Today in Travel News for May 14th 2010

Bringing you what’s new in travel for May 14th 2010

  • Top Five Off-Peak Destinations for Summer 2010Smarter Travel has posted some info about vacationers: Summer is one of the most popular times to travel. Luckily, the season does make some destinations off-peak, and smart vacationers can take advantage of lower rates around the world.

    Head over to www.smartertravel.com to read the whole article.

  • Over 60 Percent of Lifehacker Readers Feel Guilty About Taking Vacation Days [What You Said] – Lifehacker's Adam Pash just posted this article:

    Earlier this week we asked you if taking vacation days makes you feel guilty, and several thousand responses later, it's clear that Lifehacker readers have serious guilt issues related to vacation. While a strong 38 percent of readers feel no vacation-related guilt, roughly 37 percent responded that they "absolutely" feel guilt when taking vacation, and another 23 percent feel guilty taking all of their vacation days. We'd have to agree with the "vacation days are there for a reason" crowd, so as summer approaches, don't let the guilt get in your way. Make it a point to take your well-earned vacation time at some point in 2010. <i>Photo by Richard0</i>. More »

    Read the rest at Lifehacker

  • Rick Steves’ top European destinations – RobinD_travel recently posted this over on the Bing Travel Blog:

    Rick Steves knows Europe like the back of his rucksack. Producer of the public television series “Rick Steves’ Europe,” he is also the author of more than 50 travel books and writes a syndicated newspaper column. Wander into any travel store and you’re likely to see his brand of travel luggage, designed to help you travel light and free across the continent.

  • Virgin Atlantic fights jet lag…and you win! – Nicholas DeRenzo recently posted this on This Just In… Newsweek's Travel Blog:

    We've all been there. Your plane has touched down, and you're ready for your whirlwind international adventure. The Eiffel Tower beckons. The Great Pyramids await. The Coliseum is calling your name. And all you want to do is curl up in a ball and tuck yourself in for a long nap.

    Jet lag is no joke. That terrible combination of fatigue, insomnia, and irritability can derail any vacation right from the start.

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    (Courtesy Mental Workout)

    Well, starting this week, there's an app for that. Virgin Atlantic has teamed up with Dr. Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, to release the Jet Lag Fighter ($1.99), an app that promises to get you and your sleep schedule back on track after a grueling long haul.

    The concept is simple. Punch in basic info, like flight details, age, sex, and usual sleep patterns. The app then generates a specialized game plan to keep your eyes open without that tenth cup of espresso. Your personalized regiment will tell you precisely when to sleep, when to exercise, and when to seek or avoid light. A nifty graph even illustrates how long it will take to overcome those jet lag blues—with and without the program.

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