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ITN Contributing Editor Randy Keck asked to hear from readers on the topic of travel etiquette. ITN then took up the call, asking subscribers to each share a cultural insight or a lesson in etiquette that they were surprised to discover about a particular location, either during their pre-trip research or when they were there. Following are responses received.

The story is place-specific, the lesson much broader.

I was preparing to spend three months in Palestine in 2013...

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The Dalai Lama speaking in Leh, Ladakh, India. Photo by Marilyn Marx Adelman

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 sharing a few stories each month since the April issue, and this time we’re presenting more accounts of meeting famous or notable people.

After visiting Tibet in 1985, I always wanted to return to the Himalayas. July 1998 became my time to return, venturing to Ladakh, high up in the Himalayan area of India, on a...

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Elton John and David Furnish in Venice. Photos by Sally Kevers

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 sharing a few stories each month since the April issue, and this time we’re presenting a few more about being in the right place at the right time.

On our June 1991 tour of Spain, my husband, Carl, and I stayed in Salamanca in a hotel with a view of the Plaza Mayor. It was a Saturday night at the end of a long...

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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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