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Basetrip tells you what to need to know before you go on that dream trip

Get quick hits of pertinent travel information arranged by country as well as tips from travelers.

Name: thebasetrip.com

What it does:  Basetrip provides basic travel information you should know about a country before you leave: visa requirements, currency, tipping, ATM advice, mobile phone options, Internet status, vaccinations, travel advisories and more.

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If you're dining in D.C., here's what's new, what's cool and why you need to stop worrying about calories

Is the nation’s capital a great food city? 

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema thinks so. Last year, he ranked his town as ninth on a list of top 10 food cities (L.A. was No. 3).

He called D.C.'s reputation “obsolete,” adding: “The days when where you sat was more important than what you ate are blessedly long gone.” 

It's difficult to argue with his assessment.

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Letters on travelers' visa woes evince sympathy, scorn

The articles on visa problems were excellent warnings to Americans about following the rules and being aware [“Trapped Abroad, Alone” by Mary Forgione; “No Quick Fix for Visa Woe” by Camille Cusumano, Oct. 9]. 

 I had a similar experience prior to exiting a cruise in Valparíso, Chile.

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Films and programs



Angel Castellanos will discuss top stops in Cuba and share travel skills.

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.

Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220.



Randy Propster will discuss trail-tested tips, safety and what’s new in outdoor gear.

When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Adventure 16 store, 11161 W.

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National park tips: How to get into the Statue of Liberty's crown

First of all, give thanks for your good luck. The stairs to Lady Liberty’s crown seem to close every few years because of safety or budget issues, but they’ve been open since October 2013. It’s 377 steps from the lobby to the  crown. You can cover some distance by elevator, but there’s no avoiding the last 146 steps on the spiral staircase to the crown.

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I know where I’ll be staying in Washington D.C., but here are more hotels to consider

I saw many new, renewed and soon-to-open hotels in Washington, D.C., in September. But the place that got me thinking was one of the city’s oldest lodgings: the Tabard Inn.

Opened in 1922, the Tabard Inn (1739 N St. N.W.; [202] 785-1277) is a hotel and restaurant occupying three conjoined 19th century townhouses in Dupont Circle.

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