Fireworks! Royals! Rockstars! The 2012 London Olympics closed with a bang, allowing travel bloggers to get back to their old habits: stirring up controversy about mythical sea serpents, doling out first-class tips and revealing what travelers should never, ever say.

Gadling wonders if a “Norwegian Nessie” is lurking beneath the surface of Hornindalsvatnet, Europe’s deepest lake.

Camels and Chocolate gives you a glimpse (read: lots of photos) of what it’s like to work on a cruise ship with this Day in the Life of an employee. And don’t miss the giveaway!

Want to get bumped into first class on Delta? Johnny Jet tells what works and what doesn’t.

SmarterTravel shares 5 phrases a traveler should never use. Some are no-brainers, one is just good manners, but another could land you behind bars.

Okay, we lied. One last London post. A Luxury Travel Blog reveals the 5 most expensive celebrity hotel rooms. You know you’re curious where Angelina Jolie drops 5,000 pounds a night!

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Sara GilliamSara is a Senior Producer for Travel Channel.com. She has eaten her way through Thailand, sailed around the coast of Greece -- and thought she died and went to heaven...

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