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After what has seemed like the longest winter ever – the snow is still melting for some of us — it’s finally the first day of spring and Travel Channel is celebrating with 31 days of travel ideas.

Whether you’re looking for the best top-down convertible drives or the best cities to visit in spring, we’ve got you covered. So visit our calendar daily to inspire your next springtime adventure.

Oh, and one more thing: What’s the point of having a fling if you don’t show it off? We want to see your best spring photos. Share them on Instagram using hashtag #TCSpringFling for a chance to be featured.

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This Week in Photos

From Holi celebrations in India to Banksy’s tribute to victims of the war in Syria, take a look back at this week in photos. Now, let’s turn our attention to the serious eye candy awaiting in this week’s travel news roundup.

Fast Company rounded up amazing photos of 10 of the world’s most innovative hotels.

BuzzFeed found 47 stunning photos of people from around the world.

We hate to ruin it for you, actually HuffPost Travel did, with photos of 9 famous landmarks … in reality.

Here are 20 awesome Instagram travel photographers you need to follow according to our pal, the Expert Vagabond.

Finally, Fathom explores the streets of Southeast Asia in this photo tour.

 

This Week in Photos

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.

 

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

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 birth of England’s future king, a high-wire act across the Grand Canyon, and a historic Miss America – see some of 2013’s most remarkable travel moments.

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Caviar and Bananas

The world reflects on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, lauds a Nobel Prize laureate and more in this week in photos. For some lighter travel news, if you’ve ever wondered if a picture is really worth a thousand words — read on to find out.

Want to remember the last sunset on your vacation forever? Don’t Instagram it. A new study in CNN suggests the taking that snapshot actually diminishes your memory of the sunset.

Gadling unearthed a trend, or 2 rather, we can’t wait to try — all aboard the Pinot Express. A vineyard with a zipline? Yes, please.

Still Christmas shopping? Camels & Chocolate says forgo all the “stuff” for the ultimate gift: A cruise through Europe.

We’ll leave you with the clip that went viral this week, FunForLouis’ Epic World Adventure. Prepare to be very jealous.

Every wonder, what the hect is “Hygge?” We bet you are now. Fathom Away delves into Danish culture to find out.

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This Week in Travel

There are not 1, not 2, but 3 Guiness World Record attempts in This Week in Photos – find out who’ll set the next record. There’s some history-making in our travel news roundup as well, at least where your smartphone or tablet is concerned on your next flight.

Soon you won’t have to put down that book on your iPad as your plane hits the tarmac thanks to a decision by the FAA to allow the use of electronic devices for the duration of flights. While this does mean you can play games and work on drafting a blog post about your trip, it does not give you the freedom to pass time by calling Grandma or texting a friend – voice calls and use of data plans will remain banned aboard flights.

Virgin Airlines is joining the recent trend of high-quality in-flight safety videos (if you haven’t seen Air New Zealand’s video featuring Betty White you must catch up), releasing an information music video led by G.I. Joe and Step Up 2 director Jon M. Chu. The video brings together dancers, singers and choreographers from American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, and is a little catchy (I may or may not be humming the tune as I write this).

Gadling reports that the Leaning Tower of Pisa, isn’t “leaning” as much as it once was. The iconic bell tower is standing up a little straighter these days due to a massive restoration project. A new study out this week says that the tower has straightened by 1 inch (2.5cm) since 2001.

Still haven’t booked Thanksgiving travel? It’s not too late, but you’re going to need to be creative. Johnny Jet has rounded up 10 ways to find cheap Thanksgiving travel that could be your key to saving some money this holiday season.

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.

This Week in Photos

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.

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