Samantha Brown is the endlessly perky host of Travel Channel shows like Passport to Great Weekends and Great Hotels.

Born in 1969 in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in New Hampshire and studied musical theater at Syracuse University. After graduation she landed several TV commercial spots for companies like HP, ECCO shoes, and Cedar Point amusement park. In 2000, she auditioned for the Travel Channel and was chosen to have what amounts to be best job on the planet: being paid to travel around the world.

Her current schedule involves travel for 230 days out of the year, and shooting segments for the about half-dozen shows she hosts for the Travel Channel. When she's not traveling to amazing destinations and generally having more fun than you are, Brown lives with her husband in Brooklyn.>

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