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December 17, 2012 | By Mary Forgione
The Tungurahua volcano in central Ecuador spewed gas and ash Monday, prompting the government to issue an alert and the evacuation of villages near the volcano. The U.S. Embassy in Quito issued an emergency message to caution Americans about traveling near Tungurahua, which means "Throat of Fire" and is located 80 miles southeast of capital Quito. The message singled out the tourist town of Banos and areas where voluntary evacuations are under way in Cusúa, Juive Grander and Chico.
May 26, 2013
EUROPE Workshop Veteran travelers will offer tips on planning, budgeting, lodging, transportation, packing and other topics for first-time visitors to Europe. When, where: 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hostelling International Travel Store, 1434 2nd St., Santa Monica. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (310) 393-6263. Please email announcements at least three weeks before the event to .
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.
July 14, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you're trying to get information from the website of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) about how to cope with the " Carmageddon " 405 Freeway closure this weekend, be patient. [ Updated at 3:30 p.m. July 14: LAX spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado says via email that the website was down because the database connection to the server was temporarily lost.] [ Updated at 2:20 p.m. July 14: The LAX website is back up. Here's a link to the 405 Freeway Alert page.]
December 12, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
After elderly passengers at JFK Airport complained about how they were treated by the Transportation Security Administration , the agency said Sunday it would establish an information line that travelers who are disabled or need assistance can call before flying. The TSA blog post written by blogger Bob Burns said in part: "[W]e're in the process of establishing an 800 number dedicated to travelers with disabilities, medical conditions, or those who may require assistance during screening.
February 8, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
A test program that allows air travelers who voluntarily offer background information to zip through faster airport security lines without removing shoes, belts and coats will be expanded to 28 new airports, Transportation Security Administration officials said Wednesday. The PreCheck program has been tested for several months at nine airports, including Los Angeles International Airport, and has already been used to screen 336,000 passengers. “We are pleased to expand this important effort, in collaboration with our airline and airport partners, as we move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to a more intelligence-driven, risk-based transportation security system," said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole.
November 21, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
College life without any tests or papers? Sweet, particularly when it means taking a week of classes at prestigious Oxford University in Oxford, England, on topics such as castles in Britain, the Brontes, King Arthur and the Dark Ages, the History of the BBC and more. The Oxford Experience invites "students" to stay in dormitories and attend classes at Christ Church college while touring the storied campus and the area around Oxford. Meals are served in the Hall, made famous by the "Harry Potter" films, and extra tours may be added on. Date: Study weeks run Sundays-Saturdays from July 1-Aug.
March 10, 2013
I read with interest the article on airline awards by Brian Kelly ["Going the Distance to Get Airline Awards," March 3]. I was amazed he didn't mention the outlandish additional fees that some airlines are charging. Recently, I tried to book two tickets to England on British Airlines for my daughter and myself. It took four phone calls before I could get anyone to come close to finding seats for us using miles from LAX to Newcastle, with a plane change at London's Heathrow. As I was completing the transaction, the agent told me that additional taxes and fees would cost almost $700 for each ticket.
March 20, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Many Southern Californians are cutting back on unnecessary driving around town but most are going ahead with spring break travel plans even though gasoline prices are at record highs for this time of the year, according to a new survey of motorists. Two-thirds of Southern Californians surveyed by the Automobile Club of Southern California said higher gasoline prices have affected their household budget, but 57% plan to take a leisure trip this spring anyway, compared with 55% last spring.
December 23, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
If you check into a hotel in Charlotte, N.C., consider visiting the NASCAR Hall of Fame. After all, 2% of the taxes you pay for your hotel room support the facility. Across the country, taxes charged on hotel, car rental and restaurant bills go to a variety of causes besides filling the local government coffers, according to a review of travel-related taxes by the travel planning website . In Tampa, 0.5% of hotel taxes and 0.5% of car rental taxes are used to help the homeless.
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