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Western Air, the longstanding Bahamas- based commercial airline, known for daily scheduled flights throughout the islands, announces the start of its Nassau – Fort Lauderdale route on May 19th, 2022.

 

Nassau, Bahamas: Western Air, the longstanding Bahamas- based commercial airline, known for daily scheduled flights throughout the islands, announces the start of its Nassau – Fort Lauderdale route on May 19th, 2022.

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Operating a growing fleet of Embraer ERJ145LR Jets (50-Seater), the airline will fly between Lynden Pindling International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with an all-jet, daily schedule.

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Focusing on the quick, easy getaways and the active business & leisure travellers, the airline will offer all open tickets valid for six (6) months, with no change or cancellation fees. Giving passengers on the NAS-FLL route unprecedented flexibility to travel on their own time, with no fear of losing their ticket. The same flexible ticket format Western Air’s frequent flyers have grown accustomed to over the last 20+ years thus far. The airline believes the shorter flight time on the EMB145 Jet will also be a welcome bonus to new passengers.

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Additionally, Western Air’s Private Charter Division expanded its charter offering to Florida and the other 47 contiguous US states, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

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The airline was granted the required approvals and licenses to conduct commercial flights between the United States and The Bahamas in 2021. With the acquisition of additional jet aircrafts and increasing travel demand, Western Air is enthusiastic about jetting into the Fort Lauderdale market.

About Western Air Limited: Founded in 2001, Western Air is the largest, privately owned airline in The Bahamas, operating a fleet of EMB145LR Jets on daily, scheduled routes between Nassau and Fort Lauderdale- Florida, Freeport- Grand Bahama, Marsh Harbour – Abaco, Georgetown- Exuma, New Bight-Cat Island, Bimini, San Andros & Congo Town- Andros. Western Air also offers on demand charters throughout the Caribbean, Central & South America and the United States. The company has over 190 employees with facilities located in San Andros and Freeport, Grand Bahama

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From beaches in the Caribbean, breathtaking gardens in South America, and stunning architecture in Europe, there are a ton of places you can visit in May  no matter your budget.

For the month of May, we are focusing our flight deals on the Caribbean since June 1 marks the start of Hurricane season.

Here’s where you can travel in May for less than $250 round-trip.

Editor’s Note: Please check all updated travel advisories and adhere to all testing requirements and mask mandates, if you decide to travel this fall.

1. San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico will always be a favorite location of ours because it’s an easy destination where there’s no passport needed.

It’s the perfect destination for a quick getaway when you need a break, but you don’t want to travel too far.

May is also a good time to go because, over the last few years, the island has seen a pretty active hurricane season.

Right now, you can travel to Puerto Rico for less than $200 round-trip from New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, according to Skyscanner.

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The cheapest option leaves Miami on May 7 and returns on May 14 for just $82 round-trip.

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2. St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Another gem of the Caribbean location is St. Thomas.  Like Puerto Rico, it’s the perfect destination to unwind and getaway.  Even better?  This is the second destination on our list where a passport is not needed.

May is also a great time to go because the U.S. Virgin Islands has seen its share of destruction from mother nature.

However, as we pointed out in our guide to explore the islands, there’s still a lot to indulge in from the beaches, nightlife, and excursions.

You can explore St. Thomas this May for less than $250 if you’re departing New York City, Orlando, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Fort Lauderdale.

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Miami is the cheapest departure city on Skyscanner. Plug-in May 7 through May 9 as your travel dates for a round-trip ticket priced at $185.

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3. Phillipsburg, Sint Maarten

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Now, here’s a deal you don’t see every day, let alone for the second month in a row.  If you’ve been following our monthly flight deal roundups, then you’re probably just as surprised as we are that round-trip flights to Sint Maarten’s capital city are going for less than $250 round-trip …again.

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It’s the Dutch side of the island that’s shared with the French (Saint Martin) and there’s a lot to do. From art galleries, Great Bay Beach, and chilling on the boardwalk— Phillipsburg will not disappoint.

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Great Bay Beach is great for relaxing, while Little Bay Beach is perfect for snorkeling. If you’re traveling solo, the boardwalk is where you can meet people if you’re feeling social as it’s full of a ton of bars, restaurants, and stores.

