Travel Hosts Exposed, Week of Feb 16, 2011
Anthony Bourdain visits Hokkaido, Japan, Zak Bagans shows off his tattoo and more.
idea_ss_whats-hot-whats-not-2011_001_596x334In ' Unplugging
Enjoy life and live in the moment instead of toting around your hand-held device or laptop. Unplug and immerse yourself in a new culture and destination. Siberia, here we come!
Out ' Internet Access/Wi-Fi
Don't be a geek. Checking Facebook, Foursquare and tweeting on your Smartphone is so old-school. Travel isn't an anti-social hobby. 960 1280
idea_ss_whats-hot-whats-not-2011_002b_596x334In ' Pat-down
Underwear bombing is all the rage, which means we all get a free grope on the way to Grandma's house. What's that? You don't want the TSA creeper touching you? Step into the body scanner to the right, also known as the free peep show starring you.
Out ' Shoe scan
Who hides explosives in shoes anymore? 960 1280
idea_ss_whats-hot-whats-not-2011_004_596x334In ' Ground Zero Memorial
The New Year will be big for New York when the memorial at Ground Zero opens to the public on Sept. 11, 2011.
Out ' Sleeping on Matresses
With the increase in bedbug infestations in NYC, where can tourists sleep without fear? Travelers can prepare in advance by checking hotel reviews online, using luggage liners, looking behind headboards and keeping luggage or clothes off the floor. 960 1280
idea_ss_whats-hot-whats-not-2011_005_596x334In ' England
Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton have made England a hot destination after setting a date for their wedding day, on April 29, 2011.
Out ' Sweden
Sorry, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, marrying your fitness trainer in 2010 is so, well, 2010. 960 1280
idea_ss_whats-hot-whats-not-2011_006_596x334In ' Vanuatu
With 83 islands featuring roaring waterfalls, tropical beaches and remote villages, Vanuatu is bursting with eco-friendly excursions.
Out ' Riviera Maya
Only 20 years ago, you could sneak into the remote, dusty Mayan ruin and crash next door in a $5-a-night beach hut. Not anymore. Cancun has officially jumped the shark. 960 1280
idea_ss_whats-hot-whats-not-2011_007b_596x334In ' Dance
Everyone's a dancer, even Bristol Palin! Visit Argentina for traditional tango lessons or go on a themed cruise, where dance competitions are increasingly popular.
Out ' Wine
Dissing Merlot while singing the praises of Pinot Noir on a California wine tour is so 2004. 960 1280
idea_ss_whats-hot-whats-not-2011_008_596x334In ' Bike-sharing
Bike-sharing really took off in Paris in 2007 with 20,000 bicycles distributed across 1,450 stations. Since then, networks have launched in Portland, OR, Washington, DC, and Montreal, Canada.
Out ' Segway
The Segway is out after the company's owner was killed when he accidentally drove one off a cliff last year. 960 1280
idea_ss_whats-hot-whats-not-2011_010b_596x334In ' Fakecation
If you can work from home, why not work from Egypt instead? Any exotic location will do. Worldwide Wi-Fi and mobile coverage is expanding exponentially each year, and with Skype, there's no reason to pay for long-distance calls.
Out ' Staycation
You no longer have an excuse to stay at home when you can travel the world without ever using a vacation day. 960 1280
idea_ss_unforgettable-moments-2010_001_596x334American Sarah Shourd (left) was freed on $500,000 bail in September after spending 14 months in a Tehran prison. Her fiancé Shane Bauer (right) and Josh Fattal remain in jail. They were hiking near the Iran/Iraq border and arrested on suspicion of spying. 960 1280
idea_ss_unforgettable-moments-2010_006_596x334An airplane was the site of an unforgettable moment for several JetBlue passengers. Flight attendant Steven Slater cursed out a passenger over the cabin speaker after an argument. Then, he grabbed a beer, deployed the emergency slide and glided into infamy. 960 1280
idea_ss_unforgettable-moments-2010_008_596x334Qantas grounded its Airbus A380 fleet after one of the double-decker jets blew out an engine and made a safe emergency landing in Singapore on November 4. An oil leak near a turbine triggered a fire and engine failure. It is the most serious mid-air incident involving the world's largest passenger plane since it debuted in October 2007. 960 1280
idea_ss_unforgettable-moments-2010_009_596x334Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted in April. Huge clouds of ash wreaked havoc from Sweden to Spain. Airlines were forced to cancel more than 100,000 flights after several countries closed their airspace -- costing the airline industry $1.7 billion. 960 1280
idea_ss_unforgettable-moments-2010_010_596x334Southwest Airlines agreed to buy AirTran for $1.42 billion, combining 2 of the largest discount carriers in the US. Southwest expanded flights to 37 new cities and added new international routes to Mexico and the Caribbean. The Dallas-based airline says it will eliminate AirTran's bag fees by 2012 when the merger is complete. 960 1280
fbfan_ss_0221_001_596x334Traveler of the Week: "This was our first trip to meet the children that have now joined us on Humanitarian Parole due to the earthquake [in Haiti]. This photo is of my husband and Yonelson who was very ill due to malnutrition. He spent the entire week laying on my husbands chest and we were very fearful that we would lose him as you can see on my husbands face. After a week of feeding and hydrating him he finally started to feel better." - Candice Aitken 960 1280
fbfan_ss_0221_002_596x334"There are lots of different ways to get to Machu Picchu, but I would say the best way is to do it as the Incas did--walk! I did the classic Inca Trail trek myself last summer ... four days worth of hiking through the beautiful Peruvian Andes (fantastic scenery!), exploring old Inca ruins along the way, meeting awesome people from all over the world...the journey is very rewarding and we made it to Machu Picchu in time to watch the sunrise--a very memorable experience. :)" - Stephen Alvarado 960 1280
fbfan_ss_0221_005_596x334"Shrine in Kyoto. Take your time here. It's a culturally rich city with over 400 Shinto shrines and 1600 Buddhist temples. Make sure to indulge in their 'too beautiful to eat' sweets (wagashi), matcha tea, and delicious sake. If you are up for it, take a late night walk to Kiyomizu-dera. The view is worth the hike. Kyoto offers pure serenity and glimpse into traditional Japan." - Spencer Neustadt 960 1280
fbfan_ss_0221_006_596x334"I was on a 3 week trip in Peru, and took a tour to the Colca Valley from Arequipa - as far as I remember we stopped by a village because we were looking for Condors, or maybe just to look at the fantastic view. But I managed to get a shot of this lovely lady, wearing the most stunning colours. I love the way she's gripping onto the rope holding the llama - and what a beautiful llama!" - Debra Hayman 960 1280
fbfan_ss_0221_009_596x334"Bled Castle, Slovenia. Little known fact...visit the wine cellar and resident monk in Bled Castle...he might just invite you to join him in his demonstration! Spring is a very nice season in Slovenia especially April and May when colourful wild flowers bloom everywhere on the lush highland meadows. If you're budget conscious then this time of the year is perfect for a visit because of off-season rates." - Wendy A. Cooper 960 1280
fbfan_ss_0221_010_596x334"this is a sand dune in Namibia made by wind and time. [It took] several hours to climb & when we started it was freezing but when we made it to the top it was very hot." - PurrplePam Carter
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