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September 17, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Just in time for the annual migration of California gray whales, La Paz, near the southern tip of Baja California, has beefed up its fleet of whale-watching tours. Seven outfitters are now available, including Fun-Azul Fleet , which kicked off new eco-tourism dive trips. An estimated 18,000 California gray whales, which spend the summer months in the Bering Sea, migrate south in the fall, ending up in the quiet lagoons of Baja California to spend the winter. The 12,000-mile round trip may be the longest migration of any mammal on Earth.
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.
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.
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 Kübler-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."
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.
February 23, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian and Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - A White House official made two secret visits to North Korea last year in an unsuccessful effort to improve relations after new ruler Kim Jong Un assumed power, according to former U.S. officials familiar with the trips. The brief visits in April and August were aimed at encouraging the new leadership to moderate its foreign policy after the death of Kim's father, longtime autocrat Kim Jong Il, in December 2011. The ruling elite apparently spurned the outreach effort, however.
August 27, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Americans are putting the brakes on Labor Day weekend travel plans this year, as economic strains combine with a quirk of the calendar. Capping a rough staycation summer for the tourism business, the American Automobile Assn. estimated that 39.1 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home between the Thursday and Monday of Labor Day weekend -- down 6 million, or 13.3%, from last year's holiday traveler tally. It's also the first decline since 2006. About 4.7 million Californians will travel over the weekend, off 13% from 5.4 million last year, AAA said.
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