(CNN) — This week in travel: the world’s top destinations for festive cheer, the high-rolling lifestyle in Monaco and Italy, a bag full of knives, and the places you won’t be able to visit in 2023.
This newsletter will be taking a little holiday break next week, too. We will return with our next roundup on New Year’s Eve.
Misbehaving traveler of the week
The TSA recently found 28 knives in one carry-on bag.
That’s what one passenger in Alaska was caught with recently, leaving TSA Officer Oran Caudle pulling them out of his carry-on like Mary Poppins with her carpet bag.
“That is my knife collection; can’t I take those with me on the plane?” the passenger asked. That’s a no, sir.
Places you can’t visit in 2023
While most of the world is open again, not every tourist attraction survived the pandemic unscathed.
Best ski gear
A ski trip is not a “throw sneakers in a bag and wing it” kind of vacation.
In case you missed it
A massive aquarium holding 1,500 fish burst in a Berlin hotel.
Two young refugee sisters were given $100 on a plane by a mystery woman more than 20 years ago.
A picture of a clumsy lion cub falling out of a tree is the winner of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.
A European city has once again been named the world’s most attractive tourism destination.