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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

10 Top-Rated Travel Attractions in Ontario, Canada

Ontario, Canada, home to 40% of Canada's population, has some of the top-rated tourist attractions in the world. Ontario has breathtaking views and sights through all four seasons. The province has several lakes, various architectural wonders, and is both the national and cosmopolitan capital of Canada. Here are top 10 tourist attractions in Ontario.

1. Parliament Hill

Designed with large archways, copper adorned turrets, and Gothic revival gargoyles, Parliament is another top destination in Canada. One of the main features of Parliament Hill is the Centre Block, the main building of the Canadian Parliament. In the middle of the Centre Block is the iconic Peace Tower. The clock and bell tower stands slightly over 300 feet and is covered with stone carvings of gargoyles. The Centre Block was developed in the mid-19th century and was one of the first homes of the Canadian government.

2. CN Tower

The CN Tower is the most iconic sight in Canada. It's a marvel of 1970's engineering and it always ranks as one of the top places to visit in every Canada travel guide. It has the appearance of a gigantic hypodermic needle but its main role is to act as a communications tower. It is one of the highest free-standing structures in the world that stretches to a height of 1,815 feet.

3. Killarney Provincial Park

Killarney is also referred to as the "crown jewel of Ontario parks", with one of the highest rated kayaking destinations in the world. At Killarney, people can spend days exploring the well-over 50 lakes and network of trails that provide spectacular vistas of the lakes and Georgian Bay.

4. Elgin & Winter Garden Theater

This is a restored work of art that is regarded as one of the last fully functional Edwardian double-decker theaters. The Winter Garden was initially developed as the flagship for a vaudeville chain that never got started while the downstairs was converted into a movie house. Tours of the theater run on Thursdays and Fridays.

5. Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum celebrated its centennial in 2014 and is regarded as one of the largest natural history museums in North America. With the addition of "The Crystal" entrance on Bloor St. in 2007, the museum building combines the traditional heritage buildings with modern architecture with great effect (and controversy). It is a memorable destination to visit with friends.

6. 1000 Islands Tower

Found in the isle of Ivy Lea, approximately 20 kilometres from a place known as Gananoque, lies the 1000 Islands Tower. This 130-meter-high observation tower provides exceptional views of the archipelago from two open locations and has exceptional exhibits about the glass-enclosed deck design. Though it's a historical site, it has an elevator for convenience.

7. National Gallery of Canada

This location is more than just a tourist destination, it's also a work of art. It has a unique ensemble of glass spires and pink granite which complement the copper-topped towers of nearby Parliament. The interior section features vaulted galleries, a Canadian art exhibition, and various other notable American traditional forms of art.

8. Canadian Canoe Museum

Exhibiting one of the largest collections of kayaks and canoes, this museum is also a top-rated travel destination. It has an exceptional display of 150 canoes and it also documents the long history of water navigation that occurred in the country. This occurred in the 17th to 19th century, when North America was one of the top canoe destinations.

9. Boldt Castle

This lavish, traditional North American castle is found in the middle of St. Lawrence. The Boldt castle was developed by George C. Boldt, who was one of the developers of the notable Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. Several thousand tourists pass by this location each year to enjoy the scenic structures.

10. Ripley's Aquarium

This aquarium is located in Ontario and is one of the three aquariums owned by the Ripley Entertainment network. The aquarium holds 1.5 million gallons of water and exhibits marine life from all over the world. It is organized into nine galleries, showing a variety of fish, sea animals and marine habitats.

Author: Bob Tom



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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

A Perfect Day 1 in Paris: Arrive & Make It Yours

Imagine yourself on a great 5-day trip to Paris. How would you design your days to have the most engaging and captivating experience, while traveling independently and keeping to a budget of under $5000 for two? What will you do with your precious travel time? Why would you want to do these things and have these experiences? And how will you arrange them and accomplish them, with a maximum of enjoyment and a minimum of frustration or overload? What are the stories that bring to life the places you visit? How do you best immerse yourself so your experiences are absorbing and memorable?

Join us in your mind's eye on just such a remarkable 5-day trip to the "City of Lights." History to walk around in. Phenomenal food. Parks and cafés. People-watching opportunities. Eating outdoors, with views of cathedrals or rivers or palaces. Fountains and gardens, with benches for pausing. Outdoor markets. Charming shops. Unexpected encounters.

