It used to be the case that cheap travel agents were a sort of oxymoron. People paid a premium to get their vacations and business trips booked by someone else with little or no disturbance. Since the advent of the internet, all that has changed.Travel agents have had to lower their prices and fees to compete with the internet. Most people who can afford vacations or go on business trips also have access to the internet. There are many sites on the internet that allow a person the ability to quickly and easily make all their own travel arrangements.In addition, airlines and hotels have upped the prices they charge travel agents because the airlines and the hotel companies want people to book directly through their own places. Because of these factors, travel agencies have had to lower their prices considerably in order to compete, resulting in "cheap travel agents" .Just because there is a excess of cheap travel agents doesnt mean that the quality is any less than it used to be. Indeed, many cheap travel agents, in addition to lower prices, offer many more services than they used to in order to attract and keep more business.For example, cheap travel agents may book activities for you. If you are going on a tropical vacation, they can book scuba lessons. If you are going skiing, they can arrange a deal on your raise tickets.Furthermore, cheap travel agents still have access to all sorts of valuable information that you may not have on the internet. For example, cheap travel agents still know which companies are trustworthy and which have had problems.They are also sources of invaluable information such as local customs, if you are traveling abroad, weather, and information on food and water quality. They can offer personal insight into the area you are traveling to which you might not be able to find in an online search.Cheap travel agents not only offer these services, they also do all the groundwork for you. Basically, you decide what you want and the travel agent makes it happen. If you want the best price on an airline or hotel, you may have to go to many different sites to make sure you are getting the best deal.Even cheap travel agents have the best prices and the best deals right at their fingertips. This could save you a lot of time and some money in addition to trying to keep track of which websites had the best deals and the constantly changeable prices that seem to accompany hotel and airplane ticket prices.If you dont have the time or the leaning to read carefully various websites looking for airfare or hotel deals, consider using the services of a trustworthy and cheap travel agent.
Times Square, one of New York Citys premier tourist destinations, is located on a major intersection in Midtown Manhattan--at the junction of Broadway and 27th Street and from West 42nd Street to West 47th Street. It occupies the blocks between 6th and 8th Avenues from east to west, and West 40th and West 53rd Streets from north to south. "Times Square" was christened in 1904; not coincidentally, so were neon lights and the citys first subway line. New Yorkers wasted no time in starting the Times Square New Years Eve celebration tradition: they began ringing in the new year at Times Square in 1904 as well.Previously, the area that has been called Times Square for over 100 years was known as The Longacre. On April 8, 1904, the name was changed to Times Square to commemorate the official opening of the brand new New York Times Building located on the triangle of land at the intersection of Broadway, 42nd Street, and 7th Avenue. The building was the tallest in Manhattan at the time. In 1913, the New York Times moved to a larger facility across Broadway and the New York Times Building was renamed the Allied Chemical Building. Today, it is known simply as One Times Square.During the First World War, Broadway became known as one of the worlds premier theatre districts. The Great Depression hit "New York City" hard, and many theatres had to close or offer less discriminating fare to attract more theatre-goers. Thus began a slow decline that reached its lowest point in the 1960s and 1970s. At this time, Times Square had become (in)famous for erotic bookstores, live nude shows, X-rated movies, and other adult fare. By 1975, many people considered Times Square to be the epitome of urban and moral decay.In the 1980s and early 1990s, city and state officials began serious efforts to reverse the decline of [*_*]. Today, [*_*] has been restored to its former glory and boasts over 27,000 residents and over 26 million visitors each year, and makes a serious contribution to New York Citys economythe annual total output is comparable to the economies of Bolivia and Panama, and far exceeds that of small countries.New Years Eve at [*_*] is now a global tradition. Approximately 1 million people gather there each year; additionally, millions across the United States and about 1 billion people all over the world tune into the New Years Eve celebration. The famous ball (currently made of Waterford Crystal) drops from One [*_*], a tradition that began on December 31, 1907 and has continued ever since, except during World War Two when a moment of silence was observed followed by the tolling of church bells, as the blackout restrictions prevented excessive New Years Eve festivities. [*_*] has cemented its place in American popular culture. It has been featured in movies such as Vanilla Sky, King Kong, and Spider-Man. ABCs Good Morning America and MTVs Total Request Live are broadcast live from their studios at [*_*]. Additionally, many exclusive, popular, and specialty retailers and restaurants have locations at [*_*], such as the Hard Rock Caf, Virgin Records, Toys R Us, ESPN Zone, Sketchers, Planet Hollywood, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, Ruby Foos, and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Todays [*_*] is a perfect family destination.
