3 Side Hustles That Could Pay for Your Next Vacation


In the course of the pandemic, many people have held off on taking a big vacation. For some, it was a matter of economic concerns. For others, it was a matter of health concerns. But now that certain restrictions are being eased or lifted on travel, you may find that you have more options as far as your next vacation goes. There’s just one more problem you’ll need to solve — how to pay for it.

Now, here’s some good news. If you’re willing to get a side hustle, you may have an opportunity to swing your dream trip without having to raid your savings or charge a huge pile of debt on your credit cards. Here are three side hustles that could be quite lucrative for you.

1. Driving for a ride-hailing service

If you live in a city where parking is tricky, or near an airport, you may have a prime opportunity to earn great money shuttling people around town. The great thing about working for a ride-hailing service is that you can set your own hours and ramp up your hours when you’re trying to save for something major, like an upcoming vacation. If you do a good job of keeping your vehicle well-maintained and are friendly to your passengers, you might score a nice amount of tip money.

2. Tutoring

The great thing about tutoring is that it can be a consistent gig. Students who need help don’t tend to go to two or three tutoring sessions and call it a day. Rather, you could end up tutoring the same students for an entire school year or semester. If you’re tutoring in a subject that requires you to have special knowledge, like advanced physics or calculus, you may be able to command a high hourly rate for your services.

3. Caring for pets

Many pet owners consider their beloved animals family. That means they may be willing to pay a nice amount of money to ensure they’re well cared for. That’s where you come in. From walking dogs to feeding cats to housing animals in your own home while their owners are away, there are plenty of opportunities to earn a great side income by caring for pets, all the while giving their owners the peace of mind they need when they have to be away.

Start packing your bags

While these specific side hustles could end up generating a nice income stream, the reality is that there are many gigs you can do on top of your main job that put an impressive amount of money in your pocket. To figure out the best side job for you, consider your schedule, the amount of flexibility you want, and your specific skills or talent.

Tutoring, for example, can result in a nice paycheck, but you may need to cater to your clients’ schedules, which could prove challenging. Driving for a ride-hailing company, on the other hand, is generally more flexible. Take a little time to figure out what gig works best for you, because if you stick with it, it could be your ticket to the vacation you want and deserve.



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North Hampshire residents to pay ‘more for less’ as council tax set to rise


Parish councillors have once again vented their frustration at the current tip arrangement, with one saying North Hampshire residents would soon be paying “more for less”.

With Hampshire County Council facing an £80m black hole, council tax is expected to go up another 3.99 per cent for the forthcoming tax year – taking the amount paid to the county council for an average band D property up to around £1,400.

Despite this rise, North Hampshire residents continue to face either a 25-mile round trip to the household waste recycling centre in Andover or pay £7 to use the tip in Newtown Road in West Berkshire – a situation labelled “Hobson’s Choice” by Highclere Parish Council chairman Brad Norton.

The household waste recyling centre in Newtown Road.
The household waste recyling centre in Newtown Road.

At a parish council meeting last week, Mr Norton queried whether Highclere residents were essentially subsidising the rest of Hampshire residents by paying more in council tax than they received in services.

He said he had made a Freedom of Information request to councillor Rob Humby, the county council’s executive member for economy, transport and environment, on the matter but received no response.

Mr Norton said: “I look at this quite simplistically – how much do they get from Highclere residents and how much do they spend in Highclere?

“If there’s a surplus of the money they receive from the parish why can’t it go towards subsidising our trips to the HWRC?

“What’s the expenditure and what’s the income? I’d be very surprised if there’s a deficit.”

He added that with council tax set to rise again, the parish’s residents were set to pay “more for less”, and that there were many “disgruntled” residents.

The meeting was also attended by county councillor Tom Thacker (Whitchurch and the Cleres), who said there needed to be a regional or national solution which would allow residents to use whichever tip they wanted.

He said: “Hampshire County Council’s obligation is to provide a HWRC in Hampshire.

“If they wanted to do it to the minimum they could have set up a massive recycling centre in Winchester, but we’ve actually got at least 11 large ones around the county.

“The fact is we’ve lobbied Kit [Malthouse, the North West Hampshire MP] that we need to be able to have a regional or national solution which is funded, then Hampshire tax payers can travel to whichever HWRC is most convenient for them.”

Mr Norton said it wasn’t a closed matter with Highclere residents and would “rumble on and on”.

The debate came three weeks after East Woodhay parish councillors also voiced their frustration at the current arrangements, saying they felt they were paying twice to get rid of rubbish.





