Far Horizons

Below are some of the questions and issues we should individually consider when thinking of undertaking international group travel while COVID is still in our midst. Bear in mind that this column was written in late October 2021, and COVID realities can change quickly.

Personal health awareness

Are you are fully vaccinated? If so, does this include a booster shot?

Have you had a physical recently? How strong is your immune system? How is your stamina quotient? Do you...


The title of this article is likely on the minds of the majority of ITN readers. Before launching into this topic, however, I must note that this column is being written in late September 2021, and COVID conditions related to travel, specifically, can change significantly in a short period of time. With that said, here goes.

The first thing I must point out is that some international tour operators and other travel companies began running limited departures during the summer of 2021...


Sometimes I happen across a title or phrase which sticks in my mind as though it is trying to convey a personal message. That happened while I was trying to think of a topic for this month’s column. When my mind free-floats in this manner, I typically just follow along to see where it leads. What began to play repeatedly this time was the phrase “up the down staircase.”

“Up the Down Staircase” is the title of a novel published in 1964 that was released as...


It is with a note of sadness that I announce that this month’s collection of readers’ On-the-Road Travel Tips — things that enhance the travel experience while actually traveling — will be the last in the series. It feels rather like parting ways with an old friend who served as a loyal companion through the tough, travel-restricted times we have endured during the pandemic.

The tips have helped keep our dreams of, and plans for, post-pandemic international...


Welcome to another edition of readers’ On-the-Road Travel Tips. Little did we know that this COVID-inspired undertaking over a year ago would take on a life of its own. We greatly appreciate all of the positive feedback about it that we continue to receive, and please keep sending in your tips related to anything that enhances the travel experience while actually traveling. Keep in mind our 125-word (or close) limit.

As a future primer, I wish to invite readers to especially...


We invite readers to keep sending in your valued travel tips (125-word limit or close) related to anything that enhances the travel experience while actually traveling. Here are the latest (each followed by my own comments).


Marcia Bansley (Atlanta, GA) — Here are some tips I can offer.

• I always use a travel agent to set up my trips and Delta Vacations (800/800-1504, www.delta.com/us/en/delta-vacations), when possible, for good deals on hotels.


With this issue, we have completed something unimaginable to me a year ago: 12 months’ worth of On-the-Road Travel Tips submitted by ITN readers (each followed by my own comments). It has been a journey of sharing and discovery. It has also provided a most pleasant distraction from the enduring pandemic that has affected our lives in so many limiting ways.

It seems appropriate that these travel tips appear in a column entitled “Far Horizons,” since that is where we...


Thanks to the ongoing quality contributions of our loyal readers, we herein offer Part 11 of our series of On-the-Road Travel Tips (each followed by my own comments). We went a bit over the 125-word limit on a couple this month, but that’s the number we ask you to try for when sending in your tip, which is anything that makes the travel experience work better for you while actually traveling.

Dorothy Allen (Colfax, NC) — I enclose in plastic zipped sandwich bags my oldest...