The LG Travel News Roundup: 4.8.11

Weekly Travel News — By on April 8, 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…

Sherpas Clean Up Mount EverestScaling the Slopes of Mt. Everest…With a Cause

Think climbing Mt. Everest is a daunting task? Imagine cleaning it! A team of national and international campaigners have launched the “Save Everest Campaign”–a $780,000 year-long endeavor including a thorough Mt. Everest clean-up and additional efforts towards setting up waste management plants and recycling facilities across the trail. This campaign is much needed as trails to and on Mt. Everest are littered with oxygen cylinders, gas cartridges, tins, old tents, food, medicine, plastic and even human remains! Source: All Headline News

Curious Cobra Tweets Her Way through NYC

What is the first thing a cobra does when it escapes the zoo? Make a Twitter account, of course! When an unnamed Egyptian cobra went missing from the Bronx Zoo last week, “she” made a Twitter account sharing her journey through Manhattan (@bronxzooscobra), taking in such sights as a Broadway show, the Natural History Museum and even spotting Tina Fey at the Rockefeller Center. Since being caught, the cobra now tweets about her adventures within the walls of the zoo. Source: Gadling

Tattoo Tourism: A Souvenir to Remember 

If you’re looking for a lifelong travel souvenir that doesn’t take up too much space, then a tattoo might be the perfect option. A regional tattoo uses ancient traditions that makes each tattoo truly unique and original. Travel destinations that are reknown for ritualistic tattoos include Borneo, Hawaii, Japan, New Zealand, Tahiti, Thailand and Samoa, and annual expos in cities like Singapore, Miami and Sydney could be a great excuse for your next big trip. Source: MSNBC

“Skin Fatigue” on Southwest Planes

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 made an emergency landing in Arizona last week due to “widespread cracking” on the skin of the aircraft. About twenty minutes after take-off, a hole opened in the top of the aircraft and caused the cabin to depressurize. Since then, Southwest Airlines has canceled over 300 flights in order to ground 79 of its planes for “aircraft skin fatigue” inspection. Source: CNN

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Travel News Bit

Paging all Will & Kate Look-a-likes

If anyone has ever told you that you look like Prince William or his fiancee Kate Middleton (lucky you!) then you could potentially win a year’s worth of free flights on easyJet! This opportunity is only open for European residents over the age of 18. Source: EasyJet

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