New Rough Guide to Croatia Features Game of Thrones Season 8 Locations

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Game of Thrones fans may not be able to travel to Westeros, but they can book a trip to the places where the hit HBO series was filmed. In anticipation of the premiere of season eight of Game of Thrones on April 14, the Rough Guides travel book series is releasing an updated guide to Croatia featuring locations from the show.

Parts of Scotland, Iceland, Ireland, and Spain have all become destinations for tourists looking to explore the settings of their favorite Game of Thrones scenes. In Croatia, travelers can visit Krka National Park, where Arya Stark crossed the Riverlands with The Hound in season four, and Dubrovnik, the ancient city where exterior shots for King's Landing were filmed.

The new edition of The Rough Guide to Croatia covers Zagreb, Inland Croatia, Istria, the Kvarner Gulf, Northern Dalmatia, Split, the south Dalmatia coast, the southern Dalmatian islands, and Dubrovnik. In addition to guiding you through filming locations with full-color maps and photos, the book also suggests non-Game of Thrones activities, like a trip to the Museum of Broken Relationships or a dessert tour of Korcula. From accommodations to special events, each section lists all the basic information you need for a successful trip. (Just be aware that the city of Dubrovnik, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, has taken some measures to fight the recent crush of Game of Thrones-loving tourists.)

The updated edition of The Rough Guide to Croatia will be released on May 1, 2019 for $24.99 (though it can be preordered on Amazon now for $19.91). If you're planning a Game of Thrones world tour, here are more famous filming locations to add to your itinerary.

Meet LiLou: The World's First Airport Therapy Pig

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Kseniia Derzhavina/iStock via Getty Images

There's a new reason to get to the airport early—you might run into a therapy pig who's there to make your trip a little easier. As Reuters reports, LiLou the Juliana pig is a member of San Francisco International Airport's "Wag Brigade," a therapy animal program designed to ease stress and anxiety in travelers.

Aside from her snout and potbelly, LiLou can be recognized by her captain's hat and red "hoof" polish. She spends the day with guests who are happy to take a break from the pressures of traveling. She might comfort them by posing for a selfie, playing a song on her toy keyboard, or offering them a head to pet.

After bringing joy to people's day, LiLou goes home to her San Francisco apartment where she lives with her owner, Tatyana Danilova. In her free time, she goes on daily walks and snacks on organic vegetables. She even has her own Instagram account.

Airports around the world are embracing the benefits therapy animals can bring to customers. The Wag Brigade program at San Francisco includes a number of dogs, and earlier this year, the Aberdeen Airport in Scotland debuted its own "canine crew" of dogs trained to make travelers feel safe and happy. Therapy miniature horses have even been used at an airport in Kentucky. According to the San Francisco Airport, LiLiou is the world's first airport therapy pig.

To see LiLou turn on the charm, check out the video below.

[h/t Reuters]

The Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Each State

Hot air balloons drifting over the Rio Grande River in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Hot air balloons drifting over the Rio Grande River in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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In 2018, Americans took about 1.8 billion trips for leisure purposes alone, the U.S. Travel Association reports. But what types of attractions do they visit during those trips? Thanks to new data from Groupon and Viator, a TripAdvisor company, we now have the answer.

Map of the Northeast of the United States, showing a few of the most popular tourist attractions in that region
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Groupon mapped out each state’s most popular travel experience and classified them according to price, type, and region. Tourists in the northeast United States tend to gravitate toward what Groupon describes as “exploration and discovery” activities, like the Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia, Maine's Portland City and Lighthouse Tour, and the day trip from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard.

Map of the Midwest region of the United States, listing a few of the most popular tourist attractions in those states
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The Midwest is by far the cheapest place to vacation, with the cost of attractions in the region averaging about $48. Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and North Dakota are great states to visit if you’re looking for a top-ranked food tour, while South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois offer plenty of educational tours and experiences (including a movie site tour for Field of Dreams fans).

Map of the Southern region of the United States, listing some of the most popular tourist attractions in that area
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Experiences in the South are fairly varied. Visitors have plenty of options, whether they’re looking for a historic tour of Asheville, North Carolina's Biltmore Estate (the largest privately owned house in the United States) or a day of thrills at Virginia’s Busch Gardens amusement park. Tourists in the South do seem to prefer watery activities, though—the region is popular for dinner cruises and dolphin watching.

Map of the Western region of the United States, listing some of the most popular tourist destinations in the area
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Perhaps unsurprisingly, the West is easily the most expensive region for visitors, averaging about $176 per attraction. Tourists in this region tend to gravitate toward experiences like helicopter tours and hot air balloon rides, all of which push the region toward the pricey end of the scale. Still, if you’re looking for astounding natural beauty, there are few places with more variety than the American West.

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