Welcome to Friday Around the Planet, a roundup of some of the travel-related news and inspiration you might have missed over the past week. 

I'm excited to head to Moab, Utah this weekend to check out Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. The spots have long been on my "to hike" list and I'm eager to report back to you about how the parks are preparing for the busy summer season.

Speaking of which, have you made plans for your summer holidays? 

International events – from the war in Ukraine to the ongoing pandemic – continue to impact travel worldwide and there are things to keep in mind no matter where you’re planning to travel this summer. 

To help in these confusing times, we're giving you access to our travel experts by taking your questions on social media. Whether it's a question about ever-changing travel restrictions to just something you're wondering about a specific destination, we'd love to hear what's on your mind. 

Preparing to travel to Europe 

If you’re headed to Europe, you probably read that the European Union has scrapped its face mask requirement on public transit. Still, individual countries and airlines can set their own policies so make sure you are aware of those that will impact you (and perhaps keep a mask on hand just in case).

Meanwhile, Spain announced it will extend its COVID-19 travel restrictions until June 15. Here’s what you need to know before you visit. 

For those of you making European travel plans, check out this list of the 12 best museums from historic to quirky.

Preparing to travel to New Zealand 

Ahead of New Zealand dropping its border ban July 31, Prince Harry has launched a new initiative to promote ecologically sustainable travel.

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Ice cave, Fox Glacier, South Island, New Zealand © Westend61 / Getty

The country is known for its adventure hiking, especially its Great Walks. Here’s your guide to the newly reopen treks as well as info on a new one set to open in 2023. 

What to know about travel to the United States 

If you’re planning to visit the United States this summer, perhaps on a train trip through Southern California or to experience the spectacular national parks, here are 5 things to ask yourself ahead of your trip. 

Checking In: Zachary Laks checks in to QC NY Spa on Governors Island for a relaxing break from New York City. 

San Juan Island National Historical Park, located on an island off the shore of northwest Washington state, plans to open a new visitor center this summer to welcome the growing number of guests coming to the park. 

If you’re planning to head to Florida with your four-legged, furry best friend, check out this list of some of the best dog-friendly places in the Sunshine State. 

 

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