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The Olympics come to a close, but celebrations continue with Fat Tuesday, the Plum Blossom Festival, an undie run, and plenty of carnivals in this week in photos. Not to disappoint, our favorite travel blogs explain how to travel better — and on a budget — in this week’s roundup.

Trans-Atlantic flights for £10? Skift says this airline boss thinks it’s possible — with lots of extra fees.

Fathom’s founder chronicles a burlesque show in Las Vegas — with a 66-year-old, show-stopping dancer.

For all you overpackers out there: 10 things you really don’t need to pack, according to Johnny Jet.

It’s that time of year … Camels & Chocolate shows you how to plan the perfect bachelorette weekend in Savannah, GA.

And now for advice we should all take, immediately, Nomadic Matt shares how to spend a week in the Maldives for less than one night at a resort.

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You won’t see this kissing contest and undie run in the Olympics, but you will find them and more in this week in photos. Get more travel news with a side of Sochi in our weekly travel blog roundup.

Check your baggage and book a pre-flight massage? DCist reports Ronald Regaen National Airport is undergoing a $37 million upgrade by spring 2015, including a full-service spa.

Skift answers the age-old question: When’s the best time to book a flight? The answer could save you $256.

Business Insider posted Gallup’s annual ranking of the happiest states in the US. A surprising state stole the title from longtime frontrunner Hawaii.

HuffPost Travel discovered there are more problems than leaning for the Tower of Pisa … tourists have to climb 300 seriously-wavy steps to get to the top.

Because it’s still that time of year, CNTraveler has ice skating savant Johnny Weir’s surprising Sochi tip.

 

Want to meet Travel Channel’s hosts and get inspiration for your next vacation? Come to the Washington, DC Travel and Adventure Show this weekend to see Samantha Brown, Don Wildman and Todd Carmichael talk travel.

On Feb. 22 and 23, get advice from veteran travel experts, climb a rock wall, get a taste of world cuisines, and sign up for trip giveaways all under one roof at the Washington DC Convention Center.

Travel Channel is the official TV media sponsor for the annual Travel and Adventure Show, the nation’s largest and leading series of travel shows. Don’t miss some of your favorite hosts at the Travel and Adventure Show this weekend:

Who: Samantha Brown
What: “How to Travel Better” Seminar + Autograph Signing
When: Saturday 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Sunday 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Who: Don Wildman
What:  Host Mysteries at the Museum Talk
When: Saturday 2:45 – 3:30 p.m., Sunday 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Who: Todd Carmichael
What:  Coffee Importer, Adventurer and Host of Dangerous Grounds Talk
When:  Saturday 12:15 – 1 p.m.

It’s not too late, buy your tickets now and find your next vacation, and maybe even win one, too!

 

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The Sochi Olympics are in full swing, Westminster crowns “Best in Show” and more in this week in photos. To see the Olympics from space — or get a date at 36,000 feet — read on for our favorite travel news of the week.

In need of a Wingman? The Daily Traveler reports on a new dating app being heralded “Tinder for airplanes.”

Want to see what the Sochi Olympics look like from space? WSJ has the stunning photographs.

Skift reports on what female business travelers want out of airport lounges — and we hope airlines listen.

Dreaming of retirement? HuffPost Travel has 15 Warm Weather Cities to consider. They’re not all in Florida.

If you’re looking to check something off your travel bucket list this year, Budget Travel has the top 8 places to see the Northern Lights, from Canada to Siberia.

 

Sochi Olympics 2014

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The Seattle Seahawks, Punxsutawney Phil and more came out to play in this week in photos. While the Seahawks dominated the big game, all eyes are on the Olympic Games thanks to some bad press. Let’s hope things look up for Sochi after today’s opening ceremony.

Journalists were the first to arrive — and describe some hilarious and gross hotel experiences. WashPost rounded up their tweets, our personal favorite being from @StaceyStClair about the shoddy plumbing, “Also on the bright side: I just washed my face with Evian, like I’m a Kardashian or something.”

Possibly the most documented of all the @SochiProblems has been it’s interesting bathrooms, which are both lacking privacy and displaying confusing rules. Does that sign say don’t go fishing in the toilet? Your guess is as good as ours, Buzzfeed.

