Marv Feldman standing outside Bariloche’s Centro Civico.

For our spring 2016 travels, we set aside five weeks in March and April. In light of increasing reports of security problems in Europe, we looked south to Argentina and Chile. 

We’re independent travelers, so before leaving home we booked only our flights to Buenos Aires and our return flights from Santiago back to Florida, together with a 3-night hotel stay in Buenos Aires. Along the way, we waited until the last minute to make travel decisions in order to give ourselves maximum...

Belvedere Palace, Vienna, Austria.

Throughout its history, the Danube has flowed through dozens of empires, kingdoms and principalities and, now, nations whose independence was won through struggle and endurance. In April-May 2016, I followed its route on an 11-night cruise with Value World Tours* aboard the MS River Navigator.

This “Southern Danube Discovery” cruise, priced from $2,799 to $4,098 per person, double, depending on cabin category, began in Austria and included stops in Slovakia, Hungary,...

The Jain Temple of Ranakpur — an intricate splendor

Fellow pilot Zaman Khan said, “India… all good memories and smells, but India is not for sissies.” 

This statement would prove to be profound, as it surfaced, front and center, during our Nov. 13-Dec. 2, 2015. trip to a land advertised by their department of tourism as “Incredible India.” My wife, Rita, and I found a complex land of amazing diversity, one which certainly begs for a return visit. 

Getting there

We were told, in...

In search of lions in a Land Cruiser.

As a way to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, my wife, Rosie, and I wanted to take a family trip that would include our two sons, their wives and our two teenage grandchildren and be in a location away from Southern California. We faced three challenges: finding a time when all were available, deciding on a location and an activity that would appeal to all of us (ranging in age from 13 to 77) and keeping costs to a reasonable amount. 

After considerable consultation, we...

Carole and Ted Mullett and Julene and Bruce Campbell crewed this narrowboat in England.

Wendy Bach of Minneapolis, Minnesota, wrote (April ’16, pg. 2), “My husband and I are now 63 and in good health, and we want to chart out the active ‘this is the time to do it’ type of trips. We love hiking and biking and have taken bike tours. We haven’t done much of the big-group tours; we tend to plan our own itineraries and make our own arrangements. 

“So here is my question for ITN readers: If you could design the ideal sequence of places...

Train travel keeps you fit… if you’re up for the long walks involved.

I prefer to travel independently rather than with a tour group, and, over the years, one of the benefits of planning my own travel has been achieving a level of expertise in the various transportation systems abroad. On our September 2015 trip to Europe, my wife, Kris, and I and four friends used quite a few different conveyances to get around, many of which we booked before we left the US. 


Train travel in Europe is generally safe, efficient and fast....


“Careful! Don’t step on the sea lion.” 

With those words, our guide Joed introduced us to the unique experience of observing wildlife in the Galápagos Islands. 

Fifteen of us gingerly stepped around the large creature lying across our path as we threaded our way across North Seymour, the first island we visited on an 11-day tour aboard the 125-foot-long Tip Top IV, a luxurious yacht that was to be our home for the next 10 nights. 



Despite the 101-degree temperatures during our visit, my husband, Ray, and I packed everything feasible into a 3-day pre-cruise visit to Florence, Italy, Aug. 7-9, 2015. 

Our “home” was the Hotel B4 Astoria Firenze (Via del Giglio, 9; www.b4astoriafirenze.com), a historic hotel created from two former residences of Florentine nobles. The breakfast room and lobby reflected this palatial past, and the rooftop bar offered impressive views of the Duomo, aka Santa Maria...