Atlanta is only U.S. city on Lonely Planet’s top destinations for 2022


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Company’s coming, y’all. Or rather, it will be now that Lonely Planet has included Atlanta on its list of top 30 destinations for 2022.

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The guide book publisher divided the top 30 places to visit into three categories: 10 countries, 10 cities and 10 regions. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel lists were formed by whittling down hundreds of nominations from staff, contributors, bloggers and publishing partners, and then debated and chosen by a panel of travel experts.

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Lonely Planet picked these 10 countries to visit in 2022:

  1. The Cook Islands
  2. Norway
  3. Mauritius
  4. Belize
  5. Slovenia
  6. Anguilla
  7. Oman
  8. Nepal
  9. Malawi
  10. Egypt
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I’m a flight attendant for a major airline. Some of us are making $150,000 a year thanks to overtime – but I’ve also heard horror stories.


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  • A flight attendant for an American airline (who asked to remain anonymous) said they’re in demand.
  • There’s opportunity to earn a lot from overtime, they said – up to $150,000 a year before taxes.
  • But they also deal with people who refuse to wear masks. Here’s their story, as told to Elle Hardy.

You’ve probably seen that the industry is struggling as there have been serious staff shortages. Some airlines have canceled a large number of flights because of the shortages.


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“I had a captain who said he prided himself on kicking people off the airplane if they were being rude to us or other passengers. That’s something I think is important,” said one flight attendant (not pictured). Matej Kastelic/500px/Getty Images

I’ve been flying for about six years, though at the height of the pandemic, I was furloughed for six months. I was lucky to be able to afford to take the time off and do a bit of traveling, but I know a lot of folks for whom the furlough was really hard.

Now, it’s the opposite. Picking up overtime shifts is always an option.

If you’re on your day off when the airline’s desperate for people, it’ll offer overtime and say, “Hey, if you work this trip, we will pay you time and a half.” That’s been much more prevalent in the past six months.

My airline has hired about 1,000 new flight attendants this year, and it’s also bringing on board about 1,100 new hires who were pushed out of training when the pandemic started.

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I just became a pilot after spending $80,000 on flight school. Here’s what the intense training program was like.


  • A 32-year-old commercial pilot (who asked to remain anonymous) shared what training was like.
  • They went through instruction during the pandemic and recently were hired.
  • They say demand is higher than ever for pilots but standards for training remain stringent.

This as-told-to essay is based on a transcribed conversation with a 32-year-old commercial pilot from Wayne, NJ, about training to be a pilot during the pandemic. They’ve asked to remain anonymous, but Insider has verified their identity and employment. The following has been edited for length and clarity.

I’m a 32-year-old commercial pilot and recently landed a job as a first officer with a regional airline in the US. Despite the US pilot shortage, the airlines are not skimping when it comes to safety – and my time in training is a testament to that.

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“I don’t see myself being anything other than a pilot,” one 32-year-old commercial pilot said (not pictured). Shutterstock.com


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started my career in the Marines working with F-18’s. That’s what really lit the fuse for me. During that time I was not a pilot but helped support the F-18 squadron. Thanks to the Marines GI Bill and some financial aid from my parents, I was able to afford flight school.

The first thing you do when determining whether to go to flight school is a discovery flight

 

They take you up in the plane and show you how it works and to see if you’re comfortable in the air and on the controls. If you decide you want to move forward, you pay out of pocket – per flight, or for the whole program.

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This Dream Vacation Hotspot Is Spiraling Into a Deadly Cartel Battlefield


 

Two foreign female tourists were caught in a crossfire between rival crime groups and shot to death last Thursday in the high-end resort town of Tulum, Mexico. Three other people were also wounded when the firefight broke out in the popular restaurant, La Malquerida, not far from the beach. Of the two women who were killed, one was from Germany and the other India.

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They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and got caught in an exchange of gunfire between competing drug traffickers,” said a high-ranking Mexican police commander, who agreed to speak with The Daily Beast on the condition of anonymity.

“It’s a sad mistake for the victims, but such cases are not rare or unusual anymore [in and around Tulum]. When a firefight breaks out no one is safe,” the commander said.

