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.

This Week in Travel

Photography by Elena Elisseevas

In this week’s travel roundup, we’ve kindly bookmarked everything  you need to know before your next long-haul flight, from keeping your favorite nervous flier calm at 40,000 feet to winning the airline-seat wars to avoiding getting “hangry” and other potential pitfalls of traveling as a couple.

Stuck in a middle seat on your 12-hour flight and desperate to switch? No room left in your overhead compartment? The New York Times has the latest in the “rough-and-tumble” turf wars going on in today’s overcrowded cabins.

Nervous fliers, rejoice. Travel and Leisure reports that British Airways is introducing mindfulness videos and therapeutic playlists to keep you calm from takeoff to descent.

You, battling over the armrest, throwing passive-aggressive ‘bows at the offending passenger — would you kill for just an extra half-inch of seat room right now? Next time, fly Southwest, according to Skift.

Whether you’re one of those crazy travelers who looks forward to them (who, us?) or you merely tolerate them, JohnnyJet shares his top 15 tips for surviving your next long-haul flight.

We’ve always said travel is akin to living with someone; there’s no hiding one’s true colors. Zozi has 10 tips for traveling as a couple and returning home as one, too.

St Mary’s Lake at Glacier National Park (Credit: Howard Snyder / Getty Images)

Natural beauty never looked so good! And you can see it all, up close and personal … for free! During National Park Week, a 9-day event that runs from Saturday through April 26, venture to 1 (or more) of the country’s 407 national park areas to celebrate the rich history and heritage of the United States.

Although nearly 2/3 of the 400-plus park areas let you in for free year-round, there are just over 120 that don’t, including most of the big ones on your bucket list, such as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. But fear not, as there is a way around their fees. Travel to any national park area on opening weekend (April 18-19), and your admission fee will be waived, no questions asked. Doesn’t get more beautiful than that, does it? Well, until you park your car and start exploring, that is. READ MORE

Kathleen Rellihan reaches the summit of Kilimanjaro, moments before sunrise, with a full moon lighting the way. (Credit: Kathleen Rellihan)

The months leading up to my Mount Kilimanjaro climb were filled mostly with making countless trips to REI to stock up on gear and promising others that even their grandma could do it. Yes, before I had even stepped foot onto Africa’s tallest peak, I already was reassuring friends and family, “No, no … anyone can do it. It’s not Everest. There are 80-year-olds who climb it all the time.”

While it’s true that you don’t need to be an Ironman to climb Kilimanjaro, it was obvious that I wasn’t so much reassuring my friends, my family and the guy fitting my hiking boots that I was fully capable of trekking to an altitude of 19,341 feet — I was trying to mask my own doubts. Sure, I had read every Kilimanjaro packing list that I could find and scoured reviews on the best moisture-wicking, wind-resistant, fleece-lined, solar-paneled, this-definitely-will-help-you-not-die gear out there. But in terms of any mental or emotional preparations, the only thought I could allow to enter my mind was: “Just make it to the top. Even if someone has to drag you.”
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Springtime is here and so is the 2015 Kia Sedona. With first-class second row seating, advanced technology, and a stylish exterior, the Sedona is ready for the road ahead.

Antelope Valley Freeway
Don’t wait until summer to hit the road or you’ll miss seeing the hills literally come alive with a kaleidoscope of wildflowers on America’s 10 best spring drives.

Antelope Valley Freeway (California)
From LA, head north along Route 14 and you’ll find a stunning field of bright poppies throughout the Mojave Desert region in March second only to a scene from The Wizard of Oz.

Route: 70 miles

Pacific Coast Highway (California)
As you snake along Route 1’s craggy coastline you’ll be treated to amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, whale sightings and unrivaled sunsets, the most beautiful stretch the roughly 30 miles from Carmel to Big Sur.

Route: 121 miles

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April 15 will make it 150 years since President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre. President Obama is expected to issue a proclamation making April 15, 2015, a Day of Remembrance for Lincoln. And if you’re planning a trip to Washington, DC, you may want to buy tickets to the Crime Museum’s new Assassinations in the Capital tour.
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