Japan to test tourism with reopening for 50 foreign travelers


Japan is preparing to welcome a small number of tourists back to the country after shutting its borders during the pandemic — but don’t count on being one of them.

In a test to prepare for a larger resumption of travel, the country is planning to allow about 50 vaccinated-and-boosted travelers to visit as part of organized tours later this month, the Japan Tourism Agency said Tuesday. The pool of 50 travelers will be allowed from four countries Japan has designated as priority markets: the United States, Australia, Thailand and Singapore.



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Ryanair baggage hack: customer shares genius tip that could save passengers £50 on every flight


A TikToker has shared how to save £50 when adding a 10kg carry on on Ryanair flights

A Ryanair customer has shared a money-saving tip that could help cut £50 off your airfare every time you book.

When booking with budget airlines, the ticket prices are often not the only cost that will hit your pocket.

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There may also be an extra charge to add hand luggage.

However, savvy TikToker Cloda Scanlon (@orangeobviously) cleverly shared her tip for saving extra cash when booking a flight.

What is the smart tip?

When heading for a weekend trip a 20kg bag isn’t always necessary, but Ryanair does not provide a complimentary 10kg carry on and you need to add it as an extra.

The first option on Ryanair’s website when booking a trip asks you to choose your seats and bag requirements.

However, if you wait and select ‘value fare’ – an option later appears to add luggage.

What did the Tik Tok say? 

In the video, Cloda said: “If you want to save between €40 (£33) and €60 (£50) on your next Ryanair flight plus that 10kg bag, then keep listening.

“So I almost paid €192 (£161) for my flights and instead for the exact same flight with the exact same amount of luggage I’m only going to pay €133 (£111).

“So go into the Ryanair app and do your usual – picking your flights, picking your dates.

“Instead, go back to the booking page and choose the value fare,” which does not include a 10kg bag.

When you click continue, you’re brought to another page where you can manually add the 10kg back for just €13.

Cloda added “that’s instead of what was €22 (£18.50) per person per journey, so go with a small bag and the value fare, then go through to the end to the booking page” and click the 10kg option.

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Watch Sir Alex Ferguson jokingly tip Man Utd for incredible 5-0 win in Atletico Madrid Champions League clash


SIR ALEX FERGUSON is feeling confident ahead of Manchester United’s Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid.

The Red Devils travel to the hostile Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the competition’s last-16 first-leg game.

Sir Alex Ferguson has jokingly predicted that United win trounce Atletico 5-0 in their Champions League clash

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Sir Alex Ferguson has jokingly predicted that United win trounce Atletico 5-0 in their Champions League clashCredit: YouTube / Y Haider
Fergie made the bold claim to a young Youtuber who approached him while out in Manchester

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Fergie made the bold claim to a young Youtuber who approached him while out in ManchesterCredit: YouTube / Y Haider
The former United gaffer was all smiles as he spent the day out with fellow club legend Bryan Robson

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The former United gaffer was all smiles as he spent the day out with fellow club legend Bryan RobsonCredit: YouTube / Y Haider
The boy's mother also thanked Sir Alex for taking the time out to talk to her son

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The boy’s mother also thanked Sir Alex for taking the time out to talk to her sonCredit: YouTube / Y Haider

But Sir Alex is unfazed by United’s tricky opponents led by Diego Simeone – and backed them to stroll to a comfortable victory despite their Premier League struggles.

And Fergie doesn’t expect United to just win by one or two goals – he’s predicting them to thrash Atletico FIVE-nil.

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The 80-year-old United legend – who’s had his fair share of magical European nights with the club – made the bold claim whilst out and about with fellow club legend Bryan Robson.

A young fan approached Fergie’s chauffeur-driven luxury Bentley with the hopes of catching a glimpse of the football icon.

And Fergie – who was evidently in a rush – still made time for the youngster who was overawed by his presence.

The boy – who uploaded the clip to his YouTube channel Y Haider – then proceeded to ask Sir Alex what he thought tonight’s score would be later on – alluding to a mild one or two-goal win.

However, Fergie was feeling optimistic and quipped: “I’ll settle for five!”

