Having a vacation with the family is a great thing to do. I will enjoy a holiday cruise anytime of the year. I especially like great beaches with the blue skies. Of course, it helps, when the people are friendly too.When I travel for leisure, the Canary Islands off Spain is never far from my mind. You can get there by cruise. If you choose to do so, remember to go to a cruise-only travel agent or an online agency that specializes in cruise vacations. They probably can give you better cruise holiday deals.You can also get there by air. All the islands have airports. Most international flights and those from mainland Spain goes to Tenerife, Gran Canaria, and Lanzarote. You can also fly to the Canaries from most European cities. If you are flying from North America, flights usually go to Madrid, where you can get a connecting flight.An unknown North African aboriginal group originally inhabited the Canary Islands. Later, in the 15th century, a Frenchman Bethencourt discovered the islands. Some popular Canary Islands destinations to explore are: Fuerteventura, Gomera, Grand Canary, Lanzarote and Tenerife.If you want an all-out summer holiday with sand, beaches, and babes, the Canary Islands is a good choice for travel. There are numerous activities here. The mini golf course will give you hours of fun. There are also many tracks for biking and hiking.One of my favorites is the Teide National Park. It is a marvel of nature with its stunning volcanic landscape. It is also home to Spain's highest mountain, the dormant volcano Teide. There are numerous walking trails and a cable car to the top of the volcano. Truly awesome!You can't talk about the Canary Islands without talking about the Bahia de Pozo Izquierdo which is the best beach on Gran Canaria. It is great for windsurfing, deep sea fishing and sailing. When you snorkel or scuba dive, you will probably see grouper, barracuda, turtles, rays, tropical fishes and the occasional shark.If you are at Gran Canaria, a hotel to stay is "ClubHotel Riu Vistamar". It is well maintained, and the service is good. Although the pool area can be crowded, the food more than makes up for it. You get pancakes, cereals, toast and even champagne for breakfast! On certain days, you'll even get smoked salmon. Quite frankly, I don't mind having it everyday! Remember to attend the 6:30pm dinner to enjoy the night entertainment too.The Canary Islands has a population of 1.84m people, most of whom are Roman catholic. The weather is generally warm and sunny all year round. If you hate winter, this is the best place to be a lazy beach bum, and have nice and friendly people around you!
When being chased at full speed across the plains of Africa by a cheetah the fastest animal on land, the chances of becoming a meal are quite high. For an impala there is not much it can do.So for impala, antelopes and gazelles, the trick is to make sure that the cheetah does not chase you to begin with.Cheetahs like all predators like to come as close to their prey without being seen. This is known as stalking and the purpose of stalking is to ensure that they catch their prey by surprise or sprint in the shortest distance possible hence avoiding long distance chases.For predators the prey often has a head start, so different predators have developed different hunting techniques.The cheetah is not built for long distant running, and the cheetahs heart is small hence if it cannot catch its prey within a short time off achieving top speed it will burn out. If its to make a kill, the cheetah must get within about 50 yd (45m) of its prey.They also tend to focus on the weakest, injured or youngest animals in a herd.So for these antelopes, portraying any of these characteristics could easily land you on the cheetahs menu. The chances of becoming lunch given this animals capability are good.These animals therefore have developed a curious behaviour, known as pronking, which studies show they use to intimidate or confuse a predator. They jump vertically into the air and appear to bounce along stiff legs, all four legs hitting the ground at the same time. It tells the predator it has been seen, so the chase will be hard.The animal demonstrates that it is in full control of the situation and that the predator would be wasting time and energy in chasing it.Pronking is infectious. First one or two animals will start, and soon the rest of the herd will join in. But who can blame them, no one wants to get left behind when everybody is demonstrating their fitness it would be like telling the predator, pick me!The springbok of southern Africa is the grandmaster when it comes to pronking. As it leaps, the fan or crest of white hairs on the back are erected, and the head is bent forward and down almost to the feet. The hooves are kept together and the back is arched. At the moment it touches the ground, it springs back up again, sometimes jumping straight up, other times leaping forwards or jigging sharply to one side. Then, it lowers its fans, raises its head and races away at full speed.As the predator nears and the chase begins, springbok warns the other antelopes by leaping straight-legged, up to 10ft high, into the air and releasing a scent from glands on its hindquarters.This startling leap, the strong warning scent and the animals zigzag course together spell out an urgent message to the rest of the herd run as fast as you can!The airborne scent acts as a trail, by the front-runners, keeping close together if all the impalas ran in different directions the heard would fragment, and each individual would be more vulnerable to the hunter. Should a few animals become separated from the main herd, they can follow the scent trail to find their way back. The plains of Africa, the masai mara game reserve included are mostly short grass and scattered trees mainly acacia.
