Travel Hosts Exposed, Week of July 6, 2011

See what your favorite TV hosts were up to over the 4th of July weekend.

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Go Biking

Go Biking

Reduce your carbon footprint and participate in Earth-friendly transportation options like biking, walking and taking public transit. These alternatives are often cheaper than taking a cab or renting a car. 960 1280

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Reusable Bottles

Reusable Bottles

A plastic bottle often travels thousands of miles before you buy it, so carry a reusable container or drink locally sourced water when you’re on the go. 960 1280

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Non-Stop Flights

Non-Stop Flights

Book non-stop flights whenever possible. A significant percentage of a plane’s carbon emissions come from takeoff and landing. 960 1280

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Buy Local

Buy Local

When and wherever you travel, buy local products whenever possible instead of buying products that have been flown or shipped in from overseas. However, do not buy souvenirs or other products made from endangered animals or plants. In most cases, you can't get them through customs anyway. 960 1280

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Working Farms

Working Farms

Stay at working farm that also functions as inn. This unique experience helps travelers connect with an area’s agricultural heritage --and they cost less than hotels. 960 1280

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Recycle Trash

Recycle Trash

Staying at a hotel? Make sure you ask about the hotel’s recycling program, and sort your trash accordingly. If your hotel doesn't recycle, consider taking your empty bottles or other items home and recycle them there. 960 1280

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Hike Marked Trails

Hike Marked Trails

Don’t veer off marked trails when hiking, and maintain a safe distance from any animals you encounter. Deposit your trash in marked receptacles or take it with you when you leave. Light campfires only in areas where permitted and be sure they're completely extinguished before you leave. 960 1280

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Rent Hybrid Car

Rent Hybrid Car

Choose the smallest vehicle or a hybrid when renting a car for travel. Decline any "free" upgrades that can cost you more in gas. Consider renting an economy car if your personal vehicle is a large, gas guzzler. You'll save gas and avoid putting miles on your own vehicle. 960 1280

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Stay at Green Hotel

Stay at Green Hotel

Las Vegas is actually at the forefront of green building, and the Palazzo Hotel Vegas is one of the largest hotels in the U.S. to receive LEED certification (along with the huge Aria and Vdara City Center hotels). Ninety-five percent of the building's structural steel and 26 percent of its concrete is recycled material. The swimming pools are heated by solar power, and the hotel claims to save enough energy annually to light a 100-watt light bulb for 12,100 years. 960 1280

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Eat Local

Eat Local

Eating locally is one of the best ways to support a community. Try to shop at farmers’ markets and dine at restaurants with locally sourced ingredients. 960 1280

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Best Site for Travel Packages: HolidayPirates.com
Best Site for Travel Packages: HolidayPirates.com

Best Site for Travel Packages: HolidayPirates.com

"For great package deals, check out the website HolidayPirates.com. They find incredible deals for packages, flights and more departing to and from Europe. I've found some incredible, hard-to-find offers on that website, like $500-roundtrip flights to Europe or $50 flights from Europe to Turkey." -- Matthew Kepnes, Nomadic Matt 960 1280

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Best Times for Off-Peak Travel: Jan. 15 to Feb. 28; Oct. 15 to May 15

Best Times for Off-Peak Travel: Jan. 15 to Feb. 28; Oct. 15 to May 15

"US Airways offers economy round-trip tickets to Europe from North America for just 35,000 miles from Jan. 15 to Feb. 28. If you have their co-branded credit card, that price drops to 30,000 miles roundtrip. American Airlines also offers off-peak discounted award tickets to Europe from Oct. 15 to May 15 for 40,000 miles, down from the usual 60,000. If you have their co-branded credit card, you can even get 10% of those redeemed miles back, up to an annual cap." -- Summer Hull, Mommy Points 960 1280

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Best Hotel Rewards Program: Starwood Preferred Guest

Best Hotel Rewards Program: Starwood Preferred Guest

"Starwood Preferred Guest is a great hotel program, with a vast portfolio of hotels throughout the world. Redemptions start at just 2,000 points and members have the option to transfer points to dozens of airlines at a 1-to-1 ratio, with a 5,000 point bonus on every 20,000 points transferred." -- Rick Ingersoll, Frugal Travel Guy 960 1280

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Best Phone App for International Travel: Viber