The Scot then sped off – but not before the boy’s mother chimed in and thanked him for making her son’s day.

And Fergie’s predictions were mirrored by former United and Atletico star Diego Forlan who also admitted the Red Devils may cause the La Liga giants some serious problems.

Although he didn’t go as far as Fergie – the Uruguayan fears United will give Atletico a hard time on the counter-attack.

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If United icon and Fergie-favourite Cristiano Ronaldo starts the game then Forlan’s worst fears might be realised.

The Portuguese global superstar has hit the net 25 times in 35 appearances against them over the course of his career.





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Watch Sir Alex Ferguson jokingly tip Man Utd for incredible 5-0 win in Atletico Madrid Champions League clash


SIR ALEX FERGUSON is feeling confident ahead of Manchester United’s Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid.

The Red Devils travel to the hostile Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the competition’s last-16 first-leg game.

Sir Alex Ferguson has jokingly predicted that United win trounce Atletico 5-0 in their Champions League clash

4

Sir Alex Ferguson has jokingly predicted that United win trounce Atletico 5-0 in their Champions League clashCredit: YouTube / Y Haider
Fergie made the bold claim to a young Youtuber who approached him while out in Manchester

4

Fergie made the bold claim to a young Youtuber who approached him while out in ManchesterCredit: YouTube / Y Haider
The former United gaffer was all smiles as he spent the day out with fellow club legend Bryan Robson

4

The former United gaffer was all smiles as he spent the day out with fellow club legend Bryan RobsonCredit: YouTube / Y Haider
The boy's mother also thanked Sir Alex for taking the time out to talk to her son

4

The boy’s mother also thanked Sir Alex for taking the time out to talk to her sonCredit: YouTube / Y Haider

But Sir Alex is unfazed by United’s tricky opponents led by Diego Simeone – and backed them to stroll to a comfortable victory despite their Premier League struggles.

And Fergie doesn’t expect United to just win by one or two goals – he’s predicting them to thrash Atletico FIVE-nil.

The 80-year-old United legend – who’s had his fair share of magical European nights with the club – made the bold claim whilst out and about with fellow club legend Bryan Robson.

A young fan approached Fergie’s chauffeur-driven luxury Bentley with the hopes of catching a glimpse of the football icon.

And Fergie – who was evidently in a rush – still made time for the youngster who was overawed by his presence.

The boy – who uploaded the clip to his YouTube channel Y Haider – then proceeded to ask Sir Alex what he thought tonight’s score would be later on – alluding to a mild one or two-goal win.

However, Fergie was feeling optimistic and quipped: “I’ll settle for five!”

The Scot then sped off – but not before the boy’s mother chimed in and thanked him for making her son’s day.

And Fergie’s predictions were mirrored by former United and Atletico star Diego Forlan who also admitted the Red Devils may cause the La Liga giants some serious problems.

Although he didn’t go as far as Fergie – the Uruguayan fears United will give Atletico a hard time on the counter-attack.

If United icon and Fergie-favourite Cristiano Ronaldo starts the game then Forlan’s worst fears might be realised.

The Portuguese global superstar has hit the net 25 times in 35 appearances against them over the course of his career.





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5G Service Is Being Banned at 50 U.S. Airports — Best Life


From leaving bags unattended to carrying certain items through security, there are many things you’re forbidden from doing at the airport. But while you might think you know all there is to know about what you can and can’t do while traveling, federal regulators are always putting new policies in place that can trip up even the most experienced flyers. Now, officials are getting ready to ban one thing at 50 airports in the country, starting Jan. 19. Read on to find out what will not be allowed in just over a week.

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Both AT&T and Verizon are planning to initiate their new 5G C-band service on Jan. 19, but it won’t be available everywhere. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) just released a list of 50 U.S. airports where 5G service will be banned, starting on that date, Reuters reported. According to the news outlet, these airports will have mandatory buffer zones around them to prevent the service from being used. The list of airports ranges all across the U.S., including major destinations like Newark Liberty International, Dallas-Forth Worth International, Chicago O’Hare International, and Los Angeles International.

