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images (10)If you're taking a trip over the July 4th holiday, it's time to finalize your plans now because Independence Day is just around the corner. A helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon is a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday, however, the seats on these tours fill up fast, so you need to lock in your tour now.

Booking Online Is Easy And Gets You Good Deals

Buying your tour online is the easiest way to get your seats. Also, when you buy your tour online, you get to use the low Internet rate so you can save money. Tour operators make it easy to buy your seats online because it makes it more convenient for them too. That's why the lowest prices are online, some tours are as low as 35 percent off the price you would have to pay elsewhere.

Also, it's a lot easier to buy your tour in advance when you do it online. Buying early is one of the best ways to ensure a low price on your tour because the price tends to rise as the tour date approaches. So, get your tour booked about one or two weeks in advance and do all you can to avoid booking it within 48 hours of departure, or you'll have to pay a premium price.

Online booking is available for West Rim tours, which are the closest tours to Vegas, as well as the South Rim tours, which go farther into Arizona. Besides choosing the location of your tour, you get to choose the type of tour you want to take. Helicopters are allowed to land on top of the West Rim or on the bottom of the Canyon there, but helicopter tours of the South Rim are air only since helicopters are prohibited from landing in that portion of the Canyon. The flights depart hourly on a daily basis when it is daylight.

West Rim Helicopter Tours

Here's where you get to choose between a landing or air-only tour. It is recommended you take a landing tour if you can. Why would you want to do that? Because you'll get to see and do a whole lot more at the Canyon. You'll not only get to see amazing sights from the air such as the Hoover Dam and the Canyon, you'll also get to see the Canyon up close when your helicopter lands on top of the rim or on the Canyon floor by the Colorado River.

If you land on top of the rim, you can hike on one of several scenic trails and visit the lookout points, and you can also visit the famous Skywalk. The Skywalk is an impressive architectural feat. The Skywalk is a viewing platform made of steel and transparent panels that extends 70 feet beyond the edge of the rim and is suspended 4000 feet above the Canyon floor below.

You could land at the bottom of the Canyon too, which is a very popular choice since there are fun things to do there. You can toast your exhilarating descent into the Canyon with a fun champagne picnic, and when you're finished, you can hop on board a pontoon boat for a scenic ride along the Colorado River that flows along the base of the Canyon.

If you want a truly comprehensive experience of the Canyon, you can upgrade your helicopter tour to include a visit to both the top and bottom of the rim.

Touring The South Rim

Tusayan, Arizona is situated near the South Rim, and that is where the South Rim tours start. If you'll be departing from Vegas, you can add a one-hour plane flight to your tour package that takes you right to the airport in Tusayan where you'll board the helicopter.

While your helicopter won't land in the Canyon, you will still be treated to many amazing views. The standard helicopter tour gives you 30 minutes of flight time and covers the ground between the South Rim and the remote North Rim. The extended tour is longer, and you should consider taking it because in addition to going to the North Rim, you also get to fly to the eastern edge of the park. This longer tour flies over about 3/4 of the entire park, so you'll get to see quite a few interesting and beautiful sights.

download (63)The eccentric beauty of islands is adorable enough to lure every person planning for a holiday trip. If you love to explore the undefined beauty of nature, then the Island of Paxos is the great place to offer you the serenity. The smallest Island on Ionian Sea cannot only make your vacation fantabulous, but can also give you the chance to see the Greek life very closely. The holiday accommodation in Paxos is the great way to see the ancient and historical beauty of Greece with Mediterranean life.

You have lots of amazing scenic places to traverse here. Olive groves, white cliffs, shingled beaches, coves, and harbor villages. You have traditional tavernas also to enjoy the food near the harbors and beaches. The whole day of excursion can fill your day with full relaxation as this is the place which is still unspoilt.

You will hardly find an Island with such a peaceful natural surrounding which is far from the crowd and hustle-bustle of routine life. Due to the absence of airport, this Island is visited by a filtered crowd. You can enjoy the vacation in seclusion with your partner or family. This is not the place for a fun-filled holiday; this is the place for a peaceful holiday.

If you are a newlywed couple and planning for a special honeymoon, then Paxos is the beautiful place to meet with your expectation. You can enjoy the togetherness, walking leisurely on the beach-side or can spend some quality time in your rented villa. These villas are furnished accordingly to serve you the luxury and privacy with the traditional Greek touch. You can talk romantically for long hours standing in the balcony. You can also enjoy the privacy at late night while sitting on the couch in your private garden. You can experience the beach view and feel the cool breeze right from your villa house as well.

This tiny Island though, has three traditional villages named Lakka, Loggos, and Giaos. About 30 beaches are there to explore in Paxos. It's your choice which one you pick first to start your excursion. After completing the whole day of excursion, you can come back to your rental and spend a restful night. Olive grove can admire your morning and wake you up to begin the beautiful day at this island.

However, it is smallest with 12 kilometers length and 4 kilometers width, but you can spend a whole day in traversing the beauty of this Island. Villas over here are another best example of a restful holiday. Lots of amenities are also provided by the owners of these villa rentals, which include a kitchenette, separate terrace, balcony, garden, swimming pool, tennis court, and several others. You are free to cook by yourself or can eat outside.

 

images (9)Is retirement in the Philippines a wise decision? You have to weigh the pros and cons of retiring to the Philippines to come up with the most viable answer. It's one thing to spend a fabulous holiday in the Pearl of the Orient Seas, but it's precisely another thing to live your golden years there. Retirement in the Philippines is a serious commitment.

