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June 10, 2012
Regarding "Shoo, Flip-Flops," [Letters June 2]: I have definitely noticed a surge in passengers wearing flip-flops ever since the Transportation Security Administration started requiring people to remove their shoes during preflight screening. Perhaps they are rebelling against this cumbersome procedure, which is rumored to end when new policies go into effect. What Michael Ludmer failed to mention is important: In the event of an in-flight emergency, the last thing a passenger should be wearing is flimsy plastic sandals - highly inappropriate for a quick exit.
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TRAVEL
April 27, 2014
The inside viewof Hanalei Just a quick note to say Christopher Reynolds did a great job representing Hanalei ["Rooted in Kauai," April 20]. As a born and raised Kauaian (who grew up on Weke Road), I must say I was surprised to open the paper at my current home in California and see my hometown taking over a full spread. Reynolds did a great job representing the island and calling out all the best restaurants and things to do - exactly the list I've sent to friends looking for Kauai recommendations.
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WORLD
December 24, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON -- The State Department on Tuesday cautioned travelers about the risks of visiting Honduras, known as the “murder capital of the world,” saying that killings of Americans are frequent and almost never solved. In a travel warning , the department said American expatriates experience similar levels of crime as other population groups. Police forces are unable to keep up and have solved only two of the 50 killings of Americans since 2008, U.S. officials said. Honduras has had the highest murder rate in the world since 2010, and levels of violence and crime remain "critically high," the warning said.
TRAVEL
April 27, 2014
PAPUA NEW GUINEA Slide show Pierre Odier will share his insights on Papua New Guinea, one of the last places where primitive man can still be seen in his natural Stone Age environment. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. WOMEN Workshop Hostelling International will conduct a workshop for women interested in traveling alone. Topics to be covered include health and safety.
TRAVEL
September 15, 2013
What place lifts your spirits? We asked a group of seasoned travelers to describe their happy places, the destination they conjure in times of trouble. The allure is aesthetic, but it's also emotional. The place is reminiscent of home - or the polar opposite of home. It is exotic - or ordinary. Wherever it is, it beckons these travelers to lay down their burdens and put their cares at bay. Here are their choices. To tell us about yours, email travel@latimes.com .
TRAVEL
May 9, 2010 | By Jen Leo
Tired of traveling by yourself? Globetrooper.com puts you in touch with like-minded travelers seeking global adventures and could help you avoid paying that dreaded single supplement. What's hot: The site focuses on experiential adventure travel and provides a space where travelers can chat about their trip plans before booking. I admire the focus on regions rather than just a single country. Even if you don't decide to join a trip, I liked browsing the "Global Guide" for dream trips, such as an overland trip from London to Cape Town, South Africa, or cycling through Vietnam and Laos.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Although many signs point to a strengthening U.S. economy, the overwhelming sentiment in the business travel world remains doing more with less. That attitude came across in a recent study that found many business travelers are staying a few extra nights to handle more business instead of making multiple trips. Partly as a result, the estimated total number of trips in the U.S. has dropped 22% over the last decade,  but overall spending on business travel has increased 3.3%, according to a study released last week by the global Business Travel Assn., a Virginia-based trade group.
TRAVEL
February 21, 2010
A tour website for solo travels Regarding the reader in "Ill-Prepared?" [On the Spot, Feb. 14] who was concerned about traveling alone and the possibility of illness, etc.: Another good option would be www.untours.com, "Independent Travel With Support Since 1975." On its Web pages you can find a variety of places to visit on your own, with your own rental apartment and with English-speaking help to assist you with travel problems. My husband and I have used Untours seven times and would not consider traveling any other way. Leslie Richardson Fullerton Tucson by train from L.A. Thanks for the nice article on Tucson and the Congress Hotel ["Tucson's Got an Ear for Music," by Charlie Vascellaro, Feb. 14]
NEWS
January 18, 2014 | By Chris Erskine
With the Transportation Security Administration, there is almost always a method to the madness. For instance, fliers who found themselves standing out on the runway after the LAX shooting last November should have been relieved that they were out of harm's way, TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said Saturday at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show. "That's a good thing," the 12-year-TSA veteran said, noting authorities had no way of knowing whether the attacker was trying to herd passengers into an ambush at more vulnerable drop-off points.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
In the foreseeable future, fliers can expect to be “randomized” by the Transportation Security Administration. That means an electronic device called a randomizer would randomly direct travelers to different screening lines. One reason the devices are needed, federal officials said, is so TSA officers can't be accused of profiling passengers when they direct some fliers to a line for regular screening and others to a line for a faster, less intrusive search. In many airports, the TSA operates special screening lines where travelers don't have to remove their shoes, belts and jackets or take laptops and liquids out of carry-on bags.
