Calling all Instagrammers! Do you often find yourself spending wayyyy too much time pondering which filter to use on that amazing travel photo you snapped? Well, it’s time to put your skills to use! We want you to share your fun summer photos with us, and our favorites may be featured on TravelChannel.com, on our Instagram account or even in an on-air commercial!
Here’s how to submit your photos:
1. Instagram your favorite summer travel photos (you can submit more than 1!)
2. Use the hashtag #MySummer and tag @TravelChannel in the description
3. Be sure to enter the destination of your photo in the description!
So when you’re on vacation this summer, watching waves break on the shore or soaking up the sun by the pool, don’t forget to snap a pic and Instagram it! You could end up seeing it on TV!
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That’s right, our #31DaysofSpring campaign has drawn to a close, but that doesn’t mean we’re lacking warm-weather inspiration. In fact, since spring has sprung incredibly slowly for most of the country (thanks, polar vortex) you might just be getting around to that first warm weekend getaway. Remember, you can always revisit our Spring calendar for a month of travel ideas to take you into the summer.
We asked you to send us your best #TCSpringFling Instagram photos from your spring break, weekend getaway or even your commute home, and we received these beautiful, romantic and inspiring signs of spring. We’ve compiled the best into a slideshow for your viewing pleasure, please check out these 14 Enviable Spring Fling Photos.
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Behold your best #TCBeachWeek photos in all their glory (well, minus the emojis). We asked you to submit your favorite beach photos on Instagram — and boy, were we impressed with the results.
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See how some of the Travel Channel editors spent their Independence Day. Then, show us how you spent yours! Instagram your photos with the hashtag #TCJuly4th and we’ll feature our favorites on the blog!
Top Row, Left to Right:
“Happy July 4th from Kensington, MD!” - Jessica Menk, Digital Editorial Designer
“Sitting on the steps of Department of Labor, waiting for fireworks to begin on the National Mall.” - Vanessa Mack, Photo Editor
“Here’s a shot of Mike Espenshade resting before the start of Civil War reenactments. He’s been a re-enactor for the past 30 years, and this week he’s joined 40,000 compatriots to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and a “new birth of freedom” – the Fourth rocked in Gettysburg!” - Lisa Singh, Interactive Producer
Bottom Row, Left to Right:
“There’s no better way to celebrate America’s birthday than by watching America’s favorite pastime! Cold beer, a great game and a cone of soft-serve vanilla ice cream made for the perfect Independence Day.” – Allee Sangiolo, Interactive Producer
“Even under repairs, the Washington Monument glows in anticipation of 4th of July fireworks on the National Mall.” – Robin Bennefield, Managing Producer
“No cookout would be complete without a patriotic blueberry pie! But the credit goes to a friend — I’m a terrible baker.” - Sara Gilliam, Senior Interactive Producer
We want to know: How are you celebrating the most patriotic day of the year? Will you be commemorating America’s independence by taking in one of the best fireworks displays in the US? Are you lucky enough to be spending the holiday at one of the best hotels for 4th of July celebrations? Whether you’re celebrating with a picnic, a party or plenty of pyrotechnics, we want to see! Instagram your photos with the hashtag #TCJuly4th, and we’ll feature some of our favorites on the blog.
Here’s to the red, white and blue!
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We asked our Instagram followers to send us photos of their Memorial Day weekend trips, and after browsing all your awesome shots … we have a serious case of wanderlust! Our fans did everything from participating in a Color Run to visiting the USS Constitution Museum to exploring the island of Oahu. We’re impressed! Check out some of our favorite photos, and follow us on Instagram for more chances to be featured on our blog.
