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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.

See what else happened this week with our This Week in Photos gallery!

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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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Champs-Elysees in Paris

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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Inava Kuzmanouska and Rachel Cooper’s sculpture, Mirador

Circuses without animals? Ice sculptures in October? Traveling without the stress?  For This Week in Travel, we found posts that strayed from the ordinary.

With Halloween just 2 weeks away, Oysterblog gets in the spirit and offers their picks for the spookiest places for the brave at heart to spend a fright night. From vampires to voodoo, you’ll be sure to get your supernatural fix.

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From fitting in at the Austin City Limits music festival to reliving your Disney movie dreams, our This Week in Travel blog roundup hits the high points of the travel blogosphere. Travel Channel makes it easy to stay up to date on your travel news. By the way, it’s time to book those holiday flights — read on to make sure you’re not too late!

Not in the mood to buy your own private island? Yeah, neither are we. But Oysterblog has 6 private island resorts that you can borrow for a week or two.

“The prosthesis endured longer than our love. It was made of sturdier material.” See this memorial to a wooden leg and more with Gadling’s visit to Croatia’s Museum of Broken Relationships. See more wacky museums here!

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From luxurious dining in hotels and on the street to the rocking good times of Oktoberfest, travel bloggers have it made. Get a glimpse of their adventures when we share our favorite picks from this week’s travel blogs.

2Backpackers explore Buenos Aires and unexpectedly spot many unique Asian-Argentinian fusions of culture due to a major wave of Asian immigrants in the 1980’s. From Chinese empanadas to Japanese pop music shops, you might forget you’re in South America.

A $5,000 burger?! Oysterblog finds the hotel meals with the biggest price tags for those who really want to splurge on an extravagant vacation.

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