Times Square (Photo Courtesy of NYC’s Original City Guide)

Want to take a big bite out of your Big Apple vacation budget?

This is your chance to win everything you would want to do while in NYC for free.

We’ve befriended the folks at New York’s original City Guide to put together an incredible package of prizes that we’ll be giving away to 1 lucky winner each week for the next 30 weeks.
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Spinning prayer wheels in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo Courtesy of Leo Tamburri)

The scale of the devastation from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday is staggering. As of Tuesday afternoon, it was reported that more than 4,600 people have died, 9,000 were injured, and 8 million are struggling to put their lives back together after Mother Nature tore their Himalayan country apart.

While you are tuned to the news, like so many good-hearted people across the world, you are asking, “What can I do to help?”
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Motorcycle Road Trip Tips

Photo by Caroline Purser / Photographer’s Choice / Getty Images

Make sure you’re prepared the next time you hit the open road. Here are 10 tips for staying safe and making the most of your next motorcycle trip.

1. Always wear a helmet — it’s 29% more effective in preventing fatalities in the event of a crash. Just make sure to pick a helmet that’s the right size and fit for you and that meets the minimum safety standards of the Department of Transportation (indicated by a DOT label in the back of the helmet).

2. When it rains, it doesn’t have to pour … down your back. Wrap a small towel around your neck to keep the water from running down. Regardless of the forecast, always carry rain gear with you. READ MORE

Finding entertainment can be surprisingly complicated in the entertainment capital of the world. Los Angeles’ sheer size makes careful planning paramount in executing a fun day out on the town. But it’s a mistake to focus only on the established culture hubs. LA has no real center, and neither do its cultural offerings.

There’s no shortage of things to do — it’s all about looking in the right places.

Jane Lynch Annie

‘See Jane Sing!’
May 1 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Actress Jane Lynch is known for playing characters who, in striving to project normalcy, reveal a core of surreal madness that’s as fascinating to watch as it is hilarious. Probably best-known for her role as no-nonsense coach and principal Sue Sylvester on Fox’s Glee, she also made her debut on Broadway in 2013 as Miss Hannigan in Annie. Prepare for a night of musical shenanigans.

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Bhaktapur Nepal

By now, you must have heard the devastating news of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked the Nepal region. Nestled between India and China, Nepal has a population of more than 27 million, and its capital, Kathmandu, is commonly known as the last pit stop for climbers heading to Mount Everest’s base camp. Our thoughts go out to the family members of the more than 4,000 victims who lost their lives in Saturday’s natural disaster.

Like most countries that are hit by natural disasters, Nepal will rebuild. Its people are incredibly resilient, and no one knows that better than Bruce Kirkby, a professional photographer, climber and host of Travel Channel’s new series Big Crazy Family Adventure (coming in June), which filmed in Nepal in 2014 for an episode set to air this summer.

After speaking with Bruce, it was clear that as devastating as this earthquake has been, the Nepali people are strong. Here’s what Bruce had to say during our short Q&A. READ MORE

Prague
In this week in travel we’re living vicariously with some new faces to our weekly travel blogger roundup.

If your dream trip involves a room with a serious view, see Mrs. O Around the World’s luxe weekend guide to Prague. Plus, check out her tips for capturing the best travel photos.

Uncornered Market’s day trip to Poland was appropriately filled with Tyskie beers and pierogies.

If Cheri Lucas Rowlands‘ photos from a week in Bermuda are any indication, she’s living the dream.

48 Hour Adventure goes beyond the requisite wild outdoor adventures in Reykjavik.

You may think your time spent up in the air is one of life’s necessary evils, but Travel Skills reveals 13 air travel experiences to have before you die.

It may be a little chilly today, but it’s still a gorgeous day in DC — perfect for enjoying the official kickoff of the monthly food-truck festival called Truckeroo, happening now on the fairgrounds at Half Street and M Street SE. At work? No problem! Truckeroo runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., so you have plenty of time to sample DC Empanadas, Korean BBQ Taco Box, NeatMeat DC, Red Hook Lobster Pound and 23 others offering up Washington’s best in food trucks.

If you miss today’s event, not to worry. Truckeroo comes back each month during the warmer months (generally April to September).

For more information, visit foodtruckfiesta.com.

Bon appetit!

 

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We are a vacation-deprived nation. Americans are taking almost a full workweek less of vacation than they did just 15 years ago. It’s time to change. With temperatures rising, spring blooming, and summer around the corner, here’s why you need to plan your next vacation right now. READ MORE

Neil Brandvold

Photo by Daniel Cima

Freelance photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Neil Brandvold is comfortable on the front lines, most recently covering the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone. His work, not unlike Travel Channel’s new series Breaking Borders, shines a light on the human toll — and resiliency — at the heart of disaster- and conflict-ridden areas. We caught up with him to find out about the dangers he faces on the job, the places he can’t get enough of, the people he’s met and the privilege of telling their stories.

You’ve covered the Arab Spring in Libya and Egypt and been embedded with M23 rebels in eastern Congo. What type of preparation goes into those trips? How do you stay safe?

The preparation really varies from trip to trip, but safety is always the most important thing to consider. Hostile environment training and battlefield medical training is an absolute necessity before working in war zones — and luckily, groups such as Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues and Pioneer Consulting, among others, are providing really top-notch training to journalists before entering conflict zones.

I spend a lot of time before each trip trying to get a good sense of the dangers on the ground and building up strong networks of trusted local fixers, drivers and translators, who are essential to be able to operate safely.

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Time Traveling With Brian Unger

The new Travel Channel series Time Traveling with Brian Unger premieres tonight with 2 back-to-back episodes. The show takes locals on unique tours of their home cities with host Brian Unger, where they learn the secret facts behind some of history’s most famous stories. By using state-of-the-art CGI, the host is able to take his guests and viewers on a trip back in time to see how the locations of these stories used to look and how they’ve changed into the landmarks of today.

In the premiere episodes, Brian visits Tombstone, AZ, to get the real story behind the legendary shootout at the OK Corral. Then, he heads out to San Francisco to investigate the power struggle behind the construction and design of one of the greatest engineering marvels of the 20th century, the Golden Gate Bridge.

Watch the series premiere tonight at 10|9c.

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