Travel Briefs

In Canberra, southeastern Australia, the chance to sleep beside wild animal enclosures on the grounds of the National Zoo & Aquarium is given to overnight guests at the Jamala Wildlife Lodge (999 Lady Denman Dr., Canberra; phone +61 2 6287 8444,, located at the zoo.

Each of the luxurious “jungle bungalows” has floor-to-ceiling windows providing 24-hour views of either lions, tigers, sun bears or cheetahs.

For a visit from 1:30 p.m...


In Queensland, northeastern Australia, visitors can ride a restored steam train with Mary Valley Rattler (Historic Gympie Station, Tozer St., Gympie; phone +61 07 5482 2750,

For each run, the travel time between the towns of Gympie and Aramoor is one hour, and after an hour’s stay the train completes the round trip. Aboard the steam train, round trips of the “Classic Rattler Run” are made each Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, leaving at...


During high tide in Cornwall, southwestern England, visitors can ride horses in Mounts Bay, near St. Michael’s Mount, with Cornwall Swimming Horses (At The Peep Out, Long Rock, Penzance, Cornwall; phone +44 07460 856167,

All riding is bareback, and no experience is necessary. Upon meeting her horse, the rider is given a riding assessment, then decides whether to ride to the beach or meet her horse there. In the water, the rider may swim on or...


As of May, the Italian island of Capri, off the coast of Naples, banned many common disposable plastic items from being brought from the mainland. Prohibited items include plastic bags and plastic plates and utensils. The ban will be expanded in 2020 to include disposable plastic bottles.

Anyone caught carrying prohibited plastic items onto the island could face a fine of up to €500 (near $560).


Paparoa Track, the tenth Great Walk in New Zealand, opens to hikers Dec. 1, 2019. On the South Island’s west coast, the trail, 55 kilometers (34 miles) one way, is meant to take 2-3 days (with 1-2 nights). For overnights, it offers two fully furnished cabins with running water and a gas stove. (Hikers must pack their own food and utensils.) The cabins are communal, each with 20 beds.

The “Intermediate”-level trail crosses the Paparoa mountain range and passes through...


As of June 1, 2019, plastic grocery bags are banned in Tanzania. Anyone taking plastic bags into the country will have them confiscated at designated desks at ports of entry. Zip-lock-style bags are specifically exempt from the ban.

The African nations of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda have similar bans, with Kenya’s being particularly strict by including zip-lock-style bags in their ban.


The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0022, Japan; phone +81 3 5245 4111, reopened in March 2019 after almost three years of renovations.

Its collection includes about 5,400 objects of modern art from Japan and overseas along with three floors of galleries for temporary exhibits. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tues.-Sun. Closed Mondays. Entry, ¥500 (near $4.50), main galleries or, including special exhibits, ¥1,300.



Citing a “risk to flight operations,” the US Department of Homeland Security suspended all commercial passenger and cargo flights to Venezuela on May 15. This suspension was described by the department as “indefinite.”

American Airlines, the last major US passenger airline to offer flights to Venezuela, ceased its only two routes, Miami/Caracas and Miami/Maracaibo, on April 15.