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Here are 22 places to check off your bucket list and satisfy your wanderlust, with everything from sugar-white sand beaches to ancient cities and volcanoes….

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Here are 22 places to check off your bucket list and satisfy your wanderlust, with everything from sugar-white sand beaches to ancient cities and volcanoes. Bon voyage.

Planning is part of the fun of taking a trip, and it turns out more people are actually planning travel for 2022 than actually traveled in 2019.

But Covid-19 case counts, safety protocols, quarantine restrictions, and cleanliness are all key factors in travel decision making in 2022, according to a January survey by TripAdvisor and Ipsos Mori. In the survey, 71% of Americans said they are likely to travel for leisure in 2022.

But these days, travel might be for those with the most patience and determination. In early April, more than 3,500 U.S. flights were canceled and thousands more delayed over a weekend, thanks to storms in Florida and other issues, affecting at least 37,000 travelers, the Associated Press reported. These kinds of snags are more common as major airlines deal with increasing demand and staffing shortages, travel magazine Afar reports. To complicate your plans further, U.S. passport renewals can take up to 11 weeks.

But the ever-optimistic travel industry continues to leap brightly forward, seeking new marketing opportunities in what the Tripadvisor survey found to be travelers’ increased appetite for seeing new places, having authentic local experiences, and learning about history and culture.

So whether you’re planning a trip for real, or still just toying with the idea, here are Tripadvisor’s best-of-the-best world destinations, with something for everyone—beaches, history, local culture and even a couple of places where you won’t need a passport. 

1. Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

This island in the Mediterranean Sea just off the south-east coast of Spain has beaches, mountains, fishing villages and, of course, delicious food. 

The Majorca Cathedral, a Gothic cathedral with additional work by the architect Antonio Gaudi in the early 20th century, is built over the city walls of Palma de Mallorca's old town.

2. Cairo

The ancient city of Cairo is teeming with life and rich with history and culture. 

Cairo is your jumping-off point to the Giza pyramids and the Great Sphinx, which is at least 4,500 years old. 

Other top sights in Cairo are the Egyptian Museum and the Khan el-Khalili, a famous bazaar in the center of the city.

3. Rhodes, Greece

With everything from beach resorts to ancient ruins, Rhodes is one of the most popular destinations in Greece. It’s the largest of 12 Dodecanese islands and close to Turkey. The city of Rhodes is a well-preserved medieval city.

Don’t miss the The Acropolis of Lindos on Rhodes, pictured here.

4. Tulum, Mexico

The formerly walled city of Tulum on the Yucatan peninsula was one of the last to be built by the Mayans, and its archaeological sites are well preserved, with the ancient castle built on a cliff looming over the town. There are beaches and a nature reserve, too. 

The reef off the coast of Tulum is considered to be the second largest reef system in the world, after Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Pictured is the gate to the Ahau Tulum hotel.

5. Dubrovnik, Croatia

The city in southern Croatia sits on the turquoise Adriatic Sea and the historic, pedestrian-only old town is enclosed by a 16th-century wall. 

You may also recognize Dubrovnik as one of the filming locations for the fictional city Kings Landing in “Game of Thrones.”

6. Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain

Ibiza has more than 100 miles of coastline and around 50 beaches to choose from. The old town is a Unesco heritage site. Ibiza is known for its nightlife.

7. Natal, Brazil

Natal sits on the coast of Brazil and is known for its coastal sand dunes and a 16th-century Portuguese fortress at the mouth of the Potengi River.  

The 30-foot sand dunes near Natal are vast and constantly changing and visitors can go sand-boarding, take a dune buggy ride or a camel ride tour. Don’t miss the star-shaped fortress, constructed in 1598, pictured here.

8. Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha is located in the Great Rift Valley, and a good jumping-off point for taking a safari or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. 

From Arusha you can book a tour to Serengeti National Park and Tarangire National Park, and see the massive wildebeest migration and other extraordinary wildlife.

9. Goreme, Turkey

Goreme is the gateway to the Goreme National Park and Cappadocia, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Stay in a cave hotel, eat in a cave restaurant, and see cave churches dating to the 10th and 11th centuries.

You can even take a hot-air balloon ride over the Cappadocian valley.

10. Santorini, Greece

The pictures say it all—Santorini is the beautiful Greek island with whitewashed buildings and blue domes that match the azure waters of the Aegean Sea. Much of its landscape is formed by a volcanic eruption about 3,600 years ago. Water from the Aegean Sea rushed in, filling the void and forming what is now the 7.5-mile lagoon. 

