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She's got a ticket to ride

Life is hard for beautiful women with empty wallets and a desire to spread their wings. LadyTravels.com, however, may provide a solution. Launching this month, the Los Angeles-based dating website aims to match up men who are "successful" and "generous" (i.e. prepared to pay for everything) with "attractive" female travel companions. But it's not all about shameless indulgence. The site includes self-improvement articles such as "6 Ways to Watch Your Figure When Travelling and Dining." The fine print states: "Escorts are not welcome."

Airport atrocities

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If you think the glory days of air travel are gone, you're not alone. Last week, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain raged on Twitter when his American Airlines flight to Grand Cayman from Miami was delayed nearly two hours because someone had, according to reports, defecated on a seat. At Chicago's O'Hare Airport, U.S. customs officials impounded 18 embalmed human heads that Italian researchers had shipped to a crematory near the Windy City (faulty paperwork was to blame). And about 20 passengers were left behind at Warsaw's Chopin Airport when their flight departed half an hour early. Bummer.

Space hotels: the final frontier

NASA has awarded Bigelow Aerospace LLC a $17.8-million contract to build an inflatable space module that will be hooked up to the International Space Station in 2015. The 3,000-pound habitat, made of a Kevlar-like material, could be the precursor to "hotels in low-Earth orbit," according to senior space analyst Marco Caceres of Virginia-based Teal Group Corporation. Bigelow already has plans to launch a stand-alone, commercial Alpha Station, where travellers could stay for up to two months, starting in 2016.

Sources: PRWeb, ABC News, AOL Travel UK, Bloomberg

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