The Radar: Ranking Europe’s Icons, Biggest Hotel Pet Peeves, 5 Locals to Befriend When Traveling

  • A Lonely Planet “see it or skip it?” survey ranked 10 of Europe’s, iconic landmarks to determine if they are worth a visit. Topping the list is the Parthenon in Greece. 93 percent of respondents said “see it,” ruling it a must-do on any Athens itinerary. Travelers aren’t completely sold by The Leaning Tower in Pisa. Only 70 percent say “see it.” Coming in at number 10, the Blarney Stone was not well received. Only 27 percent of respondents say to give it a kiss. [USA Today]
  • Last month, Gadling held its own March Madness tournament, but instead of college basketball teams squaring-off, hotel pet peeves were put head-to-head to determine what irks travelers the most. The winner of Hotel Madness was, not surprisingly, no free Wi-Fi which defeated early check-out times, resort fees, and bad water pressure on its way to the championship. [Gadling]
  • Meeting locals when you travel can help you discover a fabulous neighborhood eatery, learn more about a site’s history, or get you invited to a fun soiree. Here are five essential locals to meet on your travels to help you get the ultimate insider’s tour. [Vagabondish]

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