Eight Tips for Travelers

While traveling, you have an opportunity to simplify your life if you follow these seven little tips.

1. Spend time packing. So often, packing is the last thing that gets done and we end up tossing everything in the suitcase—just in case we need it. Give yourself time to think about what to bring, and more importantly, what not to bring.

2. While packing, think multi-purpose. Pack items and clothes that have more than one use. Bring one hair dryer for both you and your spouse. What other commonly used items can you share?

3. Pack an empty duffel bag or a similar collapsible bag. Put it on the bottom of the suitcase to have it if you need it. Just in case you go over the weight limit when checking your bags for your flight, or if you buy items to bring home.

4. If it’s unopened/unused, leave it in the hotel. Don’t fill you suitcase with all those little bottles. If you opened it and only used a portion, bring that one home. You don’t want your home to be a replica of a hotel room—do you?

5. Know what you would do if you forget something. Having a back-up plan makes life easier. My husband has said, “Go
shopping!” If you’re planning on buying something at your destination, don’t pack that item. If you need a new sweater and you’re going to Ireland, you’ll be able to find a sweater there.

6. Grocery bags make great dirty laundry bags for traveling. Pack a couple of grocery bags and as your clothes get dirty, toss them in the bag. At the end of the trip, tie the handles together and toss it in the suitcase. When you get home, just grab the grocery bag and toss the dirty clothes into the laundry.

7. Pack clothes that are nearly dead. For instance, that pair or two of holey underwear that you keep wearing and washing. Pack them and instead of bringing them home, toss them in the trash. I do this with my ugly favorites. I just can’t bear to part with it because it has been such a reliable friend, but after leaving it in the hotel, I can’t look back.

8. Remove their advertising material from the counter tops as soon as you enter the room. Gather the coffee pot, ice bucket, room service menu, etc. and put them in the bottom drawer. Now, you have room for your items on the counter.

A Traveler’s Guide to Historic and Cultural Destinations

A Traveler’s Guide to Historic and Cultural Destinations

Italy is regarded by many as one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It’s home to significant works of architecture, stunning visual art pieces, and one of the world’s best cuisines. It’s no wonder that tours in Italy are among the most in-demand.

Proof of this demand is in the statistics: Italy is the fifth most visited country on the planet. Not only that, but tourism in the country generated $39 billion in revenue in 2010, and saw nearly 45 million international visitors. This should come as no surprise, considering that the country truly is a must-see destination. For most, tours in Italy consist of a visit to four of the country’s best known cities: Rome, Venice, Florence, and Milan. Each city offers something different and something similar all at the same time.Rome – This is one of the most well-known cities not only in Italy, but also all over the world. This vibrant metropolis is modern and classic all at the same time. Everywhere you look, there are remnants of the past. From the numerous basilicas to the countless museums, each structure has its own story to tell.Among the more popular attractions is The Colosseum. Completed in 80AD, this landmark is the oldest in existence from Imperial Rome. The structure was host to intense gladiator and animal fights. Today, thousands line up on a daily basis just to get a quick look at the interior.Rome is also home to the Vatican. This city-state is widely recognized as the center of Christianity, but more than that, it also holds some of the earth’s greatest works of art. This includes St. Peter’s Basilica, the seat of the Roman Catholic Church and an art piece in itself.Venice – This northeastern city is perhaps best known for its canals and gondola rides. Many people visit the place just to experience the city’s unique and unparalleled architecture. Built on a lagoon, the locale has a little over a hundred bodies of land connected by over 400 bridges. The Grand Canal is one of Venice’s most popular attractions. It is teeming with all kinds of boats, and is lined with breathtaking buildings.Florence – Just like most other Roman cities, Florence has some of the world’s most beautiful architecture. Unfortunately, just like most modern Roman cities, the attractions are lined with hundreds of eager tourists as well. Visitors looking to avoid long lines and crowded areas should consider taking Florence day trips. Because the city is in the Italian province of Tuscany, it is the perfect point of entry into the nation’s countryside. Florence day trips can consist of wine tasting excursions in one of the many vineyards, or a visit to Boboli Garden, overlooking the metropolis.Milan – Considered by many to be the fashion capital of the world, the pace here is faster than other Roman cities. The city proper is lined with numerous big ticket fashion outlets. For those looking to shop till they drop, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II is a shopping haven. For those who’d like to experience more Italian culture, there are plenty of attractions to visit including The Duomo and La Scala.

