Travel Hosts Exposed, Week of June 8, 2011

Join new host Don Wildman as he hangs in Hawaii, as well as Zak spending some quality time in his home town, Sin City, and Bert wraps season 2.


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


"Just bought this from a local artist in vegas named Simon Hayag. Bad ass!" - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280


"Thats awesome!! little baby stepper RT @NickGroff_ My little girl taking her big step Thanks @AaronGoodwin" - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280


"I took this pic for all u mothers out there today. Happy Mothers day. With out u, we couldn't be on this planet." - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280


"And of course to see this crazy lil guy." - Zak Bagans 960 1280


"Flyin over Grand Canyon right now." - Zak Bagans 960 1280


"Thanks to ELEVEN ELEVEN watches for sending me these to wear! Sweet watches!" - Zak Bagans 960 1280


"My "Nerve Center" on Paranormal Challenge...Get ready!!!!" - Zak Bagans 960 1280


"Meatball Shop on Mothers day, yum!" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280


"The masterful Floyd Cardoz at jbfa chefs party." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280


"Spending #MothersDay evening with my son watching #BertTheConqueror :)" - Bert Kreischer 960 1280


"I'm cutting @ilikeburritos hair tonight!" - Bert Kreischer 960 1280


"Thanks @Rogan RT @benj089: @bertkreischer @joerogan what will the maid think? on Swedens biggest newspaper." - Bert Kreischer 960 1280


"My driver." - Bert Kreischer 960 1280


"Zamir contemplates the menu. His translation, however, leaves something to be desired." - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280


"Viva Mexico!" - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280


- Anthony Bourdain 960 1280


"Remembrance Day.Kiev." - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280


Air New Zealand tries to put the romance back in flying with its 'Cuddle Class,' giving 2 people the option of buying the third seat in a row at half price, so they can fold out the chairs and make a bed -- for cuddling only, of course. 960 1280

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The resurgence of bedbugs has many travelers' skin crawling. They are turning up everywhere ' hotels, planes, trains, even stores. There's even an app for tracking the infestation hot spots. 960 1280


Airports' stricter and more invasive security spurs much debate whether or not pat-downs and body scans are invasions of privacy or necessary measures. 960 1280


Airports, hotels, restaurants, cities, and even some flights, are all providing free wireless internet. Now travelers have even more temptation when attempting to unplug on vacation. 960 1280


With 'Eat, Pray, Love,' the book-turned-movie-turned-tourism-boom, women everywhere leave for solo journeys in search of finding themselves and Javier Bardem look-alikes. 960 1280


Whether you're checking on a flight status, converting foreign currency or looking for the nearest clean toilet on the road, you'll find an app to help you. Apps are taking the guesswork out of travel. Some folks fear they're taking all the fun surprises out of travel, too. 960 1280


The new luxury train named "Royal Rajasthan on Wheels' is billed as one of the world's most luxurious and romantic train journeys. This is just one of the new luxury trains that's caused an upturn in rail travel. 960 1280


Motel 6 is just one of the budget motels that reinvented itself this year with a whole new look, including modern furnishings influenced by European and boutique hotels, flat-screen televisions, wood floors and an ergonomic workspace. Budget chic is here to stay. 960 1280

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After Britain's Prince William and his longtime love, Kate Middleton, announced their engagement, the world has gone bananas booking trips to London for their wedding in April. It seems watching it on TV just won't do. 960 1280


Been everywhere on Earth? What about the final frontier? Virgin Galactic's space tourism rocket SpaceShipTwo achieves its first solo glide flight in October, marking another step in the company's eventual plans to fly paying passengers into space. 960 1280


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