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?

Travel photo collage

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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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

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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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