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The Galapagos Islands are a natural wonder unlike any other place on the planet. The islands are a volcanic archipelago teaming with one-of-a-kind animals and plants, thanks to a very remote location more than 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, and the fact that many species uniquely evolved since it’s difficult to migrate from one island to the next. (Each island has its own distinct landscape—the destination is, after all, the spark that fueled Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution).

Travelers are flocking to the Galapagos Islands largely due to the awe-inspiring animals (think: playful sea lions, century-old giant tortoises, and prehistoric-looking marine iguanas) and easier travel to the remote destination in recent years (there were only a few flights to the islands a week in the 70s, and today there is an average of about six a day). In fact, visitors to the Galapagos surged from only 11,765 in 1975 to a whopping 204,395 in 2013, according to the Galapagos National Park Service.

This tourist boom is impacting the delicate ecosystem by keeping the demand for flights high and causing a bigger carbon impact; requiring more cargo ships to up the odds of oil and other fuel spills—not to mention ocean contamination from boat paint; increasing trash with limited ways to dispose of it; causing degradation to natural environment with more people visiting fragile habitats; draining the already-limited fresh water supply; and increasing the risk of invasive species hitchhiking to the islands on ships and planes carrying tourists. Sadly, the Galapagos Islands were added to the list of World Heritage Sites in danger in 2007.

Even though an influx of travelers is putting this delicate eco-system at risk, there are ways you can use travel to help preserve rather than destroy this double World Heritage site.

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This July, we’re all screaming for ice cream! Enjoyed by children and adults alike, ice cream is an iconic American summer treat. So much so, that in 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day.

In honor of this sweet holiday, this week’s throwback Thursday features a young boy eating ice cream from an Austin, TX, ice cream van on July 20, 1961.

Take a break from the summer heat and celebrate National Ice Cream Month with a visit to one of America’s coolest ice cream shops. And don’t forget to check back every week this month for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursdays!

 

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Happy Birthday to the future king of England  — Prince George! It seems like just yesterday the world was going bananas over the future monarch’s arrival, and now that Prince George turned 1, it’s time to raise your glasses – or crystal juice cups — in celebration again!

In honor of Prince George’s birthday, Visit Britain shared with us family-friendly travel ideas in the UK fit for your little prince or princess. Follow in the Royal Family’s footsteps with your little tikes as you explore all the imaginative places that lie in Great Britain.

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Book by July 31.

It’s 2 blocks from Waikiki Beach. It’s surrounded by high-end shops. It’s a 7-minute drive from Diamond Head. And, it’s on sale.

You’ll find all that and more right now at the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach hotel, located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

Stay at this beautiful Hyatt property, which underwent a major renovation in 2012, for $189 per night on select dates through Nov. 30, 2014. That’s 30% off current rates! Even better? Breakfast and Wi-Fi are included, and kids 17 and under stay free.

This rate is good for a city-view room, but for as little as $9 you can upgrade to a mountain- or ocean-view room with a private balcony. Relax at the on-site pool, spend an evening by the fire pit or simply kick back in your room with a movie or music played from your own mobile device.

If you’ve had enough sun and sand, head to the nearby Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium or Kapiolani Park. They’re all within a 1-mile radius of the hotel.

Terms & Conditions:
Cancellation Terms:
- If cancelled before Aug. 21, 2014, Eastern Time, $19.95.
- If cancelled on or after Aug. 21, 2014, Eastern Time, Lose 1 Night’s Room & Tax plus $19.95.

Coupon Terms:
- Book 21 days in advance and receive an INSTANT 10% OFF on lodging plus FREE breakfast daily! Inventory and pricing subject to change at any time. This offer will end soon; so book it now!
- Hotel Check-In Time is:  3:00 pm
- Hotel Check-Out Time is:  12:00 pm
- You must be AT LEAST 18 years old to check in to this property.
- This booking is subject to the Hotel Terms & Conditions.
- This booking is subject to the BookIt.com Terms & Conditions.

– BY SHERMANSTRAVEL

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Paris

Another summer weekend is about to be on the books — how will you spend it? Our weekly travel blog roundup has more than a few good ideas.

