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Big Ben rings on New Year's Eve after four years of silence

One of the world's most famous clocks is returning to service in time to ring in the new year. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3eChT4D

Woman isolates in plane bathroom after testing positive for Covid-19

Marisa Fotieo was on an Icelandair flight from Chicago to Reykjavik, Iceland, on December 19, when she took a rapid test in the airplane bathroom. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3EEJ8WL

Cruises should be avoided regardless of vaccination status, CDC says

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday increased the risk level for cruise ship travel to its highest level and said it should be avoided, regardless of vaccination status. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3Jnucjs

All aboard: Inside the upcoming Orient Express La Dolce Vita train

Renderings of the 11-carriage train, which pays homage to the "La Dolce Vita" period of the 1960s, have been unveiled, revealing a plush interior that looks more like a boutique hotel than a railway car. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3mI9G3r

Musfur sinkhole: The chasm in Qatar's desert

A short drive southwest out of Doha leads to the Musfur sinkhole, a large chasm that, for adventurous daytrippers, offers a snapshot of the geological forces that formed the region hundreds of thousands of years ago. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3FHs9oe

The 'Caspian Sea Monster' rises from the grave

Is it a boat? Is it a plane? The Lun-class Ekranoplan, aka "The Caspian Sea Monster," is actually both. And now one of the most extraordinary Cold War flying machines built is about to enjoy a new lease on life. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/35pJdhp

The flood barriers that might save Venice

Venice's MOSE flood barriers, in use since October 2020, have enabled La Serenissima to stay dry for the first time in history. But with climate change, how long can they make a difference? click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3evVjeb

Vipava Valley: Slovenia's beautiful hidden treasure

It's less than an hour's drive from Slovenia's capital, Ljubljana, yet the Vipava Valley hasn't really registered on the tourist radar. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3pz1Xqk

State department says some US citizens can return to country with expired passports

Certain American citizens living or traveling abroad will be able to return to the United States if their passports have expired. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/32yUG0X

What should I do if my flight has been canceled or delayed?

It has been a tough few days for some air travelers here at the Christmas rush. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3EKIQ0V

Japan's best islands to visit, from Okinawa to cat sanctuary Aoshima

Perhaps surprisingly, fewer than 10% of the 6,852 islands making up the Japanese archipelago are inhabited. But among those 400 or so, travelers are treated to a rich tapestry of natural treasures, deep-seated mysticism, thriving cultural assets and stretches of sprawling urbanity. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/32HS7Jq

This woman wants all children to scuba dive

Zoona Naseem is the Maldives' second certified PADI course director. But rather than working with tourists, she opened a dive center for local women and children. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/32n4E5D

Times Square New Year's Eve ball gets new look

New crystals from Irish company Waterford have joined over 2,000 sparkling triangles covering the ball that drops over New York's Times Square every year, days before the countdown to 2022. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3pyA8hL

Los Angeles woman faces federal charge after allegedly punching another passenger on Delta flight

A Los Angeles woman is facing a federal assault charge after allegedly hitting and spitting on another passenger on a December 23 Delta flight from Tampa to Atlanta. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3FAkTKS

Cruises are once again facing disruption because of Covid-19

At least four ocean cruise ships were turned away from ports of call or were prohibited from letting passengers disembark in the Americas this week because of Covid-19 cases aboard. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3ExdZ7z

Dream comes true for terminally ill boy who loves 'Moana'

Ever since the movie "Moana" first hit theaters, 8-year-old Mathias Pascal from Cuxac-d'Aude, France, has dreamed of visiting the land of "Vaiana" -- the name for the ebony-haired heroine of the 2016 Disney blockbuster in its French release. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3FuC8Nv

2 of the world's wealthiest countries shoot to the top of 'very high' risk travel list

As Omicron grips the world, the only person enjoying frictionless global travel this Christmas is Santa, thanks to his very well-ventilated sleigh. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/32C8w2l

Biden to lift travel restrictions on southern African countries that were put in place due to Omicron

The Biden administration is lifting restrictions on eight southern African countries that were put in place last month after the Omicron variant was first identified in South Africa, two administration officials told CNN. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3qpfQq1

The couple who met on a train on Christmas Day

Linda Wenger was traveling from New York City to Connecticut to visit family on Christmas Day, when she struck up a conversation with Michael McTwigan, who was on his way to volunteer at a food drive. The two strangers connected, and 10 years on they're married. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/32x81pY