Start with a Perfect Day 1

Today you will arrive in Paris, after an overnight flight, in time to check in (or drop off your bags) and begin your walk-about before lunch. Your "home base" for the next five nights will be the Left Bank ("La Rive Gauche") of the Seine, historically known as the artistic part of the city. Your apartment or hotel will be located within a few blocks of the river on the Left Bank, or on Ile Saint-Louis, the smaller of the two islands in the middle of the river.

Learn Your Neighborhood

After checking in, take a walk-about to learn your new "neighborhood," locate your shops, and stock up on wine, cheese, bread and deli. Then head for the river and cross the bridge to Ile de la Cité ("Island of the City"). This larger island was the original seat of Paris, the birthplace of Roman river commerce, and the location of the 4th-century cathedral that was replaced by the 12th-century Notre-Dame.

Pass in Front of Notre Dame on Ile de la Cité and Note the Statues of Kings

As you pass in front of Notre-Dame, pause before the entrance to absorb its grandeur and to study the statues of kings above the door. The heads of these sculptures are replacements. Tragically, the original heads were lopped off during the Revolution by Parisian mobs that mistakenly took these to represent French monarchs, when actually they are the ancient kings of Judea and Israel.

Lunch with a View of the Notre Dame Buttresses

You will return later for a visit inside this magnificent cathedral. But, for the moment, walk on by on your way to lunch at an outdoor table at Brasserie Esmeralda, located at the end of the island, across from the cathedral buttresses. Since this will be your arrival lunch, make it a feast, and toast the start of your trip. From your table, look across to the smaller island, Ile Saint-Louis, to spot Le Flore en L'Ile, the restaurant where you will be having dinner later this evening.

Walk Around the Island

After lunch, take a walk around the island and orient yourself to the flow of the river. Stand with your back towards the smaller island. You are now facing downriver. From this vantage point, the Left Bank will be on your left and the Right Bank will be on your right.

Walk downriver, looking across the river towards the Right Bank ("La Rive Droite"). Take in the grand buildings across the river. The Right Bank is more tightly packed with impressive buildings than the left, including the City Hall (Hôtel de Ville), and, further downriver, the massive former palace that is now the Louvre, and the Grand Palais that was built as an exhibition hall for the Universal Exposition of 1900.

Wander Through the Flower Market

During your walk, watch for the Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs) on your left. Take a few minutes to wander through this colorful maze of flowers and garden shops. You may decide to return later to spend more time at this lovely market.

Round the Tip of the Island, Heading for Sainte Chapelle

When you reach the end of the island, with views downriver toward the Louvre, walk through the park and back up the other side toward the incomparable Sainte-Chapelle, built in the 13th century to house Louis IX's collection of relics of Christ. This small chapel is remarkable and unique, with its exquisite 49-foot tall 13th-century stained glass windows, at their loveliest in the late afternoon. You may stop now to view the windows, or possibly return later for a memorable concert with the chapel as its setting (having purchased your tickets before your trip).

Pick up Your 4-Day Museum Pass to Skip the Lines

Stop to purchase your 4-day Museum Pass at the shop across the street from the Sainte-Chapelle entrance. This will save you from waiting in museum lines for the remainder of your stay in Paris.

Pass by Crypt Archéologique

When you complete your full circuit of the island, you will find yourself back in front of Notre Dame. As you cross the square, spot the entrance to the Crypt Archéologique, located beneath the area in front of the cathedral. You may want to return later to explore these ancient archaeological remains, dating back to the Romans in 52 BC, that were discovered here during excavations in 1965.

Enter Notre Dame and Find a Seat

This time, venture inside the cathedral. As you move through the doorway, look up! Study the pictographic images overhead. Also, take a closer look at the kings above the doorway. You will have a chance to see the "real" heads of these statues later in your trip when you visit the Cluny Museum. Once inside, find a seat and sit awhile to look up and around and take it all in. If, by good fortune, you to arrive while the magnificent organ is thundering, seize the opportunity to stay awhile and listen.

Possibly Climb the Cathedral Tower

Back outside, check on the slow-moving line of people patiently waiting to climb the cathedral tower. If you aspire to going up the tower yourself, decide if the line is short enough to join it now, and climb up to see the stunning views and to make an up-close visit to the gargoyles. If the line is too long, come back early tomorrow, before the crowds gather.

