Worried that you’ll be unprepared for a zombie apocalypse? No need to fear that humanity will come to an end; the US federal government has a contingency plan in place for the unlikely event of a zombie invasion.
Foreign Policy details the US Military’s defense strategy to “preserve the sanctity of human life” among all the “non-zombie humans.” This zombie survival plan was reportedly found on a secret computer network as an unclassified document. While this plan, known as “Counter-Zombie Dominance” or CONOP 8888, might seem like a hoax, it was dated April 30, 2011 and included a disclaimer section that stated, “this plan was not actually designed as a joke.”
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Could a sunken shipwreck off the coast of Haiti be the biggest discovery since 1492? Underwater explorer Barry Clifford claims he may have discovered one of the most significant ships in history, Christopher Columbus’ flagship Santa Maria.
The shipwreck was found in the exact area, off the north coast of Hispaniola, which is now Haiti, where Columbus said the Santa Maria ran aground on his first voyages to the Americas more than 500 years ago, Clifford reported to CNN. Stuck on a reef off Haiti’s northern coast, the wreck sits just 10 to 15 feet beneath the water’s surface.
From the Coachella music festival to an ancient fertility ritual to the White House Easter Egg Roll, there are lots of celebrations to be had in this week in photos. But the fun doesn’t stop there, let’s get to our weekly travel blog roundup.
Johnny Jet has the scoop on the one airport to avoid this summer (if you can).
Want to go on the ultimate Nashville vacation? What to eat, drink, see and buy according to Music City-native Camels & Chocolate.
Skift presents the airplane seat design that could end the battle of the armrests.
If you’re headed to New Orleans for Jazz Fest this weekend and looking to try the best Po’ Boy, look no further. Eat Your World suggests a deep-fried seafood po’ boy from Parkway Bakery & Tavern.
World of Wanderlust presents 6 reasons to visit Italy in the spring (as if you need that many).
Photo Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
It’s never too early to start saving for next year’s vacation — particularly when you’re planning a $119,000 ultra-luxe splurge on board the brand-spanking-new Four Seasons Jet.
Indeed, the high-end hotel and resort company has decided the sky is quite literally the limit, unveiling the travel industry’s first fully-branded private jet experience on Wednesday.
Debuting in February 2015, the jet — a completely retrofitted Boeing 757 — will be emblazoned with “Four Seasons” on the fuselage, and have the company’s logo displayed on its tail. The redesigned plane will take 52 guests on bespoke tours around the globe and will include an in-flight staff, as well as a dedicated on-board concierge happy to book spa treatments or golf dates at pending destinations.
You might be able to spend a night in one of the world’s most haunted places: Poveglia Island, Italy. That is, if Italy gets its way and a luxury hotel developer places the highest bid. Until then, the island with a long, sordid history of illness and death is up for sale. The question is: who would take on such a place?
Spring fever hits this week in photos with a massive pillow fight in DC, the Philippine International Balloon Festival and annual Songkran water festival in Thailand. Read on for a smörgåsbord of must-read stories from some of our favorite travel blogs.
Add this one to your bucket list: Twenty Something Travel visited a town called Tequila.
And while this applies to a very select few, Almost Fearless shared some pretty great tips on having a baby overseas.
Our good pal Passenger Conners gets real about her adventures in short-term subletting, which include flaming generators and 5-minute showers.
Skift has the download on the new pay-as-you-go model for airport lounges. Would you use them?
Our friends at the National Park Service teamed up with EarthCam to bring you a live stream of the beautiful cherry blossoms in our nation’s capital.
Just 8 months old, Britain’s Prince George heads out on his first royal tour with proud parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton. Here are some of the highlights for the royal family, who only arrived in New Zealand on Monday.
Photography by Samir Hussein/WireImage
Official Welcome: After touching down at Wellington Airport in New Zealand, the royal couple received a traditional, Maori welcome known as Powhiri. The New Zealand Defence Force Maori Cultural Group performed a wero, in which they advanced with spears and various battle cries. Will and Kate also took part in a hongi, a traditional greeting in which 2 people press their noses and foreheads together, with Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae and his wife, Lady Janine.
Photography by Bernard Golder, flickr
Luxury Retreat: After their 27-hour flight, Will, Kate and George adjusted to their new time zone — and beat their jetlag — at the beautiful Wharekauhau Country Estate, roughly a 90-minute drive from the capital of Wellington. While the wind and rain likely kept them indoors, the royal couple and some of their staff relaxed in a series of interconnecting cottages. The lodge, which boasts a spa, pool and an extensive wine cellar, came at the recommendation of the New Zealand government.
Photography by Reuters
Royal Playdate: Prince George joined 10 other babies for a playdate at the Government House, where the family will stay for the majority of their trip. George charmed his playmates (and their respective parents) during his first major royal engagement in celebration of The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society, a non-profit family health organization.
Keep up with Prince William, Kate Middleton and baby George in our Royal Spotting slideshow.
Oscars aside, Carnival revelers are celebrating on floats, dancing in parades, covered in mud and more in this week in photos. We’re also mixing things up in this week’s news roundup and traveling vicariously with some of our favorite celebrities.
According to US Weekly, the royal couple are staying at the brand-new, five-star Cheval Blanc Randheli Resort in the Maldives. They gestimate the 4-night stay including a 2-bedroom private villa, infinity pool and $500 dinners will cost $10,000. Wouldn’t you like to trade places with Wills and Kate?
Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore went on an adorable girls’ getaway to Napa Valley (including a private cooking class!) according to People — and their respective Instagram accounts.
The Washington Post says the Obamas traveled to Florida today and will get some R&R at a resort in Key Largo, that is, if the President’s plans aren’t interrupted by the unfolding events in Ukraine.
According to the reputable Daily Mail, Mary Kate Olsen spent the last few weeks of February vacationing in Jamaica — and getting engaged.
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.
Photography by REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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.