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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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Tonga welcomes more foreign aid as recovery continues

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Aid is trickling into Tonga from around the world, as more governments deploy ships and flights to the island nation following the massive tsunami on Saturday

The underwater volcano explosion triggered tsunami waves across the Pacific, claiming the lives of at least three people in Tonga.

The wild weather event caused significant damage and crippled communications – the true extent of the damage is still unknown.

A New Zealand vessel which is expected to arrive on Friday is the first major supply ship to pending to dock.

The captain of the HMNZS Aotearoa had earlier told ticker NEWS partner Reuters that the ship was carrying 250,000 litres of water, along with other supplies. The UN says clean water supplies are the top priority for the Pacific nation.

Australia has also deployed its largest ship, the HMAS Adelaide.

The vessel set sail bound for Tonga on Friday. The ship can carry helicopters which can be deployed from the ship to bring supplies to Tonga’s smaller outer islands.

That vessel is due to arrive mid-next week.

The UK also announced on Friday it was also redeploying its HMS Spey to the Tongan response and had sent aid supplies ahead with the Australian ship.

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17 dead after immense explosion rocks western Ghana

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17 people have died in Western Ghana after a truck carrying mining explosives collided with a motorcycle sparking an explosion

The explosion has left hundreds of buildings destroyed, many feared to be trapped among the rubble.

The accident happened around midday, near the mining city of Bogoso, 300km west of the West African country’s capital of Accra.

The exact number of casualties so far stands at 17, with authorities on the ground confirming another 59 are in hospital.

However, the head of the Prestea Huni-Valley municipal government where the explosion took place, Isaac Dsamani, told local media that officials had counted “about 17 dead bodies” so far.

According to reports, at least 57 who were injured had been taken to local hospitals.

More than 500 buildings have been destroyed.

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Ivanka Trump to be investigated

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The US House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots is now requesting to speak with Ivanka Trump

Ivanka is Donald Trump’s daughter and was a senior White House advisor during the insurrection.

The request marks a major step forward in the investigation, as the panel closes in on the former president and his inner circle.

The committee publicly released a letter addressed to Ivanka… seeking “voluntary cooperation”.

The letter also includes testimony regarding Trump’s efforts to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence on the morning of the attack.

A spokesperson for Ivanka Trump has refused to respond as to whether the former president’s daughter will cooperate.

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