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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.
Round trip from LAX to Singapore on United: $515

Airfares to Asia continue to astonish: This one is $515 round trip on United, and it is not a basic economy fare but does actually allow you to user the overhead and choose a seat.

How to deal with currency while in Vietnam, and other money-saving tips

One of the easiest ways to bone up on the nuts and bolts of a foreign destination, including money and other matters, is through the State Department website. On the Vietnam page, for instance, it notes there are no currency restrictions on carrying money into or out of the country.

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