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(CNN) — This week in travel news: the best hotels in the world, the best sandwiches and the most spectacular train journeys. Additionally, pilot emergencies in Florida and London and the latest countries to ease entry restrictions.
A passenger with no flight experience landed at a Florida airport on May 10 after the pilot became incapacitated. An air traffic controller took the call and walked him through.
The news came after a Virgin Atlantic flight to New York from London had to turn back after it emerged the first officer, although fully qualified, had not completed the flight test Virgin final.
Earlier this month a United Airlines passenger was taken into custody after opening an emergency exit and stepping onto the wing, and in Bangkok a man was arrested after allegedly carrying out an armed rampage at the largest airport in the country.
The World’s Most Loved Hotel of 2022 is a Costa Rican resort with more than 50 bungalows and villas and a private beach, according to Tripadvisor’s annual Travelers’ Choice Awards. Spots in Brazil, Greece, Turkey and Switzerland also made the top 10.
For something even more exclusive, however, a very lucky few will be able to book a night in June at Paris’ famed Moulin Rouge, in a secret room inside the windmill itself. It will be available through Airbnb with a symbolic price of one euro, and potential customers will be able to submit their reservation requests from May 17.
If your accommodation preferences lean more towards simplicity and getting back to nature, you can instead take inspiration from these travelers who have converted their own comfortable motorhomes.
Food and drink
France is facing a foie gras crisis, and this time it’s not because of pressure from animal rights activists, but because of an outbreak of avian flu.
Next door in Italy, we delved into Nutella’s chic ancestor, gianduiotto: a gooey blend of premium cocoa and hazelnuts that grow in the Langhe region of Piedmont.
Further south, in Umbria, is the Lake Trasimeno region, known for its traditional dishes that are very different from its neighbors. Forget pizza and pasta: we’re talking about fishy friends like perch, pike and eel.
And finally, a humble, heavy staple loved by people of all nations: we’ve rounded up 23 of the world’s best sandwiches.
Changes to travel rules
New Zealand announced its full reopening to international visitors on July 31, two months ahead of schedule. Japan has also announced that it will relax its strict border measures in June, although dates and details are yet to be confirmed.
The Polynesian island country of Samoa will open its international borders in August, but again, further details are yet to come. Earlier this week, its neighbor Fiji was upgraded from Tier 3 (“high”) to Tier 2 (“moderate”) on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel advisory for Covid-19 risk . Only one destination – a Caribbean favorite – has moved to Tier 3.
From China’s “Railway to Heaven” to Australia’s Ghan outback adventure, here are some of the world’s most incredible train journeys.
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