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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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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 358th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

On Oct. 12, about 1,500 people were evacuated from Machu Picchu, Peru, after a mudslide covered a section of the railway line to the mountaintop Incan ruins. No one was hurt, and buses were employed to take the people down.

Snow melting on a nearby peak caused a chunk of Veronica Peak to break off, burying the tracks with seven meters of mud and rocks. Rail service was restored in a few...

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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 357th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

As ITN subscriber Calvin Parker of Upland, California, lamented in the July ’05 issue, page 85, Avis would not rent him a car in Belize because he was over 65. He has sent a follow-up letter explaining that he found an agency in Belize City that would rent to him but he ended up feeling cheated.

He wrote, “Upon my returning the car, the owner and a clerk examined it looking for damage....

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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 356th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

In this issue of ITN you’ll find letters from travelers who answered our questions about “money matters overseas,” specifically, how they deal with cash, credit cards, travelers’ checks, etc., and go about making purchases for goods and services while traveling. More information and advice on the subject is in a feature on page 55 as well as in Dr. Wagenaar’s “Discerning Traveler” column on page...

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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 355th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who until now have been able to cross borders between the U.S. and certain destinations without passports soon will need passports to do so, due to requirements of the new Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.

As of Dec. 31, 2005, passports will be required of all people traveling between the United States and the Caribbean, Bermuda or Central or South...

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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 354th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

In the June issue I mentioned that police in Malaysia had arrested criminals who possessed a machine that, using info gathered tapping into banks’ phone lines, could forge credit cards. I added that four credit card companies did not reply to ITN when we asked how travelers might avoid becoming victims and what to do if they did fall prey.

Seeing that, ITN subscriber Janet Nelson of Ashland...

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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 353rd issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

UNESCO officials have recommended that the number of visitors to Machu Picchu be cut in half, and they are considering placing the site on its “at risk” list.

Threats to the 500-year-old stone ruins in the Peruvian Andes include erosion of its pathways by all the foot traffic; walls being weakened due to people sitting on them, and stone structures being eaten away by salt deposits left by...

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