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Exploring the Globe: Unveiling the World’s Most Walkable Cities (Hint: They're Not in the US!)


Welcome to the adventure! Strap up, fellow travelers, as we delve into this week's edition of CNN Travel newsletter, where we bid adieu to jet engines and embrace the allure of pedestrian exploration. There's something undeniably magical about strolling through new neighborhoods, stumbling upon charming shops, lively bars, and inviting eateries. However, decades of car-centric urban planning have left many cities bereft of pedestrian-friendly streets—a trend highlighted in a recent study dubbed "The ABC of Mobility.

According to findings unveiled by The Economist, larger and wealthier cities tend to be less conducive to walking. Yet, amidst this urban landscape, there are notable exceptions. Take Quelimane, a Mozambique seaport with a population of 350,000, crowned as the most foot-friendly among the 794 cities surveyed. But the surprises don't end there. Europe boasts its share of walkable gems, outshining their US counterparts.

In the Netherlands, Utrecht's tree-lined canals beckon pedestrians, ranking third on the list, while The Hague's monumental grandeur offers a serene alternative to bustling Amsterdam. Journeying to northern Spain, Bilbao's renowned Guggenheim Museum captivates visitors, while León's historic treasures dazzle. And let's not forget Bolzano in the Alpine region, where a meeting with Ötzi the Iceman awaits, or Innsbruck's promise of world-class skiing amidst breathtaking peaks.

Yet, as we traverse the globe, the path isn't always smooth. A US veteran's encounter with a protective grizzly bear in Wyoming serves as a stark reminder of nature's unpredictable force. Meanwhile, on Spain's Costa Brava, the battle against unruly tourism takes a unique turn, with fines imposed on risqué attire and behavior in resort towns.

So, as we embark on this earthly odyssey, let's embrace the serendipity of exploration, for every step unveils a new story, a new adventure. Until next time, fellow adventurers, keep wandering, keep discovering, and keep those boots firmly on the ground.

Step into the sun-kissed embrace of Platja des Cavallet, where well-behaved nudists find sanctuary on Ibiza's shores. In our latest compilation of the globe's premier clothing-optional beaches, this Spanish haven takes center stage. As summer beckons, whether you're prepping for sandy escapades or seeking smoother skin, CNN Underscored has your back with a definitive guide on banishing razor bumps.

For those craving respite from the urban bustle, Antarctica emerges as an unparalleled sanctuary, offering respite from traffic, noise, and pollution. Yet, amidst its pristine expanse, challenges linger, from basic amenities like running water to a nostalgic reliance on DVDs for entertainment, revealing unexpected trade-offs and a surprising lack of privacy.

Meanwhile, a Kansas couple finds solace in Portugal's embrace, drawn by its promise of a more affordable, family-centric lifestyle. Across the Atlantic, nestled near the French Pyrenees, Saissac's medieval charm captivates a Los Angeles artist, offering both tranquility and affordability in equal measure.

Shifting gears, aviation enthusiasts rejoice as the double-level airplane seat makes a triumphant return, this time boasting a luxurious first-class edition. CNN Travel ventures to Germany for an exclusive test flight, unveiling the future of in-flight comfort.

In matters of the heart, a 32-year odyssey unfolds as a woman embarks on a globe-trotting quest to reunite with a long-lost kiss from the Trans-Siberian railway. Meanwhile, culinary capitals claim their crowns, showcasing the world's finest gastronomic delights.

Yet, amidst these tales of adventure and indulgence, we bid farewell to a stalwart of the skies, as Bette Nash, the world's longest-serving flight attendant, takes her final flight at 88. And in Rome, aspirations of an underground museum face unforeseen hurdles, as ancient treasures stubbornly resist the march of progress.

As our journey through the whims of fate and the marvels of human ingenuity continues, join us in celebrating life's rich tapestry, where each twist and turn unveils new wonders and timeless treasures.

As we draw the curtain on this kaleidoscope of tales, we're reminded that life's journey is a tapestry woven with threads of adventure, discovery, and the resilience of the human spirit. From sun-drenched shores to ancient cobblestone streets, from the soaring heights of aviation innovation to the quiet corners of introspection, each story paints a vibrant portrait of our shared human experience.

In the fleeting moments of joy and the depths of sorrow, in the pursuit of dreams and the embrace of new beginnings, we find echoes of our own hopes and aspirations. Through the lens of wanderlust and wonder, we glimpse the infinite possibilities that await us, beckoning us to explore, to savor, and to cherish every fleeting moment.

So, as we bid adieu to these tales from around the globe, let us carry with us the spirit of curiosity, the courage to chart new horizons, and the grace to embrace the unexpected. For in the tapestry of life, every thread, no matter how seemingly insignificant, adds to the richness of our shared human story. Until we meet again on the next leg of our journey, may our hearts remain open to the wonders that await. Safe travels, fellow adventurers.