The LG Weekly News Roundup: 3.25

Extras, Weekly Travel News — By on March 25, 2010 at 6:00 am

By Molly Fergus
LG Deputy Editor, Travel News

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

Rodents on the rise
Not to be a wimpy girl, but eww! This very unscientific Trip Advisor study for USA Today says that reviewers used the word rat 31 percent more in Jan. and Feb. 2010 than a year ago. There are, of course, other reasons for this (maybe a surprising number of guests mentioned Disney’s favorite mouse), but the data still gives us the heebee jeebees. Have you ever seen a really ratty critter in a guest room?
Source: USA Today

Your next tour guide, augmented
Augmented reality, a nifty web feature that Esquire toyed with in its Nov. 2009 issue, is making its way to smart phones with travel apps. The idea is simple: Hold up the phone to a popular tourist attraction, such as the Statue of Liberty, the camera recognizes the object or street, and useful background info pops up on the screen. The uses are farther along in Europe, where several cities have already developed augmented reality walking tours, like a Beatles themed one in London. Sounds neat, but make sure that battery is juiced!
Source: USA Today

The bath buzz
When in Ireland, beware the bath salts. Head shops, pseudo-beauty stores that sell a bevy of soaps, salts and incenses, are increasingly catering to clubbers who consume the products to get high. The stores are completely unregulated, and in the last 12 months hospitals have seen an alarming spike in partiers’ panic attacks and hallucinations. Hmm, maybe it’s best to stick to Guinness.
Source: Chicago Tribune

Lightening the load
We can’t decide if this is kooky or cool. The JakPak is a new lightweight, nylon jacket that morphs into a tent at the end of a day’s hike. It’s obviously smart marketing – trekkers always want to shave a few ounces off the day’s load – but is this comfortable? Or warm? Or worth $250?
Source: Jaunted

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