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The US government shut down for the first time in 17 years, thwarting tourists’ plans in Washington, DC — but it was business as usual for the rest of the world in this week in photos. Whether you’re trying to salvage your vacation — or trying to forget the whole thing — our favorite travel bloggers came to the rescue.

If you had a trip planned to one of the nation’s nearly 400 national parks, historic sites and monuments in the near future, you’re most likely working on rescheduling your vacation. The Daily Traveler has put together a list of government shutdown alternatives featuring ways to visit historic sites and still get a dose of history to work around the indefinite closing of the nation’s national monuments and parks this week.

When it comes to planning your next trip, Nomadic Matt has 17 easy tips to help with the process. Stemming from his personal experiences, Matt’s helpful tips include everything from picking a destination and planning activities to automating your bills and telling your credit card companies you’re traveling.

When you’re tight on money for the trip you’re planning, Johnny Jet suggests that travelers remember there’s always a couch to stay on if you can’t afford a hotel. Couchsurfing.org matches adventurous travelers with hosts that open their homes to strangers looking to explore the globe.

If you’re flying this fall and find that the airplane seats are a little too close for comfort, know you’re not alone. According to a post on Gadling, 9 out of 10 passengers would like to see reclining airplane seats banned. Next time, look behind before you recline.

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Fashion week continues in Milan, Team USA surprises at America’s Cup and Breaking Bad has 2 reasons to celebrate in this week in photos. While you’re holding your breath for Sunday’s Breaking Bad finale … here are our favorite travel blog posts of the week to keep you occupied.

Gadling suggests thanks to climate change, a country might not be around for much longer. Read more about the Maldives “expiration date.”

Never stayed in a hostel? Swear by them? Nomadic Matt reveals 6 ways to avoid staying in a bad one. Take note.

Budget Travel explains how you can house-sit your way around the world. We’d be game to try.

Johnny Jet plans the perfect long layover at LAX. He says “if your layover is three hours or more, jump in a taxi and take a mini vacation” to Manhattan Beach, CA.

Finally in other California posts, Camels & Chocolate prescribes a perfect day in San Francisco. Start with a stroll through the Haight…

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Here she comes … Miss America … and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and the Dalai Lama — all in this week in photos. There are more familiar faces in our weekly travel news roundup, so let’s get to it.

Gadling has the scoop on how you can spend your next vacation with your favorite celebrities, including Britney Spears, Jackie Chen and Daniel Craig.

 The Daily Traveler got a first look at Jet Blue’s premium lie-flat “suite” seats — and provided pictures as proof.

We’ve already established Nomadic Matt is our type of traveler. This week, he brings us this gem about a 70-year-old couple who bucked tradition and traveled the world.

Our friends at Fathom Away got to play Cinderella for a night in Venice at the Aman Canal Grande Venice.

Last, but not least, Wired brings us the curious case of the 103-year-old car phone.

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It may be the last week of summer, but things didn’t slow down in This Week in Photos from the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to the twerk seen ’round the world at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. While Miley successfully stole the spotlight in Brooklyn, here are some of the travel headlines that got our attention this week.

Gadling has a roundup of strange laws that can get you locked up abroad, which is entertaining and useful. At least now you know where it’s illegal to feed pigeons or chew gum on public transit.

Skift.com reports that we’re headed toward a regional pilot shortage — and why it may actually benefit business travelers.

CNTraveler brings us the wackiest travel accessories this week. Portable infrared sauna anyone? Hey, it’s only $400!

There’s a new restaurant critic on the block and it’s none other than rapper-turned-Yelp-reviewer Wale. DCist has some of his best reviews while on tour, including this gem about Mr. Chow’s in Beverly Hills, CA: “Pretty sure the Chicken Satay is made with crack.”

We’ll leave you with the most inspiring video we’ve seen this week. Watch Buzzfeed’s “Facts That Will Make You Want to Travel.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

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It’s the dog days of summer in This Week in Photos. While the Obamas welcome another adorable Portuguese Water Dog to the White House, our favorite travel blogs add to your end-of-summer amusement.

Mashable brings you the 10 people to avoid at amusement parks. We can’t decide if #2 or #7 bothers us more.

The Daily Traveler rounds up the worst airline names after AirAsia’s Japanese arm rebranded itself as Vanilla Air. Our personal favorites are Wizz Air and Song & Ted. Yours?

Kids, they’re cute and all, but admit it: You’re never psyched to see you’re sitting next to a toddler (and his parents) on a 13-hour flight. Would you pay to upgrade to a kid-free cabin? Skift has more on Singapore Airlines and AirAsia’s newly launched “quiet zones.”

What do a trip to Belize and Breaking Bad have in common? Gadling explains.

To solve a question we’ve all wondered while wandering the airport terminal: How can you get into an airline club lounge without becoming a member? Johnny Jet has the answer.

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On the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, no one paid better tribute to The King than fans in Denmark at the opening of Graceland Randers, a copy of his mansion in Memphis, TN. But wait, there’s more Elvis and extraterrestrials in This Week in Photos – and in the travel world at large — so let’s get to it.

A 60-foot-wide Florida sinkhole swallowed parts of a resort near Disney World, CNN reports. In what sounds like the plot of a scary movie, guests of the Summer Bay Resort in Clermont were forced out of their rooms as one 3-story building collapsed and another slowly sank.

Privacy advocates may be less than thrilled that Google search will pull information from your email for smarter results, but as Mashable explains it could especially benefit travelers. For example, a simple search for “What’s my flight status?” will yield real-time information about your flight based on data from your email, Google Calendar and Google+.

Think we couldn’t pack in more conspiracy theories this week? Think again. The CIA finally acknowledges the existence of Area 51 in Nevada in newly-released declassified documents. ABC News has more on Area 51 from the CIA spy plane documents.

