This week’s travel blog roundup is brimming with information — from essential travel tips to airplane etiquette — straight from the pros.

Has Johnny Jet  answered the age-old question of how to stop the passenger in front of you from reclining? Check out his solution and let us know in the comments if you’d be willing to try it.

Think twice before showing up to the airport if your cell phone is dying, Travel and Leisure’s Carry On blog has the lowdown on new TSA regulations that target dead electronics.

Even the most seasoned traveler make mistakes, the Young Adventuress shares 5 she makes over and over again.

Move over honeymooners, Skift explores the growing popularity of megamoons and many-moons and their equally surprising price tags.

Leave Your Daily Hell reveals the one place you have to see before you die (hint: it’s in South America).

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Paris Plage (Photo Courtesy of Reuters / Charles Platiau)

Celebrated on July 14, French National Day or Bastille Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution and the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. Celebrations are held all over France, but thousands line up along the Champs-Elysees in Paris to watch the oldest and largest military parade in Europe. These annual festivities aren’t limited to the celebration on the ground, but locals and tourists can look high above the crowds to see the Patrouille de France aerobatics team in action.

Bastille Day isn’t the only thing tourists should add to their agenda when visiting Paris in the summer. Here’s a quick list of 5 fun summertime experiences you don’t want to miss when vacationing in Paris.
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While fans of host team Brazil are still crying into their caipirinhas, all eyes are on Germany and Argentina for the World Cup final. Check out our Country vs. Country challenge. Who do you think comes out on top?

Germany Argentina
Signature Dish(es) Signature Dish(es)
Currywurst, steamed than fried pork sausage served with a curry-meets-ketchup sauce  Empanadas, chorizo and, of course, beef served at a Buenos Aires parrilla 
National Drink National Drink
Prost! If you can’t go full-on Oktoberfest, opt for a Becks, the No. 1 beer export
 
Salud! Yerba Mate (a tea made from the naturally caffeinated leaves of the South American rainforest holly tree) spiked with vodka or a glass of Malbec from Mendoza 
Home Stadium Home Stadium 
Germany does not have an official stadium, but matches are held most often at the Olympiastadion in Berlin
 
Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires 
Claim to Fame  Claim to Fame 
Brandenberg Gate, a neoclassical triumphal arch and one of the most recognized landmarks in Germany  Iguazú Falls, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world 
Natural Wonder Natural Wonder
The Black Forest, scenic woodlands dotted with mountain villages known for cuckoo clocks and the eponymous Black Forest cake  Perito Moreno Glacier, a Patagonian glacier located in Los Glaciares National Park 
Capital City Capital City
Berlin  Buenos Aires 
Celebratory Dance Celebratory Dance
Polka, popular across central Europe  Tango, a passionate and sophisticated dance performed everywhere from corner cafes to historic tango halls
 

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The Biltmore Hotel (Courtesy of Getty Images Entertainment)

When it comes to spirits in bright, sun-bleached Miami, you might think of margaritas, mojitos and caipirinhas. But there’s a different sort of spirit that haunts Miami more than a hangover might after drinking too many cocktails. While traditional American ghost stories are most often associated with the Wild West, old New England or the antebellum South, this lively urban area is full of legends about the restless deceased. Whether you prefer the conga, merengue, samba or calypso, let’s do the dance of the dead through 5 of Miami’s favorite supposedly haunted hot spots. For more spooky haunts near Miami, tune in Saturday, July 12, at 10|9c for an all-new season of The Dead Files.
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Target Field (Courtesy of Getty Images Sports)

“Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out to the crowd …”

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack … it’s time for Major League Baseball’s 85th annual Midsummer Classic!

The festivities kick off at Target Field in Minneapolis, home of the Minnesota Twins, on Friday, July 11, with All-Star Fan Fest. Whether you wanna scoop up a 2014 All-Star jersey of your favorite player, or take part in a clinic hosted by some of baseball’s top coaches and players, this one-stop-shop is the perfect place for any baseball fanatic.

The actual baseball begins on Sunday, July 13, with the MLB Futures Game. The Futures Game shows how truly deep the MLB pipelines run, when up-and-coming stars from all over the globe, from every MLB farm team (minor league), are divided into 2 teams — US vs. The World — to showcase their skills and claim bragging rights for the future of baseball. READ MORE

Niagara Falls, 1859

Photography by Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Niagara Falls, the collective name of 3 waterfalls (Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls), straddles the border between the US and Canada, and is one of the most visited waterfalls in the world.

Pictured above, 2 people enjoy a breathtaking view of the American Falls from Prospect Point in Niagara Falls State Park — America’s oldest state park — in 1859.

If Niagara Falls is on your list of “Places to Visit,” enter this month’s sweepstakes for a chance to win a $10,000 trip for 2 to the Falls!

And don’t forget to check back every week this month for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursdays.

 

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Jim Morley, Shane Reynolds, Kinga Philipps in Malibu

(L to R): Jim Morley, Shane Reynolds, Kinga Philipps. Photo by Sean Murphy.

Travel Channel’s Director of Digital Programming Jim Morley traveled to Malibu, CA, last week to film one of TravelChannel.com’s newest original series, tentatively called Underbellies. Having lived in Southern California for 10 years, we knew that Jim could tell us a thing or two about what to do in Malibu.

Here’s what Jim had to say about Malibu:

What brought you to Malibu?

I’m doing a pilot that explores the less glamorous side of popular resort towns. Malibu has this postcard perfect image — coastal homes of household names, Baywatch, fish tacos and whatnot. But there’s a far more interesting tale to be told here. I assembled a uniquely talented team in my host Kinga Philipps and filmmaker Shane Reynolds. They’re both thoughtful and gifted in their respective crafts. READ MORE

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Book by August 31.

Myrtle Beach, SC, is a summer classic. With a picture-perfect boardwalk, crab shacks, ice cream stands and a Ferris wheel — just for nostalgic good measure — it’s been a family-friendly vacation destination for decades.

Snag a summer hotel deal, and book your stay on select dates through August 31 at numerous hotels and resorts in the area. Rates start at $59 per night during peak season this year. Visit the Myrtle Beach website for more information, and to see a list of deals.

Here are a few highlights:
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Ever wonder about the things people try to sneak on planes? CN Traveler rounded up some of the crazier items from the TSA’s Instagram feed. Yes, they have an official Instagram feed.

Dreaming of a vacation in the Philippines … but on a budget? The Poor Traveler has an entertaining and comprehensive travel guide to Batanes, Philippines.

Dreaming of getting outdoors without sacrificing some of the creature comforts of home? The Barefoot Nomad has 10 reasons glamping might be for you.

Turns out Nomadic Matt is a fan of the Jazz Age (like a lot of us) and he’s planned the perfect Prohibition bar crawl though NYC.

It’s never too early to feast your eyes on a Kiwi food frenzy. Case in point, Bren on the Road brings you 33 things to eat on your next trip to New Zealand.

Photo Courtesy of Chris Burkard

I was up late trying to beat a bad case of insomnia when I saw Carson Daly’s interview with pro photographer Chris Burkard, who apparently has a knack for traveling to the most remote corners of the Earth to capture his travels, nature and usually, surfers in action.

Based in San Luis Obispo, CA, Chris is a senior staff photographer for Surfer Magazine, and contributes regularly to various international publications and brands like Patagonia. The self-taught photographer and artist has worked on 3 book projects: Distant Shores: Surfing the Ends of the Earth, The California Project and Plight of the Torpedo People.

I was inspired and amazed by Chris’ work and thought it would be fun to find out more about the man behind the lens of so many awe-inspiring photos.
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