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Qatar Airways CEO blames a WFH 'epidemic' for the travel chaos and says people have figured out how to make 'easy money' from their homes

Summer travel has been a mess so far, with flight delays and chaos across the industry as demand returns to pre-pandemic levels.


What traveling looks like in the world’s reopening

Travelers are ditching their bucket list trips for “less adventurous” itineraries, Scott Dunn said. Territories across the globe may have started to open their borders, but luxury tour operator Scott Dunn said 2022 will remain a year of recovery, as tourists proceed with caution in planning their next trips. “Guests are still being very mindful of when they travel, how they travel, and what they're traveling for,” Scott Dunn General Manager Mike...


12 Best Things to Do in Decatur, Alabama

Decatur, a town of about 55,000 residents, offers a mix of historic experiences honoring its past along with an abundance of new shops, restaurants, and entertainment options.


Qatar Airways passenger was forced to spend five days of her vacation without her wheelchair after it got lost

"Terrified" Qatar passenger from Australia to Scotland had to alter her schedule and plan "every minute" of the day after her wheelchair went missing.


Amazing places in Canada to experience beautiful culture

Sudbury is a unique spot to unwind and enjoy major attractions and the great outdoors. Hike along the picturesque bridge to explore the calm woodlands while admiring the fall colours from the A.Y. Jackson Lookout visitor's centre. For history buffs, Dynamic Earth, the home of the Big Nickel, is an interactive, hands-on science centre with earth sci...


An engineer at one of Europe's busiest airports says they're 'ashamed' to work there amid a summer of 'crying little kids' and endless lines

The engineer was one of several Heathrow airport staff who told the Financial Times about their experience of labor shortages and summer travel chaos.


American becomes third airline to place order for Boom Supersonic jets

Commercial supersonic transatlantic travel is on course to roar back almost 20 years after Concorde was decommissioned. American Airlines on Tuesday agreed to buy up to 20 ultrafast jets from the aviation startup Boom Supersonic, with an option to purchase 40 more. The Overture jets, which promise speeds of up to Mach 1.7 over water – twice the speed of today’s fastest commercial aircraft – are expected to roll off the production line from 2025...


Audemars Piguet Opens Luxury Hotel In Idyllic Swiss Village It Calls Home

Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet entered the world of hospitality with an impressively designed hotel in June 2022. Hôtel des Horlogers is situated in the Swiss village of Le Brassus — the home of the watchmaker. Designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels — the person behind the world-famous waste incinerator with a functional ski-slope in Copenhagen — the luxury hotel is hidden away from the street. It is next to the spiral-shaped Musee...


Visiting New Zealand? Here Are Ways To Respect And Protect Its Nature

As Singaporean tourists, we too can observe the Tiaki Promise, New Zealanders’ commitment to protect and conserve their environment, and care for their country and its future generations.


Cheapest Travel Insurance Promotion: Promo Codes for NTUC, FWD, Sompo travel insurance

I have a love-hate relationship with travel insurance - it's the umbrella I know I should bring out, yet am always tempted to leave at home. Whether or not you should get travel insurance is up to you, but if you've already decided that you want it, there are actually several ways you can save money on it, such as travel insurance promotions. Some credit cards also cover you for free if you book your flights with the card. Single-trip travel...


Vakkaru Maldives Embarks On A Deep Sea Odyssey With Conservationist Oliver Steeds

Want to go on a holiday that makes a difference? Well, you may just want to check out the Maldives next. The award-winning Vakkaru Maldives is teaming up with ocean explorer and conservationist, Oliver Steeds OBE for a week-long residency. Vakkaru Maldives’ A Deep Sea Odyssey taking place from 27 August to 2 September 2022 serves as a unique summer conservation holiday hosted by the resort and Steeds. Set on its own white-sand island, Vakkaru is...


Afghanistan's only female guide leads virtual tour of Herat in support of women's education

The virtual tour of Afghanistan's third-largest city will donate profits towards a secret school for girls...


A TikToker booked an Airbnb in Bali for a romantic getaway. When she arrived, she found an overgrown ghost town.

Bree Robertson expected a luxurious property with an infinity pool. Instead, she found a vacant property with algae-filled water.


The joys of rockpooling

Rockpooling is a centuries-old seaside tradition and a wonderful activity for a family day out. While summertime is the most suitable season to explore beaches along the coast, scrambling over a rocky shoreline looking for hidden marine creatures can be enjoyed year-round, when the tide is low and animal-rich rock pools are exposed. So, what can you expect to uncover while rockpooling? Click through this gallery for a low water leisure time guide.


'Thousands' of checked-in suitcases were left behind at Amsterdam airport in just 1 day

Schipol airport has advised passengers connecting to European flights that a baggage malfunction means they can only bring cabin bags on Thursday.


Cruise passengers say airline havoc and lost luggage have left them canceling plans and borrowing clothes from strangers

The chaos that has engulfed air travel in the summer of 2022 has had knock on consequences for cruise passengers.