11. Paraty, Brazil

Paraty is another coastal city in Brazil, this one about 125 miles south of Rio de Janeiro. According to TripAdvisor, the small colonial town's center is a national historic monument with well-preserved buildings and pedestrian-only cobblestone streets with the occasional monkey roaming about. 

12. Aruba

The Caribbean island has ideal weather and beautiful beaches and is a popular vacation destination with ample resorts, restaurants and activities to suit anyone, whether it’s hiking, water sports, or just chillin’ with a beer on the beach. Check out the pristine Eagle Beach, Aruba’s widest beach, where sea turtles nest.

13. Split, Croatia

Split sits on Croatia’s Adriatic coast in the Dalmatia region. Its history is a tapestry of being under Roman, Venetian, Austrian, French, Italian and Yugoslav control. Check out the Klis Fortress, a centuries-old fortress with epic views. Some scenes from “Game of Thrones” were filmed here, too, so if you’re a fan, look for a tour.

14. Playa del Carmen, Mexico

In Mexico’s state of Quintana Roo on the Caribbean, Playa del Carmen beach features white sand, swimming and water sports, with plenty of tourist amenities and resorts. There are underwater caves and plentiful sea life, making this a top destination for divers. It’s also a good jumping-off point to visit the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza.

15. Hawaii’s Big Island

Hawaii’s biggest island is home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you can sometimes see lava bubbling off the cliff-edge into the sea. There’s a rainy side and a dry side to the island, and plentiful beaches and resorts. 

16. Luxor, Egypt

One of the oldest cities in the world, Luxor, in the famous Valley of the Kings, sits on the Nile River on the site of ancient Thebes, the pharaohs’ capital at the peak of their power during the 16th–11th centuries B.C. There are many ancient ruins to see here, including the Temple of Karnak, the tomb of Queen Nefertari, and the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut.

17. Dominican Republic

The diverse Caribbean island is two hours from Miami and less than four hours from New York. It’s a lush tropical island paradise with nearly 1,000 miles of coastline, and ample beaches, nightlife, resorts and opportunities for dining, recreation and eco-tourism.

18. Charleston, South Carolina

There’s good reason Charleston makes all the lists for best cities. The historic Southern city has friendly locals, beautiful architecture, and great shopping and dining.

19. St Martin / St Maarten

The Dutch side of the Caribbean island is called Sint Maarten and the French side Saint Martin. The binational island offers a multicultural experience and much more that beautiful beaches.

20. North Malé Atoll

This chain of about 50 palm-shaded, white sand islands in the Maldives are remote enough to give you that “Robinson Crusoe” experience, according to TripAdvisor, but there are increasingly more stylish, upscale accommodations here.

21. Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

There’s evidence of trade with Zanzibar going back over 4,000 years ago, and likely people lived here 20,000 years ago. Traders from Arabia came to Zanzibar as early as the 1st century AD. Today, many visit the island for its five-star resorts. Stone Town is the historical capital, and a Unesco world heritage site, and there are several other historical sites to visit.

22. La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

This small town in Costa Rica is a gateway to Arenal Volcano National Park where there are two volcanoes, one of them, Arenal, is still quite active. The spas in La Fortuna are fed by natural hot springs, and for the more adventurous, there’s opportunities for hiking, waterfall rappelling and whitewater rafting.

Read more about these travel destinations at Tripadvisor.

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Royal Caribbean Shares Huge News on Covid Testing, Vaccine Rules

President Michael Bayley gave some straight answers on pre-cruise covid testing and potentially dropping vaccine requirement at a Q&A during the cruise…

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President Michael Bayley gave some straight answers on pre-cruise covid testing and potentially dropping vaccine requirement at a Q&A during the cruise line's President's Cruise.

Being on a cruise has largely returned to the same experience it was before the pandemic. Mask requirements have been dropped, capacities have returned to normal, and social distancing requirements have been dropped.

In fact, aside from crew members still having to wear masks and some stray passengers opting to do so in certain indoor situations, there's really no sign of covid rules once you board your cruise.

Before you board, however, the pandemic still has an effect on cruising. Every passenger 12 and older must be vaccinated (and must prove so before getting on board) and all passengers must produce a negative covid test taken no more than two days before getting on the ship.