A Basic Travel Guide to Poland

There is so much more to Poland than its image of being a cheap stag and hen night destination. It’s the cradle of famous figures like Chopin and Copernicus after all!

Cities

People often underestimate the sheer size of Poland and the number of cities within. In fact, there are many more to discover than just Krakow and Warsaw.

Gdansk, on the shores of the Baltic Sea is becoming an increasingly popular destination. As an ancient port city, its historic riches are still very visible in the architecture of the Old Town and surrounding areas. Attractions worth discovering include the Maritime Museum, St Mary’s Street, and the Golden Gate.

Wroclaw is a sprawling city in western Poland, boasting gorgeous colourful houses and lively city centre squares. Landmarks include Wroclaw Palace, Centennial Hall, the Old Jewish Cemetery and the Museum of Architecture.

Krakow, Poland’s second largest city is a student heaven. Its quaint Old Town streets are lined with exciting bars and clubs, as well as excellent restaurants. Visitors could simply spend days on end wandering around the city, admiring its darling architecture.

Warsaw isn’t the prettiest of cities but once you learn more of its sad history, you’ll learn to see it in a different light. Due to its history, there are many attractions to see that cause most visitors to get quite emotional. These include Warsaw Rising Museum and Powazki Cemetery.

Cafe culture is booming in Poland’s cities. Make sure to spend at least one afternoon sitting back with a coffee or beer, watching the world go by.

Nature

The Tatra mountains in the south can be enjoyed all year round, whether you’re a fan of hiking or snow sports. Zakopane is the area’s key town with all the amenities tourists could wish for.

Beautiful valleys stretch far and wide, and the hills are dotted with pine trees, among which wildlife lives happily.

The Masurian Lake District in the north of Poland has been nominated to become one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. It’s a stunning area of over 2,000 lakes set in 52,000 square kilometres.

Visitors can indulge in an array of water sports from the more traditional ones like rowing and angling to kite surfing. Hotels and guest houses are scattered around the region with the tourist hub being the town of Augustow.

Cuisine

Polish cuisine is traditionally quite heavy with lots of carbohydrates. Most traditional dishes contain meat in some form or other, from smoked ham to chicken breasts. The use of winter vegetables such as cabbage is also widespread.

Favourite dishes include the cabbage-based stew, Bigos, stuffed dumplings or Pierogi, and sauerkraut with ham or mushrooms.

A traditional Polish cheese is Oscypek, whish is smoked and, as such, has a very distinct flavour and texture.

General Tips

Poland is yet to join the Eurozone. The currency used locally is the Zlot. This is readily available in banks and bureaux de change throughout the UK.

Due to the large Polish community in the UK, language classes are easy to find. Why not attend one to learn the basics of Polish? It’s always nice to be able to gree and thank people in their native language.

To be able to quickly and easily sort out accommodation, travel and tours, arrange for a cheap calls to Poland service.

Tips for Riding in the French Alps

So you would like to experience riding in the mountains – maybe you have just watched the Tour de France and been amazed by the alpine scenery, or perhaps you have just always wanted to test yourself up Alpe D’Huez. The following tips will ensure that you can plan ahead to get the most out of your cycling holiday in the French Alps:

Destination

If you choose to base yourself in one location for the duration of your holiday, then you should try and achieve the following:

• A location in the valley, not up in the mountains – you don’t want to have to climb the same mountain at the end of every ride. Not only will you get fed up of it, it will limit the distance you can ride each day and therefore reduce the variety of routes you can choose.

• Somewhere with a range of different rides – preferably at the junction of a number of valleys (again, this will offer much more variety than being in one valley or up the end of a road in a ski resort).
Of course you could always opt for a point to point tour (which will offer variety and doesn’t matter if you stay at the top of a mountain assuming you are moving on the next day), however you get the drawbacks of a higher cost and the inconvenience of moving and living out of a suitcase every day. You are also tied to a fixed itinerary – no options for a day off to do another activity or recovery ride.

Distance

You are used to riding on relatively flat or rolling terrain, and know how many kilometres (or miles) you can handle in a day. But what about when you are riding in the mountains? A general rule of thumb for mountainous terrain is to assume that your average speed will drop by 50% (and therefore the distance you will be able to cycle in a given time will drop by 50% too). So if you normally average 30km/h, then expect something like 20km/h. So your 3 hour ride will only cover 60km, instead of 90km. So you should either plan on shorter distances or expect to spend more time in the saddle.

