Travel Briefs

On Nov. 6 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, the new Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen (Museumpark 18; phone +31 10 441 9400, became the world’s first art storage facility of its size to allow the public access to its complete collection, which comprises 151,000 pieces from medieval to contemporary, including pieces by van Gogh and Dalí.

In the Museumpark next to the Boijmans museum’s original 1930s building, the bowl-shaped, mirror-paneled depot displays the works on five floors set at different temperatures. Gathered from five storage locations in the...


Marriott International ( announced on Nov. 24 that it would begin disclosing any and all resort fees, as part of the nightly rate quoted, before a room is booked. It is the first major hotel chain to decide to reveal these fees up front.

Resort fees are charged for amenities such as Wi-Fi, access to the hotel’s pool or gym and even parking and are often charged per night. The fees can substantially raise the advertised cost of the room. Typically, resort fees are not revealed until the end of the booking process or sometimes not even until check-in, a practice...


At Dollar Canyon, 45 minutes from Edinburgh in southern Scotland, visitors can take a 3-hour canyoning course with The Canyoning Company (Perthshire, Scotland, UK; phone +44 7725 813 729,

Participants will follow a river through a tight canyon, with activities such as abseiling down waterfalls, leaping from outcrops into pools, and swimming. This is a “beginner” course; participants need no canyoning experience and only a basic level of fitness and the ability to swim.

Safety gear, wetsuits, shoes and snacks are provided plus flotation...


The US opened its land and water crossings along the Mexico and Canada borders to vaccinated foreign travelers, regardless of their countries of origin, on Nov. 8. The borders had been closed to all foreigners except essential workers since March 2020. US citizens and permanent residents had been allowed to cross back into the US with proof of a negative COVID test during the border closure.

In Tokyo’s Haneda Airport in Japan, passengers with mobility issues can hop on automated electric wheelchairs. The WHILL Automated Mobility Service chairs can be found at stations after the security check and in gate areas.

WHILL chairs include instructions in English. A person sits in the chair and chooses a destination within the airport from a prompt on a cell phone-sized screen. The chair then drives itself without any need for airport staff or a travel partner to push it. Using sensors, the chair will automatically stop or move to avoid any obstacle, including people. The...


On the short-term-rental website Fairbnb (, each property listed must conform to a set of ethical rules so rentals are not harmful to communities.

Each person renting out their house, apartment, etc., on Fairbnb must meet strict criteria, such as owning no more than two homes in their city and properly following local short-term-rental laws. Local representatives vet the owners and properties before any rental can be listed, and neighborhood residents and businesses can deny the listing if they feel it would be detrimental.

Fairbnb gives 50% of rental fees to...


Starting Jan. 1, 2022, day-trippers to the city of Venice, Italy, will each be charged an entry fee. The entry fee is expected to be €3-€10 (near $3.50-$12), depending on the season and the anticipated number of visitors on that day. Those who are overnighting in the city or visiting relatives will be exempt.


Vaccinated US and Canadian travelers planning to visit France can apply for digital vaccine certificates allowing entry to the country as well as to indoor venues. To qualify, you must have been vaccinated with one of the four vaccines recognized in the EU: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson.

To apply, visit, create an account and follow the application instructions, which will include uploading scans of your proof of vaccination and passport photo page.

If approved, a QR code will...