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A plane crash, peak US customs wait times, and phony phone cards? It wasn’t all doom and gloom for our favorite travel bloggers this week, well, at least not for Johnny Jet.

Skift has the 13 longest wait times at US customs. In May 2013, the average daily wait time at JFK Terminal 4 skyrocketed to 93 minutes, a 35% increase year over year.

After the Asiana Airlines evacuation in San Francisco this week, you may be wondering how to survive a plane crash. The Daily Traveler shares 10 ways fliers can improve the odds.

Johnny Jet provides 12 reasons to take a scenic river cruise in Europe — like you need more than one. Find out how he started the massively popular travel site in our inaugural Our Type of Traveler feature.

Is your phone card phony? Elliot has 5 ways to tell. The Federal Trade Commission recently discovered some cards only offer 40% of the call minutes customers thought they were paying for — in other words, your pre-paid “hour” could turn out to be a measly 36 minutes.

Nomadic Matt found out the hard way that 3 days is not enough time to see some cities, but he also learned what to do when that’s all the time you have.

Want even more travel highlights from this week? Check out our This Week in Photos slideshow!

Happy birthday, America! Even our favorite ex-pats and travel bloggers were feeling patriotic this week. If you’re like us and back in the office, here are some of the best posts to get you through the workday.

Gadling has video of the world’s largest American flag. Watch 600 people unfurl the 505-foot, 3,000-pound “Super Flag.”

Johnny Jet got a first look at Sir Richard Branson’s Mahali Mzuri Kenya Safari Camp. Located in the Motorogi Conservancy in Masai Mara, Kenya, the breathtaking lodge officially opens August 1, 2013.

HuffPost Travel has 51 facts and attractions you need to check out, from the historical to the natural to the wacky.

Backpacker Becki tells you exactly how much it costs to travel in Myanmar / Burma, the newly-opened-to-tourism hot spot in Southeast Asia.

The Frugal Traveler plans a kid-friendly day in Washington D.C. — with lots of free art.

Want even more travel highlights from this week? Check out our This Week in Photos slideshow!

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It may be the longest day of the year, but it’s been a very slow travel news week, which allowed for some creative posts from a few of our favorite outlets. From the unbelievable (a Pole-to-Pole run) to the random (most Sweden-y things?), here are some headlines that kept us entertained this week.

Gadling sits down with Pat Farmer, the Aussie who ran 20,919 kilometers from the North to the South Pole, to find out what makes someone want to run 40 kilometers a day for 10 months.

The NYT finds out what this famous designer (and mom to 2 young daughters) can’t travel without, and there are quite a few fun surprises in her suitcase.

Flavorwire has 10 literary restaurants for hungry book nerds around the world.

Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast, is becoming more than a backpackers’ destination with a violent past. NPR reports 60 cruise ships now stop in the city thanks to its new tourist attractions, such as the Titanic museum and HBO’s soundstage for Game of Thrones.

And last, but not least, Buzzfeed rounds up the 33 most Sweden-y things that ever happened in Sweden. Because, why not?

Want even more travel highlights from this week? Check out our This Week in Photos slideshow!

Barbie's Dreamhouse

Whether you are a Barbie girl who wants to live in a Barbie world or you’re about to embark on your first solo trip, there’s something that will pique your interest in our weekly travel news roundup.

Visitors to the life-size “Barbie Dreamhouse” in Berlin can try on Barbie’s clothes in her walk-in closet and bake virtual cupcakes in her kitchen. The “Dreamhouse” will move on to other European cities later this year according to ITV News.

Gadling has a map of “Forbidden America,” incase you were wondering which areas were no-go zones for Soviet tourists in the 1950s.

Are you a travel snob? Read Lonely Planet’s “In defense of the ‘tourist trail’” and find out. How could you not see the pyramids while in Cairo or the Taj Mahal in Agra, right?

Seeing the world on your own leaves less room for error, so the Solo Traveler has compiled 7 mistakes to avoid (from the obvious to the insightful).

Plus, Go BIG or Go Home reveals the World’s largest ropes course at sea on the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship.

Want even more travel highlights from this week? Check out our This Week in Photos slideshow!

This week in our travel blog round-up, find out how your favorite novels and legends are becoming reality.

Could the fabled sword in the stone of the days of King Arthur actually exist?  Once thought of as just a folk tale, the sword in the stone in Italy’s Montesiepi Chapel dates back to 1100 AD, meaning the legend  could have originated in Italy — not England.  Check out Excalibur in Tuscany, and decide for yourself whether the relic is authentic or just a myth.

In honor of the highly anticipated Great Gatsby film, fans can experience the roaring 20s with a stay at a Gatsby-themed hotel suite. Channel your inner Daisy or Jay, and book a room at one of these hotels.

With rooftop pools, stunning views and unique decors, new hotels seem to be getting more innovative and luxurious every year — check out Conde Nast Traveler’s list of the world’s best new hotels for 2013.

There are 58 US national parks in total, but which ones are the best? Check out Fodor’s selection of the must-see parks to visit this year.

