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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 536th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

With a pandemic having halted most international travel, and with Americans banned from visiting many countries, three months ago I shared with you a subscriber’s reasoning that ITN, for the first time since its inception in 1976, might consider covering domestic travel along with foreign. So, addressing each subscriber to this magazine, I put the question to you: “Should ITN...

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Wooden <i>pātaka</i> with elaborate carvings — Auckland War Memorial Museum. Photos by Julie Skurdenis

For three weeks in February 2020, my husband, Paul, and I explored much of New Zealand. Of the six areas we visited — Auckland, Bay of Islands, Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier, Christchurch and Rotorua — Rotorua was easily our favorite (Oct. ’20, pg. 27).

This was primarily because of the richness of Māori culture found in and near this city located on North Island, one of the two major islands making up New Zealand (the other being South Island). As if Māori culture...

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It is hard to believe we are embarking in this issue on part 8 of On-the-Road Travel Tips (each followed by my own comments). The response has been continuous and far beyond what we had envisaged.

As of this writing, the “New Normal” we are getting accustomed to means we need to do all we can to remain engaged and in a positive learning state until such time as conditions allow us to hit the road again. Therefore, readers, keep those tips coming in — anything that...

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Romantic Venice with the Rialto Bridge. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves' Europe)

As we've had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here's one of my favorite European memories set in Venice — a reminder of the adventures that await us at the other end of this crisis.

One night, I was with a tour group of older American women gazing at the Bridge of Sighs. We were talking about Casanova, the famous Italian author and lover who was sentenced for spying in the Doge’s...

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Aerial view over the historic center of Edinburgh, Scotland from Calton Hill. (Dreamstime/TNS)

As we've had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here are a few of my favorite European memories — a fun reminder of all the tasty treats that await us at the other end of this crisis.

My palate has come a long way from my early “Europe through the gutter” days, back when my travel diet consisted of cheap baguettes spread with peanut butter and strawberry jam packed from home. Now one...

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Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, now a symbol of peace and reunification. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves’ Europe)

As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here are some of my favorite European memories from Berlin — a reminder of the learning adventures that await us at the other end of this crisis.

I have a powerful image stuck in my mind of Berlin — bombed to rubble in 1945 and then divided by its notorious wall during the Cold War — as a city emblematic of the defeat of fascism and...

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A farmer loads up his tarp for a hayride directly to the barn. (Rick Steves, Rick Steves’ Europe)

As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from high in the Swiss Alps — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

On the train heading south from Interlaken into the high country, the Swiss woman sitting across from me asks where I’m going. When I say “Gimmelwald,” she assumes I mean the famous...

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A flamboyance of Chilean flamingos has inhabited the Caribbean island of Aruba for nearly 15 years and can be seen on either Flamingo Beach or De Palm Island.

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 535th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

The outpouring of support for ITN in response to Evenyl Roemmich’s “Travel Resource Challenge” (July ’20, pg. 26) continues to move and stir us. Thank you.

A couple of subscribers have commented on the low number of pages in recent issues of ITN, offering suggestions for collecting more articles and letters to print. The dearth of pages is not due to a lack of...

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