Virus Fear Empties Overcrowded Venice of Tourists

Venice’s usually overcrowded streets are now void of tourists as the coronavirus spreads to Europe, with Italy being one of the worst-hit countries. Francisco Seco / Associated PressSkift Take: While the virus threat will eventually subside and tourists will throng its streets again, Venice still has to grapple with a long-term, existential challenge that is climate change. — Xinyi Liang-PholsenaRead the Complete Story On Skift

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Why you need to know about Japanese Encephalitis

  As a seasoned traveller, there are a few things that I will absolutely no longer travel without. One of them includes getting appropriate vaccines for wherever I’m travelling to. Not only have I heard too many awful stories about travellers getting sick from preventable diseases, it’s even happened to several of my friends! To ever consider skipping out on my vaccines is just not worth the risk. And since today, February 22nd, is World Encephalitis day (#WED), I thought it would be a perfect time talk about Japanese Encephalitis and why you need to protect yourself from this relatively unknown disease. What is Japanese Encephalitis? Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain, which is most commonly caused by an infection. The Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus is spread by mosquitos and is the leading cause of vaccine-preventable encephalitis...

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Paul Immigrations Reviews: The Singapore PR Application Experts

Singapore is consistently ranked among the top places worldwide to live, work, or study. A recent study by HSBC, a global investment banking company, has found Singapore to be the best country for ex-pats worldwide in terms of career progression, work-life balance, healthcare and the ability to make new friends. About 47% of those who had moved to Singapore for work, the study says, have decided to stay due to the quality of life the country offers them and their families. A financial hub with countless career opportunities, Singapore remains extremely livable due to the warm tropical climate, lush greenery, developed transport and community infrastructure, and a busy cultural scene. Foreigners account for 1.68 million out of the 5.7 million total population of Singapore. A truly international destination, with English widely used as a common language,...

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How to Bargain in Foreign Countries

The other day I received an email from a reader asking me to confirm the proper way to bargain in foreign countries. The ‘proper way’ that was mentioned is something that I’ve heard from travelers all the time. It’s the 50% rule. And to me, the rule is wrong. Bargaining is indeed a part of travel. And with more people traveling than ever before, questions about bargaining are on the rise. In many countries, when you buy certain items, there are often no set prices. It’s just how it works. As a result, travelers all over the world spend time trying to figure out how much things should actually cost. But how do we really know how much we should be paying? Back to that oh-so-common 50% rule. Bargain in Foreign Countries – “The 50% Rule” This rule states that we should always...

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