It’s time to start planning your next big adventure

By Maureen O’Hare, CNN

(CNN) – Stuck at home so long your passport has cobwebs? It’s time to start planning your return tour.

Your journey could take you to the world’s busiest airport, which has taken a surprising path to world domination.

CNN Travel is here with our weekly feast of fun, adventure and inspiration.

Take away dream trips

It’s time to stop dreaming and start planning. Where will you go on your next big adventure now that the world is opening up again? Our Next Big Trip series can help inspire you, whether it’s an Antarctic cruise, a relaxing wellness retreat or an extravagant hotel getaway.

But while international travel is picking up, there are still several popular destinations – including Japan, Taiwan and several Pacific islands – that are still off limits to tourists. Learn more about where the lockdowns are and when restrictions might be eased.

And after recently lowering the travel risk level of many top destinations as part of an overhaul of its advisory system, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added just one location to its “high” risk category on Monday – a small island known for having the shortest commercial runway in the world.

Premiere on CNN

Stanley Tucci returns to CNN with a new series of “Searching for Italy,” premiering this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT in the United States and Canada. The opening episode sees Tucci in Venice, trying cicchetti, the city’s delicious bite.

And if that’s whetted your appetite for more Italian food, check out our list of classic dishes everyone should try.

And premiering at 10 p.m. Sunday, “Nomad with Carlton McCoy” visits the Mariane Ibrahim gallery in Paris, whose mission is to highlight the work of black artists. Read more about McCoy and Ibrahim in our profile.

The new season of “Quest’s World of Wonder” is also underway. Richard Quest visits Buenos Aires in the last episode, the homeland of tango. And on the podcast version of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” Bourdain traveled to Istanbul, where he ate a Turkish breakfast and watched an oil wrestling match.

Best in Asia

Coa – a Hong Kong sea bass named after a machete-like tool used to harvest agave – has been named Asia’s best sea bass for the second year in a row. Bars in Singapore, Goa and Tokyo make up the rest of the top five.

Meanwhile, the restaurant currently crowned best in Asia is Den in Tokyo, which holds two Michelin stars. Restaurants in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Osaka are also popular.

And for a feast for the eyes, these images have just been named the best food photography in the world in 2022.

The busiest airport in the world

Except in 2020, one airport has been the world’s busiest for passenger traffic throughout the 21st century. This megahub is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International. But how did this city in the Deep South beat Beijing, Tokyo and London to become the world No. 1?

The aviation industry has made an ambitious commitment to halve its carbon emissions by 2050 and sustainable aviation fuel is expected to be a big part of that. So far, however, the use of green jet fuel has been very low. Here’s why.

Cruising itineraries for sea masters

In the last of our April Cruise Stories for our new monthly ticket series, we took a look at the world’s toughest cruise itineraries.

From the narrow, sandstorm-prone Suez Canal to the windy, glacier-lined waterways of Alaska, master sailors have the maneuvers.

Join us in May as we explore the world of trains.

turkish delight

The Turkish seaside town of Kaş is an unspoiled corner of the Mediterranean with the charm of a fishing village. Come explore with us.

In case you missed it

Tourists have crashed drones into the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Rome’s Palazzo Venezia.

There have been three such incidents this month.

An American family brought an unexploded shell to an Israeli airport.

Chaos ensued.

A cafe in Japan won’t let customers leave until they meet their deadlines.

Drink up and buckle up.

To take a walk

There is no bad weather, only unsuitable clothes, as the saying goes. If you’re looking to get outdoors, you need to be prepared for all eventualities. Our partners at CNN Underscored, a CNN-owned guide to product reviews and recommendations, spoke to experts to get this information on the hiking gear you really need.

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