Do you love April Fool’s Day as much as we do? Each year, we look forward to playing harmless pranks on each other and we’ve even written a few April Fool’s Day blog posts like the one about Ann’s first visit to a nude beach. This year, we noticed more and more businesses in the travel industry taking part in the fun. Here are nine of our picks for best April Fool’s Day posts of 2019.

Frankfurt Airport

The Frankfurt Airport had a fantastic idea to help nervous travelers relax – an alpaca lounge! Our daughter, Meghan, would absolutely love this!! Can you even imagine being stressed out about your flight and being offered a short stay in the alpaca lounge? Actually, it sounds wonderful. Alpaca my bag and head over there right now.

Cruiseline.com

In celebration of April Fool’s Day, Cruisline.com made up a story about one cruise line charging passengers who gained weight during their cruise. The article said passengers would be asked to step on the scale on both embarkation and disebarkation days and would be asked to pay extra for every pound they gained. The good news is that in reality, weight gain on board is still provided at no additional charge. Let’s hit the buffet (again)!

Westjet.com

Westjet.com has been doing April Fool’s pranks since 2006. The Canadian airline went all out with its charade in 2019. They created a professional video advertisement for their #FlyreFestival — an immersive music festival at 35,000 feet on a 787 Dreamliner. Complete with singers and dancers, lots of food and drink, models, and even social media influencers influencing, this one was just fantastic! Take two minutes out of your work day (your boss won’t mind) and watch this hilarious video.

McDonald’s

Fast food giant McDonalds got a head start March 31 by promoting new dipping sauce flavors which, revealed the next day, were Shake Sauces. They announced that you could now dip your Chicken McNuggests in strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, or shamrock shake sauce. Some fans were actually disappointed it was only a joke. McDonald’s Australia announced they’d be offering a McPickle burger, made of pickles layered between melted cheese, ketchup, and toasted sesame seed buns.

The Kitchn

This one cracked us up!! We love thekitchn.com and couldn’t stop laughing at their social media post about a new Mega Instant Pot. They said it would have six new features such as a self-cleaning mode and scented silicone rings. The Mega Instant Pot would also vacuum your countertops and babysit your kids. WOW! If only true.

Carnival Cruiseline

Ever wonder how you could travel to 20 beaches in one day? Carnival Cruiseline had you covered on April Fool’s Day. They introduced their newest vessel, the Carnival Velocity, which they said would let you soak in the sun in record speed at 355 mph. Talk about fun!

Postcard Jar | Travel blog

Of course we had to put in our story about our visit to Flabbergasted in Truco, Mississippi. We concocted five grotesque dishes and a sweet and savory cocktail for our readers. The truth is, we made all of these dishes in our own kitchen and didn’t taste one thing (only photographed them). And Truco, Mississippi? It’s also a made-up place, but we gave you a hint. Truco means “trick” in Spanish.

Passenger Shaming

We love this site and only wish this story were true! We know this one strikes a chord with many of our readers, as you had quite the reaction to THIS POST we wrote last year on the subject.

Visit Florida

Nice idea but not as funny when you’re in Nebraska where it snowed last week. But seriously, we love that Visit Florida played the April Fool’s Day game. It’s a fun state to visit, so we’re not really surprised.


Did you have a favorite April Fool’s Day prank this year? Let us know in the comments. 

  • Perched high on a hill in Tuscany is the medieval village of Montepulciano. In the center of town is the piazza grande paved with bricks laid in a herringbone pattern in the 14th century. ⁣
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Standing in the piazza, looking at the bricks, we were filled with a sense of awe at the history these bricks have seen. They've been there for 700 years so have seen times of war and peace, celebration and sorrow. Generation after generation of townsfolk were born, lived and died, and all have walked on these bricks. ⁣
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This is one of the things we love most about traveling. It gives us an authentic feel for history, one we wouldn't have if we just stayed at home.
  • We were so tickled when @thechefandthedish reached out and asked us if we'd like to take a complimentary cooking class with them. They offer private cooking classes with chefs from all over the world that you can take right in your own kitchen. ⁣
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For this class, we Skyped with chef Paola who taught us to make strawberry risotto, traditional bruschetta, and a delicious poached pear dessert that blew our minds. ⁣
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Risotto always seemed like a difficult dish to make, but Chef Paola explained it so well that it wound up being pretty easy. We spent a great afternoon with friends, learned something new, and enjoyed a great meal after. A class with The Chef & The Dish is a great gift idea, as well. Follow the link in our bio, and you can read more about our class on our blog.
  • The world is a big place, and there's so much to discover. Go places, and see things. It doesn't matter if you don't have a detailed itinerary, either. Sometimes, it's more about the journey and what you see and experience along the way, than it is about the destination.
  • During our trip in Tuscany with @italyunfiltered, we stopped at a small family winery. After learning about the organic methods they use to produce high quality Chianti Clasico wines, we had a tasting. ⁣
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Wine tastings in Italy are nothing like those in the US. They are glorious affairs complete with delicious foods paired with the incredible wines. This particular winery brought us samples of homemade, organic jams made from fruits grown in the family's garden. We dabbed these on locally produced pecorino cheese. Yum!⁣
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We're so glad that we had a local driver and guide. Stopping here was a highlight of our Italian adventure, and we never would have found it on our own.
  • The village of Marsaxlokk, Malta, is famous for these brightly painted fishing boats. The design is rather ancient, possibly dating back to Phoenician times, though it's still used today because it is very strong and holds up well in rough weather. One feature of each boat's decorations, are eyes painted on the bow of the boat. These eyes are said to protect the people fishing while they are at sea.
  • The blue cobblestones of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, are actually part of a recycling project which started 500 years ago. Iron foundries in Spain produced huge piles of waste, called slag. Rather than throw these piles away, the slag was made into blocks which was placed into ships as ballast. The ballast was offloaded in Puerto Rico when they loaded products bound for Spain. The blocks were then used to pave the streets. ⁣
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Pretty good idea, and 500 years later, they are holding up well!
  • The Overseas Highway connects Key West and the Florida Keys to the mainland U.S. While the entire road is a marvel of engineering, the centerpiece is the Seven Mile Bridge, which runs over water for, well, seven miles.⁣
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The next time you're driving, reset your trip odometer and wait until it gets to seven miles. You'll see that's a pretty long distance. And then think about the fact that people built a bridge over water with no land to support them for that distance. Pretty incredible-especially since the first one was built in 1912.
  • We'd never heard of cannonball rocks before we drove past them at North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and asked each other, "did you see that?" We'd never seen anything quite like these natural "concretions" created when water leaked into pockets of minerals in the ground. Now, as a hill erodes, these formations are exposed.⁣
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Seeing these rocks was such a cool experience because it reminded us of why we travel. We never know when we'll find something new, something that we never knew existed. We got along fine not knowing about cannonball rocks, yet now that we've seen them, our lives are a little richer. ⁣
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The world is a pretty cool place. Check it out.⁣
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