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After picking up a car in Munich, Germany, in late October 2018, we drove to northern Italy for a 10-day stay. While in Trieste for four days and in Cividale del Friuli (an hour’s drive away) for two, we successfully used our US handicap-parking placard without any problem, which was quite convenient. It also was thrifty, because handicap parking places were free of charge.

We wanted to inform ITN readers about a website for mobility impaired motorists:


I want to share with ITN readers how I save on ATM fees.

First of all, I never use a currency-exchange desk — either at the airport or in the city — because of the unfavorable exchange rate and fees. Besides, ATMs are ubiquitous.

I always travel with two debit cards that do not incur a foreign transaction fee (FTF): a Charles Schwab Visa debit card and a Fidelity Cash Management Visa debit card. There are a lot of other banks that offer no-FTF debit cards nowadays...


In the letter “Tips on Booking Hotels and on Insurance” (March ’19, pg. 14), a subscriber wrote, regarding travel insurance, “I used to purchase insurance on every air ticket; the airlines made it so convenient. Then one day I realized that I rarely cancel or change flights, so I would only be on the hook for the amount of the cancellation penalty that the airline would charge. The rest of the value would be available to me as a credit toward a future flight. Now I...


My husband’s cousin, Diana, and I had scheduled a trip to Paris and Amsterdam with Tripmasters (Rockville, MD; 800/430-0484, We had purchased travel insurance through Allianz Global Assistance, which Tripmasters had recommended; we chose the Horizon Plan.

Our arrangements cost us each $1,123.57 plus $73.13 for the insurance. This covered airfare from Columbus, Ohio, to Paris on Delta Air Lines; four nights in a superior twin room at a 3-star hotel in Paris...


While flossing my teeth in Cienfuegos, Cuba, I accidentally pulled off a dental crown. I called my dentist, who recommended finding a dentist in Cuba to re-cement the crown ASAP. He said if I waited until I returned to the US, my teeth might shift and I could require an expensive new crown.

As soon as our tour group returned to Havana (Jan. 17, 2019), my tour leader directed me to the 24-hour medical/dental clinic Clinica Central Cira García (Calle 20, #4101, Esq a Ave 41, Miramar,...


My husband, Norman, and I and a friend of ours were on our way to take a cruise from Copenhagen, Denmark, through the Baltic area on the Norwegian Cruise Line ship Breakaway. We began our trip on May 9, 2018, by flying from New Orleans to Chicago on United Airlines and from Chicago to Copenhagen on SAS Scandinavian Airlines (in a code-share with United). On May 20, we would also fly back on SAS from Copenhagen.

Through our travel agent, JoAnn Nelson of The Travel Professionals (McComb...

Melanie Branca and Ed Deaton in northern Georgia.

My friend Melanie Branca and I took an inexpensive group tour to the South Caucasus, visiting Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, Sept. 5-23, 2018. It was with Exotour (17 Pavle Ingorokva St., 0108 Tbilisi, Georgia; phone +995 32 291 31 91,

The tour consisted mainly of visiting the capitals of the three countries and taking day trips. We had investigated three other companies’ tours and found them to be similar in length and in the sights covered....

Sandra Yon and a monk at the Donghwasa Temple in Daegu.

After many years of my trying to find a tour to South Korea, Overseas Adventure Travel, or OAT (Boston, MA; 800/955-1925,, finally created one. A friend and l departed in October 2017, joining OAT’s 18-day “South Korea & Japan: Temples, Shrines & Seaside Treasures” tour. We added a 6-night (with air, eight days) pre-trip to China because my friend had never been there.

The trip cost about $6,100 per person, including round-trip...