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

  • South Korea for $749, round trip from LAX, on Singapore

    South Korea for $749, round trip from LAX, on Singapore

    If travel to Seoul appeals, this fare may too: $749 round-trip, including all taxes and fees, on Singapore.  You must buy your ticket by July 30. It is for travel Sundays through Thursdays between Oct. 23 and Dec. 8 or between Jan. 8 and March 30.  You may return any day of the week. There is no...

  • Byways and highways, tips and trivia to keep you entertained on summer road trip

    Tires and being tired. Fuel and food. Byways and highways. What would a summer driving trip be without tips to keep you safe, trivia to keep you entertained and history to help you appreciate your travels? Here’s a compendium of information to enhance your summer driving trip: Which way are we...

  • 8 things you need to consider before you drive or fly into your summer adventures

    8 things you need to consider before you drive or fly into your summer adventures

    No trip is all good or all bad, but I had one recently that was more the latter than the former. It should have been easy: Fly to Kansas late on a Tuesday, attend a gathering on Wednesday and come home that afternoon. Didn’t quite work out the way I had hoped — not for me or hundreds of other airline...

  • $464 round trip from LAX to Hong Kong on Air China

    $464 round trip from LAX to Hong Kong on Air China

    Here’s a ticket to Hong Kong from LAX that will cost you less than a round-trip fare to New York, but you must buy it by June 15: $464 round trip, including all taxes and fees, on Air China. It is for travel from Sept. 1 to Dec. 8. It does not have a minimum stay, but you may not stay longer than...

  • Regional jets, as tiny and as cramped as they are, do fill a vital role for airlines and travelers

    Regional jets, as tiny and as cramped as they are, do fill a vital role for airlines and travelers

    Question: My wife and I have recently traveled several times from the East Coast and the Midwest to Southern California. On at least four of these flights, we have been stuck in small regional jets. The flights have at times lasted three hours and are cramped and hard on the back, and the planes...

  • Tokyo for $581 round trip from LAX on Singapore

    Tokyo for $581 round trip from LAX on Singapore

    If you can decide by June 30 whether you want to go to Tokyo in late summer or early fall, you can nab a $581 round-trip fare from LAX on Singapore Airlines. The fare, subject to availability until the last day of June, is for departures Sundays through Thursdays between Sept. 6 and Nov. 30. There...

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