Catharine Hamm

Columnist On the Spot

Catharine Hamm is the Travel editor for the Los Angeles Times. She was born in Syracuse, N.Y., to a peripatetic family whose stops included Washington, D.C.; Honolulu; and Manila. Her varied media career has taken her from McPherson, Kan., to Kansas City, Mo., San Bernardino, Salinas and L.A. Hamm has twice received individual Lowell Thomas Awards, and the Travel section has been recognized seven times during her tenure as editor. Her favorite place? Always where she’s going next.

Recent Articles

  • On the Spot: What to do if you're in trouble overseas

    On the Spot: What to do if you're in trouble overseas

    You’re in a foreign country and the unthinkable happens. You’ve lost your passport and all your money. Or you’re injured. Or you have been arrested. Or you’ve run into visa problems. Trouble with a capital T, as Professor Harold Hill said in “The Music Man.”  What do you do? A recent conversation...

  • South Africa for $827 round trip from LAX to Johannesburg on Virgin Atlantic

    South Africa for $827 round trip from LAX to Johannesburg on Virgin Atlantic

    Here’s a fare to South Africa that helps you mark another destination off your bucket list: Virgin Atlantic is offering an LAX-Johannesburg round-trip fare for $827, including all taxes and fees. It is subject to availability and you must stay at least one Saturday night but not longer than 12...

60°