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I've been on 110 cruises. Here are 10 things I always pack.

After sailing on over 100 cruises all around the world, I never embark without a small compass, binoculars, a blank journal, or a bottle of wine.


Florida's wealthy residents have been chartering private jets to hurry away from the state in the days before Hurricane Ian

Private jets have escaped Florida for Chicago, Dallas, Nantucket, Aspen, and Mexico, Bloomberg reported.


5 Best Travel Insurance with Covid-19 Coverage in Singapore (2022)

As the end of the year draws near, and you get ready to jet off, don't forget to purchase perhaps the next most important thing besides your flight ticket. We're talking about travel insurance! Remember the good old days when lost luggage was your biggest worry? These days, the most likely mishaps to happen are related to Covid-19, whether be it an infection or a trip cancellation. Most insurance providers have added Covid-19 coverage to their...


Things you didn't know about the Vatican and the Popes of history


Nearly 7 out of 10 Singaporeans acknowledge the importance of sustainable travel

The impact of travel has topped the list of reasons for sustainable travel. Nearly seven out of 10 Singaporeans have said they acknowledge the importance of sustainable travel, a survey by Trip.com Group revealed. Based on a survey of 7,705 respondents across 11 markets in Asia and Europe, the report finds that the impact of travel has topped the list of reasons why travellers are increasingly drawn to sustainable travel. Of the population...


Tell us: have you taken a ‘grey gap year’ in later life?

Increasing numbers of people aged 60 and over are deciding to take extended breaks. While some are relentlessly ticking off bucket list items, others are simply using the time to relax and get away from the stresses of everyday life. It has even become known as the ‘grey gap year’ or the ‘grownup gap year’. We want to hear from people aged 60 or older who have decided to take the time out. Tell us how long your break will be, which destinations...


Fascinating ghost towns around the world

Around the world, there’s an impressive number of towns and cities that have been abandoned by their inhabitants. From closed mining camps and disaster areas to former battlefields, many of these locations have been deserted. Frozen in time, these neglected places draw an increasing number of curious visitors each year. Check out these 20 fascinating ghost towns from the four corners of the globe.


The gate of hell is real (and we'll show you where it is)

Regardless of religious traditions or beliefs about the existence or otherwise of hell, there is a place here on Earth, in the middle of a desert, which has been named as such: the gate of hell. As it turns out, the fiery crater associated nominally with evil, though a popular tourist destination, is also negatively affecting the health of people living nearby, wasting valuable natural gas resources, and causing environmental damage. That's why the president of the region, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan, has recently ordered the closure of the mystifying site, CNN reports, calling to put out a fire that has been burning since the '70s. At present, however, there is no known deadline for closing the proverbial gates. Want to know more? Click on the gallery!


You can travel without money―here’s how

Don’t think you have the necessary funds to travel? Think again! If you’re willing to make a few compromises—like giving up some creature comforts—there’s nothing stopping you from embarking on a globetrotting adventure. Here are 20 tips for traveling cheap.


Hong Kong Is Ending Its Mandatory Hotel Quarantine For Visitors Starting 26 September

Hong Kong announced that it will end mandatory hotel quarantine for arrivals starting 26 September. People travelling to Hong Kong will only be monitored for COVID-19 infection for three days, during which they will have to stay at home and their movement will be limited. Chief Executive John Lee announced the highly anticipated new plan at a press conference on 23 September. Before the announcement, the policy in place was known as the ‘3+4’...


Air Canada ordered to pay 2 passengers $2,000 after their flight was delayed by 16 hours due to crew shortages rather than 'safety' issues

The Canadian Transportation Agency ruled the lengthy delay was related to staffing issues and told the airline to pay a mother and son $1,000 each.


The most beautiful cities in Japan


I Survived A Pickpocketing Attempt On My First Day In Europe - Here's How

It pays to get an anti-theft bag, spread out your money, and buy travel insurance.


Singapore and Malaysia removed from Taiwan’s initial list of countries eligible for visa-free entry

There might have been excitement on Monday when Taiwan announced the move to resume visa-free entry from various countries from Sept. 12. This meant that visitors from these countries would be able to enjoy their stay on the island as part of the visa exemption programme for up to 30 days for some countries, and…


Weekend trip ideas in Southeast Asia for September 2022

Does it feel like the longest rainy season in history? No need to answer that — our delayed Grabs and flooded entryways are enough of a testament. Those of us who are lucky to be able to get away from it all for a weekend, most certainly should, as Southeast Asia has heard our cries for a refreshing getaway this September. This month, our weekend trip ideas highlight the reopening of one of Bangkok’s most beloved luxury hotels, as well as the...


A wheelchair user who was filmed dragging herself toward an airplane bathroom said the cabin crew had refused to help

The woman said a cabin-crew member from AlbaStar told her people with disabilities should wear diapers on planes to avoid using the bathroom.


Hong Kong is giving away 500,000 free airline tickets to tempt tourists back, following the pandemic travel slump, reports say

Visitor numbers to the city-state have plummeted as a result of the government's strict COVID-19 travel restrictions, which have now been loosened.


