Lonely Planet Writer

Top 5 most-read travel news stories this week

This week you were loving mid-air marriages, powerful passports and some starry Oscar destinations. Here’s your most-read stories of the week.

1) Love is in the air: couple wed mid-flight at 35,000 feet

Kirsty Stratton, a flight attendant with Alaska Airlines, exchanged vows with her fiancé Jim at at 35,000 feet, in front of passengers that included her mother Billie Jo (70), who is battling cancer.

Kirsty and Jim exchanged vows on a packed plane.
Kirsty and Jim exchanged vows on a packed plane. Image by Chrstina Frees/ Frees it in time Photography

2) Ireland’s remote Rathlin Island seeks innkeeper

If you’re looking to really get away from it all, a small island off the coast of Northern Ireland is looking for someone to run its newly refurbished historic inn.

Rathlin Island is an island off the coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland, and is the northernmost point of the region. Six miles from the mainland, Rathlin is the only inhabited offshore island in Northern Ireland, and is the most northerly inhabited island off the Irish coast. The L-shaped island is only 15 miles from the Mull of Kintyre and is one of Northern Ireland's Special Areas of Conservation due to it's large bird's colony.
Rathlin Island is an island off the coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland, and is the northernmost point of the region.  Image by Tourism Northern Ireland

3) Top travel destinations from Oscars 2016

From The Revenant’s celebration of the rugged wilderness of Alberta, to the orange sands of the Namib desert in Mad Max Fury Road, here are the most compelling destinations featured in the 2016 Oscar nominations.

Russian town really wants Leonardo DiCaprio to win.
Russian town really wants Leonardo DiCaprio to win. Image by Day Donaldson / CC BY 2.0

4) German passports tops with free access to 177 countries

Germans hold the most powerful passports in the world, according to a UK consulting firm that specialises in citizenship services.

German passport gains visa free access to 177 countries according to latest data
German passport gains visa free access to 177 countries according to latest data CC BY 2.0

5) Beware in-flight snacks with mark-ups of 2000%

Next time you think about springing for an in-flight snack, consider that some products are marked-up a staggering 2646% from supermarket prices, according to travel search engine Kayak.

Airline snack.
Airline snack. Image by Ron Cogswell / CC BY 2.0

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