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According to the FAA, this ban and these buffer zones are being implemented to “help reduce the risk of disruption” that 5G service might have on certain flights. The agency is particularly worried that the frequencies used for this new wireless service—which are in a radio spectrum called the C-band—can be too close to the frequencies used by a radar altimeter. The altimeter tool is an “important piece of safety equipment in aircraft,” the FAA says.

“Landings during periods of low visibility could be limited due to concerns that the 5G signal could interfere with the accuracy of an airplane’s radio altimeter, without other mitigations in place,” FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford explain to The Verge.

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Due to the potential risk of disruption, only airports not using 5G will be able to service low-visibility flights for at least six months to “minimize potential 5G interference with sensitive aircraft instruments used in low-visibility landings,” the FAA said. But according to the agency, this does “not necessarily” mean that flights won’t be able to land in low visibility at airports that are not among the 50 listed, according to Reuters.

Some airports—like Denver, Atlanta, and Ronald Reagan Washington National—were not included on the list because wireless carriers have not yet planned to deploy 5G service in their markets. And others are not on the list because “5G towers are far enough away that a natural buffer exists,” the FAA said.

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Both AT&T and Verizon have been delaying their 5G rollout since last year, when federal aviation officials first brought up concerns. The initial deployment was planned for Dec. 5 and was then pushed back until Jan. 5 before officials asked for another two-week delay. The wireless companies originally declined the second delay request before entering a new agreement with regulators. Under this agreement, both wireless carriers will initiate their 5G service on Jan. 19, but at a lower power than they otherwise planned to and with the planned buffers around “no more than 50 priority airports,” according to The New York Times.

“If there’s the possibility of a risk to the flying public, we are obligated to pause the activity, until we can prove it is safe,” the FAA said in a Jan. 7 statement. “The FAA continues to work with the aerospace manufacturers and wireless companies to make sure 5G is safely deployed and to limit the risk of flight disruptions at all airports.”

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Travel news: Orient Express returns to Italy after nearly 50 years


Editor’s Note — Sign up for Unlocking the World, CNN Travel’s weekly newsletter. Get news about destinations opening and closing, inspiration for future adventures, plus the latest in aviation, food and drink, where to stay and other travel developments.

(CNN) — Come on, 2022, give us your best shot. We’re bruised and we’re battered, but we’re looking to brighter days ahead.

Here are the biggest stories from CNN Travel this week.

22 places to go in 2022

These past few years have proved that travel is a privilege, not a right, but we have so much still to be grateful for on our well-connected little planet. We’ve put together a wish list of 22 dream destinations around the world that inspire us — everything from national parks to remote islands and other less-visited spots.
There’s Ollantaytambo in Peru’s Sacred Valley, believed to be a refuge for Inca royalty, and the energetic vibes of booming Naples, the Italian birthplace of pizza. Or if you want to get knee-deep in nature, you could try the Congo Basin and Gabon’s national parks — all turning 20 this year — or Munga-Thirri-Simpson Desert National Park in the Australian Outback.

Cancellation chaos

When the Covid Grinch wasn’t busy condemning us to eating turkey alone in our bedrooms, it was ripping through airline crews and contributing to thousands of holiday flights being canceled around the world, particularly in the United States.
Festive cheer was especially lacking on one Delta flight to Atlanta on December 23 when a woman allegedly punched another passenger, resulting in a federal assault charge.

Big Ben bongs again

New Year’s celebrations in London and New York were canceled or scaled back, but at least the cities’ iconic attractions got to put on their party sparkle.
In the UK capital, where public festivities were called off, Big Ben slipped off its scaffolding and bonged again after a much-needed, four-year repair project. In Manhattan, the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball got a fresh covering of Irish Waterford crystals for the city’s scaled-back celebration.
In good news for Americans at home and abroad, the US National Park Service is waiving entrance fees for five days in 2022 at all national park sites, and the US State Department is now letting some citizens return to the country with expired passports.
The Times Sqare ball measures 12 feet in diameter and weighs 11,875 pounds.

The Times Sqare ball measures 12 feet in diameter and weighs 11,875 pounds.

