Travel Budget – Three Bears Band B http://threebearsbandb.com/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 02:40:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://threebearsbandb.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1.png Travel Budget – Three Bears Band B http://threebearsbandb.com/ 32 32 European Business Travel Fair | Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP https://threebearsbandb.com/european-business-travel-fair-fragomen-del-rey-bernsen-loewy-llp/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 22:28:07 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/european-business-travel-fair-fragomen-del-rey-bernsen-loewy-llp/ Fragomen and Nomadic are pleased to host an exhibit booth at the upcoming Business Travel Show 2022. Nomadic is a technology-driven business unit of large enterprise Fragomen focused on providing solutions for immigration programs at short-term, such as business visas, posted worker notifications, and similar short-term cross-border travel and compliance program needs. Taking place at […]]]>

Fragomen and Nomadic are pleased to host an exhibit booth at the upcoming Business Travel Show 2022. Nomadic is a technology-driven business unit of large enterprise Fragomen focused on providing solutions for immigration programs at short-term, such as business visas, posted worker notifications, and similar short-term cross-border travel and compliance program needs.

Taking place at ExCeL London on June 29-30, the Business Travel Show Europe, presented by The BTN Group, is where travel buyers, purchasers and reservations from across Europe go to start, improve or compare their travel plans.

Focusing solely on business travel, it brings together all innovation, knowledge and contacts in one place to enable buyers and bookings to put the business traveler at the heart of every story. The unique hosted buyer program brings many high profile decision makers to the show with a travel budget of at least £1m.

The show provides a forum for the industry to talk travel, learn exciting new practices and techniques, and meet colleagues and network. It is a show where the industry comes together to do business efficiently.

If you would like to attend, please click on the register button.

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Avis Budget Group (NASDAQ:CAR) shares a gap up to $154.52 https://threebearsbandb.com/avis-budget-group-nasdaqcar-shares-a-gap-up-to-154-52/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 05:29:07 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/avis-budget-group-nasdaqcar-shares-a-gap-up-to-154-52/ Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CAR – Get Rating) stock price rose ahead of Friday’s trading. The stock had previously closed at $154.52, but opened at $161.32. Avis Budget Group shares last traded at $160.09, with volume of 2,100 shares changing hands. CAR has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. StockNews.com downgraded […]]]>

Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CAR – Get Rating) stock price rose ahead of Friday’s trading. The stock had previously closed at $154.52, but opened at $161.32. Avis Budget Group shares last traded at $160.09, with volume of 2,100 shares changing hands.

CAR has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. StockNews.com downgraded shares of Avis Budget Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a Friday, June 17 research rating. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft raised its price target on Avis Budget Group shares from $193.00 to $238.00 in a Wednesday, May 4 research note. Barclays downgraded shares of Avis Budget Group from an ‘underweight’ to an ‘equal weight’ rating and raised its price target for the company from $164.00 to $245.00 in a report research on Wednesday, April 20. Bank of America downgraded shares of Avis Budget Group from a ‘neutral’ rating to an ‘underperforming’ rating and lowered its price target for the company from $250.00 to $240.00 in a report research on Wednesday, April 6. Finally, Morgan Stanley lowered its price target on Avis Budget Group shares from $168.00 to $156.00 and set an “underweight” rating on the stock in a Tuesday 7 June. Two research analysts gave the stock a sell rating and four gave the company’s stock a hold rating. According to data from MarketBeat.com, Avis Budget Group currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $213.80.

The company’s 50-day moving average is $214.61 and its 200-day moving average is $213.43. The company has a market capitalization of $7.91 billion, a PE ratio of 5.05, a P/E/G ratio of 0.20 and a beta of 2.05.

Avis Budget Group (NASDAQ:CAR – Get Rating) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, May 2. The business services provider reported earnings per share (EPS) of $9.99 for the quarter, beating analyst consensus estimates of $3.54 from $6.45. Avis Budget Group achieved a net margin of 19.13% and a negative return on equity of 635.44%. The company posted revenue of $2.43 billion in the quarter, versus a consensus estimate of $2.18 billion. In the same quarter last year, the company posted ($0.46) earnings per share. Analysts expect Avis Budget Group, Inc. to post earnings per share of 39.29 for the current fiscal year.

