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A school of fish in Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands. Photo by Ann Cabot

Patrica McKevlin of Charleston, South Carolina, wrote, “In 2018 I finished viewing all of Johannes Vermeer’s paintings, which I was introduced to in the sixth or seventh grade! It was a difficult challenge, but I had wanted to do it for a very long time. I know some travelers who are counting countries, while others are aiming to visit all the capitals of Europe. I would like to hear what types of experiences other people are ‘collecting’.”

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My three Delsey bags. Photo by Pam Douglas-Smith

Evenyl Roemmich of Vista, California, wrote, “My companion, George, and I travel with carry-on bags only. Recently, when the rubber on one of the wheels of my carry-on fell off, I knew it was time for a new bag. But what? I had been using that 2-wheeled Rick Steves bag for ages, perhaps 15 years, and loved it!

“The personal bag (the second carry-on bag allowed on most airlines) is important also. My Healthy Back Bag, with a single shoulder strap, has done a great job. It...

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My Lug Zipliner shoulder bag can convert to a backpack. Photo by Merle Orozco

Evenyl Roemmich of Vista, California, wrote, “My companion, George, and I travel with carry-on bags only. Recently, when the rubber on one of the wheels of my carry-on fell off, I knew it was time for a new bag. But what? I had been using that 2-wheeled Rick Steves bag for ages, perhaps 15 years, and loved it!

“The personal bag (the second carry-on bag allowed on most airlines) is important also. My Healthy Back Bag, with a single shoulder strap, has done a great job. It...

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Jean Sargent of Bainbridge Island, Washington, asked ITN readers for their advice on staying healthy during trips, writing, “What are the best sources for travel health advice? Do you recommend using a travel health service and, if so, how do you choose a good one? What health issues have arisen on trips that you wished you’d been aware of so you could have asked advice from your doctor before leaving home?”

Here are some of the tips that our readers shared.

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo set out to vaccinate more than 800,000 children in September in order to curtail what the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling this year’s largest measles outbreak. During the current outbreak, more than 3,500 people have died of measles complications, more than have died of ebola in the country this year.

Meanwhile, in Europe, the countries of Albania, Czechia, Greece and the UK have lost their measles-free status with WHO. Countries...

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Two ITN readers wondered if traveling without being tech-savvy was still possible (Feb. ‘19, pg. 54), so we asked subscribers who travel without a smartphone or laptop computer to answer these questions: What tech problems or hurdles have you faced recently when traveling or even when making travel arrangements, and what solutions did you find? If you manage to get to wherever you want or to book arrangements without using any of the new personal electronics, what is it that you do to...

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Carnival Cruise Ship

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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