Perhaps your old aluminum siding has outlived its day. It has been on your house for forty some years, and it shows it. You would like to make a change and you would like to do the work yourself. Before jumping into anything, you had better give it some thought.The aluminum siding was put on your house for a reason. It is covering up damaged siding that was original to the house, or worse yet, asbestos siding. Removing aluminum siding is not hard at all, but be prepared for what you might find underneath. If you find asbestos siding underneath, you will have to find a professional who has the means to remove it. If you have other siding problems, you may first have to address them before applying new siding. It is best to find a section of the house in the back, perhaps around a window, where you can peel back a small area to see what is underneath before proceeding.Assuming that you are good to go, you need to take a trip to your local home improvement store. Most home improvement stores have a wide variety of building material siding. There are probably some house siding alternatives that you have not even considered. By browsing the siding section of the store, you may get a new home siding idea.Most people choose vinyl siding because it is somewhat easy to install. There is an array if house vinyl siding colors to choose from. Should you need help, Home Depot siding installation instructions are available. You may want to consider vinyl siding and replacement windows. Your home improvement store can help you here also.If you decide to go with a house siding alternative such as cedar lapboard siding, there is a lot more that you will have to know. Before doing any installation, you must acclimatize the wood first. That means that you must stack the wood by your house, off the ground, covered from the elements, but allowing air to flow between the planks. This is so the boards will swell or contract before being applied. You also need to apply finish to all sides of the boards before installation. There are certain types of nails to use, furring strips, vapor barriers, and a whole lot more to learn before applying cedar lap siding.Before you start ripping that siding off of you house, give this some thought. If you feel that this project is more than you can handle, then consult a siding and window contractor. You may just want to do the preparation work and have the contractor finish the job.It is always best to side with the right people.
Congratulations on taking the plunge and hiring a 4X4 for an awesome off-road African adventure!As a newbie to the wonderful world of 4-wheel drive, youll fall into one of two camps those who think they know it all already, and those who are totally terrified and have no idea how to handle their Camel-man-mobile safely, let alone get the best out of it!This article is for you, whichever side you fall; never be too proud or too petrified to learn, for your sake and the sake of your passengers and fellow off-road track users.Speed & MomentumIf you hit a spot of trouble DONT accelerate it can get you into a worse position. Slow down and take it easy this helps you to keep traction and your tyres will work for you instead of spinning aimlessly.When approaching an obstacle, you need momentum. The trick is to start a little way back to gain the momentum you need. This is a skill which you will master over time.LimitsDont try new tricks when youre out alone. Test your limits when youre with more experienced drivers.MudUse a stick to test a new mud hole for depth and softness. Remember a soft hole can prove impossible to escape! Enter the mud hole with a little momentum and if you feel that youre getting stuck turn the wheel left to right to gain traction. Once youve gone as far forward as you can try reverse out.WindowsKeep the windows up to avoid a mud shower or a face full of dust.StuckIf you are truly stuck, try letting a little air out of your tyres for better traction and when you get out of the ditch dont forget to fill them up again.StallingIf you stall with your tailpipe under water, get towed out and pull the spark plugs before starting the engine again. A cylinder full of water can destroy an engine. When the plugs are out, however, the water will be safely ejected.ObstaclesGo slowly over obstacles. Pull the hand brake a little for tension on the drive line to slow the vehicle and enable you to accelerate gently over.SteeringAlways hold the steering wheel with thumbs out when youre off-road. If you hit a ditch or obstacle the wheel could spin too fast and hurt your thumbs. Keeping them out helps prevent injury. Keep your hands and arms inside the truck to avoid accidents.Tools & SparesKeep the following with you:A hi-lift jackSteel wireSpare tyre and plug kitSafetyWear a safety beltDont travel alone Have a cell phone on youDont drink alcohol when drivingGet back on the tar road before darkGive fellow 4X4 drivers on the track plenty of spaceDont race or churn up the soil needlessly.RespectRespect the land, the other people using the trail and the vehicle! Douse campfires, dont litter (this includes cigarette butts), stick to trails so as to avoid damaging the plant life.Leave your ego at home and remember its about having fun!
Lets face it, most of us are not lucky enough to have a swimming pool in our back garden, so when we go on vacation its a rare treat to splash about in the toasty warm waters of an outdoor swimming pool.Outdoor pools are best enjoyed in the sunshine, and to that end, there can be no better place to lie back in the crystal clear waters, staring at the dappled silhouette of a swaying palm tree and let your cares float away, than in everyones favourite holiday destination, Florida.And whilst not every hotel has its own pool, if you choose to stay in the now increasingly popular choice of a private luxury villa, such as those advertised on the Florida Vacation Rentals Web Site Orlando Villas, you will most definitely be spoilt with not only stunning accommodation but your own private pool too.However, as with all things watery, common sense must always be applied.For some reason folks on vacation, who in their ordinary everyday lives might be the most sensible people on the planet, often forget to pack their common sense along with their sunscreen and flip flops !!!This in itself is not a detrimental thing, except perhaps when it comes to pool safety. Fortunately, Florida state law has stepped in to lend a helping hand by requiring rental villas with private pools to follow some very simple rules to ensure the well being and safety of their guests.Naturally, it goes without saying that all children must always be supervised by an adult in and around any pool area. But in addition to that, you will find that your rental villas pool is also clearly marked in terms of water depth, indicating both the shallow and deep ends.Child alert pool alarms are also required to be fitted onto any door leading directly from the property into the pool area. This alarm will sound if opened by a small child to alert parents of the imminent danger.A clear set of Pool Rules will also be posted at the poolside, which you should read carefully before dipping your toes into the water.Floatation devices such as water wings and inflatable rings are extremely popular with children, but it should always be remembered that these are not life saving devices. They are merely floating toys. Just because your child is wearing water wings, does not mean that it is safe to leave them to play in or by the pool.Rough play and running on the pool deck is also a big No No, due to the obvious dangers of slipping and diving is also discouraged, as most pools only have a maximum depth of 6 foot.To sum up, if treated with respect, and common sense is applied, your vacation swimming pool can be one of the highlights of your trip. Remember that small children learn by example, so if you as an adult can teach them to safely enjoy their swimming experience, it will be a lesson that will never be forgotten, and which ultimately could one day save their lives.