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

Amazing things that should happen more often

Flying economy or maybe even business class is good enough for us, thanks, but first class definitely does get you major privileges. CNN takes a trip to the other side of the curtain and finds perks that include better, more exclusive lounges; carefully trained and more numerous staff; and dinners you can eat before you even board. Bonus tip: Lusthansa is "one of the last airlines to serve caviar" in first. [CNN]

The most exclusive hotel room in the world could be one you cannot even buy your way into. For the luxury of staying in the Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle, guests must be selected at random. The Daily Mail peeks into the royal suite. [Daily Mail]

As a sign at one bar puts it, "the perfect gin tonic does not exist", but trendy Spaniards are happy to keep on trying. The drink has been raging for some time in the hipper precincts of Madrid and Barcelona, with bespoke concoctions relying on ever-more-carefully-sourced gins, tonics and ancillary ingredients. [Condé Nast Traveller]

A baby sea lion slunk its way into a San Diego hotel, where it was found perched on a lounge chair. Sea World officials eventually came to fetch the critter and return it to water, but not before a video was recorded. [HuffPost]

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

One photographer has spent years standing on the runway and photographing planes at LAX. The result is a series of artistic, fascinating photographs of the underbellies of aeroplanes. See the images here. [Fast Company Design]

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

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) might soon permit passengers to use their e-readers during plane takeoff and landing. Lawmakers have been putting pressure on the FAA to ease the restrictions. [HuffPost]

Two motorcyclists are planning to recreate the first around-the-world bike trip, which took place a century ago. They will follow the same route as the original traveller, and the route should take 10 months to complete. [Telegraph]

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

This week, photos emerged from a group of Russian tourists who evaded security guards to make a cover-of-darkness trip to the top of Egypt’s Great Pyramid – something that's very much against the law and potentially damaging to the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. The general reaction on the Web? Great shots, but a tacky and selfish way to have obtained them. On Thursday, the photographer apologised in an e-mail to CNN, saying "we didn't want to insult anyone. We were just following the dream." [Daily Mail, CNN]

The New Jersey shore is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. Efforts are in overdrive to prepare the coastal destination for its usual influx of summer tourists. [Reuters]

It’s a no-go

Less than one month after it was implemented, 3G mobile internet access for visitors to North Korea is no longer available. Sim cards can be purchased for calls, but smartphone users cannot connect to the internet. [Skift]

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