These international destinations are open to US tourists

February 28, 2021

Editor’s Note — CNN Travel updates this article periodically. It was last updated in its entirety on February 27. The US State Department advises that travelers consult country-specific travel advisories via their website or consult the CDC’s latest guidance. Before you make any international travel plans, check these sites first and again before you depart. (CNN) — Once one of the world’s most powerful travel documents, the might of the…


You will not travel alone from Gaza without permission from your male guardian

February 23, 2021

Several women protested on the 16th past the new movement restrictions imposed by the Sharia Council in Gaza.Adel Hana / AP “Virgin women (single) or who were married (divorced and widowed) of any age may not travel without permission of their male guardian (father, grandfather or brother).” Hasan al Jojo, chairman of the Supreme Council of Sharia (Islamic law) in the Gaza Strip, published this edict a week ago after…


Hadaka Matsuri: Japan’s famed Naked Festival cancelled for all but a select few

February 22, 2021

(CNN) — This time a year ago, thousands gathered for Japan’s annual Hadaka Matsuri — also popularly known as the “Naked Festival”– in Okayama prefecture in the southern part of Honshu island. In today’s climate of social distancing, the video highlights from last year’s event (see above) are a surreal reminder of how much has changed since then. Also known as Saidaiji Eyo, Hadaka Matsuri takes place on the third…


A 50-year pen pal friendship that began with a message in a bottle

February 20, 2021

(CNN) — Robbinroger Beever was 15 years old and walking home along a beach in Liberia, West Africa. The year was 1967. Beever’s family lived near Monrovia, where his diplomat father worked at the US Embassy. It was high tide and the sea had washed up seaweed and planks of wood and strewn them across the beach. Amid the debris, Beever spotted something glistening in the late afternoon sun. “I’m…