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Disappearance of European passport stamps -

In the late 1980s, an American spending a summer traveling across Europe with a Eurailpass would see his or her passport stamped possibly dozens of times. With a few exceptions, every time a border was crossed, an immigration agent would pop his or her head into a train compartment, look at everyone's passports, in most cases stamp them, and move on. Every Eastern Bloc country required visas, some of which could be obtained at the border and others of which had to be applied for in advance.

Today, an American can enter the Schengen zone in Helsinki, fly to Oslo and then on to Amsterdam, proceed by train through Belgium, France, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland, then by bus to Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, and then by ferry back to Helsinki before catching a flight to Athens and landing in Greece without once needing to submit a passport to a border guard's scrutiny.


Texas Officials Warn Students Not to Travel to Mexico for Spring Break - FoxNews

Mexican Federal Police 
The Texas Department of Public Safety has issued a travel warning to college students on spring break, urging them not to travel to Mexico, reports.

Authorities are pointing to several recent incidents of drug-related violence in the country, including the murders of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent and two El Paso boys last month.

DPS Assistant Chief Tom Vinger said many American students feel invincible while vacationing in popular spring break destinations, like Cancun or Acapulco.


Nazi salute gets tourist arrested - USATODAY

An unidentified 30-year-old Canadian tourist was arrested over the weekend in Berlin for giving the Nazi salute while a friend photographed him. The pair were outside the historic Reichstag parliament building, when police arrested the man and confiscated the memory card from his companion's camera, according to news reports


Cheap Flights vs. Safety and Security - ABC News

The Mideast is in turmoil; Christchurch, New Zealand has been devastated by an earthquake; and the death toll in the Mexican drug wars continues to rise. What's a traveler to do?

Good question. Especially when some of these places -- I'm thinking of certain Mexican resort areas -- are so cheap. Bargain airfares abound, which might tempt some to travel to destination they'd be better off avoiding.