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This Week in Photos
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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This Week in Photos

From festivals in India, Spain and Taiwan to Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris and the Winter X Games in Aspen, CO – see this week in photos from around the world. Have headlines frozen over? During another slow news week we turned to some of our favorite travel bloggers for loads of inspiration.

This may sounds like a sick joke after another polar vortex, but Johnny Jet explains why you may want to get bumped off your flight — and how to do it.

Once strictly off-limits, now adventurous travelers are flocking to Burma aka Myanmar. You’ll want to go even more after seeing the Classe Touriste’s photos.

Take a road trip from Peru into Chile through the eyes of the charming family behind Our Open Road.

While the upcoming Winter Olympics has gone without much fanfare in the States — The Inspiration unearthed this truly badass BBC trailer for Sochi.

Finally, Prêt À Voyager’s Creative Guide to Amsterdam had us at hand-drawn map.

This Week in Photos

India celebrates Makar Sankranti, an International Kite Festival, and more in this week in photos. From a panda selfie to YOLO vacations, this week in travel brings you the best of the internet.

CNTraveler shared photos of stunning bodies of water around the world.

According to Today, The National Zoo launched its Instagram account with a panda cub selfie you just have to see.

Gadling brought to our attention a Singapore-based photographer who artfully depicts the passage of time.

Refinery29 presented 13 Tips for Taking a YOLO vacations. #nuffsaid

And while the NYT’s 52 Places to Go in 2014 caused much debate among travelers (including those in this office), Skift narrowed done the list to just one.

At Travel Channel, of course, we think Spain and Morocco should top your list — and we’re even giving away $100,000 trip there.

 

With temperatures dropping, don’t let winter doldrums set in. Bundle up and embrace the cold (albeit the bone-chilling, artic-blasting cold of recent days) with some of our favorite things to do in winter.

1. Sleep in an ice hotel.

If you aren’t afraid of a little cold or a bed made out of ice, spend an unforgettable night in an ice hotel. Chill out in a luxury igloo full of hard-carved ice sculptures and cozy fur hides to keep you warm at night.

2. Toast with a decadent drink.

The ideal cure for a winter chill? A cocktail to warm you up. Toast to shorter days with these 10 cold-weather cocktails, from a traditional hot toddy to an innovative dry-ice-infused concoction.

3. Take an icy plunge.
What better way to plunge into 2014 than with an icy dip! There are still New Year dips taking place throughout January, or head to Finland where ice swimming is a popular custom all winter long.

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Winter was in full force in this week in photos with a Polar Vortex in much of the US, China’s 15th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, and an Igloo Village in Germany. See Niagara Falls on ice and more of the week’s best posts in our travel news roundup.

CN Traveler unearthed these winter wonderland photos of Niagara Falls’ “ice-crusted cascades.”

Gadling shared the top 5 family travel destinations for 2014 — and possibly beyond.

According to Gothamist, former Travel Channel star Anthony Bourdain is opening an international food market in NYC.

Check out 5 of the most awesome star-gazing spots on Earth thanks to The Huffington Post.

Skift has the scoop on New York City’s tallest hotel (753 feet!) opened by … Marriott.

 

 

This Week in Photos

The New Year was greeted by Vikings with torches, a massive flour fight, midnight kisses and more in this week in photos. A slow news week, 2014′s first travel blog roundup highlights what will be (or should be) overtaking your social media feeds this year.

What’s that clogging up your Instagram feed? Next to the -2 degree weather forecasts and Champagne glasses, Skift discovered an unexpected hit: Disney’s giant turkey legs.

JohnnyJet shares 14 travel tweeters to follow in the new year, including our favorite @ThePointsGuy and a flight attendant,  @Heather_Poole.

Off Track Planet’s favorite travel apps of 2013 included the likes of RoadTrippers, WeHostels and Kurrency.

Our own Andrew Zimmern, and James Beard-nominated Executive Chef of Chicago’s Sepia Restaurant, describes the perfect foodie day in the Windy City over on JetSetter.

Finally, Adventurous Kate, one of our favorite solo female travelers, brings us 9 more entertaining travel blogs to follow.

Caviar and Bananas

The world reflects on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, lauds a Nobel Prize laureate and more in this week in photos. For some lighter travel news, if you’ve ever wondered if a picture is really worth a thousand words — read on to find out.

Want to remember the last sunset on your vacation forever? Don’t Instagram it. A new study in CNN suggests the taking that snapshot actually diminishes your memory of the sunset.

