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In the travel news this week: The European Commission will start charging for a new visa waiver scheme next year, plus our selection of Croatian and Italian destinations and new Asian hotels.
The long-awaited ETIAS visa waiver scheme, which requires all holders of non-EU passports to obtain authorization to enter the bloc prior to travel, was due to start in November this year. But it has been postponed to 2024.
It will be a fast-track online authorization for non-EU nationals from the 60 or so countries that currently do not require a visa to enter the EU — such as the United States and the United Kingdom — and will operate much like the United States’ ESTA program.
It costs 7 euros ($7.43 at Friday afternoon exchange rates) and is valid for three years. But compared to the ESTA — $21 for two years — that’s admittedly a bargain.
So where do you go while things are still going well? We have a few suggestions for you here.
Croatia’s northern Adriatic coast is home to some of the country’s most fascinating regions, with secret beaches, ancient Roman ruins and Venetian villages. Read our guide to discover culture, history and good food.
Then there’s the Italian region of Friuli, tucked away on the northeastern border with Slovenia and Austria, with a stunningly varied landscape of mountains, canyons, beaches and lagoons. The locals pride themselves on the fact that it’s one of Europe’s best kept secrets, so keep this to yourself, okay?
With travel returning on a large scale, Asian destinations in particular are looking to boost their tourism economies post-pandemic. Hong Kong has already announced plans to give away half a million airline tickets, and now neighboring Taiwan is planning to pay people to vacation there.
Such savings could leave a little more money to visit the region’s most exciting new luxury hotels opening this year.
However, if you’re looking for even more from your hotel than infinity pools and Egyptian cotton sheets, we’ve found nine hotels in Asia Pacific where the adventure begins before you even reach the front door.
We’re talking ultimate grand entrances – from ziplining over a waterfall and landing in the hotel bar to a leisurely river cruise through a verdant canyon.
Designers and engineers are endlessly working on new transport solutions for a greener, cleaner and faster future, from a new generation of airships to a hydrogen-powered superyacht that can ‘fly’ over the water.
But what will transport look like in 2050? Alisyn Malek, general manager of a Detroit-based global hub for mobility innovation, tells us all about hyperloops, supersonic jets and electric planes.
Finally, in infrastructure improvements now underway, India last month opened the first section of a 1,386-kilometer highway connecting New Delhi and Mumbai. Once completed, it will be India’s longest roadway and is expected to halve travel time between the two cities.
A Pennsylvania man was arrested Feb. 27 after allegedly attempting to carry explosives on a flight to Florida. The suspect was well known to police in Lansford, Pennsylvania, for a series of relatively minor offenses over the years, but “nothing would light up and say, ‘Hey, this guy is going to try to bomb a plane,'” said a former police chief. .
According to Tripadvisor the 10 best beaches in the world for 2023
According to users of travel site Tripadvisor, the Caribbean is home to three of the world’s most beautiful coastlines. The best sand of all, however, can be found in an archipelago bathed in the warm waters of the South Equatorial Current.
“Pics or it didn’t happen” may well be the defining statement of our time. And to make your travel memories even more tangible, there’s now a wide range of excellent photo book services to turn your digital snaps into glossy hardback memories. Our partners at CNN Underscored, a guide to CNN product reviews and recommendations, have collected some of the best.
It was destroyed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but the world’s largest plane is flying again in Microsoft Flight Simulator.
And all proceeds go to real rebuilding efforts.
The boss of a Japanese guesthouse has apologized for only changing the spa water twice a year.
It had potentially deadly bacteria at 3,700 times the allowed level.
The world’s longest flight ever spent more than two months in the air.
In the late 1950s, two men flew over Vegas for nearly 65 days.