A 10-minute-long discussion on a WhatsApp video call, and, two days later, Mumbai-based college student Siddharth Shetty and four of his friends steered their Maruti Suzuki Swift towards Goa.
Passing through the lush green forests and overflowing rivers of the Western Ghats, the fivesome checked into two standard double rooms of Double Tree by Hilton in Goa’s capital Panaji at the end of the 12-hour drive.
“Being at home, we could not take it anymore. This holiday break meant to us more than all our holidays put together, and we are having the best time of 2020,” Shetty said on a phone call.
Nineteen-year-old Shetty is one among several thousand Indian travellers who have not let go of the chance to head out for an unplanned holiday as soon as the ‘unlocking’ phase started, allowing
Singapore — Leisure travel between Singapore and Hong Kong is expected to begin again soon, with officials from both sides working on a travel bubble that will allow people to fly in and out safely. However, the cost of testing for Covid-19 could add as much as S$800 to each traveller’s expenses, according to a report in the South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Tuesday (Oct 20).
Therefore, there is a need for less expensive testing methods for Singapore to revive its travel and tourism industries, which are among the hardest-hit by the pandemic.
Under the travel bubble, visitors will no longer be required to serve a quarantine period or only be allowed to go to specific places, but they will most likely need to take polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which cost around S$200 per test in Singapore.
How many tests each traveller will need to take has not
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Travel has undoubtedly been one of the most heavily impacted sectors throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. As work lives experience a major shift, the massive role that travel plays in how people function, interact and do business with one another has become increasingly apparent — from global conferences to travel for meetings to corporate retreats. Beyond these types of traditional and large-scale business gatherings, travel serves another important purpose: the opportunity to disconnect, seek inspiration, refresh and find a clear mental headspace in today’s rapidly changing world. Travel allows entrepreneurs to source the creativity that is essential to keeping their businesses moving daily.
Leisure travel will forever be an intrinsic human inclination and plays an irreplaceable role in shaping people’s lives. Whether jetting across the world to experience an entirely new culture or simply exploring