Photo Courtesy of Jeff Johns

The summer months mark the most popular travel period of the year, with tourists flocking to all corners of the Earth to rest, relax and explore. Taking a spa day is a popular respite, but visiting the Dead Sea for a spa day is a truly unique travel experience.

Located on the borders of Israel, Jordan and the West Bank, the Dead Sea is the lowest land point in the world, at about 1,300 feet below sea level, and Highway 90, which runs along the water, is the lowest road. The area has been a popular relaxation spot since biblical times — King David visited the Dead Sea frequently, and it was even the spot of the first health resorts built by Herod the Great — and that really hasn’t changed much since.
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Coney Island (Courtesy of Anna Garwood)

By Anna Garwood, Director of Programming & Talent Relations

What brought you to Coney Island?

I’m overseeing a general casting search for Travel Channel to find unique personalities who are passionate about travel and we can potentially develop shows around. After reviewing an initial round of Skype interviews of potential candidates, I narrowed it down to a short list and brought them to Coney Island in New York City to shoot in-field casting reels. Arthur Hsu and Will McKinley from Travel Channel were there as well to help me produce and shoot the reels. READ MORE

Fried Gulf Shrimp

Photography by State Fair of Texas

Our stomachs are growling for tasty fried food from this year’s State Fair of Texas, which runs through Oct. 19. There are several food-related events during the month-long fair, including the famous Celebrity Kitchen, where acclaimed Texan restaurant chefs prepare your favorite dishes every day at the Creative Arts building.

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To the shock and dismay of women around the world, the world’s most eligible bachelor is officially off the market. George Clooney tied the knot with Amal Alamuddin on Sept. 27 in Venice, Italy, at Hotel Aman, a historic hotel on Venice’s iconic Canal Grande.

This 16th-century palazzo, which was built on water, housed Venice’s elite for centuries, so it was a fitting spot for the Oscar-winning actor and the internationally acclaimed barrister to wed. Renovated into a luxury resort in 2013, Hotel Aman blends the old world with the new — frescoes hang in some of the 24 guest rooms, but there’s also a spa and fitness area. Don’t get too excited about following in Clooney’s footsteps: A night here will cost you — prices start at about $1,000 a night for a standard room. Most star-worthy wedding moment? The glamorous couple and their A-list guests arrived via boat or gondola.

After a dream wedding in Venice, where does a Hollywood power couple such as Clooney and Alamuddin honeymoon? Far-flung exotic locales like the beaches in Mauritius or the Maldives? Or perhaps, as was speculated, at royal honeymoon hot spot Seychelles?

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Beer tasting at Four Peaks Brewing
Today marks the end of the inaugural Microbrew Madness, and after 3 weeks of viewer voting for America’s favorite craft brewery, the winner is Four Peaks Brewing Co. in Tempe, AZ. This beer lover’s oasis is a must-visit destination on your next trip to Arizona.

The brewery offers excellent, award-winning beer that appeals to all connoisseurs, ranging from the Kilt Lifter Scottish-style ale to the Hop Knot IPA. For seasonal beers and cask-conditioned ales, be sure to visit a Four Peaks pub. And if you love a game of darts, stop and play a game — the loser may just have to down an entire Oatmeal Stout shake.
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Tuscany
From the steep streets of Sienna to a stunning sunset in Norway to a staggering $23,000 Singapore Airlines price tag, here are the links that got shared around the Travel Channel office this week.

The adventure journal turned us on to this gorgeous Norway time-lapse. Trust us, it’s worth a look.

For quintessential Tuscany with 2 kids in tow — let Hither & Thither’s Travelogue be your guide.

This photo essay by Amanda Marsalis  for Tiny Atlas Quarterly will have you seeing Hong Kong in an entirely new “Amaro-like” light.

In case you’ve ever wondered what would be considered “the Chateau Marmont of the South,” it’s Soniat House in New Orleans according to A Hotel Life.

Finally, for anyone who’s ever been envious of first-class guests as they’ve headed to the back of the plane, one man documents his flight to New York in a $23,000 Singapore Airlines suite.

Worst Driving Cities in America

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If you’re planning a road trip, avoid driving in these 3 buzzing American cities. You’re sure to encounter some of our nation’s most reckless drivers. For anyone brave enough to take their wheels for a spin, we’ve gathered the worst parts of driving in these cities and a few tips for navigating them.
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Souk in Dubai

Dubai is a dream destination for shoppers, with its huge modern malls and traditional Arabic souks offering everything from electrical appliances to hand-woven carpets. But this appealing combination of old and new, in the heart of the Middle East, isn’t without its potential stumbling blocks for newcomers. Here, we share our top tips to ensure your spending spree goes without a hitch.

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This Week in Travel

Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica. Photography by Getty Images

This week’s travel blog roundup features destinations worth a second look, from a Caribbean island to an artsy yet overlooked neighborhood in the City of Angels.

If you ever needed a reason to book a family vacation in Jamaica, Kidventurious has 8. Consider it planned.

Explore LA’s burgeoning Arts District — including where to shop, eat and drink — alongside an LA local at Trevor Morrow Travel.

Which country’s residents travel farthest for their honeymoons? And where is the world’s most popular honeymoon destination? Skift explains (with a little help from Facebook).

Have the burning desire to sip lavender lemonade or stitch leather bags in condemned buildings? No? Well, according to Fathom, that’s what all the cool kids are doing in Denver.

Lastly, Thrillist has rounded up 10 upscale hostels that are nicer than most hotels. Yes, you read that right.

It’s 5 o’clock Friday, and we’re guessing that you’d rather be just about anywhere than your cubicle — like a Caribbean island, for instance. Once reality sinks in, don’t abandon the daydream just because it’s smack dab in the middle of hurricane season. All Caribbean islands are not created equal, after all — nor are their chances of being struck by a storm.

Travel insiders have long known that the “Dutch ABCs” — Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao — are your safest bets during the fall, since they are situated in the Southern Caribbean, far from the hurricane belt. Better yet, if you book now, you’re likely to find great deals, as the summer crowds are long gone and have left lower prices. Read on to find out which Netherlands territory will live up to your island fantasy.

Aruba

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