fox Searchlight

Don’t walk alone. It’s a familiar warning for all travelers heading into dangerous, crime-ravaged countries — and for female travelers when they go … well, anywhere after sundown. Cheryl Strayed makes a daring move by walking alone somewhere dark, terrifying and ultimately unknown: the wilderness.

From the Mojave Desert, through California and Oregon, all the way up to the Bridge of the Gods in Washington state — a full 1,100 miles — Strayed hikes solo in her best-selling, Oprah-approved memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. And now, only 2 years after the book was published and then translated into 30 different languages, her words come to life on the big screen in the highly anticipated film Wild. Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon loved the story so much that she not only signed on to play Strayed, but she also is a co-producer after optioning the film even before the book’s release.

Hollywood stars aren’t the only ones attempting to re-create her journey; throngs of fans inspired by Strayed’s story are hitting the Pacific Crest Trail, one of the country’s longest and wildest thru-hikes, in record numbers. The Pacific Crest Trail Association is embracing the growing interest — about a 30% increase in the number of hikers this year alone — by sharing Strayed’s exact route and inspiring Wild stories.

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