Weather / Clothing

You need to be prepared for a range of weather conditions in the mountains – just because it is sunny with no clouds when you set off, doesn’t mean it will stay like that! The weather can change from valley to valley as the mountains form natural barriers to clouds – you can have rain on one side of a mountain pass and be fine and sunny on the other. If you are taking a shorter trip within the same valley then it should be more predictable.
Another aspect to consider is altitude – there could be 15 deg.C difference between the valleys and the tops of the high mountain passes. You won’t notice it so much on the way up (as you are working hard and speeds are low) but on the way down it will be very obvious when you add on the wind chill factor. On all but the very hottest summer days you will need a windproof layer to be able to put on at the top of the climbs before you descend.

Tunnels

As the roads in the mountains often cut through long tunnels, you need to be prepared for this. Most are lit (although not all!), however don’t be surprised if you find sometimes substantial stretches where the lighting is out. The use of a rear light in tunnels is required by law in France, but you will also want one purely for your own safety. If you feel uncomfortable riding in conditions without much visibility, you may want to consider a front light too, but most people do not bother. When you do find yourself in an unlit section of tunnel it can be quite dis-orientating for the first time, especially if there is traffic as the echoes of the road noise are quite loud and make it difficult to judge distance. The best course of action is to concentrate on maintaining the same position on the road, looking at a spot 3 – 4 metres ahead of you and focussing on any white lines present. Do not look at the exit of the tunnel as this will be very bright – the same as looking at oncoming traffic headlights at night. Lastly, and most importantly – don’t forget to take your sunglasses off!

Bike – gearing

Unless you already live in some very hilly or mountainous terrain you will probably benefit in changing your gearing assuming you are taking your own bike. As you’ll be spending a significant amount of time going at speeds much slower than usual, you will need to have lower gears. Adding a large sprocket on the rear cassette with a few more teeth than you currently have will probably not be enough. If you currently run a standard set up (52/39 chainring) then think about moving to a compact. If you currently run a compact chainset, think about a triple. This will probably be best with a larger rear cassette too. If you dont really want the expense of making this change to your own bike then perhaps hiring is the best way to go.

Bike maintenance

As with any intense period of cycling, you want to make sure that your bike is in tip top condition before you start. Replace any worn tyres, and make sure everything is lubed up and rattle free. In addition to the usual things, you will also want to take a look at your brake blocks – replace any that are nearing the end of their life (or take spares) – you will likely be using them a lot more than usual when descending. If you have changed your gearing, ensure that you have been out for a few test rides before going away to familiarise yourself with the new ratios and to check that everything is working as it should.

Driving in Europe

Driving across Europe from the UK will include a ferry crossing onto continental Europe or to other island nations such as Ireland. Europe offers excellent opportunities for driving excursions, family holidays, sight seeing tours and a chance to take break from the daily grind and enjoy what Europe has to offer.

One of the easiest and quickest ways of getting to continental Europe from the UK is via the Dover to Calais ferry crossing. It takes about one and a half hours either way, with about 5 trips available everyday to Calais from Dover by DFDS ferry services. On the other hand, P&O Ferries has up to 23 ferry crossings per day via the same route with all trips taking about the same time. The Dover to Calais ferries offer the shortest route to Europe.

Once in France, a driver may choose to drive on into Paris or head to the south of France and enjoy the beautiful countryside in the spring, with flowers blooming, birds chirping in the air and the vineyards looking splendid in the warm spring sun. Driving in France is pleasurable because France has among the best roads in all of Europe. The distances are much longer because the French population is spread out over an area twice that occupied by Britons even though the population is more or less the same.

It is advisable to take on an auto insurance that will cover many roadside accidents and incidents that may happen while driving in Europe. Many insurance firms across the UK have such products available to motorists. The benefits of this type of motor insurance include access to health facilities in the country of travel, roadside assistance and even towing services. These services would be much harder to come by and a lot more expensive without this insurance cover.

From the South of France, a motorist may choose to drive on into Italy, Switzerland or Spain. Ferry crossings to Spain can be made from the UK as well. The Plymouth to Santander ferry crossing is quite popular. This is especially attractive for travelers who wish to avoid France. Driving through Spain is a great experience. Spain has a much warmer climate than much of Europe and it offers many opportunities for a holiday by the sea. The warm Mediterranean waters and the pristine beaches of Spain are simply awesome. Getting to Spain from the UK takes just under four hours by Ferry and tickets can be booked online. Driving across Europe is definitely an opportunity that should be enjoyed by all UK residents.

