These are the hottest travel destinations for 2019, from Savannah to Singapore

Martin Puddy | Getty Images A new year means new opportunities to tick off the destinations on your bucket list. So, where are people headed? American Express recently revealed the top trending travel destinations for 2019, based on its year-over-year (2017 versus 2018), proprietary American Express Travel 2018 booking data for trips being booked for 2019. While a few of the usual tourist hot spots — like Tuscany and the Bahamas — made the list, there were a number of surprising, far-flung locations people are jetting off to. Another twist?…

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Holidays from hell: how to get redress when things go wrong

 Cancelled flights are just one of the woes that can disrupt a holiday – but getting compensation isn’t always straightforward. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters In the coming week thousands of holidaymakers will be returning to drudgery. Not just to the day job but the baffling, often futile, attempts to claim redress for a ruined trip. As holidays become ever easier to book online, more travellers are finding their idyll becomes a nightmare due to incompetence, indifference or downright fraud. Here are some of the most common problems, and how to put…

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Fatca doesn’t prohibit NRIs from investing in mutual funds in India

Photo: iStock I am an NRI and have been told that I can’t invest in mutual funds in India because of Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca). Is that true? If yes, what is the next best option for me to invest in? —Abhay Gupta Ever since Fatca has been enforced, financial institutions outside the US have become increasingly reluctant to deal with US entities. This has also led many people to think that Fatca prohibits any transaction between US entities and non-US financial institutions. But Fatca does not prohibit NRIs from…

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5 personal finance lessons from biopic Sanju

Sanjay Dutt’s biopic Sanju  is breaking records on domestic box office collection. This movie has decent entertainment value across age groups. Sanjay Dutt’s life story could also provide with some important personal finance lessons. Here are some of them: i. Blindly following friends’/relatives’ advice is bad In our network, we are surrounded by people who cannot be trusted. In movie it’s displayed, Sanju’s friend consumes glucose but persuades him to consume drugs. Such ‘friends’ just love your money and don’t care for you. Similarly, there are so-called well-wishers who recommend us to…

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Visitors to New Zealand will have to pay tourist tax from 2019

New Zealand has announced plans to introduce a tourist tax and increase other fees for international visitors to fund infrastructure development in the face of a tourist boom. Tourism numbers in the country of 4.5 million have surged by nearly a third in the past three years to 3.8 million in April this year. “This rapid growth has impacted the costs and availability of publicly-provided infrastructure,” said tourism minister Kelvin Davis. “Many regions are struggling to cope and urgently need improved infrastructure, from toilet facilities to car parks.” A tax…

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Colorful Travel Photos From Around the World

The colorful streets of Bo Kaap weren’t always this way. The facades were once mandated to be a drab, uniform color during Apartheid. After, the residents painted their homes every color of the rainbow to celebrate their freedom from oppression. Brilliant blue corridors, golden-dawn balloon rides, jewel green basketball courts: Colors often streak a rainbow of experiences across traveler’s minds to leave lifelong memories. From ruby red powder used to celebrate in India, to a mustard yellow curtain in Bhutan, or historically significant paint in South Africa, colors mark time and place for…

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Modified Maruti Suzuki Baleno from 360 Motoring is pure SWAG

The Maruti Suzuki Baleno is a massive seller, with over 15,000 copies finding homes in India each month. High sales means that a large number of Balenos end up in the modification circuit. Today, we have yet another Baleno but one that’s pure SWAG. Though the purists may call it riced, this is a car that looks like no other Baleno on Indian roads. The ‘scissor door’ is the showstopping feature on this car. It also wears a body kit with customized front and rear bumpers. The car’s stanced to…

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From mums to millennials, 10 female writers on why travel is best done alone

Travel has taught me that most people are kind and trustworthy’ CREDIT: GETTY Ten female writers reflect on how their many and varied journeys around the planet have enriched them. ‘Becoming a mother of three hasn’t changed my rhythm’ Michelle Jana Chan My first ever memory is standing on the forecourt of Kai Tak, Hong Kong’s legendary old airport where the approach was between towering apartment blocks and passengers could watch locals hanging their laundry as the plane turned on to finals. I was probably three years old. I remember looking up…

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Aye Finance raises Rs 25 cr from Hinduja Finance & Intellegrow

Delhi-based MSME lending platform Aye Finance has raised Rs 25 crore from Hinduja Leyland Finance and Intellegrow. This is the second securitisation deal for the company. Last year it had raised Rs 10 crore by securitising part of its portfolio. Sanjay Sharma, Founder and Managing Director Aye Finance said, “The loan requirements of these businesses ranges between Rs 50,000 and Rs 5 lakh, which makes servicing these small ticket loans an expensive proposition. We at Aye have not only designed our processes and automation at minimum cost but we have also partnered with…

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GoAir 2018 Sale: Flight Tickets Start From Rs. 1,005, Bookings Available Till January 12

The travel period of GoAir’s sale ends on May 31, 2018. HIGHLIGHTS Bookings under GoAir 2018 Sale can be made till January 12 Promotional scheme valid on travel till May 31, 2018 Airline offers all-inclusive fares from Rs. 1,005 on flights from Guwahati GoAir is offering domestic flight tickets starting at an all-inclusive price of Rs. 1,005 on select destinations. Under a promotional scheme, called GoAir 2018 Sale, bookings can be made till January 12. That means for those looking to avail the airline’s offer – GoAir 2018 Sale, today…

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