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A Trenord train arriving in Stresa, northern Italy. Photo ©Anton Yanchevskyi/123rf

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 509th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

This publication prints articles, letters and pictures sent in by its subscribers, of course, and I thought I’d explain a little about sending in pictures.

We can accept prints, so long as they’re professionally processed prints, not just computer printouts or photocopies. These days,...

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Rick Steves, a longtime supporter of ITN. Photo by Dave Irving

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 508th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

We got a letter from Dave Irving of Media, PA, who wrote, “ITN Contributing Editor Rick Steves gave two travel talks in the Philadelphia area on Feb. 26. I spoke to him about travel media/magazines, and we agreed that ITN provides the best anecdotal information about ‘real travel experiences’ when compared to the glossy-format travel magazines.

“His...

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A hawksbill turtle can weigh up to 150 pounds, with a shell 45 inches long. Photo: ©Andrey Armyagov/123rf.com

Dear Globetrotter:Welcome to the 507th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

What kind of travel do you do? Are you independent all the way, nothing more than a backpack? Or do you enjoy going on group tours, the more, the merrier? Perhaps you and your travel partner want the assurance of having a guide but prefer the flexibility of a private, customized tour. Others love all that cruising has to offer.

Whatever it was that you did on your last trip, there are other...

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In the Old Town of Gdańsk, Poland, St. Mary’s Cathedral (constructed 1343 to 1502) is touted as the world’s largest brick church. Photo: ©Lukasz Janyst/123rf

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 506th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

In each issue, we present trip reports sent in by our subscribers, who are eager to share their adventures and discoveries with other people who love to travel. 

This publication covers destinations outside of the United States, and when a traveler’s write-up comes in, ITN editors read through it and, if necessary, write back asking for certain extra details, such as...

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In the Western Sahara, the oasis city of Chinguetti, Mauritania, features the massive minaret of the 13th-century Chinguetti Mosque. Photo: © Sergey Mayorov/123rf

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 505th issue of your monthly foreign-travel and reader-participation magazine. And if you’re seeing a copy of ITN for the first time, step on board, have a seat and buckle up. You’re in for a ride.

What you’re about to experience are the adventures of people who have traveled to places outside of the United States and wanted to share what they found or learned.

Whether they prefer to travel independently, enjoy...

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At the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town harbor, the red-and-white, Victorian Gothic-style Clock Tower, built in 1882, was the original port captain’s office.

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 504th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine, yours because you and your fellow readers keep it going by being subscribers and providing the bulk of the material for each issue. Your participation is the key.

An easy way you can play a part right this minute is to send us a quick email or postcard telling which countries you visited last year (outside of your own own). If you’re a subscriber, email your list to editor@...

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ITN subscriber Tim Ramstad in his new hat.

Dear Globetrotter:

Last summer, Tim Ramstad of Brightwood, Oregon, wrote, “Any plans to bring back the ITN-logo hat? Lost mine on a trip from Portland to Jamaica.”

When we told him “No such plans,” he wasn’t deterred. He decided to create his own and requested a graphic of the ITN logo that was on the original hat.

In late October, he recounted what he did next, writing, “I went online to REI.com and found a hat that looked...

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“A Great Emporium,” by Malcolm Koh, is one of four sculptures in the historically themed “People of the River” series along the Singapore River in Singapore.

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 502nd issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine, the one largely written by the people who read it, frequent world travelers.

There’s lots of news to tell you about this month, so I’ll get right into it, starting with updates on the independence votes in semiautonomous regions of Iraq and Spain.

• In Iraq, the state of Kurdistan, along with some outlying areas under Kurdish control, voted on Aug. 25 in favor of...

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