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My Favourite Budget Airlines

When it comes to transport I’ll often sacrifice comfort and time for a cheaper flight. However, after now having spent many years jetting around on budget airlines, I’m pleased to say that they’re actually not all terrible. In fact, in some countries I’ll often choose a budget airline over a full-service one because I know I’ll still receive great service, regardless of the price.

Sunset in Saigon © Lauren Juliff

Here are some of my favorite budget airlines.

Cebu Pacific

Cebu Pacific is the only airline I’ll fly with if I’m in the Philippines. Given that the Philippines consists of over 7,000 islands, it’s far easier to fly between them than take a ferry. I’ll always choose to fly with Cebu Pacific because they make my flights so much fun.

On every flight I’ve taken with them they’ve entertained the passengers by playing a game. They’ll call out items for everyone to hold up, such as a camera or some money, and the first one to do so wins a prize. It definitely helps to pass the time and helps keep you entertained!

Air Asia

With an extreme fear of flying, I love flying on airlines that I know have a 100% safety record. Air Asia is one of these airlines.

Whenever I’m traveling in Southeast Asia, I’ll always be flying with AirAsia, even if they’re charging a little more than their competitors. They fly to pretty much anywhere you’d want to visit in the region, occasionally cost less than the 24 hour overland alternative and have one of the best inflight magazines I’ve ever read.

EasyJet

Europe is one of the cheapest continents to fly around in thanks to the abundance of budget airlines. However, I’ll always choose EasyJet if I have a choice.

The staff are friendly, the planes are clean and they don’t have a ridiculous amount of rules and regulations designed to trick you into paying more money (I’m looking at you, Ryanair).

Which is your favorite budget airline?

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Sunset in Saigon © Lauren Juliff

My Favorite Budget Airlines

When it comes to transport I’ll often sacrifice comfort and time for a cheaper flight. However, after now having spent many years jetting around on budget airlines, I’m pleased to say that they’re actually not all terrible. In fact, in some countries I’ll often choose a budget airline over a full-service one because I know I’ll still receive great service, regardless of the price.

Sunset in Saigon © Lauren Juliff

Here are some of my favorite budget airlines.

Cebu Pacific

Cebu Pacific is the only airline I’ll fly with if I’m in the Philippines. Given that the Philippines consists of over 7,000 islands, it’s far easier to fly between them than take a ferry. I’ll always choose to fly with Cebu Pacific because they make my flights so much fun.

On every flight I’ve taken with them they’ve entertained the passengers by playing a game. They’ll call out items for everyone to hold up, such as a camera or some money, and the first one to do so wins a prize. It definitely helps to pass the time and helps keep you entertained!

Air Asia

With an extreme fear of flying, I love flying on airlines that I know have a 100% safety record. Air Asia is one of these airlines.

Whenever I’m traveling in Southeast Asia, I’ll always be flying with AirAsia, even if they’re charging a little more than their competitors. They fly to pretty much anywhere you’d want to visit in the region, occasionally cost less than the 24 hour overland alternative and have one of the best inflight magazines I’ve ever read.

EasyJet

Europe is one of the cheapest continents to fly around in thanks to the abundance of budget airlines. However, I’ll always choose EasyJet if I have a choice.

The staff are friendly, the planes are clean and they don’t have a ridiculous amount of rules and regulations designed to trick you into paying more money (I’m looking at you, Ryanair).

Which is your favorite budget airline?

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Off to College? Here’s How to Build a Good Score

If you’re going off to college for the first time, expect to hear a lot about credit. Granted, the most important credits to worry about are your college credits. You might also start hearing some buzz about credit cards, from marketers near campus, from your school credit union, or from your peers. If you apply for a private student loan, you’ll soon learn that credit history is one of the deciding factors.

Before you get derailed, know that your goal is to achieve a good credit score, whether you start while you’re in college or you wait until after graduation.

At age 18, you’re old enough to qualify for a credit card on your own, if you have your own income. That first credit card will be the starting point of building your credit score. Use it wisely and you’re on your way to good credit.

Some actions (like not paying your bills) can jumpstart your credit score without you even trying. Unfortunately, that’s not how you want to get your credit score started.

Here are some tips for building a good credit score in college. Keep in mind that you don’t have to start working on your credit score right now. Your education is the most important thing.