Best Phone App for International Travel: Viber

"Calling, texting and emailing while abroad can rack up thousands of dollars in fees. However, there are great apps like Viber that you can use for free with an internet connection. Viber users can send free text messages, photo messages, video messages and more with other users, and it’s compatible with iPhone, Android, and other major mobile and desktop devices." -- Brian Kelly, The Points Guy 960 1280

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Best-Value Trip: Eastern Europe

Best-Value Trip: Eastern Europe

"For a great-value trip, head to Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine) for very cheap destinations, great food, friendly people and few tourists. It's the medieval Europe you want without the crowds in Prague or Tallinn." -- Matthew Kepnes, Nomadic Matt 960 1280

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Best Car Rental Option: Costco Travel

Best Car Rental Option: Costco Travel

"If you have a Costco membership, you can get good deals from Costco Travel such as no additional driver fees with certain rental companies. If booking abroad, AutoEurope.com gives good rates in Europe. I used it to book a wagon for a trip to Paris which saved me about 40% off booking directly with the rental company." -- Arthur Hsu, Mileage Runner 960 1280

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Best Frequent Flyer Program: United MileagePlus

Best Frequent Flyer Program: United MileagePlus

"United MileagePlus is a great program, as it offers access to an extensive route network and award inventory. In short, they make it easy to redeem your miles. United miles are also easy to earn, with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card offering instant 1-to-1 transfer of points to United." -- Rick Ingersoll, Frugal Travel Guy 960 1280

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Best Site for Fare Alerts: Yapta

Best Site for Fare Alerts: Yapta

"If you don’t want to constantly check and recheck websites for the best fares, then sign up for Yapta’s fare alerts. They will automatically keep you updated on the fares you are interested in. All you have to do is set the date(s), city pairs and the price point, and they will alert you via email." -- John E. DiScala, Johnny Jet 960 1280

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Best Site for Blind Travel Bids: BiddingForTravel.com

Best Site for Blind Travel Bids: BiddingForTravel.com

"When I shop around for hotels and car rentals, I don't think there is any better place than Priceline. But keep in mind when you use their Name Your Own Price feature, you can't cancel. Before I make a blind bid, I always log on to BiddingForTravel.com to see what other people's luck was with their bids. It shows how much people paid for which dates and will give you a pretty good idea of which hotel you will end up with." -- John E. DiScala, Johnny Jet 960 1280

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Best Credit Card for Travel: Chase Sapphire Preferred

Best Credit Card for Travel: Chase Sapphire Preferred

"The Chase Sapphire Preferred card offers generous sign-up bonuses and flexible points that can be transferred to both airline and hotel partners. The Sapphire Preferred makes it easy to amass points quickly, with 2x points on travel and dining. The original signup bonuses can be worth over $500 in travel after you meet the required minimum spend, within the first 3 months typically." -- Rick Ingersoll, Frugal Travel Guy 960 1280