In related news, Chairman Bernardo Hees acquired 29,400 shares of the company in a transaction that took place on Friday, June 10. The shares were acquired at an average price of $168.69 per share, for a total transaction of $4,959,486.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the President now owns 479,876 shares of the company, valued at approximately $80,950,282.44. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, accessible via this hyperlink. Insiders have purchased 83,734 shares of the company worth $14,792,435 over the past 90 days. 37.30% of the shares are currently held by company insiders.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. State of Michigan Retirement System increased its stake in shares of Avis Budget Group by 0.5% in the first quarter. State of Michigan Retirement System now owns 10,173 shares of the business services provider worth $2,679,000 after buying 49 additional shares in the last quarter. TCI Wealth Advisors Inc. increased its stake in Avis Budget Group shares to 79.5% in the first quarter. TCI Wealth Advisors Inc. now owns 158 shares of the business services provider worth $42,000 after buying 70 more shares in the last quarter. Quadrant Capital Group LLC increased its stake in Avis Budget Group by 19.1% during the fourth quarter. Quadrant Capital Group LLC now owns 468 shares of the business services provider valued at $97,000 after acquiring 75 additional shares in the last quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. increased its stake in Avis Budget Group by 24.8% during the first quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. now owns 388 shares of the business services provider valued at $103,000 after acquiring 77 additional shares in the last quarter. Finally, Captrust Financial Advisors increased its stake in Avis Budget Group by 18.3% during the first quarter. Captrust Financial Advisors now owns 569 shares of the business services provider valued at $150,000 after acquiring 88 additional shares in the last quarter.

Avis Budget Group Company Profile (NASDAQ:CAR)

Avis Budget Group, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides car and truck rental, car sharing, and ancillary products and services to businesses and consumers. It operates the Avis brand, which provides vehicle rental and other mobility solutions to the premium business and leisure segments of the travel industry; the Budget Truck brand, a local one-way truck and van rental company with a fleet of approximately 20,000 vehicles, which are rented through a network of approximately 465 dealer-operated locations and 385 company-operated locations that serve the consumer and light commercial sectors in the continental United States; and the Zipcar brand, a car-sharing network.

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Budgeting at the doctoral school https://threebearsbandb.com/budgeting-at-the-doctoral-school/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 07:33:12 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/budgeting-at-the-doctoral-school/ I’m keeping the theme of my last column on higher education and this time I’m giving an introduction to budgeting for higher education. If you’re starting grad school this fall (or summer), you’ve probably already started thinking about the things you’ll need and how you’ll navigate the new reality of being a student again (or, […]]]>

I’m keeping the theme of my last column on higher education and this time I’m giving an introduction to budgeting for higher education. If you’re starting grad school this fall (or summer), you’ve probably already started thinking about the things you’ll need and how you’ll navigate the new reality of being a student again (or, for others, to continue to be a student). Columnist Elizabeth Stivinson (now covering The Pace of Alternative Careers) wrote about the number of PhDs. the programs are free, but it’s no secret that the stipends included are usually low.

If you’re like me and come out of college with a lot of student loan debt, the idea of ​​going to school for free is very appealing (plus, as a student, your federal loans will probably stay suspended, further delaying those dreaded monthly payments). But even so, having that financial obligation on hold can be stressful, and for me that meant obsessively poring over all the financial advice I could find online.

Even if you go to school with no loans or debt, college finances can be daunting. As costs for just about everything keep rising, you may be wondering how you’re going to manage your allowance. While everyone’s financial situation is different, here are some points that might help graduate students think about their finances in a productive way.

A quick note: This list isn’t inclusive of all budgeting approaches and won’t apply to everyone’s financial situation, so keep that in mind as you read. Also, I am not a financial advisor! These are just things that I have experienced myself or researched over the years.

Basic budgeting

Graduate scholarships vary widely. They are not the same from one end of the country to the other and sometimes are not even the same between the different programs of the same school. For reference, the University of Iowa Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offers an annual stipend of $31,000; similar programs at Boston University and the University of California, Los Angeles provide about $37,000 and $34,000, respectively. In addition, tuition fees and health care are usually fully or partially covered.

Getting out of any type of school with no student loan debt is great, but the stipends themselves usually don’t leave much wiggle room and may require some financial planning to avoid going into debt or incurring debt. loans. If you’ve never had to live on a budget before, the good news is that there are a million tips online. From apps to news articles to social media, a simple Google search can give you an idea of ​​how to budget.

Before using these budget tools, think about taxes – consider your total allowance and calculate the taxes that will come out. Each school handles taxes differently, and this is something that is important to know up front. Some schools automatically deduct taxes from every paycheck, and others require their students to pay their own taxes on a quarterly or monthly basis. If you are responsible for your own taxes, I recommend that you set aside your tax money with each paycheck so that you don’t fall behind and have the funds to pay your taxes each year.

