Travel Briefs

As part of its 300th-anniversary celebration, Liechtenstein opened the new, cross-country Liechtenstein Trail on May 26, 2019. Though the nation is only 24 kilometers (near 15 miles) in length, the trail is 75 kilometers long, reaching 3,600 feet in altitude and passing through 11 small villages. The trail runs between the villages of Schaanwald, in the north, and Balzers, in the south, and takes roughly 21 hours to complete.

Signs on the trail mark 147 “points of interest....


On the shore of Salhusfjord en, near Bergen, a former textile mill (1859-1989) now houses the Norwegian Knitting Industry Museum (Salhusvegen 201, 5107 Salhus, Norway; phone +47 55 25 10 80,

A visit begins with a film about the factory, including interviews with former workers. On a guided tour, visitors see antique knitting machines producing scarves and socks to be sold in the gift shop.

Each year on the last weekend of...


Travelers with a layover at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT) can take a free tour with a volunteer, English-speaking guide through the airport’s Transit & Stay Program (

For travelers with more than three hours free, four guided tours are available: a visit to the Shinsho-ji Temple, dining at a Japanese buffet, a countryside bike ride and cosplaying (role playing) at a reproduction Edo-period town. For those with more than six...


In Dudley, West Midlands, England, visitors can take a subterranean boat tour through a former limestone quarry, seeing fossils embedded in the quarry’s walls (from the area’s distant past as a coral reef) and reconstructions of the once-thriving mine. Tours are aboard one of two boats built in the 1930s.

The 45-minute tour is offered hourly, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Wed.-Sun. £8 (near $10), adult; £7.50, senior, or £6.50, child (3-16). The canal entrance is...


Forty miles north of Rome, a restaurant that seats only two people, Solo per Due (Via Villa di Orazio 2, Vacone, Italy; phone +39 0746 676873,, is located in Vacone. It’s housed in a 19th-century home, with the remains of a Roman villa on the grounds plus a palm garden.

Reservations for lunch or dinner can be made only via email (, and guests choose their arrival time.

During the meal, the waiter is summoned with a silver bell. The...


On a seaside track on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire, visitors can each race a 3-wheeled landsailing cart (in Dutch, blokart) powered by the same type of sail used on small sailboats.

Blokart speeds average 18-25 mph but can reach 38 mph in strong winds. Less speedy blokarts are available.

Each guest is given safety instructions and lessons before entering the track, with instructors positioned to assist. The experience costs $30 for 30 minutes or $50 for an hour.


Jet Airways, India’s second-largest airline, suspended all future flights on April 17 after being unable to secure funding to pay debts. Though not out of business as of press time, the airline had not said when it would begin offering flights again.


Ramon International Airport (ETM) began operating in southern Israel, near the city of Eilat, on March 4. It is Israel’s second international airport, after Ben Gurion (TLV) in Tel Aviv. At press time, it was serviced internationally only by Ryanair flights from Europe.

Ramon is the first civilian airport built in Israel, as Ben Gurion was originally a British RAF base, though it has since been greatly expanded.