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My husband, Clyde, and I had to renew our passports in June 2018, and we vaguely remembered reading something in ITN about a new procedure ("Extra Passport Pages Nixed," June '15, pg. 4). We found the Travel Brief through a search on the website.

The item stated that additional pages will no longer be added to existing US passports, noting, "Under the new rules, all new and renewed passports will come with 52 pages, 43 of which will be blank. The current standard US passport has...


I created a Berlin opera festival for myself. I was in Berlin, Germany, for six nights in May 2018 and attended four operas.

Two were part of the Festival Verdi and were at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Bismarckstraße 35;; another was at the Staatsoper Berlin (Hinter der Katholischen Kirche 1, Bühneneingang;, and the last one was at the Komische Oper Berlin (Behrenstraße 55-57;

I purchased my...


During a trip to Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in June 2018, my husband, George, and I flew to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where we spent the night before continuing on to Azerbaijan.

For our return trip, I added a second night in Dubai. On our extra day there, we hired a taxi for a short city tour, then were dropped off at Mall of the Emirates to go to Ski Dubai (Sheikh Zayed Rd.;, a huge, indoor snowy mountain for skiing and snowboarding.


Kaieteur Falls from the plane — Guyana. Photos by Susan Dailey

A trip my wife, Susan, and I made to Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana got us to within one country of having visited all of South America, with only Bolivia left.

Starting in April 2017, we worked with Adventure Guianas (Mikel Plaza, 53 Pere, Kitty, Georgetown, Guyana; phone +592 227 4713, to plan our trip. They contracted locally with Oetsi Tours (Parijsstraat 40, Paramaribo, Suriname;

Including seven nights...


When I signed up for "Switzerland, the Heart of the Rhine & Moselle" with Vantage Deluxe World Travel (Boston, MA; 888/514-1845,, the cost of the trip, including air (Miami-Basel, Amsterdam-Miami), insurance and an optional Luxembourg excursion, was $6,342. There was no single supplement, as the ms River Voyager offers four single cabins.

I left Miami on May 21, 2017, for Basel, Switzerland, a city of narrow streets, hidden squares, at least 180...

Claudia Kelly with village dancers near Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, central-eastern India.

A trip to the tribal regions of Odisha (formerly Orissa until 2011) and Chhattisgarh states in eastern India, Jan. 15-30, 2018, was my third to India, and it was like traveling back in time.

The remote tribes were interesting and colorful beyond my expectations. Tattooed and pierced women seemed to not mind being photographed up close. At the weekly markets, where everything from cows to cabbages was being sold, there were no Westerners in sight.

The accessibility of these...


Have you ever wanted to travel to a very remote place but thought it was a good idea to have someone help with the plans? Well, my husband, Fred, and I did. Our desired destinations were Robinson Crusoe Island and Easter Island.

We chose Chilean Special Journeys, or CSJ (Palacio Concha, Av. Concha y Toro 44, Barrio Concha y Toro, Santiago, CHILE; phone, in the US, 888/345-6077,, from an advertisement in ITN. We could not have chosen better!



Our first stop during a May 2018 cruise around the British Isles was St. Peter Port on Guernsey. Online, we had booked a tour there with Tour Guernsey (Barnabe Ltd., Market St., St. Peter Port, Guernsey, England, GY1 1HB, U.K.; phone +44 778 1423 616,, whom we recommend enthusiastically.

Guide/driver Andy Taylor operated a Land Rover that had been modified into a safari-type vehicle with raised seats and open sides. (It had plastic covers and blankets, if needed...