According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Singapore has come out on top of the list of 131 cities around the world as the most expensive city to live in 2014.
Singapore has a very strong currency rate at present, and that combined with the costs of running a car and high utility bills contributed to its high position. If you’re heading their on holiday, beware that it is the most expensive place in the world to make clothes purchases.
It’s been a source of contention between parents, teachers and holiday firms for a long time: the increased cost for families of going away during the school holidays. Now MPs are finally becoming involved in the debate and suggesting the staggering of term dates for different schools and schools having more discretion on absences.
One Day ticket prices for Magic Kingdom theme park at Disney World, in Orlando, Florida will see price increases by $4, to $99 which is around £59.50. The park is the busiest and most visited theme park in the world. Figures for 2012 show that there was more than 17 million visitors to the park, making it one of its busiest years. Disney have also added the same increase to their other Disney World parks; Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Although the company is seeing surging revenue, the recent introduction of wireless bracelet system called MyMagic+ has cost them, with the price increase reflecting this.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising Britons not to travel to certain parts of Egypt after a tourist bus was attacked in Taba, South Sinai on Sunday. Four people were killed in the attack, which has prompted the FCO to urge travellers not to travel to Taba and Dahab unless it is ‘essential’.
These are places you won’t find on your average package holiday, destinations which may not be on everyone’s must visit list nor places you may actually think of visiting. However the Lonely Planet reveals the top 10 most extraordinary places to stay in 2014 may just give you some inspiration to visit somewhere you may not necessarily have visited.
We haven’t seen a lot of snow in the UK this year compared to recent times; many people are loving the fact that they can get out of the house easier, but others are lamenting that they haven’t enjoyed the winter weather they love. If you’re in the latter group, then there’s no need to worry, there are plenty of resorts that still have snow well into spring, with lifts still running to keep every skier and snowboarder happy.
With tensions still high in Argentina over the Falkland Islands, Argentina uses any excuse to flex its muscles, today they are doing so by ordering Cunard cruise liner to take down its British flag when it docked in Buenos Aires. The Foreign Office accused Argentina of “unacceptable harassment and intimidation” over the incident.
Located on the Black Sea Coast and snuggled between Georgia/Abkhazia is a versatile Russian City. In the summer months it is a wonderful beach resort, reminiscent of the south of France in many ways with promenades lined with palm trees and yachts docked in the marinas. In winter Sochi is transformed into a winter wonderland. A fantastic winter sports destination, which is why it was chosen for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
San Francisco is a beautiful city steeped in history. From its steep rolling hills and Victorian architecture to the serenity of the city’s cable car system, San Francisco has something for everyone. Remember to pack some warm clothing when visiting the city as even during the summer months the average temperature is 15°C and gets considerably colder in the evening.
It doesn’t matter if you are going away for a long weekend or for a 14 night getaway, packing your suitcase the right way can alleviate the stress levels and provide you with more time for the most important things in life, having fun!