The LG Travel News Roundup: The Rise of Medical Tourism

Weekly Travel News — By on March 2, 2012 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…

Medical TourismPiña Coladas and Pec Implants
You’ve heard of voluntourism and ecotourism, and now you can add surgery-tourism to the list. Apparently, “jet set surgery” is a rising trend where tourists go to a destination (the most popular being Rio de Janiero in Brazil) for low cost plastic surgery and a luxurious stay in an exotic destination. But all is not perfect in this seemingly wonderful scheme: Traveling abroad for procedures can be risky and life-threatening since each country has their own regulations for products and qualifications for doctors. Source: Huffington Post

When Air Travel is Really a Hassle
The cramped spaces in economy class can cause blood clots in traveler’s feet called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can lead to a pulmonary embolism, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Want to decrease your chances of this condition? The American College of Chest Physicians claim that sitting in an aisle seat decreases your odds of acquiring DVT since an aisle seat increases your mobility. Want a sure-fire way to prevent DVT? No matter where you are seated, make sure to get up and walk around during your flight. Source: ABC News
Who Needs a Spaceship?
A California design firm, BRC Imagination Arts, has proposed a zero gravity roller coaster for thrill seekers. The ride would be inspired by NASA’s aircraft designed to prep astronauts for an outer space flight and would allow riders to experience microgravity. The expected cost of the project would be between 40 and 60 million. Source: MSNBC


Airfare Price Hike… Surprise!
The 2012 calendar year may see more tourism, but certainly not due to the cheap airfare. Airlines are hiking their fares for the third time this year. The airlines include United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, U.S. Airways and Virgin America. The reason behind the hike is the increased fuel costs. Source: USA Today

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