Here are the stories that fascinated us, delighted us, and, in one case, turned our stomachs this week. Read about icky things in flight, a bus tour that can cure hangovers, one amazing Amish vacation destination, and more.
10 Grossest Things on Airplanes
Shortly after clicking on Jaunted's piece, The Top Ten Gross Things Flight Attendants Have Seen Passengers Do on Airplanes, our faces became scrunched with shock and revulsion. Think of this story like swimming: Don't read it immediately after eating. Flight attendant Sara Keagle recalls the most repulsive things she's encountered while working in the skies, and it'll shock you. (Unless, of course, you're a parent, in which case you'll probably nod in agreement.)
The Tax Refund Cometh
If you're an American, you probably have a big 'ol refund coming your way this spring. You could pay down your mortgage, pad your children's college fund, or stuff your face with jumbo buckets of fresh shrimp and hush puppies in South Carolina. If that last part got your attention, keep reading. (Otherwise, you probably have some spreadsheets to create—don't let us keep you.) Budget Travel has just published the obligatory where-to-spend-your-tax-refund story: Tax Refund = Vacation! 7 Amazing Trips That You Can Afford Right Now. Picks include Portland, Oregon; the Dominican Republic; and Amsterdam. Just don't tell your accountant we sent you.
Welcome to 'Amish Las Vegas'
When traveling to Pennsylvania or Indiana to peer at quaint, quiet Amish settlements, do you ever wonder ... where do they go on vacation? Well, Pinecraft, Florida, is the site that welcomes packs of Amish Ohioans, reports The New York Times. It's a "major vacation destination for Amish and Mennonites from all over the United States and Canada," drawing 5,000 vacationers annually. The destination, known to many who travel there as "Amish Las Vegas," has a quartz-sand beach, a laundromat, and plenty of shuffleboard courts. Now I know where The Hangover Part III will be filmed.
A Bus Tour ... as a Hangover Cure?
Speaking of Vegas, The Daily Meal reports that new hangover-cure buses are now trolling the streets of Sin City. After waking up face-down on the roof of your hotel, book a tour with Hangover Heaven and let the healing begin. Your board-certified bus driver will pick you up and then attach an IV to your arm to give you hydration, anti-nausea, and anti-inflammatory medications. Whether or not it actually works, it's got to be an excellent preventative cure. I'm sure there's nothing like a good 45 minutes on a bus with an IV sticking out of your arm to make you reconsider that fifth pear margarita.