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. 

  • Steve writes: When I first set my eyes on the outside of the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, I was unimpressed. In fact, I thought it was plain ugly. Construction continued, and I returned several times over the years, each time finding more to like about it. Finally, on a visit with Ann, the inside of the Cathedral was open for a visit. So we went inside.⁣
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Architect Antonin Gaudi's creation is brilliant. The way he uses stained glass to bring color to the stone inside, combined with the shadows created by the shape of the stone is breathtaking. Truly, this cathedral might be the most impressive one I've seen anywhere. This place should be on your bucket list. It's worth a trip to Barcelona to see it.
  • We've been going to the @PWMercantile for a couple of years now, especially since we bought a house in Pawhuska. Over that time, we've seen a number of changes both to the restaurant and to the merchandise they have in the store. But one item has remained constant: these turquoise beads.
  • One of our favorite stops on our hosted food tour of @visitkansascityks was the @403club. Sure, they offer a great selection of locally crafted and larger production domestic beers. But they also have pinball machines. In fact, they even have a pinball league.⁣
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We spent about an hour in this fun spot, sipping, playing, and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. It will definitely be on our list of places to go again, someday. Beer and pinball are a pretty good mix.
  • On our visit to Italy, we visited the Prosecco region. While we toured a number of wineries, we actually stayed at an inn run by the Roccat winery. ⁣
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Prosecco is a sparkling wine, and people often see it as intergangeable with champagne. This isn't the case at all. Champagne is made from the Chardonnay grape, while Prosecco comes from Glara. Because of this, the two wines are completely different.⁣
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We enjoyed a tasting at Roccat, where they served us glasses of crisp, clear, delicious wine alongside some crunchy breadsticks that were just the right thing to enjoy with the wine.⁣
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If you ever have the opportunity to go to Italy, make sure you include time to head to Valdobbiandene and try some Prosecco.
  • Located in @clearlakeiowa, the historic Surf Ballroom has hosted some of the biggest names in music. It was on this stage that Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP "The Big Bopper" Richardson performed their final show on February 3, 1959. After the concert, they boarded a plane for their next town on their tour. That plane crashed shortly after takeoff, and the date has been remembered ever since as "the day the music died."⁣
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@traveliowa
  • Set in Millennium Park in Chicago is one of the city's most iconic art installations. It's a giant, shiny bean which reflects everything in sight. It's fun to walk around (and under) the bean and see how the shape distorts what it reflects.⁣
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Folks come from all over to see this art installation and take it in. Children love running around it and gazing into it, not realizing they are learning about convex and concave shapes. ⁣
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Standing here you'll hear a multitude of languages and see people from all walks of life there to enjoy the art. And that's why we love public art so much--it brings people together.
  • On our cruise from Italy to Greece, we made a stop in Mykonos. There, we had the chance to take part in a Greek cooking class in a woman's home learning from her.⁣
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We spent an afternoon with lessons about Greek cuisine, and how they waste nothing, not even excess juice from a cucumber. We also saw how to make incredible dishes like this spanakopita, or spinach pie. Sitting in her dining room, enjoying the light, flaky crust and delicious filling is an experience we won't soon forget. ⁣
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While traveling, we try to find opportunities to experience local culture. It's amazing how similar people in the world really are if you just take some time to see what life is like.
  • Do you remember that song from "The Music Man" about trouble? You know the one about the kids in the knickerbockers, shirt-tail young ones, peekin' in the pool hall window after school. ⁣
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Well, we got to peek in a replica of that pool hall on a recent visit to The Music Man Square on our hosted to Mason City, Iowa. It's the town where "The Music Man" creator Meredith Willson was born and raised and his legacy lives on. ⁣
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Before you go see @thehughjackman and @suttonlenore in this Broadway favorite, consider a visit to the real River City.⁣
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Click on the link in our bio to see our latest blog post about why fans of "The Music Man" need to visit Mason City, Iowa. ⁣
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@themusicmanbway

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