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(CNN) – Are you all excited about the third year of the pandemic? Nor are we. But with restrictions tightening around the world, CNN Travel was taking solace in the world’s largest cocktail bars and Europe’s finest cheese.
Here are the latest travel developments you need to know from the past seven days.
Omicron still complicates travel as holidays creep
Since the world learned about Omicron in late November, travel restrictions have changed minute by minute. With the influx of new medical information, travelers face a complex vacation landscape. We’ve got expert advice from American doctors about whether a new alternative should fit into your holiday travel and party gathering plans.
If you have an upcoming international flight and want to know what it is, CNN Travel 35 has a regularly updated destination guide on our Open the World page, covering Covid bases everywhere from Antarctica to Uruguay. Simply click the banner at the top of any of our “Unlocking the World” articles to delve deeper.
France moved to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) riskiest travel category this week.
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Each week, many of these destinations move up and down the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel risk list. France, the world’s number one tourist destination before the pandemic spread, moved into the most dangerous category on Monday. It is among seven destinations that joined the “very high” risk category this week.
A passenger jumped out of a plane while another crew attacked
It has been another week of disruptive incidents for US airlines and airports. On December 4, a 30-year-old man jumped out of a plane while it was taxiing at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Then on December 8, a man who told police he wanted to steal a plane so he could travel to Area 51 to look at aliens was arrested after he used a limousine to drive through the fences at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, parked on the ramp of the plane and issued Threat of a bomb. The following night, a Delta flight from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles made an emergency landing in Oklahoma City after a passenger allegedly assaulted two people.
No wonder people are looking for alternative, and perhaps less stressful, ways to travel.
A 67-year-old Slovenian swims in the most dangerous rivers in the world, defying pirates and piranhas on his way. It’s definitely one way to avoid the check-in queues.
Remember when travel was glamorous?
There are a lot of cool new high speed trains
With the world facing climate change, short flights look increasingly unattractive to many travelers. For intercity or international trips up to 700 kilometers (345 miles), high-speed trains look to be the most efficient alternative, and these days, trains can reach speeds of up to 290 kilometers per hour (180 miles per hour) Or more.
China is the world leader in this field, but Spain, Germany, Italy, Belgium and England are expanding the European network and other countries are expected to follow suit by 2030.
CNN’s Ben Jones put together this roundup of where you can travel on the world’s fastest trains in 2022.
London has the best pubs in the world
For the second year in a row, London’s Connaught Bar – at the 124-year-old Connaught Hotel in Mayfair – has been crowned the best bar in the world. That’s thanks to its elegant Cubist-inspired ambiance, five-star hospitality, and cocktail display that includes a martini cart where personal drinks are made tableside.
If you prefer contemporary industrial elegance, Tayēr + Elementary, across the city on Old Street in East London, specializes in bottled cocktails and is No. 2 on the annual list of the world’s 50 best bars.
And Europe has incredible cheeses
We’ll never know the identity of the old glutton who realized that when bacteria curdled milk, the results were delicious after a while. We—or are lactose intolerant of us, at least—owe her or him a great favor. In honor of this dairy-loving pioneer, this week CNN Travel put together a list of Europe’s most delicious cheeses.
Total eclipse over Antarctica
The solar eclipse brought a few minutes of complete darkness to a continent that usually sees constant daylight during the summer season.
A full solar eclipse brought a few minutes of complete darkness to Antarctica, which usually gets daylight around the clock all summer days.
In case you miss it yourself
Camels were excluded from the beauty pageant due to the use of Botox.
A climber found $168,700 worth of jewelry in Mont Blanc.
What’s up, Ikea…
Dead chickens have been keeping airplanes safe for years.
A picture from the other side of the world sparked an epidemic love story stretching across the continent.
Melissa Alonso, Carol Alvarado, Carol Alvarado, Alaa Alasar, Jack Jay, Ben Jones, Sheriff Paget, Theodora Breda, Francesca Street, Mohamed Tawfik and Megan Vasquez contributed to this report.