Dinner with a View, Followed by an Evening Cruise of the Seine


Take a deep breath, and settle in for a relaxed dinner at an outdoor table at Le Flore en L'Ile on the little island, Ile Saint-Louis. You have arrived! And here you are in Paris as evening falls. After dinner, board an evening cruise down the Seine, from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower and back, enjoying the spectacle of Paris aglow at night.

Author: Carolee Duckworth


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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Must-Have Money Saving Travel Ideas

Planning a trip can be tricky. Before you know it, prices can add up and spill over your planned budget. However, there are budget travel ideas you can use when vacationing to save money here and there. These saved dollars will add up and enable you to feel more financially comfortable with your trip.

Go For the Bundle

Bundling your flight, lodgings and car rental is one way to save money while planning. The more business you conduct with the company, whether it's an airline or booking agency, the more likely they are to knock down your overall price. Even if your plans don't include a car rental, you'll likely still get a discount for booking a flight and hotel together. Shop around on different sites and with different airlines to find the best price for the longest stay time or the most convenient flight.

Flexible Booking

There are many factors that go into whether a particular flight is expensive or not. While scheduling and buying in advance will always help you save, there could be local events or holidays that increase popularity and tourism. For example, the Fourth of July could be a very popular event at your destination, which will drive up the price of flights significantly. When you're comparing prices, try to keep your dates as flexible as possible. Being able to fly during the week, or at a time that's not as popular, will save you a bundle.

Lodgings - Home Swap Sites

While hotels are the traditional choice for vacation lodgings, home swap sites are gaining more traction and becoming an affordable safe option among travel ideas. Many websites offer in-depth information about local available houses, ratings and direct contact information with the owner. Choosing to stay in a home rented out by a local instead of a hotel can save you big bucks. Plus, you'll increase your chances of staying close to a downtown area without paying extra.

Meals - Home Cooking and Picnics

Meals can absorb a large part of your budget. Although you may not feel like cooking on your vacation, it can be a great way to save money. If you happen to stay in lodgings that have a fully functional kitchen, don't be averse to using it. Additionally, visit the local grocery store for supplies like water and snacks. You'll find lower prices at local places rather than on the tourist boardwalks and hot spots. Instead of dining out, opt for a picnic with prepared food from a local mart. Another trick to saving is to make lunch your biggest meal of the day. Since lunch prices are typically lower than dinner prices, you can fill up earlier for a cheaper price and reduce your evening meal.

By utilizing budget travel ideas, you can save money that can be repurposed elsewhere during your trip. Don't be anxious about seeing the world on a tighter budget. From staying in a local home to comparing rates online, persistence can go a long way in saving.


Author: Antoinette Ayana



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Saturday, 15 September 2018

Here's 5 Reasons to Take a Holiday Right Now

Are you a leader in your business? Have you taken any holidays in the last 12 months? What's going on? Do you need a reason to take a holiday - here are 5 reasons to take a holiday now.

1. Clear your mind - from the grind

Holidays give you time to think. There will be very few day-to-day tasks to consider. No deadlines to meet and no business to satisfy, especially if you turn your phone off and don't look at emails. The main decisions of the day will be about what you eat and what you drink! And perhaps, when do you get up in the morning! Think about the future - what do you really want to do? If it is different, think about how the transition would occur.

2. Time to grow your mind by reading

Read a book. Perhaps there is some skill that you wish to improve or blogs to write on some topic. Be inspired by reading biographies, autobiographies, life stories on video and great movies that inspire.

3. Clearer perspective

Sit back and think about the big picture. See the trees and not the forest! Perhaps contemplate your product lines and why some are better earners than others. Think about your staff and the encouragement you can give them on your return. What can be done in a better way to meet the customer's needs? Holidays are a great mulling time!

4. Become more creative

Escaping normal life and experiencing new markets, tastes, smells, sounds and other senses enhances creativity. A new perspective can form which may help create a new way, new products etc. Take what you see and use it wisely.

5. Refresh

Holidays help people recover from the daily grind of hard work. Long hours each week are difficult to sustain. Catch up on your sleep and rest. Get back to the "top of your game" during the break.

If you have not taken a holiday in some time, consider taking one right now. The benefits to you and your business can be enormous. Once a decision has been made to take a holiday, hold yourself to the decision so that it is not lost in the indispensability myth!


Travel somewhere new and experience a new culture. Observe how people work live and play and grab the bits that make sense and bring them back. You never know - it could be the best decision of your life!


