This Week in Travel: Japan’s Cat Heaven Island Really Wants Ed Sheeran to Stop by

“We don’t remember the days. We remember the moments.” — Cesare Pavese

#1 Cat Calls for Ed Sheeran (Say Yes!)

Who: The talented Mr. Ed Sheeran.

Where: Ainoshima Island in Japan, known as the Cat Heaven Island.

What: Well if he’s going to be Japan, and he’s got a personal invitation from an island of cats, why not head over for some furry cuddles?? In a YouTube video called Dear Mr. Ed Sheeren, the local felines do their best to show off their beautiful island. Ainoshima is located in the Fukuoka Prefecture which is just 17 minutes away by ferry from Shingu Port. Apart from its main attraction(s), the island is also home to a number of historical landmarks like the Ainoshima Stone Tumuli as well as Shinto shrines.

#2 Volcano Warning for Bali’s Mount Agung

Who: Travellers around Bali, Indonesia.

Where: Mount Agung.

What: Officials in Indonesia have given out of an official travel warning regarding the potential eruption of the volcano. Currently at a Level 3 Alert, anyone in Bali should stay at least 6km away from the crater. If you’re travelling to Bali anytime soon, stay in areas far enough and your plans should be okay to move forth with! Officials are still encouraging all travel to Bali and will continue to provide updates.

#3 Mexico’s Mayan Theme Park is Gonna be Huge

Who: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Where: Mexico, where we are all sending our love and prayers to.

Where: Amikoo, which means friend in the Mayan language, is the name of Mexico’s new theme park that could open as early as November 2018. Rides and attractions are inspired by Maya characters and mythology. The theme park, which Agence-France Presse reports is expected to cost USD840 million, will be situated along the Riviera Maya. “We’re going to compete with other [parks] up there [in the United States], and I’m sure ours will be better,” President Enrique Pena Nieto says.

#4 Qatar Airways Launches Beds in Business Class

Who: Passengers about to get quality sleep.

Where: Business class flights from Heathrow in London, and soon Paris as well as New York.

What: It’s the first ever double bed in the airline industry! Stretch it out on the Qsuite, where two middle seats recline into a fully flat bed, complete with partition panels because no one enjoys being watched while asleep. And if you can’t sleep without a little TV time, your “bedroom” comes with two entertainment screens inside. Currently only available on selected flights, the rest of the world can expect this luxury to roll out on all other business class flights in the near future — you should be so lucky!

#5 New on The Luxe Nomad

Who: Travellers looking for the comfiest, modern stay.

Where: Boheme in Lower Hirafu, Niseko, Japan.

What: This spacious 4-bedroom designer house is just a short walk from a range of bars and restaurants, yet tucked slightly away where you can still sleep peacefully at night. For convenience, a daily shuttle to the lifts in the morning and return shuttle in the afternoon is provided complimentary during the winter. Boheme comes with a full western kitchen and a large open-plan dining and living area, a fireplace, and floor to ceiling lounge room windows that provide majestic views of Mt Yotei.

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Diandra Soliano

Our resident Wander Woman with a passion for languages, big cities and bronzer. When she's not listening to The Smiths a little too loudly at the office (after hours!), she can be found singing along to the soundtrack of Les Miserables with her two cats for an audience.

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