More Credit Articles for Students

  • How to Get Your First Credit Card
  • Don’t Let a Roommate Ruin Your Credit
  • How to Choose a Student Credit Card
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Back to School Tech Deals

I have been taking a look around the web at various sites featuring back to school deals. My favorite list this year comes from Mashable.com. Denise Lu shares 12 Back to School Deals You Can’t Pass Up. Her list features hardware, software, mobile plans, and more.

Included is Microsoft’s deal for the student version of its new online software suite, Office 365 University.

Have a lovely weekend, and be sure to check out these additional resources:

  • Office 365 Back to School ‘Throwback Sweepstakes’
  • Back to School with Google Apps, Google Docs, and Google Apps for Education
  • Free Back to School Templates for Students, Instructors, or Administrators
  • Microsoft Slashes Surface RT Tablets by $150 USD
  • Roundup of More Software Deals

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Back to School with Google Apps, Google Docs, and Google Apps for Education

Google Apps for Education GAFE LogoThe Google Drive blog features a post from a Google Certified Teacher and Trainer, showing you great ideas for back to school with Google Apps and more.

Wendy Gorten shows you how to create classroom rules, get to know your students, and get involved with Google Apps for Education. She writes:

“Google Drive is the all-in-one tool I wish I had my first year of teaching. It not only keeps all of your lesson plans, activities, and research organized, but it’s an outstanding way to engage your students, give them feedback, and give their writing a real audience–like their peers or classrooms around the world.”

More back to school resources:

  • Microsoft’s Best Templates for Students
  • Microsoft’s Best Templates for Instructors & Administrators
  • Best Sites for Academic Software Deals
  • List of Student or Academic Office Software & Apps
  • Office 365¬†Back to School ‘Throwback Sweepstakes’

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Students Can Now Take Advantage of LinkedIn’s New University Pages

Just in time for the new school year, LinkedIn has announced its new University Pages feature to help connect graduating high school students with appropriate colleges and universities.

Higher educational institutions are now able to set up their own profiles, allowing students to browse through background information, check out what alumni members are doing, explore related career opportunities and join featured groups. Each page is designed to offer prospective students a social network savvy way to match their career interests with the best college or university.

  • How to use LinkedIn

Students will be able to use the page to connect and chat directly with university alumni through their respective University Page. Any student with a LinkedIn account may use it as a helpful tool for answering questions or requesting specific information about a particular program, campus, career path or anything else.

Over 200 colleges and universities have started working on their pages already, which will be operated by their own staff to serve past, current and future students.

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Stressed By School?

While my kids don’t start classes again for almost a month, many have already been back in school for weeks! And, with the (usually) earlier schedules, busier mornings and fuller days of the school year, there is more stress. Whenever the school year starts for you, here are some resources you can use to relieve the stress you experience this school year!:

Back-To-School Stress Relief
For many families, going back to school means going back to stress! While some stress from school may be inevitable, here are some tips to smooth the transition from summer to school.

How To Reduce Stress and Excel In School
Here are some tips that can help every student–from the very young to the college-aged–relieve stress and do better in school, which can relieve more stress!

Stress Relief For College Students
If you’re college-bound or a returning student, you probably already know the importance of stress management during this time in your life. Here are some strategies for keeping stress at bay!

What do you find stressful about the school year? What do you do to relieve the stress of school? Share your thoughts in the comments section–we love to hear from you!

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How this Telephony Management Software Saves Enterprises Millions of Dollars

Working as a voice engineer at a big company can seem like a thankless job. Every morning, a new stack of phone-related tickets is waiting for you: Change my voicemail password, update my phone number, change my PIN number, forward my calls, fix the spelling of my name–on, and on, ad infinitum.

Some of these tickets can take up to two weeks to close, depending on their complexity. That complexity multiplies if your company runs legacy phone systems from multiple vendors.

One 8,000-employee company was spending more than 3,000 help desk hours per year on password reset requests and other simple administrative tasks, said Teresa Dixon, Director of Product Management at Minneapolis-based Unimax, which makes a range of unified voice administration products.

“That’s astronomical,” she said.

She says it can cost as much as $85 in IT labor time for a company to complete a single MAC–a “move, add, change” telephone request–depending on whether the company employs an in-house voice engineering team, or outsources the work.

