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Take Advantage of Last-Minute Airfare Deals

Have something spontaneous in mind? How about packing your bag now and booking for the cheapest airfare to that popular beach in Thailand? That sudden urge to jump on the next flight can be easily doused-off by unbelievably priced tickets that your favorite airline has during these last minute bookings. But don’t despair, there are many other airlines that you can check out for last minute deals and the cheapest tickets will be yours in just a few clicks. The magic of online ticket search websites makes it easy for you to find the cheapest options from a long list of airlines servicing your place to your desired destinations.

In case you’re new to this, they are actually travel websites that has partnered with other websites to find real time last-minute deals to any particular destination. Some websites are focused at giving hundreds of results in a matter of seconds. Some website can even suggest other exotic destinations for those who have an adventurous frame of mind! Utilizing these search websites will help you find the perfect last minute deals on airfares so you can enjoy a spontaneous trip without breaking the bank. So go on, pack a bag and get ready to take on another surprise destination!

What’s it like for a girl to visit Istanbul?

Istanbul is a huge city that’s well used to accommodating visitors of all shapes and sizes. But when I chose to stop over there on my way to Goa, I didn’t for one moment expect it to have such a lasting effect on me. I can’t wait to book another trip to Turkey this summer so I can go back to the places that I saw in a bit of a whirlwind the first time around!

Here are some of the things I noticed when I went to Turkey:

The locals in Istanbul are awesome: The people I met were incredibly welcoming – from the hostel owners to the market vendors (they’re a bit relentless too!) – everyone was used to greeting tourists in English and keen to help with directions or advice. Like I said, there are people of all races and shapes wearing anything from miniskirts to burkas, so I felt at ease when wondering around in public places like the Grand Bazaar, which is an enormous covered market.

There’s also plenty of respect for tradition: Even though parts of Istanbul are surprisingly fashionable and modern for such an historic city, I was eager to visit some of the mosques (the Yeni Cami or New Mosque is actually 400 years old and the well-known Blue Mosque/ Sultan Ahmet Mosque is opposite the Hagia Sophia). For this purpose I took along a headscarf and wore long sleeves and a long skirt. Some of the mosques provide robes at no additional charge and footwear isn’t important because you remove it before going in.

The shops are heavenly: If you’re like me, you don’t need much encouragement in this department! This city is a shopper’s Nirvana, whether you prefer the air-conditioned comfort of shopping malls or the smells and bustle of outdoor bazaars. Antiques, carpets, kilims, fabrics, art, ceramics, spices and designer clothes – there’s really an endless choice stuff to buy in Istanbul.

The Bosphorus is a big part of the city: This river that divides Asia and Europe and connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea. Continually busy with ferries, ships and fishing boats, the river is a hub of action, and it’s possible to take a ferry from either shore (I chose to go at sunset so I could take pictures of the famous minarets of Istanbul).

Ottoman-era architecture is very romantic: I booked a hotel south of the Golden Horn (tourists tend to stay either south or north of this estuary), where historically the budget and midrange B&Bs tend to be. Prepare for rooftop terraces and the smell of rich morning coffee under the presiding dome of the Hagia Sophia –magic!

Vegas, Baby! The Best Shopping in Sin City

Millions of pilgrims trek through an unforgiving desert to this neon oasis every year, in hope of getting lucky. If you’ve booked a cheap holiday to Las Vegas, however, you have already hit the jackpot – it is one of the most exciting destination spots in the world, and offers some of America’s best shopping.

This unforgettable city has more shops than you could visit in a single trip, offering high fashion, stylish staples, bargain designer outlets and unusual boutiques, as well as tourist destination shops, with celeb-spotting and a cocktail on the side. Make sure to pack comfortable shoes, prepare for the weather (not all shopping is indoors here), and go get ‘em – these are the best three spots to start.

Forum shops at Caesar’s Palace

The Forum is as much a tourist destination as a shopping mall, what with the aquarium, spiral elevator and the Fall of Atlantis fountain show (featuring talking statues!). However, the mall’s wide range of designer and affordable shops, from Dolce and Gabanna to Gap to a three-story H&M, makes it the perfect start for Vegas shopaholics. If one of the designer shops closes in the middle of the day, chances are there’s a celeb inside, so make sure to take a peek! Celebrities may head to one of the fine restaurants afterwards; there are all sorts of eating options here, so you can refuel with chic seafood or a hot dog on a stick. Ladies from outside the US should make a beeline for Sephora, the makeup and beauty superstore.

Fashion Show Las Vegas

This enormous shopping centre does what it says on the tin: models strut their stuff down a central catwalk in the Great Hall every weekend, featuring outfits for sale in the shops around you. Take your pick from home wares, designer shops, a giant Forever 21, and cafes and restaurants that offer views over the Strip. If you’re staying at the Venetian or Treasure Island, skyways will take you straight to the mall without ever having to set foot on the ground, and the shimmering aluminium Cloud shades the mall from the intense desert sun.

Las Vegas Premium Outlets

Get more bang for your buck at these two world class outlet malls – one in downtown Vegas with over 150 shops, and the other just a shuttle ride away in the south of the city. These outlets are for shoppers who mean serious business, so allow plenty of time to hunt for bargains at designer outlets including Burberry, Coach, Swarovski, Nike and Michelle Obama’s favourite J. Crew.  You might want to check your luggage allowance before you go, however!

