This week’s travel news: shipwrecks and a crowdfunded island

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Shipwreck discoveries

It’s been a good month for shipwreck hunters.

Polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s HMS Endurance has been discovered over 3,000 meters (9,843 feet) deep in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean, more than a century after it sank in 1915.

Meanwhile, the wreck of the 130-year-old ship Atlanta has finally been discovered at the bottom of Lake Superior in Michigan, as recently announced by the Shipwreck Historical Society. A 172-foot (52-metre) schooner barge loaded with coal sank in a storm in May 1891.

Rule changes and reopening

One of the latest countries to lift all Covid-related travel restrictions is Ireland (just in time St.Patrick ‘s Day March 17).
After closing for two years Malaysia will open its borders to foreign visitors on April 1, and fully vaccinated travelers will not have to be quarantined. And on March 27, India will resume scheduled international commercial flights for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
Domestic travelers to the US no longer need to take a Covid test or show proof of vaccination to enter. Puerto Ricoand Hawaii is lifting the same measures for domestic travelers from March 26. Hawaii will also revoke its mask mandate, the latest US state to do so.
That Maldives as well as Belize have abandoned Covid testing for fully vaccinated arrivals, and inside Belize the curfew has ended and masks no longer need to be worn outside.
Regarding locations with high Covid incidence, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has relocated some former Covid success stories to the category of the highest risk for travel.

War in Ukraine

Airbnb hosts in Ukraine have been inundated with bookings from guests all over the world – and they no plans to register.

It’s all part of a social media campaign to send money to beleaguered Ukrainians as their country fights off a Russian invasion.

In the hospitality industry, the hotel chains Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt are some of the major businesses. rollback from Russia.
Flying sanctions continue to have a big impact. Thailand, a popular holiday destination among Russians, has faced thousands stranded Russian tourists. And a perfectly located little airport that came into existence during the Cold War and Covid could to be called again.

Small island, big ambitions

A group of investors raised $250,000 to buy their own Caribbean island.

Coffee Caye is a 1.2-acre uninhabited island off the coast of Belize and the group wants to use it for start your own country called Iceland.
While it may be the first crowdfunded island, it is not the first micronation. Many self-proclaimed kings, presidents, and emperors have declared themselves rulers of their own private empires over the years. Here some of them.

Love and money

Italy’s Lazio metropolitan region, home to gorgeous hilltop cities and Rome, the Eternal City, has allocated $11 million in post-Covid recovery for couples planning weddings or civil unions in the region.

Grants offered are approximately $2200 per pair (2000 euros). While this will in no way cover the wedding of your dreams, the money can certainly cover some of the outfits and flowers.
For your honeymoon we can offer Ischia – an island in the Gulf of Naples, glorified by the Neapolitan novels of Elena Ferrante. Or maybe Sicily, which Anthony Bourdain visited for his “Parts Unknown” serial 2013

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