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

Amazing things that should happen more often

Even after breaking her arm, a 12-year-old girl is continuing her hike across the Appalachian Trail at a 25-mile-per-day clip, successfully making the rest of us look like a bunch of wimps. [Gadling]

NASA is teaming up with Boeing and several other companies to design "Son of Concorde", a supersonic jet that can travel from London to Sydney in four hours. [Sydney Morning Herald]

If you're having trouble getting your beer cold enough, Japanese beer producer Kirin has your back. The brewery recently unleashed a machine that tops pints with frozen foam to keep beers cold for longer. Unfortunately, it's only available in Japan. [NPR]

Travel + Leisure has consulted the official records to compile a list of Europe's most visited tourist attractions. It found that Istanbul's Grand Bazaar is the top spot, followed by Paris's Notre Dame. Note to runners-up the Eiffel Tower and Rome's Colosseum: charging admission will cut your popularity. [T+L]

In-flight entertainment
Photos and videos that went viral on the web this week

Many readers re-tweeted our link to a time-lapse video of Venice, which captures glimpses of the city from sunrise to sunset. The three-minute video shows gondoliers punting the canals past candy-coloured buildings. [Vimeo]

Ready for takeoff

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

Not even a lacklustre economy or the still-in-recent-memory Costa Concordia disaster can keep Europeans on shore. Apparently, the European cruise industry is doing quite well these days, with Brits leading the hordes on board. Even the Costa line is seeing bookings up 25% compared with this time last year. [Guardian]

Prices for accommodation in London have skyrocketed for the Olympics, inspiring one cabbie to convert the back of his taxi into a mobile hotel room. [Telegraph]

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

Kenya Airways only partially reimbursed a passenger after she had no choice but to sit next to the corpse of a man who died shortly into the 10-hour flight from Amsterdam to Tanzania. [Daily Mail] 

A flight attendant lost control when he ranted at a group of frustrated passengers in the middle of a five-hour delay. He was caught on video daring passengers to get off the plane "if anyone has the balls." [NY Post]

The UK flight comparison website Skyscanner has surveyed, ranked and revealed fliers' greatest on-board pet peeves. The majority of the top ten are related to clothing and apparel. [The Huffington Post] 

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