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From the world’s most eco-friendly resorts to finding the best seat on a flight, here are our favorite tips from travel bloggers this week.

In honor of Earth Day, why not save the world through travel? Or at least lessen your carbon footprint by relaxing at one of these eco-friendly resorts.

From a Spanish town painted blue to promote the Smurfs movie to a South African town filled with an array of colors to celebrate the end of apartheid, brighten your day with the world’s most colorful cities.

Want to take a year off to see the world, but too afraid of the consequences? Lonely Planet Blog debunks myths that surround taking a break to travel, encouraging readers to take the leap.

Getting stuck in the middle seat on a long flight can be the worst — but that doesn’t have to happen again!  Check out Travel and Leisure’s tips for how to get a good airplane seat.

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With our picks for this week’s best travel blogs, you’ll be prepared for Coachella craziness, become closer to mastering a foreign language and more!

The best way to learn a foreign language is to dive right in and immerse yourself in the culture and country. This can seem like a daunting challenge, but you’ll be on your way to becoming a successful language learner with this guide from As We Travel!

Coachella starts this weekend, and to make sure you’re not lost in the craziness of music, camping, and theatrics, check out this Survival Guide with which performers to check out, what to pack and more.

When it comes to airport security, celebrities receive no special treatment. Check out the hilarious Celebrities vs. the TSA blog, chronicling celebrities going through the TSA drill, just like us common folk.

If you are planning a trip to the Louvre anytime soon you might have to re-schedule. The museum recently closed its doors when staff walked out in protest due to an increasing pickpocketing problem.  Find out more from Vagabondish.

From visiting the Taj Mahal, to eating sushi and flying over the Himalayas, Condé Nast has comprised a 50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die slideshow that will make you eager to start planning your own Asian adventure.

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From secret spots in Australia to cheap vacations, check out where travel bloggers are encouraging us to go this week!

The Space Shuttle Atlantis’s $100 million home at the Kennedy Space Center is nearing completion! Gadling takes a look what the new attraction will have to offer — from high-tech simulators and interactive exhibits, we’re sure space travel fans will be eagerly counting down to opening day.

Cities like Sydney and Melbourne are known tourist magnets in Australia, but if you’re looking to discover an untouched beach or to swim with whales, check out these 10 best-kept secrets of the land Down Under.

What if you could splurge on a luxury hotel, dine on the best food, do whatever activities you want and still be able to stay under budget? Check out these  cheap and off the beaten path destinations that not only offer a spectacular experience, but are affordable and visitor friendly too.

Are you brave enough to try the world’s hottest pepper? Nomadic Matt shares his experience tasting a ghost pepper when he visits the Tears of Joy shop in Austin, TX.

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Did you know some Easter celebrations include dressing up in witch costumes? Or that you can buy a “vortex” in Brooklyn? This week our travel bloggers offer us a glimpse at some of the weird and wonderful things to do and places to visit around the world.

This week the world’s first edible hotel opened in London full of almost-too-cute-to-eat treats.  Condé Nast Traveler takes you inside the hotel, complete with fudge windowsills and cake pillows, giving a more literal meaning to “sweet dreams!”

In search of kryptonite or a can of “chaos” to defeat your arch nemesis? With a slogan like “if we don’t have it, a superhero doesn’t need it,” the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store is exactly what it sounds like. Atlas Obscura writes why we will have to check this eccentric store out the next time we are in NYC!

Easter celebrations may mean chocolate bunnies and egg hunts to us in the US, but around the globe countries have their own unique Easter celebrations.  Children from Finland dress in witch costumes and people in India exchange colorful lanterns — read more on Uni Travel’s blog!

Oktoberfest isn’t the only festival you’ll want to experience in Germany. From a medieval-era celebration, to whiskey tastings or even finger wrestling, there is a wacky and weird festival to fit your taste!  Check out Europe A La Carte’s 10 Great Festivals in Germany.

Get more timely travel inspiration with our This Week in Photos slideshow!

Travel bloggers this week take a look at strange presidential sculptures, unique hotels, lesser-known spots in Rome and more.

Who would have thought you could find a 7-foot-tall Ronald Reagan statue in Budapest? Condé Nast Traveler’s slideshow takes a look at some of the strangest US presidential artwork around the world, including President Obama’s ice sculpture in Israel for his visit this week.

You might think hotels are just a place to rest your head at the end of the day, but these themed hotels chosen by Oyster offer up an adventure of their own!  Stay at an old 19th century jail, James Bond retreat and more.

From Barcelona to Ibiza, Spain is full of amazing cities to visit, but with so many to choose from, which destination is right for you? Whether you want to soak up some of the culture, take in the history or dance the night away, A Luxury Travel Blog knows the location that will be perfect for you.

Your typical trip to Rome would probably consist of visiting the Trevi Fountain and a tour of the Vatican, but make sure you don’t miss these lesser known treasures of the Eternal City! Tour a 16th century villa or view toys from various eras to get a break from long lines and crowds of tourists.

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