The LG Travel News Roundup: New “Snore-Proof” Rooms Mean Sweet Dreams for All

Weekly Travel News — By on July 29, 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…

New Crowne Plaza snore proof roomsCrowne Plaza Hotels to Offer “Snore-Proof” Rooms

Ever been kept up all night in a hotel because of a snoring neighbor? Ten Crowne Plaza hotels across the Middle East and Europe are hoping to make sure that doesn’t happen again by offering new snore absorption rooms and snore monitors for a trial run. The special “snore-proof” rooms have sound-absorbing surfaces on their walls, headboard and bed wedge. The room also comes with a white noise machine that claims to drown out the noise of snoring and even an anti-snoring pillow…who knew they existed?! Source: Huffington Post

Kiwis Say No to Kooky Baby Names

If you’ve ever thought about naming your child something a bit edgy or insane, then don’t give birth in New Zealand. The nation’s Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages is banning “weird” baby names such as those involving punctuation marks, single-letter names (such as C, D, I, and T), names too similar to titles (Bishop, Baron, General, Judge, King, Knight, etc) and other imaginative, off-the-wall names including: Lucifer, Duke and Messiah. Source: Gadling

New Tiled Weaving Unveiled At Westminster Abbey

The Cosmati pavement before the high altar at the Westminster Abbey was concealed for over a century and has only recently been opened up for visitors to view. Made from marble, semi-precious stone and glass, the medieval pavement has been cleaned and restored. One of the three mysterious inscriptions in the pavement allegedly even cites the date of the world’s end. Source: Fortean Times

Texting-while-Walking Still Perfectly Legal in Philly

Rumors were swirling in Philadelphia that the city had plans to pass a law making texting while walking a fine-able crime. The city has since set the record straight saying an officer may advise a pedestrian to be more cautious and that they recommend people take care if they walk while texting, but the only citation that can be given while on your own two legs is for jaywalking. So continue texting Philadelphians…so long as you don’t jaywalk! Source: NBC Philadelphia

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Travel News Bits

Three winners of Nomadic Matt giveaway to get free flights

To celebrate his blog’s fifth year anniversary, well-known travel blogger Nomadic Matt is using the 350,000 miles he’s accrued with American Airlines over the past year not towards his own travels, but to help three lucky people make their own travel dreams come true. [The deadline to enter is August 1, 2011]. Source: Gadling

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