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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 536th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

With a pandemic having halted most international travel, and with Americans banned from visiting many countries, three months ago I shared with you a subscriber’s reasoning that ITN, for the first time since its inception in 1976, might consider covering domestic travel along with foreign. So, addressing each subscriber to this magazine, I put the question to you: “Should ITN...

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A flamboyance of Chilean flamingos has inhabited the Caribbean island of Aruba for nearly 15 years and can be seen on either Flamingo Beach or De Palm Island.

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 535th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

The outpouring of support for ITN in response to Evenyl Roemmich’s “Travel Resource Challenge” (July ’20, pg. 26) continues to move and stir us. Thank you.

A couple of subscribers have commented on the low number of pages in recent issues of ITN, offering suggestions for collecting more articles and letters to print. The dearth of pages is not due to a lack of...

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One of four statues of mothers around the Fountain of the Mothers of Macedonia in Skopje, North Macedonia. In the background, on a 15-meter-tall platform, is a 13-meter-tall bronze statue of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 534th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

We are continuing to collect subscribers’ responses to the question ‘Should ITN cover US travel too?’ This publication has had a longstanding policy of only covering destinations outside of the US and its territories, but these are unusual times, and in my column last month a reader suggested, “… it might be time to reconsider it, at least in a small way...

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An open-air market with the Baroque backdrop of the Church of Saint Francis Xavier — Palermo, Sicily, Italy.

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 533rd issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

Over the decades that ITN has been in publication, covering destinations outside of the United States and its territories, occasionally a subscriber has requested that this magazine cover domestic travel as well. In responding, I have always gone back to what ITN’s founder and original publisher, the late Armond Noble, originally had in mind, noting the amazing benefits that have...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 533rd issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine, keeping the celebration of travel going while we’re waiting for the coronavirus-imposed worldwide shutdown to be lifted.

Subscribers offered mixed reactions to our publishing the May issue online only, something which we could not avoid under the circumstances, as I explained last month. 

One subscriber wrote, “Yuk! Not happy.”

Another, “I don’...

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Château de Chenonceau, built between 1513 and 1517 in France’s Loire Valley, became a royal estate of King Francis I as part of a debt settlement in 1535.

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 532nd issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine, back in print form after doing an online-only issue last month. Crazy times, right?

We sent out email notifications about that to our subscribers for whom we had current email addresses (our first mass emailing ever). I’m sorry we were not able to send notices to the rest of you. Here’s most of the text of the message we sent:

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the May...

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Dear Globetrotter:

It is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that I welcome you to this, the 531st issue of International Travel News, and, boy, have things changed since a month ago!

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, which was identified in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, in December, was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. As of press time, the virus had spread to 212 countries and territories.

President Trump, after...

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Nature is reclaiming a 19thcentury synagogue near the Danube in Vidin, Bulgaria, abandoned during the Soviet era.

Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 530th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine, the one where most of the content is written by its subscribers, people who love travel.

One of those people, Cindy Tarnoff of Saltillo, Mississippi, sent us a few travel reports along with this note: “I have wanted to write some hotel and restaurant recommendations and a couple of travel tips for ITN but have found myself frozen by the task of being perfect. It is a time-consuming chore to...

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