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Volunteers needed to cuddle pigs all day at animal sanctuary in the US

Dream job!

Jamie Roberts

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If you’re looking for a change of scene and absolutely love animals, then the dream job has just come up.

An animal sanctuary is looking for volunteers to cuddle pigs and feed them cookies, the Lancashire Evening News reports.

Essentially, all you have to do is spend time with the pigs, showing them some love and attention via belly rubs and snacks – apparently they love hanging out with humans.

The main downside to the whole thing is the position is located in America, over at Cotton Branch Farm Sanctuary in South Carolina.

However, if you’re looking for a change of scene and want to spend your days cuddling cute pigs, then get involved.

Cotton Branch – ‘a forever home for abused and neglected farm animals’ – usually has around 100 pigs staying at any one time, as well as a load of other animals.

The sanctuary wrote on Facebook: “Do you want to help make a huge difference in the lives of the pigs of Cotton Branch? Come help socialize our adoptable residents so they can move into our adoption program with ease! Belly scratches, cookies, sitting with them and even just talking to our pig friends can get them ready for their new home.”

After their original job post went viral, they followed up by saying: “WOW! That’s what our team here at CB is saying! This past week has been incredible and we are so thankful so many want to volunteer with us!

“Just today, we are seeing such a difference in our unsocialized pigs after our first full day of Cuddlers! Your contribution means so much to them and us! We have some good news! We know it’s been a challenge to grab a spot recently and we are working on expanding the schedule as we speak.

“We encourage our followers to check the volunteer schedule and see what opens up. New spots in April have just been added. We also have had many cancellations that allow for people to volunteer with us!”

For more info you can head over to the sanctuary’s website here.

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Japan planning to pay half of your travel expenses to encourage tourism

Some good news!

Alex Watson

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Japan has announced it will pay half your travel expenses in efforts to encourage travellers to visit the country following the pandemic.

Although international travel remaining uncertain for now, savvy countries are offering incentives to bring visitors to their shores. 

Japan is following in Sicily’s footsteps, which offered to pay half of tourist’s flight costs, and is offering a similar scheme to entice travellers to the country. 

Reports in an article by The Mainichi, one of Japan’s largest newspapers, the Japanese government has given the green light to a 1.35 trillion yen (£10.3 billion approx.) investment for Japan’s tourism. 

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If approved, the plan will cover half of a visitor’s travel expenses and should hopefully cover the 99.9% decrease in visitors from April 2019 to April 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The chief of Japanese Tourism Agency, Hiroshi Tabata, revealed that the scheme could start as early as July as long as coronavirus infections continue to subside. 

The plan has yet to be finalised but it should hopefully provide the nation’s tourism industry with a boost that will be vital to mitigating any economic fallout. 

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The Tokyo Olympics have also been pushed back to 2021 due to the outbreak, and the financially lucrative cherry blossom tree has also been impact by the pandemic. 

Japan is currently denying entry to people of roughly 100 nations due to the virus, meaning that any trips within the new scheme will likely be later in the year. 

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Haven has confirmed when it will reopen parks for summer 2020 holidays

Who’s off to Haven then?

Alex Watson

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Haven has confirmed it will be open for summer holidays this year, but has stated that there will be strict rules in place.

We might have all forgotten what a summer holiday is – maybe you’ve had to cancel yours and the memory just fizzled away – but the sunshine this week gave us a brief reminder of the feeling of stepping of a plane and the heat hitting you.

While that might be a distant memory for a while, under the new government guidelines, holiday parks and resorts in the UK are planning their reopening strategies, including Haven. 

It may be our closest park to London but relaxing on the North Kent coast it feels a million miles away. Our Allhallows…

Posted by Haven on Monday, 13 January 2020

The Mirror has reported that Haven is planning on reopening on July 2nd 2020 as it currently stands. 

Haven has unveiled major changes to ensure safe social distancing measures can be practised. That includes no use of swimming pools, activities or entertainment. There will also be no use of pubs or restaurants, however takeaway options will be available.

You can enjoy your takeaway in your holiday home, visit beaches and go on long coastal walks. 

Haven hopes to have all facilities open to all customers once the government lifts restrictions. 

There’s just over a month to go until Mother’s Day and for those celebrating with us on park, we have plenty going on to…

Posted by Haven on Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Haven Hideaway, the new 2020 Haven holidays, are covered by a Coronavirus Book with Confidence Guarantee, which means you can book your holiday safe in the knowledge that you are covered if the coronavirus pandemic interrupts your plans. 

Find out more here

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The price of package holidays is set to double after lockdown

More bad news for holidaymakers…

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The price of package holiday deals are expected to double, following new rules after the coronavirus pandemic, according to industry experts. 

In order for airlines and hotels to maintain and manage social distancing measures successfully, prices are expected to be as much as £1,000 per head. 

Travel insurance is also expected to increase adding to the expected costs. 

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A spokesperson for the consumer website Revolver, Martyn James, told the Mirror: “It’s likely the cost of overseas package deals will double. Even when they [customers] get to their hotel, there will be no buffet and all kinds of limitations around the pool.”

Aviation expert Matt Purton also said that if airlines have to block the middle seats for safety measures, consumers could expect a 30% price increase.

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There is also expected to be a spike in the price of leisure flights on low-cost airlines, as it is likely many businesses opt for conference calls rather than face-to-face meeting that may require flights. 

The PC Agency travel consultancy explained that ‘airlines will have to make more money from their economy passengers’, meaning a rise in holiday prices.

Ryanair and British Airways are aiming to relaunch their flights by July, while TUI and First Choice Holidays all remain cancelled until at least June 11th. 

Boris Johnson has said that UK citizens arriving back in Britain will face 14 days quarantine. 

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