This story was first published on Nov 2, 2017, and updated on May 23, 2018. SINGAPORE - Singaporeans hold the world’s second-most powerful passport in their hands, according to the Henley Passport Index. Japan has overtaken Singapore in the global ranking for the most powerful passport, with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to a record 189 destinations, according to the latest update released by the Henley Passport Index on Wednesday (May 23). In an earlier ranking published on Feb 28, Singapore and Japan were tied for the top spot, with visa-free access to 180 destinations. In the latest ranking, Singapore travellers now have visa-free travel, or visas on arrival, to188 destinations. The index, compiled by global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners, surveyed a total of 199 different passports against 227 different travel destinations, including countries, territories, and micro-states. Here’s a spectrum of … [Read more...] about ST’s holiday guide: Travel visa-free to these destinations with Singapore’s ‘most powerful’ passport
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caption The author in Banaue, Philippines in 2014. source Mark Abadi Vacations can go awry if you don’t put in the research beforehand. Avoid uncomfortable situations like not knowing how much to tip or what the exchange rate is by doing some basic googling. It’s helpful to have a running checklist of things to look up before you arrive. Traveling to a new country is an exciting experience, but your vacation can easily go awry if you haven’t properly prepared yourself. As a seasoned traveler, I’ve found myself in plenty of uncomfortable situations abroad, like not knowing how much to tip at a restaurant, or finding that my smartphone charger doesn’t fit the local outlets, or assuming there would be taxicabs waiting for me at the airport. Luckily, Google is our friend, and I now have a running checklist of things I research online before I go to any country for the … [Read more...] about I’ve traveled to 24 countries — here are the 11 things I Google before I visit somewhere new
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian paedophiles are now travelling abroad to commit sex crimes, a new global study suggests, not unlike the stereotypical Western tourists soliciting children in the dark clubs of Thailand. The study found that more than 3,000 tourists from Malaysia and Singapore are reported to visit the Indonesian island of Batam every week for sex. There are more than 5,000 individuals involved in the sex industry in Batam, 30% of whom are children. The newly-published Global Study on Sexual Explotation of Children in Travel and Tourism released by ECPAT International found that the rise of travel and tourism has led to a rise in the phenomenon of travelling child sex offenders. ECPAT International is a global network of civil society groups working to stop the sexual exploitation of children. Read also The modus operandi of those who sexually exploit children in the course of travel and tourism ranges from those who go abroad with that specific objective to those who engage … [Read more...] about Malaysian sex predators now roaming abroad, says study
This city is the winner of the 2017 Expat Insider Survey. I’ll admit, I’ve never heard of it. Where is the best place in the world to live as an expat? Mexico? Thailand? Malaysia? Bahrain? BAHRAIN?! No way, surely not. But yes. Manama, the capital of Bahrain, has come out on top in a survey of the world’s best places for international expats to settle. The Internations.org survey is full of surprises. Locally, the survey places Kuala Lumpur fourth in the overall list of 51 cities ranked best to worst for expats to set up home in, with Manama, Prague, and Madrid just slightly ahead. The study compiles responses from nearly 13,000 people living and working abroad. Expat Insider 2017 is one of the most extensive expat studies worldwide. Apart from offering an in-depth analysis of expat life in 51 cities, the survey ranks them by a variety of factors from the area’s quality of urban living, getting settled, urban work life, as well as finance and housing. … [Read more...] about Where is the world’s most popular place for expats? You won’t believe it.