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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.
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.

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.

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