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August 14, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Pitch of the week (and it's only Tuesday): “The team at Trippy , the social travel site and app, created a 'Fifty Shades of Grey' travel board and I thought you might be interested in checking it out.” The board features locations included in the popular book “as well as some ideas for where a real-life Christian and Ana might visit. “ Click here for details   . . . . The next Olympics will be in Sochi, on the Black Sea in eastern Russia,  in 2014. For ticket information, click here  . . . . Bad news for late-summer car trips: The national average for a gallon of gas at the pump has climbed to $3.67, a rise of 34 cents since July 1. An increase in crude oil prices and problems with refineries and pipelines in the West Coast and Midwest, including a fire in California, are mostly to blame . . . . The Nevada Wild Fest, with over 35 large format carnival rides and the  world's largest sling-shot,  heads to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Oct. 25-28 . . . . LAX has announced nature-themed exhibitions by Southern California artists in Terminal 1 , near baggage claim and near Gate 1 . . . . The Port of Hueneme holds its inaugural Banana Festival Sept 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 105 E. Port Hueneme Road.
May 9, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Seventy percent of beaches on Maui, Kauai and Oahu are going through long-term erosion , the U.S. Geological Survey says in a study released this week  . . . . The average hotel room rate in central London for the Olympic period this summer: $341 a night . . . . Happy 100th birthday to the Beverly Hills Hotel , which celebrates the milestone Saturday . . . . . Newport's Balboa Bay Club & Resort is hosting its ninth annual celebration...
March 21, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
When actress Kate Walsh, star of ABC's "Private Practice," was not playing neonatal surgeon Dr. Addison Montgomery, she was quite the traveler. Now that the show has finished its sixth and final season, Walsh is taking some time to travel the world. Walsh traveled a lot when she was younger with her brothers and sisters, camping and going up and down the coast of California or Mexico . She's been on a helicopter ride in Belize and a belly-dancing African safari. She chatted with us about her favorite destinations, where she's off to next and her travel-friendly Boyfriend fragrance line .  How long have you been traveling?
October 23, 2011
ARGENTINA AND CHILE Slide show Wayne Bernhardson will discuss the capital cities of Buenos Aires and Santiago, the gateway cities to Patagonia, and will offer a visual tour of the Chilean and Argentine lakes district, Argentina's wildlife-rich coastline, Chile's forested fjords and Tierra del Fuego. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. EUROPE Slide show Mort Loveman will present "Journey to Asia - Borneo, Toraja and Bali.
March 5, 2009 | Stuart Pfeifer
Broadcom Corp. co-founder Henry T. Nicholas III will be able to ditch his electronic monitoring bracelet and travel freely throughout the U.S. while awaiting trial on criminal charges, a federal judge ruled. U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Nakazato granted Nicholas' request Monday but said the billionaire former executive would have to consent to random drug testing and obtain advance approval from court officials to travel outside Southern California. Nicholas, free on $3.
January 24, 2011 | Gregory Rodriguez
I demand a recount! Or a re-survey! Or some form of redress for the aspersions Travel + Leisure magazine has cast not only on the City of Angels but on all of us Angelenos. The magazine released a survey last week of travelers who, in all their wisdom, concluded that Los Angeles surpasses New York as the rudest city in America. Excuse me? My first reaction was fear that I would never again be able to use the rude New Yorker jokes in my already limited humor repertoire ?
July 11, 2010 | From The Los Angeles Times
Value added? Not so much Spain has found a convenient way to ease its troublesome budget deficit. During a May transatlantic cruise, some 750 passengers on Holland America's Prinsendam, including my wife and me, were notified that Spain had imposed a 7% value-added tax on shipboard purchases while in Spanish waters. The Prinsendam docked at the Spanish ports of Cádiz, A Coruña and Bilbao. Of course, the VAT on-board would be in addition to the same tax we were charged for on-shore buys.
February 9, 1994
Changes in travel patterns are slowly taking place for economic, technological and sociological reasons, according to the 1993 "travel barometer" survey by Maritz Marketing Research Inc. for Budget Rent a Car. Some questions were concerned travel frequency in general while others were specific to the rental car habits.
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