And, while covid remains a problem, the cruise industry sees some light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to pre-cruise protocols. Executives from the major cruise lines -- Royal Caribbean International (RCL) - Get Royal Caribbean Group Report, Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) - Get Carnival Corporation Report, and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) - Get Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Report -- have said very little about plans to drop pre-cruise testing and vaccination requirements,

Now, however, Royal Caribbean President Michael Bayley has spoken out on both issues and has given cruise fans some real answers.

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When Will Covid Tests and Vaccinations Get Dropped?

The major cruise lines have largely stayed quiet about covid protocols because they remain somewhat beholden to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The current CDC rules are voluntary, but voluntary is sort of a relative term when it comes to the power the federal agency has over the cruise industry.

It makes sense that the industry has been cautious in commenting on when covid protocols may change, but with the end at least seeming feasible Bayley answered questions about both the end of pre-cruise testing and potentially dropping vaccination requirements during the 2022 Royal Caribbean President's Cruise on Ovation of the Seas, the Royal Caribbean Blog reported.

"I think pre-cruise testing is going to be around for another couple of months," Bayley said. "We obviously want it to go back to normal, but we're incredibly cognizant of our responsibilities to keep our crew, the communities and our guests safe."

Bayley was less hopeful about the end of vaccinations, according to the blog, which has no connection to Royal Caribbean.

"The no vaccine question is is a huge question that none of us know the answer to," he said. "I'm skeptical that's going to change in the in the real short term. Many and most of the destinations that we visit require a high degree of vaccination, and they expect our crew to be vaccinated."

Cruise Lines Covid Protocols Are Working

Covid has not gone anywhere, but the cruise industry has been very successful at controlling the impact of the virus. Bayley noted that the CDC shares some information with him about the "millions" of people who have sailed from U.S. ports over the past 12 months.

"And the number of people who died from COVID who'd sailed on ships over the past year was two," the Royal Caribbean Blog reported. "Two is terrible. But against the context of everything we've seen, that's it's truly been a remarkable success."

Vaccine requirements remain a touchy issue as some people have chosen not to be vaccinated and that means they cannot cruise. That seems unlikely to change anytime soon given the destinations Royal Caribbean visits and the CDC information which shows that the current protocols are working.

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China Stocks Outperform On Unexpected COVID Shift

China Stocks Outperform On Unexpected COVID Shift

Update (0920ET): China’s move to ease quarantine rules for inbound travelers from three…

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China Stocks Outperform On Unexpected COVID Shift

Update (0920ET): China's move to ease quarantine rules for inbound travelers from three weeks to just one week has bolstered sentiment for Chinese equities. 

Bullish calls are rising on Chinese stocks as the CSI 300 Index inches near a bull market. 

Fred Hu, the founder of China-based investment firm Primavera Capital Group, told Bloomberg that he believes Chinese tech firms have turned the corner after a $2 trillion rout sparked by Beijing's yearslong technology crackdown. 

NASDAQ Golden Dragon China Index plunged more than 76% since its peak in early 2021, coinciding with Beijing's crackdown start. The index hit a low in March and has since bounced 67% -- because the crackdown fears show signs of softening. 

Hu believes "this could be the beginning of a new era for China tech ... There's a lot of value to be discovered," adding that investors still need to be selective in picking stocks. 

Adding to support is the People's Bank of China's accommodative monetary policy, which is the opposite of global central banks that aggressively tighten interest rates to prevent the surge in inflation from turning into dreaded 1970s-style stagflation. Today's quarantine reduction news, tech crackdown abating, and PBOC easing have produced a more optimistic outlook for Chinese stocks. 

However, a lingering threat of a US slowdown could be problematic for all investors. 

Lorraine Tan, director of equity research at Morningstar, told Bloomberg TV: "Even if we do get some China recovery in 2023, which could be a buffer for this region, it's not going to offset the US or global recession."

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China unexpectedly slashed quarantine times for international travelers, to just one week, which suggests Beijing is easing COVID zero policies. The nationwide relaxation of pandemic restrictions led investors to buy Chinese stocks.

Inbound travelers will only quarantine for ten days, down from three weeks, which shows local authorities are easing draconian curbs on travel and economic activity as they worry about slumping economic growth sparked by restrictive COVID zero policies earlier this year that locked down Beijing and Shanghai for months (Shanghai finally lifted its lockdown measures on May 31). 

"This relaxation sends the signal that the economy comes first ... It is a sign of importance of the economy at this point," Li Changmin, Managing Director at Snowball Wealth in Guangzhou, told Bloomberg

At the peak of the COVID outbreak, many residents in China's largest city, Shanghai, were quarantined in their homes for two months, while international travelers were under "hard quarantines" for three weeks. The strict curbs appear to have suppressed the outbreak, but the tradeoff came at the cost of faltering economic growth. 

