The LG Travel News Roundup: It’s Up, Up and Away for the Youngest Hot Air Balloon Pilot

Weekly Travel News — By on June 10, 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…

Bobby Bradley Youngest Hot Air Balloon PilotBlue Skies for World’s Youngest Hot Air Balloon Pilot

Nine-year-old Bobby Bradley became the youngest pilot to take off in a hot air balloon and land perfectly. His solo mission involved a 26-minute hot air balloon ride that left the ground at 7:00 a.m. from his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bradley was supported by fifty of his friends, family members and classmates who celebrated his success with non-alcoholic champagne. After landing, Bobby said, “It was awesome. It was amazing. I loved it.” Source: AOL Weird News

There’s More than Meets the Eye to a British Mound 

The mysterious pudding-shaped mound on the grounds of Marlborough College is believed to be a prehistoric monuments by archaeologists. After examinations, scientists date the mound to be 4,400 years old, reaching back to Norman times. What’s more, the mound is also believed to be the base of a castle built after the Norman invasion. Prior to this discovery, the mound was the largest manmade prehistoric hill in Europe. Source: Guardian

Snakes on a…Vietnamese Train?

Dozens of deadly live king cobras–which can kill a human in thirty minutes–were found under a seat on a train en route to Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Hundreds of passengers fled in panic and as a result, the smuggler successfully escaped. The snakes were given to authorities who could not specify how many snakes were in the four clear bags, but revealed they weighed a total of 45 kg (99 lbs). It has been speculated that the endangered snakes were being smuggled to be sold to restaurants in Hanoi. Source: Yahoo

Thailand’s Culture Minister Cracks Down on Tourist Tattoos

If you’ve had a chance to see The Hangover II, you may remember the infamous tattoo Ed Helms’ character wakes up with in Bangkok. Perhaps the film’s publicity is what led to Thailand’s culture minister recently announcing his new plan: passing a law which will ban foreign visitors from getting religious Thai tattoos. These tattoos are popular among tourists and tend to be a combination of Buddhist images, Pali texts and Hindu themes. The culture minister shared concerns over the appropriateness of religious symbols as body art. Source: FOX News

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Travel News Bits

Two competitions give you the chance to write on the road

Love to write? Love to travel? Two of the latest travel contests give you the chance to combine them. Glimpse is now accepting applications for its Fall 2011 Correspondents Program, while the UK’s Wanderlust magazine is running a contest for a writing trip via rail travel in Canada. Although both have some restrictions, check them out for your chance to win!

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