Pick up a luxury luggage deal with Amazon Prime Day and be set for that travel bubble

While travel doesn’t appear to be on the horizon for many Australians just yet, there’s no harm in preparing yourself for when the glorious time comes.

You’ll also save a few dollars if you plan in advance — why leave your travel purchases until the last minute when you can save on luggage now and be ready to go at a moment’s notice?

As part of Amazon Prime Day 2020,

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Travel agency wants to expand COVID-19 Atlantic bubble to include Cuban resort

a small boat in a large body of water: Beautiful beach of Varadero in Cuba on a sunny summer day. Photo via GETTYIMAGES.

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Beautiful beach of Varadero in Cuba on a sunny summer day. Photo via GETTYIMAGES.

A Nova Scotia travel agency says it has a way of bringing the Atlantic “bubble” to the Caribbean.

Absolute Travel, located in Halifax, wants to extend the bubble to a resort in Cuba this winter. The plan would provide a potentially COVID-free vacation for Atlantic Canadians looking to escape the winter

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‘Travel Bubble’ Between Australia And New Zealand Might Happen Sooner Than Later

As Victorian Premier Dan Andrews begins to ease lockdown restrictions in and around Melbourne, and New South Wales reports no new cases in the last 24 hours, talk is once again brewing of a possible “travel bubble” between Australia and New Zealand. The latest plan would also allow for quarantine-free travel for those flying from New Zealand into Sydney. While nothing

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6 Luxe Bubble Retreat Options for Your Quarantine Pod

Vacations can function as a restorative measure for taking a break from our regularly scheduled lives. So, if the absence of the ability to safely travel to essentially anywhere amid the pandemic has been weighing on you, it makes sense. That time and space away can be crucial for preserving a sense of well-being, replenishing energy stores, and providing us with the opportunity to spend quality time with loved

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Travel Bubble to Continue Till April-March; Domestic Airlines to Increase Capacity to 75%

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On Thursday in a press conference, Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri answering a query on travel bubble arrangements said that the future of international flights is highly dependent on the availability of a vaccine. The minister clarified, “It is difficult to say as there is no country which has completely opened its borders for all. It depends on the availability of
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Rockets player Russell Westbrook leaves $8,000 tip for NBA bubble hotel employees

It’s not every day hotel housekeeping staff gets an $8,000 tip.

Houston Rockets player Russell Westbrook reportedly left this sizeable gratuity for hotel housekeeping before he departed Disney World’s Grand Floridian Hotel, the site of the NBA bubble.

According to Dallas Morning News reporter Brad Townsend, Westbrook left the staff with a spotless room, and an $8,000 tip.

ROCKETS STREAK COMES TO A HALT: Lakers knock out Rockets in

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Thailand offers new extended-stay visas for Hong Kong, Macau, but quarantine leaves tourism sector’s travel bubble dreams on hold

a group of people with luggage at an airport: Tourists walk through Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport before Covid-19 put a freeze on most international travel. Photo: AFP

Tourists walk through Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport before Covid-19 put a freeze on most international travel. Photo: AFP

Thailand’s consulate in Hong Kong has launched a visa programme that will allow residents from the city and Macau to stay in the country for up to nine months, though a mandatory 14-day quarantine means the offer is unlikely to move the dial on travel, a tourism sector lawmaker has said.

The Tourism

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South Korea is top country Singaporeans want to have Air Travel Bubble with: Poll, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – South Korea tops a poll of countries that Singaporeans would like the Republic to have an Air Travel Bubble with.

It was the clear favourite with 40.7 per cent in an online poll conducted by The Straits Times on Facebook on Wednesday (Oct 7), followed by Japan with 17.7 per cent, and Thailand with 16.9 per cent.

Malaysia, New Zealand and China rounded out the list with 11.6

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7 cities around the world most at risk of a housing bubble

  • A report by UBS analyzed price growth in 25 major urban housing markets around the world from the second quarter of 2019 through the second quarter of 2020.
  • Of those markets, 7 are in bubble risk territory, per the UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

On a global scale, the housing market has shown strength during the coronavirus pandemic, despite the economic downturn. 

