Book a trip you saw on TV The Travel Channel has joined forces with hotel review and booking site Michelle Baran Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011, 3:08 PM compares its photos to marketing images ( Budget Travel LLC, 2015

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How many times have you watched a television program about a captivating destination and suddenly had the urge to go there?

It probably happens a fair amount, so it makes sense that the Travel Channel is finally making it that much easier for viewers to do just that by joining forces with, a hotel review and booking site.

This week, the Travel Channel, home to shows such as "Man v. Food" and "Ghost Adventures," made a meaningful investment ($7.5 million, according to news reports) in, the company said in a release.

The new relationship with "allows us to go beyond the inspiration and entertainment we offer on television," said Laureen Ong, Travel Channel president.

So what does this mean for avid watchers of the channel? Well, according to the agreement, the Travel Channel and will have access to exclusive content, and the brands will also collaborate on programming and crossover promotions.

For instance, already teamed up with to post a list of family-friendly spring break accommodations on its site.

For now, you won't be able to find hotels in all the destinations featured on the Travel Channel. "We don't cover every city on the planet — not yet, at least," admits on its site.

Thus far, covers hotels in several major U.S. cities (Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.) and in beach destinations (Aruba, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Jamaica and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

The site was founded in 2008 and is intended to be an objective resource for hotel reviews — based mainly around numerous "honest" photos of properties taken by secret shoppers who go to the hotels unannounced, depicting the good, the bad and the ugly that hotels have to offer. recommends hotels in several different categories across destinations, ranging from boutique hotels in New York to all-inclusives in Aruba, and users can then book the properties listed on the site.

"The only way to really know about a place is to actually go there. Everything else is just a guess," said Elie Seidman, co-founder and chief executive officer of

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.


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