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China's non-manufacturing PMI down in September

People dine in a restaurant during the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 11, 2022. (Photo by Su Yang/Xinhua) BEIJING, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- The purchasing managers' index (PMI) for China's non-manufacturing sector came in at 50.6 in September, down from 52.6 in August, the National Bureau of Statistics said Friday. A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while a reading below it reflects contraction. ■


Search team finds the body of famed US mountain climber Hilaree Nelson 2 days after she went missing on Himalaya peak

Hilaree Nelson, 49, went missing on Monday as she attempted to ski down the face of the world's eighth highest summit, Mount Manaslu, in Nepal.


7 Cheap Batam Beach Resorts Under $100/Night – Harris, KTM & More

Batam is kinda like a mash-up of JB and Bintan all in one… Except maybe even better. Not only are there heaps of cheap and actually nice hotels to choose from in the built-up areas (can’t say the same for Johor), Batam also has resorts that are way cheaper than their Bintan counterparts. You probably already know about Montigo Resorts, Batam’s most famous resort. But at well over $200 a night per villa, it’s more cost-effective for large groups...


The tallest buildings in the world

From the earliest days of our species, we’ve been intent on constructing bigger and bigger structures. And as modern techniques have advanced, so has the height of our buildings, with skyscrapers now soaring thousands of feet into the air. So which buildings stand out on the international skyline? Join us as we look at some of the tallest buildings on the planet.


An American tourist was fined almost $500 for eating and drinking on the steps of a historic fountain in Rome

In recent years, Rome has banned eating and drinking near its fountains in order to promote "urban decorum" and preserve historical sites.


6 Types Of People At Haunted Houses: Halloween Horror Nights 10 Special

Everyone knows someone who fits the list. The post 6 Types Of People At Haunted Houses: Halloween Horror Nights 10 Special appeared first on Geek Culture.


A wheelchair user who was filmed dragging herself toward an airplane bathroom said the cabin crew had refused to help

The woman said a cabin-crew member from AlbaStar told her people with disabilities should wear diapers on planes to avoid using the bathroom.


I chose to ride out Hurricane Ian in a Disney World resort. Here are my 5 biggest takeaways from the experience.

I hunkered down at Disney's Wilderness Lodge resort while the storm pummeled Florida. From character dining to safety measures, here's what it's like.


50 must-see stops on the East Coast

Discover some charming spots on your next trip along the East Coast. While exploring this fascinating region of the United States, be sure to add some of the 50 points of interest described below to your travel itinerary.


Fascinating historical cities in the U.S.

Have you ever wondered what life was like in colonial Williamsburg, nineteenth-century New Orleans, or 1930s Atlanta? Immerse yourself in hundreds of years of history in these fascinating cities across the United States.


Hurricane Ian: What to do if your flight is canceled or if you want to change your booking

Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida as a strong Category 4 storm, forcing airports to close and hundreds of flights to be canceled.


The most beautiful pictures of Wout van Aert

The most beautiful pictures of Wout van Aert


Florida's wealthy residents have been chartering private jets to hurry away from the state in the days before Hurricane Ian

Private jets have escaped Florida for Chicago, Dallas, Nantucket, Aspen, and Mexico, Bloomberg reported.


The 10 best places to visit in December

Ko Samui is an island off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus, Thailand. Geographically in the Chumphon Archipelago, it is part of Surat Thani Province, though as of 2012, Ko Samui was granted municipal status and thus is now locally self-governing. Ko Samui is Thailand's second-largest island after Phuket, with an area of 228.7 km², a population of ...


Where Singaporeans want to go next

Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan are amongst their top searches. Flight searches amongst Singaporeans jumped significantly over the last week as countries in the region ease inbound travel restrictions, Expedia found. In its last report, Expedia recorded a 280% and 250% increase in flight searches to Taiwan and Hong Kong, respectively. This is despite a self-monitoring requirement in Taiwan of more than 7 days upon the arrival. “Following the slew...


Cathay Pacific drops 10 places to 16th in Skytrax World’s Top 100 Airlines 2022 rankings

Hong Kong’s flag carrier Cathay Pacific has tumbled 10 places down in Skytrax’s latest ranking of the World’s Top 100 Airlines, dropping from 6th to 16th place.


The most tragic airplane crashes in US history

Did you know that the worst crashes in American history (aside from terrorist attacks) happened, for the most part, over 20 years ago? Read on to learn more about the worst airplane crashes in the United States.


20 amazing places you won’t believe actually exist

Are you looking for idyllic destinations or unusual attractions for your next vacation? The world is full of incredible places that are so magical, you won’t believe they exist! We’ve rounded up 20 amazing destinations from around the world to get you inspired for your next adventure!


5 Best Travel Insurance with Covid-19 Coverage in Singapore (2022)

As the end of the year draws near, and you get ready to jet off, don't forget to purchase perhaps the next most important thing besides your flight ticket. We're talking about travel insurance! Remember the good old days when lost luggage was your biggest worry? These days, the most likely mishaps to happen are related to Covid-19, whether be it an infection or a trip cancellation. Most insurance providers have added Covid-19 coverage to their...


