(CNN) — This week, the United States declared Canada a “very high” risk travel destination, unveiled the world’s most powerful passports for 2022 and the president of Turkmenistan called for the country’s “Gates of Hell” to be closed.
Canada considered ‘very high’ risk
Say it is not so! After very low Covid numbers during the pandemic, the world’s second largest country in terms of total area has recently seen a very sharp rise in the number of cases.
Spirit Island in Canada’s Jasper National Park.
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Travelers have never had it so good.
No seriously. Pandemic restrictions aside, passport holders worldwide now have visa-free entry to 107 countries on average – almost twice as many as in 2006.
The shortest flight in the world
In Scotland’s Orkney Islands, there is a regular scheduled flight that takes less time than taking off your belt and shoes for the airport security box.
2021: Year of the Unruly Air Passenger
Attacks on crew members. Public intoxication. swearing. According to data from the Federal Aviation Administration, 2021 was the worst ever for unruly passenger behavior on U.S. aircraft.
‘Gates of Hell’ may close soon
Turkmenistan’s Darvaza gas crater is celebrated around the world as the closest thing on Earth to a fair-to-good portal to the underworld.
The crater was formed in the early 1970s when the ground collapsed during a Soviet gas drilling expedition, and the natural gas has been burning ever since.
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