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Parasailing at Walt Disney World

Posted on January 5, 2017 at 4:58pm by sarahsekula No Comment

Exploring Antarctica

Posted on January 4, 2017 at 7:18pm by sarahsekula No Comment
Exploring Antarctica

Here’s a peek at what it’s like to visit the elusive seventh continent with Polar Latitudes. Only an estimated 43,855 people will visit the great white continent during the 2016-2017 season, according to the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators. Tourism there is still relatively young. In fact, 2016 marks only the 50th anniversary of organized tourism to the region.(Filmed by Thomas Kokta/Polar Latitudes/polar-latitudes.com)

Running tours combine fun and fitness

Posted on December 24, 2016 at 5:51pm by sarahsekula No Comment
Running tours combine fun and fitness

So you’re visiting a new city and want to get a local’s perspective. Try a sight-running tour. You run from landmark to landmark, see some beautiful views and get a little dose of history. The best part is: You don’t have to be an expert runner. It’s more than just running. It’s part sightseeing tour, part exercise and part social activity. Join us as we don a helmet-cam for a fleet-footed excursion through historic Savannah.

Awesome wildlife adventures: Penguins in Antarctica

Posted on December 24, 2016 at 5:41pm by sarahsekula No Comment
Awesome wildlife adventures: Penguins in Antarctica

There’s nothing like filming in Antarctica. For starters, it’s cold. Plus, the penguin colonies smell a bit like rotten fish. But it is the most alluring, most incredible place I have ever, ever been. And I am already plotting my return. Check out my USA TODAY TRAVEL video about spending one on one time with some of the most lovable creatures on earth: penguins. Let me know what you think. (Produced and filmed by Leah Murr and Sarah Sekula)

VIDEO: Planning your trip to Orlando

Posted on March 14, 2015 at 2:41pm by sarahsekula No Comment
VIDEO: Planning your trip to Orlando

VIDEO: Orlando’s coolest culinary attraction

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 11:31am by sarahsekula No Comment
VIDEO: Orlando’s coolest culinary attraction

Attention non-Orlandoans: I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Orlando has some great, non-touristy places to eat, you just have to know where to look. East End Market in the trendy Audubon Park Garden District is the perfect place to start. We filmed there recently for USA TODAY. Take a look!

VIDEO: Amazing places to swim with sharks

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 11:09am by sarahsekula No Comment
VIDEO: Amazing places to swim with sharks

To celebrate all things sharkie, I jumped into the shark tank at The Florida Aquarium. Check out the USA TODAY video Preston Mack, Garrett Feinstein and I put together.

To see the article, visit http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2014/08/08/swim-with-sharks/13724573/.

VIDEO: Potter stars visit Diagon Alley at Universal

Posted on June 21, 2014 at 1:17pm by sarahsekula No Comment
VIDEO: Potter stars visit Diagon Alley at Universal

I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd, so interviewing the actors this week on the red carpet was a dream assignment. #DiagonAlleyPreview #Potterwatch @UniversalOrlando

Actors in attendance included James and Oliver Phelps (who played Weasley twins Fred and George respectively), Bonnie Wright (their sister Ginny), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Matt Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick), and more.

VIDEO: Gringotts Ride puts muggles inside Harry’s heist

Posted on June 21, 2014 at 12:52pm by sarahsekula No Comment
VIDEO: Gringotts Ride puts muggles inside Harry’s heist

I had the chance to preview Universal Orlando’s #DiagonAlley this week. I’m happy to report: It’s overwhelming, in a very good way. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley opens July 8, 2014.

Pluto shows off dance moves at Harambe Nights

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 10:46am by sarahsekula No Comment
Pluto shows off dance moves at Harambe Nights

VIDEO Sneak Peek: Disney’s new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 12:46pm by sarahsekula 2 Comments
VIDEO Sneak Peek: Disney’s new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

When Walt Disney and his animators named the Seven Dwarfs, there were many monikers that didn’t make the cut, including Baldy, Burpy, Tubby, Dizzy and Wheezy. The ones that did stick, however, have been lovable household names since 1937, when the classic film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs hit the big screen.

Now, with the Magic Kingdom’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction, which will open this spring, they will shine again. And this time, in an even bigger way. Throughout the attraction, Disney “imagineers” tell the story from the dwarfs’ perspective. In fact, Snow White doesn’t even make a cameo until the very end of the ride.

VIDEO: Are you ready to drop from the sky, falcon-style?

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 8:54am by sarahsekula No Comment
VIDEO: Are you ready to drop from the sky, falcon-style?

One could argue that falcons are the coolest birds in the sky. They can change direction on a dime, some can hover over the ground and others can fly at speeds up to 200 mph.

So it’s no surprise that a theme park would name a first-of-its-kind thrill ride after this intrepid bird of prey. Better yet, when Falcon’s Fury, the tallest freestanding drop tower in North America, opens this spring at Busch Gardens in Tampa, it will simulate what it’s like to drop out of the sky just like the namesake bird.

VIDEO: ‘The Simpsons’ Springfield at Universal

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 9:49pm by sarahsekula No Comment
VIDEO: ‘The Simpsons’ Springfield at Universal

Take a tour of ‘The Simpsons’ Springfield, a new feature of the popular Simpsons area of Universal Studios. Visitors can have a Krusty Burger and enjoy a Duff Beer, which is exclusively brewed at Universal Orlando.