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NYC’s catastrophic hotel crisis isn’t ending anytime soon


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A happy ending is in sight to the Big Apple’s hotel industry catastrophe — just wait until 2026!

“I am supremely optimistic for five years from now,” said Vijay Dandapani, president of the Hotel Association of New York. But the short- and medium-term outlooks are another story.

“The key thing is that international travel is not here yet” and there’s no way to know when it will fully return, despite President Biden’s plan to reduce restrictions by some time in November, Dandapani said.

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The beleaguered industry’s plight is epic in scope. Of the city’s total 700 hotels pre-pandemic, about 250 either closed or were converted to homeless shelters.

Exterior of the Royalton Hotel at 44 West 44th Street.
The Royalton hotel at 44 West 44th Street sold for 24% less than it traded for in 2017. James Messerschmidt for NY Post

Average occupancy fell from over 80% in 2019 to 33% early this year (it has since upticked to 45%, Dandapani said). By comparison, occupancy never fell below 60% during the earlier crises of 9/11 and the 2008 Wall Street crash.

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Lockdown: Room rates have fallen 60% since 2019 and what was once a shuttered Grand Hyatt (above) is being reborn as a Hyatt Grand. James Messerschmidt for NY Post


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Jacob ‘Jake’ Cefolia, United Airlines Executive Who Went Missing In 2020, Found Dead


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An autopsy has confirmed that human remains found at a suburban Chicago nature preserve are of a United Airlines executive reported missing more than a year ago, officials said Sunday.

Investigators used dental records to confirm the identity of 50-year-old Jacob “Jake” Cefolia of Elmhurst, according to the DuPage County coroner.

Contractors found the remains Friday afternoon in an area of heavy brush and vegetation at the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve near Darien.

Contractors at the preserve found Cefolia hanging by a belt from an uprooted tree, DuPage County officials said in a statement, per the Chicago Tribune. The area had been searched extensively before.

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Cruises will no longer be required to follow CDC rules starting in January

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The public health rules that dictate how cruise ships can operate in U.S. waters during the pandemic will become recommendations in mid-January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

Authorities replaced an earlier ban on cruise travel with a “conditional sailing order” in October 2020, which laid out steps cruise companies had to take to sail with passengers from U.S. ports. That order – which required ships to sail with at least 95% of people vaccinated or perform a test cruise to demonstrate safety procedures – was set to expire on Nov. 1.

Instead, the CDC will extend the order, with some tweaks, through Jan. 15. Those changes include new procedures for ships that come to U.S. waters after operating in other jurisdictions, new instructions for ships that want to switch from 95% of passengers vaccinated to a lower number and the end of required CDC travel advisories or warnings about cruising in marketing material.

“After the expiration of this temporary extension next year, CDC intends to transition to a voluntary program,” the agency said in a statement. “This transition will continue strong measures to detect, mitigate, and control the spread of covid.”

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Ex-Alitalia Flight Attendants Strip In Labor Protest

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Dozens of former flight attendants from defunct Italian airline Alitalia stripped off their uniforms Wednesday, wearing only undergarments in a silent, choreographed protest in central Rome.

Long financially ailing, Italy’s decades-old airline flew its last flight on Oct. 14. A new airline, ITA, began flying the next day, using some of Alitalia’s aircraft. It also bought the Alitalia brand, but it is taking on fewer than 3,000 of Alitalia’s 10,000 employees.

Union officials say those who will work for ITA are being hired at significantly lower pay scales.

Some 50 former flight attendants stood in rows in a square atop Rome’s Capitoline Hill, lowered their company shoulder bags to the cobblestone pavement, then slowly and in synch, removed their overcoats, then uniform jackets, then skirts, then stepped out of their high-heeled shoes.

They remained barefoot, wearing only a slip, in silence for a few minutes. Then they carefully gathered up their garments and shoes and together shouted, “We are Alitalia!”

Union leaders have been pressing for the government to extend unemployment benefits for as long as five years.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

Ex-Alitalia flight attendants strip off uniforms to their undergarments in  pay protest | Daily Mail Online


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