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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.
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.