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Sightseeing in Oahu

Posted by mandy on May 21st, 2011

Hawaii is so much more than just pristine beaches and stunning ocean. Anyone heading to Oahu need only look at the list of attractions on a Go Oahu Card to see that they can have an action packed vacation with or without the beach.

Oahu is a great place for scenery. There are numerous scenic drives that take in Diamond Head, Punchbowl Crater, and Mount Tantalus amongst other sights. These can be self tours or visitors can participate in an organized group tour. Between jungles, volcanoes, and ocean views there is lots to see.

Families will be drawn to historic and fun activities. The Honolulu Zoo and the surrounding Kapiolani Park are a great place to spend a day. They can also take in the Waikiki Aquarium or the Bishops Museum, which is the State’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History. The Pearl Harbor monuments and historic sites are also a must see for the historically-minded.

Other Oahu attractions include the Iolani Palace, the Dole Plantation and the famous statues of King Kamehameha . Visitors can tour volcanoes, go hiking, attend a luau, or take a walking tour of historic Honolulu. There are opportunities for biking, hiking, surfing, swimming, and scuba diving as well as rock climbing, sailing, fishing, and more exotic pursuits like paragliding or parasailing for the truly adventurous.

Get Insurance for Travel in India

Posted by mandy on December 20th, 2010

As the second largest country in the world and one of the oldest cultures, India holds a mysterious draw to many people. People from all over dream of visiting the ancient temples, traveling through the countryside and exploring the teeming cities. As a growing center for world business many executives and managers are finding themselves assigned to visit Mumbai, Delhi, or Bangalore as part of their work.

One thing all these visitors have in common is a need for travel health insurance. Because India is no longer the backward country it was a few decades ago, medical treatment is now on par with that in the West, which means it costs money. Luckily there are reliance travel insurance policies available that provide for medical treatment anywhere in India.

Because this is travel insurance and not just health insurance, medical treatment is only part of the package. Travelers will also be covered for home burglary and receive financial emergency assistance to compensate for stolen money and credit cards. There are restrictions, as with any insurance policy, and some coverages are are subject to certain conditions being met. These will all be clear in the policy or by consulting with an individual agent before purchase.

Suzie Anderson is an experienced traveler and guest blogger with a background in business and Customer Relationship Management. In addition to travel, she has written extensively on travel CRM, customer relations, and lead management.

Transportation Options for Large Equipment and Cars

Posted by mandy on September 28th, 2010

We’ve all seen those giant trailers behind the tractor pulls that are usually at least double dickered and are full of beautiful automobiles. And while the very act of seeing them in traffic can frequently inspire new car purchase dreams, few people actually consider why those specific cars are being moved, who’s moving them and where they are going. Meanwhile there are others who wonder how they can access such efficient auto transport service for their own companies or specific needs. This is where the transportation company comes into play and the various services and guarantees they offer become extremely important to the business owner or consumer.

Meanwhile, there are some quality agencies that are based online that will help businesses and individuals match up with transport services and provide vehicle and other movement across the United States and beyond. If your business has a number of automobiles, or other difficult to move items, then a centralized online agency can help you to access travel companies that will bid for your business. This helps you to find the best service for your needs at the lowest cost. And the greater networking potential is of these organizations, then the greater options for transportation you will find, and a more competitive bidding community.

Learn to Surf in San Diego

Posted by mandy on July 28th, 2010

Many people fantasize about surfing at some point during their lives. And while this is an extremely common occurrence, actually getting up on a board and gliding over the waves is a bit less common. However, for those individuals who continue this fantasy into their adult lives and end up vacationing in San Diego, they are in luck. Not only does this beautiful Southern California city offer some of the country’s best surfing opportunities but there are also some great instructors and classes available that will assist all ages and skill levels in fulfilling their dream.

The best resorts San Diego might have some of the best views of the beaches and the Pacific Ocean, but they won’t get you as up as close as a ride on the waves themselves. The Ocean Experience and San Diego Surf Lessons are two prominent surf schools in the city. With SDSL there are multiple lesson options offered and even a surf camp. The camp can be structured for both day and overnight preferences and the company is perfect for accommodating beginners as well as those who are on vacation. Group, private and semi private lessons will also serve most comfort levels and though you might be a little shy it can actually help to take a class with other students. Regardless of how experienced you are or if you will need lessons, San Diego is one of the nation’s top surf oriented vacation destinations. Once you have been there you will never have to ask why that is.

Greensboro Arboretum and Childrens Museum

Posted by mandy on July 4th, 2010

There are many cultural aspects of Greensboro, North Carolina and they continue to entice increasing numbers of visitors every year. The overall atmosphere of the city is extremely friendly and inviting and the residents seem to have a welcoming attitude toward tourists. This actually goes a long way in a visitors’ overall experience with a city and Greensboro consistently rates high. Meanwhile, that is not the only thing this city offers its visitors and there is always something to do and see while you are there. The Arboretum, and the Children’s Museum are just two of the intriguing and quality cultural attractions in the city.

