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

  • $320 round-trip fare to Ecuador from LAX on AeroMéxico and Copa

    $320 round-trip fare to Ecuador from LAX on AeroMéxico and Copa

    You can fly to Quito, Ecuador’s capital, for $320 round trip from LAX, a fare that includes all taxes and fees but is subject to availability. AeroMéxico and Copa offer the fare; it must be booked by April 3. You must stay at least two nights with the AeroMéxico fare and three with the Copa fare....

  • Renew your passport now and beat the 2017 crowd

    Renew your passport now and beat the 2017 crowd

    Question: My wife and I will be traveling to central Europe next year for a 10-day trip. Should we be concerned about our passports, which expire about four months after our trip? Should we renew the passports now? If we do renew our passports now, will that affect our Global Entry card, which...

  • $795 round trip to Fiji from LAX

    $795 round trip to Fiji from LAX

    You can travel to Nadi, Fiji, about 5,500 miles from LAX, for $795 round trip, including all taxes and fees, on Fiji Airways. The fare, subject to availability, is for travel between April 1 and June 13, which means you should be there in dry season. You must buy your ticket by April 2. Info: Fiji...

  • In spring, Washington's Skagit Valley is blanketed with daffodils and tulips

    In spring, Washington's Skagit Valley is blanketed with daffodils and tulips

    If it's true, as Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, that earth laughs in flowers, Washington state's Skagit Valley is a side-splitter. Skagit Valley isn't the only place in Washington with stunning shows of flowers, but it should keep you grinning from ear to ear. Its just-right climate is home to bulb...

  • Vastly outnumbered by all of the tulips at Keukenhof in the Netherlands

    Vastly outnumbered by all of the tulips at Keukenhof in the Netherlands

    If there is a heaven, it will look and smell like Keukenhof. The 79-acre Dutch garden, about 20 miles southwest of Amsterdam in Lisse, is a spring extravaganza of more than 7 million bulbs, including 800 varieties of tulips. No matter how many times you visit — and about 800,000 people from five...

  • The election isn't pretty, but the cherry blossoms of Washington, D.C., sure are

    The election isn't pretty, but the cherry blossoms of Washington, D.C., sure are

    As you look at the delicate pink cherry blossoms that dot the nation's capital in the spring of each year, you may wonder how something so lovely had such an ugly start. But it did because, well, Washington is just not Washington unless there's a little bit of international intrigue. Tokyo wanted...

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