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Grandmother selling tamales to pay for husband’s medical treatment stunned with a Secret Santa surprise


The EastIdahoNews.com team is busy this holiday season helping a local man gift $1 million to deserving people in eastern Idaho. Secret Santa is a real person who wants to remain anonymous and hopes to bless as many individuals in our community as he can.

Maria Garcia makes the most amazing homemade tamales that she sells to help pay for her husband’s medical bills. He is on dialysis and they often travel to Salt Lake City for appointments.

The Garcias have five children and 13 grandchildren. Before moving to Idaho Falls three years ago, they ran a food cart in Southern California selling tamales, tacos and carnitas.

They moved to eastern Idaho to be close to some of their grandkids. The tamale business helped pay some bills but the Garcias were forced to stop their business due to COVID-19. They’ve only recently started up again. You can order tamales on Maria’s Facebook page here.

Secret Santa was moved by the Garcia’s story and asked the East Idaho News elves to surprise them. We ordered some tamales and showed up with a big tip. Check out the video above!



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Southwest offers staff extra pay, frequent flyer miles to avoid holiday travel disruptions


A baggage handler pushes a bag near a Southwest Airlines airplane at Hollywood Burbank Airport in Burbank, California, October 10, 2021.

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Southwest Airlines on Saturday offered its flight attendants new incentives aimed at avoiding more flight cancellations, particularly over the peak holiday period, amid concerns over staffing, according to an internal memo.

Southwest canceled more than 2,000 flights around Columbus Day weekend, disruptions the air carrier said cost it $75 million. American Airlines, which is also offering flight attendants and other crews extra pay for holiday shifts, struggled with mass flight cancellations late last month and in early November as well.

Flight attendants, pilots and other operations employees could receive up to 120,000 Rapid Rewards points, valued at more than $1,400. Flight attendants are eligible for working 36 days between Nov. 15 and Jan. 14, while cabin crews who work 28 days over that period could get 60,000 points, the note stated. Southwest said that the number of qualifying shifts or days varies by work group.

The number of no-shows or unreachable flight attendants has been elevated recently, Southwest’s vice president of Sonya Lacore, vice president of inflight operations, said in her note to cabin crews, which was reviewed by CNBC. Sick calls have surged as well when the company has lifted emergency policies that required flight attendants to show a doctor’s note if calling out ill. For example, Lacore said when the airline last lifted those procedures on Nov. 9 sick calls went from 20 an hour to 90 an hour for two hours in a row.

“We have a great opportunity here to uphold that commitment to them, and you, in the midst of what has been a difficult time for us all,” wrote Lacore. “Our first step in addressing this, and actively working to protect the operation, was to reduce the schedule, and we believe this incentive program will take us another step in the right direction.”

The airline is also offering as much as triple pay to ground operations employees for working Thanksgiving and Christmas and double pay for overtime shifts between Nov. 17 through Nov. 30 and Dec. 17 through Jan. 3, up from time-and-a-half pay.

Airlines had offered staff early retirement packages and leaves of absence to cut their labor bills during the pandemic but found themselves short-staffed when demand bounced back this year. More flight attendants are returning to American and Southwest from leave, while those airlines and others are also aggressively hiring.



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As American Airlines Pilots Turn Down Holiday Bonus Pay, Some Travel Experts Warn of Possible Holiday Impacts – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


This year, with more people planning to spend the holidays with family than the year before, holiday travel is expected to reach near pre-pandemic levels.

AAA estimated 4.2 million Americans will fly this Thanksgiving.

And despite a year filled with travel disruptions as demand picks back up and airlines battle staffing shortages, Scott’s Cheap Flights Product Operation Specialist Willis Orlando said analysts were expecting a smooth holiday season.

“We thought that the Halloween meltdown specifically served as a jolt to airlines to get their ducks in a row ahead of the busy holiday season,” said Orlando.

That was before the American Airlines Pilots’ union rejected increased holiday pay.

“This recent dispute with the pilots’ union represents a potential roadblock for the holidays. If there are not enough pilots on reserve and we see a weather-related delay, which is very common around the holidays, we may see ourselves in a situation where they have to do large-scale cancellations again,” said Orlando.

The airline offered them packages similar to those accepted by flight attendants and other employee groups to incentivize work throughout the busy holiday season.

Instead, Allied Pilots Association said it’s waiting on a more permanent fix for tight scheduling that leaves pilots fatigued, with too many flight hours or unable to pivot when severe weather strikes.

