Travel news: Beach resorts in Iceland and the best hiking trails in the world

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(CNN) — In this week’s travel news, Spain is offering free train rides, Southwest Airlines is making its vouchers valid forever, and we take a look at the world’s greatest hikes and Iceland’s best swimming spots.

wild world

With Shark Week drawing to a close, we’ve got some tips on how to dodge an attack from one of our sharp-toothed friends. Don’t wear bling in the sea, avoid estuaries and fishing grounds, and if one of the big guys circles you, be sure to maintain eye contact.
Afterwards, if you’re brave enough, you can watch this video of a diver hand-to-hand with a giant great white shark. And in another video from Hawaii this week, a woman was attacked by a monk seal while she was swimming.
Meanwhile, in Israel, rising water temperatures have created ideal conditions for schools of beautiful but poisonous jellyfish, costing the tourism industry millions in lost revenue. Look here.

bridges and trains

Europe is getting a little easier to get around. A long-awaited bridge has just opened in Croatia, linking two parts of the country’s Adriatic coast and eliminating the need for border controls through Bosnian territory.
There are also moves to expand the continent’s high-speed rail network to provide a reliable and sustainable alternative to air travel. Here is the progress so far.

One step ahead

Taiwan invites visitors to shut up and listen as they stroll the world’s first “Certified Quiet Trail” around Cuifeng Lake. The lowest recorded volume on the trail is less than 25 decibels, so hikers can tune in to birdsong, humming instincts, frog calls and wind blowing through rustling leaves.
Further west in the Land of the Thunder Dragon — better known as Bhutan — the 250-mile Trans Bhutan Trail has opened to travelers for the first time in 60 years. The historic pilgrimage route traverses the Himalayan kingdom from its Tibetan border to the edge of India.
And to wrap up our month of hiking stories, we’ve looked at 23 of the world’s best hiking trails, from Spain’s Camino de Santiago to Uganda’s impenetrable Bwindi Forest.

Aviation news

Strike actions that hit German national carrier Lufthansa this week saw more than 1,000 flights canceled and more than 130,000 passengers affected.
Texas carrier Southwest Airlines has had a better week for customer relations, announcing that all of its airline coupons will be forever effective July 28.
Finally, a recalcitrant passenger on a Virgin Atlantic plane flying from London to Los Angeles caused the flight to be diverted to Salt Lake City; The 39-year-old man is said to have tried to bite a fellow passenger.


Iceland has underground volcanic springs to thank for its endless supplies of geothermal water. Here are the best bathing spots to enjoy all year round.

In case you missed it

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The Overture plane is expected to fly its first passengers before the end of the decade.

Snack Choices

Growling tummies are a risk when traveling, but eating on the go isn’t always easy. Greasy, sticky fingers, melted chocolate, or mashed treats — it’s a big, old problem. Our partners at CNN Underscored, a CNN product reviews and recommendations guide, have handpicked 24 of the best travel snacks to take with you on your next vacation.

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