Samantha Brown's Twitter bio says she is the "girl with the best job in the world." Legions of fans have agreed, watching Brown crisscross the globe since her very first Travel Channel show 13 years ago.
Brown's girl-next-door personality mixed with a sense of adventure has appealed to a wide range of people using her shows to help plan their own trips. She has created more than 160 hours of television series and specials that have taken her all over Europe, America, Asia and Latin America.
Brown jokingly prefers the title of travel goddess to travel expert, but she has certainly earned her expert status. At the height of her filming schedule, she would travel three weeks each month.
Now she has slowed down a bit -- for good reason. In September, Brown, 42, announced that she and her husband, Kevin O'Leary, are expecting twins, a boy and a girl.
"I am nesting," she said. "After this job, all of a sudden, I just want to be home making things."
After the twins are born, she will keep traveling and entertaining, with original content on her own website, designing her luggage line for HSN and working on new television projects.
Fans of Brown can expect to see her back on Travel Channel in January, hosting a one-hour special called "Trip of A Lifetime," where viewers will have a chance to win $100,000 for their own dream trip.
"The next step is to create a whole Web series for traveling with children and showing the hardships of it. I've never wanted to come across as perfect, because I'm not. I think people appreciate when they see the struggle, but in the end, it all works out," Brown said.
She has already chosen her baby travel system of car seats and strollers so they can hit the road early.
Brown talked to CNN about the next phase of her life. The following is an edited version of that interview.
CNN: Your pregnancy announcement drew an overwhelming response on your Facebook page and on Twitter. Is it something you've wanted for a while?
Brown: Absolutely. My husband and I have wanted children now for many, many years, but as I always joke, the best form of birth control is having your own travel show. So we had to take a little bit of a break from the show to make sure that the babies could happen, and it did. When we found out it was twins, we just felt so blessed because we thought we would only have one child. When you have two, it's like a sale: two for one!
We have our names picked out, but it's a secret. Even our parents don't know. But it won't be Apple or SpongeBob, I can promise you that.
CNN: Are you having cravings?
Brown: None! With all my travels, it should be something really good like churros with chocolate or paella from Spain, but nope. No cravings!
CNN: Do you have any family holiday traditions you'll be passing down?
Brown: In my family, we always had a taco bar on Christmas Eve, and then we were able to open one present from a family member. The next morning is when Santa's gifts arrived. I would love to bring back taco night.
CNN: Will you be raising the twins in New York?
Brown: I actually think things are easier in the city. I know a lot of people think living in the city is so hard, and yet it isn't. Everything can be delivered. Everything is walking distance, so you don't have to load them up into a car every time you want to go out. There's such a community of family here in Brooklyn, and city kids are just cool. There's a whole sophistication of being a city kid that I love.
CNN: Where are the places besides Disney World that you can't wait to take your babies?
Brown: I can't wait to take them to the beach in Maine, where my mother lives. I have always loved seeing fat babies on the beach, with cute little bonnets. There's something so wonderful about a Maine beach. We would also love to take them really anywhere in Europe.
CNN: What is a favorite family-friendly hotel of yours?
Brown: One of my favorites is the Hyatt Regency Hill Country outside of San Antonio, where there is this awesome lazy river. The kids can go crazy, but you can just float along. I think a spa is a must when you're a mom so you can get away, and they have a great one. It's all about the family coming together, so I would love to go back there. I was born in Dallas, so it would somewhat be getting back to my Texas roots.
CNN: What is a favorite hotel for when you just go with your husband?
Brown: There's an amazingly beautiful small hotel called the Wheatleigh in Lenox, Massachusetts. You can walk to Tanglewood, where the Boston Pops go in the summer. But it is one of the most stunning hotels, and they've had so many cool people stay there like Leonard Bernstein. They also have amazing food.