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Live video chat: Summer's hottest vacation destinations

Join @LATimesTravel for a live video chat at noon Monday to talk summer vacation destinations

Summer officially arrived Saturday, and it's time to start dreaming of a great vacation.

Join us at noon Monday for a live video chat to talk summer vacation plans with Los Angeles Times Travel editor Catharine Hamm and Times Travel writer Christopher Reynolds.

Whether it's a road trip, a rustic respite, a kid-centric journey or stop-off for eye-popping scenics, Hamm and Reynolds have plenty of ideas to get your started on your much-needed and well-deserved break. In fact, summer vacation getaways were the focus of Sunday's Travel section, which you can find online.

Among their many insider tips is how to do Big Sur on a budget. They'll show you how to one of the world's most spectacular coastlines without breaking the bank.

And Hamm and Reynolds have plenty of suggestions about vacationing with the kids.

Among their picks: sailing on a schooner and taking a llama to lunch. (No, we did not make that last one up.)

They also have suggestions for traveling to Las Vegas and Seattle and taking a road trip out of Santa Fe, N.M. Also on the agenda: hitting the Santa Ynez Valley, which is just far enough from civilization to be relaxing.

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While you're at it, tell us about your summer vacation plans. Tweet us at @LATimesTravel, or email us at

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