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I'm a full-time rambler and contract designer with as many skill sets in my quiver as there are plane tickets in my passbook. I've worked in ornamental iron, jigsaw puzzle design, bookmaking, glass engraving, and a variety of other mediums. I'm currently living out of a backpack as I trek my way around the world.

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April Fools' Day: Traveler Edition

Zak Erving

Smug lil' jerk

Smug lil' jerk

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:

To boldly go, where so many have gone before!

To boldly go, where so many have gone before!

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 U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs for visa requirements. Once I get a general sketch of ideas for a trip, I start checking airfare—it’s step  #1 in budget planning, after all. But there was something I wasn’t counting on when I started crunching numbers on trans-atlantic fares on Hipmunk. I found $2 fares from Rome to Seattle…via stagecoach. Or Tallin to Los Angeles by rickshaw. Hipmunk even showed me a fare for traveling with Ruby Slippers, with a stopover at Auntie Em’s house. The sci-fi geek in me, however, picked the Firefly class frigate as my favorite option. Awesome.

What I'd give to meet Jewel Staite…

What I'd give to meet Jewel Staite…

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

Can you imagine standing on a 14-hour flight to the South Pacific?

Can you imagine standing on a 14-hour flight to the South Pacific?

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.”