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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 351st issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

“. . . this publication is a gold mine of information from the well traveled that could otherwise take hours to find.” That’s what E’Louise Ondash wrote in her January 20th “Hit the Road” column in North San Diego County’s The Coast News.

She continued: “. . . it does a great job as a person-to-person forum (‘Two seniors considering a trip to the North Pole. How do we get there?’) and...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 350th (!) issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

“This is just what I need. Where have you been all my life?!” That’s what Shifra Rosoff of Framingham, Massachusetts, said when she called ITN’s toll-free number to subscribe (800/486-4968) a month ago.

Don’t assume all of your traveling friends know about ITN. Ask if they’d each like a sample copy.

Phyllis Raulerson of Leonia, New Jersey, wrote to say, “Give editorial a...

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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 349th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine. With this issue, ITN begins its 30th year of publication.

A few months ago, Donald Bridgman of Lincoln, California, wrote to ITN, “I found this in one of my bags on my return from a trip to Alaska.”

The Transportation Security Administration had opened his luggage and left a notice saying, “TSA screeners have removed any plastic lighters or safety matches discovered in your baggage. For the...

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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 348th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

In a conference in Geneva in November, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) committed to four initiatives to simplify the airline business and cut costs.

Implement 100% electronic ticketing by Dec. 31, 2007 — no more paper tickets. Implement “bar codes” on boarding passes to replace magnetic stripe technology. Implement Common Use Self Service (CUSS) kiosks at airports for check... CONTINUE READING »

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 347th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

An ITN reader and her husband, senior travelers who had some difficulty walking, were on a 16-day river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest in September-October ’03. This was a special trip for them, and they had booked the highest-grade cabin on board and upgraded to business class for their overseas flights.

Three days in, they were informed by the cruise-tour operator that the water...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 342nd issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

A year and a half ago, ITN Contributing Editor Jim Patterson, who wrote the “Focal Point” column, went on hiatus following abdominal surgery. Recently, he informed us he was fit to travel again and we were looking forward to new material from his latest trip.

Sadly, we received this news from his wife, Betty: “Jim died of a heart attack photographing the beautiful flowers in Monet’s...

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Big Ben

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 341st issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

Marilyn Karr of Rockaway Beach, Oregon, has a packing tip for you. She sent, “Three reasons to fold clothing with plastic bags when packing: 1) to reduce wrinkles, 2) to keep clothing dry if luggage is left out in the rain at the airport and 3) to isolate dirty/smelly clothes.”

Thanks, Marilyn.

I’d like to hear from anyone who has used the new Travel Sentry Certified Locks....

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 340th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

ITN reader Margo Spears of Reno visited the Dominican Republic in February and sent in a trip report (see page 35). She added, “We also learned of a phone scam originating in the Dominican Republic, which we verified after we got home.

“In the scam, someone calls an answering machine stating that an emergency has occurred and to call an 809 number immediately. It turns out to be a...

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