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ITN subscriber Tim Ramstad in his new hat.

Dear Globetrotter:

Last summer, Tim Ramstad of Brightwood, Oregon, wrote, “Any plans to bring back the ITN-logo hat? Lost mine on a trip from Portland to Jamaica.”

When we told him “No such plans,” he wasn’t deterred. He decided to create his own and requested a graphic of the ITN logo that was on the original hat.

In late October, he recounted what he did next, writing, “I went online to REI.com and found a hat that looked...

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“A Great Emporium,” by Malcolm Koh, is one of four sculptures in the historically themed “People of the River” series along the Singapore River in Singapore.

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 502nd issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine, the one largely written by the people who read it, frequent world travelers.

There’s lots of news to tell you about this month, so I’ll get right into it, starting with updates on the independence votes in semiautonomous regions of Iraq and Spain.

• In Iraq, the state of Kurdistan, along with some outlying areas under Kurdish control, voted on Aug. 25 in favor of...

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Detail of a curved-back dragon on the roof of Casa Battló, the exterior of which was designed by Antoni Gaudí — Barcelona, Spain. Photo: ©portokalis/123rf.com

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 501st issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

As you can see, we have just passed a publication milestone. And our celebrating includes you, each of our subscribers, because it is your participation that has made the success of this magazine possible.

We print in ITN trip reports and articles submitted by subscribers. Whenever you come back from a trip, write us about something that other travelers would appreciate knowing.

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On the cover of the first issue of ITN were items about the introduction of “credit-card style electronic ‘keys’” for 50 rooms at the Paris Hilton; the removal of chicken from menus on SAS flights, to be replaced by veal in cream sauce with mushrooms, because the passengers considered chicken “cheap” since they got more than enough of it at home, and the advice, “Take plenty of chewing gum on any trip to the Soviet Union — it’s better than money.”

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the — holy cow! — 500th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine. 

Back when ITN’s original publisher, the late Armond Noble, conceived of this publication, there was nothing like it. His idea? Provide a forum in which people who are paying for their own air tickets, tours and hotel rooms can report candidly on their experiences — telling both the good and the bad — and only destinations outside of the USA...

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Arched street within the Old Town of Safi, a coastal city in Morocco. Photo: ©Leonid Andronov/123rf.com

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 499th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

This is your magazine in that, if you are a subscriber, you can submit letters, articles and photographs to be printed here. Tell us about a really nice place to stay or an interesting day trip — or about something you feel should be avoided — or just express your feelings on a particular issue related to travel.

We do not print in ITN information about destinations in the...

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David Irving positioned on Huayna Picchu, overlooking Machu Picchu, in Peru — not so precarious a perch.

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 498th (!) issue of your monthly magazine about travel outside of the United States. 

This is the publication in which subscribers write in with information they feel will be helpful to other travelers, whether they’re revealing a new destination, submitting a bare-knuckle review of a travel firm or discussing a travel-related issue.

ITN was the first travel publication to regularly print the accounts of people who were paying...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 497th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

Before I get into the latest news and all, I want to remind you about the helpful new addition that we made to our website, which I told you about last month.

If you are an ITN subscriber who feels you have had a travel insurance claim improperly denied, you can apply to have a claims adjuster from the online travel insurance broker Squaremouth (...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 496th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine. (Approaching 500! We must be doing something right.)

I’ve got a lot to cover this month, so I’ll get right to it.

Starting sometime in late February, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) quietly changed the way its agents perform pat-downs in airport security lines. 

Previously, screeners had the option to...

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