This is a roundup of news that I have come across during the day. Here you can read about how to apply for a credit card without a SSN, life in a country without coronavirus, Thailand islands are empty, domestic destinations that feel like international hotspots and new restrictions for Venice gondola rides.
Antarctica offers a stamp at some of its scientific stations, Machu Picchu offers a stamp at the entrance of the Inca ruins, and the town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Wales offers a special stamp you can put in your passport at one of its shops. Except you shouldn’t. At least not in your actual passport.
There are very few countries without coronavirus left. 12 countries without coronavirus, in fact, at the time of writing. 2 of which are presumed to have the virus but are not releasing data. So that leaves 10 countries without coronavirus. All of which are small Pacific island nations.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, it was buzzing with traffic. Now, taxi drivers sit on the roadside, with little hope of finding customers. Where bikini-clad sunseekers once browsed souvenir shops and drank at neon-lit bars, a lone street dog stretches on the pavement. About 40 million tourists flocked to Thailand last year, drawn by its spectacular coastlines, ornate temples and famous cuisine. Yet in 2020, the country will struggle to attract even a quarter of that number, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
Domestic travel is still an option, and AAA forecasts that Americans will take a whopping 700 million road trips this summer. To help inspire your next getaway, we’ve compiled a list of various domestic travel destinations that feel worlds away—despite being right here on American soil.
Venice’s Gondola Association recently announced the maximum number of passengers on a classic tour of the city’s narrow canals will now be five instead of six people due to the “ballooning average weight of tourists,” CNN reported. Taxi rides on the larger da parada gondolas through the Grand Canal have also been reduced from 14 to 12 passengers.