SINGAPORE - It's that time of the year again, when the travel bug bites and wanderlust kicks in. The month of June is a common time for Singaporeans to go overseas, especially since it coincides with the school holidays. Be it travel tips and hacks, advice on driving overseas, buying travel insurance, or what to do in emergencies, The Straits Times has all the information you need. Here are 10 useful articles for a stress-free vacation. 1. Six travel hacks ST travel journalists Lee Siew Hua and Clara Lock recommend ways to save money, snag an airline seat upgrade and keep your many devices fully charged. These suggestions include using a multi-currency account, renting a pocket Wi-Fi device and buying car insurance. READ MORE HERE 2. Travel light with the right insurance plan Enjoy your holiday abroad with peace of mind, knowing you have the right insurance to cover you. A suitable travel plan does not have to be pricey, yet it offers peace of mind and protects you, your … [Read more...] about June holidays are coming: 10 articles for your travel needs
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Do you feel like your income is just enough, and there's nothing left over for savings? Or perhaps you have the good intention to save money, but before you know it's the end of the month and you've spent more money than you thought you would. This happens to many people, so how can you take control of your spending? Here are four tips that can help you be more mindful of how you spend your money and break your overspending habit. START TRACKING YOUR SPENDING Are you really overspending, and what are you overspending on? To answer these questions, we recommend you start tracking your expenses. You may think it's a tedious exercise, but with so many budget tracking apps available, it's really as easy as taking a few seconds after you've made a payment to input the expense in your chosen app. This can be an easy habit to develop as we're usually on our phones anyway, and some people even use contactless payment systems via smartphones. Just add on that extra step of using a budget … [Read more...] about Curb your overspending with these 4 tips
When the budget airline Wow Air abruptly ceased operations earlier this year, thousands of travelers were left stranded and scrambling, on both sides of the Atlantic, to make alternate travel plans. The news, after months of speculation that the Icelandic airline was struggling financially, came at a period that has already been particularly difficult for low-cost carriers. Cyprus’ Cobalt Air, Pakistan’s Shaheen Air, and Primera, based in Denmark and Latvia, collapsed in October. In February, Flybmi and Germania filed for bankruptcy. For most, rising fuel costs and overexpansion led to their demise. Budget airlines are appealing to travelers because they offer much lower prices than major airlines. A flight to London from New York can cost around $1,000 on American Airlines, British Airways or another major carrier, but the same trip on low-cost Norwegian, for the same dates, can be around $600. Similarly, a flight from Washington to Paris costs around $1,200 on Air France, … [Read more...] about News Are budget airlines really worth it?
By Laurie Monsebraaten Social Justice Reporter Sandro Contenta Feature Writer Tues., April 30, 2019 Three Thunder Bay foster homes — closed by the province in 2017 after the death of a First Nations youth — had feces- and blood-stained floors, no working stove or food in the fridge, and were staffed by workers ill-equipped to handle the complex needs of youth in their care. The shocking conditions are included in an investigative report by the office of Ontario’s Advocate for Children and Youth, which closed Tuesday as part of the Ford government’s “restoring trust, transparency and accountability” law. The office’s investigative role moves to the provincial ombudsman’s office May 1. The advocate’s report examined three Thunder Bay homes operated by Johnson Children’s Services Inc., a company headquartered in Vaughan. The homes opened in March 2016 and were closed in May 2017, … [Read more...] about Shocking conditions at now shuttered Thunder Bay foster homes detailed in child advocate’s final report
By Morgan Lowrie The Canadian Press Sun., April 28, 2019 MONTREAL—Residents of a flood-ravaged suburb west of Montreal tried in vain to get access to their trapped pets, medication and personal effects on Sunday after thousands were forced to flee their homes with little more than the clothes on their backs. Emergency workers urged another 1,500 residents of Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Que., to leave their homes Sunday, one day after the Lake of Two Mountains broke through a natural dike northwest of the city and forced some 5,000 others to flee without notice. Sylvain Lauzon said water began shooting out of his sink and floor drain at about 7 p.m. on Saturday. “It was like a war,” he said Sunday. “Police and firemen coming to your door, telling you to get out fast.” Lauzon said he delayed evacuating just long enough to help his neighbours, and to gather his two dogs and one of his two cats. Within an hour, he said, water had rushed down the … [Read more...] about Broken Quebec dike forces thousands of evacuations northwest of Montreal