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Whether you love it or love to hate it, Valentine’s Day is on everyone’s minds – even travel bloggers. This week, we rounded up our favorite love-themed posts from across the travel blogosphere.

Valentine’s Day may be more popular than you think. In fact, it is the second most celebrated holiday in the world. And just like there are so many ways to say “I love you” around the world, each country has its own traditions when it comes to celebrating V-Day. Check out Hopper’s post for a look at how some countries choose to express their love.

Hoping to really sweep your loved one off their feet? Select Renaissance hotels are offering a romance package that includes coating your hotel suite in flowers: 27,000 blossoms will cover everything from the bed to the walls. Read more about this over-the-top Valentine’s travel experience on Gadling.

For fun-lovers, Rio’s Carnival is the ultimate party. But if you’re looking for something a little less touristy and crowded, you don’t have to travel to Rio to be a part of the Carnival celebration. 2Backpackers offers their list of other great Carnival celebrations where you can still experience the constant parties, parades and performances.

When you’re a kid, Valentine’s is all about the heart-shaped lollipops, conversation hearts and, of course, chocolate. Now that we’re older….well, let’s face it, we still want candy. Check out some of the world’s largest candy stores to find the perfect sweet for your sweetie.

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It’s January, which means it’s time to put our New Year’s resolutions into action. Whether you are planning to travel more, hoping for a fresh start, or wanting to get away on your own, we’ve found some travel blogs that will help you achieve your travel goals.

The new year is a time to start off new and refreshed, so Fodor’s lists their top picks for the best places to get some quality R&R. Soak up the sun, relax in a blue lagoon, take in the stunning views, and you’ll be ready to face whatever 2013 throws at you.

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The holidays are here, and our favorite travel blog posts have survived the ill-fated Mayan apocalypse to tell us about them. From where to celebrate and where to avoid (if you can), to what to do before the next end of days — check out this week in travel.

Gadling brings us the top holiday travel destinations. New York catapults to the top of the list for New Year’s Eve, but it doesn’t top the list overall.

Atlas Obscura peeks into the 5 swankiest bunkers for surviving the next apocalypse.

The Culture-ist finds out what to do if contract Giardia (a parasite found in contaminated food and water), are tricked by a bird poop scam or robbed while traveling — scary stuff.

Mighty Girl has her life list all planned out, even if it isn’t the end of days. Of her “100 Things To Do Before I Go,” how many can you check off?

Grantourismo explains why they are spending Christmas in Hanoi. See what happens when 2 of our favorite globetrotters decide to celebrate spontaneity.

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This week, our favorite travel blog posts take a look at the people behind the industry. From an enlightening interview with the Frugal Traveler to the rudest airline employees, there’s never a dull moment with these travelers.

Gadling reports American Airlines has the rudest employees, according to a recent survey. Equally interesting is which carriers ranked the best.

Go Big or Go Home found the world’s largest group of carolers – 502, to be exact – in Westport, CT.
Nomadic Matt sits down with the Seth Kugel, NYT’s Frugal Traveler, to find out his most interesting trip (he’s been 3 times) and, of course, his best budget-friendly travel advice.

Carry On shares their 6 travel etiquette rules on the Today Show, just in time for holiday travel. No more wondering about who gets the armrest on a plane, how to silence noisy hotel neighbors and what to do about reckless taxi drivers.

Behold, Slate’s new photo blog, takes a look into the absurd world of fake holidays with shots from photographer Reiner Riedler’s new book, which was inspired by the temporary beaches in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany.

See what else happened this week — including romantic celebrations on 12/12/12 — with our This Week in Photos gallery!

This week, our favorite travel blog posts all feature something that’s a little hard to believe – whether it’s the world’s largest Christmas tree, the discovery of a unicorn lair (!!!), a woman who sold everything so she could see the world, or tips for actually fitting everything in a carry-on (it can be done!).

A Luxury Travel Blog shows us the biggest Christmas tree in the world, located in Umbria, Italy. The Guinness Book of Records dubbed it in 1991, but does it really count as a tree? That’s your call.

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From fancy hotels, airline dating, or gadgets that get rid of jet-leg, our selection of travel blogs this week gives you even more reason to get bitten by the “travel bug.”

Those goodies in your hotel room’s minibar seem so tempting until you see their price tags. But check out Oysterblog’s list for the most expensive minibar offerings and that $10 bag of chips might seem to be a bit more reasonable compared to these pricy treats that could cost you an arm and a leg!

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This Week in Photos

From a “magic equation” for budgeting travel to 5 tips for rescheduling flights during these upcoming holidays, this week’s travel blog round-up not only adds to our already bad case of wanderlust, but is chock-full of useful tips as well.

Traveling, of course, can come with a large cost. To prevent blowing your budget halfway through your trip, Gadling shares their “magic equation” to help you decide how much vacation you can afford, and what luxury activities you might have to take off your agenda.

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This Week in Travel

A lot happened this week, in the world and in travel, and now the holidays are quickly approaching. If you’re looking for an opportunity to escape –whether it’s the cold weather, the post-storm clean up or just everyday life — let our This Week in Travel be your guide to getting away.

Planning a trip to Hong Kong? Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a family friendly vacation or a luxurious escape, Oysterblog has a hotel just right for whatever type of traveler you may be.

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This week, our favorite travel blogs are all about planning our next getaway! They’ve picked the best tech resources, ways to get the cheapest flights and how to get the most out of our upcoming journeys.

Let’s face it, traveling can take a huge chunk out of our bank accounts and may not be affordable for everyone. But Nomadic Matt disagrees and offers us his “Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You Have No Money,” proving we don’t have to be rich to travel.  From finding free flights to working overseas, he proves we can still see the world and pay off our college debt.

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