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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.

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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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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.

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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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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Jealous of your friends’ vacations? Find out how to combat this and more from this week’s roundup of our favorite travel blogs.

If you’ve been following recent tech news, you’ve heard about the new super-high-tech Google Glass prototypes. Could these headsets be a traveler’s best friend or a distraction? Peter Greenberg weighs in on these futuristic devices and how they could potentially help travelers.

You love hearing about your friends’ travel adventures, but at one point or another you’re bound to turn green with envy — especially when you hear about a friend’s sunny trip to Jamaica, when meanwhile you were digging your car out of the snow. Vagabondish offers their steps for overcoming this common travel problem.

It’s not often we get a glimpse of elephants, lions and zebras outside of the zoo. The Everwhereist took a once-in-a-lifetime safari through The Aquila Private Game Reserve in South Africa. She explains why it isn’t quite like The Lion King.

Spring is considered the best time for a ski vacation, so while many of us can’t wait for the warmer weather, skiers are looking forward to hitting those powdery white slopes. For the skiing enthusiasts looking to plan their next trip, check out the world’s best luxury destinations for spring skiing.

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Whether you’re facing your fears, getting out of your comfort zone, or trying new things, traveling can be full of challenges. From losing their luggage, traveling for the first time, or even falling in love, travel bloggers this week share some of their most challenging experiences and why you should go for it anyway.

It seems like no matter how much we plan our travels beforehand, something is always bound to go wrong. Luckily, Vagabondish lists their 5 tips on preparing for the unexpected, so you’ll be able to handle whatever unlucky situation is thrown at you.

For a beginner traveler, the thought of going to a foreign country can be a bit daunting. Check out Unbravegirl’s post to find out what gave her the push she needed to start seeing the world!

Reading the recent criticisms of cruises might have you hesitant to jump aboard, but Emma’s Travel Tales explains why cruises should not be dismissed — it’s just as authentic as any other travel experience, plus it’s safer than crossing the street in NYC!

A starry-eyed heroine travels to a foreign country and finds the love of her life … Perhaps the plot of one too many novels and films, but does it actually happen? Find out if falling in love abroad is everything it’s cracked up to be in in Youngadventuress’s post about her own experience in Spain.

The words luxury and hiking don’t typically go hand in hand, but Ottsworld found this improbable mix. Located at the base of the Torres Del Pain Park in Chile, Ecocamp provides the best of both worlds with environmentally responsible tent-like furnished lodgings, guided hiking programs and solar-powered toilets — ideal for those who don’t like roughing it.

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