“Uncorking a bottle of French wine on a sunny day, spreading Brie on a baguette, gazing out on the Paris skyline in front of the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre,” Nomadic Matt describes his perfect day and shares 22 ways to save money in Paris.

We enjoyed taking a road trip down memory lane with The Repatriate, living vicariously through her travels in Austria.

Airbnb revealed a new logo and website and people had strong opinions about it. Skift rounded up the reactions — thoughts?

How to travel the world for $1.94 per day. Seriously. Wandering Earl explains.

Lastly, Fathom shares 7 breezy accessories for your next beach vacation.

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Over the years, Las Vegas has evolved into a mecca for gambling, parties and entertainment. And since 1959, the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign has been a symbol for the city, greeting travelers as they arrive, and providing them with a memorable photo op.

This week, we’re throwing it back to the 1970s when a Vegas showgirl posed in front of the historic landmark on Las Vegas Boulevard.

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

 

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NYC Skyline

NYC Skyline by Lizzy Snaps

These days, everyone thinks they’re an accomplished photographer, but believe it or not, there’s more to travel photography than cropping a photo into a square and slapping an Instagram filter on it. We caught up with professional photographer Lizzy Sullivan, aka “Lizzy Snaps” and followed her around New York City in an all-new web series, You Get the Picture, as she climbed lampposts, crawled on the sidewalk and chased down interesting subjects — all in the name of capturing awesome New York City photos. Watch as she demonstrates how to Capture Sidewalk Stories, Photograph Urban Food, Take Nightlife Photos and Add Life to Landmark Photos.

Here are her tips on shooting city skyline photos:

 

Check out (just a small sample!) of the amazing photos she took while we were filming, and then head over to our all-new web series, You Get the Picture to learn how she captured them!

Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

Book by July 31.

With 11 swimming pools, 14 marine lagoons, 21 restaurants, 19 bars and lounges and a waterpark, the Atlantis Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas takes entertainment and relaxation to the next level. Of course, all of those amenities come at a price. The Bridge Suite, which links 2 of the resort’s towers, once hosted Michael Jackson and is one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world.

But this resort isn’t just for high rollers and rock stars. For a limited time, you can enjoy this Caribbean playground with a 4-night stay at the Atlantis Beach Tower for just $499 per person. This offer from CheapCaribbean.com includes round-trip airfare to the Bahamas from Fort Lauderdale, FL, a terrace room with 1 king or 2 double beds and a private balcony or patio, and a “Wine & Dine” pass (for guests 18+) that includes 1 Sushi & Sake Sampler Platter at Nobu; 2 margaritas at Mesa Grill; 1 flatbread and 2 glasses of select wines at Olives; 2 draft beers and 1 plate of ‘Trash Ribletes’ at Virgil’s; and 2 daiquiris at Daiquiri Shack in Marina Village. Upgrade to an oceanview room for $90 more per person. READ MORE

Go behind the tent for a look at one of America’s last traveling sideshows in our brand new web series, All American Sideshow. Watch as the World of Wonders Sideshow kicks off circus season with eye-catching headliners including sword-swallower Tommy, knife-thrower Spif and “Diva of Danger” Sunshine. These daring performers share their unique take on travel while living in a tractor-trailer and entertaining the masses in towns across America.

 

When they’re not on the road, the sideshow crew heads to Gibsonton, FL. Dubbed the “weirdest place in America,” Gibtown has long been the winter retreat for the carnie and circus community. Watch as sideshow owner Ward Hall harkens back to the days when you could find yourself bellying up to the local bar with a giant, a bearded lady and the “living half-girl.”

To see even more freaky performances, check out the rest of the All American Sideshow web series, and get a look at some behind-the-tent photos.

Last week, TravelChannel.com Interactive Producer Ben Breslerman traveled to Las Vegas to film 3 original features for TravelChannel.com.  It wasn’t Ben’s first time traveling to Las Vegas, so what better way to get the inside scoop on the best places to stay, eat and “let loose” in Vegas!

Here’s what Ben had to say:
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