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July 18, 2010 | From The Los Angeles Times
Anyone heading to Tasmania should take a trip with Bruny Island Charters. The skipper and owner Rob Pennicott loves his job and wants all his passengers to share his love for the island. Bruny Island Charters, 915 Adventure Bay Road, Adventure Bay, Tasmania; 011-61-03-6293-1465, ; e-mail: . Cruises start at $100. Pauline Purcell, Irvine
November 24, 2010 | By Jane Engle and Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Early reports from airports during this holiday travel season indicate most passengers were smoothly navigating new screening procedures, which include full-body scanners at many checkpoints and more aggressive pat-downs. Lines mostly moved quickly, and despite urgings from some activists, few fliers Wednesday chose to opt out of the new scans and instead get patted down, the Transportation Security Administration said. But not every Southern California flier reported a good trip through the checkpoint.
March 1, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Row Adventures based in Idaho offers an early season discount on Snake River trips that zip through Hells Canyon, North America's deepest river gorge. Whitewater rapids and luxury camping are the calling cards for four- to six-day trips that are on sale for adults and children until Monday. The deal: The sale applies to trips of at least four days on selected Snake River trips this spring and summer. Adults take $200 off the price; children 16 and younger take $200 off four-day trips and $300 off five- and six-day trips.
October 20, 2013 | By Jen Leo
Here's a website that can help you plan vacations that are socially empowering and environmentally responsible. Name: What it does: Introduces travel opportunities with transformative themes such as eco resorts and hotels, health and wellness, volunteering abroad, cultural and culinary, and expeditions and tours. What's hot: I found a trip helping to conduct whale and dolphin research in Costa Rica for less than $200 a day, and a trip to Cambodia to discover the art of rice-paper making in a local village.
March 5, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Rolling on the river in Alaska means getting up-close with wild lands where bears, moose, bald eagles and other wildlife roam. Mountain Travel Sobek leads trips on the Tatshenshini and Alsek rivers this summer and offers $400 off to those who make a reservation by the end of March. The 13-day Alsek River trip runs through three national parks and rafts down Class II to Class IV rapids along the way. Hike in forests, camp by the river at night and see large icebergs in Glacier Bay National Park.
December 31, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Bangkok, Thailand-based Tucan Travel designs budget tours for younger travelers that combine cultural highlights with camping, hostel and guesthouse stays. The company's January sale takes up to 40% off the price of trips to South America and Asia. The deal: Budget Expeditions , called Bex for short, are most suitable for 18- to 35-year-olds. They're designed for people who are the "same age, on the same wave length and are geared up for the experience of a lifetime," the company's website says.
October 16, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Something funny happened to Eric Decker on the way to the end zone. The Denver receiver was wide open when he caught a deep pass from Peyton Manning midway through the second quarter of the Broncos' game against the San Diego Chargers on "Monday Night Football. " With no one near him, Decker took off for what appeared to be a sure touchdown - except he tripped over apparently nothing and landed on the ground. It might be the only time a 55-yard gain has been considered embarrassing, since it should have been an 85-yard touchdown.
June 29, 2010 | By Carmela Ciuraru, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The first thing required when reading "Visions, Trips, and Crowded Rooms" by the renowned thanatologist David Kessler is the suspension of skepticism. His book is about "the other side" — as in experiences in which the dying claim to achieve glimpses of an afterlife. One might readily dismiss such a book were it not for the author's credibility: He co-wrote two bestsellers with his mentor, Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross, the pioneering psychiatrist in the field of death and dying. Some deaths, of course, are more peaceful than others, but Kessler expresses hope that readers will "come away less afraid and with a deeper understanding about what happens in our final moments of life."
December 26, 2010 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
At first blush, 2011 doesn't seem like much of a sports year, at least compared with 2010, which saw the Winter Olympics and the World Cup. But there are plenty of events to keep the traveling sports fan interested in the coming year — some near, some far. And remember the serious sports fan's credo: Nothing is ever sold out; it just gets more expensive. First up is football, with the BCS Championship on Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz., a day's drive from L.A. Jeff Brooks of Al Brooks Tickets noted that tickets were selling recently for $750, then prices doubled.
April 27, 2014 | By Jen Leo
If Mom and Dad refuse to give you money for your travels, this website offers hope. Name: 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.
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