I’ll admit it: I’m a huge fan of pulling pranks on my friends, but I also rank among those easiest to hoodwink. Case in point: the travel bug started showing symptoms this weekend, and as a result I spent an inordinate amount of time rounding up airfare prices, checking industry news, and otherwise wasting time across my favorite travel sites.
…but I was slow to remember that Sunday was April Fool’s Day…
The gags began when I came across this headline:
I took this one hook, line, and sinker . It’s no secret that my #1 Travel Goal is to see a sunrise from space, and I’m one of the only people I know who routinely checks in on the Virgin Galactic blog, which documents the enterprise currently spearheading the space tourism movement. The year 2013 seemed to be a bit soon for a mass-release to the general public, but I’m betting that Viator knew there would be overly-optimistic types (like me) who’d bite.
Over the last few days, I’ve been scanning maps and checking the
I figured Hipmunk and Viator wouldn’t be the only travel companies joking around with their audiences, and after a quick hashtag search on Twitter I found a few other travel-related comedic gems:
Standing-room discounted fares available on Air New Zealand
Actually, a few people were a bit miffed that Air New Zealand’s Straight Up Airfare wasn’t a real option, and who could blame them? Anyone who’s ever ridden a bus in Italy knows how much fun standing room is. It’s cheap, effective, and when things get über-crowded, who needs seatbelts? Even if a meteorite struck the hubcaps, one hundred people squished together would absorb 100% of the impact. That’s a scientific fact.
But my personal favorite came from a too-good-to-be-true offer from WestJet:
You have to love the genius of the “magic carpet-ride travel toboggan.”