(CNN) — This week in travel news, the United States is set to drop its Covid-19 testing requirement for inbound air travelers, and Japan is now allowing international tour groups.
Plus, the world’s most expensive cities and the country with Europe’s cleanest bathing spots have been revealed.
The floodgates are open
Confessions of a 1980s flight attendant
“It gave me confidence, it gave me poise, and the ability to think on my feet,” she says. “I think a few years working as a flight attendant could change your life.”
Most expensive cities
For the third year in a row, the Asian financial center of Hong Kong has been named the world’s most expensive city in the annual index released by global mobility company ECA International.
Asia also proved to be the most expensive continent, with four more cities — Tokyo, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Seoul — landing in the top 10.
Taste of Korean food
A female Buddhist monk from South Korea has become an unlikely celebrity chef. Her temple cooking has been celebrated in The New York Times, and she’s the subject of an episode of Netflix’s “Chef’s Table.”
Rare tortoise born
The unique offspring is one of two Galapagos giant tortoises born recently at the Tropiquarium in Servion, Switzerland.
In case you missed it
Europe’s cleanest bathing spots have been revealed.
A Disney employee snatched a ring out of a would-be groom’s hand mid-proposal.
Ten years ago, Anthony Bourdain met up with local chefs and food enthusiasts in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.
(Top image: Airline passengers walk through San Francisco International Airport on April 19. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)