Family’s enjoy their trips to the Children’s Museum and it can be as much fun for the parents as it is for the kids. This is generally the sign of a quality institution, and the exhibits and programs at this museum are exciting, entertaining and educational. Some of the favorite exhibits include Main Street and The Market and many of these are interactive. Pizza Pan offers children the opportunity to play chef and take orders, make pizzas and serve them to their customers. Our Town Theatre is the perfect place for youngsters to get into costume and take the stage. The museum is extremely oriented toward activities and involvement and is able to get the children involved in the exhibits, which is not only fun for them but also educational.

The Greensboro Arboretum is full of beautiful gardens and is the perfect place to spend a quiet and inspiring afternoon. The gardens are open all year and are one of the favorite attractions for the guests in the best hotels Greensboro. In addition to the amazing scenery and aromas provided by the flowers, plants and trees the gardens also serve environmental purposes and offer programs on education and preservation. The tree planting program is particularly beneficial and allows residents to be a part of keeping the community green and healthy. This is just one of the great hands on programs that are available at the gardens.

Old Town Trolleys and Paul Revere House in Boston

Posted by mandy on April 13th, 2010

If you’re a first time visitor to Boston, Massachusetts, orange and green might become your new favorite colors. Trolleys painted in this color are a part of the Old Town Trolley Tours, which will provide you with a hundred minute overview of this 380 year old city, offering a first look at Paul Revere House, the Old State House Museum, the USS Constitution, the New England Aquarium, Fenway Park (where the Boston Red Sox play), just to name a few of the sights.

The Old Town Trolley Tours have been in operation for more than thirty years, and conductors/tour guides will orient you to the major attractions of the city while allowing you to climb aboard or depart to explore on your own throughout the day. For instance, you’ll be able to stop at the Paul Revere House , and examine one of the oldest homes in Boston.

Built around 1680, only 50 years after the city was founded, the home stands as an example of early colonial American architecture. This structure replaced a parsonage of the Second Church of Boston, which was once the home of ministers Increase Mather and his son, Cotton Mather. The parsonage was burned in the Great Fire of 1676. Four years later, silversmith Paul Revere’s house was built.

If you like, you’ll be able to come back to the Paul Revere house because you’re allowed to ride the next day on the trolley for free. In the Spring, Summer and Fall, there is also an added incentive to use the Old Town Trolley’s, and that’s a free Boston Harbor Cruise.

Knowledgeable and entertaining guides, a free harbor cruise, free next-day rides as well as free admission to the Old State House Museum make this an attractive offer. The trolleys also have a pick-up service, so the tours may be accessible from most hotel rooms which you may find by simply checking out this site .

Considering all that you receive, the pricing is quite reasonable — 36 dollars for adults; 33 dollars for seniors, students and military; 13 dollars for children between the ages of 3 and 12; free for children under three. If the tickets are purchased on line, it’s possible to save even more — 32.40 for adults; 29.79 for seniors, students, and military; and just 11.70 for children between the ages of 2 and 12.

To get a proper historic overview of Boston, look out for the orange and green trolleys or simply find your way to the Old Town Trolley Tours site .

Thian Hock Keng Temple in Singapore

Posted by mandy on March 3rd, 2010

Sought-out sights in the world have always included the architecture inspired by spirituality, such as great cathedrals of Europe and ancient temples in China.  In the case of the island city-state of Singapore, you’ll find the oldest and most prominent is the Thian Hock Keng or the Temple of Heavenly Bliss.   Built in 1839, around twenty years after Sir Stamford Raffles founded Singapore as a simple trading post on the Singapore River and about one hundred and seventy-one years from today, this Hokkien Temple was constructed to honor the Chinese Sea Goddess Mazu or Mat-Su.

The story behind Mazu is a fascinating one, in which a girl is transformed into a goddess.  There is history about this girl contained in immensely old edicts from the government, from court documents, and even shipping logs, as well as Taoist scriptures, that describes Mazu as a young girl and the goddess she became.  Even to this day, she has fifteen hundred operating temples and about a hundred million followers.  Folk tradition for Mazu describes how in times of trouble if you call upon her by name, Mazu, she will come to your aid; however, if you address her in a more formal manner, such as the Empress of Heaven, then your rescue will be postponed as this means she must delay in order to put on more formal attire.  The goddess is based on a woman named Lin Mo Niang to which people attribute miracles during her brief lifetime.  She knew Chinese medicine and came to be known as a healer; some of the miracles, though, were about stopping seastorms, and this established her as a protector of sailors and travelers.

The temple’s history is contained in granite tablets which reside on the wall of the Entrance Hall; there’s an inscribed plaque also inside which Emperor Guang Xu of the Qing Dynasty from 1907 gave to the temple, a sign of how important people considered this site.  The plaque reads, Bo Jing Nan Ming, which means Gentle Waves over the South Seas.  The building is composed in from the traditional form of Southern Chinese architecture.   There were no nails used in its construction, and is considered a masterwork of architecture which uses tiles and wood, stones, statues of dragons and phoenixes, and intricate carvings and sculptures amidst the columns.

This temple is only one of many sights available to a traveler in Singapore.  All one need do is to arrange for a flight and to stay in one the hotels in Singapore, and begin exploring.  If you go to Singapore, be sure not to miss this building, which has been declared a national monument of Singapore for the last  thirty-seven years.

