Take off on amazing trips on a budget. Travel blogger Nomadic Matt shows you how

American blogger Matt Kepnes wasn’t big on travel until he was 23, when he took his first journey abroad. Back then, he had a desk job in health care with two weeks’ vacation a year. He chose to go on a solo trip to Costa Rica and “fell in love with travel.” The next year he went to Thailand and “met five backpackers who were living my dream.” “I grew up in an environment where travel wasn’t a thing for my family, it wasn’t a thing for my friends,” he said in…

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Are you a responsible traveller? Read the United Nations manual on tourist etiquette to find out

Learn to speak a few words in the local language and make sure your purchase isn’t made with endangered plants or animals. These are some of the tips from the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s new “Travel. Enjoy. Respect” handbook. It is part of a global public awareness program that comes with a manual on how to be a responsible tourist. The launch comes amid a tourism crisis in Europe this summer, where locals across Spain and Italy have been staging anti-tourism protests in response to unsustainable visitor numbers, and incidents…

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Travelling on a budget? These Indian destinations can give you an international experience

International tours make for great memories, but they also come with a heavy expense. Here are some places to visit within India that will give you an international vacation experience without burning a hole in your pocket: * Shillong—The Scotland of the East: With its surging meadows, rivers and lush widespread grasslands, Shillong and its surroundings can be compared to Scotland. Waterways are the means of transportation in Alleppey. (Shutterstock) * Pondicherry—The French Town: Pondicherry retains its Dutch and French architecture from colonial times. It is interesting to note the smooth transition of…

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Going on a vacation to Thailand? Here are the top 3 water parks you must visit

Three of Thailand’s fun-filled water parks have been listed as among the Top 10 in Asia by a renowned travel website TripAdvisor in their 2017 travellers’ choice awards. The Ramayana Water Park in Pattaya took the 3rd spot in the Top 10 Water Parks in Asia with The Black Mountain Water Park in Hua Hin taking 6th spot. Also in Pattaya, The Cartoon Network Amazone is making a splash and was named the 7th most popular water park in Asia. “Thailand offers various fun-filled activities for families, youth and children…

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Impact of GST on Education Sector

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act of 2009 has made education not only compulsory but has also made the Govt. responsible to provide education at economical rates. The  Council has kept education sector free from its ambit. Services related to education, provided by any educational institution to its students, faculty and staff like transportation, catering, mid day meals, admissions, examinations, housekeeping etc. have been exempted under GST. The educational institutions that have been granted the exemption from GST are pre-schools and higher secondary educational institutes both…

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UGC issues draft rules on awarding degrees online, Aadhaar likely to be made mandatory for the courses

In what might pave way for obtaining degrees online, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has drafted UGC (Online Education) regulations, 2017 and has sought public feedback till August 18. Once the regulations are in place, students and working professionals will be able to obtain a degree online, recognised by the UGC. Institutes will be able to offer online degrees in all fields, except engineering, medicine, dental, pharmacy, nursing, architecture and physiotherapy. At present, the Commission does not recognise any course offered fully online. A student can get a degree by…

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Ride on a wave: Here’s why Ghana should top your vacation bucket list

Brett Davies paced up and down the sloping sands of Kokrobite beach in Ghana, organising surfers from 20 different countries at his annual international competition. Along the beach, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) west of Accra, dotted with dug-out fishing boats, Rastafarians were selling T-shirts and small children were playing in the sand. Davies, 42, is leading the push to bring surfers to the West African nation as a way to help boost the country’s under-developed tourism sector. The British national already runs a surf school at Kokrobite and has…

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Keep Your Company On The Road To Ecommerce Success With These Marketing Strategies

Many if not most business owners dream of making their organizations successful in the ecommerce campaign. However, it’s important to know that success will not just happen. Rather, you need to actively work to make things like conversion optimization and enhanced industry influence happen by putting together a plan. Below you’ll find just three of many marketing strategies you may want to integrate into your company’s strategic plan for growth: 1. Run A Facebook Contest. One great way to keep your company on the road to ecommerce success is by…

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Supreme Court puts admissions to IITs and NITs on hold over bonus marks

The Supreme Court on Friday put on hold admissions to most of the country’s engineering colleges, including the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), over awarding of bonus marks in the joint entrance examination (JEE). The order, which will affect 33,000-odd students, came on a petition filed by two candidates who sought the court’s direction to IIT-Madras to revise the list of successful students without giving them bonus marks. According to them, bonus marks should not have been awarded to all the candidates but only to those who attempted the…

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How Anyone Can Save on a Luxury Vacation

Millennials are spending less on things and paying more for experiences. Luxury travel has roared back as a status symbol in a world awash with things, because it shows that one has both the money and time to indulge in it. However, you don’t have to spend a fortune to take a luxury trip. Let’s learn how anyone can save on a luxury vacation. Find Destinations Closer to Home to Save on Travel Look for destinations that are similar to what you are dreaming of but don’t require international airfare….

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