💌 Renewing Romance, Tracking Taylor, and More in Pipeaway Newsletter #117

Pipeaway travel newsletter #117; AI image by DALL-E.

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Happy Lunar New Year!

We’re stepping into the year of the dragon, as colorful images from celebrations around the world clearly suggest.

But what does that mean for our traveling? A Chinese astrology expert Juwita Tjong gave her predictions on how this year will affect the travel plans of every zodiac sign.

If you think that planning holidays according to the stars is some Eastern quirk, hold on. Moxy Hotels, the Marriott Bonvoy brand, teamed up with astrology readers. Customers will get personalized advice on when and where to travel, and even – with who.

Is astrological travel planning a bit too much for you? Then make this week all about Valentine’s Day. Wherever you go, here’s how to say “I love you” in every corner of the globe.

Beyond words, there are other ways to show your love, which is what this week’s feature is all about. But also…

Find this in today’s newsletter:

  • Words: Stools, Swift, and size on the radar.
  • Images: From Bangladesh bricks to baby birds.
  • Numbers: Breaking records.
  • P.S.: Romance special.

Have a lovely week!

Ivan Kralj        


Studio shot of heart-shaped cakes and roses, all in red and pink tones, as Valentine food gift ideas concept; photo by Anita Austvika, Unsplash.

Culinary Cupid – Spicy Solutions for Your Sweetheart

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Your partner might say ‘No gifts this year’, but everyone loves a surprise. We’ve got you covered with solutions that will make them swoon. No matter what your budget or taste, you’ll find something to suit your partner’s palate in our curated list of 7 Valentine food gift ideas. Check it out and get ready to stimulate those stomach butterflies. They do say that food is the ticket to a person’s heart.




Most people headed to Las Vegas for the Super Bowl. But an urban daredevil didn’t get the memo and was arrested for showing up on the super ball – the Sphere. If heights make you fill your pants, don’t even consider Mt Everest. The mountain is covered in human stools, and the authorities now demand climbers poo in bags and present the contents for inspection.


Taylor Swift threatens to sue a student who tracks her private jet whereabouts. The singer would prefer to remain unidentified, like UFOs. But even those sightings are getting mapped. By the way, does Boeing work for extraterrestrials too? One saucer may be – missing a door plug.


Finnair started weighing their passengers, and many felt uneasy. But as our article on flying while fat explains, surveying passengers for weight is regular airline practice. Daily Mail poll shows that 85% of the public thinks that overweight passengers should pay more.




World Photography Organisation unveiled the winners of the Sony World Photography Awards 2024, showcasing everything from fishermen in Myanmar to February Christmas celebrations in Colombia. At the Chartered Institute of Building’s architectural photography competition, photos from a brick factory and a mosque in Bangladesh stole the laurels.


American Airlines flight attendant Saruda Panyakham swapped runway for the runway and won the crown of a transgender beauty queen in Thailand. The victory will see them represent their community at the Miss International Queen pageant.


Alaska Airlines flight attendant Amber became the godmother of a flamingo. When the zoo incubator stopped working on her flight, the resourceful attendant saved the rare eggs by making a nest from warm-water-filled rubber gloves. A pilot in New Zealand saved the life of a baby penguin spotted on the runway. Need more cuteness? This week’s #Top4Theme is dedicated to all things adorable.




The age of Luisa Yu who managed to visit all 193 countries recognized by the UN. “If there’s a will, there’s a way”, she said, reminding me of TikTok traveling grannies. Reportedly, only 400 people made it to every country, but some are starting to question the collector’s mentality.


The number of matchsticks in a 7.2-meter-high replica of the Eiffel Tower made in Saujon, France. Richard Plaud spent 8 years, or 4,200 hours, crafting the masterpiece. Guinness World Records first rejected his feat because of the matches he used, but in the end, they accepted his record.


The number of tourist arrivals Dubai recorded in 2023. Higher-than-ever results surpassed pre-pandemic records, with average hotel occupancy standing at 77.4%, and Western Europe and South Asia leading the influx. The Maldives also broke their records, with an annual increase of 12%, mostly thanks to visitors from Russia, India, and China.


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Ivan Kralj


Award-winning journalist and editor from Croatia

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