River Cruising

River Cruising is an ever increasingly popular form of holiday travel, growing both in size and location, with nearly a million holiday makers a year partaking in guided and escorted tours across the rivers of Europe, the Americas, South East Asia and Australia.

The main difference between river and ocean Cruises is, obviously, size – with the former rarely holding more than 250 people and lasting between 7-15 days. However this affords them several distinct advantages.

Firstly, it leads you on a journey across routes, through regions and to destinations unreachable by traditional ocean ships; on calm inland waterways. They are able to navigate directly to the heart of historical cities, as well as showcasing the beauty of the countryside and the intimacy and charm of local villages. With this, holidaymakers are provided a more authentic and intimate travel experience, providing greater opportunities to interact and connect with the local people, their surroundings, history and culture.

The ability for their ships to dock in central ports is invaluable for off shore excursions or guided tours of various locations. With its rich historical and cultural heritage, coupled with a vast array of cruising options, Europe remains one of most popular and fastest growing river cruise destinations so much so that bookings have quadrupled in the past decade. Whether it is a journey through the historical towns and cities of Eastern Europe on the Danube, the French culture and countryside displayed by the Seine and Rhone or the heritage and charm of the Rhine, Europe offers any and all travellers an array of journeys unique in their charm and appeal.

Whilst most of the amenities offered are similar to ocean cruises, with many offering a wide range of amenities in dining and comfort, there is less emphasis on on-board entertainment. Casinos, cinemas, bingo, or cabaret entertainment is unlikely. These cruises provide a more relaxed atmosphere with many a lazy afternoon spent gliding across an intricate network of waterways past stunning scenery and cultural sites. Furthermore, the intimate setting provided with a smaller vessel ensures better, more personal and attentive service as you get to know the crew and your fellow passengers.

Cruising also provides holidaymakers with multiple journey travel, hassle free – without the need to unpack! With airport transfers, excursions, sightseeing, accommodation and dining all taken care of and included in the cost, river cruising provide one of the most comfortable and relaxing means of holiday travel.

Top Destinations that make Home feel like Abroad

It’s a growing trend now to holiday to staycation, which means, instead of forking out a truck load to holiday abroad, just chucking some bags in the back of your car and zipping off down the road to find a slice of vacation paradise in our own back yards.

Although it might not quite have the exotic mystery or foreign thrill of the Mediterranean, the United Kingdom is actually a vast island filled with mystery, magic and surprises around almost every corner. Not only is it cheaper and easier than arranging flights, passports, Visas, exchanging money, dealing with other languages, travel insurance and probably a whole host more problems, keeping your holiday at home is the stress free and cheaper option.

And it’s not as though a holiday in Britain is less exotic either. It’s time to expel the dull images of damp camping trips in muddy fields out the back of some family farm or Kitsch trips to stay with the old fashioned red coats of Butlins. If you know where to look you can find all the best bits that different countries have to offer, all hidden in the most special places of Britain.

Here’s a few destinations that can make our own United Kingdom feel just as fun as somewhere exotic.

1. Beaches
One of the best bits of abroad are the great tropical beaches on offer, we all dream of lounging on the sandy shores, soaking up the sun with the luxurious seas lapping at our feet. Britain does have its fair share of beaches though, remember we’re a humungous island, Britain is surrounded by luxurious beaches. Especially along the south coast you can find a succession of long, sandy beach fronts, all enjoying the warm sub-climate of the south coast. Destinations like Brighton are great towns for all the classic fun of the beach front, buckets, spades, arcades and sticks of rock. Or, for when the lively family fun of Brighton is not your scene you can also find some of the more beautiful secluded sandy coves to enjoy around the beautiful Jurassic coast and Cornwall.

2. Epic History
Athens might have the Parthenon and Egypt might have the Pyramids, but Britain again is not too short on epic historic visitors attractions. Most famous is the barely believable Stone Henge, one of the most epic and mysterious human monuments of history, Stone Henge is beautiful, it provides a window into a fantastical past and strikes our imaginations with incredible awe. Not only is there Stone Henge but Britain has many more grand castles and palaces spread across the country.