OCBC Travel Insurance Review 2022: Promotion, Complimentary Insurance, Covid-19

OCBC travel insurance is a top choice for Singaporeans who are risk-averse and prefer to insure themselves with longstanding brands - it is provided by Great Eastern, the insurance arm of OCBC. However, is it really worth staying within your comfort zone? As familiar as you might be with a product, it is just as important to know how it compares against the offerings from other travel insurance providers. Let's take a deep dive into the nitty...


Amtrak's roomette and bedroom sleeper cars are my favorite way to travel along the East Coast. Right now, they're on sale for as low as $250.

Insider's reporter previously paid $500 and $1,000 for roomette and bedroom fares on Amtrak but they are on sale right now starting at $249 and $449.


An airline worker was charged with theft after $16,000 of luggage went missing and was tracked to his house using an Apple AirTag

The man, an airline contractor at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, was arrested and currently faces two counts of grand theft.


How countries got their nicknames

Nicknames have always been a fun way to express the way you feel towards someone or something in your life. Whether it's your best friend or your pet, chances are you have a special name for them that's not quite the official designation. Maybe someone's given you a nickname, too. Well, it's only fitting that the countries of the world would get the same treatment, and many nations have received or given themselves nicknames that reflect what makes them unique. Some are straightforward, others are more imaginative, but they all reveal something about the country that makes it special. Curious? Read on to learn how countries around the world got their nicknames.


The owner of Europe's worst airline for flight cancellations paid over $70 million in compensation to passengers in just 3 months

The Air France - KLM Group blamed blamed labor shortages at airports in Europe and the US as the primary reason behind flight cancellations.


Off-peak travel: 10 places in Asia to visit in August

Siem Reap is a resort town in Columbia and a gateway to the ruins of Angkor. Thousands of tourists visit Siem Reap to view the majestic ancient temple, the Angkor Wat located in the middle of the jungle. There are hundreds of major temples around the countryside along with museums, fishing villages, and bird sanctuaries. The floating villages nearb...


Heathrow passengers face more uncertainty as capacity cap extended

Heathrow airport has extended its 100,000 passenger a day cap for another six weeks as the aviation sector continues to struggle to meet increased demand for travel amid staffing shortages. The capacity limit was initially meant to last until 11 September, but that date was pushed back on Monday to 29 October, overlapping with the autumn half-term break for most schools. The UK’s busiest airport said the move was taken after the introduction of...


Skip the sleeper trains in Thailand and just book the short-haul flights instead — here's why

I rode on the Special Express 14, a 13-hour journey that starts in the northern province of Chiang Mai and ends in the capital city of Bangkok.


The Newly Refurbished Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Is Making A Strong Push For Sustainability

The new-generation Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is emerging in this post-lockdown world with enhanced experiences and refreshed interiors dedicated to mindfulness for the environment. This is what we discovered in a recent visit to the refurbished resort. The silhouette was easy to miss – a giant fish with a broad flat head, two pectoral fins and a crescent-shaped tail gliding beneath, but there was no doubt it was a whale shark. We’d been...


The best travel destinations of 2022


Airline Travel Insurance – What does SIA, Scoot, Jetstar travel insurance cover?

Booking a flight online these days is less about making sure you get what you want than making sure you opt out of what you don’t want. Whether you’re flying with a budget airline or a high-end airline like our very own Singapore Airlines, the airline will always try to get you to buy their travel insurance. I'm sure you'll remember getting bombarded with tons of "Do you want to buy travel insurance" banners upon checkout in pre-Covid days. It...


Our favourite destinations for last minute long weekend getaways from Singapore

If you’re one of the lucky ones that’s got Monday (8 August) off, a long weekend getaway is exactly what you need. Here are some of our favourite nearby destinations in Southeast Asia for a quick trip this National Day, along with linked guides to where to stay and what to do. Desaru Perhaps you’re thinking of heading to Malaysia over the long weekend, but if you’re not keen on spending your weekend cafe-hopping in Johor Bahru, then Desaru Coast...


I was a flight attendant for 10 years. Here are 10 of the biggest mistakes passengers make.

A former airplane crew member advises fliers against walking barefoot on dirty floors, drinking too much alcohol, and sitting in bulkhead seats.


Singapore Airlines inks deal to help lift visitor economy in New South Wales

Currently, the airline operates four flights to the state’s capital, Sydney. Singapore Airlines has inked a deal with the government of New South Wales, Australia to help lift the state’s visitor economy. The memorandum of understanding was sealed through the NSW Government’s $60 million Aviation Attraction Fund. Under the deal, the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, will collaborate with Singapore...


Six family-friendly attractions to visit in Desaru Coast, Johor

Known for its pristine beaches and coastal town, Desaru is a great way to escape the bustling city and hectic schedule. If you didn’t know, in 2021, TIME Magazine named Desaru Coast as one of the World’s Greatest Places, which makes sense why it’s a top holiday destination for locals and tourists. Apart from its luxury accommodation such as One&Only Desaru Coast, The Westin Desaru Coast and more, the town is also known for its family-friendly...


