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I always read the Travel section looking for bargains and was happy to see the article about deals in Paris [“The City of Light for Less,” Money Matters, by Debbi Kickham, Nov. 26]. All the ideas were great until it came to shopping.

What I don’t understand is why a tour guide for $125 an hour is a deal. If her fee is even less than the discount I would get, I probably couldn’t afford the final price.

With a loud crack, Coconut Joe deftly whacked a fresh green coconut with his machete, slipped a straw in the opening and handed it to me.

“Bula!” he shouted, and the gathered staff enthusiastically launched into a Fijian welcoming song outside the open-air lobby of the new Kokomo Private Island resort.

Learn to access local avalanche bulletins and weather reports, recognize signs of avalanche danger and learn simple ways to help avoid it.

When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at REI stores in Manhattan Beach, 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Suite E; and Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real.

Admission, info: Free. (310) 727-0728 for Manhattan Beach; (714) 505-0205 for Tustin.

The holiday spirit shines through with parades of lighted boats, old-fashioned Californian and Latin American holiday festivities, and a way to find a furry companion to continue the loving spirit into the new year.

The Goleta Christmas Parade will march through Old Town, creating the ambiance of a small town’s old-fashioned holiday, ending with the lighting of a holiday tree.

Travel offers more lasting pleasure than mere acquisition of things, numerous studies show, a concept that millennials seem to have made their own.

Before cellphones and social media and long before the word “millennials” signified a generation, my husband, Phil, and I tumbled to that mind-set by a serendipitous series of events.

If winter or spring in Baja California Sur sounds like a little bit of heaven, Alaska and Delta have just the ticket: $198 round-trip from LAX to San Jos de los Cabos, including all taxes and fees.

The fare, subject to availability, is for travel from Jan. 9-May 17.

There is no minimum stay, but there is one catch: You must buy your ticket by Dec. 14.

Info: Alaska, (800) 252-7522; Delta, (800) 221-1212.

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