Travel Briefs

The Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival will be held Sept. 27-Oct. 9, 2019, in Donguibogam Village (555 Donguibogam-ro; phone +82 55 970 7216,, an herbal-themed park by Jirisan Mountain in Sangcheon County, southern South Korea.

Highlights for festival visitors include an herb market, foraging for wild herbs, workshops on herbal medicine preparation and having a checkup with an herbalist.

The village is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Tues.-Sun. Entry is free,...


In Bali, Indonesia, you can watch orangutans while having breakfast at the Bali Zoo (Singapadu, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia; phone, +62 361 294357,

The zoo’s Gayo Restaurant has views of the orangutan enclosure, and breakfast includes freshly baked breads, buttermilk pancakes, fried rice and Balinese coffee or tea. Afterward, enjoy a special tour of the zoo, feeding elephants and entering a bird enclosure.

The cost of IDR800,000 (near $56...


American Airlines ceased all flights to Venezuela on March 15. At the time, it was the only US-based airline flying to Venezuela, with daily flights from Miami to Caracas and Maracaibo.

The new US Embassy in Israel opened in a former consulate building in Jerusalem on March 4, having relocated from Tel Aviv. The Jerusalem consulate had been the de facto consulate for Palestinians. The embassy includes a diplomatic division for Palestinian consular duties.

A 9-year restoration project at the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, was completed on Jan. 31. The project repaired scratches and abrasions as well as damage from humidity and the carbon dioxide introduced by visitors. Barriers and a new ventilation system will help prevent further damage.


Starting Jan. 1, 2020, guided tours of Amsterdam’s Red Light District will be banned, though tourists will still be allowed in the district without guides. Laws against taking pictures of or accosting sex workers, which will result in fines, will still be in effect. It is estimated that 19 million visitors will take tours of the city’s Red Light District this year, interfering with commerce.


In Italy’s Riviera, on the northwest coast, travelers trekking between the Cinque Terre towns now face fines from €50 to €2,500 (near $56-$2,805) for hiking in flip-flops, heels or other inappropriate footwear. Local authorities said that the fines were being imposed due to the cost of having to rescue so many people unable to negotiate the rugged coastline in the wrong footwear, an occurrence that has been increasing in regularity.


Starting June 17, 2019, a traveler from the US, Canada, Australia or Japan will be able to travel to Brazil for up to 90 days without a visa. Through June 16, an evisa will still be required for anyone from one of those countries entering Brazil.