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15 Summer Weekend Getaways

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It’s officially the first day of summer , so how do you plan to spend yours? Whether your summer vacation is completely booked or you’re still looking for some inspiration, our weekly travel blog roundup is here to help on both fronts.

Your worst fear when you decide to check a bag? Showing up to your destination before it does. Skift reveals where checked luggage is 3 times more likely to arrive late than in the US.

Summer airfares can be brutal; Johnny Jet shares 12 ways to find cheap flights.

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We apologize for the interruption in our regularly scheduled posting, but while we’ve “sunset” This Week in Photos, our weekly travel roundup isn’t going anywhere. Here are some of the top stories shared around the Travel Channel offices this week.

The World Cup has been buzzing in the background at Travel Channel HQ and the workdays are punctuated by cheering from cubicles. Some employees aren’t as fortunate, however, and in China they’re taking to more extreme tactics to not miss any of the action. With a crushing 11-hour time difference – meaning the daily opening matches start around midnight — Chinese workers are buying fake doctors’ notes to play hooky. According to NPR, the more money workers are willing to pony up the more authentic the excuse: 50 bucks even gets you an ultrasound, CT scan, blood or urine test to back up your “diagnosis.”

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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).

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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.

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Prince Harry, polar bears and a pair of sumo wrestlers come out to play in this week in photos. Read on for more stunning photography, travel tips and real-life Game of Thrones locations in our weekly travel blog roundup.

Skift shares how Tourism Ireland plans to bring Game of Thrones to life just in time for Season 4.

Landlopers has a stunning photo series on beautiful stairways around the world — you may even want to climb them for yourself.

Vicariously visit the last frontier on Earth — the South Pole — through Lee Abbamonte’s Antarctic expedition.

If you’re over road trips and Caribbean cruises, SmarterTravel suggests 10 more unique ways to travel.

Less than 24 hours in Paris? Don’t sweat it — one Fathom editor shows how to make the most of it.

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From Holi celebrations in India to Banksy’s tribute to victims of the war in Syria, take a look back at this week in photos. Now, let’s turn our attention to the serious eye candy awaiting in this week’s travel news roundup.

Fast Company rounded up amazing photos of 10 of the world’s most innovative hotels.

BuzzFeed found 47 stunning photos of people from around the world.

We hate to ruin it for you, actually HuffPost Travel did, with photos of 9 famous landmarks … in reality.

Here are 20 awesome Instagram travel photographers you need to follow according to our pal, the Expert Vagabond.

Finally, Fathom explores the streets of Southeast Asia in this photo tour.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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