Gadling unearthed a trend, or 2 rather, we can’t wait to try — all aboard the Pinot Express. A vineyard with a zipline? Yes, please.

Still Christmas shopping? Camels & Chocolate says forgo all the “stuff” for the ultimate gift: A cruise through Europe.

We’ll leave you with the clip that went viral this week, FunForLouis’ Epic World Adventure. Prepare to be very jealous.

Every wonder, what the hect is “Hygge?” We bet you are now. Fathom Away delves into Danish culture to find out.

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Pardon the interruption to our usual programming, but while we hit pause for Thanksgiving (and lots of Turkey), the world continued celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, a king’s birthday and a 3-month-old giant panda in this week in photos. For more holiday celebrations, toasts, and maybe some snow, check out our weekly travel blog roundup below.

NBC’s live broadcast of the the Christmas classic The Sound of Music got a lot of flack. “The acting was bad, the costumes St. Pauli-esque and the mountains … were fake.” However, Gadling went on to find one “winner” from the production — the city of Salzburg, Austria!

As snowfall threatens most of the country, bookmark this now: Johnny Jet shares 6 things to do in the face of weather delays and flight cancellations.

LoveTaza’s adorable family of 4 ventured to Amsterdam for the first time and posted some of the highlights of their trip, including an apple-and-bacon pancake we’ll be ordering next time we’re in town.

Our favorite Expert Vagabound came down with dengue fever! We’re glad he had a speedy recovery. If you find yourself snowed in or under-the-weather, check out one of his picks for the best travel movies of all time.

This Week in Photos
Oprah in the White House? Horse and buggy rides disappearing from Central Park? See why both are turning heads in this week in photos. If you’re looking for more fact vs. fantasy, turn your attention to our weekly news roundup where we learn that traveling from DC to NYC in an hour is possible and whether or not Middle-earth exists.

For all you Hobbit fans out there, Google mapped J.R.R. Tolkein’s fantasy world Middle-earth, in advance of the Dec. 13 release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of  Smaug. Head on over to WSJ’s Speakeasy for more details – and video!

Fast Company’s eloquently titled “Why Airline Food Sucks” suggests the passengers are to blame – or at least their sense of taste at 30,000 feet. But don’t take our word for it, Co.Design explains how the lack of humidity affects taste buds – and what airlines are doing to solve the problem.

This week the Dreamlifter, as opposed to the Dreamliner, made headlines when the cargo jet landed at the wrong airport – and was stranded for hours on the too-small runway. Kansas City, the “Air Capital,” was especially captivated by the wayward plane.

From DC to NYC in an hour? Gadling, or rather the U.S. Travel Association, says it’s possible, but we can watch this video together and dream.

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission announced it would soon consider letting people make cell phone calls on airplanes. You read that right. And as the Huffington Post pointed out – people really hate that idea.


From the sexy (Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, anyone?) to the serious (2 solemn anniversaries in Berlin) — see this week in photos around the world. For another dose of sexy (as in hotel rooms) and more, read on for this week’s travel roundup.

Pearl furniture, white linens and bright curtains surprisingly helped a hotel in London recently earn the title of “world’s sexiest bedroom.” Blakes Hotel won the honor from travel publisher Mr. & Mrs. Smith in the announcement of their annual “Smith Hotel Awards.” The “fantasy cocoon” at the Ca Maria Adele Hotel in Venice, and the Secret Cay Resort in Dominica were runners up in the contest.

Imagine sitting on an airplane and hearing the pilot say over the intercom “we’re going down” moments before the plane takes a nose dive. That’s what happened on a recent Southwest Airlines flight where, according to a passenger, the pilot panicked and made the frightening statement over the intercom. The airline says the pilot accidentally broadcast the crisis to the entire plane rather than just his crew. The FAA is investigating the incident.

Not into the stigma that goes with the definition of a “tourist?” The Huffington Post has put together a guide to tell you the difference and help you become less of someone who “plops” themselves into a new area, and more like an explorer seeking new adventures. One of the major tips? Stop posing with statues.

If you’re traveling through Los Angeles International, Chicago O’Hare International, or one of the other airports expected to top of the busiest passenger list over the Thanksgiving holiday, you might want to check out this list of “10 Ways to Get to Your Gate Faster” from USA Today. Make sure to plan ahead before you head to the gate if you want to get the Grandma’s house on time for dinner.

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