This Week in Travel: ‘Despacito’ is Making Everyone Want to Visit Puerto Rico

“Travelling is more than having a destination in mind;
it’s discovering a place in your heart you’ve never been before.” — Mark Amend

#1 A Song and Dance by a University Men’s Choir 

Who: 75 talented members of The Baylor University Men’s Choir.

Where: Onboard an Emirates flight from Nairobi, Kenya back to Waco, Texas.

What: How’s this for in-flight entertainment? The choir broke into a song called ‘Da Coconut Nut’ by Filipino musician and composer Ryan Cayabyab. “It was a spontaneous performance for the crew,” says a representative for Emirates. The entire performance was posted onto Emirates Airline’s Facebook page, receiving plenty of compliments such as this one by a user named Candy Sturm: “Is it weird that I am also clapping my hands after they finish their song and I am not even on board with them?” True that!

#2 Hilary Duff Was Robbed After Posting Vacation Photos

Who: Hillary Duff (aka Lizzie McGuire), who’s currently starring in a new Netflix show called “Younger”, just FYI.

Where: Whilst Lizzie was in Canada.

What: In a scenario that seems all too familiar, Hillary Duff is the latest victim of celebrity robberies following vacation Instagram posts. After a couple of photos of Duff and her family having fun at a lake, and even taking a helicopter ride were posted onto her Instagram account, a group of burglars broke into the star’s Beverly Hills home. Reportedly, they made away with jewellery worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The lesson from this? Think twice about what you post online!

#3 ‘Despacito’, More Than Just the Song of the Summer

Who: Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber.

Where: Puerto Rico.

What: It seems like people really do want to see how they do it down in Puerto Rico. Around this time last year, Puerto Rico was hit hard by the Zika virus. Who would have thought that a Justin Bieber remix would be Puerto Rico’s tourism saving grace? reported that searches for travel to the island have gone up 45 percent within the first two months of the remix’s release. Confirming that, page views for Puerto Rico on TripAdvisor went up too, as did searches on Expedia.

#4 Italian Airport Lifts Pesto Restrictions 

Who: Pasta people.

Where: Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport in Genoa, Italy.

What: Pesto is best-o! This airport has decided to lift its 100ml restriction on liquids for pesto and pesto only, so travellers can bring home a jar of basil goodness. Only in Italy do hundreds of jars of pesto actually get confiscated at security checks. In return, airport officials ask for one small thing in return; a donation to the Flying Angels, an organisation that arranges travel abroad for sick children to receive treatment.

#5 New on The Luxe Nomad:


Who: Large families (with elderly relatives too), or groups of friends.

Where: CasaBay Luxury Pool Villas in Phuket, Thailand.

What: CasaBay villas are designed to create a combination of western technology and tropical Asian styling. Generous outdoor living areas with an overflow pool and a manicured tropical garden will make you relax in a seamless indoors and outdoors lifestyle. Contemporary and luxurious, it’s perfect for groups seeking a slice of heaven hidden in plain sight.

Let’s do this.  

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Diandra Soliano

Our resident Wander Woman with a passion for languages, big cities and bronzer. When she's not listening to The Smiths a little too loudly at the office (after hours!), she can be found singing along to the soundtrack of Les Miserables with her two cats for an audience.

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