Last week, a new law in New Zealand, the Customs and Excise Act 2018, gave customs officials the power to confiscate and retain digital devices and request passwords so information can be read and cloned. Refusal to comply can result in tourists being hit with a fine of up to NZ$5000. And while you can appeal later, the reality is once your unlocked device has been handed over your data, and any data that connects you to other people such as email or instant messages are no longer private. This is a sign of increasingly invasive laws permeating our society.
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Scouring through the web for information on foreign destinations can be more confusing than helpful when you’re looking to satisfy your wanderlust.
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Many people work hard for a few years and then take a year or so off to travel the world before "settling down". As well as seeing the world and experiencing new cultures, some recent research has found the benefits extend to many other areas. And the good news is that once you're back, the likelihood of getting a new job quickly is quite high.
I've recently returned from three weeks of R&R, travelling through some of the United States on a family holiday. Despite asking specific questions of my travel agent, I was hit with luggage fees during one leg of the journey. This was an expected slug of US$100 (about $140 once you take into account the exchange rate and credit card fees).
Lots of people, young and old, have a trip to Disneyland on their bucket list. If you're my age, you probably grew up watching "The Wonderful World of Disney" on TV on the weekend. Or, if you're younger, the steady stream of movies such as Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King appealed to a new generation. And, then there's Disney's strategic acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm which have brought another generation into the Disney fold. With all that and more, how do you get the most out of a trip to Disneyland. Here's what I learned after a recent trip.
More than half of Australian travellers book flights with price as their primary consideration according to Kayak.com.au. Only a third see flight times as a big deal with frequent flyer points relegated to a very minor consideration, with about one in eight of us considering them a major factor in booking flights. Interestingly, we're not big on creating a travel budget when we're away according to their research.
There are plenty of options available when you arrive in a foreign city and want to go exploring. You can wander behind a tour guide who recites facts about landmarks while holding an umbrella aloft, you can plot out your own course with Google Maps or a guidebook or you do a city escape that turns the sights into a giant escape room as you run around solving a mystery.
I do quite a bit of traveling for work but this week I took my first trip to India, to attend the opening of a new security operations centre by Symantec. I spent a few days at the southern city of Chennai. On the trip in and out, and while I was visiting Chennai, a number of things stood out. Here's what I learned.
I've travel quite a lot and have noticed that as airlines have started charging extra fees for checked luggage that some people now use carry-on bags that are quite large and heavy. In response, some airlines have started imposing stricter baggage limits for carry on and they are now getting tougher on enforcement.
Travel inherently includes some security risks, because part of security is knowing how things are supposed to work, so you can recognise what's sketchy. Go to a new city and you might fall for a taxi scam, get pick-pocketed — or get your money stolen by an ATM skimmer. We talked to Daniel Smith, security researcher at cloud security company Radware, about how to avoid sketchy ATMs when you travel.
Skytrax has released their annual airline rankings, where they tell the world who the best airline in the world is as well as handing out trophies for various local categories. Singapore Airlines took out the main prize, for "World's Best Airline", picking up that prize for the fourth time. But what about our local carriers? Here's a look at some of the results.
If you're travelling to the United States for a holiday or a limited number of other activities you need to apply for a visa waiver through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) system. I had to apply for a visa waiver last night and discovered, the hard way, that there are businesses out there that make the cost of a ESTA far higher without adding any value. In other words, beware the ESTA rip-off.
You can eat pizza for a living, if you’re good enough at it — and if you work hard and get to know everyone in the pizza business. Scott Wiener turned his love of pizza into Scott’s Pizza Tours, a growing business conducting food tours by foot and by bus in Manhattan.
In this video episode of How I Work, we shadowed him for a day and learned how he chooses locations, trains tour guides and makes industry connections, doing his work out of pizza shops and carting supplies around on his bike.
It isn't a good time for Airbnb hosts or renters in Japan right now: The private residence renting service was recently forced to cancel thousands of already booked and paid reservations in Japan, all thanks to a new set of Japanese laws that went into effect on June 15. Here's what's going on over there, and what you can do if you were planning on renting with Airbnb in Japan in the near future.