This is the March 2018 issue

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Lowest-airfare searches
By Donna Pyle
Appears on Page 14
No surge protectors at sea
By Diane Robbins
Appears on Page 14
Cape Town highlights
By Alan Ramsay
Appears on Page 15
We saw Carter Lane, a block southwest of St. Paul’s Cathedral, on London Walks’ tour “Shakespeare’s and Dickens’ London — The Old City.” Photos by Stephen Addison
London Walks tours
By Stephen Addison
Appears on Page 15
Interlining bags on separate tickets
Appears on Page 24
Dennis and Jill Miller at the Great Wall.
‘Incredible’ trip with China Odyssey
By Jill Miller
Appears on Page 25
Dancing Bear Tours in St. Petersburg
By Donna Suddeth
Appears on Page 27
Return to Keflavík
By Keith Prior
Appears on Page 28
Hotel Stadt Melk in Melk, Austria. Photo by Dorothy Botnick
Hotel Stadt Melk, Austria
By Dorothy Botnick
Appears on Page 29
A whale shark vertically feeding. Photo by Susan Dailey
Swimming with whale sharks, Cancún
By Norman Dailey
Appears on Page 30
Parque Nacional da Serra da Capivara, Brazil
By Anne Stoll
Appears on Page 47

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Essay Contest Winners

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I’m Sweet on Sweden - Winners
By Rosemary McDaniel
Appears on Page 43

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The bucolic landscape of Germany’s Black Forest is punctuated by scenic towns and memorable hiking trails.
Discovering the Romance of Germany's Black Forest
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

Sometimes called the “Welsh Big Ben,” the landmark Pierhead Building dominates the waterfront in Cardiff’s Docklands district.
Welsh revival: Cardiff sheds rust-belt past for glossy future
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

To avoid the worst cruise ship crowds, use amenities such as swimming pools during off-peak hours.
Making the most of your cruise
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

Estonians enjoy a collective culture — and that includes sharing food and drink.
Estonia's singing revolution
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

In the Western Sahara, the oasis city of Chinguetti, Mauritania, features the massive minaret of the 13th-century Chinguetti Mosque. Photo: © Sergey Mayorov/123rf
Hotels and “Do Not Disturb.” “Smart luggage” restrictions. State Department warnings
Boarding Pass

By David Tykol
Appears on Page 2
The Geografile
The Geografile

By Bryan Henry
Appears on Page 43
They’re called smartphones for good reason (Second of two parts)
The Mindful Traveler

By Mark Gallo
Appears on Page 50
The Geografile
The Geografile

By Bryan Henry
Appears on Page 51
An osechi-ryōri meal for New Year’s Day. Photo courtesy of ANA Crowne Plaza Narita
What’s Cooking in… Japan
What's Cooking in...

By Sandra Scott
Appears on Page 52
Oslo’s redeveloped waterfront includes a 5-mile-long promenade and stunning architecture. Photo by Cameron Hewitt
What’s new in Scandinavia for 2018
Rick Steves' Europe

By Rick Steves
Appears on Page 54

Funniest Thing

Connecting with the locals
By Sandra Gorry
Appears on Page 48

Where in the World? Correct Answers