Since I’m not a finance expert, I won’t go into the specifics of how to budget (search online for free tools like budget calculators and tips on how to budget), but I strongly recommend you make one. For me, budgeting was crucial so that I could feel a little in control of my finances. I tried to save money by living with roommates in affordable neighborhoods but close to school, and I also didn’t have a car, which was a big savings in terms of parking, gas, maintenance costs, etc. I know this isn’t a viable option for everyone, so if you’re heading to campus, be sure to ask about parking rates and student garages (they’re often cheaper).

Making the budget was easy, but sticking to it was a different, less successful story. I’ve used Excel to manually track my finances each month (with varying consistency), but there are also free apps like Mint or other budget trackers that can help automate budget tracking. Having a live preview of your budget can help ensure you’re sticking to your allowance.

Big cost planning

Once you’ve covered your basic costs, it’s time to think about savings. Higher education (and life) can pose financial challenges for you, and it pays to be prepared. I bought not one, but two laptops while in college (maybe I should take better care of my electronics – don’t be like me, get this waterproof laptop sleeve). These are big expenses that I had not anticipated, which made the task even more difficult. Try to think about possible costs like this, or other similar costs like car repairs that may be on the horizon, and start saving for them slowly.

Also consider school-related expenses. For example, not all programs or mentors will cover semester fees – these are fixed fees at the start of each semester that are not covered by tuition. Sometimes programs and IPs cover these costs for their students, but this is not always the case. For me, this fee is about $600 per semester. I paid them for the first three semesters or so until I officially joined a lab and my principal investigator kindly offered to pay them. It may seem inconvenient, but it’s worth asking your IP if they will cover these costs after you join.

Conference fees are another important cost to consider. I hope you will have the chance to attend a conference during your graduate studies, and how this is paid for may vary. For me, my PI could use their department’s credit card to pay for my conference registration fees (which can vary widely), but I was responsible for paying for my hotel and travel. These were reimbursed, but not before after the conference was full. This meant that I had to have the money to pay my credit card bill for these charges before I received the refund to avoid going into debt on my credit card. This can be difficult for those without excess savings or additional financial assistance and is something to plan ahead.

You can also ask your PI if they are able to pay for travel accommodation – each school and department has different rules, so you may not have to pay the money and avoid this headache. head. Either way, find out early about how conference travel and payment will work so you can plan ahead.

When you need extra help

For those of you with dependents, health issues, or other financial obligations that exceed the funds available to you, there may be options for supplementing your allowance. Start by talking with your program director or coordinator. Some schools and programs have started running student emergency funds. Others have food pantries or similar programs that can help students obtain necessities when funds are low. These may not be limited to the Ph.D. students. Student government leaders may also be able to guide you to these resources.

Although I firmly believe that the Ph.D. allowances must provide a living wage, which is often not the case. If you find that you just can’t make ends meet with your stipend, try talking to your program director or advisor (or another mentor you trust). They may be able to help you find teaching gigs or other high-paying jobs to help supplement your salary (although if so, try to set realistic limits and expectations about the how it will affect your lab work so that you are not working double time).

Finances for graduate school can be a major source of stress (at least they were for me). Although I wish the stipends were higher, having budget tools on hand can help students work with what they have and live within the stipend. Stay tuned for an upcoming article on graduate school retirement options!

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Budget Execution for Clarence and Richmond Valleys https://threebearsbandb.com/budget-execution-for-clarence-and-richmond-valleys/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 06:37:47 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/budget-execution-for-clarence-and-richmond-valleys/ New South Wales Nationals in the State Government Budget 2022-2023 act decisively on immediate cost of living issues and lock down infrastructure in Clarence and the Richmond Valley for the future, said Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis. “The budget puts ink to paper on the big items we promised, such as the major redevelopment of […]]]>

New South Wales Nationals in the State Government Budget 2022-2023 act decisively on immediate cost of living issues and lock down infrastructure in Clarence and the Richmond Valley for the future, said Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis.

“The budget puts ink to paper on the big items we promised, such as the major redevelopment of Grafton Hospital, the new ambulance station at Casino and the new Emergency and Rescue Operations Center. $8.4 million Clarence Fire Control,” Gulaptis said.

“Given that there will be elections next year, it was important to make these projects uncancellable.”

Gulaptis said the government had also listened and acted on growing concerns over cost of living pressures, following the pandemic, floods and soaring prices, particularly of fuel and oil. electricity.

