Canada bars consulate staff from travelling outside Hong Kong

The Canadian consulate in Hong Kong has barred local staff from leaving the city on official business following the detention of a British consulate worker in mainland China. Announcing the travel restriction on Friday, Canada did not say whether it was related to the detention of Simon Cheng, who went missing two weeks ago from Hong Kong’s high-speed rail terminal to Shenzhen, a mainland city just across the border from the self-governing territory. “At present, locally engaged staff will not undertake official business travel outside of Hong Kong,” the Canadian Consulate said in a statement. The…

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Interesting Animals To Look Out For When Travelling In The US

While the United States may be home to some of the most beautiful natural and urban landscapes, it is also home to a variety of unique wildlife often found nowhere else in the world. With over 3,000 native species ranging from birds and insects to formidable beasts like the grizzly bear, there’s something for every type of animal lover. As much as heading to the local zoo is a popular choice for the most inexperienced tourists, you’ll likely end up seeing the same caged up animals you can find back…

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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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Travelling with the squad? Follow these 5 rules to avoid fights and have a great trip

Everything is better with friends. Travel, too. You take back a life back of memories with your gang. However, there are times when everyone has different preferences and doesn’t get along. So, to avoid rotten,grumpy faces of your friends on a holiday, there are few unwritten rules to follow. Every friend group is different, with its own nuances, but if you stick to the following five rules – you’ll likely survive your trip without flouncing from your group WhatsApp in a huff. Identify “the bossy one” early on: There is always one…

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Pack right before travelling during monsoon season

Before going on a trip during the rainy season, it is important to carry the right tools and instruments to save your belongings like cellphone and wallet from drenching. Carry zip lock bags, umbrellas, mosquito repellents and waterproof backpacks, suggest experts. Narayana Menon K, co-founder at Wandertrails, an online platform enabling discovery and booking of experiences, has listed a few necessary items: * Arm yourself with an umbrella or raincoat. A waterproof backpack is a must-have. * Always carry a zip lock bag. It is good to keep the wallet…

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Australia to ban convicted paedophiles from travelling abroad ‘World-first’ measure aims to tackle problem of sex offe

14 hours ago 56 Click to follow The Independent Online Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Jason Reed/Reuters Australia plans to ban convicted paedophiles from travelling overseas in what the government said is a world-first move to protect vulnerable children in South East Asia from exploitation. Australian paedophiles are notorious for taking inexpensive vacations to nearby South East Asian and Pacific island countries to abuse children there. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she would cancel the passports of around 20,000 paedophiles on the national child sex offender register under legislation that will…

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