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About 20% of all marine life in the Galápagos Islands is endemic to the archipelago. 17% of the fish are found nowhere else in the world.

Danzantes, with Building M in the background — Monte Albán, southern Mexico. Photos by Julie Skurdenis

In the valleys 290 miles southeast of Mexico City, one of Mesoamerica’s earliest civilizations, the Zapotecs, developed. Living off the land, hunter-gatherers first appeared in these valleys about 10,000 years ago. By about 5000-4000 BC, these early settlers had begun to cultivate the land. The first important settlement identifiable as Zapotec, San José Mogote, can be dated to between 1450 and 1150 BC. By the 8th to 7th centuries BC, this settlement had expanded to include dozens of...

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Within Frogner Park in Oslo, Norway, tour groups are among the many visitors to the sculpture park featuring works by Gustav Vigeland. Photo by Randy Keck

Over the years, I have periodically written about employment and volunteer opportunities in the travel industry. This month, I am focusing on such opportunities for those of retirement age, since the majority of ITN readers fit into that demographic.

For those of us who are addicted to travel, particularly international travel, a major part of the appeal is the chance for continued learning, which is synonymous with continuing personal growth. When we travel, we are primarily in...

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To reserve a tee time at the scenic Old Course of the St. Andrews Links, you’ll need to book a year ahead — and pay a pretty penny.

Tiny St. Andrews has a huge reputation, known around the world as the birthplace and royal seat of golf. The chance to play on the world's oldest course -- or at least take in the iconic view of its 18th hole -- keeps the town perennially popular among golfing pilgrims. But any visitor to Scotland should consider at least a short stop in this scenic, intriguingly historic university town.

Located about a one-and-a-half-hour drive north of Edinburgh, and dramatically...

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At the Reichstag in Berlin, visitors are treated to endless vistas as they spiral up the 80-foot-high glass dome.

From church domes to bell towers, fanciful rooftops to sky-piercing monuments, Europe is full of climbable structures. While most lead to impressive views, the best also offer insights into the historical, artistic, and religious thinking of their times.

In Milan, a highlight is strolling the rooftop of the Duomo -- the city's cathedral and the third-largest church in Europe. After taking the stairs or elevator to the top, visitors can climb up and down the...

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A cruise ship offers memorably fantastic views of the classic whitewashed villages of Santorini.

I've spent the last several decades exploring Europe from every conceivable angle. And this includes checking out Europe the way millions of people do -- from a cruise ship.

I'm not out to promote or put down cruising. For some people it's a great choice, and for others it's not. On the plus side, cruising can be economical, with transportation, a room, and meals all included in one price. It can be ideal for those who want their vacation logistics...

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The island of Grinda holds nostalgia for many Stockholmers, who fondly recall when this was a summer camp island. And it retains that vibe today.

Stockholm is a highlight of any Scandinavian vacation, but don't discount the variety of fine day trips at the city's doorstep. Within an hour or so of the Swedish capital, you can bask in the opulence of a royal palace, swing through the home and garden of Sweden's greatest sculptor, see ancient rune stones in the country's oldest town, hang with students in a stately university city or island-hop through Stockholm's archipelago.

West of...

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A bridge over a canal in Venice, Italy.

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 524th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine, the publication mostly written by its subscribers, people who find travel very rewarding. ITN also stands out from other travel publications because it only covers destinations outside of the United States and its territories. It’s for people not afraid to step out of their comfort zone.

If you’re just back from a trip and would like to share a discovery, a lesson learned or a...

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