Here’s What’s Up: Feeling Fall, Cute Critters, NYC on a Dime & More

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Hey hey hey, Travelzoonatics! Welcome to Here’s What’s Up, everyone’s favorite TZ blog post where we wrap up the weekly trending topics in travel, leisure, culture and lifestyle.

When you’re ready for the weekend, check in here for vacation daydreams and travel nightmares, insider tips and Instagram trips, dos and don’ts, blogs and vlogs, OMGs, LOLs, and everything in between.

This week we’re delivering the latest from @BuzzFeed, @TravelLeisure, @thepointsguy, @CNNTravel, @nytimestravel and more!

Good Week For…

Delta SkyMiles members — at least the ones planning European vacations for summer 2016. SkyMiles rewards travel can be pricey, but booking on the saver level is especially “savey” right now — roundtrip economy routes that usually exceed 100,000 miles are now widely available for 60,000. The Points Guy has the full story.


Bad Week For…

DIY tourist attractions in Seattle — as the Pike Place Gum Wall has seemingly lost its flavor; the colorful and sticky 20-year masterpiece is officially being discarded. But don’t spit out your chiclet in the trash bin just yet — there’s a photo contest to be won! People around the world are gathering to snap shots of the chewy graffiti before it’s swallowed up for good … get the deets at Travel + Leisure.

A photo posted by Ryan Halset (@ryanhalset) on

Did You Know…?

Any old schmuck can do New York on a budget. The New York Times’ Frugal Traveler closed out a $1,000 day in the Big Apple for just $100 — and squeezed in three full meals, art, entertainment, shopping and sightseeing. Pick up some penny-pinching tips for yourself at NYT Travel.

From the Blogs & Beyond

Move over, Grumpy Cat. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards finalists were announced, and feral means funny. Check out the wild LOLs here. 15099125406_cf482ff443_k Photo from Flickr by ozz13x  

Quiz Time!

Ever wonder if you should go extraterrestrial with your travels? Take the quiz to find out if you lean more earthling or alien! 11352817924_84271142ee_b Photo from Flickr by Jason Jenkins  

This Week We’re Dreaming About…

Fall! Cozy up in a cardigan and sip on your #PumpkinSpiceLatte while flipping through the warm colors of autumn around the world. Travel + Leisure has a gorgeous slideshow.

  A photo posted by (@boston) on

Instagrammer of the Week

Meet Matthew Karsten, aka expertvagabond, whose incredibly vibrant adventure and landscape images are a traveler’s technicolor dream.

  A photo posted by Matthew Karsten (@expertvagabond) on


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