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Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up | Vol. 8

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 8 | CosmosMariners.com

What a weekend. On a global scale, the bombings in Paris took me back to when I lived through the 2005 London bombings while studying abroad.

On a happier note, my family and I had a wonderful time in Walt Disney World for my birthday. Then, I spent a few nights in downtown Charleston for a staycation at the newest Holiday Inn hotel on the peninsula. Look for a full review on that in the next few days!

As always, I've got some great travel reads for you in this week's edition of Odds + (Week) Ends, so without further ado, here we go.

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 8 | CosmosMariners.com
{photo via flickr user hjl | creative commons}
If you've got plenty of money and you want to see the world, check out this $120,000 plane ticket for a 24-day global jaunt. But, as the author asks in this New York Times article, "If you wake up in Tanzania in the morning, take a dinner cruise along the Bosphorus in the evening and jet off a few days later to tour Catherine the Great’s palace in Russia, are you really seeing the world? Or are you just playing spectacularly expensive hopscotch?"

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 8 | CosmosMariners.com
{photo via flickr user Richard Rydge | creative commons}
While you're shelling out the big bucks for some luxury travel, why not add in this double New Year's Eve Celebration? At the low, low price of £8,400, you can party in Sydney, Australia, then hop on a plane just to time to ring in the new year again in Los Angeles. Or, you can hang out in your pajamas and fall asleep at 10 like me.

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 8 | CosmosMariners.com
{photo of Playa de las Catedrals via flickr user Jose Miguel | creative commons}
As someone who's grown up on the beaches of South Carolina, I'm pretty happy anywhere I can find some sunshine, a few palm trees, and some gently lapping waves. I'd love to visit these 10 unusual beaches around the world. Have you visited any?

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 8 | CosmosMariners.com
{photo of koala at Lone Pine Sanctuary via flickr user Stephanie Bond | creative commons}
Traveling allows us to do many things: learn more about history, interact with new people, and challenge our perspectives. It can also introduce you to new ways of helping others. These 10 incredible animal sanctuaries are a wonderful way to add some philanthropy into your next trip.

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 8 | CosmosMariners.com
Britton and I at Neuschwanstein Castle
Walt Disney World is a magical place (especially with a toddler)! In honor of our recent trip, I thought I'd share this fun article. If you want to see the inspiration behind some of the most iconic structures from the Disney movies, check out these 14 amazing places. I recently went to one of them (Neuschwanstein Castle) on our trip to Germany!

How was your weekend? What are you looking forward to this week?
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