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This Week in Travel

We sincerely hope you’re reading this by slowly scrolling your phone screen with your thumb while you’re lying on a beach somewhere. No? Here are 5 travel blog posts that will, at the very least, inspire a virtual vacation.

We never dreamed of traveling around Mexico for 6 weeks to learn to cook like a local — until now, thanks to Laura Hobbs and her beautiful essay over on Boat.

Everyone knows the importance of maps in our daily lives (Google or otherwise), but what about when they literally explain nothing? Vox rounded up 27 hilariously bad maps you have to see to believe.

Coming to Mecca in 2017? The world’s largest hotel, complete with 10,000 4- and 5-star rooms, 70 restaurants and a mall, plus several helipads and entire floors reserved for royals. Head over to Conde Nast Traveler to see renderings of Saudi Arabia’s planned $3.5 billion mega-hotel.

For all you recent college grads, BuzzFeed shares 34 underrated (and affordable) US cities you’ll actually want to move to.

In honor of Memorial Day, we’re featuring our hometown gal The Dining Traveler’s guide to Arlington, VA. Think: a tour of Arlington Cemetery, the Pentagon and beyond.


Still short on plans for Memorial Day weekend? This week’s travel roundup has free things to do, off-the-beaten-path road trips and plenty of photos to inspire a long-weekend getaway.

Only in South Beach does a giant margarita beckon from a sidewalk cafe and then set you back $60. Thankfully, Jetsetter has round up 34 free activities to make that Miami getaway more affordable.

“Is our relationship like a client/lawyer relationship?” Refinery29 has an entertaining roundup of the craziest travel agent requests.

Fathom reveals 14 ways to taste the world, according to mouthwatering Instagram photos.

Next time you’re in New Orleans, go beyond Bourbon Street with these Bayou road trips from the new Marriott Traveler.

For some weekend wanderlust, Travel + Leisure shares views from the top of the world’s most iconic landmarks.


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In this week in travel, here are 5 things for your weekend dose of travel inspiration.

Girl vs. Globe shares 10 things to do in London this spring — other than hope for a glimpse of the royal family and Princess Charlotte, of course.

Dreaming of life on the open road … in the UK? Elena’s Travelgram shares 5 amazing road trips you have to take.

Rooftop bars are a rite of spring, and they are having a moment in Budapest, Hungary; Urban Travel Blog shares some of the best.

If you’re finally planning that long-awaited trip to Cuba, check out Goats on the Road‘s pre-travel prep list.

Even for a seasoned traveler, spending 4 days spotting lions and giraffes in Tanzania qualifies as a bucket-list trip. Live vicariously through A Little Adrift and her beautiful photos while on safari.

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This week in travel brings you news you can use — to be happier in the air, on the road and everywhere in between.

Italian leather seats, Mongolian cashmere throws, Bose headphones, Dom Perignon poured freely — such is life aboard the Four Seasons new Boeing 757. CN Traveler has all the details.

Beat jet lag, unwind and soothe post-flight stomach troubles with these yoga poses from yoga rebel Tara Stiles and Birchbox.

Fathom shares 9 photos that will change everything you think about today’s hostels.

Head over to Refinery29 to see which country was declared the happiest, according to the United Nations’ latest World Happiness Report.

Skift wonders: Would 3-D entertainment distract you from some of airlines’ unfriendly cabin conditions?

In this week in travel we’re living vicariously with some new faces to our weekly travel blogger roundup.

If your dream trip involves a room with a serious view, see Mrs. O Around the World’s luxe weekend guide to Prague. Plus, check out her tips for capturing the best travel photos.

Uncornered Market’s day trip to Poland was appropriately filled with Tyskie beers and pierogies.

If Cheri Lucas Rowlands‘ photos from a week in Bermuda are any indication, she’s living the dream.

48 Hour Adventure goes beyond the requisite wild outdoor adventures in Reykjavik.

You may think your time spent up in the air is one of life’s necessary evils, but Travel Skills reveals 13 air travel experiences to have before you die.

