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Travel News to Smile About

As the media covers the spread of swine flu and the story of the low-flying plane that flew past the office yesterday, today’s news stories aren’t exactly travel-inspiring. So I went hunting for happy headlines until I found some reasons why it’s a great week to be a traveler. Here are my favorites; please add yours!

11 Historic Places in the U.S. Get Some Help
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has revealed its 2009 list of endangered historic places. While that’s gloomy on the surface, it means these places have a chance of getting the attention they need to survive.

Peeps Are Cheap in Post-Easter Sales
OK, it’s a (marshmallow) stretch, but check out the amazingly creative finalist photo gallery from National Geographic Traveler’s Peeps in Places Photo Challenge. You want to pack a five-pack of the little guys for your next trip, right? Bonus: sweet snacks for the flight home.

Thursday Is Queen’s Day in the Netherlands
“Never has a gridlock been such fun” is the promise of Amsterdam’s tourism website as it touts the city’s celebrations. I don’t know about that tagline, but the orange-hued events will definitely be fun to watch.

Friday Is Lei Day in Hawaii
I always liked the Parisian tradition of buying lilies of the valley on May 1, but there’s something better than May Day: Lei Day. I’ll be on the lookout for photos from this colorful event.

Nerds Ace Travel Tests, Too
For a twist on typical summer-trip picks, see the list of geek getaways from Popular Science. Some are morbid, some involve Martians, but they’re all intriguing. Darn know-it-alls!

So there you go, five travel(ish) headlines we can smile about. If you’ve seen more good news, please share!

Photo courtesy of IgoUgo member samepenny


My name: Michelle Doucette

How I earn my keep: I'm an editor at

Favorite way to get around: Some of my favorite trips involved renting cars in foreign countries and driving through the countryside, stopping on whims. You get a feel for the culture away from the big cities and meet interesting people on the road, including, I must admit, an embarrassingly high number of local policemen. I suppose it would be prudent to learn all of the traffic laws ahead of time.

Best meal I've had while traveling: Since a succession of gelato cones probably doesn't count as a meal, my favorite must have been a fresh crabmeat lunch prepared by a St. John sailboat captain while we took a break from snorkeling in the Caribbean. Sharing baklava as the sun came up over Paros, Greece, (while, once again, not technically a meal) was also memorable.

Travel ambitions: Since climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, I've figured out that I'd like to keep trekking while traveling. I've got my eyes on epic hikes in Nepal, Bhutan, and Peru.



Hawaii has a Parisian tradition? I didn’t know, thanks for you postings. I’ve been in Hawaii before and the Mauna Kai has always been my favorite.

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