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We asked you to tell us about a fun, impressive or unique annual festival, celebrating something in particular, that you attended outside of the US in the last few years. We requested the name of the festival, where it takes place, when it takes place and for how many days plus the year you went. We also wanted to know what activities occurred, what you experienced, approximate costs, tips on how to get to the festival and any other helpful advice.

Last month, we printed descriptions...

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Carol Horner of Lacey, Washington, wrote (Nov. ’14, pg. 67), “I have traveled many places, gone on many tours and lived in Paris, Istanbul and Tokyo. I no longer want to tour castles, cathedrals, mosques, museums, parks and ‘wonders of the world.’ What I’m looking for are tours that take travelers to nations for immersion in their politics and economics, including information about, say, their major exports and imports and their agricultural and natural resources.

“I would enjoy an in...

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We asked you to tell us about a fun, impressive or unique annual festival, celebrating something in particular, that you attended outside of the US in the last few years. Among the information we requested was the name of the festival, where it takes place, when it takes place and for how many days plus the year you went. We also wanted to know what activities occurred, what you experienced, approximate costs, tips on how to get to the festival and any other helpful advice.

A number...

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Jack and Elizabeth Kaufman of Lake Quivira, Kansas, wrote, “We would like ITN readers to share their experiences in chasing the northern lights (aurora borealis), which are elusive to see even in the places where this natural phenomenon occurs. Where did you go to see them? When did you go (month and year)? How lucky were you to glimpse this marvelous show of nature? How long was your wait and how long did they last? Did you travel on your own or take a tour? If the latter, which tour...

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Nancy Tan of Fresno, California, wrote (Sept. ’14, pg. 33), “While traveling in Spain with my husband and son in May 2014, we received a speeding ticket, but we didn’t even know we had been cited until at least two weeks later when the rental car company forwarded the ticket to us by email (charging us over €30 for this “service”). The ticket, a fine of €300 (near $403), had been given electronically. The ticket said we had been cited for going 20 kilometers per hour over the limit.

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Since our marriage 35 years ago, my husband and I have had two dogs. Early in our marriage we acquired a dog, and some good friends also acquired one from the same litter, and for the life of those two dogs we managed to coordinate long vacations so that the dogs always stayed with one family while the other family was away.

After long, happy lives, those two dogs passed away and we acquired another dog. Our friends whom we originally traded dog-sitting services with did not get...

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Here are suggestions for finding pet sitters.

Ask your veterinarian. (Check out the vet technicians.)

Check out pet trainers and dog-training schools to see if they have recommendations. Ask pet groomers and at pet stores.

Ask friends and friends of friends. Look for retirees. Ask family members or church members if they can recommend anyone.

My husband, Bob, and I have traveled for more than 30 years and have owned dogs all that time. Never once have we boarded...

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As for suggestions on finding someone to care for your pet while you’re traveling, here’s what we can offer.

Check with your veterinarian. He or she may have other clients who do pet sitting or will know of reliable companies that will provide in-home care. (We happen to be lucky. Our vet has teenage daughters who, when we’re away, love earning money by coming to our house every day to feed, pamper and clean up after our cat.)

If you have a neighborhood watch...

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