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Fly round-trip from LAX to Phuket, Thailand, for $400 on China Southern 17.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

You can fly to Phuket, Thailand, for $400 round-trip from LAX, including all taxes and fees, on China Southern, using the money you save on airfare for a splurge at the island resort in the Andaman Sea.

The fare, subject to availability, is for travel Jan. 17 through May 3. You must stay at least...

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Get ready for Black Friday-Cyber Monday travel deals on Cuba, Greece and more 16.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

If part of your Thanksgiving tradition involves Black Friday-Cyber Monday shopping, consider your travel plans when scouting for deals. Lots of tour operators and outfitters will be offering flash sales on overseas trips for one day or longer — and you can do it all online too.

The deals:


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LAX expected to be nation's second busiest airport over Thanksgiving week, report says 16.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) will be the busiest airport in the nation during Thanksgiving week, followed by Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), according to a travel report released Wednesday.

More than 1.3 million passengers are expected to fly out of Atlanta,...

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10 Napa Valley wineries assess long-term effects of wildfires as recovery begins 15.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A month after deadly wildfires swept through California’s famed wine country, hot-air balloons are floating again over Napa Valley vineyards splashed with fall colors. On the heels of the disaster, a new winery is opening, keeping the name it chose some time ago: Ashes and Diamonds.

The fires had...

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This endangered snail lives only in the L.A. area. Can the little creatures be saved? 14.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Before Los Angeles was developed, the San Gabriel chestnut snail was a common sight from Compton to the San Gabriel Mountains. But today, experts say, it survives only in the Angeles National Forest and on adjacent private lands between Glendora and Altadena after being threatened by development,...

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Dog days in December? Napa Valley winery offers canine-friendly holiday weekend 14.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Looking for a special gift for the oh-so-special dog in your life? You might find it in Napa Valley in December, when Calistoga Ranch presents a three-night getaway for travelers with pups.

The family-friendly event in Calistoga starts Dec. 13 with a smoked-bacon scavenger hunt in the vineyard,...

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This Mexican village lives under a volcano — but it's earthquakes residents fear 13.11.2017 L.A. Times - World News

They live under the volcano, literally, but their fears are not focused on the latest torrents of smoke, ash and flaming stones belching from “Don Goyo” — as the Popocatepetl volcano is known in these parts, with equal measures of respect and affection, and surprisingly little dread.

“We are all...

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Essential California: Large swaths of Southern California face significant fire risk 13.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, Nov. 13, and here’s what’s happening across California:


Large swaths of Southern California face significant fire risk

The wine country wildfires — the most destructive in California history — have focused...

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Discover India with travel pro Susan Geringer on 14-day women-only tour 13.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Join Susan Geringer, a tour company founder who specializes in India, on a small-group tour for women that blends local life, arts, crafts and interactive experiences.

The 14-day itinerary includes the cities of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur, Narlai, Udaipur and Mumbai.

Highlights include...

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Tours of flood-damaged Scotty's Castle in Death Valley National Park focus on repairs 13.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Two years ago, a flash flood swept through historic Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park, causing serious damage to the building and the road. Starting Dec. 2, the attraction, which has been closed since October 2015, is set to reopen to weekly tours for visitors who want to see its renovations...

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New security measures at U.S. airports could slow you down this holiday travel season 13.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

If you’re getting on a plane during the holidays, the rules for security have changed. Again. And that turkey gravy you’re carrying? You can tote it in your carry-on — but not enough to feed a crowd. Here are some ground rules fliers should know lest they run afoul of what promises to be an exceptionally...

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550,000 homes in Southern California have the highest risk of fire damage, but they are not alone 13.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Many Southern California properties are in neighborhoods built so close to forest and chaparral that they could fall to the kind of urban conflagration that wiped out a whole neighborhood of Santa Rosa in last month's fires.
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Mudslide fears haunt neighborhoods burned by huge La Tuna fire 12.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Los Angeles County and federal officials have been busy preparing Burbank residents who live near the Verdugo Mountains hillside for future heavy rainfall, especially in areas that were adjacent to the La Tuna fire, which scorched more than 7,000 acres over Labor Day weekend.

Recently, the Los...

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You may not fare as well, financially speaking, with basic economy 12.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Nice article on basic economy fares [“Is Basic Economy Worth It?” On the Spot, by Catharine Hamm, Nov. 5]. One surprising thing I've seen is that those fares are sometimes more expensive than regular economy fares. It makes no sense, but my frequent-flier friends and I have seen this fairly often...

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Films & programs: Times Travel Talk, camp cooking, tidepool walk in San Pedro and hiking in Joshua Tree 12.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary


Holiday travel

Learn holiday survival tips from the Travel staff, and see a demonstration on how to pack better by experts Elizabeth Harryman, travel editor of Westways magazine, and Paul Lasley, a Westways contributor and the executive producer of On Travel Media. Tom Spagnola...

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The mistakes you make on a cruise that can ruin your trip — and how to avoid them 12.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

If you've booked your first cruise or are thinking about booking one, you may need advice on how to avoid blunders that can ruin your journey — a sort of a sailing-for-landlubbers guide.

Here are 10 gaffes to avoid:

First things first: Don't call it a boat; it's a ship. There are exceptions, but...

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What's up for the weekend of Nov. 17-19: Hollywood, hot air balloons and Harry Potter 12.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Hollywood insiders, hot air balloons, Harry Potter, avant-garde transportation and women with beards are all part of next weekend’s festivities.


Peek behind the magic curtain as animation professionals converge at the eighth CTN Animation eXpo. Nearly 100 small panels and workshops can...

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Tech companies pushed for net neutrality. Now Al Franken wants to turn it on them 11.11.2017 L.A. Times - Technology News

For years, tech companies have insisted that they're different from everything else. Take Facebook, which has long claimed that it's a tech platform, not a media entity. "Don't be evil," Google would say to its employees, as though it were setting itself apart from the world's other massive corporations.

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Warning sirens stayed silent the night deadly wildfires swept into Mendocino County 11.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

In the aftermath of deadly fires that swept through Mendocino County last month, officials are examining why air raid sirens remained silent as flames swept into neighborhoods.

Nine people died in the Oct. 9 fire in Redwood Valley, where it took more than an hour for the Sheriff’s Department to...

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Great turkey trots (including America's very first one) to run on Thanksgiving Day 10.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The oldest continually run footrace in America just happens to be a Thanksgiving Day turkey trot. The YMCA in Buffalo, N.Y., plays host to the race that began in 1896 with six runners on a cross-country route that has since become the city’s downtown.

The action shifted to streets in the mid-1950s....

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