(CNN) – This week of travel, we take a look at innovative new transportation concepts, the reopening of Thailand’s most famous beach, and flight attendants speak of airport chaos that has swept Europe and America.
Blue sky thinking
Someone warns Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff: If NASA gets its way, the boom may soon stop shaking the room. See the article : As prices rise, Americans’ travel plans are coming back to Earth.
The agency is working on Quiet SuperSonic Technology to reduce the blast-like blast traditionally produced when planes break the sound barrier, meaning vehicles like the X-59 supersonic jet will be able to fly over land – which is prohibited by regulations because of nuisance noise.
Other ambitious projects underway include Spaceship Neptune, “the world’s first carbon-neutral spacecraft,” according to its creators Space Perspective. They plan to start taking passengers to the edge of space by 2024, floating in a pressure ball dangling from a giant high-tech helium balloon. Check it out here.
This crazy travel summer
So first the good news. New Zealand, Samoa and Brunei have reopened their borders, and the Chinese gambling center in Macau eased Covid restrictions. Malaysia and the Caribbean island of Martinique have also lifted all travel restrictions related to Covid.
However, with summer travel chaos in Europe and the US, London Heathrow and Amsterdam Schiphol have announced further air traffic restrictions and the risk of Covid is increasing at many destinations, including Romania and Moldova. Read also : Program brings school halls to life with music, dance.
Spotlight on Asia
Cannabis cafes pop up all over Bangkok after the plant was decriminalized in Thailand in June. This may interest you : Secretary Blinken’s trip to Bali and Bangkok – United States Department of State. Crowds are flocking, but not all are happy with the new outlets.
Thailand’s Maya Bay, also popular with backpackers, was made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2000 film “The Beach”. Visitors unknowingly caused tremendous damage to the bay’s coral reef, which had been closed for four years due to a massive rehabilitation project. Now it’s open to beach lovers again.
Japan reopened to international tourism in June, but only 1,500 tourists turned up in the first month of open borders. Why do guests hesitate so much to return?
Keeping cool in Abu Dhabi
Countries around the world bake in extreme summer temperatures, but some cities can cope better with heat than others. Temperatures in Abu Dhabi can soar to over 50 degrees Celsius, and the city still uses the ancient Arabic architectural cooling technique – with a modern twist.
And in the Jubail mangrove park in the Emirate, a forest of hardy plants thrives in the intensely salty waters of the hottest sea in the world. It is both a tranquil wilderness habitat and an offer of hope in an era of climate crisis.
And while Abu Dhabi may be known for its sweltering temperatures, last year it was the first place in the Middle East and Asia to be declared an official ‘Bike City’ by Union Cycliste Internationale, the governing body of sports cycling. Huge investments have been made in an exciting network of cycle circuits – although the best time to ride is before sunrise or after sunset.
Italian dream home
A Maryland couple bought an abandoned Italian house for one euro and turned it into their European dream home – with an elevator. Here’s how they did it.
In case you missed it
The passenger was fined $ 1,874 for two undeclared McMuffins and a ham croissant.
Imagine you are a 1980s teenager vacationing in London, dressed so elegantly that you will be asked to play an extra in a music video for your favorite pop star.
Now imagine David Bowie from this pop star. That’s what happened to Jersey boy Brad Miele.
Fake it till you make it
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