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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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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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Today’s Daily Escape are National Mall Fireworks in Washington, DC. Learn more »

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Just because your bracket is totally shot, doesn’t mean you can’t get in on some Final Four fun this weekend. If you’re lucky enough to be in New Orleans, but not quite lucky enough to actually have tickets to the semifinals, fear not! You still have the opportunity to see the teams in real life, inside the Superdome, and for free!

Final Four

From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. today, drop by the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to watch the Louisville, Ohio State, Kentucky and Kansas players practice for the last time before facing off in the semifinals. The best part? You’ll also have the chance to win tickets to the games. Add in local entertainment and interviews with all 4 head coaches and you’ve got yourself a seriously awesome Final Four Friday.

If you can’t quite get enough basketball, stick around to watch the Reese’s College All-Star Game. The best collegiate senior student-athletes in the country, hand-picked and split up onto 2 teams, will face off at 4:30 p.m. READ MORE

2011 Planner

Need some help to plan your next getaway? TravelChannel.com has a new monthly planner that provides you with great information about some of the biggest events each month. Use our planner as a source of inspiration to plot out your next journey.

Get the details about upcoming events, including the Disney World Marathon, Sundance Film Festival, Winter X Games, New York Fashion Week, Venice Carnival, the Grammys, Nordic World Ski Championships, South Beach Food & Wine Festival and more. Stay ahead of the game and use our 2011 Travel Planner as your guide.

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