“We stretched the state budget to ease the pressure on your family budget,” Gulaptis said.

He said the government was expanding what was already the best set of household savings initiatives in Australia.

“Since the last election, we have introduced a wide range of vouchers, discounts and subsidies that are particularly beneficial for young families, the elderly and people on low incomes and now we are making this even better,” Mr Gulaptis said. .

  • Every schoolchild in NSW will be entitled to a new $150 back-to-school voucher
  • Eligible households will be able to apply for free solar panels and energy and green appliances under a new $128 million Energy Bill Buster program.
  • A Brighter Beginnings Affordable Preschool initiative will provide fee relief for preschools and long-term daycares.
  • University students and apprentices in the NSW region will be entitled to a $250 travel expense card, similar to the one government nationals have introduced for regional seniors.

https://www.budget.nsw.gov.au/budget-papers/regional-nsw

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Cape Verde plans $85 million to cushion fallout from war in Ukraine https://threebearsbandb.com/cape-verde-plans-85-million-to-cushion-fallout-from-war-in-ukraine/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 20:40:00 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/cape-verde-plans-85-million-to-cushion-fallout-from-war-in-ukraine/ Cape Verde’s Prime Minister Jose Ulisses Correia e Silva arrives for the first day of a European Union-African Union summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Belgium February 17, 2022. John Thys/Pool via REUTERS Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register PRAIA, June 20 (Reuters) – Cape Verde will spend around $85 […]]]>

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PRAIA, June 20 (Reuters) – Cape Verde will spend around $85 million this year on emergency grants and tax measures to ameliorate war-induced spikes in food and fuel prices in Ukraine, it said. Monday the government of the Atlantic archipelago.

The percentage of Cape Verdeans facing a food crisis currently stands at 9% of the population, compared to just 2% in 2020, Prime Minister Jose Ulisses Correia e Silva said during a press briefing.

Many of the country’s estimated 484,000 residents are also struggling to afford fuel since world prices soared, creating an “inflationary crisis” in the import-dependent country off the tip of West Africa.

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The government adopted a series of measures on Monday to cushion the blow, including food aid and subsidies, tax cuts and caps on fuel prices.

The total cost of implementing these “extraordinary tax measures” is 8.9 billion escudos ($84.82 million) by the end of 2022, Correia e Silva said.

Cape Verde’s tourism-driven economy is still struggling to recover from the pandemic.

Border closures and travel restrictions pushed the budget deficit to 10% of GDP and the public debt ratio to more than 155% of GDP, Correia e Silva said.

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While Lower 48 airfares are still high, competition drives down the cost of flying from Anchorage to Europe https://threebearsbandb.com/while-lower-48-airfares-are-still-high-competition-drives-down-the-cost-of-flying-from-anchorage-to-europe/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 01:09:30 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/while-lower-48-airfares-are-still-high-competition-drives-down-the-cost-of-flying-from-anchorage-to-europe/ A Eurowings A330-300 is parked next to a Condor Air 767-300 at the North Terminal of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Thursday, June 16. The two airlines are competing for travelers to Europe this summer. (Photo by Scott McMurren) Bring up the subject of airfare with any Alaskan, and you better have a tissue ready. […]]]>

Bring up the subject of airfare with any Alaskan, and you better have a tissue ready. There will likely be wailing and gnashing of teeth about Lower 48 tickets costing over $1,000 round trip.

I just purchased a ticket to New Orleans at the end of September for $885 round trip. I shed bitter tears.

But tickets to Europe from Anchorage are getting cheaper, not more expensive. It’s because of the competition between Condor Air and Eurowings.

Condor is a household name in Alaska. The airline has served Frankfurt from Anchorage, Fairbanks and Whitehorse for over 20 years. Eurowings is a leisure airline startup that first landed in Anchorage on Monday, June 13. It is a subsidiary of Lufthansa.

Both airlines fly three times a week to Frankfurt. Both airlines are based in Germany and use Lufthansa flights to transport passengers to their final destinations, such as Barcelona, ​​Rome, Paris and Athens. Both airlines piggyback on a larger airline for frequent flyer points: Condor partners with Alaska Airlines while Eurowings works with Lufthansa and United.

Now that the season is in full swing, the two airlines are competing on prices as well as frequent flyer miles to coax travelers on board.

Recently, the US government dropped the requirement that travelers must test for COVID the day before returning to the United States. Changing this requirement will likely encourage more travelers to consider a trip to Europe this summer. In the past two years, no airline has offered non-stop service to Europe. Now there are two.

