This Week in Travel: The Top 5 Travel Stories of the Week
If you haven’t had time to follow the latest from the world of travel–never fear! This Week in Travel is here to give you a heads up on the biggest stories, the strangest news items, and latest updates on the world of travel.
Travel Tips for Super Bowl Fans
I don’t know if you’ve heard but the Super Bowl is this weekend. Gah! I know! The economy might be in the toilet and Punxsutawney Phil saw his stupid shadow, but we’ve still got the Super Bowl to get excited about. Bloggers are suggesting fun things to do in Miami (where the bowl is) and in New Orleans (because, let’s face it, they know how to have a good time). And Intelligent Travel even did a spotlight on Indianapolis, which was awfully inclusive of them.
Bad Weather in the Mid-Atlantic Region
All over the Interwebs, people are buzzing about the huge storm that is set to hit the East Coast this weekend. Many airlines are canceling flights in preparation. If you’re flying to the region, be sure to check in online before you head to the airport, as there may be delays or cancellations. If you live in the region…start waxing your snowboard.
Valentine’s Day is Around the Corner
Don’t end up sleeping on the couch. Make Valentine’s Day plans this weekend and dazzle your darling with a romantic escape. We put our heads together on the most romantic hotels in America and many other blogs have good ideas too. Jaunted even named the Top 5 Worst Places to Spend Valentine’s Day.
Machu Picchu is a Mess
After a torrential downpour and severe mudslides, 3,900 tourists got stranded at the village at the base of Machu Picchu after the railway to the tourist destination got washed out in sections. Now Peru is considering closing its #1 attraction until the repairs are complete.
Web-Cam Watcher Saves Tourist
And in the just plain bizarre category, I’m including this news item from USA Today. A German woman was enjoying a virtual sunset via webcam and noticed a man in distress on her screen. She alerted the authorities and they were able to rescue the man stranded on the frozen North Sea. I hope he bought a lottery ticket later because obviously his stars were aligned.
My name: Alison Presley
Nickname: Presbo, because I'm good police.
How I earn my keep: I'm the manager of Travelocity's Travel for Good program. Visit Travel for Good to learn more about our green travel and voluntourism initiatives!
What kind of traveler am I: I'm an intrepid food explorer. I usually starve myself on the plane (not that that's too hard to do) so that the moment my toes touch foreign soil I'm ready to sample new and exciting cuisine. I like to dine everywhere from hole-in-the-wall local secrets to Michelin Guide gems. Cannelés, poi, boiled peanuts, oxtail soup, poutine--there's no stopping this adventurous palate.
Greatest travel lesson I've learned: It doesn't cost a lot of money to do good. Offsetting your carbon impact only adds a few bucks to your trip, green hotels are very affordable, and volunteering locally during your vacation is a great way to give back and learn about the culture.