In this week’s travel news, as the Lunar New Year rush kicks in, boys catch the catch of a lifetime, temperatures drop to minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit in the world’s coldest city, and what it’s like to spend the night in China. But China keeps moving. Alpine igloo. (Spoiler: absolutely freezing).
stories from the sea
The Florida Strait has seen a recent surge in rescues as cruise ships cross paths with Cuban and Haitian migrants trying to reach the United States on makeshift boats. Here’s her story of one such rescue when the gigantic luxury liner Celebrity Beyond brought her 19 people warm and safe aboard.
Late last year, a 28-year-old man managed to survive 20 hours by treading water in the Gulf of Mexico after falling off a Carnival cruise ship. Watch him talk about his confusion and encounters with unknown sea creatures.
A diver off the coast of Japan captured this very rare footage of a giant 8-foot-long squid. A 12-year-old boy caught a great white shark while fishing near Fort Lauderdale with his family. See the catch here.
baby it’s cold outside
This week, temperatures in Yakutsk, the world’s coldest city in eastern Siberia, reached minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 62.7 degrees). This is the coldest in over 20 years. Frostbite is a constant danger, and “either you dress accordingly or you suffer,” said one resident.
And what about those who choose to vacation in this situation? Spending a night in an alpine igloo sounds pretty comfortable in theory, but at temperatures a few degrees below the temperature in your fridge, it’s not realistic. is not comfortable. CNN Travel’s fingers were unzipped enough to report our stay.
That said, a cold, exhausting day’s work can get you staring at a seal hole in the Arctic ice for 12 hours. , says the alfonsino is worth it.
Lunar New Year
The Chinese New Year holiday starts on January 22nd. This comes almost exactly three years after his initial Covid-19 lockdown started in Wuhan. Today, flights out of China have returned to pre-pandemic levels, with flights within China up 9.5% since January 2019, according to aviation analytics firm Cirium. With the Lunar New Year travel rush in full swing, demand for the newly reopened high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and mainland China has risen tremendously.
One of the dishes you want to eat at the end of your trip is longevity noodles. According to tradition, chefs should not cut the strands of the noodles, which symbolize longevity, and should eat each strand whole: Schlurrrpalicious.
NASA and Boeing are working on a new single-aisle aircraft design that will reduce emissions and, if successful, could enter service by the 2030s.
This follows news last month as Virgin Atlantic plans to fly a Boeing 787 powered entirely by waste oil and fat from London to New York this year in what will be the “world’s first” net-zero transatlantic flight.
A company is making jet fuel out of thin air. See here for how they do it.
Scientists are also working on ways to reduce contrails, the faint ice clouds that planes leave behind. Studies have found that he contributes more to global warming than his CO2 emissions from aircraft, but there may be an easy fix.
And on a final positive note on the future of flights, for the first time in months, there’s no ‘misbehaved traveler of the week’ talk.
life of a dog
Canadian Jess Stone travels the world on her motorcycle with her German Shepherd Moxie as her companion. The pair are ten months ahead of him on a grand tour of around 90 countries in North America, South America, Africa, Europe and Asia.
fly with kids
Keeping young children engaged, entertained, and most importantly, seated in air travel can be difficult. We’ve put together a roundup of 15 parent-approved activities to make your next flight go smoother.
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