Author: David Nivala


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Friday, 14 September 2018

The Hilltop Town of Ronda: One Place You Should Definitely Visit in Andalucia

Ronda is a city which is famous for its Mondragón Palace. However, there is more to the city which you should not miss during your visit to this autonomous community of Andalusia. Ronda is in the Spanish province of Málaga and you should take a flight to the Málaga airport to visit this city. Take a car/taxi and travel for about 109 KM to reach the beautiful city of Ronda.

Gibraltar airport (109 KM), Jerez airport (122 KM) and Tangier airport in Morocco (130 KM) are other airports which you can choose in order to visit Ronda. Before reaching the city, you should do your advanced bookings in the hotels to avoid any disappointment. There are luxurious hotels like Hotel Rural Molino del Puente Ronda, Finca Los Pastores, Hotel Rural El Cortijo etc. There are more than 100 hotels to choose from. If you are on a budget, then you may even choose furnished apartments for your short trip to Ronda.

Ronda tops the list of many tourist guides and you might be wondering why. Here are some of the places you must visit during your trip to Ronda.

1) Alameda Park- Rent a bicycle and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. Take pictures with the meadows filled with wildflowers and walk through the olive groves. Take some pictures when you pass through the white-walled villages and enjoy a small picnic in Alameda Park. On your way back to your hotel, enjoy the blue hazy mountains surrounding this captivating small Spanish town. When you are in the park, do not miss the best viewing platform of El Balcon del Cono. Enjoy the panoramic countryside which you miss in your city life every day.

2) Bullrings- The ones who have been mesmerised by the matadors and bullfights in movies can fulfil their fantasy here. One of the oldest bullrings owned by the Romero family in Spain is located in Ronda and you can think about visiting the place if you have the guts. Plaza de Toros de Ronda is the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain which was built in 1784. Architect José Martin de Aldehuela designed this building in the Neoclassical style and it can hold over 5000 spectators. The festival of 'Corrida Goyesca' is a unique and historical bullfight festival which is similar to the ones which you might have watched in movies. It takes place once a year in Ronda and if you are an enthusiast, then do not miss it.

3) The Palacio of the Marqués de Salvatierra- This is a small museum of Renaissance art and artefacts and you may choose to visit it for a few hours. If you are a fan of Madonna, then you may want to visit this place. Her music video ''Take a Bow'' was shot in the palace of the Marquis of Salvatierra.

4) Bridges- There are three bridges in this beautiful white city which you should not miss- Puente Romano, Puente Viejo and Puente Nuevo. The architecture of these bridges is interesting to watch. Even though ''Puente Nuevo'' which means ''new bridge'' was constructed in 1793, it is still a very sturdy structure.

This city of Ronda is full of beautiful buildings like Plaza del Socorro, and many others. This building is the political center of this city and the Andalusian flag was first hoisted in this building in 1918. This city is the third most visited city in Andalucia. So spend a few days in this magnificent city, and you will feel like buying a villa here and settling down.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Five Things You Must Do In Red River, New Mexico


So, let's play a game. Your job is to come up with a list of things you absolutely, without a doubt, without fail must do while you're visiting Red River, New Mexico. How long would it take you to compile a list that you were confident would be the essential Red River activity package? The truth is that Red River, like so many other small towns, may not be top of mind enough for most people to rattle off even just a few things that are "musts" while you're visiting.


In fact, there's a very good chance you may never visit Red River, which is a real shame. This mountain town is the perfect embodiment of everything you've ever wanted from a vacation destination in the American Southwest without the hoopla of so many more popular areas. Unlike other places, Red River has activities that span the entire calendar year, which means you can visit anytime and still get the best it has to offer. This mountain oasis looks as though it has been curated in a museum to represent a time in this country that was less hectic, which sounds nice and relaxing.

Don't let that fool you, though. If you and your family are big fans of adventure, you'll get more than you handle. You want to claim you've hung out in the Rocky Mountains? Check. Is sea level just a big yawn? Well, maybe being nearly 9,000 above it will put a smile on your face. If only your travels lead you to hanging out in one of America's premier national parks, right? Boom. Welcome to Carson National Forest, boss.