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NT travel bubble with NSW, New Zealand welcomed in light of coronavirus restrictions

Northern Territory locals have welcomed the news that they could expect visitors from across the Tasman within a fortnight, although Territorians will have to wait a little longer to return the favour and visit New Zealand.

But for Neil and Donna Linklater, Friday’s announcement was extra special.

“My mum’s family are in Christchurch, and it’s been hard for my mum to not be able to see her family. She’s in

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With no cross-country travel, and no distractions, life in bubble during NBA Finals not so bad

The rules that keep players on the Disney campus — inside the so-called bubble, as most say — and very few opportunities for anything to take the focus off basketball are, in Green’s mind, beneficial. So, too, is the lack of travel, which in the case of this series between the Lakers and Miami Heat would have meant five-hour cross-country flights.

“It’s a little easier to be locked in and

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Australia and New Zealand travel bubble is set to open in TWO WEEKS

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Travellers from New Zealand will be able to fly to Sydney and Darwin without quarantine from 16 October under the first stage of the trans-Tasman travel bubble. 

Anyone arriving will have to declare they have not been in a hotspot – defined as place with three Covid-19 daily cases over three days – in the two weeks before their flight.

The agreement will

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The travel bubble with New Zealand includes NSW and the NT. Why have other states missed out?

New Zealanders will soon be able to travel to New South Wales and the Northern Territory, thanks to a limited travel bubble, announced today.

From October 16, people from New Zealand will be able to travel to NSW or the NT without having to undergo a quarantine period, as long as they haven’t been in a designated COVID-19 hotspot in New Zealand in the previous 14 days.

But the deal

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Builders, hotels, pubs get a back-to-business rush as NSW-Qld bubble widens

Businesses close to the border between New South Wales and Queensland are rejoicing today at the prospect of getting back to normal and shaking off the “shackles” of border restrictions.

Builders, hotels and other accommodation providers are rushing to catch-up, with many reporting the loss of many millions of dollars because of tight border restrictions and curbs on movement between the two states.

One Gold Coast builder has described his

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The Australia-New Zealand travel bubble is finally here — but it’s only one-way for now

Australia will put in place a travel corridor with New Zealand to allow quarantine-free tourism, with flights likely to begin within weeks — but there’s a catch.

a koala bear looking at the camera: Koalas recover from bushfires and heatwaves at The Australian National University's campus.

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Koalas recover from bushfires and heatwaves at The Australian National University’s campus.

Initially the quarantine-free travel will only be one-way, from New Zealand to Australia, and a limited number of destinations will be included in the deal,

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Luxury cruise line wants to offer ‘bubble’ trips around New Zealand

This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission.

While travel has been clipped with the borders closed for the foreseeable future, there may be some hope on the horizon.

Ponant Yacht Cruises and Expeditions wants to operate “bubble expeditions” offering New Zealanders the chance to cruise the country and perhaps Australia in the future.

The boutique luxury cruise company, which is already operating in parts of

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Australia finalises trans-Tasman bubble deal, border to New Zealand to open on October 16

Australia has finalised a trans-Tasman bubble deal that will see Kiwis allowed to cross the ditch without having to quarantine on arrival.

But Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed those who travel to Australia in the coming weeks will still need to complete 14 days of managed isolation on their return, and pay the $3100 quarantine fee.

From October 16, New Zealanders who have not been in a designated Covid-19

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Limited travel bubble gives All Blacks extra hope to be home by Christmas but one massive hurdle remains

A limited travel bubble with Australia could help the All Blacks home by Christmas saga, but it would still need the Rugby Championship draw to be majorly altered or shortened by a week.

And given the current tensions between the Sanzaar partners’, there are no guarantees of that.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has opened the doors at the New South Wales and Northern Territory borders for New Zealand passengers, from

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A’s enter MLB’s playoff bubble, liken to ‘a constant road trip’

When the A’s left the Bay Area for Los Angeles on Monday, they effectively entered the playoff bubble — for as long as their run lasts.

As part of Major League Baseball’s plan to hold its postseason amid the coronavirus pandemic, qualified and contending teams — like the A’s, who’ve clinched the AL West — will quarantine in hotels for a week leading up to the playoffs, which begin next … Read More