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An azure sky, towering palms and turquoise waters — idyllic Bora Bora. Photo by

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 441st issue of your foreign-travel magazine, the one you can help write.

A heads up — airlines are introducing baggage-policy changes that you need to be aware of.

According to new rules announced in January by the US Department of Transportation, as of June 2012, airlines in the US must disclose all fees at the time of ticket purchase, whether the purchase is done in person or online. Also, when a single-ticket itinerary involves...

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18th-century houses, now mostly shops and restaurants — Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 440th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

If you’re reading International Travel News for the first time, all you need to know is that the bulk of the magazine is written by its subscribers, people who love to travel, and we print no articles or news about destinations within the United States.

When someone has a great meal on a trip or finds a really good independent guide, he’ll submit a report. Likewise, if someone feels...

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Beautifully carved chattris on Gadi Sagar Lake — Jaisalmer, India.

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 439th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine. The original travelers’ forum, ITN began publishing decades before there were online travel-review sites, and, over all, it remains more reliable, since what you read here has been fact-checked and extensively edited, with follow-up corrections printed in plain sight.

And, while ITN was the FIRST travel publication to print travelers’ criticisms of airlines, tour companies and even travel...

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The Elephant Wall of the Ruvanwelisaya Dagoba — Mahavihara, Anuradhapura, Sri La

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 438th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine, the one you help write.

I’ve got lots to report this month.

Jet ski rental scams have long been a problem on the beaches of Phuket and Pattaya, Thailand.

The scenario — the jet ski is rented with minor damage that is hard to detect (sometimes it’s under the waterline), and when the vehicle is returned, the renter is charged for the damage plus an amount for “loss of rental”...

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A glimpse of Delhi’s Red Fort. Photo by Elizabeth Habian, ITN

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 437th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine. Tell your overseas friends that ITN now posts content of current issues online, so they can avoid the costly postage and pay no more for their subscriptions than people living in the US.

Among the items I’m relating this month, this first one was particularly interesting to research.

Steve Jeffries of Centennial, Colorado, wrote, “My wife and I were preparing to board an Air India...

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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 436th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

On Sept. 10, 2011, off of Zanzibar, Tanzania, the ferry MV Spice Islander I — licensed to carry 600 passengers — sank, resulting in more than 2,200 people dead or missing. About 600 passengers survived. The ship was carrying 100 life vests.

On Feb. 2, 2012, off the coast of Papua New Guinea, the passenger ferry MV Rabaul Queen sank in rough weather on its way from the island of...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 435th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine, where travelers like you share advice and recommendations from recent trips… and the ITN staff adds travel news and helpful info on the side.

Here are a couple of news items.

As of March 19, at four airports in the US, some passengers 75 years of age and older are being allowed to go through selected security lanes without removing their shoes. This is one of the changes being tested...

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Close-up of a leg of a giant tortoise — Galápagos Islands. Photo: Tykol
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