Europe’s travel situation hasn’t improved

Three new destinations were added to the CDC’s highest-risk category for travel: a Mediterranean archipelago, an Eastern European country renowned for its vineyards, plus the largest country in northern Europe.
The operators of Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, the fixed railway link between Britain and mainland Europe, on December 29 warned British citizens who live in the EU that they can no longer transit through France by road to reach their continental homes.

Livin’ La Dolce Vita

Renderings of the new Orient Express La Dolce Vita have been revealed and, as you’d expect from the world’s most glamorous train company, they are exquisite.

The Orient Express last rode through Italy in 1977, when the Paris-Istanbul service ended, but from 2023, a deluxe set of new 11-carriage trains will glide through 14 of the country’s regions and 131 of its cities, as well as to countries beyond.

The trip that inspired Lonely Planet

It was the 1970s and Tony and Maureen Wheeler had a dream: to travel from London to Sydney by land, or at least as much as they could. They embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime journey that changed global traveling forever.

It was the 1970s, and Tony and Maureen Wheeler had a dream: Travel from London to Sydney by land, or at least as much as they could. They embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime journey that changed global traveling forever.

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I-80 Partially Reopened, Hwy 50 Gridlocked In Snowy Sierra Road Travel Nightmare – CBS San Francisco


DONNER SUMMIT (CBS13/CBS SF) — With heavy snow still a problem traveling through the Sierra Tuesday afternoon, Interstate Highway 80 was partially reopened, while U.S. Highway 50 was gridlocked as travelers struggled to get to and from Lake Tahoe.

Just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, Caltrans said eastbound I-80 had been reopened to passenger vehicles and essential commercial vehicles only, while westbound traffic was still closed from the Nevada State Line to Colfax. Chain controls were in effect for eastbound I-80 travelers from 3.4 miles east of Gold Run to the Nevada State Line.

READ MORE: UPDATE: More Resources Deployed in Search for Missing Truckee Skier Rory Angelotta

On Tuesday afternoon, Caltrans tweeted that traffic on U.S. Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe was at capacity and had essentially come to a standstill.

“If you don’t need to travel today, please don’t,” a Twitter post showing the traffic map for the area read. “Your best option for an alternate route is to stay put.”

The roadway was closed from 8.3 miles east of Placerville to Meyers, but fully reopened Monday night.

Highway 50 wasn’t without its problems on Tuesday. In the morning, it was also closed after a semi-truck jackknifed in the area Sand Flat and Meyers.

Just after noon on Tuesday, Caltrans announced Highway 50 had again reopened. Drivers should still expect serious residual delays for the time being, and chain controls remain in effect east of Placerville to Meyers.

Caltrans says falling trees remain a constant obstacle to reopening I-80.

Both freeways have seen closures since the weekend due to low visibility, heavy snow, downed power lines and downed trees across the roads.

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Several parts of Highway 88 (from Dew Drop to 3.5 miles east of Silver Lake, 3.5 miles east of Silver Lake to Kirkwood, 2 miles east of Kirkwood to 5 miles west of Picketts Junction, and Picketts Junction to Woodfords) are also closed.

Highway 89 is also closed from Eagle Point Campground to Bliss State Park and from Sierraville to Sattley.

The challenging weather conditions were also slowing the search for 43-year-old Rory Angelotta, of Truckee, who has been missing ever since he was last seen Saturday morning at the Northstar ski resort.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Angelotta was reported missing when he failed to show up for dinner Saturday night with friends. His car was found in the resort parking lot and his calls went straight to voicemail.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office responded and immediately dispatched additional emergency resources including Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue, Nevada County Search and Rescue and Northstar Ski Patrol on Sunday.

The investigation has revealed that around 11:30 a.m., Angelotta’s ski pass was scanned at the Comstock lift. There was no other activity registered to his pass since that time.

“Searchers responded and combed the mountain and surrounding areas, despite extreme weather,” the Placer County Sheriff’s Department said. “Rescue personnel were on skis, snowmobiles, and a snowcat during their search. They faced high avalanche danger, strong winds, whiteout flurries, frigid temperatures, and heavy snow loads before calling off their search in the evening.”

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The sheriff said Angelotta was an experienced skier and was believed to have avalanche equipment on him.





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