March 29, 2014
Harvinder Singh is a friendly, kind, protective and generally delightful man who will drive you anywhere and also treat you to special places and experiences in Delhi, India. Harvinder Singh, Harvinder Tours & Travels; 011-9199-1089-9032 (24-hour help line), 011-9192-1309-6061. Alexandra Harrison Cambridge, Mass.
March 28, 2014 |
As you're planning your summer travels, you may be in for sticker shock: Airfares on some routes are higher than they were four or five years ago. Here are some tips for making your airfare dollars go farther. -- There's no magic time to buy an airfare. The latest myth is to buy exactly 54 days in advance. Others say buy on Tuesday or Wednesday at midnight or when the moon is full (just kidding). But airlines are unpredictable, and anyone who claims he or she knows that airfares will be lower or higher in the coming months or days should trade in their crystal ball.
March 27, 2014 |
BEIJING - The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Friday it had a new "credible lead" that suggested Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 probably crashed 680 miles northeast of the search area where more than a dozen planes and ships have been looking the last 10 days. The location was changed after a new analysis of radar data from the South China Sea and Malacca Strait before contact was lost with the Boeing 777, which was carrying 239 passengers and crew members when it disappeared March 8. "It indicated that the aircraft was traveling faster than previously estimated, resulting in increased fuel usage and reducing the possible distance the aircraft traveled south into the Indian Ocean," the Australian agency said Friday.
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March 27, 2014 |
Regularly scheduled service on California's bullet train system will not meet anticipated trip times of two hours and 40 minutes between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and are likely to take nearly a half-hour longer, a state Senate committee was told Thursday. The faster trips were held out to voters in 2008 when they approved $9 billion in borrowing to help pay for the project. Since then, a series of political compromises and planning changes designed to keep the $68-billion line moving ahead have created slower track zones in urban areas.
March 24, 2014 |
Question: A client who was traveling for the holidays stayed at a luxury hotel in Miami. She used the hotel's VIP butler services. As she prepared to leave, the butler packed the trunk. She locked it in the presence of several other persons and did not unlock it until she arrived, by private jet, at her next location, where she discovered expensive clothing and jewelry were missing, about $35,000 worth. She began to wonder: Is this the only luxury hotel where something like this can happen to its guest?
March 23, 2014 |
Travelers protested when airlines began charging bag fees in 2008, saying the extra charge was a blatant money grab. But a new study concludes that the nation's airlines quietly lowered airfares slightly to make the bag fees more palatable to those fliers who would get stuck paying the new charge. Still the airlines are profiting because the drop in fares was so small it did not totally offset the added cost of checking a bag, the study found. "The fact that the airlines are doing it must mean they are coming out ahead," said Jan Brueckner, an economics professor at UC Irvine who co-wrote the study with other economics experts.
March 23, 2014
Rosemary McClure made my week when I saw her piece on Nicaragua ["Revved and Ready," March 9]. My daughter has announced a destination wedding that all her "fun" relatives want to go to, but most are not "adventurous" travelers. So when they decided on San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, I definitely picked up an undercurrent of trepidation. They don't want to disappoint her, but their imaginations started working overtime. Some even remembered the Sandinistas! Enter stage left: McClure's wonderful report (and the pictures)
March 23, 2014
ANTARCTICA Slide show Distant Lands staffer Julia Hagie will share stories and photos of her trip to South Georgia Island, the South Shetlands and the Antarctic Peninsula. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. ICELAND Presentation Shane Berry and Rick Flores will discuss their journey, "Iceland Odyssey: Exploring, Hiking and Photography in a Starkly Beautiful Land.
March 20, 2014 |
Has the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 nearly two weeks ago had an effect on travel to the Asian country? It depends on who you talk to. A Germany-based hotel booking website says it has seen a significant drop in searches among U.S. users looking for hotels in Malaysia since the flight disappeared. But Malaysian tourism officials say they have seen no decline in travel to the country. The Boeing 777, carrying 239 people, disappeared March 8, sparking a massive search across miles of open sea and theories such as terrorism and alien abduction.
March 20, 2014 |
Last weekend, there was a seven-on-seven football competition in Las Vegas, and let's just say it resembled an AAU basketball all-star competition. There was fighting over players. Cameron Haney, a junior defensive back at L.A. Cathedral, was listed on three different rosters. Cathedral Coach Kevin Pearson took a team to the competition and told his players they had to play for his team and not the team run by their private coaches. That didn't go over well. There are more all-star competitions ahead.