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The Travel Channel is a satellite and cable
television channel that features documentaries and how-to shows related to travel and leisure around the United States and throughout the world.
Programming has included shows in African animal safaris, tours of grand hotels, and visits to significant cities and
towns, with recent programming putting an emphasis on how the rich
travel and on allegedly haunted locations, like Most Haunted and
It was launched by Trans World Airlines in 1987,
presumably to boost airline attendance, subsequently being sold to
Landmark Communications, owner of The
Weather Channel, and later Paxson
Communications. Discovery bought 70% of the
channel in 1997, acquiring the rest in 1999. In May 2007, Discovery
sold Travel Channel to Cox Enterprises subsidiary Cox
Communications as part of a larger multi-billion dollar
However, Discovery Communications still distributes the channel
under Discovery Networks.
In the United States, the Travel Channel is available in 89
In countries where a totally separate Travel
Channel based in the UK operates, the Discovery Travel Channel
operates as Discovery Travel &
Travel Channel launched a mobile web service and GPS-capable
downloads for mobile devices in June, 2008.
In 2009, Travel Channel launched the "Travel Bug" advertising
campaign; the concept was developed by Dallas-based agency, Moroch.
The Travel Channel is headquartered in Chevy
On November 5, 2009 it was announced that Scripps Networks
Interactive paid $1.1 billion for a 65% interest in the
Travel Channel HD is a 1080i high definition simulcast of Travel Channel that launched on
January 14, 2008. It is available nationwide on Dish Network, and
regionally on Verizon FiOs, and other cable systems.
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- Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, a reality series hosted by Anthony
Bourdain that is a fusion of cooking and travel shows.
- "Are You
Game?", Game show host Todd Newton travels to Japan to appear
on the game show Urakage.
- "Bite Me with Dr. Mike",
Virologist Dr. Mike Leahy experiences close encounters with some of
Earth's most dangerous creatures.
- Bizarre Foods with Andrew
Zimmern, a reality series hosted by Andrew Zimmern
that focuses on weird and unique cuisines of different cultures and
also incorporates some off-beat tourist destinations.
Sexiest Beaches, Host Bridget Marquardt searches for the
most beautiful beaches in the world.
We Love!" A 12 episode series that showcases everything from
mainstream cruise lines to exclusive ships.
- Culture Shock, a program
hosted by Shenaz Treasurywala and showing
"peculiar customs and bizarre traditions" of various cultures
around the world.
- Dhani Tackles the Globe, a
show hosted by Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker Dhani Jones as he
travels around the world to participate in national sports of
countries, these sports aren't normally played, or sometimes even
known about, by Americans.
Riders", A father takes his son on a 4,000 mile bike journey
across America in an effort to rebuild their relationship.
- "Extreme", Showcases
everything extreme, from swimming pools to truck stops.
Paradise", a show the finds the ultimate food paradises in
- "Forbes Luxe
11" a glimpse at 11 escapes for the super affluent
Adventures, a reality series following three paranormal
investigators as they visit haunted places around the country and
Hotels, a reality series hosted by Samantha Brown
that checks into hotels all over the country deemed as "great"
values and stays
- Cash and
Treasures and Treasure Hunter: Kirsten Gum, shows
hosted by Kirsten
Gum that features places around the United States and the world
where the public can dig for valuable gemstones and artifacts.
- Madventures, a Finnish travel show
that focuses on low budget backpacking.
- Man v.
Food, a reality series hosted by Adam Richman
- Mark & Olly: Living with the Tribes, a reality
series that follows Olly Steeds and Mark Anstice as they live
with the Mek and the
Haunted a show that follows the Most Haunted team to the
scariest sites in their home country, the U.K.
- Samantha Brown's Great
Weekends, a show hosted by Samantha Brown that shows great
ways to spend weekends.
- "Super Swank"
gives viewers access to the most luxurious lifestyles.
- "Surf Patrol",a
show that follows Australian lifeguards as they patrol some of the
most dangerous and beautiful beaches.
- "Travel 21"
Revolution" a behind the scenes look at America's favorite
- 5 Takes, a reality show that lets viewers control the
- Adventure Bound
- Appalachian Stories, a documentary series about Appalachia, originally
produced and shown in Knoxville, Tennessee, as The
- Caprice's Travels, a series following the host Caprice
around the world to wherever she goes
- Castles of Horror, a documentary series that journeys
to castles from all across Europe
- Drew Carey's Sporting Adventures, a show hosted by
comedian Drew Carey as
he travels the world photographing football
- Flight Attendant
- Fred Willard's American Festivals
- Get Packing
- Great Getaway Game
- Great Sports Vacations
- Joan Cusack's Local Flavor
- Journeys to Remember
- Lawrence of America, a show hosted by English-born
journalist Lawrence Beldon-Smythe that exposes America and its
- Lonely Planet Six
- Made in America,
hosted by John Ratzenberger, this show brings stories of the best
people, places, and products in the US
- Not Your Average Travel
Guide, a series that attempts to give an unconventional
personal tour of the world, also featured during the show are small
travel tips and facts.
- Passport to Europe, A show
hosted by Samantha Brown that tours cities of Europe
- Passport to Green Getaways, a special hosted by
Samantha Brown that shows vacations to three eco-friendly
destinations in North America.
- Passport to Latin
America, a show hosted by Samantha Brown that tours cities
- Stranded with Cash
- Taste of America, a show hosted by Mark DeCarlo
- The Tourist, a show hosted, created, and co-written by
- Treasure Hunters
- Tribal Life, a show that features indigenous
peoples of different tribes
- Tribal Life: Meet the Namal, a show that follows the
Namal tribe in Vanuatu
Poker Tour, a show moved to Game Show Network in 2008
- World's Lost Tribes, a series that is followed by
another similar show
- World's Most Dangerous Places