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

1. Running scared sh*tless as bulls chase after you doesn’t exactly sound like most people’s idea of a relaxing vacation. But then again, not everyone goes on vacation to relax. As July sneaks upon us, many travelers are gearing up for an annual event that tests the wits of even the most adventurous person: the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. While a lot of people do complete the run successfully, not everyone comes out unscathed – each year hundreds of participants end up injured, gored, and occasionally, dead. If you’re planning to take part, you might want to check out this list of resources for the running of the bulls, including tips on how to complete the course as safely as possible.

2. If you haven’t seen pictures of it before, you’ll be blown away by these images of the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland. Located deep underground, the former salt mine has been converted into a veritable subterranean city of chapels, halls, function rooms, restaurants, and bars – all carved out of salt. Many of the facilities at the UNESCO World Heritage site are even available for locals to rent out!

3. Normally it’s the passengers who feel the pinch as airlines jack up their fares and add on charges for just about everything. But it turns out that lately, some airlines have been getting a taste of their own medicine as one of the programs they established years ago comes back to bite them. The AAirpass is a program introduced by American Airlines more than 30 years ago and gives holders the right to unlimited first class travel – for life. The pass didn’t come cheap at upwards of $250,000… but it’s not exactly a bad deal either for frequent fliers. Turns out a lot of people thought so too – with many pass-holders getting more than their money’s worth out of their purchase, much to the dismay of the airlines.