This is the September 2017 issue


View of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.
Impressed by the Asian island nations of the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan
By Lynn L. Remly
Appears on Page 6
The Palace of Njasvizh, near Minsk, Belarus.
Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova: Out from behind the Iron Curtain
By Norman Dailey
Appears on Page 20
A floating community outside of Manaus.
Cruising the mighty Amazon
By Nancy And Ed Norberg
Appears on Page 32
Readers discuss what it means to be an ‘ugly tourist’
Appears on Page 42
Jann Segal on a hike at the Featherbed Nature Reserve in Knysna, South Africa.
Exploring South Africa, malaria-free
By Jann Segal
Appears on Page 46

Travelers' Intercom

Monetary award for canceled flight
By Harvey Lampert
Appears on Page 14
Iceland by Bus
By Betty Serow
Appears on Page 14
Tips on driving in Europe
By Ron Carlson
Appears on Page 15
Wisteria and bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo. Photo by Clyde F. Holt
Wisteria Festival in Tokyo
By Jane B. & Clyde F. Holt
Appears on Page 16
Notes on Chiang Rai
By Jim Delmonte
Appears on Page 17
Paid change fee on canceled flight
By Stanley Mui
Appears on Page 24
Praise for JMG Tibet Tours
By Nick & Michaele Stooke
Appears on Page 24
Bulgaria & Romania with Balkan Trails
By Susan Purcell
Appears on Page 25
‘No forced marches’ with Intimate France
By Jack & Yvonne Prevo
Appears on Page 26
Picturesque view from the window of our room at the Terceira Mar Hotel. Photo by Steve Plotkin
Azores Getaways’ off-season deal
By Steve & Marcia Plotkin
Appears on Page 27
‘Pay me what you want’
By David Selley
Appears on Page 31
Is a hotel safe safe?
By Miyako Storch
Appears on Page 50
Smaller tips ‘Down Under’
By Philip Shart
Appears on Page 51

Calling All Readers!

My granddaughter, Cora, and a friend walking on the Isle of Wight in 2015. Photo by Dee Poujade
Day pack hiking tours
By Nancy And Ed Norberg
Appears on Page 38

Calling All Readers! Call for Submissions

bird watching
A good bird-watching site
Appears on Page 17


Arched street within the Old Town of Safi, a coastal city in Morocco. Photo: ©Leonid Andronov/
Update on laptops in carryons. North Korea travelban. Trip-cancellation/interruption claims caveat.
Boarding Pass

By David Tykol
Appears on Page 2
How to stay one step ahead of the Zika virus
The Discerning Traveler

By Philip Wagenaar, MD
Appears on Page 53
In some places — like this bamboo grove in the Arashiyama district west of Kyoto, Japan — travelers need to be aware that mosquitoes may be present. Photo by Mark Gallo
Using repellents to avoid mosquito-borne diseases
The Mindful Traveler

By Mark Gallo
Appears on Page 54
Wall of antiquities near the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta — Torcello island, Venetian Lagoon, Italy. Photos by Julie Skurdenis
Back to Torcello
Focus on Archaeology

By Julie Skurdenis
Appears on Page 55
In Riga’s Art Nouveau district, architecture such as that of this apartment building wows visitors. Photos by Randy Keck
The Baltics (Part 2 of 3)
Far Horizons

By Randy Keck
Appears on Page 57

Funniest Thing

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
By Robyn Rishe
Appears on Page 51

Where in the World? Correct Answers