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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.
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TRAVEL
April 13, 2014
Vincent Bevins wrote that, "São Paulo was built by immigrants from Italy, Japan, Portugal and Lebanon, among others... " ["Culture by Day, Partying by Night," March 30]. That is quite an interesting tidbit about the place that received the majority of the slaves shipped to the Americas. I suppose they are the "among others. " John Anderson Chicago Airlines horror story We recently returned from Amman, Jordan, using Air France business class to Paris, and experienced a new level of disservice.
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BUSINESS
December 1, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
At more than 100 airports across the country, you get a chance to go through a special screening line without having to remove your shoes, belt or coat, and you can keep your computer in its carry-on bag. But being selected to use the Transportation Security Administration's so called PreCheck lines is never guaranteed, even if you meet all of TSA's conditions. That is because the TSA randomly removes a number of qualified passengers to prevent terrorists from gaming the system. How can you improve your chances of being picked to use the PreCheck lines?
TRAVEL
April 7, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: A reader writes that she and her husband are retired, older than 70 and want to travel. They can leave at a moment's notice, so they want to know whether they can take advantage of last-minute deals and, if so, where. (For security reasons, we are not using their names, which are unusual and could make them a target of thieves.) Answer: Travel industry providers have trained us to expect to pay a premium for last-minute travel, except when it's to their benefit, such as moving unsold inventory that will otherwise go unused.
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.
NEWS
January 16, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Actor and "Man v. Food" TV host Adam Richman will tell you he's an out-and-out foodie. That, coupled with an innate wanderlust, fuels the native New Yorker's desire to discover different cultures, different dishes, different everything. Richman will appear at noon Sunday at the L.A. Times Travel Show to talk about sampling foods while on the road, such as pinxtos (little sandwiches) in Spain's Basque region of San Sebastian, and other culinary obsessions. For his latest TV venture, he's on a quest to find hidden gems, restaurants that make amazing off-menu items or secret dishes.
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]
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 6, 2014
ENGLAND Presentation Actress and writer Diz White will discuss how she came to write her travel humor book "Cotswolds Memoir: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage. " When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. HIKING Workshop Linda Mulally will share tips on hiking and backpacking with your dog. When, where: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the REI store in Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd.
TRAVEL
April 6, 2014
The many joys of Claremont I have lived in Claremont for more than 30 years, and I really loved the article highlighting our town ["One Class Act," by Ryan Ritchie, March 30]. The best part about Claremont is that every time we venture to the Village for an evening out, we run into people we know. It often ends up with us having a drink with friends we had not even planned to meet - such a treat. Another great place is the Folk Music Center on Yale. It is owned by musician Ben Harper, who often does concerts in a small theater at the colleges.
TRAVEL
April 6, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Here's the latest trip-planning website that can help you craft your own guidebook. Name: http://www.BonVoyaging.com What it does: It's a Web bookmarking tool that lets you collect and store your travel itineraries, complete with maps and the ability to download and share. Cost: Free What's hot: This website has two things that will keep me coming back: its beautiful, design-friendly layout, and the ability to print out a PDF of my itinerary. I love being able to access my travel plans from my smartphone or tablet, as well as sharing with my friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, but I'm still a paper girl at heart.
TRAVEL
April 4, 2014
If you go THE BEST WAY TO DUBLIN, IRELAND From LAX, United, Delta, US Airways, American, British, Lufthansa and Aer Lingus offer connecting service (change of planes) to Dublin. Restricted round-trip fares from $659 to $1,214, including taxes and fees. From Dublin, there's a direct train to Westport. The three-hour trip costs about $45 each way. WHERE TO STAY Knockranny House Hotel, Castlebar Road, Westport; 011-353-98-28600,  www.knockrannyhousehotel.ie . This elegant hotel, set in a Victorian-like mansion on a hill, is nicely located near bicycle rentals for the start of a greenway ride.
TRAVEL
March 30, 2014
ART Presentation Artist Barbara Roth will show you techniques for drawing and painting while traveling and will discuss what art supplies to pack. You'll also learn how to paint from your travel photos. 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 Kurt Wedberg will offer tips for gear and trip planning and show detailed slides of various approaches.
TRAVEL
March 30, 2014
Risks and warnings The State Department continues to warn U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine and all travel to the Crimean Peninsula and eastern areas of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lugansk due to tensions in the region. The U.S. believes that Russia is likely to continue to take further actions in the Crimean Peninsula consistent with its claim of annexation. The State Department also warns U.S. citizens to consider carefully the risks of travel to Mali, given terrorist activity there.
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
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
March 30, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
If you're against letting airline passengers talk on cellphones, you've gained a powerful ally. The Global Business Travel Assn., a trade group for the world's business travelers, submitted its opposition last week to a plan by the Federal Communications Commission to lift a ban on voice calls on planes. The group, which represents about 6,000 travel managers, called onboard calls "detrimental to business travelers. " The association even quoted folk singer Pete Seeger, who borrowed heavily from the book of Ecclesiastes when he wrote "there is a time to keep silence and a time to speak.
TRAVEL
March 30, 2014 | By Jen Leo
For those who can't plan ahead, here's another app to help you find travel savings. Name: Last Minute Travel Deals Available for: Website ( www.lastminutetravel.com ), Android and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch What it does: Accesses flights from more than 175 carriers around the world, more than 100,000 hotels in 153 countries, nearly 20,000 vacation homes and about 10,000 activities. Last Minute Travel is able to offer hotel deals at wholesale rates because it buys rooms in bulk and well in advance of your travel.
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