Prices for last minute trips to Europe from Anchorage are quite good. I booked tickets from Anchorage to Frankfurt on Thursday June 23, returning June 30 for $840 round trip on Condor. It’s ‘Economy Light’, which means there are additional charges for checked baggage and seat assignment.

To travel on Eurowings on the same dates, the cost would be much higher: $2,464 round trip. This price includes one checked bag.

From mid-July, prices between the two airlines are more similar. Between Anchorage and Rome, Condor charges $1,400 round trip on July 14. Eurowings charges $1,155 round trip departing July 18.

Between Anchorage and Athens, Condor charges $1,540 round trip, departing July 17 for one week. For the same dates, Eurowings charges $1,204 round trip. All fares are subject to change without notice – but I have tried to align similar flights and dates.

Travelers can earn and burn their Alaska Airlines miles on Condor. Previously, it was difficult to secure the non-stop journey to Frankfurt using miles. But today, you can get an economy class seat on Thursday, June 23 for 25,000 miles and $98. The best deal is to spend 45,000 miles for a premium economy seat, plus $98. There is more legroom and an increased baggage allowance. On June 30 return, only economy is available, plus a $218 fee. So for round trip economy class, it’s 50,000 miles and $316.

If you earn miles, your Condor flight between Anchorage and Frankfurt will earn you 9,320 elite qualifying miles for your MVP status.

As Eurowings is a subsidiary of Lufthansa, travelers can use their United Airlines “MileagePlus” miles to obtain a ticket. Next week, starting Thursday, tickets are available for 33,500 miles, plus $5.60. Business class costs more: 73,500 one-way miles, plus $5.60. Return travel on June 30 costs 30,000 in economy class, plus $125. The total price would therefore be 63,500 MileagePlus miles, plus $131.17.

I was unable to find Alaskan mileage seats for destinations beyond Frankfurt on Condor. But on Eurowings, there were MileagePlus seats for 30,000 miles each way to Rome, to Athens and to Barcelona.

There are a few booking considerations if you look at Eurowings. The airline has its own website, but you cannot book flights there. You must book on lufthansa.com or through your travel agent. You can also book with one of the major online travel agencies like Expedia or Priceline.

If you plan to book with Condor, it is important to have your Global Entry number on file when checking in at Anchorage Airport. This should give you a “pre-check” boarding pass so you can go through the short TSA line. But Global Entry is also supposed to help you when you return to the United States.

Supposedly, when you have your Global Entry card, you don’t have to fill out the usual customs declaration, which they give you on the flight back to Anchorage.

However, upon arrival in Anchorage, the Global Entry procedure did not work. We stopped at the special booth when we arrived and he took our picture and printed a receipt. But we still had to go through the regular line and fill out the paper customs declaration. Hopefully the process will be streamlined for the increased number of international travelers this summer.

Another warning for Condor travelers: you must provide the check-in agent with your Alaska Airlines frequent flyer number. Remember – or you won’t get the miles.

Although last-minute European travel may be more attractive now that the COVID testing requirement has ended, airports across Europe, including Frankfurt, are having problems coping with the growing number of travellers.

Staff shortages in areas such as security screening, check-in and baggage handling are hitting major airports like Frankfurt, according to German trade union Verdi.

“The situation will only get worse,” said Christine Behle, deputy chairman of Lufthansa’s supervisory board.

For example, Lufthansa and Eurowings preemptively canceled more than 900 flights in July to relieve some of the pressure from understaffing.

Passing through Frankfurt airport earlier this month, we waited over an hour to collect our luggage. This is because our Lufthansa flight from Naples was delayed for over two hours, arriving after most baggage handlers had returned home.

So if you need to change planes in Frankfurt, allow at least three hours to connect. This will protect you if your flight is late from Anchorage. Our flight to Frankfurt in May was delayed by two hours. For our return flight, the connections were too tight, so we chose to spend the previous night at the hotel. I redeemed Chase points to stay at a nearby Hyatt property.

Competition between Condor and Eurowings keeps prices low for non-stop flights to Europe. But would-be travelers should be prepared for “irregular operations” this summer.

