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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.
Swallow’s Nest, a castle near Yalta in Crimea, Ukraine

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 450th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine. 450. Wow! That’s 37½ years — without ever missing an issue. 

Let me take a moment to acknowledge some of the people responsible for producing this magazine.

The publisher, Armond Noble, and his staff were working on the fourth issue when he hired me in 1976, and I took over as the Editor two months later. Sadly, Armond died last year in February, but  ITN...

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Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Duich, Scotland. Photo by Richard Semik/123RF
A Passenger Bill of Rights for US passengers in North America purchasing cruises, regardless of itinerary, with any CLIA member cruise line. Also, the British airline EasyJet encourages smaller carry-ons.
View of a man-made lake and the hotel The Address Downtown Dubai from Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE.

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 448th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

Mike Kalt wrote to us, “I am a longtime ITN subscriber, and I just started a travel-discussion group (CP Globetrotters) at the Carolina Preserve development in Cary, North Carolina. We have over 70 members in our group so far, and over 40 of them turned out for our first meeting.  

“One of the topics on the agenda was ‘What’s Your Favorite Travel Magazine...

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Some of the curiously eroded “fairy chimneys” in Zelve, Cappa­docia, Turkey. Photo: Tykol

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 447th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine. If you’re reading ITN for the first time, here’s what it’s all about: travelers keeping other travelers informed.

Basically, once you’re a subscriber, you qualify to have your own travel reports printed in this magazine. Send in an appraisal of any airline, tour, car rental company, restaurant or shop that you’ve made use of recently. Or tell everyone about your latest destination discovery...

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