At Avaya’s Converge2013 conference in Orlando, Fla. earlier this year, Unimax launched a new product called HelpOne, designed to streamline the “move, add, change” process for Tier 1 help desk agents with virtually no voice administration experience.

Unimax executives demoed the product on an International Avaya Users Group webinar earlier this week.

HelpOne’s web-based portal gives help desk agents the ability to reset voicemail passwords and phone PINs, set speed dial shortcuts, call forwarding and simultaneous ring settings, voicemail notification preferences and more, in a matter of minutes, rather than hours.

HelpOne also allows administrators to throttle access to specific, advanced features on an individual basis, for example, giving a brand new help desk agent access to a limited range of MAC commands, while opening up a wider range of commands to more seasoned agents.

By giving basic voice administration tasks to help desk agents, trained voice engineers can instead turn their attention to tackling bigger projects internally. Unimax estimates HelpOne (and related products LineOne and 2nd Nature) save their customers as much as 50 percent in voice administration-related costs per year. HelpOne and LineOne are offered either as a hosted, cloud solution or installed on-premise.

Unimax’s customer list is extensive, ranging from medium-sized companies with 1,000 employees to major multinationals with more than 100,000 employees. The company says it’s collectively saved customers millions of dollars in phone administration costs over the past 20 years.

The company was founded in a dorm room at the University of Minnesota in 1991. It has been an official Avaya development partner since the start of the Avaya DevConnect program.

“As a starving computer science student, I took a part-time job managing a PBX for a multitenant office building,” founder Andrew Hunkins wrote in an email this week. “The moves, adds and changes were time-consuming and the user interface was built for system administrators, not regular people. One character out of place in a command could have drastic unintended consequences.”

Hunkins wrote an application to send commands to the PBX. Subsequent versions of that application formed the basis for the 2nd Nature platform, which today is certified on Avaya, Nortel, Cisco, AVST, Microsoft and other voice communication systems.

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Stores With Student Discounts

One way for students to save money is by taking advantage of all the stores that offer special discounts just for students. But which stores give student discounts? We’ve got the list right here.

More Ways to Save:

  • Top Money-Saving Shopping Apps

  • Foursquare Tips and How-Tos
  • Restaurant Coupons
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Ruins in Turkey © Lauren Juliff

4 Quirky Festivals to Experience in July

Now that July is in full swing, I’m showcasing some of the funniest, silliest and quirkiest festivals that have been taking place around the world this month. From wrestling in olive oil to carrying your wife on your shoulders, hitting people with banana stalks to being carried in a coffin by your family, July certainly isn’t dull when it comes to festivals.

1-7 July — Kirkpinar oil wrestling, Turkey

Ruins in Turkey © Lauren JuliffTaking place in Turkey, the Kirkpinar oil wresting festival is the country’s longest-running sporting event and one that shouldn’t be missed if you happen to be in the area. The premise is simple (and bizarre!) — competitors wear a pair of tight leather pants, douse themselves in olive oil, are assigned to a partner and then wrestle in a sudden death competition. The winner is awarded a golden belt, often by the president of Turkey.

6 July — Wife Carrying World Championships, Finland

One of the strangest sporting events around the world, the Wife Carrying World Championships is exactly what it sounds like. Competitors carry their wives over a 250 metre obstacle course and the first one to cross the finish line wins his wife’s weight in beer!

15-21 July — Mwaka Kogwa, Tanzania

Mwaka Kogwa, which is celebrated in Zanzibar, Tanzania, is a four day purification ritual for the island’s inhabitants, marking the start of a new year. The first day of the festival is the most interesting as it consists of the men gathering together and hitting each other with banana stalks! This is seen as a way to settle any village feuds and start the new year afresh.

29 July — Festival of the Near-Death Experience, Spain

If you’ve had a near-death experience within the past year then congratulations — you’re eligible to take part in the Festival of the Near-Death Experience, held every July in north-west Spain. The festival is one of the more bizarre on this list and involves being placed in a coffin and paraded through the streets by your family. You’re then carried to the local church where you can give thanks to Santa Marta, the patron saint of resurrection.

Related Reading:

  • World Festivals by Month
  • Near Death Experience Stories
  • History of Oil Westling

Have you ever attended any of these festivals? Which one would you like to experience most? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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