Travel news: The best destinations in 2022 and the best airlines to get there

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(CNN) – This week in travel news Time Out and TIME announced their annual lists of must-visit destinations, while AirlineRatings.com has named the world’s best airlines for 2022.

destination inspiration

First, Time Out released a summary of the world’s best cities for 2022. In a list dominated by Europe, Scotland took two of the top five cities. (You can hear what Anthony Bourdain made of the country when he visited in 2015 on the Parts Unknown podcast.)

Edinburgh Castle towers over Princes Street gardens in the Scottish city’s highest-rated.

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Then TIME launched its list of the 50 largest places in the world: among them were the Japanese islands, the wine region of South Africa, and a handful of South American cities.
Other recommendations from us here at CNN Travel include these locations in Europe – where the dollar is strong against the euro – and the Maldives: I mean, just look at these over-water villas.

extraordinary wonders

More in the Middle East, United Arab Emirates It may be a little over 50 years old, but there are thousands of years of history to explore. Abu Dhabi is home to an array of historical treasures, including the 18th century Qasr al-Hosn And the magnificence of the man-made oasis of the eye.
Then there are Abu Dhabi’s other fossil dunes: frozen waves of hard sand that were formed over tens of thousands of years.

Taste the world

Revered food writer Grace Young is having a moment. She’s just won the Julia Child Award and the 2022 James Beard Humanitarian Award, and she’s deeply engaged on a mission to save America’s Chinatowns.
And if Asian food is your jam, you can also enjoy our story on how “nice” tofu became one of the world’s hottest foods. And if you’re still hungry for more, try this Japanese café that lets visitors drink from $25,000 worth of vintage bowls.

Be careful out there

It’s wildfire season in California, and firefighters are working hard to protect giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park – the largest trees on Earth by volume. The Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru were also threatened by wildfires earlier this month.
In Kyrgyzstan, a group of trekking tourists in the Tian Shan Mountains were lucky to survive a massive avalanche that swept through them on July 8: watch here.

And travelers who don’t experience physical harm may still be looking forward to huge flight delays and cancellations, as airlines and airports scramble to meet summer demand.

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In case you miss it yourself

A Middle Eastern airline has been named the best in the world for the second year in a row.

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