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The Cover Story
The World's Greatest Places
By Emma Barker

The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Giza, Egypt, may be the most anticipated tourist destination in recent memory. Construction began over 20 years ago, with promises to display thousands of never-before-seen artifacts of Ancient Egypt. But, like many facets of tourism, the museum's storied opening was further delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Later this year, travelers will be able to visit it for the first time.

Giza—and its Great Pyramids—appears on the cover of this year's World's Greatest Places issue, which spotlights the 50 top spots to visit around the globe, with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences.

To compile the list, editors Jennifer Duggan, Stacey Lastoe and I solicited nominations of places from TIME's international network of correspondents and contributors. We combed through local news from the Arctic Circle to Brisbane, Australia, to find the most-buzzed-about openings.

In addition to these 50 amazing places to see, we found notable shifts in how and where we wander. Steeper costs and increased interest in sustainability and authenticity are reshaping the travel landscape.

This year's list also includes reporting to help readers navigate the sometimes chaotic travel industry, from what to do when something inevitably goes wrong at the airport to how cruises have changed since the pandemic. Plus, how to score the best flight and hotel deals. Bon voyage!

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