VIDEO: Orlando beyond the theme parks

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 11:15am by sarahsekula No Comment
VIDEO: Orlando beyond the theme parks

If you are looking for things to do in Orlando beyond the theme parks, here are some great ideas. These unusual Central Florida attractions are a surefire way to learn something new and have a blast at the same time. Travel writer Sarah Sekula drops by FOX 35 to takj about some of her favorites, including Orlando Aerial Arts, Orlando Circus School, Blast Off Adventures and Wallaby Ranch.

VIDEO: Skydiving in Voss, Norway

Posted on August 11, 2013 at 2:05pm by sarahsekula No Comment

I occasionally enjoy hurling myself out of planes. This jump was in Voss, Norway, which is well known for its gorgeous vistas, abundant nature and wide open spaces. While we parachuted through an ice-cold cloud and toward the green pastures I spotted fjords, mountains and lakes. For more about Voss, visit www.visitvoss.no/en or www.skydivevoss.no.

Switzerland: Getting pampered at the Grand Hotel Kronenhof

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 11:26am by sarahsekula No Comment
Switzerland: Getting pampered at the Grand Hotel Kronenhof

I recently visited the Grand Hotel Kronenhof, a five-star hotel in Pontresina, Switzerland. It’s the perfect jumping off point for exploring the Swiss Alps and a peaceful place for a Switzerland spa vacation. Check out the video, and you’ll see what I mean. I’ve included things to do in Pontresina like hiking Muottas Muragl and visiting Laret Market.

Clumsy elephants mud wrestling in Kenya

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 9:18pm by sarahsekula No Comment
Clumsy elephants mud wrestling in Kenya

Last week while I was at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya, I came across this scene. Nothing like watching a bunch of baby elephants and a family of warthogs splash around in a mud pit. Enjoy!

Quidditch World Cup VI sweeps Central Florida

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 3:14pm by sarahsekula 6 Comments
Quidditch World Cup VI sweeps Central Florida

The spellbinding sport featured in the Harry Potter books and films has a Muggle (or non-magical) version that is part rugby, part soccer and part dodgeball. It’s not only a captivating spectacle, it’s a serious sport sweeping the nation. But, don’t worry if you missed the Quidditch World Cup recently held in Kissimmee! I created this video to give you the low down on all things quidditch. And, I’ll let you in on a little secret: Snitchwiches are darn tasty!

The 5 best things to see at new Fantasyland

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 8:21pm by sarahsekula No Comment
The 5 best things to see at new Fantasyland

In December 2012, Disney’s New Fantasyland opened, and I landed an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the multifaceted attraction as well as a first look at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train scheduled to open in early 2014. Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; Bruce Vaughn, chief creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering; and Phil Holmes, Magic Kingdom vice president showed me around the new digs. Let me know what you think of the video.

The Joy of the Jellies

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 8:13am by sarahsekula No Comment
The Joy of the Jellies

Here’s a place I’m dying to see — Jellyfish Lake in Palau. My friend and fellow travel writer Lisa Sonne captured some whimsical footage of the jellies for National Geographic Intelligent Travel last year. Jellyfish Lake is one of the only places in the world where you can safely swim with jellyfish. The jellyfish here have few predators so they evolved to be almost “stingless.” See her article here: http://intelligenttravel.nationalgeographic.com/2011/10/19/joy-of-the-jellies/

Trekking through Peru with Global Gumshoe

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 1:18pm by sarahsekula No Comment
Trekking through Peru with Global Gumshoe

Throw-net fishing in Maui

Posted on June 1, 2012 at 1:19pm by sarahsekula No Comment
Throw-net fishing in Maui

It was an overcast day in January as I trotted along Hana Bay in Maui. My companion for the afternoon was Andrew, an expert waterman who has been fishing these waters for more than 30 years using a throw net, a handmade contraption with an intricate interweaving of strands. It’s age-old tradition that has been passed along for hundreds of years.

Hiking with wild pigs in Papua New Guinea

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 11:40am by sarahsekula 2 Comments
Hiking with wild pigs in Papua New Guinea

The wild pigs in Papua New Guinea kindly shared the trail with us. I love the little piglets scampering behind mama pig at the end of the video.

Dog sledding in Quebec

Posted on March 10, 2012 at 9:05am by sarahsekula No Comment
Dog sledding in Quebec

I arrive at Nordik Adventures on an crisp February morning to the sound of boisterous yelps, snarls and barks. The welcome committee consists of 45 Siberian huskies; each anxious to tear up the trails on the first run of the day. Same here; I cannot wait. I feel like howling myself. First, though, we must go through the basics. I quickly find out that mush is not a command I’ll be using today.

Hawaii: Night snorkel with giant mantas

Posted on February 22, 2012 at 12:17pm by sarahsekula No Comment
Hawaii: Night snorkel with giant mantas

We’re motoring along in a skiff, a small, inflatable craft with an outboard motor. It quickly transports us from the Safari Explorer, a luxury mega-yacht that is our home base for the week, to an area off the coast of Kona, Hawaii. On board, seven manta ray watchers from Denmark, Australia, and the U.S., snugly outfitted in wetsuits and snorkel gear, anxiously await what comes next.

Epcot in a Flash

Posted on May 29, 2011 at 4:58pm by sarahsekula No Comment
Epcot in a Flash

I’ve been to Epcot in Orlando too many times to count. But, trust me, it never get old. And my favorite part about it is, you can travel the world in a day. So that’s what I did in this video, where I’ll be your guide around the Epcot World Showcase. From chomping down churros in Mexico to dancing to live music in Norway, traveling around the world has never been so convenient.