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Catharine Hamm

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.
New Southwest round-trip route for $308 from LAX to Tampa for late summer/early fall travel

A new route for Southwest from LAX to Tampa, Fla., beginning Aug. 7, is going for $308, including all taxes and fees.

Passport documents lost? When to panic and when to stay calm. Plus a Real ID update

You don't need to panic when your passport card doesn't arrive with your passport book; why you may pay more for both; and why you may want a passport even if you're not planning on going anywhere. Plus a look at the new Real ID driver's license.

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