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

Breaking travel news

Mother Nature gave people across the globe another rough week. A 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit off Guatemala's Pacific coast, killing dozens and injuring hundreds. Meanwhile, a freak snowstorm in Beijing grounded flights, ground transportation and resulted in the death of two Japanese tourists who were trapped on an unrestored section of the Great Wall. And a week after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the US East Coast, a nor'easter pummelled eastern cities, grounding more than 1,700 flights and exacerbating the suffering of those already struggling to recover. [BBC News/CNNGo/Telegraph]

Amazing things that should happen more often

Outfitted with a custom-built bike for his trip to the South Pole, explorer Eric Larson plans to be first to pedal his way to the bottom of the earth. [Gadling]

A week after waiving fees for users affected by Hurricane Sandy, Airbnb partnered with the New York City government to help provide free housing for Hurricane Sandy victims.  [TechCrunch]

Aeroplane designers are brainstorming new ways to revolutionise the future of air travel, and the results look, well, quite futuristic. [BBC Future]

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

While tourism officials in Colorado say they won't be pushing for pot tourism after legalising marijuana this week, plenty of Twitter users have indicated they'll be rushing over for a Rocky Mountain high. [Denver Post/Skift]

India announced plans to open a Playboy Club at Goa's Candolim beach, but the company’s first beach club will be toned down to fit Indian sensibilities. [CNNGo]

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

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary made headlines for another foolish comment, this time calling seat belts on planes "useless" while discussing his desire for standing-room only sections on flights. [Daily Mail]

Tens of thousands of Instagram users were fooled by fake airline accounts promising free flights, which caused a headache for airlines and users alike. [CNET]

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