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When movies need an alien planet, they shoot here
Ancient tales of trolls and magic live on in Iceland, an island nation of volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers and ice caves.

The humble Hong Kong snack that's popping up around the world
When I decided to write a story about the origins of Hong Kong bubble waffles -- also known as "egg waffles" -- I thought it would be easy.

The world's best places for swimming
From isolated English beaches to plunge pools in the Costa Rican cloud forest. When the time's right to get traveling again, these are some of the planet's best places to take a dip.

One woman, four men and weeks in Norway's Arctic ice
The summer before I turned 40 -- with my fertility ebbing, as everyone with a vested interest in such things felt the need to remind me -- I decided to set sail on the biggest adventure of my life.

Watch posing tourist snap toes off 19th-century statue
Surveillance footage from a museum in Italy shows a tourist sitting on a 200-year old statue and breaking three of its toes off.

Epic 14-year road trip stalled in South America
Road warriors Karen Catchpole and Eric Mohl had rattled in their trusty Silverado for 14 years from the top of the Western Hemisphere in Alaska to the bottom of South America. They were in Patagonia in western Argentina when the microscopic kibosh came down: Covid-19.

You can now explore a 2,500 year old shipwreck
Greece has opened its first underwater museum off the coast of Alonissos. Attendees can explore the remains of an Athenian merchant ship by sea or by virtual reality.

How Toblerone chocolate became connected with air travel
Toblerone may not be the most famous chocolate brand in the world, but it's arguably the most iconic -- especially when it comes to travel.

Serial runaway bear nicknamed 'Papillon' is on the loose again in Italy
A brown bear nicknamed "Papillon" after displaying an impressive talent for escaping is being sought by rangers in Italy after fleeing from his electrified pen.

The world's best vineyard revealed
The first-ever World's Best Vineyard Awards has named 2019's leading wine destinations. Vineyards from France, Germany and Spain were among the best, but the top prize went to a New World producer.

'It's the fear factor.' English pub owner installs electric fence to keep customers at a safe distance
Businesses have had to embrace social distancing during the pandemic, and perhaps none more so than an English pub which installed an electric fence to keep thirsty customers at bay.

Can travel incentives lure visitors back?
Ever since the world went into lockdown back in March, many of us have been furiously making a mental list of all the places we'll go once we're finally able to travel again.

Coronavirus pandemic strikes a blow to Paris tourism
Hotel occupancy rates in Paris are down 86% compared to last year. CNN's Melissa Bell explains the severe impact Covid-19 has had on tourism in the city.

Australian island once won in a poker game is up for sale
A fully serviced private island in Australia's Southern Great Barrier Reef is now on the market -- just in time for those who want a place to ride out the Covid-19 pandemic.

Disneyland Paris reopens with new Covid-19 measures
Europe's only Disney theme park has been closed for four months, but it's now cautiously reopening to the public, with new measures to try to keep Covid-19 in check.

Travelers react to UK restriction on travel from Spain
Some travelers are expressing anger after the UK ordered a 14-day quarantine to people coming from Spain, where there is a recent rise in Covid-19 cases. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.

The Maldives is now open to all global tourists. Here's how they're doing it
Though border restrictions and quarantine measures are keeping people from visiting many of the world's most popular travel destinations at the moment, one country famed for its natural beauty is now welcoming all guests -- the Maldives.

The handful of countries still welcoming US tourists
Most of the world has been shut off to American tourists as US coronavirus cases continue to spike. These are the destinations where a US passport still opens doors, albeit usually with some Covid-19 testing requirements.

Here's why it costs $100,000 to paint an airplane
Most airplanes start out beige or green before they go through a two-week process involving decals, paint and stenciling in dedicated facilities.

Hotels are selling out in popular US vacation spots this summer
If there was any doubt whether travel-starved vacationers would stay in hotels after months of lockdown due to Covid-19, it should be gone now.

Taiwan's first 'pretend to go abroad' tour takes off with fake flight
Sixty eager "travelers" showed up to Taipei Songshan Airport on Thursday, boarding passes in hand, to take a rather unusual trip.

What it's like sailing to the top of the Earth
Travel writer Terry Ward spent four months sailing from mainland Norway to the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic. In a crew of five, she was the sole American and only woman.

Puerto Rico will require Covid-19 test results from visitors
Puerto Rico will have some stringent new rules for people traveling to the island amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Japan debuts new bullet train that can run during an earthquake
Japan's latest record-breaking bullet train doesn't only run faster and smoother -- it's also able to transport passengers to safety in the event of an earthquake.

Face shields AND face masks now mandatory on Qatar Airways
Face masks on flights have quickly become the norm as travelers tentatively return to the skies, but Qatar Airways has taken this a step further, announcing that its passengers will be required to wear a face shield -- in addition to a face mask or face covering.

With Europe off limits, US travelers look to the Caribbean
North American travelers may not be able to head to the Mediterranean, Greek Isles or other iconic European destinations this summer for that idyllic beach vacation, but a dreamy seaside escape isn't out of reach.

Archaeologists find ancient Aboriginal sites underwater, off the coast of Australia
Researchers have found the first confirmed underwater Aboriginal archaeological sites off the coast of Australia, and predict that there are many more to be discovered.

What it's like flying across the US right now

Fiji markets itself as retreat for billionaires during pandemic
With the tourism industry gradually reopening around the world, Fiji has made an unusual appeal to billionaires looking for a retreat during the pandemic.

Is the world turning its back on US tourists?
Once highly sought by destinations around the world, US travelers are increasingly seen as unwelcome as their country's Covid-19 numbers continue to soar.