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Los Angeles Times

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

  • Passport to trouble? Be safe, get a Chinese visa

    Passport to trouble? Be safe, get a Chinese visa

    Question: Several of us are taking a cruise that leaves from Tokyo. We have one stop in Shanghai for a day (less than 24 hours). We contacted the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles and were informed that we would not need a tourist visa as our stay would be less than 24 hours. I called Celebrity,...

  • Airfare: A budget-soothing $812 round trip from LAX to Barcelona

    Airfare: A budget-soothing $812 round trip from LAX to Barcelona

    If you wait until the summer rush to Europe is over, you can snag a round-trip fare from LAX to Barcelona, Spain, on American Airlines for $812, including all taxes and fees. You must buy your ticket at least 28 days in advance. The fare is subject to availability and requires a minimum stay of...

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