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Should I travel alone?

Dear Heloise: You offer travel hints for families, but what about us single women who want to travel but can’t convince anyone else to go with us? Isn’t it dangerous to travel alone to foreign countries? — Andrea Y., Pulaski, Tenn.

Andrea, first check with the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (travel.state.gov) to find out which countries they ask you to stay away from. After that, go online and check out travel sites for suggestions and advice. Traveling alone doesn’t have to be scary, lonely or dull. You’ll meet people, conquer your fears and have a nice time if you let yourself enjoy the experience. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: Sometimes luggage tags get ripped off or lost. I always make sure there is an address label on the handle of my luggage as a backup to prevent lost luggage. — Ellen M., Sun Valley, Nev.

Dear Readers: Can you name the most commonly consumed food in the world? If you guessed “bread,” you would be correct. It’s also one of the oldest man-made foods. Prehistoric people of the Stone Age are believed to have made a simple bread by crushing grains and mixing them with water to form a paste. This paste was cooked on a heated rock. It’s believed that the skilled bread makers of Egypt started adding yeast as far back as 300 B.C. Eventually, refined flour was used, and whole loaves of bread were sold for centuries until sliced bread became popular in the 1920s. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: I’ve come across several recipes lately calling for “stalks” of celery, chopped. Don’t they mean “ribs”? — Mary M., Clinton, Ind.

Mary, how right you are! A stalk is comprised of many ribs of celery. We’ve grown accustomed to referring to one rib of celery as a stalk.

If a recipe is not based on celery, such as egg salad, and calls for two “stalks” of celery, bet your bottom dollar that they mean “ribs.” — Heloise

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