3. Cosmopolitan Cities
So you’re not one for hanging round on a beach all day and you’re not too interested in getting out amongst the history either. You love going abroad to explore the cultural hubs of the world, getting mixed up in the art of Venice, the theatre scene of New York or indulging in the wine and street cafes of Paris. But, once again, Britain’s not going sparing for the urban experience, not only is there is the bright lights of London, one of the globe’s economic and theatre capitals. There is also the musical heritage of Newcastle or the up and coming cultural and sporting delights of Cardiff to enjoy, Edinburgh is even home to the largest theatre and arts festival in the entire world.

So you don’t need to spend a fortune exploring the globe and spending a fortune for your favourite get away, you find everything you want and more right outside your doorstep.

Opportunities to Spend More Than Just a Vacation in the USA

The American Dream is a concept many of us are familiar with. But have you ever been confident enough to make it reality? It’s easier than you think to spend a few weeks or months on American soil.

Camp America

An option for young people taking a gap year before university or those looking for an adventure during the summer holidays is to work at a children’s summer camp in the USA. There are various programmes from which to choose from that all operate similarly – you apply for the programme, get interviewed by programme reps, and, if successful, your application is forwarded to camp directors from across the USA who then pick and choose their team.

If you have skills in sport, music, theatre or art, you can apply to be a specialist counsellor and put those skills to use teaching or entertaining the campers. Alternatively, apply to be a general counsellor whose responsibility is to look after the kids’ overall welfare, safety and good mood.

Work America

The Work America scheme is really convenient for those looking to spend a few months in the USA. Candidates can apply through agencies in their home country that find employment for each successful applicant and help organise flights and a work permit.

Available work is usually of the seasonal kind and so tends to be based in resort areas. For example, you could be working at a beach club, a restaurant or in a souvenir shop.

Business Networking

For older people already in full time employment, business networking is an excellent reason to hop across the pond. The USA is a huge country with a huge economy so industry-specific events such as conferences and seminars are commonplace.

Do some research to determine the best time of year to go to the USA. A good time would be when there is more than one event for you to attend. This makes financial sense as you can save on flights by going just the once instead of more than once.

General Tips

While emailing is often sufficient for general queries that can wait, urgent questions and requests are best settled over the phone. Calls often also make it easier to clarify complex visa procedures and alike, as you get the chance to have a real time conversation. To save precious pennies, find yourself a local cheap calls to USA service.

If you are planning to go to the USA for a longer period of time, and hope to work on the spot, you’ll need to apply for a visa. Make sure you’re ready and prepared to answer a long series of questions that you will be asked during your interview at the nearest embassy. One of the most important points to be able to justify is that you have something to return to back home. This could be unfinished studies, your whole family, a serious partner, a job or alike. The USA needs some sort of proof that you have no intention of illegally settling down in the country.

Insightful Tips About Grand Canyon Tours

The Grand Canyon is one of the most amazing and unique sights on earth. Millions of people flock to the canyon each year to me mesmerized by its immense size and spectacular scenery.

I’ve made a lot of trips to Grand Canyon National Park, and I’m always glad I did. The canyon is such a special and magical place to visit, people just can’t wait to return. Each trip will hold new surprises and awesome sights to behold. The Grand Canyon is truly an inspirational and awe-inspiring place to visit, plus, you never know what you will see!

The Grand Canyon was gouged out of solid rock by the waters of the Colorado River. At 18 miles wide, 277 miles long and a mile deep, it took the river hundreds of millions of years. The canyon is so huge, it is almost difficult to imagine.

That is partly why guided Grand Canyon excursions are such a good idea. The park is just so big and there are so many sights to see, that a tour is the surest way to take in all the high points.

The Park’s most popular areas are the West and South Rims. The West Rim is where you’ll find several exciting experiences, including the famous Glass Bridge (the Grand Canyon Skywalk), the Indian Cultural Center, and Hualapai Ranch. This is where you can ride a helicopter down to the canyon floor; there you can take a boat ride down the Colorado River. The South Rim is a little different and is mainly known for its spectacular natural scenery.

Whichever one you choose there will be plenty to keep you busy and entertained. Your budget, time allotment, and distance to the rims all play a part in deciding where you will go. The West Rim is approximately 120 miles from Las Vegas, so that is the ideal location for vacationers to the Strip. People coming from Scottsdale, Phoenix or Sedona, Arizona usually take Grand Canyon excursions to the South Rim because it’s closer. But if you are in Vegas, you will be 300 miles from the South Rim.

