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(CNN) – This week’s travel news: the best hotels in the world, the most sandwiches and the most amazing train rides. Also, pilot emergencies in Florida and London and the most recent countries to relax their entry bans.
News from the air
A passenger with no flight experience landed a plane at a Florida airport on May 10 after the pilot lost capacity. An air traffic controller accepted the call and guided him every step of the way.
The news came after a Virgin Atlantic flight to New York from London had to return after it emerged that the first officer, although fully qualified, had not completed Virgin’s final flight test.
Earlier this month, a United Airlines passenger was taken into custody after opening an emergency exit and walking on the wing, and in Bangkok, a man was arrested after allegedly firing at the country’s largest airport.
The most expensive hotel in the world for 2022 is the Costa Rican resort with more than 50 bungalows and villas and a private beach, according to Tripadvisor’s annual Travelers ’Choice Awards. The areas of Brazil, Greece, Turkey and Switzerland also made the top 10.
For something even more exclusive, though, one more luck would be to book a night this June at the famous Moulin Rouge in Paris, in a secret room right inside the windmill. It will be available via Airbnb with a token one euro price tag, and visitors can place their booking requests from May 17th.
If you want the accommodation to be simpler and back-to-nature, however, you can get the inspiration of travelers who are transforming themselves into comfortable campervans.
Food and drink
France is facing a foie gras crisis, and this time not because of pressure from animal rights campaigners, but an epidemic of bird flu.
Next door in Italy, we took a look at the classy ancestral gianduiotto of Nutella: a melt-in-the-mouth blend of cocoa and premium hazelnuts grown in Piedmont’s Langhe region.
In addition to the south of Umbria, there is the region of Lake Trasimeno, known for its traditional foods that are very different from its neighbors. Forget pizza and pasta: We talked about fish friends like perch, pike and eel.
And finally, a little stodgy staple loved by people in all countries: We’ve put together 23 of the best sandwiches in the world.
Changing the travel rule
New Zealand has announced that it will fully reopen to international visitors on July 31, two months ahead of schedule. Japan has also announced that it will relax its tight border measures in June, though dates and details have yet to be confirmed.
The Polynesian island nation of Samoa will open its international borders in August, though again, more details have yet to come. Earlier this week, its neighbor Fiji moved from Level 3 (“High”) to Level 2 (“Moderate”) on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel advisory for the risk of Covid-19. Only one destination – a Caribbean favorite – rose to Level 3.
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Best travel pillows
There’s nothing better than starting a new adventure with your main squeeze, which, of course, we mean your favorite travel pillow. Our partners at CNN Underscored, a product review and recommendation guide owned by CNN, chose their best travel pillow for 2022.