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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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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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