The world of travel moves fast! Let’s keep up–together. On Fridays, Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:
*The hills are alive with the sound of “Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo.” Halfway between Salzburg and Innsbruck, an Austrian hotelier recently opened what might be the world’s first hiking trail devoted to the art of the yodel. (via BBC)
*The Golden Arches ditch the beef. The world’s first all-vegetarian McDonald’s restaurants are opening at two of India’s most-visited pilgrimage sites: near the Golden Temple in Amritsar and at the base of the mountain shrine Vaishno Devi. (via CNN GO)
*New York City will soon be a little less sweet. The New York City Board of Health on Thursday approved a ban on the sale of large sodas and sugary drinks over 16 ounces. (via NY Times)
*John Travolta banned for being creepy at the New York Peninsula Hotel Spa, Paris Hilton banned for being a cokehead at the Las Vegas Wynn… See what other celebrities have been banned from top hotels. (via Travel & Leisure)
*The times they are a-changin’. Start planning your fall foliage getaway now. (via NY Times)
*Flying can be a prickly experience. A gay couple is suing United Continental Airlines for taking a sex toy from their bag, covering it in a “greasy foul-smelling substance” and taping the dildo to the top of their bag… to be discovered by all at baggage claim. (via NBC News)
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