The LG Travel News Roundup: 2.11.11

Weekly Travel News — By on February 11, 2011 at 6:00 am

By Susmita Baral
LG News Intern

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your roundup right here…

To Mars and beyond…or just Pennsylvania

NASA engineers are currently estimating that a trip to the “Red Planet” would cost $11 billion, but if that’s out of your budget, worry not: a roadtrip to Mars, Pennsylvania—population 1,745—is a cheaper, and perhaps more feasible, alternative! From the vintage flying saucer sitting on its town green to the local high school football team who are known as the Fighting Planets, this small town a mere half hour north of Pittsburgh might be just the thing to give you a taste of the Martian way. Source: MSNBC

Lighthouses Could Soon Be Left in the Dark

Despite the fact that 75% of lighthouses in the U.S. are still functioning as a “navigational aide,” their days seemed numbered with the increasing availability and cost-effectiveness of GPS devices. Preservation societies from across the country are worried that the current economic environment could prevent the continued up-keep of these historic buildings. What does this mean for travelers? Many such discontinued lighthouses are being transformed into rest stops, quirky hotels and restaurants, creating an unusual backdrop for new experiences. Source: CNN

Aufiderzein to Auschwitz?

Over time, what was once the largest concentration camp built by the Nazis during World War II has become a major tourist attraction, drawing visitors from places as distant as South Korea and Japan. Now, Auschwitz is crumbling, due to the speed in which it was built as well as the current levels of mass tourism. To combat its decay, officials have launched a global campaign to garner funds for repair, hoping to raise $165 million for their cause. Source: Yahoo News

Suitcase Showdown Forces 100 Passengers Off Plane

It’s no secret that airlines around the world have tightened the reins when it comes to carry-on luggage size and weight, and budget airline Ryanair in Europe has certainly led the way. Yet again, when Ryanair asked a passenger in the Canary Islands last week to pay a gate bag fee for oversized luggage, a fight broke out on board just before take-off. The result? 100 passengers were removed from the plane (and were not allowed back on). Source: MSNBC

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Travel News Bits

New contest could send you around the world in 80 days
It seems almost too good to be true: a contest sponsored by Cathay Pacific airlines promises free airfare and hotel accommodation for 80 days of travel this summer—it even comes with daily spending money! Source:
Cathay Pacific

Thumbnail courtesy of MSNBC


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