What Are The Cons?

Consider that the Philippines is a third-world country. Infrastructure such as transportation as well as public utilities such as water, electricity, telephone, mobile phone and the internet and the postal service may not be as efficient as you expect. Although these amenities are widely available in the Philippines, they may not work as consistently and dependably than in your current country. Brown-outs happen from time to time, but your option for this problem is to get a generator. Don't expect the highways to be like the motorways in your home country, too. Public transportation just leaves and arrives whenever and it's not unusual for two vehicles trying to fit in one lane. In a lot of areas in the Philippines, there's greater mobile phone coverage than landlines as well. High speed internet is available in major cities but not in remote and far-flung areas. Retirement in the Philippines entails that you have to curb your enjoyment a bit for these modern luxuries.

The Pros of Retirement In The Philippines

The big pro of retirement in the Philippines is the cost of living. In the Philippines, your hard-earned Dollar, Euro, Pound or whatever currency will go a long way. In fact, it can go further than what you can believe possible. Many foreigners who are retiring in the Philippines live off on a $1,000 budget a month. It typically depends on how lavish your lifestyle is, but this amount can usually suffice for a comfortable and decent way of living. If you can't afford a house or to hire maids and a driver where you live now, you can, by all means do so in the Philippines. It'll feel as if you're living on top of the world if you retire in the Philippines.

The Philippines has a tropical environment, which means you'll be able to enjoy a relaxing life. Although the weather tends to be hot and humid, remember that you can afford a luxurious life in the Philippines which means you can retire by the beach and enjoy the cool wind blowing on your face or otherwise have your whole house air-conditioned. Not everyone is comfortable with hot humid weathers, but there are beautiful and cool places in the Philippines, such as Baguio City, known as the country's summer capital. Here, you can enjoy the cool, fresh mountain breeze.

The Largest English Speaking Country In Asia

The Filipino people are some of the most friendly people in the world. You'll be comfortable with their giving and relaxed nature. As they say, even if the Filipinos and their country are poor, they are rich in joy and happiness. A smile is always readily given in the Philippines.

Communication is not difficult in the Philippines because it is the largest English-speaking country in Asia. In most cities, you will not have a hard time talking to shop assistants and taxi drivers because English is common in these locations.

Retirement in the Philippines is not like retiring in the U.S. or any European country, but it has its perks. Give it a good thought if you think retirement in the Philippines is the best option for you.

download (62)A tidal island is a part of land that is connected to the terrain at low tide, and during high tide, it is totally cut off from the land and turns into a genuine island. Tidal islands are frequently connected with the landmass by a manmade boulevard permitting simple access for visitors wishing to traverse, however, even these can get submerged by the sea. So dependably, check the tide times before you visit. After all, tide and time, wait for none, right?

So here's a list of some of the world's most gorgeous, most ethereal tidal islands, which have never failed to steal the heart of the visitor there. Try for yourself!

1. Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai

The Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque situated on an islet off the bank of Mumbai. An exemplary model of Indian Islamic architecture, the dargah houses the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. This was built in 1431 by a rich Muslim merchant, who surrendered all his common belongings before embarking on a pilgrimage to Mecca. The islet is connected to the city by a narrow thoroughfare, which is about a kilometer in length. Since this thoroughfare gets submerged in the sea during high tides, the dargah is accessible only during low tide. The thoroughfare, with the ocean on both sides, is one of the highlights of an excursion to this gorgeous place.

2. Mont Saint Michel, Normandy

Mont Saint Michel is found simply off the bank of the northern French region of Normandy. It is a little tidal island, best known for the site of the astounding Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel at the top of the rocky island, which is encompassed by the winding roads and convoluted architecture of the medieval town. The property incorporates a little island, which is designed according to the Mount and turned into a Norman monastery named St Michael's Mount. The mount can pose serious risks for visitors who evade the highway and endeavor the unsafe way, over the sands, from the neighboring coast with tides that can change significantly.

3. Jindo and Modo, South Korea

Every year in the southwest of South Korea, two times, a characteristic highway opens up due to low tides, interfacing the two islands of Jindo and Modo for a period of an hour. The thoroughfare is 3 km in length, and more than 40 meters in breadth. A festival known as the Jindo Moses Miracle, dedicated to this natural wonder, is celebrated every year which is attended by enthusiasts from all around the globe.

4. Eilean Donan, Scotland

Eilean Donan is situated in Loch Duich in the western Highlands of Scotland. It is a little tidal island associated with the mainland by a footbridge, and lies a mile apart from the town of Dornie. The island is embellished with a stunning medieval fort. In the mid thirteenth century, the first mansion was built here as a protection against the Vikings. Presently, it is a standout amongst the most shot attractions in Scotland and a prominent venue for weddings and film locales.

5. Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Sveti Stefan is a coastal resort in the western Montenegro, on the Budva Riviera. In the fifteenth century, the island was a little town, dominated majorly by fishermen. In the 1950s, the last occupants of the town were ousted, and Sveti Stefan was transformed into an exotic town-lodging. The boulevards, rooftops, walls and veneers of the structures here were very much preserved, while the insides of the buildings were changed to offer the most modern and cutting edge comforts and luxuries to the guests.

These places, are definitely a must-visit bid for travellers with a curious bent of mind. Also, if you prefer a dash of adventure during your sojourns, then a trip to one of these should be in your pipeline by now. What are you waiting for?