'The World Without Us': The abandoned sites overrun by nature

The notion of what the world would look like if humans were to vanish has been explored extensively by scientists, as well as many post-apocalyptic movies. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3mt0qA3

Unruly airline passengers could lose TSA PreCheck credentials. 'If you act out of line, you will wait in line'

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have joined forces in the fight against unruly airplane passengers. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3yUeLu8

Royal Caribbean cruise ship prevented from entering 2 island nations due to Covid-19 outbreak

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship was denied entry into two island nations after 55 fully vaccinated crew members and passengers contracted Covid-19 only days after the ship had set sail from Fort Lauderdale, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3pmvsvq

The gigantic luxury hotel in the middle of nowhere

The Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas is a luxury resort the size of a small town near Qatar's border with Saudi Arabia which opened amid the pandemic. Is it worth the trek across the desert? click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3H7Itia

Cities that are canceling their big New Year's Eve events

London is just one major city canceling its big New Year's Eve celebrations. Find out what other cities are canceling because of the pandemic -- and which ones are still on schedule. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3edhVzM

Thailand's quarantine-free travel pass suspended amid Omicron variant concerns

Amid the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Thailand has announced some changes to its inbound quarantine-free travel status for some visitors. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3FlRZOi

The major US tourist cities that are turning to indoor vaccine or testing mandates

If you want to enjoy an indoor meal, drink or entertainment in some of the most popular urban escapes in the United States, you better have proof of vaccination or, in some cases, at least a negative result from a recent Covid-19 test with you. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3JcXbq0

Cruelty debate over zoo exhibition highlights complexities of elephant tourism in Thailand

An Asian elephant struts into the pool and dips its head beneath the surface, using the tip of its trunk like a snorkel. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3FmUikd

Sweden's famous 'Yule Goat' set on fire ... again

A giant straw Yule goat in the Swedish town of Gavle, 200 miles northwest of Stockholm, was set ablaze on December 17 for the first time in five years, reviving a long-running tradition of locals illegally attempting to torch it and authorities scrambling to stop them. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3ea0Cjh

11 of the best ski resorts for the holidays

What's more Christmassy than Christmas? How about spending the festive season in a snowy ski resort decked with holly, festooned with sparkling lights and abuzz with cheer. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/30MWXoh

How Omicron is hitting travel to Europe

As cases of the new variant surge, travel to and across Europe is becoming more difficult with countries imposing new restrictions and Covid hotspots like the UK becoming increasingly isolated. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/32jwteG

The island where Venice began

Torcello, in the north of the Venetian lagoon, has a handful of residents -- but one of Europe's finest Byzantine churches. Legend has it that this is where Venice began -- but now archeologists think differently. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3sibpA4

The tourist attractions you can't visit in 2022

While many of the world's most popular tourist destinations are expected to reopen to travelers in 2022, there are still some places that will be off-limits. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3ySuY39

Winter solstice 2021: Why it happens and how we celebrate the first day of winter

For the past six months, the days have grown shorter and the nights have grown longer in the Northern Hemisphere. But that's about to reverse itself. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3miFhbx

See the world's largest known manta ray population

Manta rays are one of the world's largest fish, yet relatively little is known about them. One team hopes to change that by studying these gentle giants. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3EsxI8N

The countries welcoming US tourists now -- and some resources for your visit

Throughout the pandemic, US passport holders have seen an ever-morphing list of international travel options. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3er8z11

48 test positive for Covid on world's biggest cruise ship

Despite stringent measures supposed to keep ocean cruises Covid-free, operator Royal Caribbean says at least 48 people on board one of its ships that docked in Miami at the weekend have tested positive for the virus. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3H2RCZF

The colorful island of Burano preserves a piece of Venice's past

A boat ride across the Venetian lagoon begins a journey to a centuries-old identity. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3p6Um1X

Winter holiday travel will be back with a vengeance, travel groups predict

So you'll be home for Christmas? It looks like a lot of people are telling their families "you can plan on me." click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3IQ57gH

9 reasons to visit Chengdu when China reopens

While China still hasn't announced solid plans to reopen its border to international leisure travelers, there's no harm in starting to dream about your next visit now. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3sdQQ7W

How do Ghanaians feel about travel restrictions? Hear from public health expert

The operator of Ghana's main international airport will fine airlines $3,500 for every passenger they fly in who is not vaccinated against Covid-19 or who tests positive for the coronavirus upon arrival, it said on December 13. CNN's Zain Asher discusses with Justice Nonvignon, professor at the University of Ghana School of Public Health. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/33v8rxR