Macao Is Reopening Again After Nine Days Of Zero COVID-19 Cases

Macao reopened beauty salons, fitness centres, bars, and some other entertainment facilities along with public services starting 2 August, after nine straight days of zero COVID-19 cases. On 1 August, the Macao government said in a statement, “There have been no community infection cases in Macao for nine consecutive days… and the risk of the spread of the coronavirus has been greatly reduced.” People in the Special Administrative Region will...


Headed to Grand Rapids? Here's what you shouldn't miss!


Flight attendants are working up to 4 hours on the tarmac without being paid — all while dealing with 'irate' passengers as summer travel chaos rages on

Most airlines only pay flight attendants for time spent in the air, even as mass flight delays stall planes on the tarmac for hours at a time.


The most terrifying creatures in the sea

Our planet’s beautiful oceans are home to many strange creatures, from the most magnificent to the most terrifying. Here are some of the scariest fish hiding in the depths of the sea. Nightmares guaranteed!


An airline passenger says she was served a bottle of water on a flight instead of the vegan meal she had ordered

Miriam Porter told Insider she initially received a bottle of water for one of her meals but a flight attendant later found her some snacks.


Meet Little Diomede Island in Alaska, the 'eyes and ears' of the United States just 2.4 miles from Russia

The little Alaskan city's 83 residents can see Russia — including military base watchtowers — from their houses.


An airline passenger says her luggage has been missing for almost a month and she's spent $450 trying to find it

The passenger's attempts to get her luggage back involved spending more than 40 hours on the phone — but she still hasn't been reunited with it.


A US passenger traveled 96 hours back to Germany to collect his lost bags after seeing their location on Apple AirTags

After arriving back in the US, the passenger waited five days for his lost bags to be returned before taking matters into his own hands.


SG couple who spent almost $3,000 on Korea vacation test positive for Covid, end up in quarantine for 7 of their 8-day holiday

Many people have made it safely out of the Covid-19 pandemic, and some have even gone on long-awaited overseas trips. Others, however, are not out of the pandemic woods yet, including one couple from Singapore who were forced to spend 7/8ths of their holiday to South Korea in quarantine in an accredited facility. What adds […] The post SG couple who spent almost $3,000 on Korea vacation test positive for Covid, end up in quarantine for 7 of...


American Airlines passengers were left 'sobbing' after being held on a hot plane for six hours, report says

American Airlines passengers were held on a plane with no air conditioning, food, or drink for six hours on Sunday afternoon, according to a report.


Best Airlines In The World Revealed, With Qatar Airways Flying Ahead Of The Pack

The world’s best airlines have been revealed. If you’re wondering who’s top dog, look no further than Qatar Airways who has bagged the coveted title of Airline of the Year 2022 at the World Airline Awards, as revealed by AirlineRatings.com. The world’s best airlines offer premium flying experiences to their passengers featuring luxurious cabins, excellent in-flight and airport services, impeccable safety and comfort. If you wish to know which...


80% of Singaporean travellers prefer hotels that offer self-service technology

Travellers now want to minimize contact with staff and other guests. Eight in 10 Singaporean travellers prefer to stay in a hotel that offers self-service technology, a study from Oracle Hospitality and Skift showed. According to the study, many travellers have become anti-social because of the pandemic, and now want minimal contact with hotel staff and other guests. Amongst self-service technologies that travellers want their hotel to provide...


What a scoop! Readers’ favourite ice-cream shops

Winning tip: Ewe turn, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire Shepherds Ice Cream Shop in Abergavenny is a Wes Anderson-styled drop-in, complete with classic Neapolitan ice-cream colours and a little hatch to fetch your favourite flavours from. The twist? It’s all made locally from sheep’s milk, the business is run by two generations of a family that has some sort of tradition around a golden scoop. Shepherds often pop up with a vintage ice-cream trailer at...


Bear Interrupts Alabama Family's Gatlinburg Vacation, Just Wants to Hang Out

Dangerously cute.


Passengers criticize airline after their flight was delayed by 40 hours due to technical issues

One passenger described the 40-hour delay as "complete chaos" and said there had been a lack of communication about the situation.


A air passenger confronted a UK politician in an airport after enduring a 30-hour flight delay, report says

The EasyJet passenger told The Mirror she challenged Michael Gove for 15 minutes about Brexit causing the flight delay.


A pilot says they cleaned planes and loaded bags to avoid flight delays amid staffing issues

The pilot said having to do the extra jobs was an "extreme scenario" and took time away from other responsibilities during preparation for take-off.


Flights were grounded again this week at New York's LaGuardia Airport — this time because of 'law enforcement activity,' FAA says

Unconfirmed tweets claimed the "law enforcement activity" involved a prisoner escaping from FBI agents.


Passengers spent 2 hours flying in low altitude because the plane took off with too much fuel, reports say

The Vueling flight circled the UK coast for two hours to burn off excess fuel before it returned to the airport, Twitter users reported.