WestJet Link welcomes over 195,000 guests in its first year of service — World Airline News

WestJet’s newest air service, WestJet Link is celebrating carrying more than 195,000 guests in its first year of operation between Calgary and five cities in British Columbia and Alberta. Since its inception last June, WestJet Link has operated over 7,000 flights between WestJet’s home and largest hub in Calgary to Cranbrook, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat […]

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Here’s How Much It Will Cost You to Take a NASA-Approved Trip to the International Space Station — Robb Report

It may not be the moon, but adventurous travelers will soon get an official NASA-sanctioned opportunity to visit space.

Late last week, the space agency announced plans to open the International Space Station up to increased commercial activity starting in 2020. Part of a new strategy to help eventually make the habitable satellite economically sustainable, the move will allow private astronauts the first NASA-approved chance to visit the only place where people currently live off planet, according to the New York Times. But a trip to the literally out-of-this-world vacation spot will come with an appropriately astronomical price tag.

To start with, each visitor will have to reimburse NASA roughly $35,000 per day of their stay. According to a chart obtained by the Verge, that cost breaks down to $22,500 for necessary crew supplies, including food, air and exercise equipment; $11,250 for regenerative life support and toilet facilities, $105 for stowage; $50 per gigabyte of data used and $42 per kilowatt-hour of electricity. Because of this, a month-long stay on ISS would cost just over $1 million.

Of course, room and board is just a small part of the trip’s overall price tag. The biggest cost will be actually getting to and from the station. Private astronauts will have to book a seat onboard a SpaceX or Boeing flight that’s already headed there. That ticket is expected to run $60 million, according to BBC, the same price the two companies charge NASA to “taxi” a fully trained astronaut to ISS.

While NASA is finally ready to give non-astronauts the chance to visit the station, don’t expect it to become the next tourist hotspot just yet. Space onboard the orbiting station will be extremely limited at first. Right now, the plan is for only two approved private astronauts to visit the station each year.

The lucky few who can afford the costs associated with the trip won’t be the first space tourists, though. While NASA has previously turned its nose up to the thought of allowing visitors onboard ISS, Russia, which has helped run the station since its launch in 1998, has long taken a much more relaxed position on civilian travel. American businessman Dennis Tito first paid the country $20 million to visit in 2001, which, even accounting for inflation, sounds like a relative steal.

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Beverly Hills first city to ban tobacco sales —

Here’s something travelers who smoke may want to begin looking for. With many establishments adopting a no smoking policy–is Beverly Hills setting a new trend?

The Beverly Hills City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to make it the first U.S. city to ban the sale of cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.

The ban applies to gas stations, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, but includes exemptions for hotels and three local cigar lounges. It is set to take effect beginning in 2021.

Local business owners opposed the measure, arguing it would harm sales and could force employee layoffs. Meanwhile public health advocates argued that the benefits to public health outweigh the negative impact a ban could have on retail sales.

So for my smokers–you may want to begin looking out for this new trend when traveling–just in case you need reinforcements, or accommodations!

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Traveling is Scientifically Proven to Make You Happier —

We often believe that we can fill a void with materialistic things.  Yes, material wealth may bring you happiness—however, it is only temporary.  Think about it—Only a few days after a new purchase, the thrill, pleasure, and enjoyment you felt begins to fade.  Your level of satisfaction decreases and often times you feel compelled to go shopping again for the next exciting thing.  We then become stuck in this vicious, damaging cycle of trying to buy happiness.

Yet, we talk ourselves out of travel with excuses of added stress due to inconvenience and costs.  Placing the value of material wealth over experiences.  According to research conducted at Cornell University, Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at the university, has revealed that people experience the same amount of happiness when making a purchase they want and when they travel. And here’s the important bit, while the happiness you derive from a purchase reduces over time, the memories of your traveling experience still supply you with happiness hormones for a long time.

Now when your friends, or your honey propose a getaway—stress, can no longer be your excuse.  It has been scientifically proven that travel makes you happier. Studies also show that within the first couple days of traveling, 89% of people report significant drops in stress levels and couples report experiencing increased feelings of intimacy towards each other. As a result, travel has been linked to a decrease in the development of heart disease and other types of stress-related conditions.

So, next time you’re thinking about skipping out on that getaway—think twice. And Remember travel is good for the soul!

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Smallest island in Venice — Travel with Intent

This tiny triangular island sits between Rio de la Tetta and Rio di San Giovanni Laterano, and is the smallest in central Venice. You get a great view of it from Ponte dei Conzafelzi (and it’s close to my favourite bookshop, Acqua Alta) Copyright Debbie Smyth, 23 May 2019 Posted as part of Cee’s […]

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Hotel Review: InterContinental Singapore — travelux

The InterContinental Singapore is a luxury hotel with a historic setting in the heart of town. In this extensive review, I’ll explain why staying here is a good choice, but why I still wouldn’t consider the hotel to be particularly special.

Singapore is an interesting city for a couple of reasons. As a business and leisure destination, there are tons of different luxury hotels with the InterContinental being one.

  • Classification: Five Stars
  • Room Category: Deluxe Room
  • Month of Stay: January

There’s actually even a second InterContinental (Robertson Quay) in the city, which is the newer of the two. The “original” InterContinental Singapore is located in the city center, a good 10 minutes walk away from the bay. Thus, I’d say that the location is quite good, so are the rates usually.

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