More alarming, Dateline reports that Sochi visitors face an internet minefield, often being hacked within minutes. Furthermore, the US State Department has told Americans coming to Sochi that they should have no expectation of privacy, even in their hotel rooms.

On a lighter note, CNN has 9 ways Sochi Surprises — including dacha, chacha and a gay bar. While you’re at it, check out our list of Sochi’s surprising sights.

Last but not least, today’s Google Doodle is garnering attention for its support of LGBT olympians, pointing to a section of the Olympic Charter that defends all athletes. The CSMonitor has more.

More Olympics Coverage:

Sochi 2014 Trip Planner
Where to Stay in Sochi
The Olympics: A Look Ahead

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Happy Birthday to the King of Reggae! Today would have been Bob Marley’s 69th birthday. “In this bright future you can’t forget your past…” nor such a legendary musician’s past either. So what better way to celebrate the Reggae star than with a visit to his colorful country of Jamaica, mon! Bob Marley fans from across the world make the pilgrimage to the beautiful island nation to see where the music legend lived and where his iconic sound took root.

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This weekend, MetLife Stadium, located a short distance from New York City, will host the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos in one of the largest sporting events of the year – Super Bowl XLVIII.

Football fanatics and tourists alike will flock to NYC, and even if you’re not one of the lucky fans going to the game, the city is a great place to get your fix of tailgating food favorites – from hot dogs and burgers to pizza and sandwiches, NYC is chock-full of places to eat the day of the big game. To help you choose, we’ve picked out a few of NYC’s best eateries, all of which will be featured in our Food Paradise episodes scheduled to air on Sunday: READ MORE

Photography by George Powers

Update: February 2, 2014, 8AM

It was a cold, soggy morning in Punxsutawney, PA,  for Groundhog Day. The world’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his hole on Gobbler’s Knob and, to the chagrin of the crowd of over 20,000, saw his shadow, meaning 6 more weeks of winter.

Despite the rain and unfortunate prediction, the atmosphere in Punxsutawney is simply electric. If you ever have the chance, a visit to see Punxsutawney Phil is sure to excite.

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Tired of winter? There may be some relief in store this weekend in the form of a furry, little groundhog.

That’s right, it’s once again time for Groundhog Day! The one day a year when everyone focuses their attention on the tiny Pennsylvania borough of Punxsutawney to see whether the world’s most famous rodent sees his shadow. Tradition has it, that if Punxsutawney Phil, as he’s affectionately known, sees his shadow, we are in store for 6 more weeks of winter. However, if Phil doesn’t see his shadow, we can all look forward to an early spring.

Without a doubt, Groundhog Day is truly one of America’s more odd traditions, but it’s a big deal all throughout the country.

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The Idiotarod of … Brooklyn, Chinese New Year, the Grammys and more festivities roll into this week in photos. Meanwhile our favorite travel bloggers are in search of the elusive perfect dive, the Lock Ness Monster and more this week.

Stuck on a plane Super Bowl Sunday? Some airlines will ease fans’ pain by airing the big game live and stocking up on hot-buffalo-wing-flavored pretzels, skittles and extra libations according to Skift.

Our pal, the Expert Vagabond, went in search of Scotland’s fabled Lock Ness Monster. Did he find it?

Camels & Chocolate prolonged her stay in Anguilla — and we’re happy she did. Just check out her amazing dive photos.

For those already thinking about Valentine’s Day, Fathom rounded up romantic ski hotels in the Rockies and the Alps.

Finally, we’ll leave you with a blast from the past — Delta’s new 80s-inspired, in-flight safety video:

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Stranded commuters took to Instagram to post photos of their (mostly abandoned) commutes home. From left to right, top to bottom: @theycallmejethro, @themuaalex, @trishthedish512, @t4vista, @somethingintheroad, @millakilluhh, @hwellj13, @crystal_2246, @scharlesquinn.

The Deep South has been in a deep freeze since yesterday, when a winter storm left some commuters and students stranded overnight and flights canceled at the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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