Sir Richard Branson doesn't fly economy and likes to call it "Riff Raff Class" but apparently his feelings aren't shared by Prince William who flew Economy on a 1 and a half hour flight from Memphis to Dallas (about $550 bucks) this weekend.
Yup, he sat in the cheap seats with the rest of the grunts.
Does this mean he had to fork over extra for beer, wine or snacks other than peanuts?
For his fortitude and espirit de corps--TravelHushHush awards Prince William of Britain the Road Warrior Golden Gas Award for the week.
What Does Prince William win you may ask? If he contacts us here at TravelHushHush, Prince William will win himself a deluxe HD DVD issue of The Road Warrior himself. He can watch it in coach next time he flies with AA and doesn't want to shell out the extra bucks for a movie.
As many fans of Maleficent know, there are no shortage of real Evil Queens in history to look to as the inspiration of the fairy tale that Disney is spinning out this summer with Angelina Jolie as the fabulously wicked horned one.
One of the most evil has to be Elizabeth, Countess Bathory (also called "The Blood Countess") who lived in Hungary in the late 1500s. The Countess killed and tortured thousands of young virgins, thinking that bathing in their blood would keep her young. Not only did that premise go awry, but she was caught and walled up in the basement of Slovakia's Cachtice Castle, whose ruins still stand--moodily awaiting those who are brave enough to visit.
We hear that the Castle itself is closed to the public but that you can still get close enough to the picturesque point to take pictures for your Evil Queen scrapbook. You can also rent The Countess which stars Julie Delpy as, well, The Countess. It's kind of like Before Sunrise, except with serial killing, torture and Renaissance fair costumes instead of Ethan Hawke.
Lupito Nyong'o, People Magazine's Most Beautiful Person in the World is Facebooking from one of the world's most beautiful countries--Morocco.
Nyong'o posted: Lupita Nyong'o 11 hours ago
She also posted images of an intricate Moroccan cabinet (in her hotel) and drew hundreds of comments from locals who hope to meet her in their town or village.
Shark Tank fans and denizens of the YOTEL New York celebrated the launch of the hotel's new loyalty club (TheClub@Yotel) and its signature FOUR lounge space networking mixer, "4 on Four" this week, where four industry leaders speak to rapt Yotelers on innovation, bizness smarts, tech talk and more.
TravelHushHush.com attended the first event where Garth Holsinger, CEO of the Global Startup Project and former Sales & Marketing VP for the vaunted KLOUT was loving THH's brand and backstory.
We also got love from Yotel's Social Media Maven, Fergus Boyd who Tweeted:
Fergus Boyd @lfboyd May 20
Loving the lady promoting her new web site "Travel Hush Hush". Gossip on travel. Perfect proposition. DO IT. #IWNY #4onFOUR @YotelHQ
Did our KLOUT SCORE just rise rapidly?
Showtime's new Penny Dreadful combines the screenwriter of Gladiator, London's seamy Victorian underground and one of the greatest travelers who ever lived. We're impressed.
John Logan, Gladiator and Skyfall screenwriter among many other illustrious credits, has used one of the greatest travelers to ever live as the inspiration for his lead character in the new Showtime series, Penny Dreadful.
The Gothic-infused pastiche of characters from our collective unconscious is lead by Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) whom Logan says is based directly on the great traveler Sir Richard Francis Burton (above).
Burton (once played by Patrick Bergin in the under-rated period flick Mountains of the Moon) was a fascinating character. He translated the Kama Sutra for a hidden cult of Victorian porno readers, searched for the source of the Nile with his partner John Speke (played by Iain Glen, a.k.a. Ser Jorah Mormont in Mountains of the Moon) and translated a rare Indian vampire novel among other achievements.
From the first two episodes, Penny looks more promising than last season's Dracula.
Logan and his characters are inspiring us to re-visit our favorite haunting grounds in olde London...stay tuned for a Penny Dreadful-inspired itinerary in Old Blighty. Meanwhile visit our friends at VisitEngland.com and VisitBritain.com for all your Gothically inspired London needs.
Here's your Game of Thrones recap for travelers.
Arya and the Hound continue their never-ending buddymovie roadtrip. In last night's episode the Hound confesses some childhood trauma and Arya cleans his wound which is kind of like when your Mom used to spit on a handkerchief to clean your face when you're parked at a fast food stop and you have no Wet Ones.
The two keep traveling through places where the Hound gets in trouble and has to kill folks. Now Arya's pitching in, which is kind of touching. They're really bonding, which is what road trips do--you either bond forever or kill each other. But this is GOT, so expect something of both.
It seems like everyone on the show is getting into Road Trip mode. Brienne is traveling with Tyrion's sidekick and they've just stayed in a nice B&B where Brienne got a kick ass meat pie and the recipe plus a GOT cookie. Sansa's been lodging at Auntie's house but that can't last for long. She'll soon be back on the road with bad "Uncle" Littlefinger. Don't you love her traveling gear? That hooded robe is right out of Meryl Streep's Victorian cape in The French Lieutenant's Woman.