“You’ve got a hole in the roof. You can’t just stuff dollar bills in it. You’ve got to fix the roof. We’ve said for months there’s a problem with scheduling practices, and it’s shown. Every time the weather comes through on American, whether that’s in Dallas or other places, it takes them days and days to recover. They’re failing to connect the pilots with the airplane,” said Allied Pilots Association spokesperson Dennis Tajer.

CNBC airline reporter Leslie Josephs said it’s too soon to know how the lack of a deal could impact holiday flights.

“We haven’t seen that there is going to be an impact yet. What is clear is that American does not in any way want a repeat of what happened over Halloween,” said Josephs.

Still, Orlando said American’s competitors are hoping to capitalize, pricing competitively out of DFW.

For those already booked to head out of town for the holidays, he offered this advice.

“Be proactive. Be vigilant. Be prepared. That means check your status frequently ahead of time. Make sure that you’re on top of things. You’d much rather discover that your flight is changed, delayed or canceled, you know, two or three days ahead from the comfort of home rather than being one of those folks who turn up at the airport to a nasty surprise,” said Orlando.

He also reminded that anytime a flight is significantly delayed or canceled, airlines are obligated to refund their passengers.



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ULEZ: The London tip where locals have to change their car or pay £12.50 to visit


Londoners from outside the new Ultra Low Emission Zone are furious as they now have to buy a new car or pay £12.50 to visit their local tip.

The newly expanded zone extends up to the North and South Circular roads. Areas in Barnes, Mortlake, East Sheen, North Richmond and Kew are in the zone.

Townmead Road Re-use and Recycling Centre in Mortlake is within the zone too.

This means customers visiting the tip will now be charged £12.50 per day by TfL if their vehicle is not compliant with emissions rules.

Read more:How to pay ULEZ charges as London’s emission zone is expanded

The penalty charge for cars that drive in the ULEZ and don’t pay the daily fee can be £80, rising to £160 if not paid within 14 days.

Local resident Joanna Rutlidge said: “I absolutely hate ULEZ. This is my only car that is suitable and it’s my oldest car. We’re being forced to sell or to buy new cars.

“I’m fortunate that I can afford to buy a new car but what about those who can’t.”

A supervisor at the tip, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Me and my brothers have had to buy a new vehicle just to get to work, and it’s put us in debt.



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A tip supervisor has had to buy a new car with his brothers just to get to work

“We have to car share now just to come to work. We bought the new car a couple of days before the ULEZ.

“I would have thought [TfL] would have allowed this road to have been just outside of the ULEZ.”

David and Sue Swain from Teddington have to travel into the ULEZ to reach the tip, they said: “We’ve checked TfL’s website twice and we seem to be alright. I hope our car is compliant.”

But Jane Smith said: “My car’s compliant and I’m supportive of ULEZ. We are going to have to start to make changes to reduce pollution.

“It’s only a tiny change compared to what we need to do for climate change.”

Munira Wilson, Lib Dem MP for Twickenham, wrote to the Mayor of London two weeks ago asking him to intervene in the expansion of the ULEZ scheme.

Deputy mayor Heidi Alexander responded that Townmead Recycling Centre and Mortlake Crematorium would be included within the zone stating that “it is important to maintain a clear, consistent and understandable boundary for the public”.



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Cllr Gareth Roberts, leader of Richmond Council, said: “Ever since TfL proposed this expansion we have challenged the boundaries.

“We are supportive of the ULEZ as a whole [but] we cannot support the dividing line that this boundary places through our borough and our communities.

“As a result, many of our residents and businesses are now faced with having to pay to visit the recycling centre or the crematorium – something all local tax-payers should be entitled to access for free.”

Alex Williams, TfL’s director of city planning, said: “The expanded ULEZ is urgently needed to tackle London’s toxic air, which currently leads to thousands of premature deaths in the city every year and increases the risk of asthma, dementia and cancer and stunts the development of children’s lungs.

“These negative health impacts are seen disproportionately in outer London boroughs. It is expected that the new zone will reduce harmful nitrogen dioxide by around 30 per cent London-wide and we are encouraging those with non-compliant vehicles to use public transport where they can, including our extensive and low-cost bus network.

“The vast majority of people travelling in the zone already meet the standards, and the Mayor’s £61m scrap page scheme has helped take more than 12,000 older, more polluting vehicles off the road.”





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Nearly half of Americans want space travel but few would pay $100K for it: survey


Apparently, space travel is a popular desire among nearly half of American adults.

