Gas costs an arm and a leg!

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Your weekly roundup of the hottest travel links across the net:

1. With gas prices the way they are, it doesn’t necessarily make sense to drive, even on short interstate trips. You might actually save money by flying, especially on some of these budget airlines you’ve probably never heard of. They’re actually so low budget that they don’t show up on popular travel search engines (it costs the airlines money to get listed). It’s worth checking out as many of the airlines have been adding new routes, especially to smaller cities in the US.

2. Have you ever stolen a hotel bathrobe? You can’t deny you’ve at least thought about it. Well, now if you steal one of those plush, white towels or robes, you might find yourself exposed. A company in Miami has developed a microchip that can be sewn into hotel linens to track their whereabouts. Linen theft is apparently a pretty big problem – one hotel in Hawaii said guests were stealing 4000 pool towels every month! I’m not even sure how that’s possible.

3. Do you travel a lot for work? A new study finds that it’s bad for your health.

4. Need a new bag? Refinery29 has a roundup of chic luggage for your summer vacation.

5. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be another religion (especially one that’s copped a lot of flak in recent years), there’s a program in Turkey that allows you to become Muslim for a month.

6. In case you haven’t heard, the TSA is reviewing its guidelines about pat-downs for kids after a parent posted this video of her 6 year old being frisked. Surely they could just put those kids through the scanner again?

7. If vacationing without your pooch feels as if a member of the family is missing, a hotel in Miami is making it easier to bring along your dog. It provides “luxurious custom pet beds” as well as a bunch of other canine-friendly amenities.

8. NASA’s shuttle program might be drawing to a close, but apparently space tourism is closer than ever. If you want to go the International Space Station, you better start saving, because a ticket there will set you back a whopping $50 million. But don’t worry, there are some cheaper options starting at a mere $95,000.