This is the January 2021 issue


The stunningly designed Bodegas Ysios in Laguardia.
Sharing Spain with friends on a visit to the Basque country
By Marsha Caplan
Appears on Page 6
The harbor of Santo António, Príncipe.
Exploring the island paradise of São Tomé & Príncipe
By Blake Whitehead
Appears on Page 26

Travelers' Intercom

Detail of a stucco frieze in El Mirador — northern Guatemala. Photos by Günther Eichhorn
Mayan remnants in Guatemala
By Günther Eichhorn
Appears on Page 14
Collecting on a travel insurance claim
By Toni Benner
Appears on Page 16
Boys at a roadside market — Madagascar. Photos by Michael De Rosa
Car and driver with Roadtrip Madagascar
By Michael De Rosa
Appears on Page 16
A beautiful mistake
By Emilee Hines Cantieri
Appears on Page 18
One of the great culinary wonders of Portugal, the cinnamondusted pastel de nata (custard tart). Photos by Nita Swartz
Independent trip to Portugal
By Charles & Nita Swartz
Appears on Page 29
On our day tour in mainland China, children in an elementary school performed for us. Photos by Stephen Addison
Entered China during SARS epidemic
By Stephen Addison
Appears on Page 30
Fado sung by men
By Robert Carrelli
Appears on Page 30
In Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on special occasions, Registan Square is lit at night. Photo by Nick Stooke
Samarkand light show
By Nick Stooke
Appears on Page 31
Inbound kestrel. Photos by Donna Pyle
Travelers’ Intercom USA
Appears on Page 35
Art Nouveau architecture Merano, Italy
Art Nouveau architecture Merano, Italy
By Beth Habian
Appears on Page 59

Calling All Readers!


Salema's fishermen share their beach with travelers.
Rick Steves’ Europe: Portugal’s sunny Salema
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

The port town of Hydra.
Rick Steves’ Europe: Cockcrow on Hydra
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

Strolling atop the wall overlooking Dubrovnik.
Rick Steves’ Europe: Walking Dubrovnik’s city walls
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

Beach bungalows at Ærøskøbing.
Rick Steves’ Europe: Ærø: Denmark’s ship-in-a-bottle island
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

Basso living (life on the street) in Naples.
Rick Steves’ Europe: Naples: Bella chaos
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

The Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur is found only in central-west Madagascar.
Preflight COVID-19 testing. Notes on trip-cancellation insurance. “Travelers' Intercom USA.”
Boarding Pass

By David Tykol
Appears on Page 2
The Geografile
The Geografile

By Bryan Henry
Appears on Page 25
Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, now a symbol of peace and reunification. Photo by Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli
Today’s Berlin — freedom’s victory dance
Rick Steves' Europe

By Rick Steves
Appears on Page 33
On-the-Road Travel Tips (part 10)
Far Horizons

By Randy Keck
Appears on Page 34

Funniest Thing

Alluring product packaging
By Jeff Garrett
Appears on Page 31

Where in the World? Correct Answers