In brief: A new tunnel links Europe with Asia
Every Friday, we help you navigate the week’s most important and interesting travel news stories.
Breaking travel news for travellers.
This week, the Federal Aviation Administration eased up on regulations that all portable electronic devices be turned off on an aircraft until the flight has reached 10,000ft. The new rules won't change the ban on using mobile phone voice service, however. [BBC]
It was something that the Ottoman Empire's 31st sultan wanted back in the 1800s, but it was only this week that Turkey completed an underground railway tunnel linking Europe with Asia. Its 76km go underneath the Bosporus Straits; with luck the massive undertaking will pay off in a reduction in pollution and traffic jams. [Economist, BBC]
Amazing things that should happen more often
The Bauhaus, Germany's influential design school of the early 20th Century, recently opened 28 former dorm rooms to guests who'd like to experience its spartan "less is more" aesthetic for themselves. One room has been reconstructed to recall the original space that students experienced in the 1920s and ‘30s, while others display works by some of the Modernist teachers and designers who once stayed here. Single rooms start at a very reasonable 35 euros. The school is in Dessau, about 127 km southwest of Berlin. [Dezeen]
Photos and videos that went viral on the Web this week
Slate has published a seasonally appropriate photo essay about spiritualists. Although clairvoyance, table-rapping and séances haven’t been much in vogue since the 19th Century, the practices are apparently still going strong in the small upstate New York town of Lily Dale. [Slate]
Hold on folks, we’re in for a rocky ride
When you're on holiday, sometimes hell is other people. The New York Times hauls out some etiquette and travel experts, as well as mere enraged travellers, to talk about flying barefoot, talking way too loudly, and other ways that fellow voyagers turn themselves into real pains. [NYT]