Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

New Dubai Hotels for 2023

More than 7 million tourists came to Dubai during the first half of 2022—and next year should be even bigger with the arrival of several new luxury hotels. Known for its innovative architecture— including the world’s tallest building—Dubai has some highly anticipated hotel openings set for 2023, including the Kempinski Floating Palace, the One&Only One Za’abeel (above) and what will be the world’s tallest hotel, Ciel.

In Japan’s Udon Capital, A Taxi Driver Knows Where to Find the Best Noodles

Japan’s Kagawa Prefecture is known as the country’s udon capital, with more 700 restaurants specializing in noodle dishes. But how do you find the best ones? Hail the Udon Taxi. The tour service takes visitors to the top udon spots in the region, including hole-in-the-wall joints in tiny villages, family-run eateries with lines around the block, and upscale restaurants that put unique twists on traditional udon. Let the slurping begin.

New Club Med Ski Resorts to Debut

Club Med is renowned for pioneering all-inclusive beach vacations, but the 72-year-old hospitality group also caters to the snow set. This year, Club Med will debut three new ski resorts—including two in the French Alps and one in Japan—for the 2022-23 ski season.

TravelWise

With airfares (finally) dropping this fall, now may be the time to book a Round the World ticket, which is often less expensive that a long-haul journey with multiple stops. Here’s what you need to know about planning an RTW trip.

Meet the 20-Year-Old Who Tracks Famous Private Jets

The world’s billionaires and other jet-setting celebrities have a new scourge—20-year-old college student Jack Sweeney, who monitors the private plane activity of the ultra-rich and posts it on his Twitter account, @CelebJets. (Elon Musk offered Sweeney $5,000 to stop tracking him, but he declined.) Instead, he recently launched a new company, Ground Control, which will offer more detailed coverage of celebrities’ private plane activities. Sweeney talked to ForbesLife’s Jim Dobson about what fuels his obsession—and, no, he’s never flown private himself.

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