Airfare continues to rise with no end in sight it seems, especially since gas prices have skyrocketed. If you plan to fly on business or for vacation you may be worried about the high cost of airfare. There are a few ticks of the trade you can use to help ensure you get the best deal for your air travel.Be flexible with datesIf you must travel on a specific date, chances are you will spend more for your ticket especially if you are booking your ticket within a couple of weeks of departure. If you can be flexible with your dates, a day or two on either side, your chances for savings are increased. If you use a travel website such as Orbitz or Travelocity, then you will be given the option to search for fares by lowest price first on multiple dates. These sites make it easy to shop around for air the best prices in air fares.Book your flight in advanceYou can also save on airfare by booking your flight at least two to three weeks prior to departure. If you wait to book your flight a couple of days out, you will have to pay quite a bit more. The exception is if you try and get a last minute fare on a flight that leaves the same day. Sometimes you can get a real good deal on last minute flights. If you plan to fly overseas then you should plan to book your flight a minimum of four weeks out if you want to get a reasonable price for your fare.Fly on weekdaysIt is usually cheaper to fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday than it is Friday or the weekend. So if you plan your flight to leave and return on a Wednesday you will save money and may even save a few more dollars for including an overnight Saturday stay.Fly out of a smaller airportYou may get a better deal on your ticket if you fly out of a neighboring airport instead of the airport of a major city. If you search for your fares on a travel website, you will be given the option of looking for fares at a nearby airport.There is no need to spend more money than you have to on your airline ticket. By booking early and flying on weekdays, you should be able to get the best deal possible.
London enchants everyone who comes here. This is a place filled with fun and entertainment and it also has a history to bank on. Palaces, parks and museums are there in good number. So let us start our journey and explore London.
Tower of London: Located on the north bank of river Thames, this is marvelous palace to go for. Recently it has also been included in UNESCO world heritage list. Earlier this place was known for torture and great misery.
Buckingham Palace: Visit this place for the changing of guards. It is quite funny to look at the guards with big black hats. This place attracts millions of visitor every year.
St Pauls Cathedral: Built in 1710, this is a beautiful church. St Pauls Cathedral has awesome interiors and go to this place for men and women who risked their lives for its safety. Also look out for acoustics because it is very interesting.
West End: This is art capital of London and has many theatres. Enjoy plays and musical shows which run throughout the day. There is every chance of meeting your favourite actor because they are also regular visitor here.
Westminster Abbey: This place is one of the tourist attractions of London. There are many big names buried here. Visit this place for the architecture and rest assure about cherished memories you will carry home.
Trafalgar Square: This is a place once visited for feeding pigeons but that is not allowed these days. Go there for many monuments and you will not be disappointed.
Clock Tower: Often referred to as Big Ben this is one of the most pictured tower. Visit this place for having fun and taking snaps of the world largest four faced chimney clock. The whole experience will be amazing.
Harrods store: Any vacation is incomplete without shopping. Harrods store is world famous and you can get many things for near and dear ones back home.
London Eye: Take a ride of this London Eye and you will say why I did not come here earlier? London Eye gives you a panoramic view of London.
Hyde Park: Spread over more than 300 acres, this is one of the parks that give London a greener look. You can check this one and also since it is closer to many other attractions, this is a must for your London visit.
Nothing says tropical paradise quite like an excursion to the Hawaiian Islands. The volcanic archipelago lost in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean stretches northwest from the Big Island of Hawaii in the south through Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai and Niihau, each with its own identity and topography. Eleven more islands, reefs and atolls comprise the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and are all uninhabited.Get As Far Away As Possible, ReallyTravel to Hawaii, the 50th state of the U.S.A., is the ultimate getaway. The island-chain situated 2300 miles from the mainland is the exposed top of an enormous undersea volcanic mountain range known as the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain and is commonly known as the most remote and isolated island outcropping on Earth.Geographically, the islands are more subject to tropical weather, large waves and storms on the north/northeast side, know as the windward side. The leeward side of each island, to the southwest, is drier and thus home to the majority of resort towns. The incredible blend of Polynesian, Tahitian and European cultures makes for a dynamic adventure from the traditional luaus and serene Shinto shrines to the hippie-surfer culture abundant in the less touristy locales.Kauai: A One-Stop Hawaiian ExperienceThe westerly island of Kauai is one of the lesser inhabited islands and claims many of Hawaiis most stunning natural features. The blend of a more prominent local population with the southern resort region and a priceless backdrop makes Kauai the ultimate escape within an escape.The north shore offers world renowned surfing and windsurfing next to the wealthy community of Princetown. The dramatically plunging Na Pali Coast State Park in the northwest draws backpackers and nature lovers to its 11-mile Kalalau Trail, the only land access to this rugged and isolated coastline. Sea cliffs and lush valleys alternate along the route that ends at Kalalau Beach. Stone terrace walls and sacred burial grounds of Hawaiian tribes still dot the valleys, while there is a growing naturalist community tucked away at the end of the trail. The wettest place on earth, averaging 460 inches of rainfall per year, is near the peak of Kauais Mount Waialeale. From this point, plunging rivers have carved out the fantastic expanse of Waimea Canyon, coined The Grand Canyon of the Pacific by Mark Twain. The views are a once-in-a-lifetime experience.Resort or Adventure, Pick your PleasureMaui is the most popular resort destination in Hawaii. The lush island boasts the spectacular and riveting Hana Highway, which is more about the wondrous journey than the secluded destination, and Mount Haleakala, where a hike into the Haleakala Crater will land you in the center of the worlds largest dormant volcano. The Big Island of Hawaii is the youngest island and nearly entirely comprised of Mauna Loa, the largest shield volcano on Earth. Lounge and snorkel on the Kona side of the island or venture out across lava fields along the eastern coast.From the bustle of Honolulu and Waikiki on Oahu to the tranquil serenity of Lanais sandy beaches, a journey to the middle of the Pacific will certainly prove to you that Hawaii is more than just pineapples and coffee.