Departing from Miami is the cheapest way. Use May 14 through May 21 as your travel dates in Skyscanner to get there for as low as $174 round-trip.

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4. Saint John’s, Antigua and Barbuda

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A trip to Antigua and Barbuda’s capital city means beaches, adventure, food, and art.

What could possibly be better than that? Our answer is nothing, too. Even though it’s a Caribbean destination where most travelers are seeking the beach, it’s one of those destinations that offers a lot both on and off the water.

You can choose from hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding, and zip-lining opportunities to explore.

Another cool experience? Dune buggies. You can rent them from 268 Buggies for an exciting off-the-road tour.

Traveling from Miami, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta will get you to Saint John’s for the cheapest, according to Skyscanner.

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Orlando is the cheapest option, though. Use May 14 through May 21 as your travel dates for a round-trip ticket for $183.

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5. Belize City, Belize

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If you’re traveling from Denver or Orlando, then this nonstop flight deal to Belize City is for you.

During your stay, you can shop with the locals, dive into Caye Caulker Marine Reserve or go swimming with sharks at HOL CHAN CUT.

What we love about the Caribbean is the food.  Very few destinations in the world offer the spice combos, flavors, and fresh seafood the Caribbean has to offer.

At the top of your list should be Elvi’s Kitchen, known for its Mayan-Caribbean fusion cuisine that locals say is one of the best in the city.

Also, The Truck Stop and Hurricane’s Ceviche Barare favorites among tourists and locals alike.

Leaving Denver will get you there the cheapest. Use May 14 through May 21 as your travel dates for a flight deal for $170 round-trip.

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When thinking about Africa, most people envision safaris, beaches, rainforests, and sand dunes. But ski resorts? Surely not many people have them in mind when they talk about the continent. However, if you like to ski and want to experience a new, picturesque environment for the snowy sport, Africa can offer some great options. Here are 5 ski resorts to ski at during your holiday in Africa.

From the Atlas Mountain in Morocco to the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho, the continent has several ski gems definitely worth exploring during the winter season. Here are five spots in Africa ski lovers should have on their bucket list.

1. Afriski, Lesotho

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Located 124 miles from the savannah at an altitude of 9,000 feet, the Kingdom of Lesotho is home to one of only two ski resorts in sub-Saharan Africa. Afriski is a mountain lodge and ski complex that seeks to bring tourism to one of the poorest countries on the continent.

Located in the Maluti Mountains, Afriski offers a great location for skiing, with alpine-style chalets, restaurants, and snow cannons. The resort was founded in 2002, although skiing on these slopes dates back to the 1970s.

The low temperatures of the southern winter guarantee snow in the mountains of Lesotho, which are busy every weekend with hundreds of locals and foreign tourists attracted by the exoticism of skiing in Africa in the months of July and August. Finding in-season accommodation during winter weekends is practically impossible, and it is necessary to book weeks in advance.

2. Oukaimeden, Morocco

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Oukaimeden is the highest ski resort in North Africa. Located in the Atlas Mountains at an altitude of 11,000 feet, the resort is just 31 miles from the popular tourist destination of Marrakesh.

The resort offers impressive views of the Atlas Mountains via a cable car that takes tourists 3,280 feet to the top. Once there, there are 18 tracks, all covered by a thick carpet of snow.

3. Tikjda Ski Resort, Algeria

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The Djurdjura Mountains of northern Algeria are home to the ski resort of Tikjda. Offering skiing and snowboarding, Tikjda is located in the province of Bouïra, and is very popular among Algerians and tourists alike.

The resort is surrounded by stunning scenery. Those who are not into ski activities can simply enjoy the amazing landscape the mountains offer.

4. Tiffindell Ski Resort, South Africa

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Located in Eastern Cape Town, South Africa, Tiffindell Ski Resort is the only of its kind in the country. Established in 1993, Tiffindell is rated number 19 on CNN’s Top 100 Ski Runs of the World.

Slopes are open to skiers and snowboarders throughout winter (June, July, and August), and when natural snows fail, there are snow makers on hand to ensure the manicured slopes stay functional.

