This is the November 2017 issue

Boarding Pass


Looking across the harbor of Valletta, Malta, at the “Three Cities.”
Choosing the tours less taken on a southern Mediterranean cruise
By Jennie & Denzil Verardo
Appears on Page 6
Esther Perica enjoying the “Let It Be”  graffiti in the Yoga Pavilion.
Traveling ‘Across the Universe’ to find remembrances of the Beatles in India
By Esther Perica
Appears on Page 22
One of the samba-school floats we saw at the Sambadrome.
Caught up in Rio’s spectacular Carnival
By Alla Campbell
Appears on Page 34
Children playing in a square in Luxembourg City.
Reclaiming ancestral citizenship in Luxembourg
By Glenn Schmidt
Appears on Page 46

Travelers' Intercom

Online/offline chip-and-PIN debit cards
By Mr. X
Appears on Page 16
Quinta do Seixo vineyards and the town of Pinhão (and our docked ship, Queen Isabel, at back right). Photo by Stephen Addison
Cruising the Douro River
By Stephen Addison
Appears on Page 17
Disappointed in Ireland arrangements
By Mary Kirson
Appears on Page 27
Bumped by Avianca
By Steve Buchwalter
Appears on Page 27
A young puma on a lakeshore in Chilean Patagonia. Photo by Donna Pyle
Patagonia & Travel Vision Journeys
By Donna Pyle
Appears on Page 28
Ray, Nancy and John Friedman at Casa Garcia in Gonzar, Spain, on Day 3. Photo by Ken Friedman
The Camino de Santiago more comfortably
By Nancy Friedman
Appears on Page 30
Getting an accurate feel for a place
By Mary Ann Peterson
Appears on Page 32
Outpatient visit in Vietnam
By Amy Romano
Appears on Page 33
Had to buy rental agency’s insurance
By Marvin Feldman
Appears on Page 49
The Simran SM-60 power strip has three universal outlets. Photo by David Collins
Traveler’s power strip
By David Collins
Appears on Page 49
Off! Deep Woods repellent
By Robert A. Siebert
Appears on Page 50

Calling All Readers!

Essay Contest Winners

Warsaw at Night
I Saw Warsaw - Winners
Appears on Page 44


Detail of a curved-back dragon on the roof of Casa Battló, the exterior of which was designed by Antoni Gaudí — Barcelona, Spain. Photo: ©portokalis/
Trump's latest travel ban. Kurdistan and Catalonia independence votes.
Boarding Pass

By David Tykol
Appears on Page 2
Abdominal thrusts, aka the Heimlich maneuver
The Discerning Traveler

By Philip Wagenaar, MD
Appears on Page 52
Hallstatt is a peaceful and perfectly Austrian alternative to the tourist hustle of Salzburg. Photo by Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli
Finding back doors in today’s Europe
Rick Steves' Europe

By Rick Steves
Appears on Page 53
The Geografile
Appears on Page 53
Totem poles at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, North Vancouver. Photo by Julie Skurdenis
Totem poles of the Canadian Northwest Coast
Focus on Archaeology

By Julie Skurdenis
Appears on Page 54

Funniest Thing

Bad first impression
By Jay Levy
Appears on Page 50

Where in the World? Correct Answers