This is the September 2017 issue

Features

View of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.
Impressed by the Asian island nations of the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan
By Lynn L. Remly
Appears on Page 6
 
The Palace of Njasvizh, near Minsk, Belarus.
Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova: Out from behind the Iron Curtain
By Norman Dailey
Appears on Page 20
 
A floating community outside of Manaus.
Cruising the mighty Amazon
By Nancy And Ed Norberg
Appears on Page 32
 
Readers discuss what it means to be an ‘ugly tourist’
Appears on Page 42
 
Jann Segal on a hike at the Featherbed Nature Reserve in Knysna, South Africa.
Exploring South Africa, malaria-free
By Jann Segal
Appears on Page 46
 

Travelers' Intercom

Monetary award for canceled flight
By Harvey Lampert
Appears on Page 14
 
Iceland by Bus
By Betty Serow
Appears on Page 14
 
Tips on driving in Europe
By Ron Carlson
Appears on Page 15
 
Wisteria and bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo. Photo by Clyde F. Holt
Wisteria Festival in Tokyo
By Jane B. & Clyde F. Holt
Appears on Page 16
 
Notes on Chiang Rai
By Jim Delmonte
Appears on Page 17
 
Paid change fee on canceled flight
By Stanley Mui
Appears on Page 24
 
Praise for JMG Tibet Tours
By Nick & Michaele Stooke
Appears on Page 24
 
Bulgaria & Romania with Balkan Trails
By Susan Purcell
Appears on Page 25
 
‘No forced marches’ with Intimate France
By Jack & Yvonne Prevo
Appears on Page 26
 
Picturesque view from the window of our room at the Terceira Mar Hotel. Photo by Steve Plotkin
Azores Getaways’ off-season deal
By Steve & Marcia Plotkin
Appears on Page 27
 
‘Pay me what you want’
By David Selley
Appears on Page 31
 
Is a hotel safe safe?
By Miyako Storch
Appears on Page 50
 
Smaller tips ‘Down Under’
By Philip Shart
Appears on Page 51
 

Calling All Readers!

My granddaughter, Cora, and a friend walking on the Isle of Wight in 2015. Photo by Dee Poujade
Day pack hiking tours
By Nancy And Ed Norberg
Appears on Page 38
 

Essay Contest

Calling All Readers! Call for Submissions

bird watching
A good bird-watching site
Appears on Page 17
 

Columns

Travelers can hop around Europe quickly and cheaply using discount carriers like EasyJet.
PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES: HOW TO GET AROUND EUROPE
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

 
All of Sorrento turns out to enjoy the evening passeggiata, Italy’s ritual promenade.
Romantic Sorrento and the Isle of Capri
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

 
French market vendors take great pride in their produce, such as these organic carrots.
How to shop in a French market
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

 
The hillside funicular climbs to Nazare’s Sitio neighborhood, where locals farm instead of fish.
Seaside traditions in Portugal's Nazare
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

 
How to stay one step ahead of the Zika virus
The Discerning Traveler

By Philip Wagenaar, MD
Appears on Page 53
 
In some places — like this bamboo grove in the Arashiyama district west of Kyoto, Japan — travelers need to be aware that mosquitoes may be present. Photo by Mark Gallo
Using repellents to avoid mosquito-borne diseases
The Mindful Traveler

By Mark Gallo
Appears on Page 54
 
Wall of antiquities near the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta — Torcello island, Venetian Lagoon, Italy. Photos by Julie Skurdenis
Back to Torcello
Focus on Archaeology

By Julie Skurdenis
Appears on Page 55
 
In Riga’s Art Nouveau district, architecture such as that of this apartment building wows visitors. Photos by Randy Keck
The Baltics (Part 2 of 3)
Far Horizons

By Randy Keck
Appears on Page 57
 

Funniest Thing

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
By Robyn Rishe
Appears on Page 51
 

Where in the World? Correct Answers