The World Hum Travel Zeitgeist: From Cinque Terre to the Great Barrier Reef

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  08.03.07 | 2:05 PM ET

Iconic destinations in Italy, Australia, California and the Pacific Ocean are at the top of travelers’ minds this week, as well as a topic that’s more controversial than Hillary Clinton. Here’s the Zeitgeist. 

Most E-Mailed Travel Story
New York Times (current)
36 Hours in the Cinque Terre, Italy

Most Read Feature
World Hum (posted this week)
The Lost World of Nigeria

Most E-Mailed Travel Story
USA Today (current)
Through the Roof: A Tour of the Country’s Priciest Hotel Suite
* The cost to stay in the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons New York? $30,000 a night. 

Most Viewed Travel Story
Telegraph UK (current)
Exploring the Great Barrier Reef

Most Read Weblog Post
World Hum (posted this week)
Voluntourism: ‘Overpriced Guilt Trips’ or a ‘Real Chance to Save the World’?

“Hot This Week” Destination
Yahoo! (this week)

Most Viewed Travel Post
BlogHer (current)
The W Hotel: Form over Function?

Most Popular Travel Story
Netscape (this week)
The Galapagos Islands

Most Viewed Travel Story
Los Angeles Times (current)
Uncork California’s Wine Country With a Tasty Getaway

Best Selling Travel Book (current)
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
* The latest runner-up stymied by Gilbert: 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. & Canada Before You Die by Patricia Schultz.

Top Travel and Adventure Audiobook
iTunes (current)
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
* Jaw dropper: Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love” falls to No. 2.

Most Viewed Travel Video
Travelistic (this week)
Montana Wildlife

“Your Pick” Video (current)
Sally Does Mali

Most Popular Page Tagged Travel (recent)
How to Fly With Kids
* Watch out. It’s a controversial topic, even more so than Hillary Clinton in some quarters. 

Most Popular Travel Podcast
iTunes (current)
National Geographic’s Atmosphere
* Current podcast: Panda-monium.

Best Economy/Budget Hotel
J.D. Power Hotel Rankings (2007)
Microtel Inns & Suites
* J.D. Power also ranked extended stay, luxury, mid-scale full service, mid-scale limited service and upscale.

The Google “I’m Feeling Lucky” Button Travel Zeitgeist Search
Best eco-friendly hotel

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