(CNN) — In travel news this week, Time Out and TIME both announced their annual lists of must-see destinations, while AirlineRatings.com named the world’s best airlines for 2022.
First, Time Out released its 2022 roundup of the best cities in the world. In a European-dominated list, Scotland had two cities in the top five. (You can hear what Anthony Bourdain made of the country when he visited in 2015 on the Podcast “Unknown Parties”.)
Edinburgh Castle towers over Princes Street Gardens in Scotland’s top-rated city.
Then TIME unveiled its list of 50 best places: Japanese islands, a South African wine region and a handful of South American cities were among them.
Other recommendations from us here at CNN Travel include these places in Europe – where the dollar is strong against the euro – and the Maldives: I mean, just look at these villas on stilts.
In the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates may be a little over 50 years old, but there are millennia of history to explore. Abu Dhabi is home to an array of historical treasuresincluding the 18th century Hosn Palace and the lush man-made splendor of the Al Ain oasis.
Then there is the other world of Abu Dhabi fossil dunes: frozen waves of solid sand that have been shaped over tens of thousands of years.
taste the world
Grace Young, revered food writer, hangs out. She just won the Julia Child Award and the 2022 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year Award, and she is deeply on a mission to save america’s chinatowns.
And if Asian food is your jam, you might also enjoy our story on how bland tofu has become one of the hottest foods in the world. And if you want even more, try this Japanese tea house that allows visitors to drink $25,000 antique bowls.
Be careful there
It’s wildfire season in California and firefighters are working hard to protect Yosemite National Park giant sequoias — the largest trees on Earth by volume. The Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru were also under the threat from a wildfire earlier this month.
In Kyrgyzstan, a group of tourists hiking in the Tian Shan Mountains were lucky enough to survive a massive avalanche that swept through them on July 8: look here.
And travelers who don’t suffer bodily harm may still face massive flight delays and cancellations as airlines and airports scramble to keep up with summer demand.
In case you missed it
A Middle Eastern airline has been named the world’s best for the second consecutive year.
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