Hot in Travel: the stories you don't want to miss this week

This week was filled with stories; from tales of animals and their awesomeness, to crowdfunded campaigns to preserve Italy's cultural heritage. Here's the best of travel news this week.

New Instagram accounts offer a niche guide and community to savvy African-American travellers. Zim, the founder of TravelNoire.com says it's about offering a growing market of African-American travelers a point of 'reference' where there isn't one. For more see here.

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco Image by Travel Noire

A GoPro attached to a stick fell into a rattlesnake pit earlier this week, offering some terrifying up-close and personal time with some angry snakes and their rattlers. For more see here.

Up close and personal with rattlesnakes

Up close and personal with rattlesnakes Image by Michael Delaney

The Aloft Hotel in New York made the news this week with its option of ordering room service via emoji. Text it, Get It is a service with a menu list of six different items that can be ordered by texting the set out emoji to the hotel, along with the guest’s last name and room number. To read more see here.

A US hotel has created a way to order room service by texting emoji to the front desk.

A US hotel has created a way to order room service by texting emoji to the front desk. Image by downloadsource.fr / CC BY 2.0

The fuel crisis in Nepal continues to cause tension along the Nepal-India border, with Nepal claiming that India has imposed an unofficial blockade. To read more on this story go here.

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is an important centre of tourism in the country.

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is an important centre of tourism in the country. Image by xiquinhosilva / CC BY 2.0

And of course, this week was all about Star Wars as ticket sales opened and the official trailer was released. Fans could not get enough, and in Japan, a special Star Wars appreciation flight saw the plane decorated with Star Wars emblems as well as the surprise appearance of Chewbacca and other characters. To read more go here. 

Chewbacca puts his luggage in the overhead storage on one of the first Star Wars-themed flights.

Chewbacca puts his luggage in the overhead storage on one of the first Star Wars-themed flights. Image by All Nippon Airways

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