Dupont Circle Loves Virginia, and Richard Simmons Does Flight Safety Videos: The Week in Travel News

Plus deals for Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg and British Airways flights

By: Sophie Gilbert

This week was apparently not a good one for the following groups: people in boats and sea creatures. A fisherman in Freeport, Texas, was surprised (to say the least) when a 375-pound shark decided to jump onto the back end of his boat, and a Florida woman was pinned to the ground by a 300-pound eagle ray. Is this normal? No, says CNN. Are we afraid to go out on the open water now? Yes. Thankfully, the Bronx Zoo cobra has been found, so at least that’s one less thing to worry about.

If you’ve wandered around Dupont Circle recently, you’ve probably noticed the rather large “LOVE” statue taking center stage by the fountain. The installation is a promo for a new Virginia-tourism advertising campaign, offering daily deals to Washington-area residents. All you have to do is “like” the Virginia is for Lovers page on Facebook to gain access to special hotel rates, upgrades, museum admissions, and more. See virginia.org for more details.

Also in Virginia: Travelzoo has a great deal this week on the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg. Get two nights with breakfast, parking, and wi-fi plus $150 worth of spa or golf credit for $299 during the week or $399 on weekends—which would normally cost $783. The Lansdowne is a AAA four-diamond resort with a Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course and a 12,000-square-foot spa; it’s about an hour’s drive from DC.

If you’re inspired by this Seth Kugel guide to London on a budget, today is the last day to take advantage of a British Airways sale on flights to Europe. Special rates as low as $226 each way are currently available for travel in May, adding up to around $650 round-trip to London including taxes.

And finally, if you’ve been wondering where Richard Simmons has been for the last 20 years, worry no longer: He’s making hilarious flight-safety videos for Air New Zealand.

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