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Solo traveler Edna R.S. Alvarez of Los Angeles, California, described showing up ahead of time at the assigned-seating dining room on an ocean cruise, requesting to be seated at a table with other travelers and being disappointed to end up by herself at a corner table.

She asked ITN subscribers, among other questions, “What specific cruises have you taken where, as a solo, you were comfortable with the meal seating? Did you have better experiences on small ships or large? Was...

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Solos and assigned-seating dining on ships

Solo traveler Edna R.S. Alvarez of Los Angeles, California, described showing up ahead of time at the assigned-seating dining room on an ocean cruise, requesting to be seated at a table with other travelers and being disappointed to end up by herself at a corner table.

She asked ITN subscribers, among other questions, “What specific cruises have you taken where, as a solo, you were comfortable with the meal seating? Did you have better experiences on small ships or large? Was...

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credit cards

ITN subscriber Carol Anderson of Delray Beach, Florida, alerted us to a major policy change regarding the trip-cancellation/interruption insurance coverage provided by the United MileagePlus Explorer Visa card from Chase.

Before the change, the Chase United credit card provided the cardholder coverage up to $10,000 per trip for travel arrangements paid for with the card (including airfare, hotels and tours). However, an email from Chase in May 2018 informed cardholders that, as of...

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When you're away from home for more than 30 days on travel outside of the US, how do you handle your mail, and what arrangements do you make to pay bills, watch the house, etc.? Bill Hutchinson wanted his fellow ITN subscribers to write in on that subject. We printed a number of travelers' responses in the last issue and are presenting the remainder now (including some of Bill's own tips!).

 

My travel companion and housemate, Margo, and I manage to leave home...

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away on an extended trip

When you're away from home for more than 30 days on travel outside of the US, how do you handle your mail, and what arrangements do you make to pay bills, watch the house, etc.? Bill Hutchinson of Signal Hill, California, wanted ITN subscribers to write in on that subject, and several did. A few of their letters appear below, and more will be printed in next month's issue.

So what are the issues with traveling for extended periods of time, and how do you handle them? I had...

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After reading Robert Carrelli's letter about self-drive travel (Dec. '17, pg. 27), Linda Beuret of Santa Barbara, California, wrote, "For 12 years, my husband and I planned and organized our own trips, mostly driving throughout Europe. Now, at 79, we seem to do more tours, leaving the driving to others. Mr. Carrelli stated that, at 86, he still rents cars and drives on his vacations. I know that, in some countries, many agencies will not rent autos to persons over 75. I am...

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The Laxey Wheel, once used to pump water from mines on the Isle of Man. Photos by Norman Dailey

In past issues, we've printed letters from subscribers who took customized private tours (outside of the US) that were arranged by tour companies and guides that are local to the destinations.

Anyone writing in should include the name and contact information of the foreign tour company or private guide (location, phone, email and/or website); an idea of the itinerary; the length of the tour (number of days/nights); when the tour took place (month/year), and the approximate...

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Ireland’s narrow Wild Atlantic Way is “No Country for Old Men.” Photo and caption by Ron Carlson

After reading Robert Carrelli's letter about self-drive travel (Dec. '17, pg. 27), Linda Beuret of Santa Barbara, California, wrote, "For 12 years, my husband and I planned and organized our own trips, mostly driving throughout Europe. Now, at 79, we seem to do more tours, leaving the driving to others. Mr. Carrelli stated that, at 86, he still rents cars and drives on his vacations. I know that, in some countries, many agencies will not rent autos to persons over 75. I...

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