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Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga comes with baggage. Lots and lots of baggage packed with elaborate costumes, including this interesting creation. Don't travel with her unless you're willing to fork over some money for her luggage fees.
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Mel Gibson
Do we really need to explain why? His infamous rants during cell phone conversations with his ex-wife Oksana Grigorieva are reason enough to add Mel to our D-list.
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Russian Hockey Team
It's always fun until someone gets kicked off a plane. The Russian hockey team celebrated too hard after beating Canada in the World Junior Championship. The players were removed from a Delta flight for allegedly being too drunk to fly.
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Naomi Campbell
You may not want to share a taxi with hot-tempered Naomi Campbell. New York City Police filed a harassment report after a limo driver claimed the fashion icon slapped and slugged him while he drove her through midtown. No formal charges were filed.
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Joe Jonas
Make sure Joe Jonas follows proper security measures before heading to the airport. The 23-year-old singer was detained in Abu Dhabi after security officials found a set of cooking knives in his carry-on luggage.
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Josh Duhamel
Don't let the brooding good looks fool you, but Josh Duhamel made our list. The actor refused to turn off his BlackBerry, and he was escorted off an airplane last December. No one's above airplane safety protocol, Mr. Duhamel.
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Kevin Smith
Traveling with Kevin Smith? Be prepared to share elbow room or catch a different flight. The movie director was thrown off a Southwest Airlines plane even after he bought 2 seats -- policy requires larger passengers buy 2 seats. Kevin was on standby, boarded a plane that had an available seat, but the captain would eventually oust him off.
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Dave Chapelle
Think before you make travel plans with Dave Chapelle. While flying on a private jet, the comedian grabbed the pilot's arms and asked how long the flight would be. The pilot made an emergency landing in Pittsburgh after Chapelle freaked the crew out. Dave's publicist said he just had to use the bathroom. Sorry, Dave, but if a trip to the restroom results in an emergency landing, you're probably doing it wrong.
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Paris Hilton
Keep a safe distance from Paris Hilton. You never know what might show up in her "friend's" purse. The celeb was busted for cocaine possesion in Las Vegas last August. At the World Cup in South Africa, she was arrested after marijauna was found in a purse she claimed belonged to a friend. The charges for the latter case were dropped.
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Tony Allen
No travel games for Memphis Grizzlies Tony Allen (far left) and O.J. Mayo. The basketball players got into a fight on the team's plane over a gambling debt in a card game called Boo-Ray. Ix-nay on the card games, guys.
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Charlie Sheen
It's best if you steer clear of Charlie Sheen altogether. He's already started the New Year off in the tabloids, taking Vodka shots with 'female companions' in Las Vegas. Charlie's latest scandal comes a few months after the actor flipped out in the New York Plaza Hotel, forcing his paid trickster to lock herself in the bathroom.
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Lindsay Lohan
You really can't travel with Lindsay Lohan because she's usually spending time in bars, behind bars or in rehab. Since 2007, Lindsay has been busted for 2 DUIs. Don't count on her to keep her travel documents straight either. In May 2010, the celeb told a judge she missed her court date because someone stole her passport after a trip to Cannes. It wasn't because she was partying into the wee hours of the morning?
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"@MrDuncanJames poses w/ @bertkreischer & his new Euro scarf on Friday. Great working w/ u guys!" - Bert Kreischer 960 1280

  

"remember when this happened?" - Bert Kreischer 960 1280

  

"We're awesome." - Bert Kreischer 960 1280

  

"Wow, california coast has gorgeous views. We dont see this in vegas!" - Zak Bagans 960 1280

  

"I just accidentally ate shellfish....." - Zak Bagans 960 1280

  

"These lamps remind me of the cute lil UFO robot things in movie "Batteries Not Included"." - Zak Bagans 960 1280

  

"This is the best way to beat the heat in vegas today. If i could just get the dam water out of my ears." - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280

  

"It's never to late at night to buy art. New peace i got from Alberro local artist in vegas." - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280

  

"Everyone I'm pointing at is awesome out there in twitter world. U all rock!" - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280

  

"The one and only Po Boy king." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"Mahonys Menu." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"Root beer glazed ham Po Boy at Mahonys" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"Donald link, bubba and a little smoker." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"Dear Dr. Phil, Recently, I caught my wife, @OttaviaBourdain with another man." - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

- Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"Showing off my cooking skills at my own birthday party." - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"@tvsuperstarr at the daiquiri bar. NOLA. Evidence for the prosecution." - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"Early AM on the Fort Pitt Bridge. Cones are so useful." - Don Wildman 960 1280

  

"Me and my harness." - Don Wildman 960 1280

  

"Under the Fort Pitt Bridge in Pittsburgh." - Don Wildman 960 1280

  

"Shooting theFort Pitt Bridge and Tunnels today and the highway guys rescued a kitten from the sewer. Cute..." - Don Wildman 960 1280

  

"@tvsuperstarr it begins....." - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"Hong Kong from the Star Ferry." - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"Gotta go. A load of mantis shrimp awaits." - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"@jylicious thx jylicious most grateful I do 2." - Don Wildman 960 1280

  

"Outside the mancave w/ @AllThingsBrody @jhollandmoore & the wife." - Bert Kreischer 960 1280

  

"Seriously the creepiest food display I've ever seen." - Zak Bagans 960 1280

  

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"My crew waitin for me to fuel up." - Zak Bagans 960 1280

  

"Lockdown is rocken so far." - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280

  

"Found him lounging in the pool." Aaron Goodwin 960 1280

  

"Dishing up." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"@ruthbourdain , this ones for you." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"@ManvFoodNation @vanillaice #FloridaKeys -- Get ready for unrelenting deliciousness in The Conch Republic!" - Adam Richman 960 1280

  

"Me and @MrPeterandre. Wonderful man, great family & members all of @ManvFoodNation!" - Adam Richman 960 1280

  

"Three great reasons to love @TheRedbury." - Adam Richman 960 1280

  

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