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Ticker’s Top Tips of travelling these holidays

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At last, the world is beginning to open up again, and what perfect timing for travellers to finally reunite with loved ones abroad and celebrate the holidays this year

But with borders opening up and eager travellers ever so keen to jump on a plane, there’s a catch with the new ways of travelling as the COVID-19 pandemic changed how we travel to be unlike how it once was. 

So here are some hot tips to make sure you can make the most of your upcoming travel plans in today’s world.

Tip 1: Do Your Research

There was a time when researching just meant finding the best attractions and places to dine and stay, but the pandemic has added additional considerations.

As everywhere deals with their own version of the pandemic, it’s important to be aware of the COVID situation in both your current location and your desired destination. 

This means checking the latest local and foreign government and health advice to find out what rules and restrictions apply to you.

Tip 2: The Importance of COVID Travel Insurance

Booking travel insurance is perhaps more important than ever. 

Finding the right insurance that considers covid-related expenses will give you peace of mind when travelling to ensure that you don’t get stranded or without medical assistance should anything covid related happen to you abroad.

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Tip 3: Arrive Early at the Airport

If you’re planning on travelling by air, try to arrive early! 

Airports and airlines in the US alone reported last Friday to be their busiest day since the pandemic as millions of Americans rush to see their loved ones for Thanksgiving.

This is all despite a major cut in staff during the pandemic which saw around 50% of employees 

This proves that it’s unlikely you’ll be the only one trying to get back home to your loved ones these holidays, so expect long lines and long times.

Some say 2 and a half hours is the new ideal standard to make sure you end up on your flight, leaving enough time for you to check in and wait in likely lengthy lines. 

Tip 4: Plan your driving routes

With everyone escaping to see their loved ones for the holidays it’s not just the airports that will be busy, but the roads too!

Considering traffic is expected to be 40% higher these holidays, try to plan your trip wisely to avoid delays and jams.

Avoiding peak travel times will ensure you get to your loved ones in time for your holiday celebrations!

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Woman charged with murder of two children found in suitcases

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A South Korean woman has been charged with the murder of her two children

A woman has been charged with murder after the remains of her two children were found in abandoned suitcases in New Zealand.

The 42-year-old arrived in Auckland a short time ago, where she appeared in a district court on Wednesday. She is now facing two charges of murder.

There are strict suppression orders following an application from members of the children’s family.

The woman was remanded without plea in custody.

Three police officers travelled to South Korea before she was extradited to New Zealand.

The children’s bodies were discovered in August after a New Zealand family bought the abandoned goods.

The woman will next appear in the High Court on December 14.

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Guilty verdict for far-right militia founder in Capitol attack

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A guilty verdict has been reached for the founder of a far-right militia group for his involvement in the Capitol attack

A Federal Jury has found the founder of far-right American group Oath Keepers guilty of seditious conspiracy during the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

In a major victory for the U.S. Justice Department, Stewart Rhodes, alongside two members of his militia group are the first to face rare charges in connection with the January 6 violence.

The Government insists the group took part in stopping the transfer of power following Trump’s defeat.

Seditious conspiracy refers to two or more people conspiring to “overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force” the U.S. government.

Rhodes lawyers are planning to appeal the conviction but the charges carry a potential jail time of up to 20 years.

The Oath Keepers claim to defend the Constitution of the United States.

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Landmark same-sex marriage protection bill

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In a landmark bipartisan vote, the U-S Senate has passed Federal legislation to protect same sex marriage & Interracial marriage

Dubbed the Respect for Marriage Act, the same-sex bill will now be approved by the House as soon as this week.

After approval from the House the legislation will head to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.

The bill is in response to concerns the Supreme Court could overturn the 2015 decision to legalise same-sex marriage nationwide.

“Today the long but inexorable march towards greater equality advances forward…

By passing this bill, the Senate is sending a message that every American needs to hear: no matter who you are or who you love, you too deserve dignity and equal treatment under the law.”

Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader
 

The bill needed 60 votes to pass and ended with a vote of 61 to 36.

Hundreds of thousands of same-sex and interracial couples are breathing a sigh of relief today in the United States.

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