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Those hotel taxes and fees? They're enough to give you and your pocketbook nightmares

I thought I would enjoy a vacation in the desert at a Palm Springs hotel, but when I noticed something called "occupancy tax" at $19.44 a day, I changed my mind. I think I've finally accepted the resort fee at $20 a day, but I don't remember the occupancy tax. Is this something new?

David Tulanian

Los Angeles

Answer: Don’t start dozing off just because we mentioned taxes.

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You may not believe in Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster — but this museum may persuade you otherwise

It all started with a movie supposedly shot in California — and culminated in a museum a continent away.

“Supposedly” because, well, when you’re dealing with mythical — or not — creatures, you just never know for sure. Or do you?

A different film — this one clearly fiction — spurred a vocation for Loren Coleman.

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The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is as cool as you want it to be. Plus three more hot springs to visit

On the 50-minute drive from Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport to downtown Reykjavik, the landscape switched from long, flat stretches of dirt to patches of grass studded with rocks. 

It was early August and it was cold — 40 degrees is chilly for a native Angeleno — and as I looked around, I couldn’t quite figure out why this place was at the top of my friends’ travel wish lists.

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Hit your stride with this website that lets you compare tours across all types and genres

If you have your heart set on a river cruise or safari, but don’t know the difference between tour operators providing them, get started here.

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Learning a language in Guatemala? You can also lend a helping hand

I enjoyed reading Katie Quirk’s article about beautiful Guatemala (“Speak It by Living It,” Jan. 15). It’s a land of gorgeous scenery, lovely indigenous warm-hearted people, great food and fascinating ruins and culture. 

My husband and I visited Guatemala two years ago at the urging of our daughter, Anna, who spent two months there studying Spanish and volunteering at Integral Hearts Foundation.

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Trip planning for Mt. Whitney, avalanche safety and a visit to Lebanon

LEBANON

Presentation

Robert Martin will show slides from his recent journey to Lebanon as well as a short visit to  Jerusalem.

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

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

SAFETY

Workshop

Learn where and why avalanches occur, how to manage risk and simple ways to avoid avalanche hazards.

When, where: 7 p.m.

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