A new ValuePenguin survey conducted by Qualtrics interviewed 2,000 U.S. consumers on space tourism and found that 49% of Americans would like to space travel if money wasn’t an issue.

For most people though, the cost of commercial space travel is too high. Only one in five – 19% – of the survey’s respondents said they’d be willing to spend $100,000 or more to travel the galaxy.

Meanwhile, 21% of consumers said they’d be willing to take on debt to participate in the exclusive activity.

Twenty-three percent of the survey’s respondents said they’d choose a free space trip over being debt-free. Men and Gen Z (age 18 to 24) tied and led the charge with the highest number of respondents wanting space travel over debt wiping at 28%.

“I’m not surprised in the least that so many Americans want to travel to space. It’s been a fantasy for decades for millions of Americans, myself included,” LendingTree’s Chief Industry Analyst Matt Schulz told FOX Business, regarding the survey’s findings. “The truth, however, is that the crazy-high cost means that it will remain little more than a fantasy for all but the wealthiest Americans for years to come.”

He went on, “I am surprised that so many high-income Americans say they’d be willing to drop $100,000 or more on space travel. Perhaps I shouldn’t be, though. When it comes to spending, more and more people are prioritizing experiences over things, and traveling to space would just be the ultimate experience for those who can afford it.”

Three in five survey respondents said they think space travel should be accessible for everyone and roughly two in five (41%) said they think billionaires shouldn’t be spending as much money as they are on space travel.

In May, Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin auctioned off seats on its suborbital rocket New Shepard, which received a winning bid that was as high as $2.6 million. 

Three months later, Richard Branson’s space company Virgin Galactic began selling rocket plane seats starting at $450,000 per person, according to Reuters.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has also made significant strides in pushing commercial space travel forward. In September, Musk joined three space tourists on a world-circling rocket, which didn’t have a professional astronaut onboard, the Associated Press reported at the time.

Musk reportedly spent millions of dollars to make the space mission happen, but the exact amount was undisclosed.

Going back to ValuePenguin’s survey, roughly one in four (24%) respondents believe space tourism isn’t ethical and could contribute to climate change.

Fifty-one percent of the survey’s respondents said they don’t want to travel in space. Of those who said no, 54% claimed they’re just not interested, 39% claimed they think space tourism is dangerous and 29% claimed that they’re scared of space travel.

Get updates on this story at FOXBusiness.com.



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Judge: Giuliani Pal Can’t Pay Travel Tab, Taxpayers on Hook | New York News


NEW YORK (AP) — A Rudy Giuliani associate facing trial next week in New York City for allegedly making illegal campaign contributions to U.S. politicians is too poor to pay for his own lodging and transportation, a judge ruled Monday.

Judge J. Paul Oetken ordered taxpayers to pick up the tab for Lev Parnas’ hotel room and put the U.S. Marshals Service on the hook for getting him to New York in time for the Oct. 12 trial. A final pretrial conference is scheduled for Tuesday.

Parnas, a Soviet-born Florida businessman, and Ukraine-born investor Andrey Kukushkin are accused of a scheme to make illegal campaign donations to local and federal politicians in New York, Nevada and other states in an effort to win support for a new recreational marijuana business.

Parnas and another Soviet-born Florida businessman, Igor Fruman, worked with Giuliani in an attempt to convince Ukraine to open an investigation into President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, over his connection to a Ukrainian energy company.

Giuliani has said he had no knowledge of illegal campaign contributions but acknowledged working extensively with Fruman and Parnas as he sought damaging information on Biden.

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A message seeking comment was left with Parnas’ lawyer.

Oetken said his ruling on Parnas’ indigence was in response to a letter from his lawyer stating he could no longer pay the costs of his defense. Parnas didn’t ask for new lawyers, but did request funding for his travel and lodging during the trial.

Oetken said he found that the “interests of justice would be served” by having taxpayers pick up the tab for those expenses.

The judge said Parnas’ hotel costs will be reimbursed at the government’s per diem rate, which is $286 per night through the end of the year, according to the U.S. General Services Administration.

Another Giuliani associate, Igor Fruman, pleaded guilty last month to a charge that he solicited $1 million in contributions from a foreign national as part of the alleged campaign contribution scheme. Fruman’s plea agreement did not require him to cooperate in other cases, such as the case against Parnas.

While prosecutors have kept the identity of the foreign donor secret, a lawyer identified him during a court hearing as Russian businessman Andrei Muraviev.

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