Catharine Hamm

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.
From LAX, $167 round trip to Salt Lake City on Southwest

From LAX, fly $167 round trip to Salt Lake City on Southwest. The fare is for travel Jan. 29-May 22.

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Escapes: When the world plays spoiler with travel articles, Guatemala becomes Austin

You almost saw a story about a mother-daughter trip to Guatemala, but then world events intervened. Politics, weather and a host of other factors can sometimes mean last-minute changes.