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This edition of our weekly travel blog roundup is the stuff dreams are made of … a long-awaited destination, an island getaway to Bora Bora, Roger Federer playing tennis on a glacier … seriously, we can’t make this stuff up.

This week one of our favorite bloggers got to experience one of the things travel writers treasure: finally getting to visit a place you’ve long been researching, writing and reading about. Here is Passenger Conners’ take on 48 hours in Martha’s Vineyard.

If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a method behind the madness that is boarding a plane, Skift reveals the math behind airlines’ chaotic practices.

Moving on, Johnny Jet had a rather surreal experience watching pro Roger Federer play tennis against Olympic ski racer Lindsey Vonn on a glacier at 11,333 feet — seems he has a bit of an advantage, no? All of this fanfare was for opening of the world’s tallest chocolate shop (by elevation) at Jungfraujoch, the “Top of Europe.”

Who hasn’t dreamed of staying in a bungalow on stilts over cerulean waters? The Travel Bite shares 5 things they don’t tell you about the dream destination of Bora Bora.

Finally, join the Expert Vagabond on an epic, 6-week surfing road trip from Cape Town to Durban in South Africa.

Paris

Another summer weekend is about to be on the books — how will you spend it? Our weekly travel blog roundup has more than a few good ideas.

“Uncorking a bottle of French wine on a sunny day, spreading Brie on a baguette, gazing out on the Paris skyline in front of the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre,” Nomadic Matt describes his perfect day and shares 22 ways to save money in Paris.

We enjoyed taking a road trip down memory lane with The Repatriate, living vicariously through her travels in Austria.

Airbnb revealed a new logo and website and people had strong opinions about it. Skift rounded up the reactions — thoughts?

How to travel the world for $1.94 per day. Seriously. Wandering Earl explains.

Lastly, Fathom shares 7 breezy accessories for your next beach vacation.

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This Week in Photos
From the Coachella music festival to an ancient fertility ritual to the White House Easter Egg Roll, there are lots of celebrations to be had in this week in photos. But the fun doesn’t stop there, let’s get to our weekly travel blog roundup.

Johnny Jet has the scoop on the one airport to avoid this summer (if you can).

Want to go on the ultimate Nashville vacation? What to eat, drink, see and buy according to Music City-native Camels & Chocolate.

Skift presents the airplane seat design that could end the battle of the armrests.

If you’re headed to New Orleans for Jazz Fest this weekend and looking to try the best Po’ Boy, look no further. Eat Your World suggests a deep-fried seafood po’ boy from Parkway Bakery & Tavern.

World of Wanderlust presents 6 reasons to visit Italy in the spring (as if you need that many).

This Week in Photos

Spring fever hits this week in photos with a massive pillow fight in DC, the Philippine International Balloon Festival and annual Songkran water festival in Thailand. Read on for a smörgåsbord of must-read stories from some of our favorite travel blogs.

Add this one to your bucket list: Twenty Something Travel visited a town called Tequila.

And while this applies to a very select few, Almost Fearless shared some pretty great tips on having a baby overseas.

Our good pal Passenger Conners gets real about her adventures in short-term subletting, which include flaming generators and 5-minute showers.

Skift has the download on the new pay-as-you-go model for airport lounges. Would you use them?

Our friends at the National Park Service teamed up with EarthCam to bring you a live stream of the beautiful cherry blossoms in our nation’s capital.

This Week in Photos

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.

This Week in Photos

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.

Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

Lola Akinmade Åkerström is a Nigerian-American, Stockholm-based writer and photographer who has contributed to digital and print publications such as National Geographic Traveler (both UK & US versions), BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Lonely Planet, AFAR, San Francisco Chronicle, Fodors.com, several in-flight magazines, and many more. She is featured in a South Africa vignette Through The Lens that airs on National Geographic Channel and her photography is represented by National Geographic. Check out her blog, and follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Traveling Type: How did you get started travel blogging?
Lola Akinmade Akerstrom: I’ve always had a travel website of some sort since 2002 when I volunteered as a field journalist with an expedition race in Fiji. I shared dispatches, snippets and photos so my family and friends could follow along, but it wasn’t until late 2006 — when I discovered Matador Network — that I fully began “travel blogging.” At that time, I was still working a full-time job as a GIS system architect developing cool interactive online maps, but by 2009, I officially left that life behind in pursuit of travel writing and travel photography.

What’s your blog about?
I developed my own travel blog to feature highlights from travels along with dispatches because I work primarily as a freelance writer and photographer. So my blog acts more as a showcase for my work — writing and photography — with the occasional service-y “how to” post and product reviews.

How many countries, cities, and continents have you traveled to?
I stopped counting countries after my 40th because travel to me isn’t about some arbitrary list of places that need to be checked off and conquered. That said, I’d probably be well over 50 countries by the end of this year. But who’s keeping count? :)

What’s your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
I don’t have a favorite place but I do have favorite experiences, ranging from volunteering in Cambodia and photographing the Northern Lights in Swedish Lapland to learning about Zulu culture in South Africa and soaking up the vibrant markets in Lagos, Nigeria.