The announcement of the shorter quarantine period suggests a potentially more optimistic outlook for the Chinese economy. Bullish price action lifted CSI 300 Index by 1%, led by tourism-related stocks (LVMH shares rose as much as 2.5%, Richemont +3.1%, Kering +3%, Moncler +3%). 

"The reduction of travel restrictions will be positive for the luxury sector, and may boost consumer sentiment and confidence following months of lockdowns in China's biggest cities," Barclays analysts Carole Madjo wrote in a note. 

CSI 300 is up 19% from April's low, nearing bull market territory. 

Jane Foley, a strategist at Rabobank in London, commented that "this news suggests that perhaps the authorities will not be as stringent with Covid controls as has been expected." 

"The news also coincides with reports that the PBOC is pledging to keep monetary policy supportive," Foley pointed out, referring to Governor Yi Gang's latest comment. 

She said, "this suggests a potentially more optimistic outlook for the Chinese economy, which is good news generally for commodity exporters such as Australia and all of China's trading partners." 

Even though the move is the right step in the right direction, Joerg Wuttke, head of the European Chamber of Commerce in China, said, "the country cannot open its borders completely due to relatively low vaccination rates ... This, in conjunction with a slow introduction of mRNA vaccines, means that China may have to maintain a restricted immigration policy beyond the summer of 2023." 

Alvin Tan, head of Asia currency strategy in Singapore for RBC Markets, also said shortening quarantine time for inbound visitors shouldn't be a gamechanger, and "there's nothing to say that it won't be raised tomorrow." 

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Penny Stocks To Watch: Why TOUR, JAN, ENDP, BRDS & WEJO Stock Are Moving

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Penny stocks are well-known for their high-risk and high-reward potential. When it comes to a choppy stock market, traders will flock to some of these names for quick gains instead of taking a chance at investing in a broader market that still has some downside left.

Needless to say, this week, in particular, could bring more speculation and uncertainty thanks to key economic data. The foremost is second-quarter GDP results set to report on Wednesday. The biggest question is, will GDP data signal signs or even confirm a recession?

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the figures show some interesting trends:

“Real gross domestic product (GDP) decreased at an annual rate of 1.5 percent in the first quarter of 2022, following an increase of 6.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2021. The decrease was revised down 0.1 percentage point from the “advance” estimate released in April. In the first quarter, there was a resurgence of COVID-19 cases from the Omicron variant and decreases in government pandemic assistance payments.”

But whether or not this read-out is bullish or bearish may not matter much to traders looking for penny stocks to buy. Let’s explain.

Penny Stocks To Watch

In general, broader market trends take a back seat to whatever individual catalysts are at play with penny stocks. If you’ve traded long enough, I’m sure you’ve seen the stock market crash lower, yet several penny stocks are exploding higher. This detached trend is unique and has become one of many reasons traders hunt for top trending penny stocks daily.

One of the most prominent reasons for cheap stocks to move iradically even with the stock market down tends to involve headlines. These can become significant catalysts for a bullish (or bearish) trend. Here’s a quick list of penny stocks with news that are moving during the week.

  • Wejo Group Limited (NASDAQ: WEJO)
  • Bird Global Inc. (NYSE: BRDS)
  • Tuniu Corp. (NASDAQ: TOUR)
  • JanOne Inc. (NASDAQ: JAN)
  • Endo International (NASDAQ: ENDP)

Best Penny Stocks To Buy Now

Are penny stocks with news the best to buy now? Much of that answer deals with specific trading styles. Sometimes, news catalysts can be short-lived, primarily suitable for day traders. In other instances, headlines include verbiage and further discussion that prompt a longer-term forecast for some. If a company posts news, diving deeper beyond the headline is a good idea.

Wejo Group Limited (NASDAQ: WEJO)

Who said penny stocks have no legitimate business with well-established companies? Wejo Group is a prime example of why that statement isn’t accurate. The smart-mobility could solutions company focuses on electric and autonomous vehicle data. This has become a point of interest for those looking at car companies aiming for self-driving and a more tech-focused model.

Why WEJO Stock Is Moving

This week, Wejo Group announced a collaboration with none other than Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) in Europe. The two will leverage data and insights where Wejo can access personalized connected vehicle data from Ford vehicles.

