This is the April 2018 issue


The bronze Great Buddha at Kotoku-in Temple in Kamakura was one of many stops worth a picture on a week-long tour of Japan. Photo by David Tykol
From traditional to trendy, Japan has it all
By David Tykol
Appears on Page 6
“The Horns,” part of the Torres del Paine Massif.
Picturesque Patagonia – a cruise along the southern coast of Chile
By Marvin Silverman
Appears on Page 20
Lioness seen during our stay at Kwara Camp.
Impressed by the amazing wildlife of Botswana
By Paula Adams
Appears on Page 33
A view of Bergen and its harbor.
Norway from A to Z
By James Hansen
Appears on Page 42

Travelers' Intercom

Library in Kenwood House. Photo by Stephen Addison
London’s village of Hampstead
By Stephen Addison
Appears on Page 14
Detail of the rock-splitting Ishiwarizakura in Morioka, Japan. Photo by Clyde F. Holt
Lost and found in Japan
By Jane B. Holt
Appears on Page 15
Assessing SE Europe tours
By Joellyn Ross
Appears on Page 25
From Reykjavik on Icelandair
By Jon Lafleur
Appears on Page 28
Five ’Stans with JMG
By Peggy Zimmerman
Appears on Page 29
Namibia with Cardboard Box
By Emilee Hines Cantieri
Appears on Page 30
People danced around the maypole, in Karlstad’s Mariebergsskogen, during Midsummer festival. Photo by Karen Stensgaard
Volvo purchase included free trip to Sweden
By Karen Stensgaard
Appears on Page 30
Quelling jet lag
By David Selley
Appears on Page 47
On bin hogs
By Philip A. Shart
Appears on Page 47
Strolling in Stockholm
By Larry & Carol Crabill
Appears on Page 48

Calling All Readers!

Calling All Readers! Call for Submissions

Advice for a Solo on a Custom Guided Tour
Appears on Page 17
Senior Drivers of Rental Cars
By Senior Drivers of Rental Cars
Appears on Page 28
Managing Things at Home
By Bill Hutchinson
Appears on Page 57
Discovering the world on $100 a day
By Pat Ove
Appears on Page 57


At Jugendherberge Stahleck, one of Europe’s most scenic hostels, travelers sleep in a medieval German castle and enjoy a royal view of the Rhine River.
Hosteling: Great for 'youths' of any age
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

Iceland’s easy stopovers and dramatic scenery — like the geothermal field that’s home to Geysir on the Golden Circle — have quadrupled the number of tourists to the island since 2010.
Iceland in 24 hours
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

Lingering in outdoor cafes is the norm in France — eat long and well.
France for rookies
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

Ljubljana’s exquisite architecture reflects its history as a crossroads of Germanic, Mediterranean, and Slavic cultures.
Ljubljana: An underrated gem in the heart of Europe
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

Mostar’s Old Bridge — a 21st century reconstruction of the 16th century original — is traditionally considered the point where East meets West.
Europe's best border-busting day trips
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

In the Old Town of Gdańsk, Poland, St. Mary’s Cathedral (constructed 1343 to 1502) is touted as the world’s largest brick church. Photo: ©Lukasz Janyst/123rf
Poland to prosecute anyone who mentions that Poles committed war crimes in WWII. Subscribers' info requests.
Boarding Pass

By David Tykol
Appears on Page 2
travel insurance
The advantage of post-departure policies: cost
Eye on Travel Insurance

By Wayne Wirtanen
Appears on Page 50
The Geografile
The Geografile

By Bryan Henry
Appears on Page 51
Visitors to Switzerland’s gorgeous Berner Oberland can take in spectacular peak views from the Thrill Walk on the Schilthorn cliffside. Photo by Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli
What’s new in Britain, Ireland, France and Switzerland
Rick Steves' Europe

By Rick Steves
Appears on Page 52
Kylemore Abbey’s pleasure garden, with the head gardener’s cottage in the background. Photos by Yvonne Michie Horn
Kylemore Abbey’s Victorian walled garden
The Garden Path

By Yvonne Michie Horn
Appears on Page 54

Funniest Thing

Next time, keep up
By John Maas
Appears on Page 48

Where in the World? Correct Answers