Taking a tour? Cover all the bases, then enjoy yourself

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 340th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

ITN reader Margo Spears of Reno visited the Dominican Republic in February and sent in a trip report (see page 35). She added, “We also learned of a phone scam originating in the Dominican Republic, which we verified after we got home.

“In the scam, someone calls an answering machine stating that an emergency has occurred and to call an 809 number immediately. It turns out to be a...

Hiking, driving, exploring the island of Madeira, Portugal
Meet, drink and be merry in Europe’s hostels. Photos: Steves
Rick’s top tips for stretching your travel dollar
Neris River and the Pajauta Valley with Hearth Mound in the foreground.
Kernave in Lithuania — royal mounds and excavated artifacts
Rio’s Santa Tereza district is a favorite among visitors
Accommodations (2 of 4 on Rio de Janeiro)
Is there a travel topic or issue you would like to see discussed or expanded upon? Let Randy know. Also, “paying it forward” — providing travel opportunities

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 339th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

I have good news and bad news.

The good news is that the Transportation Security Administration has made a policy change and, on flights within the U.S., each passenger now can carry aboard an extra carry-on when that bag holds only photographic equipment.

The bad news is that the particular airline you’re flying on or the specific flight you’re taking still may not allow it...