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In this week’s travel roundup, we’ve kindly bookmarked everything  you need to know before your next long-haul flight, from keeping your favorite nervous flier calm at 40,000 feet to winning the airline-seat wars to avoiding getting “hangry” and other potential pitfalls of traveling as a couple.

Stuck in a middle seat on your 12-hour flight and desperate to switch? No room left in your overhead compartment? The New York Times has the latest in the “rough-and-tumble” turf wars going on in today’s overcrowded cabins.

Nervous fliers, rejoice. Travel and Leisure reports that British Airways is introducing mindfulness videos and therapeutic playlists to keep you calm from takeoff to descent.

You, battling over the armrest, throwing passive-aggressive ‘bows at the offending passenger — would you kill for just an extra half-inch of seat room right now? Next time, fly Southwest, according to Skift.

Whether you’re one of those crazy travelers who looks forward to them (who, us?) or you merely tolerate them, JohnnyJet shares his top 15 tips for surviving your next long-haul flight.

We’ve always said travel is akin to living with someone; there’s no hiding one’s true colors. Zozi has 10 tips for traveling as a couple and returning home as one, too.

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This week in travel is full of some of our favorite distinctive (and notably all-female) points of view — sorry, we’re not sorry, guys.

While we’re still waiting for the spring weather to arrive, we’re already dreaming about summer. Cue Katie Lee’s guide to summer living in the Hamptons on the Coveteur.

Fathom reveals how to turn your next long-haul flight into a personal spa. You might as well do something productive besides sleep (that won’t annoy your neighbor) next time you’re held captive for 13 hours.

Actress Meghan Markle traveled to Malta for a photo shoot and ended up rediscovering her great-grandmother’s roots. Check out her inspiring 3-day itinerary over on the Tig.

Early adopter? Experience the Everygirl’s off-the-beaten-path travel destinations, before, you know, everyone else does.

Last but not least, Refinery29 tackles the obsession that’s on every traveler’s mind and reveals 10 ways to eat like a local.

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From Greece to Japan, far-flung locales were top of mind in this week in travel.

Believing Athens is misunderstood and worthy of more than a 24-hour stint, Borders of Adventure put together her ultimate guide to the emerging European hotspot.

Into Mind has a brilliant 3-step formula for building a versatile travel wardrobe for any trip. H/T Condé Nast Traveler.

Always dreamed of traveling the world for a living? 14 travel bloggers share their secrets over on The Wander Orange.

If you have yet to see Between the Peaks, an award-winning travel documentary, Xpat Matt has a fascinating interview with its adventure filmmaker Jonathan Ronzio.

Likening visiting Japan to visiting another planet, Alicia Explores reveals 60 things that surprised her about the island nation.


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Whether we were testing ourselves with airport codes or inspecting lava flows, here are the links that got our attention this week.

As the trend goes, Air France has released the most French airline safety video ever via Travel and Leisure.

Skift shares the new airline seat design that could make flying coach feel like first class.

ABQ. AKL. AMS. Ever wonder what those 3-letter airport codes stand for? Fast Company explains.

Study up, then test your knowledge with Afar’s international airport code quiz.

Lastly, local filmmaker Lance Page’s new short, Kilauea: The Fire Within, shows a spectacular close-up of the most active volcano on Earth. Scope it out below:

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This week’s travel blog roundup is ready, boiling over with eye candy and inspiration.

Refinery29 shared a recent Gallup Analytics study revealing the world’s happiest country. Among the surprises? The top 10 happiest countries are all in the same region and the US came in at number 25.

Scrolling through breathtaking photos of wide open spaces on LandLopers, we couldn’t help but hum the Dixie Chicks’ song … tell us we’re not alone in this?

BuzzFeed’s 42 reasons to never visit France, is not what it seems, of course, and we love it. Replace “the landscapes are ugly and the food sucks,” with stunning photos dripping with sarcasm.

Fear needn’t ever impede your travels. Consider Adventurous Kate’s top 10 travel safety tips for women the perfect PSA for solo travel.

Finally, Fathom spends a few days in Okinawa and discovers why it’s deemed Japan’s “paradise islands where people live forever.”



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