The LG Weekly Travel News Roundup: 10.5.2009

Family & Kid Travel, Spain, Weekly Travel News — By on October 5, 2009 at 6:00 am

by Molly Fergus
LG Travel News Editor

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

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Disney do-gooders
Congrats to Missed the Lost Girls Disney World giveaway? Fret not. Beginning Jan. 1 2010, the theme park behemoth awards 1 million free passes to volunteers nationwide. Sign up for just one day of service on Disney’s website.
Source: Jaunted

Running out the bulls
Visitors who go to Barcelona seeking out Spanish stereotypes – vibrant flamenco dancers, heady sangrias and rich paellas – often leave either disappointed or with a memory-book full of tourist traps. Now, vacationers might need to head south to catch a bull fight, one of the country’s most iconic sports. Catalonian politicians are considering outlawing the controversial performance, which proponents consider a source of cultural pride.
Source: New York Times

First come, first fee-ed
Say cheerio to that guaranteed aisle seat. British Airways announced Friday that it will begin charging passengers as much as $80 to select seat locations more than one day early. Rates vary depending on location and flight length, with short European flights ringing in around 20 pounds and exit row spots on international jets valued at 50 pounds. Southwest keeps looking better.
Source: New York Times

Comeback story
Only in N’awlins could opera singers set up shop on such a famously debauched street. Bourbon Street, historically a music hub but known more for strip clubs and Pat O’Brien’s hurricanes, returns to its classic roots with the Opera on Tap series. Launched in September, the series arranges casual performances at bars and lounges throughout the French Quarter. Bonus: There are no open container laws in New Orleans, so grab your hurricane to-go.
Source: USA Today

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