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    This Week in Travel and Health

    WiFiWe’re all about anything that makes travel a little more convenient and a little less stressful, and this week there were several good articles that help to make travel a little less arduous. Let’s start with the New York Times’ Seth Kugel who writes about five specific travel challenges, and the websites that solve them. Wi-Fi at your fingertips can help to make your trip much simpler – whether it enables you to stay in touch with the office or check in with loved ones back home. At least in concept. But of course, Wi-Fi in airports and hotels can be spotty, expensive and not fully secure. USA Today’s Charisse Jones takes a look at your options for online access while traveling.

    If you start off your trip eating crap on the airport concourse, you’ll pay the price – you’ll have less energy and jet lag will likely hit you much harder. But of course, the sugary salty options you find on the concourse typically fail to qualify as “healthy.” So what to do? At Self magazine, JD Rinne offers some healthy airport snack options.

    There’s been a lot of coverage of the H7N9 bird flu in Asia. It seems that most people are not taking it overly seriously. But writer David Quammen has an OPED in this morning’s New York Times warning that whether or not this flu strain turns into a global pandemic, you can be sure that we’ll be facing a pandemic soon enough.

    Travelers fortunate enough to have visited Bali consider it to be a jewel, a peek at what paradise must be like. But all that tourism is having a negative impact – as one tourism official said “We are loving Bali to death.” The Sydney Morning Herald’s Michael Bachelard reports on the emerging environmental crisis in Bali.

    How about some adventure travel? In the Himalayas, two octogenarians have started to climb Mt. Everest, the world’s tallest peak. At the India Times, Manesh Shrestha reports on the remarkable race to the top of the world.

    Maybe for the next trick these two mountain climbers will try skydiving. At Vagabondish, Turner Wright takes a look at the seven most awesome places in the world to go skydiving.

    Last week, we told you about the progress Richard Branson’s SpaceShipTwo is making. This week, the BBC’s Husna Haq reports that yes, we human beings really would like to travel in space.

    Finally, we don’t write a lot about medical tourism but this story is just too important to ignore; at Gadling, Renna Ganga reports that there’s been a wave of travelers to Turkey who have found it to be a mecca for moustache transplants. And thank goodness for that.


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