Travel Hosts Exposed, Week of Feb 16, 2011

Anthony Bourdain visits Hokkaido, Japan, Zak Bagans shows off his tattoo and more.


"Waikiki Off Limits...seems like a contradiction in terms. But, okay we'll try our best if we must..." - Don Wildman 960 1280


"In a moment of financial genius I stuck ten dollars into the Wheel Of Fortune slot machine. Quarters too bad but hey." - Don Wildman 960 1280


"@TheMostAwesome1 excellent sushi at miZu in St. Louis." - Don Wildman 960 1280


"First time in Fenway. Gotta give it up to the glorious park. This place is beautiful as they say." - Don Wildman 960 1280


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"My ride." - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280


"@chefjoseandres @mariobatali Me and my boys comin' for you, Jose!" - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280


"At least when u go to the dentist u get cool shades lol. I think the novacaine is kicking in. Lol!" - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280


"Hanging out I'n the studio at 1st friday with @CGabriel_art" - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280


"Headed to dinner... love my town." - Zak Bagans 960 1280


"Just another clown in Vegas!" - Zak Bagans 960 1280


"She wrote GAC a poem for us....some cool fans told them id tweet this for them!!" - Zak Bagans 960 1280


"First course at Next. Genius." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280


"Cheese curds on grand ol day in St. Paul." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280


"The hotel bed is sad that we are leaving.. First try at #WhatWillTheMaidThink" - Bert Kreischer 960 1280


"Season 2 wrap party!!!" - Bert Kreischer 960 1280


"Meant to post this shot on Memorial Day: With the brave men of the US Coast Guard." - Adam Richman 960 1280


Traveler of the Week: "This was our first trip to meet the children that have now joined us on Humanitarian Parole due to the earthquake [in Haiti]. This photo is of my husband and Yonelson who was very ill due to malnutrition. He spent the entire week laying on my husbands chest and we were very fearful that we would lose him as you can see on my husbands face. After a week of feeding and hydrating him he finally started to feel better." - Candice Aitken 960 1280


"There are lots of different ways to get to Machu Picchu, but I would say the best way is to do it as the Incas did--walk! I did the classic Inca Trail trek myself last summer ... four days worth of hiking through the beautiful Peruvian Andes (fantastic scenery!), exploring old Inca ruins along the way, meeting awesome people from all over the world...the journey is very rewarding and we made it to Machu Picchu in time to watch the sunrise--a very memorable experience. :)" - Stephen Alvarado 960 1280


"African wild dogs chasing a leopard....exciting to watch. This was in the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa." - Judy Guffey 960 1280


"Mojave Sunset. I highly recommend stopping by the Beanery @ Kelso Depot for the best Veggie Sandwich in the Universe!" - Lymaris Roman 960 1280


"Shrine in Kyoto. Take your time here. It's a culturally rich city with over 400 Shinto shrines and 1600 Buddhist temples. Make sure to indulge in their 'too beautiful to eat' sweets (wagashi), matcha tea, and delicious sake. If you are up for it, take a late night walk to Kiyomizu-dera. The view is worth the hike. Kyoto offers pure serenity and glimpse into traditional Japan." - Spencer Neustadt 960 1280


"I was on a 3 week trip in Peru, and took a tour to the Colca Valley from Arequipa - as far as I remember we stopped by a village because we were looking for Condors, or maybe just to look at the fantastic view. But I managed to get a shot of this lovely lady, wearing the most stunning colours. I love the way she's gripping onto the rope holding the llama - and what a beautiful llama!" - Debra Hayman 960 1280


"Cape Coast, Ghana. This was taken during a semester abroad in Ghana. I took a weekend trip to Cape Coast and this was the view looking out the 'Door of No Return' at the Cape Coast Castle." - Justin Bush 960 1280


"The Plitvice Falls [in Croatia] are truly beautiful, it is hard not to take a good picture. Make sure if you are there to go down to the bottom of the falls." - Ross Cooper 960 1280


"Bled Castle, Slovenia. Little known fact...visit the wine cellar and resident monk in Bled Castle...he might just invite you to join him in his demonstration! Spring is a very nice season in Slovenia especially April and May when colourful wild flowers bloom everywhere on the lush highland meadows. If you're budget conscious then this time of the year is perfect for a visit because of off-season rates." - Wendy A. Cooper 960 1280


"this is a sand dune in Namibia made by wind and time. [It took] several hours to climb & when we started it was freezing but when we made it to the top it was very hot." - PurrplePam Carter
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Thousands of fans flock to Coachella, a multiday music festival in California, to see big-name acts like Jay-Z. Other popular US music festivals include Bonaroo in Tennessee, Lolapalooza in Chicago, Ultra in Miami and Jazzfest in New Orleans. 960 1280


The internet has made it easier for moviegoers to visit the locations of some of their favorite movies, including Petra in Jordan, one of the major locations in the movie 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.' Even 'Star Wars' fans can visit places that seem light years away by traveling to the Mayan ruins of Tikal and the endless deserts in Tunisia. 960 1280


Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie -- aka Brangelina -- inspire travelers to trek the globe like the rich and famous. Fans following Brangelina in 2010 ventured to Venice, the backdrop for Jolie's movie 'The Tourist' and Budapest, where she made her directorial debut on a Bosnian war epic. New Orleans and Aix-en-Provence, France, are also popular travel destinations for the celebrity power couple. 960 1280


New Zealand became a travel hot spot in 2010 after news in October that production on the movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' was underway. Fans continue to visit the Hobbiton movie set, which is located on a working sheep and cattle ranch in Matamata, New Zealand. 960 1280

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Thousands of people have already made plans to be in England for Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding. Good luck if you're still making plans. Most hotels in London are already booked solid the last two weeks of April 2011. 960 1280


In Ken Burns' 12-hour DVD series, 'America's Best Idea,' he reminded us that great travel spots are just around the corner. Wonderful US National Parks, including the Grand Canyon, are inspiring travelers to hit the road and check out America's natural wonders. 960 1280


In the movie 'Eat, Pray, Love,' actress Julia Roberts inspired travelers to seek out their own transformative journey in 2010. Hip travel agencies like STA offered 'Eat, Pray, Love'-inspired packages, featuring food in Italy, spirituality in India and romance in Brazil. 960 1280


Vampires and zombies inspired several travelers to cure their blood lust by retracing the steps of popular fictional characters. Twihards invaded the tiny town of Forks, Washington. True Blood fans visit Shreveport, located near the fictional Louisiana town of Bon Temps. Fans of AMC's Walking Dead and the movie "Zombieland" searched for the undead in Atlanta. 960 1280


The young and old flocked to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. It didn't hurt that the blockbuster movie, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' helped generate more interest in the theme park's newest attraction. Be sure to try the butterbeer at The Three Broomsticks pub. 960 1280


The Titanic's 100th Anniversary cruise is sold out. More than 1,300 passengers will board the Balmoral, a ship that will sail from Southampton, England, on April 8, 2012. It will follow the Titanic's original route to New York. The trip will include a memorial service on the morning of April 15, 2012, in the exact location where the Titanic sank. 960 1280


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