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Protesters stop budget meeting https://threebearsbandb.com/protesters-stop-budget-meeting/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 19:25:27 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/protesters-stop-budget-meeting/ Voices for freedom protest against a budget speech in Masterton on Wednesday evening. PHOTO/GEORGE SHIERS TOM TAYLORtom.taylor@age.co.nz Police advised government ministers Grant Robertson and Kieran McAnulty to cancel a public budget meeting in Masterton on Wednesday night after protesters broke up meetings further north earlier in the day. Speaking to The Times-Age on the way […]]]>

Voices for freedom protest against a budget speech in Masterton on Wednesday evening. PHOTO/GEORGE SHIERS

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Police advised government ministers Grant Robertson and Kieran McAnulty to cancel a public budget meeting in Masterton on Wednesday night after protesters broke up meetings further north earlier in the day.

Speaking to The Times-Age on the way back to Wellington, Finance Minister Grant Robertson said protesters interrupted a question and answer session on the 2022 budget in Dannevirke and threatened ministers as they left.

“There was a group of anti-mandate, anti-vaccination protesters that came to the meeting, and they weren’t really interested in hearing about the budget — they wanted to make their points,” Robertson said.

“We tried to carry on, and I managed to finish my presentation and answer a few questions, but they were very disruptive and, in the end, we had to cancel the meeting.

Robertson said when he and Wairarapa MP Kieran McAnulty tried to leave, protesters hurled abuse at them and were “generally threatening”.

The police had to help the ministers to get back to their vehicle.

“They were trying to reach us as we got to the car. We had a few policemen with us, and they were able to help us into the vehicle.

“They were throwing the usual abuse and threats, as this small, very vocal group unfortunately does.”

Robertson said he understands protesters arrived at the meeting from Palmerston North and the Manawatu area. The ministers had already held a meeting in Waipukurau before the Dannevirke meeting was called off.

Police advised ministers not to proceed with the Masterton meeting after learning that some protesters were planning to travel south.

Robertson said the protest activity prevented constructive discussion.

“It’s important to go out there and talk to people and hear about the issues that matter to them.

“We have largely succeeded in doing so. I’ve had a dozen or more meetings across the country that haven’t had it.

He said he planned to continue meeting people about the budget, but had to heed advice from the police.

Wairarapa MP Kieran McAnulty said the protest was frustrating after a year in which he had faced several threats to his safety.

“I couldn’t use my mobile office [due to threats]. I finally got permission to do so, and they reappear and disrupt something that was going to be a great opportunity.

Wairarapa Senior Sergeant Ian Osland said he understood some of the protesters from previous meetings were traveling to Masterton for a budget session scheduled for 5.30pm at Farriers Bar and Eatery.

“The advice was to err on the side of caution given their behavior further north where they barricaded people and tried to stop people leaving.”

Osland said the protesters’ action was “not quite kidnapping” but amounted to “forced detention of people”.

He said about 15 people with signs gathered outside Farriers just after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

“Given the time of night, the darkness, the high volume intersection, we advised that … if the same people come, it’s probably appropriate to meet again.”

Osland said the Dannevirke protesters were a “conglomerate” of different groups and causes.

A person outside Farriers on Wednesday night said they were protesting Grant Robertson’s decisions as finance minister.

Another said he protested the government’s use of vaccination mandates.

Other protesters gathered at the opening of a Christchurch high school attended by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday. It was unclear whether the protests were linked.

  • Additional reporting by George Shiers

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Summer Travel 2022: How Much Americans Are Overspending on Vacations https://threebearsbandb.com/summer-travel-2022-how-much-americans-are-overspending-on-vacations/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 03:10:24 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/summer-travel-2022-how-much-americans-are-overspending-on-vacations/ SHansche / Getty Images/iStockphoto While the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t completely gone away, many travel restrictions have been lifted, making 2022 the first time in years that many Americans will start traveling again. But the combination of rising travel costs and pent-up demand leading to overspending can mean your vacation will cost more than expected. To […]]]>

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While the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t completely gone away, many travel restrictions have been lifted, making 2022 the first time in years that many Americans will start traveling again. But the combination of rising travel costs and pent-up demand leading to overspending can mean your vacation will cost more than expected. To get some insight into how people in the United States are managing their travel budget as we head into the busy summer travel season, GOBankingRates conducted a survey of 1,037 Americans in early April 2022 regarding their travel spending. and other travel-related matters. Here is an overview of some of the answers, which may be useful when writing a budget for your next vacation.

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How many respondents exceeded their budget?

Overall, 33.75% of survey respondents said they went over budget, with 11.38% saying they paid significantly more than their budget. A tiny 6.46% said they were under budget.

What was the average travel budget?