What’s your favorite place to get away from it all?
We actually live on one of Stockholm’s islands so we have a favorite cliff by the water where we steal away to just relax and watch sailboats and ships cruise by.

What’s your must-have item that you never travel without?
Camera. I have a hard time traveling without one.

What’s your favorite travel app?
Skyscanner. I’m always searching for cheap tickets.

Tell us your funniest travel story/experience. 
Strong winds plus me in a skirt and you already know what happened. But what made it even more embarrassing was that I was boarding a full double-decker bus in London and was climbing the stairs to the upper deck when a gust of wind rushed in, lifting and wrapping my skirt around my waist in the process. So those seated in the lower deck definitely got a good view of my underwear.

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten while traveling, and where was it?
A tough call, but I can say the best pizza I have ever eaten was in the remote village of Gratteri in Sicily — the type of tiny village where the baker rides a small Vespa through narrow streets delivering bread directly to homes. We had to wait all day until 7 p.m. for the pizza maker to arrive into the village … and it was well worth the wait.

What’s the best hotel/resort/hostel you’ve stayed at?
Right now, it’s Les Jardins de la Medina in Marrakech. I really enjoyed its ambiance and would return in a heartbeat.

Where’s “home”?
Home is anywhere my husband and daughter are. Right now, they’re in Stockholm so Stockholm it is. But I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, and it will always be my “true roots” home.

What would you recommend to travelers visiting your hometown?
When visiting Lagos, try to experience one of its open-air markets for a sensory overload and a true glimpse into what makes it such a vibrant city. When visiting Stockholm, take a boat cruise around the harbor. Better yet, take a brunch or lunch cruise so you can dig into local Swedish specialties like pickled herring and cured salmon while soaking up Stockholm’s stunning views.

What’s #1 on your bucket list? 
Mongolia. Oh, and the North Pole.

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Meet Johnny Jet – he’s Our Type of Traveler. Johnny Jet travels around 175,000 miles and visits more than 20 countries each year. He and his website JohnnyJet.com have been featured over 3,000 times in major publications, including USA Today, Time, Fortune and The New York Times. JohnnyJet.com has been named “one of the best money-saving web sites for travel” by Budget Travel Magazine, while the LA Times calls it “one of the top 10 essential travel resources on the internet.” Sign up today for Johnny Jet’s free weekly travel newsletter at JohnnyJet.com and follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Traveling Type: How did you get started travel blogging?
JohnnyJet: I kind of fell into it. I started before the word ‘blogging’ was even created. Back in 1995, I began emailing stories of my travels to my friends, along with useful travel tips. My friends started sharing it with their friends and when my email list grew to over 500 people, I created a website. A few months later, Laura Bly from USA Today featured JohnnyJet.com and it became my full-time job about 4 months later.

What’s your blog about?
My website chronicles my travels and includes useful travel tips and advice to help people travel better and smarter. You’ll also find travel news and great travel deals.

How many countries, cities, and continents have you traveled to?
I’ve been to 6 continents and roughly 100 countries according to the Century Club’s list.

What’s your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
That’s a tough call. It really depends on the time of year. I love Southeast Asia, Australia and the South Pacific in the winter and I love Europe and Nantucket in the summer.

What’s your favorite place to get away from it all?
A European cruise on Seabourn.

What’s your must-have item that you never travel without?
My passport! And my Acer Aspire S7 laptop, which has the new Windows operating system.

What’s your favorite travel app?
FlightAware

Tell us your funniest travel story/experience. 
I was at Club Med Opio in Provence, France, and had signed up for a massage. When I arrived for my appointment, the receptionists were giggling as they handed me a robe and showed me to the men’s locker room. When my masseuse showed up, she escorted me to the room and said something in French, which I didn’t understand. Then she said, “Voila.” Usually, after being led into the therapy room, the masseuse steps out so you can get your naked body on the table and under a towel so no one has to witness what’s beneath the robe. But when she said, “Voila!” again and motioned for me to get on the table, I gathered she was telling me to drop the towel and hoist my naked self up onto the table. I didn’t want to look like a prude American so I did as I was told and just … well, dropped the towel.

WHOA NELLY! You should have seen this scene. I don’t know who was more surprised — the masseuse or my reaction to her reaction! After I let it all hang out she let out a little scream and quickly turned around. I instantly grabbed the paper covering from the table and covered you-know-who. With her back to me and one hand over her eyes, she handed me some paper underwear. It turned out that the women at the front desk had ‘forgotten’ to give me this important cover-up.

What’s the best hotel/resort/hostel you’re stayed at?
That’s another tough call. But as of right now, I would have to say Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island or Richard Branson’s Mahali Mzuri Kenya Safari Camp.

Where’s “home”?
Manhattan Beach, California

What would you recommend to travelers visiting your hometown?
Rent a bike and ride along the Strand to soak up the views and the sun.

What’s #1 on your bucket list?
Vietnam.

Here at Travel Channel, we like tips — tips on how to pack, how to get a deal, where to go …  you name it. The world is a pretty big place and it’s pretty difficult to know where and how to get everywhere. But the travel blogosphere is an even bigger place, so we scour it for even more ideas about how to travel like a pro.

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