Svaneti: The gateway to Georgia's ancient highlands

It's a dark and eerily quiet dusk in February, precisely 10 weeks before Easter, when clusters of men carrying torches make their way toward a nearby cemetery. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3m8uDnW

The last ever A380 is delivered to Emirates

The last Airbus A380 ever made has been delivered to Emirates, marking the end of an era for the superjumbo that was once touted as the future of aviation until airlines cast it aside for smaller aircraft. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/33pXQ78

France shuts out UK tourists over Omicron concerns

UK travelers are to be banned from traveling to France for tourism and will instead be required to present a "compelling reason" to enter the country. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3yvuobr

How to find the world's roomiest airplane seats

One of the greatest luxuries when we fly is having enough space to sleep, relax or work. Here's a guide to the most spacious seats available to business class travelers. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3p2h7DW

Bali only received 45 international tourists in 2021 despite reopening

Destinations around the world have faced significant tourist reductions amid the coronavirus pandemic. But few have taken a harder hit than Bali, the Indonesian island long beloved of global travelers. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/30AIyM0

Canadians told to avoid nonessential international travel as Omicron spreads

Canada issued a travel advisory to its citizens Wednesday asking that they avoid all nonessential international travel as the Omicron variant spreads throughout the world. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3ILrrIq

The most unusual and eye-catching airplane seat designs

A stand-up airplane seat, an overhead locker that's converted into a bed and a double-decker airplane cabin. These are some of the most eye-catching -- and unusual -- airplane seat designs to crop up in recent years, aiming to revolutionize the inflight experience. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3ypYpJE

Love is in the air: Final A380 test flight leaves message in sky

The Airbus A380 superjumbo holds a special place in many aviation fans' hearts -- and when the last of its kind made its final test flight, it returned that love with a message in the sky. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3m8EYQF

Inside the brand new royal suite at Sweden's ice hotel

It's undoubtedly one of the coolest hotels in the world, and Sweden's ICEHOTEL has just launched its 32nd incarnation with a touch of royal magic. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3q0YBey

Arches National Park introducing timed entry amid overcrowding

One of America's most popular national parks -- Arches National Park in Utah -- is rolling out a timed entry system in a bid to prevent overtourism. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3pP1Ci2

Italy and 2 other nations now at 'very high' travel risk for Covid-19, CDC warns

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added three nations to its highest-risk category for travel on Monday, including tourist favorite Italy. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3DRp6rQ

Ghana airport will fine airlines if they bring unvaccinated passengers to the country

The operator of Ghana's main international airport will fine airlines $3,500 for every passenger they fly in who is not vaccinated against COVID-19 or who tests positive for the coronavirus upon arrival, it said on December 13. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3EVobYz

Why we're actually in love with airplane food

"Mile-high slop." "Breakfast abominations". "Barely swallowable." So read the write ups listed in the rundown of the worst plane meals in 2019 by UK consumer magazine Which?. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3IEfjZT

Skyscraper superyacht with two infinity pools

Gigantic superyachts have long been nicknamed "floating skyscrapers," but this new innovative concept from studio Rodriguez Design has taken that notion to an entirely new level. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/30qLMSc

World's top tourist destination on 'very high' travel risk list

You all excited for a third year of the pandemic? Neither are we. But as restrictions tighten around the world, CNN Travel has been taking solace in the world's greatest cocktail bars and Europe's finest cheeses. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3IJuh0v

Teen aviator Zara Rutherford lands historic flight in Seoul

Teen pilot Zara Rutherford landed in Seoul on Saturday, December 11 from Russia, the first Asia stop on her attempt to become the youngest woman to fly around the world solo. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3dPvOUs

Flying with kids this holiday? Try these tips

Dr. Harvey Karp is best known for his infant calming and sleep techniques. He shares his top tips for traveling comfortably with children this holiday season. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3rGXT8F

Las Vegas airport renamed in honor of Harry Reid

As of Tuesday, December 14, some travelers going to Las Vegas may notice something change in their itineraries. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/2Nwly9X

See NYC's dazzling holiday window displays

New York City's annual holiday show is underway after a pandemic pause, transforming the city into a winter wonderland for New Yorkers and tourists alike. CNN's Alexandra Field reports on the winter wonderland. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3IHtZYf

How a photo from the other side of the world sparked a continent-spanning pandemic love story

