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Travel agenda: From locating lost luggage to Kashmir and the Seychelles

Where to go and what to know

1. Peak season

For a summer escape away from the crowds, consider the Austrian Tirol, where the five-star For Friends Hotel is due to open on 5 July. Situated in Mösern, it offers outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and Nordic walking, with an infinity pool that looks out across the peaks. for-friends-hotel.at

2. On track

A new rail link has opened across the Danube between Craiova in Romania and Vidin in Bulgaria. Other innovations revealed in the June edition of the European Rail Timetable (£15.99) include more trains in Mallorca and the restoration of an international rail link to Thessaloniki in Greece. europeanrailtimetable.eu

3. Case study

HomingPIN is a new device that helps travellers locate lost luggage or personal items, such as laptops and mobiles. It works by attaching a small tag or sticker to the object, which is linked to an online account. If it goes missing, a code can be entered to find it, with a text sent to notify owners of its location. From £10. homingpin.com

4. Take off

A challenger for the state-owned Air Greenland arrived this week, in the shape of Greenland Express. The new airline connects Denmark with Greenland and also offers links from Iceland's main airport at Keflavik to Narsarsuaq and Kangerlussuaq. The plane used is a chartered Denim Air Embraer. greenlandexpress.com

5. Night watch

The Stars of the White Nights festival takes place in Russia's most cosmopolitan city, St Petersburg, until 31 July. The event ensues in summer months, when the sun sets after midnight, with opera, ballet, musicals and more at the Mariinsky Theatre, the Concert Hall and the Marinsky II. mariinsky.ru

6. Rhode trip

The Dean has opened in Providence, Rhode Island. The 52-room retreat is the debut hotel for ASH NYC – a Brooklyn-based group of designers. Housed in a building that once acted as a gentlemen's club, it has stylish bunk rooms and doubles, with a German-themed Faust restaurant. thedeanhotel.com

7. Return visit

World Expeditions has reintroduced Kashmir to its portfolio, 20 years after it halted trips due to safety concerns. The news follows an FCO decision in 2012 to update its travel advice for the region in north-west India. From September, the trip starts at £1,590pp, with time on the state's houseboats; flights extra. worldexpeditions.co.uk

8. Island idyll

The Savoy Resort & Spa has opened on Beau Vallon Beach in the Seychelles. Located on the main island of Mahe, it features 160 rooms, two restaurants and a beach bar overlooking the Indian Ocean. It also claims to have the largest pool in the archipelago and a spa that practises Asian and Ayurvedic massages. savoy.sc

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