There is an abundance of activity throughout the calendar year, and this is due to the tireless work of the town's leaders. Most destinations in the area are content with a busy ski season and then lie a bit dormant throughout the rest of the year. Red River has taken the opposite approach. They not only have a killer ski season, but they've made sure spring, summer, and fall all are stacked. Moreover, with the tremendous backdrop of Mother Nature they have, they really pull out all of the stops with the outdoors interactions.

Not if, but when you make it to Red River, here are five things you must do while you're there:

Wheeler Peak Hiking Trail - Hiking to Wheeler Peak (elevation 13,161 ft.) is about four miles each way with an elevation gain of almost 3,000 feet. You're going to put in some work.

Four-Wheel & ATV Tours - Red River Offroad puts you in the driver seat of some all-terrain vehicles to explore all that the area has to offer.

Hidden Treasure Aerial Park - Zip line adventures with three levels of difficulty, and a grand finale called the Ultimate Descent that'll really test you.

Red River Ski & Summer Area - This place is an institution, in operation for nearly six decades. If you're looking for year-round fun for the whole family, look no further.

Pan for Gold - You can actually pan for gold in certain areas. Pioneer Canyon, Placer Creek, and Bitter Creek are known hotspots.

Red River, New Mexico may not be the first place you thought of for a vacation destination, but it sure may be the last.

Author: Morris Raymond



Wednesday, 12 September 2018

All Inclusive Vacations - What Is Included In These Packages? What Should You Be Looking For?


Are all-inclusive vacations right for you? They may be if you don't want to deal with the hassle of trying to book every leg of your journey separately. A vacation involves more than booking a hotel and airfare or bus fare. There are a variety of other expenses to consider, including food, tips, car rental or taxi fares, entertainment, shopping, sightseeing, and so forth. It doesn't matter where you choose to go, you will need to eat and drink at the very least. Even if you don't rent a car, you will still need a way to get back and forth between the airport and subway.

Why not just invest in an all-inclusive vacation that involves an airport shuttle? Many resorts offer this service in vacation packages.

What is included in these vacation packages varies from one hotel to the next. "All-inclusive" can be a bit subjective. Typically, you can expect the room, beverages (non-alcoholic and alcoholic), meals, and a few activities. Some of the packages focus on a particular activity or theme: all-inclusive honeymoon packages, golf packages, spa package, etc.

If you're traveling with your family, it might make sense to look for packages that include meals and kids' activities. This way, you can trust that everyone will be well-fed and that the kids will have plenty of fun to keep them occupied, without having to pay for everything separately.it will all be included in the initial price.

Other Considerations With All Inclusive Vacations

Another thing to consider is Wi-Fi. This is especially important if you need to stay in contact with business associates even while on vacation. Don't just assume that you'll have Wi-Fi access at any hotel you stay at. While you probably will, there is no guarantee that it will be fast and reliable. At some resorts and hotels, you may be required to specifically request for premium internet. Just take care of this right at the start by looking for all-inclusive vacations that guarantee free, fast Wi-Fi.


Before settling on a package, be sure to read reviews from other tourists as well as the neighborhood itself. Most people prefer staying a large resort in a beach town, whether it's in Phuket, Bali, Mexico, the Caribbean, CA, FL, etc, although there are some great offers at ski resorts, entertainment cities like Vegas, Disney, and in beautiful valleys. Tourist season plays a role in the cost of all-inclusive vacations. Regardless of where and when you want to go, make sure you carefully read the fine print so you'll know exactly what is included with that initial price.

Author: George Botwin


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Saturday, 8 September 2018

Get Acquainted With The Endangered Animals In A Tanzanian Safari



Consider a new way to explore the world in this vacation, if you are tired of traditional vacationing and lying on a chair along the swimming pool. You can start your vacation appreciating wildlife with a Tanzanian safari. If your closest coming across animals is in the zoo, here you will really appreciate the nature, the wild fields of unexplored land and the wild free-running animals. Tanzania safari is a total stimulation of the senses, thus taking your mind away from the mundane responsibilities and bringing you closer to nature. A safari is an entirely new way of vacationing and the deal here is total relaxation by means of doing nothing. If you go to Tanzania there will not be a minute of dullness. There is so much to see and so much to do there. It might just bring you back the enthusiasm in your vacation.



You will have the chance to be very close to such a live breathing wild dangerous animal that will certainly get your blood boiling. Through the Tanzania safari, you can learn about the habitat and history of the wild animals you see on documentaries. Since some of these animals are in declining numbers all over the world, it gives the exclusive chance to encounter these wild animals where you can go close to see them. Lions are very dangerous and their large size and aggressive demeanor pose a threat to cattle and smaller stock. They are one of the flagship animals for the country and are very valuable for Tanzania's tourism and research. They are also preying on zebras, hartebeest, and bongos. Large carnivores in Tanzania have reduced populations but they are still very dangerous for farmers and livestock.


Spotted hyenas are also one of the endangered and at the same time extremely dangerous animals to be seen in conservation. They can be seen in almost every Tanzania Park and are sometimes blamed for decreasing population in some rhino families. Being on this safari, you can get across a praying hyena. Another endangered animal you can spot during the safari is the cheetah - the fastest animal on earth. These beautiful creatures are diminishing in numbers and the loss of their habitat is the number one reason for that.

There are some popular wild African dogs and you can meet some of them along your exciting journey. They are also among the animals that experience a huge contraction to their geographical range.

Tanzania safari is the best way if you want to know about endangered animals. Through it, you can get information about their lifestyle. That is a great alternative for everyone.


Author: Mitchell Sue


Friday, 7 September 2018

Five Popular Tips for Perfect Grand Canyon National Park Chopper Excursions


Are you thinking of heading to Las Vegas for a helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon? You won't find a better adventure, but even so, there are some things you can do to make sure that your trip goes ahead smoothly and according to plan. To ensure that you get the most out of your trip, I've put together these 5 simple tips that you can follow when you're organizing your next vacation.


#1 Book Early

It goes without saying that you should book in advance, but when it comes to Canyon tours, this might be even earlier than you're used to. I recommend at least two weeks in advance, because air tours are some of the most popular tour packages in the region. Booking early will also ensure that you don't experience any price changes at the last minute.

#2 Book Online

Booking online makes things simple, and also ensures that your seats are secure. Also, booking online will get you the best rates, as you don't need to worry about any additional booking fees or commissions from travel agents. To be eligible for the online discount, you will have to complete the purchase with your credit card.

#3 Book A Deluxe Tour

Deluxe tours cost a little more, but they provide exceptional value, and the best touring experience that is available from Vegas. Deluxe tours provide a complimentary limousine service, which adds the VIP touch that is missing from the basic tours. Deluxe also gets you tickets to a newer and more exclusive helicopter. This helicopter is the EcoStar 130. It is larger than the Bell Ranger helicopters used on basic tours, and it has a bigger, 180-degree front facing window. It also has large stadium-style seats, a quieter cabin, and more cabin room. Deluxe tours also include a Las Vegas Strip tour, which will take you on a flyby journey over all of the famous attractions on the strip. When you choose the last tour of the day, this is an especially exciting sightseeing opportunity.

#4 Choose A Landing Tour

Want the best adventure possible? If so, a landing tour is the way to go. A landing tour gets you closer to all of the action. When you fly from Vegas to the West Rim, you can choose to land at either the top or the bottom of the Canyon. This opens up some other touring options, such as the Skywalk, or a Colorado River tour. When you land at the National Park, you also get a chance to explore all of the hiking trails in the area.

#5 Dress For The Weather

Helicopters use climate control, so you will need a light sweater for flying. On a landing tour, check out the weather beforehand. It can get chilly at the Canyon during the winter, and can be extremely hot over summer. Always dress appropriately, and pack some snacks and drinks if you will be exiting the helicopter.

Conclusion
I hope these tips were helpful as you plan your Grand Canyon heli ride. Keep in mind that we are in the summer travel season. Thus these flights are subject to quickly selling out. My recommendation here is to always book in advance - like right after you book your hotel room. And do the booking online. That way you'll get the best trip at the lowest price possible.

Author: Lea Fallon

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Book a Flight Online and Save Money Using These Tips


Whether you need to travel to another city or another country, it's never been easier to book a flight. There are many options for travelers. The airline companies themselves offer booking services via the internet, phone, and in person. There are also budget travel sites that simplify the whole process by allowing you to compare all of the rates from every airline at once and choose which one would most suit your preferences.

There are many things to consider when booking a flight: departure city, departure date, arrival city, arrival date, whether or not you want a round trip, number of nights you'll be at your destination, whether or not you want to book a car rental and/or hotel along with the flight, and so forth. Luckily, all of this is made easy with the use of online search and comparison tools. You can experiment with the dates and times as well as the destinations to get an idea of the price range. The more flexible you are, the easier it will be to get a cheaper price.

Age is an important factor as well - especially if you'll be traveling with children or the elderly. Ticket prices are different for adults and children 17 and under. For older adults, senior discounts may be available. While credit/debit cards are the primary methods of payment preferred by the airline industry, there are a few airlines who accept PayPal and unused travel funds. You might also have flyer points or gift cards that you can redeem.

Price Alerts Will Help You Book a Flight

Be sure to sign up for price alerts before you book a flight. Tickets can fluctuate considerably - even on a daily basis. Even a small decrease can result in large savings if you have to buy tickets for relatives or associates. Some online sites and tools even allow you to set your own budget and will notify you when a ticket becomes available within your budget range.

Determine whether or not it would be cheaper to book a long haul flight yourself. If you are flying a long distance, consider that it might be cheaper to book two or three legs of the trip separately by adding another destination or two to the trip. For example, if you need to fly from Europe to Alaska, it might be cheaper to first book a trip to Atlanta, then book a trip from Atlanta to Chicago, then fly from Chicago to Seattle, and then finally onto Alaska by taking budget airlines who offer smaller trips.

The best thing to do is to use a travel shopping comparison site that will allow you to compare all of the prices from all of the airlines on the dates you enter at once. Choose the option that best suits your needs and book a flight as well as hotel room and car rental if you need to.


Whether you want to book a flight for a business trip or a vacation, the best place to begin your search is online. The site will not only uncover the best airfare rates, but hotel rates and car rental discounts as well. You can create your entire itinerary and save money in the process by using online coupons.

Author: George Botwin



Bonus Travel Hack: Use your browser's incognito mode to surf for airline tickets. They are usually cheaper that way. The reasoning behind this airline and booking sites use your cookies to identify you've visited their site too often and may assume you might be willing to pay higher for the tickets, thus prices are likely to go up if they notice you've visited their site multiple times. 

We would like to know your thoughts on this. Is this something you've personally experienced?

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Cheap Vacation Spots Guide: 6 Affordable Destinations for a Fun Getaway




It's not true at all that you have to spend a ton of money to go on a lavish vacation. For every popular tourist spot, there is a cheap alternative. Even some of the more popular destinations are becoming more affordable these days. No matter what kind of trip you're interested in, you can count on there being some cheap vacation spots out there to fulfill your needs. Here are a few recommendations to get you started.

Thailand

Thailand is always a popular country for backpackers. It's got a rich culture, beautiful islands, beach-huts, cuisine, and tons of adventures. All of these are usually available at affordable prices. There is more to Thailand than just Bangkok. Explore places like Koh Tao, Koh Samet, Khao Lak, Hua Hin District, and Phuket City as well.

Uruguay

This is a cheap alternative to more popular South American countries like Brazil and Argentina. There are plenty of gorgeous beaches to choose from and abundant wildlife to check out. Just hop on an American Airlines, Air Europa, or British Airways flight to Montevideo.

Isla Mujeres

If you're looking for cheap vacation spots in Mexico, head here. It's an inexpensive alternative to Cancun. As long as the dollar remains strong in Mexico, places like Isla Mujeres will be affordable for travelers from the US. You can get around the island with a rented golf cart. Since there aren't any tourist traps to fall into, everything is available at a low price.

Camino de Santiago

Looking for a cheap European vacation? Camino de Santiago is your best choice right now. See many historic sites by walking the trail across Spain. Thousands of people from across the globe to the "pilgrimage" across the trail every summer. There are plenty of affordable restaurants and budget lodging places along the route.

Oklahoma City

This US city is an inexpensive getaway that offers plenty of fun activities. You can do everything from wandering through Bricktown (free) to visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. There is no shortage of restaurants, shops, bars, and hotels.

Daytona, FL

If you want a beach vacation, Daytona is one of the most fun beaches in the world. It's also associated with NASCAR, so you might want to check out the speedway if it's open. There are actually 20 miles or so of public shoreline to explore. Interested in history? Visit the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

These are just a few of the many cheap vacation spots to visit right now! Each of these destinations has something to offer travelers of all ages.


Author: George Botwin


There we go. To the uninformed, these locations may seem like destinations for folks who've got money to burn, but everyday people like us can have these fun trips without breaking the bank. What other locations should have made the list? Please, share them in the comments.

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