Flight Attendant: “These Are the Weirdest Pre-Flight Superstitions I’ve Seen”

Passengers and flight attendants reveal the most unique pre-flight superstitions, from kissing to twirling to traveling with stuffed toys.

Before each flight, flight attendants witness some interesting and, well, odd superstitious actions that passengers will take to ensure they have a safe journey. Airlines are even in on the game, with most avoiding row or flight number 13 and some airports skipping gate 13 altogether. Whether it’s something learned as a child, taught by a fearful flying friend, or a habit developed as an adult to help a favorite sports team win—passengers’ pre-flight superstitions run the gamut from curious to downright hilarious.

Fodor’s Go List 2022: After a year of dreaming, we’re putting plans into action.

If there’s one thing 2021 brought to the travel industry, it’s the return of obsessive, unbridled wanderlust. While the pandemic closed borders, forced lockdowns, and complicated travel planning, it gave us plenty of time to imagine all the wonderful places we’d like to visit after the plague recedes.

But the singular question remains: Will 2022 be the year that we can safely venture to all corners of this weird and wonderful world? Who knows? We’re out of crystal balls, tea leaves, and Tarot cards. So, this year we’re being a little more practical.

That’s why we’ve kept our recommendations domestic. But don’t let the home-grown suggestions give you pause. This is a list unlike any other you’ve ever seen–one that takes you to the hidden corners and secret gems of this country, from Maine to the Northern Mariana Islands. We’re highlighting the best, brightest, weirdest, most unusual, and most worthwhile travel destinations in the U.S. for your consideration.

But like many of you, we’re still jonesing for international travel. And traveling abroad may still be in the cards for the intrepid. For anyone looking to ease back into the bigger world, start by checking out our wide range of incredible worldwide accommodations in our 2022 Fodor’s Finest Hotel List, which takes into account that these days, a hotel is often the destination. Or, take a gander at our last Go List, published two years ago, stuffed full of gorgeous cities that have mostly been off-limits to visitors.

If you can travel there safely and responsibly, do it–go anywhere in the world. That’s why we’re not publishing our annual No List–we’re relying on you, our loyal readers, to consider your own, personal risk assessment and how that impacts your travel decisions and your travel needs, as well as the needs and safety of the communities you visit.

So whether you’re already in the car or still perusing lists for wanderlust-fodder, we’ve got loads of suggestions and ways to make it work. In 2022, let’s keep dreaming–and start making dreams reality, too.

Edited by Stacey Lastoe. Additional editing by Rachael Levitt, Eva Morreale, Nikki Vargas, and Jeremy Tarr. Photo editing by Viviane Teles, Rebecca Rimmer, and Eddie Aldrete.

This Might Be America’s Most Fascinating Road Trip

From Mississippi to Chicago, the Blues Highway honors both music history and the complicated past of the deep South.

It’s often said that America’s number one export is its culture, and American music is no exception. From gospel to hip-hop to rock and roll, American sound is found worldwide but has roots in the deep South. The foundation of American music is said to have started with the blues, a unique sound that combined the rhythm of work songs with the soulfulness found in spirituals. The blues were a product of the South’s formerly enslaved people and reflect the violence, injustice, and inequality that plagued the Black community over the decades. The South is dotted with places that have strong ties to the blues and teach the history of American music. The easiest way to take them all in is by traveling from Mississippi to Tennessee and up to Illinois along Highway 61, also known as the Blues Highway.

Move Here Now! These 7 Cities Are Best Prepared for Climate Change

No city is 100% climate-proof.

Extreme weather events have become the new norm, the World Meteorological Organisation says. Melting glaciers, flooding cities, relentless wildfires, and unbearable heat waves are always in the news. The threats of climate change are impacting every country in the world, but places will be disproportionately affected—cities in coastal areas will face more flooding, while some regions will have to deal with terrible air quality, forest fires, and water crises. Cities will become inhabitable and people will lose their homes and livelihoods. Lesser developed nations and low-income groups in every country will be most vulnerable.  On the contrary, there are places that will fare better (relatively). There are also many places in the world that are already taking action against climate change and making policies to mitigate the risks. In this article, we’ll focus on the world’s most climate-resilient cities and what they’re doing to prepare for the worst.  If you’re living in a city that’s going to look very different in the next couple of decades, then perhaps it makes sense to follow climate news more obsessively and vote for leaders who will work to prevent catastrophes. A report by the World Bank predicts that 140 million people could be displaced due to climate change and they would have to migrate within their countries’ borders by 2050.