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

Amazing things that should happen more often

These 10 experimental, contemporary cabins, cocoons and shacks around the world are enough to make us want to book a plane ticket. While some are private residences, others do accept guest reservations. [Fast Company Design]

One millionaire “space tourist” already is planning a 2018 trip to Mars. Dennis Tito expects the mission to take 501 days and will present his plans at a press conference next week. Tito has a record for making his space trips happen; he was the first civilian aboard the International Space Station in 2001. [Digital Trends]

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

The upside to Japan’s weak yen? Tourists are flocking to the country in numbers comparable to before the devastating 2011 earthquake. [Skift]

Australian tourism officials are working to become the most buzzed-about destination on social media in hopes it will translate to real-life visitors to the country. So far, the country seems well positioned to generate that online conversation; the tourism board’s official Facebook page says it has more likes than any other country.  [Skift]

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

Federal budget cuts in the United States scheduled for 1 March are likely to cut air traffic controllers and airport security officers. The cuts could mean longer lines and travel delays for fliers. [USA Today]

After grounding the Boeing 787 Dreamliner some weeks back because of battery issues, an investigation has determined that improper wiring caused the malfunction. [NPR]

Officials in Singapore are looking to spur legal immigration and increase the country’s population by close to a possible seven million by 2030 to sustain the economy. The measure has a number of locals concerned and protesting. [IHT]

It’s a no-go

We all knew it would not take long, but fallout from the Carnival Triumph cruise ship imbroglio last week has begun. [ABC News] Some passengers announced lawsuits against Carnival this week, while one article suggested passengers should perhaps not sue. [Reuters] Some already have announced they will cruise on Carnival again. [Huffington Post]

It might sound like the plot for a new Ocean’s Eleven movie, but the heist was carried out in real life at Brussels airport. This past week eight armed robbers stole millions of dollars worth of diamonds that were being loaded onto a Swiss aircraft bound for Zurich. [GlobalPost]

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