Calling All Readers

When you’re planning for a trip, which brand of guidebook do you look to for information and why? Which series has most successfully supplied the information you find most helpful for your type of travel? Do you use the guidebooks of one particular company for the planning stage and yet carry a different publisher’s book while on the trip? Are some book series more reliable for certain parts of the world than others? Along with naming the brand of guidebook and publisher, please include...

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We asked independent travelers to tell how they go about finding nonreserved rooms when they arrive someplace they’ve never been to overseas. We printed responses in the January ’09 issue. Here are a few more.

If you have something to add, write to Winging It Finding a Hotel, c/o ITN, 2116 28th St., Sacramento, CA 95818, or e-mail editor@intltravelnews.com (include the address at which you receive ITN). ITN prints no items on destinations in the United States.

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A few months ago we asked you to share the following.

What castle (or castles) overseas did you find the most rewarding to visit? What about it impressed you or what about it did you enjoy? Along with its name and/or location (if you have contact info, please include it) and any descriptions or comments or anecdotes you wish to add, please mention approximately when you visited.

Separately, what castle (or castles) did you find it most rewarding to stay in overnight? Along with...

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Here is the assignment we gave you a few months ago.

Write in about the walking shoes you have found to be the most comfortable. Give a description, including brand name, and tell what you like about them and in what ways they are ideal for travelers — plus any drawbacks. Perhaps you pack two pairs, for different situations. If possible, tell us where you found the shoes or where they can be purchased (include any available contact info) and the approximate price.

And while we’...

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Here is a note we printed from Hollie Stotter of Cambria, California, in our November and December 2008 issues on page 4: “I would like to see a list of boutique (small) museums in the world compiled. Each would be a small gem of a not-so-well-known museum that can be seen in less than an hour. For instance, a favorite of mine that I often have recommended to friends is the Jacquemart-André in Paris, an 1869 home preserved with its furniture, tapestries, rugs, paintings, etc. The Benaki...

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Many travelers book hotel rooms in advance for the first and last nights of their trips but wing it for all the nights in between. Some just start out cold, blowing with the wind. We asked you independent travelers to tell us how you go about finding nonreserved rooms in places you’ve never been to overseas and to answer the following questions.

What do you look for in a hotel, itself? What do you avoid? When is the best time to check in? What is the best way to ask for a room in...

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Helene Schechter of Livingston, New Jersey, described having been unhappy with the flight arrangements that Overseas Adventure Travel had made for her and her husband for a tour; they ended up with a 7-hour layover in Frankfurt, Germany (May ’08, pg. 29).

In a follow-up letter to ITN, Mrs. Schechter wrote, “The quality of their tours should not be confused with those of their flight arrangements. OAT is definitely one of our favorite travel companies. We have always been more than...

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At the suggestion of Kathy McIntosh of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, ITN asked readers the following questions.

How do you pack your prescription medications? If you use handy, generic pill cases, has it ever been a problem at the airport? What was the result? Please mention whence and where you were flying and approximately when that was. Have you ever asked an authority (at the airport or in government) about keeping pills in a pill case or other unlabeled container? What were you told...

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