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Whether you live in a major urban city or a small country town, you all likely have something in common: You can find biker gangs everywhere. And we’re not talking about those leather-wearing guys gunning their Harleys (although they are pretty cool). We’re talking about bicycle gangs like the ones you may see going through your neighborhood on a Sunday morning or riding to work in the heart of rush hour — the everyday biker gang. READ MORE

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We’re just over a week away from Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial beginning of summer. And there’s no better time than the present to start planning for a fun summer getaway. Join Travel Channel for a live tweet-up on Wednesday, May 20, at 2 p.m. ET. Travel + Leisure, Trip Advisor, Travel Channel host Bert Kreischer and our resident beach expert, Marianela Pereyra, are just a few of the panelists who will join in to offer their summer advice, tips and recommendations.

We’ll tweet about everything, including the best summer drives, underrated destinations, food, beachfront hotels and more. And we want you to chime in, too! Join the conversation by using the hashtag #TC_Chat, and get inspired with unique summer vacation ideas from a variety of travel experts.

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Travel + Leisure (@TravlandLeisure)
Trip Advisor (@TripAdvisor)
Bert Kreischer, Travel Channel Host (@bertkreischer)
Marianela Pereyra, Beach Expert (@MarianelaTV)
Robb Alvey, Amusement-Park Expert (@themeparkreview)
Ryan Van Duzer, Outdoors & Adventure Expert (@duzer)
Lissa Poirot, Family Travel Expert (@lissapoirot)
Kelly Purkey, Solo Traveler/Foodie Expert (@kellypurkey)
Summer Hull, Family Travel Expert (@Mommy_Points)

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Want to relive a bygone era of classic trans-Atlantic ocean-liner travel? With Cunard Line — which is impressively celebrating its 175th anniversary this year — and its fleet of elegant vessels, you can do that and more.

The only true liner in operation today, the magnificent Queen Mary 2, cuts through the towering swells and choppy waves of the northern Atlantic Ocean nearly like butter. Art-deco interiors romantically enchant while modern amenities pamper and entertain passengers. Live classical music permeates throughout as a parade of formalwear enters the stately dining room, and the chandelier-clad ballroom beckons well-dressed couples to the dance floor.

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Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH (Photo Courtesy of Cedar Point)

Before you plan your family trip to an amusement or water park, we thought you’d be interested to see which ones made our list of Travel’s Best Amusement and Water Parks 2015. We recruited 5 advisors — including Travel Channel TV host Bert Kreischer, theme-park reviewer Arthur Levine and family travel expert Erin Gifford — to help us choose the best family-friendly theme parks to visit this summer.

This particular Travel’s Best list is always hard to narrow down to 10, so we decided to share a few parks that didn’t make the cut but still deserve honorable mentions.
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William, Kate and Princess Charlotte

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In this week in travel, here are 5 things for your weekend dose of travel inspiration.

Girl vs. Globe shares 10 things to do in London this spring — other than hope for a glimpse of the royal family and Princess Charlotte, of course.

Dreaming of life on the open road … in the UK? Elena’s Travelgram shares 5 amazing road trips you have to take.

Rooftop bars are a rite of spring, and they are having a moment in Budapest, Hungary; Urban Travel Blog shares some of the best.

If you’re finally planning that long-awaited trip to Cuba, check out Goats on the Road‘s pre-travel prep list.

Even for a seasoned traveler, spending 4 days spotting lions and giraffes in Tanzania qualifies as a bucket-list trip. Live vicariously through A Little Adrift and her beautiful photos while on safari.

Curtis P-40 Warhawk Airplanes

Curtis P-40 Warhawk Airplanes

For the first time, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day, aircraft used during World War II will fly over the National Mall in Washington, DC, on Friday at 12:10 p.m. The planes will start their journey  from the Culpeper and Manassas regional airports in Virginia, ultimately making their way along the Potomac River to the National Mall in DC, where the first formation will come together over the Lincoln Memorial.

Part of the Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capitol Flyover, the event will include more than 25 types of historic planes flying in formations that represent not just V-E Day but several significant milestones in World War II, including Pearl Harbor.

Can’t make it to DC this Friday? Not to worry! Watch the celebration online through a live webcast.

For more information on Friday’s event — and for details on how to see the aircraft up close on Saturday at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport — visit www.2flyover.org.

Wes Dening with Mount Everest in the background.

Wes Dening with Mount Everest in the background.

“This is Nepal in front of us. The border closes at 5:30. We made it with 8 minutes to spare.”

Those are the words you’ll hear from Bruce Kirkby as he and his family rush across the Tibet/Nepal border in Travel Channel’s Big Crazy Family Adventure. But truth be told, they weren’t alone. Off-camera, racing alongside the family like a pack of wild broncos, was our production team in tow. As Bruce uttered those words in his one-of-a-kind Kirkby accent, our crew (with pelican cases in 1 arm, personal bags in the other, and passports wedged in our mouths) scurried by his side. Just like Bruce; his wife, Christine; and their 2 sons, Bodi and Taj, we, too, had made it into Nepal with only 8 minutes to spare.

As we crossed the border, we were greeted by warm, healthy smiles and friendly pats on the back. We could feel it in their welcoming hug — an instant kinship with our Nepalese production team, with passports still wedged between our teeth. We would be living and working with this group of locals for the next 7 days. READ MORE

Ernest in Berlin. (Photo Courtesy of Ernest White II)

Oftentimes, we’re inspired by people who are living the dream and making a career out of traveling the world. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several travel journalists, including Ernest White II. After several conversations with him a few years ago, Ernest inspired me to spend 3 weeks in Brazil. Not only that, he also became my personal tour guide in São Paulo, teaching me the city’s history and introducing me to a few locals, which made the trip extra special. And as you will learn, Ernest enjoys traveling, but it’s the cultural experiences that drive his passion to explore the world.

What was the first experience that really sparked your interest in travel?

The summer before my senior year of high school, I went on a foreign exchange trip to Sweden. I haven’t stopped traveling since.
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This Week in Travel

This week in travel brings you news you can use — to be happier in the air, on the road and everywhere in between.

Italian leather seats, Mongolian cashmere throws, Bose headphones, Dom Perignon poured freely — such is life aboard the Four Seasons new Boeing 757. CN Traveler has all the details.

Beat jet lag, unwind and soothe post-flight stomach troubles with these yoga poses from yoga rebel Tara Stiles and Birchbox.

Fathom shares 9 photos that will change everything you think about today’s hostels.

Head over to Refinery29 to see which country was declared the happiest, according to the United Nations’ latest World Happiness Report.

Skift wonders: Would 3-D entertainment distract you from some of airlines’ unfriendly cabin conditions?

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Travel is an intrinsic part of our lives. Factually speaking, it’s a $2.1 trillion business. It’s one of the largest industries and employers in the US. But it’s also much more than that. Here at Travel Channel, we have been debating what travel means to us in honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, being celebrated May 2-10 by the US Travel Association. An annual tradition for more than 30 years, National Travel and Tourism Week is a salute to the tourism industry, with rallies, activities and giveaways, including our $10,000 sweepstakes to Charleston. Here are a few of our wide-ranging responses to this year’s theme:

Travel is an education.

Travel is flying to Europe for a weekend adventure.

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