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An Overview of Asia


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Another coronavirus record-breaker: World's shortest airline routes

Mon, 18 May 2020 15:08:01 GMT

The coronavirus pandemic has been the most financially disastrous force in the century-old history of commercial air travel.


Has the UK just canceled summer?

Thu, 04 Jun 2020 09:45:23 GMT

Europe is readying for its first socially distanced foreign visitors amid hopes that peak tourist season can be salvaged. But for the UK, new rules quarantining arrivals for 14 days, could still see summer canceled amid mounting fears for the future of the country's tourism industry.


Las Vegas is reopening June 4

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:21:01 GMT

Detailed housekeeping checklists. Half-empty casinos. Reservations-only dining. No shows, nightclubs, sporting events or spas. Here's what travelers can expect when Las Vegas reopens for tourists.


Largest all-electric aircraft to make maiden flight

Thu, 28 May 2020 10:21:15 GMT

As concerns over the environmental cost of flying continue to mount, green propulsion systems can offer an ethical alternative.


The Arctic explorers locked down in a tiny hut in Norway's Svalbard archipelago

Fri, 22 May 2020 10:17:53 GMT

When Hilde Falun Strom and Sunniva Sorby began a long-planned expedition in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard last September, their main goal was to encourage conversation around climate change in the polar regions.


How wild swimming saved my life

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 09:40:19 GMT

Writer Joe Minihane was consumed with acute anxiety but since taking up wild swimming in the UK's ponds, rivers and coastal waters, he's learned to cope with the stresses that pushed him toward depression.


The CNN Travel quiz: Who, what, why, when and where in the world?

Fri, 22 May 2020 09:36:43 GMT

We all know that travel broadens the mind. Thanks to that place on the seafront that sells delicious gelato, it has a tendency to broaden other body parts too.


Airline restarts flights, cancels them again when passengers can't follow Covid-19 regulations

Thu, 04 Jun 2020 03:53:49 GMT

Just weeks after restarting domestic flights, Indonesian carrier Lion Air has canceled them again, citing issues with passengers not following Covid-19 regulations.


I was trapped naked on a German fire escape

Mon, 25 May 2020 11:28:50 GMT

It's 10 years ago. I'm on a road trip to Germany with my then boyfriend.


Escape to San Francisco, from home

Fri, 29 May 2020 16:36:29 GMT

Want to get away from it all? And would you want to go, or go back to, what is arguably the best city in America? Well, visiting San Francisco may not be possible at the moment.


Airline resumes flights to Italy (but turns around when airport's shut)

Tue, 26 May 2020 10:22:46 GMT

We're all pretty excited about being able to travel again -- but German airline Eurowings might be more eager than most.


What nudists do during a lockdown

Mon, 01 Jun 2020 09:25:06 GMT

On an average weekday, you might find Parisian Laurent Luft enjoying a swim at the city's Roger Le Gall swim center.


How beer delivery saved this Seattle pizza chain

Fri, 22 May 2020 15:06:27 GMT

Zeeks Pizza is keeping the great American tradition of pizza and beer alive, while also saving its business during the pandemic.


Escape to San Franciso through these films

Fri, 29 May 2020 16:31:34 GMT

The city by the bay is the backdrop to some amazing movies


No screaming, please: Japan amusement parks issue new Covid-19 guidelines

Thu, 28 May 2020 10:50:35 GMT

Thrill seekers in Japan will soon get to enjoy their favorite roller coasters again now that amusement parks around the country are reopening.


Laser mapping reveals largest and oldest Mayan temple

Thu, 04 Jun 2020 10:15:39 GMT

For decades, archeologists have keep their eyes down to the ground as they slashed through jungles, attempting to spot traces left by lost civilizations like the Khmer Empire in Cambodia and the Maya in Mexico and Central America.


Which international destinations are reopening to tourists?

Thu, 04 Jun 2020 10:02:22 GMT

Although most governments are still advising against "nonessential" international travel, a host of popular destinations are beginning to ease their Covid-19 lockdown measures and border restrictions and are moving toward welcoming tourists back.


Why Starbucks coffee tastes like travel

Fri, 29 May 2020 08:54:22 GMT

On most days I am loyal to my locally owned coffee shop. I spent years working as a barista myself, pulling shots of espresso and pouring silky steamed milk into ceramic mugs -- a wiggle of the wrist to finish it off with a snow-white pattern in caramel-colored foam. My fellow third-wave coffee crafters and I would cringe if someone ordered a tall instead of a small.


Summer vacation: What are the risks?

Thu, 04 Jun 2020 12:21:45 GMT

In this new normal where everything is a calculation, summer vacation presents a whole host of questions.


Greece to reopen to tourists on June 15

Thu, 21 May 2020 11:29:38 GMT

Greece has brought forward its planned reopening to tourists to June 15 as pressure mounts on European destinations to roll back coronavirus restrictions to stave off economic collapse.


India reopens domestic air travel with precautions

Mon, 25 May 2020 06:18:37 GMT

Guidelines and safety measures are in place as India allows airlines to resume some domestic flights, two months after the country banned air travel. But safety concerns remain as India still battles Covid-19, with new infections reported daily. CNN's Vedika Sud reports.


Sent home in stitches: 20 years ago, a motorbike accident put an end to my Thailand adventures

Wed, 20 May 2020 02:46:56 GMT

Every time I read a news story about a young traveler in hospital in Thailand struggling to get home following a horrible motorbike accident, my stomach twists into a knot.


Why are these giant teddy bears riding a roller coaster?

Wed, 03 Jun 2020 19:06:23 GMT

An amusement park in the Netherlands, closed at the time because of the pandemic, filled a roller coaster with giant teddy bears.


Here's how Covid-19 could change the way we fly

Fri, 22 May 2020 18:13:40 GMT

As the world slowly eases its way out of the Covid-19 lockdown, we're on the verge of a new era in air travel.


Africa's tourism industry is preparing for a post-coronavirus era

Mon, 01 Jun 2020 12:36:03 GMT

At the start of 2020, Africa's tourism industry was predicted to grow.


This mountainous region of Vietnam produces some of the best cheese in Asia

Thu, 04 Jun 2020 01:43:59 GMT

Once the mist clears over the hilly mountaintops, green is all you can see in Dalat, a mountainous region in the Central Highlands of southern Vietnam.


Entire Swedish spa village on sale for $7 million

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:39:17 GMT

When the world is feeling just too much, imagine how great it would be to start afresh.


We went backpacking with suitcases in Italy and it was a mess

Wed, 03 Jun 2020 16:25:38 GMT

Like many people, I developed an obsession with Italy relatively early in life. Unlike many people, mine was probably inspired by a cartoon dream sequence in which Yogi Bear and his girlfriend Cindy sailed through Venice on a gondola.


This is now the world's busiest airport... on certain Saturdays

Sat, 23 May 2020 08:23:46 GMT

Alaska's Anchorage International Airport lacks the waterfalls and razzmatazz of Singapore Changi or the eight runways of Chicago O'Hare.


The homes frozen in time on Hong Kong's abandoned Yim Tin Tsai island

Tue, 02 Jun 2020 01:59:59 GMT

While many visitors to Hong Kong know about the main Hong Kong island, home to many of the financial capital's skyscrapers, the city is actually an archipelago.




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