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Carolyn McFarlane of Falls Church, Virginia, wrote about renting a car in Iceland with her husband and, upon returning the vehicle, being charged what she felt was an excessive amount for a small scratch on a bumper, one which they were not aware of causing (April ’10, pg. 29). Since this scenario comes up often, ITN asked readers for tips on renting a car — what to look for in the contract, what questions to ask, what to do before driving away and upon return, etc. Here are responses.

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Whether you travel with just a carry-on or also check a bag or two, what types of luggage do you travel with these days and why? A number of readers answered that question, as shown below. (Also see Aug. ’10, pg. 39.)

If you write in, describe the backpack, carry-on and/or suitcase with which you have been most satisfied. Give the brand name plus any identifying model or style name or number. Tell where you found it and how much it cost. Lastly, what about it would you want improved?...

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Whether you travel with just a carry-on or also check a bag or two, what types — and brands — of luggage do you travel with these days, and why? That was what we asked recently, with the following instructions. Describe the backpack, carry-on and/or suitcase with which you have been most satisfied. So that others can duplicate your purchase, give the brand name plus any identifying model or style name or number. If you purchased it recently, tell where you found it and approximately how much...

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We gave you this assignment: name a bridge (outside of the USA) that, for whatever reasons, is exciting to cross. Tell where it is (and, if necessary, how to find it) and approximately when you were there. Did you cross it on foot? By car? By train? Include your impressions. You may write about more than one bridge.

We printed a few responses (March, April & June ’10 issues). Here are a few more, with more to come. If you have one to add, write to Cross That Bridge, c/o ITN, 2116...

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We gave you this assignment: name a bridge (outside of the USA) that, for whatever reasons, is exciting to cross. Tell where it is (and, if necessary, how to find it) and approximately when you were there. Did you cross it on foot? By car? By train? Include your impressions. You may write about more than one bridge.

We printed a few responses (March and April ’10 issues). Here are a few more, with more to come. If you have one to add, write to Cross That Bridge, c/o ITN, 2116 28th St...

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In Europe, Canada, Latin America and parts of Pacific Asia, the Middle East and Africa, retailers use an “EMV” credit card verification system that requires a computer chip embedded in the card. The cardholder must enter a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to complete a purchase. This EMV (aka “chip-and-PIN”) system is being increasingly used because of its effectiveness in combating fraud. ITN confirmed with MasterCard, American Express and Visa that, currently, no financial institution...

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We gave you this assignment: name a bridge (outside of the USA) that, for whatever reasons, is exciting to cross. Tell where it is (and, if necessary, how to find it) and approximately when you were there. Did you cross it on foot? By car? By train? Include your impressions. You may write about more than one bridge.

We printed a few responses in the March 2010 issue. Here are a few more, with more to come. If you have one to add, write to Cross That Bridge, c/o ITN, 2116 28th St.,...

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In a writing “contest,” ITN posed the question “What makes Madrid “Madrid”? The window for submissions is closed, and in last month’s issue we named prize winners and printed a few of the entries. Here are a few more. Other cities will be the subjects of future essay contests, with more prizes.

Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece “Guernica” brought me to Madrid, and if I’d seen nothing else during my two weeks in Spain in April ’09, it would have been enough.

I’d wanted to see this...

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