I tried van life for the first time and quit after a year. Here are 10 mistakes I'll avoid for my next attempt.

My partner and I traveled in a camper van for a year. From buying instead of renting to not planning, here are mistakes we could've avoided.


Things you should never do on an airplane

From remembering your passport to packing the right things, traveling can be stressful. That's why it's important to remember some small things that can make a huge difference in your flight and potentially your health, while also maintaining common courtesy towards fellow passengers. Click through this gallery to find out what you should never do while airborne.


Hurricane Ian has brought intense rain, wind, and flooding to Florida and Cuba. Here's how you can help the victims.

The Category 4 storm left more than 2 million people in Florida without electricity and knocked out Cuba's power grid.


25 beautiful mountain towns in the world

From the United States to Japan, not to mention several European countries, numerous cities and villages lie nestled amid dreamy mountainous landscapes exuding a sense of well-being and an invitation to relax. Check out 25 of these alpine locations.


The most stunning swimming pools on the planet

Swimming pools have been a calling card of exotic locations and luxurious hotels for decades, and their appeal has only grown in the age of Instagram. From infinity pools that stretch on for as far as the eye can see, to dip-worthy spots in jaw-dropping locations, there are some truly stunning manmade bodies of water in the world. Don’t believe us? Grab a towel and dive in with our rundown of 20 of the most stunning swimming pools on the planet. Just remember the rules: no running, ducking, bombing or heavy petting.


8 Historical Landmarks In Kuala Lumpur Rich With Malaysian Heritage And History

As Malaysia pushes past its 65th Independence Day (colloquially known as Merdeka) and Malaysia Day on 16 September, we take a look at the historical landmarks around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that have seen history unfold. We’re not just talking about the years circa 1957. Apart from ancient historical structures such as candi (or pantheons) in Kedah, classical buildings had their beginnings locally as far back as the 15th century. The first...


The gate of hell is real (and we'll show you where it is)

Regardless of religious traditions or beliefs about the existence or otherwise of hell, there is a place here on Earth, in the middle of a desert, which has been named as such: the gate of hell. As it turns out, the fiery crater associated nominally with evil, though a popular tourist destination, is also negatively affecting the health of people living nearby, wasting valuable natural gas resources, and causing environmental damage. That's why the president of the region, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan, has recently ordered the closure of the mystifying site, CNN reports, calling to put out a fire that has been burning since the '70s. At present, however, there is no known deadline for closing the proverbial gates. Want to know more? Click on the gallery!


I Survived A Pickpocketing Attempt On My First Day In Europe - Here's How

It pays to get an anti-theft bag, spread out your money, and buy travel insurance.


Hiking fervor transforms Tibetan hamlet

Aerial photo taken on Nov. 8, 2019 shows the sunset scenery in Yubeng Village, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Deqen in southwest China's Yunnan Province. (Xinhua/Hu Chao) KUNMING, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Snow-capped mountains, grasslands, prayer flags and the splendid view of sunrise -- this scene enveloped in a mountain village in southwest China's Yunnan Province has been attracting hiking enthusiasts from across the globe. Elevated 3,000...


Some Florida hotels are cutting their rates so that residents can safely shelter from Hurricane Ian

Rosen Hotels & Resorts announced it was offering special "distress rates" across some of its properties and waiving its usual pet fees.


Prank goes wrong: Thai tourist stopped at Changi Airport for bringing in more than S$20,000 undeclared cash

What started as a prank ended up in detention at Changi Airport for a Thai tourist who brought over S$20,000 cash into the country and didn’t know he had to declare the amount. A video of the incident was posted on TikTok by Sungstarwin, who went into detail about what happened to him at the […] The post Prank goes wrong: Thai tourist stopped at Changi Airport for bringing in more than S$20,000 undeclared cash appeared first on The Independent...


Japan Is Allowing 50,000 Visitors Daily With Non-Guided Package Tours Starting 7 September

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on 31 August that Japan will allow more than double the number of daily visitors as well as non-guided package tours. As per the announcement, Japan will let 50,000 people enter the country daily starting 7 September. The current figure stands at 20,000. Bloomberg reports that Kishida also said that he wanted to increase visits from people trying to take advantage of a cheap Japanese yen and, as...


Craziest ice rinks around the world

Ice skating is a beloved winter pastime around the world. Not only does it serve as a great form of exercise, but it's often a time to bond with friends and family and, if you're lucky, take in captivating views, too. From Chicago to Moscow, here are some of the craziest ice rinks around the world.


Russians fleeing Putin's draft are pouring into nearby countries, sending hotel rates, rents, and airfares soaring

The sudden surge in Russians entering these countries has jacked up hotel rates and home rents, with prices doubling in some places, per Bloomberg.


‘Today is a magic moment’: Bath’s 207-year-old lido reopens after four decades of neglect

‘Enjoy your swim,” says Cleveland Pools chair Paul Simon, and a wave of spray rises from the water as a small tide of people leap into this historic open-air pool in the centre of Bath. Almost 40 years since it closed, the site is reopening after a £9.3m renovation – and these swimmers , selected in a prize draw, are the first in the water. When they come up for air, they break into applause. Among them are Jenni and Alan Hinds, who came by bus...


