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Experiencing Italy, preparing to hike Mt. Whitney, storytelling about traveling, and more.

February 17, 2013



Tuscan author Sarah Fioroni will discuss traveling to Italy and staying in an agriturisimo, as well as experiencing Italy through its food and wine.

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.

Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220.



Experts will help you navigate the permit system and cover the basics of preparing to hike Mt. Whitney, including conditioning, nutrition and gear.

When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Rancho Cucamonga, 12218 Foothill Blvd., and Thursday at the REI store in Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd.

Admission, info: Free. (909) 646-8360 for Rancho Cucamonga; (310) 458-4370 for Santa Monica.



Professional travel blogger Josh Johnson of the Matador Network will discuss travel storytelling.

When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hostelling International, 1436 2nd St., Santa Monica.

Admission, info: Free. (310) 393-6263.



Planning your next vacation? Learn where to go and what to see at the 15th annual Los Angeles Times Travel Show. Rick Steves, Arthur Frommer, Andrew McCarthy and Phil Keoghan are among the featured speakers.

When, where: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 24 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St.

Admission, info: $10 at the door; children 16 and under are free (one child free per each paid adult). Save $2 by buying online at Use promo code LAT.



Veteran travelers will offer tips for women interested in traveling alone. Topics to be covered will include advantages and concerns for solo travel as well as needed skills.

When, where: 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hostelling International Travel Store, 1434 2nd St., Santa Monica.

Admission, info: Free. (310) 393-6263.


Wilderness walk

Naturalist Mark Wheeler will lead visitors on a wilderness experience as they explore the trail to Stubbe Spring in Joshua Tree National Park.

When, where: 8 a.m. Saturday at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center, 6554 Park Blvd.

Admission, info: $60, (760) 367-5535.



Photographer Wendy Windebank will discuss her November 2012 visit to Ethiopia, the "cradle of humanity."

When, where: Noon, Feb. 24 at Little Ethiopia Restaurant, 1048 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles.

Admission, info: $20 for lunch and program. Hosted by the Network for Travel Club. RSVP to (323) 578-3601.

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