TRAVEL NEWS

12 Bizarre New Years Celebrations Around the World

From premature burials to smashing plates and throwing toilet seats out of the window.

It’s that time of the year again–well, the end of the year and the start of a new one. People around the world will be turning the page to 2022 by partying in different ways, because no matter the religion or custom, just about everyone celebrates New Year’s Eve. But not all countries and cultures celebrate it the same way. Here are 12 of the most unique, and occasionally bizarre, rituals.

Were Adding These 10 Titles to the Top of Our Vacation Reading List in 2022

Tearjerkers, tomes to open up your world, hilarious bios, and more--these are the books you won’t be able to put down on your next holiday.

Most of us haphazardly plan what to read on vacation and end up perusing a chaotic airport newsstand full of Grishams. But, 2022 offers a fresh start, with an abundance of smart, quirky, thoughtful reads. We put together a list of hotly anticipated books from some of our favorite authors, old favorites, and peppered in a few buzzy ones that caught our eye. There’s a great mix of stuff to throw in your beach tote while you sun yourself in Florida, page-turners that you can reserve for your flight across the pond, and books that will offer a laugh if you happen to find yourself locked down (again) at home.

8 Predictions for Traveling in 2022 (and Possibly Beyond)

Canceled plans, deferred departures, anxiety-fueled enjoyment.

Once we get the vaccine, travel will go back to the way that it was before the pandemic, I told myself, like a stupid baby who was literally born yesterday. And everyone will be kind and fair and climate change will reverse and war is over and the meek shall inherit the earth and and and… Well, not yet at least. Two years in, it feels like some of these shifts and trends have staying power. It’s easy to think about all the negative new changes–ranging from irritating to devastating–we’ll forevermore have to endure, but there are a few silver linings come what may. And as far as the rest of it goes, it’d be a safe bet to renew your Xanax prescription in 2022 and soldier on. 

11 Maps That Will Help You See the World in a Whole New Light

Cartography in modern times.

When I’m on a flight, I love watching the interactive flight path that shows what we’re flying over, the altitude and speed of the plane, and how much time I have before I can use the airport bathroom (I avoid airplane lavatories like the plague). It’s amusing to change the terrain on Google Maps when I’m in a mountain city and see my neighborhood on Google Earth. Technology has added another dimension to maps: it has made them fun as well as informative. Did you know that there’s a map that introduces you to regional music? Or that there are many maps that show you what planes are flying overhead? And since we’re in the 21st century where conversations about climate change shouldn’t slip to the margins, online mapping tools are shedding light on mitigation and risks. Cartography has become so much more than scaling areas on paper (and countries fighting about it). There are interesting, interactive maps on the internet that let you pick up the globe and view the world from different angles (figuratively). Here, you have a list of intelligent and awesome maps to increase your knowledge about the world we live in. I’ll bet you’ll find at least one you’ve never heard of before!

25 New Hotels We Can’t Wait to Visit in 2022

Get ready to pack your bags!

After nearly two years of last-minute planning and daydreaming over screensavers and Zoom backgrounds, tangible travel may finally come back in 2022…and there’s a lot to look forward to. The excitement has been building for many of the new hotels of 2022 since long before the pandemic, and, with only a few more days left before the New Year, it’s time to start packing those bags and booking those plane tickets. From a boutique hotel in Bolivia overlooking the Andes Mountains to an Italian masterpiece making its Capri debut after 200 years in the making, here are our most anticipated hotel openings of 2022.  

25 Hotels We Can’t Wait to Visit in 2022

Get ready to pack your bags!

After nearly two years of last-minute planning and daydreaming over screensavers and Zoom backgrounds, tangible travel may finally come back in 2022…and there’s a lot to look forward to. The excitement has been building for many of the new hotels of 2022 since long before the pandemic, and, with only a few more days left before the New Year, it’s time to start packing those bags and booking those plane tickets. From a boutique hotel in Bolivia overlooking the Andes Mountains to an Italian masterpiece making its Capri debut after 200 years in the making, here are our most anticipated hotel openings of 2022.  

10 Best Places in the U.S. to Celebrate New Years Eve

Your guide to ushering in 2022.

Well, it’s finally time to say goodbye to 2021. After muted celebrations last year, the thought of partying on the streets, attending concerts, dining in restaurants, and counting down the seconds is exciting. If you haven’t crossed the Ts on your holiday travel plans yet, we have the best destinations in the U.S. to ring in the new year right here.   But note that due to the Omicron variant, there’s a surge of COVID cases across the United States. Dr. Anthony Fauci urged Americans to stay away from large New Year’s gatherings, saying, “There will be other years to do that, but not this year.”  If you do plan to go out on New Year’s Eve, be safe: wear a mask (preferably a KN95), get tested ahead of time (and after), socially distance, and stay outside or in well-ventilated facilities. Also note that many cities are re-evaluating their New Year’s plans and scaling back events–so there are chances that some events may get canceled. Keep your bookings flexible and think of backups. And maybe, just maybe, stay home and watch TV.

This Humble Home Launched a Thousand Fairy Tales

This will all be ready for the Queen tomorrow!Niels Bjrn Friiss proclamationsounded like it was coming from a breathless servant in some fairy tale. But in real-life Denmark, real-life workers were buzzing around the dusty cobblestone streets of the pedestrian town of Odense, preparing for a very real-life queen to arrive in fewer than 24 … Continued