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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 373rd issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine. It has been 31 years since ITN came out with its first issue in March 1976.

At that time, no other travel publication would print negative comments about any aspect of travel out of fear of offending advertisers. Armond Noble, ITN’s publisher, says that in the travel sections of newspapers you couldn’t even read about the breakout of an illness somewhere.

Seeing a need for a travel...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 372nd issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

Kenya’s Tourism and Wildlife Minister announced in November that, despite an expected increase in the number of tourists, the government will not license any new developments within the Maasai Mara Game Reserve until a “general master plan” is in place.

Adding new lodges or camps would put pressure on the environment, local communities and the park’s capacity, which is already...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 371st issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

In Kiev, Ukraine, racially motivated attacks by skinheads have increased, the U.S. Embassy stated in November. These have been occurring mostly against people of Asian, African or other non-European descent, without provocation, in downtown areas frequented by tourists.

In fact, people of color have been the victims of harrassment by both locals and police, who stop them on the...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 370th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

January 2007 is when new rules would have gone into effect requiring all cruise passengers returning to the U.S. from Mexico, the Caribbean, Bermuda or Canada to show a passport, but that deadline has been pushed back to June 1, 2009, by legislators, who inserted a provision into a Homeland Security Department appropriations bill.

The requirement on having a passport for a land border...

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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 369th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

“Chicken or fish? Menthol or regular?”

A German entrepreneur, Alexander Schoppmann, is planning to start up Smintair (Smoker’s International Airways) early next year, with daily service between Düsseldorf (his hometown) and Tokyo.

Düsseldorf has the third-largest population of Japanese in Europe, more than 15,000, after London and Paris. In Japan, 49% of men and 14% of women smoke....

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 367th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

SAS Scandinavian Airlines System has introduced a “biometric security check” on domestic flights in Sweden. That’s tech talk for reading the fingerprints of people checking bags in and then, by taking new readings at the gate, making sure those bags belong to the passengers boarding the plane.

SAS claims that personal privacy will be maintained: the stored fingerprints will be...

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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 366th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

98.5% of ITN subscribers have passports. (With your fellow readers, you’re in good company. No other magazine can claim such a high percentage.) So for most of you, the following reminder will merely be something to tell your friends.

If you’re scheduled to take a trip that has you, on or after Dec. 31 of this year, returning to the United States by air or sea from Canada, Mexico, Central...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 365th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

The airlines are feeling the pinch and passing along the burden.

This year, Northwest Airlines began charging $15 more for some emergency exit row seats and a few aisle seats. These less-claustrophia-causing seats are up for grabs 24 hours before check-in. WorldPerks and SkyTeam Elite members can reserve them at no charge.

Also a few months ago, the budget airline Ryanair,...

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