Sharks in Atlanta

Posted by mandy on February 8th, 2010

The truth is that there are few cities like Atlanta, Georgia in the world.  It’s a place of unique sights and engaging people; here, you’ll find Atlanta filled with luxury and comfort and hotels that anyone would be happy to make their home (however temporary), while viewing the sights, including the Georgia Aquarium.

The Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest with over eight million gallons of water.  Right now, this marine life museum is presenting an exhibit called, Planet Shark: Predator or Prey.  Scarily enough, this is billed as an interactive experience.  The Aquarium already exhibits fourteen species of sharks in its present collection, but this special exhibit goes way beyond what you might find in any other place.

Planet Shark will allow you to see models at full-scale of sharks.  You’ll see one such model of a Great White Shark; this creature was eighteen feet long, giving the shark in Jaws a run for its money.   Speaking of which, you’ll be able to see items and shark cages from the movie, Jaws, as well as numerous artifacts of shark jaws and teeth.  You’ll see fossils that can be dated as far back as three hundred and fifty million years ago.

The idea of this exhibit is to give the aquarium’s guests facts which can foster a more complete understanding of the shark.  There’s a number of myths that build up around these amazing animals, and the aquarium is ready to dispel these myths.  You’ll hear stories, too, about actual encounters people have had with sharks, told not only by the experts, but by the survivors of these incidents.  You’ll learn, too, about how sharks behave and about what relationships they form.  There’s also a display that features an actual Bluefin tuna (700 pounds of it!) and an actual Mako shark, its predator.  Both creatures are frozen, giving an opportunity to see what an encounter between this predator and prey might be like.  The Georgia Aquarium is an absolute must on any trip to Atlanta.

Even When Wet, New York Serves up a Great Dish

Posted by mandy on January 13th, 2010

I was actually on my way to Europe, but I purposely purchased airline tickets that would make a stop in New York, JFK and made sure there was a serious lay-over, 12 hours serious. I figured that would give me plenty of time to travel to see a bit of Manhattan. When I was younger, I went to New York, but only to Buffalo; the experience was great, but it wasn’t New York City. I have my heart set on getting at least a little bit of the city.

When I arrived in JFK and passed customs, I checked my bags again, which made me bag free for my little excursion on the Metro into the city. I did a little bit of research on the Internet to find what would be the best sites to see and the best New York restaurants to eat at, so once I was there I could save some precious time. After asking people for direction and information, see, I’ve never been on a great transportation system like the Metro, coming from a small town, so I was a bit nervous.

I did manage to find my way to 9th Avenue and 42nd Street and the first thing that hit me was the cold weather, the noise of all the cars, a massively tall skyscrapers and the sheer spirit of New Yorkers. Everything was awesome except the rain! Awww! I didn’t have an umbrella, so I just ran from one over-hang to the next, but all that didn’t keep me from getting wet. I couldn’t take any pictures either, but not losing my cool, and despite the rain, I was going to enjoy the city no matter what.

I ended up walking around for a few hours and managed to find one of the restaurants I looked up on the Internet, and fortunately, they let me in wet clothes and all. I really appreciated that, when I left, they pointed me in the direction of a Metro station, but before I reached it, there was a lone brave hot dog stand offering up New York hot dogs, I was already full from my wonderful meal at that wonderful restaurant, but I couldn’t resist ordering a single hot dog with mustard on it; it was so good.

I caught the E-Line and made it back to JFK in an hour! I wasn’t too upset about not being able to experience a dry New York, because I also arranged my flight back to the States, and this time I’ll have a 15 hour lay-over!

Fort Worth is Fifth Largest City in Texas

Posted by mandy on January 8th, 2010

Fort Worth is the seventeenth largest city in the United States of America and the fifth largest city in the state of Texas. In general when one considers the fifth largest city or town in any state the common assumption will be that it is relatively small and while it may contain unique attractions and traditional elements, it is not a major cultural center of its home state. However, in the case of Fort Worth it is important to remember that it is also the seventeenth largest city in the country. When considered in the country and state context it becomes obvious that Texas is home to five out of the first seventeen largest cities in the country. That’s more than the state of California, which has four of the largest seventeen cities. Texas is a big state with big cities, that much is obvious.

One can then reconsider the relevance of fifth largest in the state when that also means that it is also one of the largest cities in the nation. And with everything Texan, Fort Worth is big and full of life. Oh, and one more thing, don’t mess with it. It has a population of just over 700,000 residents, which puts it almost in the middle of Columbus, Ohio with a population of almost 755,000 and Memphis, Tennessee with 669,000 residents.

Fort Worth was first established in 1849 and at the time served as an army outpost. It was a protective outpost and overlooked the Trinity River. This original aspect of Fort Worth’s history is a point of pride and honor for the contemporary residents and its western tradition is reflected in much of the culture, architecture its traditional heritage observations. Tourists who visit the city and stay in one of the Fort Worth luxury hotels are sure to note this fundamental aspect of Fort Worth culture and heritage as it is displayed in most of its landmarks and attractions.

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