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December 19, 2010 | By Leon Logothetis, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As parents struggle to find just the right gift for their children this holiday season, let me make a suggestion: I'd give the gift of independence. In this age of "helicopter parenting" ? our unceasing hovering over our children ? it's not always easy to instill in them the joy of independence and its corollary, self-reliance. Do we really want them to leave us behind and embark on some other journey, separate from our care? Yes. I'm not suggesting dropping a teenager in the middle of the Gobi Desert and wishing him good luck (more on that in a minute)
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.
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.
April 2, 2006
SUSAN SPANO'S take on the inevitable negatives involved in travel ["Disenchantment Tags Along, Even in Enchanting Lands," Her World, March 19] was totally refreshing and a joy to read, particularly coming from the pen/keyboard of such a seasoned trekker. Travelers all know bad stuff happens, yet the cover-up is always creative. For example, a friend describes a pocket-picking incident in Paris that turned out to be an "adventure." Yeah, sure. Sorry I missed the experience. Spano's list of advance planning tips is invaluable; more, please.
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