Sunday, December 5th, 2021

Prince Charmings and hurry home from the ball.

Nights are drawing in, there’s frost in the air, and Austria has become the first European nation to reimpose a national lockdown this winter. That means tourism will be temporarily suspended, according to the country’s official travel portal. Austria also plans to become the first country in the continent to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for all eligible people.
Next door, Germany is also fighting a Covid surge. Munich’s legendary Christmas market has been canceled for the second year in a row and Berlin has banned unvaccinated people from entertainment venues, restaurants and bars.
Austria will impose a national lockdown on November 22 as Covid-19 cases soar, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced, becoming the first European country to do so this fall.
But things are picking up in Asia
India suffered greatly when it was hit by a calamitous second Covid wave this spring, but it now has some of the lowest case rates in the world, earning it a CDC Level 1 rating as a low-risk travel destination. On Monday, it opened its borders to fully vaccinated foreign tourists on commercial flights for the first time since the pandemic began.
Elsewhere in the region, Cambodia has ended quarantine for vaccinated travelers and the Philippines says it will reopen to tourists “soon.”
Ireland is now a Cinderella state
Irish revelers now need to leave their Prince Charmings and hurry home from the ball. On Thursday, Ireland imposed a midnight curfew on bars, restaurants and nightclubs, just a few weeks after nightclubs reopened for the first time since March 2020.
Elsewhere in Europe, the Netherlands has returned to partial lockdown and Hungary and the Czech Republic are among four new additions to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s highest-risk travel category.
Ireland will impose a midnight curfew on bars, restaurants and nightclubs from November 18 as the country sees a new surge in Covid-19 cases, despite having one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. CNN’s Becky Anderson sits down with Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister, to discuss.
Thanksgiving travel will near pre-pandemic levels
In the United States, there’ll be a lot more turkey shared compared to last year, as holiday travel is expected to be back almost to the good old days of 2019. Here are our tips on handling the rush.
Around 53.4 million Americans are likely to be on the move, among them Jamal Hinton, who will be continuing his tradition of visiting his “Grandma Wanda” in Arizona. The pair met in 2016 when Wanda Dench accidentally sent the teenaged Hinton a Thanksgiving invite meant for her grandson and an unlikely friendship blossomed.
This is what you could be sitting on in 2025

Room at the bottom: AIRTEK’s composite structure means lighter weight and space for even large cabin bags under the seat.
JPA Product Design Ltd.
When you’ve been sitting on your sofa for close to two years, a new era of 2025 business travel can seem very far away — but designers are already working away like Christmas elves on the luxury airplane seats of the future. We’re talking lightweight structure, extra space, bigger and better screens and plenty of wireless charging. Sustainability, ethical sourcing and the reduction of carbon emissions are key concerns.
Thailand’s Maya Bay is set to reopen
It’s not me, it’s you: Maya Bay needed some recovery time and a break from tourists.
It’s not me, it’s you: Maya Bay needed some recovery time and a break from tourists.
Mladen Antonov/AFP/Gety Images
Officials in Thailand have announced a reopening date for one of the country’s most famous attractions. Maya Bay, a resplendent cove made famous by “The Beach” — a 2000 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio — will reopen to tourists on January 1, 2022. This particular closure wasn’t Covid-related,
Serendipitous meeting: Chris Powell and Jennifer Lowther met by chance when their flights were canceled at Toronto Airport in April 2003 due to a snowstorm. The two got chatting, and Chris helped Jennifer make it to her best friend’s wedding, despite the travel disruptions. Here’s the couple on a date night the following year.
Courtesy Jennifer Powell
When snowstorms stopped Jennifer Lowther flying to her best friend’s wedding, a total stranger came to her rescue, taking her on a breakneck journey and setting in motion a love story that’s still going strong after 18 years.
Aircraft hangar, but make it bouncy
Airport hangars can take years to build, but these inflatable models can be set up in a matter of hours. They have many benefits compared with the traditional design, and can be used for disaster relief.
Isn’t building traditional airport infrastructure such a drag? That rigmarole can go on for years. Thank goodness for inflatable hangars, which can be up and running in no time.


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