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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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Dating from 1900, this water tower sits above the Old Town in Bydgoszcz, Poland. It once provided water to the city’s upper terrace, but today it’s a museum and visitors can tour its observation gallery at the top. Photo: ©rognar/123rf.com

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 495th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

If this is the first time you’ve held a copy of International Travel News (ITN), I hope you like what you see: candid reports on tours, hotels, airlines and destinations written by our subscribers, people with a love for travel.

In ITN, we print no news or information about places in the United States. However, we cover everywhere ELSE, and...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 494th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

Those of you who regularly visit our website — www.intltravelnews.com — in order to read the latest issue, post a question on the Message Board or access years’ worth of travelers’ articles and letters for your trip planning, well, you may have noticed some improvements lately.

Now when you look for information on a destination, tour company, hotel, etc. (just...

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A small, snow-covered wooden chapel located near the sacred springs on the grounds of Savva-Storozhevsky Monastery in Sergiev Posad, Moscow. Photo: ©Viktor Sagaydashin/123rf.com

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 493rd issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine, where you and your fellow subscribers provide the bulk of the information simply by telling us where you’ve been and what you did and saw.

With this issue, we begin our 42nd year of publishing ITN. All of us thank all of you for subscribing, sending in trip reports/articles/photos, patronizing any of our advertisers or just spreading the word about this magazine. While many...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 492nd issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

For the first time since he took the column over from ITN’s founder, Armond Noble, in March 1999, our editor, David Tykol, is not writing the “Boarding Pass.” He needed some time off to attend to family matters, and he gave me the instructions to “write whatever you want.” So buckle your seat belts and please place seat backs and tray tables in their upright...

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That first step is a doozy when you live in a home surrounded by water — Venice, Italy. Photo: ©Adrian Wojcik/123rf

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 491st issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

Those of you who regularly visit our website will have noticed that we recently took care of some technical problems that were occurring. Thank you for your patience while we got things straightened out.

All subscribers to the printed version of the magazine also have full access to the hundreds of articles from past issues that are posted — in color — on our website as...

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Carving of a guardian spirit on the wall of an ancient stupa in Inn Thein (Indein) village at Inle Lake in Myanmar. Photo: ©Steve Estvanik/123rf.com

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 490th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

This is where you will find travelers’ candid appraisals of tours, cruises, flights, etc., to destinations outside of the United States. 

Back when this magazine started, in March 1976 (!), for many years we printed no information on places in Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean. ITN’s late publisher, Armond Noble, believed that most of the people going to those countries...

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