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Travel Budget for Monday, June 24, 2019

Updated at 4:30 a.m. EDT (0830 UTC).


^James Bond's Jamaican roots<

^WLT-JAMAICA-JAMESBOND:SD—<Shake, don't stir, the martinis. You see, I'm in GoldenEye sitting at James Bond's birthplace, which is a small corner desk where Ian Fleming created the world's most dashing super spy in 1952 and banged out all 14 Bond books. Fleming's three-bedroom Jamaica beach pad seems rather simple, considering the British naval officer-turned-best-selling-author hatched Pussy Galore, Auric Goldfinger, Scaramanga, assassin-thwarting gizmos, rocket bombs and other do-or-die havoc on this very spot. Anybody — covert or not — can book it for a vacation.

Never mind that just a few days ago, 007 killing machine Daniel Craig overnighted here.

1850 by Norma Meyer. MOVED



^Alexandria offers history come to vibrant life<

^UST-ALEXANDRIA:MCT—<Most cities wouldn't take kindly to having it said they had gone to the dogs. Alexandria, however, enthusiastically admits to it.

With a population of 160,000, it has an estimated 40,000 dogs, and they have free range of the city (with their humans, of course.)

So, feel free to bring Fido with you, however Alexandria has plenty to offer even if you are currently dogless. It's ranked as one of the South's Prettiest Cities by Southern Living Magazine and one of America's Best Small Cities in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards.

1350 by Patti Nickell in Alexandria, Va. MOVED


^You can swim in Hearst Castle's famous pools. It'll only cost you $1,250<

^UST-HEARSTCASTLE-POOLS:LA—<Imagine taking a dip in one of Hearst Castle's ornate pools on a warm summer evening. The historic swimming pools at the famously opulent private residence built by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst will open for pool parties on selected evenings — with a $1,250-per-person ticket price.

The pools have been among the most photographed parts of the 165-room mansion designed by architect Julia Morgan between 1919 and 1947.

The Neptune Pool, famous for its sweeping colonnades and Italian relief sculptures, will be open 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 6, Aug. 3 and 24, and Sept. 21. It's 104 feet long, and more than 3 feet at the shallow end and 10 feet at the deep end. It was drained in 2014 to fix cracks and refilled in 2018 in a project that cost $10 million.

Pool parties are limited to 40 guests.

350 by Mary Forgione. MOVED


^Why this is the best time to visit Disneyland<

UST-DISNEYLAND:LA — Now may be the perfect time to visit Disneyland — as long as you have no interest in checking out the park's Star Wars expansion.

The opening of the much-anticipated 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge drew so many visitors since it opened May 31 that it substantially reduced wait times at all the other attractions in the Anaheim theme park.

In the first week after the Star Wars land opened, the wait at all the other park attractions declined to an average of about 14 minutes, down 28% compared with an average of just under 20 minutes in the week before it opened, according to an analysis by the Los Angeles Times based on wait times compiled by the travel site Touring Plans.

900 (with trims) by Hugo Martin and Ben Poston in Los Angeles. (Moved Wednesday.) MOVED


^Legoland Florida: New Lego Movie Days event debuts in July<

^UST-LEGOLAND-FLA:OS—<Legoland Florida is introducing a new special event called Lego Movie Days, which will begin in mid-July at the Winter Haven theme park.

Activities for Lego Movie Days dovetail with the attraction's Lego Movie World, which debuted in March.

150 by Dewayne Bevil. MOVED



^Kenya's star beds offer a feast for the senses<

^WLT-KENYA-STAR-BEDS:MCT—<In northern Kenya lies the Loisaba Conservancy, far, far away from the glaring lights of Nairobi — or any sort of light pollution, for that matter. Aside from Kenya's stunning wildlife and its remoteness, Loisaba is known for its star beds.

In its simplest terms, a star bed is a bed-on-wheels contraption that's rolled out onto a deck, wrapped up in mosquito netting to keep the bugs and bats at bay, and then stacked high with warm blankets to ward off the chill of an African night.

But the view. Oh, my.

800 by Mary Ann Anderson. MOVED


^Tips for enjoying a hassle free visit to Paris<

^WLT-PARIS-TIPS:TPU—<France is the world's most visited country, with almost 87 million tourism visitors in 2017. A significant portion of those visitors, which is more than the population of France itself, were bound for Paris.

Paris is at the top of many travelers' lists and has been for centuries.

Today, throngs of global visitors stand in lines to see attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, smile with delight as they bite into their first Parisian croissant and excitedly peer through the glass barrier at the macaron counter at Ladur e.

They also get into arguments with each other over budgeting or timing, fall asleep into their bouillabaisse from exhaustion or fall for common tourist scams. Here's a short list of tips I've compiled over the course of several visits to Paris.

950 by Scott Laird. MOVED


^Carnival cancels three Vista sailings due to propulsion issues<

^CRU-CARNIVAL-VISTA:TPU—<Carnival Cruise Line has canceled at least three upcoming sailings aboard the Carnival Vista due to an ongoing technical issue affecting the ship's propulsion systems.

The cruise line is canceling Carnival Vista's July 6, July 13 and July 20 departures to the Caribbean to allow the necessary time for adequate repairs.

300 by Patrick Clarke. MOVED



^Tips for saving on airfare and hotels this summer<

^CNS-TRAVEL-SAVINGS:MCT—<I've been analyzing airfares and hotel rates for most of my working life and I've learned a thing or two or three. Here's my latest, updated advice about lowering travel expenses.

950 by George Hobica. MOVED


^Travel dilemmas: Myths, facts and gray areas that complicate Cuba plans<

^CNS-ONTHESPOT:LA—<Cuba has a mystique about it, so it's no surprise that myths surround travel there.

That may be even truer this month after regulations were changed by the Trump administration. Some of the regulations have been interpreted strictly, some more liberally. Here is our "myth, fact or unclear" primer on travel to this complicated island nation.

800 by Catharine Hamm. MOVED




^FAMILYTRAVEL5:MCT—<Destination column from the editor of FamilyTravel.com.

550 by Lynn O'Rourke Hayes. MOVED


^GEOQUIZ:TB—<The weekly geography quiz.




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