The 15th-century Tour de l’Horloge (Clock Tower) peeks above medieval buildings in the Old Town of Auxerre, France.

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 553rd issue of your monthly worldwide travel magazine — our 46th Anniversary issue, starting our 47th year of publication! ITN was the original monthly “meeting place” for hodophiles, where they could share discoveries, warnings and recommendations from their travels outside of the United States.

We’re still at it, dispensing news as well, such as the following….

US cell phone service providers AT&T and Verizon began operating most of their 5G antennas on Jan....

Sample an assortment of Venetian munchies at a cicchetti bar. Photo by Rick Steves

While locals celebrate their cuisine in every country, Italy is perhaps the most exuberant about their food culture. Here’s an example of how going for a simple walk with a friend from Venice can become a lesson in expert eating.

At sunset I meet my Venetian hotelier friend, Piero, and we head for his friend’s restaurant. “Such a long line just to enter St. Mark’s Basilica today,” I tell him. “Even the back alleys were clogged with people. It’s a zoo.”

Piero leans toward me. “Yes!...

The Dominican Republic’s Spanish-colonial city of Santo Domingo is a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 554th issue of your monthly worldwide travel magazine, about which Jennifer Gifford of Redlands, California, wrote (upon extending her subscription another year), “Keep up the excellent job. I’m a big fan of ITN and a longtime and loyal subscriber. God Bless You!”

ITN has been printing travelers’ trip reports and musings since 1976 and continues to work to keep readers informed about destinations outside of the US.

Tell your adventurous friends about ITN. Better yet, have a free sample copy of the next-printed...

In Vevey, Switzerland, Charlie Chaplin’s statue is a stone’s throw from a 26-foot-tall fork installed in Lake Geneva by the Alimentarium, a food-themed museum. Photo: ©irisphoto18/

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 550th issue of your monthly worldwide travel magazine, with articles and letters supplied by its world-traveling subscribers. In this issue, read how they have been managing lately!

Meanwhile, I’ll fill you in on some of the latest news.

In the ITN Travel Brief “Vaccine Passport for France”(Oct. ’21, pg. 30) , it was reported that France was offering a digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate to American and Canadian travelers who were planning to visit that country. Allowing entry into the country as well as...

A winding path in Switzerland’s Berner Oberland region. Photo by Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli

It’s a glorious Swiss Alps morning. I’m spending my day walking with my schoolteacher friend, Olle, exploring the alpine landscape high above his home in Gimmelwald.

We come to a bluff and pause to look down at his village. It’s a pastoral setting — a zigzag in the narrow paved service road lined with traditional wood homes, many of them two centuries old. In this peaceful community, nearly everyone has one of two last names and the children don’t play house; they play barn. A mighty gondola connects it — like an iron-cable umbilical cord —...

Capturing the colorful port of Nyhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 552nd issue of your monthly worldwide travel magazine — marking 46 full years of publication! — where subscribers share discoveries and recommendations along with insights on travel outside of the US.

ITN was the first travel publication to boldly print travelers’ candid comments, including negative experiences about airlines, tour companies, hotels, etc., and we continue to do so, always allowing any company the opportunity to respond and, importantly, fact-checking to the best of our ability.

(Not that errors don...

Market Square in Haarlem. Photo by Rick Steves

I’m hanging out in the living room of my B&B in the Amsterdam suburb of Haarlem with my hosts Hans and Marjet.

Staying in a B&B saves money. As a bonus, I find that B&B hosts are often great students of intercultural human nature and love to share their findings. They give me an intimate glimpse of a culture I couldn’t get from the front desk of a hotel.

This is certainly true of Hans and Marjet, who encourage guests to make themselves thoroughly at home. And in their living room, with its well-worn chairs, crowded books, funky near-antiques and an...

Leon Hochman's travel room, with a world map, his <b><i>ITN</i></b> Travel Awards and souvenirs of his travels.

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 549th issue of your monthly worldwide travel magazine, the original travelers’ forum.

I’ve been meaning to share with you the achievement of one of your fellow ITN subscribers, (Samuel) Leon Hochman of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He proudly informed us he had earned his ITN “Been There, Done That! All Sovereign Nations Award,” then sent us a photo of all of his ITN Travel Awards on display.

I asked Leon to write a few words to go with the photo, and here’s what he sent...