By Maureen O’Hare, CNN
(CNN) — In this week’s travel news roundup, we look at space hotels through the ages, Sicily’s new “Little America” and a new glass-bottom bridge in Vietnam that could well be the longest in the world.
In another story in 2021, we helped solve the mystery of some Pictures from 60 years which had been discovered in an Amsterdam flea market.
The photos’ researcher, Jennifer Skupin from Germany, was featured in our story. Susanna Stevens-Johnson – a 71-year-old Yup’ik woman who is part of the Alaska Native community – was then shocked to see long-lost childhood images online of her former classmates, neighbors and friends in a village that had since been abandoned. Watch our video and read full story here.
Space hotels: 1967 to today
Space hotel concepts have been circulating since the dawn of space exploration. In 1967, even before Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, the Hilton hotel chain was planning a lunar hotel with rooms under the surface of the moon.
In 2011, Russian company Orbital Technologies announced plans for a floating hotel 250 miles (about 400 kilometers) above Earth. There was no bar or even showers, but you could clean with wet wipes.
California-based company Orion Span hoped to launch $10 million luxury trips in 2018 Aurora Space Station this year, but the company shut down before that happened.
Now another California company is aiming for the stars. Orbital Assembly has just revealed new information and concepts for its space hotel designs, first announced in 2019. Its futuristic vision is of a spinning wheel orbiting Earth – but our planet will be does she have the big players ever been around?
On the move again
Australian airline Qantas has revealed new plans for the longest non-stop flights in the world – an 18-hour schlep he hopes to launch between Sydney and London by the end of 2025.
The situation was very different, however, under China’s zero Covid policy, where Beijing banned all restaurants and closed Universal Studios for five days. The Labor Day holiday has begun.
Italy’s “Little America”
The Italian town of Sambuca in Sicily set a trend when, in 2019, it started selling houses for just over a dollar.
The catch is that the new owners would be tasked with revitalizing the local community by renovating the crumbling buildings within three years.
Today, the city welcomes a new wave of mainly North American buyers who have taken up the challenge. Here is how are they.
Don’t look down
Vietnam’s newest attraction for adventurous visitors is the Bach Long Bridge, a glass-bottomed walkway suspended between two mountains in Son La province. It is 632 meters (2,073 ft) long and nearly 152 meters (500 ft ) above ground. It has not yet been verified by Guinness World Records, but its owners claim it is the longest glass-bottomed bridge in the world.
In case you missed it
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The surprising origins of the classic American burger.
It started with raw mutton warmed up in a rider’s saddle.
The best travel games
What do you want to see most during your vacation: your loved ones or your phone screen? If it’s the former, you might want to invest in travel games. Our partners at CNN Underscored, a guide to CNN-owned product reviews and recommendations, put together this roundup of the best on the market for children and adults.
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