The Gift of Travel
From the luxury lover or jet-setter, to the kid at heart or foodie -- we've got something for every traveler on your list.
Samsung Galaxy Camera$500 for a point-and-shoot? This Samsung is worth the splurge thanks to its 16-meapixel sensor, 21x optical zoom, 8 GB of built-in storage and 4.8-inch LCD display. But what makes it the best of the best, is the ability to share photos on social media over wireless connectivity and its on-board photo editing, voice-command and GPS functionality. 960 1280
Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade (Baltimore)The Grinch that stole Christmas makes his appearance at the Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade in a city rich in Christmas traditions, Baltimore. The 2.5-mile-long parade route also features the Baltimore Marching Ravens band, Harley Davidson motorcycles and Santa’s dancing elf girls. 960 1280
Christmas Boat Parade (Newport Beach)Billed as “Newport Beach’s Christmas card to the world,” the 105th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach, CA, features decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes. The boats travel along the harbor for 5 nights in December to welcome in the holiday season. 960 1280
A Christmas Fantasy Parade (Disneyland)Goofy decorates a gingerbread house on a float in Disneyland's "A Christmas Fantasy Parade." The parade in Anaheim, CA, is an annual Disney tradition, traveling down Main Street, U.S.A., with 7 parade units on display. 960 1280
Children's Christmas Parade (Atlanta)The Grinch balloon makes his way down Atlanta's streets as part of the Children's Christmas Parade. The parade, now more than 30 years strong, benefits Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Held the first Saturday in December, the parade typically draws crowds in excess of 500,000, making it the largest holiday parade in the Southeast. 960 1280
Reston Holiday Parade (Virginia)Everyone’s always talking about Santa, but what about the missus? The 23rd annual Reston Holiday Parade sees Mrs. Claus make the rounds in a horse-drawn carriage. This year's parade in northern Virginia has a "Destination: Reston" theme, featuring balloons, costumes and floats all inspired by various modes of transportation -- start walking! 960 1280
Target Holidazzle (Minneapolis)Held in Andrew Zimmern’s hometown of Minneapolis, the Target Holidazzle parade features a hi-tech show with colorful special-effects. A fixture of downtown Minneapolis’ shopping district, Nicollet Mall, the parade has been an annual tradition since 1992, drawing crowds upwards of 300,000 people. 960 1280
Sparks Hometowne Christmas (Nevada)Any parade that’s 150 years old had to make our list. Sparks Hometowne Christmas in Sparks, NV, kicks off with a ceremonial tree lighting, carollers and some pretty rocking entertainment -- ever seen dancing horses? And since you’re in the Silver State, it’s just a 6-hour drive to Las Vegas for a Christmas Miracle, Vegas-style. 960 1280
Holiday Boat Parade (Honolulu)Christmas season just got a little more magical with the “Festival of Lights” Christmas Boat Parade in happening Honolulu. For nearly 20 years, this annual parade has showcased boats decked out with lights as they glide down the Hawaii Kai Marina waterway. Arrive early to see Hawaii’s own liberty belles. 960 1280
Winter in Venice, Vegas StyleEnjoy a Venice winter -- in Vegas. The third-annual Winter in Venice celebration will showcase an outdoor skating rink, a 3-D light projection show, 2 Italian-inspired food festivals and a fantasy scene in The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens -- think lots of crystal ice ponds, a 20-foot frosted birch … and plenty of wow. 960 1280
Hollywood Christmas ParadeAn annual tradition for more than 80 years, the Hollywood Christmas Parade takes place on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in iconic Hollywood. The parade stretches 3.5 miles, along famed Hollywood Boulevard; this year’s Grand Marshal is astronaut Buzz Aldrin. 960 1280
Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (Orlando)Christmas in Orlando kicks off with the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Disney’s entourage of stars, from Mickey and Minnie, to Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck, parade down Main Street, U.S.A. Celebrity appearances in 2013 include Demi Lovato and Mary J. Blige, at the Magic Kingdom Park. 960 1280
Andrew Zimmern from Bizarre Foods"Rishia and I met 3 years before our first date. I was a visiting chef at a cooking school with a store on the first floor below it. Rishia was working in the store. I was the obnoxious chef, arrogant and demanding and she was an angel. Several years later, I bumped into her again and she consented to dating me. We went out on our first date, she asked me, “Tell me a little bit about yourself?” and 2 hours later I came up for air. She refused to go out with me again, I begged for a second date, and she relented. That was 13 years ago." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280
