Every Friday, we help you navigate the week’s most important and interesting travel news stories.

Amazing things that should happen more often

The repurposed train tracks-cum-public park the High Line is set to become even more impressive, with plans unveiled for the third and final phase of development. Scheduled for completion in 2014, the extension includes plans for a children’s play structure and a 360-degree viewpoint. [Fast Company Design]

New York City has a handful of new tourism ambassadors in the form of the Muppets. The goal of enlisting the iconic characters in a promotional campaign is to attract more families to visit the city. [The Telegraph]

Eggs, bacon and a side of… comedy? To mark the opening of Edinburgh’s Hotel Indigo, guests can order a personal performance from comedian Janey Godley for room service. [Guardian]

Megabus recently rolled out service between London and Paris for as little as £1 each way. Journalist Nicholas Roe made the 9-hour journey to find out whether it was worth the extra-long trip. The short answer: yes. [Telegraph]

Ready for takeoff

All set to go, but too soon to tell what’s ahead

Virgin Galactic has selected Abu Dhabi as the site for its second spaceport. Because tickets are so costly for a flight ($200,000 a pop) officials expect the hub to generate profits quickly. The first announced spaceport is located in New Mexico. [GlobalPost]

A mobile hangover cure service drives the streets of Las Vegas with intravenous fluids at the ready and packages starting at $90. [The Week]


Hold on folks, we’re in for a rocky ride

A number of American expatriates are choosing to renounce their US citizenship rather than deal with costly and time-consuming new requirements for filing taxes. The US is one of the only countries that requires its citizens living abroad to file at home. [Huffington Post]

The baby penguin stolen from Sea World in Australia is back and safe after it disappeared from the park over the weekend. The three men, who bragged about the robbery online, are facing charges for the act. [CNN]

Spain’s king is apologetic about an abroad elephant-hunting trip he took during a time of economic crisis in his country. Citizens found out about the travels when he was rushed to the hospital after a fall during the trip, which many probably are chalking up to karma. [BBC]

A small fishing boat was found floating in the Pacific Ocean recently, one of the three original passengers still alive after 28 days adrift. Accusations are now arising that a US cruise ship passed the boat weeks ago without stopping to help. [NPR]


It’s a no-go

The giant sandcastle constructed on Weymouth Beach to mark the 100-day countdown to the London Olympics was bulldozed mere hours after completion out of health and safety concerns. The castle is believed to have cost £5,000. [The Guardian]

Supermodel Bar Refaeli was not pleased with the pat-down she received prior to a recent flight and took to Twitter to vent about how it made her feel “uncomfortable”. [ABC]

A man at the Portland (Oregon) International Airport bared all at security in what he claimed was a protest of the Transportation and Security Administration. [Consumerist]

Qantas staff had to restrain a “berserk” passenger with cable ties on a redeye flight in Australia. The man apparently threatened and attacked a fellow passenger and was issuing threats against flight staff. [GlobalPost]

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