Travel Briefs

For complete guides about “nonmotorized travel” in Switzerland — hiking, biking, canoeing, skiing, snowshoe trekking and more — including maps plus info about sights to see and accommodations en route, visit A free app, SwitzerlandMobility, has the same info and can be downloaded on Android and Apple.


In Barcelona, Spain, the “Barcelona Genuine Shops” walking tour visits stores selling handmade goods and restaurants serving traditional foods. The 3-hour guided tour includes food samples, behind-the-scenes access to some shops and a shopping card offering discounts at 80 stores.

Buy a tour ticket for €25 (near $28) at any Barcelona Tourism office or visit and type “genuine shops” in the search bar.


In Norway’s Nærøyfjord, two new, environmentally friendly vessels, the hybrid Vision and the all-electric Future, are ferrying passengers year-round between the cities of Flåm and Gudvangen. With a top speed of 10 knots, the ships travel the route in about two hours, one way. Departures from Flåm occur every two hours, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. A round trip costs NOK698 (near $80).

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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...


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.

Ultrabudget Icelandic airline Wow air ( ceased operations and canceled all future flights without prior notice on March 28, stranding hundreds of passengers in the US and Europe. Wow is unable to refund passengers whose flights were canceled, but refund claims may be made against its liquidation in the future.

Wow, which sold air tickets from US cities to Reykjavik for less than $100, had been looking for investors but was unsuccessful.

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.