Boarding Pass

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 385th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine. We’re beginning our 32nd year of publication. . . and not slowing down!

This is the first March issue of ITN since 1986 that has not contained a Reference Index listing all of the articles, letters and news items printed in the magazine during the previous year or, since, September ’03, half year. Instead, we are devoting those pages to more of your articles and letters.

As I...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 384th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine, something that YOU help make happen. For the most part, this magazine is written by pay-your-own-way travelers like yourself, everyone watching out for each other. Whether it was a terrific guide or a hotel that was the pits, write in to share what you found and learned on your latest trip.

In the meantime, here are some news items you may want to be aware of.

In Paris’...

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The Cavalieri Hotel (4 Capodistriou St., Corfu, GREECE; phone +30 26610 39041, fax 10 39283, www.cavalieri-hotel.com) is such an elegant place! I stayed there three nights in October ’07 at €90 ($132) per night, with breakfast.

They have a rooftop bar/restaurant with lovely views, and my room overlooked the Old Fortress and the sea.

PATRICIA McKEVLIN

Charleston, SC

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 383rd issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

Flash your cell phone; board your flight.

The International Air Transport Association recently announced a standard agreed upon by major airlines worldwide. By the end of 2010, passengers checking in for flights each will present a bar code to be scanned rather than a document with a magnetic strip.

When buying a ticket, a passenger with a cell phone, personal digital...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 382nd issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine, the one written largely by you and your fellow subscribers!

A few items worth noting crossed my desk this month.

The International Airline Passenger Association, or IAPA (www.iapa.com), in a Sept. 14 press release wrote, “The U.S. Department of Transportation is considering new rules which may see the airline passenger receiving increased compensation for being denied...

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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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