From Hurricane Irma’s path towards US shores, the possible location of the secret to happiness and the negative impact Donald Trump is having on US tourism, here’s your wrap of travel news that has people talking this week.
Hurricane Irma set for US landfall
Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, has this week torn through Barbuda (where 95% of properties are reportedly destroyed), Antigua, Anguilla, St. Martin, St. Barts, the US and British Virgin Islands, and is set to hit Florida this weekend. Irma, the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, has led to at least 13 deaths and left thousands of people without homes. In Florida, it’s already causing travel disruptions and evacuations across the state.
Though the exact path of the hurricane is tricky to predict, it’s heading towards northern Cuba at the time of writing—having just raged through the Bahamas—and still has Florida in its sights. The Guardian is keeping track of the hurricane’s path, Condé Nast Traveler has detailed how the storm will affect travel plans, and The Washington Post has published a comprehensive explainer—including safety tips—for those who may find themselves in the path of the hurricane. “It cannot be overstated that Hurricane Irma is extremely dangerous,” reports WP.