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

Amazing things that should happen more often

Vancouver's Opus hotel is replacing all its traditional room phones with iPhones that guests will be able to take around the city to use for internet and local phone calls. [USA Today]

Fifty readers "favourited" our link to "20 very useful tips for backpacking around Europe" and the related discussion on the social news site Reddit. Tips ranged from the straightforward --
such as making your hostel bed before you go out for the night -- to the controversial – like being willing to bribe officials in particular countries. [Reddit]

A Swedish hotel is letting guests stay the night in exchange for original works of art. Of course, there are a few caveats. [CNNGo]

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

Google Maps now includes the inside of buildings such as train stations and airports, so you'll never have to worry about asking a stranger (gasp!) how to find the nearest Cinnabon. [Tnooz]

It's hard to kick cigarettes after a decade of smoking. That's why an Indonesian zoo is removing a 15-year-old orangutan from visitors' reach in hopes to curb her decade-long smoking habit. [Guardian]

This week in news too bizarre to make up, the South Korean city of Suwon recently opened the "world's first toilet theme park". And yes, it's in the shape of a toilet. [Kotaku]

Airline passengers got a slight victory in the battle against hidden fees when Easyjet and Ryanair were among a dozen airlines forced to include debit card charges in the headline price. Meanwhile, travellers headed to Spain — in some cases, even people who booked tickets months ago — are facing new government-imposed taxes. [BBC News]

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

A design blog compiled a collection of 40 creative world maps, including one made of spilled coffee and one carved (or bitten) out of an apple core. [Hongkiat]

Many readers liked our tweet about a silly photo of a passenger at an airport terminal charging one of his devices in an unusual way. [Buzzfeed]


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

In order to protect people of the Jarawa tribe, the Indian supreme court banned all commercial and tourism near the Jarawa Reserve on the Andaman and Nicobar islands, which will result in the closing of a number of resorts and hotels. [Economic Times]

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