While “over budget” numbers are helpful, they are meaningless when unrelated to actual numbers. To get an idea of ​​how much Americans actually spend while on vacation, one of the survey questions asked how much money respondents spent on their last vacation. Nearly 27% of respondents said they spent more than $2,000 on their last vacation. However, just under 35% said their most recent travel budget was $500 or less. Overall, the best survey response was a budget between $1,001 and $2,000.

POLL: How much do you plan to spend on travel this summer?

Where did respondents spend more than expected?

Survey respondents seemed surprised at how much they were spending in various categories. It is unclear whether this was due to increased costs across the board or higher than expected spending by respondents, but it is likely a combination of these factors. A third of respondents indicated that the cost of accommodation, travel and entertainment was higher than expected, while 44.65% indicated that they spent more than expected on meals. Fees were also rated higher than expected by 17.36% of respondents.

How did respondents attempt to save on travel?

Nearly 40% of respondents said they cooked their own meals on their last vacation to save on costs. This is a smart strategy, as nearly 45% of survey participants indicated that restaurant meals cost more than they expected. More than a third said they used public transport and/or avoided renting a car to save costs, which is a particularly appropriate strategy at a time of skyrocketing fuel prices. About 30% used a discount travel site in an effort to save money, while just over 23% said they used airline or hotel points.

Other Tips for Saving on Travel

As the survey clearly indicates, travel costs were generally higher than expected for survey respondents, and a variety of factors caused many to go over budget. If you’re planning a trip for later this year, you can take inspiration from the survey to keep your own costs under control. Here are some suggestions, based on the information gathered from respondents:

Start with a larger travel budget

As simple as it sounds, the easiest way to stay on budget is to start with a larger budget from the start. The best way to do this is to delay your vacation slightly and give your savings some time to grow. If you contribute $300 a month to your vacation budget, for example, waiting just three more months to take your trip will increase your budget by almost $1,000. While no one wants to delay a trip, if it means you can travel stress-free without worrying about going into debt to fund your vacation, that makes sense.

Compare the prices

Two of the most competitive industries in the world are accommodation and restaurants. This offers great opportunities for travelers eager to shop. In all but the most remote locations, there are plenty of options for restaurants and accommodation. If you can avoid the more expensive hotels and restaurants, your vacation budget can stretch much further. Even if you’re looking for a five-star experience, you can probably make choices that will help you keep some of your money in the bank. For example, rather than staying in a branded international five-star hotel, check out private accommodations in the area or even locally run hotels. You may find that the class and service of these offerings equals or even exceeds the more well-known options.

Pay attention to fees

Fees are often well hidden by travel service providers, but they can definitely blow your budget if you don’t keep an eye on them. From airline service charges to hotel “resort fees,” these not-so-small add-ons are easy to overlook, but can wreak havoc on your travel budget. Airline credit cards can help you avoid baggage fees and can even provide access to airport lounges, while hotel loyalty programs can offer perks like waiving parking fees and free breakfast for your whole group.

More from GOBankingRates

Methodology: GOBankingRates surveyed 1,037 Americans ages 18 and older across the country between April 8 and April 9, 2022, asking seven different questions: (1) How much did you spend on your last vacation? ; (2) If money weren’t an issue, where would you choose to go on vacation? ; (3) What was your biggest incentive to travel? ; (4) How did you pay for your last vacation? ; (5) Did you stick to your budget for your last vacation? ; (6) Which part of the trip cost more than expected? (Select all that relate to it); and (7) What cost-cutting measures did you use on your last vacation? (Select all that relate to it). GOBankingRates used PureSpectrum’s survey platform to conduct the survey.

About the Author

After earning a BA in English with a major in business from UCLA, John Csiszar worked in the financial services industry as a Registered Representative for 18 years. Along the way, Csiszar earned the Certified Financial Planner and Registered Investment Advisor designations, in addition to being licensed as a life insurance agent, while working for a major Wall Street distribution house. and for his own investment advisory firm. During his tenure as an advisor, Csiszar managed over $100 million in client assets while providing personalized investment plans to hundreds of clients.

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MakeMyTrip bets big on alternative accommodation https://threebearsbandb.com/makemytrip-bets-big-on-alternative-accommodation/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 19:59:07 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/makemytrip-bets-big-on-alternative-accommodation/ NEW DELHI : Co-founder and Managing Director of MakeMyTrip Group, Rajesh Magow, says leisure travel in India is set to grow by leaps and bounds as the travel operator seeks to expand business launched during the pandemic, including the forex, homestays and bus and train reservations. Leisure travel will continue to be a focus of […]]]>

NEW DELHI : Co-founder and Managing Director of MakeMyTrip Group, Rajesh Magow, says leisure travel in India is set to grow by leaps and bounds as the travel operator seeks to expand business launched during the pandemic, including the forex, homestays and bus and train reservations.

