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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 404th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

I have several warnings to pass along this month plus a couple of tips and then a special remembrance.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office warned UK citizens recently, about Trinidad, “There has… been a worrying increase in violent crime, muggings and robberies in all areas in 2009… including stabbings and violent attacks.” Further, “Cruise ship passengers should take particular...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 403rd issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

Here are a few of the items that have been making news in travel.

In cities around Nicaragua, be wary of anyone, even a woman, offering to share a cab or help you find one. Robberies and physical assaults in taxis are increasing, particularly around the international airport. Victims in taxis have been forced at knife-point to withdraw money from their accounts at ATMs.

The US...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 402nd issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine, the original travelers’ forum. That’s right. Worldwide travelers were interfacing here before there was an Internet. In fact, ITN was printing readers’ articles and candid appraisals of trips and destinations — the good AND the bad — before even newspapers and other travel magazines.

And it must have been a terrific idea. We’re still here, and the others have copied us, although I think we...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 401st issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine, the magazine YOU help write.

While you’re warming up your keyboard to report on your most recent trip, here are several chilling news items you may want to know about.

In Guayaquil, Ecuador, the US Consulate General warned visitors to practice extreme caution when taking taxis in the area. There have been several incidents in which passengers were threatened with guns, driven from...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 400th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine. 400 issues! We’re having a staff party celebrating this milestone, and we have all of you subscribers to thank for it.

Whether you have simply enjoyed reading the magazine, chosen to travel with an advertiser or written up a trip, each of you has contributed to the continued success of this travelers’ forum.

This is the perfect issue in which to share with you some letters I received...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 399th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

There’s plenty to tell you about this month.

In October, ITN reported on armed attacks and robberies on main roads between Guatemala City and Tikal. Tourists were urged to drive the route in convoys or to travel with a group on a bus.

In late January in Guatemala City, during rush hours several drivers were robbed of valuables by two armed men on a motorcycle.

In...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 398th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

If you’re heading to Bali or other islands in Indonesia, be aware of recent shortages of wine, liquor and imported foods like cheese and crackers.

A trade regulation came into effect on Dec. 15 that restricts imports of electronics, textiles, toys, food and beverages. Where before smugglers had operated openly, now the rules are strictly enforced.

The crackdown has been...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 33rd anniversary issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine. ITN began publishing in March 1976, and 397 months later it is still inspiring travel, thanks to all of our subscribers, who write in with reports, warnings and tips for the benefit of their fellow readers. Keep it up, and we at the home offices will do our part by keeping you informed of travel news!

Early in 2008 at the airport in Delhi, India, drivers in illegal taxis and...

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