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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 364th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

The results of a recent study are based on the typical expenses of business travelers rather than tourists, but Oslo is now reportedly the most expensive city in the world, displacing Tokyo. Trailing those two are Reykjavik, Osaka, Paris, Copenhagen, London, Zürich, Geneva and Helsinki. The rankings were derived by the consulting firm Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), based in London....

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 363rd issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

Indian Railways is lowering its fares in air-conditioned first-class cars by about 18%, and in second class by 10%, to draw passengers away from low-cost domestic airlines.

Air travel may take less time but costs 25%-30% more than rail travel. Rail officials hope to attract those who have time to spare and would prefer the savings.

The Foreign Affairs Office in Beijing, China...

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by June L. Griffin, Lewiston, ME

The prospect of a trip to Eastern Europe was made very attractive by the thought of stepping ashore in five countries — Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia & Montenegro, Croatia and Hungary — from the comfort of a luxurious river vessel. Just a decade ago Russia dominated these countries, which are now enjoying a taste of freedom, and in October ’05 I spent two weeks visiting this diverse region of Europe.

The ship

My trip was what Grand...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 362nd issue of your overseas travel magazine. That’s over 30 years of publishing monthly — since 1976.

Just a “heads up” here — the drought of the last few years in East Africa had, at press time, affected hydroelectric production not only in Uganda but in Tanzania. Money for infrastructure projects as well as essential services was being diverted to the importation of thermal power plants and diesel subsidies. Low lake water levels were...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 361st issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine. This is our 30th anniversary issue!

The following was sent to us by one of your fellow ITN readers, Robert E. Pine of Boulder, Colorado: “As a longtime subscriber to International Travel News, I thought you might be interested to know that my wife, Dorothy, and I have recently become the most widely traveled couple in the world. In October ’05 we visited Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and...

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by Marisue Pickering, Orono, ME

As our well-used guidebook to Britain states, “Berkshire has one major tourist attraction: Windsor and its famous castle.” Although my husband and I agree with our travel guide about the premier status of this magnificent castle overlooking the Thames, we delight in discovering minor attractions of the area.

We have enjoyed the byways of Windsor and greater Berkshire in the months of January, March, June, July and November. Our first visit was...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 360th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

360! We’ve come full circle. Well, it’s a full 30 years, anyway. Congratulations on keeping this travel forum going strong with your letters, articles and suggestions.

Nancy Stott of Walnutport, Pennsylvania, wrote to ITN, “First, I would like to thank you for publishing my request for information on ‘Flying Around the World’ (December ’05 & January ’06 issues). I cannot...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 359th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

The world is keeping an eye on overseas outbreaks of bird flu. So far, fortunately, human cases are limited. To be better prepared to deal with any pandemic influenza that might occur, the White House in November released an outline of measures that could be taken to slow the spread of such a disease.

Basically, if there is “extensive transmission,” travel to and from affected areas...

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