Latest Travel News 17th May 2022

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Latest Travel News 17th May 2022
Is it really the middle of May already? Wow, where did the time go this year?! With this in mind if you haven’t done so already it is surely time to get that 2022 beach holiday booked up!
Anyway, we have plenty of travel news to bring you this week as we try to keep you up to date with everything you need to know if you have an upcoming holiday to prepare for or are thinking about cheap holidays after a few years’ hiatus. 
Check out these top stories below from across the major news outlets. 

Japan prepares to reopen to tourists 

For the first time since 2020, Japan is set to open its borders to international visitors at long last. But even so the country will not be open to everyone to begin with. The country’s tourism agency said it will first of all allow a limited number of package tours before reopening fully in the future – although there is no actual date as of yet. So good news for some, and hopefully the agency will reopen Japan to everyone in the coming months. If you’ve never been, Japan is truly one of the most unique places on earth so it is a must-see destination to add to your bucket list this year or in 2023. 

No more face masks on some EU flights 

Face masks will no longer be required on flights to some EU countries. The EU's easing from yesterday is in line with changing Covid guidance on public transport across Europe. However those of you jetting off on beach holidays to Spain and some other EU countries should be aware that masks will still be required. Germany, Greece, Italy and Spain amongst others will keep mask wearing on their flights so make sure you are aware of this before you fly! 

Increasing number of passengers booking premium airline seats 

According to Bloomberg, more people are flying in more expensive cabins for leisure trips as people perhaps look to splash out on holidays after several years of lockdowns. Many people were lucky enough to save cash during the shutdowns, what with reduced commuting and spending less on leisure activities, so it is perhaps no surprise that now lockdowns are over many people want to live a life of luxury, even if it is just for a few hours! What about you? Would you pay more for a premium seat to get a taste of the high life? I think I would! 
Do you have thoughts or comments on these or any other stories making headlines this week? Let us know by leaving a comment below. 
Also, if you want some holiday inspiration, why not click on one of our latest blogs and read about beach holidays, Las Vegas, the best bars in Malta and so much more! 
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