The world of travel moves fast!   Let’s keep up–together.   On Fridays,  Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:

*Virgins are making headlines:  Australian Virgins are too sexy (via USA Today), American Virgins wear Banana Republic (via NY Times), and Atlantic Virgins are blushing. (via NY Times)

*Jesus, Mary and Joseph are replaced by Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey at the Damson Dene Hotel.  The peaceful retreat, located in the Lake District of England has swapped the Gideon Bible in each of its 40 bedrooms with the popular erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James. (via Forbes)

*Marriage Equality Makes Money.  In the one year since New York became the sixth and most recent state to legalize gay marriage in the U.S., New York City has reaped $259 million of economic benefit and attracted 200,000 guests from outside of the city to attend same-sex wedding receptions. (via Bloomberg)

*Top Chefs pack their knives and open new restaurants in New York City. (via Next Magazine)

*These rooms will make a convert out of you.   Stay in a former monastery, jail or convent, recently crowned one of the world’s Top Ten Converted Hotels. (via Reuters)

*What would you do for a free vacation? (And by “free” I mean…) The online dating website,, matches “Attractive Travelers” without money, and “Generous Travelers” willing to pay. (via USA Today)

What did I miss?  Share your favorite travel news in the comments below or by posting on the Traveling IQ Facebook page.

(Photo via NY Times)

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