The Frugal Traveler has the inside scoop for Memphis on the cheap. He only had to eat through 8 BBQ joints, search for the best Elvis souvenir under $10 and take in a minor league baseball game to find it.

And for more “on the nose” travel news, Gadling has a roundup of the top 10 most outrageous hotel fees, including an “energy surcharge” and a fee for an extra set of clean towels or sheets (seriously?!).

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After 68 years, locals in Hiroshima, Japan, lit lanterns to remember the lives lost during the 1945 bombing of the city. Aside from this reflective, solemn event, this week had its share of fun events, including the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta in England, the Medellin Flower Festival in Colombia, and the Stiletto Run in Spain. Take a look at the other events and destinations that we highlighted in this week in photos.

Check out more travel buzz on our radar this week:

US Evacuation and Travel Alerts: The Chicago Tribune reported that the US has ordered the evacuation of non-essential staff from its consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, warning US citizens not to travel to the country. Last Friday, the US issued a worldwide travel alert for US citizens traveling abroad due to an unspecified al Qaeda threat. Nearly 20 embassies in North Africa and the Middle East have closed until Aug. 31.

JetBlue Reveals New First Class Seats: Known for shuttling vacationers from Northeast cities to the warmth of Florida and the Caribbean, JetBlue will take strides to attract business travelers. Sources at Jaunted report that starting next year, the airline will offer 16 lie-flat seats on flights between New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. It’s the first time the carrier will have a second class of service.

Running of the Bulls in the US: Yep, you read that right. Promoters Brad Scudder and Rob Dickens have arranged bull runs in 10 cities around the US for people who can’t afford to take the trip to Pamplona, Spain. Already 20,000 Americans have put down $35 for an adrenaline rush that comes with running in front of a group of angry bulls that can reach speeds of 35 mph. According to Yahoo Travel, the first US bull run is scheduled to kick off on Aug. 24 at a drag-racing strip south of Richmond, VA.

“Love Boat” Sails to Final Destination: Turkey will be the new home to the iconic MS Pacific also known as “The Love Boat.” According to Gadling, the 42-year-old ship was purchased for 2.5 million euro by a Turkish ship recycling company, where it will be stripped for metal and parts.

Breaking Bad Fuels Albuquerque Tourism Boom: Even after the popular TV show has ended, fans may still be able to pick up bags of “Breaking Bad Candy” — blue-tinged crystals made of rock candy — at the Candy Lady shop in Albuquerque, NM. Not only has the show helped to create new revenue streams for local businesses, but according to Skift, the long-term tourism growth will be dependent on the city’s support in attracting future film projects.


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The world finally returned to normal after last week’s royal baby mania with less-than regal celebrations this week like a flash mob pillow fight in Ukraine, the Lumberjack World Championships in Wisconsin and the so-called Mud Olympics in South Africa. See more highlights from the week in This Week in Photos.

Check out more travel buzz on our radar this week:

Twitter-Themed Hotel: Is this the future of travel? Daily Mail UK goes inside an anti-digital detox stay at @SolWaveHouse hotel in Majorca, the world’s first Twitter-themed hotel. Check in and order room service by hashtag? We say it’s #brilliant

Swimming with Sharks: Intrepid blogger LandLopers doesn’t just watch Shark Week — he lives it while swimming with whale sharks in Mexico. There’s nothing to fear, he says — they’re just very large fish.

Call it a Comeback: Gadling shares the top tourist spots that were once  “no-go zones” for travelers. Better put these new-and-improved cities — like Berlin, Buenos Aires and New Orleans — back on your radar.

Keep Calm and Don’t Carry On: Skift reveals the latest new hidden airline fee popping up. More and more budget airlines, like Spirit and now Frontier Airlines, are charging for carry-on bags. Our advice? Fly in cargo pants.

Fancy Yourself a Gypset? What’s that, you say? Our favorite travel shopping portal, L-Atitude showcases the globetrotting gal who coined the term “Gypset” and the iconic style — gypsey meets jet set — it symbolizes.

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Let’s be real: All eyes are on the royal baby, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, in This Week in Photos. And we aren’t the only ones with baby fever — literally EVERYONE has something to add. Read on for some of our favorite royal travel posts.

Johnny Jet presents “Babymoons” for England’s royal baby moon, otherwise known as the best vacations and travel experiences for new families.

HuffPost reveals Las Vegas has invited the royal baby to visit … in 21 years.

DailyMail says England hopes to see a tourism surge as well-wishers flock to the UK.

The NYT has a roundup of merchandise hoping to cash in on the royal baby, including, but certainly not limited to “books, brioche and baby clothes.”

And yes, Gadling not only has travel advice for Prince George (and his parents), but also 7 travel options for those obsessed with the royal baby.

 

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With the San Fermin festival winding down, the celebrations keep coming with Bastille Day fireworks, the eccentric Chap Olympiad and the 101st Calgary Stampede rodeo in This Week in Photos. Want even more travel highlights from this week? Read on for the viral news stories on our radar.

Music to the ears of any ‘90s kid and geography whiz, HuffPost rounds up the rumors surrounding the triumphant return of “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego.”

The Smithsonian reports that a rare, smelly corpse flower is about to bloom in the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington DC. Seriously, we couldn’t make that one up.

USA Today continues to cover the fallout surrounding the Asiana plane crash in San Francisco earlier this month. The latest? Asiana is now suing a San Francisco TV station over their use of fake, and racially offensive names for the 4 pilots on air.

The NY Daily News covers a couple who managed to snap a photo in all 118 of Manhattan’s subway stations – in a span of 9 hours.

Watch “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen throw the worst first pitch ever. Enough said.

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