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Tiffindell’s Winter Sports Academy offers skiing classes for beginners, while its snow park offers jumps and trails for professionals. Due to the pandemic, the resort is temporally closed.

5. Ski Egypt Snow Park, Egypt

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Africa’s first and only indoor ski resort,  Ski Egypt is located in Cairo’s Mall of Egypt. Dubbed the North Pole of Egypt, the snow park opened in 2016 to great crowds, and continues to be a haven for ski lovers.

Ski Egypt offers ski lessons and has something fun for the entire family, from real ice caves to rides on the Polar Express train.

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Gabrielle Union recently opened up in detail about what she calls a “terrifying” racist encounter in Croatia.

The actress  told People Magazine that she and some friends had plans to go full fandom by recreating Cersei’s steps from Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik.

In her new book that’s out now, titled, You Got Anything Stronger? she says her small group walked inside what they thought was a gay bar to order drinks. Once inside, they were surrounded by people wearing Jim Crow memorabilia and those supporting the “Neo-Nazi” group.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center describesNeo-Nazis as a group that hates minorities, gays, lesbians, and those you prescribe to Judaism and sometimes Christianity.

Union says she and her crew immediately felt intimidated.

“I’ve never experienced that level of hatred and the threat of physical violence,” Gabrielle Union told People Magazine, adding that a menacing group proceeded to follow them down the street when they left. “It was such a jolt. And the fear and adrenaline of what happened left us all numb.”

She added, “To go through every instance is to take you through every day of my life. There are microaggressions, and there are all-out assaults. That’s what it is to be a person of color in this country. We think we are post-racial, but we’re not. And that is beyond disappointing. I don’t think people understand the violence that comes with racism, whether it’s if you’re being chased or you’re having to watch someone wear blackface to collect a paycheck. It’s violent.”

Union isn’t the only celebrity to detail a racist encounter in Croatia.

Actor and mogul Jamie Foxx was attacked with racial slurs while in Croatia in 2017. Foxx was in Dubrovnik where he was filming Robin Hood: Origins, in which he plays Little John.

Croatian police filed disorderly conduct charges against two people who used racial slurs to insult Foxx while dining at a restaurant.

 

The Tanzanian island of Zanzibar is seeking private investors to develop and manage nine of its smaller islands. According to the East African, the goal is to create high-end activities that will boost the economy and create jobs.

Zanzibar has already approved 30 new investment projects over the past 10 months. These projects are expected to bring over $172 million in revenue to the island and create more than 1,800 jobs for locals.

“This decision is based on the need for diversification to attract very high-end investors,” said the Zanzibar government, as reported by the East African. “Small islands surrounding Zanzibar are major assets that investors can capitalize for a win-win potential.”

The islands include the Unguja islands of Bawe, Pamunda A and B, Kwale and Chumbe, as well as the Pemba islands of Njao, Misali, and Matumbini.

Also available for development is Changuu Island. Commonly known as Prison Island and Tortoise Island, it is a top Zanzibar attraction that formerly functioned as a quarantine station and coral mine, and today is home to more than a hundred giant land tortoises.

Through the Zanzibar Investment Promotion Authority (ZIPA), interested investors are invited to submit proposals by September 16 for the prospective development and management of one of the islands or a plot of land on one of them.

The agreement would be a long term lease. Information provided should include data supporting the interested party’s experience and skills in developing and managing investment projects. Applicants should also demonstrate experience in environmental and biodiversity conservation as well as the preservation of cultural heritage.

Editor’s Note: Those who choose to travel are strongly encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19 and take personal comfort levels and health conditions into consideration before departure.

 Here  is a list of flight deals to five destinations for less than $400 round-trip this august!

 

1. St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

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If you’re looking for a quick and easy getaway on the beach, then St. Thomas is your answer.

The island is known for its gorgeous beaches and water sports such as sailing and snorkeling.

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There are multiple flights to Saint Thomas for a less than $120 round-trip this August, including Washington D.C., Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, and Philadelphia.

Leaving Orlando will get you there for the cheapest at $93 round-trip, according to Skyscanner.