Travel Briefs

Using the Meaningful Travel Map of Jordan, provided online by the Jordan Tourism Board, travelers can plan their trip to include any of nearly a dozen cultural experiences that benefit local communities. To view the map, go to Each thumbtack is the location of a different experience, with links to more information.

The president of Cuba announced on Dec. 10 that, as of Jan. 1, 2021, the country would no longer be using the convertible peso, or CUC. The CUC was created in 1994 and existed alongside the Cuban peso. It was meant to be used by non-Cubans, who were not allowed to exchange foreign currency for pesos while visiting the country. It exchanged at 1-to-1 with the US dollar but had more value on the black market.

At press time, the dollar/peso exchange rate was $1=CUP26.5.

The UK’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced on Jan. 27 that everyone arriving in the UK, except from Ireland, will be required to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days at their own expense. That includes UK citizens returning home from overseas.

Additionally, any noncitizen or resident arriving from or having transited through any of 22 listed countries with active transmission of a COVID-19 variant will not be allowed to enter the UK at all. For the list, visit


The Royal Horticultural Society ( will open their newest public garden, Garden Bridgewater, on May 18, 2021, on the grounds of Worsley New Hall in Salford, outside of Manchester, England. The 154-acre grounds contain seven distinct gardens plus a fruit orchard and a lake.

Garden-entry fees had not been posted at press time, but entry is free for RHS members. At press time, all 2021 tours had been reserved.

The Eastern Caribbean island of Anguilla now offers a “Vacation Bubble” for incoming travelers. Once travelers arrive, with the required negative COVID-19 tests and proof of full medical coverage, they are free to experience all of the activities offered at their resort and at other places in the “bubble,” including restaurants, tours and shops. Once in the bubble, no visitor is allowed to leave and interact with the general population of Anguilla.

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In Nancy, France, two walking audio tours, in English, can be taken using a handheld device rented from the Office de Tourisme (Place Stanislas, 54063 Nancy, France; phone +33 3 83 35 80 10, Whether it’s the tour of the UNESCO-recognized Old Town or of the city’s Art Nouveau history, it can take two to four hours, depending on pace.

Along with a free city map, audio devices can be rented 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun. and...


At Murujuga National Park, on the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia, a new half-mile trail culminates at an elevated boardwalk that gives trekkers a close-up look at a group of petroglyphs (rock art) dating back 47,000 years.

The glyphs contain representations of humans and multiple extinct species of animals once present in Australia. Signage interprets the images and explains their significance.

Murujuga is maintained by the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation, a collective...


US airlines have blacklisted hundreds of flyers for not following mask rules on board flights. According to the airlines, they are not sharing passenger information with each other, so a passenger blacklisted from one airline may still be able to fly on another one, provided the traveler follows the rules on wearing masks.

There are no federal guidelines for wearing masks, so anyone who refuses to wear a mask is not at risk of a fine or arrest, but airlines are within their rights to...