Samantha Brown in Cape Town South Africa

Feeling on top of the world at the summit of Table Mountain, overlooking Cape Town and the surrounding mountains. A 5 a.m. wake-up call is tough (especially when it’s really midnight your time) but worth it to see the sunrise at 3,500 feet.

Look who we found in South Africa! Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown was recently in Cape Town. We thought it was the perfect time to catch up with Sam and get the “skinny” on her trip: unforgettable moments, things to do and, of course, what to eat in Cape Town.

What were your expectations of Cape Town, and did it live up to them?

I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Cape Town for close to 10 years. It’s where my husband and I wanted to go on our honeymoon but couldn’t, due to lack of time. When I arrived early Saturday morning, I was mesmerized by Table Mountain; I mean, the location of Cape Town is just overwhelmingly beautiful. However, when I went out for a long walk, I was a bit underwhelmed. I headed downtown, which was a ghost town. All the shops were closed, and I wanted to go to a coffee shop I had read about that is run by a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. When I got there, it, too, was closed. I finally made it to a cute, hip neighborhood that ran along Kloof Street and had a great pot of tea and a nice conversation with the owner, who told me that if it’s a nice day (and it was gorgeous, especially for their winter), everyone closes up shop and heads to the beach. That’s when I realized Cape Town is really a city that’s a beach town at heart. It was also the last time during the trip that I was underwhelmed by Cape Town.

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Book by Oct. 31.

One of the most anticipated new hotels on the famed Las Vegas Strip is now open, and you get to stay there for 25% off. The 4-star SLS Las Vegas only recently opened its doors to the public in late August after a multimillion-dollar renovation of the iconic Sahara Hotel and Casino. Now, it’s confirmed as one of the hottest spots to stay during your time in Sin City.
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Kentucky Bourbon Festival

Photography by Lakeview Photography

Get a dose of Southern comfort at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival this fall. The weeklong event runs from Sept. 16-21 and is absolutely worth a trip to Bardstown, KY. This famous bourbon celebration started in 1992 to bring together popular distilleries in the region. Last year, about 52,000 visitors attended the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, and this year’s turnout is expected to be booming.

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Temecula Valley

Photography by Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association

September is California Wine Month, and there’s no better time to plan a visit to one of the state’s 28 wine regions. Wineries will be marking the harvest and celebrating the month with special wine tours, tastings, concerts and more.

With more than 4,000 wineries ranging from intimate, boutique wineries to larger, more recognizable brands, California is sure to provide visitors with one that appeals to them — and their taste buds.

There’s no doubt that Napa Valley is the state’s — and possibly the country’s — most recognized wine region. However, head to Southern California for a lesser-known area, where picturesque rolling hills and vineyards await. READ MORE

 

Photo Courtesy of Alex Chacón

Hitting the road on a motorcycle can be a major adrenaline rush, and for Alex Chacón, viewing the world from the seat of his motorcycle is the only way to travel.  This adventure videographer and photographer lives to ride on the open road and is committed to documenting his adventures while raising awareness and money for charitable organizations.  In fact, his most famous charitable expedition was a 500-day solo trip from Alaska to Argentina to raise money for the Children of Uganda in Africa.

In addition to his charitable efforts, Alex also owns Your Expedition South, a motorcycle travel consulting business that offers advice and occasionally leads motorcycle tours in Latin America. We wanted to catch up with this unique adventurer for Our Type of Traveler and understand why Alex is at his happiest when traveling on a motorcycle, even after clocking hundreds of miles. Buckle up and enjoy this ride.
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This Week in Travel

In the spirit of New York Fashion Week, this week’s roundup is full of tips and trendsetters that inspire a more fashionable lifestyle — at home and on the road.

Get in-flight beauty tricks from a top makeup artist on Fathom, then read our interview with Fathom co-founder Jeralyn Gerba.

It can be hard to stick to a workout routine while traveling, but mixing in a new or inventive workout class is a great way to stay fit. Case in point: Style Jaunt got up the nerve to try aerial yoga at the Willow Stream Spa in Scottsdale, AZ.

The French are known for many things, chief among them: eating well. Paris-based Ashley Abroad reveals the French eating habits she’ll be taking home with her.

Fashion Toast’s Moroccan photo diary is nothing short of dreamy, scroll to the very bottom for some of her stylish recommendations.

Not to leave out stylish men, the duo behind Street Etiquette makes our list with their Johannesburg journey in South Africa.

An overhead view of the atrium in Rose’s Luxury. (Photo by Kathleen Rellihan)

Where’s the best new restaurant in America? The answer might surprise you. It’s not in New York or San Francisco, 2 cities that boast award-winning restaurants on every block and attract flocks of foodies on pilgrimages. In its annual list, Bon Appétit magazine recently named Rose’s Luxury, an eclectic restaurant in Washington, DC, that mixes Southern hospitality with playful dishes, the Best New Restaurant in America. In the past, Washington might have been more associated with power lunches than a powerful restaurant scene, but with the bragging rights it has earned now, it might inspire a few foodie pilgrimages of its own.

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Atlantic City, NJ, has been in the news lately for its financial issues, most notably the closing of 3 of its casinos this year, with another set to shut down next week.  But the “Vegas of the East” returns to its roots with the Miss America Pageant, which airs live this Sunday, hopefully bringing with it a revival of Atlantic City’s heyday. READ MORE

Fathom co-founder Jeralyn Gerba on a boat in Burma.

You know that cool friend of yours who always knows the best bench for people-watching in every city or the greatest little hole-in-the-wall bar down the alley that you would never find? That’s Jeralyn Gerba, co-founder and editorial director of Fathom — only she knows even more benches and bars than your cool friend. In fact, the entire Fathom travel website is full of insider recommendations, inspiring stories and unexpected itineraries.

Former DailyCandy editors Jeralyn and Pavia Rosati teamed up in July 2011 to create Fathom with an editorial motto to “focus on places we like, writers we trust, and stories that move us.” That genuine approach captured the travel space’s attention, winning the Society of American Travel Writers’ bronze medal for best online travel journalism site in 2013.

We tracked down Jeralyn — while she was in between logging airline miles, relocating her office to Spoleto, Italy, for 2 months, and mapping sushi joints in Japan — to chat about all things travel.

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Book by Sept. 30.

Cheap international flights are hard to come by, especially if you’re looking at prime travel days, like a Friday in peak season. Tweaking those travel times, though, can help you save big on your next trip.

Starting at just $400 (Los Angeles to San Jose, Costa Rica), these global, round-trip flights purchased through Liberty Travel depart on select dates in late November and early December from a wide range of U.S. cities.  While many of these fares depart in shoulder or low season, taking a trip on these dates means much lower prices and smaller crowds, making for a more affordable, less stressful vacation.
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