Friday around the planet – Lonely Planet

Welcome to Friday Around the Planet, a roundup of some of the travel-related news and inspiration you may have missed this week.

Don’t be fooled – it’s April. And, to start the fun off, check out these facts you might not know about the Eiffel Tower in Paris. They are all true, yes it shrinks in the winter, no April Fools here.

Before we dive into some of the travel-related news and inspiration you may have missed, here are some upcoming dates you should take note of.

Earth Day takes place later this month, on April 22.

And, if you wanted to hike Zion National Park’s iconic Angels Landing, now you need a permit. The lottery is now open until April 20 to obtain a hiking permit between June 1 and August 31.

Changes in travel requirements related to COVID-19

Just ahead of what could be the return of the summer transatlantic travel season, the European Union has introduced more flexible travel rules for children under 18.

As the dismantling of COVID-19 travel restrictions continues, here are some of the changes we’ve seen this week:

Inspiration to go out

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If you’ve wanted to get out to sleep under the stars, but were hesitant to take the first step outdoors, our beginner’s guide to backcountry camping might help you finally take the plunge. camping.

In the meantime, here are some other stories to inspire you to get out:

Inspiration where to go

If the interior is more your thing and you’ve been binging on Bridgerton on Netflix, this list of real-life mansions you can stay at can help you live out your Regency-era drama. (Disclaimer: just like this season of Bridgerton, Régé-Jean Page is not included.)

Inspirations of things to do

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to travel to the future, Dubai’s brand new museum hopes to transport you there. Housed in a beautiful new building decorated in Arabic calligraphy, the Museum of the Future collection hopes to inspire us to imagine what the future might hold technologically.

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