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Wackiest airline commercial ever. [via YouTube]

Yotel is the first hotel to be built inside the Gatwick airport terminal. Inspired by the smart way first-class airline seats use space, Yotel charges rates from $50 a night (but more typically about $110) for a pod that measures between 75 and 107 square feet. Each has a double bed, bathroom with shower, pull-down desk, flat-screen TV--plus free Wi-Fi. At last, the word is getting out that budget travelers like a bit of style.

More info: Until recently, most transatlantic flights from the U.S. flew into rival airport Heathrow. But within the next nine months, several airlines will begin transatlantic service to Gatwick, making Yotel's new rooms more appealing to Americans.

Related: Discount carrier Zoom flies into Gatwick from N.Y.C

Photo contest at the national parks. From now through Sept. 29, Canon invites you to submit your favorite digital photographs of an American park to its

Digital Learning Center. The prize for the best landscape and wildlife pix is a trip to one of the major U.S. parks of their choice, along with a full suite of Canon photographic equipment.

Earlier: How to take better photographs of your friends.

Related: Free photography classes this summer at

Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon. For more details, call 888-390-9829.

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