Travel news: Lunar New Year, the coldest city in the world and nights in an igloo

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In this week’s travel news, China is on the move as Lunar New Year rush kicks in, a boy catches the catch of his life, temperatures dip to minus 80 F in the world’s coldest city, plus what it’s like to spend the night in an igloo in the Alps. (Spoiler: It’s absolutely cold.)

There has been a recent spike in rescues in the Florida Straits as cruise ships come across Cuban and Haitian immigrants trying to reach the United States in makeshift boats. This is the story of one such rescue, when the massive luxury liner Celebrity Beyond helped 19 people aboard to stay warm and safe.

Late last year, a 28-year-old man managed to survive for 20 hours floating on the water in the Gulf of Mexico after falling off a Carnival cruise ship. See him here talk about his confusion and his encounter with an unknown sea creature.

A diver off the coast of Japan captured this extremely rare image of an 8-foot-long giant squid as a 12-year-old boy fished for a great white shark during a family fishing trip near Fort Lauderdale. See the capture here.

Temperatures hit -80 F (minus 62.7 C) this week in the world’s coldest city, Yakutsk, in eastern Siberia. That’s the coldest it’s been in over two decades. Since frostbite is a constant danger, “You either adjust and dress accordingly or you suffer,” said one resident.

And what about the people who choose to vacation in these circumstances? Spending the night in an igloo in the Alps sounds pretty good in theory, but with temperatures several degrees below those found inside a fridge, the reality is less than cozy. CNN Travel’s fingers are now thawed enough to report on our stay.

All that said, you could have a day job where you sit cold and exhausted staring at a seal hole in the Arctic ice for 12 hours. But when you capture amazing wildlife photos like these, the snappers say it’s worth it.

A worker prepares noodles at the Aberdeen Yau Kee noodle factory in Hong Kong on January 13, 2023. Credit: Noemi Cassanelli/CNN

Longevity Noodles: Lunar New Year’s Lucky Dish

The Lunar New Year holiday begins on January 22, almost exactly three years after the first Covid-19 lockdown began in Wuhan. Today, flights from China are back to pre-pandemic levels, with Chinese domestic flights up 9.5% since January 2019, according to aviation analytics firm Cirium. The recently reopened high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and mainland China has been in high demand as the Lunar New Year travel rush is in full swing.

One of the dishes that people will get stronger with when they reach the end of the journey is longevity noodles. According to tradition, the chef should not cut the noodle strands that symbolize long life, and each strand should be eaten whole. Schlurrrpalicious.

Air Company was founded in 2019 by Gregory Constantine and Dr. Stafford Sheehan.

This jet fuel is made from CO2 extracted from the atmosphere.

NASA and Boeing are working on a new single-aisle aircraft design that reduces emissions and which, if successful, could enter service in the 2030s.

It follows news from last month that Virgin Atlantic this year plans to fly a Boeing 787 from London to New York, powered solely by waste oils and greases, in what is being billed as the “world’s first net-zero transatlantic flight.”

One company is even creating jet fuel out of thin air. Look here to see how they do it.

Scientists are also working on ways to reduce contrails, those wispy clouds of ice left by planes in their wake. A study has found that they contribute more to global warming than even CO2 emissions from aviation, but there might be a simple solution.

And on a final positive note for the future of flying, for the first time in months, we don’t have the “misbehaving flyer of the week” story to bring you. Well done everyone.

Canadian Jess Stone is traveling around the world on a motorcycle with her German Shepherd Moxie as a companion. The couple have been on a grand tour for 10 months that will take them to 90 countries in North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia.

Keeping younger children engaged, entertained, and most importantly, in their seats is a challenge in air travel. Our partners at CNN Underscored, a CNN-owned guide to product reviews and recommendations, have put together this roundup of 15 parent-approved activities to help your next flight go smoothly.

The definitive big dog in international tourism has been named.

Most of the travel-related euros are being thrown into the pockets of this capital. This is why.

A Finnish family moved to Sicily in search of la dolce vita.

Instead, they resigned after two months, and the reasons why caused public outrage in Italy.

Pizza Hut just made a 14,001-square-foot pepperoni pizza inside the Los Angeles Convention Center.

After the record-breaking feat was documented by Guinness, the 68,000 slices went to food banks.

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