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Part of the fife-and-drum procession in Naters, Switzerland. Photos by Jon Lafleur

Ron Carlson of Lakeland, Minnesota, asked ITN subscribers to write in about serendipitous experiences that they had while traveling outside of the US. We’ve been printing a few stories each month since the April issue, and this time they’re about arriving someplace just in time for a festival.

On a private tour in India in January 2011, my husband, Richard, and I stopped for a roadside lunch. A woman at another table said she was headed to Jodhpur for the literary...

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Covid Vaccine Passport

More than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down travel worldwide, travelers are still dealing with the fallout from canceled and delayed trip plans. As opportunities to safely travel increase, some are still seeking refunds from tour operators, cruise lines, etc., and others’ postponed trips are being pushed even farther ahead. ITN subscribers share their stories from the past year and a half.

When a couple of our cruises aboard the Crystal Serenity were canceled in 2020...

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Airplane flying

Ron Carlson of Lakeland, Minnesota, asked ITN subscribers to write in about serendipitous experiences that they had while traveling outside of the US. We’ve been printing a few stories each month since the April issue, and this time we’re sharing a few more accounts of “invitations” being received out of the blue.

While visiting Tibet in June 2010, my wife and I were wandering around in Lhasa when we noticed a very small Buddhist temple, maybe 20 feet by 30...

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Jerry Vetowich talking to His Excellency the 9th Neyphug Trulku in Bhutan. Photo by Nili Olay

Ron Carlson of Lakeland, Minnesota, asked ITN subscribers to write in about serendipitous experiences that they had while traveling outside of the US. Starting with the April issue, we’ve been printing a few stories from travelers each month, and this time we’re sharing accounts of meeting famous or notable people while traveling.

From October 1952 to July 1954 I lived in Burma, now Myanmar. Our family’s across-the-back-fence neighbors were U Thant and his family. My...

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Covid 19 Travel

More than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down travel worldwide, travelers are still dealing with the fallout from canceled and delayed trip plans. As opportunities to safely travel increase, some are still seeking refunds from tour operators, cruise lines, etc., and others’ postponed trips are being pushed even farther ahead. ITN subscribers share their stories from the past year.

2020 was going to be a good year for travel, as my husband, Leo, and I had two...

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Woman sitting on luggage.

More than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic led to the canceling and postponing of countless travel plans worldwide, some travelers are still experiencing fallout in their interactions with tour operators, airlines, cruise lines, hotels, etc., including ITN subscribers. They have shared their accounts.

My wife, Arlene, and I booked the trip entitled “India North & South” with Vantage Deluxe World Travel (Boston, MA; 888/514-1845, www.vantagetravel.com) on Jan. 3,...

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Sun going down behind seven huge, cantilevered fishing nets in the island of Vypin.

Ron Carlson of Lakeland, Minnesota, asked ITN subscribers to write in about serendipitous experiences they had while traveling outside of the US. We presented a few in the April and May issues, and this month we’re printing stories from travelers whose surprises were little things that moved them unexpectedly.

One day in February 2012, I ventured to Laugavegur, the main shopping street in Reykjavík, Iceland. After poking into shops and galleries, I spotted a signboard reading...

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I bought this necklace and earrings from this very talented woman in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, in February 2020. (South Seas pearls are cheaper than Tahitian pearls.) I can’t imagine all the hours she put into it. Photos by Katherine Shindel

The closing of borders worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic led to the canceling and postponing of countless travel plans. In the interest of comparing how various tour operators, airlines, cruise lines, hotels, etc., handled the disruptions and travelers’ bookings, ITN asked subscribers to write in about their experiences. Many had stories to tell, the first printed in our September 2020 issue, and we are continuing to share their accounts.

As can be seen, not only do...

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