Leisure travel will continue to be a focus of MakeMyTrip even as Indians return to work, opening up business travel after being blocked for the past two years due to the pandemic, it said. -he declares.

“Indians will take one to two long stays a year and at least three to four short stays mainly because companies have become more flexible with their employees, giving them the freedom to travel. For such trips, people will also look for alternative accommodations like homestays,” he said.

Homestays, he said, were a brand new initiative launched by the company during covid, and today MakeMyTrip has about 30,000 properties. “What we call alternative accommodation within our company is very interesting in India and few people fully understand that it is very different from the global market. In the Indian market, since we understand the market better than anyone, we decided to enter this space and the business continues to grow,” said Magow.

He said that unlike other parts of the world, there are three or four sub-segments within the types of properties that exist in the alternative accommodation industry and not all homestays are villas. . There are also apartments; serviced apartments in business cities, which can range from apartments to hostels, which can differ from hostels, villas, cottages, tents and apartments in leisure cities.

“Several initiatives like these are helping to grow (the business) due in part to consumer flexibility. People are opting for this type of accommodation, especially millennials, etc. , and I don’t think there will be a drop in demand even if people go back to the office,” he added.

He said the industry is not just seeing pent-up demand for “domestic travel” but also pent-up demand for overseas travel. Indians travel to Southeast Asia, especially to places like Thailand, as places like Goa have become quite expensive. “Europe and other countries, although they have huge visa problems right now and there is frustration, are still willing to travel,” he said. He added that he didn’t think it would get in the way of domestic travel. “Because overall, after covid, the number of holidays or the number of short stays has increased. Now long stays can happen internationally, but when it comes to short stays it will be domestic due to the rising cost of international holidays.”

He said there would be one to two long stays per year during the winter and summer seasons and there would be at least four or five short stays, if not more, depending on the segment during d same year for the middle class to the upwardly mobile traveller. “They will also look for alternative accommodation if it’s something their budget doesn’t allow. But fundamentally, I think out of the total income, there’s more money that’s kept for experiences of different kinds.”

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Gasoline prices will hit a record high over the weekend as cottage owners rethink their summer plans https://threebearsbandb.com/gasoline-prices-will-hit-a-record-high-over-the-weekend-as-cottage-owners-rethink-their-summer-plans/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 21:36:00 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/gasoline-prices-will-hit-a-record-high-over-the-weekend-as-cottage-owners-rethink-their-summer-plans/ Spontaneous summer getaways by vacationers will be much less frequent for those who feel the pinch at the pump. Gasoline prices rose another two cents overnight Friday in Simcoe County and the GTA, and are expected to rise further Saturday to 215.9 cents per liter – an all-time high. “Part of being in Canada is […]]]>

Spontaneous summer getaways by vacationers will be much less frequent for those who feel the pinch at the pump.

Gasoline prices rose another two cents overnight Friday in Simcoe County and the GTA, and are expected to rise further Saturday to 215.9 cents per liter – an all-time high.

“Part of being in Canada is enjoying the outdoors and getting around,” said Christine Simbirski, who stopped to refuel in Barrie. “It’s really hard to have a budget for that now.”

Simbirski won’t be alone in budgeting, as summer travel costs continue to rise.

As an avid kayaker, she said she’s planning fewer trips on the water this summer to cut costs at home.

“We’re going to see gasoline prices tomorrow reach this all-time high – 215.9 here in the GTA across most of southern Ontario,” said Dan McTeague, president of Canadians for Affordable Energy. “It’s likely to rise by at least another hundred or two on Sunday.”

Rising gas prices haven’t slowed down tourism operators in the heart of Muskoka, but they have changed the way they plan their summer.

John Miller is the president of Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Center in Gravenhurst and said he expects a busy summer, despite travel expenses.

“Even though gas prices are extraordinarily high and the weather hasn’t been the best, we’ve been extremely busy over the past two or three weeks,” he added. “We have a lot more events scheduled than usual, which I think you’ll start to see because of these rising costs.”

While prices should break a record on Saturday, the tightening at the pumps will not stop there.

According to McTeague, gasoline prices in southern Ontario could exceed 2.20 cents per liter by July.

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