Travel news: Inspiration for holidays in 2023 and the world’s most expensive restaurant pop-up

(CNN) — The world’s population hit eight billion this week, and sometimes it feels like they’re all packed on the same flight as you.

Here are the rest of the biggest travel stories right now.

wild world

A video has gone viral of a baby elephant tickling Kenyan journalist Alvin Kaunda until he collapses laughing.
The sweet interaction was filmed at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, which provides sanctuary for elephants, rhinos and giraffes. Watch this video from CNN Travel to learn more about how they get baby pachyderms back on their feet.
A Montana TV reporter became a meme in 2020 after posting a video of his reaction to a herd of bison approaching Yellowstone National Park. The mighty beasts were out of sight, but Deion Broxton’s shining eyes and muttering, “Oh no, I’m not kidding you” told the tale.
Yellowstone later tweeted that his quick exit was a perfect example of what to do when approached by wildlife. Check out this October 2022 video of a hiker who was lucky enough to escape by getting too close to a bison in Texas.

destination inspiration

Guide company Lonely Planet has unveiled its top destinations for 2023, with the Ghanaian capital of Accra and the Central American country of El Salvador among those making the cut. The night train between Istanbul and Sofia also received a nod.
If you want to explore Turkey beyond the capital, the Aegean Coast has plenty to offer. We recommend Alacati, known locally as “heaven on earth”, and the paradise island of Bozcaada. And don’t forget to taste some local wine.
The marine wonders of Raja Ampat in Indonesia – featured in this newsletter two weeks ago – also made Lonely Planet’s list. If you want to extend your island-hopping trip, try a luxury train trip across Java. The five-star Amanjiwo resort offers a lavish seven-hour journey from Jakarta to Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world.

Food and hospitality

Sublimotion is known for its long waiting list, but in Japan, a brand of frozen Kobe beef nuggets is so popular that there’s a 30-year waiting list to get your hands on a box. It is better to wait a few decades before turning the oven on to preheat.
And finally, the world’s most chic hotel interiors have been recognized at the Dezeen Awards 2022.
Kelly Wearstler’s Mexican folk art-inspired design for the Downtown LA Proper Hotel was named Short Stay Hotel and Interior of the Year and the calm mint green hues and upcycled wooden chairs of the Gallery Cafe Copenhagen’s Connie-Connie art won the restaurant and bar interior of the An.

Lucky for the second time

An American and an Australian had a whirlwind romance in the 1980s, before marrying other people. Twenty-three years later, they reconnected and this time they were determined not to let love slip away.

Travelers of the week who misbehave

A Frontier Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Atlanta on November 11 after a passenger was found with box cutters. Then, two days later, an unruly passenger was removed from a United Airlines flight to Chicago after an incident on board that sent three people to hospital. Be sure to smile and thank your flight attendant on your next trip: they may have had a tough week.

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Travel gifts

It’s that time of year again. If you’re looking for some inspiration for gift ideas, our partners at CNN Underscored, a guide to reviews and product recommendations owned by CNN, have put together this roundup of 45 great, perfect holiday and Christmas gifts. for frequent travelers.