Calling All Readers

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...


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...


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...


An ITN reader suggested subscribers write in about great inventions, systems, time savers or conveniences that they have seen overseas. A number of responses were printed in the April ’07 issue. Here are a few more.

If you run across a great idea, write to “Why Don’t We Have That Here?,” c/o ITN, 2116 28th St., Sacramento, CA 95818, or e-mail (include the address at which you receive ITN). Please add where you saw it and when you were there.



What books or movies inspired you to travel to another country (outside of North America and the Caribbean)? ITN asked that question and received many responses, which were printed in the June through September 2005 issues. Here are a few more.

If you have suggestions to share, write to A Novel Approach to Travel, c/o ITN, 2116 28th St., Sacramento, CA 95818, or e-mail (please include the address at which you receive ITN).

My first trip to the UNITED...

Collection of mugs

What do YOU collect on trips overseas? That’s what we asked readers to write in about. We printed some of the responses in last month’s issue, and here are a few more. Have something to add? Write to Memorabilia, c/o ITN, 2116 28th St., Sacramento, CA 95818, or e-mail (please include your surface-mail address).

(Second of two parts, go to part one)

It all started 20 years ago in London when I bought my first miniature porcelain buildings as gifts....

Travelers are creative in what they collect on trips overseas
Exterior of a tram displayed at the Public Transportation Museum in Szentendre.
A change from the major art museums — readers share their 
discoveries of favorite unique collections or exhibits