Travel agenda: Brazil tour; The Manor in Hertfordshire; Ibiza Rocks the Snow ski resort; Travel Safety & Survival Show; Humble Hideaway

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Where to go and what to know

Kick off

Journey Latin America has a special departure on 7 June 2014, for its Highlights of Brazil tour to tie in with the World Cup. It takes in Rio, Iguacu Falls, the Amazon, Salvador and Praia do Forte, arriving in Manaus for the group match on 14 June and Salvador for two games on 16 and 20 June. The price of £4,295pp includes 14 nights in hotels, excursions and meals, but not flights (journeylatinamerica.co.uk).

Manor reborn

Homewares retailer Laura Ashley has entered the hotel market with The Manor, a 49-room retreat in Hertfordshire (bit.ly/LATheManor).

Snow and rocks

In December, the Ibiza Rocks Group, which has hotels on the White Isle and Mallorca, is swapping sand for the slopes by opening the new Ibiza Rocks the Snow ski resort in Méribel (ibizarocks.com/snow).

Trunk tracker

TrakDot can be placed in any checked bag and will alert travellers of the city and airport location in real time to their phone. It costs $49.99 , plus an activation fee of $8.99 and annual charge of $12.99 (trakdot.com).

Crash course

Gap 360 is hosting a Travel Safety & Survival Show from 12-3pm on 14 September at the Soho Theatre in London; free (gap360.com).

7

The price, in sterling, of admission to Kew Gardens on a new late-afternoon "taster" ticket. Enter after 3.30pm until 8 September and the price is reduced from the normal £14.50 fare (kew.org).

Eastern address

On Monday, the 32-storey Pentahotel opens in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong. Designed for young travellers, it will offer 695 "New York loft style" guestrooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room smartphone docks and digital check-in. Other facilities include a café, pizza bar, outdoor pool and gym. Until 30 September, doubles are HK888 (£75) (bit.ly/HKhotel).

Hot hut

Kate Humble has launched the Humble Hideaway on her Welsh farm near Chepstow. The fully furnished shepherd's hut comes with a double bed and kitchenette; £80 (bit.ly/HumbleHut).

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