by John Chatfield

Elewana Afrika has opened three new luxury properties in TANZANIA: Arusha Coffee Lodge, Tarangire Treetops and Serengeti Migration Camp. These camps will remain small and intimate with an emphasis on personal attention, hospitality and fine dining.

Arusha Coffee Lodge is a boutique-style lodge with 18 individual plantation-style villas, each with a fireplace and private balcony. Room rates start at $100 per person per night, including breakfast.



Malaysia Airlines’ ad sounded almost too good to be true: $999 would take us halfway around the world to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s cosmopolitan capital. To that we could add as many (or as few) as we wanted of the dozens of destinations Malaysia Airlines flies to in the Far East. We’d be using Kuala Lumpur as our hub for the Far Eastern destinations, but it would not cost us a penny more to add to our travel agenda, if we chose, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Yangon, Hanoi, Manila. . .


(Part 1 of 2 on Chile)

On a visit to Chile in February 2005 I had the opportunity to stay at a friend’s apartment in Santiago and enjoy many of the lifestyle attractions experienced by locals.

The apartment is located in an upmarket district of the city known as Providencia, an area of primarily highrise apartment and condominium buildings only a few blocks away from the busy primary thoroughfare of Avenida Apoquindo. The peaceful, tree-lined streets were seemingly...


Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 350th (!) issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

“This is just what I need. Where have you been all my life?!” That’s what Shifra Rosoff of Framingham, Massachusetts, said when she called ITN’s toll-free number to subscribe (800/486-4968) a month ago.

Don’t assume all of your traveling friends know about ITN. Ask if they’d each like a sample copy.

Phyllis Raulerson of Leonia, New Jersey, wrote to say, “Give editorial a...


I often get asked which is the best ship afloat, in terms of its food. I would love to be able to give a simple answer and award a prize. However, after reviewing my experiences afloat, communicating with ITN readers and interviewing seagoing chefs, I don’t think the answer is that easy.

There are so many variables and obstacles, and vessels change so rapidly, that it is probably impossible to identify one ship or one line. Yes, there are surveys and polls on food afloat, but often...


by Chris Springer, Contributing Editor

“The Rivers of the Mandala: Journey into the Heart of Buddhism” by Simon Allix and Benoit de Vilmorin (2004, Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0500284954 — 112 pp., $21.95 paperback).

Two young explorers, their faces weathered by the elements, gaze agog at Tibet’s Mount Kailash. This book-cover image suits a work that itself inspires a sense of wonder.

Brothers Simon and Thomas Allix travel through Tibet and India in a quest to understand...


The earthquake off the island of Sumatra in December 2004 left its mark on 2005. The earthquake did its own damage, but the tsunami it generated did far worse, devastating lives and land for a thousand miles around. The wave continues to ripple in other ways, in terms of damaged health and lost tourism.

For those traveling to give help to the victims, or for travelers who may fall victim themselves, a little education is vital to prevent and treat disaster-related health issues now...


“Boy, did they go through fast.” We looked with envy as the European Union passport holders whisked through Immigration, while our line inched forward in tandem with the beetle on the floor.

“Maybe we should get a Dutch passport,” I said to Flory.

A letter to ITN from George Nastas of Haslett, Michigan, requesting an article about the acquisition of second passports, prompted me to action. My research turned up the following interesting tidbits.

Websites promising...