An Egyptian Journey for Shawn Henry Baybutt

Shawn Henry Baybutt has been all over the world, but few world travelers like himself could miss out on the opportunity to see the ancient landmarks and enjoy the rich tradition of a country like Egypt. Fortunately, Shawn didn’t have to miss out and was able to take in all the sights and much more that this country has to offer. From the world renowned pyramids, the Sphinx, the temples of Abu Simbel and the city of Luxor, Mr. Baybutt was able to experience the splendor and the vestiges of a mighty empire long past.

The Great Pyramid of Giza, commonly known as the Pyramid of Khufu, was constructed for the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu in 2560 BCE. This stood as the tallest manmade structure for over 3800 years. It is also the oldest of the three pyramids that reside in Giza.

As one of the oldest and perhaps the largest statues in all the world, the Great Sphinx is still shrouded in mystery. The Sphinx sits on the Giza Plateau; however, much of the history of this monolith statue is unknown.

While most people consider this monument to have been built by the the old kingdom, most likely by Khufu, there is no concrete evidence to support that this was indeed the time of the Sphinx’s construction. The question surrounding its age is what gave way for the Riddle of the Sphinx, a popular Greek legend.

Shawn was also fortunate enough to visit the Temples of Abu Simbel. These two temples carved out of the rock of two mountains were built by Pharaoh Ramesses II for three very different reasons. The first was to commemorate himself with one temple and the other was dedicated to his Queen, Nefertiti. The temples were also meant to celebrate Ramesses’ victory in the Battle of Kedash and lastly, they were constructed to intimidate all other the surrounding Nubian neighbors.

Lastly, Shawn Henry Baybutt had the opportunity to visit the city of Luxor. This unique city, often referred to as the world’s largest open air museum, is unique in that figures of Egypt’s ancient past are intertwined with a modern day city. In this regard, Luxor is one of the most fascinating cities the world has to offer.

Luxor, which is known as the Ancient City of Thebes, is a modern day city built around various ancient Egyptian structures and monuments. There is the valley of Kings and the Valley of Queens, Medinet Habu (the temple of Ramesses III), Tombs of the Nobles, the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut known as Deir el-Bahri, the palace of Amenophis III and the Colssi of Memon, which is the memorial temple of Amenophis III.

While Shawn Henry Baybutt has visited many remote locations around the world, few of them have offered him the ancient history that his most recent visit to Egypt offered. With the variety of historical landmarks that have endured the test of time and harken back to a long past but great empire, it is likely that his visit to Egypt is one of many more visits to come in the near future.

William Mathews Brooks – the REAL McGuyver

William Mathews Brooks – the REAL McGuyver

William Mathews Brooks in the great outdoors what McGuyver was to getting out of sticky situations. Just like McGuyver, who could take a ball-point pen, a paper clip, a rubber band and bubble gum and fashion a crude instrument to pick a lock or blow up a bunker, Brooks is just as talented. If the adventure involves a plane, a boat, skis or a mountain, Brooks is your man.

Brooks, who hails from California, is an aviator, sailor, experienced mountain guide and businessman. His company, Brooks-Range Mountaineering Equipment Co., sells products throughout the world. He holds several aviation records for speed and distance, and he’s been sailing since he was a kid. There is very little in the outdoors he can’t do.

When he’s not overseeing his company, climbing a mountain, flying a plane or sailing a vessel, he is working with one of the many organizations or charities to which he is a member, including, the American Mountain Guides Association, in which he was the recipient of both the gold Medal (2010) and the Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), the American Avalanche Association, the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), which he co-founded, holds an appointment from the City and County of San Francisco as a Commissioner for the San Francisco Asian Art Museum in which he is a, the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS), and the Brooks-Mathews Foundation.

William Mathews Brooks is indeed a lot like McGuyver, but with one very important exception: he’s not fictional. He’s a real person, but one with extraordinary talents and skills that even the fictional McGuyver would envy.

Easy Staycation Ideas

Want to relax but lacks the budget or the time? If you need to relax and some time off from your busy schedules, but you can’t escape from the city you’re in staycation is just what you need. You can simply look into destinations that 1-2 hour driving distance from the city to spend your weekend for a sojourn, a relaxing time with your loved one or some boding time with your friends or family. There are also hotels with packages for families with children, for couples and for partying friends. You can find deals that easy on the budget for a relaxing staycation for yourself, friends or with your family.

We have decided that we will be staying in Manila for December. No travelling to Dumaguete or Cagayan de Oro this time. Thus, I am checking for good hotel or resort packages around the area. Any idea where to get a good rates?

Riding With The Best Protection

Motorbikes are some of the most practical types of transportation when you need to drive to nearby areas. The use of motorbikes has grown in popularity especially in cities and urban areas much like the way bicycles did. But because they only have two wheels, and the riders exposed to the elements are more vulnerable when accidents happen. My cousin loved his motorbike despite the family’s concern over the dangers. Though he promised to take care with his riding, his mom still wanted to give him the best protection with Nolan helmets and made him promise to wear it at all times too.