eTramping tells you how to do Prague for less than $25 a day. Photography by Thinkstock
This week we welcome y Travel and eTramping to our weekly roundup, we suggest you bookmark them immediately. Oh, and some exciting news for Star Wars fans coming soon … well, in 2018. Enjoy!
A little worried about the price tag of that dream European getaway? eTramping reveals Europe’s 6 less-expensive cities and tips to see them on a budget.
Something to download before your next trip: y Travel’s handy list of 16 must-have apps and websites for digital nomads.
The Expeditioner looks into the rise of solo travel beyond the backpacker — and gives 4 reasons why you should consider traveling alone.
A Luxury Travel Blog rounded up 7 amazing sights to see in Central America — the photos speak for themselves.
And may the force be with you … in Chicago, where George Lucas is building a $700 million art and Star Wars memorabilia museum, to be called the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, via Vanity Fair.
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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.”
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.
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.
Winter was in full force in this week in photos with a Polar Vortex in much of the US, China’s 15th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, and an Igloo Village in Germany. See Niagara Falls on ice and more of the week’s best posts in our travel news roundup.
CN Traveler unearthed these winter wonderland photos of Niagara Falls’ “ice-crusted cascades.”
Gadling shared the top 5 family travel destinations for 2014 — and possibly beyond.
According to Gothamist, former Travel Channel star Anthony Bourdain is opening an international food market in NYC.
Check out 5 of the most awesome star-gazing spots on Earth thanks to The Huffington Post.
Skift has the scoop on New York City’s tallest hotel (753 feet!) opened by … Marriott.
The New Year was greeted by Vikings with torches, a massive flour fight, midnight kisses and more in this week in photos. A slow news week, 2014′s first travel blog roundup highlights what will be (or should be) overtaking your social media feeds this year.
What’s that clogging up your Instagram feed? Next to the -2 degree weather forecasts and Champagne glasses, Skift discovered an unexpected hit: Disney’s giant turkey legs.
JohnnyJet shares 14 travel tweeters to follow in the new year, including our favorite @ThePointsGuy and a flight attendant, @Heather_Poole.
Off Track Planet’s favorite travel apps of 2013 included the likes of RoadTrippers, WeHostels and Kurrency.
Our own Andrew Zimmern, and James Beard-nominated Executive Chef of Chicago’s Sepia Restaurant, describes the perfect foodie day in the Windy City over on JetSetter.
Finally, Adventurous Kate, one of our favorite solo female travelers, brings us 9 more entertaining travel blogs to follow.
Oprah in the White House? Horse and buggy rides disappearing from Central Park? See why both are turning heads in this week in photos. If you’re looking for more fact vs. fantasy, turn your attention to our weekly news roundup where we learn that traveling from DC to NYC in an hour is possible and whether or not Middle-earth exists.
For all you Hobbit fans out there, Google mapped J.R.R. Tolkein’s fantasy world Middle-earth, in advance of the Dec. 13 release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Head on over to WSJ’s Speakeasy for more details – and video!
Fast Company’s eloquently titled “Why Airline Food Sucks” suggests the passengers are to blame – or at least their sense of taste at 30,000 feet. But don’t take our word for it, Co.Design explains how the lack of humidity affects taste buds – and what airlines are doing to solve the problem.
This week the Dreamlifter, as opposed to the Dreamliner, made headlines when the cargo jet landed at the wrong airport – and was stranded for hours on the too-small runway. Kansas City, the “Air Capital,” was especially captivated by the wayward plane.
From DC to NYC in an hour? Gadling, or rather the U.S. Travel Association, says it’s possible, but we can watch this video together and dream.
Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission announced it would soon consider letting people make cell phone calls on airplanes. You read that right. And as the Huffington Post pointed out – people really hate that idea.
The International Balloon Fiesta floats into Albuquerque, NM, a sea of pink washed over the NFL and toasts were made at Oktoberfest in this week in photos. Not to be outdone, Betty White makes an adorable appearance in this week’s travel news roundup.
Whether you need to review your safety guidelines or not, take a 4-minute break from work and watch this video from Air New Zealand featuring none other than 91-year-old Betty White, explaining “safety old school style.”
Unfortunately you have to wait a little longer to see if you will be able to keep your electronic devices on during flights. Due to the government shutdown, the highly anticipated ruling from the Federal Aviation Administration on in-flight use of electronic devices has been delayed because of the required furloughing of 15,000 FAA workers.
And if you’re looking to take traveling to the next level, this week Nomadic Matt has 27 golden rules for “becoming a master traveler.” The tips –- which he says will give you “expert ninja-like knowledge” of travel — include getting a no-fee ATM card, using tourist boards, avoiding taxis and traveling alone at least once.
If you’re one of the many pet lovers who faces the difficult dilemma of finding a place to board your pet that’s both safe and convenient, airports are looking to help you out. Several airports across the nation including New Orleans International, Houston JFK and Chicago Midway have opened on-site pet boarding “resorts” that are open 24 hours a day. Now you can pamper your pooches with “pawdicures” and even have them meet you curbside when your plane lands.
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.
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…