Marcus Sakey from Hidden City"We met…Jesus, 14 years ago, at Turner Broadcasting, where we both worked. I was training to be a 3D animator, and she was the new marketing assistant, 1 of about 4 women in a 300 person department. It was like a feeding frenzy; I didn’t even bother trying to talk to her for the first week. Then I made up an excuse to "fix" something on her computer. I don’t think she bought it, but we still ended up married, so I win." - Marcus Sakey 960 1280
Sue McGrew from Sand Masters"Sandis and I fell in love during the course of the 2-week sand festival Fiesa in Pera Algarve, Portugal. In the evenings we would drink Port and party on the rooftops of our bungalows, and during our lunch time breaks we would sneak away to the ocean and walk the beaches. Over the last couple of years, we have managed to have what would normally be seen as an impossible relationship, made possible by our love for each other, sand and ice carving. I am totally blessed with my relationship and I couldn't ask for a better partner in the game of life." - Sue McGrew 960 1280
Bert Kreischer from Bert the Conqueror"I fell in love with her at first sight at a bowling alley." - Bert Kreischer
For the complete story, check out LeeAnn's version. 960 1280
Morgan Rudluff from Sand Masters"Shade and I met setting up for a big party for American Steel Art Studios in Oakland, CA. He was building a Bordello Theater Stage, and I was building a sand sculpture. We totally hit it off and before I knew it, I was crashing in his grungy electrical work van. We spent those couple of weeks together and then met up a month later at Burning Man. That was a year and a half ago. He is currently traveling with Sand Masters as our Set Builder/Production Assistant. He is also in the works of moving out to California and seeing if he can put up with me full time. :) Love him!" - Morgan Rudluff 960 1280
Joe Bechtold from Truck Stop USA"I was living on a magnificent beach in South Australia. I was on my back porch when the most gorgeous girl that I had ever laid eyes on passed right in front of my patio. She was laughing, chatting with a girlfriend. I headed to the beach. She was in the water searching for something. I helped her search, chatting with her the whole time. I made what I thought was a fatal mistake that day. I didn't get her phone number. What an idiot! But fate was not finished with us. The following week my angel came back. I asked her to join me for dinner. She said yes and that’s how I found my Valentine.” – Joe Bechtold 960 1280
Chris Guinto from Sand Masters"Marianne is a Dutch carver who's been carving for 12 years all over Europe. We met at a master sand sculpting competition 10 years ago here in the States. Afterwards, we teamed up for the World Championships and have been together ever since."
- Chris Guinto 960 1280
Ben Muzzey from Truck Stop USA"Kate and I were set up by good friends of ours, my fraternity brother Shores and his girlfriend Lyndsey. We all met for drinks before a concert at the Blue Note. Great concert, wish I could say I remember the band’s name but I cannot tell a lie, no clue. Kate has a good memory and reminded me that it was the Cold War Kids. We all went out afterwards and since we could actually hear each other we got a chance to talk. We had a great time and made plans to go skydiving the next weekend. So we jumped out of a plane and here we are 11 months later. Makes sense right. Happy Valentines Day!" - Ben Muzzey 960 1280
Ed and Marsha Edmunds from Making Monsters"Ed and I first met in 1983 I believe ... in Greeley, CO. We were both attending the same church. Ed had started Distortions in 1978 .... I was working on a Master’s in biology, getting my teaching certification, and working part time at Distortions at the same time. Even though I loved teaching, I decided to make monsters instead. : ) Ed and I spent many hours together painting masks, and have been making monsters together for almost 30 years ... Ouch! : )"
- Marsha Edmunds 960 1280
Rusty Croft from Sand Masters"I met Natalie in a bar. Today, any time I get to spend alone with her is great. We live in a dream date location -- Carmel, CA -- so any night we get to stroll downtown and have dinner or go to the galleries is cherished -- and far too rare!" - Rusty Croft 960 1280
Matt Long from Sand Masters"I met my wife Nina, in elementary school. It was a small parochial school in Staten Island. There was a girl in my class that liked me, and Nina was part of a small group of girls dedicated, for the moment, to matchmaking. When Nina asked if I liked Georgiana, I said no. Then she asked, 'Well who do you like?' I answered, 'I like you!' It took some time, but by some stroke of fortune I won her over. Three daughters and 34 years later she still inspires me. In a song I wrote recently, the last line reads, 'I'm thinking if I had another chance/ I'd spend this life with you again.'"
- Matt Long 960 1280