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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.

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Sheep hogging the road in New Zealand. Photo by Albert Moore

Ron Carlson of Lakeland, Minnesota, asked ITN subscribers to write about pleasant or serendipitous surprises that they had experienced while traveling outside of the US, such as the time he was in Bangkok and was invited by the police chief’s wife to tour an area of opium dens! (This was 64 years ago, and he was touring with a couple of GI friends on leave from Okinawa.)

ITN subscribers submitted numerous stories, and the ones we’re presenting this month fall under the...

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'Kicker Rock,' in the Pacific near the Galápagos Islands (March 14, 2020).  Photos by John Leach

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.

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David wearing the grape-harvesting basket. Photos by Joanna Schwarcz

Ron Carlson of Lakeland, Minnesota, asked his fellow ITN subscribers to write about pleasant or serendipitous surprises that they had experienced while traveling outside of the US, such as the time in February 2018 when he and his wife, Joy, spent a week in Montecatini Terme, Italy, and learned there was a puppet parade (Carne vale) in nearby Viareggio, with puppets up to 50 feet tall!

ITN subscribers submitted numerous stories, and this month we’re sharing accounts of “...

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Beverly Hazen (in March 2020) in Plaza de España in the Parque de María Luisa, built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 in Sevilla, Spain. Photo by Sam Hazen

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.

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Driving through the mountains of northern Italy on a beautiful sunny day in August 2018, I came across this quaint mountain village with a glacier in the background. Photo by Liz Fischer

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.

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A gorilla in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, observing Jeffery Carrier.

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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At the end of ITN subscriber Pamela Zent’s letter “Unexpected Disembarkation” (June ’20, pg. 25), in which she described being left near the dock with her luggage in New York City after having to disembark a ship to join her husband, who had been taken by ambulance from the ship to the hospital, she wrote, “From ITN readers, I would really just like to know if other couples on a cruise have found themselves in a predicament where one member ended up in the...

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