An RTW Ticket, and the Rest of This Week in Travel and Health

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Around the worldThese are the lazy, hazy days of summer (especially hazy here on the east coast). As we all sit around and contemplate taking a holiday in the UK for the birth of the Royal Baby, there are some folks considering a bigger getaway. At Huffington Post, Carolyn Gregoire proposes chucking it all, leaving your job behind and traveling around the world. Obviously, this is not a trip that should be done on a whim, but it would be the experience of a lifetime. And if you feel like walking (ballooning?) in the footsteps of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg, Lonely Planet’s David Eimer explains how you can circumnavigate the globe in 80 glorious days on a Round the World (RTW) ticket. No hot air balloon required.

We’ve written in the past about social travel websites and apps – online resources that assist you in finding travel partners and affordable accommodations. At The New York times this week, Stephanie Rosenbloom has a round-up of some new social travel websites that you should check out.

BREAKING NEWS – People on vacation like to eat a lot. TripAdvisor has surveyed more than 1600 travelers and, among other things, the survey says – ding! – two-thirds of people use vacation time to eat less healthily than they normally do. There are some interesting tidbits in the survey.

It’s certainly been an eventful month (year? century?) in Egypt, and it isn’t hard to believe that the Egyptian tourism industry has taken a bit of a hit. However, Reuters Noah Browning reports that Egyptian tourism officials have high hopes for inbound travelers post-Islamist fall.

Gay tourism has become an interesting niche in the last several years.  The BBC’s Phillip Tang reports that gay travelers might want to consider an especially tolerant destination for their next trip – Mexico City.

As someone who’s  – what’s the word – old, I remember spending weekends watching the Acapulco Cliff Divers on the Wide World of Sports (ask your parents). It was always cool –watching divers leap off rocks 100 feet in the air and artfully dive into a shallow lagoon. At USA Today, Nicholas DeRenzo provides us with the best cliff-diving destinations in the world. A word of caution – this is not for amateurs; if you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re going to crash into the rocks rather than the water. That’s bad.

And, finally, here’s something a little more safe, even if it’s probably out of reach. CNN’s Arion McNicoll has the story of the world’s newest super yacht. The Azzam is the world’s largest and fastest yacht, and nobody knows who owns it.

We can dream, can’t we?

Image from backpack.me.

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