Tomorrow at 10|9c, tune in for the premiere of an all-new Travel Channel series, Top Spot. In each episode, travelers will take a whirlwind tour of 3 different hotels in their chosen vacation destination. They’ll test out the beds, sample the food, sip the hotel’s cocktails, explore the grounds, swim in the pools … all in an attempt to decide where they’ll spend their hard-earned vacation dollars.
In the premiere episode, a Pennsylvania family heads to Miami, FL, with a $2,500 budget for a 5-night Sunshine State getaway. Will they choose the kid-friendly Trump International Beach Resort, the trendy Shelborne South Beach or the historic Biltmore Hotel? See our photos to learn more about their 3 options, and tune in to find out the family’s Top Spot tomorrow night! READ MORE
Photo Courtesy of Kura Hulanda Resort
Chances are, if you watched The Bachelorette, you’re dreaming of a trip to Curacao this morning. After all, what it lacked in sleepovers, it made up for in fantasy dates.
We didn’t think this season’s trips could be topped, but ABC brought out the big guns for the finale – Emily got to partake in a helicopter tour of Curacao, snorkeling on a private island, a romantic boat tour, a beachside dinner and a swim with the dolphins.
Didn’t make it to Wimbledon this year? The tennis championship wraps up tomorrow with the men’s final, but before the last serve hits the court, get a glimpse of what it would feel like to be at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London.
From the determination displayed on the court to the crowds huddled on Henman Hill, Travel Channel provides a peek into the competition’s excitement in our Visit Wimbledon gallery.
And our eyes will be on London tomorrow as Andy Murray takes on Roger Federer in the men’s final in an attempt to become the first Briton to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.
Were you lucky enough to go to Wimbledon? Upload your greatest photos to our Take Your Best Shot community!
By Mommy Points
There’s only a little time left until the Olympic torch reaches London and marks the beginning of the 2012 Summer Olympics, so it isn’t surprising that hotel prices in London this summer are high. Not only is the British pound a pretty strong currency against many other currencies (such as the US dollar) but demand is obviously higher than normal because of the Olympics. You could say that the whole world is converging upon London!
However, if you collect miles and points from your travels, or even just through your credit card spending, you can still use those points to book some free rooms in London during the Olympics. There are several very nice hotels in London that still have standard reward night availability from July 27 – Aug. 12 when the Olympics are in full force. In fact, using your hotel points for free nights when the going rate is very expensive, such as during the Olympics, is actually the best way to redeem them. It ensures you are getting the best value for your hard-earned points.
If you’re anything like us, you were pretty excited about US sprinters Allyson Felix and Janeba Tarmoh’s runoff scheduled for today. So we were bummed to find out that the runoff has been postponed … for now, anyway. But until the race actually happens — if it happens — here are some other venues to satisfy that adrenaline-rushing need for speed displayed on the track … or the streets.
Check out our gallery of the World’s Wackiest Races or read about Extreme Races.
Watch people race in rather unconventional contraptions.
Learn more about Oregon, where the Track and Field Olympic trials are taking place up until today.
Finally, see everything we have on the Olympics in London, from galleries of London’s major attractions to David Beckham’s Guide to Britain.
We spend time trolling the travel blogosphere so you don’t have to! Well, not trolling … more like, blissfully absorbing. Anyway, turns out the Olympics is on everyone’s minds — as it will be for the next couple of months — and we found tips on eking as much enjoyment as possible out of the remaining summer days. Check out what we found on Travel Channel’s blogroll.
Looking to get to London on the cheap? Mommy Points debates taking a discounted trip to the Olympics.
Photo: ULTra PRT
Driverless pod cars may be coming to a city near you. The automated pods are already ferrying passengers to and from Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in London. The 22 new, electric-power pods can carry up to 4 travelers and their bags. They travel up to 25 mph on a 2.4 mile-stretch at the airport, and instead of a railway, lines that can be used for optical navigation.
The pods can even run during light snowfall, according to their manufacturer, ULTra PRT. Officials say the pods are cheaper than high-speed rail, and they come to you, rather than you waiting for them. They systems are already under review by airports in California, New York, Oregon, Calgary, Mountain View, CA, and Tyson’s Corner, VA, a suburb of Washington, D.C.
Take a virtual ride in one of these new pods. Do you think these new pods will be a growing trend at US airports?
TravelChannel.com has launched a new franchise! “What We Love …” will feature the things we love about traveling, with a focus on a specific destination’s people, culture, traditions and food.
For January, we decided to throw some love at the UK with our slideshow What We Love About The Brits. The London Eye, David Beckham, high tea and the Royal Family are just a few of our picks. After you check out the slideshow, tell us what you like about the Brits — we want to know!
Make sure you check back in February when we celebrate China.