Can California Tourism Survive Climate Change?

This summer, Lori Droste, the vice-mayor of the city of Berkeley, and her family faced a series of doomed trips. In July, they booked a cabin near the McCloud River in Northern California, but had to cancel because of smoke from the Salt and Lava Fires. In early August, they made it to Serene Lakes, …

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CDC moves large European country to its highest level of Covid-19 travel risk

On Monday afternoon, architecturally rich Ukraine, the second-largest nation in Europe in land area, was moved up from Level 3, or “high” risk for Covid-19, to Level 4, the agency’s highest risk category. These last two updates in October are a far cry from the situation in early August, when the CDC added 16 destinations …

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A cyclist survived an attack from a 500-pound bear by kicking the animal after it charged toward him

Alaska Wildlife Troopers said in a news release they were notified of the incident last Tuesday. The victim said he was riding his bike when he spotted a large brown bear about 10 to 15 yards away sprinting toward him, the release said. Before the bear made contact, the victim lay on the ground and …

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Tourist returns Harrison Ford’s credit card after star loses it in Italy

On Thursday, 79-year-old American actor Harrison Ford lost his credit card in the beach town of Mondello near Palermo, on the Italian island of Sicily. But all was not lost. A tourist with the honor code of a Jedi Knight found the card and took it to the Palermo police, who discovered the card belonged …

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Sydney mayor has plans for a swimmable harbor

(CNN) — Clover Moore, the lord mayor of Sydney, has presented an ambitious plan that imagines the city’s legendary harbor as a swimming pool. “Swimming in the harbor is no pipe dream. Cities around the world are turning to their natural harbor assets rather than building more infrastructure,” Moore wrote in her pitch, which was …

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Sheep replace cars as they cross Madrid en route to winter pastures

(CNN) — The streets of Madrid were filled with sheep and the clanking of bells on Sunday as shepherds guided their flocks through the heart of the Spanish capital, following ancient seasonal herding routes. Locals lined the route to welcome back the spectacle, which was canceled last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The annual …

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What happens when travelers test positive for Covid on vacation?

(CNN) — There’s no denying that going on vacation has become a lot more complicated due to Covid-19. Well over a year into the pandemic, border restrictions are still constantly changing as new variants emerge, while PCR and antigen tests have become part and parcel of traveling. Many countries require travelers to produce negative Covid …

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Everest’s 100 years of destiny and death on the roof the world

(CNN) — It’s a fact every school child knows: Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. It’s a truth that feels ancient and inevitable, an unassailable certainty that draws hundreds of climbers to attempt the summit each year — because, in the words of George Mallory, one of the first mountaineers to conquer …

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The Americans who bought bargain homes in Italy’s deep south

(CNN) — Buying an abandoned home in a tiny, depopulated Italian village is something that many travelers will have mulled over, especially given the vast number of bargain house schemes launched in the European country over the past few years. Although Covid-19 travel restrictions brought numerous challenges for buyers, some were able to visit the …

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Royal Caribbean announces nine-month world cruise

(CNN) — It would’ve been unthinkable 12 months ago as the cruise industry reeled from the effects of Covid, but one operator is now offering an epic new voyage that will last nine months and take travelers to more than 150 destinations. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Serenade of the Seas is set to commence sailing …

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