The longest manmade structures in the world

Length matters, especially when it comes to a country’s bragging right. China can proudly claim the world’s longest wall and bridge. Switzerland has the longest and deepest tunnel. Canada may have the world’s longest street. Malaysia can boast the planet’s longest waterslide. . . . And the long list of the longest manmade structures in the world goes on.


America, China, and other countries named after people

Naming a country is pretty important. Along with a flag and a national anthem, names like America and France can help define a whole national identity. Country names can be inspired by anything. Algeria roughly translates to "the islands," Cape Verde means "green cape," and Costa Rica means "rich coast." However, this gallery will look at the people who are so important, they have a whole country named after them. You may be surprised to find out, some of the most famous countries around the world are named after real people or historical figures. Click on to explore these countries and the people who inspired their all-important names.


I ditched New York City after 20 years so I could live in Florida, just 10 minutes away from Disney World

It's always been my dream to live near the magical theme park, so I headed to Orlando, Florida, after living in New York City for my entire life.


FAA refuses to let regional airline hire co-pilots with less experience because it believes the plan poses a risk to safety

Republic Airways asked the FAA for permission to recruit first officers with a minimum of 750 hours of flying time.


12 Breathtakingly beautiful places in Johannesburg


Inside the biggest malls in the world

Many shopping malls around the world go beyond their primary function and offer more than just stores. Shoppers can now enjoy movie theatres, skating rinks, roller-coasters, and even zoos in addition to the hundreds—sometimes thousands—of shops. Here’s a roundup of the 20 most impressive shopping malls in the world.


Bintan and Batam Ferry Price — Which is the Cheapest Ferry? (2022)

Just a short (and cheap) ferry ride away, both Bintan and Batam are top resort destinations among Singaporeans. Depending on your destination and ferry operator, it'll take about 1 to 2 hours and cost about $50 or so for a return trip. Yup, it's so easy to get to that you don't need a long weekend. Heck, with as many as 5 trips per day for some operators, you can even go there and back within a day if you really wanted to. Itching to escape?...


The most tragic airplane crashes in US history

Did you know that the worst crashes in American history (aside from terrorist attacks) happened, for the most part, over 20 years ago? Read on to learn more about the worst airplane crashes in the United States.


Prank goes wrong: Thai tourist stopped at Changi Airport for bringing in more than S$20,000 undeclared cash

What started as a prank ended up in detention at Changi Airport for a Thai tourist who brought over S$20,000 cash into the country and didn’t know he had to declare the amount. A video of the incident was posted on TikTok by Sungstarwin, who went into detail about what happened to him at the […] The post Prank goes wrong: Thai tourist stopped at Changi Airport for bringing in more than S$20,000 undeclared cash appeared first on The Independent...


6 Types Of People At Haunted Houses: Halloween Horror Nights 10 Special

Everyone knows someone who fits the list. The post 6 Types Of People At Haunted Houses: Halloween Horror Nights 10 Special appeared first on Geek Culture.


Headed to Leipzig? Don't miss these unforgettable attractions


Air travel secrets every passenger should know

Traveling by air is one of the great luxuries of the modern age. It can also be one of the great trials, what with crowded airports, overbooked flights and questionable food. To make your next flying experience more enjoyable, we’re letting you in on air travel secrets every passenger should know. Whether it’s getting through security faster or knowing which part of plane it’s best to sit in during turbulence, we’ve got you covered.


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Where Singaporeans want to go next

Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan are amongst their top searches. Flight searches amongst Singaporeans jumped significantly over the last week as countries in the region ease inbound travel restrictions, Expedia found. In its last report, Expedia recorded a 280% and 250% increase in flight searches to Taiwan and Hong Kong, respectively. This is despite a self-monitoring requirement in Taiwan of more than 7 days upon the arrival. “Following the slew...


It Will Cost You More To Fly Out Of Changi Airport Starting 1 November, Here’s Why

As international travel continues to recuperate from the pandemic, passengers flying out of Singapore’s Changi Airport will have to pay extra airport fees and levies from 1 November 2022. The announcement was made on 15 September by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Changi Airport Group (CAG), who informed that the surge in the charges were to be levied in 2018, but were held back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s more on...


Amazing destinations you never thought to visit

In order to grow as a person—to learn new things about the world and yourself—it’s important that you wander off the beaten path every once in a while to experience new things. The same goes for travel. Instead of vacationing in the same locations that everyone else has visited, consider exploring someplace a little unexpected for your next vacation. You might be surprised.


Fascinating historical cities in the U.S.

Have you ever wondered what life was like in colonial Williamsburg, nineteenth-century New Orleans, or 1930s Atlanta? Immerse yourself in hundreds of years of history in these fascinating cities across the United States.


7 Cheap Batam Beach Resorts Under $100/Night – Harris, KTM & More

Batam is kinda like a mash-up of JB and Bintan all in one… Except maybe even better. Not only are there heaps of cheap and actually nice hotels to choose from in the built-up areas (can’t say the same for Johor), Batam also has resorts that are way cheaper than their Bintan counterparts. You probably already know about Montigo Resorts, Batam’s most famous resort. But at well over $200 a night per villa, it’s more cost-effective for large groups...


