May 19, 2012 |
SAN JOSE — Wondering where to go on vacation this year, and what to do? A growing number of "social travel" start-ups offer alternatives to the trusty, dusty guidebook. Sites like Twigmore and Triptrotting help you troll your social networks for friends who have friends in new places, then hit those people up for advice from a local's perspective — or arrange meet-ups when you get there. Another new site, Trippy, helps you keep track of all those interesting places you've come across on the Web while researching travel destinations.
November 18, 2012
Here is what the State Department says about travel to Cuba: "The U.S. Department of the Treasury enforces the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, which apply to all U.S. citizens and permanent residents wherever they are located, all people and organizations physically located in the United States, and branches and subsidiaries of U.S. organizations throughout the world. The regulations require that persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction be licensed in order to engage in any travel-related transactions pursuant to travel to, from, and within Cuba.
June 24, 2012
THE BEST WAY TO ATHENS From LAX, Air France, KLM, British, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Turkish, US Airways, Delta and Swiss offer connecting service (change of plane) to Athens. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $984, including fees and taxes. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 30 (the country code for Greece) and the local number. WHERE TO STAY Monopati Rooms & Apartments . Kastro Monemvasia; 2732-061-772, http://www.byzantine-escapade.com . Doubles from about $88 to $107.
December 2, 2012
Lessons on travel to Cuba Regarding "Unspoiled, for Now," by Amanda Jones, Nov. 18: I find it appalling that the same people who condemned apartheid in South Africa will applaud it in Cuba. Did it occur to The Times that those people were putting on a show for tips? Shame on Jones for writing this shallow, naive white-man's-burden piece. Migdia Chinea Glendale :: I enjoyed the article on Cuba travel by Amanda Jones. An even better way to travel is to go through study-abroad classes.
March 17, 2013
TRAVEL Presentation Ava Waits will offer tips on healthy travel to Europe and what to do if you need to see a doctor or pharmacist on your trip. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. MT. WHITNEY Workshop Experts will offer tips on preparing to hike Mt. Whitney, including the permit system, coping with high altitude and taking alternative routes to the top. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Arcadia, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave. Admission, info: Free.
February 19, 2012
EUROPE Presentation Learn the ins and outs of train travel in Europe with Distant Lands rail agent Susan Hickman. Topics will include itinerary planning and choosing individual tickets or rail passes. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. PHOTOGRAPHY Slide show Mort Loveman will present "A Camera for All Seasons With Nikon. " When, where: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roxbury Park Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills.