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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.

East Hampton

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.”

 

 

This Week in Travel Both a life-changing trip abroad and an adventurer who regularly risk his life are among the stories we shared this week.

Check out these sweeping photographs of Fathom’s snowy road trip along highway 285 from Vail  to Santa Fe. It’s the perfect way to say sayonara to winter.

Your first time traveling abroad can be life-changing, inducing a permanent state of wanderlust, but where to first when the whole world is in front of you? Tripit says these 5 destination are perfect for first-timers.

March Madness is currently dominating the sports world in the states, but Jungles in Paris has a rare and fascinating look at the Basque sport of pelota, or handball, which dates back to the middle ages.

Beyond 12hrs’ signature travel guide for Copenhagen, it also unearths the city’s most beautiful artisanal bakery, Mirabelle.

The New York Times Magazine just released a stunning package about the heart-stopping climbs of Alex Honnold, a 29-year-old master climber who regularly cheats death.

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For in-flight tips and how to Airbnb like a pro, here are the links being shared around the Travel Channel office this week.

Airline food has always gotten a bad rap, but Thrillest rounded up the best food on 9 major airlines — according to flight attendants. Who knew you could get bibimbap at 30,000 feet?

Hold the phone: The SkyMall concept may not be dead yet. Yahoo Travel says there are plans to revive the brand, you know, with “items in the magazine that people actually want to buy.”

We’ll admit it: We’ve jumped on the Airbnb bandwagon, which is why we bookmarked Refinery29′s interview with a man who lived exclusively in Airbnbs for an entire year.

The closest thing to staying at Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel? Condé Nast Traveler reveals the highly rated neo-classical Hungarian hotel that may have inspired the Academy Award-winning film.

It is possible to look alive after a 10-hour flight? The Coveteur reveals its trade secrets.

Rome

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For this week in travel, we rounded up posts by some of the travel bloggers we’re currently following, bookmarking and sharing in the Travel Channel office.

Cover thousands of years of art and history in a single afternoon and save money while you do it? Triphackr shares his tips and tricks for seeing Rome on a budget.

Make sense of the chaos in Cairo: find out how to see the best of the city in just a few days thanks to Landlopers.

If you’re perpetually putting off downloading your travel photos and, you know, doing something with them, get inspired by Kelly Purkey’s kick-ass scrapbook.

Eat This Poem posted a literary travel guide for Seattle, which solves any pressing need for an independent bookstore, good cup of coffee or salted-caramel cupcakes.

If you’re wondering where to eat in Soho right this minute, The New Potato has the low down from the chefs at hot spot Chalk Point Kitchen.

India

Photo by Amir Ghasemi/Getty Images/Flickr RF

No, you’re not hibernating in your apartment avoiding single-digit temperatures outside — you’re halfway around the world with some of our favorite travel bloggers. Ah, the power of this week in travel.

February is an ideal time to visit India. Take a photo tour with Bridges and Balloons to Mumbai and beyond.

Live vicariously through the Young Adventuress as she learns to fly in Lake Wanaka, New Zealand.

Jessie On a Journey reveals 5 must-eat dishes in Provence, France — beautiful illustrations included!

Alex in Wanderland traveled to Northern Thailand to attend the Yi Peng festival — and seeing the thousands of sky lanterns launched into the air at the same time took her breath away.

Where will you find you’ll find pagoda-topped buildings tucked between skyscrapers in San Francisco? Travel in Translation talks about #FindingAsia in the city’s iconic Chinatown neighborhood.

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Whether you’ve always dreamed of traveling solo or being in 2 places at once, this week in travel has you covered.

If you’ve written off Hawaii as a honeymoon destination, you’re missing out. Fathom reveals it’s also perfectly suited for road trips, hikes, surfing and dining solo.

In case you missed it: See the latest in a (very) long-standing Super Bowl tradition over on Skift.

If being in 2 places at once is on your bucket list, the Huffington Post has a solution beyond straddling a state line — visit Llívia, Spain.

Tour Los Feliz, CA, on Boat Magazine with local girl Mel Caselas Ayer writer, photographer, rock star’s wife and all-around “it” girl.

What do Delta Air Lines, United Continental Holdings, Air Canada and Turkish Airlines have in common? Travel and Leisure reveals they all freshen up their cabins with a custom scent.

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