Yellow fever in Brazil
Travelers headed to Brazil should make an appointment for a yellow fever vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently expanded its warning to travelers after a number of unvaccinated tourists contracted the mosquito-borne virus in newly identified hot spots. For example, several people became ill on Ilha Grande, a beachy island in the Rio de Janeiro state, and in the forested outskirts of Sao Paulo. “Don’t travel to these hot spots without the vaccination,” said Marty Cetron, director of the CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine.
Russia and the World Cup
If you want to go to Russia but don’t want the hassle of getting a visa, you might want to become a fan of soccer. Ticket holders to the 2018 FIFA World Cup (June 14-July 15) can travel to the country visa-free for as long as 10 days before the event until 10 days afterward with their FAN ID, a document that all spectators must have to gain access to stadiums during the tournament. Getting a FAN ID is much less rigorous than a visa. Travelers need to visit the FAN ID site (fan-id.ru) or a physical distribution center after purchasing match tickets and fill out the required information. Russian cities hosting matches include Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg and more.
Trips for intrepid women
Intrepid Travel has recently launched a series of women-only expeditions in Morocco, Iran and Jordan, encouraging female empowerment and showcasing the traditions and routines of local women. The itineraries, guided by female tour leaders, are designed to break the barriers of traditional tourism, offering a deeper understanding of female culture in each of the three Middle Eastern nations. For example, travelers will have the option to visit a traditional hammam with local women in Morocco, spend time with a female shepherd in Jordan and experience the nomadic life of rural people in Iran (intrepidtravel.com).
Museum of espionage
James Bond wannabes can get a taste of spycraft at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. The “School for Spies” exhibit contains more than 200 artifacts, including a CIA disguise kit and a buttonhole camera on a coat worn by KGB operatives. Historical displays detail the undercover work of Mata Hari, cookbook author Julia Child and film director John Ford. A special exhibit chronicles 50 years of James Bond villains. In two immersive experiences, participants can try to locate a missing nuclear device and go on a GPS-based outdoor walking mission. The museum store stocks disguise kits, spy toys and books (spymuseum.org).
Puppy ‘misrouted’ by Delta
An eight-week-old puppy headed to his new home in Idaho was mistakenly flown thousands of miles around the country. Josh Schlaich was expecting Delta Air Lines to deliver his dog last Saturday, but he received a call from an airline employee in Detroit, saying the pup was being kept at a boarding facility overnight. From there, the pup was flown in a crate to Minneapolis, but the airline said he was then “misrouted” to Las Vegas and sent to Salt Lake City on his way to his home in Boise, according to CNN. Ultimately, the puppy arrived safely, and Delta apologized “for the delayed shipment of a dog.” The misadventure comes amid national attention over airlines’ handling of animals.