Weekly Travel Roundup

Here are some articles and links from around the travel world that came across my desk this week. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments, post them on our Facebook page or send them my way on Twitter.

The road to happy: New travel study reveals 4 ways to boost happiness

What make’s a great vacation? A new study tries to narrow down what aspects of a trip bring the most joy, and they found 4 common traits. If you minimize stress, plan ahead, make a local connection, and go far from home, they say it leads to the happiest of vacations.

Airbnb Is in Advanced Talks to Raise Funds at a $10 Billion Valuation

Airbnb is looking to raise a little bit of money … just $10 million. If they do reach their goal, it would make them one of the world’s largest startups, and make them more valuable than Wyndham and Hyatt.

Chicago airports ranked at bottom for arrivals, departures

Ouch! My hometown of Chicagoland was no place to be this winter for traveling through their airports.

Virgin Galactic eyes launch later in the year

It’s almost here! I know, we’ve been saying that for a while, but it looks like this time, it could be true. Commercial Spaceflight is on the horizon, and I can’t wait for my next visit to the spaceport.

Doubletree Celebrates 300 Million Cookie Milestone

I have loved the Doubletree cookies for years. I stay at Doubletree now and then and it never fails that my willpower amazingly disappears the minute a Doubletree cookie is passed across the front desk to me. So it’s fun to share their 300 Millionth (!) Cookie Milestone. To celebrate, they’ll be selling the cookies online for the first time, hosting contests, and taking the cookies on tour around the U.S.

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