Top Row, Left to Right
USS Constitution Museum- Jordanraynor; Tampa Color Run- cheryllwebb; Stamford, CT-mdonuk
Second Row, Left to Right
Colombia- bb_heartbeat; Portland Head Light- Jordanraynor; Solelydefined
Third Row, Left to Right
Santa Barbara- dcg; Old Mission Santa Barbara- ckmercier; Pipes Beach- hedder02
Fourth Row, Left to Right
Ocean City, MD- Teddyburr; Oahu, Hawaii- mskabukimono; Pat’s King of Steaks in Philly- rachel_haan
Last Row, Left to Right
Galenaonthefly; Cape Hatteras- fofagacademy; Mt. Shasta- natsten
Travel Channel’s office is in Washington, DC, where springtime means one thing: cherry blossoms. For weeks leading up to the National Cherry Blossom Festival, speculation about when the thousands of trees would erupt in pale pink blooms lead all the local newscasts. Would it be the last week of March? The first week of April? Would unseasonably warm weather cause them to bloom early and then fall when a cold snap hit? They are, literally, the talk of the town. We’re well aware, however, that these gorgeous trees aren’t only in DC, so last week we asked our Instagram followers to send us their cherry blossom photos. Check out this explosion of spring! Here are some of our favorites:
Top Row, Left to Right: love2travel, fromaway, tinarima
Second Row, Left to Right: maydaymays, juleigh2000, nortonandco
Third Row, Left to Right: Toeinoi, kaostheory206, absolutetraveladdict
Fourth Row, Left to Right: Dercarler, bowtiesrfancy, ray2thero
Bottom Row, Left to Right: Dayangheimy, laura_1over, christinassi
Sometimes, it just doesn’t get any better than a juicy, cheesy, delicious burger, and no one knows that better than George Motz — host of the new Travel Channel show, Burger Land.
Premiering on Monday, April 15 at 10|9c, Burger Land follows George around the country as he seeks out some of the nation’s best burgers. And trust us, he knows what he’s talking about. Author of the book Hamburger America and director of a documentary by the same name, George is the guy to ask, “where can I get a good burger around these parts?”
But to get ready for next week’s premiere, we’re asking YOU! Show us your go-to burgers on Instagram by tagging your photos with #Burgerland, and we’ll share our favorites next Monday … just in time for the season premiere of Burger Land @ 10|9c!
Nothing says Spring Fling like cherry blossoms in bloom! If you don’t believe us, check out this timelapse video, created by Smithsonian.com, of last year’s pale-pink blooms.
Are you traveling to Washington, DC, for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival? Do you have cherry trees in your hometown? Instagram your photos using the hashtag #TCSpringFling and we’ll feature our favorites on the blog.
Last week we asked our Instagram followers to show us the most #bizarrefoods they’ve ever eaten — and let me tell you, they did not disappoint. Bizarre Foods fans, you have certainly proven that you do, in fact, have the guts. While combing through all the photos of frogs’ legs, insects (lots of worms) and animal intestines — we even came upon a few images that left us feeling slightly … queasy (think: a severed, uncooked sheep’s head wrapped in cellophane). Here are a few of our favorites. Warning: They are not for the faint of heart.
Top Row, Left to Right
1) “#bizarrefoods Buah Keluah. Indonesian black nut pulp. Poisonous if it isn’t soaked properly for a couple days.” – chubbychinesegirl
2) “Look at the buns on those guys.” - sarahcuiksa
3) “Homemade chicharon na bituka or deepfried pork intestine.” - jonathankano09
Second Row, Left to Right
1) “Tripe with ginger and scallion #offal #foodie” - thehungrydudes
2) “What the heck are my parents cooking for me to eat, tongue attached and everything #bizarrefoods #sundayfamilytime” - juliejaejung
3) “@travelchannel @andrewzimmern I ate Casu Marzu, the Sardinian cheese filled with live maggots! #BizarreFoods” - annaward14
Third Row, Left to Right
1) “Goooood Morning! Diet-mode Breakfast time… No Fried Rice but Tuyong Bisugo (dried salted fish) and Eggs for me ツ Yummmmy!” - xoxogrusha
2) “Tarantulas for tea! #cambodia #travel” - travelbugjac
3) ”Someone tried #balut tonight and it wasn’t me! The husband said it tasted like liver which doesn’t sound appealing at all… For those who don’t know what “balut” is, google it at your own risk! Needless to say we won’t be making out for a few days… Blehhh.” - taliastudio
Bottom Row, Left to Right
1) “Boiled sheep head for dinner.” - trekker_heck
2) “This is probably the last time I will ever eat rotting #shark fermented in urine again. #hakarl #lokicafe #reykjavik #iceland” - trekker_heck
3) “Most bizarre thing I’ve ever eaten? A whole piranha out of Lake Nicaragua#BizarreFoods” - jessicaarmour
And for even more of the bizarre, follow Andrew Zimmern’s “Organ” Trail.