You’ll see several options when you look into Grand Canyon trips. Grand Canyon tour operators offer trips by helicopter (landing and air-only), bus, and airplane. Which type you choose will probably depend on your available funds and how much time you have available. Each type of Grand Canyon tour has its advantages, although you’d see magnificent geological formations during all of them.

Helicopter tours, for example, are exciting and exhilarating. The air-only flights are simply an experience you will always remember. But, if you’ll be visiting the West Rim, I strongly suggest that you choose a tour that lands on the canyon floor (unfortunately, this option isn’t possible at the South Rim). When you get to the bottom of the canyon, you can hike around and see the rocks up-close, enjoy a picnic, or even get on a raft and float down the Colorado River.

Bus tours to the Grand Canyon are more affordable, although the buses are made especially for sightseeing and are quite comfortable. As a free service, many of the bus tours will pick you up and drop you off at your Las Vegas hotel.

Some people would rather take airplane tours; the flights are quicker and the views are incredible. If you are vacationing in Vegas and have a full itinerary, you will appreciate being able to squeeze in a tour of the Grand Canyon by airplane that doesn’t take much of your time.

Organized Grand Canyon tours are the best way to see the wonders of the National Park. They can be surprisingly affordable, especially if you use an internet discount when you book online. If you are ever close to the Grand Canyon, you don’t want to miss out on the chance to see a sight you will remember for the rest of your life.

Las Vegas – Grand Canyon by Airplane Tour

The West Rim of the Grand Canyon is only 120 miles from Las Vegas, but it’s a six-hour trip from Sin City to the South Rim. That’s why most Vegas-based travelers wind up going to the West Rim. Other people simply prefer the West Rim, or maybe they don’t know they can get to the South Rim quickly. People staying in Vegas can arrive at the South Rim in under an hour by taking a short, direct plane flight.

Las Vegas air tours fly out of several airfields in the Vegas metro area, including Boulder City and Henderson, NV. Flights for aerial tours leave at different times of the day, and the last one leaves in the afternoon and lets you see magnificent sunset views on your trip back.

Grand Canyon air tours are very scenic and you get to fly over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Most Vegas-based South Rim airplane tours fly south of the Colorado River and then bear east until landing at Grand Canyon National Park Airport. Before you arrive you get to see about three-fourths of the Grand Canyon from your plane windows.

The most popular South Rim airplane tour includes a 2-hour motor coach tour in the National Park. The bus tour takes you to Yaki Point, Mather Point, and Grand Canyon Village where you can visit museums, shops, restaurants, and even hotels.

You could also choose a thirty-minute helicopter flight that takes you to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and back. You will be treated to a spectacular view of the Dragoon Corridor which is the deepest and widest part of the canyon, as well as flyovers of Grand Canyon Village and Kaibab National Forest. You’ll get a great perspective on the National Park during the flight.

The airplanes used for the South Rim tours hold nineteen people. What’s really great is they are designed for the ultimate sightseeing experience. They have huge windows for spectacular scenic vistas and the cabins have plenty of room. You are provided with a personal headset so you can listen to information about the landmarks you see out the windows during the tour.

Las Vegas air tours use safety-certified airplanes and they’re required to meet all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations applicable to cargo planes. Plus, they’re all fitted with state-of-the-art communications equipment and navigational instrumentation. The planes are manned by FAA licensed pilots and co-pilots who have to pass tough yearly physical exams.

The helicopters and buses used in Grand Canyon tours are just as classy. The choppers offer headsets so you can talk to passengers and the pilot, and they are very comfortable and provide panoramic views of the canyon below. The buses are luxurious too and offer oversized windows, restrooms, climate controls, and plasma TVs.

Vegas-based South Rim airplane tours are popular and often sell out. Plan on booking your trip at least a week ahead of time. If you wait, your choices are more limited and you may not get a seat at all. Make the mistake of buying your tickets the day of the flight and you’ll pay through the nose. If you are traveling with a family or group, you may have to split up to find enough available seats if you don’t secure them in advance.

You get the best deal on your tickets when you buy them online. There’s no need to spend hours searching, though. Just go to the tour operator’s site and you can buy your tickets there. You will always find the lowest prices on the tour operator’s website and you have the added safety of a 24-hour cancellation policy.