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On May 30, 2018, a friend and I flew overnight on Delta Air Lines from Seattle, Washington, to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where we were to catch a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines connection to Bristol, England.

Upon arriving in Amsterdam, we found out that thunderstorms were causing many flights to be canceled, including our flight on KLM. We were informed that the next flight to Bristol was June 2, three days later!

After protesting that we had prepaid hotel and car reservations in...

Sailing along the Aysén Region of southern Chile. Photo by cruise passenger Forrest Smith

It was the morning of March 30, 2017, and our captain, referring to the cruise season, said, "This is our last cruise. Let's go all the way around."

Our ship proceeded to sail from the Atlantic Ocean along the north side of Hornos Island and then to the south, with the view of Cape Horn through the ship's port windows (and on my cabin's monitor). Then it made a U-turn and sailed back past the Horn again, with the view from my cabin's starboard windows, and on...

Jay and Joan at a shrine in Bangkok, Thailand.

I've been to Asia more than a dozen times, mostly for biking and always during the winter. My January-February 2018 tour was the first time I cycled in three countries during the same trip (Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand).

This epic trip, organized by SpiceRoads Cycling (45 [Sub Soi Pannee] Soi Pridi Banomyong 26, Sukhumvit Soi 71 Klongtan Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand; phone +66 2 381 7490,, had three segments, and we had different guides/leaders, money,...


My husband and I were ready to take the "Morocco Sahara Odyssey" with Overseas Adventure Travel, or OAT (Boston, MA; 800/955-1925,, but a week before our departure on April 22, 2018, my husband had to cancel for health reasons.

Thanks to Philip Wagenaar's article in his February 2017 "The Discerning Traveler" column, our travel insurance claim was closed within a couple weeks. We had purchased the Gold plan offered by AIG Travel Guard (800/826-4919, www....


My wife and I had visited over 50 countries but had never hired a private guide for more than a day trip. After considering some of the challenges of reaching remote places in Bulgaria, and having read in ITN about the guide Patrick Peneff (, we decided to take the plunge. We are delighted that we did!

My communications with Patrick began about six months before our March 15-25, 2018, visit to Bulgaria. From our initial email exchange, it was clear this...

Erik Illi at the Summer Palace in Beijing.

I was not interested in visiting China until a very affordable opportunity presented itself through my hometown chamber of commerce. As a veteran of a couple of these 10-day trips, I now can attest that they're a great way to see the cultural highlights of China at low cost.

This opportunity started back in 2008, when the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) set up an agreement with a wholesaler, sponsoring trips to China to raise funds for chambers all over the...


My traveling companion of many years, Joan Anderson, and I had to smile when we saw the cover of the August 2018 issue. The woman on the cover was standing in front of the apartment we had just left! As a matter of fact, I had sketched that lock/bridge several times from our second-floor window.

The bridge doesn't have a name, but it connects Rue Dieu to Rue Albert. The street along the Canal Saint-Martin, in that area, is called Quai de Valmy.

The cover...

Paula Owens and husband, Stephen Addison, enjoying a kebab lunch outside a small café in Moulay Idriss, Morocco. Photo by guide Abdellah El Harras

You're finally going to Morocco. That's great! So what do you need to know that might not be prominent in your guidebook?

First, upon arrival at the airport, you must complete a challenging Immigration form. Remember to complete a duplicate form or take a photo of your completed form; you'll need to provide essentially the same information at each lodging check-in.

Do you know what time it is? Visit for Morocco's time zone, and check...