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According to The Washington Post, the dollar is pretty strong at the moment. In other words, you won’t get crushed by pesky exchange rates. All the more reason to pack your bags and board a transcontinental flight to a new place.
If you’re wondering where to go, then look no further than this list. We’ve weighed in and decided the best places to go when the dollar is hot.
When the inspiration behind The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Silence of the Lambs, Ed Gein, died in 1984, he left a parting gift — the cauldron in which he mutilated and skinned his victims. As of this week, our very own “king of the dark world” and host of Ghost Adventures, Zak Bagans, is the owner of the cauldron.
Perhaps congratulations are in order, Zak, for your winning bid of $2,800, but we’re too scared to congratulate too much.
According to TMZ, Zak thought the cauldron would make “a nice conversation piece.” Indeed it will, Zak.
Watch Ghost Adventures, Saturdays at 9|8c, only on Travel Channel.
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Are you yearning to travel to the Mediterranean but aren’t fond of long-haul flights? Here’s a solution: a Caribbean cruise. Yes, it’s unorthodox, but it’s also convenient for North American travelers, and MSC Cruises’ uniquely European MSC Divina might just be the oasis you’re looking for.
The leisure division of the industrial Mediterranean Shipping Co., MSC Cruises once catered predominantly to foreigners, but in the Caribbean, the line has tailored its sailings to embrace US citizens as well. In fact, one of the delights of MSC is the diverse mix of passengers on board and the international idioms heard throughout. Rest assured, however, that English remains the primary language spoken on the MSC Divina.
Photo Courtesy of Heather Greenwood Davis
After having children, a parent’s priorities can shift dramatically, decreasing the desire and the time allowed to travel. However, there are several parents who manage to make travel more of a priority, encouraging their children to become active participants in planning each family trip. And Heather Greenwood Davis and her family are the quintessential example of making travel an inclusive and real-world educational experience.
Heather has received several accolades for her travel spirit. She was recognized in 2012 as National Geographic Traveler magazine’s Traveler of the Year. As a travel journalist and the founder of GlobetrottingMama.com, she has also been recognized as a leading family travel and mommy blogger by Babble.com, WorkingMother.com and BlogHer.com. Knowing Heather and her family already had miles of travel experience under their belts, we thought it would be great to talk to her to see how she and her husband make travel work as a family.
Make sure you check out Heather’s favorite family adventure picks on our list of Travel’s Best Family Adventures 2015.
With less than a month to go, now is the time to enter for a chance to win the ultimate trip to Hawaii. So what are you waiting for? You’ve seen the prize breakdown and heard about our hosts’ favorite moments — but if you still crave more, check out The Trip 2015 by the numbers.
100,000: Estimated dollar value of this year’s dream vacation
14: Number of nights that you and a guest will spend in luxurious accommodations, including the Grand Wailea and Travaasa Hana resorts
1940s: Era of the Stearman biplane model that will give you an acrobatic air tour of Oahu
Courtesy of WHOA Travel
In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, we’re highlighting fearless female travelers around the globe who are celebrating the transforming power of travel and what women can accomplish together.
From climbing (and dancing) to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with women from around the globe to featuring the leading ladies in travel at the Women’s Travel Fest to supporting local women finding work in India, here are the ways women are closing the gender gap and encouraging sustainable travel, ultimately opening the world for other women all over the world.
Courtesy of WHOA Travel
High-Altitude Dance Party on Top of Mount Kilimanjaro
Whoa, these women don’t just talk about moving mountains — they climb them together! WHOA Travel (Women High on Adventure) is leading its second annual Mount Kilimanjaro International Women’s Day climb. About 30 women from 10 different countries, including the US, Sweden, Estonia and Kenya, will summit the roof of Africa together at sunrise on March 8. WHOA founders Allison Fleece and Danielle Thornton met while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro together in 2013. Knowing firsthand that no one climbs the mountain alone, the travel-loving duo believe in the power of showing the world what women can accomplish together. They also believe there’s always time for a little dancing and keep morale up on the 7-day trek with high-altitude dance parties.
Day 1 of our Travel Channel Star casting call at the Tastemade Studios is complete. We had a great turnout Wednesday. Contestants local to Los Angeles and from as far as Canada came to tell us why they were the next Marianela Pereyra or Kinga Philipps.
Today is Day 2, and your last chance to audition in person runs from 5 to 9 p.m. (line starts at 3 p.m.) at the Tastemade Studios in Santa Monica, CA. However, we are also accepting online submissions at travelchannelstar.com until April 15.
See our favorite pictures from Wednesday’s casting call.
Travel Channel Star casting call attendees line up at the Tastemade Studios.
Take a break from watching videos of cute cats and spend today getting inspired for your next vacation. Let Travel Channel’s exclusive original videos show you the latest travel trends, trip advice and awe-inspiring vacation experiences that only the locals know about.
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Photo Courtesy of Zim Ugochukwu, Travel Noire
For some people, travel is all about those unique, immersive experiences. But what happens when you are the ethnically different outsider visiting a homogeneous travel destination that is not exposed to much cultural diversity? Well, it’s these types of experiences that Travel Noire tries to capture with its network of nomads around the world, offering an Afro-centric perspective that has been missing from mainstream travel resources.
Zim Ugochukwu, founder of Travel Noire, is leading the charge to provide a website to showcase African and African-American travel perspectives and to encourage people of color to make travel an integral part of their lives. And as you will soon discover, this first-generation Nigerian — born in Rochester, MN — has the expertise to provide advice about everything from solo travel to expat life — definitive reasons why Zim is our type of traveler.
With temperatures in the US reaching record lows this February, it’s time to turn your dreams of traveling to Hawaii into a reality. Enter The Trip 2015 — an exclusive Travel Channel contest — for a chance to win a $100,000 vacation for 2 to the Aloha State.