Russians fleeing Putin's draft are pouring into nearby countries, sending hotel rates, rents, and airfares soaring

The sudden surge in Russians entering these countries has jacked up hotel rates and home rents, with prices doubling in some places, per Bloomberg.


The tallest buildings in the world

From the earliest days of our species, we’ve been intent on constructing bigger and bigger structures. And as modern techniques have advanced, so has the height of our buildings, with skyscrapers now soaring thousands of feet into the air. So which buildings stand out on the international skyline? Join us as we look at some of the tallest buildings on the planet.


Virgin Atlantic is axing flights to Hong Kong, partly because of the 'complexities' of the Ukraine war, which has made some flights nearly 2 hours longer

Virgin Atlantic said that the closure of Russian airspace had made it more complex to operate from the hub.


Asia Album: Last day of Durga Puja celebrations in India

An idol of Goddess Durga is being immersed in a water body at the end of the Hindu festival Durga Puja in Bhopal, the capital of India's Madhya Pradesh state, Oct. 6, 2022. (Xinhua stringer) BHOPAL, India, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- The last day of the celebration of the annual Hindu festival Durga Puja in Bhopal of India's Madhya Pradesh state saw the idol of Goddess Durga immersed in a water body. Durga Puja reveres and pays homage to the Hindu...


20 lesser-known sunny destinations worth visiting

Looking to get off the beaten path on your next vacation? Here are 20 places around the world that see lots of sunshine and fewer tourists than many holiday hot spots. Fabulous beaches, fantastic wine, fascinating history—whatever inspires you to pack your bags, you’ll find it in our selection of under-the-radar destinations.


8 Historical Landmarks In Kuala Lumpur Rich With Malaysian Heritage And History

As Malaysia pushes past its 65th Independence Day (colloquially known as Merdeka) and Malaysia Day on 16 September, we take a look at the historical landmarks around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that have seen history unfold. We’re not just talking about the years circa 1957. Apart from ancient historical structures such as candi (or pantheons) in Kedah, classical buildings had their beginnings locally as far back as the 15th century. The first...


Queen Beatrix mourns deceased husband Claus

Queen Beatrix mourns deceased husband Claus


5 Countries Singaporeans Still Need A Travel Visa For and How Much They Cost

I hardly ever remember to check if I need a visa before I book air tickets, but so far I haven’t had any mishaps simply because the Singapore passport lets citizens travel to so many countries and territories visa-free or with visa-on-arrival — 168 countries at last count. This is quite a feat when you take into account the fact that there are only 195 countries in the world. Most of the countries Singaporeans actually do require visas to enter...


I spent 4 years cycling around the world. It made me realize that travel is not about the destination.

Adorjan Illes visited 39 countries, biking about 28,000 miles, in four years. He said that traveling changed his mindset and attitude about life.


The most stunning swimming pools on the planet

Swimming pools have been a calling card of exotic locations and luxurious hotels for decades, and their appeal has only grown in the age of Instagram. From infinity pools that stretch on for as far as the eye can see, to dip-worthy spots in jaw-dropping locations, there are some truly stunning manmade bodies of water in the world. Don’t believe us? Grab a towel and dive in with our rundown of 20 of the most stunning swimming pools on the planet. Just remember the rules: no running, ducking, bombing or heavy petting.


Cities that are halved by rivers

Some of the world's greatest rivers have given birth to some of the world's greatest cities. A city created either side of a wide, deep river provides it with a watercourse for transport and trade, a source of drinking water, and numerous recreational opportunities. A river also heightens its visual appeal: some of the most beautiful bridges ever built are those spanning river banks in cities around the globe. So, where can you admire the best city and river combinations? Click through and take a look at these cities halved by rivers.


American could have flown more planes into JFK airport but a 'manual' error caused the airline to lose track of its airport slots

American executive Vasu Raja said the carrier "lost track" of the number of slots, which could have given the carrier a competitive advantage today.


China expects increased railway trips as holiday week nears end

Passengers are seen at Harbin Railway Station in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Oct. 1, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhang Tao) BEIJING, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- China is expected to see 6.55 million railway passenger trips on Thursday, the sixth day of the weeklong National Day holiday, as more travelers embark on return trips, according to the national railway operator. A total of 8,144 trains have been arranged to handle the travel rush on...


World’s Best Airlines 2022: Singapore Airlines Flies High In Second

Qatar Airways has topped the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2022. Singapore Airlines took the second spot while Emirates came third among the world’s best carriers ranked by Skytrax — a UK-based airline and airport reviews and rankings site. This is the record seventh time that Qatar Airways has topped the world’s best airline list by Skytrax. Qatar Airways also topped a similar list by AirlineRatings.com in July 2022. The wins for Qatar’s flag...


The 10 best places to visit in January

The Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is a South Asian country, located in the Indian Ocean, situated in the Arabian Sea. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India. The chain of 26 atolls stretches from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north to the Addu City in the south. Comprising a territory spanning roughly 298 square kilometres, the Ma...