Month: October 2020

Germany’s world-famous Nuremberg Christmas market canceled for the first time since World War II

One of Germany’s oldest and most famous Christmas markets has fallen victim to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Travel and Leisure reports that for the first time since World War II, December in Franconia’s largest city will be very different.

The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt, one of Germany’s oldest Christmas markets – records date back to 1628 – draws two million visitors to the city annually, the report said.

For more than 70 years, during the four weeks of Advent, Travel and Leisure reports that visitors have come to visit the city’s main market square, which becomes a “village of wooden stalls” bedecked with red-and-white striped cloths.

The report describes a feeling of “cozy cheeriness” that prevails – people browse the dozens of vendors that occupy the stalls, offering unique handcrafts and gifts; and visitors, as well as locals, savor the “scent of grilled sausages, sweet roasted almonds, and mulled wine wafting through

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How to travel during retirement on a budget

“[Baby] Boomers volunteering overseas is a huge trend,” Shannon O’Donnell, author of “The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook” told National Geographic. “They have a deep interest in finding projects that resonate within their own lives and supporting those projects for years. They understand that change occurs gradually.”

Pad your budget

Part of saving money while traveling is making sure you allocate enough to account for unexpected costs. Travel + Leisure recommends people put an extra 20% aside for their excursions. Even if you don’t spend it, you’ll have more to spend on travel-related activities of your choice.

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Consider rental homes

Although hotels have their benefits, if you’re going on a trip with extended family, it may be more cost-effective to stay in short-term rentals using sites such as Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO. Buying groceries and cooking rather than dining

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Revenge travel picks up in India; resorts, hotels beat some COVID-19 blues



a group of palm trees next to a body of water: Revenge travel picks up in India; resorts, hotels beat some COVID-19 blues


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Revenge travel picks up in India; resorts, hotels beat some COVID-19 blues

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

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Covid-19 tests may cost travellers an extra S$800

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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