Travel news: Glass bridges, space hotels and beautiful reunions after 23 years

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By Maureen O’Hare, 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 may just be the world’s longest. .

Connection restored

CNN Travel often covers beautiful and touching moments between the passengers of the journey of life. But every once in a while, CNN also becomes a character in the story.

It happened this week when an article posted last weekend helped two former refugees track down the kind stranger who gave them $100 for a plane over 20 years ago. Here is how did it happen.

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 Alaskan Native community – was then amazed to see long-lost childhood images online of her former classmates, neighbors and friends in a since abandoned village. . 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.

And in the UK, a date has been set for the launch of London’s new ‘Super Tube’. (And if you’re a fan of trains, watch this great rail experience fresh out of Taiwan).

New Zealand reopened to tourists for the first time in two years, and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has downgraded Mexico travel risk level for Covid-19.

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

Brazil has a brand new statue of Jesus.

And it’s almost 5 meters more than Christ the Redeemer of Rio.

We have reviewed the most expensive passports in the world.

Two of the most expensive are neighboring countries in the Middle East.

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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