When Kathy Antoine posted a Facebook photograph of the view from her window in Tahiti in May 2020, the image caught the attention of Reggie Laroche, who lived 5,000 miles away in Florida. Here's how the two strangers connected and what happened next. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3rQ3EkE

Flying without wings: The world's fastest trains

High-speed trains offer greener alternatives to short-haul flights. From China's floating Maglev trains to France's border busting TGVs, these are the fastest railway services you can ride today. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3rXpMtk

Sweden reclaims place names from IKEA

Shelving, trash cans and toilet brushes have all been named after beautiful parts of Sweden by IKEA. Now the country's tourist board is seeking to "reclaim" them from the interiors giant. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3rPDizl

The inside story of InterContinental Hotels' quest to export 1960s American glamor to the world

Created to give Pan Am airplane crew and passengers luxurious places to stay, InterContinental hotels sprang up globally in the 1960s and '70s. Here's what went into their mission to bring their distinctive US style to distant places. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3y3T5M1

The best bars in the world for 2021 have been revealed

We're sorry, USA. Europe has completely trounced you at the cocktail game. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3lFiAhy

Climber can keep $84,000-worth of jewels he found on Mont Blanc

A climber who found a trove of precious stones on Mont Blanc has been given half of the 150,000-euro ($168,700) haul to keep after authorities couldn't find the original owner. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3ov6idj

The real life 'Aristocats' of St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum

Walk in the footsteps of Russian tsars at one of the world's largest museums, where cats prowl the premises by royal decree, doing a job of their own dating back hundreds of years. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3dsbQzi

European travel powerhouse and 6 other places at 'very high' risk for Covid-19, CDC says

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put five places in Europe -- including one of the world's biggest tourism powerhouses -- on its list of destinations for "very high" Covid-19 travel risk. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3rHjRZl

Hiking Angels Landing at Zion National Park will require a permit

One of America's most popular national park hikes will require a permit as of 2022. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3DuCKRx

17 Covid-19 cases identified on New Orleans-bound cruise ship

The Covid-19 positive case count among crew and passengers aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line ship Breakaway has risen to 17, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3xVvJIc

See total solar eclipse over Antarctica

The solar eclipse brought a few minutes of total darkness to the continent which usually experiences continual daylight during its summer season. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/31pN5Br

New US travel rules: What you need to know about the changes prompted by Omicron

Just when we thought US travel rules were starting to stabilize, along comes Omicron. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/31gUFhF

Europe's tastiest cheeses

The best cheeses in Europe? Well, there's the stinkiest in the world, or the most expensive on the planet. Then there are cheeses for grilling, to eat with chutney, or to enjoy by themselves. Here are Europe's tastiest cheeses. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3DueTBw

7 popular Western desserts Japanese chefs have made their own

Japan has long been famous internationally for its diverse and delicious eats, from sushi to ramen, with such staples appearing on menus around the world. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3lzxV3m

Unimaru: The art museum between North and South Korea where the curator wears a bulletproof vest

Art has always had the power to be dangerous. But a newly opened art museum is taking that to another level. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3DtD3fk

A man jumped out of taxiing airplane at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport

A 30-year-old man jumped out of an airplane as it was taxiing at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport Saturday. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3Eso8Dp

Anger simmers over Omicron travel bans in southern Africa

African leaders are hitting back against travel bans imposed over the Omicron variant, accusing wealthy countries of being hypocrites for delivering new restrictions instead of the vaccine doses the continent desperately needs. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3Gdhqlb

See conservationists fly white rhinos in largest transfer operation

30 rhinos were moved from South Africa to Rwanda in the largest ever transfer of the species. The near-threatened species are primarily targeted by poachers for their horns. CNN's Zain Asher reports. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/31hEGQ3

The baby dragons of Slovenia

Postojna Cave, situated one hour's drive southwest of Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital, is so vast, it has its own railway. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3dcPWzQ

Tips on buying a cheap Italy house from those who've done it

Buying a cheap property in Italy is an attractive prospect for many travelers, particularly with the ever-growing number of towns offering up homes for next to nothing through regeneration schemes. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3Dh1E6X

Inside Churchill's secret bunker, deeper than the Cabinet War Rooms

Some 73 feet below the traffic and bustle of London's Piccadilly lies a silent warren of corridors and pitch-black rooms, rarely seen, rarely visited, but which played a vital role in the course of 20th-century history. click Here from CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Travel Section https://ift.tt/3pnVIEg