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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 396th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine — 33 years in publication!

Though this magazine is all about world travelers looking out for each other, we also print news items that may affect travelers.

In Volgograd, Russia, an African-American exchange student survived a stabbing on Dec. 5, 2008, in what may have been either a robbery attempt or a racist attack.

Though attacks on Westerners are rare in Russia, in the...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 395th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

Some of you are seeing ITN for the first time. Someone you know may have asked us to send you a free sample copy. Take a look at the many letters and articles in this issue, most written by ITN subscribers, themselves — people who love travel and want to share what they’ve found with others — and then consider participating. Write in with any helpful tricks of travel.

ITN also keeps...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 394th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine, the one in which travelers like you pass along recommendations and warnings to others.

I can share a few news items with you, here.

Think twice before using an automatic teller machine in Lithuania. Banks there hope to have up-to-date security devices installed in all ATMs by 2010, but, for now, about 30% of them lack such safeguards, and criminals can use scanning devices to...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 393rd issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine, the ORIGINAL forum for overseas travelers.

In ITN, most of the feature articles and essentially all of the letters are written by travelers who paid their own way and are sharing what they’ve learned not for profit but to help others better enjoy their trips.

Whether it’s a full-blown description of an interesting place you’ve found plus photographs (as on page 6) or a simple travel...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 392nd issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine, the magazine largely written by its readers. Including you.

If you were to take your last trip over again, what’s the one thing you would do differently? Got it? Now write it down and send it to ITN, 2116 28th St., Sacramento, CA 95818, or e-mail editor@intltravelnews.com. Share your travel tip or suggestion with your fellow subscribers. Use your knowledge to help make someone else’s trip a...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 391st issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

No good deed goes unpunished.

In the city of Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, the number of beggars and street children rose from 870 in 2006 to 2,600 in 2008. In an effort to reverse the trend, in June the legislative council made it against the law to give money to beggars. The penalty is up to three months’ jail time or a fine of up to 1.5 million rupiah (about $170).

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 390th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

First, here are a few things you should be aware of.

In Lima, Peru, criminals have been posing as hotel guests at conferences and special events in 5-star hotels and prominent restaurants. When the opportunities arise, they sneak away with guests’ purses, laptops, cell phones and other valuables.

An American couple disembarked a ship in Rome in May, planning to get some...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 389th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

In Brazil, Congress soon may pass a bill requiring all foreigners to get visitors’ permits from both the justice and defense ministries before entering the Amazon. Foreigners caught there without the permits could be fined 100,000 reals, or about $60,000.

The action is to fight “biopiracy” — the illegal use of the rainforest’s resources, including traditional or indigenous knowledge...

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