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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 381st issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

This September, the Arctic’s Northwest Passage — between the Pacific and the Atlantic — was “fully navigable,” with sea ice melting to its lowest level since satellite measurements began 30 years ago, according to the European Space Agency.

Many shippers would find the route cheaper than taking the Panama Canal, and it certainly would be a quicker route between Europe and...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 380th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

The following may explain some things about air travel fatigue.

Airplane cabins pressurized to equal the air pressure found at altitudes up to 6,000 feet generally cause passengers no discomfort, but the discomfort increases dramatically among some people as the pressure nears that of 8,000 feet. So concluded a study described in the July 5 issue of the New England Journal of...

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Dear Globetrotter:

If you are holding in your hands the first copy of ITN you’ve ever read, welcome! You have a lot to look forward to.

I’ll let Suzanne Bell express what it is. She’s a member of a travel club in Annapolis started seven years ago by ITN subscribers (write John Scheleur, 452 Century Vista Dr., Arnold, MD 21012, or e-mail travelclub@comcast.net), and she wrote, “What a great group! There is such a camaraderie among ITN readers and we all really do fit such a...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 378th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

If this is the first copy you’ve seen, all you need to know is that articles and letters from travelers like you make up most of each issue. Subscribers traveling overseas or just back from a trip send in reports on interesting destinations they’ve found plus advice on making a trip there go smoother.

They recommend hotels, restaurants or reliable local guides and even warn each...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 377th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

In Russia, foreigners checking into hotels often have to leave their passports there for a period of time to be registered with the authorities, and yet police can detain for several hours any traveler not carrying a passport.

Some police have taken advantage of this to extort bribes from visitors, telling the visitors that they can either visit the local police station to pay the “...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 376th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

• In 2006, the accident rate of airlines in Russia and the other countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) was 13 times the worldwide average. At 8.6 accidents per million flights, it was even twice that of African countries. Western-built jets averaged 0.65 accidents per million flights. This was reported by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in April.

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 375th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

Do not try this at home. . . or even away from home.

Several tourists on a bus in Costa Rica fought back when three muggers held them up on Feb. 21 this year.

A group of 12 passengers on the Carnival Cruise Lines ship Carnival Liberty had arranged an independent shore excursion to a beach at Limón on the Caribbean coast 80 miles east of San José. During the trip, three men...

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by David Tykol, Editor

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 374th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

If you are reading this magazine for the first time, having received a sample copy, the concept behind it is very simple: ITN is written by travelers for travelers.

Readers each send in their candid appraisals of a tour they’ve taken, a terrific local guide overseas or some great restaurant they can’t wait to tell others about. And whether it’s a cruise...

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