TRAVEL
April 27, 2014 | By Jen Leo
If Mom and Dad refuse to give you money for your travels, this website offers hope. Name: http://www.Trevolta.com What it does: Helps travelers crowd fund their global adventures. Cost: Varies depending on whether you have a fixed or flexible funding campaign. There's also a PayPal fee (the method used to collect donations). What's hot: I love that many of the trips are purpose-driven. Your "funding campaign" is placed in a category such as "Charity and Volunteering," "Education and Research," "Music and Arts," "Meaningful" and more.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2014 | David Colker
Mark Shand - brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall - was a modern version of the eccentric, slightly bumbling British adventurer. And he came by it honestly. He once walked and canoed across Indonesia for 12 days to get to a place where he could phone his mother. "And after all this enormous trouble," Shand told the Evening Standard in London in 2010, "I got through to the home number and said, 'Hi, Ma, it's me,' and she said, 'I can't talk to you now, I'm watching "Coronation Street.
TRAVEL
April 25, 2014 | By Josh Noel
One of the most tired cliches is that so-and-so doesn't actually sell such-and-such; they sell peace of mind. Well, in this case, it's true. The question is whether there is a market for that peace of mind among airline customers. In recent months, two companies - Chicago-based Options Away ( www.optionsaway.com ) and San Francisco-based Level Skies ( www.levelskies.com ) - have begun offering the chance to lock in airfares without committing to a ticket. This sort of service has been bubbling at the industry edges in various incarnations; Kayak ( www.kayak.com )
TRAVEL
April 21, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: How do I tip the people who take me by wheelchair for airline departures? Does the amount differ if it's a tiny, easy airport like Long Beach; medium to normal like SFO; or long, complicated and very hard like Dulles? I'd appreciate advice. Margo Kasdan Seal Beach Answer: Duck for cover. We're about to poke the hornet's nest again, creating yet another swarm of pro- and anti-gratuity camps, who have presumably been beefing since the word "gratuity" was first used in 1540, according to Merriam-Webster.
TRAVEL
April 20, 2014
ASIA Presentation Justin Rubin will share stories and advice about traveling to Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, India and Nepal. Topics include how to survive being held hostage by an orangutan and the proper way to drink cobra blood. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. EUROPE Workshop Hostelling International will conduct a workshop for those interested in exploring Europe by rail.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
More Americans are going to Cuba, which makes the U.S. the second tourism source for the island nation after Canada, according to a new report. Despite a travel embargo that's been in effect for half a century, 173,550 Americans went to Cuba in January through March. "The data confirms, although the Cuban government does not recognize it publicly, that the United States, even with the effect of the embargo, is the second greatest source of tourists to Cuba after Canada," Emilio Morales, president of U.S.-based Havana Consulting Group, wrote in a report provided to the Associated Press . "Most of the U.S. travelers are Cuban-Americans visiting family but others have no ties to the island and travel to participate in academic and cultural programs," the AP reports, noting most flights originate from Miami.
BUSINESS
May 6, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Some U.S. travelers who fly abroad are now eligible to zip through special airport screening lines without removing their shoes, belts and jackets or taking laptops and liquids out of carry-on bags. The Transportation Security Administration announced Monday that it was expanding its so-called PreCheck program to passengers flying abroad from 40 participating U.S. airports, including Los Angeles International Airport. The PreCheck program was previously limited to U.S. citizens who travel domestically and participate in a frequent-flier program with Alaska, American, Delta, United or US Airways.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Los Angeles is the second-most-populous city in the nation but falls far down the list of most popular U.S.   destinations for business meetings. The latest ranking of top meeting destinations puts L.A. at No. 17, far behind smaller California cities such as San Diego and San Francisco, according to Cvent, one of the nation's largest convention management and technology firms. The top meeting destination for 2013 was Orlando, Fla., followed by Chicago, Las Vegas, Atlanta and San Diego, according to Cvent, which ranked the cities based on room nights reserved, available meeting venues and other criteria.
NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Passover begins at sundown Monday (today) and the Transportation Security Administration is assuring fliers that its officers will be sensitive to carry-on items associated with the Jewish holiday. "Some travelers will be carrying boxes of matzo, which are consumed as part of the Passover ritual," the agency said in an April 2 statement . "Matzo can be machine or handmade and are typically very thin and fragile, and break easily. Passengers traveling with religious items, including handmade matzo, may request a hand inspection by the TSO [transportation security officer]
BUSINESS
April 13, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Business travelers prefer flying Seattle-based Alaska Airlines over any other carrier, but Delta and United Airlines carry the most business travelers in the U.S. Business travelers also love the gourmet sandwiches at Jimmy John's eateries, but most of their expensed meals are eaten at Starbucks or McDonald's. These are among the findings of a new report by Certify, a Portland, Maine-based expense management company that processes 1.5 million business expense transactions each month.
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