It Will Cost You More To Fly Out Of Changi Airport Starting 1 November, Here’s Why

As international travel continues to recuperate from the pandemic, passengers flying out of Singapore’s Changi Airport will have to pay extra airport fees and levies from 1 November 2022. The announcement was made on 15 September by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Changi Airport Group (CAG), who informed that the surge in the charges were to be levied in 2018, but were held back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s more on...


Amazing destinations you never thought to visit

In order to grow as a person—to learn new things about the world and yourself—it’s important that you wander off the beaten path every once in a while to experience new things. The same goes for travel. Instead of vacationing in the same locations that everyone else has visited, consider exploring someplace a little unexpected for your next vacation. You might be surprised.


5 Countries Singaporeans Still Need A Travel Visa For and How Much They Cost

I hardly ever remember to check if I need a visa before I book air tickets, but so far I haven’t had any mishaps simply because the Singapore passport lets citizens travel to so many countries and territories visa-free or with visa-on-arrival — 168 countries at last count. This is quite a feat when you take into account the fact that there are only 195 countries in the world. Most of the countries Singaporeans actually do require visas to enter...


Singapore and Malaysia removed from Taiwan’s initial list of countries eligible for visa-free entry

There might have been excitement on Monday when Taiwan announced the move to resume visa-free entry from various countries from Sept. 12. This meant that visitors from these countries would be able to enjoy their stay on the island as part of the visa exemption programme for up to 30 days for some countries, and…


Orlando International Airport is canceling all of its commercial flights as Hurricane Ian nears Florida

Hurricane Ian made landfall in Cuba Tuesday and is expected to keep moving north toward Florida into Wednesday.


Bintan and Batam Ferry Price — Which is the Cheapest Ferry? (2022)

Just a short (and cheap) ferry ride away, both Bintan and Batam are top resort destinations among Singaporeans. Depending on your destination and ferry operator, it'll take about 1 to 2 hours and cost about $50 or so for a return trip. Yup, it's so easy to get to that you don't need a long weekend. Heck, with as many as 5 trips per day for some operators, you can even go there and back within a day if you really wanted to. Itching to escape?...


Flying taxi ordered by American Airlines successfully completes first test flight

Vertical Aerospace's successful test flight of the VX4 marks a significant step in the development eVTOL aircraft technology.


17 of the strangest place names in the world

Sexmoan, Hell, Middelfart?! These aren’t just funny words, they’re the actual names of towns and cities from across the globe. They may sound hilarious but they aren’t flukes. In fact, the world is filled with funny-sounding place names, so we’ve scoured the atlas to dig up 18 of the strangest of them for your entertainment.


Air travel secrets every passenger should know

Traveling by air is one of the great luxuries of the modern age. It can also be one of the great trials, what with crowded airports, overbooked flights and questionable food. To make your next flying experience more enjoyable, we’re letting you in on air travel secrets every passenger should know. Whether it’s getting through security faster or knowing which part of plane it’s best to sit in during turbulence, we’ve got you covered.


Where To Find The Best Fall Foliage In Texas Hill Country

Deep in its ridges and valleys, the Texas Hill Country has spectacular seasonal color—if you know where to look.


Nearly 7 out of 10 Singaporeans acknowledge the importance of sustainable travel

The impact of travel has topped the list of reasons for sustainable travel. Nearly seven out of 10 Singaporeans have said they acknowledge the importance of sustainable travel, a survey by Trip.com Group revealed. Based on a survey of 7,705 respondents across 11 markets in Asia and Europe, the report finds that the impact of travel has topped the list of reasons why travellers are increasingly drawn to sustainable travel. Of the population...


Virgin Atlantic flight attendants, pilots, and ground staff can now wear any uniform regardless of their gender

Virgin Atlantic announced that cabin crew, pilots and ground staff may now select any uniform they wish and will also offer optional pronoun badges.


Visiting Hong Kong? Here Are The Travel Rules You Need To Follow

Hong Kong —a favourite destination among travellers worldwide — is one of the slower and more cautious cities to welcome back travellers. However, the moment the world has been waiting for has finally arrived: travellers can once again visit Hong Kong without needing to quarantine in a hotel. After two long years, Hong Kong has finally eliminated its mandatory three-day hotel quarantine. In addition, Hong Kong is also easing testing rules,...


Two passenger jets collided on a runway at one of the world's busiest airports

Planes belonging to Korean Air and Icelandair were involved in a minor collision on Wednesday evening, a Heathrow spokesperson said.


5 people are dead after a fishing charter boat capsized, possibly after colliding with a whale

Officials are investigating the "unprecedented event" but the mayor of Kaikōura, New Zealand, said it appeared the boat collided with a whale.


Weekend trip ideas in Southeast Asia for September 2022

Does it feel like the longest rainy season in history? No need to answer that — our delayed Grabs and flooded entryways are enough of a testament. Those of us who are lucky to be able to get away from it all for a weekend, most certainly should, as Southeast Asia has heard our cries for a refreshing getaway this September. This month, our weekend trip ideas highlight the reopening of one of Bangkok’s most beloved luxury hotels, as well as the...