“Providing actionable data insights to insurance providers is another example of how Wejo is expanding into additional markets and demonstrating new use cases for OEMs and insurance companies to monetize connected vehicle data for good,” said Richard Barlow, founder, and CEO, of Wejo.

Bird Global Inc. (NYSE: BRDS)

Another mobility company on the list of penny stocks to watch is one you might have seen “scooting” around your city. Bird Global offers eScooters and eBikes that anyone can rent using a Bird-connected app. Billing itself as a “micro electric vehicle company,” Bird’s suite of scooters and bikes is becoming popular among riders looking for urban travel without getting in an actual vehicle. Unfortunately, BRDS stock wasn’t such a high flyer after its IPO debut last year. Shares have gone from highs of $11.25 to lows of $0.4648 in a matter of 7 months.

Why BRDS Stock Is Moving

Earlier this month, Bird received a notice of non-compliance with the NYSE based on its low share price. The exchange requires companies to maintain a closing price of at least $1 for 30 consecutive trading days to keep the listing. Considering that the company plans to notify the NYSE by July 5th of its intention to “cure” the stock price deficiency, there could be some speculation building as the countdown begins.

Tuniu Corp. (NASDAQ: TOUR)

Travel is one of the industries taking a back seat over the last few years. Thanks to the rise of the pandemic and continued COVID restrictions, travel stocks haven’t faired as well as their market cohorts. However, the area of the industry that has remained beaten down involves companies with exposure to China’s market.

Tuniu Corp. is a prime example of the bearish sentiment for Chinese travel stocks. TOUR stock has slumped from over $2 to under $0.50 within the last year. The company offers an online leisure travel service focused on prepackaged and self-guided tours. This week, TOUR stock’s tides changed a bit, and shares have begun to rally.

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Why TOUR Stock Is Moving

There isn’t any TOUR stock-specific news. However, broader industry information has come to light and acted as a catalyst. In particular, China has begun loosening its COVID quarantine rules. As a result, bullish sentiment has returned to the sector, prompting momentum in several travel names, including Tuniu.

JanOne Inc. (NASDAQ: JAN)

JanOne develops drugs with non-addictive and pain-relieving properties. One of its focuses is on curbing the opioid crisis. Its JAN101 platform is being developed for treating peripheral artery disease and is a catalyst behind the latest move in JAN stock today.

Why JAN Stock Is Moving

This week, JanOne announced that work was completed with Dr. Maureen Donovan at the University of Iowa. It will allow for an improved formulation of JAN101, which has been used successfully in trials for reducing pain and improving nerve function. Furthermore, JanOne expects to start manufacturing and validating processes “in the near future.”

One of the other attractive points of interest for traders is JAN stock’s float. Looking at multiple outlets, you’ll see that this figure is well below 10 million shares. In cases of low float penny stocks, volatility can play a leading role. Given the latest headline, this could be something to keep in mind heading into the rest of the week.

Endo International (NASDAQ: ENDP)

Shares of Endo International took flight this week. The specialty pharmaceutical company recently focused on developing an orthopedic product for treating osteoarthritis knee pain. It signed a deal with Taiwan Liposome to commercialize its TLC599 injectable compound, which is in Phase 3 development for osteoarthritis treatment.

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“TLC599 is fully aligned with our commitment to providing differentiated nonsurgical options to healthcare providers and their appropriate patients,” said Patrick Barry, Executive Vice President, and President, Global Commercial Operations at Endo, in a June 13th update.

Why ENDP Stock Is Moving

You won’t find anything in corporate newsfeeds if you’re looking for why ENDP stock is moving right now. However, if you dig deeper into the company’s filings, there may be something evident acting as a catalyst in the stock market today. Millennium Management LLC filed a 13G on June 27th, showing a 1.7% stake in the company. In our article Buy Penny Stocks Like Hedge Funds Do: A How-To Guide, we discussed specific forms and filings to pay attention to if you want to “follow” the money of investment firms.

A 13G pertains to “passive investors” owning less than 20% of a company’s outstanding shares. Once a “passive investor” reaches over 20% of the OS, they must start filing 13D statements.

Best Penny Stocks Today

News can be a way to find names for your penny stocks list. However, when it’s time to buy them, it’s best to dig a little deeper to determine if that news has lasting potential. Penny stocks with news experience volatility early. When it comes to follow-through, much of that comes down to the market itself. Today we looked at 5 penny stocks with news, industry-related speculation, or corporate developments. After seeing why they moved, are any on your watch list right now?

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