Boarding Pass

Viewing from a larger perspective the extent of viral outbreaks on cruise ships. Also, considering the chances — and impact — of missing a tour departure. Also, it's been 100 years since the start of the first scheduled commercial airline service using winged aircraft.
A village woman encountered on a missionary trip to Acheber, Ethiopia, in the highlands  southwest of Addis Ababa. Photo by Theresa Cane, Elverta, CA

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 457th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine. We’re now into our 38th year of publishing ITN, the first travel publication based on articles and letters written by its subscribers, travelers like you, people who pay their own way on trips and wish to share their discoveries.

To all of you who have sent in a letter or Feature Article to be included in this magazine or who have patronized one of our advertisers or sent in the...

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Canada’s Parliament and the Peace Tower — Ottawa, Ontario.

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 456th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine. With this issue, we have been publishing ITN for a full 38 years!

ITN was the first public forum where international travelers could candidly share notes. Before this magazine came along, there were no travel publications that talked about anything other than rosy sunsets and smiling waiters. ITN continues to tell it like it is.

 

In the past few years, a few ITN subscribers have...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 455th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine, the one that invites its subscribers (including you) to share travel recommendations, tips and warnings from their experiences overseas. We’ll supplement those with additional researched material, columnists’ articles, relevant travel news and just plain fun.

 

Let’s start with the latest word on an online problem affecting travelers.

Those of you who rent...

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A bronze bust of Albania’s national hero, G.K. Skanderbeg, located at the National Museum inside Krujë Castle. Photo: ©ollirg/123rf
Is that a chip-and-PIN credit card you just ordered for use in Europe or a chip-and-signature card? Also, the FAA loosens rules on portable electronic devices on board.
Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Palphug Monastery, upper Paro Valley, Bhutan.

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 453rd issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine, the one YOU help write.

Michael J.E. Burge of Ventura, California, hopes that travelers might end up a little wiser by hearing his tale. Mechanical problems and acts of nature cannot be controlled, but certain decisions might be made differently to make things go a little more smoothly.

He wrote, “My wife, Evelyn, and I enjoyed a very interesting trip to Sri Lanka and southern...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Knowing that ITN will send a free sample copy of the next-printed issue to anyone anywhere (worldwide) on request, subscriber Susan Bigelow of Palmetto, Florida, asked us to send one to a traveling friend of hers, Judy Gallagher, and included Judy’s address. She added a note about ITN: “It is the best travel magazine I have ever seen.” 

Eager to use that testimonial in my column last month, I hastily typed it up and, referring back to...

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How airlines rank in seat availability for someone purchasing tickets using frequent-flyer miles — the Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey. Also, what to remember when low-cost airlines offer long-haul flights.